AgDay Daily Recap - July 4, 2018

July 4, 2018 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 4, 2018

HEADLINES

ITS A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY . A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S PAST TIME AND A PLAYER DESERVING OF MORE  ATTENTION.  TEXAS TOMATOES...  "I WAS GROWING TOMATOES SINCE I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO WALK" SMART FARMS MEET SMART COWS...BRINGING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO THE  DAIRY BARN. AND A FEEDLOT COW DOG MOVING HERDS AND SORTING PENS NO MATTER THE  CHALLENGE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. 

CARL MAYS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!   ON THIS ALL-AMERICAN HOLIDAY WE BEGIN WITH AMERICA'S FAVORITE PASTIME - BASEBALL. ANDREW MCCREA TAKES US TO MISSOURI TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO HAD A  SPECIAL GIFT, A GIFT THAT TOOK A WRONG TURN OF EVENTS, KEEPING HIM FROM  THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION MANY THINK HE DESERVES. HERE IN THE CITY PARK IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI, YOU'LL FIND A MEMORIAL TO A HOMETOWN BASEBALL  HERO CARL MAYS. HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST PITCHERS OF THE 19 TEENS AND TWENTIES. IN FACT, HIS STATISTICS ARE SUPERIOR TO MANY OTHER PITCHERS IN THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. HE WOULD PROBABLY  BE IN THAT HALL, IF IT WERE NOT FOR ONE PITCH. CARL MAYS WAS BORN IN 1891 AND GREW UP HERE IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI.  HIS FATHER DIED BEFORE  HE WAS 10 AND YOUNG CARL HAD TO HELP THE FAMILY SURVIVE. THEY WERE DESPERATELY POOR. CARL THEY HAD A GUN BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE MONEY FOR  AMMUNITION. AND SO CARL LEARNED TO KILL SQUIRRELS AND RABBITS BY THROWING ROCKS AT THEM. SUCH A FEAT HELPED MAYS BECOME A VERY ACCURATE THROWER.  HE LATCHED ON TO THE GAME OF  BASEBALL, AND LOCALS IN THE MANSFIELD, MO AREA REMEMBER THE YOUNG MAN'S ABILITIES - CHRONICLED HERE AT THE LOCAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM. CARL USED TO PLAY BASEBALL WITH THEM EVEN WHEN HE WAS OLDER AND HE WOULD JUST USE ONE  HAND TO HIT WITH WHEN HE PLAYED WITH THEM. BUT HE WOULD STILL HIT IT OVER THE TREES IN THE  ORCHARD. BUT PITCHING WAS MAYS SPECIALTY…A TALENT THAT TOOK HIM TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES. HE DEBUTED  WITH THE RED SOX IN 1915.  HE AND HIS MINOR LEAGUE TEAMMATE, AND LONGTIME FRIEND, BABE RUTH, WERE CALLED TO MAJORS TOGETHER.  HE WAS KNOWN AS CARL, SUB, MAYS, FOR HIS DELIVERY  STYLE.   EVEN HIS KNUCKLES WOULD BREAK THE GROUND AS HE CAME THROUGH AND DELIVERED. THEY SAID THE BALL WAS VERY HARD TO SEE. HE LOOKED MUCH LIKE AN OCTOPUS OUT THERE COMING TOWARD YOU)  ANN DUCKWORTH IN FIFTEEN YEARS HE COMPILED OVER 207 WINS AND 862 STRIKEOUTS WHILE EARNING FOUR WORLD  SERIES TITLES.  BUT DESPITE HIS STELLAR STATISTICS, IT IS ON PITCH, TO CLEVELAND INDIAN RAY  CHAPMAN, FOR WHICH MAYS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.  AUGUST 16TH IT WAS VERY HOT MUGGY DAY IT'S BEEN DESCRIBED A LITTLE CLOUDY AND PERHAPS  CHAPMAND DIDN'T SEE THE BALL COMING. MAYS WAS KNOWN TO PITCH INSIDE, BUT THIS PITCH WAS TOO HIGH AND TIGHT.  WITNESSES SAID  CHAPMAN NEVER MOVED WHEN THE PITCH WAS DELIVERED… CARL WAS UNAWARE UNAWARE THAT THE BALL HAD HIT HIM IN THE HEAD. UGH, HE'S QUOOTED AS  SAYING HE HEARD IT HIT, IT CAME BACK TO HIM, HE FIELDED THE BALL AND THREW IT TO FIRST BEFORE HE  REALIZED THAT THE BATTER WAS DOWN.  CHAPMAN, COLLAPSED TWICE ON HIS WAY TO FIRST BASE AFTER BEING STRUCK IN THE HEAD BY THE BALL.   HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND AN OPERATION WAS PERFORMED THAT NIGHT DUE TO A SKULL  FRACTURE. HE DIED THE NEXT MORNING. CARL EVEN WENT BEFORE THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND WAS COMPLETELY EXHANUERATED OF ANY PURPOSEFUL ACT. BUT THE BASEBALL LEAGUE IN ITSELF NEVER REALLY CAME AROUND TO THAT CONCLUSION.  TY COBB CAMPAIGNED TO HAVE MAYS BANNED FROM BASEBALL, BUT HE WENT ON TO PITCH ANOTHER  NINE YEARS.  HE WAS A QUIET, YET GENEROUS MAN TO THOSE HERE IN HIS HOMETOWN.  TODAY MAYS  IS IN THE STATE SPORTS HALL OF FAME…AND LOCALS CONTINUE TO SHARE HIS FULL STORY, SO HIS CAREER IS  NOT REMEMBERED FOR JUST ONE PITCH.  CARL MAYS HAD AN AMAZING CAREER, PLAYING WITH THE LIKES OF BABE RUTH AND A MASSIVE STATISTICS WORTHY OF THE HALL OF FAME. IF THE FOLKS IN THIS TOWN HAVE THEIR WAY, SOMEDAY HE WILL  MAKE THAT HALL IN COOPERSTOWN, TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE IN MANSFIELD, MISSOURI, I'M ANDREW MCCREA.   THANKS ANDREW. 

NORTH DAKOTA CANINE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
INMATES ARE TEACHING DOGS NEW TRICKS. SERVICE ANIMALS ARE BEING  TRAINED AT THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE PENITENTIARY. THE INMATE CANINE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS DEVELOPING PUPS TO HELP  PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND PREPARING PRISONERS FOR LIFE ON THE  OUTSIDE.  CLIFF NAYLOR FROM KFYR REPORTS. TOUCH, GOOD WORK" "SADIE" IS LEARNING HOW TO SERVE....FROM BEHIND BARS.  SHE'S ONE OF SIX  DOGS IN TRAINING TO BECOME A SERVICE ANIMAL.  INMATES AT THE STATE PEN PUT THESE PUPS  THROUGH THEIR PACES.  JENNY BRODKORB, SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA:  EVERY TIME THE DOG OFFERS A BEHAVIOR THAT IS WHAT  WE'RE LOOKING FOR THEY GET A CLICK AND A TREAT.  EVENTUALLY THE TREATS GO AWAY AND THEY GET THE  POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. JENNY BRODKORB IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA, LOCATED IN JUD, NORTH DAKOTA.  SHE SPENDS TIME WITH TRAINERS EVERY WEEK, HELPING THEM PREPARE DOGS TO ASSIST  PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES, OR CLIENTS WHO EXPERIENCE SEIZURES OR PTSD.  THAT'S A GOOD GIRL, THAT'S A GOOD GIRL.... THE ANIMALS ARE KENNELED AT THE PRISON AND INMATES WORK WITH THEIR SERVICE DOG FIFTEEN HOURS A DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK. "SIT, DOWN, GOOD GIRL." THE INMATE CANINE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROVIDES BENEFITS FOR SERVICE  DOGS, THE PEOPLE THEY EVENTUALLY ARE PLACED WITH, AND THE PRISONERS THEMSELVES. LEVERN  GOLUS:  IT'S LIFE CHANGING FOR ME." LEVERN GOLUS WILL BE OUT ON PAROLE IN NOVEMBER.  HE WANTS TO GET A DOG WHEN HE'S RELEASED AND PLANS TO USE THE TRAINING TECHNIQUES HE'S LEARNED ON HIS NEW COMPANION. JENNY  BRODKORB:  "DON'T FORGET TO TELL HER GOOD HEEL..." WADE DUCHAINE SAYS THE ICAP PROGRAM IS HELPING HIM DEVELOP SOCIAL INTERACTION SKILLS. WADE DUCHAINE, PRISON INMATE: IT'S NOT A JOB YOU CAN BE ANTI-SOCIAL IN AND I USED TO BE ANTI- SOCIAL SO, I MEAN, IT HELPS ME WITH MY COMMUNICATIONS AND ALL OF THAT. JENNY BRODKORB: "GO AHEAD AND LURE HER INTO A HEEL." MORE THAN 100 SERVICE DOGS HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE NORTH DAKOTA CORRECTIONS SYSTEM  SINCE 2008. JENNY BRODKORB, SERVICES DOGS OF AMERICA:  THIS IS THE FIRST TIME FOR SOME OF THESE  GENTLEMEN THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SOMETHING OR SOMEONE OTHER THAN THEMSELVES. ITS THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK TO A SOCIETY THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY TAKEN FROM INSTEAD OF  GIVEN TO. "DOWN" THE TRAINERS ARE FULLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR SERVICE DOGS.  MEANING THEY'RE  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANIMALS' HEALTH, NUTRITION AND THEY CLEAN UP AFTER THEM.  "GOOD JOB." THE  INMATES SAY THEY DO GET ATTACHED TO THE DOGS, BUT THEY'RE PROUD TO SEE THEM GRADUATE AND  GO ON TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENCE TO(FOR) PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.  I'M CLIFF NAYLOR REPORTING FOR  AGDAY.  THANKS CLIFF. 

TEASE
LATER WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT ANOTHER CANINE AND ITS CAN-DO  SPIRIT. AND ITS OWNER WHO WASN'T WILLING TO GIVE-UP ON HIS COMPANION.PLUS, FOLLOW A FARM JOURNAL COLUMNIST IN SEARCH OF LOST TREASURE. ALSO - NOT JUST HAPPY COWS, BUT SMART COWS.  ADDING ARTIFICIAL  INTELLIGENCE TO THE DAIRY FARM, NEXT ON AGDAY. 

COWS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?
IS THE WORLD READY FOR COWS ARMED WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?  NO TIME TO RUMINATE ON THAT BECAUSE A DUTCH COMPANY HAS MARRIED TWO  TECHNOLOGIES MOTION SENSORS AND A-I WITH THE AIM OF BRINGING THE  BARNYARD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.  CARRIE ANTLEFINGER REPORTS. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF COWS ON A BIG DAIRY FARM IS ON THE RISE. SO HOW DO FARMERS KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WHEN THEY HAVE 2,000 COWS  TO WATCH OVER? THE ANSWER: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. "IT CAN PICK UP WHETHER THE COW IS EATING, WHETHER IT IS RUMINATING, WHETHER IT'S WALKING,  WHETHER IT'S DRINKING, WHETHER IT'S LAYING DOWN, STANDING UP." RICHARD WATSON - A GEORGIA DAIRY FARMER - IS REFERRING TO TECHNOLOGY  CALLED IDA -- OR INTELLIGENT DAIRY FARMER'S ASSISTANT - AND IT GOES  AROUND A COW'S NECK. "OUR COWS ARE OUTDOORS 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR AND SO THERE'S NOT THE HUMAN CONTACT WITH THE  COWS ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS DURING THE DAY." THE DEVICE CREATED BY CONNECTERRA USES A GOOGLE PLATFORM CALLED  TENSOR FLOW WHICH FEEDS DATA INTO A SO-CALLED NEURAL NETWORK THAT RECOGNIZES PATTERNS. IT HELPS FARMERS IDENTIFY COWS THAT ARE SICK,  LESS PRODUCTIVE OR READY FOR BREEDING. "IT'S REALLY EXCITING FOR US, BECAUSE WE PERSONALLY NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TO UTILIZE THIS IN  THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, BUT LUCKILY, PEOPLE LIKE CONNECTERRA WERE ABLE TO USE THAT OPEN SOURCE  MACHINE LEARNING FRAMEWORK." SEVEN OAKS DAIRY IN WAYNESBORO, GEORGIA IS ONE OF THE FIRST TO USE THE  CONNECTERRA TECHNOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES. A COW'S HEALTH IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE FARMERS SAY A HEALTHY COW  PRODUCES MORE MILK. "JUST A 10 PERCENT OR 5 PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCTIVITY MEANS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO US. ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT WE WANT HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER AND MORE WELFARE IN  OUR ANIMALS ANYWAY." ANOTHER TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY TELLS THEM WHEN COWS ARE ABOUT TO GIVE  BIRTH, ALLOWING FARMERS TO BE PRESENT SHOULD THERE BE COMPLICATIONS. THE MOOCALL CALVING SENSOR DETECTS SPINAL CONTRACTIONS IN THE COW'S  TAIL. "IF A COW IS CALVING IT WILL SHOOT US A TEXT AND WE CAN YOU KNOW COME OUT HERE AND CHECK ON  IT." MACKINSON DAIRY FARM COUPLES THE TECHNOLOGY WITH VIDEO CAMERAS SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. BUT MARY MACKINSON FABER SAYS SHE DOESN'T SEE SMART MACHINES TAKING  OVER. "THERE ARE CERTAIN TASKS THAT IT CAN HELP WITH, AND IT CAN ASSIST US, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER  REPLACE THE HUMAN." TECHNOLOGY TO KEEP TODAY'S BUSY DAIRY FARMER BETTER CONNECTED TO  THEIR COWS. CARRIE ANTLFINGER, ASSOCIATED PRESS 

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STILL TO COME - A CANINE WITH CONFIDENCE...DESPITE A PHYSICAL SETBACK. NEXT - WE'RE OFF TO TEXAS WHERE GROWING TOMATOES IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR  THIS TEXAS FARMER. 

TOMATO CAPITOL OF THE WORLD
SUMMER-TIME - A GREAT TIME TO WALK INTO YOUR GARDEN AND PULL A FRESH  TOMATO RIGHT OFF THE VINE. ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO DO JUST THAT IS JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS - FOLKS  THERE CALL IT THE "TOMATO CAPITOL OF THE WORLD".  LAND IN THAT AREA IS RICH, SANDY SOIL - WITH PLENTY OF MINERALS. AND CLIMATE IS JUST RIGHT. ACCORDING TO LOCAL HISTORIANS, THE FIRST COMMERCIAL LOAD OF TOMATOES  LEFT JACKSONVILLE IN 1897 - SIX RAIL CARS HEADED TO THE MIDWEST. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, WE HEAR FROM TEXAS  TOMATO FARMER DAVID CLAIBORNE ABOUT REAPING AN ABUNDANT HARVEST  SEASON AFTER SEASON. I'VE GROWN TOMATOES SINCE I WAS BIG ENOUGH TO WALK MY DAD HE WAS DOING MOST OF IT. BUT I PICKED IT UP AS SOON AS I COULD. AND WE LEARNED THAT THE PUBLIC LOVES TOMATOES AND WE WERE GOOD AT GROWING HIM USING THE SOUL AROUND THIS AREA HERE AROUND JACKSONVILLE. GROSS  GOOD TOMATOES BEFORE THE TIMBER AND BEFORE THE GREENHOUSE OPERATIONS BEFORE THE COWS IN  THE HAY THIS WAS TOMATOES. IF YOU WANT A LITTLE YOU PLANT A LITTLE IF YOU LIKE A LOT THEN YOU PLANT  A LOT AND I'VE ALWAYS WANTED MIKE A LOT. SO I PLANT A LOT. THE CONDITIONS HERE ALLOW FOR YOU TO  GET A CROP OUT THERE EARLY IN MARCH. THE SEEDS TEXAS SAND AND SOUL AND IT'S HILLY AND IT DRAINS WELL AND SO IT'LL TAKE A LOT OF RAIN WHICH CROP IN 60 DAYS YOU'RE PICKING AND IT GETS REALLY  HOT SO IT YIELDS OR TOMATOES QUICKLY AND THEY TASTE GOOD. YOU KNOW THAT'S WHAT HELPS AS WELL.  PEOPLE LEARNED THAT THESE TWO MICE AND JACK CAN TASTE GOOD. WE CERTAINLY WON'T THE LARGE  TOMATOES BUT THEY'RE GOING TO WRAP IN ALL SIZES SO YOU'RE PICKING A TOMATO. ONCE IT BEGINS TO  BREAK IN COLOR WHICH IS WHAT WE CALL A BREAK AND WANT TO OWN THE BLOSSOMING AND IT BEGINS TO STRIKE ONCE IT'S A DEFINITE STRIPE IN COLOR THEN IT'S RED BECAUSE THAT MIGHT THE NAME WILL WRAP  AND IT TOOK THREE DAYS TO BE READ. SO IT'S OK TO PICK IT. IT'S CONSIDERED BY ROBERT THAT DAY. WE  FOUND THE OLD TOMATOES SEE IN DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE THERE ON THE ALABAMA STREET. AND SO WE ACQUIRED THAT OLD BUILDING AND STARTED BRINGING OUR PRODUCTS DOWN THERE AND  GRADING AND PACKING OUR TOMATOES THERE. AND WITHIN A FEW YEARS WE STARTED OPENING UP THE FRONT OF THAT AND MADE OUR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. IT'S A HUGE UNDERTAKING TO DO  WHAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO DO AND THAT IS TO MAKE JACKSONVILLE TOMATE IS AVAILABLE FROM FROST  FROST SOON AS WE CAN GET THEM IN THE FIELD AND SOON AS WE PRODUCE THEM WE WANT THEM AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. NOTHING IN BETWEEN THERE EXCEPT A LOT OF WORK. WE BEGAN TO  EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR GLACHAN AND DIFFERENT YOU KNOW HOT WEATHER VARIETIES OF TOMATOES THAT  WE ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY SET TO MAKE HIS OWN DOWN AND DO ON ALL THIS. YOU'RE LOOKING AT THREE OR  FOUR PLANTINGS OF TOMATOES AND IN ORDER TO KEEP PRODUCING THEM ALL SUMMER WE MARKET NOT ONLY TO THE PUBLIC MARKET ALSO TO SUPERMARKETS AND WE REACH OUT ALL THE WAY TO THE DALLAS  FORT WORTH MARKET WHERE THE CENTRAL MARKET STORES AND SOME HCB STORES AND OUR TOMATOES  EVEN REACH AUSTIN AND SAN ANTONIO. FROM TIME TO TIME JACKSONVILLE MIGHT AS WELL THE THING THAT HAPPENED HERE. YOU KNOW HOW TO CREATE THE TOMATO DEAL HERE IN JACKSONVILLE. IT WAS  OUR ANCESTORS OUR FOREFATHERS CREATED THE TOMATO DEAL IN JACKSONVILLE AND CALLED  JACKSONVILLE TO GAIN ITS PROMINENCE AS THE TOMATO PRODUCING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. SOME OF MY FRIENDS GROW TOMATOES AND OTHER AREAS AND THEY JUST CAN'T STAND WITH PEOPLE ALL THE TIME  ABOUT JACKSON. AND YOU CAN TALK TO THE CUSTOMERS AS WELL WHEN YOU GO TO THESE MARKETS.  THEY TRY TO MAKE AS ELSEWHERE SAID JACK. THESE ARE THE BEST. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. THE HATERS ARE GOOD AND THE ORDER IS GROWN IN. 

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LATER, A REPORTERS NOTEBOOK--THE HUNT FOR PETRIFIED WOOD ON THE  BANKS OF THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER. BUT FIRST - A RANCH DOG REMAINS ON THE JOB - DESPITE A PHYSICAL SETBACK. STAY WITH US.

PATTON THE WHEELER HEELER
PEOPLE LOVE THEIR PETS, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN  ANIMAL OWNER TO  APPRECIATE THIS NEXT STORY ABOUT A DOG NAMED "PATTON' - AS IN THE TOUGH  WORLD WAR TWO GENERAL - GEORGE PATTON. THE POOCH HELPS KEEP A NORTH DAKOTA FEED LOT RUNNING  SMOOTHLY....EVEN THOUGH THE DOG HAS SOME LIMITATIONS. CYNTHA MCLAUGHLIN FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE K-F-Y-R HAS A STORY ON THE  WHEELER HEALER. PATTON IS THE TOP DOG ON THIS FARM. KORBY KOST: HE EARNED THAT NAME AFTER HE GOT RUN OVER,  HE'S PRETTY TOUGH. PATTON LOST HIS FRONT LEGS IN A FARMING ACCIDENT A COUPLE YEARS AGO <NAT POP> LOSING A COUPLE LIMBS HASN'T  SLOWED HIM DOWN. KORBY KOST: HE'S A BLUE HEELER, AND WE CALL HIM THE  WHEELER HEELER. THIS CUSTOM MADE MOBILITY CART ALLOWS HIM TO RUN FREE. "HE LOVES IT, IT'S WHAT HE LIVES FOR." "YEAH, LOVES CHASING CATTLE." A HERD OF CATTLE IS NO MATCH FOR A TWO-LEGGED DOG,  WITH A HUGE HEART. WITH ALL OF HIS SURGERIES, AND THE TWO-WHEELED HERDING  HARNESS, KORBY KOST HAS SPENT 5  THOUSAND DOLLARS KEEPING  PATTON GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING. KORBY: I ALWAYS SAY HE'S LIKE A PULL TAB MACHINE, I'M IN TOO DEEP TO QUIT NOW. <CHUCKLES> KORBY: HE GETS THEIR ATTENTION. HE'LL SHOW THEM  WHO'S BOSS. MOVING CATTLE FROM PEN TO PEN IS THIS DOG'S LIFE. KORBY: HE GETS AWAY WITH A LOT MORE THAN A NORMAL DOG WOULD. HE'S A PRETTY SPOILED DOG. KORBY: STILL LOVES WHAT HE DOES, NEVER HOLDS BACK, AND THE ONLY THING HE DON'T LIKE IS GETTING LEFT BEHIND. PATTON HAS NEVER HEELED TO HIS HANDICAP. "ARE WE DONE FOR THE DAY? (PATTON BARKS)  I'M CYNTHIA MCLAUGHLIN REPORTING FOR AGDAY .  ) AS WE MENTIONED, PATTON WAS NAMED AFTER THE WORLD WAR TWO GENERAL  - GENERAL GEORGE S- PATTON. HE WAS SAID TO BE AN ANIMAL LOVER.  WHILE LEADING TROOPS DURING WORLD  WAR II, THE GENERAL PURCHASED AN ENGLISH BULL TERRIER PUPPY THAT HE NAMED WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, BUT IT WAS LATER SHORTENED TO WILLIE. WILLIE AND PATTON WERE RARELY SEEN APART. AFTER THE GENERAL'S DEATH AT THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO, WILLIE WAS  SENT TO BACK TO THE U-S TO LIVE OUT HIS DAYS WITH PATTON'S FAMILY. 

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AND NEXT, TAKE A DIP IN THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER AS REPORTER AND WRITER  CHRIS BENNETT TAKES YOU ON THE HUNT FOR PETRIFIED WOOD. 

HUNT FOR PETRIFIED WOOD
FARMERS AND FOLKS IN RURAL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY STUMBLE ACROSS  ALL KINDS OF INTERESTING SIDE ROADS. FINDING THOSE NOOKS AND CRANNIES IS WHAT FARM JOURNAL WRITER CHRIS  BENNETT IS KNOWN FOR.  TODAY HE TAKES US TO THE TOMBIGBEE RIVER AS IT FLOWS THROUGH  MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA ON THE HUNT FOR PETRIFIED WOOD.  HEY WE SHOW YOU SOMETHING COUP SOMETHING PRETTY INTERESTING RIGHT OVER MY SHOULDER  BEHIND ME. I'M OFF A BEING FAIL. SYNFUEL RUB RIGHT UP ON THE TOM BABY RIVER. YOU KNOW EARLY JUNE IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE CLOSE TO 100 DEGREES TODAY. CERTAINLY IT'S COLD CREEP OVER THAT  HEAT INDEX. GET SOME WHITE CLOUDS ABOVE ME RIGHT NOW BUT THOSE ARE GOING TO BURN OFF. I'M  GOING TO HAVE A BLUE SKY THAT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT FOR LOOKING IN THIS WATER. THE WATER JUST  CREEPS ALONG RIGHT HERE. RELATIVELY SHALLOW EVEN OUT THERE. AND I'M OUT HERE LOOKING FOR PETRIFIED WOLF. YOU CAN SEE I'VE STUCK A STICK RIGHT THERE ON THE GROUND. WERE ON A LITTLE SHELF HERE.  THERE IT IS. YOU SEE IT CREEPING UP ON LOOK IN MY HAND. POOR LORD KNOWS HOW MANY  YEARS. THAT'S A GOOD THING. IT'S SUCKED UP A LOT OF THIS RIVER IRON THAT YOU CAN SEE THAT WE GET THAT KIND OF THAT WILL BE LOOKING LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO KEEP GOING I DON'T SEE. NO I DON'T KNOW  THE QUALITY ON IT AT ALL. YOU CAN SEE IT HERE. IT'S LOOKING AT MOST. YEAH. YEAH. FEELS GOOD IT  WAS. OH MY. THAT IS NICE. THAT IS SHOW SIGNS RIGHT AND WRONG. THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT RIGHT THERE. BUT YOU SEE SOME OF THESE PIECES I THINK ALL RIGHT. HERE'S A TAKE HOME MOM OFF THE  RIVER AND OUT OF THE FIELDS ABOUT OH 20 PLUS PIECES PETRIFIED WOOD AND PUT IT ON THE SAME  INCLINE AND HIT IT WITH A PRESSURE WASHER AND GOT THE MUD IN THE RIVER GRIME OFF OF AT LEAST THE  TOP LAYER OFF AND IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF DIFFERENT TREES A LOT OF DIFFERENT QUALITY. BUT IT'S ALL GOT ONE  THING IN COMMON AND THAT IS SIMPLE PLEASURE. I MEAN SLOUGH OFF OF BANE FELL INTO THE RIVER FOUND SOME PETRIFIED WOOD. YOU JUST CAN'T ASK FOR MUCH MORE THAN. WHAT A FIND. FOR THOSE NEW TO THE HUNT, PETRIFIED WOOD IS A FOSSIL.  IT FORMS WHEN PLANT MATERIAL IS BURIED BY SEDIMENT AND GROUNDWATER  RICH IN DISSOLVED SOLIDS FLOWS THROUGH IT, REPLACING THE ORIGINAL  PLANT MATERIAL WITH MINERALS...CREATING A REPLICA ROCK. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, WE HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE JULY 4TH. 

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