Lots of Letters
Mar 08, 2010
Editor"s Note: The following viewer comments were received following the March 6-7, 2010 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
Mr. Phipps and Associates,
My next door neighbor died in a Grain Bin accident last week in Southern Minnesota, Waseca, trying knock down corn that was frozen to the bin walls. The loss of Jim Eaton is tragic as he was one of the kindest hardest working men I have ever known.
Telling the farmers and grain elevator workers to stay out of the bins seems to not be working as there have been several incidents in Southern Minnesota this year. Maybe one of your journalists could research the safety equipment available and do a report. Maybe one of your listeners has come up with an innovative safety equipment design that they could share. You reported a couple of weeks ago about an auger system that a listener had designed. Maybe you can find more ideas? In order to operate efficiently, it seems what they really need is a safe way to work inside the bin.
I am thinking an electric winch and harness with local and remote wireless controls may work. The wireless remote would be controlled by a spotter who could take over remotely at the first sign of trouble. Just a thought.
I am a farmer in eastern North Carolina. We raise corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans, tobacco and grain sorghum. There has been a bunch of turmoil in the tobacco industry this year. Some of the issues facing growers now are declining contracts, FDA regulations, and smoking bans. Tobacco companies have consolidated contract stations from Florida to southern VA. There seems to be little publicity on tobacco as a cash crop and the people who raise it. The only thing you ever hear is about the negative effects of cigarettes and not about the generations of farmers that have worked all of their lives in this crop or the North Carolina economy that was built by tobacco money. I think this would make a good subject for you to cover. Let me know what you think. I really enjoy the show and watch it every weekend.
When I was growing up my father who was an early student of organic farming used to save seeds from a particularly good fruit or vegetable to plant next season. He would spread the seeds out on newspapers to dry. We had a large black cat who liked to sleep on top of the seeds. I'm not sure if there's anything scientific here but it always seemed like seeds which had been incubated by the cat germinated and grew with better yields.
So if all else fails perhaps you should get some barn cats to sleep on your seeds before planting.
Very truly yours,
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