USFR Weekly Recap - November 16-17, 2013

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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2101

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2013   

  

 

 

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JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M AL PELL IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS. AS CORN PRICES CLIMBED THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE WATCHED AS THE VALUE OF GOOD FARMLAND FOLLOWED THE SAME PATH. BUT COULD WE SEE THAT GROWTH START TO SLOW? SOME BANKERS SEEM TO THINK WE WILL. PLUS, HOW'S YOUR HARVEST COMING ALONG? METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HAS HIS WEEK-AHEAD FORECAST. BUT FIRST LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE NEWS.
LAND VALUES:

FARMLAND VALUES IN THE HEART OF THE CORNBELT CONTINUE TO SHOW THEIR STRENGTH, BUT IT'S TEMPERED SOMEWHAT.

CROP PROGRESS:

HARVEST IS IN THE HOMESTRETCH. USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS 84 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY'S CORN CROP IS IN THE BIN, 5 POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. SOYBEAN HARVEST IS A POINT BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE AT 91 PERCENT COMPLETE. THAT'S A 5 POINT IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST WEEK.

EPA:

BETWEEN FARM RUNOFF REGULATIONS AND PROPOSED DUST RULES, THERE ARE MANY IN AGRICULTURE WHO THINK THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS OPPOSED TO MODERN AGRICULTURE. TYNE MORGAN HAS DETAILS FROM KANSAS CITY.

RFS RUMOR:

THANKS, TYNE. TYNE ALSO ASKED E-P-A ABOUT THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. THERE IS WORD THAT THE AGENCY PLANS TO LOWER THE R-F-S.

CROP WATCH:

WE HEARD FROM A FARMER IN CRITTENDEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY WHO JUST FINISHED HIS BEAN HARVEST WITH A YIELD OF 40-PLUS BUSHELS AN ACRE. HE SAYS WEED CONTROL WAS THOUGH THIS YEAR DUE TO ALL THE WET WEATHER, BUT HE IS GRATEFUL FOR A GOOD YEAR, ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST YEARS DISMAL CROP. IN WHITLEY COUNTY, INDIANA, ONE FARMER POSTED ON AGWEB THAT HAD HIS FIELDS CAUGHT A TWO INCH RAIN IN AUGUST, HE WOULD SEEN ANTHER 15 BUSHELS ON HIS SOYBEANS. THAT SAID, HE'S VERY HAPPY WITH THE 55 BUSHEL YIELDS THEY HE GOT. AND THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK STARTED OUT SNOWY IN NORTHERN INDIANA. TYNE MORGAN SNAPPED THIS PHOTO. THERE WAS A LIGHT LAYER IN SOUTH BEND. BUT JUST WEST OF HERE, SOME FOLKS GOT NINE INCHES OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW.

RFS CHANGES:

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS PROPOSING TO LOWER THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL THAT MUST BE MIXED INTO THE NATION'S GASOLINE SUPPLY. THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD FOR 2014 WAS SET AT ABOUT 13 BILLION GALLONS. BUT CONGRESS MANDATES 14-POINT-FOUR BILLION GALLONS WILL BE USED NEXT YEAR. THIS YEAR THE RFS LEVEL FOR CORN BASED ETHANOL WAS 13-POINT-EIGHT BILLION GALLONS. A 60 DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD WILL NOW BEGIN.

JOHN’S WORLD:

WHILE JOHN MAY RULE IN THE FIELDS, HIS WIFE JAN REIGNS IN THE GARDEN. JOHN EXPLAINS DURING A VISIT THIS SUMMER ON THE FARM.

2ND HALF:

HEADLINES:

MEET THREE BROTHERS READY TO TAKE THE LEAD ON THE FARM THEY LOVE. AND BAXTER BLACK IS TALKING TO HIMSELF...AGAIN.

AL’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M AL PELL IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS. WHILE WASHINGTON FACES GRIDLOCK ON HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION AND THE FARM BILL, ANOTHER ASPECT OF AG 'IS' WORKING - AG EXPORTS. WE'LL HAVE THE DETAILS JUST AHEAD.
PLUS, WE HEAR FROM AN ENTHUSIASTIC ALLIS-CHALMERS OWNER. AND JOHN CHECKS-IN FROM THE FARM. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND TRICIA SLOMA.

AG EXPORTS:

THANKS AL. WHILE FARM POLICY MAY BE CRAWLING THROUGH CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, AG EXPORTS SEEM TO BE SPRINTING TOWARDS THE FINISH LINE.

DROUGHT NEWS:

THIS WEEK'S DROUGHT MONITOR HAS SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. IT SHOWS 32-PERCENT OF THE LOWER 48 STATES ARE IN MODERATE DROUGHT OR WORSE. THAT'S THE LOWEST LEVEL OF DROUGHT SINCE CHRISTMAS 2011. THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS ARE IN TEXAS AND THE MIDWEST. BUT DRY PATCHES WIDENEND ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD.

EPI PEN BILL:

IF YOUR CHILD HAS FOOD ALLERGIES, YOU MAY BE PLEASED WITH A NEW LAW. IT REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO HAVE EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS ON HAND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

TURKEY FIXINGS:

WITH THANKSGIVING LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, IT APPEARS PREPARING THE FEAST SHOULD BE A LITTLE EASIER ON THE POCKET BOOK THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO A PURDUE ECONOMIST, SHOPPERS CAN EXPECT LESS EXPENSIVE TURKEYS. USDA SAYS PRICES COULD BE SIX CENTS LOWER PER POUND. FOR THE OVERALL MEAL, GROCERY FOOD PRICES ARE ONE 1 PERCENT HIGHER THAN 2012.

LEAVE A LEGACY:

THIS WEEKENED WE'RE HEADED TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO MEET THE SOHNREY FAMILY.
FOUR GENERATIONS HAVE WORKED THE LAND GROWING RICE AND ALMONDS IN THE GOLDEN STATE. AND NOW THE FAMILY IS PREPARING FOR THREE SIBLINGS TO TAKE THE WHEEL. CLINTON GRIFFITHS HAS OUR "LEAVE A LEGACY" PROFILE.

BAXTER BLACK:

DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF MUTTERING TO YOURSELF? BAXTER BLACK DOES. LET'S HEAD TO HIS ARIZONA RANCH TO LISTEN-IN ON THE ONE-SIDE CONVERSATION.

TRACTOR TALES:

TRACTOR TALES THIS WEEK TAKES US TO SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA. WHILE THERE WE TALKED TO THIS YOUNG ALLIS-CHALMERS ENTHUSIAST ABOUT WHY HE LIKES THE 1955 W-D-45 MODEL.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC PARISH IN HAILEY, IDAHO. LOCATED IN THE PICTURESQUE WOOD RIVER VALLEY, THE CHURCH HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1883. IN 1888, BISHOP GLORY-OH PURCHASED LAND TO RE-LOCATE THE CHURCH BUILDING. THEY ADDED A BELL TOWER BUILT OF RAILROAD TIES. ABOUT 20 YEARS LATER, THEY CONSTRUCTED A NEW CHURCH WHICH STILL STANDS TODAY. OUR THANKS TO MAUREEN MC-GONIGAL-PATTERSON FOR SHARING THE HISTORY. AND OUR SECOND CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO SALEM GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH NEAR CHELSEA MICHIGAN.
THIS PAST JULY, THE CONGREGATION CELEBRATED ITS 160TH ANNIVERSARY. IN THE MID 1800'S A GERMAN MISSIONARY MET WITH AREA RESIDENTS TO DISCUSS THE NEED FOR A CHURCH. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN AND SERVED THE GROWING CONGREGATION FOR MANY YEARS. WE WERE ASKED TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS TO PHYLLIS KALM-BOCK WHO SERVED AS CHURCH ORGANIST FOR 53 YEARS. OUR THANKS TO THE FUGATE FAMILY FOR SHARING THE NEWS OF SALEM GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

MAILBAG:

JOHN'S OUT OF THIS OFFICE THIS WEEK, BUT HE JOINS US FROM HIS "CAVERNOUS" OFFICE ON THE FARM. JOHN.

 

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