Cool Fusion

The crop is growing. It has been cool so it’s not getting big very fast. Unusual. I don’t remember ever catching up. Not that I have. Unless you mean shipping out the old crop. I’m caught up with that. The 2017 crop should be better than the 1917 one. Around here. Lots of young buck growers means an early in. Good to get ahead of what could end up being a 1994 type rain don’t make grain event. Has a volcano blanketed the skies?

We’ve had plenty of rains but not too much rain. All cover no book. Enough has fallen for the time being. We’ll need more by fall, or should I say fill, as in grain fill after pollination but the tank is full as they say. First cutting hay has been washed so it can stop “raining” (During planting it took a week to rain an inch) The last two were close to a quarter inch rains. No real erosion yet, not in the no till. Could we get two years in a row?

I’ll apologize for the long time no post. As I run out of fence to rip out I may give the old blog more time. Until then this will have to do. So I’ll …….

See you there, and see you then.




While we are on the subject of GMOs I would be amiss if I didn’t bring up the oft repeated topic of China rejecting shipments of American corn that contains some new GMO trait that hasn’t yet met the Chinese government’s approval process. That’ll allegedly be approved in the near future. The shipments started to be redirected last winter. Never mind that the Chinese government has stated that they are going to eliminate the large stockpiles of corn (and other commodities) they have been keeping in exchange for a more market oriented approach. I can only liken the Chinese storage as a hedge against starvation. Much like the old American corn reserve that paid farmers to store excess corn holding it off the market until a shortage showed up. Creating a definite moderating effect on the market price. As long as the market knew that corn was in storage the less it had to ramp up prices to stifle demand. There was always a cushion built in.

Where would corn prices have topped two years ago without Chinese stockpiles? Parity perhaps?

The commodity market commentators have repeatedly pointed out that the GMO issue was only the Chinese way of implementing this switch. An easy scapegoat to point to to explain why they are reneging on a sales contract once prices worked lower due to world and American farmers ramping up corn production in the wake of the great green energy movement into the corn bins of the Midwest. Think ethanol. How we can tell that this GMO issue is more politics than reality is the simple fact that at least one Chinese corn seed company executive is currently cooling his heels in jail and many more are on the run for trying to steal the very technology from American seed companies that their governments are trying to deny entry into their country. They won’t buy it but they will steal it to grow it over there. How disingenuous is that?  It’s like buying a car but refusing delivery as you try to steal one at the same time. Quite comical actually.

While we’re on the subject of where things come from I want to broach the subject of labeling meat. Specifically I’m talking about the COOL law. Also known as the country of origination label law. A couple of years ago our Congress passed the COOL law. A law that mandates that meat list on it’s label where on earth it came from. It has yet to be implemented. Now my thought that it aught not have to be a law because good business practices dictate it already will be put aside for the duration of this post. The fact that Canada and Mexico have threatened to “retaliate” for us wanting to know who raised our meat is another of those warning sirens and flashing lights moments in time. What are the Canadians and the Mexicans trying to hide? What are they doing to their animals that would make them not want us to know they came from over the borders?

I would think that like a Rolls Royce they would be proud of their meat and would want to differentiate the product on the store shelves. Not too many a Rolls Royce are re branded Chevrolet to slip them past the consumers. Why would the Canadians and the Mexicans be trying to do basically the same thing with their meat? Why only meat? When I buy Crown Royal I know it came from Canada and I buy it just the same. When I buy Jose’ Cuervo I know that it comes from Mexico and I buy it just the same. Grapes from Chile have a label that says so and I buy them just the same. As does most of the fruit and vegetables that are sold fresh in the supermarket. How can meat be any different? I would argue that given the huge amount of resources that are consumed in the raising of meat and the diverse and varied ways to raise meat a label on meat explaining at least where they came from would be prudent. But obviously not in the hallowed halls of NAFTA.

Maybe it’s time to scrap NAFTA. Like Ross Perot said, that giant sucking sound proves NAFTA sucks.

From the corn patch …….



Know Sweat

Five days since I made a post. Twelve loads of corn and twenty two big bales of hay hauled ago. And the corn was vacuumed out of three metal grain bins that stand alone and three wooden grain bins in an old converted corn crib. That means every two loads I had to get in and sweep the floor with what can only be called a giant cushion type fitting that goes on the end of the vacuum’s suction hose. It has a “t” handle to manipulate it with and two wheels to roll along on the floor during those few occasions when you move it straight forward and back. Most of the time you’re simply man handling it around the floor, working back and forth along the leading edge of the diminishing corn pile. It’s what I call a full wet shirt job. After I’m done I’m always soaked from the waist up.

Which brings up the new hair cut. The second one in as many months. I hope this mini ice age picks back up like last year or I may have to get a third haircut this summer. I may even shave, who knows. I like a good sweat as much as the next workaholic but two to three times a day is getting a little ridiculous. But I hope this all explains the sudden drop in posting frequency. I’d hate to lose my readership over working too much elsewhere. All things in moderation they say. Last July I lost the whole damn blog because I was out of town on a twenty fifth wedding anniversary trip to Colorado. It was accidental but I lost it just the same. I should have been paying more attention. Now CoCreator’s Blog’s been hijacked by someone else. I still claim all the content posted on it back when that title and the url cocreator’ was under my control. Along with Cocreator’s New Blog.

Speaking of mini ice ages next week we are suppose to be setting record cold temperature lows around the middle of the lower forty eight. This after one of the wettest springs on record for the area. Summer’s off to a pretty wet start also. The wet spots are wetter than normal, bigger than normal and staying wet longer than normal. There are new wet spots on hillsides where I’ve never seen them before. There are a lot of drowned out beans that will never come back. So the seventy some percent of the crops that are good to excellent are maybe all there are. Seventy five percent is the level of coverage most producers pick to buy when it comes to crop insurance protection. Something tells me those insurance underwriters know how to make money. Guarantee them what they’ll grow and charge a pretty penny to do it. Where else can they make money when interest is nonexistent.

Which at three dollar corn thank God. Talk about sweat! It’s that time. Those bank operating notes may need to be re-written. Along with the land leases. Along with the seed and fertilizer. Along with most anything we farmers buy. If a rising tide lifts all boats what happens when the tsunami flows back out? Talk about undertow! Either way, enjoy the ride. Savor the sweat.

See ya then, see ya there.