THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE # 2038
SEPTEMBER 1-2, 2012
Hello and welcome to U.S. Farm Report, I’m John Phipps. The time warp we call 2012 continues in much of the Midwest. Just this week as the soggy remnants of Isaac lumbered toward our farm, we pushed our harvesting efforts hard to relieve fragile stalks of their meager crop. The corn was testing 17% and there were long lines at the elevator - all indicators of peak harvest season. Now couple that with children already finishing their second week of school, and the completion of the Farm Progress Show. I was positive when I turned the calendar this weekend it would show October. Just like the time change, I suspect I will soon be floundering with an extra month, just like I do with the extra hour each fall.
It appears agriculture continues to be one of the few bright spots in the American economy. It appears farm incomes will also reach a new high this year. When it comes to swine production, the news is not so good. During the Farm Progress Show this week, key commodity groups are pushing lawmakers to make some "progress" with the 2012 Farm Bill.
Crop watch this week tours the "n" states. When we come back - we're off to Iowa as our round-table gathers before a big crowd at the Farm Progress Show. The discussion begins in just two minutes - please stay with us.
Our marketing round-table takes us to the steamy Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Farm Director Al Pell picks-up the discussion.