USFR Weekly Recap - November 29-30, 2014, 2014, 2014, 2014

November 29, 2014 03:30 AM
 

TODAY ON USFR
NOVEMBER 29-30, 2014

HEADLINES:
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND...CROP THEFT.. I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THAT SOMEONE GOT INTO MY FIELD BUT I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MANY ACRES THEY TOOK. THIS FARMER WAS ROBBED OF 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF UNHARVESTED SOYBEANS. A SHORTAGE OF TURKEYS 2014 HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR. PROBABLY ONE OF OUR BEST POULTRY PRODUCERS ARE THANKFUL FOR MANY THINGS THIS YEAR, INCLUDING A STRONG MARKET…IN AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE, WE GET A TASTE OF ROUTE 66 FROM A SPECIAL DINER THAT HAS TIES TO THE SILVER SCREEN, AND FROM THE FARM, JOHN PHIPPS HAS SOMETHING UNUSUAL TO GIVE THANKS ABOUT THIS YEAR.
RIVER TRAFFIC:
NOW FOR THE NEWS, TRAFFIC ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL BE SHUT DOWN EARLIER THAN EVER.
HAWAII PED:
THE LATEST STATE TO CONTRACT A DEADLY PIG VIRUS IS OUTSIDE THE CONTIGUOUS U-S.
HAWAII IS THE LATEST TO CONFIRM ITS FIRST CASE OF P-E-D-V, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBERS OF STATES WITH THE VIRUS TO 32. I REACHED OUT TO NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL ON ANY THEORIES AS TO HOW IT MADE ITS WAY ACROSS THE OCEAN.
THEY TOLD ME FOOD SUPPLEMENTS, LIKE VITAMINS, HAVEN'T BEEN RULED OUT AS A SOURCE, BUT AS WE'VE HEARD, IT RAPIDLY SPREADS FROM FARM TO FARM THROUGH FECES. WE SPOKE TO A MICHIGAN PORK PRODUCER WHO WAS HIT WITH VIRUS LAST YEAR.
CATTLE ON FEED:
THE NUMBER OF CATTLE ON FEED IS BEATING YEAR AGO FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE AUGUST 2012. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT FROM USDA. THE AGENCY SHOWS AS OF NOVEMBER FIRST, 10 POINT 6 MILLION HEAD ARE BEING FED FOR SLAUGHTER, UP 48 THOUSAND FROM 2013. MEANWHILE, PLACEMENTARE SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN LAST YEAR, AT MORE THAN 23 HUNDRED.BECAUSE THE CATTLE MARKET CONTINUES TO BE ON FIRE, FEEDLOTS ARE KEEPING CATTLE LONGE AND FEEDING TO HEAVIER WEIGHTS.
ADM SUES SYGENTA:
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND IS THE LATEST COMPANY TO FILE SUIT AGAINST SYNGENTA THE SALE OF ITS UNAPPROVED CORN TRAIT. THE SUIT CLAIMS SYNGENTA STARTED SELLING ITS M-I-R 162 VARIETY WITHOUT THE NECESSARY APPROVAL. CHINA SAYS IT WON'T ACCEPT CERTAIN CORN SHIPMENTS, BLAMING IT ON SYNGENTA'S UNAPPROVED TRAIT.
OIL FUNDS:
MARKET SIGNALS INDICATE CRUDE OIL PRICES COULD REBOUND FROM LOWER PRICES, AS PEOPLE ARE BETTING ON A RETURN TO NORMAL. ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG, INVESTORS ARE PUSHING MONEY INTO FUNDS THAT TRACK CRUDE PRICES AT THE FASTEST PACE SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2012. AS OF EARLIER THIS WEEK, TEH FOUR BIGGEST OIL PRODUCTS HAD RECEIVED MOER THAN 616 MILLION DOLLARS.
PITCH TO MIKE:
THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH WEATHER... MIKE, CALIFORNIA AND PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST ARE SEEING A LITTLE MOISTURE RELIEF. DO YOU THINK THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS?
TEASE ONE:
THANKS  MIKE. WE'LL HIT ON DAIRY PRICES IN OUR MARKETING ROUNDTABLE THIS WEEK. THAT'S WITH MIKE NORTH AND ANDY SHISSLER WHEN WE RETURN.
JOHN’S WORLD:
WHEN MOST OF US GIVE THANKS THIS WEEK, FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE ON THAT LIST. MAYBE A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST IS INCLUDED. FOR JOHN PHIPPS, HIS LIST, HAS AN UNUSAL ITEM. BUT IF YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRY, I BET YOU CAN RELATE. JOHN
WELCOME:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO HARVEST OF THANKS. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AND I'M TYNE MORGAN. EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME, WE PAUSE FROM OUR DAILY ROUTINE FOR OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SALUTE TO AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS...WHO ALWAYS SEEM TO PERSEVERE OVER TREMENDOUS ODDS. FOR ONE FARMER, HARVEST WAS CUT-SHORT THIS YEAR. IT WASN'T DUE TO WEATHER OR HEALTH BUT THEFT!  BETSY JIBBEN TAKES US TO NORTHWEST ILLINOIS FOR THIS "CROP CAPER"
THANKFUL FARMERS:
THANKS BETSY. A TIME OF CHALLENGES BUT YET PLENTY OF PERSPECTIVE ON AN OTHERWISE BOUNTIFUL YEAR. THAT'S RIGHT TYNE. IT HAS BEEN ANOTHER YEAR OF HIGHS AND LOWS IN OUR FARMING COMMUNITY. BUT TIME AND AGAIN, AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS FIND A WAY TO STAY GROUNDED IN PURPOSE. WE BEGIN WITH WHEAT HARVEST IN HILLSBORO, KANSAS.TEASE:
NEXT, WE HIT THE HOLIDAY ROADS WITH ANDREW MCCREA AS HE FINDS A DINER WHICH IS STILL THANKFULLY SERVING-UP THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, IN PART BECAUSE OF THE SILVER SCREEN. AND LATER, WE'RE OFF TO WESTERN MICHIGAN TO MEET A TURKEY PRODUCER WHO SAYS 2014 PROVIDED NUMEROUS BLESSINGS.
RT 66 CAFE:
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL TIMES OF THE YEAR. TRIPLE A MOTOR CLUB EXPECTS 45-MILLION AMERICANS WILL HIT THE ROAD TO SEE LOVED ONES. ... AND MOST OF THOSE TRAVELERS WILL BE ON THE NATION'S HIGHWAYS AND BI-WAYS. ONE STORIED HIGHWAY - ROUTE 66 - OFFERS UNIQUE PLACES TO VISIT AND STAY. AS HE TRAVELS THE AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE, ANDREW MCCREA TAKES US TO HOLBROOK, ARIZONA... A TOWN THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN IF NOT FOR SOME COLORFUL CHARACTERS...
TEASE:
THANKS ANDREW. WHAT A NEAT TOWN. STILL TO COME, JOHN PHIPPS WILL JOIN US WITH HIS ANNUAL MESSAGE OF THE SEASON. IT'LL RING TRUE FOR THOSE OF YOU STILL TRYING TO BRING-IN THE LATE CROP. BUT FIRST WE'LL VISIT A TURKEY PRODUCER WHO SAYS ITS BEEN A YEAR OF BLESSINGS..TYNE HAS HIS STORY WHEN WE RETURN.
TYNE’S TURKEY:
THE AROMA OF BAKED TURKEY IS WAFTING THROUGH THE HOUSE. THAT BIG BIRD IS THE CENTERPIECE FOR MANY HOLIDAY TABLES. DON'T YOU LOVE IT! I TALKED WITH A TURKEY PRODUCER FROM HOLLAND, MICHIGAN WHO SAYS THEY HAVE PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME ON A HARVEST OF THANKS, FRUITCAKE IS OFTEN MALIGNED...WE'LL MEET A GROUP OF BAKERS WHO SAY THE PASTRY HAS A HIGHER CALLING....PLUS, WEATHERING THE TRIALS OF HARVEST WITH JOHN PHIPPS.
FRUITCAKE MONKS:
LET'S NOT RUSH THINGS - LET'S ENJOY THANKSGIVING....BUT OF COURSE, WE'RE ALSO STARTING OUR COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS. A GROUP OF TRAPPIST MONKS IN THE MISSOURI OZARKS HAS BEEN WORKING ON CHRISTMAS 'CAKES FOR WEEKS. STEVE GRANT SAYS THE BROTHERS ARE IN THEIR 27TH YEAR PRODUCING A HOLIDAY FAVORITE THAT SOME SAY IS DIVINE.
TEASE BACKUPS:
THANKS STEVE. STILL NOT SURE ABOUT FRUITCAKE...UP NEXT, JOHN PHIPPS JOINS US WITH SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT BRINGING HOME HARVEST - ESPECIALLY WHEN WEATHER DOESN'T COOPERATE.
JOHN’S COMMENTARY:
IN THE NATION'S MID-SECTION, WINTER STARTED EARLY THIS YEAR. HARVEST FOR SOME FARMERS - ESPECIALLY IN THE UPPER MIDWEST - CAME TO AN ABRUPT HALT. WEATHER CHALLENGES ARE WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF FARMING. WHETHER IT'S AN EARLY ARRIVAL OF SNOW IN THE FALL OR AN ABUNDANCE OF RAIN DURING PLANTING SEASON, WEATHER REVEALS THE CHARACTER OF FARMERS. IN HIS ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TRIBUTE, JOHN PHIPPS SHARES HIS MESSAGE OF BRINGING HOME THE HARVEST.
CLOSE:
THANK YOU JOHN. AND OUR THANKS TO 'YOU' FOR SHARING PART OF YOUR THANKSGIVING WITH US. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THANK YOU FOR WORK YOU DO TO FEED THIS WORLD. IT'S BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR ALL OF US AT FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, BUT FOR YOU, TYNE, THE FALL BROUGHT AN EXTRA SPECIAL GIFT. IT SURE DID CLINTON. MY HUSBAND JAMES AND I WERE BLESSED TO BRING KINSLER RENAE INTO THE WORLD. AS FIRST TIME PARENTS, RAISING A CHILD BRINGS CHALLENGES. BUT ALSO AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY TO OUR LIVES...INDEED IT DOES. FROM OUR FAMILIES TO YOURS, WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE PART OF A BUSINESS WHO PROVIDES THE GIFT EACH FALL--A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

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