AgDay Daily Recap - May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 3, 2017


HEADLINES
WILD WEATHER HITS LIVESTOCK OWNERS HARD. PLUS THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR.  "ILLINOIS FARMERS HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE FIELDS DUE TO THE RAIN. WE  CAUGHT UP WITH THEM BEFORE THE SHOWERS. WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY AHEAD  IN THE SHOW." IN AGRIBUSINESS... WHO'S MAKING MONEY IN AGRICULTURE. USDA  EASES RULES FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES. AND BARNYARD BESTIES--FIND OUT HOW A  ROOSTER AND A GOAT BECAME BEST FRIENDS. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE  DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

OKLAHOMA WEATHER UPDATE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANOTHER HEAVY BLOW TO CATTLE  FEEDERS IN THE GREAT PLAINS AFTER A WEEKEND BLIZZARD LEAVES  COUNTLESS CATTLE DEAD...AND THOUSANDS STRUGGLING TO FEED IN  OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS. THIS LATEST WEATHER SETBACK COMES JUST TWO MONTHS AFTER THE MARCH  WILDFIRES TORE THRU KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. OUR TOP STORY THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING TAKES US TO CIMARRON COUNTY,  OKLAHOMA WHERE CATTLE PRODUCERS ARE COUNTING-UP THEIR LOSSES WHILE STILL LOOKING FOR SURVIVING CATTLE WHICH WERE LOST IN THE  WEEKEND BLIZZARD. AGDAY TALKED WITH FARMER CLAY CRABTREE FROM BOISE CITY.  CRABTREE  BELIEVES ABOUT 150 OF HIS CATTLE DIED FROM EXPOSURE TO THE SNOW- STORM AND THE MUDDY CONDITIONS.  HE'S MISSING ABOUT ONE-HUNDRED- AND-20 MORE. CRABTREE'S HERD OF 360 HEAD WERE OUT GRAZING ON A WHEAT CIRCLE. SOME FOUND SHELTER BEHIND A WINDBREAK BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH PROTECTION.  SOME OF THE LIVESTOCK STRAYED FIVE-TO-EIGHT MILES AWAY IN THE BLINDING  SNOW. CRABTREE SAYS THE LAND WAS ALREADY SATURATED EVEN BEFORE THE  STORM...MAKING IT DIFFICULT - IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE - FOR THE STEERS TO SEEK  SHELTER. THE SAME MASSIVE STORM SYSTEM THAT HIT THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE, ALSO  DUMPED HEAVY SNOW IN WESTERN KANSAS AND PARTS OF NEBRASKA. ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS, FEEDYARDS ON THE HIGH PLAINS ARE STRUGGLING TO RECOVER. THERE ARE NO EXACT NUMBERS AT THIS POINT  BUT DROVERS SAYS THE CATTLE LOSSES COULD REACH INTO THE THOUSANDS. AS MUCH AS 75-PERCENT OF THE U-S CATTLE ON FEED WERE AFFECTED BY THE  STORM.

ILLINOIS RIVER FLOODING
IT WASN'T JUST SNOW PUTTING CATTLE IN DANGER, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS  PICTURE...IT COMES FROM CHAD BAKER NEAR TALLEQUEH IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT WATER YOU CAN SEE THE HEADS OF HIS CATTLE. 19 WERE WASHED DOWN STREAM FOLLOWING HEAVY WEEKEND RAINS. THIS IS THE ILLINOIS RIVER AS IT RUNS NEAR THE CITY OF TAHLEQUAH.  CHAD SAYS THEY GOT 12 BACK AND KNOW WHERE SIX OTHERS ARE...HE SAYS  THEY GOT LUCKY.

KANSAS WHEAT DAMAGE
AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING, NOT ONLY WERE LIVESTOCK IN JEOPARDY FROM  THE POWERFUL STORM, BUT A LARGE PORTION OF THE KANSAS WHEAT CROP IS  THREATENED. THE STORM HIT JUST AS SCOUTS WERE READY TO HEAD-OUT ON THE ANNUAL  WHEAT QUALITY COUNCIL WINTER WHEAT TOUR . "WE'VE HAD SNOW ON THE TOUR AS LITTLE AS 3 YEARS AGO. SNOW WAS FALLING ON THE TOUR, BUT NOTHING LIKE WE'RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE WHERE WE JUST  EXPERIENCED A FULL-FLEDGED BLIZZARD. BUT NOT ONLY THE BLIZZARD IN  WESTERN KANSAS BUT ALSO THE FREEZING TEMPS WE SAW IN NORTH CENTRAL  KS A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO. THAT'S RIGHT SO IT'S GETTING LOST IN SIGHT  BEHIND THIS BLIZZARD BUT THAT'S WHAT WERE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK FOR  CENTRAL KANSAS THAT DIDN'T GET THE SNOW. WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR ANY  SYMPTOMS OF WHAT FREEZE DAMAGE WE MIGHT HAVE. AND THEN THE BLIZZARD  IN SNOW AREAS WILL BE CHALLENGE FOR US. HOW DO WE GET IN THE FIELDS  THAT ARE FLATTED. HOW DO WE ASSESS THE YIELDS. SO SOME THINGS WE  HAVEN'T RUN INTO."

I-80 PLANTING TOUR
THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR - SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL  SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES - COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A  NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS LIKE NEVER  BEFORE. TAKING A LOOK AT CORN PLANTING IN THE FIVE STATES ON THE I-80  TOUR....ILLINOIS REACHED 63-PERCENT PLANTED - UP 29-POINTS FROM THE  WEEK PRIOR. INDIANA FARMERS MADE BIG GAINS WITH 45-PERCENT IN THE GROUND UP 30  POINTS. IOWA REACHED 28-PERCENT. WHILE STILL BEHIND AVERAGE, IT WAS A 20 POINT  PUSH HIGHER. NEBRASKA DOUBLED ITS PLANTING WITH 34-PERCENT. AND OHIO MADE HUGE GAINS - A 33 POINT GAIN IN ONE WEEK'S TIME. BUT LARGE PORTIONS OF THE MIDWEST ARE DEALING WITH THIS. FLOODED AND SOGGY FIELDS FOLLOWING A MASSIVE WEEKEND STORM. FIELD WORK WILL BE SLOW AND MANY AREAS WILL NEED TO BE REPLANTED IN  THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. BETSY JIBBEN CAUGHT UP WITH A FARM FAMILY A DAY BEFORE THE SHOWERS - WHEN EITHER UNFORTUNATELY OR FORTUNATELY -- THEY HAD SOME TIME TO  SPARE.  IT'S THE FIRST BREAKDOWN OF THE SEASON FOR  THE BEAR-ICK-MEN BARICKMAN  OPERATION...  "A HOSE BUSTED INSIDE THE FRAME OF THE PLANTER, WE GOT THIS ROPE, WE'RE TRYING TO PULL A NEW  ONE THROUGH,""YOU NEED MORE ROPE?""I GOT IT. WHERE'S THE OTHER END?"BUT IT COULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED AT A BETTER TIME FOR THE FATHER AND SON  CREW.THEY DIDN'T WANT TO CHANCE  PUTTING MORE SEED IN THE GROUND A DAY  BEFORE THE BIG STORMS."IT'S A CONCERN, IF YOU GET 6 INCHES OF RAIN ON TOP OF CORN THAT HASN'T EMERGED YET, YOU COULD  END UP GETTING YOUR CORN SOCKED IN,"AS PREDICTED, THOSE HEAVY RAINS CAME.  BARICKMAN HE RECEIVED 6 INCHES OF RAIN ON HIS OPERATION - AND STANDING  WATER ON FIELDS IN THE AREA.HE EXPECTS SOME REPLANT BUT IT WILL BE SPOTTY.  "PLANTING SOME BEOFRE AND SOME AFTER HTE RAIN IS GOING TO HEDGE MY RISK AND I TH INK I'LL BEIN A GOOD POSITION,"OTHERS AROUND HIM HAVE MUCH MORE CORN IN THE GROUND.  "I WOULD SAY WE'RE GETTING TO BE ABOUT MOST PEOPLE HAVE 60 TO 70 PERCENT DONE AROUND  HERE. SOME PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY DONE. OTHERS WITH MEDIUM SOILS HAVE BARELY GOTTEN  STARTED,"WHICH MEANS MORE TIME TOGETHER UNTIL SOILS DRY.  'WE HE DOES THE PLANTING AND I DO ALL THE SEED ORDERING AND THE PAPERWORK AND ALL I HAVE TO  DO IS SOME WORK AROUND THE BARD YARD. SMILES.""IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WHERE YOU CAN BICKER AND ARGUE ABOUT STUFF BUT AT THE END  OF THE DAY, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE ALWAYS ON THE SAME PAGE,"IT'S TOO EARLY IN THE YEAR TO KNOW IF 2017 WILL BE MEMORABLE FOR  THE  BARICKMAN'S EITHER BECUASE OF PRICES...  "CORN ON THE TOHER HAND HAS BEEN RIGHT AT WHAT I WOULD CALL BREAKEVEN FOR ME."OR THAT WET WEEKEND..  "IT'S A CONCERN BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S A ROLL THE DICE. THE CONDITI9OSN ARE FIT TO PLANT SO WE'VE  BEEN PLANTING. EVERYONE ELSE HAS BEEN DOING THE SAME,"BUT EVERY SEASON IS MEMORABLE FARMING WITH YOUR FAMILY...  "GOT THE WIRE HOOKED ON? WE'RE STUCK AGAIN,"EVEN IF IT'S WORKING THROUGH A  FIRST BREAKDOWN..  "THAT'S WHY I MOVED BACK HERE. I WENT AWAY TO COLLEGE AND WORKED IN CHAMPAIGN FOR 5  YEARS AND CAME BACK TO FARM WITH DAD.""WE WOULDN'T HAVE A FARM HERE. I WOULD HAVE HAD TO RETIRE AND MAYBE LET THE NEIGHBORS  FARM THIS,"WHAT'S IT DOING?"REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN THANKS BETSY.  JOEL BARICKMAN SAYS HE STUCK WITH HIS ROTATIONS THIS YEAR BUT HE  WISHES HE WOULD HAVE PLANTED MORE BEANS ON BEANS...BASED ON PRICES. HE GUESSING SOYBEAN PLANTING WON'T START UP IN HIS AREA UNTIL ---

DEERE-PRECISION MERGER
A MEGA MERGER BETWEEN PRECISION PLANTING AND JOHN DEERE IS OFF THE  TABLE. MONSANTO'S CLIMATE CORPORATION OFFICIALLY TERMINATING THE AGREEMENT  WITH DEERE MONDAY. FIRST ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER 2015, THE CLOSING OF THE ACQUISITION HAS  BEEN DELAYED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE COMPANY SAYS IT STILL INTENDS TO SELL THE PRECISION PLANTING  EQUIPMENT BUSINESS AND HAS SPOKEN WITH SEVERAL THIRD PARTIES THAT   EXPRESSED INTEREST. DEERE SAYS THEY ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS OUTCOME.

PURDUE AG BAROMETER
FARMER SENTIMENT ABOUT THE ECONOMY TICKED HIGHER LAST MONTH. THAT'S  ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY PURDUE-CME GROUP AG BAROMETER. THE READING - BASED ON SURVEYS WITH 400 FARMERS - INCREASED TO 130. THAT'S SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN LAST MONTH, BUT STILL WELL BELOW THE PEAK  WE SAW IN JANUARY. AND COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO, POSITIVE SENTIMENTS ARE UP 23-PERCENT. "WELL I THINK THE BIGGEST SURPRISE ON THIS MONTH'S REPORT IS REALLY THE  FACT THAT WE'VE GOT THIS ON GOING INCREASE IN THE CURRENT CONDITIONS  INDEX THAT'S REALLY SOME WHAT SURPRISING IN PART BECAUSE IT'S SUGGESTS  THAT MANY PRODUCERS SEEM TO FEEL LIKE THE WORST OF THE AG DOWNTURN  IS BEHIND THEM AND THAT'S TAKING PLACE DESPITE THE FACT THAT OTHER  INDICATORS SUGGEST THAT WE'RE STILL ON A PRETTY DIFFICULT OPERATING  ENVIRONMENT. " MIN-TERT SAYS THE SURVEY RESULTS CONTINUE TO SUGGEST THAT PRODUCER  OPTIMISM IS ROOTED IN MORE THAN EXPECTATIONS FOR AN IMPROVEMENT IN  GRAIN PRICES AND REVENUES, BUT THE OVERALL ECONOMIC PICTURE.

CROP COMMENTS
THE SNOW HAS MELTED IN SOME AREAS BUT CROPS ARE STILL SEEING DAMAGE.  MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  CODY GERLACH IS OUT SCOUTING WHEAT NEAR TURPIN, OKLAHOMA.  HE IS ESTIMATING 30 PERCENT OF STEMS ARE BROKEN IN THIS FIELD. SOME ARE  TRYING TO STAND BACK UP IN THE SUNSHINE.  AND CASEY COOKSLEY IN CUSTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA SAYS THIS IS SNOW HAS  MELTED ALREADY IN HIS AREA. NOW HE'S GETTING RAIN. CASEY SAYS THIS HAS  BEEN SOME CRAZY NEBRASKA WEATHER.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  WITH MARKET PRICES CONSTANTLY CHANGING, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE CURRENT PRICES  STAND. GET MARKET PRICES DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT MARKETS TO 31313 TO  GET STARTED! 

TEASE
WHEN WE  COME BACK, TOMMY GRISAFI ASKS THE QUESTION, SO WHO'S MAKING  MONEY IN AGRICULTURE RIGHT NOW? WE'LL HAVE HIS ANSWER AFTER THE  BREAK. AND FIND OUT HOW LONG-LASTING FRIENDSHIPS CAN DEVELOP - EVEN AMONGST  BARNYARD ANIMALS. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.

FLOOR OF THE CME
THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS MEETING THIS WEEK. IT'S POLICYMAKING COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO HOLD INTEREST RATES STEADY  --ACCORDING TO THE LATEST TRADE GUESS TALLY. THE LATEST ECONOMIC INDICATORS ONLY SHOWING TEPID GROWTH IN Q-1. LIVESTOCK EXPERIENCING ANOTHER BIG DAY AT THE CME ON TUESDAY.  DETAILS FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR. "THE LIVE CATTLE MKT SHARPLY HIGHER AGAIN TUESDAY. AS A MATTER OF FACT  WE HAVE LIMIT UP IN THE NEARBY JUNE FUTURES CONTRACT AND THE SHARPLY  HIGHER TRADE IN A LOT OF THE DEFERRED MONTHS. THE APRIL FUTURES WENT  OFF THE BOARD LAST WEEK AT A BIG PREMIUM TO THE BIG MONTHS,. SO THE  JUNE FUTURES PICK UP THE SLACK HERE TODAY. VERY VERY STRONG MKT TO  BEGIN THE WEEK. FUNDS HAVE BEEN AGGRESSIVE BUYERS OF THE LIVE CATTLE MKT AND ALSO THE FED CATTLE MARKET. THEY HOLD A NEAR RECORD NET LONG  POSITION IN THOSE MKTS. WHEN THE PREVIOUS RECORD NET LONG WAS  POSTED IN 2014 WE HAD LIVE CATTLE FUTURES AT 170. WE'RE SITTING HERE AT  UPPER 120 TODAY. SO FUNDS HAVE A BIG LONG POSITION AT A BIG DISCOUNT  WHERE THE MKT WAS THE LAST TIME THEY HAD THIS BIG OF A LONG POSITION.  JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN FROM THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO."

AGRIBUSINESS
TOMMY GRISAFI ADVANCE TRADING OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS  DESK TODAY TOMMY LET 'S TALK ABOUT THE FARM INCOME OF TWENTY  SEVENTEEN THE FORECAST ISN'T VERY GOOD AND IF YOU KIND OF STEP BACK  FROM AGRICULTURE YOU LOOK AT THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE AND SAY NOBODY  'S MAKING ANY MONEY THIS YEAR AND AND WHY BECAUSE YOU KNOW WE HAVE A  GROWING POPULATION WE NEED FOOD WE NEED PRODUCT WHY AREN'T WE  MAKING I I WANNA BLAME IF WE WANT TO BLAME SOME I WANT TO BLAME  TECHNOLOGY AND SO WERE PRODUCING SO MUCH OF THE COMMODITIES WHEN  YOU LOOK AT SOMETHING LIKE THE DAIRY INDUSTRY ON HOW MANY POUNDS OF  MILK WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOU KNOW INNOVATIONS HAVE HAPPEN IN CORN SEED  GENETICS AND SOME FOLKS I WORK WITH THE NORTH A NORTH DAKOTA THEY'RE  GROWING BIG BUSHELS USED TO BE A SECRET BUT NOW THE USDA TOLD US YOU KNOW THEY GREW A LOT OF BUSHELS UP HERE AND SO WHAT CHANGES IN WHAT  YOU CAN DO IN AGRONOMY AND HOW FAR YOU CAN PUSH THE SOILS YOU LOOK  AT SOME OF THESE TALKS YOU GO THESE AGRONOMY MEETINGS AND YET  I WAS  A GUY WHO WORKS IN MARKETS AND HELPS PEOPLE HEDGE PRICE IF YOU GO TO  AN AGONOMY MEETING YOU SHOULD LEAVE THEIR BEARISH IN PRICE BECAUSE  THESE LEAPS IN TECHNOLOGY ARE CHANGING AGRICULTURE WHEN WE HAD  EIGHT DOLLARS CORN THAT LED TO A LOT OF FUNNY MONEY SEVENTEEN  DOLLARS BEANS EIGHT DOLLARS CORN PRICE OF EVERYTHING WENT UP A LOT  OF THESE SEED COMPANIES WERE ABLE THROUGH A LOT OF MONEY INTO  RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND THEY CAME UP WITH NEW AND BETTER AND GREATER AND FASTER GROWING SHORTER DATED DATED VARIETIES THAT CAN  GROW UNDER MORE STRESS LESS WATER SO TECHNOLOGY HAS IN A WAY HURT  THE PRODUCER IT 'S TAKEN AWAY THE PROFITABILITY SO THEY'RE THEY'RE  WORKING EQUALLY AS HARD PRODUCING MORE BUSHELS AND GETTING A  LOWER PRICE THAT 'S WHY PRICE IS SO IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON IT AND TO DO  WHICH IN DUE TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE A MARKETING SO SHOULD WE BE  FOCUSED ON PRICE SO SHE WOULD BE FOCUSED ON AGRONOMY AND BUSHELS  AT THIS POINT WHAT ARE IN WORSE WAS THE HAPPY MEDIUM IT 'S BOTH THERE 'S  THREE THINGS I NOTICED THAT HELPS SOME I REALLY DO WELL IN AGRICULTURE  ONE IT 'S THEY HAVE ABOUT A LAND BASE OWNERSHIP A LAND YOU CAN'T STOP  THAT THAT SOME THAT COME FROM MULTIPLE GENERATIONS SUCCESS TO BE  ABSOLUTELY AWESOME AT PRODUCING BUSHELS BE A GOOD PRODUCER AND  THREE IS TO BE GOOD AT MARKETING IF YOU HAVE ALL THREE OF THOSE SHE  GOT A DYNAMIC DUO AND MAYBE YOU ARE SOME OF THE FEW PEOPLE MAKING MONEY IF YOU'RE MISSING ALL THREE OF THOSE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM OKAY  WELL IT IS GONNA BE AN INTERESTING YEAR WAS TWENTY SEVENTEEN SHAKES  OUT APPRECIATE IT TOM THANK YOU TOMMY WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE  INTERESTED IN SPENDING A DAY WITH A TRADER. CALL TOMMY GRISAFI AT  800-664-4383. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE  LOOKING AT THIS ROOT ZONE MOISTURE YOU CAN REALLY SEE WHERE THAT  STORM SYSTEM PUT DOWN THE WATER HAIR IS AMAZING THAT 'S WHY I LOVE  THIS PRODUCT IT REALLY SHOWS THE CHANGES FROM WEEK TO WEEK  DRAMATICALLY YOU CAN STILL SAY IT 'S GETTING DRIER AND DRIER IN CENTRAL  FLORIDA THOUGH AND THERE 'S SOME AREAS AROUND THE WEST VIRGINIA AND  OTHER NORTHEAST EXTREMELY DRY AS WELL LET 'S CHECK OUT THE WEATHER  MAP FOR TODAY AND YOU CAN SEE YET ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM AFFECTING  THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THIS IS A WET AREA SOUTHERN MISSOURI IN THE SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY YOU'LL SEE  THAT SYSTEM CONTINUING TO PUSH EASTWARD SO MUCH MISERY EXCEPT THE  FAR NORTHERN SECTIONS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ALL WAY DOWN IN THE  EASTERN TEXAS LOUISIANA GETTING RAIN OR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  SCATTERED SHOWERS THROUGH THE NORTHERN PLAINS IN A FEW LINGERING  SHOWERS BY LATER TODAY IN THE NORTHEAST NEXT COLD FRONT COMING INTO  THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST 'S REALLY NOT MOVING VERY QUICKLY A LOT OF THAT  MOISTURE 'S GOING TO STAY NORTH IN WESTERN PORTIONS OF CANADA HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM MOVING OFF TO  THE EAST SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS INTO THE SOUTHEAST AGAIN ANY  MAN SEE THE RAIN PUSHING ALL THE WAY UP TO ABOUT THE MICHIGAN INDIANA STATE LINE BY TOMORROW MORNING HEADING THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY  TOMORROW EXCUSE ME YOU CAN SEE THAT THE RAIN CONTINUES TO SPREAD  INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES BUT ONLY GO SO FAR NORTH SO THE LOOK  LIKE MOST OF MICHIGAN GETS TOO MUCH IN THE WAY OF RAIN JUST THE FAR  SOUTHERN AREAS BUT HE WILL SEE THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  CONTINUE THROUGHOUT PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST ONCE AGAIN BY LATER IN  THE DAY TOMORROW A BIG DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING MOST OF THE  WESTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY THOUGH BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS WE'VE ALREADY SEEN  SOME DECENT AMOUNTS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF KANSAS ADDING IN THE NEXT  THIRTY SIX CHICKEN SEE OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS PUTTING DOWN TWO TO  THREE INCHES OR MORE OF RAIN FOR PARTS OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI ALL THE WAY DOWN IN THE LOUISIANA ESPECIALLY IN THE GULF COAST AREAS AND SOME  OF THAT SPREADING INTO A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN  INDIANA FOR THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS LOOKING AT SNOWFALL IT 'S  MAINLY BEEN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OUT WEST AND THAT EVENTUALLY WILL  GET TO NOT USE THIS MAP ANYMORE UNTIL NEXT YEAR BUT YOU CAN SEE A  LITTLE BIT OF SNOWFALL IN PARTS OF CANADA NORTH OF THE GREAT LAKES  HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON FIFTIES AND SIXTIES COOLER THAN NORMAL FOR MOST OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS SEVENTIES AND  EIGHTIES FARTHER SOUTH COOLER THAN NORMAL FOR MOST OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS SEVENTIES AND EIGHTES FARTHER SOUTH FEW UPPER  EIGHTS NEAR NINTY IN FAR SOUTH TEXAS LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO BE IN THE  FORTIES ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT FIFTIES AND SIXTIES BY THE TIME WE  GET INTO THE SOUTH EAST AND TAKING A LOOK AT HIGHS TOMORROW AFTERNOON WHERE IT 'S RAINING IT 'S GOING TO BE A CHILLY RAW DAY  OTHERWISE IT 'S A SIXTIES NORTH OF THAT FRONT FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS  TAKING A LOOK AT THE JET STREAM YOU CAN SEE THE TROUGH MOVING AWAY  THERE IS THAT NEW ONE DIGGING IN THAT 'S THE STORM SYSTEM THAT 'S WHY IT  'S GOING TO BE SUCH A SLOW MOVER AND LOOK AT THIS THIS MAP BY EARLY  NEXT WEEK THAT 'S JUST RIDICULOUS FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR VERY WARM  IN THE MIDDLE STRONGLY ON THE WEST IN THE EAST THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS  THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FIRST  OFALL LYMAN COLORADO CLOUDY BREEZY CHILLY HIGH JUMP FOR A FIFTY FOUR  DEGREES TERRA HAUTE INDIANA BREEZY WITH PERIODS OF RAIN HIGH OF FIFTY  FIVE AND TAKE A LOOK AT MONTPELIER VERMONT CLOUDY AND CHILLY COULD BE  A SHOWER IN SPOTS HIGH OF FORTY NINE. 

TEASE
SCHOOL LUNCHES GET MORE WIGGLE ROOM FROM USDA.  WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND DURING A TIME OF CRISIS, THESE FARM ANIMALS BECAME THE BEST OF  FRIENDS. BARNYARD BESTIES LATER ON AGDAY. VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM.

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, THE NEWLY MINTED SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE IS MAKING  CHANGES TO LUNCH REQUIREMENTS AT THE NATION'S SCHOOLS. AG SECREATRY SONNY PERDUE SIGNING A PROCLAMATION FOCUSED ON  RECENT NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS--IT GIVE GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO SCHOOLS  ON SODIUM, WHOLE GRAINS AND LOOSENS RULES ON MILK. FRUIT AND VEGETABLE STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS REMAINED INTACT  PERDUE SAYS THE IDEA IS GIVE SCHOOLS MORE FREEDOM AND TRUSTING THEM  TO DO THE RIGHT THING. ALSO FROM WASHINGTON, AS WE TOLD YOU LAST WEEK, ABOUT THE RUCKUS  OVER ARGENTINA LEMONS. NEW WORD NOW THAT LEMONS FROM THE SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY ARE  GETTING THE GREEN LIGHT FROM USDA. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE FINAL RULE ALLOWING ARGENTINE LEMON IMPORTS  WILL TAKE EFFECT MAY 26TH.  IT SAYS IT WILL NOT ISSUE ANOTHER STAY ON THE REGULATION.  THE CALIFORNIA CITRUS INDUSTRY IS NOT HAPPY. THE CHAIR OF THE U.S. CITRUS SCIENCE COUNCIL RICHARD PIDDUCK--SAYS  "THE HASTE IN WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE IS NOTHING LESS THAN  DISRESPECTFUL AND I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S  COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR DOMESTIC CITRUS PRODUCERS. THE FINAL SNOW PACK SURVEY IN CALIFORNIA SHOWS IT'S NEARLY DOUBLE ITS  NORMAL LEVELS AFTER FIVE YEARS OF HISTORIC DROUGHT. THE WATER EQUIVALENT OF THAT SNOW IS ROUGHLY 42 AND A HALF INCHES ON  AVERAGE...ALMOST 200 PERCENT THE TYPICAL MAY FIRST MEASUREMENT . AS TEMPERATURES WARM ALL OF THAT SNOW IS BEGINNING TO MELT. WATER MANAGERS SAY THEY EXPECT PLENTIFUL SUPPLIES...WITH FARMERS  GETTING 100 PERCENT OF THEIR ALLOCATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - MEET AN "ODD COUPLE'....THAT SEEMS TRULY RIGHT FOR EACH  OTHER. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. IT'S NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND AN OLDER FARMER TAKE A YOUNGER FARMER  UNDER HIS WING. BUT IN SOUTH CAROLINA WE FOUND A YOUNGER ROOSTER  TAKE AN ELDERLY GOAT UNDER HIS WING. THIS UNLIKELY BOND FORMED WHEN THE ELDERLY GOAT WAS REHABILITATING  AFTER A DOG ATTACK FOUR YEARS AGO. THE PAIR LIVE AT A THERAPEUTIC RIDING  FACILITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THE GOAT IS 18 YEARS OLD. IT NEARLY DIED WHEN IT WAS ATTACKED. 'SAMOA' THE ROOSTER VISITED "BILLY" DURING THE WEEKS OF REHAB. AND THEY'VE  BEEN BESTIES EVER SINCE. "WHEN HE FIRST WAS REHABBING, (ROOSTER CROWS, BUTELA LAUGHS) THE ROOSTER WOULDN'T EVEN LET  PEOPLE NEAR HIM. IT'S HILARIOUS. THEY'LL RIDE, THERE'S A WATER TUB OUT THERE, SOMETIMES THEY'LL RIDE ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE TUB. HE'LL JUMP OFF, THEY'LL BOTH DRINK AND THEN WALK BACK IN  TOGETHER. BUT IT IS, IT IS HILARIOUS."TRUE FRIENDSHIP.....

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN,  I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT  DAY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.  

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