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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2097

OCTOBER 19-20, 2013   

 

 

JOHN OPEN:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OBVIOUSLY WALL STREET AND OTHER FINANCIAL MARKETS WERE EITHER FAR-SIGHTED OR CLUELESS, BUT WITH MINOR EXCEPTIONS THEY DID NOT REACT STRONGLY TO THE SHUTDOWN OR IMPENDING DEFAULT. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT BIG BUSINESS WAS NOT AMUSED BY THE STALEMATE, AND THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE SOME POLITICAL FALLOUT BUT THAT COULD BE MINIMAL AS WELL. THE SUPREME COURT COULD SOON DEREGULATE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FOR JUST ABOUT ALL SOURCES, SO LARGE CORPORATIONS COULD SUDDENLY BE COMPETING WITH THE VERY WEALTHY. THE NEW FARM BILL MAY BE A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE 2014 CAMPAIGN, SO WATCH WHO SPENDS WHAT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

FARM BILL FOCUS:

THANKS JOHN. WITH CONGRESS APPROVING A TEMPORARY SPENDING PLAN, THE FOCUS IN WASHINGTON COULD NOW TURN TO THREE ISSUES - AND AGRICULTURE IS WATCHING CLOSELY.

NASS REPORS:

AT USDA HEADQUARTERS, NASS IS IN THE PROCESS OF RESTARTING ITS DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS TEAMS. THE AGENCY SAYS THE OCTOBER CROP PRODUCTION AND WASDE REPORTS - ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 11TH - HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE MONTH. THERE WAS TALK THE REPORTS MAY BE SIMPLY POSTPONED. AND THE CATTLE ON FEED REPORT - SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE THIS PAST FRIDAY - WILL NOT BE ISSUED.

SOUTH DAKOTA UPDATE:

THE END OF GOVERNMENT GRIDLOCK - FOR NOW - MEANS FARM SERVICE AGENCY OFFICES WILL RE-OPEN. THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR SOUTH DAKOTA RANCHERS WHO LOST THOUSANDS OF CATTLE IN A FREAK SNOWSTORM.

LOUISISANA COTTON:

IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGING YEAR FOR COTTON GROWERS IN THE U.S. DROUGHT OUT WEST AND FLOODING TO THE EAST.

CROP WATCH:

LIKE THOSE COTTON GROWERS IN LOUISIANA, FARMERS IN TENNESSEE ARE SEEING SOME BIG NUMBERS IN THEIR CORN AND SOYBEAN FIELDS. ONE FARMER IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY, TENNESSEE TOLD US ALL THE RAIN AND COOL TEMPS THIS SUMMER HELPED HIM GET 200 BUSHEL DRYLAND CORN - HE SAYS THAT'S UNHEARD OF IN WEST TENNESSEE. DALHART, TEXAS GOT A TRACE OF SNOW ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. VIEWER MICHAEL BEZNER SENT A PHOTO. WE CHECKED WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT AMARILLO. THEY SAY THE EARLIEST SNOWFALL IN THEIR RECORDS IS SEPTEMBER 29TH 1984 WHEN THE AREA GOT THREE-TENTHS INCH OF SNOW. BUT THE AVERAGE DATE FOR THE FIRST TRACE OF SNOW IS OCTOBER 29TH.

JOHN’S WORLD:

SINCE THE MID-NINETIES, PUBLIC POLLING FIRMS HAVE BEEN ASKING THE FAMILIAR 'RIGHT-DIRECTION-WRONG-TRACK QUESTION TO AMERICANS AND TABULATING THE RESULT. ONE OF THE MOST RECENT RESULTS HAS BEEN 14% RIGHT DIRECTION, 78% WRONG TRACK. THE WRONG-TRACK ANSWER TIES THE RECORD AND WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF CITIZENS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH WHERE WE'RE HEADED AS A COUNTRY. BUT WHILE THIS RESULT IS OFTEN USED BY VARIOUS GROUPS TO BACK UP THEIR CLAIMS OF PUBLIC SUPPORT, THE WHOLE EXERCISE MAY BE A TRICK QUESTION. ASK YOURSELF THIS: IF WE WERE TO ASK THOSE 78% WHICH TRACK WE SHOULD BE PURSUING, I SERIOUSLY DOUBT ALL THE FINGERS WOULD BE POINTING IN THE SAME DIRECTION. IN FACT, IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE THE SMALL FRACTION WHO THINK WE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION COULD BE THE LARGEST GROUP OF AGREEMENT. IT'S LIKE THE POLLING ON OBAMACARE. WHILE MANY AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, NEARLY A THIRD OF THEM DISAPPROVE BECAUSE ITS DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH, PRESUMABLY PEOPLE WHO WANTED A PUBLIC OPTION. STILL THEY GET LUMPED IN WITH THOSE WHO THINK IT GOES TOO FAR. MY POINT IS THIS JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T LIKE SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE ON YOUR SIDE. BEING AGAINST THE STATUS QUO CAN PUT YOU IN A LARGE GROUP. BUT WHEN YOU LAY OUT YOUR VISION FOR HOW THINGS SHOULD BE YOU MIGHT FIND YOUR POSSE THINNING OUT. IT'S HARD WORK TO CONVINCE OTHERS, SO MAYBE THESE POLLS ARE PARTLY ABOUT WHO IS WILLING TO WORK FOR SOMETHING.

2ND HALF

HEADLINES:

TODAY ON U-S FARM REPORT. THE HUNT FOR NEW APPLE VARIETIES CONTINUES AS A SUPER HARVEST POURS IN. WE HEAD OUTDOORS ON THE FARM WITH PROFARMER'S CHIP FLORY. AND IT'S OCTOBER, SO IT MUST BE TIME FOR GIANT PUMPKINS

JOHN OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. SINCE CONCERN OVER THE FEDERAL DEBT HAS DRIVEN MUCH OF THE NEWS THIS WEEK, LET ME OFFER A COUPLE OF BETTER WAYS TO RECONSIDER THIS PROBLEM. FIRST, THE RAW NUMBER OF 17 TRILLION DOLLARS IS BEST UNDERSTOOD IN RELATION TO OUR NATIONAL INCOME OR GDP. AFTER ALL A $100,000 MORTGAGE IS ONE THING IF YOU'RE MAKING MINIMUM WAGE, ANOTHER IF YOU'RE 10,000 ACRE FARMER. SECOND, ALL THOSE X DOLLARS FOR EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD NUMBERS MEAN LITTLE WITHOUT ADDING INCOME. WHEN I WAS BORN IN 1948 - YES, I KNOW I LOOK MUCH OLDER - ALL OUR ANNUAL INCOME WAS ABOUT 75% OF THE NATIONAL DEBT. TODAY EVERYTHING WE EARN IN A YEAR WOULD JUST ABOUT COVER IT. IT'S NO TIME TO PANIC.

JENSEN PLEASE:

TWO BROTHERS AT THE CENTER OF A DISEASED CANTALOUPE OUTBREAK APPEAR SET TO ACCEPT RESPONSBILITY.

OLMSTED DAM:

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RE-OPEN FOR BUSINESS AFTER CONGRESS APPROVED LEGISLATION SUSPENDING THE DEBT CEILING UNTIL EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE FINAL LEGISLATION INCLUDED SEVERAL EARMARKS.

CRABBERS:

MEANWHILE, BOAT CAPTAINS IN SEARCH OF RED-KING CRAB ARE HAPPY THE GOVERNMENT IMPASSE IS OVER. THE FEDERAL MANAGERS - WHO SET INDIVIDUAL FISHING QUOTAS - WERE FURLOUGHED. SO THE BOAT CAPTAINS DON'T KNOW HOW MANY CRAB THEY CAN PULL FROM THE BERING SEA. THE CRABBING SEASON BEGAN TUESDAY.

PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF:

CALIFORNIA'S NAPA VALLEY IS KNOWN WORLD-WIDE FOR ITS VINEYARDS, BUT IT ALSO HAS GROWING REPUTATION FOR GIGANTIC PUMPKINS.

PITCH TO JOHN:

THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH THE NATIONAL FORECAST.

NEXT WEEK:

NEXT WEEK OUR "LEAVE A LEGACY" REPORT TAKES US TO MICHIGAN WHERE WE MEET AN AWARD-WINNING DAIRY FARMER WHO HAS A LONG-TERM OUTLOOK FOR HIS OPERATION. HIS STORY NEXT WEEK ON U-S FARM REPORT.

APPLE PICKING:

UNLIKE CORN, BEANS OR WHEAT, USDA DOES NOT PROVIDE A WEEKLY HARVEST UPDATE ON APPLES. BUT THE INDUSTRY TRADE GROUP - U-S APPLE ASSOCIATION - SAYS MOST APPLE GROWING REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY WILL WRAP-UP HARVEST BY EARLY NOVEMBER.
THE GROUP IS FORECASTING A 14-PERCENT INCREASE IN APPLE PRODUCTION THIS YEAR OVER LAST.

APPLE RESEARCH:

AS THE NUMBER TWO APPLE PRODUCING STATE, RESEARCHERS IN NEW YORK STATE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE PRODUCTION. AS MATT FRIEDMAN FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS, THE KEY IS FINDING FRUIT THAT'S TASTY TO CONSUMERS AND HEARTY FOR A FARMERS BOTTOM LINE.

TRACTOR TALES:

1955 ALLIS CHALMERS MODEL, DIESEL WD45 WITH POWER STEERING FROM SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA.

CHURCH SALUTE:

WE'LL VISIT TWO CHURCHES TODAY ON OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE. FIRST OFF, ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC PARISH IN WALNUT, ILLINOIS HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS. ON DECORATION DAY - NOW KNOWN AS MEMORIAL DAY - IN 1912, THE CHURCH WAS DEDICATED. IT WAS NAMED AFTER JOHN NAUGHTIN - A RESPECTED CITIZEN WHO HAD PASSED AWAY. HIS WIDOW DONATED THE LOT FOR THE CHURCH.
ST. JOHN'S WAS A MISSION CHURCH UNTIL 1962 WHEN IT WAS DECIDED THERE WERE ENOUGH MEMBERS TO BE CONSIDERED A PARISH. IN 1976, THE CONGREGATION BROKE GROUND ON A NEW CHURCH WHCH CONTINUES TO SERVE TODAY. OUR THANKS TO MAGGIE PETERSON FOR THE HISTORY. AND OUR SECOND SALUTE GOES TO BERWICK BAPTIST CHURCH OF BERWICK ILLINOIS. IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR 180 YEARS. THE CHURCH BEGAN IN 1833. SERVICES WERE HELD IN A LOG HOME. LATER A CHURCH WAS BUILT AND IT CONTINUES TO STAND TODAY. THE CELBRATION COMMITTEE TOLD US IT'S NOT JUST THE BUILDING, BUT THE HEARTS OF THE CONGREGATION, THAT DWELLS INSIDE THE CHURCH.

MAIL BAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG....A BASIC QUESTION FROM HARLAN SUNDBLAD" "ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN?" HARLAN I'M FLATTERED YOU CAN'T TELL. AS PARTY MEMBERSHIP. TAKES ON NEW MEANING THE LABEL WE CARRY IMMEDIATELY SETS UP EXPECTATIONS AND ALTERS PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT WE SAY AND DO. THAT SAID, I AM A LIFE-LONG REPUBLICAN. I HAVE BEEN A PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN AND RAN FOR OFFICE ON THE GOP TICKET. THAT SAID, I AM KIND OF AN ENDANGERED SPECIES - A LIBERAL REPUBLICAN. I USED TO BE A MODERATE, BUT THE RATING SYSTEM KEEPS SHIFTING RIGHTWARD SO PEOPLE LIKE ME AREN'T REAL POPULAR WITH MANY WHO FEEL TO BE A TRUE REPUBLICAN MEANS ADHERING TO A CATECHISM OF DOGMATIC CONSERVATIVE POSITIONS. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD LABEL ME PART OF THE GROWING GROUP OF INDEPENDENT VOTERS BECAUSE MY VOTE IS NOT PRE-ORDAINED TO ANY PARTY. BUT OUT OF HABIT, I GUESS, I ALWAYS TAKE THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT.
PARTY AFFILIATION HAS BECOME ONE WAY WE BOND OURSELVES TO OTHERS, PERHAPS IN PLACE OF OTHER DISAPPEARING FORMS OF COMMUNITY. WE LIKE TO BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR BELIEFS. BUT AS WE SHARPEN THE LINES FOR THOSE BELIEFS, WE EXCLUDE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE, AND NARROW OUR VIEW OF THE WORLD AND HOW IT SHOULD BE. I STILL THINK THERE ARE SEVERAL DOZEN OF US LIBERAL REPUBLICANS IN THE WILD, BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER HOW WE LABEL OURSELVES. I'VE LEARNED THAT DEPENDING ON A GROUP AFFILIATION TO DEFINE YOUR VIEWS ISN'T ALL THAT SATISFYING.

 

 


 

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