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Never Summer. It’s the name the indigenous peoples gave to the mountain range in Colorado that the snow never melts on in the summer. We visited the mountains four or five years ago during the first week of June (Nearly Summer) and the Rocky Mountain National Park was closed due to many feet of fresh snow.  I asked them when didn’t it snow up there and the locals simply said August. One month of spring / autumn and eleven months of winter. It’s never summer up there. Every year. You have to admire the native Americans, they didn’t waste words. There reaction to the European plow, ” Grass no good upside down.” The same can be said of commodity markets. We’ve under paid producers of raw materials over the years to the tune of sixteen trillion US dollars and counting.

When the cost to produce and or extract raw materials is not recovered in the market the difference has to be loaned into the economy to make up the difference.  If raw materials aren’t paid for they won’t exist. A bankrupt producer can’t produce raw materials. If raw materials don’t exist the jobs created to process raw materials no longer exist. As with the jobs that use raw materials to manufacture products. You have to pay the first dollar first. The term to express this fair price is called it’s parity price. That parity price is enshrined in the 1948 permanent law for agriculture. That’s why the farm bill always has to be renewed or the program will divert back to permanent law if not kept updated. The parity (fair) prices as of November 2112 according to the government’s own data are

Corn parity price   ………..  $12.00 per bushel ……. current (unfair) price ……. $3.63 per bushel

Soybeans parity price …….  $28.90 per bushel …….  current (unfair) price ……. $10.83 per bushel

Wheat parity price  ………..   $18.30 per bushel …….  current (unfair) price ……. $5.38 per bushel

Beef Cattle parity price  ……. $292.00 per cwt. …….  current (unfair) price ……. $159.80 per cwt

Hogs parity price  ………..  $160.00 per cwt.  …….  current (unfair) price ……. $123.62 per cwt

Milk  parity price   ……….. $52.10 per cwt.   …….  current (unfair) price …….  $23.30 per cwt

Now you know why America is at least sixteen plus trillion dollars in debt. Don’t blame social programs, blame Chicago. That’s why Congress shut them down during WWII. It takes honest prices to win a world war. Producers need paid the fair price. When Chicago says they’re taking profits that’s exactly what they’re doing. These commodities are never paid for with debt free money. The nations accounts will be never balanced. The USA will be never prosperous.

Never summer. The July that wasn’t. Cool, some would say cold nights. Cool days if your not working too hard. The forecast for August is more of the same. Never Summer. The grain traders are calling for record grain production due to the perfect pollination weather.  I wonder if they have ever heard of growing degree days. Gdd’s are the accumulated number of days at a certain temperature or above. A plant needs so many days at such and such temperatures to accumulate enough energy in itself  to produce it’s seeds. Those seeds are our crop to sell into the marketplace. I’ve heard a lot of weather references comparing this year with 1994. 1994 was the first never summer I lived through. And farmed through. I never saw it coming.

Neither did the boys in Chi Town. They didn’t know we were short on corn that year until January 1995.  They were surprised that rain didn’t make grain like their little saying says. They had no idea that you needed the sun too. Test weights were way off. A ten pound change in the test weight of a bushel of corn spread over 14,000,000,000 bushels can really add up.  It can amount to between 16% and 20% of the total amount depending on which direction you’re figuring from. I don’t think there’s too many of the ol boys left in the trading pits to remember 1994. So it might be January 2015 before the realization that never summer means never bumper crops. But we’ll have fun watching the entertainment that is Chicago until then. I’ll admit that I got burned on a couple of bins of corn this never summer. In my defense I thought everyone remembered ’94. But when rumors of corn going bad in the bins came around I emptied them all. Barely in time. Racing the market down. No dock but with prices as depressed as they are, what’s the difference.

Cc

 

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Solvent Green

It’s hard to call it a dry lot when it rains every day. Now it’s a mud lot. Pity the cows of summer. I’ve been letting the herd out to graze during the mornings. They have started coming back into the lot to drink on their own. Two days ago the whole herd came in and all I had to do was shut the gate. Yesterday they congregated just outside the gate and a few came in to drink at a time. Some weren’t going to try it after being “caught” the day before by the gate. Once my oldest at home daughter and I ran the whole herd in they all drank heartily, since they were already caught. I’m running out of firm places in the yards to place the hay rings. I may have to move outside the yards into the loafing lane that we were running them down to drink in when we started this dry lot experience. I don’t know who will give up first, the rain or I.

The fence on the north farm is two thirds torn out. We would be pulling the rest of the “T” posts today had we not been rained out by 9:00 AM. With the rain came the chance to post this. It had been coming in the afternoons like the monsoons but today we are strait into the rain forest. Thank God for the new tile lines. They are running full time. Now if I can convince the absentee landlord to lay some tile on the five plus acres of his that amounts to nothing on these wet years. Even if it turns back dry like last year the damage is already done on those soaked and standing water acres. This spring when we laid the tile and I was saying to the contractors I’d be better able to point out where they needed to lay the line if it was still wet they said the stunted stalks and cobs would show them. Their the experts. The division of labor paying off Adam Smith style.

Speaking of the division of labor I’m still waiting on the truck to haul the corn out of the storage bins. I may have to divide that labor up into more than one trucking firm. If my older brother can’t get to it my other older brother has a son who started farming last year and he has bought his own truck. The boy went to college so his truck business card reads “Commodity Relocation Specialist”. Newspeak for trucker. College loans, where would we be without ’em. Oh that’s right, solvent. Out of the red and into the black. Making the green. Solvent green. Aka capital. Yes, that’s capital. Not loans. Debt is the opposite of capital. It leads to farmers working for the shit when it comes to hogs. I can remember when the shit was the by product and the farmers got the money for the hogs. Now they don’t even own the hogs. Some communist Chinese corporation does. The other white meat is now Red meat.

It’s still raining on the scarecrow.

See ya then see ya there …….

Cc

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Forgiven?

If you stand up and tell the people the truth you will be cut down unforgiven. Watch closely and you can easily discern this fact as truth itself. That is what I took away from the book written by Charles Walters titled Unforgiven. I wish I knew who gave me that book. I wish I knew where it went after I read it. What I do know is I found it on a bookshelf here in my home. Inside the vertical set of narrow book shelves that run up the front side of the chimney in the “front room” of this farmhouse I grew up in. It was a small paperback book with a hand grenade and a bullet belt along with a few other items pictured on it’s front cover. I hate to say it because it probably says something about me that I may not want to acknowledge but had it not been for those weapons of war I may not have picked up the book. More truthfully I may have picked it up but the chance that it was a war read is what started me reading it.

It was a war read but not the kind of war I was expecting. The war it describes is the war between the banksters and the free, peace loving, hard working people of these united states. It was a book based on the studious calculations of Carl Wilkens, a founding father of the group of scholars now known as the National Organization of Raw Materials. For whatever reason a group that is hard to find here on the internet. When I searched “NORM Unforgiven” on Duck Duck GO this came out on top …….

Charles Walters – NORM Hall of Fame – NORM Economics Home Page

When I clicked on it this is what popped up next …….

Not Found

The requested URL /websites/normeco/htdocs/walters.html was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an Error Document to handle the request.

Now I know why they call it re search.

So I did a search for the same on You Tube and this is what I stumbled upon …….

A few year old short lecture that will give you the gist of what the book was about. At least what the economics of the book is about. I highly recommend watching the lecture and reading the book if you can get your hands on a copy. Written about Carl Wilken, a congressman from Sioux City Iowa if I remember right. (I read the book back in the 1990’s)  The man who did the bulk of the research that could very possibly have won us the second world war (if we won, see yesterday’s post) was later accused of collusion and racketeering and run out of town unforgiven. Hence the name of the book. It may also explain the weapons of war on the cover.

Yesterday when I was contemplating the twisted, false reading of history we in ‘Merica’ accept as truth I was reminded of this very interesting read. When I searched the tube this was the first vid I found. There may be more out there. There may also be a way to do and end run around the network sensors and find out more about this group (NORM) whose only goal is prosperity and a common wealth. An idea that at one time enjoyed a much wider support, that today is discouraged in exchange for an encouraged serfdom for the masses. If not outright dependence on Caesar’s bread and circuses.

I say wake up Gall liver and snap these strings the little people have tried to tie you down with. Stand and walk with impunity. You are a giant next to them. While you needn’t stomp them into the soil as the fertilizer they are at the same time you needn’t any longer be burdened by their insignificant existence. Gird yourselves with knowledge. A bit of citrus possibly to repel them like the annoying mosquitoes that they are. If in deed you have been bothered by them. Out here beyond the pale (outside the green zone) we have all we need. If you check it.

With that I think I’ll check it.

See you then, see you there.

Cc

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