AgDay Daily Recap - March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 20, 2017


HEADLINES
LIVESTOCK GROWERS CONTINUE TO WORK ON  THE VENTERINARIAN FEED DIRECTIVE BUT A NEW REPORT SAYS ITS NOT  ENOUGH. HAY POURS INTO THE PLAINS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING  FROM 11-HUNDRED MILES AWAY. IN AGRIBUSINESS...A CATTLE MARKET HEAT  CHECK. MACHINERY PETE TALKS BRACKETOLOGY AND USED EQUIPMENT. AND THIS  SPECIALIZED DOCTOR IS HELPING SOME AMPHIBIANS BUILD THEIR OFFSPRING.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

GAPS IN ANTIBIOTIC USE ON LIVESTOCK
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NEW RULES AROUND THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK BEGAN IN JANUARY  OF 2017. NOW A FRESH GOVERNMENT REPORT SAYS USDA'S AND THE FDA'S OVERSITE  ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT SAYS THERE ARE GAPS IN  THE OVERSIGHT OF ANTIBIOTIC USE ON CATTLE, POULTRY AND HOGS. THE AUTHOR ADDING THAT MAKES IT HARD FOR THOSE AGENCIES TO MAKE SURE  THE DRUGS ARE BEING USED CORRECTLY AND THAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO  REDUCE THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS ON LIVESTOCK. THE REPORT CITES THINGS LIKE INCOMPLETE LABELS AND FARM LEVEL DATA  COLLECTION. IT SAYS SINCE THE GOAL OF MORE JUDICIOUS USE OF ANTIBIOTICS TO COMBAT  RESISTANCE THERE SHOULD BE BETTER INFORMATION ON THE SIZE OF THE  RESISTANCE PROBLEM. ON JANUARY FIRST OF THIS YEAR THE VETERINARIAN FEED DIRECTIVE TOOK  EFFECT. AND MANY PRODUCERS ARE STILL GETTING USED TO THE NEW RULES. CHARLES DENNEY HAS MORE IN THIS REPORT FROM THE U-T INSTITUTE OF  AGRICULTURE. CATTLE PRODUCERS WANT THE BEST NUTRITION FOR THEIR HERDS, AND TO MAKE SURE ANIMAL HEALTH AND  WELFARE NEEDS ARE MET. BUT IN 2017, THEY HAVE A NEW, STRICTER FEDERAL REGULATION TO FOLLOW.  THE NEW GUIDELINE FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS CALLED THE VETERINARY FEED  DIRECTIVE, OR VFD FOR SHORT. IT SAYS IF A LIVESTOCK FARMER WANTS TO USE CERTAIN MEDICATIONS IN  THEIR FEED THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR TREATING HUMAN DISEASE-CAUSING BACTERIA -- THE ANTIBIOTICS  MUST BE APPROVED BY A VETERINARIAN. (DR. LEW STRICKLAND) "I HAVE AN ARTICLE THAT I'VE WRITTEN  AND SENT TO EVERY EXTENSION AGENT IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE." DR. LEW STRICKLAND IS A  VETERINARIAN WITH UT EXTENSION AND UT ANIMAL SCIENCE. HE'S BEEN TALKING TO FARMERS  STATEWIDE ABOUT THE PARTICULARS OF THE VFD ISSUE. STRICKLAND SAYS PRODUCERS WILL HAVE ABOUT  A YEAR FOR AN EDUCATIONAL PERIOD, BUT EVENTUALLY EVERYONE MUST ADJUST TO THE LAW. THE  ULTIMATE GOAL IS A SAFER FOOD PRODUCT FOR CONSUMERS. "THERE IS CONCERN THAT FEEDING OUR  ANIMALS THOSE ANTIBIOTICS WILL EVENTUALLY CREATE RESISTANCE IN HUMAN MEDICATION. SO THAT IS  THE WHOLE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF THE VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE." (CHARLES DENNEY) "A VET MUST  DO AN ON-SITE INSPECTION OF A LIVESTOCK HERD BEFORE A FARMER IS ALLOWED A VFD. LIVESTOCK  PRODUCERS THEN MUST PRESENT THIS DOCUMENTATION TO THE SUPPLIER BEFORE THEY'RE ABLE TO  PURCHASE ANTIBIOTIC INFUSED FEED." (DR. DAVID WHITE)  "SO THE PRODUCER HAS TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR VET BECAUSE  THE VET NOW IS GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE APPROPRIATE USE OF ANTIMICROBIALS IN  FEED AND WATER." DR. DAVID WHITE WITH UT AGRESEARCH FORMERLY WORKED FOR THE FDA ON THIS  ISSUE. HE'S NOW TEAMING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ALSO  EDUCATE CATTLE PRODUCERS ABOUT THE PROPER USE OF ANTIBIOTICS, AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF  VFDS. "SO USING ANTIBIOTICS TO TREAT ANIMALS IS APPROPRIATE. BUT GROWTH PROMOTION, FEED EFFICIENCY IN MANY PEOPLE'S DEFINITION IS AN IMPROPER USE OF THESE WONDER DRUGS. THEY  SHOULD BE USED TO TREAT A DEFINED ILLNESS AND NOT FOR INCREASING HOW FAST AN ANIMAL CAN  GROW." THE VFDS ARE ALREADY BEING ASSIGNED AROUND TENNESSEE AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.  IT'S A FINAL RULE THAT'S NOW ON THE BOOKS, AND WILL CHANGE HOW PRODUCERS AND VETERINARIANSRAISE LIVESTOCK. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.  

KANSAS WILDFIRE CATTLE UPDATE
MEANWHILE, VETERNARIANS AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ARE ASSESSING  MORE THAN ANTIBIOTIC USE IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS WHERE A BLAZE SWEPT  THROUGH THE HIGH PLAINS.  RANCHERS ARE STILL ASSESSING LOSSES, AND ROUNDING UP CATTLE. THOSE IN  CLARK COUNTY, KANSAS SAY CATTLE ON WHEAT HAD A HIGHER SURVIVAL RATE.  DR. RANDALL SPARE IN THE COUNTY TELLING AGDAY MANY CATTLE UP ON THE  HILLS DIED. THE INJURIES AND INFECTION TO CATTLE DEPEND ON LOCATION.  "THERE ARE THREE KIND SOF CATTLE. THEY ARE EITHER ALIVE AND HEALTHY, DEAD OR THOSE THAT EED TO  BE PUT TO SLEEP,""THERE ARE CALVES BUCKIN AND BALLIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT. THE PROBLEMS ARE EITHER THEY'RE  BLIND, COWS UTTERS HAVE BEEN BURNT AND THEY'RE ETENDER AND THEIR FEET HAVE SUCH SEVEREE  INFLAMATION, THEIR HOOVES ARE FALLING OFF,"SPARE IS ESTIMATING THE 3 TO 6 THOUSAND CATTLE DIED IN HIS AREA- WHICH  DOESN'T INCLUDE BABY CALVES. BUT THEY ARE STILL COUNTING LOSSES.  A CONVOY OF DONATIONS FROM MICHIGAN FARMERS IS HEADED TO THE FIRE  RAVAGED CENTRAL PLAINS. 300 BALES OF HAY ON SIX SEMI-TRAILERS ARE MAKING THE 11-HUNDRED MILE  JOURNEY TO ASHLAND, KANSAS...AND THEN ANOTHER 200 MILES SOUTH TO THE  TEXAS PANHANDLE. MATT SCHALLER IS A TRUCK DRIVER FOR BELL FARMS IN DURAND, MICHIGAN, HE  COORDINATED THE HAY DRIVE AFTER HEARING ABOUT THE YOUNG TEXAS  COUPLE WHO DIED WHILE TRYING TO SAVE LIVESTOCK. "I READ THIS STORY OF A YOUNG COUPLE THAT PASSED AWAY DOWN IN TEXAS  TRYING TO SAVE CATTLE AND HORSES FROM THE FIRES AND I'D SEEN A FRIEND  OF MINE OFFER HIS TRUCK UP TO HAUL HAY DOWN THERE HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY  HAY CONNECTIONS SO I MADE SOME CALLS TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS HERE AND  WE WERE ABLE TO ROUND UP A BUNCH OF HAY TO HAUL DOWN TO TEXAS WE  WERE ABLE TO COME UP WITH ALMOST 300 ROUND BALES TO HAUL DOWN WE'VE  GOT MULTIPLE PALATES OF MILK REPLACER FOR CALVES WE'VE GOT FENCE T  POST BARBED WIRE FEED AND A BUNCH OF CARE PACKAGE TO FOR THE PEOPLE DOWN THERE." WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US THIS THURSDAY AS WE PRESENT A SPECIAL EDITION  OF AGDAY.  NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN JUST RETURNED FROM  SOUTHWEST KANSAS WHERE SHE MET RANCHERS WHO LOST THEIR HERDS.   WE'LL ALSO HEAR FROM A VETERINARIAN WHO FACED THE HEAVY TASK OF  EUTHANIZING INJURED CATTLE.  PLUS, WE'LL MEET A GROUP OF 4-HER'S WHO  ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP ORPHANED CALVES GET THE NUTRITION  THEY NEED.  AGDAY REPORTS 'AFTER THE FIRE' - HERE ON THURSDAY.

PERDUE CONFIRMATION
THIS THURSDAY THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE IS SET TO HOLD IT'S CONFIRMATION  HEARING FOR AG SECRETARY NOMINEE AND FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR  SONNY PERDUE. THE COMMITTEE FINALLY GETTING PERDUE'S PAPERWORK LAST  WEEK...ALLOWING THE COMMITTEE TO SCHEDULE THE HEARING.

CROP COMMENTS
SOME AREAS ARE HIT HARD WITH A FREEZE. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE IN  THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  THIS IS WHAT THE BLUEBERRY CROP LOOKS LIKE IN WARE COUNTY, GEORGIA  AFTER A HARD FREEZE. THIS GROWER SAYS OUT OF HIS 1700 ACRES OF  BLUEBERRIES, HE THINKS MAJORITY ARE KILLED DUE TO THE COLD CONDITIONS.  HE BURNED HAY BALES IN THE FIELDS TRYING TO REDUCE THE FROST IMPACT.  WIND AND HEAVY SNOW BURIED NEW YORK LAST WEEK. WITH MANY SEEING  VIEWS LIKE THIS ONE. THESE CALVES ARE SAFE. HOWEVER, WE DID RECEIVE REPORTS OF SOME DAIRY BARNS COLLAPSING  UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THREE FEET OF SNOW. IT CAN ALSO BE A CHALLENGE TO GET MILK TRUCKS TO THE FARM AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

TEASE
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FLOOR OF THE CME
FRIDAY WAS A MIXED DAY IN COMMODITIES. LET'S CHECK ON THE WEEKS' CLOSE  AT THE CME. ALL THE GRAINS ACROSS THE BOARD ARE ON THEIR LOWS. WE'RE EXPECTING A  POSSIBLE BREAKOUT FROM THERE. ALL EYES ARE LOOKING AT PLANTING  INTENTIONS AT THE END OF THE MONTH.IT JUST HASN'T COME HERE YET.  DIFFICULT TO SAY, LOW VOLUME DAYS LEND THEMSELVES TO SOMETHING LIKE  THIS. THE OTHER MARKET WE'RE GOING TO WATCH CLOSELY IS THE WHEAT  MARKET. IT WAS STEADY TODAY. KINDA UNDERPINNED BY THE WORRIES THE  WEATHER - THE FREEZING TEMPS - COULD HAVE SOME POSSIBLE CROP DAMAGE.  THAT'S HOLDING THE MARKET IN CHECK. IN KANSAS CITY WHEAT WAS UP THREE  CENTS, SO IT HAD A BIT OF A BOOST, SO WE'RE WATCHING THAT CLOSELY. SO THE  MARKETS HAVEN'T REALLY FALLEN OFF...AND MOVED A BIT SIDEWAYS. WE'RE  EXPECTING A LITTLE MORE ACTION NEXT WEEK. HOGS ON THE OTHER HAND,  REALLY SLIPPING THE JUNE CONTRACTS DOWN. WELL OVER A DOLLAR RIGHT  NOW. IT CERTAINLY YOU CAN SEE THE EXPORTS ARE DOWN ALMOST 30% FROM  LAST WEEK. PORK PRICES ARE ON THE DECLINE RIGHT NOW SO THAT'S PUSHING  THE MARKET LOWER. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP I'M VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

AGRIBUSINESS
JOINING US HERE THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE ELAINE KUB WHO'S THE  AUTHOR OF MASTERING THE GRAIN MARKETS ELAINE LET 'S TALK ABOUT CATTLE  A DAY OF THE CATTLE MARKET HAS BEEN PRETTY INTERESTING AS OF LATE AT  THEM AND YOU THINK MAYBE IT COULD GET MORE INTERESTING YEAH I THINK  THE INTERESTING PART TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT SO UM THE LIVE CATTLE  THE NEARBY CONTRACT HAS REALLY BUMPED UP AGAINST THAT ONE TWENTY A  LEVEL WHERE IT TOPPED OUT A FEW MONTHS AGO I THINK IF IT BREAKS  THROUGH THERE THEN THINGS COULD GET EXCITING TO GET SOME FIREWORKS  BUT I YOU KNOW I THAT WOULD BE A POSSIBILITY ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT HOW  FEEDER CATTLE HAVE BEHAVED IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS THEY'VE REALLY  BEEN ON A STREAK SO IF THEY CAN GET THAT SAME AMOUNT OF ATTENTION OR  THAT SAME MOMENTUM THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHAT THE FUNDAMENTALS BEHIND  THE THIS RECENT STRENGTHENING THAT WE'VE SEEN IN CATTLE MARKETS A LITTLE BIT UNEXPECTED REALLY YEAH I'VE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING AND  WAITING FOR THE BEEF MARKET SPECIFICALLY THE RETAIL BEEF MARKET THAT  CHOICE CUTOUT TO REFLECTS THE OPTIMISM THE ECONOMIC OPTIMISM THAT  ALL OF THE OTHER COMMODITY MARKETS HAVE REFLECTED YOU KNOW WE  WE'VE SEEN YOU KNOW POSITIVE GLOBAL DEMAND FOR A LOT OF COMMODITIES  AND WHY I HADN'T SEEN IT FINALLY WE DID THIS WE GET SOME OF HIS IN THAT  CHOICE CUTOUT AND I THINK THAT 'S HELPING ABSOLUTELY THE LIVE CATTLE  FUTURES YES SO AS YOU LOOK DOWN THE ROAD A COUPLE OF MONTHS HERE  WHERE SHOULD OUR PRODUCERS OR VIEWERS BE POSITIONING THEMSELVES  TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS MARKET WELL I THINK FEEDERS CATTLE FEEDERS  IN PARTICULAR SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT THAT SKY ROCKETING FEEDER  CATTLE MARKET SO CORN IS PROBABLY STABLE THEIR INPUT COSTS THERE ARE  STABLE BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD BE PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM HIGHER  FEEDER CATTLE PRICES AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND  SEVENTEEN 'S OK AND THEY'RE ON THE LIVE SIDE OR FOR THE COW CALF WHAT  DO YOU THINK I THINK THE LET HER RIDE YOU KNOW THAT THEY AND THAT THE FUNDAMENTALLY THE SEGMENT OF THE MARKET THAT 'S CONTROLLING THE  SUPPLY SITUATION THE REMAINING BULLISHNESS THAT WE HAVE OR THE GOOD  PRICES THAT WE HAVE IN THE BEEF INDUSTRY I THINK COME FROM THE FACT  THAT THAT THE COW CALF OPERATORS CAN'T REALLY EXPAND AS MUCH AS  GLOBAL DEMAND WANTS OR NEEDS THEM TO EXPAND IN THIS COUNTRY SO THEY  CONTROL THEIR HOLDINGS IN THE YOU KNOW THE GOLDEN TICKET HERE 'S TO  KEEP TO KEEP THOSE PRICES HIGH WELL THEY LIKE THAT I THINK THE LIES THAT  THEY ARE INCREASING THE LENGTH AND FORM A NEW WARNING THAT MORE  AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT RAINFALL OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO MIKE YOU CAN SEE SOME  SPOTTY SHOWERS THERE THROUGH THE SOUTH EAST EVEN UP IN A NEW ENGLAND WHEN THEY GOT A BIG SNOW AND NOTHING WIDESPREAD IN A LOT OF  THAT SNOW MELTE DOWN TO LOVE WITH HER HALF INCH TO MENTION THE MANY  PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND A FEW SPOTS ENDED UP WITH A COUPLE INCHES AS  YOU CAN SEE AND YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE IN PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST WE'VE HAD  SOME POCKETS GET ONE OR TWO INCHES OF MOISTURE A LOT LESS ACTUALLY  IS OFF SHORE'S AS YOU'LL NOTICE IN THE NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO JUST A FEW SPOTS IN FLORIDAAND THAT UP A LITTLE MOISTURE AS WELL SO  NOTHING WIDESPREAD NOTHING REAL HEAVY IN MOST AREAS HERE 'S THE WAY  THINGS SHAPE UP THIS WEEK WE CONTINUE TO HAVE STORM SYSTEMS MOVING  FROM WEST TO EAST COMING IN AND OF THE WEST COAST WE ALSO HAVE A  CONTINUATION OF AT LEAST SOME SHOTS OCCASIONAL SHOT OF COLDER AIR  COMING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS BUT ESPECIALLY THE GREAT LAKES IN THE  NORTHEAST ING SEE THAT BY WEDNESDAY KIND OF A SHOT OF COLD AIR THROUGH THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY BUT A RIDGE 'S KEEP IN IT THAN A MILD  THROUGH THE MID SECTIONS IS GONNA BE A DECENT STORM A LIVE THING COME  IN AND OUT WEST AND THAT WILL MAKE IT A EASTWARD BY LATE IN THE WEEK  THIS WILL BE VERY WET RIGHT THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY INTO  THE GREAT LAKES THE WAY IT LOOKS WITH THE A JET STREAM RIGHT THERE WE  HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT WEEKEND AND THEN YOU'LL NOTICE THAT CONTINUES  TO MOVE NORTHEAST WITH THAT ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM COMING IN OUT  WEST SO I THINK IS GONNA BE WIDESPREAD AREAS THAT GET LOT OF MOISTURE  OVER THE NEXT WEEK TO TEN DAYS SO LET CHECK THINGS OUT TEMPERATURES  THIS WEEK THEN GOING ABOVE NORMAL FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH  MOST OF THE SOUTHEAST MOST OF THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS INTO  THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES BELOW NORMAL FOR MANY  PARTS OF CALIFORNIA 'S A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS COME IN WITH SOME RAIN AND  BELOW NORMAL FOR THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST IS A COUPLE OF  COLD SHOTS CONTINUE TO COME IN HERE IS THAT MOISTURE THE  PRECIPITATION FOR THIS WEEK ABOVE NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE WEST THE  CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND IN MUCH OF THE PLAIN STATES AND OF THE GREAT  LAKES OHIO VALLEY WESTERN TENNESSEE VALLEY AND IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WILL  ARE PROBABLY PUSH EASTWARD NEXT WEEKEND BUT THIS IS JUST FOR THIS  COMING WEEK AND YOU CAN SEE BELOW NORMAL FOR A NEW ENGLAND IN THE  FAR NORTHERN PLAINS ALSO SOUTHWEST TEXAS AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS  AND CENTRAL FLORIDA HERE'S THE THIRTY DAY OUTLOOK FOR TIME PRESENT  FROM KANSAS MISSOURI SOUTHWARD AND GOING ABOUT NORMAL BELOW  NORMAL FOR THE NORTHEAST NORTHERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHERN  ROCKIES AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE THIRTY DAY OUTLOOK FOR PRECIPITATION  IN MUCH OF THE EAST YOU CAN SEE THE TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEY GREAT LAKES  NORTHEASTERN PLAINS AND THE NORTHWEST EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL  BELOW NORMAL IN THE FOUR CORNER REGION STRETCHING INTO THE  SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS WE HAD THE  GLENDIVE MONTANA FIRST OF ALL PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND CHILLY HIGH  OF FORTY SIX DEGREES EL DORADO ARKANSAS GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND  WARM WITH A HIGH OF EIGHTY ONE AND TRENTON NEW JERSEY PARTLY SUNNY  AND RATHER MILD HIGH AROUND FIFTY DEGREES.

TEASE
DID YOU SPEND THE WEEKEND WATCHING THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT?  MACHINERY PETE WATCHED SOME HOOPS...AND HE'S BLENDING THAT IN WITH  TODAY'S FEATURED EQUIPMENT DEALS. AND WE'LL SEE WHO'S HELPING THE LOVE-LORN.

MACHINERY PETE
OUR VERY OWN GREG PETERSON JOINS US WITH SOME INTERESTING FOUR  WHEEL DRIVE TRACTOR AUCTIONS... AND HIS PICK TO WIN THE NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. GREG. MARCH MADNESS NOW OF COURSE TO MOST FOLKS THAT MEANS FILLING OUT  YOUR BRACKET AND PICKING A WINNING TEAM NOW FOR ME THE PAST TWENTY  SEVEN YEARS MARCH MADNESS HAS HAD A DUAL MEANING HIS COURSE MARCH  IS THE BUSIEST MONTH ON THE CALENDAR IN TERMS OF MACHINERY AUCTIONS  SO WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE HERE SO FAR MARCH OF TWENTY SEVENTEEN WELL A  COUPLE TRACTORS HERE 'S A PICTURE OF A NINETEEN EIGHTY EIGHT JOHN  EIGHTY EIGHT FIFTY FOUR WHEEL DRIVE AND HAD ZERO HOURS ON A KINZE REPOWER NOW THIS SOLD ON A MARCH EIGHTH AUCTION IN WILLIAMSBURG IOWA COMING INTO THE SALE THE HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE I'VE EVER SEEN ON A  EIGHTY EIGHT FIFTY WAS FIFTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT HAPPENED  TWICE YEARS AGO ONCE ON AN AUCTION IN ALABAMA ANOTHER TIME IN  MONTANA SO HOW HIGH DID ARE IOWA EIGHTY EIGHT FIFTY GO SEVENTY ONE  THOUSAND DOLLARS NEW RECORD PRICE BY NINETEEN THOUSAND BUCKS NOW  I HAVE BEEN SEEN AGAIN IN GOOD CONDITION USED TRACTORS HOLDING THEIR  VALUE WELL ACROSS THE COUNTRY HERE 'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE MARCH TENTH  INCENTRAL NEW JERSEY THIS INTERNATIONAL FIFTEEN EIGHTY SIX SOLD ON A  CONSIGNMENT AUCTION FOR FOURTEEN THOUSAND BLOCKS IN A YEAR AGO THE  SAME TRACTOR ONE FOR THIRTEEN THOUSAND NOW BACK TO BASKETBALL MY  PICK BUT WHEN THE TURN WITH THIS YEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI 'S GO  BEARCATS. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - "DOCTOR RUTH' PUTS HIS EXPERTISE TO THE TEST AT A  MICHIGAN ZOO. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT ENDANGERED SPECIES LIKE BALD EAGLES, WOLVES AND  OTHERS. BUT THESE BIG PREDATORS AREN'T THE ONLY SPECIES AT RISK. A WOMAN NAMED DR. RUTH IS HELPING ENDANGERED AMPHIBIANS MAKE A BUILD  THEIR FAMILY TREE.  THE DETROIT ZOO WOULD LIKE TO SEE TOADS HANG AROUND AS LONG AS  POSSIBLE. "IT IS VERY MUCH A CRISIS. IT'S ACTUALLY NICKNAMED 'THE AMPHIBIAN EXTINCTION CRISIS.'" WHICH IS RUTH MARCEC HEADS UP THE ZOO'S NATIONAL AMPHIBIAN  CONSERVATION CENTER WHERE PART OF HER JOB IS TO HELP NEWTS, FROGS AND SALAMANDERS … MAKE A LOVE CONNECTION. "AMPHIBIANS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO BREED IN CAPTIVITY. YOU NEED TO GET THE MOOD JUST RIGHT. THEY  NEED SOME MARVIN GAYE. NO. THEY NEED SPECIFIC BAROMETRIC PRESSURE. THEY NEED SPECIFIC  RAINFALL. THINGS LIKE THAT." MARCEC IS BOTH A VETERINARIAN … AND A REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGIST. MAKING HER UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO ADDRESS WHAT HAS BECOME A CRITICAL  SITUATION.  "IF YOU COMBINE ALL THE ENDANGERED MAMMALS AND BIRDS, THAT STILL DOESN'T ADD UP TO THE  PERCENTAGE OF AMPHIBIANS THAT ARE THREATENED AND ENDANGERED." MARCEC … WHO ASSISTS ZOOS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE U-S WITH THEIR  AMPHIBIAN-BREEDING EFFORTS … DOES SO BECAUSE OF THE CRUCIAL ROLE THE LITTLE CRITTERS PLAY. "AMPHIBIAN LARVA _ THE TADPOLES AND THE BABY SALAMANDERS _ THEY KEEP WATER HEALTHY. …  SALAMANDERS KEEP SOIL HEALTHY AND AERATED. … IF YOU REMOVED THE SALAMANDERS FROM THE  APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, THE FORESTS WOULD DIE." PLUS … SHE'S SMITTEN. "A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZE HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE." SO WHETHER SHE'S INDUCING SALAMANDERS TO DO THEIR "SEXY DANCE" … OR PLAYING A TREE-FROG BREEDING CALL ON A TABLET COMPUTER … DR. RUTH IS BRINGING HER SEX-PERTISE TO THE AMPHIBIAN WORLD. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

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

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