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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2064

MARCH 2-3, 2013  

 

 

OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M AL PELL IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST FARM CONVENTIONS OF THE SEASON IS WRAPPING-UP IN FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND. COMMODITY CLASSIC DRAWS THOUSANDS OF FARMERS AND AGRIBUSINESS LEADERS. IT'S A CHANCE TO SHARE IDEAS AND SEE THE LATEST FARM GADGETS. IT WAS ALSO A CHANCE TO ESCAPE THE GRASP OF WINTER...EVEN FOR A SHORT WHILE. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANKS, AL. AND HELLO, EVERYONE. MOTHER NATURE BLASTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK WITH ROUND TWO OF A WINTER STORM. MANY IN THE DROUGHT STRICKEN PLAINS WELCOMED THE WINTER BLAST. IN THE LATEST NASS REPORT PRIOR TO THIS WEEK'S MOISTURE IT SHOWED TEXAS' WHEAT CROP 37% FAIR AND 45% IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION. JUST TO THE NORTH, OKLAHOMA'S WHEAT CROP ISN'T LOOKING ANY BETTER. 54% IS POOR TO VERY POOR. KANSAS' CROP IS IN A LITTLE BETTER SHAPE, WITH 22% SITTING IN GOOD CONDITION, BUT THE MAJORITY IS STILL FAIR TO POOR. WHEAT GROWERS, ALONG WITH CORN, SORGHUM AND SOYBEAN PRODUCERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TRADED IN THE COLD FOR SUNNY WEATHER THIS WEEK. 2013 COMMODITY CLASSIC TOOK PLACE THIS WEEK IN FLORIDA. WHILE THE FARM BILL WEIGHS ON THE MINDS OF ALL FOUR COMMODITY GROUPS, IT'S FIGHTING TO KEEP CROP INSURANCE THAT SEEMS TO BE TAKING CENTER STAGE THIS YEAR. EVEN WITH THE NEGATIVE ATTENTION THE PROGRAM IS RECEIVING, AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SAYS THERE ARE WAYS FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE CAN BE ENHANCED. MEANWHILE, THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURS SAYS U-S MADE AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT EXPORTS ARE BOOMING, UP 16% LAST YEAR. TOTAL EQUIPMENT EXPORTS CAME IN JUST UNDER 13 MILLION DOLLARS.  AFRICA IS LEADING THE WAY WITH THE MOST GROWTH.

CROP WATCH:

CROP WATCH THIS WEEK FOCUSES ON THE BIG SNOW IN THE PLAINS.

ROUNDTABLE:

WELCOME BACK. WE RETURN TO FLORIDA NOW FOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR ANNUAL MARKETING ROUND-TABLE AT THE COMMODITY CLASSIC. ONCE AGAIN, A PACKED HOUSE OF PRODUCERS TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT. PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY LEAD THE DISCUSSION AND WAS JOINED BY MARK GOLD, ALAN BRUGLER AND ARLAN SUDERMAN.

JOHN’S WORLD:

AS ALWAYS, OUR FINAL WORD THIS HALF HOUR COMES FROM JOHN PHIPPS. LAST SUMMER WE PAID A VISIT TO HIS ILLINOIS FARM - HE JOINS US NOW POOLSIDE FOR THIS WEEK'S COMMENTARY.

2ND HALF

OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M AL PELL IN FOR JOHN PHIPPS WHO IS STILL ON HIS TOUR OF AFRICA. A REPORT OUT THIS WEEK SHOWS AFRICA OUTPACED EVERY OTHER CONTINENT LAST YEAR IN SHIPMENTS OF U-S FARM EQUIPMENT. SOME ANALYSTS PREDICT AFRICA COULD BE THE NEXT BRAZIL AS FAR AS GROWTH IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. AND JOHN IS WITNESSING THAT GROWTH FIRST HAND.  LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANKS, AL. LAST HALF HOUR WE SHOWED YOU THE WELCOMED MOISTURE IN THE PLAINS.
UNFORTUNATELY IT WASN'T WIDE SPREAD. WHILE PEOPLE LIVING IN WEST TEXAS STILL NEEDED THEIR SHOVELS, THE REASON SEEMED TO BECAUSE OF A DIFFERENT EXTREME. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS JUST HOW DRY IT IS IN WEST TEXAS, WITH POCKETS REMAINING IN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. KEEP IN MIND THIS MONITOR REPRESENTS MOISTURE BEFORE THE LATEST WINTER STORM HIT. THE BIGGEST AREA OF IMPROVEMENT SEEMS TO BE IN THE SOUTHEAST, WHERE SIGNIFICANT, WIDESPREAD RAINS OVER THE PAST MONTH HAVE HELPED. IN SOUTHERN GEORGIA, CONDITIONS IMPROVED TWO CATEGORIES, NOW OUT OF EXTREME DROUGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE AUGUST 2010. THE DEBATE OVER LABELING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS IS BREWING AGAIN ACROSS SEVERAL STATES IN THE U-S. THIS LENTON SEASON HAS MANY FAMILIES THINKING ABOUT TRADITIONAL EASTER DINNERS. IF YOU'RE GOING SHOPPING FOR LAMB THIS HOLIDAY, YOU MAY NOTICE PRICES TICKING UP. THE NATION'S WINE INDUSTRY IS "TOASTING" A SOLID YEAR OF EXPORTS. THE WINE INSTITUTE - WHICH IS AKIN TO A "CHECKOFF" PROGRAM SAYS U-S WINE EXPORTS GREW FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN 2012, REACHING ONE-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. BY VOLUME, THAT'S ONE-HUNDRED-AND-12 MILLION CASES. ABOUT 90% OF THE EXPORTED WINE COMES FROM CALIFORNIA. THE WINE INSTITUTE SAYS THE EUROPEAN UNION REMAINED THE TOP MARKET FOR CALIFORNIA WINES, ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 34 PER CENT OF ALL SALES. THE STATE'S WINERIES ALSO SAW SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN CANADA AND ASIA.
AND THAT BLUSTERY WEATHER THAT DROPPED MUCH NEED MOISTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS CAUSING ISSUES FOR BEES IN CALIFORNIA. TREES ARE BLOOMING ACROSS THE STATE AND IT SHOULD BE GO-TIME FOR POLLINATION IN MANY ORCHARDS. INSTEAD, A REPORT FROM THE ALMOND GROWERS GROUP, SAYS BEES AND OTHER INSECTS NEEDED DURING POLLINATION ARE LESS LIKELY TO DO SO WHEN TEMPS ARE DOWN AND THE WIND IS HIGH. THIS COULD SLOW THE POLLINATION PROCESS ACROSS THE STATE.

SPIRIT OF THE HEARTLAND:

AS WE MENTIONED, JOHN PHIPPS IS ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. HE'S TOURING SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN AFRICA. BUT IT'S NOT JUST A VACATION FOR HIM. JOHN WAS INVITED BY A FARMER FRIEND FROM NORTH DAKOTA WHO IS ALSO TRYING TO ESTABLISH MODERN AGRICULTURE IN MOZAMBIQUE. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN CAUGHT UP WITH BOTH OF THEM PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE TO SEE WHY FARMING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA COULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING.

BAXTER BLACK:

WE'RE A COUPLE OF WEEKS PAST VALENTINES DAY, BUT BAXTER BLACK FIGURES YOU CAN ALWAYS USE SOME ADVICE ON YOUR LOVE-LIFE. WE'RE OFF TO HIS ARIZONA RANCH TO LISTEN-IN.

TRACTOR TALES:

TRACTOR TALES THIS WEEK COMES TO US FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO SMITHS GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH IN SMITHS GROVE, KENTUCKY. THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED PRIOR TO THE WAR OF 1812 AND THE CONGREGATION JUST CELEBRATED ITS BICENTENNIAL. THE PRESENT BUILDING WHERE WORSHIP SERVICES ARE HELD WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1890'S. THIS WINTER THE CHURCH HAS BEEN ADDING A NEW EDUCATION WING. OUR THANKS TO CHURCH MEMBER CAROLYN SALTSMAN OF SMITHS GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH FOR SHARING A PART OF THEIR HISTORY.

MAILBAG:

WHILE HE MAY BE A WORLD AWAY, JOHN STILL HAS PLENTY TO SAY. HE JOINS US NOW WITH THIS WEEK'S MAILBAG.

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