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November 2009 Archive for U.S. Farm Report Mailbag

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A Great Harvest

Nov 23, 2009
   We harvested the corn plot which had twelve numbers on non-irrigated soil. The top yielder was 241 bushel an acre a new record on our farm beating our old record by 52 bushel. Wow what a year we truly have a lot to be thankful for.
Larsen Farms
Turner County, South Dakota

Lots of Feedback

Nov 16, 2009
Editor's Note:  Below are comments generated from the November 14-15, 2009 edition of U.S. Farm Report...

Dear US Farm Report, 
   You have done an excellent job reporting on this fall's problematic harvest, from high moisture levels and high drying costs, with high yields that are testing the capacity of both on-farm storage and elevator acceptance, to today's report of tight propane supplies.   I have also watched with interest your reporting of the development of new equipment for the harvesting of corn cobs to use for cellulosic ethanol.  The investment of dollars for this equipment looks to be huge.
    I can't help but think of how the farmers of a mere generation or two ago would have dealt with these dilemmas, and I can't believe that nobody has talked about it.  A switch back to harvesting ear corn would provide free drying with no associated fuel consumption, economical storage options, and a huge supply of corn cobs as a by-product.  Perhaps the grain and cellulosic ethanol could even be produced together in one process!
    I realize that harvesting and handling ear corn is not the fastest process in the world, and may not be feasible for a single producer who wants to farm an entire county.  However, large acreages of seed corn are already harvested this way, not to mention the amount of ear corn harvested across the country in the past.  With the amount of money being spent on bins, dryers, combines, propane, and now cob harvesting equipment, it is not unreasonable to think there might be an opportunity for a smaller producer to compete with pickers, cribs, and shellers.
    Sometimes instead of trying to "think outside the box", we can find the answers are as simple as taking a look inside the old boxes we have thrown away.  
Derek England

   Why isn't anyone in the media or in Congress talking about the inability of the U.S.A. to feed its people with imports?  We are slowly outsourcing the production of agricultural products and no one is talking about it, why?  Are we going down the same path as we did with oil?  The ag death tax takes two-million acres out of production every year and we do nothing.
Gary Walker
Walker Ranches

   I am a city slicker who has enjoyed watching your program or listening on the radio. Over the years you have opened my eyes to all the trials and tribulations faced by American farmers and dairy producers. I have also enjoyed your sharing your insight and personal experiences.
   Your spot on farm safety really struck home with me. Every year in our area there is a farm fatality suffered by farmers with many years of experience . Please keep up the good work. Have a great Thanksgiving.
Bill Carey

   I set the alarm at 5:00 am each Saturday morning to watch the US Farm Report.  I really enjoy it and always get a kick out of Baxter Black's portion.  Great show...Keep it up.
Gary Cromwell
Lexington, KY

   I thoroughly enjoy the new time for Agday. 8 AM EST fits right in with my cattle feeding schedule.
Chuck Crutcher
Rineyville, KY

History Repeats Itself at Harvest Time

Nov 09, 2009
Dear John,
    My sympathys go out to all of you trying to get those corn and beans in.  I was 20 years old in 1966 when we had a fall full of cold, wind and rain storms that eventually had most of the corn laying over.  I was working for Joliet Grain Co. that fall at their "Birds bridge elevator" along the Santa Fe tracks at I-55 and Rt 6 on the southwest side of Joliet.  I was running the dryer on 12 hour shifts and we took both corn and beans into December.  The corn was down so bad the guys had to run the corn header in the mud to pick up the lodged stalks, which was most of them.  Harvey Lewis, a farmer nearby stood in the scale shack at the end and said he had bought a brand new Massey combine and felt all the bearings were worn out from all the mud going through.  But we made it anyway.

Expect Success,

Rick Gretz
Franktown, CO

How to Win a Honda ATV!!!

Nov 06, 2009
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Comments & a Couple Suggestions...

Nov 02, 2009
Editor's Note:  The following are viewer comments received following the October 31-November 1 edition of the program...

   Why send, Al to major farm shows only to do the round table? That is just as easily done on the set. Reporting on new inventions by small businesses, small exhibitors and live cattle demonstrations would be much more educational and entertaining.
   Not to effect the question above but if all those blow hards had all the answers they would be so wealthy from the Chicago Board of trade they would be marlin fishing in Miami and retired.
Best regards,
Gary Vits
Decatur, IL

   Thanks for making Baxter Black part of your weekly program.  He is the best!
Orville Goodenough
Morrison, IL

   I work and live on a 6000 acre potato farm called Sackett Potatoes here in Michigan. I was wondering if it would be possible if you could do a segment on the chip potato industry here in Michigan. The chip potato industry is the backbone of Michigan agriculture and is growing more than any industry here.  Thank you for your time.


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