USFR Weekly Recap - October 16-17, 2010

November 2, 2010 10:20 AM
 

 

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE #1940
OCTOBER 16-17, 2010

JOHN’S OPEN:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS…BE SURE AND CHECK OUT MIKE'S FORECAST, ESPECIALLY THE DROUGHT MAP. IF ANYONE HAD TOLD ME BACK IN MAY AND JUNE WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE TODAY, I WOULD HAVE BEEN SKEPTICAL. ONE TIRED OLD SAYING IS EXTREMES FOLLOW EACH OTHER, BUT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THEY ARE DOING SO SEEMS TO HAVE PICKED UP RECENTLY. REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, MY GUESS IS WE ARE BEGINNING TO TRADE 2011 PRODUCTION WEATHER ALREADY. MIKE WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF TREND CHANGES. ALL THIS MEANS ANOTHER ELEMENT OF VOLATILITY WILL CHALLENGE PRODUCERS. WORST OF ALL, FINISHING FIELD WORK THIS YEAR MAY NOT MEAN THE CHANCE TO START SLEEPING THROUGH THE FORECAST. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S AL PELL

E15 WAIVER: THANKS JOHN. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS OF ETHANOL FOR NEWER VEHICLES. THE LONG-AWAITED DECISION ALLOWS THE NATION'S GASOLINE SUPPLY TO BE BLENDED WITH 15% ETHANOL. FOR NOW, EPA SAYS CARS BUILT SINCE 2007 CAN HANDLE THE HIGHER ETHANOL CONTENT. THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY HAS MAINTAINED THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SHOW A 15% ETHANOL BLEND WILL NOT HARM ENGINE PERFORMANCE. BUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY, SMALL ENGINE MANUFACTURERS AND LIVESTOCK GROUPS HAVE ARGUED AGAINST THE INCREASE.

RUSSIA CATTLE: AMERICAN LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ARE HELPING REBUILD BEEF MARKETS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. THIS WEEK 170 HEAD OF ANGUS AND HEREFORDS WERE FLOWN OUT OF NORTH DAKOTA TO KAZAKHSTAN VIA UPS. IN KANSAS, THE HINRICHSEN FAMILY IS TAKING PART IN A SIMILAR PROGRAM. TWO WEEKS AGO, THEY WERE ASKED IF THEY WANT TO SHIP TWO DOZEN OF THEIR ANGUS HEIFERS TO RUSSIA. THAT COUNTRY IS TRYING TO RE-BUILD ITS BEEF MARKET, USING PURE GENETICS FROM U.S. HERDS. HENRICHSEN SAYS THERE ARE AMERICAN PRODUCERS IN RUSSIA SHARING SOME CATTLE BUSINESS TECHNIQUES.

CULLER’S RECORD: MISSOURI FARMER KIP CULLERS HAS DONE IT AGAIN - BREAKING HIS OWN YIELD RECORD FOR SOYBEANS. CULLERS HIT 160.6 BUSHELS AN ACRE ON HIS TEST PLOTS IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...THAT'S UP SIX BUSHELS FROM HIS OLD RECORD SET IN 2007. FOR MORE HARVEST REPORTS, LET'S SEND IT BACK TO JOHN FOR CROP WATCH.

MARKETING RALLY: I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT NOW TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO OUR SECOND ANNUAL "MARKETING RALLY" SET FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO. LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR, THIS EVENT WILL BRING TOGETHER SIXTEEN OF THE BEST MARKETING MINDS IN AGRICULTURE - INCLUDING MANY OF THE ANALYSTS YOU SEE RIGHT HERE ON U.S. FARM REPORT. I'LL BE THERE AS WELL - SHARPENING MY MARKETING SKILLS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. THE EVENT IS SET FOR DECEMBER 1ST AND 2ND AT THE PHEASANT RUN RESORT IN ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS. FOR THE FULL AGENDA AND REGISTRATION DETAILS, HEAD ONLINE TO WWW.MARKETINGRALLY.COM

ROUNDTABLE: GREGG HUNT OF MF GLOBAL AND BOB UTTERBACK OF UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES.

JOHN’S WORLD: LAST MONTH ASTRONOMERS ANNOUNCED THE DISCOVERY OF A "GOLDILOCKS" PLANET. TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, THE FIRST EXTRASOLAR PLANET WAS ONLY DISCOVERED IN 1992. LIKE THE EARTH, A GOLDILOCKS PLANET IS ONE THAT IS SITUATED SO THAT IT IS NOT TOO COLD AND NOT TOO HOT, AND HENCE OFFERS AT LEAST THE CHANCE OF LIFE DEVELOPMENT. THIS IDEA OF THE HAPPY GOLDILOCKS LOCATION WAS ALSO HOW I HAVE VIEWED MY FARM AND THE MIDWEST IN GENERAL UNTIL THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT SEEMS A PATTERN OF MORE EXTREMES IN WEATHER HAS FRUSTRATED FARMERS AND OTHERS WHO’S WORK IS HIGHLY AFFECTED BY WEATHER TRENDS. THIS YEAR FOR EXAMPLE MY FARM HAS SEEN RECORD EARLY WARMTH, FOLLOWED BY RECORD RAINFALL, FOLLOWED BY MORE RECORD HEAT AND VIRTUALLY NO RAINFALL. WE CAN'T SEEM TO FIND THE PORRIDGE THAT'S JUST RIGHT. ODDLY ENOUGH THIS HAS LESS AFFECT ON AVERAGE WEATHER NUMBERS AS THE EXTREMES SORT OF CANCEL EACH OTHER OUT OVER TIME. BUT IT HAS MADE PRODUCTION OF ABOUT ANY CROP FAR MORE EXACTING, AS THERE IS LESS ROOM FOR ERROR. THIS COULD BE A PATTERN WE WILL SEE MORE OF AS WELL, IF CLIMATOLOGIST PREDICTIONS ARE CORRECT. WE'LL COPE WITH MORE EXTREMES MORE OFTEN. IN FACT, ON OUR FARM, WE THINK THE LARGEST PRODUCTION CHALLENGE WE FACE IN THE FUTURE WILL BE TO GROW A CROP WHILE DODGING THE HURDLES OF TOO MUCH OF SOME KIND OF WEATHER. MAYBE GOLDILOCKS DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.... SEND EMAILS TO INFO@USFARMREPORT.COM OR CALL AND LEAVE US A VOICE MAIL.

2ND HALF:
JOHN’S OPEN:
WE EXPERIENCED A USUAL BREAKDOWN ON OUR COMBINE THIS WEEK, AND I WAS STRUCK ONCE AGAIN HOW SOPHISTICATED OUR TOOLS HAVE BECOME. WHILE I WAS PRETTY SURE I KNEW WHAT WAS WRONG, WE HAD NEITHER THE TOOLS NOR SKILLS TO BEGIN THE REPAIR.  LIKE MOTORISTS WHO RAISE THE HOOD BESIDE THE HIGHWAY, IT WAS ONLY TO FIND A COMPLEX AND BARELY RECOGNIZABLE COLLECTION OF ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL COMPONENTS. WHEN THE TECHNICIAN ARRIVED, WE DIDN'T EVEN NEED TO DESCRIBE WHAT HAD HAPPENED EITHER - HE HOOKED A LAPTOP UP AND THE MACHINE TOLD HIM EVERYTHING. AT TIMES LIKE THIS, IT'S HARD TO AVOID THE SUSPICION THAT THE NEXT STEP IN FARM AUTOMATION WILL TARGET ME. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND AL PELL....

USDA FOOD TRICKS: THANKS JOHN. THEY CALL IT "FOOD PSYCHOLOGY" - BUT CAN YOU REALLY TRICK KIDS INTO MAKING SMARTER EATING CHOICES? THE USDA IS WILLING TO SPEND TWO-MILLION DOLLARS TO FIND OUT. THE MONEY WILL BE USED BY RESEARCHERS TO STUDY THE BEHAVIOR OF KIDS USING THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. THEY HOPE THAT DOING THINGS LIKE HIDING CHOCOLATE MILK BEHIND THE PLAIN MILK AND PUTTING APPLES AND ORANGES IN NICE BASKETS RATHER THAN STAINLESS STEEL BINS WILL PROMPT KIDS TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES. SCHOOLS WHO HAVE TRIED TO FORCE FEED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HAVE ONLY MET RESISTANCE.

HEALTHY APPS: FOOD WAS ON THE MINDS OF THESE KIDS AS THEY TOOK PART IN THE USDA'S "HEALTHY APPS FOR KIDS CHALLENGE". THE KIDS WORKED IN TEAMS ACROSS THE NATION TO DESIGN APPS AND GAMES THAT ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. YOU CAN ACTUALLY TAKE FROM A MENU AND DRAG AND DROP THE FOOD ITEMS ONTO A PLATE AND THEN THERE ARE METERS ALONG THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THAT WILL TELL YOU, IS THERE TOO MUCH SALT, IS THERE NOT ENOUGH PROTEIN. SMASH YOUR FOOD TAKES TEN OF THE MOST COMMONLY ABUSED FOODS BY KIDS IN THE USA TODAY, BURGERS FRIES, MILKSHAKES AND IT LITERALLY SQUISHES THEM AND THE SMASHES THEM TO SMITHEREENS AND SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH SUGAR, SALT AND OIL AND FAT THERE IS IN THEM.

CHICKEN AND EGGS: IF YOU ATE EGGS LAST FRIDAY, CONGRATULATIONS ON PARTICIPATING IN WORLD EGG DAY. HELD EVERY YEAR ON THE SECOND FRIDAY OF OCTOBER, THE EVENT PROMOTES THE HEALTH AND BENEFITS OF THIS BREAKFAST STAPLE. THE CACKLE HATCHERY IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI CELEBRATES EGGS YEAR-ROUND. EACH WEEK THE HATCHERY BREAKS OUT UP TO 170,000 BIRDS. MOST YEARS THE HATCHING HAULTS ONCE OCTOBER HITS...BUT NOT THIS YEAR. THE RECENT RECALL OF HALF A BILLION EGGS WAS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR BOTH PRODUCERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS. THE HATCHERY ATTRIBUTES THE INCREASED DEMAND TO HEALTH CONCERNS AFTER THE RECALL, AND NEW BACKYARD ORDINANCES AROUND THE COUNTRY. MOST CHICKENS INSIDE CITY LIMITS ARE OKAY AS LONG AS IT’S A LIMITED NUMBER AND THEY'RE ALL HENS. NO ROOSTERS ALLOWED.

ULTIMATE FARM QUEST: IN ADDITION TO GETTING HIS CROPS OUT OF THE FIELD, OHIO FARMER DOUG RUPP IS ALSO EVALUATING EQUIPMENT THAT MAY HELP HIM REACH SOME OF HIS AGRONOMIC GOALS. IN TODAY'S ULTIMATE FARM QUEST UPDATE, THE OHIO FARMER TELLS US WHAT HE'S LOOKING FOR WHEN IT COMES TO CROP RESIDUE. CERTAIN VARIETIES OF CORN HAVE STRONGER STALKS AND THEY'RE TOUGHER TO BREAK-DOWN. DOUG HAS ALSO INCREASED PLANT POPULATIONS. THAT'S WHY HE'S TESTING EQUIPMENT THAT DOES A BETTER JOB IN SHREDDING THE CROP WASTE, MAKING IT EASIER TO DE-COMPOSE.

TENNESSEE PUMPKIN PATCH: HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, A GREAT TIME TO HEAD OUT TO THE FARM TO VISIT CORN MAZES THAT HAVE POPPED UP ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, CHUCK DENNEY GETS LOST AMONG THE CORN STALKS AND CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. VERA ANN MYERS WAS THE FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF THE TENNESSEE AGRI-TOURISM ASSOCIATION. TO FIND ONE NEAR YOU, HEAD ONLINE TO WWW.PUMPKINPATCHESANDMORE.ORG .

BAXTER BLACK: WELCOME BACK. A GOOD FARM TRUCK AND A CLEAN FARM TRUCK DON'T OFTEN GO HAND IN HAND...JUST ASK BAXTER BLACK.  WHEN WE COME BACK, AN OLD OLIVER IS THE FOCUS OF TRACTOR TALES PLUS WE'LL HAVE OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE...PLEASE STAY WITH US.

TRACTOR TALES: AT THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW IN IOWA THIS YEAR WE BUMPED INTO A RARE MACHINE. COLLECTOR DICK BURNS TELLS US ALL ABOUT HIS OLIVER 8-80. THE 8-80 LINE OF TRACTORS WAS MANUFACTURED FROM 1958 UNTIL 1963...THE COST BRAND NEW WAS RIGHT AROUND $5,000.

CHURCH SALUTE: TODAY'S FIRST COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH IN OELWEIN, IOWA. THEY ARE MARKING THEIR 125TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKEND. FOUNDED IN 1885, THE CHURCH GREW RAPIDLY ALONG WITH OELWEIN AS IT WAS THE HUB FOR THE CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. THE CONGREGATION IS NOW IN ITS THIRD CHURCH HOME AS A RESULT. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 1245 MEMBERS AND THE CONGREGATION IS LED BY PASTORS LEO AND CHARIS COMBS-LAY. OUR SECOND CHURCH IS THE LICK CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH NEAR GREEN SULPHUR SPRINGS IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE FIRST WORSHIP SERVICES IN A LOG BUILDING BEGAN IN 1832. AS WAS TYPICAL OF THE TIME, LADIES SAT ON ONE SIDE AND MEN ON THE OTHER. A FRAME BUILDING WAS BUILT IN 1881, BUT BURNED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN 1907. THE CHURCH WAS REBUILT THE SAME YEAR AND HAS BEEN LOVINGLY MAINTAINED AND UPGRADED SINCE. OUR THANKS TO CLARENCE HAYES FOR SENDING US THE HISTORY AND PHOTO. AS ALWAYS WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR HOME CHURCH AS WELL... SALUTES CAN BE SENT TO THE ADDRESS ON THE SCREEN. STAY WITH US - THE MAILBAG IS NEXT.

MAILBAG: NOW LET'S FIND OUT WHAT VIEWERS ARE THINKING FROM FARM REPORT MAILBAG....THIS EMAIL ABOUT MY COMMENTARY LAST WEEK WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE: "WHAT I LIKED AND APPRECIATED SO MUCH, WAS THE ABSOLUTELY NONPOLITICAL WAY THE COMMENTATOR FRAMED THE ISSUE, STATING THAT WE NEED TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE OUR ECONOMY RECOVER, BE IT A DECADE OR SEVERAL, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE WISH IT WERE OTHERWISE." ANNE COOK, WOLF CREEK, MONTANA. ANNE, THAT MADE MY WEEK, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT YOUR COMMENT CAUGHT ME OFF-GUARD. MY EXPERIENCE HERE ON U.S. FARM REPORT AS WELL AS WHAT I OBSERVE IN THE MEDIA IN GENERAL IS FOLKS TODAY ALMOST ALWAYS SEE A POLITICAL AGENDA IN ANY PUBLIC STATEMENT. NO MATTER HOW HARD ANY COMMENTATOR TRIES TO BE EVEN-HANDED, HE OR SHE CAN COUNT ON SOMEONE TO INFER HIDDEN LINKAGES OR BIAS. I HAVE COME TO EXPECT, WITHOUT PARTICULAR RESENTMENT, STRONG REACTIONS TO EVEN SEEMINGLY INNOCUOUS STATEMENTS. YOUR PERCEPTION THAT I WAS TRYING TO LOOK AT A PROBLEM AND SUGGEST A SOLUTION RATHER THAN FURTHER A POLITICAL PLAN WAS WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS TRYING TO DO. THE FACT YOU SAW IT AS SUCH BESPEAKS AN OPEN MIND ON YOUR PART, AS WELL AS A REASSURING CONFIDENCE IN OUR ABILITY AS A PEOPLE TO RISE ABOVE PARTISANSHIP - AT LEAST ON OCCASION. SO THANK YOU, ANNE, FOR RESTORING NO SMALL MEASURE OF HOPE IN MY OUTLOOK THAT OUR FUTURE CAN STILL BE SHAPED BY QUIET REASON AND STEADFAST EFFORT BY PEOPLE OF GOOD CONSCIENCE AND STRONG CHARACTER. AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO INFO@USFARMREPORT.COM OR LEAVE US A VOICE MAIL AT 800-792-4329.

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