USFR Weekly Recap - October 2-3, 2010

October 2, 2010 04:36 AM
 

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE #1938
OCTOBER 2-3, 2010

JOHN’S OPEN: HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. I THINK WE CAN ANTICIPATE SOME DISCUSSION IN OUR ROUNDTABLE ABOUT THE GRAIN STOCKS REPORT. NORMALLY, THIS ROUTINE INVENTORY CHECK IS NOT A HEADLINE GRABBER, BUT THIS WEEK THE CORN-COUNTERS SOMEHOW FOUND A FEW BINS OF OLD-CROP CORN THAT NOBODY KNEW WERE THERE. IN FACT, THEY REPORTED A WHOPPING 300 MILLION BUSHELS MORE THAN THE TRADE EXPECTED. LINDA SMITH HAS AN EXCELLENT INTERVIEW WITH THE NASS OFFICIAL IN CHARGE ON AGWEB, AND HE WAS NOTICEABLY DEFENSIVE. HE SHOULD BE. CONFIDENCE IN NASS REPORTS IS ERODING AND THE AGENCY SEEMS RELATIVELY UNCONCERNED. SUCH INDIFFERENCE COULD BE A LIABILITY WHEN DEFICIT HAWKS START WORK ON THE USDA BUDGET. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S AL PELL

CORN HARVEST: THANKS JOHN. 2009 WAS A MISERABLE HARVEST SEASON ON MANY FARMS...BUT 2010 IS SHAPING UP TO BE A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY. LET'S BEGIN WITH CORN. AS OF LAST WEEKEND, 27% OF THE CROP HAD BEEN HARVESTED...UP NINE POINTS FROM THE WEEK BEFORE AND MORE THAN 20-POINTS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S PACE. GROWERS IN ILLINOIS, INDIANA AND KENTUCKY ARE LEADING THE CHARGE. AT THE SAME TIME, PICKING IS JUST GETTING GOING IN IOWA, MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN.

SOYBEAN HARVEST: SOYBEAN HARVEST IS ALSO PACING WELL AHEAD OF 2009. IN ITS WEEKLY UPDATE, THE AG DEPARTMENT PEGGED HARVEST AT 17% COMPLETE, UP FOUR POINTS FROM THE WEEK BEFORE. SOUTHERN STATES ARE REPORTING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WITH HARVEST MORE THAN HALF WAY DONE IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI.

COTTON HARVEST: HARVEST SEASON IS ALSO PROGRESSING NICELY IN COTTON COUNTRY. AS OF LAST WEEK, 19% OF THE CROP HAD BEEN HARVESTED...FIVE POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.

LOUISISANA COTTON: IN LOUISIANA, COTTON APPEARS TO BE BOUNCING BACK AFTER A NUMBER OF FORGETTABLE YEARS. PLANTED ACREAGE IS UP TO ABOUT 250,000 ACRES THIS YEAR...AND YIELDS ARE COMING IN STRONG. WITH PRICES ON THE UPSWING, COTTON IS MAKING A COMEBACK IN THE BAYOU STATE. CROP WATCHERS SAY HIGH TEMPERATURES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER HELPED THE CROP MATURE EARLY. HARVEST SHOULD WRAP BY THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER.

MI POTATO HARVEST: IN SOUTHERN MICHIGAN THIS WEEK, CONDITIONS WERE PERFECT FOR PICKING POTATOES.

ROUNDTABLE: ANDY SHISSLER AND BRIAN BASTING

JOHN’S WORLD: GUESS WHAT THE HOT NEW TREND IN GRAIN FARMING IS AROUND MY PART OF THE WORLD? TILLAGE - AND LOTS OF IT. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF USING LESS TILLAGE FARMERS IN MY AREA HAVE DISCOVERED OUR HEAVY SOILS ARE VERY COMPACTED, AND IT REALLY HURT CORN YIELDS THIS YEAR. AT THE SAME TIME, AN EXTREMELY EARLY HARVEST HAS PROVIDED A WINDOW TO RIP UP THOSE ROCK-HARD FIELDS, SO LARGE TRACTORS AND DEEP TILLAGE ARE ALL THE RAGE. SINCE WE ARE PUTTING IN TILE TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE I HAD THE CHANCE TO SEE THE COMPACTION FIRST-HAND, SO I'M JOINING MY NEIGHBORS TO TRY TO REMOVE SOME OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE FROM EXTREMELY WET SEASONS. WE OFTEN FORGET HOW SEVERAL INCHES OF WATER STANDING FOR A WEEK CAN COMPRESS SOIL. ALL THIS TILLAGE RUNS COUNTER TO THE TREND TOWARD LESS SOIL DISTURBANCE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN FACT, FARMERS HAVE OFTEN POINTED OUT HOW NO-TILL IS REDUCING SOIL EROSION - AND IT DOES. BUT NOT ALL SOILS IN ALL PLACES GROWING ALL CROPS ARE AMENABLE TO THIS TECHNIQUE. IN ILLINOIS, FOR EXAMPLE, NO-TILL ACRES SEEM TO HAVE LEVELED OFF AROUND 15%, AND COULD WELL BE DROPPING NOW. BUT THE EVIDENCE ON MY FARM IS CLEAR, AND THE BOULDERS WE'RE PULLING UP CONFIRM IT. THERE ARE WAYS TO DO TILLAGE THAT MINIMIZES THE EROSION PROBLEM AS WELL. NO-TILL WILL REMAIN A STRATEGY ADAPTABLE TO THE RIGHT SOILS AT THE RIGHT TIME, BUT WE MUST CONSIDER A WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTION PRACTICES. 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:
HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. THE RELENTLESS STRING OF WARM, DRY WEATHER IS HELPING MANY PRODUCERS IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT AT LEAST FINISH HARVEST IN RECORD TIME. IN FACT, SOME OF MY NEIGHBORS HAVE PARKED THE COMBINE AND WILL SOON BE FINISHED WITH FALL TILLAGE AS WELL.  WHICH LEADS TO THE INTERESTING QUESTION: WHAT TO DO FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS? THIS UNPRECEDENTED RECORD PACE MEANS WINTER WILL BE UNUSUALLY LONG, IF WE DEFINE IT AS THE PERIOD BETWEEN END OF HARVEST AND BEGINNING OF PLANTING. THIS IS ALL THE MORE REMARKABLE BECAUSE LAST YEAR THE GAP BETWEEN HARVEST AND PLANTING WAS THE SHORTEST WE HAD EVER KNOWN. I'M AFRAID WE'RE LOSING OUR SENSE OF RHYTHM. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND AL PELL....

MANDATORY PRICING: THANKS JOHN. PRESIDENT OBAMA PUTS HIS SIGNATURE ON A MANDATORY PRICE REPORTING BILL. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION IS INTENDED TO ENSURE PRODUCERS ARE GETTING FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR THEIR LIVESTOCK. THE LAW INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT REQUIRES USDA TO ESTABLISH AN ELECTRONIC PRICE REPORT SYSTEM FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. THE MEASURE ALSO INCLUDES AN EXPANSION OF PRICE REPORTING FOR PORK. THE NEW LAW EXTENDS THE PROGRAM THROUGH SEPTEMBER, 2015.

DC WHEAT: WHILE IT REGULARLY PLAYS HOST TO RALLIES AND LOTS OF TOURISTS, THE NATIONAL MALL HAS NEVER BEEN CONSIDERED AS PRIME CROP-LAND...UNTIL NOW. THE WHEAT FOODS COUNCIL RECENTLY BROUGHT A QUARTER ACRE OF THE AMBER WAVES TO THE SHADOW OF THE U.S. CAPITOL. GROWN IN PALLETS, THE DISPLAY SHOWCASED WHEAT IN ITS DIFFERENT LIFE CYCLES. THE GOAL IS TO EDUCATE LAWMAKERS AND VISITORS ON THE IMPACT WHEAT HAS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. THE EVENT FEATURED WHEAT PRODUCTION, MILLING, LIVE BAKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND NUTRITION ADVICE. A SIMILAR EVENT WAS HELD IN NEW YORK CITY IN 2008.

OBESITY COST: IN WHAT'S BELIEVED TO BE A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND REPORT, RESEARCHERS AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ARE PUTTING A PRICE TAG ON OBESITY IN AMERICA. THE CALCULATION WAS BUILT ON A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING LOST PRODUCTIVITY AND MEDICAL EXPENDITURES. FOR WOMEN, IT ADDS UP TO NEARLY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR... ABOUT DOUBLE THE COST FOR MEN. OBESITY IS LINKED TO NEARLY 150 BILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTHCARE COSTS ANNUALLY....NEARLY 10% OF ALL MEDICAL EXPENSES IN THE U.S.

ULTIMATE FARM QUEST: WHEN YOU'RE RUNNING YOUR COMBINE DURING HARVEST, EFFICIENCY IS CRITICAL. IN TODAY'S FARM QUEST UPDATE, WE SEE HOW ONE PRODUCER IS EVALUATING THE EFFICIENCY OF VARIOUS CORN HEADS. AT DOUG RUPP'S FARM IN STRYKER, OHIO, HIS HIRED HAND HAS ENJOYED GOOD CONDITIONS TO RUN THE COMBINE THIS FALL. ALONG WITH BRINGING IN THE CROP, THEY'RE TESTING AN AFTER-MARKET CORN HEAD. AS PART OF HIS AGRONOMIC PLAN, DOUG WANTS TO SEE IF THE COMBINE CAN RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE.

HEARTLAND: IF YOU'RE A TRAVELER WHO LIKES TO TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT, HAVE WE GOT A STOP FOR YOU. NEXT TIME YOU HEAD TO IOWA, BE SURE TO VISIT THE SMALL TOWN OF PRIMGHAR. IT'S HERE THAT YOU'LL FIND A HOTEL LIKE NONE OTHER. AL JONES FROM AFFILIATE KTIV IN SIOUX CITY TAKES US FOR A TOUR. THANKS AL...THE EDWARDS BROTHERS NAMED THE HOTEL 'BILL'S CABIN' AFTER THEIR LATE FATHER WHO LOVED GOLF. A NIGHT'S STAY WILL COST YOU $130 THE FIRST NIGHT AND $100 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL NIGHT.

BAXTER BLACK: PUNCHING A TIME CLOCK IS COMMON AT MANY PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT...BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY ON THE FARM. BAXTER BLACK TELLS US WHY...WHEN WE COME BACK, TRACTOR TALES FEATURES AN INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PLUS WE'LL HAVE OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE...PLEASE STAY WITH US.

TRACTOR TALES: TRACTOR TALES THIS WEEK TAKES US TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN TO MEET AN AVID INTERNATIONAL COLLECTOR...THE "F" SERIES TRACTORS WERE BUILT FROM 1932 UNTIL 1939. UP UNTIL 1936 THEY WERE PAINTED DEEP BLUE-GREY...AFTER THAT THE COLOR WAS CHANGED TO "FARM-ALL RED". IN 1974 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER BECAME THE FIRST COMPANY TO MANUFACTURE FIVE MILLION TRACTORS.

CHURCH SALUTE: WE TRAVEL TO THE LONE STAR STATE FOR OUR FIRST COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE. WE HONOR THE ST MARY CHURCH IN HIGH HILL, NEAR SCHULENBERG. FOUNDED BY SEVERAL GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN FAMILIES IN THE MID 1800'S. THE FIRST MASS WAS CELEBRATED BY FATHER GURY IN 1861. THEY CHOSE THE NAME TO REMIND THEM OF THE MOUNTAINS OF THEIR HOME. THE FIRST CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1869, THE SECOND IN 1876, AND THE CURRENT CHURCH HOME DEDICATED IN 1906. IT IS KNOWN AS THE "QUEEN OF THE PAINTED CHURCHES" AND IS LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES. WE THANK LEO KAINER FOR SENDING US THE INFORMATION.  OUR SECOND CHURCH IS THE MELVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN MELVIN, IOWA. IT WAS BEGUN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF REVEREND JOHN SMITH IN 1910. BY THE FOLLOWING YEAR, A CHURCH BUILDING WAS COMPLETED. THAT STRUCTURE WAS REPLACED IN 1960. MEMBERSHIP IS ABOUT 100 AND THE CONGREGATION IS LED BY PASTOR DAVID FINELY. OUR THANKS TO DARYL AND VI DAGGETT. 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: TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG....DON M HAS SOME ADVICE FOR MY COMMENTARIES: "MORON.............THE EARTH "HAS" BEEN HIT BY GIANT ASTEROIDS MANY TIMES. CHECK UR FACTS B4 U OPEN UR BIG MOUTH AGAIN!!!" THE STATEMENT TO WHICH HE REFERS WAS AT THE CLOSE OF MY ASSESSMENT OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN AG-BIOTERRORIST THREAT FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS: " THE THREAT YOU DESCRIBE MAY BE POSSIBLE, BUT I RANK IT WITH THE EARTH GETTING HIT BY AN ASTEROID." YOU ARE CORRECT, DON. THE EARTH HAS BEEN HIT BY LARGE ASTEROIDS BEFORE, AND BECAUSE OF THE GEOLOGIC RECORDS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSESS WITH REASONABLE ACCURACY WHAT THAT RISK IS. LARGE ASTEROIDS WHICH CAN CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE ARE ANY OVER 1 KILOMETER IN DIAMETER, AND THEY HIT ABOUT ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS. SO CALLED "DINOSAUR KILLER" ASTEROIDS OCCUR IN INTERVALS OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF YEARS. I WAS REFERRING TO LARGE ASTEROIDS SINCE SMALLER STUFF IS NORMALLY LABELED METEORS. RISK ASSESSMENT IS BEST DONE BY COMPARISON. THE ODDS OF DEVISING A GENETIC SOYBEAN TIME BOMB AND DEPLOYING IT ACROSS THE FIELDS OF AMERICA IS IN THE ORDER OF MAGNITUDE OF AN ASTEROID IMPACT - SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE VERY FAR DOWN ON OUR WORRY LIST. NOT ZERO - BUT NOT MUCH. IN FACT, SINCE THE LIFETIME ODDS OF DYING IN AN AIRPLANE CRASH ARE ROUGHLY ONE IN TEN THOUSAND AND I FLY WITHOUT UNDUE ANXIETY, I USE THAT NUMBER FOR REFERENCE. THE THREAT OF BIOTERRORIST BEANS OR ASTEROIDS IS VASTLY SMALLER. CHECK FOR MORE INFO ON OUR WEBPAGE. 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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