AgDay Daily Recap - September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

HEADLINES

BAYER STEPS-UP ITS FIGHT TO PROTECT ROUND-UP... ...WHILE COMPANY EXECUTIVES UNFURL THEIR GOALS  FOR AG. MEET A YOUNG FARMER WHO'S 'FARMING ON THE  HORIZON' AS A DEVASTATING STORM LOOMS ON THE HORIZON. IN AGRIBUSINESS...DISCUSSING WATER IN TEXAS AND  EFFORTS TO CONSERVE IT ON THE FARM. FARM BUREAU WRITES A 'PRESCRIPTION' FOR HEALTH. IN DROVERS TV - CATTLE-HIDES ARE "TANNED" WITH TARIFFS. 

BAYER AND GLYPHOSATE
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  BAYER IS STEPPING UP ITS LEGAL FIGHT IN ORDER TO  DEFEND ITS WEED KILLER CONTAINING GLYPHOSATE.  BAYER FILING A MOTION THIS WEEK, ASKING A CALIFORNIA JUDGE TO THROW OUT THAT 289 MILLION  DOLLAR JURY VERDICT. LAST MONTH A JURY AWARDED MILLIONS TO  DEWAYNE  JOHNSON -A GROUNDSKEEPER DYING OF CANCER,  ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY CROP CHEMICALS PRODUCED  BY THEN MONSANTO. BAYER SAYING - IN MOTIONS FILED IN SAN FRANCISCO'S SUPERIOR COURT - THAT THE JURY'S DECISION WAS  INSUFFICIENTLY SUPPORTED BY THE EVIDENCE  PRESENTED BY JOHNSON'S ATTORNEYS. MORE THAN 8-THOUSAND PLANTIFS ARE MAKING  SIMILIAR CLAIMS.  <" THE REALITY IS WE JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. OF COURSE, WE ARE REFERRING TO THE GLYPHOSATE LITIGATION THAT'S UNEXPECTED, THE  OUTCOME, DURING TRIAL IN CALIFORNIA. IT'S NOT A FINAL DECISION, JUST  MOTIONS, NOW WE HAVE TO SIMPLY DEAL WITH IT AND MOVE ON."> BAYER PURCHASED MONSANTO WHILE THE COURT- CASE PLAYED OUT. THIS WEEK THE GERMAN-BASED  COMPANY IS HOSTING JOURNALISTS FROM AROUND  THE GLOBE TO DISCUSS THE AG-FUTURE OF FARMING. OUR CLINTON GRIFFITHS WAS ONE OF THE INVITED  GUESTS. HE HAS MORE ON HOW THE COMPANY PLANS  TO TACKLE THE TOPIC OF GLYPHOSATE IN THE FUTURE.  <"WE ARE SPENDING THE WEEK IN GERMANY AT BAYER'S  HEADQUARTERS FOR THE 2018 FUTURE OF FARMING DIALOGUE.PART OF THAT CONVERSATION IS MEETING THE NEW EXECUTIVE, THE COMBINED  TEAM OF BOTH BAYER AND MONSANTO. LEADERSHIP HERE RECOGNIZING  THAT THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ISSUES TO WORK THROUGH INCLUDING THIS WHOLE ISSUE AROUND GLYPHOSATE. BUT THEY TELL US THEY'RE READY TO  MEET IT HEAD ON."> <" GLYPHOSATE WAS ACTUALLY WITHIN THE PORTFOLIO OF BAYER  BEFORE THE AQUISITION. ANY PRODUCT WE SELL HAS GOT TO BE SAFE.  GLYPHOSATE IS THE MOST TESTED CHEMICAL IN THE WORLD, 800 SAFETY STUDIES OUT THERE AND EVERY REGULATION AUTHORITY IN THE WORLD HAS  MADE IT CLEAR WHAT THEIR POSITION IS. FROM A SCIENTIFIC FACT POINT OF  VIEW, NOTHING AS CHANGED. 33 WE BELIEVE IN THE SCIENCE AND WE ARE CONVINCED GROWERS NEED THIS PRODUCT. WE ARE GOING TO DO  EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO DEFEND IT. 46> <"LEADERS WITH THE NEW BAYER AG SAY THEY KNOW THIS IS GOING T O  BE QUITE THE CONVERSATION BUT IT'S ONEE THAT THEY'RE REPARED TO  HAVE. REPORTING HERE IN GERMANY, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS."> WHAT KIND OF "NEIGHBOR" WILL BAYER BE AS IT MOVES  ITS U-S OPERATIONS TO ST. LOUIS? WE'LL SHOW YOU A HOUSE-WARMING GIFT, OF SORTS,  LATER ON AGDAY.

NORTH CAROLINA LIVESTOCK MORTALITY RATES
MEANWHILE, THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RELEASING MORTALILTY RATES IN  LIVESTOCK DUE TO FLORENCE.  ROUGHLY 3-POINT-4 MILLION CHICKENS AND TURKEYS  AND 55-HUNDRED HOGS HAVE BEEN KILLED DUE TO  RISING RIVERS, AND SWAMPED FARM BUILDINGS. SIXTEEN NORTH CAROLINA RIVERS WERE AT MAJOR  FLOOD STAGE TUESDAY WITH AN ADDITIONAL 3  EXPECTED TO PEAK TODAY.  A FARMER IN CLINTON, NORTH CAROLINA INVITED US ON  HIS OPERATION A WEEK BEFORE FLORENCE ARRIVED -  EVEN THOUGH HE WAS RUSHING HARVEST AS QUICKLY  AS POSSIBLE.  FOR FARMERS IN THE SOUTH, HURRICANES ARE OFTEN  A PART OF HARVEST. 

FARMING THE HORIZON
IN TODAY'S 'FARMING ON THE HORIZON' WE SHOW YOU ONE FARMER WHO DEMONSTRATES HOW HE STAYS  SUSTAINABLE IN FARMING, EVEN WHEN UNEXPECTED  STORMS JOLT HARVEST PLANS.  COMBINES ARE MOVING CONSISTENTLY BUT WITH  URGENCY THIS IS THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM.  <"IT IS GO TIME. IT IS GO TIME,"> CLINTON, NORTH CAROLINA FARMER CHRIS NAYLOR IS  ON A TIMELINE,  A TIMELINE SET BY AN UNWELCOME VISITOR -  FLORENCE. <"WE'VE HAD SOME HURRICANES AND WET CONDITIONS, YOU KNOW. WE  TRY TO GET OUT THERE BEFOREHAND AND GET OUT WHAT WE CAN. POST  HURRICANE, OR TROPICAL STORM. IT HAS BEEN ROUGH,"> CHOICES ARE FEW AND TIME IS LIMITED DURING HURRICANE YEARS HE'S FACED WITH LITTLE  CHOICE - PUT GRAIN IN STORAGE, SELL OR DELIVER  -  BUT THE END GOAL IS THE SAME - TO GET IT OUT OF  THE FIELD ANY WAY POSSIBLE.  <"IF YOU HAVE SOME PRE SOLD THAT YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND DELIVER.  THAT WAY YOU'RE NOT JUST TAKING WHAT THE ELEVATOR CAN GIVE YOU AT  THIS POINT DURING HARVEST. IF YOU HAVE SOME PRESOLD. IF YOU DON'T  HAVE ANY PRESOLD, I WOULD SAY GET IT OUT ANYWAY YOU CAN GET IT OUT,"> IN THIS CASE, NAYLOR GOT ALL OF HIS CORN OUT OF  THE FIELD OTHERS, NOT SO LUCKY. MIGHTY FLORENCE CREATED FLOODING, WASHED OUT ROADS AND  DAYS WITHOUT POWER. THE WEATHER IS THE PRICE OF LIVING IN THE  CAROLINAS - WITH THE CHALLENGE COMES A REASON  TO MANAGE MONEY AND WELL. SOMETHING HE LEARNED WITH HURRICANE MATTHEW  BACK IN 2016  ALL KNOWLEDGE GAINED. <"THIS ISN'T HTE FIRST HARVEST WHERE NAYLOR IS DEALING WITH DIFFICULT WEATHE.R THAT'S WHY HE CREDITS HIS SUCCESS TO HAVING A GOOD  MARKETING PLAN."> <"TRY TO BE A GOOD MARKETER. FIND OUT WHAT YOUR BREAK EVEN IS.  SCALE AT OR ABOVE BREAK EVEN. THAT WILL HELP YOU KEEP GOING FOR  THE NEXT YEAR."> THE FARMER WITH DEEP AG ROOTS... <"IT'S BEEN IN MY FAMILY FOR FIVE GENERATIONS,"> MAKES IT A PRIORITY TO KEEP THE LONGEVITY GOING..  OWNING AND LEASING LAND BUT TRYING NOT TO SELL. <"VE ALWAYS HEARD IF YOU SELL ANY LAND, YOU WON'T HAVE ANY  OPPORTUNITY TO BUY IT BACK.IF WE BUY ANY, WE TRY NOT TO SELL IT."> A SITUATION THAT'S NOT EASY IN HIS AREA. <"LAND AQUISITIONS ARE A CHALLENGE. IF YOU CAN ONLY MAKE A  CERTAIN AMOUNT PER ACRE, T HE MORE ACRES YOU CAN DO, THE BETTER  OFF YOU'LL BE AS FAR AS BEING SUSTAINABLE."> TO STAY SUSTAINABLE, HE'S MAKING INVESTMENTS  WITH TECHNOLOGY.  <"I'VE ALWAYS LOVED TECHNOLOGY, THE MORE YOU FARM, THE MORE  TECHNOLOGY YOU'RE UTILIZING. IT ALL INTERTWINS TOGETHER."> NAYLOR OPERATES TWO DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS  WHERE HE USES DRONE TECHNOLOGY AND SATELLITE  IMAGERY. <"WE IMPLEMENT ALL OF THOSE TOGETHERE TO LOOK AT  OUR FIELD HELATH  AND HOW IT WAS DURING HTE GROWING SEASON. YOU HAVE TO FACTOR IN  WEATHER CONDITIONS AT THE END OF HTE YEAR. YOU CAN SEE HOW DIFFERENT HYBRIDS PRODUCED ON DIFFERENT FARMS, DIFFERENT SOILS AND  TRY TO PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR WITH THAT INFORMATION THAT YOU'VE  GATHERED FROM THSI YEAR."> KNOWLEEDGE GAINED TO USE FOR THE UPCOMING  YEAR... A PREPARATION TO FACE THE WEATHER UNKNOWNS OF  THE ATLANTIC... SO HARVEST WON'T JUST LOOK, BUT RUN EFFORTLESSLY.  NAYLOR SAYS HE'S SAFE - HE JUST GOT POWER BACK IN  HIS HOME.  HOWEVER, HE SAYS THERE ARE STILL RESCUES OCCURING ROUGHLY 20 MILES AWAY FROM HIM.  

WOTUS UPDATE
WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE MUCH-MA-LIGNED GOVERNMENT REGULATION KNOWN AS 'WOTUS'. IOWA GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS IS DECLARING  VICTORY AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THE STATE  CAN TEMPORARILY HALT ENFORCEMENT OF THE CLEAN- WATER RULE. THE WATERS OF THE U-S RULE IS DISLIKED BY THE  AMERICAN FARM BUREAU AND OTHER AG GROUPS,  CALLING IT "CLASSIC" GOVERNMENT OVER-REGULATION. IOWA WAS NOT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL STATES IN THE  LAWSUIT, BUT REYNOLDS HAD ASKED THE COURT TO  ALLOW THE STATE TO JOIN IN.  

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU HEALTH INSURANCE
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT AGWEB - NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU BECOMING THE FIRST STATE CHAPTER  TO STEP INTO THE HEALTH INSURANCE ARENA.  IN ANNOUNCING THE PROGRAM, PRESIDENT STEVE  NELSON SAYS HIS MEMBERSHIP IS CONSTANTLY  TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR HEALTH CARE. THE PLAN WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY MEDICA, A NON- PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY. TO QUALIFY, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE BEEN A  NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU MEMBER AS OF JULY 1, 2018  AND MUST GENERATE AT LEAST HALF OF THEIR INCOME  FROM FARMING OR AGRIBUSINESS. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM AT AGWEB-DOT- COM. 

CROP COMMENTS
METEOROLOGIST DAVID HARKER, FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE WNDU IN SOUTH BEND, INDIANA HAS  WEATHER DUTIES THIS MORNING. HE JOINS US WITH CROP COMMENTS, DAVID. GOOD MORNING BETSY. THE COTTON CROP JUST OUTSIDE BATON ROUGE,  LOUISIANA IS LOOKING GOOD.  ONE OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS FROM THE L-S-U AGCENTER SHARED  SOME PHOTOS OF THE SCHOOLS COTTON PLOTS. HE SAYS THIS COULD BE THE BEST CROP IN ABOUT FIVE YEARS. BUT IT STILL NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE FIELD. STATEWIDE, 64-PERCENT OF THE COTTON IS RATED GOOD-TO-EXCELLENT. AS OF MONDAY, 14-PERCENT OF THE CROP HAD BEEN  HARVESTED. NOW TO MONTANA WHERE FARMERS ARE BUSY  HARVESTING A VARIETY OF GRAINS - FROM BARLEY TO  WHEAT. THE BEER GRAIN IS NEARLY OUT OF THE FIELD WITH 92- PERCENT HARVESTED, CANOLA - 80-PERCENT HARVESTED. OATS - 94-PERCENT. AND DURUM WHEAT 85-PERCENT HARVESTED. THAT'S  AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. NOW LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE GOT ACROSS THE  ENTIRE UNITED STATES. A LOT OF HEAT IN THE CENTER AND SOUTHERN  PART OF THE NATION. THAT'S ALL BEHIND OUR NEXT COLD FRONT MAKING ITS WAY OUT OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES. AND THAT MEANS COOLER  TEMPERATURES WILL EVENTUALLY BE ON THE WAY BUT IT MAY BE A LITTLE  TIME TO GET THERE. WE'LL HAVE A LOOK AT THE ENTIRE FORECAST COMING  UP. BUT RIGHT NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 0 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK - TYNE MORGAN IS DISCUSSING WATER IN TEXAS AND EFFORTS TO CONSERVE IT ON  THE FARM. AND COUNT LEATHER AS THE LATEST VICTIM OF THE  ESCALATING U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR. DETAILS FROM DROVERS. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
GRAINS IN THE GREEN DURING WEDNESDAY'S TRADING SESSION. LET'S FIND OUT MORE AT THE CME FLOOR IN  CHICAGO. WE ONCE THROUGH SOME TECHNICAL OF US ON THE DOWNSIDE YESTERDAY AND WHOEVER HAD EVERYBODY IN A LITTLE BIT OF A KERFUFFLE DISCORD TRADED DOWN TO FREE 342 AS ALL FIVE AND A QUARTER CENTS NOT GOOD. THAT THEN WANTS TO KIND OF TELL US WE MIGHT TAKE A PEEK TO 337 BUT TODAY IT'S FOUND ITS FEET A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE BOUNCED A TAD WERE UP A PENNY OR A PENNY AND A HALF TRYING TO FIND WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE AT HERE AND IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE NEED TO KIND OF USE THAT LEVEL AS SOMETHING TO BOUNCE OFF OF. IN ORDER FOR US NOT TO TRADE LOWER AND I THINK THAT COULD BE THE CASE. IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THAT 342 ISH LEVEL MIGHT HOLD FOR A LITTLE BIT OF A SHORT TERM BOTTOM HERE. KEEP THAT IN MIND BECAUSE IF WE DO BACK DOWN THE 342 YOUR TECHNICIANS WILL TELL YOU THEY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT 337. I'M SCOTT SHELLADY HERE BACK IN CHICAGO HAVING A GREAT TIME. I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK FROM CHICAGO. HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE.

AGRIBUSINESS
IN ANALYSIS-WE'RE TAKING A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT APPROACH  THIS MORNING. TYNE MORGAN IS TALKING THE POTENTIAL OF THE  DRYLAND CROP IN TEXAS AND IMPORTANCE OF WATER.  "HERE NOW WITH PHIL JOHNSON OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY. PHIL  YOU KNOW WE'VE BEEN TALKING YOU KNOW ON THIS SHOW THIS WEEK  ABOUT SOME OF THE FINANCIAL STRESS THAT PRODUCERS IN TEXAS HAVE  BEEN SEEN. HOW BAD IS IT GOING TO BE THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE FARMERS IN THOSE DRYLAND ACRES. OH IT COULD BE TOUGH ON  THE DRY LAND PRODUCERS. AN INSURANCE CHECK DOES NOT REPLACE A  CROP. BUT OF COURSE WE'RE ALSO GLAD TO HAVE THE INSURANCE THERE BUT. DRYLY PRODUCERS ARE GOING TO HAVE PRETTY WELL LOST THEIR CROP  THIS YEAR. BUT AT LEAST FOR ONE THING IS THAT THEY LOST IT EARLY SO  THEY DIDN'T HAVE AS MUCH OF THE INPUTS AS THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE. BUT DRYLAND PRODUCERS OVER OVER TIME HAVE GENERALLY  LEARNED TO TAKE PUT BACK MONEY IN A GOOD YEAR SO THAT THEY CAN  HANDLE THE BAD YEARS. AND SO I SUSPECT THEY'LL BE OK. BUT LOOKING AT YOU KNOW HOW VITAL WATER IS I MEAN THIS YEAR PROVES IT.  AND I KNOW YOU'VE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH ON WATER AND WHEN IT  COMES TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EVERY DROP OF WATER WHAT ARE SOME KEY FINDINGS THAT YOU HAVE FOUND WITH WATER CONSERVATION.  WELL WE'VE THIS PROJECT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE FACE OF LAND FOR  WATER CONSERVATION WE GATHERED DATA FROM THE FIELD FROM PRODUCERS LOOKING AT WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND LOOKING AT THE  TECHNOLOGIES THAT THEY ARE USING. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO. USE THE  WATER SENSORS TO MEASURE SOIL MOISTURE SO THAT WE CAN BETTER PREDICT WHEN WE NEED TO IRRIGATE HOW MUCH WE NEED TO IRRIGATE.  WE'VE FOUND THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY TAKE CENTER PIVOTS THAT ARE  MANAGED CORRECTLY AND GET SOME OF THE SAME EFFICIENCIES THAT WE GET WITH SUBSURFACE DRIP IRRIGATION. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF  MANAGING IT CORRECTLY WHILE SUBSURFACE DRIP IS ABOUT 90 PERCENT  EFFICIENT. YOU CAN GET UP TO 80 85 PERCENT EFFICIENT WITH A A WELL MANAGED LIEPA SYSTEM REALLY QUICK WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN  THOUGH FOR CA FOR COTTON FARMERS IN SOME OF THESE DROUGHT AREAS  TO SURVIVE FOR THE YEARS TO COME WHAT DO THEY NEED TO DO. WELL I MEAN IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TAKING WHAT WATER YOU HAVE AND THEN  LEARNING HOW TO MANAGE THAT. AND ALSO WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF THE  ARROGATED PRODUCERS THAT ARE STARTING TO MOVE SOME OF THEIR LAND OVER TO DRY LAND. ROTT NEIL AND THEY WE'RE ALSO SEEING SOME  CONVERSION OF CROPLAND INTO WHAT I CALL IMPROVED PASTURE WHERE  LIVESTOCK IS GOING TO BE A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE ECONOMY. PHIL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE  IT. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE RIGHT HERE  ON AGDAY." 0> 

WEATHER
<LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR AND YOU'LL NOTICE ON THE  SCREEN THE DRIEST PORTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FOUR  CORNERS REGION AS WELL AS THE WESTERN PORTION OF THIS DAY ANYWHERE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SEEMS TO BE PRIME  UNFORTUNATELY FOR THAT DROUGHT. NOW I DO EXPECT SOME RELIEF  ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES AS WELL AS DOWN IN TEXAS UNFORTUNATELY WHERE THE WILDFIRES ARE OCCURRING OUT TO THE WEST  NOT MUCH HELP THERE. WE WILL GET MORE MOISTURE TO THE SOUTH  MAY NOT NECESSARILY HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE DAYTIME TODAY BUT  CERTAINLY ON THURSDAY TO AREAS THAT UNFORTUNATELY DON'T NEED  MORE RAIN WITH FLORENCE MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH ALREADY. SO LET'S  GET INTO OUR FORECAST MODEL AND YOU'LL NOTICE A LOT OF THE HEAVIER  DOWNPOURS ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING HOURS HERE ON THURSDAY  WILL BE WELL TO THE NORTH THROUGH THE DAKOTAS THROUGH MONTANA  AND EVEN STRETCHING THROUGH MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. THAT'S WHERE THE HEAVIEST OF THE RAIN WILL BE AS WE LOOK TO THE NEXT 24  HOURS. YOU'LL NOTICE THE COLD FRONT ITSELF THOSE STRETCHING IN DOWN  THROUGH THE FOUR CORNERS REGION THROUGH COLORADO NEW MEXICO AND SOME OF THAT ACTIVITY IN EXTREME SOUTHERN ARIZONA. SO WE  PUT THIS INTO MOTION THROUGH THE DAY. NOTICE HOW THE RAIN  SHOWERS DO PICK UP IN INTENSITY SO I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS SOME OF WHICH COULD BE  STRONG TO SEVERE OUT IN THE PLAINS STATES. LOOK AT THE DEEP SOUTH  THOUGH IT CONTINUES TO REMAIN DRY SUNNY HOT AND HUMID WITH  THOSE TEMPERATURES TOPPING OUT IN THE LOWER 90S AS WE SHOWED  YOU JUST A BIT AGO. NOW THE COLD FRONT ITSELF ONCE IT SWEEPS THROUGH IT WILL LEAD TO COOLER AIR IS DRAWING IN A LOT OF COLDER AIR  FROM CANADA. THAT'S WHY THE TEMPERATURES TO START OUT FRIDAY  MORNING WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY COOLER IN SOME LOCATIONS AS  OPPOSED TO WHAT WE'VE ALREADY SEEN IN THE MORNING HOURS NOW.  NOW THE COLD FRONT GAINING MORE STEAM AS WE LOOK THROUGHOUT THE DAYTIME ON FRIDAY. LOOK AT ALL THE MOISTURE AS IT GETS PICKED  UP FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. UNFORTUNATELY THE RAIN SHOWERS  WHERE THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY NEEDED BUT COOLER TEMPERATURES WE DO GET SOME RELIEF FROM THE HEAT COMING IN THE NEAR FUTURE  UNFORTUNATELY YOU NOTICE ON THE SCREEN NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE OUT  TO THE WEST AND THE FOUR CORNERS REGION OUT IN CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS NEVADA AND EVEN UP TOWARD THE EXTREME NORTHWEST. SO LET'S  TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES. NOTICE MOST OF THE HEAVIER  RAIN SHOWERS IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES IN THE NORTHERN MIDWEST FOR THAT MATTER. AND AS WE GET THROUGHOUT THE EVENING  HOURS ON THURSDAY AND EVEN INTO FRIDAY YOU SEE A LOT OF THAT  MOISTURE IS CENTERED DOWN IN OKLAHOMA AS WELL AS TEXAS.  THESE LOCATIONS. YES WE HAVE DROUGHT. WE'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF  RELIEF BUT AS WE MENTIONED WE'VE BEEN MENTIONING IT SO FAR THIS  ENTIRE FORECAST NOT A LOT TO BE HAD THAT'S OUT IN THE EXTREME  WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME CONDITIONS NEAR YOU SUNNYSIDE WASHINGTON. WE'VE GOT HIGHS OF 72 DEGREES WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE MOVING INTO  BLOOMINGTON TEXAS ALONG THE COASTLINE 90 WITH SOME MORNING  FOG AND STORMS. AND OUT N IMASSACHUSETTS WENT TO  MASSACHUSETTS PARTLY SUNNY AND 64 DEGREES. 0> 

TEASE
NEXT - THAT PAIR OF LEATHER SHOES MAY GET A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE. FIND OUT WHY FROM OUR  TEAM AT DROVERS. AND THIS MAY LOOK LIKE JUST ANOTHER BILLBOARD -  BUT THERE'S SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT ITS ABILITY.  IT'S MORE THAN JUST A MESSAGE. IT'S A MEAL! 

DROVERS TV
IN THE TRADE FEUD BETWEEN THE U-S AND CHINA, YOU  CAN ADD ANOTHER AG PRODUCT FEELING THE  PRESSURE OF ADDITIONAL CHINESE TARIFFS -  AMERICAN CATTLE HIDES. ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT  DROVERS, CHINA ADDED TARIFFS AGAINST CATTLE  HIDES TO THE 60 BILLION DOLLAR HIT LIST. CHINA BUYS ABOUT A BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF  ANIMAL HIDES ANNUALLY FROM THE U-S. MUCH OF THAT  MATERIAL IS TURNED INTO LEATHER SHOES AND CAR  INTERIORS....AND SENT BACK HERE. DROVERS SAYS THE RETALIATION WILL HIT THE HIDE  MARKET HARD AS PRICES WERE ALREADY UNDER  PRESSURE DUE TO LARGE SUPPLIES AND DECLINING  DEMAND. < "WITH U.S. CATTLE SLAUGHTER UP 4% THIS YEAR, AND THE INCREASE IN THE SUPPLY OF HIDES IS PRESSURING  PRICES. LAST YEAR THE GLOBAL HIDE MARKET WAS  VALUED AT ABOUT $92 BILLION, AND THE BEEF DROP  CREDIT, WHICH INCLUDES HIDE AND OFFAL, AMOUNTS  TO ABOUT $130 PER HEAD. BUT THAT PRICE IS 22%  LOWER THAN THIS TIME LAST YEAR." > HENDERSON SAYS THE INDUSTRY IS ALSO  EXPERIENCING A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN DEMAND AS  CONSUMERS MOVE TO MORE NON-LEATHER PRODUCTS. SALES OF LEATHER SHOES ARE OFF 12% THIS YEAR AS  ATHLETIC SHOES AND OTHER TYPES OF FOOT WEAR  BECOME MORE POPULAR.  PRESCRIBED BURNS ARE OFTEN USED TO MANAGE  RANGELAND. THEY HELP CONTROL THE FUEL THAT CAN  BURN OUT OF CONTROL. RESEARCHERS AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARE TAKING PART IN A PROJECT THAT IS USING UNMANNED  AIRCRAFT TO IMPROVE THE PRACTICE IN THE FLINT  HILLS REGION OF KANSAS. THE FLINT HILLS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR PRAIRIE GRASSES. K-STATE IS WORKING WITH A RANCHER TO  GATHER DATA DURING A TYPICAL TALL-GRASS BURN. THE RESEARCHERS HAVE ATTACHED SENSORS ON UNMANNED AIRCRAFT TO GATHER AIR QUALITY INFORMATION AS THEY FLY THROUGH THE BILLOWING  SMOKE. K-STATE SAYS WHEN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE  JUST RIGHT, THE SPRING BURNING CAN AFFECT AIR  QUALITY IN WICHITA, TOPEKA, EVEN KANSAS CITY. 

TEASE
UP NEXT - SOME CREATIVE IMAGING AND ADVERTISING TO WELCOME BAYER TO ITS NEW U-S HOME. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M7060. BUILT TO  GET THE JOB DONE. SEE KUBOTAUSA.COM OR YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA  DEALER FOR MORE INFORMATION. > THERE ARE NEW OWNERS AT MONSANTO'S  HEADQUARTERS IN SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS AND THEY  WANT TO PROVE THEY ARE GOING TO BE "GOOD  NEIGHBORS". BAYER PUT UP BILLBOARDS ALONG A COUPLE OF  INTERSTATES THIS SUMMER WITH THE MESSAGE OF "ST. LOUIS: LET'S GROW TOGETHER". BUT BESIDES THE INVITING-PHRASE, THEY ACTUALLY  PLANTED SOME CROPS INSIDE THE ARCH ON THE BILLBOARD. THEY PLANTED COLLARDS, KALE AND CHARD ON THE  LIVING BILLBOARDS. BAYER HARVESTED THE LEAFY GREENS AND DONATED  IT TO THE ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK. IN ADDITION TO THE BILLBOARD CROPS, BAYER ALSO  SUPPLEMENTED ITS FOODBANK DONATION WITH SWEET  CORN, WATERMELON, AND SEVERAL PALLETS OF  APPLES. . THE FOOD BANK SAID FRESH PRODUCE IS A LUXURY  FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW INCOMES AND FOOD IN- SECURITY, SO THEY APPRECIATE BAYER'S GIFT. 

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

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