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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2088

AUGUST 17-18, 2013   

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M TYNE MORGAN - IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS. AS THE 20-13 GROWING SEASON PROGRESSES, IT'S BEEN ANOTHER EVENTFUL YEAR. THAT'S WHY ALL EYES WERE ON WASHINGTON MONDAY AS THE AG DEPARTMENT RELEASED ITS MUCH ANTICIPATED AUGUST CROP REPORT. AND JUST DAYS LATER, A DIFFERENT DIVISION OF USDA CAME OUT WITH INITIAL NUMBERS THAT CONTRADICT THEIR ACREAGE NUMBERS. THIS COULD BE PROOF OF WHAT SOME ANALYSTS HAVE HINTED TOWARD ALL SUMMER-- USDA'S REPORTS THIS FALL COULD BE RATTLE THE GRAIN MARKETS. OUR ANALYSTS WILL BE HERE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES TO RECAP THE IMPACT AND GIVE THEIR INSIGHT. BUT FIRST, LET'S GET TO THE HEADLINES.

HEADLINES:

WE BEGIN IN THE FIELDS WHERE DESPITE THE SLOW, WET START TO PLANTING IN MUCH OF THE CORN BELT - THE GOVERNMENT STILL THINKS THERE'S A HUGE CROP OUT THERE.

JUST DAYS AFTER NASS' REPORT, THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY GAVE A GLIMPSE OF HOW MANY BARE ACRES ARE ACTUALLY OUT THERE. THE INITIAL RELEASE SHOWS SEVEN-POINT-SEVEN MILLION ACRES OF PREVENTED PLANTINGS THIS YEAR. THAT'S A SHARP SPIKE OVER LAST YEAR OF JUST OVER A MILLION ACRES. OF THOSE ACRES, NEARLY HALF IS CORN, AT 3.4 MILLION. FSA THINKS THERE ARE 1.6 MILLION SOYBEAN ACRES IN PREVENTED PLANTINGS THIS YEAR. BY STATE - NORTH DAKOTA ACCOUNTS FOR A MAJORITY OF THE LOSSES AT TWO AND A HALF MILLION ACRES. IN IOWA - IT'S OVER 700-THOUSAND. MINNESOTA IS NEARLY 900-THOUSAND OF PREVENT PLANT. FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING OUR PARTNERS AT PRO FARMER WILL HEAD OUT FOR THEIR ANNUAL MIDWEST CROP TOUR. THOUSANDS OF CORN AND SOYBEAN SAMPLES WILL BE COLLECTED TO GENERATE NATIONWIDE YIELD ESTIMATES FOR BOTH CROPS. TEAMS OF SCOUTS WILL FAN OUT FROM NEBRASKA IN THE WEST TO OHIO IN THE EAST, COVERING SEVEN STATES IN ALL. IN OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK, NEW DATA FROM THE USDA'S ECONOMIC RESEARCH SHOWS THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FARM IS GETTING BIGGER.

CRP WATCH:

THANKS TYNE. AS 'PROFARMER' PREPARES FOR THE ANNUAL CROP TOUR, WE'RE GETTING PHOTOS FROM VIEWERS ABOUT THEIR CROPS. THIS ONE CAME FROM CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ILLINOIS. THIS CORN WAS PLANTED MAY 4TH. HE SAYS YIELD APPEARS TO BE 220 BUSHELS AN ACRE. IN MONROE COUNTY, WISCONSIN - WHICH IS NOT ON THE TOUR ROUTE - ONE FARMER TOLD US THAT THERE ARE VERY FEW GOOD LOOKING CORN FIELDS IN HIS AREA. A LOT OF CORN IS JUST KNEE TO HIP HIGH. HE'S SEEN 10 FIELDS TASSELED IN 150 MILES OF CORN MOST WILL NEVER MAKE AN EAR.

ROUNDTABLE:

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

JOHN’S WORLD:

JOHN MAY NOT BE HERE THIS WEEK - BUT HE STILL HAS PLENTY TO SAY. HE JOINS US NOW WITH THIS WEEK'S COMMENTARY.

2ND HALF

OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M TYNE MORGAN, IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS. AS I'M DRIVING ACROSS ILLINOIS THIS WEEK, I WATCHED SOMETHING INTERESTING UNFOLD.  NOW, IF YOU'VE EVER DRIVEN ON INTERSTATE 55, YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE WINDY CITY WHEN CARS START PASSING YOU GOING 85 VERSUS THE POSTED 65. ALL OF A SUDDEN I SEE BRAKE LIGHTS LIGHT UP AND CARS PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. AS I LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHAT COULD HALT ALL OF THESE CARS ON A MAJOR INTERSTATE, I SEE THE MOST FEARLESS, OR INSANE, CROP DUSTER I'VE EVER SEEN. NOW, I'VE SEEN QUITE A FEW, BUT HIS TURN RADIUS WAS UNBELIEVABLE AND HE WOULD DIVE STRAIGHT DOWN, LITERALLY, STRAIGHT DOWN, INTO THE FIELD. AS HIS FLIGHT PATTERN BECAME MORE RISKY, HIS AUDIENCE ON THE SIDE OF 55 ONLY GREW BIGGER. AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED, IF AGRICULTURE WANTS TO GAIN CONSUMERS' ATTENTION , MAYBE THAT TYPE OF RISK IS WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES.

HEADLINES:

IT APPEARS CHIPOTLE IS CHANGING SOME OF ITS POLICIES REGARDING BEEF TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. MEANWHILE, MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH HAS DECIDED TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND ALL SALES OF THE FEED ADDITVE ZILMAX IN BOTH THE U-S AND CANADA. THIS COMES JUST A WEEK AFTER TYSON FOODS SAID IT WOULD TEMPORARILY STOP ACCEPTING BEEF FROM ITS SUPPLIERS WHO USE "ZILMAX". WHILE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE MEAT, TYSON HAD ISSUES WITH SOME ANIMALS COMING-UP "LAME". IN A PRESS RELEASE ON FRIDAY, MERCK SAID THE DECISION TO TEMPORARILITY SUSPEND THE SALES WILL ALLOW THE COMPANY ENOUGH TIME TO ESTABLISH VALID PROTOCOLS FOR USING THE PRODUCT. MERCK SAYS ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S CATTLE INDUSTRY USES EITHER THE FEED ADDITIVE ZILMAX OR ITS COMPETITOR OPTAFLEXX. FOLLOWING THE OUTBREAK OF A FOOD BORNE ILLNESS, A CALIFORNIA-BASED SALAD SUPPLIER IS TAKING SWIFT ACTION. THE COST OF RAISING A KID WENT-UP LAST YEAR. BUT NOT AS MUCH AS PREVIOUS YEARS.

FLORIDA PANTHER:

PREDATORS HAVE LONG BEEN AN ISSUE FOR LIVESTOCK OWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
SO MUCH SO THAT MANY WERE HUNTED TO NEAR EXTINCTION. HOWEVER CHANGES IN POLICY AND FEDERAL PROTECTION HAVE ALLOWED ANIMALS LIKE THE GREY WOLF TO MAKE A RESURGENCE.  A SIMILAR SITUATION MAY BE TAKING SHAPE FOR RANCHERS LIVING NEAR A WILDLIFE PRESERVE IN FLORIDA. CLINTON GRIFFITHS HAS OUR STORY

BAXTER BLACK:

TIME NOW FOR AN IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM BAXTER BLACK...A REMINDER TO NOT TAKE MAN'S BEST FRIEND FOR GRANTED.

TRACTOR TALES:

AL IS BACK - WHERE ARE WE GOING FOR TRACTOR TALES THIS WEEK? ALSO THIS WEEKEND WE'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS GREAT LOOKING 1948 FARM-ALL DEMONSTRATOR THAT WAS POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. BRYON HODGES RESTORED THIS TRACTOR FOR HIS FRIEND, ROBERT ELLIS, OF RIGBY, IDAHO. THEY USE THE DEMONSTRATOR IN PARADES AND TO TRANSPORT FOLKS BACK AND FORTH FROM THEIR CARS. GREAT PICTURE - AND THANKS FOR SHARING!

CHURCH SALUTE:

AND NOW TO OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE. THIS WEEK IT GOES TO ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WALTON ILLINOIS. THAT'S NEAR THE CITY OF DIXON. THE FIRST MASS WAS SAID NEARLY 100 YEARS AGO TO THE DAY BY BISHOP MULDOON. FATHER CHARLES CONLEY WAS THE FIRST PRIEST TO SERVE THE NEW CHURCH. TODAY 42 FAMILIES BELONG TO THE PARISH, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MONSIGNOR TOM BALES.
MANY DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL FAMILIES STILL BELONG TO THE PARISH.
OUR THANKS TO CHURCH MEMBER JACK ARMSTRONG FOR SHARING THE NEWS OF ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH OF WALTON, ILLINOIS.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. JOHN JOINS US NOW TO TACKLE A QUESTION FROM A VIEWER IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE.

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