***Editor's Note: The following comments were received in response to the August 14-15, 2011, edition of "U.S. Farm Report"
#1: I really think Mike Florez should be "BANNED" from "U.S. Farm Report." $9.75-$13 corn???? What is this guy smoking? (or advertising, ha ha). At least Bill Beidermann has some common sense. Sorry to have missed you at RML Trading in Grand Forks, hoping to meet you this winter with BETTER weather. Marty Hattervig - Buxton, N.D.
#2: Just dropping a line to let you know I enjoyed your commentary (John's World) on the Aug. 14 "U.S. Farm Report" show. America definitely needs to find a middle ground and quit living extreme lifestyles in order to be successful. Many have come to know a life of instant gratfication and self-importance and it has led to a very greedy and disappointing path many have taken. I hope for our kids we can get back to a more simple way of life again. I enjoy your show very much, very informative and insightful. I just wish it aired at a more convenient time, airs at 4 a.m. in Kansas City on KMBC-TV ABC. Maybe I will start recording it more. Thanks again and keep up the good work. Aaron Luke
#3: Your report on rodeo on Aug 13th...in my opinion, kids should not be allowed to do anything related to rodeo because it is too dangerous, as we all know; if they want to do it, then they will have to wait till they are 18. Now, you wonder why I say this -- it is probably most likely that I am a "city girl mother" who lives in the country. Maybe there is someone out there who can convince me otherwise. Wendi Bryan
#4: Hello John,I always enjoy the show. There is a saying that has been around for many years: "The road to riches is paved with inheritance." And this saying is probably more true than not when it comes to farming. It is not just having enough money to start farming, there is a tremendous learning curve when it comes to switching occupations. I was a crop duster (ag pilot) for 35 years (I started at 25 years old). Had a very good safety record for those 35 years. Sold our spraying business and retired into a small farming operation.
I started farming at 60 years old, just farming 160 acres of dryland wheat and 135 acres of double-crop irrigated wheat and soybeans. It really surprised me what I didn't know about farming, even though I had been spraying crops for 35 years. When a person changes from one occupation to another, he had better hit the books all over again. If a person is not willing to learn and take advice from more experienced farmers, he is just looking for trouble.
The learning curve in farming is just about as hard as a 55-year-old, 1,000-hour private pilot becoming an ag pilot -- it can become expensive -- both physically and financially. It is not impossible, but it is not really recommended. Carlin Lawrence
#5: Here in our area it's dry. July we only had 1.35 inches of rain -- most of July was triple-digit temperatures too...location southeast of Kansas City, Mo. First of July, cornstalks had three ear shoots per stalk. New technology corn first week in July would have made over 200 bushels...now the first week in August I doubt if it will make 100 bushels. Last Friday we had a mean thunderstorm -- high winds, power off for five hours. Some corn fields are flat -- others are spotty. Our farm renter ordered a reel to pick up downed corn. He said the lady asked what was going on -- "You're the 70th ordered." Soybeans still could make a crop...got 0.86 of rain yesterday. Herb Fender