~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 27, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- What a Difference a Year Makes- Corn Planting in the Midwest is Zooming Ahead of Normal Pace
-- And the Wheat Crop is
-- White House Issues Report on How to Strengthen Rural America
-- Lead Out Loud- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Convention Underway in Oklahoma City!
-- Climate Change-Energy Legislation on Life Support
-- Ethanol Interests Say: No Dilemma- American Farmers Can Produce Enough Corn for Food, Feed and Fuel
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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What a Difference a Year Makes- Corn Planting in the Midwest is Zooming Ahead of Normal Pace
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. corn crop was 50 percent planted in the week ended April 25, well beyond the 20 percent planted by this time last year and the five-year average of 22 percent planted by now, according to USDA's weekly crop progress report. We have the report for you linked below.
Farmers planted 31 percent of the crop this past week, as just 19 percent of the crop was planted a week ago in the 18 states that planted 92% of last year's corn acreage. Already 7 percent of the corn crop has emerged, compared to just 2 percent by this time last year and the five-year average of 5 percent emerged by now. Planting was delayed both last year and in 2008 by cold, wet weather.
The poster child state last year as it related to planting delays was
Illinois. By this date, they had planted 4% of the crop- this year- 73%!
Click on the link below for the USDA national crop progress update issued Monday afternoon.
And the Wheat Crop is
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Doing just great, at least in the south central plains. Both the Oklahoma and Kansas wheat crops have ratings above 70% in the good to excellent categories. Oklahoma's wheat crop is being called 75% good to excellent, while the Kansas crop checks in at 73% good to excellent. The Texas crop is far better than a year ago- but not quite in the same league with Kansas and Oklahoma at 59% good to excellent and one third of their crop rated in fair condition.
The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that for the wheat crop "Small grain conditions were rated mostly in the good to fair range for another week, with 16 percent of both wheat and rye rated excellent. The small grain crops continued to benefit from the spring rains. Wheat jointing is 91 percent complete, six points behind normal. Wheat headed progressed significantly from the previous week with 39 percent complete, but still lags 18 points behind normal."
For the Oklahoma spring planted row crops- "Fieldwork continued for row crops, though hampered by the rain. Cooler temperatures in some areas of the state delayed planting activities. Corn seedbed preparations are 86 percent complete, up ten points from the previous week but seven points behind normal. Corn planted increased to 51 percent, only three points behind the five-year average. Eighteen percent of the corn crop emerged, on track with last year's crop, but 13 points behind normal. Sorghum seedbeds prepared were eight points ahead of the week prior, at 56 percent, and six points ahead of normal as sorghum planting began. Soybean seedbed preparation reached 48 percent completed, with seven percent of the soybean crop planted. Peanut seedbed preparations progressed another six points to 74 percent completed. Peanut plantings were now underway with eight percent completed. Cotton seedbed preparation is 71 percent completed, just six points behind normal."
White House Issues Report on How to Strengthen Rural America
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama Administration has released a new report that is being called "Strengthening the Rural Economy." The report, in its executive summary, says "Rural areas are home to about 50 million Americans and are an essential part of the overall economy. This report surveys the current state of rural America and describes the Obama Administration's policies for strengthening the rural economy. Many of these policies are already being implemented through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. But further work remains to ensure the prosperity and vitality of rural America."
The report does acknowledge that "The U.S. agricultural sector remains more productive than those of other high-income countries and is highly competitive in international markets." However, it speaks of few people now employed in farming, with many of those getting much of their income from off farm jobs, so they emphasize rural development as being more important than traditional farm program supports.
The report does have one section that is dedicated to farm program
issues. The three bullet points include the following priorities of the
Click on the link below to review the full report- and we also have comments from the top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma on this report and the President's planned journey to mid America- making stops in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Lead Out Loud- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Convention Underway in Oklahoma City!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~More than 10,000 Oklahoma FFA members representing 355 high school chapters across the state will be attending the 84th Annual State FFA Convention, April 27-28, at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. This year's convention theme is Lead Out Loud. Leadership is an important component of FFA. By exercising exceptional leadership skills, FFA members discover the significance of being a good role model, and most importantly, serving others. Through agricultural education and FFA, young people are truly living to serve by leading out loud.
The state FFA officers, a team of eight student leaders, plan the convention and conduct the official ceremonies. The 2009-2010 state FFA officers are Amy Peel, president, Wetumka; McKenzie Clifton, secretary, Kingfisher; Tara Burchfield, reporter, Fairview; Robby Branscum, northeast district vice president, Fort Gibson; Josh Goff, northwest district vice president, Woodward; Kelli Shenold, central district vice president, Ripley; Ariel LeForce, southeast district vice president, Broken Bow; and Emily Beanland, southwest district vice president from Hollis.
We talked with Amy Peel, State President, in advance of this year's
meeting, and we have that conversation linked below for you to check out.
And be watching our Blue
Green Gazette section of our website, as we will have updates later in
the day today and into tomorrow about this year's convention.
Climate Change-Energy Legislation on Life Support
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The new Arizona Immigration law has muddied the political waters in Washington, D.C. and potentially killed climate change legislation for this year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has now said he plans to prioritize immigration reform over climate change - causing South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to pull away from the compromise measure he was working on with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, and potentially ruining the chances the climate change bill will be considered on the floor this year.
Over this past weekend, the negotiators had reportedly reached consensus to scrap a controversial carbon linkage fee on oil and gas that some industry groups said was a gas tax. But a Monday news conference to unveil the legislation was canceled as Graham looked for a commitment to deal with climate change before immigration.
Some say the last-minute collapse has destroyed the principals'
credibility and any opportunity for a bipartisan compromise. An
environmentalist close to the negotiations said - it depends whether this
is a pothole or sinkhole. If it's not worked out in a few days - they say
that's a pretty bad sign.
Ethanol Interests Say: No Dilemma- American Farmers Can Produce Enough Corn for Food, Feed and Fuel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The ethanol industry is pushing back after a Bloomberg news article reported higher pork prices were ahead because of ethanol. Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, today issued a statement in response to that Bloomberg news article that they contend erroneously defines the "food-versus-fuel" myth as fact, despite evidence since disproving it. (of course, livestock interests see it differently)
"Today's story accepts as fact a disproven myth that ethanol somehow
drives up food prices -- the goal of a carefully coordinated propaganda
campaign that is not based on truth," said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.
"Finally, the article fails to acknowledge that ethanol production leaves all the protein, oil and fiber to be used in a highly-nutritious livestock feed. Ethanol only uses the starch from the corn kernel so we're getting both feed and fuel from the same bushel of corn - a fact that dispels any notion that ethanol increases feed costs," Buis added.
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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 $7.60 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.60 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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