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July 2013 Archive for U.S. Farm Report Mailbag

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Viewers Speak: Marriage Money and Rallying for Rural Mail Carriers

Jul 29, 2013

***Editor’s Note: The following comments were received in response to the July 27-28, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…
#1: I particularly enjoyed your comments last week. I call mowing a pleasant "mindless job". It is often employed on our farm when I just want to be outside while involved in a functional duty; besides the results enhance the looks of the property. The wedding thing is a huge waste of money. Several years ago when I advised my daughter how much I would contribute to her wedding, it did not go over very well. Negative feelings were evident for a very long time. There are so many other worthwhile things money can be spent on rather just trying to impress people. Bill Patterson - Shelby County, Ohio
#2: I just wanted to thank John for his commentaries the past two weeks (July 13 & 20) that occur midway through the program. The one last week about the wedding bubble and marriage was right on. The one two weeks ago was also excellent. There isn’t any difference between the actions of the voters and those we elect and we often do get what we ask for. As John accurately points out, there is a difference between asking for results and having our own way. John also refers to our elected officials as politicians. Instead of politicians, if we can only start electing statesmen. There is a difference between those two also. Dave Sauers
#3: I tune in to your program every Sunday morning to get farm and market news and weather. I always enjoy the program until you start spouting your obvious democratic socialist talking points. Some of us do not think that the constitution is an outdated document and believe in the freedom that it has afforded us over the first 200 years before the socialism began creeping in. If you feel that you need to tell us about your love of a united socialist states of America please at least give someone who believes in a free United States of America equal time. Ira Crumbaugh - Slater, MO
#4: Hi John, No doubt a marriage is better off with prudent planning ahead of time-- especially monetary issues, but let's go back a bit further than that-- if we take a look at who invented marriage in the first place. If a marriage is not grounded in the faith of the Father who created it, then it is likely to fail... a bond of unevenly yoked if you will. If something is not used or practiced the way it was intended don't expect it to last long-- whether it's marriage or farm equipment. Godspeed - Matt Holewinski

#5: Al Pell, my hearing is not the best but on this weekend's (July 27-28) farm report I thought I heard you say that the price of the JD 730 Diesel new in 1958 that was featured on the show was $3700. The price was actually about $5500- $5700 depending on how it was equipped. I grew up running those two cylinder tractors and still use a 620 on a regular basis around the farm. I try not to miss your show.
Jerry Ouverson - Fertile, Iowa

#6: Al, you say you are going to talk about wheat, then you don't. Instead, your guests restate what they have already said. I will keep watching, hoping for info pertaining to our commodity, but my Better Half just walked out. Lorri Williams - Washington State wheat, barley, canola grower

#7: Thank you John for your positive comments about rural carriers that you made last Friday on AgriTalk!!! City dwellers have no idea of the connection between a carrier & his patrons. I am a carrier in a rural area of central Missouri. We know whose cattle are on what farm, when you order chicks in the mail we call you early that morning to let you know that you can come to the back door of the post office before we open to pick them up. We know who is in the hospital & keep a daily eye on their place as we go by each day. If a birthday card comes without a complete address we can tell by the return address who it goes to. If your grandkids give us a card to be delivered that day we will make sure it gets same day delivery. We call the elderly on snowy days & tell them their mail is between the doors because we couldn’t live with ourselves if you slipped & fell going to the mailbox!!! We pull over & take our hats off when there is a funeral procession going to a rural cemetery. We leave bubble gum for your kids & now for their kids. I have some folks that I have to tell ahead of time if I am gonna take off or they will be calling wanting to know if everything is alright? This is another piece of rural America I feel is going by the wayside. p.s. you can’t believe all the goodies we receive @ Christmas time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Proudly serving the residents on rural route #2, New Bloomfield, MO - Paul Claypool


Viewers Speak: Mowing Ditches & Drought Busting Rains

Jul 23, 2013

***Editor’s Note: The following comments were received in response to the July 20-21, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…

#1: This week’s rain gave most of the Texas panhandle 5 or more inches of rain. Clovis to Carlsbad received over 2 inches. In the middle, we near Roswell got a lot of cloud cover and a whopping .5 inch! You can’t imagine how are hopes were up for the possible end of the 3 year drought. Doug Whitney - Roswell NM

#2: We are watching U.S. Farm Report's Corn College panel and are upset how much you show more of the crowd than you do of the panel. When each panelist gives a serious answer, the viewer is distracted by someone drinking soda pop...Or even closing in on the back head of someone in the audience. This is serious information...please keep your camera on the experts. Love the show and never miss it. Just needed to express this. Roger & Jeanene Wehrbein

#3: I try to listen every Saturday morning even though I am not a farmer. Last Saturday you made a brief comment in reference to someone "taking you to task" about "Methodist church" rather than "United Methodist church" followed by a comment about Ohioans who say "THE Ohio State University". Now I was born in Columbus many years before you were around and I attended OSU. Everyone I know who says "THEEEE" Ohio State University (not thuh Ohio State University) says it tongue-in-cheek. We think of it as a joke, at least I do, and wouldn't think much of anyone who took it seriously. But, imagine how surprised I was to hear you use this time-worn phrase. I really enjoy the show and I share much of what you say with some farmer friends over coffee and breakfast later. Yes, some of my best friends are farmers - - tongue-in-cheek - - and it's hard to speak that way. Keep up the good work. Charlie Shirkey - now from Bowling Green, Ohio (the "great" northwest territory)

#4: This past week when you were doing I think the mail bag you mentioned a letter asking why farmers mow along the road. One of your comments was that it was a little longer with the earmuff on and the solitude of being on the lawn mower cutting the lawn. Then there is the side that it looks good from the road for people passing by. I was thinking that we men go to work to get away from the wining of our kids and the wife constantly wanting us to do this and that. When we retire hopefully the kids are on their own and we only have to contend with the wife wanting this and that. It is like those of us who live in the cities. The lawnmower makes so much noise you cannot hear the wife and kids so you do not care what they are saying until you shut it off because you have no longer an excuse to have it running due to being done. Now you grab the edger and trim the lawn and then the shrubs just for the solitude. We all have our escapes from the din. Yours, Jim Brancheau

#5: John , related to your comments on mowing ditches - it has been brought to my attention it is against the law in some states to do so before July 15th (not that we agree with that).

#6: Hey John, I felt moved to weigh in on your commentary regarding "ditch mowers". You may have succumbed to peer pressure when it comes to such a needless expenditure of time, energy, and equipment, but I will remain steadfast in my disdain for such a practice. The fact that people have the resources to commit to such a meaningless, unproductive effort is an indication of an empty life. It has long been one of my pet peeves, along with personalized license plates that have clueless meanings to anyone except the holder (why go to the expense), rental storage units (where did all of this junk come from that we feel the need to store indefinitely), and Taco Bells (can't believe that enough people enjoy eating these messy, crumbling, mini-smorgasbords that they can support an entire restaurant chain). Oh well, I will carry on and appreciate the natural wonder of tall grass, weeds, and brush that is the view scape down my road - at least until the county comes and takes it down at taxpayer expense. Gary Anderson


Viewers Speak: Market Questions & Comments

Jul 09, 2013

***The following comments were received in response to the July 6-7, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…

#1: It was a pleasure to watch the show this morning with Chip Nellinger and Thomas Grisafi.  I think that the two of them were a very good duo.  They said what needed to be said, didn’t have an agenda, and spoke very candidly about the potential future of ag.  I watch every week and sometimes get frustrated with some of the commentary from the guests.  Today was very good.  Thanks, Brian Warpup - Warren, IN

#2:  We all know panic sells grain contracts. The facts are the people and livestock around the world didn't quit eating because CBOT said grains are going lower.  In your show you focused on supply and forgot about the demand.  David Glade, Farmer from Audubon, Iowa 

#3:  I really enjoy the program.  But being a city-slicker I don’t understand all the terms used by your guests during the Market Roundtable segment.  For example, last week Sue Martin used the term ‘basis’ quite a bit and advised producers to "lock up their September basis".  Basis is a word used quite often on the show.  Perhaps during a roundtable segment you can have one of your guests describe what is meant by basis and how one "locks up their basis".  I also believe Sue Martin made a dangerous statement when she said Dec corn will absolutely not trade below $4.10.  It will be like hitting the brick wall of China.  I trade futures as a speculator and know that to state a market won’t go beyond a certain price can make you look foolish when it does.  I personally believe new crop corn is headed a lot lower if for no other reason than the strength of the dollar.  But there are two phrases that I believe portend lower grain prices especially in this post-drought year.  They are ‘short crop, long tail’ and ‘rain makes grain’.  Thanks again for the program.  Dave Sauers

P.S.  Just so you know if I am wrong, I currently am short Dec corn, short Dec T-bonds and long the Sept. dollar index.   


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