~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 4, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Half of the Acres of the 2011 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop in Bad Shape Due to Drought
-- The New Branding of Pork- Be Inspired!
-- From the 2011 Commodity Classic- Tom Sell Offers 2012 Farm Bill Preview
-- Out at the Oklahoma Statehouse- Legislation is Happening
-- Canola TV- More with Dr. Tom Peeper of OSU on Lessons Learned in Growing Canola
-- Mexican Truck Deal Cheered by Farm Bureau and Pork Producers
-- Another Canadian Mad Cow Found
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Half of the Acres of the 2011 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop in Bad Shape Due to Drought
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fifty percent of the acres in our hard red winter wheat belt are vulnerable this growing season because of very dry conditions. Mark Hodges, Executive Director of Plains Grains, Inc, says the area he is very worried about is west of a line from southwest of Amarillo on a line up to Hooker, Oklahoma and Liberal, Kansas- then over to Dodge City and due north from there into Nebraska. Wheat fields west of that line have reached the status of being in dire condition. Some fields never germinated before winter set in, with many other fields just barely emerged.
Most of those fields barely emerged up to the two or three leaf stage were then exposed to bitterly cold conditions with little or no snow cover for protection. Hodges says the problem is that even with rain at this point- if it comes- will mean the plants will start growing and will concentrate on developing a root system and not putting out tillers, which greatly reduces yield potential.
Hodges says that many farmers in the affected areas, if they get rain, may opt out of wheat and might elect to plant grain sorghum, hoping for a better chance of cash flow in that direction. Overall, he says in those western areas of the hard red winter wheat belt, the prospects are for a well below average wheat crop in 2011.
You can read more by clicking on the LINK below- and also hear our
conversation with Hodges about these concerns- you can also see a video
version of our conversation on KWTV News9 during our In the Field TV
segment on Saturday morning at around 6:40 AM.
The New Branding of Pork- Be Inspired!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With a new focus on reaching creative, flavor-seeking home cooks who already prepare, eat and love pork, the National Pork Board today announced a new branding position celebrating pork's ability to offer a wide range of options in the kitchen. With PORK now as the brand, the new campaign of: Pork Be inspired shows pork's place in almost any menu, day part, cuisine and lifestyle, based on pork's unique combination of flavor and versatility as the source of kitchen inspiration.
The news release of this morning says "The new, fully integrated campaign features an updated look and feel, along with a new consumer target: the more than 82 million Americans who already cook, eat and love pork. Moving from a functional to a more emotional positioning, the campaign voice is proud, energetic, approachable and unapologetically optimistic about the unique attributes of the world's most popular protein."
We have more from the Pork Board which includes a new website they have turned on this morning. Click on the link below for more on the campaign and a chance to see some of their early promotional ideas with the new brand.
From the 2011 Commodity Classic- Tom Sell Offers 2012 Farm Bill Preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tom Sell is a youthful veteran of farm policy discusssions in Washington, as he served as a key aide for the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Larry Combest, during the 2002 Farm Bill debate. Now Sell is in partnership with Combest in a Washington lobbying firm, Combest, Sell and Associates.
Sell spoke to the Sorghum General Session in Tampa at the 2011 Commodtity Classic- and offered three issues that will be important to pay attention to as we approach the writing of the next farm bill. He also offered some advice for the farm community as that process gets underway.
Key issues include the budget, the adequacy of the farm safety net and
the political realities of Congress here in 2011 as we begin to work on
this next farm bill. Sell says that the budget pressure will be immense,
but that agriculture has cut spending and programs over the last decade
and needs to communicate that story as we consider what the policy options
are in 2012.
His third issue is all about the politics in Washington as we near the
writing of the 2012 farm bill. Sell says that there are fewer members of
Congress that have significant amounts of agricultural production in their
districts than ever before- with only about 75 out of 435 districts now
having a farm/ranch presence in them.
Out at the Oklahoma Statehouse- Legislation is Happening
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We asked Scott Dewald to give us a little bit of insight into what has been happening this week at the Oklahoma State Capitol- Scott says there were a couple of measures that moved foward that had caputured his eye- and he offers the following comments about the two measures:
"On Thursday morning a couple of important measures were heard by the
full House and Senate. The House discussed and passed HB 1249, by Rep.
Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner. This trespass bill is designed to close the
existing loop hole that allows people to access private property for the
purpose of retrieving domestic livestock or other animals. Our policy is
very clear on this issue; if someone needs to retrieve cattle or dogs or
other livestock from neighboring lands they need the permission of the
land owner. Ultimately the bill passed on a vote of 80-11. There was
debate against the bill and there was a rather lengthy exchange between
those who were for the bill and those who were against it. Representative
Rousselot did an excellent job of presenting the bill and the reasons for
As for the second bill that OCA's Dewald highlighted for us- "SJR 37, by Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus, passed out of the full Senate on Thursday morning as well. This bill requires that signatures for initiative petitions be gathered from all five congressional districts. We fully support this measure and we believe it will help ensure rural Oklahoman's are included in the signature gathering process. The bill also requires the Governor to cause certain fiscal analysis to be prepared and a summary be printed on the ballot. This bill now advances to the House for committee consideration. Rep. Leslie Osborn is the House author and we look forward to working with her on this important legislation."
Canola TV- More with Dr. Tom Peeper of OSU on Lessons Learned in Growing Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the beginning of this week- we rolled out a new segment that you will be able to hear and see on our website, as well as on Youtube. We are calling it Canola TV- and it's a special series that is being sponsored in part by PCOM.
We have now posted on Youtube part two of a three part series with OSU Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Tom Peeper, who many consider is the "Godfather" of winter canola in the southern Great Plains. In the years since we began growing winter canola in Oklahoma and surrounding states- lots of mistakes have been made and Dr. Peeper describes for us the progress made and the lessons that have been learned.
Click on the LINK below to see this latest segment on winter canola production with Dr. Tom Peeper- we'll have par tthree available for you the middle part of next week- and more segments will be following in the near future as we build a series of informational videos that will help you in producing winter canola successfully.
Mexican Truck Deal Cheered by Farm Bureau and Pork Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Producers Council has praised the Obama administration for announcing an agreement in principle with Mexico to resolve a trade impasse over allowing Mexican trucks to haul goods into the United States.
The trucking dispute prompted Mexico to place tariffs on a host of U.S. products, including pork. In August, Mexico put a 5 percent tariff on U.S. bone-in hams - a big export item - and 20 percent on cooked pork skins in retaliation for the United States not complying with the trucking provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The provision was supposed to become effective in December 1995.
American Farm Bureau's President Bob Stallman is also happy with this action by the Administration. In a statement- Stallman says "This agreement has been a long time coming and, with half of the $2.4 billion in Mexican retaliatory tariffs to be lifted as soon as the agreement is finalized, this will have an immediate positive impact on U.S. agricultural exports. The remainder of the tariffs will be lifted when the necessary safety tests are completed and the first Mexican truck rolls across the U.S. border. We hope that the administration will push forward to finalize the agreement quickly."
Click on the LINK below for more from both groups on this agreement announced on Thursday jointly by the US and the Mexican governments.
Another Canadian Mad Cow Found
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A number of news outlets in Canada are reporting that "the national BSE surveillance system has confirmed a six-yearold Alberta dairy cow as Canada's first case of BSE in almost a year. The 77-month-old animal was confirmed Feb. 18 to have had the brain-wasting disease, making it Canada's 18th domestic case since 2003."
We have yet to see official confirmation of the disease because since August 2009, all disease events in Canada are reported in a monthly update, which is not due for release until March 10. The new case also does not appear in the OIE weekly updates, presumably because the Canadian official announcement has yet to be made.
The latest case in Canada appears to involve a 6 year old dairy animal, a cow that was born after the 1997 feed ban. The initial Canadian feed ban and implementation left much to be desired, as evidenced by the number of BSE infected animals which were born after the feed ban implementation. Enhanced feed ban regulations came into effect in Canada on July 12, 2007 and we will have to wait a bit longer to measure their effectiveness.
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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 $10.20 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.90 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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