USFR Weekly Recap - Nov. 07-08, 2015

November 23, 2014 03:30 AM
 

TODAY ON U.S. FARM REPORT
NOV. 7, 2015

OPENING HEADLINES:

FROM THE STUDIOS OF FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, THIS IS U.S. FARM REPORT.  

WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT. WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD THIS WEEKEND....FORWARD THINKING. OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT SHOWS US WHY MARKETING PAYS, EVEN IF IT'S FOR A LOSS.  IN CUSTOMER SUPPORT, JOHN'S BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH MORE ON TIER 4 ENGINES. 
AND IN TRACTOR TALES, THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES ALSO BRINGS US A CLASSIC  W-D 45. 
DEERE TO BUY PRECISION PLANTING FROM MONSANTO:
NOW FOR THE HEADLINES, THE PRECISION WORLD IS GETTING SMALLER IN  AGRICULTURE. THAT'S AS JOHN DEERE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT'S BUYING PRECISION PLANTING FROM MONSANTO COMPANY.  DEERE SAYS PRECISION WILL OPEARATE AS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDARY,  AND JOHN DEERE DEALERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO SELL PRECISION PLANTING TECHNOLOGY.  MONSANTO IS KEEPING CLIMATE CORPORATION AND THE FIELDVIEW TECHNOLOGY.
BUT AS PART OF THE DEAL, MONSANTO AND JOHN DEERE WILL SHARE DATA WITH FIELDVIEW AND J-D LINK HAVING THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN CAB.  
PRECISION PLANTING DOES HAVE STANDING AGREEMENTS WITH COMPETING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, LIKE AGOC AND CASE I-H. JOHN DEERE AND AGCO SAY THEY PLAN TO MAINTAIN THOSE EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS. CASE HAS YET TO COMMENT. 
HOUSE IS BACK WITH CUTS TO CROP INSURANCE:
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT CROP INSURANCE DODGED A MAJOR BULLET BY ESCAPING NEARLY 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN PROPOSED CUTS IN THE BUDGET DEAL. 
BUT THE HOUSE IS BACK WITH AN EVEN BIGGER AX, PROPOSING 24 BILLION IN CUTS. 
ONE OF THE BIGGEST COST SAVINGS IS ELIMINATING THE HARVEST PRICE OPTION ON REVENUE POLICIES. 
THE OTHER SAVINGS COMING FROM RETURNS TO CROP INSURANCE COMPANIES AND PREMIUM SUBSIDIES.   THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THERE NOT BEING ANY PREMIUM SUBSIDIES FOR FARMERS THAT MAKE MORE THAN 250,000. FOR A LOT OF FARM OPERATIONS, THAT'S NOT VERY MUCH MONEY. THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL BY OBAMA WAS ABOUT 750,000. THEY'VE DROPPED 750 DOWN TO 250. THAT'S A HUGE SWING. AND THEN THEY'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT CAPPING THE PREMIUMS FARMERS CAN GET FOR SUBSIDIES AT $40,000, AND THAT WOULD APPLY TO ALL FARMERS. SO, THESE POSITIONS ARE A WHOLE LOT MORE DARASTIC THAN THE 3 BILLION OF SAVINGS OVER 10 YEARS IN THE BILL THAT THEY PASSED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO> 
HOUSE PASSES SIX-YEAR HIGHWAY BILL, PROVIDES $340 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE:
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, AS THE HOUSE PASSED A SIX-YEAR HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT BILL THIS WEEK.
THE 340 BILLION DOLLAR BILL INCLUDES FUNDING FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES, BUT ALSO REVIVES TEH EXPIRED EXPORT-IMPORT BANK.
BUT IT WASN'T A COMPLETE WIN. SOME IN AGRICULTURE ARE DISSAPOINTED THAT A MEASURE  ALLOWING LARGER SEMIS ON THE HIGHWAYS FAILED.
WOTUS:
DAYS AFTER THE SENATE FAILED TO PASS A PROCEDURAL VOTE TO REWRITEEPA'S CLEAN WATER RULE, THE CHAMBER PASSED A DIFFERENT MEASURE AGAINST THE RULE. 
BY A 53 TO 44 VOTE, THE CHAMBER APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD NOT ONLY FORCE EPA AND THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO WITHDRAW THE WATERS OF THE U-S RULE, BUT IT WOULD ALSO PREVENT THE AGENCIES FROM SETTING SIMILAR RULES IN THE FUTURE.  THE MEASURE STILL FACES STRONG OPPOSITION FROM THE PRESIDENT. 
 KEYSTONE PIPELINE REJECTED:
THE PRESIDENT REJECTED THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE THIS WEEK. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE PROJECT ISN'T IN THE COUNTRY'S BEST INTERSET.
JUST LAST WEEK, TRANS CAANDA ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO SUSPEND ITS YEAR-LONG REVIEW OF THE PROJECT, PUSHING IT OFF UNTIL AFTER THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE HAS BEEN ON THE TABLE FOR SEVEN YEARS.
PANERA GOING CAGE FREE, SAYS ALL PORK IS RAISED WITHOUT GESTATION CRATES:
PANERA IS MOVING TOWARDS CAGE FREE EGGS WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, SAYING THEY WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF 425 THOSUAND HENS BY THE YEAR 2020.
THE CHAIN USES AROUND 120 MILLION EGGS A YEAR. THE RESTAURANT CHAIN SAYS ALL THEIR PORK IS NOW GESTRATION CRATE FREE, AND 89 PERCENT OF THE BEEF THEY SERVE IS GRASS-FED. 
 
I-ARC:

THE LATEST I-ARC STUDY LINKING RED AND PROCESSED MEAT TO CANCER MAY STEER SOME CONSUMERS AWAY FROM EATING BEFF, BUT NOT MICHIGAN HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH. 
DURING A RADIO INTERVIEW THIS WEEK, HARBAUGH REVEALED WHAT HE VIEWS AS NATURAL STEROIDS.   THE SAYS FIRST, IS SLEEP. NUMBER TWO ON THE LIST, MILK. AND NOT JUST ANY MILK, WHOLE MILK. THREE WOULD BE WATER. AND TO ROUND OUT HIS TOP FOUR, STEAK.
DEFINITELY HAS SOME WORDS TO LIVE BY...
TEASE:
 THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH THE LONGER RANGE FORECAST. MIKE, IT SEEMS HEAVY RAIN IS BECOMING THE NORM IN THE SOUTH.  

WEATHER:
WELL THAT'S RIGHT, TYNE, I HAVE SEEN THAT MANY TIMES OVER MY CAREER, YOU GET OUT OF A DROUGHT  
AND ALL OF SUDDEN EVERYTHING IS GOING THE OTHER WAY AND YOU ARE HAVING TONS OF RAIN,  
SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T WANT. THAT'S BEEN THE CASE IN PARTS OF TEXAS OVER THE PAST COUPLE  
OF WEEKS, YOUR DROUGHT IS OVER, BUT NOW YOU ARE PRETTY WET AT LEAST IN THE TOP SOIL. AS WE  
HEAD THROUGH THIS WEEK, WE DO LOOK AT STORMS MOVING QUICKLY FROM WEST TO EAST THOUGH, SO I  
DON'T THINK ANYTHING WILL JUST SIT OVER TEXAS, LIKE IT HAS A COUPLE OF TIMES OVER THE PAST WEEK,  
BUT YOU WILL NOTICE HOW EVERY LITTLE RIPPLE MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST AND THAT WILL KEEP THINGS  
MOVING ALONG WHICH MEANS NO ONE GETS INUNDATED WITH A LOT OF RAIN, BUT AT LEAST MOST AREAS  
DO GET AT LEAST SOMETHING. 30 THE OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES, I'M GOING ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE  
NORTHERN PLAINS, MOST OF THE EAST, EXCEPT NEW ENGLAND, BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FROM  
WEST TEXAS, WESTERN OKLAHOMA BACK THROUGH THE FOUR CORNER REGION, EASTERN NEVADA.  
PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS, THIS IS AN EL NINO WINTER ABOVE NORMAL FOR MANY OF THE  SOUTHERN HALF OF THE LOWER 48 NORTHERN SECTIONS. I'M NOT FINDING ANY BELOW NORMAL AREAS; WE  
WILL GO NORMAL FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. TYNE? 
TEASE:

<THE TOP PRODUCER BUSINESS DRIVER SPECIAL REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BASF. GROW SMART WITH  
BASF, AND GET THE MOST ACRE AFER ACRE, SEASON AFTER SEASON>  TOP PRODUCER:
WHEN VISITING WITH OUR ANALYSTS EVERY WEEK, I HEAR SEVERAL SAY VOLATILITY CREATES OPPORTUNITY. AND IF THERE'S ONE THING WE'VE LEARNED THE PAST FEW YEARS, IT'S HOW VOLATILE TODAY'S MARKETS CAN BE. IN TODAY'S FARM JOURNAL REPORT, WE CONTINUE OUR BUSINESS DRIVER SERIES BY LOOOKING INTO WHY A MARKETING PLAN SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT HITTING THE HOMERUNS... INSTEAD, IT'S FORWARD THINKING THAT CAN SET YOU UP FOR TRUE MARKETING SUCCESS. 
<LONG TERM FINANCIAL SUCCESS IS DRIVEN BY HOW WELL YOU DO AS A MARKETER."> 
PRDOUCTION AGRICULTURE IS A CONSTANT GAME OF UNKNOWNS. FROM FIERCE  WEATHER, TO VIGOROUS COMMODITY PRICES, NO YEAR IS THE SAME. BUT EXPERTS SAY THE BEAUTY OF MARKETING IS ELIMINATING ONE OF THE UKNOWNS. 
<IT'S ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS TO USE WHEN FARMERS ARE GETTING GOING WITH THEIR CASH MARKETING.  
THE FORWARD CONTRACT IS A GREAT TOOL BECAUSE THEY KNOW EXACTLY PRICED WITH THE FINAL PRICE AND  
WHEN TO DELIVER IT."> 
<WHETHER THEY LIKE THE PRICE, OR IT HAPPENS TO BE A YEAR WHEN PRICES ARE PROJECTED TO BE DOWN AND IT HITS BREAKEVEN OR ABOVE, AND THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOCK IN A PROFIT, THAT'S THE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF A FORWARD CONTRACT.> 
 
IN A YEAR LIKE 2015, BLEAK PRICES MEAN FARMERS SEE LESS INCENTIVE IN FORWARD CONTRACTING. BUT EXPERTS SAY CONSIDERING THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF FARMING, SOMETIMES YOU'LL NEED TO SELL THE CROP AT A LOSS. 
<I THINK THE NUMBER ONE THING IS DO SOME PRICING. YOU CAN GET PARALYZED BASED OFF WHERE OUR  PRICES ARE TODAY. YOU'RE GOIGN OT HAVE TO LOCK IN SOMETIMES AT A LOSS AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES>  <IT'S NOT NEARLY AS FUN OR AS ENJOYABLE AS WHEN YOU'RE SELLING AT REALLY HIGH PRICES AND THERE'S AUTOMATICALLY A PROFIT, BUT IT'S WHAT'S REQUIRED IN THESE TYPE OF YEARS.">   THAT'S WHY SMEINS' ADVICE IS SIMPLE...  <I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS HAVE A PLAN. I CAN'T STRESS THATN ENOUGH. STUDIES HAVE SHOW IF YOU HAVE IT WRITTEN PLAN, YOU'RE GOIGN TO CARRY IT THROUGH.">
BUT HE SAYS THERE ISN'T ONE MAGIC PLAN THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.
<MY PERSONAL OPINION IS IF YOU HAVE A CASH RENT MODEL VERSUS AN OWNED LAND MODEL YOU  HAVE DIFFERENT FIXED COST MESAURES. MAYBE YOU CAN TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE RISK IN THE MARKET. 
MY GENERAL OPINION IS FARMERS AREN'T AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH WITH THE FORWARD CONTRACTING, THEY SIT BACK AND KIND OF WAIT AND ALWAYS HAVE I WOULD SAY MORE OF AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF WHERE THE MARKET IS GOING.">
<CONDITIONS CHANGE, FUNDAMENTALS CHANGE, MARKET SITUATION IS CHANGING, YOU HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE WITHIN THAT. SO, WHILE YOU HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE THAT HAS A STRATEGY OF SELLING AT A PROFITABLE LEVEL, WHEN YOU GET TO THOSE PRICES, I THINK YOU NEED BE SOMEWHAT FLUID THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND ADAPT AS MARKET CONDITIONS FORM>
GRETE SAYS A GOOD RULE OF THUMB FOR FORWARD CONTRACTING IS TO SET SELL TARGETS.   <AT PROFARMER WE LOOK TO FORWARD CONTRACT ANYWHERE FORM A QUARTER TO A THIRD OF HTE CROP BY THE TIME PLANTIN GSEASON GETS ROLLING. THEN WE LOOK FORWARD TO POLLINATION PERIOD FOR CORN CROP, FOR POD FILL AND POD SET PERIOD FOR SOYEBANS, AND LOOK TO BE ANYWHERE FROM A THIRD TO 50  PERCENT SOLD. AND I THINK AFTER THAT POINT IN TIME, UNTIL HARVEST, THEN YOU CAN PROBABLY GET UP TO YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE LEVEL">
GRETE SAYS IF YOU CAN MARKET GRAIN IN THE TOP 25 TO 30 PERCENT, THAT WILL HELP ENSURE YOU'RE IN BUSINESS FOR THE LONG HAUL.   <DON'T TRY TO HIT THE ABSOLUTE HIGH, BECAUS EWHEN YOU SWING FOR THE FENCE, YOU MAY HIT SOME HOMERUNS, BUT YOU'RE LIKELY TO STRIKE OUT AS WELL.">  TO HELP HIT THE SINGLES, DOUBLES AND TRIPLES, SMEINS SUGGESTS LOOKING AT THE VARIOUS MARKETING TOOLS AVAILABLE TODAY THAT CAN HELP CRAFT A  SOLID MARKETING PLAN.  

<LIKE COMMODITY DERIVATIVES, WHERE IT TAKES THE MARGIN RISK OFF. US AT RABO AGRIFINANCE DO A  LOT OF THINGS WITH COMMODITY DERIVATIVES THAT REALLY HELPS A FARMER WITH HIS CASH FLOW>  <A LOT OF GUYS ARE TELLING US THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO HANDLE MARGIN CALLS RIGHT NOW, THEIR LINES OF CREDIT ARE JUST THIN AND TIGHT, SO THE BEST ONE IS JUST BUYING A PUT STRAIGHT OUT, YOU HAVE A NICE FLOOR IF THE MARKET RALLIES, YOU CAN HAVE FULL OPPORTUNITY FOR UPSIDE. >  <LOOK AT CROP INSURANCE. IF THEY'RE CARRYING PRICE LOSS COVERAGE ON THEIR CROP INSURANCE, THEY CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE TO MARKET UP TO THAT LEVEL, AND THAT ALLOWS THEM THEN, I CALL IT THE SLEEPING ABILIYT. YOU CAN GO HOME AT NIGHT AND SLEEP KNWOING YOU DON'T HAVE THE PRODUCTION RISK. YOU GOT IT COVERED BY INSURANCE. YOU KNOW WHAT THE FACTS ARE WITH THE COST OF YOUR OPERATION. AND YOU CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT MARKETING PLAN. > 
WHATEVER TOOL YOU CHOOSE, MAKE SURE IT'S BASED ON YOUR MARGINS, NOT  THE UNKNOWNS.   <LEAVE THE EMOTIONS OUT. STICK TO THE NUMBERS.>  AND EVEN THEN,  BLOHM REMINDS PRODUCERS MARKETING ISN'T A ONCE-A-YEAR EVENT.   ,THE LAST FRONTIER IS ALWAYS MARKETING. IT'S THE ONE THAT PEOPLE SEEM TO NOT CARE FOR THE MOST. SO THAT'S THE ONE YOU HAVE TO DEVELOP THE DISCIPLINE, WHICH ALSO MEANS MAKING TIME FOR IT EVERY DAY, AND ALSO TAKING TIME TO LEARN ABOUT THE MARKETS.">  TOP PRODUCER:
THE LATEST ISSUE OF TOP PRODUCER MAGINZE INCLUDES A SIMILAR ARTICLE,  TITLED "PLANNING IT FORWARD" THAT'S HITTING MAILBOXES THIS WEEK.  IT EVEN INCLUDES A CHART EXPLAINING THE VARIOUS TYPES OF FORWARD CONTRACTS. 
YOU CAN ALSO READ IT ONLINE-- TOPPORDUCER HYPHEN ONLINE DOT COM. 
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
JOHN PHIPPS IS BACK THIS WEEK WITH MORE ON TIER 4 ENGINES. JOHN.  THIS WEEK WE HAVE ONE FINAL – I HOPE – COMMENT ON TIER FOUR ENGINES.
"I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I SAW AN ADD COME ACROSS MY FACEBOOK NEWS FEED JUST THIS WEEK, WHERE SOMEONE NOW HAS A KIT TO REMOVE THE DEF TIER 4 STUFF FROM CASE IH TRACTORS." R. ELLIOTT SKEEN DENTON NC.
ELLIOT, THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK. I FOUND THE KITS TO DE-DEF YOUR ENGINE, SO TO SPEAK, BY GOOGLING MYSELF. DID NOT KNOW THAT WAS A THING. IT ALSO TRIGGERED A FLASHBACK FOR ME. BACK IN THE DAY, THERE WERE MECHANICS WHO DEVELOPED A SIDE BUSINESS OF REMOVING CATALYTIC CONVERTERS, WHEN WE OUTLAWED LEADED GASOLINE. THIS WENT ON FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS I GUESS.
FROM THAT SIMILAR REGULATORY BROUHAHA, I LEARNED TWO THINGS ABOUT ABOUT ABOUT FIGHTING BACK LIKE THIS. FIRST, MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH THAT MACHINE YOU ARE ALTERING, BECAUSE ITS RETAIL OR TRADE VALUE JUST DROPPED DRASTICALLY. DON'T ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, ALL THE TALK ABOUT HARMFUL REGULATION USUALLY IGNORES VERY REAL HEALTH BENEFITS. WHILE FARMERS DON'T THINK DIESEL EXHAUST IS KILLING THEM, IT IS DEFINITELY KILLING PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS.  THIS IS WHY THE RECENT VOLKWAGEN EMISSION CHEATING SCANDAL IS A VERY BIG DEAL.  AS AN EXAMPLE, IT IS ONLY NOW, DECADES AFTER REMOVING LEAD FROM GASOLINE THAT WE CAN MEASURE ACCURATELY THE ASTONISHING EFFECTS IT  HAD ON PUBLIC HEALTH. THERE WAS A REASON LEAD MINERS HAD VERY HIGH  RATES OF INSANITY YEARS AGO. EVEN MINUTE AMOUNTS LEAD AFFECT BRAIN  DEVELOPMENT IN VERY YOUNG CHILDREN SO MUCH SO THAT THERE IS A  CREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENT THAT GOING LEAD FREE IS ONE OF THE  CAUSAL FACTORS IN THE LONG, STEEP DECLINE IN CRIME IN THE U.S. THAT FOLLOWED. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS LEAD BLOOD LEVELS HAVE DROPPED
DRASTICALLY IN ALL OF US, WHICH IS VERY GOOD NEWS.
NONE OF US LIKE THE HASSLE OF DEF AND THE BULKY CHANGES TO OUR ENGINES, BUT THE COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS ON THIS REGULATION CLEARLY SHOWS IT IS WORTH IT.
THANKS, JOHN. YOU CAN SEND QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS TO JOHN BY EMAIL, OR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.
WHEN WE COME BACK, IT'S OFF TO THE WEST WITH BAXTER BLACK.   TEASE:
<MISS ANY OF TODAY'S SHOW? HEAD TO USFARMREPORT.COM TO WATCH THE PROGRAM ONLINE. U.S. FARM REPORT, THE SPIRIT OF COUNTRYSIDE. >  BAXTER BLACK:
THIS WEEK WE'RE HEADING OUT WEST TO CHECK IN WITH BAXTER BLACK. 
BAXTER.   HAVING A NEW VETERINARIAN OUT TO YOUR PLACE TO CHECK YOUR COWS CAN CREATED SOME SPIRIT DISCUSSION. SEE THESE COWS MAN THEY WOULD NOT EVER ADMIT  TO REALLY LIKE THESE OLD SHELVES THAT THEY WORE OUT THEY RECALL THERE BETTER DAYS WANT TO MAKE SURE SHE HAD EVERY CHANCE. TO THE CONVERSATION GOES LIKE THIS THIS WILL BE THE GREEN YOUNG VETERINARIAN AND THIS WILL BE THE EXPERIENCE COW MAN. WHAT'S THE STORY ON THAT LITTLE COW?  SHE IS SORT OF GIMPY ON THE LEFT HIND LEG AND BREATHING IS KIND OF FAST. I REMEMBER WHEN SHE WAS BORN, AND IT WAS NOT THAT LONG AGO. WELL SOMEBODY BOBBED HER TAIL LAST YEAR. I GUESS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW YOU BET YOUR LAUGHTER KNOWS THAT COW SHE IS GOOD THAT I SAW. I JUST THOUGHT SINCE SHE WAS GETTING THIN WITH THAT BIG LUMP ON HER JAW. THAT IS NOT NOTHING JUST A LITTLE KNOT YEAH BUT ONE EYE IS BLUE AND SHE CALVE AND SHE AINT GOT A TOOLS IN HER HANDS. LISTEN KID I REMEMBER THAT GIRL I HAVEN'T MILKED HER FOR A WHILE SHE HAS A SWING BAG ONE BIG KITTEN SKITTLE LIKE A CROCODILE. YOU GOT TO  MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE RANGE AND THE WATER HORSE. I HATE TO TELL YOU SHE IS OVER NOW AND THESE PRO LAP STITCHES ROLL OLD SHE IS NOTHING TO ME ONE GET MERRIEL ON I KNOW SHE IS GETTING OLD. WELL YOU'RE THE BOSS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP HER WHATEVER YOU SAY GOES BUT IF IT'S ME I COLOR FAST AND NEVER SHED A TEAR. I GOT A LITTLE GRAPH BEHIND THE HOUSE LETS RUN HER ANOTHER YEAR.   THIS IS BAXTER BLACK FROM OUT THERE.  YOU CAN HEAR MORE OF BAXTER'S HUMOR ONLINE, AT BAXTER BLACK DOT COM.  TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, AL PELL HAS A CLASSIC W-D 45.  
TRACTOR TALES:
WELCOME BACK TO TRACTOR TALES WE'RE OFF TO SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA FOR A CLASSIC DIESEL FROM 1955.
THIS WD45 WAS ONE OF MORE THAN 90 THOUSAND BUILT AND THE FIRST ALLIS CHALMERS MODEL AVAILABLE WITH POWER STEERING.
< HAD A FEW TRACTORS HE WAS SELLING, PICKED THIS ONE OUT OF A BUNCH THAT HE HAD.  IT RAN BUT NOT VERY, VERY GOOD.  AND HAD IT COMPLETELY OVERHAULED.  AND ENDED UP HAVING THE BLOCK WELDED ON IT.  THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF THEM AROUND RUNNING ANYMORE CAUSE THEY WEREN'T THE BEST TRACTOR.  WITH THE BLOCKS CRACKING ON THEM ALL THE TIME.  I'VE GOT SOME IMPLEMENTS FOR IT, I PLOW WITH IT IN THE FALL.  I'VE GOT A TWO ROW PLANTER THAT I USE WITH IT.  I GOT THIS ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO AND IT TOOK ABOUT THREE YEARS IN THE RESTORATION PROCESS, WITH HAVING THE MOTOR OVERHAULED AND THE 45 DIESEL WAS RATED AT 43 HORSE AND I'VE HAD THIS ONE ON THE DINE WHILE I WAS GETTING 50 HORSE OUT OF IT.  IT'S THE BUDDHA 230 CUBIC INCH MOTOR.  IT PROBABLY GOES ABOUT 15 MILES AN HOUR. >  CHURCH SALUTE:
THIS WEEKEND'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO ST MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN VICTORIA, TEXAS. THIS ICONIC CHURCH IS SPECIAL TO THE LONE-STAR STATE, AS IT WAS THE FIRST PARISH IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, AND STILL GOING STRONG. CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE STAY WITH US, CROPWATCH IS NEXT.   CROP WATCH:
MIKE, WE'RE COVERING THE MIDWEST AND THE WEST COAST THIS WEEK.   HEATHER EMAILED US A FEW PHOTOS FROM THEIR FARM IN SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI, WHICH IS CONSIDERED THE OZARKS. SHE SAYS THEY ARE A FAMILY FARM WITH THREE GENERATIONS, WITH OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF HELP. FROM FEEDING COWS TO HAULING HAY. BUT CHECK OUT THIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME, MIKE. HEATHER TOLD US HER FIVE YEAR OLD SON WAS DRESSED LIKE THE FAMILY FARMALL H TRACTOR. HOW CUTE!   <TYNE, ON THE WEST COAST, OLIVE HARVEST IS UNDERWAY IN THE SACREMENTO VALLEY. THIS IS SAM MAYER'S FAMILY FARM, WHERE THEY GROW OLIVES TO PRODUCE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL NEAR WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA.  
HERE YOU CAN SEE SAM USING A DEVICE TO CATCH THE CROPS. THE CATCHER WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED BY ANOTHER CAL POLY AG-ENGINEERING STUDENT NAMED ALEX PARIS. > 
DROUGHT MONITOR:
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR THE DRASTIC DIFFERENCE IN THE SOUTH WITH TEXAS AND LOUISIANA. I KNOW IT'S UNCERTAIN, MIKE, BUT COULD EL NINO THIS WINTER BRING SOME MAJOR RELIEF TO CALIFORNIA?> IT'S POSSIBLE. > HOW POSSIBLE?> I THINK THERE'S A GOOD  CHANCE IT COULD BRING SOME RELIEF. THE EXTENT IS THE BIG QUESTION IS WHETHER IT BRINGS ENOUGH TO START CUTTING DOWN THE DROUGHT. I THINK IT WILL CUT DOWN SLIGHTLY, BUT WHETHER IT TAKES IT ALL AWAY IS PROBABLY NOT. THAT'S MY THOUGHT.    AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG-AT-U- S-FARM-REPORT-DOT-COM OR CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. 

CLOSING:
 FOR JOHN, AL AND MIKE, I'M TYNE MORGAN. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING U-S FARM REPORT.  BE SURE TO JOIN US RIGHT HERE AGAIN NEXT WEEK, AS WE WORK TO BUILD ON OUR TRADITION. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE.  

 

 
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