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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2098

OCTOBER 26-27, 2013   

 

 

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. TO BE FAIR, I HAVEN'T SPARED MUCH TIME FROM HARVEST TO FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS ON THE FARM BILL, BUT WHAT LITTLE I HAVE READ SUGGESTS TO ME THERE IS NOT MUCH TO FOLLOW. IT APPEARS NOT ONLY ARE THE MAJOR PLAYERS UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE OUTCOME, THEY ARE REALLY IN THE DARK ABOUT THE PROCESS. COMPROMISE HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH SURRENDER, SO NEGOTIATIONS HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. IN ADDITION OBSTRUCTIONISM HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE AS EASY AS ONE SENATOR WITH A GRUDGE. FINALLY, THE NEW POLITICS OF SCARCITY MEANS WE CAN'T SPREAD MONEY AROUND TO PLEASE ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS. PREDICTIONS ARE EVEN MORE USELESS THAN USUAL UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
WASHINGTON UPDATE:

THANK YOU, JOHN. AND HELLO EVERYONE. IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND IT'S AG LEGISLATION ON THE MOVE.

WRRDA:

ALSO IN WASHINGTON, FUNDING FOR U-S LOCKS AND DAMS IS MAKING HEADWAY.  THE HOUSE PASSED THE WATER RESOURCES, REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT THIS WEEK WITH A 417 TO 3 VOTE. THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE DE-AUTHORIZES SEVERAL OLD PROJECTS, WHILE AUTHORIZING MANY NEW ONES. THE LEGISLATION WILL MOVE INTO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE NEXT. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS ITS SUPPORTS THE BILL OVERALL, BUT SAYS IT AUTHORIZES PROJECTS THEY THINK WILL HAVE A MARGINAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT.

CROP PROGRESS:

U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO BACK TO WORK AND CROP PROGRESS REPORTS HAVE RESUMED.

ALT LAWSUIT:

A WEST VIRGINIA POULTRY PRODUCER IN WEST VIRIGINIA HAS WON HER LAWSUIT AGAINST THE EPA. A FEDERAL COURT RULED IN LOIS ALT'S FAVOR LAST WEEK. ALT, ALONG WITH THE FARM BUREAU, SUED THE EPA WAS A DISPUTE WITH THE CLEAN WATER ACT. IN 2012, THE EPA THREATENED TO FINE ALT MORE THAN 37 THOUSAND DOLLARS IF SHE DIDN'T APPLY FOR THE PROPER PERMIT AFTER A FARM VISIT SHOWED STORM WATER CAME IN CONTACT WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF DUST AND FEATHERS. THE COURT RULED ORDINARY STORM RUNOFF FROM ALT'S FARM IS EXEMPT FROM NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.

ARGENTINA BROUGHT:

A QUICK UPDATE ON WORLD NEWS, DROUGHT HAS PLAGUED THE NORTHERN REGION OF ARGENTINA. SOME PROVINCES ARE EXPERIENCING THE WORST DROUGHT IN NEARLY 50 YEARS. OIL WORLD SAYS THIS POSES A MAJOR RISK TO SOYBEAN AND SUNFLOWER CROPS IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 1 MILLION HECTARES OF SOYBEANS. IF RAIN DOESN'T COME WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, PRODUCTION FORECASTS COULD DETERIORATE QUICKLY FROM THAT REGION.
BRAZIL SOYBEANS:

AND BRAZIL COULD HAVE AN EVEN BIGGER SOYBEAN CROP THAN ORIGINALLY EXPECTED.
THIS MEANS THE COUNTRY COULD HAVE AN EVEN BIGGER LEAD OVER THE U-S AS THE LARGEST SOYBEAN EXPORTER. LAST YEAR THE COUNTRY GAINED THE TOP TITLE. THE AG DEPARTMENT'S BRAZIL BUREAU RECENTLY UPPED ITS FORECAST 2.5 MILLION TONNES. IF PROJECTIONS HOLD TRUE, BRAZIL WILL PRODUCE 2 MILLION MORE TONNES THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED BY USDA. OUR ANALYSTS WILL CHIME IN ON THE TOPIC LATER ON THE SHOW.

CROP WATCH:

PRE-HALLOWEEN SNOW IS FORCING SOME FARMERS TO PARK THEIR COMBINES FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, ESPECIALLY THOSE TRYING TO CUT SOYBEANS. CHAD COLBY FARMS NEAR SHEFFIELD, ILLINOIS. HE POSTED ON TWITTER SAYING "ARE YOU SURE IT'S NOT JANUARY?" CHRIS BARRON SAYS HE GOT SNOWED OUT OF HARVEST MIDWEEK. HE FARMS NEAR INDEPENDANCE, IOWA. CHRIS TOLD US HE STILL HAS 60-PERCENT OF HARVEST TO GO.

AND COTTON GROWERS HAVE HAD NEARLY IDEAL CONDITIONS IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY. THEY ARE SEEING RECORD YIELDS. MILD, DRY WEATHER IS PROMOTING FIELDWORK.
JOHN’S WORLD:

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I HAVE KNOWN MANY FARMERS WHO LIKED TO BLOVIATE ABOUT HOW LATE THEY WORK IN THE FIELDS. FOR MY PART, I HAVE DISCOVERED THE ELEVATOR HAS NEVER ASKED ME HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO GROW THE CORN, JUST HOW MUCH WAS IN THE TRUCK. IN FACT, I THINK THE WHOLE IDEA OF WORKING 36 HOUR DAYS IS MORE A PLAY FOR SYMPATHY THAN GOOD BUSINESS PLANNING. MY IDEA OF A REAL PRO IS SOMEONE WHO CAN GET THE JOB DONE WITHOUT SEEMING TO BREAK A SWEAT AND STILL BE HOME IN TIME FOR DINNER. ANYBODY CAN MAKE A JOB LOOK HARD, AFTER ALL. RESEARCHERS JUST ADDED SOME POWERFUL AMMUNITION TO MY ARGUMENT. THEY HAVE DISCOVERED THAT SLEEP - THE ACTIVITY WE THINK WE DON'T NEED - IS THE TIME WHEN OUR BRAINS TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT, SO IT'S READY TO WORK AT OPTIMUM SPEED WHEN AWAKE. DURING OUR UNCONSCIOUS HOURS THE GLYMPHATIC FLOWS IN OUR BRAINS ARE MARKEDLY DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE ARE USING THEM. BRAINS BURN A LOT OF ENERGY AND GENERATE WASTE PRODUCTS JUST LIKE MUSCLES. WITHOUT ENOUGH SLEEP, YOU'RE OPERATING WITH LESS THAN OPTIMAL EFFICIENCY SINCE YOU HAVEN'T CLEANED THE MESS UP FROM YESTERDAY.
THIS IS ALSO WHY SLEEP DEPRIVATION IS A FORM OF TORTURE. INSUFFICIENT SLEEP CAN LOWER YOUR IQ BY 17-20 POINTS, MOST OF NEED THOSE POINTS. JUST BECAUSE YOUR MACHINERY HAS A ZILLION CANDLEPOWER OF LIGHTS DOESN'T MEAN YOUR CONTROLLER BURNS AS BRIGHTLY AFTER 12 HOURS IN THE SADDLE. CLEAN UP YOUR MENTAL WORKPLACE BEFORE YOU MAKE A COSTLY OR PAINFUL AVOIDABLE MISTAKE     
2ND HALF

HEADLINES:

TODAY ON U-S FARM REPORT...A SURGE OF COLD AIR THEREATENS THE GOERGIA PEANUT CROP. IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT GIVING A SWEATER AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT, WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE IT STARTS. AND WE TAKE A LOOK AT A MUSCLE TRACTOR FROM THE PAST     

JOHN OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. IT IS A STRANGE THING, BUT HALLOWEEN HAS BECOME SCARIER FOR ME THAN IT WAS WHEN I WAS A CHILD BACK DURING THE MIDDLE AGES. IT ALL STEMS FROM ONE FALL HARVEST - I THINK IT WAS 1990. WITH ABOUT HALF OF OUR CORN LEFT IN THE FIELD, I REMEMBER BREAKING DOWN AND LEAVING THE COMBINE IN THE FIELD ON HALLOWEEN EVENING. THE WEATHER TURNED VERY WET, AND WE GOT BACK INTO THE FIELD AROUND CHRISTMAS FOR AN EXHAUSTING AND ANXIOUS CONCLUSION TO A MEDIOCRE HARVEST. DESPITE DOZENS OF OTHER LESS TROUBLED HARVESTS, THAT HALLOWEEN SURPRISE REMAINS FRESH IN MY MIND. BY THE WAY, YOU MIGHT FIND MIKE'S FORCAST FOR NEXT WEEK A LITTLE UNNERVING.

PEDV UPDATE:

THERE APPEARS TO BE A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ON TRACKING THE SOURCE OF A DISEASE THAT'S KILLED THOUSANDS OF PIGLETS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S CALLED PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS - OR PEDV.

CANTALOUPE PLEA:

AN UPDATE ON THE CANTALOUPE LAWSUIT WE'VE BEEN COVERING. TWO COLORADO FARMERS WHOSE CANTALOUPES ARE TIED TO A LISTERIA OUTBREAK HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGES. ERIC AND RYAN JENSEN PLEADED GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT IN DENVER TO SIX COUNTS OF INTRODUCING ADULTERATED FOOD INTO INTERSTATE COMMERCE. 33 PEOPLE DIED AFTER EATING THE CANTALOUPE. A SENTENCING HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR JANUARY. BUT THE DEAL DID NOT ADDRESS POSSIBLE PUNISHMENT. THE JENSEN BROTHERS HAVE FILED SUIT AGAINST THE SAFETY AUDITOR WHO GAVE THE FARM A SUPERIOR RATING RIGHT BEFORE the OUTBREAK.

PEANUT PROBLEMS:

A COLD BLAST THAT ZAPPED MANY PORTIONS OF THE U-S THIS WEEK COULD BE DAMAGING TO THE COUNTRY'S PEANUT CROP. THE GEORGIA PEANUT COMMISSION SAYS TEMPS DIPPED INTO THE 30'S AND 40'S. THAT MEANS THE PLANTS WILL SHUT DOWN, WITHOUT FULLY MATURING. THE COMMISSION SAYS ANY UNHARVESTED PEANUTS WILL YIELD VERY LITTLE.

WATER LOGGED PUMPKINS:

WHILE MUCH OF THE U-S HAS STRUGGLED WITH LITTLE RAIN, PORTIONS OF THE MID-SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GOT DRENCHED. THAT'S CREATING SOME SCARY LOOKING PUMPKINS THIS YEAR IN TENNESSEE BECAUSE MOLD, MILDEW AND PESTS THRIVED.

HEARTLAND:

TEXAS IS NOT ONLY A HUGE CATTLE STATE, BUT IT ALSO PRODUCES A LARGE NUMBER OF SHEEP AND GOATS, ESPECIALLY ANGORA GOATS. THOSE FURRY CREATURES ARE RAISED FOR THE LUXURIOUS MOHAIR THEY PRODUCE. TWICE A YEAR THESE ANIMALS GET A TRIM. AMANDA HILL WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU EXPLAINS THE "SHEAR SUCCESS" OF RAISING ANGORA GOATS.

NEXT WEEK:

NEXT WEEK WE HEAD TO NORTHWEST IOWA TO MEET A TRACTOR OWNER WHO JUST CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HIS CHERISHED TRACTOR. WHY THE AFFINITY FOR FENDT? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK ON U-S FARM REPORT.

LEGACY REPORT:

EACH YEAR, THE WORLD DAIRY EXPO RECOGNIZES A DAIRY PRODUCER FOR HIS OR HER OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AS A A LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY. THIS YEAR, VELMAR {VEL-MUR} GREEN OF GREEN MEADOW FARMS IN MICHIGAN WAS NAMED DAIRYMAN OF THE YEAR. AS TYNE MORGAN TELLS US, IT'S NOT THE AWARDS HE CHERISHES THE MOST, BUT THE FACT HE KNOWS WHEN HE'S GONE, THE EVOLVING FAMILY OPERATION WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS.

TRACTOR TALES:

WE MET A YOUNG COLLECTOR IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA WHO REALLY ENJOYS OLIVER." CORY ZIGGLER SHARES WITH US THIS 1950-T. HE'S HAD THIS CLASSIC MUSCLE TRACTOR FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO ECKERT PRESBYTERIAN IN ECKERT, COLORADO. THE CHURCH WAS FORMED AND CHARTERED IN 1913 WHEN THE AREA WAS STILL CONSIDERED 'FRONTIER'. THE CHURCH WAS BUILT WITH NATIVE STONES COLLECTED AND HAULED BY VOLUNTEERS. EVEN NEWER ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN 'FACED' WITH LOCAL STONES GATHERED FROM NEIGHBORING HILLSIDES.  OUR THANKS TO CAROL VELLA FOR SHARING THE NEWS OF ECKERT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.  OUR SECOND SALUTE GOES TO ST. JOHN'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN GRANT COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA. MEMBERS ARE CELEBRATING THEIR 125TH YEAR OF MINISTRY.  IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1888 BY GERMAN SETTLERS. THEIR FIRST CHURCH WAS BUILT TEN YEARS LATER. SERVICES WERE HELD IN THE GERMAN LANGUAGE UNTIL 1920.  THE ORIGINAL CHURCH IS STILL IN USE TODAY. THANKS TO WAYNE HEUER FOR SHARING THE HISTORY OF ST JOHN'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. KEVIN DRAVES IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN RAISES A POINT OF CLARIFICATION. "GDP IS NOT THE PROFIT OF OUR COUNTRY BUT THE SPENDING OF OUR COUNTRY INCLUDING GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WHAT SCARES ME THE MOST ABOUT 17 TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT IS THE INTEREST."  KEVIN, I WENT BACK AND CHECKED AND I DID NOT USE THE WORD "PROFIT". I TALKED ABOUT GDP BEING THE MEASURE OF OUR TOTAL INCOME. BUT YOUR COMMENT DOES RAISE AN IMPORTANT POINT. RIGHT NOW THE TERM SPENDING CARRIES A NEGATIVE POLITICAL CHARGE TO IT. SAVING IS BETTER THAN SPENDING. GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS THE WORST OF ALL. MEANWHILE INCOME IS A TOTALLY GOOD THING AND SHOULD BE MAXIMIZED AND IN SOME MINDS PROTECTED FROM UNNECESSARY TAXATION. BOTH OF THESE POSITIONS SEEM REASONABLE UNTIL YOU LOOK AT THE CONNECTION.  ONE PERSON'S SPENDING IS ANOTHER PERSON'S INCOME. PEOPLE WHO ADVOCATE THAT AMERICANS OR OUR GOVERNMENT SPEND TOO MUCH ON THIS PRODUCT OR THAT SERVICE SHOULD TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEIR INCOME COMES FROM. YOUR PAYCHECK, FOR EXAMPLE, IS THE EVIDENCE YOUR EMPLOYER SPENT MONEY ON YOUR LABOR. WHILE IT MAY HAVE BEEN MORE VIRTUOUS FOR HIM TO SAVE INSTEAD OF SPEND, IT WOULD NOT BE GOOD FOR YOUR FINANCES.  IN THE SAME WAY, GOVERNMENT SPENDING ALSO PAYS SALARIES AND BUYS EXPENSIVE HAMMERS. IN SHORT IF YOUR SOLUTION TO OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IS TO CUT SPENDING, PERIOD, THEN AT LEAST DO SOME RESEARCH TO FIND OUT WHOSE INCOME YOU ARE CUTTING AS WELL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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