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USFR Weekly Recap - July 6-7, 2013

July 6, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                          

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2082

JULY 6-7, 2013   

 

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. I THINK I'M GETTING A FEEL FOR WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE TO LIVE IN ENGLAND. WHILE MILD TEMPERATURES AND INCESSANT SHOWERS DO MAKE THE LANDSCAPE GREEN, THE DREARY WEATHER IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U-S IS CERTAINLY NOT A MOOD-LIFTER. NO WONDER THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT ENGLISH AUTHORS AND POETS - IT'S NOT LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO BE BUSY DOING STUFF OUTDOORS. IT ALSO HELPS EXPLAIN WHY BRITS FLOCK TO SPAIN AND FLORIDA AND RAVE ABOUT SUNSHINE. THE METEOROLOGICAL WHIPLASH FROM LAST YEAR IS UNNERVING. I'M BEGINNING TO THINK THE KEY TO FUTURE SUCCESS IN AGRICULTURE IS TO ASSUME NOTHING ABOUT THE WEATHER. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANK YOU, JOHN AND HELLO, EVERYONE. CONGRESS RETURNS FROM ITS HOLIDAY BREAK THIS WEEK. THE FARM BILL COULD GET NEW LIFE, AS TALKS OF REVISITING THE LEGISLATION THIS MONTH ARE NOW SURFACING. FARM GROUPS ARE URGING CONGRESS TO GET IT PASSED. MEANWHILE, HOUSE LEADERS CONSIDERED SEPARATING THE NUTRITION TITLE FROM THE BILL. MORE THAN 530 FARM ORGANIZATIONS SENT A LETTER TO HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER THIS WEEK. THE GROUPS NOT ONLY ASKED LEADERSHIP TO BRING THE FARM BILL BACK FOR A VOTE SOON, BUT URGED AGAINST SPLITTING THE NUTRITION TITLE FROM THE LEGISLATION. FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS SCIENTISTS HAVE WARNED ABOUT A DEADLY WHEAT STEM RUST CALLED U-G-99. IT WAS FIRST DISCOVERED IN UGANDA...AND HAS DEVESTATED CROPS IN THE REGION. ALTHOUGH IT HASN'T REACHED THE U.S, MANY SPECULATE IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. RESEARCHERS SAYS THEY'VE NOW IDENTIFIED A GENE THAT CAN PROTECT WHEAT PLANTS FROM U-G-99. IT SHOULD HELP SCIENTISTS DEVELOP NEW RESISTANT VARIETIES. WINTER WHEAT HARVEST JUMPED 20 PERCENT IN A WEEK. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST USDA CROP PROGRESS REPORT. HARVEST IS NOW 43 PERCENT IS COMPLETE, WHICH IS STILL 30 POINTS BEHIND THIS TIME LAST YEAR. BOTH THE NATION'S CORN AND SOYBEAN CONDITIONS IMPROVED TWO POINTS THIS WEEK, NOW RATED 67 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

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