~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 7, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Temple Grandin Appearance at OSU Demands Bigger Venue- Moves to Gallagher-Iba
-- The Challenge- Finish a Potentially Good Looking 2010 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
-- Whole Foods Wants to Investigate How Animals Are Raised- and Give Consumers a "Rating" in Their Stores
-- Putin Halt to Russia's Grain Exports Long-Term
-- More Value Cuts Unveiled From Muscle Profiling Work of the Beef Industry
-- After the Holiday- Get Ready to Bid This Wednesday on Farm Equipment at the Big Iron Website
-- Watch the Weather- Hermine Might be Paying a Visit
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Temple Grandin Appearance at OSU Demands Bigger Venue- Moves to Gallagher-Iba
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Animal scientist and autistic expert Temple Grandin, whose life story put to film recently won five Emmy awards, will be speaking Sept. 15 at Oklahoma State University. "Interest has been so high that we've had to change the venue to Gallagher-Iba Arena to ensure everyone who wants to can attend," said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Grandin's special seminar will take place at 2 p.m. in OSU's historic arena, located on Hall of Fame Avenue next to Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The seminar is free and open to the public.
A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin
said she enjoys helping people - and especially students - better
understand animal behavior and best management practices relative to
animal handling. "I will be talking about animal welfare, animal auditing,
animal measurement, animal behavior, cattle handling and how autism helps
with animal behavior," she said.
There will also be a public announcement about a new endowed chair that be named in Dr. Gandin's honor- which cattle industry interests hope will thrust Oklahoma State Univesrity into the forefront of animal well being teaching and research.
Click on the LINK below for more details about the upcoming seminar with Temple Grandin coming September 15 to the campus of OSU in Stillwater.
The Challenge- Finish a Potentially Good Looking 2010 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma cotton crop is approaching the home stretch for his year's production cycle- and prospects for excellent yields in irrgated fields are in place. How much rain and when that rain arrived is the key right now for a good finish to the dryland production in the state.
A good example of dryland cotton prospects comes from Craig Bolton, manager of the Tri-County Gin east of Chattanooga, Ok., in Tillman County. Anticipating top prices, Bolton's farmer clients planted a lot of dryland cotton, approximately 30,000 acres. After planting, wet weather helped the crop to grow well, but when July came along, Bolton said, heat stress lowered their expectations for a top crop. "We hope we will see three-quarter bale cotton to the acre this fall," he said. "Earlier, when we realized there had been 30,000 acres planted around here and with the good growing conditions, we were hoping for 30,000 bales. Now, I think we will gin around 20,000 bales." Bolton stresses with good prices and plenty of acres to harvest, 2010 will still be a good year for his cotton growers.
We have reports from Carnegie and Martha as well on this year's 2010 crop- click on the LINK below to jump to details on how the crop seems to be developing in those locations- all courtesy of Vic Schoonover and the folks at NTOK.
Whole Foods Wants to Investigate How Animals Are Raised- and Give Consumers a "Rating" in Their Stores
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods plans to implement an animal welfare rating program in all its stores by Jan. 1, 2011, company co-founder John Mackey told USA Today in an interview.
"Signs will tell customers exactly how meat animals were raised," said Mackey, adding, "We're rolling out initiatives to help shoppers make healthier, more educated choices about food."
Mackey also told USA Today Whole Foods plans to introduce a private-label line of vegan foods that contain no animal fat, canola or safflower oils and are low in sugar and salt.
Putin Halt to Russia's Grain Exports Long-Term
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Puttin says Russia's ban on grain exports will be extended well into next year because of continued uncertainty over production. Severe drought and heat have depressed the Russian harvest. Putin told senior officials - there should be no frantic movement. I believe we must make clear that we can examine the cancellation of the ban on grain exports only after next year's harvest is gathered and there is clarity regarding grain levels.
The ban, which includes wheat, wheat flour, barley, rye and corn, was intended to last until December 31st. But, Mr. Putin's comments seem to be suggesting that it would go through autumn 2011. Analysts estimate that this year's harvest will fall by roughly a third. Last year, Russia was the world's third largest wheat exporter, behind the United States and Canada.
In Russia, grain prices have been rising even faster than on world markets. In his remarks, Mr. Putin demanded that officials crack down on food speculators, seeking to calm a public that has grown jittery because of rising prices for meat, flour, pasta and other staples. The Kremlin is said to be concerned that discontent over prices could influence the 2012 presidential election.
More Value Cuts Unveiled From Muscle Profiling Work of the Beef Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group (BIG) debuted six new cuts from the beef round at the first Innovative Beef Symposium in Denver just before Labor Day, part of its effort to help meat processors, manufacturers, retailers, foodservice operators and cattle producers maximize yield, add versatility and increase profitability.
"As the marketplace continues to evolve, it creates opportunities for new beef cuts to be used as a competitive advantage," says Jim Ethridge, senior director of the Beef Innovations Group for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, which contracts to manage new product development efforts for the Beef Checkoff Program. "Past work on the chuck subprimal had yielded benefits to all segments of the industry, and the muscles of the round offer the next frontier of innovation and additional value."
The introduction of these value cuts came in Denver in late August- and by the end of this month- it is expected that cutting guides and marketing materials will be available to those interested in moving these cuts into the beef consumption pipeline.
After the Holiday- Get Ready to Bid This Wednesday on Farm Equipment at the Big Iron Website
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lots of farm equipment of all kinds is listed in the Big Iron Equipment sale that begins ending at 10 AM central time on Wednesday- combines and small grain planters are included in the listings of some 345 items in this latest sale.
The City of Ada has a bunch of surplus construction equipment, tractors, old police cruisers and more included in this week's auction.
Click on the LINK below to jump to the Big Iron website- all sales are final to the highest bidder with no reserves. It's easy to buy on Big Iron and it's also easy to list on Big Iron when it comes to future sales. While you are on their website, check that out as well.
Watch the Weather- Hermine Might be Paying a Visit
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~KWTV News9 Meterologist Michael Armstrong tells us that significant rain could be headed up into Oklahoma from the Gulf of Mexico by midweek.
Michael tells us Monday afternoon late that "Tropical Storm Hermine has formed in the western Gulf of Mexico. It will likely make landfall near Brownsville, TX, then weaken and track northward toward Oklahoma by mid-day Wednesday. There will be a risk of significant flash flooding in parts of the state on Wednesday and Thursday.
Click on the LINK below for our weather links found on our website- which includes links for both News9 and News on 6, as well as the Oklahoma Mesonet and the National Weather Service. The TV station sites will be following Hermine closely and will have more on this storm as it tracks norhward over the next day or so.
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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 $7.65 per bushel(as we headed into the three day Labor Day Holiday), while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.15 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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