AgDay Daily Recap -January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 30, 2017


HEADLINES
RURAL AND SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS ARE  FEELING THE PRESSURE. PLUS, FARM LABOR A KEY PART OF THE DISCUSSION ON  ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM. IN AGRIBUSINESS... MANAGING CHAOS. MACHINERY PETE LOOKS AT LARGER HORSE POWER TRACTORS AND HOW  CONDITION CAN IMPACT PRICE. AND CALVING SEASON FOR A ZOO  IN OHIO.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

FARMER MAC EXCLUSIVE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. COMMUNITY BANKS ARE DISAPPEARING  ACROSS RURAL AMERICA AT ASTONISHING RATES DUE TO  PRESSURE FROM THE  RISING COSTS OF DOING BUSINESS.  IN AN AGDAY EXCLUSIVE, FARMER MAC RELEASING THE RESULTS OF ITS STUDY  ON THE HEALTH OF FARM ECONOMY.  FARMER MAC IS A STOCKHOLDER-OWNED  LENDING COMPANY. THE LENDOR SAYS MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND COMMUNITY BANKS HAVE EXITED  SINCE 1984... LARGELY DUE TO FAILURE, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS. THEIR ECONOMISTS ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT MANY OF THESE BANKS ARE  SMALLER, WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AND GOBBLED UP BY LARGER  BANKS.THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNITY BANKS - IN RURAL COMMUNITIES - ARE THEIR  EMPHASIS ON WHAT THEY CALL RELATIONSHIP BANKING, WHICH IS IMPORTANT IN  SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS, LIKE FARMERS.  BUT RISING COSTS LIKE INCREASED REGULATIONS AND COMPLIANCE, AS WELL  AS GREATER CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS ARE CONSTRAINING THESE SMALLER  BANKS, TO THE POINT ITS FORCING SOME OUT.  FARMER MAC ALSO MEASURES CROPS BASED ON PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS  AND PRICES.IT SAYS RIGHT NOW, THE ONLY CROP LOOKING AT HIGHER PRICES IS CITRUS...  FRUIT AND NUT GROWERS CONTINUE TO FACE PLENTY OF HEADWINDS.  ABOUT A YEAR AGO, THE NUT INDUSTRY SOME MAJOR DECLINES IN THE PRICES FOR THEIR COMMODITIES,  AND MOST OF THAT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE 80 PERCENT FOR EXAMPLE ALMOND IS EXPORT. THERE WAS A  LOT OF DEFAULTED PURCHASES AND SO THERE'S BEEN KIND OF NORMALIZATION FOR HTE PRICES FOR A LOT OF THESE NUT CROPS, BUT THEY'RE STILL MAKING  MONEY. IT'S NOT 4.50 ALMONDS. IT'S NOT 3.00 WALNUTS,  IT'S NOT 4.00 PISTACHIOS IT'S AT A MORE NORMALIZED PRICES. BUT EVEN AT THOSE PRICES, WITH ALL  THEIR INPUT COSTS REMAINING HTE SAME, THEY'RE GOING TO DO FINE> COVINGTON SAYS IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY FOR THE STONE FRUITS, LIKE  PEACHES AND NECATARINES.  CONSOLIDATION IS TAKING OVER THAT INDUSTRY, LARGELY DRIVEN BY RETAILERS DEMANDING QUALITY FRUITS.  YOU CAN READ MORE OF FARMER MAC'S REPORT AT ...

HIGH TENSIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND MEXICO
LAST WEEK WAS ROCKY BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO ...ENDING WITH  LEADERS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES TALKING BY PHONE.  THE PORK INDUSTRY IS CONCERNED, MEXICO HAS BEEN THE LARGEST BUYER  OF U.S. PORK THE PAST 8 YEARS.  TENSIONS ARE HIGH FOLLOWING TRUMPS ACTIONS ON BUILDING A BORDER WALL  AND TALK OF POSSIBLE TARIFFS ON IMPORTS.   INDUSTRY WATCHERS WORRY THAT COULD CUT INTO SHIPMENT OF U.S. PORK.  ALTHOUGH OTHERS SAY, MEXICO IS JUST ONE PART OF THE ENTIRE MARKET AND  OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA COULD HELP CHEW THROUGH ANY DISRUPTIONS.  "IT WILL FIND A HOME. THIS ISN'T DEVASTATING IN MY OPINION. IT MAY HURT TEMPORARILY BUT WE WILL  RECONFIGURE TRADING CHANNELS. EVENTUALLY EVERYTHING WILL FIND AN EQUILIBRIUM AND CONTINUE.  MAYBE THAT'S AT A SLIGHTLY LOWER VALUE THAN WHAT WE CURRENTLY ENJOY, BUT I DON'T SEE THIS AS A  DEATH TO THE PORK INDUSTRY BY ANY STRETCH,"SINCE TAKING OFFICE, PRESIDENT TRUMP PULLED OUT OF THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE PACT - WHICH THE PORK INDUSTRY SUPPORTED..AND  PLANS TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA.  KERNS SAYS MEXICO ALSO ACCOUNTS FOR ROUGHLY 25 PERCENT OF U.S. CORN  EXPORTS. TENSIONS ARE STILL HIGH BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE U.S. AS THE BATTLE OVER  CONSTRUCTION OF A BORDER WALL BEGINS. IT'S PUTTING IMMIGRATION AND MIGRANT LABOR BACK ON THE SPOTLIGHT - A  TOPIC THAT'S IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE. 

NEED FOR WORKERS
BETSY JIBBEN HAS A REPORT ON THE NEED FOR WORKERS AT THE NATION'S  FARMS.  IT'S THE OFFSEASON AT TITAN FARMS IN RIDGE SPRING, SOUTH CAROLINA... THE  SECOND LARGEST PEACH PRODUCER IN THE COUNTRY. BUT THE FOCUS IS  ALREADY ON THE NEXT CROP.  "WE'VE GROWN IT. IT'S GOING WELL. HOPE TO CONTINUE TO DO IT MORE."THE KEY TO EXPANSION IS LABOR - IT'S THE REASON TITAN FARMS PRESIDENT CHALMERS CARR  FLIES AROUND THE  COUNTRY TO EDUCATE ABOUT THE SHORTAGE AND NEED OF MIGRANT FARM  WORKERS."MY FARM ADVERTISES FOR OVER 600 WORKERS A YEAR. THIS YEAR WE HAD 7 U.S. WORKERS APPLY FOR  THOSE JOBS. AND WE'RE PAYING THEM WAGES OF 10.59 AN HOUR. IT'S MUCH ABOVE THE FFEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE,"THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION HOPES IT CAN BE INVOLVED IN  DISCUSSIONS WITH THE NEW ADMINSTRATION TO FIND A SOLUTION THAT WON'T  HURT FOREIGN BORN FARM LABOR.  "FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS BORDER SECURITY. IT'S AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF ANY RESPONSIBLE  IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THOSE ENFORCEMENT PROPOSALS ARE  DONE IN A MANNER THAT DOESN'T NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE AGRICULTURAL LABOR FORCE,"AG. WORKERS CAN BE DOCUMENTED LEGALLY THROUGH THE H2A PROGRAM- A  TEMPORARY WORK VISA DESIGNED FOR SEASONAL  AG WORKERS. BUT MANY PRODUCERS SAY THEY ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE PROGRAM.  "IT'S VERY CUMBERSOME, TIME CONSUMING, EXPENSIVE AND YOU'RE NOT GUARENTEED YOU'RE GOING  TO GET YOUR LABOR IN TIME. IT JUST HASN'T WORKED OUT. SOME GROWERS ARE PROBABLY FORCED TO USE  IT. BUT THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF ISSUES WITH IT."THERE'S BEEN A RENEWED EFFORT TO CHANGE THE OVERSIGHT OF THE H2A PROGRAM.THE FAMILY FARM RELIEF ACT OF 2017 INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS MONTH COULD  MOVE HTE H-2A PROGRAM FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO THE  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW STREAMLINE THE  PROCESS. AFBF HAS BEEN PUSHING FOR MOVING H2A TO USDA FOR SOME TIME.  "OUR POLICY CALLS FOR A NEW FLEXIBLE VISA PROGRAM THAT'S ADMINISTERED BY USDA AND NOT THE  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR THAT HAS A 3 YEAR VISA THAT WORKS NOT ONLY FOR OUR SEASONAL WORKERS BUT  OUR YEAR-ROUND NEEDS, "CONGRESS ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE  H2AS TO A MULTI-YEAR PROGRAM IN 2013 BUT IT FAILED IN CONGRESS.  "WE NEED A TRUE REFORM WHERE IT CAN BE ADOPTED TO ALL OF AGRICULTURE TO OUR DAIRY INDUSTRY  AND OTHER INDUSTRIES LIKE THAT. DON'T PENTALIZE PEOPLE FOR BEING  YEAR ROUND OPERATORS. WE  HAVE LESS AND LESS PEOPLE DOING THOSE TYPE OF JOBS ON THE FARM." BOSWELL SAYS OVER HALF OF THE AG. WORK FORCE IS IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY.  YET GETTING RID OF ALL WORKERS WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE INDUSTRY. "PRODUCTION WOULD FALL 30 TO 60 BILLION DOLLARS IN THAT TYPE OF APPROACH. FOOD PRICES WOULD  RISE 5 TO 6 PERCENT. IF DONE INCORRECCTLY, IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING,"CARR SAYS IF FULL DEPORTATION WERE TO OCCUR- IT WOULD DECIMATE AG,  HITTING SPECIALTY CROPS HARD.  "THE FACT IS, THE GREATER MAJORITY OF YOUR FOOD IS HARVESTED BY UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS. I KNOW PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND REALIZED THAT AND THEY'VE TURNED A BLIND EYE TO  THAT. SO IF YOU WENT TO A JOB SITE ENFORCEMENT OR E-VERIFICATION AND THEN YOU HAD DEPORTATION  WHERE YOU LESSEN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT THERE AND YOU DON'T HAVE A VIABLE GUEST WORKER  PROGRAM FOR THE FARMERS TO TURN TO; YOU'RE GOING TO BE WITHOUT CROPS."CROPS AND WORKERS ARE JUST THE FOCUS  AS CARR WORKS TO MAKE SURE HIS CROPS CONTINUE TO BE HARVEST.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

DES MOINES WATER WORKS
THE IOWA SUPREME COURT IS SIDING WITH THREE RURAL COUNTIES IN A  LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGED FARM RUN-OFF. THE DES MOINES WATER WORKS SUED COUNTY SUPERVISORS AND DRAINAGE  DISTRICTS IN THREE COUNTIES UP-STREAM OF IOWA'S BIGGEST CITY. THE UTILITY CLAIMS NITRATES FLOWING INTO TWO RIVERS THAT SUPPLY WATER  TO DES MOINES ARE FROM FARM TILE. "DES MOINES WATER WORKS IS CLAIMING THAT AGRICULTURAL STORM WATER  EXEMPTION UNDER CLEAN WATER ACT DOES NOT APPLY TO DRAINAGE  DISTRICTS IN THIS CASE BECAUSE WANTS IT GOES THROUGH PIPES IT BECOMES  A POINT SOURCE. THAT WAS NOT DETERMINED BY THE IOWA SUPREME COURT." AG GROUPS ARE CELEBRATING THE RULING BECAUSE THE DECISION COULD  HAVE CLEARED THE WAY FOR LAWSUITS AGAINST THREE THOUSAND DRAINAGE DISTRICTS NATIONWIDE. LEGAL ANALYSTS TELLING AGDAY THE ISSUE STILL FACES LITIGATION IN FEDERAL  COURT. ALL THAT NEWS..NOW FOR A LITTLE WEATHER.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINING US THIS MORNING WITH TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. TODAY'S CROP COMMENT IS FROM ALEX HOLZWARTH IN HAZEL, SOUTH DAKOTA.  HE'S FEEDING LIVESTOCK DURING AN ICY AND WINDY JANUARY DAY. TEMPERATURES ARE LINGERING IN THE TWENTIES AND WILL DIP IN THE TEENS  LATER IN THE WEEK. 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
WE COME BACK, SOME ADVICE ON MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH  TIMES OF CHAOS. AND LATER, CALVING SEASON OF A DIFFERENT SORT TODAY ON IN THE  COUNTRY. STAY TUNED FOLKS COMING UP. WE'LL TALK VALUES ON TWO HUNDRED FIFTY HORSE TRACTORS THERE  ABOUT TEN YEARS OLD GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

AGRIBUSINESS
MARK GOLD TOP THIRD AG MARKETING. MARK LET 'S TALK ABOUT TWENTY SEVENTEEN BECAUSE IF I LOOK BACK TO 2016 THIS TIME A YEAR IT JUST SEEM LIKE A LOT OF NEGATIVITY. YOU KNOW PEOPLE JUST WEREN'T REALLY UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT. THIS YEAR PRICES  A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.YEP. ABSOLUTELY. WE'VE GOT SOYBEAN PRICES ALMOST ONE POINT TWO DOLLARS HIGHER THAN WE WERE A YEAR AGO AT THIS TIME WE GOT NEW CROP BEANS RIGHT AROUND TEN TWENTY FIVE. WE HAD A NICE RALLY HERE AS I'VE ALWAYS SAID AMERICAN FARMERS ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST ONE GOOD OPPORTUNITY A YEAR TO MARKET GRAIN AND CERTAINLY IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET WITH THE RISKS THAT ARE OUT THERE. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU CAN PASS UP TEN TWENTY EIGHT BEANS. TALK ABOUT THOSE RISKS THE RISK THAT ARE REAL. HERE 'S THE REAL RISK WHETHER YOU BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO ADD. FOUR OR FIVE OR SIX MILLION ACRES OF BEANS, I BELIEVE AND I WILL PERSONALLY BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE A HIGHER NUMBER, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A LOT OF ACRES OF BEANS THIS YEAR. IF WE CONTINUE TO SEE A TREND LINE YIELDS CREEP UP WE'RE LOOKING AT POTENTIALLY A HUGE CROP OUT HERE. SOL JUST ON THE ON THE ACREAGE NUMBERS AND THE PRODUCTION NUMBERS THAT 'S A RISK. CERTAINLY IF THE CHINESE WERE TO CANCEL ANY SALES THAT 'S A RISK. IF PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDES THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH CHINA AND WE START GETTING INTO ANY KIND OF A TRADE WAR SCENARIO AND WE HAVE BIGGER ACRES AND MORE PRODUCTION, YOU KNOW CHIP MENTIONED ON THE SHOW, THAT HE CAN'T RULE OUT A SIX AND ONE OF THE BEAN SOMEDAY AGAIN. MAYBE NOT THIS YEAR MAYBE NOT TWENTY YEARS BUT SOME DAY WHAT COULD THIS BE A YEAR WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK AND THAT BEANS I BELIEVE THERE IS PARTICULAR WITH THE FUND 'S LONG A HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND LONG CONTRACTS. I THINK THAT 'S A SIGNIFICANT RISK. SO I BELIEVE RIGHT NOW WHAT 'S KEY IS TO BE PROTECTING THE SOYBEAN PRICES AND I WOULD BE SPENDING MORE MONEY TO GET A LITTLE BETTER CLOSER TO THIS TO THE PRICES WHERE TEN DOLLARS SHORT DATED PUT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. TWENTY FIVE CENTS. THE CORN AND THE WHEAT I STILL BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOME UPSIDE POTENTIAL. I BELIEVE THE BEST MARKETING OPPORTUNITY COULD STILL BE OUT THERE WITH THE FUNDS SHORT AS MUCH AS THEY ARE. BUT IS THAT GOING TO STOP ME BUYING A PUT IN CASE I'M WRONG, NO. WE'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND MONEY ON IT WE KNOW THAT ONE HAS BEEN A LOT OF MONEY. FIFTEEN CENTS ON CORN PUT. TWENTY CENTS ON A WHEAT PUT. IN CASE THERE WAS THAT THERE 'S A PROBLEM THE BEANS, CORN AND WHEAT ARE GOING TO GET DRAGGED DOWN WITH IT. SO PROTECT IT. PROTECT THAT RISK. SO YOU'VE GOT TO PROTECT THAT RISK WHAT YOU GOTTA TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY. YOU GOT THE BEANS AND TAKE IT TODAY. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING YOU THINK ABOUT WELL WE THINK ABOUT OVER A COUPLE OF DAYS. BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY AS WE KNOW AND I WOULD DO IT NOW. ALRIGHT APPRECIATE IT MARK THANKS FOR BEING THERE WILL BE BACK MORE AGDAY IN JUST MINUTE. FORA SPECIAL REPORT ON THE GRAIN MARKETS. CALL TOLL FREE AT 877-TT-HEDGE. THAT 877-884-3343. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A DREAM SPORTS TRIP, PLUS A $10,000 DONATION FOR A COMMUNITY  SPACE.  TEXT DREAM TO 31313 TO ENTER TODAY.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS PRE-EMERGENCE CORN HERBICIDE FROM BAYER.   THE ONLY HERBICIDE TO OFFER THREE LEVELS OF DEFENSE AGAINST WEEDS - BURNDOWN, RESIDUAL AND  REACTIVATION WITH RAIN.WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT OUR  RAINFALL TOTALS FROM LAST WEEK IN THE SOUTHEAST WHO NEEDS THE RAIN,  GETTING SOME. YEA AND GETTING SOME MORE. IN FACT OF THIS RAIN HAS  TAKEN PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST COMPLETELY OUT OF THE DROUGHT MONITOR  AS WE SHOWED YOU EARLIER. BUT YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THE REST OF THE  COUNTRY REALLY DIDN'T GET MUCH AT ALL. THERE ARE A FEW POCKETS OF A  HALF INCH OR SO. YOU CAN SEE ALL THE WAY BACK THROUGH THE WESTERN  AREAS. A COUPLE SPOTS IN CALIFORNIA STILL GOT SOME DECENT RAINS WHICH  CONTINUES TO ERODE THE DROUGHT OUT THERE. BUT ZOOMING IN ON THE  SOUTHEAST THERE IS ACTUALLY A FEW POCKETS HERE SHOWING UP AS PINK IN  SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA AND THAT IS EIGHT INCHES PLUS LAST WEEK FROM  FRIDAY TO FRIDAY. THE PREVIOUS FRIDAY I SHOULD SAY.  SO A HUGE AMOUNT OF  RAIN ONCE AGAIN. BUT THE PATTERN HAS CHANGED AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE A COMPLETE DIFFERENCE COMING UP. WE ARE STILL GOING TO SEE ONE OR TWO  STORMS OCCASIONALLY COME INTO THE WEST BUT HER FOR THE MOST PART  WE'RE LOOKING AT A BIG RIDGE IN THE WEST AND A TROUGH IN THE EAST AND  LIKE I'VE BEEN SAYING LATE LAST WEEK I WAS TALKING ABOUT ANY TIME YOU  TYPICALLY GET A BIGGER CIRCULATION IN THE JET STREAM OVER HUDSON BAY.  YOU NORMALLY HAVE A BIG TROUGH IN EAST EVEN THOUGH OUR MODEL WAS  GOING ALL ZONAL BY LATER THIS COMING WEEK. WELL IT'S CHANGING ITS TUNE A  LITTLE BIT. IT 'S KEEPING THE TROUGH IN THE EAST AS YOU CAN SEE NOT A REAL  STRONG TROUGH. IN OTHER WORDS IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTHEAST YOU'RE  PROBABLY NOT GONNA SEE THE BITTERLY COLD AIR BUT THERE COULD BE SOME  REAL ARCTIC AIR COMING TO THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST AS WE HEAD IN  THE LATER THIS COMING WEEK AND INTO THE FOLLOWING WEEK AND  ESPECIALLY THAT 'S A SHARPER TROUGH AND HAS MORE ENERGY UP HERE THAT  'S GOING TO BE DIVING INTO IT. SO THE THE PATTERN HAS CHANGED AND IT'S  GOING TO STAY THAT WAY FOR A WHILE I THINK WITH MORE OF A RIDGE OUT  WEST, MORE OF A TROUGH IN THE EAST AND A FLIP FLOPPED OF WHAT WE WERE  FOR A COUPLE WEEKS THERE IN CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE PART OF  THIS MONTH. THIS WEEK IN TEMPS YOU CAN SEE I'M GOING BELOW NORMAL FOR  MOST OF THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES, ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SOUTHEAST  SOUTH CENTRAL STATES INTO PARTS OF THE FOUR CORNER REGION. AS FAR AS  PRECIPITATION FOR THIS COMING WEEK WE'LL GO BELOW NORMAL FOR THE  SOUTHEAST IN THIS CASE WITH THE BIG TROUGH HERE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT  JUST A COOLER DRIER AIR BLEEDING INTO THE AREA. THEN YOU SEE BELOW  NORMAL ALSO FOUR CORNER REGION DOWN IN THE TEXAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR  THE WEST COAST. THERE IS A SYSTEM COMING IN LATER THIS WEEK LOOKS  PRETTY WET TO ME OTHER THAT IT 'S SMALL SYSTEMS WITH NOT MUCH  MOISTURE MOVING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THERE 'S A  FEBRUARY OUTLOOOK, THIS IS 90 DAY OUTLOOK, WE'LL SPLIT UP THE  TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE LOWER FORTY  EIGHT EXCEPT FOR SOUTH FLORIDAAND THE FAR SOUTHWEST. MARCH WILL  START TO ERODE THAT COLD AIR A BELOW NORMAL AIR A LITTLE BIT BRING IN THE ABOVE NORMAL IN THE SOUTHWEST AND THEN IN APRIL . IT 'S LOOKING LIKE WE  REALLY START TO A WARM THINGS UP FOR MUCH OF THE GROWING REGIONS  MIGHT STILL BE A VERY SMALL AREA THERE IN NORTH WESTERN GREAT LAKES WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT NINETY  DAYS GREAT LAKES, NORTHERN ROCKIES EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL  SOUTHEAST SOUTH WEST BELOW NORMAL THAT PRECIPITATION 'S ALWAYS  TOUGH FOR OVER A NINETY DAY PERIOD. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL CEDAR CITY  UTAH A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE COLD TODAY HIGH TEMP AROUND THIRTY. IRON  MOUNTAIN MICHIGAN CLOUDY AND COLD WITH SOME SNOW FLURRIES AT TIMES.  HIGH TWENTY FIVE AND OCALA FLORIDA HAD TIMES OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE  RATHER COOL FOR YOU FOLKS. HIGH AROUND FIFTY NINE DEGREES.

TEASE
MACHINERY PETE HAS SOME PRICING INTELLIGENCE ON 250 HORSE POWER  TRACTORS. WE'LL GET HIS THOUGHTS COMING UP NEXT. AND YOU WON'T FIND THIS LITTLE LADY IN A PASTURE NEAR YOU. ITS CALVING SEASON IN OHIO...DETAILS NEXT.

MACHINERY PETE
THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEAVY DUTY ENGINE OILS ARE HERE.  INTRODUCING DELO 400 WITH ISOSYN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.  THE NEW DELO 400 PRODUCT LINE IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN  EVER. EVER THE FONT OF KNOWLEDGE, THIS MORNING, MACHINERY PETE JOINS US TO  DISCUSS 250 HORSEPOWER TRACTORS AND HOW THEIR CONDITION CAN IMPACT  THE VALUE AT AUCTION. HEY PETE I'M LOOKING TO BUY ABOUT A TEN YEAR OLD TWO HUNDRED FIFTY HORSE TRACTOR WHAT ARE THEY WORTH. WELL OF COURSE FIRST WE HAVE TO NARROW IT DOWN TO MAKE AND MODEL NOW LET 'S SAY YOU  WANT TO GO BLUE AND MAYBE YOU'RE LOOKING AT A NEW HOLLAND TG TWO FIFTY FIVE RIGHTIN THIS  HORSEPOWER RANGE WHILE I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT A COUPLE WE SAW SOLD AT AUCTION LAST FROM THE  LOW KIND OF ROUGH CONDITION DOWN THE LOW THIRTIES EVEN ONE ON A CONSIGNMENT AUCTION IN  TEXAS LAST YEAR FOR TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND BUT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A NICE ONE SO WHAT I WOULD DO HERE IS TELL YOU ABOUT THREE EXAMPLES I SAW SOLD AT AUCTION NOW ONE WAS RECENTLY JUST  JANUARY TWENTY FIRST FARM AUCTION IN SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS HERE. 'S A PICTURE OF THIS TWO THOUSAND  SIX MODEL T G TO FIFTY FIVE AND THREE THOUSAND SEVENTY THREE HOURS ON IT SOLD FOR SIXTY SIX  THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE NEXT EXAMPLE LET 'S GO BACK TO FOR BOERI OF LAST YEAR ON A BIG IRON DOT  COM ONLINE AUCTION AND THIS T G TO FIFTY FIVE WAS FROM NEBRASKA TWO THOUSAND FOUR MODEL  TWENTY FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY NINE HOURS SOLD FOR SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND SEVEN FIFTY AND THEN  LAST APRIL ON A FARM AUCTION IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ON SALE BY MY FRIENDS AT THE STEFFES GROUP THIS TWO THOUSAND SIX MODEL TG AT TWO FIFTY FIVE AND TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY SIX HOURS  ON IT 'S OVER SEVENTY THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS NOW THOSE THREE TG TO FIFTY FIVE. ALL OF  THE THREE HIGHEST AUCTION PRICES I'VE SEEN THE LAST THREE YEARS 

TEASE
NEXT - AN EMERGENCY DELIVERY IN OHIO IS KEEPING ZOOKEEPERS UP ALL  NIGHT. DETAILS WHEN WE COME BACK. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM.  AS A VETERINARIAN, MY DAD HAS HELPED DELIVER COUNTLESS CALVES. BUT I  CAN SAFELY SAY HE'S NEVER HELPED WITH THE DELIVERY OF A HIPPOPOTAMUS. AND A RECENT DELIVERY AT CINCINNATI ZOO PROVED TO BE QUITE  CHALLENGING. THE ZOO SAYS 17-YEAR-OLD BIBI GAVE BIRTH EARLY ON TUESDAY  TO THE FIRST HIPPO BORN THERE IN 75 YEARS. THE FEMALE CALF WASN'T EXPECTED UNTIL MARCH. AT ONLY 29 POUNDS IT'S  WELL BELOW THE NORMAL RANGE OF BIRTH WEIGHT OF 55 TO 120 POUNDS AND  UNABLE TO STAND TO NURSE. STAFFERS ARE GIVING THE CALF FLUIDS AND KEEPING IT MOIST AND WARM.  KEEPERS HAVE COLLECTED MILK FROM THE MOTHER. THEY HOPE TO GET THE  NEWBORN TO DRINK ITS MOTHER'S MILK AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS FROM A  BOTTLE.

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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