AgDay Daily Recap - May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 2, 2018

HEADLINES

AS A TRADE TEAM HEADS FOR CHINA, FARMERS GROW CONCERNED ABOUT THE  IMPACTS ON PRICES. A WHEAT TOUR UPDATE FROM KANSAS. WE HAVE ANOTHER STOP ALONG OUR I-80 PLANTING TOUR.  "I'M BETSY JIBBEN . FORGET THE SLOW START TO SPRING. FARMERS IN EASTERN ILLINOIS ARE FINALLY GAINING  GROUND IN THE FIELDS," IN AGRIBUISNESS ...WATCHING BRAZILIAN WEATHER. AND ROBOTS ARE COMING...A HANDS FREE ROTARY MILKER MAKES ITS WAY TO  WISCONSIN. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

PURDUE AG BAROMETER
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. UNCERTAINTY OVER UNFINISHED TRADE TALKS IS DRAGGING DOWN FARMER'S  SENTIMENT ABOUT THE AG ECONOMY. THE PURDUE/CME GROUP AG ECONOMY BAROMETER FELL TO 125 IN APRIL. THAT'S A TEN POINT DROP FROM A MONTH EARLIER. ECONOMISTS AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY SAY THE SHARP DROP WAS DUE TO  PRODUCERS' WEAKENING PERCEPTIONS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE ECONOMIC  CONDITIONS IN THE PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE SECTOR. THE BAROMETER SHOWS THOSE CONCERNS WERE MORE PRONOUNCED IN APRIL  AS THE TRADE SPAT WITH CHINA INTENSIFIED. "PRODUCERS ARE MORE NEGATIVE ABOUT FUTURE AG EXPORT PROSPECTS. WE SAW SOME OF THAT A  MONTH AGO BUT IT WAS EXACERBATED IN THIS MONTH'S REPORT. I THINK THE PERCENTAGE OF PRODUCERS  EXPECTING LOWER EXPORTS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WERE 17 PERCENT THAT COMPARED TO 13 PERCENT  A MONTH AGO." MINTERT SAYS FARMERS BECAME NOTICEABLY MORE NEGATIVE ABOUT PROSPECTS FOR SOY PRICES DUE TO POTENTIAL LOSS OF MARKET TO CHINA. THE AG BAROMETER IS A MONTHLY SURVEY OF 400 AG PRODUCERS FROM  ACROSS THE U-S. 

UNDERSECRETARY TED MCKINNEY IN D.C.
FROM THE GET-GO, PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE IT CLEAR HOW IMPORTANT TRADE  IS TO HIS AGENDA. THE PRESIDENT SELECTING INDIANA AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR TED MCKINNEY TO OVERSEE TRADE AND FOREIGN AGRICULTURE ISSUES AT USDA. THIS IS A BRAND NEW POSITION, CREATED UNDER THE 2014 FARM BILL. TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM WASHINGTON WHERE SHE SAT DOWN WITH THE UNDER-SECRETARY. "THANKS. CLINTON UNDERSECRETARY MCKINNEY WE JUST SAW THE AGROECOLOGY BAROMETER COME  OUT. IS THERE CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN FARM COUNTRY ABOUT TRADE RIGHT NOW. I UNDERSTAND WHERE  FARMERS ARE COMING FROM AND THEY HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE CONCERNED. I'M CONCERNED BUT I  AM MORE OPTIMISTIC THAN NOT. I'M QUITE I'M QUITE FRANKLY BULLISH. AND IT'S FOR THE FOLLOWING  REASONS. I THINK THE WHOLE AGREEMENT WITH KOREA AG NEVER GOT INTO THAT. SO I THINK THE GOOD  RELATIONSHIP AND GOOD TRADE WE'VE BEEN ENJOYING WITH KOREA. I THINK THAT'S SETTLED AND IS  GOING TO REMAIN STEADY AND EVEN GROW. NAFTA I DO BELIEVE IS GOING TO SETTLE SOON. WE'VE HEARD THAT FROM THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT WE'VE HEARD THAT AMBASSADOR LEITHAUSER VICE  PRESIDENT PENSE AND OTHERS HAVE SAID SOONER THAN LATER. AND SO I THINK THAT'S GOING TO SETTLE  FAIRLY POSITIVELY LEAST I'M HOPING FOR THAT. AND THEN I THINK IT'S A MATTER IN TERMS OF JAPAN. I  THINK IT'S A MATTER OF WHEN NOT IF. SO WHEN YOU TAKE THOSE THREE I HOPE THAT BRINGS THAT SCORE  BACK UP. CHINA BEING THE WILDCARD IN THIS WHOLE GROUP I THINK AND YOU KNOW THERE'S SOME TURBULENCE RIGHT NOW WITH CHINA. DO YOU THINK WE CAN END UP COMING OUT BETTER IN THE END  WITH A DEAL WITH CHINA. WILL WE MUST WE MUST. I'VE I'VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS A LONG TIME NOT  IN GOVERNMENT SO MUCH WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND NOTWITHSTANDING HOW MUCH WE HAVE A  GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CHINESE CUSTOMERS. IT REALLY IS A WARM RELATIONS. THEY LIKE OUR  PRODUCT. WE LIKE THEM THE PEOPLE BUT BUT ELEMENTS OF THE CHINESE ECONOMY HAVE CHEATED FOR WAY TOO LONG. AND THE PRESIDENT I THINK HAS RIGHTFULLY SAID THIS SHALL STOP OR BE RECTIFIED.  SO THIS CONTINGENT GOING OVER TO CHINA THIS WEEK SEVERAL CABINET MEMBERS VERY HIGH LEVEL  CONTINGENT. I AM SO HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL HAVE POSITIVE THINGS COME OUT OF THAT BUT IT CAN'T JUST BE  A LIST OF FIVE THINGS AND THEN ON YOU GO WE'VE SEEN THAT BEFORE. IT'S GOT TO BE IN MY VIEW IN MY  JUDGMENT SUBSTANTIVE. AND THE GOOD NEWS OF THAT IS IT'S GOING TO HELP BOTH THE CHINESE AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S RIGHT. THAT TRIP LATER THIS WEEK WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT AND  HOPEFULLY WE SEE SOME PROGRESS. AND WE'LL FOLLOW THAT."THANKS TYNE, 

WHEAT TOUR
USDA LATEST SURVEY SHOW JUST 13 PERCENT OF THE KANSAS  WHEAT CROP IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  A NUMBER SCOUTS WILL BE GROUND TRUTHING ALONG THE HARD WINTER  WHEAT TOUR SPONSORED BY THE WHEAT QUALITY COUNCIL,  MAKING ITS WAY  INTO THE TROUBLED AREAS OF WESTERN KANSAS LATER TODAY. YESTERDAY, SCOUTS FINISHED THEIR JOURNEY WHICH STARTED IN MANHATTAN  AND ENDED IN COLBY, KANSAS.  ONE SCOUT TELLING AGDAY HE'S SURPRISED WITH THE CROP HE SAW ON THE  WAY TO COLBY.  HE EXPECTS THAT CROP TO BE THE BEST HE'S GOING TO SEE ALL WEEK - IT DID NOT REFLECT THE 13 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT MARK ON USDA'S REPORT.  HE ANTICIPATES TO SEE DIFFERENT RESULTS WHEN HE REACHES THE  SOUTHERN AND WESTERN TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATE. "THE WHEAT LOOKS A LOT BETTER AS FAR AS COLOR AND STANDS THAN I ANTICIPATED. I DO THINK THE  VERDICT   WITH THE FIELDS WE SAMPLED AND FOLKS WE TALKED WITH IS THE CROP IS BEHIND ITS NORMAL  STATE OF DEVELOPMENT. SOME FOLKS WILL TELL YOU 10 DAYS TO 2 WEEKS. OTHERS WILL SAY TWO TO THREE WEEKS BEHIND."PLACKAMEIER SAYS YIELDS ON TUESDAY ARE RANGING FROM THE LOW TO MID 50S. 

I-80 PLANTING TOUR: ILLINOIS
THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.  AS WE LOOK ACROSS THE FIVE STATES OF OUR I-80 PLANTING TOUR - OHIO  CONTINUES TO LAG BEHIND THE OTHER FOUR. ACCORDING TO USDA JUST ONE PERCENT OF CORN HAS BEEN SEEDED IN THE  BUCKEYE STATE.  IT'S USUALLY 15 PERCENT BY NOW. HEADING WEST FROM THERE, INDIANA IS STILL IN SINGLE DIGITS AT EIGHT  PERCENT. ILLINOIS SHOWING BIG GAINS WITH A THIRD OF THE CORN PLANTED. IOWA AND NEBRASKA ARE BOTH 17-PERCENT DONE....AND ALL FIVE ARE BEHIND  THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. SOYBEAN PLANTING HAS JUST STARTED IN THOSE I-80 STATES AND REMAIN IN  SINGLE DIGITS. BACK IN ILLINOIS - THE STATE'S CORN PLANTING PROGRESS JUMPED 28 POINTS IN JUST A WEEK'S TIME.  SEVEN PERCENT OF SOYBEAN ACRES HAVE GONE IN. ILLINOIS HAD ZERO SOYBEANS IN THE GROUND A WEEK AGO. BETSY JIBBEN TALKS WITH FARMERS SOUTHWEST OF CHICAGO ABOUT FINALLY HAVING A WINDOW TO PLANT.  PARTS ARE MOVING FAST  DURING THE FIRST FEW NICE DAYS OF SPRING.  "THE FORECAST LOOKS AS IF IT WILL CONTINUE WITH SOME FAIRLY DECENT WEATHER SO WE THOUGHT IT'S  TIME TO GET ROLLING,"AS PAUL JESCHKE AND HIS CREW, INCLUDING HIS NEPHEW... "IT'S STARTING. IT'S A START TO THE MADNESS HERE,""THERE'S FINALLY A BREAK IN THE WEATHER. IT'S BEEN SO COLD, MOSTLY COLD, HASN'T BEEN AS WET,"THAT WAS A WEEK AGO,  JESCHKE SAYS A FANTASTIC STRING OF SPRING DAYS MEANS HE'S MOVING FAST  - EVERY DAY HAS BEEN FIT FOR PLANTING.  WITH 3-4THS OF HIS CORN IN THE GROUND AND ONE-FOURTH OF BEANS  PLANTED MEANS HE'LL BE DONE IN ROUGHLY A WEEK.  HIS FIELDS HAVE NOT BEEN AS SOGGY AS OTHERES IN THE STATE. "THERE WERE THREE SNOWS THAT WENT OVER ILLINOIS THE LAST 3 WEEKS AND IT ALL WENT SOUTH OF US.""WE RECEIVED LESS THAN AN INCH OF RAIN OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS ALTOGETHER,"NEARBY IT'S BEEN SLOWER START FOR SCOTT HALPIN  BUT NOT BY CHOICE. "YOU THOUGT YOU WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLANT TODAY. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. WHAT ULTIMATELY DETERMINED YOUR DECISION? SCOTT: AS WE WERE GOING THROUGH NORMAL  MAINTENCE HERE BEFORE WE PUT THE PLANTER IN THE GROUND, THE TWO SCREENS IN THE TRACTOR AREN'T  COMMUNICATING WITH EACHOTHER.""TECHNICLLY, WE AREN'T BROKE DOWN SINCE WE DIDN'T START! LAUGHS""IT IS WHAT IT IS, IF WE WANT THE INFROMATION, WE'LL HAVE TO GET IT FIXED BEFORE WE GO,"SINCE THEN HE'S MADE UP GROUND AND QUICKLY.. WITH NEARLY HALF OF HIS  CORN IN THE GROUND.  "HISTORICALLY, WE ARE NOT LATE YET. WE'VE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD SPRINGS IN THE PAST BY THIS  TIME, WE'VE BEEN DARN NEAR WRAPPED UP,"HE SAYS OTHERS AROUND HIM HAVE ABOUT WRAPPED UP WITH CORN PLANTING  AS WELL. "HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE A  NICE WINDOW HERE TO GET PLANTING FINISHED,"AS THESE FARMERS  "THE FORECAST LOOKS REAL GOOD,"SWIFTLY WORK "I'M A LIVESTOCK FARMER. SO, THERE'S NEVER A DAY WHERE I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO,"THEY'LL PUSH TO FINISH  ON THESE NICE DAYS AS LONG AS MOTHER NATURE  ALLOWS IT.REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN  HALPIN SAYS HE HAS AN ACREAGE MIX OF 50-50 CORN AND BEANS, BUT HE TENDS TO PLANT HEAVIER CORN SINCE HE HAS LIVESTOCK.  JESCHKE SAYS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, HE'S CHANGED HIS ACREAGE MIX TO  50-50 AS WELL, SOMETHING HE HASN'T DONE IN ROUGHLY 20 YEARS.  HE SAYS ECONOMICS ON HIS OPERATION SHOWS IT'S NOT ALWAYS PROFITABLE  TO BE HEAVY  CORN.  

CROP COMMENTS
LETS CONTINUE OUR FARM COUNTRY UPDATE WITH THE LATEST CROP  COMMENTS FROM METEORLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. CROP COMMENTS COMING IN FROM MARION COUNTY, ALABAMA.  CROP REPORTER TIM MALONE SAYS SOME EARLY-PLANTED CORN WILL NEED TO  BE RE-PLANTED DUE TO WET CONDITIONS LAST WEEK. THOSE SLOPPY FIELDS ARE ALSO FORCING SOME WHEAT GROWERS TO FLY-ON FUNGICIDES INSTEAD OF SENDING A SPRAYER INTO THE FIELD. AND SAM RODE OF DELPHOS, OHIO SHARED THIS PHOTO ON FACEBOOK. HIS DAUGHTERS KAYLEIGH - WHO'S FOUR - AND OLIVIA - WHO'S TWO - ENJOY  VISITING THE LIVESTOCK. SAM SAYS "THE STEERS NEED SOME PLAY TIME DURING THE PLANTING SEASON".  APPARENTLY THE GIRLS PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST YOU CAN SEE FROM NEW MEXICO TO THE GREAT  LAKES IT'LL START OFF ON THE BREEZY SIDE TODAY. IT'S WINDY YEAR THEN FROM THE NORTHEAST ALL THE  WAY DOWN TO NEW MEXICO AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND THEN TOMORROW REALLY WE OF KEEP THAT SAME AREA. GENERALLY TEXAS OKLAHOMA ON THROUGH THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF  THE GREAT LAKES ARE THE WINDIEST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. WE'LL CHECK YOUR FORECAST COMING UP  BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS

TEASE
SURE IT'S PLANTING SEASON HERE AT HOME, BUT DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE  WEATHER IN BRAZIL. WE'LL TELL YOU WHY COMING UP IN AGRIBUSINESS. NEW DETAILS ON THE ROMAINE LETTUCE OUTBREAK INCLUDING THE FARM THAT  PRODUCE CAME FROM. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER HARD CHARGE IN WHEAT MARKETS TO START THE  DAY. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSE FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. CORN MARKET TRADED HIGHER HERE ON TUESDAY POSTING SOME FRESH MALTY MONTH HIGHS IN BOTH  OLD AND NEW CROP CONTRACTS. WE HAD THE HIGHEST TRADE SINCE LAST SUMMER AND OUR NEARBY  JULY CORN FUTURES AND ALSO IN THE NEW CROP DECEMBER CORN FUTURES IN ADDITION TO THAT WE'VE  GOT SOME DRYNESS IN BRAZIL. YOU KNOW BRAZIL PUTS OUT A SECOND CORN CROP WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE LARGER OF THE TWO AND IT'S NEARING THAT POLLINATION PHASE WHICH IS VERY KEY IN TERMS OF  PRODUCTION. THE FORECAST LOOKS DRY SO PEOPLE MAY START TO WALK BACK THEIR PROJECTIONS IN  REGARD TO THAT BRAZILIAN CORN CROP AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK FROM CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO 

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THEAGRIBUSINESS TODAY WE HAVE TO HAVE CHIP NELLINGER BLUE REEF AGRIMARKETING  YOU KNOW CHIP IN JANUARY FEBRUARY DECEMBER WE TALK A LOT ABOUT BRAZIL BRAZILIAN WEATHER I  THINK MAYBE BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT BUT TALKING ABOUT BRAZILIAN WEATHER IN  MAY IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT RIGHT. IT IS. AND WE DEFINITELY ARE STARTING TO AFFECT THE CORN MARKET A  LITTLE BIT HERE. WE'VE GOT CORN PLANTERS ROLLING IN A PRETTY GOOD OPEN WEATHER WINDOW AND PEOPLE ARE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS SAYING WOW IN A NORMAL YEAR WITH THIS THIS MUCH PLANNING  ACTIVITY GOING ON YOU USUALLY SEE A BREAK IN CORN PRICES SURE AND WE'RE NOT SEEING IT AND I  THINK ONE OF THE REASONS IS THE CORN MARKET HAS ONE EYE ON BRAZIL AND THEY PLANT A SECOND CROP OF CORN RIGHT BEHIND THE FIRST CROP BEANS. SURE. IT'S USUALLY OVER A LITTLE OVER TWO BILLION  BUSHELS AND ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS OF THAT GETS EXPORTED. OK SO IT'S A BIG DEAL AND THE ISSUE WITH  THAT IS THERE NOW TOWARDS THE END OF THE RAINY SEASON THERE. AND AS YOU GET DEEPER INTO MAY  AND JUNE IT GETS MUCH WARMER AND MUCH DRIER. WELL THERE ARE ROUGHLY ABOUT 50 PERCENT OF THE PRECINCTS THROUGH THE WET PART OF THEIR SEASON AND YOU ALREADY HAVE DOMESTIC ESTIMATES  OUT OF BRAZIL SHRINKING THAT CORN CROP. AND IT'S A BIG DEAL. SO I THINK ON THE ONE HAND YOU  HAVE GOOD BEARISH WEATHER HERE WITH PLANTERS ROLAND BUT ON THE OTHER HAND IF THEY'RE GOING  TO BE DOWN ON PRODUCTION IN BRAZIL THAT JUST MEANS IT'S GOING TO BE MORE EXPORT BUSINESS FOR US OUT INTO LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL. YEAH. WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT PUTS OUR PRICE TARGETS  EVEN AS WE'RE PUTTING A CROP IN THE GROUND HERE. YEAH WELL THE OTHER THE OTHER WILDCARD WITH  THIS IS WHAT'S OUR SUMMER WEATHER. SO THAT'S YEAH THAT'S PART OF THIS AS WELL. BUT I WOULD THINK  THAT UNLESS IT REALLY STARTS RAINING QUICKLY AND THEY CATCH UP THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE SOME UNDERLYING SUPPORT NOT THAT THE MARKET COULDN'T BREAK. I WOULD THINK THAT THE BREAK IN PRICES  WOULD BE YOU KNOW 10 TO 15 CENTS MAX FROM HERE. THE UPSIDE THOUGH THAT'S THE REAL  WILDCARD I WOULD THINK THAT DECEMBER CORN WE'VE GOT TARGETS IN THE LOW FOR 20S. I DO THINK  EVENTUALLY IN JUNE AND JULY THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF DRY WEATHER IT SETS UP WE COULD EXCEED 450.  BUT AGAIN HOW DO YOU MANAGE. AND THAT'S THE HARD PART FOR. DON'T DON'T HEAR ME SAY HOLD OUT FOR FOUR 15 YEARS IS OUT THERE. YOU KIND OF HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. I HOPE YOU MANAGE  FOR THAT. GOOD POINT. THANK YOU. WE'LL BE BACK. MORE ON THAT IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE  MAP. MIKE AND BOY YOU CAN SEE WHERE RIGHT THERE IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT. IT HAS DRIED  OUT SO YEAH IT REALLY REALLY HAS THE GOOD NEWS IS WE'VE BEEN GETTING MOISTURE OVER THE LAST  DAY AND WE'LL GET A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. AND WHILE THIS IS A CONCERN  OBVIOUSLY FOR PARTS OF MISSOURI IOWA AND ILLINOIS AS WE GET THE EXPECTED RAIN IN THOSE AREAS  THERE SHOULD REALLY ALLEVIATE SOME OF THAT PROBLEM. NOW THE OTHER ISSUE IN THE TENNESSEE VALLEY EASTERN OHIO VALLEY PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES. THINGS BEING TOO WET TO REALLY GET INTO  THE FIELD AND THAT'S A CONCERN IN THOSE AREAS. YOU CAN SEE OUT WEST DRY FROM UTAH DOWN INTO  THE FAR SOUTHWEST AND POCKETS OF WET AREAS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST. CHECK IT OUT THE MAP THIS  MORNING WE HAVE MULTIPLE AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING ALONG THIS BASIC STATIONARY FRONT  FROM THE FOUR CORNERS REGION ALL THE WAY INTO EASTERN CANADA AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. SEE THERE WILL BE SOME POCKETS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY SOUTH OF THE  FRONTS AS FAR AS THE THUNDERSTORMS GO BUT THERE'LL BE AREAS OF RAIN TO THE NORTH AS WELL. NOW  IT'S FAIRLY SCATTERED AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON THE WAY IT LOOKS. THESE ARE THE TWO MAIN SYSTEMS COMING IN. AND SO THE FIRST ONE BY TOMORROW MORNING IS INTO THE CHICAGOLAND  AREA AND NORTHERN INDIANA SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN WITH SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. AND  THEN WE WILL SEE THE FRONT ACTUALLY COME INTO OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE. UNFORTUNATELY IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE REAL DROUGHT AREAS GET A LOT OUT OF THIS BECAUSE IT'S GOLF  MOISTURE AND SO IT ENDS UP BEING EAST OF YOU UNFORTUNATELY. LATER ON TODAY THEN YOU CAN SEE IT REALLY BUBBLES UP FROM SOUTH TEXAS ALL THE WAY UP INTO IOWA AND EASTWARD ALONG THE FRONT  WITH AREAS OF RAIN. CHECKING OUR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS WE'VE SEEN SOME  DECENT AMOUNTS. PARTS OF WISCONSIN INTO IOWA ADYE IN IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME MORE OF THOSE AREAS AND SPREAD SOME EASTWARD ACROSS PARTS OF ILLINOIS INDIANA  AND ALSO A FEW SPOTS DOWN INTO TEXAS AS WELL. CHECKING OUT SNOWFALL IT'S ALL IN THE ROCKIES AT  THIS POINT IT'S WAY TOO WARM EAST OF THE ROCKIES. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE  TO PILE UP SOME WEST OF DENVER AND BACK INTO UTAH AS WELL. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY LOTS OF 80S FROM KANSAS TO THE MID-ATLANTIC SOUTHWARD TO THE GULF COAST 60S EVEN INTO THE NORTHERN  PLAINS LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO STAY PRETTY MUGGY FROM ST. LOUIS SOUTHWARD. BUT THERE ARE A FEW  30S SHOWING UP BY THE CANADIAN BORDER. BUT IT WARMS BACK UP INTO THE 60S UP THERE AND WE'RE STILL TALKING 70S AND 80S FOR MOST AREAS SOUTH OF THE FRONT. HERE'S THE JET STREAM YOU  CAN SEE THAT CUTOFF LOW DOES FINALLY COME OUT THAT'S THE LAST PART OF THAT STORM SYSTEM MOVES  EAST. ANOTHER QUICK LITTLE SHOT A CHILLY AIR THEN FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY AND THEN WE GO  MAINLY ZONAL WITH SOME RIPPLES COMING FROM WEST TO EAST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. HEADING TO FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA. FIRST OF ALL  VARIABLY CLOUDY MAYBE A SHOWER HIGH OF 45 WILLMAR MINNESOTA MOSTLY CLOUDY AND MILD WITH A  HIGH OF 65. AND HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA LOTS OF SUNSHINE TODAY. IT WILL BE WARM HIGH OF 85> 

TEASE
THE PACKER TV HAS AN UPDATE ON THE ROMAINE LETTUCE OUTBREAK COMING UP NEXT. ROTARY MILKERS WERE A BIG STEP IN EFFICIENCY FOR LARGE DAIRIES...THE  NEXT INNOVATION IS MAKING ITS WAY TO FARMS IN THE U.S.  

PACKER TV
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE PINPOINTED WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE SOURCE  OF AN E-COLI OUTBREAK STEMMING FROM CONTAMINATED LETTUCE. FOR WEEKS, THE C-D-C WARNED CONSUMERS TO AVOID EATING ROMAINE  LETTUCE. ABOUT 100 PEOPLE IN 22 STATES HAVE GOTTEN SICK. THE FDA ANNOUNCING TUESDAY THAT HARRISON FARMS IN YUMA, ARIZONA AS  THE LIKELY SOURCE OF THE OUTBREAK. "WE RECOGNIZE THAT ITS REALLY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO FIND THE GROWING REGION ON A PRODUCT  LABELING AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE GROWING REGION AND CAN'T CONFIRM THAT IT  IS NOT FROM YUMA , ARIZONA THEN WE ARE TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO EAT IT, NOT TO BUY IT. "THE ARIZONA LEAFY GREENS FOOD SAFETY COMMITTEE SAYS THE SEASON HAS  PASSED AND GROWERS ARE NO LONGER HARVESTING LETTUCE IN YUMA. THE LAST SHIPMENT WAS APRIL 16TH. THE CURRENT LETTUCE IS COMING FROM  CALIFORNIA. USDA ANNOUNCING A 340-MILLION DOLLAR BLOCK GRANT TO HELP FLORIDA  CITRUS GROWERS HURT BY HURRICAME IRMA LAST YEAR. CITRUS PRODUCTION WAS CUT CONSIDERABLY BY THE STORM. THE BLOCK  GRANT WILL HELP PRODUCERS FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. USDA SAYS THE MONEY WILL REIMBURSE FARMERS FOR THE COST OF BUYING  AND PLANTING REPLACEMENT TREES. IT WILL ALSO HELP RECOVER SOME  LOSSES TO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, HANDS FREE MILKING AS ROBOTS TAKE OVER THE  ROTARY. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE. VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SELF DRIVING TRACTORS, DRONES AND OTHER HIGH TECH  DEVICES FINDING THEIR WAY TO THE FARM. AND NOW LARGER SCALE ROBOTS ARE MOVING INTO THE MILKING PARLOR. ACCORDING TO MIKE OPPERMAN, THE DAIRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR FOR FARM  JOURNAL AND FARM JOURNAL'S MILK MAGAZINE, THIS IS THE FIRST ROTARY  ROBOT DAIRY IN THE U.S. THE TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN CANADA BUT THE  FDA JUST RECENTLY APPROVED THE TECHNOLOGY HERE AT HOME. THIS ROTARY ROBOTIC MILKER BELONGS TO HOFFMAN'S HAPPY HOLSTEINS IN  PESHTIGO WISCONSIN. THEY MILK ABOUT 550 COWS AT THE FAMILY OWNED OPERATION. HOFFMAN STARTED MILKING IN THIS NEW 40-STALL ROBOT PARLOR LAST NOVEMBER. HE SAYS WHAT USED TO TAKE SIX PEOPLE NOW ONLY TAKES 2. THERE'S ONE PERSON IN THE PARLOR TO MANUALLY ATTACH UNITS ON THE FEW  COWS THAT NEED IT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS RUNNING SMOOTHLY, AND ONE  PERSON IN THE BARN TO PUSH UP COWS.  HOFFMAN SAYS THE LABOR SAVINGS ALONE SHOULD HELP THE PARLOR PAY FOR  ITSELF OVER TIME. CURRENTLY THE ROTARY TAKES ABOUT FIVE TURNS PER HOUR, MILKING THE ENTIRE HERD IN JUST UNDER THREE HOURS. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A  GREAT DAY. 

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