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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 20, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Cattle on Feed Numbers from Friday Called Bearish
-- Texas hammers EPA on science of global warming
-- Peanut Harvest Upon Us- and It Could Be a Dandy!
-- Grove FFA and Kay County 4-H Top Senior Division of State Fair Livestock Judging Contest
-- Two Oklahomans Capture Top Spots at First WLAC Quarterfinal
-- D.C. Urban Wheat Field Scheduled for This Thursday and Friday
-- Japan and the US Met- and Nothing Happened.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Cattle on Feed Numbers from Friday Called Bearish
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rising feed costs did not stop cattle feeders from trying to fill pen space this past month- according to the latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report issued Friday afternoon by USDA. Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities called the report a little bearish- although he thinks other factors will have a lot more impact on the cattle market this week- especially cash feeder and feedlot markets.
The USDA reports that Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in
the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled
10.2 million head on September 1, 2010. The inventory was 3 percent above
September 1, 2009.
Click on the LINK below to jump to the conversation that Ed Richards had with Tom Leffler about the report-
Texas hammers EPA on science of global warming
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The arguments that Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has been making for months about the EPA and their proposed rules to regular greenhouse gases are now featured in arguments being made by the state of Texas. The Texas attorney general has expanded his argument in a lawsuit meant to prevent the federal regulation of greenhouse gases.
In motions submitted last week to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott accused the federal Environmental Protection Agency of relying on faulty science for its proposals to regulate greenhouse gases. Click here for the actual motions that have been submitted to the Federal Court.
The briefs build on a federal suit filed in February by Texas and other states against the EPA, which in December issued an endangerment finding that carbon dioxide emissions threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. The endangerment finding, which opens the way to further regulations, spun out of a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
"By delegating its judgment on climate science to the (U.N. group) and others, EPA exposed its conclusions to the errors and biases of unaccountable volunteer scientists, and undermined the validity of the endangerment finding," reads a brief filed by the Texas attorney general's office.
Peanut Harvest Upon Us- and It Could Be a Dandy!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mike Kubicek with the Oklahoma Peanut Commission says it looks like the harvest season dead ahead may well be a good one for Oklahoma peanut producers. Kubicek was our guest on Saturday for our In the Field Segement as seen on KWTV, News9. We talked about this year's crop and about two Peanut Field Days planned for this week- one on Tuesday in Sayre and the second on Thursday in Ft. Cobb. They are MORNING Field Days here in 2010.
Highlights of this year's Field Days will include the Release of Red River Runner. "Hull blasting" will be available at all locations, so farmers should bring a representative sample of pods from the field to blast to determine maturity and anticipated digging dates.
Kubicek is especially high on the potential of the Red River Runner variety. It offers something for the producer, processor and end user. For the producer, it has a disease package that includes resistance to Sclerotinia Blight. It also offers the producer a high grading peanut, which can add a lot of dollars to the bottom line. For the processor, the shelf life is called outstanding, while the end user will enjoy the cholesterol free attributes.
Grove FFA and Kay County 4-H Top Senior Division of State Fair Livestock Judging Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About 600 young people were involved in the 2010 Livestock Judging Contest at the State Fair of Oklahoma on Friday, September 17- the contest sponsored and operated by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers. The Young Farmers and Ranchers started this competition about twenty years ago- and the 2010 edition continued to show the strong interest of young people in coming to the fair and spending a morning of evaluating livestock.
Top FFA Senior Division Team was from the Grover FFA Chapter- and team
members included Brad Frazier, Sara Green and Dalton Downey.
Senior 4-H Division team winner at the State Fair on Friday came from
Kay County. Team members include Marcia Goodwin, Garrett Goodwin and Kacy
Two Oklahomans Capture Top Spots at First WLAC Quarterfinal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two Oklahomans - Justin Dodson of Welch, and Dustin Focht of Stillwater - cam in first and second in the Livestock Marketing Association's first quarterfinal qualifying contest held in Montgomery, Alabama. The eight highest scorers in each qualifying contest earn spots in the 2011 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship scheduled for June 25 at Upstate Livestock Exchange in Williamston, South Carolina. 29 contestants competed in the first quarterfinal round.
Dodson, 41, was named champion, following competition at the Montgomery
Stock Yards on Sept. 13. Focht, 40, won the reserve champion title, or
second place, in a field of 29 contestants.
Dodson was sponsored by Parsons Livestock Market, Inc., Parsons, Kan.;
Tulsa Stockyards, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.; and South Coffeyville Stockyards,
Inc., South Coffeyville, Okla. His highest finish to date came in the 2005
WLAC, when he was named runner-up champion.
D.C. Urban Wheat Field Scheduled for This Thursday and Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The wheat industry has been abuzz with activity this week in preparation for the Urban Wheat Field project, scheduled to be on display in Washington, D.C., this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23 and 24.
The project will bring a quarter-acre of live, growing wheat just steps from the U.S. Capitol, along with a full-sized combine, multiple demonstration flour mills and a mobile baking laboratory. The event will be staffed by wheat growers from around the country and experts in the areas of milling, baking and nutrition.
The D.C. experience will be the second such venture by the Wheat Foods Council, a grower-governed and grower-supported nutrition education group. The first Urban Wheat Field was held in New York City in 2008, reaching thousands of urbanites, many of whom know little about farming and some of whom had never seen a growing agricultural product.
Over the past few months, NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates, many state wheat associations and commissions and representatives of the milling and baking industries have been working to assist Wheat Foods in preparations for the unique outreach program. On Wednesday of this week, before the main event begins, growers from NAWG state associations will reach out to Capitol Hill offices who don't typically hear from wheat farmers to introduce themselves and extend an invitation to the Field.
Japan and the US Met- and Nothing Happened.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It Appears No Major Developments Regarding U.S.-Japan Beef Trade Occurred when representatives of the two countries met in Burlingame, Calif. this past week. Following what USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative's Office termed a "technical working-level meeting," the two agencies released a statement, which said:
"The discussions, led by Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Toshiro Kawashima, Director and Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health Division of the Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, covered a wide array of technical topics related to BSE, including current Japanese regulations and regulatory processes, Japan's risk assessment process for beef and beef products, and Japan's import inspection and border measures. The Japanese Government also sought clarification of developments in the United States related to BSE surveillance measures, among other areas." The statement said the purpose of the meetings was "to clarify technical issues and address questions."
Kyodo News International, a Japanese news service, quoted Japanese officials as saying that the U.S. made no specific request for relaxing Japan's beef import restrictions. Kyodo also reported that the two sides agreed to meet again to discuss beef trade, but no date was set. (Good grief- you would think the least the US team could do is at least ask about getting more access for US beef)
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