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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 26, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Thanks for the Rainfall of Last Week- Farmers Say We Need more.
-- Check Out Chandler on GIPSA
-- The Eco Pass- the Ultimate in Guilt Relief for Today's Vacationer
-- Oklahoma Teacher Selected as National Agri-Science Teacher of the Year by FFA
-- American Farm Bureau Looking Forward for Chance to Work with New Congress
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Works on Resolutions
-- Oklahoma Water Conference Underway Today in Norman
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Thanks for the Rainfall of Last Week- Farmers Say We Need more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- "Rainfall received during last week was welcomed by producers across the State. All nine districts received rainfall with the Southwest district receiving the most precipitation at 2.65 inches. Average rainfall for the State was 1.35 inches, however, more precipitation is needed. Parts of Oklahoma are still experiencing moderate drought conditions. October has historically been the last hope for significant rain before dry and cold weather arrives. Average temperatures ranged in the low-to-mid sixties with maximum temperatures in the mid-to-upper seventies. Topsoil moisture conditions improved last week with six percent rated surplus as a result of recent rainfall. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range, but more rain is needed to replenish moisture levels."
Oklahoma Wheat Farmers are getting close to getting the 2011 crop into the ground- "Despite the need for additional rainfall, small grain crops remained mostly in good to fair condition. Wheat seeding increased ten points from the previous week to reach 88 percent complete, four points ahead of normal, while 68 percent of the State's wheat had emerged by Sunday." Our neighbors in Kansas have passed 90 percent in their planting- at 92%, while Texas is up to 81% planted by the end of the weekend. All three states are ahead of the five year average pace.
Nationally, the corn, cotton and soybean harvest has been on steroids compared to last year's rain soaked event. The US corn crop is now 83% harvested, versus just 20% done by this date in 2009. Soybeans are now 91% harvest complete- versus the 42% figure that was reality in 2009. Finally, the 2010 cotton crop is now halfway harvested nationally- versus just 19% done at this juncture in 2009. Click here for the full USDA National Crop Progress Summary issued on Monday afternoon.
Back in Oklahoma- our spring planted crops are also in the process of being harvested. "Row crop harvest was temporarily halted in some areas due to rainfall. Ninety-six percent of grain sorghum had matured by Sunday, 23 points ahead of normal, and 55 percent of sorghum was harvested by week's end, 17 points ahead of normal. Seventy-nine percent of soybeans were mature by week's end and 51 percent of the crop had been harvested. Ninety-eight percent of the State's peanuts were mature by Sunday, four points ahead of normal, with 87 percent of the crop dug. Sixty-nine percent of the peanut crop was combined by Sunday, 26 points ahead of the five-year average. Cotton harvest was 33 percent complete by Sunday, 13 points ahead of the five-year average."
Check Out Chandler on GIPSA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of those that we caught up with on Monday at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association annual convention in downtown Oklahoma City was Chandler Keys with JBS Swift, the large Brazilian owned Meat Processing giant.
As with most people at the meeting of feedlot operators in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma- Keys is concerned about the USDA proposal that would substantially change marketing here in the US of livestock- what everyone is calling the GIPSA Marketing Rule. If you want to learn more about the GIPSA Proposal- a great place to start is on our website- we have compiled a PRIMER on the rule, the USDA explanations, the pro and con of the rule from the industry and how you can comment on the rule before November 22- click here to jump to our "Read the Rule" page.
Keys contends that while many current value added programs will likely survive in some form or fashion under the GIPSA proposal- the next great program (like the Certified Angus Beef Program) would have little chance to get started with the likelihood that others in the beef cattle business who would be jealous of the new program- would complain it was not fair and kill it before it would have time to ramp up and become established. Click on the LINK below and listen to our conversation with Chandler- which we have published as a Podcast so it shows up on both our website as well as becoming available on Itunes.
The Eco Pass- the Ultimate in Guilt Relief for Today's Vacationer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the hottest trends in the developed world is to be "green" and be able to say that you are helping the effort to save the planet. Building on that concept, the Oklahoma Tourism Department has the ultimate in being green on that next trip- the Eco Pass. According to their website, "ECOPasses are designed to provide individual travelers and motor coach companies the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets that reduce the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. Carbon offset programs are increasing in popularity around the world. This program is unusual because the revenue generated by purchasing the passes will go directly to Oklahoma landowners who are willing to enroll or who are already participating in a land management or conservation plan that reduces CO2 emissions."
A Special kickoff was held in Watonga yesterday that featured the Department of Tourism, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Agriculture, as well as the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.
Trey Lam, President of the OACD says his group is super pleased to be a part of this effort. "This new initiative with Tourism is a great way to promote conservation of our natural resources, reward good stewardship of the land and highlight the good work that is going on in Oklahoma," Lam said. "By facilitating the sale of these credits to folks who are coming to Oklahoma we are helping promote sustainable tourism while showcasing the ongoing efforts to protect our environment. This is a great program that helps showcase Oklahoma nationally and puts dollars in the pocket of those folks going the extra mile to protect our natural resources. This is a great program and we are excited to be a part of it."
Oklahoma Teacher Selected as National Agri-Science Teacher of the Year by FFA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our most recent addition to our coverage of the 2010 National FFA Convention comes in the form of an interview with the 2010 National AgriScience Teacher of the Year- Alan Smith of Cushing. He was honored last Friday night in Indianapolis at the 83rd Annual Convention of the FFA.
By the way- speaking of our FFA coverage- we have added a few more pictures on our Flickr set of the National FFA Convention- click here to go and check those additional photos out.
For the last three years, Smith has dramatically changed the way he teaches agriscience. After learning that a student was struggling with the biology portion of the American College Test (ACT), he began incorporating more science into his agriculture teaching, beginning with the parts of the plant cell. Smith has now aligned his botany course to the standards of the horticulture industry. His students grow and sell plants from their greenhouse, as well as conduct experiments that require them to collect, analyze and publish data on a weekly basis.
In addition to learning more about botany than in previous years, Smith has also encouraged his students to become more involved with award recognition programs and in 2009 a member of the Cushing FFA chapter was selected as a finalist for the National Agriscience Student of the year. Additionally, three of Smith's students competed in the National Agriscience Student Fair during the national FFA Convention.
American Farm Bureau Looking Forward for Chance to Work with New Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 112th Congress is expected to see many new faces when it convenes next January. Many new members will not understand agriculture and some could be called upon to help write the next Farm Bill. Mark Maslyn, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, says - the American Farm Bureau Federation is looking forward to working with new members to help them better understand one of the nation's most vital industries.
The most important work facing the new Congress is the next Farm Bill. Maslyn says Farm Bureau will - work with ag committee members to help them understand the role of farm programs and develop a bill that provides an effective and responsive safety net for producers across the country.
On the trade front, Maslyn says - we are hopeful the new Congress will change the outlook of trade opportunities. We hope the new Congress will take a fresh approach to free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea, which have been pending in Congress for several years. This year alone, more than 600 bilateral and regional trade agreements will have been negotiated around the world. The U.S. will share in less than 20 of these trade deals.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Works on Resolutions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Resolutions Committee of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau is in their second day of meetings today at the Waterford Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City. We featured their work with comments from their President, Mike Spradling, this morning on our Morning Farm News as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click here to hear that report that went our to our 40 stations across the state and region. The morning farm news is also turned into a Podcast that you can get weekday mornings via Itunes.
One of the newest voices for our network is KBLP FM in Lindsey, Oklahoma- playing country music and doing a great job for areas south of Oklahoma City at 105.1 on the FM dial. They play our morning farm news around 8:10 AM weekday mornings- and we will have details on our website soon about times for other ag programs they carry from RON.
Oklahoma Water Conference Underway Today in Norman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Water Conference is underway in Norman today and tomorrow- with a session on agricultural water issues planned for after lunch today- to be chaired by Oklahoma State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach.
Click on the LINK below for the full agenda of the conference for the next couple of days.
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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 $8.95 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.65 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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