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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday August 5, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oh My Goodness- Wheat Soars Again- as Russia Contemplates Export Ban
-- Bright Prospects for Winter Canola Plantings This Fall for 2011 Crop
-- Kansas Wheat Alliance Busts Three Wheat Seed Sellers for Not Paying License Fees
-- R-Calf, NFO and others believe Beef Checkoff Compliance Review is Cause to End ALL Ties Between Cattlemen's Beef Board and NCBA
-- Watch Your Equine These Hot Hot Days
-- DuPont Exec Calls Drought Tolerance the "Next Great Wave of Agricultural Innovation"
-- From the Calendar- Wheat Commission Meets Today- and Farm Bureau August Area Meetings Set to Begin
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oh My Goodness- Wheat Soars Again- as Russia Contemplates Export Ban
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After climbing over forty cents a bushel in the Wednesday trade, Kansas City and Chicago wheat futures are sharply up again this morning in overnight electronic trade- with the KC September contract at $7.75, up 48 cents from the close of Wednesday's open outcry session. Chicago September contracts are only a nickel behind KC HRW contracts at $7.69 a bushel - these prices just ahead of 6 AM as we get ready to email this report to you.
The fuel to these prices comes from Russia's news agency Interfax that is quoting an unnamed source as saying that the country could temporarily ban grain exports as early as next week- this is in response to the worse drought in a century in the Black Sea region and elsewhere in Russia.
Cash wheat prices were either just below or a little above six dollars a bushel as of Wednesday afternoon- this before this additional surge in prices in the electronic trading. The major wheat producing locations in the state report cash bids from $5.86 to $6.05.
With the Russian situation fueling the market, it's hard to say where this takes us. Many producers are asking the question- is it time to price some of my 2011 wheat production- even tho it is not yet in the ground? Some analysts are saying yes- on at least a percentage of it.
Bright Prospects for Winter Canola Plantings This Fall for 2011 Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The buzz about winter canola as an alternative crop to winter wheat in Oklahoma continues to build- and former OSU Extension weed specialist Dr. Tom Peeper says that he believes more than twice as many acres will go into canola this fall across the southern plains compared to what was planted in the fall of 2010. Dr. Peeper was the loudest voice early on touting the potential benefits of a crop like canola for wheat farmers, who desperately need a crop to rotate into their wheat acres.
While the wheat dockage rates were brutal during harvest earlier this year, any dockage in canola is calculated and then simply subtracted from the total weight of the load- no other penalty falls on the back of the producer. Peeper says that we had 80,000 acres or so for the 2010 harvest- and he thinks that farmers may step up plantings this fall for next June's harvest to closer to 250,000 acres, if the supply of seed will hold out. He adds that the longer term potential for canola in Oklahoma may be close to a million acres, as he believes that you should only plant canola in a field one year in three- and that will result in a much cleaner field the other two years for your wheat.
Click on the LINK below to read more and to listen to our full conversation with one of the true pioneers of this new crop that is getting serious attention in wheat country this year.
Kansas Wheat Alliance Busts Three Wheat Seed Sellers for Not Paying License Fees
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Adding to a growing list of past settlements, the Kansas Wheat Alliance (KWA) has settled three more PVP infringement cases for illegal wheat seed sales occurring in 2009. The most significant case involves Eric Rossillon of Yates Center, Kansas. Mr. Rossillon admitted to selling the federally protected wheat variety Fuller, as non-certified seed without the authorization of KWA. In the federal court case, the parties ultimately agreed to a judgment whereby Rossillon is liable to KWA for $100,000 in damages. Furthermore, Rossillon must allow inspection of his records for the next 3 years.
Another matter included a Reno county Kansas farmer who was caught
selling Jagger. KWA received $18,000 in damages and may inspect the
farmer's operations for 3 years. In a third matter, a Sumner county Kansas
farmer was caught selling Fuller in a non-certified manner. This farmer
paid $16,250 in damages to KWA and must disclose the names of his
"We have an obligation to legal producers and the Kansas State
University wheat research program to prevent illegal use of our federally
protected seed," says Daryl Strouts, KWA president. "The certified seed
industry protects the quality of our wheat industry, and royalties
represent a substantial source of funding for our scientists to be able to
develop new varieties for tomorrow."
R-Calf, NFO and others believe Beef Checkoff Compliance Review is Cause to End ALL Ties Between Cattlemen's Beef Board and NCBA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 29 groups have sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and have formally requested urgent and decisive action to protect against misuse of National Beef Checkoff Program (Checkoff) dollars by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
These groups have a collective concern that NCBA's lobbying influence is facilitated by, and greatly enhanced by, its receipt of Checkoff dollars that are being used unlawfully to defeat public policy initiatives viewed as critically important to many, if not most, U.S. cattle producers, and to advance public policy initiatives that are viewed by many, if not most, U.S. cattle producers as detrimental to their financial interests, according to the letter.
These groups want drastic and punitive action to be taken against the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association- action which
Watch Your Equine These Hot Hot Days
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma temperatures are running wild at approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which are leading a number of equine owners to study their horse's heat tolerance with more than a little caution. "Other than a general lack of enthusiasm and desire to move to shade, a normal well-acclimated horse should be able to handle Oklahoma's heat and humidity with little concern," said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist. "However, the need for owner awareness increases when a horse begins to exercise and engage in more strenuous physical activity."
Under most conditions, equine owners should expect a horse's major physiological measurements - heart rate, body temperature and respiration rate - to decrease dramatically within 5 minutes following heavy or prolonged exercise. "A horse should reach characteristic 'resting values' within 10-15 minutes at the longest," he said. "If the horse is really 'hot' from exercising, recovery is best done by hand, walking the animal in an area with good air flow and away from direct sunlight."
Freeman explains that cooling the horse's body with water is recommended as long as the equine's heart and respiration rates have dropped to near 'resting value' levels, and possibly even sooner under critical heat stress conditions. "Humidity and air flow causes evaporation; as a result, your horse may sweat more than you think," Freeman said. "That makes it especially important to pay attention to the animal's physical clues - its respiration rate, heart rate and body temperature - during times when your horse may be at risk from the heat."
DuPont Exec Calls Drought Tolerance the "Next Great Wave of Agricultural Innovation"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Increasing agriculture productivity to meet growing global demand for food must be accompanied by an intense, innovative effort to enhance the environmental imprint of farming to be sustainable, DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel said today at a DuPont targeted drought research facility in Woodland, California.
"Drought tolerance technologies are part of the next great wave of agricultural innovation that will improve agronomic characteristics of plants so they more efficiently use available resources," said Borel. "They will further empower farmers with better product choices to meet growing demand while reducing their environmental footprint."
Many environmental factors can reduce agriculture productivity, but drought is by far the most damaging. In 2009 alone, drought cost farmers $14 billion worldwide. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. corn crop is affected by drought stress at some time during the growing season each year, and just four days of severe drought stress during the peak of summer can cut yields in half.
From the Calendar- Wheat Commission Meets Today- and Farm Bureau August Area Meetings Set to Begin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The regular board meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is on the road this month- up on campus at Oklahoma State University. The meeting begins at 9 AM this morning and will be followed in the afternoon by the annual Oklahoma Wheat Review in Ag Hall on campus at OSU. The annual wheat review is co hosted by Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- and allows the wheat industry to come together to assess the good and the bad of this past year's wheat crop. Click here for more on the OWC's August meeting- complete with a link to the final agenda.
Each August, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau hosts a series of meetings around the state in all of their Districts to begin the grass roots process of establishing policy for the coming year. We talked recently with Mike Spradling, President of the OFB, about these meetings and some of the issues that are likely to be discussed over the next couple of weeks as these meetings are held. Click here for one of our Calendar listings for these meetings, which gives you details about where the meetings are located and a chance for you to hear our visit with Mike Spradling about what is the "headwaters" for their policy development efforts.
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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 $8.35 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.35 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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