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USFR Weekly Recap -July 13-14, 2013

July 13, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                             

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2083

JULY 13-14, 2013   

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WELL, THEY DID IT. TO THE SURPRISE OF MANY - INCLUDING ME - AND THE INFURIATION OF MANY OTHERS, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE PASSED A FOOD-FREE FARM BILL. WHILE YOU WOULD THINK THAT FARM ORGANIZATIONS WHO CONSTANTLY COMPLAINED ABOUT FOOD STAMPS IN FARM BILLS WOULD BE PLEASED, ACTUALLY, THEY WERE LIVID. THE SO-CALLED UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN URBAN FOOD-AID PROPONENTS AND THE RURAL FARM LOBBY HAS BEEN SHAKEN, AND IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER EITHER FACTION WILL BE HAPPY WITH THE RESULT. ONE THING IS CERTAIN HOWEVER. OUR VAUNTED AG LOBBY WAS REMARKABLY INEFFECTIVE. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES THE FARM BILL IS ALL FARM AND NO NUTRITION PROGRAMS. IN A VERY PARTISAN VOTE, THE HOUSE DECIDED THIS WEEK TO STRIP THE NUTRITION TITLE FROM THE FARM BILL. USDA HAS LOWERED ITS CORN PRODUCTION ESTIMATE, BUT STILL THINKS IT WILL BE A RECORD BREAKER. OVERALL, USDA'S MONTHLY WASDE REPORT PROVIDED NO BIG SURPRISES. WHEAT GROWERS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CAN NOW GET BACK TO FOCUSING ON PRODUCING GRAIN. SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN HAVE NOW LIFTED BAN ON U.S. SPRING WHEAT IMPORTS. THE COUNTRIES BANNED IMPORTS BACK IN MAY AFTER AN OREGON FARMER FOUND ROUND UP RESISTANT VOLUNTEER WHEAT IN A FIELD. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST USDA REPORT, U.S. HAY PRODUCERS EXPECT TO HARVEST MORE ACRES THIS YEAR. THAT'S COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. GROWERS ANTICIPATE HARVESTING 56 PONT 6 MILLION ACRES OF ALL HAY--UP ABOUT 350-THOUSAND ACRES FROM 2012. MOST OF THE INCREASE WILL BE OUT EAST. IN THE WEST--WHERE CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY, ACRES AND YIELDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DOWN.

CROP WATCH:

THANKS TYNE.  CROP WATCH LOOKS AT SOME CROP DAMAGE IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT FROM A MID-WEEK STORM. FIELDS FROM ILLINOIS TO OHIO SUSTAINED DAMAGE. JOHN BROUGHT A PHOTO FROM CHRISMAN, ILLINOIS. HE SAID THIS FIELD HAD WIND DAMAGE, BUT IT ALSO SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM A UTILITY TRUCK TRYING TO GET TO A POWER POLE FOR REPAIRS.

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