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LOTS of Letters...Continued...

Jul 06, 2009
Editor's Note:  Below are a number of viewer comments covering all kinds of topics featured the past two weekends on U.S. Farm Report...

Hello John,  
   I will try to keep this short but just so you know where I am coming from,  I am a grey haired 60 year old farmer who believes that global warming is the biggest lie, biggest scam, hoax, and fraud ever pushed onto the people of this world.  Also I am a High School graduate who remembers a little bit about science and the carbon cycle. I also believe we have a hungry world that needs feeding.  Depending on whose estimates you believe there are about 6.7 billion people out there with about 800 million who are undernourished of which 10,000 per day dying of malnutrition or diseases caused by inadiquate nutrition so we need increased crop yields to feed them.
   I remember my Vocational Ag instructor, Mr. Fred Morris, in 1965 telling us about how it is just logical that an increase in CO2 in the air would increase crop yields. An experiment had been done by putting canisters of dry ice in a corn field.  The corn near the canisters yielded more which supports the theory.  I also remember reading about an experiment at the University of Arizona which was done in a greenhouse which also got bigger yields supporting the theory and yields were increased more under stress conditions.  Why don't we here more about these experiments from the environmental wackoos?  Why aren't more experiments being done?
   To answer these questions let me make a comparison.  I have Parkinsen's Disease.  Not too serious.  More of a nusiance than a problem. The most obvious symptom is the quivering in my right hand.  The doctor has me on pills that don't seem to do much to calm the quivering.  I told him that a 12 ounce bottle of beer seemed to do more to calm the quivers than one of his pills.  He said that may very well be but that he couldn't prescribe beer because I might become an alcoholic.  He then asked if I smoked.  I said no, never had.  He said people who smoke don't get Parkinsen's.  I asked Why?.  He said, we don't know and there is not much research being done to find out why.  Do you see the parallels here?  Increased levels of carbon dioxide may have some positives but we don't want to find out.   Thank you for listening.  I enjoy your program.  Try to do even better next week.  
Paul Betz   
Compton, Illinois

   Just a few lines to let you know how much I enjoy your farm report. It is very informetive for me. I live about 6 miles east of the Ala state line and about 60 miles north of the Fl state line. Here on my farm I have not recieved very much rain in the last four years. This spring we had a couple of weeks where I recieved sufficient amount of rain.  For the month of June I recieved 7 tenths of an inch.
Dryland corn has burned up in the fields. Cotton and peanuts look as dry as I have ever seen for June. It has been about 97 to 104 degrees everyday with a chance of rain almost every day.
Johnny Sanders
Ft Gaines, GA

   We consider HSUS (Humane Society) one of the BIGGEST THREATS to animal agriculture’s future here in the United States !! These people MUST be STOPPED or we will be importing our food here in America and we can’t let that happen !!! 
The Joe Fox Family 
Lancaster, Ohio

   You believe that CO2 controls global climate. Consider the possibility you are wrong.  If you have ever been in the desert you know that it gets very hot during the day and freezes at night.  What happened to CO2?  Water vapor in the atmosphere is actually what keeps us warm. When the sun is hot it evaporates mors water and the atmosphere can hold more water. When the sun cools the atmosphere SLOWLY loses water.
   In the late 90's the sun was hot. Now the sun is cold. Ice is building. The way to tell is sunspots.
If you have ever cooked pudding when it gets hot bubbles pop through the thick hot surface and leave a spot.  Turn off the heat and the spots go away.  Times of low sunspots 1888, blizzard of 88, 1911-12 ice in the atlantic in april, Titanic hits iceberg, Niagra Falls freezes solid.  1944-45, battle of the bulge in the snow and cold, so much snow in Corning NY no trains could get through for 6 weeks,
coal ran out. While you worry about being too warm, you will actually have to deal with a mini ice age.
   You all think that there is a free lunch. Put up windmills and get free power just like hydropower. Hydropower converts potential energy into kenitic energy, not affecting the flow of air and rain. Windmills take kenitic energy out of the atmosphere and will reduce rainfall.  It appears that they don't do this but it is because of scale. When we first started using coal fired power plants the air stayed clean.  It was only after we built hundreds of huge ones that the air got dirty. Only after there were millions of cars did we get smog.  In the 30's a small reduction in the flow of air up the wind corridor from the gulf resulted in the dustbowl. The dustbowl lasted until the late 30's when the wind returned to normal.
   When I was in college my biology professor put a frog into a beaker of water and lit a bunsen burner under it. As the water slowly heated he sat there even though he could jump out at any time. He told himself that it was getting hot but he was still ok. When the water boiled he died. My professor taught us that as long as change is slow that people will sit there until they die just like that frog.  The question is will you buy short season corn and raise the issue of windmills or are you like that frog?
John Geis

   I am sooo happy to see RFD now has your show on. I missed it after WGN dropped your show - back to the subject at hand.  You know you can cut a tree down and people can tell what the climate was like going back a 100 years or so reading the rings. The same thing can be done with ice core samples.  You can also tell what was going on as far back as in the graph that follows, 400,000 year's!!!!!!,  Now I believe we are having climate change BUT I for one do not want to blame mankind for it as the graph show's Earth has had tempture and Co2 spike's every 100,000 year's or so going back 400,000 year's "LONG" before man made an impact on Mother earth.  We are now in one of the spike's as the graph shows and I fail to see how man has caused the current spike when earth has gone through this many times in the past without man being an issue.  As they say if you want to get to the bottom of an issue, "FOLLOW THE MONEY"!!!!  In this case who is going to get "RICH" off of cap and trade.  It is very "SHORT SIGHTED" for goverment officals to put more stress on our economy by running up fuel costs, GAS, DIESEL, ELECTRIC and home heating oil/natural gas based on climate change they see in (ONE) human life span, maybe two at most when earth has gone through this for 4000 human life spans. I am a former dairy farmer from Mc Henry County Illinois who sold the farm 10 year's ago and moved the Whole family to Florida.
Thank you,
John Steffen
Starke Florida KOA

   How long before you will be changing the name of your program to Farm Bureau Ag Report?  That is the only source you quote so there is no balance to your reports. Concerning the organic situation. There are diverse reasons farmers aren't recertifying. Namely, the organic certification doesn't mean a thing any more. The organic certification standards allow too much that is NOT organic. It's the same product over all as any product marketed anywhere. Why pay and go through all the work for organically raised food if your neighbor can raise the same commodity using non organic sources and both of you are considered organic? You need to do more research on topics you report on. The Farm Bureau is NOT a farm organization for farmers. It is Big Business for making money. Farm Bureau wants to run the world for the benefit of its stockholders, not the benefit of the people in the world.
Toni Pralle
Latimer, IA

   I thought you might appreciate a positive story from a farmer about the wet weather this year.  I have been raising Christmas trees for 29 years in the Argenta/Oreana, IL area, NE of Decatur.  We just finished 5 weeks of shearing (trimming) trees at Glenview tree farm and I'm not sure I've ever seen so much new growth as this year.  We occasionally experience exceptional new growth but this season exceeds exceptional!  Normally we hope for 18" to 24" of new growth and I've seen alot of 30" to 40" this summer.  One of the problems has been so much growth that the trees falls over from all the additional weight.  Thanks for your time!
Mike Jacobs
Glenview Tree Farm
Argenta, IL

  Tonight my son had his 4 & 2 year old kids over and he showed me the 6.75 oz drinkbox of apple juice from the Nestle company,now I know the swiss have owned Nestle Food's for some year's but I was totaly unprepared to see the---(Product of china)---stamp on the back just under the 1-800-510-6763 # for question's, what the hell , we now have to give our kid's Apple juice of "Questionable Quality" from China ,not in this old man's house!!!!!!,I grew up on a farm in Illinois and lived there 53 year's before moving to Florida 10 year's ago,Illinois has lot's of apple tree's as does Wisconsin and just about every other state in the lower 48, hell I bet Alaska has Apple tree's in the more temperate area's, someone give me one good reason why we need to import all this "CRAP" from China and give it to our kid's,enough of this insanity already, the only way to fix this issue is to boycott all food company's who import food from China into the USA, "READ YOUR LABEL'S FOLK'S" and you can start by  calling the 800 # above and telling Nestle you no longer will buy their product's, "THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THAT"!!!!!,do it for your kid's and grandkid's and do it for "YOUR COUNTRY ,BUY AMERICAN"!
John Steffen

   This is Sunday July 5, 2009.  I just watched your report on a local station in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  When I tuned in you were reporting on a tree farm.  The only name I remember is Aimes but I don't think it was Iowa.  They were developing trees to plant.  Can you tell me more?  I do not have a place to plant anything, I am just interested. 
Nolan Bowen
Editor's Note:  The story was about the Schackelford Orchard at Ames Plantation in Fayette County, Tennessee - here's a link -

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COMMENTS (2 Comments)

Bob Armstrong
Like Paul Betz who offered personal confirmation of the fact that CO2 is in fact the "green" gas which is increasing food yields in every corner of the planet , I learned fundamental science as a child in the 1950s . Physics was my favorite flavor , and one of the most memorable proofs was that black and white stones sitting in a desert will come to the same temperature . I have recently implemented the classical textbook physics behind that insight on my website . Bottom line , the mean temperature of any object in our orbit is about 1/21 the temperature the Sun decides to be . The tiny change in our spectrum from the small restoration of carbon to our atmosphere has a minute effect on our temperature . CO2 is a net good .
3:14 PM Jul 7th
Henry chance
Paul, you can order greenhouse CO2 generators. It helps new plants grow. Your science teacher was correct. You can also water your plants with soda water which is CO2 in the liquid. They will grow better and actually require less water.
1:51 PM Jul 7th


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