~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 2, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- NCBA Pleased that Secretary Vilsack is Headed for Japan to Talk US Beef Access
-- What a Difference a Year Makes- We Talk Oklahoma Wheat Crop Conditions with Dr. Jeff Edwards
-- Farm Bureau Will Continue to Push for HB3202 Until Bill is Signed by Governor
-- OSU Winter Canola Field Day Set for April 22 in Lahoma
-- USDA Releases 2010 Benchmark State Yields and Actual 2009 State Yields
-- Huge Stocks Trump Fewer Acres- The Wisdom of Dr. Kim Anderson
-- It's Not About the Bunny
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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NCBA Pleased that Secretary Vilsack is Headed for Japan to Talk US Beef Access
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is pleased with the news of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's trade mission to Japan. "We appreciate Secretary Vilsack's efforts to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Japan when it comes to trade in agricultural products between our two countries," said Steve Foglesong, NCBA president. "Japan is one of our top trading partners and it's critical that the U.S. continues to engage with Japan and all of our international trading partners about the necessity of abiding by science-based international guidelines in beef trade."
Following a detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the U.S. in 2003, Japan closed its borders to U.S. beef. Today, Japan only allows beef products from cattle under 21 months of age, costing U.S. producers roughly $1 billion in lost export revenues each year.
"We are encouraged to see that the Obama Administration has announced that it intends to engage Japan in discussions about science-based import standards. Japan's failure to apply the OIE guidelines continues to result in significant losses for the U.S. beef industry-limiting us to about 25% of our potential market there," said Foglesong.
Click on the link below to read more on this story- and we have a link there to an earlier story with comments from Secretary Vilsack on his strategy in working with Japan on this issue.
What a Difference a Year Makes- We Talk Oklahoma Wheat Crop Conditions with Dr. Jeff Edwards
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Much of the 2010 Oklahoma Wheat Crop is looking good- and has the potential to make an average or better crop come harvest. That's the assessment of Dr. Jeff Edwards, OSU State Wheat Specialist as we talked with him while in Stillwater this week.
One of the major concerns of Dr. Edwards are those fields that were planted very late. He says that most of those fields were able to establish a stand and have made it through the winter, but they simply don't have a lot of growth on them. He says that those fields likely will end up producing half of what they could have produced if they could have been planted in a timely manner.
Jeff also worries about the amount of nitrogen we were able to get out into the fields this year as a topdress treatment- and he also has concerns about thinner stands of wheat facing major weed pressures here as the crop grows to maturity over the next eight weeks or so. Click on the Link below and take a listen to our conversation with Dr. Jeff Edwards on the 2010 crop.
Farm Bureau Will Continue to Push for HB3202 Until Bill is Signed by Governor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this week, the State Senate passed HB 3202 or the so called "Teeth Floating" bill by a 38 to 7 margin. During the debate, one of the Senators alluded to the ability of Oklahoma Farm Bureau to influence legislation at the State Capitol. This measure, amended on the Senate floor, now returns to the State House for acceptance of those amendments before heading to Governor Grad Henry's desk for his signature. As the 2010 State Legislative Session began, Farm Bureau declared this measure to be it's highest priority at the Capitol this year.
The group remains strongly in favor of HB 3202 as it has evolved in the last thirty to forty days. OFB Vice President for Public Policy, Lori Peterson, told us on Tuesday of this week that Farm Bureau will continue to push for this bill's approval until it is signed into law by the Governor.
The organization issued a release that I would call an opinion piece- and we have posted it on our website, www.oklahomafarmreport.com. Click on the Link below to read it- and we have a link back to earlier this week when we interviewed Lori Peterson about current issues for the group at the state capitol- which is when she confirmed that HB320 remains "job one" for Oklahoma Farm Bureau this session.
OSU Winter Canola Field Day Set for April 22 in Lahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Producers interested in or looking to maximize profits from canola should plan now to attend the April 22 Winter Canola Field Day at Oklahoma State University's North Central Research Station. "The increase in herbicide-resistant weeds in Oklahoma's continuous winter wheat systems is forcing producers to rotate, and canola as a crop is becoming an increasingly popular selection," said Chad Godsey, OSU assistant professor of plant and soil sciences.
Canola acreage is up substantially in 2010 compared to last spring- as the USDA Prospective Plantings report earlier this week indicated that Oklahoma farmers have 80,000 acres of canola growing versus 42,000 acres of a year ago.
Field tours will focus on harvesting winter canola; winter canola
varieties, fertility, pest management and breeding; herbicide-resistant
cheat and ryegrass; and Producers Cooperative Oil Mill updates.
USDA Releases 2010 Benchmark State Yields and Actual 2009 State Yields
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We moved one step closer to a significant payday for Oklahoma wheat farmers that enrolled in the ACRE program last summer. On Thursday, USDA released 2009 actual and 2010 benchmark yields for Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program for wheat, long grain rice, medium grain rice, oats and barley.
Actual and benchmark yields are used in calculating payments through ACRE, which provides producers an option to protect themselves against declines in market revenue.
We have gone back into our archives and pulled some of the information
we had for you in July and August of this past year- click
here to see the story we wrote with help from Dr. Michael Dick and Dr.
Jody Campiche on potential ACRE payouts for the 2009 crop.
Huge Stocks Trump Fewer Acres- The Wisdom of Dr. Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson will do his regular segment on SUNUP this weekend with Clinton Griffiths- and we have an early preview of Dr. Anderson and his thoughts on the wheat market situation that will be seen Saturday morning on OETA.
Anderson sees no major surprises from the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports of earlier this week- fewer acres of wheat overwhelmed by huge supplies. And Anderson adds that the 2010 HRW crop is looking good in the southern plains states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, which is weighing on the market as well. He concludes that it is possible that even though we have a billion bushels overhanging the market right now- we have a big enough crop being grown that we could actually grow stocks even larger in the coming months- and if that happens, Dr. Anderson says "there's no hope for prices."
Click on the link below to let Dr. Anderson flesh the wheat market situation out for you. You will also find there the program schedule for this weekend's SUNUP program- including a segment on the most recent Ag Hall of Fame inductee, Lew Meibergen.
It's Not About the Bunny
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When I was in the Dallas- Ft Worth area recently for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Meeting- I saw a large billboard with this headline on it- "It's Not About the bunny." Under that was a website, I Am Second.Com. I have been to the site several times since then and have enjoyed several of their videos of people who, after experiencing life and discovering meaning for their life, can say simply "I am second."
The headline from that billboard is a good reminder to us all that while we have fun with Easter Egg Hunts and new clothes and all of that- the real meaning of Easter is the most important story and event that has ever happened on the face of this earth.
On the first Easter morning, when the two ladies went to the tomb,
found the rock that had sealed it shut was pushed aside and that there was
no body laying inside- that was news they could not wait to share- and
even today, the news of an empty tomb and a Risen Savior is worth sharing.
It's my prayer that you will take a few minutes and reflect on the fact
that Easter is not about the bunny- and that you and yours will celebrate
the victory over death we can all have this Sunday in a church of your
choice. And perhaps, if that is not a habit you currently have- consider
making this Sunday the start of a habit of spending time with God's people
on a regular basis.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.30 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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