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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2071

APRIL 20-21, 2013   

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WHILE IT WAS OVERSHADOWED BY THE DOUBLE TRAGEDIES OF THIS WEEK, THE NOSEDIVE IN GOLD RIVETED WALL STREET ON MONDAY. IT MAY NOT BE OVER YET BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE ONE CONSISTENT EXPLANATION WITH ECONOMISTS: AS LACKLUSTER AS THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS, IT IS NOT HOPELESS. GOLD IS AN INVESTMENT BASED ON FEAR. IT HAS VALUE ONLY BECAUSE WE THINK IT DOES, CERTAINLY NOT BECAUSE IT CAN GENERATE INCOME. I'M SURE MANY OTHER REASONS WILL BE OFFERED FOR ITS PRICE DROP. MINE IS SIMPLER. I THINK PEOPLE JUST GOT BORED WITH BEING AFRAID OF THE FUTURE.
HEADLINES:

THANK YOU JOHN. OFFICIALS ARE STILL SIFTING THRU THE RUBBLE OF A WEST TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT AFTER IT EXPLODED THIS WEEK. ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER BIG WEATHER CHALLENGE FOR MANY FOLKS ACROSS THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. FROM RECORD SNOW IN THE DAKOTAS TO TORNADOES IN THE PLAINS. AND THE CORNBELT IS SATURATED RIGHT NOW. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED WATCHES AND WARNINGS ACROSS THE REGION THURSDAY AS RAIN FELL AT THE RATE OF ONE INCH AN HOUR. DOWNPOURS ARE CAUSING RIVERS TO TOP THEIR BANKS IN MISSOURI, IOWA AND ILLINOIS. FIELD TILES ARE RUNNING FULL FOR MANY FARMERS. MIKE HOFFMAN WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK IN WEATHER. IN THE LATEST USDA CROP PROGRESS REPORT REITERATES WHAT MANY PRODUCERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ALREADY KNOW. WE'RE FALLING BEHIND IN PLANTING THIS SPRING. COTTON WORLD ENDING STOCKS COULD REACH A NEW RECORD. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST U-S DEPARTMENT OF AG COTTON PROJECTIONS. THE AGENCY SAYS STOCKS COULD REACH MORE THAN 82 MILLION BALES. THAT'S NEARLY 20 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR AND A 77 PERCENT SPIKE IN THREE YEARS. TWO LEADING AG ECONOMISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER TEMPORARILY FREEZING THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD.

CROP WTACH:

CROPWATCH THIS WEEK BEGINS IN COLORADO WHERE ONCE AGAIN SNOW IS NOT GIVING-UP. COLORADO HAD MORE THAN 15 INCHES EARLIER THIS WEEK. THERE WAS A SIMILAR STORM TWO WEEKS AGO. "NASS" SAYS COLORADO ROW CROPS - LIKE ONIONS AND SUGARBEETS - ARE STARTING TO GET BEHIND IN PROGRESS. FROM DOUGLAS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, A FARMER POSTED ON AGWEB THAT THERE IS VERY LITTLE BARE GROUND AROUND HERE. MOST OF THE DITCHES ARE AT LEAST HALF FULL. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF ICE ON AREA LAKES AND NO SIGN OF A THAW.

ROUNDTABLE:

GREGG HUNT AND BILL BIEDERMANN JOIN AL AT THE MARKETING ROUNDTABLE.

JOHN’S WORLD:

WHILE THERE IS LITTLE GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK RELATED TO THE HORRIFIC LOSSES FROM THE EXPLOSIONS AT THE BOSTON MARATHON AND THE FERTILIZER PLANT IN WEST, TEXAS, THERE IS A NOW ALL-TOO-COMMON-ASPECT TO BOTH. BOTH EVENTS, WHILE COMPLETELY UNANTICIPATED WERE RECORDED IN DOZENS OF VIDEO AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHS. LIKE IT OR NOT, WE ALL NEED TO GRASP EXACTLY HOW UBIQUITOUS ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IS - NOT ONLY FROM BIG BROTHER AND BIG BUSINESS BUT ALSO BIG PUBLIC. MOST OF US ARE PACKING MORE VIDEO CAPABILITY IN OUR POCKET THAN THE TV INDUSTRY COULD PUT IN A VAN A FEW YEARS AGO - AND IT SEEMS THOSE CAMERAS ARE ALWAYS ROLLING. THIS IS WHY THE RESPONSE OF THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY TO SECRET VIDEOS OF UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNNECESSARY CONDUCT ON FARMS AND IN PROCESSING PLANTS MAY BE INEFFECTIVE. EFFORTS TO PASS STIFF PENALTIES FOR UNDERCOVER RECORDING COULD ACTUALLY BACKFIRE. FIRST OF ALL, IT RAISES THE MARKET PRICE FOR ABUSE VIDEOS ANDS MAKES HEROES IN SOME EYES OF THOSE WHO RISK LEGAL SANCTIONS TO GET THEM. SECONDLY, IT OFFERS AN IMAGE OF AN INDUSTRY WITH SOMETHING TO HIDE. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THAT MAY PROVIDE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FOR PRODUCERS WHO TAKE THE OTHER ROUTE OF MORE OPEN OPERATION. FINALLY, THEY ARE SWIMMING AGAINST A TECHNOLOGICAL RIPTIDE. TAKE A LOOK AT GOOGLE GLASS AND YOU GET A HINT OF WHERE VIDEO IS HEADING. AT SOME POINT, I THINK AGRICULTURE WILL CHOOSE BETTER PROCEDURES AS SIMPLY EASIER THAN STRONGER

2ND HALF

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WELL, WE'RE ALL READY, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MUCH WILL GET DONE IN APRIL ON FARMS IN THE MIDWEST AT LEAST. THE STARK DIVERGENCE FROM LAST YEAR'S RECORD WARMTH AND EARLY START IS HARD TO IGNORE. ONE BRIGHT SPOT, HOWEVER, IS THE FACT THAT FARMERS HAVE BEEN INVESTING THEIR RECORD PROFITS NOT JUST IN BUYING LAND BUT IMPROVING IT WITH BETTER DRAINAGE. LAYING DRAINAGE TILE DURING TWO YEARS OF UNUSUALLY DRY CONDITIONS SEEMED COUNTER-INTUITIVE, SO I ALMOST ENJOY WATCHING THE NEW OUTLETS GUSHING WATER. I'M NOT THRILLED WITH TOO MUCH RAIN, BUT I'M HAPPY OUR INDUSTRY IS ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEATHER, INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING.

HEADLINES:

THANK YOU JOHN. AND HELLO EVERYONE. DETAILS OF A MAJOR IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE ARE STARTING TO ROLL OUT. THIS ISSUE IS OF VITAL INTEREST TO MANY IN AGRICULTURE WHO RELY ON MIGRANT WORKERS. THIS WEEK, A GROUP OF SENATORS FORMALLY FILED THE LEGISLATION. IN OTHER NEWS, AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST GROUP PLANS TO SUE THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OVER A PROPOSED HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANT IN NEW MEXICO. BUT THE MOVE COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS. NEW RESEARCH SAYS GLOBAL WARMING WASN'T TO BLAME FOR LAST YEAR'S DROUGHT. THAT'S ACCORDING TO FIVE DIFFERENT FEDERAL AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC ADMINISTRATION. IN THE DROUGHT TASK FORCE REPORT, THE GROUPS CONCLUDED MOIST GULF AIR DIDN'T MAKE THE TREK NORTHWARD IN LATE SPRING. THIS PREVENTED SUMMERTIME THUNDERSTORMS FROM TAKING PLACE. MEANWHILE, GLOBAL WARMING COULD CHANGE THE WINE INDUSTRY'S LANDSCAPE. THAT'S ACCORDING TO RESEARCH IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.  RESEARCHERS SAY BY 2050, MANY AREAS OF SPAIN, ITALY AND SOUTHERN FRANCE COULD PROVE TOO WARM FOR GROWING WINE-GRAPES. MEANWHILE NEW AREAS LIKE MONTANA NEAR YELLOWSTONE PARK COULD BE THE PLACE TO GROW.

SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND:

YOU MAY BE ENJOYING A CUP OF COFFEE AS YOU WATCH THIS PROGRAM. BUT FOR A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE, COFFEE IS MORE THAN JUST COFFEE. IT'S AN EXPERIENCE, LIKE A FINE WINE.  IN TODAY'S SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND, WE HEAR ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION IN MAKING THE PERFECT CUP.

LEGACY REPORT:

THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE THAT SURROUNDS A MULTI-GENERATIONAL FARM. IN THIS LEAVE A LEGACY REPORT, TYNE MORGAN INTRODUCES TO A GROWING INDIANA FAMILY WHO'S RAISING THE SIXTH GENERATION ON THE FARM TODAY. AND WHILE THE LANDSCAPE AROUND THEM HAS CHANGED, THEIR LEGACY HAS REMAINED THE SAME, BEING PASSED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT.

TRACTOR TALES:

AL PELL JOINS US AGAIN FOR THIS WEEK'S TRACTOR TALES, AL JOHN, WE'VE GOT A SLIGHTLY USED 1952 G-T-B WHEATLAND TRACTOR FROM NORTHWEST WASHINGTON STATE.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO MORRISON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN MORRISON, ILLINOIS. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN SERVING NORTHWEST ILLINOIS SINCE 1837.
A LETTER FROM THE CHURCH SAYS THE MEMBERS ALL BELIEVE IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. HEADING THE FLOCK IS REVEREND DAN SCHENCK. THE CHURCH WEBSITE QUOTES THE REVEREND WHO LIKES TO SAY "THIS CHURCH IS THE BEST PLACE TO BE EVERY WEEKEND! " CONGRATULATIONS TO MORRISON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WHICH HAS BEEN PREACHING 'THE WORD' FOR MORE THAN 175 YEARS.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. I TOUCHED ON THIS TOPIC IN MY COMMENTARY, BUT WE RECEIVED A THOUGHTFUL E-MAIL WORTH READING IN FULL ON OUR WEBSITE FROM AL BABEL IN CORVALLIS, MONTANA.

 

 

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