AgDay Daily Recap - September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE TENSIONS CONTINUE AT THE UNITED NATIONS. HARVEST ROLLS. "USDA INCREASED ITS AVERAGE PROJECTED YIELD FOR BOTH CROPS IN INDIANA BUT  WHAT DO FARMERS SEE IN THE FIELD? WE HAVE AN UPDATE DURING OUR FIRST I-80 HARVEST TOUR." IN  AGRIBUSINESS...BREAKING DOWN BEEF DEMAND. AND SERVICING THE BRANCHES OF OUR MILITARY, BY CARING FOR THEIR TREES. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

TRUMP AT UN MEETING
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKING AIM AT CHINA  OVER TRADE TUESDAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL U-S GENERAL ASSEMBLY. TRUMP SAYING CHINA'S ADMISSION INTO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION HAS GREATLY HURT THE UNITED STATES. HE SAYS WHILE THE U-S AND MANY OTHER NATIONS PLAY BY THE RULES, CHINA  USES GOVERNMENT RUN INDUSTRIAL PLANNING AND STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES TO RIG THE SYSTEM. "THEY ENGAGE IN RELENTLESS PRODUCT DUMPING, FORCED TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND THE THEFT OF  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THE UNITED STATES LOST OVER 3 MILLION MANUFACTURING JOBS, NEARLY A QUARTER OF ALL STEEL JOBS AND 60,000 FACTORIES AFTER CHINA JOINED THE WTO."

CHINA PURCHASING ARGENTINIAN SOYBEANS
MEANWHILE CHINESE SOYBEAN BUYERS MAY BE CIRCUMVENTING SOYBEAN  TARIFFS THROUGH A THIRD PARTY - ARGENTINA. ACCORDING TO PUBLISHED REPORTS, ARGENTINA IS BUYING U-S SOYBEANS FOR  THEIR DOMESTIC MARKET AND THEN EXPORTING ITS OWN SOYBEANS TO CHINA. HOWEVER, ARGENTINA STRUGGLED WITH DROUGHT THIS YEAR, LEAVING THEIR  GRAIN STOCKS IN SHORT-SUPPLY. "THE ISSUE HERE IS THAT ARGENTINA DOESN'T HAVE THE BEANS. THEY HAD A SHORT CROP THIS YEAR.  THERE ARE BIG CRUSHERS. THEY TYPICALLY DON'T EXPORT BEANS. THIS TIME OF YEAR IT LOOKS AS IF  THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE BEAN FROM THE UNITED STATES. THEY'VE BOOKED 850000 METRIC TONS OF  BEANS SINCE SEPTEMBER 1ST."VACLAVIK SAYS ARGENTINA DIDN'T SELL ANY BEANS TO CHINA FROM SEPTEMBER  TO FEBRUARY LAST YEAR. BUT THIS YEAR, IT LOOKS TO SHIP ONE-POINT-EIGHT  MILLION METRIC TONS DURING THAT SAME PERIOD. VACLAVIK SAYS EVEN IF THE U-S BEANS ARE NOT SOLD DIRECTLY TO CHINA, THE  EXPORT MARKET IS STILL HELPING PRICES. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AG ECONOMIST DR. PAT WESTHOFF TELLING OUR TYNE  MORGAN HE'S WORRIED ABOUT LOSING DEMAND FROM CHINA AND STRUGGLING  TO GET IT BACK. "IS IT INEVITABLE THAT CHINA WILL AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR COME TO US TO BUY BEANS. WELL THAT IS  FULLY LIKELY THAT THEY WILL BUY SOME BEANS FROM US I'M SURE. BUT THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT TO  CLOSE THEIR BOTTOM AFTER YEARS. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE IT UP ELSEWHERE. AND GUESS WHAT. THOSE WERE MORE THAN ENOUGH ELSEWHERE." WESTHOFF SAYS  FOR THE U-S TO MAKE-UP THE DEMAND LOSSES FROM CHINA,  BRAZIL WOULD NEED TO SHUT OFF SOYBEAN EXPORTS TO EVERYONE ELSE AND  ALL THAT DEMAND COME TO THE U-S. WESTHOFF SAYS THAT SCENARIO IS HIGHLY  UNLIKELY. 

KORUS
MEANWHILE THE PRESIDENT NOTCHED A TRADE VICTORY ON MONDAY AS THE U- S AND SOUTH KOREA SIGNED A RE-NEGOTIATED FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. AND IT  COULD MEAN MORE EXPORTS OF U-S AG PRODUCTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THE NEW AGREEMENT MAKES SIGNIFICANT  IMPROVEMENTS TO REDUCE THE TRADE DEFICIT BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES AND  CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPORT AMERICAN PRODUCTS TO SOUTH  KOREA. HE SAYS U-S AUTOS, PHARMACEUTICALS AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS WILL  GAIN BETTER ACCESS TO KOREAN MARKETS. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS UNDER THE NEW DEAL, MOST U-S  PORK PRODUCTS WILL ENTER KOREA DUTY-FREE. AND THE DUTY-RATE FOR BEEF HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 40-PERCENT TO 21  PERCENT. THE BEEF TARIFF WILL EVENTUALLY BE ELIMINATED. U-S-MEF SAYS U-S RED MEAT EXPORTS TO KOREA SET A RECORD LAST YEAR OF  ONE-POINT-SEVEN-BILLION DOLLARS, UP 19 PERCENT YEAR-OVER-YEAR. TO EXPORT A CROP, FIRST YOU NEED TO GET IT OUT OF THE FIELD. 

CROP PROGRESS
USDA SAYS HARVEST IS MOVING IN THE MIDWEST. THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS, 16 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S  CORN CROP HAS BEEN HARVESTED. THAT'S FIVE POINTS BETTER THAN THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. NORTH CAROLINA LEADS THE NATION WITH THREE-QUARTERS (76) NOW IN THE  BIN AS FARMERS RACED TO BEAT HURRICANE FLORENCE. ILLINOIS CORN IS ABOUT A THIRD (28) HARVESTED---IOWA IS JUST GETTING  STARTED (5) AFTER JUST 3 DAYS LAST WEEK WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELD WORK. ON SOYBEANS, 14 PERCENT OF THE OILSEEDS ARE NOW OUT OF THE FIELD. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 8 PERCENT. SOUTHERN GROWERS LEAD THE WAY WHILE NORTH DAKOTA GROWERS ARE ABOUT A FIFTH (21) OF THE WAY DONE. AND WINTER WHEAT PLANTING CONTINUES. 28 PERCENT IS NOW IN THE GROUND. JUST 2 POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. NEBRASKA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND COLORADO LEAD THE WAY...WHILE ILLINOIS,  OHIO AND MICHIGAN ARE JUST GETTING STARTED. 

I-80 HARVEST TOUR 2018
THE I-80 HARVEST TOUR IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL. IN ITS LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT, USDA SAYS 18 PERCENT OF INDIANA  CORN HAS BEEN HARVESTED, 8 POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.  13 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE CUT- ALSO RUNNING AHEAD OF NORMAL. BETSY JIBBEN CHECKS IN ON HARVEST IN THE HOOSIER STATE FOR OUR FIRST  I-80 REPORT OF THE SEASON. TRAVEL THROUGH INDIANA AND THERE WILL BE FIELDS OF GOLDEN BROWN...  "THIS YEAR, HECK, EVERYTHING IS NICE WITH MOISTURE. SO, WE'RE RUNNING,"THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF AN EARLY HARVEST.  "THE FALL HAS BEEN GREAT IN SEPTEMBER GETTING EVERYTHING DRIED DOWN FOR US,"YET, THERE ARE ALSO FIELDS JUST STARTING TO TURN..  "WE KIND OF GOT A LATE START. WE STARTED PLANTING MAY 5 AND DIDN'T GET DONE PLANTING UNTIL  JUNE 5 ON CORN, LATER FOR SOYBEANS."THE SPRING STARTED OFF COLD AND WET FOR THESE TWO FARMERS. WAPPLE SEIENG MAJOR FLOODING ON SOME OF HIS FIELDS- SOME NOW WITH GRAIN  YIELDING SURPRISINGLY WELL.  "ACTUALLY, WE'VE NOTICED LESS DISEASE PRESSURE IN THE SOYBEANS. I WONDER IF IT HAS TO DO WITH DISEASE PRESSURE KNOCKING THINGS DOWN IN THOSE FIELDS."THE SPRING TURNING OUT DECENT UNTIL A LACK OF RAIN LATER IN THE  GROWING SEASON. "EVERYTHING LOOKED AWESOME JUNE  15 AND THEN IT DIDN'T RAIN FROM THEN ON. I HAD ONE FARM  WHERE I RAN THE PIVOTS 64 STRAIGHT DAYS. THAT'S A NEW RECORD FOR ME.""IT CUT YIELD ON REAL LIGHTER GROUND,"YET, PETERSON SAYING THE HEAT BROUGHT INCREASING GROWING DEGREE  UNITS. JUST WHAT HE NEEDED TO HELP MATURE LATE PLANTED CROPS. "A LOT OF FARMERS IN THIS AREA PLANTED LATE BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THERE WAS NOT A LACK OF GROWING DEGREE UNITS. HAS THAT HELPED MATURE THE CROP? HIM: I WOUL DSAY BY FAR. WE AHEAD OF  GROWING DEGREE DAY UNITS AND IT LET HTE CROP SPEED UP AND GET MATURE FAST."USDA SAYS IN ITS SEPTEMBER CROP PRODUCTION REPORT - THE AVERAGE FORECASTED CORN YIELD FOR THE STATE COULD REACH 192  BUSHELS PER ACRE AND 60 BUSHELS PER ACRE FOR SOYBEANS.  BOTH ESTIMATES ARE HIGHER THAN THE PROJECTED NATIONAL AVERAGE AND AN  INCREASE FROM THE AUGUST REPORT.  <"YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO VERY MANY MILES AWAY WHERE THEY MAY HAVE GOT THAT RAIN AND THOSE  CROPS MIGHT LOOK PRETTY GOOD."A GOOD CROP IS WHAT WAPPLE IS SEEING, ESPECIALLY HAS HE MOVES AWAY FROM SOME OF HIS SANDIER GROUND. "WE HAD PLENTY OF SUNLIGHT AND HEAT FOR HTE CORN. AS LONG AS WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT WATER, IT HAS TURNED OUT REALLY WELL SO FAR,"WHILE SOME FARMERS MAY NOT KNOW THE YIELD JUST YET.. OTHERS ARE FIGURING OUT THEIR YIELDS AND RETURNS. "ONCE WE GET INTO HTE MUCK AREAS AND PATCHES OF WATER, IT'S BETTER THAN EXPECTED AND IT'S  HELPING."REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON WITH THE AGDAY WEATHER TEAM CONTINUES OUR LOOK AT  HARVEST AROUND FARM COUNTRY. SHE HAS TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. LETS START WITH THIS GREAT HARVEST PHOTO FROM MARIE HILLE FLOOD. SHE SHARED IT WITH US ON FACEBOOK. MARIE SAYS SHE TOOK THIS PIC ONE EVENING AS THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN IN  CUMBERLAND COUNTY ILLINOIS AS SHE WAITED FOR HER HUSBAND TO DUMP  BEANS. USDA SAYS 75 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE HARVESTED IN THE STATE-- NORMALLY THEY'RE ONLY ABOUT HALF DONE BY NOW.  SCOTT MATTHEWS POSTED THIS PICTURE OF HIS RAIN GAUGE ON TWITTER. HE'S A RICE AND SOYBEAN FARMER IN NORTH EAST ARKANSAS. THEY SAW MORE THAN 5 AND A HALF INCHES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS--HE  SAYS HE'S GOING TO NEED A BIGGER GAUGE.  THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS HARVEST IS ALREADY BEHIND IN  THE STATE WITH SOYBEAN HARVEST TRAILING 9 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. RICE HARVEST HOWEVER IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG. 70 PERCENT OF THAT CROP IS CUT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINDS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS AND IT'S MAINLY  GOING TO BE OUT IN THE PLAINS NORTHEAST WE'LL SEE SOME FAIRLY BREEZY CONDITIONS BUT ESPECIALLY  OVER TOWARDS TEXAS NORTHERN PLAINS INTO MONTANA INTO THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST THERE THINGS  KIND OF CALMED DOWN A LITTLE BIT AS WE GET INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS KIND OF SEEING SOME STRONGER WINDS HEADING OVER TOWARDS THE GREAT LAKES AREA AND YOU COULD SEE ANOTHER FRONT  THAT'S GOING TO COME THROUGH AND THAT WILL INCREASE THE WINDS AS WE GET INTO THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN PARTS OF THE CORN BELT AND IN PARTS OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST. WE'LL HAVE YOUR  NATIONAL FORECAST COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN  TEMPS. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT BEEF DEMAND AND GLOBAL EXPORT  EXPECTATIONS. PLUS, ARBORISTS SALUTE OUR VETERANS BY PUTTING THEIR TREE-SKILLS TO GOOD USE AT OUR NATIONAL CEMETERIES. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS SOYBEANS AND COTTON SEEING STRENGTH FOLLOWING THE  LATEST CROP PROGRESS NUMBERS. LETS GET  DETAILS FROM THE CME IN CHICAGO. HIT IT OFF WITH A BANG. SO IT MEANS AT ONE POINT UP OVER 16 CENTS SOYBEAN MEAL UP ALMOST  NINE DOLLARS AT ONE POINT THAT PULLED CORN POSITIVE ON THE DAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND COOL AND  REALLY TRYING TO GET WHEAT TO COME UP WITH IT. THAT WAS COMING FROM AGAIN THE STRENGTH OF THE  SOYBEANS WAS COMING FROM TALK THAT ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ARBITRAGE MEANING BYU.S. SOYBEANS AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SELL THEM TO CHINA. AND THE IDEA THAT  PRICES ARE GETTING PRETTY EXPENSIVE ESPECIALLY FOR SOYBEAN MEAL DOWN IN SOUTH AMERICA RIGHT  NOW AS THEY KIND OF RUN OUT OF THEIR LAST CROP AND START GETTING READY TO PLANT THIS NEW CROP I THINK THERE'S A CHANCE OR AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GRAINS AND SOYBEANS IN PARTICULAR TO BOUNCE  BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR AS WE STAY OPTIMISTIC THAT EITHER THE ARBITRAGE WILL GO ON OR EXPORT SALES DIRECTLY TO CHINA WILL START TO KICK IN. BUT IF WE DON'T HAVE A DEAL IN  PLACE BY THE FIRST OF THE YEAR AND WE'RE NOT SEEING WE'RE NOT SEEING EXPORTS BEING REALLY  RATHER STRONG. THINGS COULD GET REALLY UGLY AS WE GET INTO JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AS THAT  SOUTH AMERICAN CROP STARTS TO COME ONLINE AND THAT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR EXPORTS SLAMMED SHUT. THIS IS TED SEIFRED FROM ZAHNER AG HEDGE.  

AGRIBUSINESS
WITH SO MUCH TURBULENCE IN GLOBAL TRADE MARKETS, THE BEEF INDUSTRY  WORRIES ABOUT DEMAND. HOW ARE THINGS GOING SO FAR? TYNE MORGAN ASKS THE QUESTION IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE ROAD. HERE NOW WITH DON CLOSE OF RABO AGRIFINANCE DON LET'S LOOK AT THIS CATTLE MARKET. NOW  WHEN YOU LOOK AT PACKING CAPACITY HOW DO WE SET TODAY. IT'S GOING TO IF IT'S TIGHT AND IT'S GOING  TO BE IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE TIGHT. CERTAINLY WE'RE MUCH TIGHTER ON A DAILY AVAILABILITY RAIL  SPACE ON THE NON SLAUGHTER SIDE THAN WE ARE ON THE FED BEEF SIDEWALL. AND IF WE WERE TO GET INTO A FORCED LIQUIDATION SITUATION WITH THE DRY WEATHER THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST THAT THAT COULD  THAT COULD CAUSE SOME PROBLEM. BUT AT THIS POINT DO YOU THINK WE WILL SEE THAT FORCED  LIQUIDATION HAPPEN. I THINK CERTAINLY WE'VE GOT ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE I KNOW SOME OF THE TEXAS CLIENTS THAT I WORK WITH IN IN ISOLATED AREAS. I BELIEVE WE ARE SEEING SOME LIQUIDATION. OK. AT  THE SAME TIME IF I LOOK AT COWS AS A PERCENT OF TOTAL SLAUGHTER IF I LOOK AT HEIFER'S OF A PERCENT  OF FED SLAUGHTER ALL THOSE MATRIXX HAVE TO THINK WE'RE STILL IN AN EXPANSIONARY PHASE. IT'S JUST  WE'RE RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THAT CRAFTSMAN AND IT'S VERY VERY SLOW. WELL LOOK IN THAT EXPANSIONARY  PHASE AT THE SAME TIME HOW HAS DOMESTIC DEMAND BEEN AS WE'VE SEEN SUPPLIES GROW HASSIDIM MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP THIS YEAR. DEMAND HAS DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB.  IT'S BEEN AMAZING AND IT'S NOT ONLY AMAZING ON DEMAND FOR TOTAL PROTEINS AND BEEVES  PACIFICALLY BUT THE CRAZE THAT WE'RE SEEING ON HIGH END MIDDLEWEIGHTS WE'RE SEEING THAT DEMAND ON THE ITEMS THAT MAKE THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION TO CUT OUT. SO IT'S BEEN IT'S BEEN  REALLY COOL BUT WE'VE SEEN REALLY GOOD TO ME LAST YEAR. SO DOES THAT SURPRISE YOU. DONNA DO  YOU THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A PLATEAU WHEN IT COMES TO D'ESTE DOMESTIC DEMAND. I THINK IT  WILL LEVEL OFF. I DO HAVE IF YOU LOOK AT THE YIELD CURVE AND THE ASSOCIATION WITH THE FLATTENING OR  INVERTED YIELD CURVE AND THE THE RISK THAT HAS OF LEADING TO A RECESSION. I THINK THE ECONOMY'S  PROBABLY AS GOOD AS IT'S GOING TO GET OR VERY CLOSE TO IT. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO BE A LITTLE BIT  CAUTIONARY GOING FORWARD BUT SAY YOU KNOW THE WHOLE THE WHOLE CHANGE IN CONSUMER BEHAVIOR WE'RE SEEING A TRANSITION BACK TO MORE MEALS EATEN AT HOME AND THEN. PROTEIN YOU  KNOW PROTEIN OF ANY KIND IS THE CRAZE RIGHT NOW. SO IT'S BEEN GOOD ARE A GOOD STORY DON  CLOSE THANK YOU SO MUCH. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE RIGHT HERE ON AG DAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY TAKING A LOOK AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP WITH CINDI CLAWSON  CINDI AS WE LOOK AT THIS YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE'VE HAD THOSE BIG RAIN EVENTS OVER THE LAST  WEEK OR TWO. OH YEAH ABSOLUTELY. YOU CAN SEE THAT IN PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND HEADING UP INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS MONTANA. ALSO AREAS IN TEXAS OKLAHOMA ARKANSAS ALL  THE WAY UP INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC YOU'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF FLORENCE IN THERE AS WELL. SO  OBVIOUSLY SOME VERY VERY HEAVY RAINS. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF FRONTS THAT WILL BE AFFECTING US  OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ONE YOU CAN SEE THAT'S GOING TO BE HEADING INTO THE EASTERN  PART OF THE COUNTRY THE TAIL END OF THAT RIGHT HERE THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. SO LOOK FOR  SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALL ALONG THIS FRONT AS THAT MARCHES TO THE EAST. HIGH PRESSURE BEHIND IT WILL LEAVE SOME DRY WEATHER FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AND MUCH OF THE CORN  BELT. BUT WE ARE GOING TO WATCH ANOTHER SYSTEM APPROACHING THEU.S. CANADIAN BORDER AND  THAT WILL START TO IMPACT PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND NORTHERN PLAINS. HERE'S THIS EVENING  AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT FRONT THEN MOVING TOWARDS THE EAST COAST. HERE COMES THAT SECONDARY LOW INTO THE GREAT LAKES. BUT NOTICE HOW DRY WE ARE EXPECTING IT TO BE IN MUCH OF  THE PLAINS STATES AT LEAST BEFORE THAT SECONDARY FRONT COMES THROUGH. AND AS WE HEAD  THROUGH THE DAY ON THURSDAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE WET CONDITIONS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES AND YOU COULD SEE THAT SLOW MOVEMENT OVER THE FRONT IN THE NORTH CENTRAL UNITED  STATES. VERY DRY CONDITIONS AS WE GET OUT IN MUCH OF THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. ALL RIGHT AS WE  TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE THIS IS THE PAST 24 HOURS SO YOU COULD SEE THAT  EASTERN FRONT REALLY DUMPING SOME RAIN ESPECIALLY IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS INTO MUCH OF  INDIANA IN NORTHWESTERN OHIO. ADDING ON THE NEXT 24 HOURS WE'LL SEE THAT REALLY BEING THE FOCUS FOR THE PRECIPITATION. LOOK HOW IT REALLY AFFECTS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. WHILE  MUCH OF THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY REMAINS ON THE DRY SIDE. TEMPERATURE WISE ONE  THING I REALLY WANTED TO POINT OUT LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE. AMARILLO HIGH 57 TODAY BUT STILL 91 IN  BROWNSVILLE. THAT FRONT HAS SOME MUCH COOLER AIR BEHIND IT. SO WE SEE THE WARM AND MUGGY CONDITIONS BUT WE'LL SEE MORE FALL LIKE CONDITIONS ON THE BACK SIDE OF THAT FRONT HEADING INTO  THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. WE'LL SEE THOSE TEMPERATURES GETTING DOWN INTO THE 40S AND 50S ON THE BACK SIDE OF THAT FRONT EVEN SOME LOWER 60S IN NORTHERN TEXAS 46 IN AMARILLO. BUT AS WE  HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW THINGS EVEN OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT'S GOING TO BE DEFINITELY COOLER  FOR A LOT OF FOLKS EVEN STRETCHING ON INTO THE EAST WITH HIGHS JUST IN THE 60S. THE REAL WARM WEATHER REMAINS IN THE SOUTHEAST FAR SOUTHEAST AND FAR SOUTHWEST. THE JET STREAM SHOWS  THAT WE CONTINUE TO SEE A TROUGH HERE IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION A LITTLE BIT WARM TO START OFF IN  THE EAST AND INTO THE WEST. BUT WE'RE GOING TO NOTICE IT STARTS TO KIND OF FLATTEN OUT A LITTLE BIT  AS WE GET INTO THE WEEK. NOTICE HOW WE GET A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A ZONAL FLOW AS WE GET INTO THE  LATE WEEKEND BUT THEN A BIG TROUGH STARTS TO DIG INTO THE WEST. THAT'S GOING TO MEAN A MUCH COOLER START TO THE WEEK NEXT WEEK AS WE START TO SEE THOSE TEMPERATURES WARMING UP IN THE  EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE  WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE. MARBLE IN WYOMING LOTS OF SUN FOR YOU TODAY AND WARMER THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH OF 67 BUT CHILLY AGAIN TONIGHT GRANITE CITY ILLINOIS MOSTLY SUNNY WILL SEE A  HIGH OF AROUND 71 DEGREES IN LIMESTONE PENNSYLVANIA LOOK FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  WITH A HIGH OF 69. 

TEASE
ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST GROCERS IS TAKING TRACEABILITY TO A NEW  LEVEL. DETAILS NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND LATER, THESE VOLUNTEERS ARE HONORING OUR HEROES WITH SERVICE  AND CARING OF THEIR TREES. THAT STORY ON IN THE COUNTRY.  

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE PACKER - WALMART WILL START  REQUIRING ITS DIRECT SUPPLIERS TO USE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY TO  IMPROVE TRACEABILITY OF PRODUCTS BACK TO THE FARM. STARTING NEXT FALL,  WALMART AND ITS SAM'S CLUB DIVISION WILL REQUIRE SUPPLIERS OF FRESH, LEAFY GREENS TO IMPLEMENT REAL-TIME, END-TO-END  TRACEABILITY OF PRODUCTS USING A DIGITAL LEDGER DEVELOPED BY I-B-M WALMART WILL EXPAND TO OTHER FRESH FRUIT AND PRODUCE AS WELL. THE GIANT RETAILER SAYS THE GOAL IS TO SPEED UP RESPONSE TIMES IN CASE  OF FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES AND RECALLS. AND THE CALIFORNIA TABLE GRAPE COMMISSION IS ROLLING OUT A NEW HEALTH  ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. THE MESSAGING FOCUSES ON STUDIES SHOW EATING "NORMAL AMOUNTS" OF  GRAPES EACH DAY MAY HELP WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH. ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSION, GRAPES CONTAIN MORE THAN 16-HUNDRED  DOCUMENTED NATURAL PLANT COMPOUNDS, ANTIOXIDANTS AND OTHER  POLYEPHENOLS. 

TEASE
WHEN WE  COME BACK, SERVING THE BRANCHES OF OUR MILITARY BY CARING  FOR THE BRANCHES OF THESE TREES. I'LL EXPLAIN. NEXT. 

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. ARBORISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PARTICIPATED IN A DAY OF SERVICE AT  NATIONAL VETERANS CEMETERIES.  IT WAS THEIR WAY OF SAYING "THANK YOU" TO VETERANS BY HELPING MAKE  CEMETERIES SAFER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL.  LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS MORE FROM PORT HUDSON,  LOUISIANA. IT'S CALLED "SALUTING BRANCHES, ARBORISTS UNITED FOR VETERANS REMEMBRANCE." ON THIS DAY,  TREE CARE PROFESSIONALS IN 34 STATES EXPRESSED GRATITUDE TO VETERANS BY DEDICATING AN ENTIRE  DAY OF SERVICE TO HELP MAKE NATIONAL CEMETERIES SAFER FOR VISITORS.  HALLIE DOZIER:  THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF THEIR SEASON. THIS IS WHEN THEY'RE MAKING THEIR MONEY FOR  THE YEAR. AND THEY'VE STOPPED WORK TO COME DO THIS ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS TO HELP OUR NATIONAL CEMETERIES HONOR OUR VETERANS. ONE OF THE DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL CEMETERIES IS TO BE A PLACE OF REVERENCE. MAINTAINING THE GROUNDS IS A MAJOR TASK, AND TREE MAINTENANCE IS VERY COSTLY. THE VOLUNTEERS  WERE PROVIDING AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT OTHERWISE. MAURICE ROAN:  NORMALLY, IT WOULD TAKE US A LOT OF TIME GOING THROUGH OUR NORMAL PROCESS TO  GET IT DONE. BEING ABLE TO PULL A GROUP LIKE THIS TOGETHER WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. AT THE PORT HUDSON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VOLUNTEERS HAD A FULL DAY'S WORK IN FRONT OF  THEM. DOZIER:  PRIMARILY WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING A COUPLE OF TREE REMOVALS THAT ARE HAZARDOUS. AND  WE WILL ALSO BE DOING SOME LIFTING OF CANOPIES SO VEHICLES CAN PASS UNDER WITHOUT DAMAGING  THE VEHICLES OR THE TREES. MAINTENANCE FOR LARGE TREES REQUIRES SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT AND EXPERT OPERATORS.  WITH A HEAT INDEX ABOVE 100, THESE TRAINED VOLUNTEERS WERE SHOWING THEIR APPRECIATION FOR  AMERICA'S VETERANS.DOZIER: SOMETIMES IT'S PUT ON THE BACK BURNER IN FAVOR OF OTHER NECESSARY WORK. THIS IS OUR  WAY AS TREE CARE PROFESSIONAL TO COME TOGETHER AND HONOR THE VETERANS THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE US. IN LOUISIANA, VOLUNTEERS WERE ALSO DONATING THEIR TIME AT THE ALEXANDRIA NATIONAL  CEMETERY IN PINEVILLE. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING.SINCE 2015, SALUTING BRANCHES VOLUNTEERS HAVE DONATED MORE THAN  34,000 HOURS OF TREE CARE SERVICES, OR MORE THAN $3.4 MILLION IN  DONATED SERVICES. 

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

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