~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday August 24, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Both Sides of the GIPSA Debate Plan Thursday Evening Events in Ft. Collins
-- Some Get Moisture- Other Locations Missed
-- If the Dems Hold the House- Peterson Says Farm Bill Markup Starts Next May
-- Poultry Federation Brings the Cash to Keep Litter Management Rolling
-- Egypt to Run Sorghum Feeding Trials
-- Better than Average Fruit Set Bodes Well for the 2010 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
-- Sonrise Ranches Kicks Off a Great Set of Angus Sales This Wednesday, August 25
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Both Sides of the GIPSA Debate Plan Thursday Evening Events in Ft. Collins
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Groups that favor immediate implementation of the so called GIPSA Rule for livestock will be hosting a public forum to Save Rural America and Family Ranching this Thursday evening, prior to Friday's U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Justice Hearing on Competition in the Livestock Industry. The event, to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado at 7:00 p.m. R-CALF USA says the forum will focus on how corporate consolidation has led to an imbalance of power in the food system, with unfair practices putting farmers and ranchers, workers and consumers at a disadvantage and why government action, like the proposed GIPSA rule, is long overdue.
A little earlier on Thursday- the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council will host a news briefing and panel discussion focusing on USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's proposed rule on livestock marketing. Two panels of experts will be available to discuss the impact of the proposed GIPSA Rule. Both NCBA and the NPPC have expressed grave concerns about the bulk of the GIPSA rule, saying the threat of litigation that would be a consequence of the rule would unravel much of the value added infrastructure now seen in the pork and beef industry.
We will be covering both of those events, as well as the USDA-DOJ workshop on Friday on the campus of Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. It's our understanding that we will have wifi capability in the meeting room- which will allow us to provide web stories and audio during the day Friday from the workshop. We will be tweeting as well from this gathering which could draw several thousand livestock producers from all across the country.
Remember- anytime you want to go back and read the GIPSA rule that was proposed back in June- we have a graphic link to that rule on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- the graphic simply says- Read the Rule and can be found on the left hand side of any page on our website.
Some Get Moisture- Other Locations Missed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop Weather Update tells us that much of the State received rain during the past week with four of the nine districts averaging over an inch of precipitation. The minimal rainfall was welcomed by producers across the State, but more moisture is needed to help field crop conditions. There was some relief from triple digit temperatures as a cold front moved through during the early part of the week. As a result, maximum average temperatures ranged from the lower-to-upper nineties. Friday night brought strong thunderstorms to northern Oklahoma with damaging winds and power outages. However, hot and humid weather returned to the State over the weekend with Saturday's heat index reaching as high as 104. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range with none rated surplus. Subsoil moisture conditions were also rated mostly in the adequate to short range with 21 percent rated very short, up two points from the previous week.
Wheat seedbed preparation was 37 percent complete by week's end, seven points ahead of normal. For our spring planted crops- "Although there was some rainfall last week, more precipitation is needed to help field crops across the State. Corn dent reached 88 percent complete, 37 points above the previous year. Fifty-four percent of corn had matured by Sunday. Sorghum headed reached 85 percent complete, 18 points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum coloring reached 46 percent complete, 17 points ahead of normal. Eight percent of sorghum reached the mature stage of development by Sunday, one point ahead of normal. Soybeans blooming were at 90 percent by week's end, eight points ahead of the five-year average. Sixty-two percent of soybeans were setting pods by week's end, up eight points from the week prior, and three points ahead of the five-year average. Eighty-two percent of peanuts were setting pods by Sunday, eight points behind normal. Ninety-six percent of the cotton crop was setting bolls by week's end, 12 points ahead of normal."
Click on the LINK below for the rest of the weekly report for the state of Oklahoma- as issued by NASS on Monday afternoon.
If the Dems Hold the House- Peterson Says Farm Bill Markup Starts Next May
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Association of Wheat Growers Second Vice President Erik Younggren hosted on his farm this month House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who is also his Congressman, and Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Bill Murphy. The two officials were in Younggren's hometown, Hallock, to talk with farmers and see how wheat and early sugar beet harvesting was progressing. Younggren stopped harvest work to host a shop meeting, with about 40 area farmers and people from town in attendance.
Discussion topics were wide-ranging, including the farm bill process,
crop insurance, Clean Water Act permitting and other environmental
Eric Younggren has written more on this encounter with the Chairman of the House Ag Committee on a blog that he uses to describe life as a wheat farmer in northern Minnesota. Click on the LINK below to check it out.
Poultry Federation Brings the Cash to Keep Litter Management Rolling
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) has been working in conjunction with the poultry industry and local municipalities to protect Oklahoma's watersheds. In 1998 the Oklahoma legislature passed the Oklahoma Registered Poultry Feeding Operation (RPFO) Act. This act requires Poultry Operators to have mandated litter management training as well as an approved Animal Waste Management Plan (AWMP) and maintain records of poultry waste removed from or applied to the premises.
ODAFF has employed two soil scientists who have developed 863 (AWMP)
plans for land owners over the past six years. Due to state budget cuts
the funding for these two positions was no longer available. Therefore,
The Poultry Federation, a non-profit group that supports the poultry
industry in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma has stepped forward with a
$43,000 grant to keep these scientists in place.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach tells us "We appreciate The Poultry Federation's willingness to help us retain these important soil scientist positions. This is another example of how government and industry can work together to support responsible agricultural practices in our great state."
Egypt to Run Sorghum Feeding Trials
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Egypt will conduct feed trials this November, testing U.S. non-tannin grain sorghum. The sorghum, 60 metric tons of it, was shipped to Egypt by the U.S. Grains Council. The grain sorghum will be utilized by Egypt's Dakahlia Poultry Company, the third largest vertically integrated poultry operation in that country. Chris Corry, USGC senior director of international operations, says the feed trials will be supplemented by experiments at the government-run Research Center for Food and Feed. U.S. nutritionist will travel to Egypt to set up the feeding protocols, monitor the trials and analyze results.
The introduction of non-tannin grain sorghum in Egypt would expand the market basket of products available for import to that country. USGC expects import duties to be eliminated while the trial is taking place, but not before an educational foundation for non-tannin grain sorghum is provided. Grown commercially only in the United States, non-tannin sorghum is preferred for poultry feed because it does not inhibit the digestion of tryptophan, an essential amino acid in poultry.
Egyptian buyers will visit the United States in October, and as the trials in Egypt begin. The Council will run workshops, conferences and seminars as part of its educational efforts there. Trial results will be given in Egyptian seminars in February. USGC hopes to use this experience in opening the Egyptian market for distiller's dried grains with solubles and corn gluten.
Better than Average Fruit Set Bodes Well for the 2010 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Cotton Crop in the Rolling Plains of North Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas was planted and started growing with an exceptional amount of moisture. Now, it is maturing in an extended dry spell in much of the area. How the crop is handling the different weather is explained by Shane Osborne, Oklahoma State University Extension assoc. specialist:
"Hot, hot and more hot. If July's rain was equivalent to a feast, then August's heat and humidity would be the famine. Since mid-July temperatures reached and have basically stayed between 95 and 102 degrees. Let's be honest, we kind of expect that, but what about the humidity? The average daily humidity for July never dropped below 52 percent and for two-thirds of the month was above 70 percent. That is definitely above average for this part of the world. In typical August fashion, temperatures have stuck around the century mark most of the month.
"Any cotton that has had adequate moisture this period seems to have
set a large amount of fruit in a short time. Even though our dryland acres
have not flourished in August as compared to July, most of those acres
still have a good fruit set with above average yield potential.
Read more of Shane Osborne's assessment of the 2010 Oklahoma cotton crop by clicking on the LINK below.
Sonrise Ranches Kicks Off a Great Set of Angus Sales This Wednesday, August 25
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Partnership Liquidation and Angus Production Sale at the Sonrise Ranches in Oolagah will kick off tomorrow midday- set for twelve noon on August 25th at the ranch. The sale will include Donors, Donor Prospects, 80 Bred Cowws, 30 Pairs, 40 Bred Heifers, 30 Open Elite heifers and 10 ET Calves.
Owner Chip Carroll writes about the 2010 sale "We are extremely blessed to be offering you some of our very best this year. Let me be frank with you. Some of the top cows in the Angus breed will sell at the Sonrise in this sale. We look forward to seeing you here, but if you are unable to make it, we are broadcasting the sale on DVAuction.com."
Click on the LINK below for our Calendar listing for this tremendous sale of top Angus genetics. For more information by phone, call the ranch office at 918-371-7400.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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