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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2070

APRIL 13-14, 2013   

 

 

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JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. REMEMBER BACK WHEN WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT URBAN SPRAWL DURING THE HOUSING BOOM. THEN THE MORTGAGE FINANCE DEBACLE EXPLODED AND RAPIDLY EXPANDING SUBURBS CAME TO A HALT, EVEN TO THE POINT OF SHRINKING. SOME FARMERS HAVE BOUGHT BACK LAND SOLD FOR DEVELOPMENT AT A FRACTION OF THE ORIGINAL SALE PRICE. BUT WAIT, THIS STORY MAY NOT BE OVER. AS PROGRESS AND EXCITEMENT BUILD OVER BOTH SELF-DRIVING CARS AND GAS MILEAGE IMROVEMENTS, THE IDEA OF LONG COMMUTES ISN'T AS DREADED AS WE THOUGHT, SOOOO... THERE MAY BE SOME FARMERS BORDERING FAR SUBURBS RESELLING THE SAME LAND FOR WHACKING PRICES. I AM SO HAPPY FOR THEM.
HEADLINES:

AS WE WATCHED A COLD, WINTRY BLAST OF WEATHER CHARGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK, SOME FARMERS IN THE GREAT PLAINS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT DAMAGE TO THEIR WINTER WHEAT CROPS. FARMERS FROM TEXAS TO NEBRASKA ARE SCOUTING FOR CROPS BURNED BY SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES. EXTENSION AGENTS TELL US WE MAY NOT KNOW FOR SEVERAL DAYS OF THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE TO THIS YEARS CROP. OF COURSE THE FREEZE IS JUST THE LATEST INSULT. THE CONDITION CONTINUES HAS STRUGGLED FROM DRY CONDITIONS ALL WINTER. THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS A THIRD OF THE CROP NATIONALLY IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER ONE-THIRD IS FAIR. STATE-BY-STATE, 31% IN KANSAS, 28% IN OKLAHOMA AND JUST 17% IN TEXAS IS RATED GOOD OR BETTER. MEANWHILE IN THE APRIL SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORT, USDA MADE SOME CHANGES TO THE CORN BALANCE SHEET. THE SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORT PEGS CARRYOVER AT 757 MILLION BUSHELS, THAT 'S AN INCREASE OF 125 MILLION BUSHEL FROM MARCH. THAT ADDITIONAL CORN CAME FROM A DECREASE IN FEED AND RESIDUAL USE. USDA ALSO TRIMMED EXPORTS. HOWEVER, ETHANOL USEAGE WAS EDGED HIGHER. IN SOYBEANS, OVERALL STOCKS WERE UNCHANGED AT 125 MILLION BUSHELS. WHEAT CARRYOVER IS UP FROM MARCH TO 731 MILLION BUSHELS. FOR RANCHERS RELYING ON HAY, DON'T LOOK FOR CHEAPER PRICES RIGHT NOW. USDA'S AGRICULTURAL PRICES REPORT SHOWS THE ALL-HAY PRICE AVERAGED 196-DOLLARS A TON. THAT'S 13-DOLLARS A TON HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO OF THE TOP 27 PRODUCING STATES, COLORADO HAD THE HIGHEST ALL-HAY PRICE. LOOKING AT ALFALFA - IT'S AVERAGE PRICE IS TWO-HUNDRED-19 DOLLARS A TON, 19-DOLLARS HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. MEANWHILE, DESPITE HIGHER FEED PRICES, SOME DAIRY PRODUCERS WERE ABLE TO TURN PROFITS LAST YEAR.

CROP WATCH:

WE BEGIN CROPWATCH IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. REGIONAL REPORTER ERICA GOSS SENT SOME FOOTAGE FROM HER HOME IN LUBBOCK. THEY DON'T TYPICALLY GET MUCH SNOW, BUT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL. THEY GOT THIS SNOW ON TUESDAY. ERICA SAY IT DIDN'T CAUSE MANY PROBLEMS ON AREA ROADS.

ROUNDTABLE:

AL TAKES OVER TO TALK MARKETS WITH JIM BOWER AND BRYAN DOHERTY.

JOHN’S WORLD:

WHILE WE WILL AIR THE LAST SEGMENT IN MY AFRICA STORY LATER IN THE SHOW, I HAVE, AFTER SOME PRETTY SERIOUS REFLECTION AND RESEARCH COME TO SOME CONCLUSIONS THAT I WILL SHARE NOW. THE TRIP WAS TRULY AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AND I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED IT HAPPEN. THESE ARE MY IMPRESSIONS. FIRST, THE FATE OF PROGRESS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON STABILITY OF THE LARGEST ECONOMY - SOUTH AFRICA. 2013 COULD BE A CRITICAL YEAR FOR THAT NATION. SECOND, POOR GOVERNANCE - CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE - WILL HOBBLE DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENT AND THREATEN OUTSIDE INVESTMENT UNTIL PROGRESS CAN BE MADE. THIRD, AFRICA, IS NOT AS I THOUGHT, "THE NEXT BRAZIL". WHILE THERE ARE SOME AGRONOMIC SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE CERRADO AND THE SAVANNAH, THE OTHER FACTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT ARE STARKLY DIFFERENT. FOURTH, THE RESOURCE CURSE IS REAL. IMPOVERISHED NATIONS SITTING ON EXTRACTABLE WEALTH WILL FIND THOSE TREASURES ADVANCE NEITHER ECONOMIC PROGRESS NOR DEMOCRACY AS MUCH AS MIGHT BE HOPED. FINALLY, AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT MAY NOT BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN THE ABSENCE OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE MODERN AGRICULTURE NOT A HIGH EMPLOYER. WITHOUT NEW URBAN JOBS FOR DISPLACED SUBSISTENCE FARMERS, WELFARE DEPENDENCY IS TOO LIKELY. BRIDGING THE NUMEROUS AND ENORMOUS GAPS BETWEEN AFRICA AND THE DEVELOPED WORLD WILL REQUIRE DECADES AND DOLLARS AND DEDICATION. THERE ARE CLEAR ECONOMIC AND MORAL REASONS TO INVEST ALL THREE.

2ND HALF

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WE'VE PRETTY WELL EXHAUSTED THE COMPARISONS WITH THIS SPRING AND LAST, BUT AFTER LAST YEAR'S RECORD FAST PLANTING START, IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE WAY BEHIND. LET'S ALL TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CHECK OUR SMARTPHONE CALENDAR. WHILE MIKE IS NOT EXACTLY OFFERING WARM AND SUNNY SOON, WE'VE HANDLED DELAYS LIKE THIS BEFORE. BESIDES WITH THE NEW BUILT-IN COOLERS IN OUR TRACTORS, WE CAN PACK ENOUGH FOOD TO KEEP GOING FOR LONG STRETCHES. TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE.

HEADLINES:

IN MAY BE SPRING ON THE CALENDAR, BUT WINTER ISN'T GOING OUT WITHOUT A FIGHT.

TORNADO ALLEY MAYBE TEMPORARILY RE-LOCATING THIS SEASON. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN PEOPLE IN THE GREAT PLAINS CAN LOWER THEIR GUARD. CLIMATOLOGISTS AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY ISSUED THEIR ANNUAL HURRICANE FORECAST THIS WEEK.  THIS YEAR THE TEAM IS CALLING FOR 18 NAMED STORMS IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN. NINE OF THOSE ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME HURRICANES AND FOUR MAJOR HURRICANES. MEANWHILE,THE PRIVATE WEATHER FIRM "WEATHERBUG SAYS FARMERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR A RE-RUN OF LAST YEARS SUMMER WEATHER.  WEATHER BUG METEOROLOGISTS ARE FORECASTING A SUMMER SEASON SIMILAR TO 2012 FOR MUCH OF THE CONTINENTAL U.S.  THEY SEE A DISTINCT THREAT FOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL FROM WEST TEXAS ACROSS THE GREAT PLAINS INTO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ROCKIES, AND ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH.

BAXTER BLACK:

DO YOU KNOW A ROUGH AND TOUGH GUY? WE'RE OFF TO ARIZONA, WHERE BAXTER BLACK TRIES TO PLAY "ONE UPMANSHIP" IN THIS TALE OF TOUGH.

TRACTOR TALES:

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK'S TRACTOR TALES AL? JOHN, MET A COLLECTOR IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS WHO FOUND A CHILDHOOD TRACTOR BY ACCIDENT.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHRIST IN DENMARK, IOWA. THE CHURCH IS CELEBRATING 175 YEARS OF MINISTRY. FOUNDED IN 1838, IT IS THE OLDEST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IT'S LISTED ON THE NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTRY. DURING THE CIVIL WAR, SOME OF ITS MEMBERS HELPED RUNAWAY SLAVES WHO ESCAPED ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.
THE TOWN OF DENMARK WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED "HAYSTACK", AFTER THE OLD CUSTOM OF PILING HAY IN THE CENTER OF TOWN FOR ALL TO USE. OUR THANKS TO DEB IRELAND FOR SHARING THE HISTORY OF UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHRIST IN DENMARK, IOWA.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. DAN LICKTEIG RAISES AN OBJECTION TO CROP INSURANCE SUBSIDIES. 

 


 

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