AgDay Daily Recap -September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

HEADLINES

THE U-S AND JAPAN JUMPING ON BOARD BILATERAL TRADE TALKS. AND  AUTO ARE THE HOOK...  <THE U.S. HAS PLEDGED THAT THEY WILL NOT IMPOSE AUTO TARIFFS ON JAPAN> THE FARM BILL FRENZY CONTINUES, AS NEARLY 40  PROGRAMS FEAR THEY'LL SEE FUNDING END ON  MONDAY. IN AGRIBUSINESS... THE GLOBAL TRADING GAME IS  CHANGING. BUT ONE THINGS REMAINS   <NORTH AMERICA IS THE SUPPLIER OF THE ULTRA HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS> TIPS ON FALL TILLAGE. AND TAKING A RIDE IN THE JELLO-NECK JUGGERNAUT--  THE COMBINE PACIFIER ON FARM SENSE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. 

TRADE TENSIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS TRADE TENSIONS GET WORSE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES  PRESSING FOR DEALS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCING NEW BILATERAL TRADE TALKS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND JAPAN. THE U.S. CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR INCREASING  AUTOMOBILE ACCESS IN JAPAN HOPING TO ENCOURAGE  MORE PRODUCTION AND JOBS IN AMERICA.  ON THE FARM SIDE, SALES AND ACCESS TO JAPAN ARE  LIKELY TO BE LIMITED TO RECENTLY PROPOSED PROVISIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE FOUND IN THE TRANS  PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.. A MULTILATERAL TRADE DEAL THE PRESIDENT PULLED  OUT OF IN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF TAKING OFFICE. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THIS NEW ANNOUNCEMENT IS  PROOF HIS ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES IN TRADE. <" WE'RE STARTING TRADE TALKS WITH JAPAN. THEY WERE NOT WILLING  FOR YEARS TO TALK TRADE AND NOW THEY'RE WILLING TO TALK TRADE AND  I'M SURE WILL MAKE A VERY GOOD DEAL. JUST CONCLUDED AS YOU KNOW TWO DAYS AGO SIGNED A DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA TRADE DEAL A  TREMENDOUS DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA. IT MEANS A LOT OF BUSINESS  FOR OUR FARMERS. WE'RE OPENING UP FOR FARMERS. WE'RE OPENING UP FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT GROUPS. WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SELL MUCH  MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF AUTOMOBILES THAT WE WERE  ALLOWED UNDER THE DEAL THAT WAS TOTALLY DEFECTIVE. THAT WAS THERE BEFORE. AND SO WE'RE VERY HAPPY WITH THAT THAT DEAL IS ACTUALLY  CONCLUDED. WE'RE VERY WELL ALONG THE WAY WITH MEXICO. "> US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER SAYS  THESE NEW TALKS WITH JAPAN WILL LIKLEY HAPPEN IN  TWO PHASES. HE'S HOPING TO GET A FULL FREE TRADE DEAL  FINISHED AND THROUGH CONGRESS USING THE FAST  TRACK TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY.  THE LAW REQUIRES CONGRESS TO BE NOTIFIED 90 DAYS BEFORE NEGOTIATIONS CAN BEGIN.  <THE U.S. HAS PLEDGED THAT THEY WILL NOT IMPOSE AUTO TARIFFS ON  JAPAN. WHILE THESE TALKS CONTINUE. NOW WE'VE HEARD THAT BEFORE.  SO WE'LL SEE WHEN IT COMES TO AGRICULTURE. JAPAN HAS MADE CLEAR  THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE NO FURTHER MARKET ACCESS ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT THEY PREVIOUSLY GRANTED THE U.S. AND OTHER AND  OTHER NATIONS IN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AND THAT'S SIMILAR  TO WHAT THEY DID. IN A BILATERAL AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH  EUROPE.> WIESEMEYER TELLING AGDAY THE BOTTOM LINE IS A  BILATERAL DEAL WITH JAPAN WOULD STILL BE GOOD  NEWS, AS IT WOULD STILL CREATE ADDITONAL MARKET ACCESS OUTSIDE OF AGRICULTURE. THE TRADE PACT WITH JAPAN COULD SIGNIFICANTLY  REDUCE TARIFFS AND BOOST IMPORTS OF BEEF, PORK  AND WHEAT. THE U.S. WHEAT ASSOCIATIONS RELEASING A  STATEMENT SAYING "...WE APPRECIATE THE EMPHASIS ON FREE,  FAIR AND RULES-BASED TRADE. THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARE A POSITIVE  SIGN THAT THE UNITED STATES IS AGAIN MOVING TOWARD A  COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN AND, HOPEFULLY, WITH OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE PACIFIC REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD." JAPAN CURRENTLY RELIES ON THE U.S. FOR HALF OF ITS WHEAT IMPORTS, BUT JAPAN IS SET TO CUT TARIFFS  ON WHEAT FROM AUSTRALIA AND CANADA UNDER THE  NEW C-P--TPP.  THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION ALSO  WEIGHING IN SAYING ...QUOTE, TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS  EXCITING NEWS FOR AMERICA'S BEEF PRODUCERS BECAUSE JAPAN IS OUR TOP EXPORT MARKET, ACCOUNTING FOR NEARLY $1.9 BILLION IN U.S.  BEEF SALES IN 2017. " NCBA SAYS U.S. BEEF FACES A 38.5 PERCENT TARIFF IN JAPAN. THEY HOPE THESE NEW NEGOTIATIONS WILL HELP  LOWER THAT TRADE BARRIER. IT MAY BE POSITIVE NEWS WITH JAPAN, BUT IT'S THE  OPPOSITE WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING THROUGH  TRADE DIFFERENCES WITH CHINA.  

CHINA MEDDLING IN U.S. ELECTIONS?
PRESIDENT TRUMP TURNING UP THE HEAT ON CHINA, NOW ACCUSING THE COUNTRY OF MEDDLING IN THE  UPCOMING MID-TERM ELECTIONS.  HE MADE THE ACCUSATION AT A SPECIAL MEETING IN  NEW YORK DURING AN 80-MINUTE PRESS CONFERENCE.  HOWEVER, DETAILS TO BACK UP THOSE CLAIMS WERE  ABSENT.  < "WE HAVE EVIDENCE. WE HAVE EVIDENCE. IT WILL COME  OUT. I CAN'T TELL YOU NOW. BUT IT CAME IT DIDN'T COME OUT OF NOWHERE THAT I CAN TELL YOU. NOW IF YOU THEY ACTUALLY ADMITTED THAT THEY'RE GOING AFTER FARMERS.. "> HE SAYS CHINA DOESN'T WANT HIM TO WIN AN  ELECTION BECAUSE HE'S THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO  EVER CHALLENGE CHINA ON TRADE.  CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTER RESPONDING BY REFUTING  WHAT HE CALLED UNWARRANTED ACCUSATIONS  AGAINST CHINA.... EVEN CALLING THE CLAIMS SLANDER.  OTHER TRADE EXPERTS AND FORMER NEGOTIATORS  SAY LONGER TERM, THESE TRADE TENSIONS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES  ITS EXPORTS. BUT MORE CONCERNING TO ME ARE CHANGES IN INVESTMENT AND PRODUCTION DECISIONS THAT MAY FLOW FROM THE CURRENT TRADE TENSIONS WITH CHINA. SO BRAZIL HAS EVERY INCENTIVE NOW TO ADD SOYBEAN ACRES KNOWING THAT THEIR BEANS ARE NOW TRADING AT A PREMIUM INTO BRAZIL OR INTO CHINA RATHER BECAUSE OURS ARE HIT WITH TARIFFS. SIMILARLY WE'VE SEEN COMPANIES LIKE THEM ASHRAF'S THE LARGEST HOG PRODUCER IN THE UNITED STATES SAY THAT THEIR INVESTMENT DOLLARS WILL PROBABLY GO TO BUILD FACILITIES IN EASTERN EUROPE OR LATIN AMERICA. BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO EXPORT THEIR PRODUCT TO MORE PLACES IF THEY BUILD THERE. SO EVEN IF THOSE TRADE TENSIONS WITH CHINA ARE TO END TOMORROW WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT WILL NOW BE COMPETING WITH MORE FACILITIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND MORE ACRES IN COUNTRIES LIKE BRAZIL. 

U.S.-MEXICO BILATERAL DEAL
MEANWHILE, IT COULD BE AS SOON AS TODAY, THAT THE U.S. MOVES FORWARD ON A TRADE AGREEMENT  WITH MEXICO AND DOESN'T INCLUDE CANADA. THE PRESIDENT TELLING REPORTS AT THE UNITED NATIONS THIS WEEK, THAT THE U.S. IS VERY UNHAPPY  WITH THE NEGOTIATIONS AND THE NEGOTIATION STYLE  OF CANADA.  ADDING THAT THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR REPRESENTATIVE  VERY MUCH. AN APPARENT REFERENCE TO CANADIAN FOREIGN  MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND. THE TWO SIDES HAVE BEEN LOCKED IN TIGHT NEGOTIATIONS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS TRYING TO COME  TO TERMS ON TARIFFS AND MARKET ACCESS. THE ADMINISTRATION IS SET TO PUBLISH THE TEXT  OF  THE DEAL WITH MEXICO TODAY LEAVING OPEN THE POSSIBILITY FOR CANADA TO JOIN THE AGREEMENT  LATER. 

FARM BILL DEADLINE
TODAY IS THE LAST WORKING DAY BEFORE THE FARM BILL DEADLINE HITS.  AND AS THE CLOCK RUNS OUT, THERE ARE 39  PROGRAMS THAT WILL SEE FUNDING LAPSE, EVEN WITH AN EXTENSION.  THAT INCLUDES FOREIGN MARKET DEVELOPMENT -- A  PROGRAM THAT FUNDS ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE U-S GRAINS COUNCIL.  BECAUSE THOSE PROGRAMS DON'T HAVE BASELINE  FUNDING, NO MONEY WOULD BE APPROPRIATED IN AN EXTENSION. A SPOKESPERSON WITH THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE  COMMITTEE TELLING US THE ONLY THING THAT WILL  HELP THOSE PROGRAMS, IS GETTING A FARM BILL  DONE.  WASHINGTON INSIDERS THINK WE'RE LIKELY TO SEE A NEW BILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS.  

CROP COMMENTS
REGARDLESS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON THE CROP IS COMING IN. LETS CHECK ON PROGRESS WITH TODAY'S CROP  COMMENTS...AND METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. JENNY SCHWEIGERT FROM ILLINOIS SENT THIS PICTURE  TO US VIA TWITTER.  HER SON IS WAITING ON A RIDE IN THE COMBINE DURING CORN HARVEST. 85 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S CORN IS NOW MATURE. THAT'S NEARLY 20 POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR  AVERAGE. USDA SAYS THIS WEEK, 79 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS  RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT IN THE STATE. <AD LIB> NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
AS THE TRADE GAME PLAYS OUT, GLOBAL DEMAND IS SHIFTING. WE'LL HAVE MORE FROM THE LIVESTOCK  SECTOR IN ANALYSIS.  AS SEASON IS ON IT'S WAY. WE'LL HAVE TIPS IN TODAY'S FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE  TV. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IT WAS A MIXED DAY. NOW LET'S HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME. WE HAVE SEEN CORAN GET A NICE RELIEF RALLY HERE OVER THE LAST WEEK NOW PRESSING UP AGAINST SIGNIFICANT TECHNICAL RESISTANCE FOR THE POCKET. WE'RE LOOKING AT 366 TO 360 NINE AND A HALF IS GOING TO BE PIVOTAL AS WE LOOK TO ROUND OUT THE WEEK NOW MOVING OVER TO THE SOYBEANS SAME TYPE OF STORY WE'RE KIND OF UP HERE AGAINST THE TOP END OF RECEPT RESISTANCE 863 TO 870 IS THE 50 DAY MOVING AVERAGE AS WELL AS A KEY RETRACEMENT ON THE YEAR. IF THE BULLS CANNOT CHEW THROUGH HERE I THINK THAT WE START TO SEE SELLERS STEP BACK IN AT A BETTER PRICE. WE HAVE HAD SOME FRIENDLY EXPORT NEWS OVER THE PAST WEEK WITH EXPORTS MEXICO AND SOME NEWS REGARDING ARGENTINA. SO THAT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SILVER LINING IF THAT BECOMES MORE OF A TREND. PERHAPS THE BULLS HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A HOPE OVER THE INTERMEDIATE TERM BUT FOR RIGHT NOW THE BEARS ARE STILL IN CONTROL FROM THE TECHNICAL STANDPOINT THIS HAS BEEN ALL OVER SLOPE WITH BLUE LINE FUTURES FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CMA.

AGRIBUSINESS
WITH ALL OF THE TRADE TURMOIL, EXPORTS REMAIN AN  IMPORTANT PART OF THE PICTURE FOR RED MEAT  PRODUCERS. TYNE MORGAN ASKS HOW THAT GLOBAL DEMAND IS  SHAPING UP IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE ROAD. <HERE NOW DON CLOSE OF RABO AGRIFINANCE TO LOOK AT THE GLOBAL  MARKET AND TO LOOK AT GLOBAL DEMAND. THINGS ARE SHIFTING. THINGS ARE CHANGING BUT OVERALL FOR RED MEAT SPECIFICALLY HAS  GLOBAL DEMAND BEEN GOOD. IT'S BEEN BEYOND GOOD AND IF YOU  LOOK AT JUST HOW MUDDY AND JUST HOW MUCH NOISE IN THE MARKET ALL OF ALL THEU.S. TRADE ISSUES GOING ON. IF YOU LOOK AT THE ANIMAL  HEALTH ISSUE BUT IN CHINA EASTERN EUROPE THE DEMAND FOR  PROTEIN GLOBALLY HAS JUST BEEN PHENOMENAL. CERTAINLY THE GROWTH  IN YOU KNOW MONTHLYU.S. EXPORTS IN THAT 12 TO SPIKING AT 15  PERCENT ABOVE A YEAR AGO. IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE DAY OF THE  INTERNATIONAL MARKET. BUT AS YOU SEE THE DYNAMICS GLOBALLY  CHANGE IS THEU.S. STILL THE PREFERRED SOURCE. THAT'S THE BEST  QUESTION. AND I THINK. NORTHAMU.S. BUT NORTH AMERICA  COLLECTIVELY IS PRISTINELY POSITION TO BE THE. QUALITY AND ALKER HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT PROVIDER TO THE WORLD. AND AS. MORE BEEF IS  CONSUMED SPECIFICALLY IN CHINA BUT THROUGHOUT ASIA I JUST SEE  THE OPPORTUNITY FORU.S. BEEF TO BE A BIGGER BIGGER SHARE OF THAT GLOBAL TRADE. I THINK WE'RE IDEALLY POSITIONED. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK  AT BRAZIL AND SOME OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES DOES IT WORRY YOU.  DOES IT WORRY YOU THAT YOU KNOW LIKE WHEN YOU SEE SOYBEANS HOW REALLY DEMAND HAS CHANGED. DO YOU THINK THERE ARE OTHER  COUNTRIES THAT ARE COMING UP THAT ARE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH  THEU.S. I THINK THEY'RE ABLE TO COMPETE ON A QUANTITY. BUT ONE OF THE TOPICS THAT THAT COMES UP WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL  CONVERSATIONS WITHIN THE BANK IS SO MANY PEOPLE VIEW BEEF AS A  COMPLETELY FUNGIBLE PRODUCT AND IT IS NOT AT ALL BEEF IS NOT CREATED  EQUAL. IS THERE A MARKET PLACE FOR THE MORE COMMODITY PRODUCTS.  ABSOLUTELY THERE IS AND I'M NOT I'M NOT TALKING DEROGATORY ON THAT AT ALL. BUT DO THE OTHER COUNTRIES IF YOU LOOK AT IF YOU LOOK AT  BRAZIL YOU LOOK AT THE MIX OF PRODUCT COMING FROM AUSTRALIA.  WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD THERE BE IN ARGENTINA. NORTH AMERICA  IS THE SUPPLIER OF THE ULTRA HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS. ARE DOWN CLOSE.  THANK YOU SO MUCH. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK RIGHT HERE ON THAT  DAY AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE. 0> 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGAIN METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN  HERE LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR AND MIKE YOU CAN SEE  WHERE WE'VE SEEN A FEW IMPROVEMENTS AND RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S KIND OF SLOWLY EATING AWAY  AT THAT. EXACTLY. YOU CAN JUST KIND OF SEE THAT HAPPEN OVER THE  PAST MONTHS STILL PRETTY DRY OUT WEST AND ESPECIALLY EVEN IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. BUT YOU CAN SEE AS WE GO BACK THREE WEEKS  AGO TWO WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A LOT MORE RED AND ORANGE  THROUGH THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS THAT THAT HAS DEFINITELY BEEN EATEN AWAY OVER THE LAST MONTH OR SO ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF  THE COUNTRY. BUT WE HAVE GOTTEN JUST A LITTLE BIT DRIER OVER THE LAST  MONTH OR SO. PARTS OF NORTH DAKOTA A FEW SPOTS IN SOUTH DAKOTA  AND THEN ESPECIALLY OREGON SOME OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN  THE FAR SOUTHWEST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA I MEAN IT'S TYPICALLY DRY IN  THOSE AREAS AND YOU GET MORE MOISTURE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  WINTER THAN YOU DO THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. BUT HERE'S THE MAPS YOU CAN SEE A COUPLE OF FRONTS. ONE IS GOING TO BE STALLING OUT  THROUGH THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY STILL CAUSING SOME  RAIN IN THE NORTHEAST THOUGH SECONDARY FRONT HAS SOME SHOWERS BEHIND IT REALLY VERY LITTLE MOISTURE OUT AHEAD OF IT BECAUSE THIS  THING'S KIND OF CUTTING OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO MOISTURE. BUT AS YOU  CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS FROM THE GREAT LAKES BACK IN THE KANSAS  WIDELY SCATTERED NONE OF THESE ARE VERY HEAVY. SAME IDEA AS  WE HEAD INTO SATURDAY MORNING.   NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE DO ACTUALLY SEE A SYSTEM THOUGH COMING INTO THE WEST COAST NOT A POWERFUL  ONE BUT NONETHELESS ONE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE  WEEKEND AND WE'RE STARTING TO SEE SOME MOISTURE FROM A TROPICAL SYSTEM COMING NORTHWARD THAT COULD ACTUALLY COME INTO  THE SOUTHWEST LATER OR SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. THERE'S A  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THE MOISTURE IN THE MID-ATLANTIC SCATTERED AMOUNTS DOWN INTO THE  SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. WE  REALLY DON'T AT ANY AREAS OF HEAVY RAIN BUT WE DO HAVE SOME SPOTTY ACTIVITIES CLOSE TO THE GOLF COAST KIND OF IN THE SOUTHEAST.  AND JUST A LITTLE BIT HIT AND MISS STUFF ACROSS THE NORTH CENTRAL  PLAINS INTO THE GREAT LAKES WITH THAT SECONDARY FRONT THAT'S COMING IN TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON STILL HOT IN THE FAR  SOUTHWEST TRIPLE DIGITS STILL IN SOME SPOTS. BUT LOOK AT THE HIGHS IN  THE NORTHERN PLAINS ONLY 40S AND 50S THERE LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO DROP OFF INTO THE MID 30S. THIS IS OUR FIRST DECENT  CHANCE FOR FROST ACROSS THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS 50S OHIO VALLEY  70S BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST AND HIGHS TOMORROW STILL WARM IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT THESE ARE PRETTY COOL NUMBERS FOR  THIS TIME OF THE YEAR HIGHS ONLY IN THE 40S AND LOWER 50S ACROSS  THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES ALL BECAUSE OF THOSE PRETTY STRONG TROUGH BRING IN THE AIR DIRECTLY OFF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE THAT GETS CUT  OFF PRETTY QUICKLY AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK.  WE GO ZONAL WITH SOME MOISTURE COMING IN OUT WEST WITH  THAT TROUGH AND WE HAVE A TROUGH IN THE WEST RIDGE IN THE EAST  BY THE END OF THE WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW  LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO TWIN FALLS IDAHO. FIRST OF ALL MOSTLY SUNNY PLEASANTLY WARM HIGH OF 81  MCPHERSON KANSAS PARTLY SUNNY AND COOLER HIGH AROUND 65.  AND FINALLY HARRISBURG PENNSYLVANIA. COMFORTABLE CLOUDS AND SOME SUNSHINE HIGH OF 71.  

TEASE
UP NEXT, BREAKING DOWN FALL TILLAGE IN THE FIELD  WITH FARM JOURNAL FIELD AGRONOMIST MISSY BAUER.  AND LATER A LITTLE FARM SENSE PERSPECTIVE ON THE  LULLABY SOUNDS OF HARVEST. 

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
ONCE THE CROP COMES OFF, FALL TILLAGE CAN BEGIN.  GETTING READY FOR FALL FIELD WORK IS TODAY'S  FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. <0YEAH THIS IS REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT ENSURE THAT YOUR TWO  SHOWS RUN PROPERLY THESE ARE GOING TO BE CHECKS THAT WE NEED  TO DO ACTUALLY IN THE FIELD. SO FIRST WHEN WE HEAD TO THE FIELD THAT  TOWAGE TOUR THE FIRST THING I WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT IT'S  RUNNING LEVEL. OK. WHAT I MEAN BY LEVEL IS FRONT TO BACK IS THE HITCH TIP DOWN OR IS IT TIPPED UP. IF THAT TOOL IS NOT RUNNING LEVEL  IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK AS IT'S DESIGNED. ALL RIGHT. SO THE BEST WAY  TO DO THAT IS GET OUT THERE DROP THE TOOL IN THE GROUND GET GOING  AT THE SPEED THAT YOU NORMALLY WOULD RUN IT AT AND THEN HAVE  SOMEONE WATCH AS YOU GO BY. OK JUST YOU WANT TO DO IT WHILE YOU'RE ACTUALLY DOING SOME TILLAGE NOT SITTING OUT YOU KNOW  OUTSIDE OF THE GROUND OR WERE STOPPED RIGHT BECAUSE AS WE PULL  BACK THROUGH IT'S GOING TO HAVE SOME FOR SURE DRAG ON IT POINT IT DOWN. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS AS IT'S IN THE GROUND RUNNING  AT THE DEPTH THAT YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO RUN AT AND JUST  WATCH. HOW IS THAT MAIN TOOLBAR WE TIP FORWARD OR ARE WE PRETTY  LEVEL. WHAT'S THAT FRONT TO BACK. ASPECT THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AS  THE TOOL GOES BY AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS AS NEEDED. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE. THE TOOL GOES  THROUGH OBVIOUSLY THERE'S SOME CHECKS YOU WANT TO DO TO SEE  HOW IT'S WORKING. YEAH ONCE I KNOW THE TOOLS RUN IN LEVEL THEN I NEED TO DO SOME DEPTH CHECKS. SO WE FIND THAT A LOT OF FARMERS  MAKE ERRORS IN CHECKING THE DEPTH BECAUSE THEY MEASURE WHAT I  CALL UP TO THE TOP OF THE FLUFF INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL GROUND LEVEL OF  WHERE THE TOOL HAD RAN. SO WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS TAKE A YARDSTICK  GO AHEAD AND PUSH DOWN WHERE A SHANK IS RAN DOWN TO YOU FEEL THE BOTTOM OF WHERE THAT SHAKE HAS BEEN RUN. THEN I TAKE A ROD  AND COME IN FROM THE SIDE HERE AND I ACTUALLY SEE FROM THE SIDE  LAYING THIS OUT FLAT HERE ON THE GROUND WHERE WE HAVE NOT RAN ANY TOOLS AT ALL. AND THEN BRING IT OVER HERE AND SEE WHERE THIS  HAS ACTUALLY BEEN. RON YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE DEFINITELY  DOWN INTO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TRENCH ALL THE WAY SO YOU CAN KIND OF FEEL THAT THERE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT LAY IN THIS NOW ON FLAT  SURFACE. I'VE ACTUALLY HAD TO PUSH THIS SOIL OUT OF THE WAY  BECAUSE THE FLUFF KIND OF COMES UP TO HERE SO YOU CAN SEE THIS  WAS RAN AT ABOUT 8 1/2 INCHES DEEP. SO THAT'S A WAY TO KNOW  WHAT YOUR DEPTH ACTUALLY IS. > THANKS MISSY.  

TEASE
UP NEXT, THE SOOTHING SOUNDS OF HARVEST AND PERFECTLY PEACEFUL NAP.  A FARM SENSE AFTER THE BREAK

IN THE COUNTRY
DON'T THINK THERE'S A BUSINESS WITH MORE ANTICIPATION AND MORE ENERGY THAN AGRICULTURE  ONCE FARMERS BEGIN BRINGING IN THE HARVEST. IT'S JUST PLAIN FUN...A LOT OF WORK...BUT PULLING  THE COMBINE INTO THE FIELD, WATCHING THOSE FIRST  FEW ROWS TICK ACROSS THE YIELD MONITOR--IS A  MEMORABLE AND REWARDING MOMENT EACH AND  EVERY YEAR. YOU KNOW WHAT APPARENTLY IS NOT FUN-- RIDING IN THE JUMP SEAT. NOW HOLD ON...LETS SEE MY PROOF...HERE, HERE,  PICTURE AFTER PICTURE, FLOWING ACROSS TWITTER  OF KIDS PASSED OUT, WITH THE SLUMP-OVER SLEEPY'S,  THE HARVEST TIME HANGOVER, THE KNOCKOUT NAP.  I'M NOT SURE WHAT IT IS ABOUT CAB TIME THAT GIVES  IT THE SAME POWERS AS THE SUNDAY MORNING PEW, OR A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON COLLEGE LECTURE. BUT  SOMETHING ABOUT THE QUIET HUM OF THE HEADER,  THE SWISH OF GRAIN FILLING THE HOPPER AND THE  WARMTH OF THE SUN STREAMING IN THROUGH DUST  COVERED WINDOWS,  MAKES THE COMBINE THE  ABSOLUTE BEST SLEEPING SPOT IN THE ENTIRE  UNIVERSE.  NO MATTER HOW MUCH SUGAR, TOYS, BOOKS OR  TABLETS YOU SEND UP THE LADDER, THE END RESULT  ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A SERIOUS CASE OF CAB- CALEPSY BY THE TIME YOU HIT THE SECOND END-ROW.   MAYBE THIS SECRETLY COMES IN THE COMBINE  HANDBOOK-- A PAGE FOR PARENTS. SIT YOUR KIDS  DOWN AND SIMPLY ENJOY AN HOUR OR TWO OF QUIET  FOR MOM OR DAD DURING WHAT'S ALWAYS THE  BUSIEST TIME OF YEAR. BUT IT'S ALSO THE PERFECT  REMINDER OF WHY YOU'RE OUT THERE AT ALL HOURS  OF THE DAY AND NIGHT BRINGING IN THE HARVEST. THAT GRAIN FILLING UP THE WINDOW BEHIND YOU IS  THAT LITTLE ONE'S FUTURE. IT WILL NOT ONLY FEED  YOUR FAMILY BUT HUNDREDS AROUND THE WORLD.  SO WHILE YOU MAY WISH FOR MORE CONVERSATION,  MORE QUESTIONS MORE TIME TOGETHER, TAKE A  MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THE GIFT BUNDLED UP AT  YOUR FEET. ONE OF THESE DAYS THOSE LITTLE MOMENTS WILL BE SCATTERED IN THE WINDS OF LIFE AND YOU'LL ACHE  FOR SOMEONE TO COME TAKE A RIDE. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND AL PELL. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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