AgDay Daily Recap - September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

HEADLINES

TRUMP COULD SOON TURN UP THE HEAT WITH MORE TARIFFS. BUT NOW IT'S  TIMING THAT'S KEY. AS THE FUED OVER THE FARM BILL CONTINUES, ONE CROP IS STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT...  "I MEAN THERE ARE GUYS THAT ARE REALLY HOPING TO SAVE THEIR FOUR OR FIVE GENERATION FARMS  BECAUSE OF THIS CROP." IT'S HIGH HOPES FOR HEMP.  IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE LONGTERM IMPACT OF TRADE FALLOUT... "THOSE SORTS OF THINGS CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF THE WAY THE MARKET WILL OPERATE INTO THE  FUTURE." AND IT'S THE CROPS EDITION OF COPS AS THIS COMBINE RUSHES IN TO TRACK  DOWN A MAN ON THE RUN.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO. 

TRADE BATTLE
GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE U-S COULD  BE ON THE VERGE OF AN ESCALATING TRADE BATTLE.  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCING LAST NIGHT TARIFFS ON 200 BILLION DOLLARS WOTH OF CHINESE PRODUCTS. THOSE TARIFFS COMING AT A LOWER RATE OF 10 PERCENT VERSUS THE  PREVIOUSLY SUGGESTED 25 PERCENT. HOWEVER, THE TARIFFS WILL JUMP TO 25  PERCENT ONCE 2019 HITS.  MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HOWEVER, HAVE BEEN URGING THE PRESIDENT TO BACK AWAY FROM SUCH A STRONG STANCE ON CHINA, AS THE FALLOUT IS  BEING FELT ON FARMS.  THE TARIFFS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON SEPTEMBER 24TH.  FARM JOURNAL WASHINGTON CORRESPONDANT JIM WIESEMEYER SAYS TIMING IS KEY.    "THE LAST TIME WE HAD THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF TARIFFS. IT TOOK JUST SHY OF THREE WEEKS FOR THEM  TO ACTUALLY BE IMPLEMENTED. NOW THAT COULD BE GOOD NEWS IF IN THE INTERIM TIMEU.S. AND CHINESE TRADE OFFICIALS MEET. HOWEVER THERE IS SOME REPORTS FROM BOTH THEU.S. AND CHINA  THAT CHINA'S TOP OFFICIALS ARE RETHINKING WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO SEND OFFICIALS OVER HERE  TO THIS COUNTRY FOR TALKS BECAUSE OF THE ACCELERATION IN TARIFFS." WIESEMEYER SAYS IF ANNOUNCED, THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S WAY OF KEEPING  PRESSURE ON CHINA. BUT THE GLOBAL TIMES, WHICH IS A PUBLICATION RUN BY THE COMMUNITY  PARTY, SAYS CHINA WILL NOT BE CONTENT TO ONLY PLAYING DEFENSE IN AN  ESCALATING TRADE WAR.  AS TRADE TENSIONS GROW, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ON THE FRONTLINES ARE QUESTIONING WHEN THEY'LL SEE THE AID AND HOW MUCH MORE TARIFF RELIEF  IS ON THE WAY.  

TARIFF AID
USDA NOW SAYING THE NEXT ROUND OF TARIFF AID COULD HIT IN DECEMBER.  THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAID IT IN A WHITE PAPER LATE LAST  WEEK THAT A SECOND ROUND OF TARIFF-RLEATED AID COULD BE ANNOUNCED IN  DECEMBER. THAT AID COULD ACCOUNT FOR THE STRUGGLING BASIS SOME FARMERS ARE  SEEING-- ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS.  USDA SAYING IT COULD ALSO ACCONUTN FOR OTHER FACTORS LIKE MARKET CONDITIONS THAT HAVE MITIGATED SOME OF THE TRADE DAMAGE.  WE ASKED NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL AND NATIONAL COTTON  COUNCIL ABOUT THE FIRST ROUND OF AID AND HOW MUCH RELIEF IT'LL REALLY PROVIDE.  "WE ALL SAY THE SAME THING, WE'D RATHER HAVE TRADE THAN AID, BUT NOBODY IS PROBABLY GOING TO  TURN IT AWAY. WE FELT LIKE WE WERE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WE AT THE BLUNT OF HTE SPEAR WE SAID A  LOT BEFORE. WE WERE THE FIRS ONES TO TAKE THE TAIFFS BACK IN APRIL WHEN CHINA PUT IT ON, WE WERE THE FIRST ONES WITH MEXICO, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL MORE TARIFFS WITH CHINA SO IT WAS NICE TO ACKNOWLEDE PORK HAS BEEN AT THE BLUNT OF HTE SPEAR TAKING IT IN ON TRADE TAIRRFS." "THE TARIFF PAYMENTS WILL PROVIDE WELCOME RELIEF FOR PRODUCERS AND WILL PARTIALLY OFFSET THE  TARIFF IMPACTS UNTIL BETTER TRADE RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE RESTORED AND IMPROVED. THE AID WILL NOT  COMPLETELY FILL THE GAP IF THE TARIFF AND TRADE TENSIONS CONTINUE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD. SOME  PRODUCERS MAY FIND IT LESS EFFECTIVE DUE THE PAYMENT LIMIT" ALSO IN WASHINGTON, IT'S A RACE AGAINST THE CALENDAR FOR THE FARM BILL.  AND AS EACH DAY PASSES, IT BECOMES MORE LIKELY WE'LL SEE AN EXTENSION OF THE 2014 FARM BILL.  WHILE LEADERS ARE STILL WORKING TOWARD A BILL THAT CAN PASS BOTH  CHAMPERS, THE HOUSE IS OUT OF SESSION ALL WEEK. BUT THE BIGGEST HURDLE REMAINS OVER SNAP - OR WHAT USED TO BE CALLED  FOOD STAMPS -, AS KEY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE YET TO  REACH A COMPROMISE ON REQURING WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR SNAP RECIPIENTS.  IT'S A CROP THAT PROPONENTS SAY IS MISUNDERSTOOD, AND IT'S TURNING OUT  TO BE A CASH CROP FOR THOSE VENTURING INTO THE FIELD. 

HEMP’S HIGH HOPES
BUT IT'S HEMP NOW AT THE CENTER OF THE FARM BILL DEBATE, CREATING HIGH  HOPES FOR HEMP.  CLIMBING THE ELEVATION OF COLORADO, COLORADO FARMER TRAVIS HERGERT  SAYS THE RISKS OF FARMING HERE CAN BE HIGH.  YES SO YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY UNIQUE CHALLENGES IN THIS AREA AS FAR AS ELEVATION  GROWING DAYS CLIMATE WATER AND JUST URBAN SPRAWL.UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT ARE FORCING SOME FARMERS TO VEER AWAY FROM TRADITION FARMING.  WE'RE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT CROPS THAT WE THINK CAN MEET SOME OF THOSE DIFFERENT  SOME OF THOSE THOSE DIFFERENT PARAMETERS. IT'S ONE CROP THAT'S GROWING IN POPULARITY... AND AT TIMES, DEFYING  POPULAR OPINION.  WE TRIPLED OUR ACREAGE THIS YEAR. DAVID ASBURY IS GROWING HIS BUSINESS IN WHAT'S NOW AN URBAN AREA, AS  THE TOWNS OF BOULDER AND LONGMONT COLRADO KEEP CREEPIGN IN.  AND HE'S DOING SO BY GROWING HEMP. THIS ONE IS IS YOU KNOW KIND OF CATCHING A SPOT IN MY HEART BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT JUST IT  WANTS TO GROW.IT'S A RESILIENT CROP AGRONOMICALLY... AND ONE THAT CAN COME WITH HIGH  RETURNS. LOCAL GROWERS SAY ONE SEED COSTS AROUND A DOLLAR 50 TO PLANT... AND  SOME FARMERS STRIVE TO PLANT 47 HUNDRED SEEDS PER ACRE.  BUT ON THE BACK END THAT CROP CAN BE WORTH ANYWHERE FROM 90 DOLLARS TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS A PLANT. HERGERT SAYS IT'S A CROP GIVING SOME FARMS NEW LIFE...  I MEAN THERE ARE GUYS THAT ARE REALLY HOPING TO SAVE THEIR FOUR OR FIVE GENERATION FARMS BECAUSE OF THIS CROP.AND IT'S THAT REVIVAL SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IS  STRIVING TOWARD IN THE 2018 FARM BILL. A KENTUCY NATIVE, HE'S MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE THINKS HEMP COULD HELP KENTUCKY FARMERS SURVIVE.  NOW IT'S NO SECRET I'M EXCITED ABOUT PARTS OF HTE SENATE PASSED BILL THAT CONCERN INDUSTRIAL HEMP I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE CONGRESSMAN COMER OF WESTERN KENTUCKY WHO AS  COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE BEFORE HE CAME TO CONGRESS WAS THE FIRST KENTUCKIAN TO TAKE A  MAJOR LEAD ROLE IN WHAT HAS NOW DEVELOPED INTO A NATIONAL CONSENSUS- I BELIEVE- TAHT INDUSTRIAL HEMP DESERVES A COMBEBACK. MCCONNELL DEFENDING HEMP IN THE FARM BILL CONFERENCE MEETING THIS  WEEK.. THE SENATE LEADER ALSO NOTING HE APPOINTMENTED HIMSELF TO THE  CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, A TESTAMENT TO HOW STRONGLY HE WANTS TO SEE  HEMP LEGISLTAION SUCCEED.  CONSUMERS WE ALL NOW HAS BEEN CONSUMING HEMP PRODUCTS FOR DECADES.. IT'S EVERYWHERE,  IT'S JUST COMING FROM SOME OTHER COUNTRY. THE SENATE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL INCLUDES FOUR KEY MEASURES FOR  HEMP. FIRST, IT LEGALIZES HEMP AS AN AG COMMODITY BY REMOVING IT FROM TEH FEDERAL LIST OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. IT GIVES STATES TEH OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME THE PRIMARY REGULATORS OF  HEMP PRODUCTION. THE LANGUAGE ALSO ALLOWS HEMP RESEARCHES TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL  GRANTS FROM USDA AND IT'S ALSO MAKES HEMP ELIGIBLE FOR CROP INSURANCE.  FOR HEMP GROWERS, IT'S A MOVE THAT REMOVE THE STIGMA SURROUNDIGN  HEMP PRODUCTION TODAY  YOU KNOW MARIJUANA IS NOW LEGALIZED. AND WITH THAT HEMP WHICH IS A DISTANT COUSIN TO MARIJUANA THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE THC BUT HAS A LOT OF THE MEDICAL BENEFITS THAT HAS ALSO BEEN  LEGALIZED AND IT'S CLOSELY REGULATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH THE STATE.<IT'S BEEN DEMONIZED YOU KNOW FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND AS A CONTAGION AND WHEN MY MOM  FOUND OUT THAT I WAS DOING THIS YOU KNOW SHE'S 83 YEARS OLD AND ALL SHE YOU KNOW IT. SHE  GAVE ME THAT LOOK OF LIKE YOU KNOW KIND OF THAT THAT LOOK THAT PEOPLE GIVE YOU WHEN THEY'RE  LIKE KIND OF LIKE CONCERNED DISGUSTED AND QUESTIONING YOUR SANITY.AS HEMP PRODUCERS RALLY AROUND THE CROP, THEY HOPE THE LEGAL  BARRIERS ARE SOON BURIED.  AND IT'S CREATING HIGH HOPES OF HOW DEMAND  COULD SOON SOAR IT'S THE OIL IN THE PLANT THAT'S IN SUCH HIGH DEMAND RIGHT NOW. BUT LOCAL GROWERS SAY IT'S TOUGH TO FIND THE SEED TO PLANT, AS THERE  AREN'T ANY SPECIFIED DEALERS. THE PERMIT PROCESS IS ALSO TEDIOUS.

CROP CONDITIONS, NORTH CAROLINA UPDATE
FROM USDA - CORN HARVEST IS NOW MAKING THE WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS  REPORT. IT'S STILL IN SINGLE DIGITS NATIONALLY AT NINE PERCENT, THREE  POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. IN STORM-STRICKEN NORTH CAROLINA, FARMERS HAD HARVESTED TWO-THIRDS  OF THE STATE'S CORN CROP BEFORE FLORENCE HIT. IOWA IS JUST STARTING. ILLINOIS IS 12-PERCENT ALONG. SOYBEAN HARVEST ALSO GETTING UNDERWAY AT SIX PERCENT. JUST THREE PERCENT OF NORTH CAROLINA'S SOY CROP IS HARVESTED, LEAVING MOST OF THE STATE'S CROP AT RISK FOR STORM-RELATED DAMAGE. LIKEWISE, JUST ONE PERCENT OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COTTON CROP HAS  BEEN HARVESTED. THE NORTH CAROLINA PORK COUNCIL SAYS THAT HOG FARMS IN THE STATE ARE NOT EXPERIENCEING WIDESPREAD IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE. BUT  AERIAL FOOTAGE SHOWS AT LEAST ONE FARMING OPERATION SURROUNDED BY  FLOOD WATER. THIS FARM IS NEAR TRENTON, NORTH CAROLINA. NORTH CAROLINA STATE REGULATORS ARE MONITORING THE THREAT OF  MANURE RELEASES FROM HOG AND POULTRY FARMS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS. THE STATE PORK COUNCIL SAYS FARMERS ACTIVATED BACKUP POWER PLANS  AND SOME FARMS ARE SEEING DAMAGE FROM HIGH WINDS. . BLOOMBERG REPORTING MAJOR POULTRY AND MEAT COMPANIES ARE STARTING TO RESUME PROCESSING. THAT INCLUDES PERDUE FARMS AND SANDERSON  FARMS. 

CROP COMMENTS
WHILE THERE'S PLENTY OF RAIN ALONG THE EAST COAST, HARVEST 2018 IS  UNDERWAY IN THE MIDWEST. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING TYNE. IN NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA, SOME FARMERS ARE GETTING A HEAD-START ON  CORN THIS WEEK. TEMPS HAVE BEEN IN THE MID-TO UPPER 80'S. AT THIS FARM IN STARKE COUNTY, INDIANA THEY'RE ALSO DOING THEIR TILLAGE WORK RIGHT AWAY. AND JUST EAST OF THERE IN MARSHALL COUNTY INDIANA, DAVE DAVENPORT  ALSO OPENED-UP HIS FIRST FIELD OF THE HARVEST SEASON. DAVE SAYS - OTHER THAN 2012 - THIS IS THE EARLIEST START FOR HARVEST IN  HIS 30-PLUS YEARS OF FARMING.. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF WIND TO START TODAY. MAYBE IN  A COUPLE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST EARLY LATER ON IN THE DAY PARTS OF THE WEST  PARTS OF THE EAST ALSO GIVING A LITTLE BIT ON THE BREEZY SIDE TOMORROW MORNING KIND OF THE SAME IDEA JUST A FEW SPOTS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WITH THE THUNDERSTORMS. AND THEN IT TURNS A  LITTLE WINDY FROM KANSAS TO WEST TEXAS AND MUCH OF THE WEST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN  TEMPS. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME, ALL OF THIS TALK ABOUT AN ESCALATING TRADE WAR, BUT ARE  THE TARIFFS JUSTIFIED? THAT'S ANALYSIS.  PLUS, IT'S A MANHANT, COMBINE STYLE. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW THIS COMBINE  AND A DRONE PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN TRACKING DOWN A FUGITIVE... LATER ON AGDAY.  

TYSON FOODS LEADERSHIP CHANGE
IN AGRIBUSINESS - TWO BIG MOVES AT THE EXECUTIVE LEVEL. TYSON FOODS ANNOUNCED ITS PRESIDENT AND C-E-O TOM HAYES WILL STEP DOWN AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER FOR -QUOTE - "PERSONAL REASONS." TYSON'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS SAYING MONDAY THAT ITS GROUP PRESIDENT OF  BEEF, PORK AND INTERNATIONAL DIVISIONS NOEL WHITE WILL SUCCEED HAYES. HAYES JOINED TYSON IN 2014 WITH ITS ACQUISITION OF THE HILLSHIRE BRAND  COMPANY, WHERE HE WAS CHIEF SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER. IN 2016, HAYES WAS  APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND CEO. WHITE JOINED TYSON IN 2001 DURING THE BUYOUT OF BEEF AND PORK  PRODUCER I-B-P. AND FROM THE SEED-CHEM SIDE - DOWDUPONT HAS NAMED THE CHIEF  EXECUTIVE WHO WILL LEAD ITS AGRICULTURE BUSINESS ONCE IT SPLITS FROM  THE REST OF COMPANY.JAMES COLLINS - WHO WAS C-O-O OF DOW-DUPONT'S AGRICULTURE UNIT WILL DOW AND DUPONT MERGED LAST YEAR IN A DEAL VALUED AT CLOSE TO 70  BILLION DOLLARS WITH PLANS TO SPLIT INTO THREE DISTINCT COMPANIES. 

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE NOW WITH DARREN HUDSON OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY. DARREN WHEN WE LOOK AT TRADE AND  WE LOOK AT THESE TARIFFS DO YOU THINK THAT THE SITUATION THAT'S GOING ON TODAY IS GOING TO HURT  LONG TERM DEMAND I MEAN ARE WE GOING TO SEE THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THESE TRADE TENSIONS PLAY OUT FOR YEARS AHEAD. YES ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN THE LONGER THAT WE SIT IN THIS SITUATION THE  MORE REORGANIZATION OF SUPPLY CHAINS THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO MOVE US COTTON TO  DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. THOSE SORTS OF THINGS CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF THE WAY THE MARKET WILL  OPERATE INTO THE FUTURE. AND SO YOU KNOW WE WANT TO SEE THIS TO BE A SHORT LIVED AS WE POSSIBLY CAN MAKE IT AND THEN MOVE FORWARD. BUT BUT YES THESE THINGS ARE ARE NOT ONE SHOT  DEALS. THEY THEY THEY PLAY OUT BECAUSE RELATIONSHIPS MATTER AND TRADE BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT  COTTON AND YOU LOOK AT HOW KIND OF CHINA HAD MANIPULATED THE MARKET REALLY A FEW YEARS AGO WE SAW COTTON PRICES FALL TREMENDOUSLY AND REALLY HURT LOCAL COTTON PRODUCERS. DO YOU THINK IT  IS TIME TO STAND UP TO CHINA. DO YOU THINK IT IS TIME TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION  HAS CALLED AN UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES. ABSOLUTELY I MEAN YOU KNOW I THINK THERE ARE ABSOLUTE  POLITICAL REASONS FOR THESE TARIFFS. THERE IS ABSOLUTE. YOU KNOW THE CHINESE HAVE CLEARLY MANIPULATED MARKETS OVER TIME AND YOU KNOW YOUR TRADE AGREEMENTS WORK WHEN TRADE  AGREEMENTS ARE ENFORCED AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN. AND THAT HAS BEEN A DETRIMENT TOU.S.  AGRICULTURE AND SO WE ARE DEFINITELY AT THE POINT WHERE AND I THINK THAT'S WHY AG IS ALONG FOR  THE RIDE THIS POINT. BUT DO YOU THINK TARIFFS IS THE CORRECT WAY TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES. IT'S IT'S  A DANGEROUS GAME BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING THAT GAME YOU KNOW IT'S IT'S LIKE A GAME OF CHICKEN SO TO SPEAK AND SO YOU KNOW I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED US NOT TO ENGAGE IN THAT. THAT  AVENUE. BUT THAT'S THE AVENUE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CHOSE. THEY WANT TO FORCE THE CHINESE  TO THE TABLE. THEY'RE SHOWN SOME WILLINGNESS TO MOVE BACK TO THE TABLE. SO I THINK IT'S IT'S HAVING AT LEAST SOME EFFECT REALLY QUICK. BUT IF WE DON'T GET THIS WORKED OUT QUICKLY WHAT  HAPPENS. IT'S NOT GOOD FOR AGRICULTURE. WE NEED TO GET THESE THESE TRADE AGREEMENTS  RENEGOTIATED AND MOVE FORWARD. OTHERWISE WE'RE WE'RE LOOKING AT SERIOUS DETERIORATION IN EXPORT DEMAND. ALL RIGHT DARYN THANK YOU SO MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK  AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK. TIME NOW FOR A CHECK OF WEATHER CALLED HURRICANE FLORENCE HURRICANE FLO.  NO I HADN'T HEARD THE SECOND ONE BUT THAT WOULD BE A NICKNAME I SUPPOSE YOU MISSED HIP  TERM. I SUPPOSE SO BUT THE REMNANTS OF FLORENCE ARE THEY'RE STILL THERE AND IT DOESN'T RAIN.  YEAH IT STILL HAS SOME TROPICAL MOISTURE WITH IT. WE'RE NOT TALKING ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS AT THIS  POINT. BUT THERE IT IS IN EASTERN PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT NOW THE REMNANTS OF FLORENCE AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH ON EASTWARD AND FINALLY BACK OUT INTO THE ATLANTIC AS A NON  TROPICAL SYSTEM. WE ALSO HAVE AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE KIND OF DEVELOPING ALONG THE COLD  FRONT ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC WHICH WILL BEGIN TO PRODUCE SOME MOISTURE AND THE LONG AND MAINLY NORTH OF THIS STATIONARY FRONT KIND OF A COLD FRONT NICE WARM FRONT IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS  PRODUCING SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HERE AND THERE ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON NOW  HEADING INTO THE DAY. TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME COMPLEXES OF THUNDERSTORMS THERE  SOUTH DAKOTA INTO IOWA THE WAY IT LOOKS. AND THAT IS MAINLY DRY ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO START TODAY HEADING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON OR WILL BE A FEW HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS JUST WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND SOME OF THAT ACTIVITY IN  THE SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS. MOST OF IT'S BEEN MID-ATLANTIC AND ON UP INTO PENNSYLVANIA NEW YORK. AGAIN THE REMNANTS OF  FLORENCE THERE SOME AREAS ACROSS THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AS WELL IN OUR  MODEL IS REALLY PUTTING DOWN SOME HEAVY AMOUNTS AND SOME OF THOSE COMPLEXES. PARTS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO IOWA AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT 36 HOURS. HIGH TEMPERATURES  TODAY GOING TO BE IN THE 90S FROM KANSAS ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO EAST TEXAS OVER INTO  SOUTHERN GEORGIA. A LOT MORE PLEASANT TEMPERATURES IN SPACE ESPECIALLY NORTH OF THAT FRONTAL SYSTEM WITH 60S AND 70S SHOWING UP. UPPER MIDWEST INTO THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT  LAKES AND IT CONTINUES TO BE HOT IN THE SOUTHWEST. LOOK AT THE LOW IN PHOENIX 86 DEGREES  70S THOUGH FOR MOST OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE THE  JETSTREAM. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE RIDGE KIND OF BUILDS IN THERE TO THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  THAT KIND OF GETS PUSHED OFF TO THE EAST. WE'RE STILL TRYING TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF A TROUGH IN THE  EAST BUT IT'S NOT REALLY COME INTO FRUITION THERE SO IT'S MAINLY ZONAL AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS  WEEKEND AND INTO THE EARLY PORTIONS OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR CHICO CALIFORNIA A GOOD DEAL OF  SUNSHINE AND PLEASANT TODAY HIGH OF 83 DEGREES. TAKE A LOOK AT HASTINGS NEBRASKA. LOTS OF  SUNSHINE AND HOT WITH A HIGH OF 90. AND FINALLY SALYERS VAIL KENTUCKY PARTLY SUNNY SKIES AND WARM MAYBE A SHOWER. HIGH 83. STILL TO COME - STRAWBERRY GROWERS ON HIGH ALERT AFTER SOMEONE  INTENTIONALLY TAINTS THE AUSTRALIAN CROP. DETAILS NEXT. AND TECHNOLOGY USED TO MONITOR 'CROPS' ALSO SOARS INTO ACTION TO  HELP "COPS". WE'LL HAVE THAT A-P-B WHEN AGDAY CONTINUES. 

DAIRY REPORT
CHINA'S GROWING MIDDLE CLASS HAS HELPED GENERATE DEMAND FOR U-S  AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. BUT THE TRADE FEUD BETWEEN THE TWO  COUNTRIES IS HAVING AN EFFECT. RESEARCH FROM RABOBANK SHOWS ASIA'S DEMAND FOR U-S FRUITS AND NUTS  HAS GROWN FOUR TIMES FASTER THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD. THE U-S SHIPS ABOUT 13-BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FRESH FRUIT AND TREE  NUTS ANNUALLY, WITH 15-PERCENT GOING TO CHINA. CHINA IMPOSED A 15-PERCENT TARIFF ON U-S FRUITS AND NUTS IN APRIL. IN JULY  IT ADDED ANOTHER 25-PERCENT. RABOBANK EXPECTS CHERRY AND GRAPE SHIPMENTS WILL BE HURT THE MOST,  WITH EXPORTS EXPECTED TO FALL MORE THAN 20 PERCENT. CHINA IMPORTS ALMOST 80 PERCENT OF ITS ALMONDS AND NEARLY ALL OF ITS  PISTACHIOS, AND THE U.S. SUPPLIES MORE THAN HALF THAT DEMAND. SOMEONE IS INTENTIONALLY SABOTAGING THE AUSTRALIAN STRAWBERRY CROP  AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR THE CULPRIT, OR CULPRITS. PUBLIC FEARS ABOUT SEWING NEEDLES CONCEALED INSIDE STRAWBERRIES ON  SUPERMARKET SHELVES HAVE SPREAD ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. GROWERS HAVE TURNED TO METAL DETECTORS. THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEENSLAND STATE - WHERE THE CONTAMINATION SCARE  STARTED LAST WEEK - HAS OFFERED A 100-THOUSAND AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR  REWARD. THAT'S 72-THOUSAND IN U-S DOLLARS. THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION TO RESTORE  CONFIDENCE IN THE POPULAR FRUIT FOLLOWING THE RECALL. NEEDLES HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED IN THE FRUIT IN ALL SIX AUSTRALIAN STATES.  NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. 

TEASE
IT'S THE FARMING EDITION OF COPS-- AND IT'S A COMBINE AND A DRONE SAVING  THE DAY. WE'LL HAVE THE STORY NEXT.  

IN THE COUNTRY
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A COMBINE AND THE LATEST  TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S AS THIS TIME A LOCAL FARMERS TURNED HIS COMBINE  INTO A POWERFUL TOOL... ABLE TO END MANHUNT AND HELP LOCAL LAW  ENFORCEMENT CATCH A FUGITIVE.  SLOAN IMPLEMENT - A EQUIPMENT DEALER IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS- SHARED THIS  VIDEO ON THEIR TWITTER PAGE.  A FUGITIVE WAS HIDING IN A CORNFIELD BEHIND THE DEALERSHIP IN ASSUMPTION, ILLINOIS.  SO THEY SPRUNG INTO ACTION... UTILIZING A COMBINE AND A DRONE. THE LOCAL  FARMER RAN HIS COMBINE TO HELP FLUSH OUT THE SUSPECT FROM THE FIELD.  THAT'S AS A DRONE FLEW OVER TO HELP LOCATE THE SUSPECT, BUT ALSO CATCH  THE CHASE ON VIDEO. NICE WORK! SLOAN SHARED THE STORY SAYING IT WAS THEIR LATEST EDITION OF CROPS.  

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M TYNE MORGAN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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