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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 2, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Wheat Harvest Turning Active in Select Locations- Others Wait for a Few Days More- Mike Schulte Reports
-- Winter Canola Producers Get Pushy!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Speaks of Drying Topsoil Conditions
-- We Recap and Review 2010 State Legislative Session with Lori Peterson of OFB
-- Another Japanese Prime Minister Bites the Dust- Widening Beef Access a Likely Casualty
-- Cattle Theft Increases Dramatically, ODAFF Agents Appeal for Help, Cattlemen's Association Offers $10,000 Reward
-- Services for Bill Jacobs Set for Friday- OSU Retirement Receptions Set for This Afternoon
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest Turning Active in Select Locations- Others Wait for a Few Days More- Mike Schulte Reports
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In places like Altus and Frederick, wheat harvest is rolling and is expected to pick up speed quickly this week. According to a report we have picked up from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, "Producers are really getting rolling in the Altus area. Our sources say the moisture is "amazingly low for the start of harvest," averaging 11.5 percent. The test weights are averaging 62 pounds, and yields are at 35 bushels per acre."
We have more location by location reports from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- plus an audio recap from OWC Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte about harvest up through Tuesday afternoon- click on the link below to read and hear more.
We also have had some pictures come up- Click here to see pictures that
were provided by producer Tom Smith from Kiowa County as he harvested some
Overly wheat. As you get pictures in and around your harvest efforts-
drop us an email with them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be
delighted to share them with your fellow producers.
AND- we also have a Soft Red Winter Wheat Harvest report from Bryan County. Casey Weger farms south of Durant in Bryan County and he tells us that "We have been cutting soft red winter wheat here since Saturday and so far yields have stayed near the 60 bushel average. We have been very impressed with our yields. The SRW variety being cut is Coker 9553 and moisture has been in the 11.5-12.0 range with protein averaging 11.5 and all test weights have been consistently in the 62 range." Weger says they are very pleased with their results thus far.
Winter Canola Producers Get Pushy!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We also have pictures from winter canola that was pushed this past Thursday and should be ready to harvest by Monday or so this coming week. The photos that you can see are on our website- we have the link at the bottom of this story- are courtesy of Brad Tipton- OSU Extension Agent for Canadian County.
One of the pictures that Brad shared is of the huge implement that is used to push the canola over and lodge it close to the ground. He tells us that this field was pushed on May 27- and should be ready to harvest after about ten days- around the 7th of June. Brad promises details and more pictures when harvest happens.
Latest Crop Weather Update Speaks of Drying Topsoil Conditions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Combines are rolling in the southwestern parts of the State as the 2010 wheat harvest gets underway. Hot weather persisted for most areas as all nine districts hit ninety degrees or more at some point in the week. Mid-week storms pelted northwestern Oklahoma, bringing heavy rain and prompting several flood warnings. Overnight storms Sunday in central Oklahoma caused fires and power outages. Precipitation was light for the week in most areas, with only two of the nine districts averaging over one inch of rainfall. Peak amounts were 4.18 inches and 3.89 inches at the Cheyenne and Cherokee Mesonet stations, respectively. Topsoil moisture ratings declined significantly from the week prior, although ratings for both topsoil and subsoil were mostly in the adequate range. The hot, dry weather for much of the State allowed for 5.6 days suitable for field work."
The Crop Weather Update tells us about current wheat crop conditions, saying "Wheat harvest has begun in southwestern Oklahoma. Continued hot, dry days should accelerate the harvest. Small grain conditions continued to rate mostly in the good to fair range, with 13 percent of wheat and 12 percent of rye rated excellent. Eighty-three percent of wheat had reached the soft dough stage by week's end, up 16 points from the previous week, but still five points behind normal." There has not been enough wheat harvested yet to provide us a percentage of the crop combined as of Monday.
For the row crops- "Favorable conditions during the week allowed for heavy field work as producers continued planting activities. Eighty-seven percent of corn had emerged by Sunday, up four points from the previous week, but five points behind normal. Seedbed preparation for sorghum progressed substantially to reach 93 percent complete, 12 points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum planted jumped 20 points to reach 63 percent complete while 32 percent of the crop had emerged by week's end, both running well ahead of normal. Soybean seedbed preparation was at 86 percent complete, up 12 points from the previous week. Fifty-four percent of the soybeans were planted by Sunday, an increase of 16 points, while 29 percent of the crop had emerged, on pace with the five-year average. Peanuts planted reached 77 percent complete while 44 percent of the crop had emerged, both running behind normal. Cotton producers made significant progress this past week as 64 percent of the crop was planted by week's end, up 35 points from the week prior and six points ahead of the five-year average. Cotton emerged was at 29 percent, 11 points behind normal."
We Recap and Review 2010 State Legislative Session with Lori Peterson of OFB
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma State Legislative Session ended this past Friday afternoon as required by law- and now state capitol observers are digging through mountain of last minute decisions to determine what really happened at 23rd and Lincoln in Oklahoma City the last couple of days of the session. We talked on Tuesday midday after the holiday with Lori Peterson, Vice President of Public Policy for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, about what she believes the 2010 Regular Session has meant to Rural Oklahoma- and what the chances are that a special session later this year may be required.
Among the topics we touch on include a review of several key legislative victories for Oklahoma Farm Bureau and many involved in farming and ranching in the state. At the top of that list is the so called "Animal Husbandry" or "Teeth Floaters" bill- signed into law by Governor Brad Henry on April 19. Peterson also expressed satisfaction in the passage of several wind energy bills that will allow the development of wind power in Oklahoma, while protecting the land owner who contracts with third parties to generate energy from the winds sweeping across the plains that are a part of his farm or ranch operation.
We also talked about the budget that was thrown together- and if the
state will have adequate funding come July first.
Another Japanese Prime Minister Bites the Dust- Widening Beef Access a Likely Casualty
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After just eight months on the job, the latest Prime Minister for Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, has resigned. He was forced out after breaking an election pledge to move an unpopular US military base away from the southern island of Okinawa.
It's another setback for US beef cattle interests that want to see government to government negotiations move forward on allowing greater access for US Beef into Japan- and that's our subject today on the Beef Buzz. The Japanese restrict the beef that is allowed into their country from the US to only beef that comes from animals 20 months of age or less. This stems from regulations that were put in place about five years ago- after the US had a single case of BSE- or Mad Cow Disease back in December 2003.
The US has been working with the Japanese for years to recognize that
international standard and has gotten nowhere. On the first of April- US
Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack went to Japan and worked on getting this
reviewed by current Japanese government- this resignation means Vilsack's
groundwork in that trip has been ripped up- and will have to be redone
when a new Japanese PM is in place and names a new Minister of Ag and Food
in that country.
Cattle Theft Increases Dramatically, ODAFF Agents Appeal for Help, Cattlemen's Association Offers $10,000 Reward
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An increase in cattle theft over the past 90 days has prompted Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry agents to ask for information from the public and help from other law enforcement agencies. "We've received reports of 321 head of cattle stolen since March," said ODAFF agent, Captain Jerry Flowers. "This activity has been especially active in northwest Oklahoma but it is occurring statewide."
He said agents only have one vehicle description from a case in
Woodward County. A ranch hand arrived just as the thieves were loading
Click on the link below for more on this cattle theft story- as found on our website, www.oklahomafarmreport.com.
Services for Bill Jacobs Set for Friday- OSU Retirement Receptions Set for This Afternoon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma cattle industry and the Hereford breed lost a long-time leader this week. A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of James W. (Bill) Jacobs Saturday May 29th about 12:45 p.m. on State Highway 7, 3.5 miles east of Sulphur.
Bill's memorial service will be Friday June 4th at 2:00 pm. The services will be held at the Sulphur United Methodist Church. The church address is 2022 West 14th Street, Sulphur, OK 73086-1210. The church phone is (580) 622-3325.
Click here for more details about funeral arrangements that have been made to date for this nationally known cattle producer.
The Plant and Soil Sciences Department within the Division of Agriculture at OSU will be celebrating the dedication and service of four outstanding professionals who have decided to retire this year this afternoon from 2 to 4 PM at 106 Ag Hall on campus in Stillwater. The four who will be in the retirement spotlight his afternoon will be Dr. JC Banks, Dr. Bjorn Martin, Dr. Tom Peeper and Bob Woods.
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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 $7.10 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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