Editor’s Note: The following viewer comments were received following the October 26-27, 2013 edition of U.S. Farm Report…
#1: Here, Here!!! After 38 years of 14-16 hour days this farm wife likes your take on why the fellows often stay out in the field or office or pickup truck so long. Old bragging habits die hard. Maybe your argument of more sleep and increased efficiency will replace our sometimes mindless dawn ‘til dark habit on this Idaho family farm. Our sons and nephew who have now returned from college to a very large potato and grain operation are trying to convince my husband and brother-in law of the efficiency of an 8-10 hour day and more time to not just sleep but to unwind with the family and participate in the life of the community. Yes, planting and harvest season often require a few more longer work days but your comments on the importance of sleep were put on the DVR recording and will be played back at our annual farm meeting this winter. Besides me, I think my sister in law and the daughter in laws can find value in your comments on sleep and taking the garbage out. Always appreciate your common sense Mr. Phipps. Sincerely, Cheryl Koompin - Koompin Farms - American Falls, ID
#2: Why do you only discuss corn and beans on the Saturday morning market segment? There is wheat, other oil seeds and livestock markets. I'm sure (like myself) there are a lot of farmers/ranchers that don't raise corn or beans. After a couple of minutes discussing corn and beans it becomes repetitive like this e-mail. I think time as well as being more interesting/informative could be spent discussing a lot more commodities than just corn and beans.
#3: Dear Mr. Phipps, being an avid viewer of US Farm Report, and having read your column in Farm Journal clear back to the days before hosting USFR was even a thought, I have come to agree with you on many topic and the strong desire to vocally disagree, using disparaging words, with you on others. NAFTA would be one where we are polar opposites but that is for another letter. One thing that we may agree on since you have been an advocate of eliminating the farm subsidy program would be that the government shutdown in early October showed how we don’t even have a real use for the FSA system. Corn continued to be harvested, cattle were still milked, grain still got shipped to market, and guess what…agriculture did not grind to a screaming halt and the world did not end!!! Yes we had inconveniences like the NRCS guys couldn’t survey a terrace or a backlog of meat needed inspected. But doesn’t that go to prove we really need to privatize these functions since they were deemed non-essential anyway? Now might be the time to seriously look at the idea of scrapping all farm programs all together. Won’t the farmer still go out milk the cattle, farrow the hogs, plant the corn, harvest the citrus because of their devotion to their occupation and not because of some government agency? Sam Willson - Wapello, Iowa
#4: I am a faithful watcher of the US Farm Report and for some time now all of the visiting commentators I see on your program talk about the very low cost of corn and the crop insurance farmers will collect because of these low prices. I am curious about the possibility of using corn in pellet/ corn burning stoves? I have a pellet stove and when I was deciding which stove I should buy, I noticed that almost all of them burn wood pellets or corn. Wood pellets are now selling for about $5 per 40lb bag but I have never seen a bag of corn fuel anywhere. I just wonder if this would be a viable market for this huge excess of corn, maybe at a lower cost than wood pellets. Respectfully, Burt Anderson