USFR Weekly Recap - July 20-21, 2013

July 20, 2013 03:30 AM
 

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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2084

JULY 20-21, 2013   

 

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. FEELS LIKE SUMMER TO ME. JULY IS LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIUONS FOR MOST OF FARM COUNTRY AS HEAT AND HUMIDITY EMBRACE MAKE EVERY OUTDOOR TASK A SWEAT-FEST. BUT COMING OFF 2012 YOU DON'T HEAR MANY COMPLAINING. THIS YEAR SEEMS TO HAVE SETTLED DOWN INTO SOMETHING WE MIGHT CALL TYPICAL, BUT MANY OF US ARE BEGINNING TO SUSPECT THAT GOLDILOCKS SEASONS - WHEN IT'S NOT TOO ANYTHING - WILL BE FAR FEWER IN THE FUTURE. THAT'S WHAT INSURANCE EXECUTIVES TOLD CONGRESS THIS WEEK, AS THEIR PAYOUTS FOR EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS ARE SOARING. AS THEY PUT IT, YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING, BUT YOU DO TO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

HEADLINES:

IT APPEARS SEVERE DRYNESS IS STARTING TO CREEP BACK INTO THE PICTURE FOR A PORTION OF THE COUNTRY THAT'S BEEN DROUGHT-FREE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. AND THIS WEEK'S RUN-UP OF HEAT DOESN'T HELP MATTERS. ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY, CROPS SIZZLED UNDER 90 DEGREE TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK. FOR CORN CROPS IN POLLINATION, TIMING HAS BEEN POOR ESPECIALLY IF YOUR FIELDS MISSED RAIN SHOWERS. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE CAUSING A FUNGUS INFECTION ON MISSOURI PASTURES. AND UNFORTUNATELY, SOME LIVESTOCK HAVE DIED AS A RESULT. IT'S CALLED ERGOT. THE FUNGUS NORMALLY APPEARS IN SMALL POCKETS. BUT MISSOURI FORAGE SPECIALISTS SAY THE INFECTION IS PREVALENT STATEWIDE. THEY SAY WET, COOL, WEATHER FOLLOWED BY HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY CREATED IDEAL CONDITIONS TO INCUBATE ERGOT GROWTH. A SELECT GROUP OF FARMERS FROM ACROSS THE MIDWEST GATHERED THIS WEEK FOR FARM JOURNAL'S CORN COLLEGE NEAR BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS. THE FARMERS ARE THERE TO LEARN HOW TO GET MORE BUSHELS FROM THEIR FIELDS. THAT'S WHERE THIS WEEK'S MARKETING ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WAS HELD. WE'LL HEAD OUT THERE IN A FEW MINUTES.

CROP WATCH:

YEA, THEY HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME RATHER WARM TEMPERATURES. OUR TEAM SENT SOME PHOTOS. TEMPS HAVE BEEN IN THE LOW 90'S. THE CLASSES ARE OUTDOORS SOMETIMES UNDER A TENT. OTHERWISE THEY'RE OUT IN A FIELD. SO THEY'RE NOT GETTING RELIEF FROM THE SUN. MEANWHILE IN THE SOUTH, A CROP REPORTER FROM GORDON COUNTY, GEORGIA SAYS THEY HAVE DOUBLED THE RAINFALL OF LAST YEAR. SO MUCH RAIN, IN FACT, IT'S REALLY HAMPERING HAY HARVEST. THE EXTENSION SAYS COMMERCIAL VEGETABLE GROWERS ARE BEHIND AS WELL.

ROUNDTABLE:

THIS WEEK'S MARKETING ROUND-TABLE COMES TO US FROM HAYWORTH, ILLINOIS - SITE OF FARM JOURNAL'S ANNUAL CORN COLLEGE EVENT. BOB UTTERBACK, MARK GOLD AND MIKE NORTH JOINED AL FOR THE DISCUSSION.

JOHN’S WORLD:

TO THE SHOCK OF MANY, INCLUDING PROFARMER'S CHIP FLORY AND MYSELF, THE NEW HEAD OF THE KANSAS CITY FEDERAL RESERVE COMMENTED RECENTLY THAT FARMLAND PROBABLY WAS NOT IN A BUBBLE. BUT BUBBLES MAY STILL BE ALL AROUND US. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOUSE PRICES RECENTLY SAW A SIZZLING 28% ANNUAL JUMP, AS HOUSING PRICES ACROSS THE NATION SEEM TO BE MOVING UPWARD. IS IT ANOTHER BUBBLE? ECONOMISTS ADMIT IT'S EXTREMELY HARD TO TELL. THE STOCK MARKET SURGE HAS BUBBLE-HUNTERS ALERT AS WELL. BUT THIS SUMMER, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY WHAT I THINK IS AN UNSUSTAINABLE BUBBLE: WEDDINGS. SOME FRIENDS JUST RETURNED FROM A DESTINATION WEDDING - WHICH MEANS IT'S AN EXPENSIVE AWAY GAME FOR EVERYBODY - AND WERE STUNNED AT THE WHISPERED COST. IN FACT, THE OVER-THE-TOP TREND OF WEDDINGS IS OFTEN UNCOMFORTABLY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR MANY PRUDENT FAMILIES. WITH YOUNG PEOPLE STARTING CAREERS WITH STAGGERING STUDENT LOAN DEBT, AND PARENTS REALIZING THEY HAVEN'T SAVED NEARLY ENOUGH FOR RETIREMENT, I THINK THE NEEDLES FOR THIS BUBBLE ARE IN PLACE. ALL IT WOULD TAKE WOULD BE A FEW THOUGHTFUL COUPLES TO CHOOSE TO UNITE WITH LITTLE MORE THAN A BRIDE, GROOM, BEST MAN, MAID OF HONOR AND AN OFFICIANT IN FRONT OF CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WHILE I RESPECT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OCCASION, IT IS THE MARRIAGE THAT MATTERS, NOT THE WEDDING. ONE OF THE LARGEST THREATS TO A MARRIAGE CAN BE MONEY ISSUES, SO BEGINNING A LIFE TOGETHER WITH MODERATION MIGHT EVEN IMPROVE OUR SAD ODDS OF MARRIAGE SURVIVAL.

2ND HALF

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. YEARS AGO IN FARM JOURNAL I POKED FUN AT THE OLD GEEZERS WHO MOWED WAY TOO MUCH LAWN OR EVEN WORSE, TOO MUCH ROADSIDE. THIS REMEMBRANCE RETURNED THIS WEEK AS I GAZED DOWN THE ROAD BETWEEN MY HOUSE AND THE FARM. IT'S ONLY A QUARTER-MILE OR SO, AND I'VE COME TO ENJOY THOSE UNHASSLED MOMENTS WITH MY EARMUFFS SHUTTING OUT THE WORLD PUTTERING ALONG. AND IT MAKES THE DITCH LOOK SO NICE. AND SO I HAVE DISCOVERED I WAS UNFAIR TO THOSE OVER-MOWERS YEARS AGO. WE DON'T DO IT TO BE COMPETITIVE, OR SHOWY. IT'S JUST SOMETHING WE STILL CAN DO WITHOUT A COMPUTER ALL BY OURSELVES.

HEADLINES:

AN IMPORTANT STEP WAS TAKEN THIS WEEK TOWARDS BUILDING A HIGH-SECURITY ANIMAL DISEASE LABORATORY IN KANSAS. THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES VOTED TO SPEND 400-MILLION DOLLARS TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW FEDERAL LAB AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY APPROVED THE FUNDING. AFTER YEARS OF TRYING WITHOUT SUCCESS, MONSANTO HAS DECIDED TO GIVE-UP ITS PURSUITS OF G-M-O ACCEPTANCE IN EUROPE. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT WILL DROP ALL REQUESTS TO BE ALLOWED TO GROW NEW GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. THE COMPANY SAYS IT WILL NOW FOCUS ON ITS CONVENTIONAL SEEDS BUSINESS AND ENABLING IMPORTS OF SUCH PRODUCTS INTO THE REGION. DESPITE WHAT YOUR STANCE MAY BE ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SEED, U-S FARMERS HAVE EMBRACED THE TECHNOLOGY SINCE IT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED. USDA ECONOMISTS STUDIED THE ADOPTION OF G-E SEEDS. THEY FOUND FARMERS WHO USED HERBICIDE TOLERANT TECHNOLOGY ONLY HAS ACTUALLY DROPPED FROM 21-PERCENT TO 14-PERCENT IN THE PAST YEAR. THERE WAS ALSO A DECLINE IN THE USE OF INSECT-RESISTANT-ONLY SEED. HOWEVER, ADOPTION OF STACKED GENE CORN VARIETIES - CONTAINING BOTH TRAITS - HAS RISEN SHARPLY, REACHING 70-PERCENT OF ALL PLANTED CORN ACRES IN THIS COUNTRY.

MEANWHILE A POPULAR YOGURT BRAND IS TURNING TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADDRESS THE GMO LABELING FRENZY.

VETS ON CALL:

DOCTOR JENN NIGHTINGALE IS A ROOKIE VETERINARIAN. ANIMAL MEDICINE WAS NOT HER FIRST CALLING. BUT SOMETHING INSIDE HER TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
NOW SHE'S FULFILLING THAT LIFE-LONG DREAM IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.
SHE TELLS US ABOUT HER JOURNEY IN THIS SPECIAL REPORT WE CALL "VETS ON CALL."

BAXTER BLACK:

WE'RE OFF TO ARIZONA NOW WHERE BAXTER BLACK CAN STRUM HIS WAY BACK IN TIME.

TRACTOR TALES:

WE ARE GOING BACK A BIT FOR THIS CLASSIC IRON. THIS IS A WATERLOO BOY, MODEL N AND WAS BUILT IN 1917.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO BISBEE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN BISBEE, NORTH DAKOTA. THEY ARE CELEBRATING THEIR 125TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. IT WAS ORGANIZED IN 1888, SERVING THE FARMING POPULATION THAT LIVED NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER. CHURCH MEMBER SHARON HUV-LIND SAYS THE CONGREGATION IS MUCH SMALLER THAN IT USED TO BE BECAUSE OF THE DWINDLING NUMBER OF FARMERS. BUT FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN, IT'S A VERY ACTIVE CHURCH. CONGRATULATIONS TO BISBEE LUTHERAN CHURCH FOR CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF MINISTRY.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. WE RECEIVED A COMMENT ABOUT OUR WEEKLY COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE FOR A CHANGE. 

 

 

 

 

 

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