USFR Weekly Recap - August 23-24, 2014, 2014

August 23, 2014 03:30 AM
 

 

TODAY ON USFR
AUGUST 23-24, 2014
 
HEADLINE:
CROP TOUR CROP TOUR CROP TOUR U.S. FARM REPORT BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ALL-NEW CHEVY SILVERADO. 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR... TODAY ON U-S FARM REPORT...THE PROFARMER CROP TOUR RESULTS ARE IN - WE'VE GOT THE BIG NUMBERS THE USDA RELEASES ADDS UP ALL THE UNPLANTED ACRES IN 2014 AND OUR ROUNDTABLE DISSECTS THE CROP TOUR RESULTS.
JOHN OPEN:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS AS INFORMATION LIKE THE PROFARMER CROP TOUR RESULTS BECOMES PUBLIC AND OUR OWN ESTIMATES OF CROP SIZE FIRM UP, FARMERS HAVE ADDITIONAL DATA TO MAKE PROJECTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE. UNLIKE THE LAST FEW YEARS THESE NUMBERS ARE NOT ENCOURAGING. I HAD A BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH MY LONG-TIME BANKER ABOUT THIS RECENTLY. MY BANK AND I HAVE, OVER THE DECADES BUILT A VERY PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP BASED ON ONE SIMPLE PREMISE: NO SURPRISES. I TRY NOT TO SURPRISE HER - SHE TRIES TO KEEP ME FULLY INFORMED. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, YOU MIGHT START THERE.
TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TRICIA SLOMA IN FOR TYNE MORGAN.
TOUR OVERVIEW:
PROFARMER MAKES THEIR PROJECTION BASED ON DATA COLLECTED FROM TWO THOUSAND CROP SAMPLES. DURING THE FOUR DAY TOUR 120 SCOUTS SPREAD-OUT FROM OHIO TO THE EAST AND NEBRASKA TO THE WEST TO COLLECT AND COUNT THE SAMPLES. WHILE THE FIELDS ARE RANDOMLY SELECTED, THE GENERAL ROUTES REMAIN THE SAME YEAR-AFTER-YEAR TO PROVIDE CONSISTENCY.
DRONE FOOTAGE:
WHILE THE BEST TRUE MEASUREMENT OF THE CROP IS FROM THE GROUND, A VIEW FROM ABOVE ADDS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE. UN-MANNED AERIAL VEHICLES ARE NOT PART OF THE OFFICIAL PROFARMER DATA GATHERING. WE DISPATCHED OUR 'DRONE' TO FOLLOW A TEAM OF SCOUTS AS THEY TRAVERSED NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA. TOUR AGRONOMIST MARK BERNARD SAYS THERE'S SOME PRESSURE IN THOSE FIELDS.
MARK BENARD:
WE'VE STARTED TO PICK UP A LITTLE MORE DISEASE ON THE SOYBEANS THEN…WE'VE SEEN SO FAR ON THE TOUR A LITTLE MORE WHITE MOLD A LITTLE MORE SDS…AND WE DID SEE A LITTLE BIT OF DONEY MILDEW AS WELL INSECT PRESSURE SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER TO.
DARRELL GOOD:
USDA IS PROJECTING THE CORN CROP TO YIELD ON AVERAGE 167-AND-A-HALF BUSHELS AN ACRE, WHICH WAS BELOW TRADE ESTIMATES. THE OLD MARKET ADAGE SAYS BIG CROPS GET EVEN BIGGER BEFORE HARVEST. BUT
CROP WATCH:
CROP WATCH THIS WEEK SHOWCASES SOME OF THE STOPS ON THE CROP TOUR. THIS WAS TAKEN NEAR BELLEFONTAINE, OHIO. YOU CAN SEE SOME CRACKS IN THE SOIL, BUT YIELDS WERE STILL DECENT. OUR TRAVELOGUE TAKES US TO WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA WHERE A SCOUT WAS MUGGING FOR THE CAMERA. THIS FIELD MEASURED 207 BUSHELS AN ACRE. FROM AGWEB, A FARMER IN ADAMS COUNTY, NEBRASKA SAYS THE CROP TOUR ESTIMATE IS SPOT-ON WITH NEBRASKA'S IRRIGATED CORN. YIELD POTENTIAL LOOKS VERY GOOD. PROFARMER'S CHIP FLORY SAYS THE REAL SURPRISE IS THE "LOW END" FIELD WHICH IS HELPING TO SUPPORT THE YIELD AVERAGE. PROFARMER IS ESTIMATING 164 BUSHELS AN ACRE IN NEBRASKA. COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST.
PREVENT PLANT:
ONE THING THAT COMPLICATED THE ESTIMATE LAST YEAR WAS THE HIGH NUMBER OF PREVENT.. PLANT ACRES IN MUCH OF THE CORNBELT... BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE THIS YEAR. THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY THIS WEEK REPORTED THAT THERE ARE ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION ACRES OF CERTIFIED PREVENT PLANT CORN ACRES. MOST OF THOSE ARE IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA. LAST YEAR IT WAS OVER THREE MILLION ACRES.
TEASE ONE:
THANKS CINDI - WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE OFF TO MINNESOTA WHERE THE CROP TOUR CAME TO AN END THIS WEEK. CHIP FLORY LEADS THE DISCUSSION WHEN WE RETURN...
JOHN’S WORLD:
THIS WEEK WE HAD HEADLINES FROM THE USDA ABOUT THE COST OF RAISING A CHILD. ACCORDING TO THEIR ANNUAL CALCULATIONS GETTING AN OFFSPRING TO AGE 17 HAS HIT $245,000 DOLLARS. COLLEGE IS NOT INCLUDED, OF COURSE. YOU CAN QUIBBLE ABOUT HOW THESE NUMBERS ARE CALCULATED, BUT YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISONS HAVE VALUE. THE MOST WIDELY REPORTED CHART WAS THIS ONE CONTRASTING COSTS IN 1960 WITH 2013 IN CONSTANT DOLLARS. FARMERS UNDOUBTEDLY NOTED THAT FOOD COSTS HAVE SHRUNK AS A SHARE OF EXPENDITURES. BUT SO DID CLOTHING. BIG INCREASES WERE SEEN IN CHILD CARE, LIKELY DUE TO MORE DAYCARE AS WOMEN ENTERED THE WORKFORCE OVER THAT TIME PERIOD. HEALTH CARE COSTS SOARED - WHICH IS HARDLY SURPRISING. OF COURSE WE ALL HAD OUR LAME WISECRACKS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF BEING A PARENT. BUT THE CHART IN THE REPORT THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION IS THE COST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIOUS LOCATIONS. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, CHILDREN ARE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE URBAN NORTHEAST. BUT LOOK AT THE BOTTOM LINE. RAISING A CHILD IN RURAL AMERICA IS MARKEDLY LESS EXPENSIVE AT EVERY AGE OF THE CHILD. NOW THE GOVERNMENT USES 15 DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS OF RURAL, BUT IN THIS CASE IT MEANS TOWNS OF LESS THAN 2500. NO EXPLANATIONS FOR THE NOTABLE GAP WERE SUGGESTED AND I'M SURE WE CAN ALL COME UP WITH A THEORY. BUT ONE THING IS CLEAR, WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS RURAL AMERICA IS A GREAT PLACE TO RAISE KIDS, HE OR SHE MAY NOT JUST BE REFERRING TO IT BEING GREAT FOR THE CHILD, BUT GOOD FOR THE FAMILY BUDGET AS WELL.
TAG & CLOSE:
COMING UP IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR - A LEGACY OF PICKLES STAY WITH US - THE SECOND HALF OF U-S FARM REPORT IS COMING RIGHT UP.
HEADLINES:
TODAY ON U-S FARM REPORT...HAVE CATTLE PRICES PEAKED? OR THEY JUST CATCHING THEIR BREATH? COOLER SUMMER TEMPS MAKE DAIRY COWS HAPPIER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE. AND WE VISIT A FAMILY FARM OPERATION BUILT ON PICKLES. U.S. FARM REPORT - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ALL-NEW CHEVY SILVERADO... 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR…
JOHN OPEN:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WE SHARED THE RESULTS OF THE PROFARMER CROP TOUR IN OUR FIRST HALF-HOUR, AND NOTED THEY WERE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THE USDA CROP REPORT. HERE AT U-S FARM REPORT THERE WERE A FEW JOKES ABOUT WHAT IF CHIP AND ALL THE TOUR PARICPANTS WERE FAKING IT AND SENDING IN PHOTOSHOPPED PICURES AND COMPUTER GENERATED GRAPHICS WHILE ALL THE TIME SITTING IN A BOWLING ALLEY DRINKING BEER. I DIDN'T SAY THEY WERE FUNNY JOKES, BUT IF YOU STOP AND THINK, IT'S GETTING PRETTY EASY TO MAKE CONVINCING FAKERY. VIRTUALLY NO SINGER PERFORMS WITHOUT AUTO-TUNE FOR EXAMPLE, AND ANYBODY WHO TRUSTS A COVER PHOTO MAY BE IN FOR A SHOCK. AUTHENTICITY MAY BE THE SCARCEST COMMODITY IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. TRICIA SLOMA HAS THE HEADLINES.
RETAIL BEEF PRICES:
THANKS JOHN, BEEF IN THE RETAIL COOLER CONTINUES TO HIT NEW HIGHS. THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SAY IN JULY THE AVERAGE PRICE HIT THREE-88 A POUND ON AVERAGE IN THE U.S. THAT'S UP FROM THREE-45 A YEAR AGO. IN JUST THE LAST FIVE YEAR'S THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GROUND BEEF HAS SHOT UP MORE THAN 80 PERCENT.
CATTLE PRICES:
MEANWHILE, CATTLE PRICES ARE STRUGGLING TO HOLD ON TO THEIR RECENT RECORD HIGHS. BOTH FEEDER AND LIVE CATTLE FUTURES TRENDED DOWNWARD THIS WEEK. THE STERLING PROFIT TRACKER SHOWING FEEDLOT MARGINS FELL NEARLY 100 DOLLARS PER HEAD IN THE LAST WEEK. EVEN THOUGH HISTORICALLY PRICES REMAIN STRONG, ECONOMISTS SAY CATTLE MARKETS MAY HAVE HIT A SHORT TERM TOP.
DERRELL PEEL:
NOW IS THAT THE HIGH FOR THE YEAR? IM NOT PREPARED TO SAY THAT AT THIS POINT. WE COULD TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT THIS THING BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR BEFORE IT’S ALL OVER WITH BUT I THINK CERTAINLY FOR THE NEXT PERIOD OF TIME WE'VE TOPPED THAT PART OF THE MARKET. FEEDER CATTLE PRICES REALLY HAVEN'T COME DOWN FROM THERE TOP. THEY'VE BEEN BOUNCING AROUND A LITTLE BIT. THERE'S BEEN SOME VOLATILITY IN THE FEEDER CATTLE FUTURES THAT'S AFFECTED THE CASH MARKET A LITTLE BIT. BUT REALLY DOWN A LITTLE BIT ONE WEEK AND THEN BACK UP THEY'RE HOLDING VERY STRONG BUT WE'RE ESSENTIALLY WE'RE AT RECORD LEVELS FOR FEEDER CATTLE ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. FOR COW CALF PRODUCERS PEEL EXPECTS STRONG MARKETS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.
MILK PRODUCTION:
CLINTON…MEANWHILE, THE NATION'S DAIRY HERD SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING THE COOLER SUMMER. USDA SAYS MILK PRODUCTION IN THE 23 MAJOR DAIRY STATES THIS JULY TOTALED 16-AND-A-HALF BILLION POUNDS. THAT'S UP FOUR PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. BUT IT WAS PER-COW PRODUCTION TURNING HEADS. A NEW ALL TIME RECORD WITH A PER COW AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 19-HUNDRED POUNDS...61 POUNDS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO...THANKS MOSTLY TO THE COOLER SUMMER TEMPERATURES.
CROP TOUR:
AFTER SPENDING FOUR DAYS IN MIDWEST CORN FIELDS, SCOUTS FROM THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR SAY THERE IS - INDEED - A BIG CORN CROP OUT THERE. BUT IT MAY NOT BE QUITE AS BIG AS YOU'D EXPECT.
COLORADO LABELING:
IT LOOKS LIKE LABELING OF GMO FOODS IS GOING TO A VOTE IN COLORADO THIS NOVEMBER. THE SECRETARY OF STATE MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER BACKERS OF THE MEASURE SUBMITTED MORE THAN 120 THOUSAND SIGNATURES. A SIMILAR MEASURE HAS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR THE BALLOT IN OREGON.
PITCH TO WEATHER:
THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON JOINS US NOW WITH THE NATIONAL FORECAST.
WEATHER WITH GENERIC OPEN:
WE'LL START YOU OFF WITH A LOOK AT THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR AND IT'S SORT OF A MIXED BAG BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT AND WE'VE SEEN OBVIOUSLY SOME AREAS THAT AREN'T SEEING MUCH IMPROVEMENT AT ALL THE BAD NEWS IT CONTINUES TO BE EXTREMELY DRY IN CALIFORNIA THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE ARE SEEING AT LEAST SOME OF THIS DRYNESS CHIPPED AWAY SLOWLY IN PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND ESPECIALLY IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION THE OTHER BAD NEWS IS THAT WE'RE SEEING A LITTLE MORE DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTH EAST THAT'S AN AREA WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO WATCH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS HERE'S A LOOK AT OUR JET STREAM FORECAST BOY HAS IT BEEN HOT IN MUCH OF THE NATION'S MID-SECTION AND THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE AS WE FINISH OFF THE WEEKEND AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK NOW WE'LL START TO SEE COOLER WEATHER AS A TROUGH MOVES THE NORTH CENTRAL UNITED STATES BUT OVERALL TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO BE REMAINING FAIRLY WARM THROUGH THE WEEK UNTIL WE GET TO THE LATER PART OF THE WEEK WE SEE SOME RELIEF ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTH EASTERN UNITED STATES BUT WERE LOOKING AT THESE HOT TEMPERATURES TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE SOUTH HERE'S A LOOK AHEAD AS WE HEAD THROUGH OUR MONDAY FORECAST WE'RE GOING TO SEE A SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO BE DRAPING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS LOOK FOR SHOWERS AND SOME THUNDER STORMS ALONG THAT AND FOLKS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH EAST ESPECIALLY OVER NEAR THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE LITTLE SYSTEM COULD BE BRINGING SOME SHOWERS MAYBE A RUMBLE OF THUNDER TO PARTS OF THE NORTH WEST AND OF COURSE WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT MONSOONAL MOISTURE THERE LOOKS LIKE SOME DRYER CONDITIONS WITH HIGH PRESSURE IN THE MID-ATLANTIC AND INTO THE NORTH EAST AS WE GET INTO WEDNESDAY IT ALMOST THE LOOKS THE SAME WE HAVE A FRONT THAT'S DRAPED FROM THE NORTH EASTERN UNITED STATES THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES ON THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING SHOWERS AND THUNDER STORMS AND SOME AREAS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING RAIN OVER AND OVER AGAIN COULD BE SEEING FAIRLY HEAVY RAIN IT'S GOING TO BE CONTINUED VERY HUMID CONDITIONS IN A LOT OF EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY DOWN RIGHT HOT IN SOUTHERN TEXAS THE SOUTH WEST AND EVEN PRETTY WARM AS YOU GET INTO THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST WITH DRY CONDITIONS EXPECTED IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES THEN AS WE HEAD INTO FRIDAY WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING FINALLY SOME EASTWARD MOVEMENT SOME RAIN EXPECTED IN A FAIR AMOUNT OF THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY STILL A LITTLE ON THE WARM SIDE THOUGH IN MUCH OF THE NATION'S MID-SECTION WE'LL SEE ANOTHER SYSTEM APPROACHING PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS LITTLE FURTHER INTO THE FUTURE TEMPERATURES NEXT WEEK ARE FINALLY GOING TO TURN BACK THE COOL SIDE AS YOU GET TOWARD THE GREAT LAKES AND PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE SOUTHERN TIER STATES ARE LOOKING TO BE ON THE WARM SIDE AS WE GET INTO THE LAST PART OF AUGUST AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF SEPTEMBER AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MOST OF THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY FOR NEXT WEEK DRY IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST AND A LITTLE FURTHER INTO THE FUTURE YOUR 30 DAY TEMPERATURES WARM IN THE SOUTH EAST AND THE FAR NORTH EAST AND ALSO IN THE WEST BUT IT LOOKS LIKE MAYBE A LITTLE COOL WITH THAT MONSOONAL MOISTURE IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION PRECIPITATION WISE LOOKS LIKE THAT'S WHERE WERE GOING TO BE SEEING THE STRONGEST SIGNAL FOR ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL MAYBE IN FLORIDA AS WELL BUT OVERALL NOT A LOT STRONG SIGNALS IN THE 30 DAYS AS FAR AS MOST OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. WE'LL THANK YOU CINDY I TOLD MIKE TWO WEEKS AGO I HADN'T SEEN A 90 AND I THINK I SPOKE TO SOON THIS COULD BE THE WEEKEND. THANK YOU SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND IS NEXT.
HEARTLAND BEST MAID PICKELS:
OUR SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND TAKES A PEAK BEHIND A PECK OF PICKLES. TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER BOB PHILLIPS TAKES US ON TOUR OF A POPULAR BRAND IN THE LONE-STAR STATE.
HEARTLAND:
THERE'S SO MUCH WORK THAT GOES INTO IT PEOPLE DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT THAT THE CUCUMBERS ARE FERMENTED IN OUR TANKS IN MANSFIELD OR BROUGHT TO THE FACTORY WAREHOUSING TRUCKING IT'S IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT. IT TAKES A SMALL ARMY TO CURE PACK AND SHIP PICKLES FROM BEST MADE HEADQUARTERS IN FORT WORTH GARY DALTON AND HIS SON BRIAN REPRESENT THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATIONS OF THE SAME FAMILY TO RUN THIS COMPANY NOW IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST PICKLE BRANDS IN THE COUNTRY BUT IT ALL STARTED BACK IN 1926 WITH MILDRED DALTON'S DOOR TO DOOR MAYONNAISE SALES. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS MAKING PIES AND CAKES AND SHE WOULD SELL THEM DOOR TO DOOR AND SHE HAD THE YOLK OF THE EGG LEFT OVER AND SO SHE STARTED MAKING SMALL JARS OF MAYONNAISE. THE NEXT THING THEY WANTED TO CREATE CAUSE THE MAYONNAISE SOLD SO WELL WAS A SANDWICH SPREAD AND SANDWICH SPREAD HAS PICKLE RELISH SO THEY NEED PICKLE RELISH SO THEY JUST PLANTED SOME CUCUMBERS IN THE BACK YARD AND HAD TO MANY AND IT KIND OF WENT FROM THERE. IT JUST STARTED FROM REALLY NOTHING AND JUST HARD WORK DEDICATION AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR A LONG TIME IS WHAT'S MADE US WHAT WE ARE. WELL THE INVENTIVE OF MILDRED AND JESSE DALTON LIVES ON AT BEST MADE THE COMPANY IS ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW PRODUCTS AND FLAVORS IT'S KEPT THEM GROWING THROUGHOUT 10 DECADES PAID THE BILLS FOR GENERATIONS AND CREATED ONE OF MOST RECOGNIZABLE FOODS THAT'S MADE IN TEXAS. THERE'S VERY FEW BRANDS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THAT HAVE THE KIND OF RECOGNITION THAT WE DO I MEAN LIKE YOU KNOW SHINER BEER BLUE BELL ICE CREAM BEST MADE PICKLES I MEAN IN FORT WORTH BEST MADE PICKLES THAT'S A BIG DEAL.
NEXT WEEK:
NEXT WEEK WE'LL SEE HOW NOTED STORY-TELLER MARK TWAIN AND HIS ADVENTURES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ARE STILL HELPING BUSINESS OWNERS TODAY. THAT'S NEXT WEEK ON SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND.
LEGACY TEASE:
UP NEXT IN LEAVE A LEGACY, WE FIND-OUT THE SECRET TO GENERATIONAL SUCCESS FOR AN OHIO FARM FAMILY.
TRACTOR TALES:
IN TRACTOR TALES, WE'RE FOCUSING ON OLIVER. AN OLIVER 18-28 TO BE EXACT... THIS WORKHORSE WAS NO STRANGER TO OUR NEXT COLLECTOR. HE REMEMBERS GROWING UP GREEN, OLIVER GREEN.
CHURCH SALUTE:
OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE THIS WEEK GOES TO ST PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CONCORDIA, MISSOURI. THE CONGREGATION BEGAN A YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION OF THEIR 175TH ANNIVERSAY IN MAY. ITS RICH HISTORY WAS STARTED BY TEN GERMAN IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN 1840. THAT WAS BEFORE THE TOWN OF CONCORDIA EVEN EXISTED. EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE IS THE SIZE OF THE CONGREGATION. THE TOWN OF CONCORDIA HAS A POPULATION OF 24 HUNDRED RESIDENTS, AND THE CHURCH IS PROUD TO HAVE 17 HUNDRED MEMBERS. THAT INCLUDES A GRADE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL. OUR THANKS TO RICHARD NEINHEISER {NEENE-HIZER} FOR SHARING THEIR STORY AND CONGRATULATIONS ON 175 YEARS...
MAILBAG:
TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG....KLAUS KARBAUMER IN PLATTE CITY, MISSOURI RESPONDS TO MY CONCERN THAT FARMERS HAVE TO KEEP LEARNING NEW SKILLS. "BUT IF THESE SKILLS ARE JUST EMPLOYED IN THE SAME DIRECTION WE HAVE BEEN GOING, WILL THEY ACCELERATE THE DOWNFALL OF EVEN MORE FARMERS."?
KLAUS, YOU HAVE PUT YOUR FINGER ON ONE OF THE MAJOR DEBATES IN ECONOMICS RIGHT NOW. OUR ECONOMY HAS BEEN WOEFULLY SLOW IN GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, EVEN AS ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS BEEN MODEST BUT STEADY. ONE OF THE GREAT FEARS IS WE ARE INVENTING TECHNOLOGY THAT REPLACES MORE PEOPLE THAN IT REQUIRES TO BUILD AND OPERATE…CERTAINLY WE HAVE SEEN THAT HERE ON THE FARM. NOT ONLY HAVE OUR TOOLS GOTTEN ENORMOUS, BUT ONE OPERATOR CAN NOW ENDURE MORE HOURS IN THE SADDLE WITH AUTOMATION HANDLING MUCH OF THE OPERATING CHORES. WHEN JAN AND I ADDED AUTOSTEER ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, WE ALSO ADDED ABOUT TWO HOURS TO OUR MIDDLE-AGED ENDURANCE IN THE FIELD. AS YOU AND OTHERS HAVE LOOKED AHEAD, YOU MAY BE RIGHT. HOW MANY FARMERS WILL WE NEED? HOW MUCH OF OUR WORK CAN BE HANDLED BY INCREASINGLY INTELLIGENT MACHINES? AND MOST IMPORTANT, WHAT WILL WE DO WITH ALL THAT UNNEEDED LABOR. ONE ANSWER IS NEW TECHNOLOGY UP UNTIL NOW HAS ALWAYS INCREASED TOTAL EMPLOYMENT BUT WITH NEW KINDS OF WORK. HOWEVER THAT TREND IS NOT A LAW. I WILL TALK MORE SOON ABOUT THE DIFFICULT ADJUSTMENTS COMING AS THE DECREASED NEED FOR LABOR FORCES US TO CHANGE OUR CAREER EXPECTATIONS.
CONTACT:
AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG-AT-U-S-FARM-REPORT-DOT-COM OR CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.
GOODBYE:
FOR TRICIA AND MIKE, I'M JOHN PHIPPS SAYING THANK YOU FOR WATCHING U-S FARM REPORT. BE SURE TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK, WE'LL BE WORKING TO DO EVEN BETTER..
RFD PROMO:
THIS WEEKEND ON U-S FARM REPORT WE GET THE BIG FINAL NUMBERS FOR THE CORN AND SOY CROPS FROM THE PROFARMER CROP TOUR, WE SPOTLIGHT THE CHEAPEST PLACE TO RAISE CHILDREN IN THE U-S, AND VISIT A FAMILY WHO HAVE BUILT A MULTIGENERATIONAL OPERATION AROUND PICKLES.
JOIN US ON RFD.
 
 
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