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August 2009 Archive for AgDay Inbox

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Comments, questions, opinions...this is your chance to speak out regarding anything and everything reported on AgDay. Viewer feedback updated regularly.

Concerns

Aug 24, 2009
On Thursday I heard Al's interview of Phil T..., that for every billion dollars of grain export, that, that creates 20,000 jobs. How many jobs are/were created from the 5 billion in the cash for clunkers? I would also point out the C for C pushed short term interest rates higher as car dealer needed cash to finance the sold vehicles, until the our tax dollar pay them back. That is slowing the real recovery. Maybe we could have pork-barrel for pork farms. A program like this would help feed people that are having a hard time and keep our farmer in business. If we keep them in business they can keep paying taxes and keep food on our tables. If we keep selling vehicles we can keep importing fuel from OPEC and keep our balance of payment out of balance. Maybe the real answer is that we all now own a part of GM aka Government Motors and we all only count of farmer for food.

An Awesome Story...

Aug 18, 2009
This comes from a gent who runs a 2,000-acre corn farm up around Barron, Wis., not far from Oshkosh. He used to fly F-4Es and F-16s for the Guard and participated in the first Gulf War… Submitted for your enjoyment, and as a reminder there are other great, magnificent flyers around besides us.

“I went out to plant corn for a bit to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed The Great Battle. A Golden Eagle – big bastard, about 6-foot wingspan – flew right in front of the tractor. It was being chased by three crows who were continually dive-bombing and pecking at it. The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them. At any rate, the eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver, then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor. This eagle stood about 3 feet tall. The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120 degrees apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird. The eagle would take a couple steps toward one of the crows and they’d hop backward and forward to keep their distance. Then the reinforcement showed up. 

"I happened to spot the eagle’s mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5. Just before impact, the eagle on the ground took flight (obviously a coordinated tactic; probably pre-briefed), and the three crows that were watching the grounded eagle also took flight, thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird. The first crow targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball’s chance in hell. There was a midair explosion of black feathers and that crow was done. The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow No. 2 less than two seconds later. Another crow dead. The grounded eagle, now airborne and with an altitude advantage on the remaining crow, which was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive, then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to evade the hit. It didn’t work – crow No. 3 bit the dust at about 20 feet altitude. This aerial battle was better than any air show I’ve been to, including the warbirds show at Oshkosh! The two eagles ripped the crows apart and ate them on the ground, and as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch. It stopped and looked at me as I went by, and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who’s Boss Of The Sky. What a beautiful bird! I love it. Not only did they kill their enemies, they ate them.”

Question

Aug 12, 2009
I WATCH YOUR PROGRAM MOST EVERYDAY AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE MARKETS ARE NOT MOVING UP. I LIVE BY WATERLOO IOWA AND THE BEST GROUND IN THE STATE WAS JUST FLATTENED BY HAIL AND EVERYONE STILL SAYS WE WILL HAVE A BUMPER CROP. MY CROP WAS ALSO DAMAGED BY HAIL ,TWICE, AND THE FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN REPORTED THAT 400,000 ACRES WHERE DAMAGED IN IOWA AND STILL THEY THINK WE WILL HAVE A BUMPER CROP? LATE PLANTED ACRES, COOL WEATHER, AND SLOW GROWING CROPS DON’T ADD UP TO BUMPER CROPS. IN MY OPINION UNTIL ITS IN THE BIN SAFE FROM MOTHER NATURE, THERE IS NO BUMPER CROP, YET.

The Legacy Project

Aug 07, 2009
Hi

We are interested in finding someone knowledgeable about wills or trusts when it comes to farming.

My husband, Dwight thought he heard that talked about on today's program. I listened to it on your website and heard nothing about it.

Dwight thought that today he heard that a Firm called, "Legacy by Design" was talked about concerning passing a farm down to the next generation.

Could you inform me about it? Does he has the right Agday Program in mind,or do you know people who you recommend to do this kind of Estate Planning?

I am grateful for your reply. Thank you.

Sincerely
Marijune Burton

*Editors note:  This is part of "The Legacy Project".  For futher information please go to  http://www.agweb.com/FarmJournal/Legacy/Default.aspx


Comments...Suggestions...

Aug 03, 2009
Hello. I want to let you know that I really enjoy your program! I don't watch it every day, but when sleep escapes me, I do love to watch the Ag show. I was raised on a farm, but have been a town dweller all my married life. Besides living in a farming community, my farm "roots" is the reason I enjoy your show. I am a bird watcher, so today I enjoyed the piece on the Fishing Hawk; very interesting! Thank you for all the work that must go into each program! The good looking host does a great job too! God bless you all.   Sarah

Hi:  We enjoy the farming show very much,can you give us info on what's going around Dothan Al, Houston County?  Or 50 miles from Dothan, keep up the good work, I've been a farmer all my life, I'm a retiree but I still have a garden in back yard, it really saves on food bill & I enjoy it.  I keep our freezer full, we also have all kind of fruit trees, good luck.  Thanks very much.  Kathleen 

As a AGDAY viewer for many years I have a suggestion to help every one enjoy the market scanner much better.
I am sure a great number of your listeners are getting up in the years just like myself.  First thing is to either get rid of the $ sign on the scanner or separate it from the dollar sign  like the U.S. Farm Report scanner is shown.
I am sure that any one who watches the markets know that the figures are dollars and cents so the $ sign is just in the way.  Making the numbers larger would be the best way to correct this for the older people watching who are in their recliner early in the morning trying not to have to jump up and get closer to the TV to be able to read the figures.  
Thanks for anything you can do to solve the situation for all of the older generation the still enjoys the program.
Keep up the good work,
Dick Hussey
Lima, Ohio
 
 
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