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09-16-2018 08:01 AM
It`s another beautiful morning on God`s green earth, beans are turning, turned, lost leaves or harvested. Corn is drooping ears, drying down, most everything is safe from a frost that we were concerned about when planting late this spring. The prices suck, but prices suck 90% of the time, so we should be used to that by now
Dr David Jeremiah said "there is no testimony without a test" and this period we`re going through is a test, no doubt. In my travels, I have never seen so many boats, campers and snowmobiles parked and the driveways with "for sale" signs. We`ve been blessed and now to get over this rough patch, we sell our toys.
Dr Jeremiah also says "sometimes instead of taking our problems to God, we need to take God to our problems" ...I don`t know if that means preaching the Gospel to the heathens on the board of trade no just kidding, they are providing a market that we just so happened to oversupply. I think, "taking God to our problems" is to attacking our problems head on as David did to Goliath. Maybe that means telling "No!" to input suppliers that we feel aren`t necessary to our survival, maybe "No!" to a piece of ground that isn`t a moneymaker, maybe saying "Yes!" to a off-farm job that brings in extra income.
But on our worst day, we are doing better than we deserve and we`ll get through this.
09-16-2018 10:28 AM
09-16-2018 11:47 AM
Yes. I support the president`s tariffs even if they ultimately don`t work, because something has to be done to stop the hemorrhaging. Ideally there would be enough American pride that we wouldn`t need a tariff to force us into doing what is right, we would stand with our factory working brothers and sisters and refuse to buy foreign junk regardless of the price. I know our factory working brothers and sisters support the American farmer so long as there`s a label showing them the origin of the beef in the meat counter.
If the tariffs don`t work (and they may not) the fact that +80% of the public isn`t 100% on board with an America first policy will only go so far...the old "lead a horse to water, but can`t make him drink" comes to mind, so, perhaps ultimately we will get the government and trade policy that we deserve....which ain`t good.
If supposed trade relations are "permanently ruined" and the current president is punished in 2020 (or sooner) maybe the next president will get the credit of a more favorable trade balance?
Maybe holding physical grain 6 months will pay off handsomely? Roach on Market to Market said that if prices do recover, a rally in cash will precede a futures rally. I don`t know, I do know my stack of bills on the table are due before 6months.
09-16-2018 04:32 PM
K-289, have you noticed the saying isn`t "you can`t lead a horse to hay, but you can`t make him eat"? Because dang horses eat all the time, 2pm they eat, 10pm they eat, 2am they`re eating 8am they`re eating 11am they eat eat, eat eat that`s all they do.
But, people figure out the system and then they don`t want to change because they make money while the country at large is getting ripped off. Then they defend their position with circular logic ie, "no one wins a trade war, Smoot-Hawley caused the great depression yada yada yada" Seems China, Mexico and Canada were doing pretty well all these years when we were unaware that we were in a "trade war".
My Norwegian Grandmother used to say "Egga Leaka A-deen-a- wagon" that means "I like it this way". Too danged many of us "Leaka it a-deena wagon" so whether or not we get a favorable trade deal is a toss of a coin. But our president triiiiiied, just like the previous one triiiiied to take us full socialist.