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Friday, June 23, 2017
Carnegie Co-op Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Cotton Gin Facility Amid Cotton's Rise in Oklahoma
I had the opportunity to speak with veteran cotton gin manager, Jeanie Hileman, at Carnegie Farmers Coop and Elevator's ground-breaking ceremony, celebrating the coop's plans to construct a new state-of-the-art ginning facility.
According to Hileman, the coop had it's best year in 2016, having processed more than 61,000 bales of cotton. However, this year is expected to surpass that number by leaps and bounds, with the potential of it doubling. Coop board members suspect they will be looking at somewhere between 90,000 and 120,000 bales to gin in 2017.
To keep pace with this anticipated increase in production, Hileman says the decision was made to look for supplemental equipment. Stumbling on a good find though, the board ultimately decided to go a different way.
"We lucked into an opportunity where a gin was closing due to weather conditions and we flew out there and looked at it, thinking we would put some of the equipment in our gin," Hileman recounted. "We ended up deciding that it was too awesome an opportunity not to just go ahead and break ground and create a whole new facility."
Being erected on 80 acres just North of Carnegie on HWY 58, the new facility includes an unloading system, first and second stage drying and preclearing systems, three gin stands, a lint cleaning system, condenser and humidification unit, bale press system, mote press, IntelliGin system and other miscellaneous parts and equipment. The new facility will increase productivity, lower labor and utility cost per bale, reduced maintenance and annual capital expenditures, and reduce environmental compliance issues.
Hileman says the plan is to have the new gin up and running by November 1st of this year. For more information about Carnegie's new cotton gin being built, click over to our website
to hear my full interview with Hileman, on location at yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
|Fresh Beef From Brazil Into the US Banned by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil on Thursday afternoon because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.
Since March, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil. FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.
Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:
"Ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply is one of our critical missions, and it's one we undertake with great seriousness. Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers. That's what we've done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef. I commend the work of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families."
House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway quickly praised
the Secretary for the move- as did Craig Uden
of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
R-Calf's CEO Bill Bullard
also welcomed the move- but was not satisfied- saying cooked beef should have also been banned- worrying about FMD arriving in this country because of USDA not doing enough- and then said this just another reason why COOL is needed- "We urge Secretary Purdue to halt all meat imports from Brazil until he conducts a thorough investigation of Brazil's meatpacking plants and concludes that every one of those plants is fully complying with U.S. food safety laws and until mandatory COOL is fully implemented in the U.S. so consumers do not have to wait for the government to act before taking steps to ensure the safety of their food."
|Plains Grains Says Oklahoma 91% Done with Wheat Harvest- Kansas Moving Quick and Now 44% Complete
Plains Grains releases a weekly harvest update during the hard red winter wheat harvest season- the following is the latest report issued by their Executive Director, Mark Hodges, on Thursday evening, June 22nd:
"Harvest progress of the 2017 HRW wheat crop is well into the north central and northeastern areas of Kansas and while not yet crossing the northern border, some test cutting is expected in Nebraska within the next few days.
"As cutting has progressed into and through northwestern Texas protein has been the bright spot with a higher overall average than any other area of its size harvested. While variable, the overall protein average from this region is 11.7%. Texas is now 83% complete with harvest and starting to wind down. The Oklahoma HRW harvest is nearing completion as well, now at 91% complete with only the far northwestern part of the state yet to be cut- including the Panhandle. The Kansas Wheat Harvest is in full swing as it approaches the half way mark at 44% complete.
Perhaps the real most important thing coming out of this latest Plains Grains report- protein levels rose based on the latest batch of samples coming from the Texas Panhandle and North Central Oklahoma- average protein level for all samples to date is up to 11.1% from 10.8% a week ago.
That's important since there are reports of single digit protein levels in south central Kansas.
Click or tap here for the complete Plains Grains report- which includes links to the data collected to date by the group and the final Oklahoma Wheat Commission Harvest report.
|Tropical Storm Cindy Heads for the Northeast with Her Rain in Tow, Weekend Cold Front Our Nearest Hope
State Climatologist Gary McManus
bears bad news, but followed it up with some hopeful outlooks in this week's Drought Monitor report.
McManus reports that Tropical Storm Cindy has decided to turn on her heel and is now headed towards the Northeast, taking with her the rain many Oklahomans in Southwest Oklahoma were counting on.
Fortunately, though, McManus says we still have a slight chance for some precipitation to land here in the state before the week's end. From the North, a rather robust cold front is on it's way. Fingers crossed it's bringing with it some much needed moisture.
For more details, or to check out the drought monitor up on the Mesonet website, click here
This week on SUNUP - OSU Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout again this week, talking wheat harvest in Oklahoma and how it measured up to producer's expectations.
"I think we surpassed expectations this year," Anderson said. "And I think that's a good thing."
According to Anderson, wheat this year in Oklahoma is averaging about a 60lbs.+ per bushel test weight, a bit higher than most would have anticipated going into this season. Most farmers were not counting on protein levels to be very high this year, hoping at best they may reach up to 10.6% at least. However, on the average, Anderson says we're seeing closer to an 11% protein weight - still not as high as the markets would like, but potentially the best it might have access to this harvest. The one area we did not perform in as well as we anticipated was yield, Anderson says wheat fields fell slightly below expectations in this regard.
For these reasons, overall, he says farmers should be proud of their harvest for 2017.
For those producers with grain in the bin, wondering what the next move is, Anderson advises that you sell your grain off in thirds throughout the rest of the year. That way, you secure a safe average of what the markets are offering, rather than trying to bet the odds.
You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear all of Kim's comments right now, and see what else is on the line-up for this week's episode of SUNUP by clicking or tapping here
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
|Rancher Irv Petsch is Doing His Part to Keep US Beef on Both the Minds and Tables of the Japanese
Earlier this month, a group of Japanese magazine editors toured Wyoming, visiting ranches and speaking with producers; trying to get a hands-on look at the US cattle industry. One of their stops, Y6 Ranch near Meriden, Wyoming, owned by cattle feeder and Cattlemen's Beef Board member, Irv Petsch
, whose family has welcomed international visitors since the 1980s.
"Basically, what we have tried to show them is how we produce cattle and how we produce a quality meat product," Petsch said. "I don't think they realize that you feed different cattle in different ways. That was kind of an 'ah-ha!' moment."
Seeing first-hand, the legendary American cowboys on horseback, was cause for great excitement to the tourists, Petsch says. But, pageantry aside, he says what he and his family tried to impress upon them, was that fact that their operation is family-owned and operated, and the tradition and care that has gone into building their herd. He insists that by forging relationships like this, is crucial to the health of our export business and he attributes a lot of that success, to the promotional efforts of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, paid for by the Beef Checkoff.
"I think the export market is one of the things that stabilize our market," Petsch contended. "It's an extremely important aspect to our marketing, to make sure we do as well as we can to make the Japanese people more comfortable with our product. I don't know where we'd be without our Checkoff."
Listen to Petsch and I talk about his view on the importance of forging international relationships for the health of our export business, and how the Beef Checkoff has worked to maintain those relationships, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
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|University Leaders Testify Before House Ag Committee on Government's Investment in Agricultural Research
In preparation for the next Farm Bill, Chairman of the House Ag Committee Mike Conaway, invited leaders of the academia world from universities across the nation to testify before his committee on the impact that research at their respective learning institutions, backed by government funding, has had on the success and advancement of the agriculture industry here in America.
Chancellors and deans and higher-ups of all kinds from all corners of the US took time to present their case and defend the work their faculty has contributed to the national and international ag discussion.
Chairman Conaway offered a few words to underscore his view on the importance of funding such projects.
"Research is the driving force behind American agricultural innovation," he said. "While our nation's serious budget issues must be addressed, we must do so without jeopardizing our status as the world leader in cutting-edge agricultural research."
To read the full remarks of Chairman Conaway, and to learn more about the hearing and the witnesses called to offer testimony, click here
|Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Takes Aim at Foundation Fundraising Event Today
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Sporting Clays Shoot, today in Guthrie, Okla. at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports - and YOU'RE INVITED! If you haven't already made plans to go, not to worry. On-site entries are being accepted, for a small additional fee.
Individuals or teams of four may participate. Awards will be given to the top individual and top team.
Sponsors of the day's event to raise funding for the OCA Foundation's activities throughout the year, include Oklahom Ag Credit, Great Plains Kubota, Oklahoma Limousin Breeders, WRCA, Beefmaster Breeders United, BioZyme, Inc, Zinpro Corporation, Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Supply, Pnue-Dart, Southwest Airlines, McAfee & Taft, Foundation Management, Inc, InsureMyForage.com
. Livingston Machinery, The Hartford Livestock Insurance, Association Insurance Services, Inc. and Sooner Scale Inc.
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