AgDay Daily Recap - September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

HEADLINES

THE U.S. PREPARES TO MOVE ON NAFTA WITHOUT CANADA. TAKE A TRIP TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE WORLD'S  LARGEST AG COMPANY. IN AGRIBUSINESS...DAIRY PRICE PROBLEMS. CATTLE INVENTORIES ARE CLIMBING... AND TRACKING CANINES WITH GPS TO HELP KEEP  WORKING DOGS IN TIP TOP SHAPE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. 

NAFTA 2.0
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT FOR A DEAL TO BE  STRUCK BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA--AS THE  ADMINISTRATION PREPARES TO PUBLISH ITS MEXICO  ONLY DEAL ON FRIDAY. BLOOMBERG REPORTING, THE U.S. IS PLANNING TO  PUBLISH THE TEXT OF ITS BILATERAL TRADE DEAL WITH  MEXICO ON FRIDAY, WHICH WILL LIKELY EXCLUDE  CANADA BUT LEAVE OPEN THE POSSIBILITY FOR THE  COUNTRY TO JOIN THE AGREEMENT LATER. UNDER U.S. TRADE LAW, THE TEXT OF THE PACT HAS TO  BE PUBLISHED 60 DAYS BEFORE IT'S SIGNED.  CANADA REMAINS IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE U.S. BUT  SO FAR THE SIDES REMAIN STUCK ON SEVERAL KEY  ISSUES. FARM GROUPS CONTINUE TO PUSH TO SEE NAFTA  RESOLVED, BUT UNDERSTAND IT'S A DEAL THAT  NEEDED TO BE RENEGOTIATED.  <FOR MANUFACTURING IT'S GOIGN TO BE A GOOD STORY AS LONG AS THESE DEALS GET DONE ADN THEN WE HAVE MARKET CERTAITY FRO THAT. . > <STEEL AND ALUMINUM ARE A CONCERN UNTIL ALL THESE DEALS ARE  DONE. IN THE END, ORU GOAL HERE IS TO TELL ABOUT WHAT'S GOIGN TO HAPPEN WITH STEEL AND ALUMINUM. HOW THAT AFFECTS, TEH  MANUFACTURERS, HOW THAT AFFECTS THE PRICES OF MACHINES IN TEH  END AND FINALLY, HOW IT AFFECTS THE CONSUMER AND HOW IT AFFECTS TEH FARMER>  SLATER TELLING AGDAY MORE TRADE DEALS COULD  HELP NIX STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS THAT ARE LEADING TO HIGHER PRICETAGS ON EQUIPMENT. 

TRUMP AT UN
ALSO ON TRADE THE PRESIDENT CONTINUING TO CALL OUT CHINA AT THE U.N.    FOR THE FIRST TIME, PRESIDENT TRUMP LEADING A MEETING OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS  COUNTERING NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL  WEAPONS. SEATED AT THE CENTER OF AN ARC-SHAPED TABLE,  THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAYING CHINA IS INTERFERING IN  THE U.S. MIDTERM ELECTIONS, OFFERING NO DETAILS EXCEPT TO SAY THAT BEIJING OPPOSES HIS TRADE  POLICY. <DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: "IN MY REMARKS YESTERDAY TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL  ASSEMBLY, I LAID OUT MY ADMINISTRATION'S COMMITMENT TO BUILDING  A MORE JUST AND PEACEFUL FUTURE. REGRETTABLY, WE FOUND THAT CHINA HAS BEEN ATTEMPTING TO INTERFERE IN OUR UPCOMING 2018  ELECTION, COMING UP IN NOVEMBER, AGAINST MY ADMINISTRATION. THEY DO NOT WANT ME OR US TO WIN BECAUSE I AM THE FIRST  PRESIDENT EVER TO CHALLENGE CHINA ON TRADE AND WE ARE WINNING  ON TRADE. WE ARE WINNING AT EVERY LEVEL. WE DON'T WANT THEM TO MEDDLE OR  INTERFERE IN OUR UPCOMING ELECTION."> JUST THIS WEEK CHINA DAILY TOOK OUT A FOUR PAGE AD IN THE DES MOINES REGISTER TOUTING THE MUTUAL  BENEFITS OF U.S.-CHINA TRADE, CONCERN ABOUT  MARKET LOSSES, AND HIGHLIGHTING PRESIDENT XI  JINPING'S RELATIONSHIP WITH IOWA. EXPERTS SAY THE INTENT IS TO SWAY SUPPORT FOR  THE PRESIDENT IN FARM COUNTRY. 

CHINA BEAN PURCHASES
MEANWHILE CHINA HAS ALL BUT STOPPED BUYING SOYBEANS DIRECTLY FROM THE UNITED STATE. STATE PROCESSORS ARE PLANNING TO IMPORT  RECORD VOLUMES FROM BRAZIL DURING THE FOURTH  QUARTER...WHICH IS USUALLY A BUSY TIME FOR U.S.  SHIPPERS. BUT FRESH PURCHASES FROM FOR THE NEW 18-19 CROP YEAR ARE JUST A FRACTION OF THE LONG TERM  AVERAGE. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AG ECONOMIST DR. PAT  WESTHOFF SAYS 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 ELSEWHERE0> 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.  

FARM BILL UPDATE
SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PAT ROBERTS CONCEDED THIS WEEK A FARM BILL BY THE  SEPTEMBER 30TH DEADLINE IS NOT LIKELY. OVERSEEING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, ROBERTS SAYS IT WILL BE  TOUGH TO SEE ACTION COMPLETED ON THE FARM BILL  BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.  HE TOLD POLITICO, THOUGH, HE DOESN'T WANT TO  CONSIDER EXTENDING THE CURRENT FARM BILL  BECAUSE "IT GIVES PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO WEIGH IN AGAIN AND DELAY" THE NEGOTIATIONS, MAKING AN  AGREEMENT A BIGGER CHALLENGE.  ROBERTS SAYS IF THE COMMITTEE COULD GET BEYOND  THE SNAP ISSUE, "I THINK WE COULD GET OURSELVES A  FARM BILL." 

BAYER IN GERMANY
ONE THING THAT'S WORKED IT'S WAY THROUGH WASHINGTON IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IS  CONSOLIDATION. MULTIPLE MEGA-MERGERS HAVE HAPPENED IN  AGRICULTURE RECENTLY THAT ARE POISED TO  REDEFINE THE INDUSTRY. I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE WORLD'S LARGEST AGRIBUSINESS HEADQUARTERS WHERE BAYER AND  MONSANTO ARE NOW LEARNING TO COEXIST. IN FRONT OF A ROOM OF JOURNALISTS, FARMERS AND INFLUENCERS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD, A BLENDED  FAMILY IS STEPPING FORWARD. :35 "IT'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT LIKE CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU GET TO OPEN UP  ALL THE TOYS AND YOU SEE HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE AND NOW WE'RE  UNPACKING THE TOYS AND SO THAT THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXCITEMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION." THE NEW BAYER CROP SCIENCES DIVISION – PART  BAYER, PART MONSANTO NOW ONE AGRIBUSINESS  GIANT.  17:00 "YOU CAN'T REALLY TELL ANYMORE WHO'S FROM BAYER WHO'S  FROM MONSANTO IS JUST A GENUINE BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL COMPLETELY CLEAR ABOUT THE DIRECTION THEY WANT TO GO, AND NOW  TRYING TO GET THINGS DONE."  THE MEGA MERGER OF THE YEAR NOW STANDS AS THE  WORLD'S AND THE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST. A 60 PLUS  BILLION DOLLAR DEAL CLOSED IN LATE AUGUST.  NOW  FIGURING OUT WHAT 8000 SCIENTISTS AND WORLD  WIDE RESOURCES WILL MEAN TO AMERICAN FARMERS  IS NEXT. 16:00 "WE FEEL MUCH STRONGER NOW WITH THE TEAMS AND THE PLATFORMS AND THE TECHNOLOGIES WE HAVE THAT WE CAN STEP  SIMPLY, WE HAVE MORE CRITICAL MASS AND WE CAN AND WE NEED TO  STEP UP THINGS MORE."  BOB 1:51 "WE HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THIS DEAL IS ABOUT INNOVATION, AND HOW WE CAN ACCELERATE BRINGING IN INNOVATION TO  THE FARM TO THE GROWER" INNOVATION AS THE NEW COMPANY BEGINS TO LEAN  ON EACH OTHER'S EXPERTISE. 2:15 "WHAT WILL BE CREATED WHEN WE MASH, YOU KNOW, THIS GREAT  EXPERTISE IN CHEMISTRY, AND THEN THIS GREAT EXPERTISE AND BIOLOGY  AND WE GET THESE SCIENTISTS TOGETHER, AND THEY ARE ANXIOUS TO  GET TOGETHER TO WORK TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FOR GROWER CUSTOMERS." AS HEAD OF R&D FOR THE NEW BUSINESS, REITER IS  BUSY INTRODUCING BAYER RESEARCH TEAMS TO  TEAMMATES FROM THE FORMER MONSANTO  ROSTER…HOPING TO FACILITATE AND MONETIZE THE  HUMAN CAPITAL. 3:08 "WE KNOW YOU DON'T SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM WITH ONE CAPABILITY. SO AS STRONG AND AS POWERFUL AS OUR BREEDING ENGINE  IS, IN TERMS OF BRINGING NEW HYBRIDS TO THE MARKET OR NEW  VARIETIES, THOSE VARIETIES IN THOSE HYBRIDS CAN'T STAND ALONE WITHOUT THE HELP OF THINGS LIKE CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS. AND SO  WHAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO FURTHER UNLOCK FOR GROWERS IS HOW DO  YOU USE THESE COMBINATIONS OF THINGS TOGETHER IN THE VERY BEST  WAY TO GET THE VERY BEST OUTCOME." SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THE NEW BAYER COMPANY HOPES TO CUT IT'S TIME TO MARKET IN HALF…MAKING A  20 YEAR PROCESS FOR TRAITS AND CHEMISTRY A TEN  YEAR JOB. IT'S COMBINING A LITANY OF DATA SETS INTO  THE NEW CLIMATE CORP AND FIELD VIEW—HOPING TO  DISCOVER EFFICIENCIES AND INNOVATION THAT WILL MEAN A STEP FORWARD FOR FARMERS. WE'RE GROWING OUR DATA BY 33% EVERY YEAR WE GREW TWO  PETABYTE JUST LAST YEAR ALONE INTERNALLY."  NOW COVERING 60 MILLION ACRES, A RECENT  ENDEAVOR THAT LETS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PICK HYBRIDS FOR FIELDS USING DATA THE COMPANY SAYS  IS RACKING UP A 14 BUSHEL PER ACRE ADVANTAGE FOR  CORN PRODUCERS SO FAR THIS HARVEST.  16:25 "AND SO WE'RE JUST BEGINNING NOW TO DEVELOP THE  ALGORITHMS AND WE'RE NOT-- THESE ARE MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS. WE'RE NOT GOING IN THERE AND SAYING, DO THIS, WE'RE  BEGINNING TO LET THE MACHINE, LET COMPUTERS, FIND THE  CORRELATIONS." BAYER IS GROWING THAT DIGITAL FARMING FOOTPRINT AS CLIMATE LAUNCHES AROUND THE GLOBAL INCLUDING EUROPE WHERE BAYER HAS A STRONG  PRESENCE. 18:00 "WE'RE ANSWERING QUESTIONS TODAY, BUT COULDN'T EVEN  IMAGINE TWO YEARS AGO, AND TWO YEARS FROM NOW, I'LL BE  ANSWERING QUESTIONS IMAGINE TODAY." 7:12 "BUT THE WHOLE IDEA OF LITERALLY BEING ABLE TO DEFINE WHICH  VARIETY OF SEED SHOULD BE, SHOULD BE USED ON WHICH PART OF A  FIELD, HOW MUCH WATER, WHAT CONDITIONS WHAT TYPE OF PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS WILL BE USED WHEN, AND ALL OF THE DATA  AROUND THAT AND GATHERING DATA TO HELP FARMERS TAKE THOSE  DECISIONS. AND THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE WHAT THE TAILORED SOLUTION WILL BE ALL ABOUT." THE NEW COMPANY ALSO PLANS TO CONTINUE  INVESTING IN PARTNERSHIPS…SEARCHING FOR THE  NEXT IPHONE OR UBER OF AGRICULTURE.  "A NEW DISCIPLINE THAT WE CALL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY, WHICH IS  HOW DO YOU ASSEMBLE GENES AND PUT THEM TOGETHER TO SOLVE  THINGS THAT MAYBE ARE POTENTIALLY UNPRECEDENTED? AND ONE OF  THOSE IS, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE POTENTIALLY MAKE A CROP LIKE CORN BE ABLE TO FIX NITROGEN IN THE SAME WAY THAT WE'RE USED TO  WITH SOME OF OUR LEGUMES LIKE SOYBEAN." NO MATTER THE PATH THE FUTURE TAKES, ITS CLEAR THE AG INDUSTRY NOW HAS A MORE CONCENTRATED  SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM. AND AS BAYER  UNWRAPS IT'S ACQUISITION, HOW MUCH OF A CHANGE  IT WILL BE FOR GROWERS REMAINS THE QUESTION AT  HAND. 

CROP COMMENTS
FARMERS AND PRODUCERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BUSY BRINGING IN THE CROP AHEAD OF WINTER. LETS CATCH UP WITH A COUPLE OF LOCATIONS IN  TDAY'S CROP COMMENTS. WE GOT THIS SNAP SHOT FROM THE TRUCK CAB ON AGWEB. THE FARMER SAYS IN PAYETTE COUNTY IDAHO, IT'S  BEEN A GREAT ONION HARVEST, HAY IS NEARLY DONE  AND YIELDS HAVE BEEN GOOD. SUGAR BEETS AND POTATOES ALSO DID WELL THANKS TO DRY WEATHER WITH PLENTY OF IRRIGATION WATER. AND CHERYL DAY SNAPPED THIS PICTURE OF CATTLE  UNDER A HARVEST MOON FOR TWITTER. SHE LIVES IN ILLINOIS. CHERYL SAYS RECENT RAINS HAVE BROUGHT SHORT  HARVEST 18' DELAYS AND CRISP FALL AIR.NG 28 PERCENT OF CORN AND 17 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS  HAVE BEEN HARVESTED IN THE STATE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WE HEAD  INTO THURSDAY WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING THE STRONGEST ONES ALONG  A COLD FRONT THAT'S BEEN MOVING THROUGH THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. SO AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME  STRONGER WINDS IN THE GREAT LAKES AREA AND INTO PARTS OF THE  CORN BELT AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEXT 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THOSE WINDS REALLY KIND OF STAY IN THE NORTHERN AREAS GREAT LAKES AND  INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS ALSO INTO PARTS OF THE ROCKIES AS WELL.  OVERNIGHT THINGS KIND OF DIED DOWN A LITTLE BIT. BUT YOU CAN KIND  OF PICK OUT WHERE FRONT IS AND THEN THROUGH THE DAY ON FRIDAY  THINGS WILL START TO PICK UP ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERNOON ALONG THAT FRONT. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST COMING UP IN  JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN  TEMPS. THE DAIRY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH PRICES  PRESSURE. CAN THAT CHANGE? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT NEXT IN ANALYSIS. AND THESE HELPING PAWS COVER A LOT OF GROUND  DURING ROUND UP. WE'LL LOOK AT SOME NEW  TECHNOLOGY HELPING KEEP THESE CANINES  PHYSICALLY FIT. 

FED INTEREST HIKE
THE FEDERAL RESERVE MET WEDNESDAY OPTING TO HIKE INTEREST RATES FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR. SETTING THE BENCHMARK INTEREST RATE A QUARTER  OF A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER IN A RANGE OF 2% TO 2.25%.  SO FAR, FED OFFICIALS INSIST THE TRADE SITUATION IS  A CONCERN THEY'RE HEARING FROM THEIR BUSINESS CONTACTS,  THE SITUATION HAS NOT YET MANIFESTED  ITSELF IN ECONOMIC DATA. 

AGRIBUSINESS
THE DAIRY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH LOW MILK PRICES AND BIG PRODUCTION NUMBERS. IS THERE HOPE FOR A CHANGE IN PRICES?  TYNE MORGAN ASKS THE QUESTION FROM THE ROAD IN  TODAY'S ANALYSIS. <HERE NOW WITH DR. SCOTT BROWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI.DR.  BROWN WHEN WE LOOK AT THE LATEST NUMBER ON MILK PRODUCTION  WE'RE SEEING PRODUCTION CONTINUE TO GROW UP ANOTHER I THINK PER CENT OVERALL AND IN PRODUCTION. WHEN DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE IT  SLOW DOWN. YES WE WERE I THINK WE WERE HOPEFUL WE WERE GOING  TO SEE A SLOWDOWN WHEN WE WERE ONLY UP A HALF A PERCENT THE PREVIOUS MONTH IN TERMS OF THE REPORT. YEAH WE GET THIS ONE OUT.  NOW WE'RE UP ONE POINT FOUR. IT'S BEEN VERY SLOW TO TURN THAT  SPIGOT OFF AND I THINK IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU ARE IN THE COUNTRY. IF YOU LOOK AT PLACES LIKE TEXAS WE CONTINUE TO SEE GROWTH  OCCURRING IN OTHER 5000 HEAD OF DAIRY COWS IN TEXAS ACCORDING  TO THE LAST REPORT TELLS ME THAT WE'RE NOT DONE GROWING FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND IT'S REALLY TALKING ABOUT A VERY DIFFERENT  STRUCTURE IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY TODAY. ABSOLUTELY BECAUSE YOU  LOOK AT DAIRY PRICES AND YOU'RE SAYING LISTEN THESE AREN'T BREAKEVEN FOR A LOT OF PRODUCERS. SO THEN HOW ARE YOU SEEING  PRODUCERS FOR EXAMPLE IN TEXAS CONTINUE TO GROW. WITH THESE  PRICES. WELL I CERTAINLY THINK MANY OF THEM ARE BETTING ON THE FUTURE OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND HOPEFUL FOR SOME HIGHER PRICES  DOWN THE ROAD. WHETHER THAT HAPPENS OR NOT I THINK IT DEPENDS A  LOT ON JUST HOW STRONG THE MAIN GROWTH COULD BE. AND WE'VE SEEN SOME SIGNS OF THINGS LIKE FLUID MILK CONSUMPTION THAT JUST HAVEN'T  BEEN VERY POSITIVE. SO WHAT'S THE HOPE FOR HIGHER DAIRY PRICES. I  THINK WE HAVE A NUMBER OF MONTHS STILL AHEAD OF US WHERE WE CONTINUED TO BLEED OFF EQUITY THAT WE GAINED IN THOSE VERY STRONG  YEARS BACK IN 2014 AND WE'LL HAVE TO GET WELL INTO 2019 BEFORE  WE WOULD SEE ANY KIND OF REAL SLOWDOWN. AND IN FACT WE JUST CAN'T GET THE SPICKET TO TURN OFF IN TERMS OF MILK PRODUCTION. IN  THE PAST WE'VE SEEN PERIODS TIME WHERE PRODUCTION ACTUALLY  DECLINED AND WE JUST AREN'T SEEING IT THIS TIME DEFINITELY NOT SEEING. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOUDR. BROWN. WE APPRECIATE IT. STAY  WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL HAVE  MUCH MORE RIGHT HERE ON AKTAY. 0> 

WEATHER
<WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON LOOKING  AT THE WEATHER MAP AND CINDI. WE DON'T WANT TO SAY IT OUT LOUD.  NO NO. MAYBE SOME OF THE STUFF HAPPENING UP IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS. YEAH YOU KNOW WE'VE BEEN KIND OF WATCHING IT OVER THE  PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS KIND OF SNEAKING DOWN FROM CANADA  GOING. I'M NOT READY FOR THAT. BUT YEAH THAT'S WHAT YOU KIND OF SEE IN PARTS OF PERHAPS MONTANA TODAY AND MAYBE INTO NORTHERN  STRETCHES OF MICHIGAN WHERE WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOME COOLER  TEMPERATURES. THE MAIN RAINMAKER IS GOING TO BE IN THE SOUTHEAST TODAY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE  A FRONTAL BOUNDARY STATIONARY FRONT THAT'S WRAPPED ALL THE WAY  THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST DOWN INTO SOUTHERN TEXAS AND THAT'S NOT  GOING TO MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF MOVEMENT. SO WE'RE GOING TO KEEP  THE FOCUS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN MUCH OF THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES INTO TEXAS AS WELL. WE'VE GOT ANOTHER FRONT  THAT'S GOING TO BE MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE NORTH CENTRAL  UNITED STATES AND YES THAT IS SOME PRETTY COLD AIR BEHIND THAT ENOUGH FOR SOME AREAS TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW. PUTTING THIS  INTO MOTION AS WE HEAD INTO YOUR THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO  THURSDAY EVENING NOTICE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THERE A  COUPLE OF HIGH PRESSURE AREAS THAT'S GOING TO KEEP SOME OF THE  NATION'S MIDSECTION DRY. BUT WE'VE GOT SOME SHOWERS AND SOME  THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THIS FRONT AND YET ON THE BACK SIDE OF THAT WHERE THAT COLD AIR IS YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW.  PARTS OF MONTANA ESPECIALLY THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND INTO  WYOMING AS WELL. HERE'S FRIDAY AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT FRONT CONTINUE TO SINK INTO THE CORN BELT AND INTO THE EASTERN CORN  BELT SO SOME COOLER AIR BEHIND THAT AND NOT A TON OF MOVEMENT  WITH THE FRONT IN THE SOUTHEAST SO THAT'S GOING TO SPARK MORE SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ESPECIALLY AS WE GET INTO THE  AFTERNOON. ANOTHER HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE IN AND KIND OF DRY  THINGS OUT IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY EVENING. HERE'S A LOOK AT THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE THE PAST 24 HOURS.  YOU CAN SEE THE FOCUS REALLY HAS BEEN KIND OF ALONG THAT FRONT IN  THE SOUTHEAST AND INTO INTO TEXAS AS WELL ADDING ON THROUGH THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THAT'S REALLY WHERE THE MAIN FOCUS WILL BE. WE'RE  GOING TO ADD MORE POTENTIAL HEAVY RAINFALL. HALF AN INCH TO AN  INCH OR PERHAPS EVEN MORE IN SOME SPOTS YOU COULD SEE THE MOISTURE IS A LITTLE BIT LESS AS YOU GET UP TOWARDS THE GREAT  LAKES. BUT THERE'S DEFINITELY GOING TO BE SOME RAIN ACTIVITY THERE  AS WELL. TEMPERATURE WISE YOU COULD SEE HOW COOL IT IS. HIGH  TEMPERATURES ONLY IN THE 50S AND 60S IN SOME OF THESE AREAS  60S AND 70S IN MUCH OF THE NATION'S MIDSECTION WE'VE GOT 80S DOWN IN FLORIDA STILL UP TRIPLE DIGITS DOWN IN PHOENIX OVERNIGHT  HOURS WE GO AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THOSE CHILLY TEMPERATURES  COMING IN SOME 30S AS YOU GET OVER INTO PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND INTO STARTING TO GET OVER INTO MONTANA INTO THE  ROCKIES AND THAT COOLER AIR JUST KEEPS ON COMING BEHIND THAT  FRONT. THE HIGHS MAY NOT EVEN GET UP TO 40 IN BILLINGS AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW AS WE SEE THOSE COOLER TEMPERATURES START TO  CREEP INTO THE CORN BELT A LITTLE BIT MORE AND EVEN THE SOUTHERN  PARTS OF THE COUNTRY START TO LOOK A LITTLE BIT COOLER STILL HAVE KIND  OF A BROAD TROUGH THAT'S MOVING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND  THAT'S KEEPING THOSE COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE NORTHERN PARTS BUT WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT A TROUGH IN THE WEST AS WE GET INTO NEXT  WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK WE'LL SEE A BRIDGE BUILDING IN THE  EAST BUT THAT'S SOME REALLY COLD AIR. LOOKS LIKE IT'S COMING YOUR  WAY AS WE GET INTO THE MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK AT  YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER IN YOUR  AREA. DELTA COLORADO SUNNY AND WARMER FOR YOU TODAY WITH A  HIGH OF 82 DEGREES BEEVILLE TEXAS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  POSSIBLE WITH A HIGH OF 82 DEGREES. AND OAKLAND BAY MOSTLY  SUNNY AND A LITTLE COOLER WITH A HIGH OF 64 DEGREES. 0> 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, THE LATEST CATTLE ON FEED REPORT IS RAISING RED FLAGS ABOUT SUPPLY. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK NEXT ON DROVERS TV. AND LATER, TRACKING THE FITNESS OF THE HARDEST  WORKING MEMBER OF THE TEAM... 

DROVERS TV
ON DROVERS TV, THE INDUSTRY WORRIED ABOUT LAST WEEK'S BEARISH CATTLE ON FEED REPORT. THE SEPTEMBER INVENTORY WAS THE LARGEST SINCE THE DATA SERIES BEGAN IN 1996, AND AN AVERAGE  OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS SHOWS FEEDLOT  INVENTORIES THE HIGHEST SINCE 2007. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1997, THERE ARE OVER 1  MILLION MORE CATTLE IN FEEDLOTS THAN THE 5-YEAR  AVERAGE. FEEDLOTS PLACED 7% MORE CATTLE IN AUGUST, WITH  THE UNDER 600 POUND CATEGORY UP 19%. <LIGHTWEIGHT PLACEMENTS HAVE DOMINATED TOTAL FEEDLOT  PLACEMENTS SINCE MAY, AND THOSE LIGHTWEIGHT PLACEMENTS WILL  RESULT IN LIGHTER AND LATER FED MARKETINGS, AND MAY CONTRIBUTE TO  RELATIVELY TIGHTER FED CATTLE SUPPLIES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS  YEAR. TOTAL CATTLE SLAUGHTER IS UP 3.2% THIS YEAR, AND HEIFER SLAUGHTER IS UP 8%. > HENDERSON SAYS ANALYSTS BELIEVE THESE ARE  SIGNS THAT HERD EXPANSION IS OVER, AND THE  INDUSTRY WILL EXPERIENCE INCREASING BEEF  SUPPLIES AND PRICE PRESSURE MOVING FORWARD. 

TEASE
NEXT - SEE HOW SOME OF THE SAME TECHNOLOGY USED TO TRACK YOUR COMBINE CAN ALSO HELP TRACK  YOUR COLLIE. DETAILS WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. 

IN THE COUNTRY
GPS FITNESS TRACKERS ARE A COMMON TRAINING TOOL FOR SPORTS COACHES TO MONITOR ATHLETES  AND HELP TAILOR  TRAINING AND NUTRITION  PROGRAMS. NOW FARMERS ARE USING THE SAME TECHNOLOGY TO  HELP UNDERSTAND HOW FIT THEIR WORKING DOGS  ARE. "I KNOW IF I WANT A JOB DONE I KNOW SHE WILL DO IT FOR ME AS WELL." KARYN BULLER'S CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN SHEEP DOG IS  A BIG HELP.  IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR ROSIE TO RUN NEARLY 25  MILES WHILE ROUNDING UP THE HERD. NOW FITNESS TRACKERS ARE LETTING DOG OWNERS  COMPARE WORKING DATA FROM THEIR CANINE TO  OTHERS IN THE FIELD USING COLLATED INFORMATION. THE INSIGHTS ARE HELPING OWNERS FIGURE OUT HOW  TO BALANCE WORK AND NUTRITION."IF YOU FEED THEM RIGHT AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE LOOKING AFTER  THEM THEY ARE ONLY GOING TO DO THAT BETTER." "WE HAD SOME NUMBERS FROM LAST YEAR OVER THREE DAYS AND THE  DOG DID 150 KILOMETRES WORTH OF RUNNING AND A LONG DURATION AND  A LONG TIME AND A HIGH LEVEL OF SPRINT AS WELL." "SHE DOES DO A LOT OF KILOMETRES AND SHE HAS DONE A LOT OF KILOMETRES AND I EXPECT A LOT OF HER." NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPING THIS ESSENTIAL PART OF  THE TEAM IN TIP TOP SHAPE. 

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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