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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday August 3, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Tells the Red Hot Story
-- Nationally- Crop Ratings Slip in Latest Week
-- Empty Oklahoma Cotton Storage Warehouses May Fill This Fall With Big Southwest Crop
-- We Cover the Beef Cattle Landscape with Randy Blach of Cattlefax
-- USDA Announces Deadline to Apply for Payments Under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
-- Congrats to our Oklahoma 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees for 2010
-- AngusSource Surpasses Half-Million Mark
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Crop Weather Update Tells the Red Hot Story
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Statewide temperatures averaged nearly 85 degrees last week with only two districts receiving more than a half inch of average rainfall. Of the remaining seven districts, precipitation levels ranged from 0.05 to 0.46 inches. Most of Oklahoma was under an excessive heat warning or a heat advisory status last week as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. The heat wave continued into the weekend and temperatures ranged from the upper 90's to around 105 degrees with afternoon heat indices reaching 105 to 110 degrees. Field crops and pastures are starting to show signs of stress as a result of the hot and dry weather. Topsoil and subsoil conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range. Both topsoil and subsoil saw decreases in the adequate range with only 47 percent of topsoil rated adequate and only 62 percent of subsoil rated adequate. There were 6.6 days suitable for field work.
For our spring planted crops - In some areas of the State, the hot and dry weather has affected row crops. Eighty-nine percent of corn has reached the dough stage, a 25 point jump from the previous week, and 22 points ahead of the five-year average. Corn dented reached 44 percent complete by Sunday, 35 percent ahead of normal. Sorghum headed reached 60 percent complete, a four point increase from the week prior, and 29 points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum coloring has reached 14 percent complete, six points ahead of normal. Soybeans in the blooming stage were 65 percent complete by week's end, an eight point increase from the week earlier, and seven points ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 26 percent, a ten point jump from the week prior, and only one point behind the five-year average. Peanuts pegging reached 89 percent complete by week's end, four points behind normal and 53 percent of the plants were setting pods, seven points below normal. Cotton squaring reached 89 percent complete, six points ahead of normal. Fifty-one percent of the cotton crop was setting bolls by week's end, 15 points ahead of the previous year and 14 points ahead of the five-year average.
Our pasture conditions in Oklahoma are in mostly fair to good condition with 53% rated in good shape and 10% in excellent condition. A year ago- we were 44% in fair shape and 35% in good condition on pastures statewide.
Click on the LINK below for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather conditions from the report issued on Monday afternoon.
Nationally- Crop Ratings Slip in Latest Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two things have jumped out at me as we examine the latest crop ratings of the major spring planted crops for 2010. First, the ratings for cotton, corn, soybeans and sorghum all slipped one to two percentage points this week versus last week- with ratings for three of the four in significantly better shape than a year ago. The soybean crop is eleven percentage points in worse condition than at this point in 2009- at 66% in good to excellent shape this year versus 77% in 2009 in early August.
The other thing that jumps out is that the various measurements of how quickly these crops are growing and maturing are all slightly ahead of the five year averages- whether its setting cotton bolls, or setting soybean pods or corn in the dough stage- they are each three to five percentage points ahead of where we are on average in recent years.
Finally- pasture ratings show the heartland looks great with lots of grass available for our cattle herds- Nebraska has a rating of 90% good to excellent, Wisconsin checks in at 87% good to excellent and Wyoming stands at 84% good to excellent. The hardest hit spot in the country for poor pasture conditions this summer is found in Virginia at 73% poor to very poor condition.
Empty Oklahoma Cotton Storage Warehouses May Fill This Fall With Big Southwest Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last week, Jay Cowart, director of warehousing operations for the Plains Cotton Cooperative Assn., walked across the concrete floor of one of the many empty warehouses located on the southwest edge of this city well-known for being a center for cotton production.
To be accurate, all of the PCCA cotton storage located in North Texas,
Oklahoma and Kansas will hold 1,150,000 480 pound cotton bales. Last week,
when interviewed, Cowart said there were 4,840 bales stored in all of the
After a glut of cotton about three years ago meant that the cotton warehouses in Oklahoma and other states were full with little hope of getting them cleaned out- demand has recovered and those warehouses have seen supplies move out which means there is plenty of room for a bumper crop that may be coming here in 2010.
We Cover the Beef Cattle Landscape with Randy Blach of Cattlefax
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Randy Blach with Cattlefax talked with us at the Summer Cattle Industry Conference in Denver. We covered several subjects, including the current cattle market, feed grain prices, profitability in the business, the value of export markets and even the GIPSA proposed marketing rules that could change the way we produce and sell livestock in the US.
This is posted onto our website as one of our periodic Ag Perspectives Podcast- which is available at the link below but is also available via subscription on Itunes. Whenever we post an Ag Perspectives Podcast, it will be available for automatic download and then available to be placed on your Ipod or other device that plays MP3s.
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USDA Announces Deadline to Apply for Payments Under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced Monday that producers have until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, to submit an application for payment under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides financial assistance for crop production and or quality losses due to a natural disaster.
"We want producers to be aware of this deadline so they are certain to visit their FSA county office to file a 2008 SURE program payment application no later than September, 30, 2010," said Coppess. "It is important to finish the current 2008 SURE program sign-up because the authority for the Recovery Act supplement for payment benefits expires at the end of the current fiscal year and the Department of Agriculture will then start the 2009 SURE sign-up application process."
Click on the LINK below for more on this closing out of the SURE program signup for 2008.
Congrats to our Oklahoma 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two 4-H superstars for the state of Oklahoma received the highest honor an active 4-H member can receive in Oklahoma- election into the Oklahoma 4-H Hall of Fame. The pair of 4-H leaders announced as the latest Hall of Fame Award winners are Qualla Parman of Muskogee County and Charles Maloy of Rogers County.
here to learn more about Qualla Parman- who is a freshman at OSU- and
has been a bright star in organizing environmental education efforts for
4-H members as well as for members in her community. Her home county is
The 2010 State 4-H Roundup had 960 youth registered for the conference and more than 1,000 for the Honor Night Assembly. Proud parents and 4-H youth supporters attend Honor Night to cheer on their favorite project finalists and witness the State 4-H Hall of Fame awards. Youth from 69 of the 77 counties were a part of the statewide event.
AngusSource Surpasses Half-Million Mark
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Angus Association's AngusSource program reached an important milestone this week, surpassing 500,000 head enrolled since the age-, source- and Angus genetic-verification program became a USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) in 2005.
Since that time, more than 1,600 producers have enrolled in AngusSource, helping fuel the program's steady tradition of annual growth - including this year's 18.2% increase in number of head enrolled.
"The genetic-verification component sets AngusSource apart from other age- and source-verification programs," Sara Snider, AngusSource director, says. "The exponential growth we see year after year is a testament to the value of Angus genetics. "Producers continue to show interest in the program, with some enrolling for the 11th or 12th time, and we continue to see growth with new producers joining the program."
Click on the LINK below to learn more about this verification program that allows progressive Angus breeders a program that help give them a chance for enhanced value for their calves.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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