May 03, 2007

Odd Crop Report Headline

Big John Deere Planter
I saw this headline in a clipping service e-mail from Brownfield's Ag News Network: Nebraska Corn Board chairman relishes rain. The headline would have you believe the article will deal with grain farmers' worries that a) fields will be too wet, delaying planting or b) already drought suffering fields will be too dry later. When I read the article it was mainly a warning to farmers planning to plant seed corn using Syngenta's Agrisure RW MIR 604 biotechnology. Be careful to keep this stuff out of the Japanese market. They don't like biotech food, but will eat deadly poisonous raw fugu blowfish. Go figure.

The last two paragraphs, beginning with, "In other matters...", the author, Omaha's Peter Shinn, gets around to talking about the recent rain. That is what I started out to write about. The rain has delayed the grain fields surrounding the feedlot only slightly. No problems, but grain farmers always have to have two or three good reasons to worry and complain in reserve. Just in case the weather changes.
Here is an nice farm report from transplanted Nebraskan Genevieve at Prairie Bluestem. Read how farmers rated in Brobdingnag. The King of B-Town also thought Europeans were "the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth."

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