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  • John_Keifner

    Phipps: Growing When Facing Challenges, Changes in Ag

    Oct 16, 2017 09:53 AM

    There is an old story about how frogs will jump out of boiling water, but if you put them in tepid water and heat it very slowly, they will wait too long to leave and end up boiling. 

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  • johns_world_shop

    Phipps: Belt Tightening, Replacing Belts

    Oct 02, 2017 09:30 AM

    For those of you who lived with someone who lived through the Great Depression, this ditty may sound familiar, "Use it up, wear it out. Make do or do without." 

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  • Harvest29

    John Phipps: Will Farm Consolidation Consume U.S. Agriculture?

    Sep 23, 2017 08:00 AM

    Grain farms reflect farmland ownership, more than farm economics. It’s really hard to operate huge farms in the absence of huge landholdings. We had a recent example. A landowner with a modest farm dies, and being without children, she leaves her acreage to 5 nephews. It took extraordinary effort from the one nephew who was farming the land to buy out or rent the other four shares. This disaggregation occurs constantly across farm country. Most grain farm acres are rented, not owned. When owners change, the operator often changes too. So not only does ownership fracture, tenancy is up for grabs. Also, my impression is big operations don’t have longer lifespans than smaller farms either. Big Time Operators come and go.

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    John Phipps: Power Line Problem is Broader Infrastructure Issue

    Sep 18, 2017 11:00 AM

    Last month, the Missouri Public Service Commission denied permission for the construction of a major new power transmission line across the state. Although most of the commissioners approved of the project a recent court ruling declared the builders must get permission county by county as well, which it did not have. What happens next is unclear.

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  • johns_world_shop

    Drones Vs. Satellite Images

    Sep 11, 2017 11:14 AM

    A few weeks ago I poked fun at ag drones pointing out that it's hard to generate income by flying over crops. There is another more serious reason why I am not on the drone bandwagon—they may be superfluous soon.

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  • johns_world_shop

    Assume Bad News Until Proven Otherwise

    Sep 08, 2017 08:48 AM

    I'm recording this John's World right in the middle of what seems sure to become an epic weather catastrophe - Hurricane Harvey. The insane amounts of rain already dumped on coastal Texas could be matched by even more to come.

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  • johns_world_shop

    How to React to the September Crop Report

    Aug 29, 2017 08:46 AM

    Enough time has elapsed, perhaps, to get back in the water around the August crop report. In fact, most of ag is already bitterly disputing then upcoming September report.

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