AgDay Daily Recap -April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 10, 2017


HEADLINES
THERE'S A NEW SUPREME COURT  JUSTICE IN TOWN. BUT IS HE A FRIEND OF THE FARMER?  IF BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS ARE THE ROUTE  WE'RE TAKING, WHAT COUNTRY WOULD BE GOOD TO  PARTNER? "JAPAN WOULD BE A GOOD COUNTRY FOR US TO START WITH," SIZZLING  MEAT DEMAND IS HELPING PRICES. BUT CAN IT LAST? "I THINK THEY'LL BE EVEN BETTER THIS SUMMER IF PRICES PULL BACK A  LITTLE BIT." COMMEMORATING AMERICAN PATRIOTISM - ONE  HUNDRED YEARS IN THE MAKING. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY 

GORSUCH SWEARING IN
GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN...IN FOR CLINTON  GRIFFITHS. THE NATION'S NEXT SUPREME COURT  JUSTICE WILL BE SWORN-IN LATER THIS MORNING...AND  THE NATION'S LARGEST FARM LOBBY SAYS NEIL  GORSUCH WILL BE GOOD FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND  RANCHERS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CHOICE FOR THE SUPREME COURT  RECEIVED HIS CONFIRMATION BY THE FULL SENATE. AS  EXPECTED THREE DEMOCRATS CROSSED THE AISLE TO  JOIN REPUBLICANS TO APPROVE JUDGE GORSUCH. THE  VOTE WAS 54-TO-45. HE BRINGS EXACTLY THE KIND OF TEMPERAMENT WE NEED AND THE BACKGROUND TO INTERPRET AND APPLY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS AS WRITTEN BY CONGRESS NOT TO MAKE LAW FROM THE BENCH. HIS CONFIRMATION IS IMPORTANT FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS BECAUSE WE DEAL WITH CRITICAL LEGAL ISSUES INVOLVING LAND UES THE POWER OF GOVERMENT AGENCIES AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND THESE ISSUES WIND THEIR WAYTO THE SUPREME COURT. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS JUSTICE GORSUCH WILL BE  SWORN IN THIS MORNING DURING A PRIVATE  CEREMONY AT THE SUPREME COURT, FOLLOWED BY A  PUBLIC CEREMONY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. JUSTICE  ANTHONY KENNEDY WILL ADMINISTER THE OATH AT THE  WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY. GORSUCH WAS A CLERK FOR  JUSTICE KENNEDY.

TRADE WITH JAPAN
PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID FRIDAY HE THINKS HIS  ADMINISTRATION MADE "TREMENDOUS PROGRESS" IN  THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI  JINPING AS THEIR "MINI" SUMMIT IN FLORIDA CAME TO A  CLOSE. BEYOND CHINA, MANY AG GROUPS HERE AT HOME  THINKS THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO NEGOTIATE A  BILATERIAL TRADE DEAL WITH ANOTHER ASIAN POWERHOUSE - JAPAN.  BETSY JIBBEN LOOKS AT THE POTENTIAL MARKET  GROWTH. AS BRAD WILLIAMS PREPARES TO PLANT THE 2017  CROP....HE CAN'T HELP BUT THINK WHERE THE  HARVESTED CROP WILL GO.  <"OUR EXPORTS, HOW'S THE POLITICS GOING TO PLAY INTO THAT? WHAT ARE  THE LONG TERM IMPACTS GOING TO BE FOR AGRICULTURE?"> AS PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUES TO BE VOCAL ABOUT  POTENTIAL BI-LATERAL DEALS, AG. GROUPS PUSH THE  PRESIDENT TO MOVE FORWARD- AND A COUNTRY AT  THE TOP OF THE LIST IS JAPAN. <"JAPAN WOULD BE A GOOD COUNTRY FOR US TO START WITH,"> <"CERTAINLY JAPAN, ONE OF OUR LEADING MARKETS, AND YET VERY LOW  QUOTAS AND TARIFFS IN PLACE FOR U.S. GRAIN MOVING INTO JAPAN,"> GRAIN GROUPS REALIZE WHILE IT'S A BIG MARKET FOR  THEM- IT'S AN EVEN BIGGER BOOST FOR THE U.S.  LIVESTOCK SECTOR.  <"A MOVE BI-LATERAL TRADE WITH JAPAN. THAT WOULD BE OUR TOP  COUNTRY. THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF THOSE BENEFITS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY  WITH THOSE LIVESTOCK CUSTOMERS. SOYBEANS DON'T FACE A LOT OF  BARRIERES GOING INTO JAPAN BUT OUR PORK AND POULTRY AND BEEF AND  DAIRY PRODUCTS DO,"> THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL AND THE  NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION WROTE  THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THE BENEFIT OF NEGOTIATING  TRADE AGREEMENTS- BEGINNING WITH THE COUNTRY. EXPLAINGING JAPANESE CONSUMERS PURCHASED 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS OF U.S. PORK PRODUCTS IN FISCAL  2016- MAKING IT THE SECOND LARGEST VOLUME  MARKET AND LARGEST VALUE MARKET FOR U.S. PORK  EXPORTS.  JAPAN ALSO PURCHASING $1.4 BILLION OF U.S. BEEF  PRODUCTS - COMBINED, THE HIGHEST VALUE INTERNATIONAL  MARKET FOR BOTH BEEF AND PORK  ECONOMISTS SAY THE INCREASING APPETITE MAY  COME FROM THE AGING CONSUMER IN JAPAN.  <"THEIR POPULATION IS AGING QUICKER THAN OURS. AND THEIR  PRODUCTIVITY IS SLOWER GROWTH PRODUCTIVITY. THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE  THEIR OWN FOOD IS LESS AND LESS EACH YEAR. SO WHO FILLS THAT GAP?  WELL, THE U.S."> <"WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ACCESS TO JAPAN AND TRY TO  TAKE DOWN THE TARIFF RATES WE CURRENTLY HAVE. THE ONLY WAY TO DO  THAT IS THROUGH SOME SORT OF A TRADE AGREEMENT. IF IT'S A BI-LATERAL  AGREEMENT, WE CAN SUPPORT THAT. IT JUST NEEDS TO START SOONER  VERSUS LATER,"> NCBA SAYS U.S. PRODUCERS ARE LOSING 400  THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY IN OUR ACCESS TO  JAPANESE MARKETS - A CUT THAT COULD BLEED  DEEPER INTO THE RED.  AUSTRALIA IS A BIG COMPETITOR WHEN IT COMES TO  EXPORTING BEEF TO JAPAN.  AS OF APRIL FIRST, JAPAN LOWERED THE TARIFFS ON  AUSTRALIA'S FRESH/CHILLED AND FROZEN BEEF BY  LESS THAN A PERCENT EACH- LINGERING IN THE HIGH  20S.  WHILE TARIFFS ON U.S. BEEF PRODUCTS REMAIN MUCH  HIGHER- AT NEARLY 40 PERCENT.  <"THE JAPANESE CONSUMER IS JUST LIKE OUR CONSUMER. THEY ARE  LOOKING FOR THE BEST DEAL POSSIBLE.  THE AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT IS  CHEAPER BECAUSE OF THAT LOWER TAX RATE,"> NPPC SAYS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS ON AVERAGE,  THE U.S. HAS BEEN THE NUMBER ONE PORK EXPORTING  COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.  COMPETITOR COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE EUROPEAN  UNION ARE NEGOTIATING TRADE DEALS WITH JAPAN - A  POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGE FOR PORK.  THAT'S WHY THE GROUPS WANT TO DEVELOP A DEAL  AND FAST. <"THE U.S. MAY HAVE A TRADE SKIRMISH, BUT WHEN IT GETS BACK TO  THE PRODUCER, IT'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT,"> DURING A TIME WHEN FARMERS WANT GROWING  DEMAND AND TRADE TOO... <"I'D LIKE TO SEE THINGS A LITTLE MORE STABLE.24THEY HOPE FOR THE BEST FROM WASHINGTON AND  OVERSEAS.. REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.    ACCORDING TO NPPC - JAPAN HAS A POPULATION OF  127 MILLION PEOPLE AND IS THE THIRD LARGEST  ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. IN 2016, U.S. FOOD AND AG  EXPORTS TO JAPAN TOTALED $11 BILLION DOLLARS.  WHILE PORK SHIPMENTS TO JAPAN JUMPED UP 14  PERCENT IN FEBRUARY, MEAT HEADING TO JAPAN ALSO  SAW A BOOST. 

MEAT EXPORT NUMBERS
THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS CHINA AND  HONG KONG CONTINUE TO BUY LARGE VOLUMES OF U-S  PORK WITH SHIPMENT TOALLING 32 THOUSAND 880  METRIC TONS. THAT'S UP 5 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR.  BUT CHINA IS TRYING TO EXPAND THEIR OWN PORK  PRODUCTION. AND IF YOU HAVE NO MORE ROOM TO  EXPAND OUT, WHY NOT UP? CHECK OUT THESE PICTURES IOWA AG SECRETARY BILL  NORTHEY TOOK DURING A RECENT TRIP TO CHINA. HE SAYS IT'S AN 8-STORY SOW UNIT COMPLEX IN THE  MOUTAINS OF CHINA. IT HOUSES 30 THOUSAND SOWS IN  THESE FOUR BUILDINGS. 

DROUGHT MONITOR
USDA IS SCHEDULED TO RELEASE ITS SECOND  PLANTING UPDATE OF THE YEAR LATER TODAY.  WHILE RECENT RAINS ACROSS THE U-S ARE  PREVENTING SOME FARMERS FROM GETTING IN THE  FIELD TO PLANT, THE MOISTURE IS PROVIDING A NICE  DRINK FOR AREAS NEEDING IT THE MOST.  HERE'S THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR.  THE PLAINS AND THE SOUTHEAST SEEING SOME  IMPROVEMENTS. WHILE FARMERS AREN'T DROUGHT  FREE IN THE SOUTHEAST, AS A WHOLE, BOTH THE  MODERATE AND SEVERE DROUGHT CATEGORIES  IMPROVING 3 POINTS IN A WEEK.   BUT CHECK OUT KANSAS, SEVERE DROUGHT, OR THE  ORANGE, IS ALMOST GONE. AND THE AREA CONSIDERED  ABNORMALLY DRY, OR THE YELLOW, IT IMPROVED 45  POINTS THIS WEEK.  OKLAHOMA ALSO SEEING MAJOR CHANGES. EXTREME  DROUGHT IS NOW WIPED OFF HTE MAP, AND THE  SEVERE DROUGHT CATEGORY IMPROVING 22 POINTS IN  JUST A WEEK.  AND IT'S JUST AS IMPRESSIVE IN MISSOURI. LAST WEEK,  60 PERCENT OF THE STATE FACED MODERATE  DROUGHT. TODAY, IT'S DROPPED DOWN TO 12  PERCENT. IT'S THOSE RECENT RAINS IN MISSOURI HELPING LIFT  MOODS AMONG FARMERS, WITH HOPES OF GOOD  <LAST YEAR FROM A CROP STANDPOINT, WAS A GREAT PRODUCTION YEAR  IN MISSOURI. WE HAD RECROD YIELDS INM BEANS, AND WE HAD SOME  DECENT PRICING OPPORTUNITIES AND FOR THE MOST PART, PEPLE HELD  THEIR OWN OR MADE A LITTLE PROGRESS IN A GREATLY REDUCED MARGIN  ENVIRONMENT. SO THAT'S ENCOURGING, THAT'S ALSO A SIGN OF PEOPLE  BUCKLING DOWN AND MAKE IT THROUGH THESE CYCLES> HE SAYS LOAN AVAILABILITY IS STILL GOOD WITHIN THE  FARM CREDIT ORGANIZATION.  ALL OF THAT MOISTURE ALSO HELPING SAVE THE  WHEAT CROP IN SOME AREAS.

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON IS IN  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN ON THIS MONDAY, AND HAS  DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD  MORNING,CINDI.  OOD MORNING, TYNE. LOOK AT HOW GREEN THE  WHEAT IS IN MISSOURI! TYNE'S DAD JOHN SENT US THESE PICTURES. THE  WHEAT RECEIVING ANOTHER NICE DRINK LAST WEEK,  WITH THE AREA SEEING MORE THAN 2 INCHES OF RAIN.  THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWED 63  PERCENT OF THE STATE'S WHEAT CROP WAS IN GOOD  TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. ONLY 2 PERCENT IS  CONSIDERED POOR.  AND A VIEWER IS SENDING US THIS PHOTO OF COWS  AND CALVES BOTH ENJOYING THE NICE, SUNNY SPRING  DAY IN SOUTH EAST SOUTH DAKOTA.  SO FAR, 19 CALVES ARE ON HIS OPERATION.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  (   HERE'S THE SECRET TO SELLING OLD EQUIPMENT. PETE'S PICK OF THE  WEEK LETS YOU EASILY VIEW CURRENT MARKET PRICES. JUST TEXT PETE  TO 31313 TO GET STARTED! 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, I'LL BE DISCUSSING PROTEIN  MARKETS WITH DUWAYNE BOSSE OF BOLT MARKETING.  MEATS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND, BUT CAN IT LAST?  PLUS COMMEMORATING A PIVOTAL TIME IN AMERICAN  HISTORY - 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING. 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. )

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE NOW WITH DUWAYNE BOSSE OF BOLT MARKETING  DUWANE WHEN WE SAW THE LATEST NUMBERS OUT OF  THE U S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION WERE JUST SOME  IMPRESSIVE MEAT EXPORTS OVERALL IN PORK BEEF.  EVERYTHING CAN THAT CONTINUE WELL I THINK SO I  MEAN LIKE YOU SAID THEY'VE BEEN VERY GOOD SO FAR  THIS YEAR I THINK WILL BE EVEN BETTER. THE SUMMER  OF PRICES PULL BACK A LITTLE BUT THERE WAS MORE  COMPETITIVE BUT I THINK THEY'RE ALL STRONG EVEN IN  THE U S TO YOU KNOW THE DOW JONES IS REALLY  HIGH. I THINK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS HIGH. I THINK  WE HAVE A GOOD BEEF DEMAND AND PORK DEMAND  MOVING FORWARD MAYBE EVEN MORE PORK EXPORT  DEMAND THAT WERE REALIZED WHEN I THINK WE  THOSE PRICES ARE A LITTLE BIT LOWER RIGHT NOW  CHINA COULD STEP IN A REALLY BUY A LOT OF PORK  FROM US. I THINK DUWAYNE WE WERE REALLY HOPING  WITH THIS. BRAZIL MEETS SCANDAL THAT THAT WOULD  OPEN UP EVEN MORE DOORS FOR U S BEEF AND HAS  THAT HAPPENED OR SO NOW IS THAT OLD NEWS NO I  REALLY DIDN'T HELP US. I DON'T THINK MUCH AT ALL I  WE WERE HOPING IT WOULD. THE PROBLEM IS BRAZIL  RAISES A DIFFERENT QUALITY BEEF THAT WE DO A IT 'S  BASICALLY MORE GRASS FED BEEF WHICH WOULD BE  SIMILAR OUT OF AUSTRALIA IF FOR EXAMPLE CHINA  WANTED TO BUY A MORE GRASS FED BEEF. I THINK  THAT WHEN HIS BOUGHT IT FROM AUSTRALIA BUT AS  YOU AS WE ALL REALIZE THEY SHOULDN'T TAKE VERY LONG AND THEY ARE BUYING RIGHT BACK FROM BRAZIL  AGAIN SO I DON'T THINK WE GAIN MUCH EXPORT  BUSINESS THERE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU SO LONGER  TERM WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE CATTLE  PRICES LONGER TERM 'S REALLY TOUGH TIME AND I'M  EXCITED BECAUSE OF THE HIGHER DEMAND AND GOOD  EXPORT. BUT ACTUALLY SHORT TERM I'M PRETTY  NERVOUS ABOUT THE MARKET RIGHT NOW. YEAH I I I  THINK PACKERS IF YOU REALIZE LATELY THEY'VE BEEN  BUYING CATTLE FOR THE NEXT MONTH OUT CONTRACT  IN A LOT OF CATTLE SO AT ANY POINT IN TIME IF THEY  WANTED TO I THINK THEY COULD SET BACK AND JUST  BRING CONTRACTED CATTLE IN AND NOT BY CATTLE  OFF OF THE SHOW LIST. AND AS OUR INVENTORIES  INCREASE HERE WHICH THEY'RE GOING TO THE NEXT  COUPLE WEEKS COUPLE MONTHS EVEN THEY COULD  SIT BACK AND BE IN TOTAL CONTROL OF THIS OUR CASH  MARKET COULD TAKE QUITE A DIVE. IF THAT HAPPENED  WITH THAT HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY WOULD THAT BE  SLOWER I HAVE TO ASK THE PACKERS REALLY KNOW  FOR SURE CAUSE I JUST THINK THEY'RE GONNA BE IN  CONTROL AND THAT 'S WHAT MAKES ME NERVOUS OR  PACKERS ARE IN CONTROL AND THEY WANT TO MAKE  MORE MONEY. THEY CAN JUST SLOW BALLS KILL  SPEEDS DOWN AND PULL BACK. USE CONTRACTOR  CATTLE CASH COULD TAKE QUITE A DIVE I SAY OVER  THE PROBABLY HAPPEN OVER LIKE A MONTH ALL BUT  ONE OF BY ABOUT A BUNCH PUT OPTIONS RIGHT NOW  THEY HAVE PROTECTED IS. MY THOUGHT WAS MY MY  QUESTION. I HAVE NOW ALL RIGHT THANK YOU TO STAY  WITH US. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A  MOMENT.0 ( FOR MARKETING ADVICE CALL BOLT MARKETING A  FUTURES AND OPTIONS BROKERAGE FIRM. ) GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT  LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

WEATHER
TIME NOW FOR A CHECK OF WEATHER WITH METEOROLOGIST CINDI  CLAWSON, CINDI, WE'VE SEEN MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DROUGHT  MONITOR BUT MORE RAIN HAS OCCURRED SINCE THEN. SO I IMAGINE  WE'LL SEE EVEN MORE IMPROVEMENT THIS COMING WE KNOW  ABSOLUTELY  I KNOW WE WE'VE BOTH SPENT TIME IN PARTS OF THE CORN BELT, BACK  DOWN IN MISSOURI, WE'RE BOTH FROM THERE, A LOT OF FLOODED FIELDS,   ALMOST TOO MUCH FOR A NATION 'S ALMOST HAS BEEN TOO MUCH RAIN.  A LOT OF AREAS BUT IT HAS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT ON THE DROUGHT  MONITOR HERE 'S A LOOK AT THE   MAP AND YOU COULD TELL BY THE MAP THAT WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE WAYS  TO GO TO GET RID OF ALL OF THAT DRAW. BUT THERE WAS DEFINITELY A LONG  WAY COMING IN WITH A LOT. A LOT OF MOISTURE IN MUCH OF THE PLAINS  STATES HEADING INTO THE TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEY AND INTO THE  SOUTHEAST. IN FACT LOOK AT THE MAP AND LOOK AT THE ESTIMATED  RAINFALL OVER THE   PAST WEEK. AND WE'VE REALLY SEEN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY  WITH A GOOD DEAL OF RAIN ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHERN   PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES ALONG THE GULF COAST NORTHERN FLORIDA  GULF COAST STATES INTO THE FAR EASTERN PART OF TEXAS. A LOT OF FOLKS  HAD A LOT OF RAIN. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WAS A PRETTY STORMY  CONDITIONS ALONG WITH THAT THE JET STREAMS. THE SHOW A LITTLE BIT OF A TROUGH IN THE UPPER  MIDWEST BUT WATCH WHAT HAPPENS OUT IN THE WEST AS WE SEE A  BIG TROUGH COMING INTO PLAY THERE THAT 'S GONNA BRING SOME  STORMY WEATHER FOR THE MIDDLE PART OF A WEEK BIG RIDGE STARTS TO DEVELOP HERE IN THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION  SO THIS IS A PRETTY WARM TEMPERATURES HERE. WELL, IT'S GONNA BE  A LITTLE ON THE COOL SIDE OUT WEST WITH THAT STORMY WEATHER THINGS  START TO EVEN OUT LATER ON IN THE WEEK AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF  NEXT WEEK THERE 'S A LOOK AT FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. AT LEAST WE ARE  LOOKING AT ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE  COUNTRY ESPECIALLY THE NATION 'S MID SECTION ALONG THE EAST COAST.   HE COOLER TEMPERATURES WITH THAT TROUGH OUT IN THE WEST AS FAR  AS PRECIPITATION IS CONCERNED A LITTLE DRY IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE  COUNTRY FOR CHANGE THIS WEEK   I WILL DRY IN THE SOUTHWEST A LOT FROM A FEW STORMS COMING  THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO SOUTH WESTERN  TEXAS AND OF COURSE SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE NORTHWESTERN  UNITED STATES NOW OVER THE NEXT THIRTY   DAYS WE ARE LOOKING TO SEE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND  MUCH OF THE EASTERN UNITED STATES ALONG THE GULF COAST STATES AS  WELL IN TOO MUCH OF TEXAS A   FAIRLY NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL SEE SOME UPS AND DOWNS THE  NATION 'S MIDSECTION BUT ALL WERE ALL FAIRLY NORMAL IN THE COOL SIDE  IN THE NORTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AND THAT AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION  IS CONCERNED WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME WET WEATHER IN THE  NORTHEAST UNITED STATES GREAT LAKES AND MUCH OF THE PLAINS AND  UPPER MIDWEST. ALSO IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. AS FAR AS   THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES A LITTLE ON THE COOL SITE  OR EXCUSE ME A LONG DRY SIDE DOWN IN FLORIDA AND ALSO IN THE  SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES THAT 'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL  FORECAST NOW LET 'S CHECK ON SOME LOCAL CITIES  ARLINGTON WYOMING MOSTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF FORTY TWO DEGREES NORWAY MICHIGAN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH  SOME SHOWERS. POSSIBLE IN A HIGH OF FIFTY FIVE AND RED AS GEORGIA  'S SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF EIGHTY ONE>

TEASE
THE JOHN DEERE 44-30 IS A VERY POPULAR MODEL. BUT  WHAT WOULD YOU PAY FOR ONE WITH ONLY 2  THOUSAND HOURS? MACHINERY PETE JOINS US WITH  THE SALE BILL.  PLUS, CELEBRATING AMERICAN PATRIOTS 100 YEARS  AFTER THEY STEPPED-UP TO DEFEND FREEDOM.

MACHINERY PETE
WHAT WOULD YOU PAY FOR A 1974 JOHN DEERE 44-30  WITH ONLY 2 THOUSAND 21 HOURS ON IT. WELL,  RECENTLY MAHCINERY PETE WITNESSED  THE SECOND  HIGHEST AUCTION  PRICE EVER ON A JOHN DEERE 44- 30. NOW THESE MACHINES WERE ONLY MADE FROM 1973  TO 1977. MACHINERY PETE WAS RECENTLY IN GARDEN  CITY, KANSAS WHERE ONE WAS ON THE AUCTION BILL  WITH JUST OVER 2 THOUASAND HOURS.  IT WAS A ONE OWNER TRACTOR WITH THE PLASTIC  STILL ON THE SEAT! SERIOUSLY! THE OWNER BOUGHT IT  43 YEARS AGO NEW AND AFTER USING IT FOR A VERY  SHORT TIME, HE DECIDED HE NEEDED A BIGGER TRACTOR... SO HE PARKED THE 4430. AND ON APRIL 5TH, THE ONE OWNER 4430 WITH LOW  HOURS SOLD FOR.... 31 THOUSAND DOLLARS! THAT'S THE SECOND HIGHEST  ACTION PRICE MACHINERY PETE HAS EER SEEN ON A 44- 30.  MACHINERY PETE IS ALSO SEEING STRONG PRICES ON  USED COTTON EQUIPMENT.  THE  LAST TWO OF THREE MONTHS HERE, VALUES HAVE BEEN PRETTY STRONG, AND I THINK THAT JUST REFLECTS THE OPTIMISM IN THE COTNO RMATE RIGHT  NOW. "> MACHINERY PETE SAYS IN THE DELTA, IT'S GOOD  CONDITION USED EQUIOPMENT SHOWING A STRONG  PERFORMANCE… A TREND HE'S SEEING ALL ACROSS  THE COUNTRY. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - REMEMBERING A CRITICAL TIME IN U-S  HISTORY...THAT'S QUICKLY FADING AWAY. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER  BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT KUBOTA.COM. IT'S BEEN A CENTURY SINCE THE UNITED STATES  ENTERED WHAT WAS THEN KNOWN AS "THE GREAT WAR". THE LAST REMAINING VETERAN OF WORLD WAR ONE  DIED SIX YEARS AGO.  BUT THEIR MEMORY LIVES ON. PEOPLE GATHERED THURSDAY AT LIBERTY MEMORIAL  IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. IT'S THE NATION'S OFFICIAL  WORLD WAR ONE MONUMENT. . THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FEATURED PATRIOTIC  MUSIC AND SPEECHES TO COMMEMORATE 100 YEARS  SINCE THE U-S ENTERED THE WAR IN EUROPE. <  "LONG WITH THE RECOGNIZING OF THE CENTENNIAL OF AMERICA'S ENTRY  INTO WORLD WAR I, WE ARE ALSO HONORING THE LIVES AND MEMORIES  OF MILLIONS OF YOUNG AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN WHO'S VOICES  HAVE LONG BEEN STILL."> THOSE VOICES - AND STORIES - COME TO LIFE INSIDE  THE WORLD WAR ONE MUSEUM. ANDREW MCCREA  TELLS ABOUT A POIGNANT MOMENT OF THE WAR WHEN 'PEACE ON EARTH' WAS EXPRESSED ON THE FIELD OF  BATTLE. IT WAS A WAR UNLIKE ANYTHING THE WORLD HAD EVER  SEEN.   ALONG THE FRONT LINES, BOTH SIDES DUG INTO  TRENCHES, WHERE THE ENEMY WAS FROM 200 YARDS  TO AS CLOSE AS 15 YARDS AWAY.  THE CONDITIONS  WERE MISERABLE AT BEST. (IN THE LOWLANDS IT WAS COMPLETELY WET BECAUSE THEY DUG DOWN AND THE BOTTOMS OF THE TRENCHES  WERE COMPLETELY FLOODED.  DORAN CART, SENIOR  CURATOR, NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND  MEMORIAL IN KANSAS CITY: MOST DID NOT EXPECT THIS  TO BE A LONG WAR.  IN FACT, IT WOULD REALLY BE JUST  A WEEKS-LONG SKIRMISH IN THEIR MINDS.  THAT WAS  THE SAYING THAT IT WOULD BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS.   BUT OF COURSE IT WASN'T.  AND THE KAISER WAS EVEN  MORE OPTIMISTIC.  HE SAID IT WOULD BE OVER BEFORE  THE LEAVES FALL.  OF COURSE HE DIDN'T SAY WHAT  YEAR. BY CHRISTMAS THOUGH, THOUGHTS OF A QUICK  WAR WERE FADING FAST.  BUT IT WAS ON THAT DAY,  CHRISTMAS DAY OF 1914, ALONG THE FRONT LINES IN  THOSE TRENCHES THAT SOMETHING AMAZING BEGAN  TO TAKE PLACE.  THE BELGIANS WERE IN THE  TRENCHES AND THE SUPPORT AREAS BEHIND AND THEY  BEGAN SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS.  AND THE  GERMANS IN KIND THAT WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE,  ANSWERED.  OF COURSE THEY WERE STILL SEPARATED  AT THIS TIME BUT THEY WERE SINGING THE CHRISTMAS  CAROLS BACK AND FORTH. THE SINGING OF CHRISTMAS  CAROLS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WAS AN EVENT IN  ITSELF.  BUT THEN, ANOTHER ACTION SIGNALED THAT  CHRISTMAS DAY, WOULD BE DIFFERENT FROM THE  OTHER DAYS. A COUPLE OF SOLDIERS FROM EACH SIDE  ACTUALLY CAME OUT OF THE TRENCHES.  NOW THEY  WERE EITHER INCREDIBLY BRAVE OR INCREDIBLY  STUPID.  NOW IT DID BRING UP THE SOLDIERS FROM THE  OTHER SIDE. SEVERAL OF THE GERMAN SOLDIERS HAD  PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN ENGLAND AND SPOKE THE  LANGUAGE.  SOON, MEN FROM BOTH SIDES STOOD AND  CONVERSED.  HISTORY RECORDS THEY TRADED SOME  ITEMS AS WELL. FOR MOST, IT WAS A WELCOME BREAK  FORM THE WAR - FOR OTHERS, SUCH A MEETING  BETWEEN COMBATANTS, EVEN ON CHRISTMAS, WAS  SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER OCCUR.  BUT THE  HIGHER ECHELONS WHICH WERE NEVER THIS CLOSE TO  THE FRONT DIDN'T LIKE IT. THE PIECE ALONG THE  FRONT LINE THAT DECEMBER 25 WAS SPORADIC AND  SHORT LIVED. YET IT WAS A TIME FOR SOLDIERS TO  PERHAPS REMEMBER HOME. REMEMBER THEIR  FAMILIES AND CHRISTMAS ITS SELF. A REST BIT FROM A  WAR THAT ENGULFED THE WORLD. TRAVELING THE  COUNTRYSIDE IN KANSAS CITY MISSOURI, I'M ANDREW  MCCREA. THE GREAT WAR STARTED IN 1914. BUT AMERICA DIDN'T  JOIN THE FIGHT UNTIL 1917.

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

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