USFR Weekly Recap - June 8-9, 2013

June 8, 2013 03:30 AM
 

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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2078

JUNE 8-9, 2013   

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. THERE IS A CURIOUS INTERPLAY OF ECONOMIC FORCES AT WORK AS FARMERS WITH SOGGY FIELDS TRY TO DECIDE THEIR NEXT MOVE. THE STRONGER SAFETY NET OF IMPROVED CROP INSURANCE, THE HIGH PRICES OF INPUTS, AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A FALLOW YEAR TO BREAK DISEASE AND INSECT CYCLES OR DO TILE AND TERRACES HAS MANY PRODUCERS PUSHING THE PENCIL HARDER THAN EXPECTED. MEANWHILE, BELOW NORMAL TEMPS - WHICH MIKE WILL HAVE MORE ON PRESENTLY - DOESN'T BODE FOR A RAPID CATCHUP IN CROP PROGRESS. EVEN  OUR FIELDS, WHICH ESCAPED THE WORST OF THIS SPRING'S WEATHER HAVE DEVELOPED SOME RAGGED AREAS. THE ACREAGE AND YIELD GUESSES COULD BE ALL OVER THE BOARD AGAIN THIS YEAR. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANKS JOHN. THE FIRST LAWSUIT HAS NOW BEEN FILED IN A CASE INVOLVING GENETICALLY ENHANCED WHEAT. AND NOW THERE ARE ACCUSATIONS THAT THE UN-APPROVED CROP - DISCOVERED IN OREGON - MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM SABOTAGE. FIRST AN UPDATE ON THE LAWSUIT. MEANWHILE, THE COMPANY SAID THIS WEEK IT'S NOT RULING OUT THE POSSIBILITY IT'S A VICTIM OF SABOTAGE. ROBB FRALEY - MONSANTO'S CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - SAYS - QUOTING NOW - "WE'RE CONSIDERING ALL OPTIONS AND THAT'S CERTAINLY ONE OF THE OPTIONS."  AND, THE ATTORNEY OF THE OREGON FARMER WHERE THE WHEAT WAS FOUND SAYS THE FIELD WAS LEFT FALLOW THIS YEAR. AFTER THE FARMER TRIED TO BURNDOWN VOLUNTEER WHEAT--AND IT WOULDN'T DIE- HE NOTIFIED AND PROVIDED SAMPLES TO OREGON STATE. THE FARMER SAYS THE VOLUNTEER PLANTS COVERED ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF THE FIELD...AND HE HAD PLANTED CERTIFIED SEED THE YEAR BEFORE. BY A VOTE OF 75 TO 22 THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO END DEBATE ON THE FARM BILL. THE MEASURE NEEDED AT LEAST 60 VOTES TO PASS. NOW IT'S ONTO A VOTE ON THE FINAL BILL. THAT'S LIKELY TO HAPPEN NEXT MONDAY. SATURATED FIELDS - LIKE THIS ONE IN HENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS - ARE A COMMON SITE THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST. THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS CORN PLANTING FINALLY SURPASSED 90 PERCENT THIS WEEK. IOWA AND MINNESOTA ARE BOTH 11 PERCENTAGE POINTS BEHIND NORMAL. WISCONSIN IS 20 POINTS BEHIND. USDA SAYS HALF THE CROP IS CALLED GOOD. ANOTHER THIRD IS JUST FAIR. SOYBEAN PLANTING IS 20 POINTS BEHIND.

CROP WATCH:

CROP WATCH THIS WEEK FOCUSES ON THE SATURATED CORN BELT. IN PALO ALTO COUNTY, IOWA, A FARMER TOLD AGWEB THE LAST TIME THEY WERE IN THE FIELD IS MAY 16TH.  HE QUIPPED "HE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEW YEAR'S WHEN IT'S ALL OVER"  IN STEELE COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ONE PRODUCER DESCRIBED HIS CORN STAND AS POOR. AND NO BEANS ARE PLANTED YET. THEY TRIED TO WORK GROUND THIS WEEK AND EVEN THEIR 'QUAD TRACK' GOT STUCK

ROUNDTABLE:

AL JOINS US TO TALK MARKETS WITH GREGG HUNT AND TOMMY GRISAFI.

JOHN’S WORLD:

IF YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH, YOU GET TO SEE MANY OF THE THINGS YOU PREDICT WILL FAIL TO COME TRUE. SO IT IS WITH GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS - GMO'S. A FEW YEARS AGO, I PRONOUNCED THIS CONTROVERY TO BE DWINDLING TO IRRELEVANCE, AS OPPONENTS HAD FAILED TO MAKE ANY CASE WHATSOEVER CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF GMO PRODUCTS IN USE ON FARMS. BUT I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW I HAD BEEN MISLED BEFORE ABOUT CLEARLY SUPERIOR INNOVATIONS AND PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE. FOR EXAMPLE,  I WAS CONVINCED THAT IT'S MANY ADVANTAGES WOULD MEAN NUCLEAR POWER WOULD BE THE SOURCE OF CHOICE FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION BY NOW. SIMILARLY I BELIEVED WE WOULD FINALLY OFFICALLY ADOPT THE METRIC SYSTEM, WHICH IS CLEARLY SUPERIOR AND A MAJOR, UNEEDED TRADE HEADACHE FOR THE U-S. I LIKED THE IDEA OF THE DVORAK KEYBOARD, SINCE THE QWERTY VERSION WAS PREPOSTEROUSLY INEFFICENT. WRONG AND WRONG.  IN ALL THESE CASES, I MADE THE NAIVE ASSUMPTION THAT HARD EVIDENCE WOULD WIN OUT IN THE END. IN BOTH CASES, SUCH DATA HASN'T MADE MUCH DIFFERENCE. DESPITE THE NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS NONE OF THESE TECHNOLGIES ARE GAINING MANY CONVERTS. NUCLEAR PLANTS ARE SHUTTING DOWN, AND STATES ARE TRYING TRY TO MANDATE GMO LABELS, FOR EXAMPLES. BEING SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT COUNTS FOR LESS THESE DAYS, AS PEOPLE USE A "CAFACTERIA" APPROACH TO DEFEND ILLOGICAL PREJUDICES. GM PROPONENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WINNING AN ARGUMENT OR VOTE IS NOT THE SAME THING AS CLOSING A SALE - AND THAT'S THE REAL GOAL.

2ND HALF

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. LIKE MANY OF YOU, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE SCHOOLS RURAL AMERICA. THE RECENT NEWS FROM THE CENSUS BUREAU DOESN'T OFFER MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT. TYNE HAS MORE IN A MINUTE. LOWER BIRTH RATES AND SCHOOL FUNDING PROBLEMS COMPOUND MY CONCERNS. BECAUSE SCHOOL MEMORIES ARE VIRTUALLY INSEPARABLE FROM CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, EFFORTS TO REDESIGN EDUCATION SYSTEMS TO FIT CURRENT REALITY STRUGGLE WITH STRONGLY HELD IDEAS OF WHAT SCHOOLS SHOULD LOOK LIKE. BUT AS COMUNITY AFTER COMMUNITY BATTLES STARK CONSTRAINTS OF MONEY AND POPULATION, SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SEEM INEVITABLE.  LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND TYNE MORGAN...

HEADLINES:

THE TOUGH ECONOMY HAS PUSHED MORE PEOPLE OUT OF RURAL AMERICA IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. THE U-S CENSUS BUREAU SAYS ABOUT 180-THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE LEFT SMALL TOWNS IN SEARCH OF WORK IN BIGGER CITIES. AND THAT ENERGY BOOM IN NORTH DAKOTA HELPED DOMESTIC CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION EXCEED IMPORTS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1997.  FOR THE LAST WEEK OF MAY, THE U.S. PUMPED OUT SEVEN-POINT THREE MILLION BARRELS PER DAY. IMPORTS DIPPED TO SEVEN-POINT TWO MILLION. COMPANIES THAT DRILL FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS ON PUBLIC LANDS HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TWO MONTHS TO COMMENT ON A NEW RULE WHICH WOULD REGULATE FRACKING. IT'S A TECHNIQUE USED TO INJECT HIGH PRESSURE WATER AND SAND TO EXTRACT CRUDE OIL. THE NEW RULE WOULD REQUIRE COMPANIES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO DISCLOSE THE CHEMICALS USED IN FRACKING OPERATIONS AND HOW THEY DISPOSE OF WASTEWATER. NOW TO BIOFUELS. THAT INDUSTRY MAY PROVIDE A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR TOBACCO GROWERS. BIOFUEL RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY HAVE ENGINEERED TOBACCO PLANTS TO PRODUCE OILS THAT CAN SERVE AS BIOFUELS . USE OF TOBACCO FOR CIGARETTE PRODUCTS IS DECREASING IN THE UNITED STATES. TOBACCO GROWERS ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH THEIR CROP.

THE PORK INDUSTRY GATHERED THIS WEEK FOR THE ANNUAL WORLD PORK EXPO. ONE THING THE INDUSTRY IS WATCHING CLOSELY RIGHT NOW IS THE OUTBREAK OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA  - OR P-E-D AS ITS COMMONLY KNOWN.

MISSIONARY MUSEUM:

IT'S THE COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WORTHY OF A BIG-CITY MUSEUM...BUT THIS PRICELESS BOUNTY RESIDES RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IOWA'S COUNTRYSIDE. REPORTING FROM THE SMALL TOWN OF MAPLETON, AL JONES FROM AFFILIATE KTIV SHOWS US HOW A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY IS HELPING COLLECT MEMORIES AND HISTORY.

BAXTER BLACK:

EVER WONDER WHAT THE CAREER PATH LOOKS LIKE FOR A COWBOY POET?  FOR BAXTER BLACK, IT WAS A FIVE-STEP PROCESS.  HE JOINS US NOW FROM HIS ARIZONA RANCH TO EXPLAIN.

TRACTOR TALES:

AL IS BACK WITH US NOW - WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR US THIS WEEK ON TRACTOR TALES JOHN, WE TRAVELED TO SOUTHERN INDIANA TO CHECK OUT A FAMILY FAVORITE.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HAVRE, MONTANA. IN 1900 A LARGE NUMBER OF SCANDINAVIANS SETTLED IN THE AREA. IT WAS CALLED THE "NORWAY PRAIRIE". IN 1910, REVEREND LUNDEE VISITED FROM GREAT FALLS WITH THE IDEA TO START A CHURCH. SEVEN MONTHS LATER THE FIRST SERVICE WAS HELD. BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL JULY 1913 THAT THE NORWEGIAN EVANAGELICAL LUTHERN CONGREGATION WAS FORMALLY ORGANIZED, DURING THE 1920'S ANOTHER LUTHERAN CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED NORTH OF HAVRE. BUT EVENTUALLY IT CLOSED AND MEMBERS SWITCHED TO FIRST LUTHERAN. IN THE 50'S A NEW WORSHIP BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED AND IT REMAINS IN USE TODAY. A CHURCH BELL STILL RINGS TODAY, CALLING PEOPLE TO CHURCH, OUR THANKS TO KETIH DOLL AND KAREN VOSSEN FOR SHARING THE NEWS.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. WE RECEIVED A WELL-DESERVED ZINGER FROM LAURIE ROSS IN REMINGTON, INDIANA AFTER MY COMMENTS ABOUT DATED IMAGES FROM FARMING'S PAST.

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