~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 11, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Murkowski Resolution Falls Short- NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Several Farm State Democrats Abandoned Agriculture
-- Humidity Pretty Well Stops Wheat Harvest on Thursday
-- 2010 May Be the Year to Store Your HRW Wheat
-- Oklahoma and Texas Wheat Crop Sizes Unchanged from May- Kansas Wheat Crop Size Increased by 8 Million Bushels
-- USDA Calls Latest Reinsurance Draft the "Final" Deal- Cuts $6 Billion from Crop Insurance
-- Wild Things Farm- Where Fun Grows! (Our Agritourism Venue of the Week)
-- Dr. Bob Smith Highlights Three Areas of Management For Cattlemen to Make Sure They Get Right
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Murkowski Resolution Falls Short- NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Several Farm State Democrats Abandoned Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Senate vote that would have called for a halt to the EPA's regulation of Greenhouse gases failed by a 47 to 53 vote on Thursday afternoon.
Washington Lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall, told us in a telephone interview that his organization is very disappointed and "feels abandoned by several farm state Demcrats" as a result of this vote.
Woodall adds that he does not expect a vote in the House on this
Resolution. He is pleased to see there are enough votes in the Senate to
stop any sort of Cap and Trade measure that might be promoted by Majority
Leader Harry Reid the balance of 2010.
Also issuing a statement after the vote was the American Farm Bureau. AFBF framed this vote as "one of the most important votes in the Senate this year affecting U.S. agriculture."
"Additional EPA regulation for farmers will likely mean higher food costs for consumers because of higher input and energy costs to grow our food and result in negative economic impacts on the agriculture sector.
Humidity Pretty Well Stops Wheat Harvest on Thursday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There was a lot of humidity in the air across Oklahoma as of Thursday afternoon- so wheat harvest reports show cutting was limited to a large extent. KC Kinder of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission provides us with the following report- on a location by location basis.
From the Sentinel area- "They are about 90 percent done for the year, but slight showers moved through this morning and stopped everyone for the day. Test weights have averaged from 62.5 to 62.8 pounds and their yields are from 35 to 65 bushels per acre. The smaller yields are coming off of grazed land and the higher numbers were fertilized, our reports indicate. They aren't reporting any abandonment or dockage concerns. Some farmers commented that they are experiencing higher yields from their earlier planted wheat, instead of from their later planted crop."
Just outside Burlington in northern Oklahoma- "As of 3 p.m., producers were still sidelined by the humidity. Reports are that everyone has cut a little, but harvest hasn't honestly started because once in the fields the stems are still green. Of the reports we have, some Fuller is ready, with a 63 pound test weight and an average of 45 bushels per acre. There was even a section of heavily grazed Fuller that averaged 54 bushels per acre. These loads tested at 12 percent for protein."
2010 May Be the Year to Store Your HRW Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat prices have tumbled below the expectations of OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson- and he says the key to our harvest time price woes when it comes to Hard Red Winter wheat is the Gulf Basis, off as buyers at the Gulf have no interest in either the low protein wheat left in storage from last year's crop- or the apparently below export standard protein wheat being harvested in 2010.
Dr. Anderson says that for those farmers that have weed problems in
their fields- they will face severe penalties as the dockage rates that
elevators are working off of in 2010 are huge- especially when you are
looking at a price around three dollars per bushel for clean wheat.
Click on the LINK below for a chance to hear the conversation between
Clinton Griffiths and Kim Anderson about his wheat market info- you can
hear it now or see it on Saturday morning as a part of the program SUNUP,
to be seen on OETA.
Oklahoma and Texas Wheat Crop Sizes Unchanged from May- Kansas Wheat Crop Size Increased by 8 Million Bushels
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the Thursday morning June 2010 Crop Production Report, USDA left the Oklahoma and Texas wheat crops the same size as the May estimates- 128.7 million bushels in Oklahoma and 122.5 million bushels in Texas. Oklahoma's production is based upon 3.9 million harvested acres with an average of 33 bushels per acre. That's 11 bushels per acre more than produced in 2009, when Oklahoma had just a 77 million bushel crop. The Texas crop prediction is exactly double the size of the 2009 crop this harvest season- as the Lone Star state produced 61.25 million bushels last year.
The Kansas crop got bigger from May to June, based on an increase of one bushel per acre for the expected yield. The Kansas crop is now expected to be 352.6 million bushels- with harvest expected on 8.2 milllion acres and a yield per acre now projected statewide at 43 bushels.
We have details of the Crop Production report- as well as the monthly Supply Demand data that comes from the Economic Research Service at USDA. Click on the LINK below to read some of the highlights- or click on the full reports- plus we have some reaction from yesterday morning from Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities. Click and check it out.
USDA Calls Latest Reinsurance Draft the "Final" Deal- Cuts $6 Billion from Crop Insurance
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA has released the final draft of a new crop insurance agreement and announced that $6 billion in savings has been created through this action. Two thirds of this savings will go toward paying down the federal deficit, and the remaining third will support high priority risk management and conservation programs. By containing program costs, these changes will also ensure the sustainability of the crop insurance program for America's farmers and ranchers for years to come.
USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA), which administers the Federal crop insurance program, today released the final draft version of a new Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), which details the new terms, roles, and responsibilities for both the USDA and insurance companies that participate in the Federal crop insurance program.
The release of the final draft agreement follows two draft proposals and months of discussions with insurance companies and other stakeholders. USDA has worked aggressively through the negotiation process to preserve the crop insurance program as part of the farm safety net, support producer access to critical risk management tools, protect the interests of taxpayers, and ensure a reasonable return for the companies that deliver the program.
Wild Things Farm- Where Fun Grows! (Our Agritourism Venue of the Week)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Agritourism venue we are featuring this week is Wild Things Farm, near Pocola. This park-like setting offers agri-tainment at its best with 90 acres, two ponds, and a large pavilion for group activities. Visitors can "pick-your-own" fruits and vegetables, take a walk through the seasonal corn maze, and enjoy barnyard friends. Check the website that is linked below for fruit and vegetable ripening calendar. Free admission, tour bus parking.
The Radio Oklahoma Network and Farm Director Ron Hays continue to promote Agritourism venues across the state in the spring/summer Adventure Passport contest. Between now and mid July, a different venue will be highlighted in radio and TV ads each week as we salute more than 500 events and venues to enjoy in the growing adventure known as Oklahoma Agritourism.
Click on the LINK below to check out our TV spot featuring Wild Things Farm- and go and take a look at their website as well. It's just another of the hundreds of venues that make up our Agritourism adventure all across our great state!
Dr. Bob Smith Highlights Three Areas of Management For Cattlemen to Make Sure They Get Right
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The undercover operation conducted by the Humane Society of the US at the processing plant in California a couple of years ago was a watershed event for the cattle industry- where the realization came that all segments of the market chain must pay attention to cattle handling- and make sure it is done as if a video camera is rolling every time there are animals and humans present.
Dr. Bob Smith, private practice Veterinarian based in Stillwater, Oklahoma- says that the scenes captured by the HSUS were not the norm- but were not acceptable. Dr. Smith says he believe the industry has learned from that situation- and is doing more as a result to train everyone that is handling cattle to treat them with care.
We talk about these issues on this Beef Buzz with Dr. Smith, who also gives us a rundown of some of the key things that the cattle producer back on the ranch needs to pay attention to. Dr. Smith says that cattle producers are doing a good job in treating their animals right. Dr. Smith points to three areas where cattle producers need to invest time and resources- proper nutrition, health issues- including weaning management and then the overall issue of cattle handling.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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