~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 5, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Shows More of the Same
-- First Winter Wheat Crop Ratings of Major Producing States Reflects Major Decline in Crop Index Versus 2010
-- Beef Checkoff Contributes $200,000 for Japanese Relief Efforts
-- A "Mega-Drought" May Be in Our Future
-- Friday Night At the Movies
-- Herd Builder Sale a Part of the 2011 Southern Plains Farm Show
-- Our Apologies- Running Late Today
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Crop Weather Update Shows More of the Same
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop Weather Update shows that "Another dry and windy week in Oklahoma means continued concerns about the potential of the wheat crop as well as planting row crops into dry soil. According to the US Drought Monitor, as of March 29 all but the furthest northeastern counties are experiencing some level of drought conditions, with 92 percent of the state in a moderate to severe drought. Very little precipitation fell last week with a statewide average of 0.11 of an inch. For the period since March 1 the Southeast and South Central districts are the driest on record (since 1921) and the Southwest is having the second driest such period. Fire danger remains high with windy conditions and multiple fires reported across Oklahoma last week."
Condition ratings continued to decline as the drought progresses.
Dryland wheat is especially affected and additional wheat acres are being
adjusted by insurance. We now have 53% of the wheat crop rated in poor to
very poor condition in Oklahoma.
Click on the LINK below for the complete Oklahoma crop weather report, which gives additional details on pasture and range conditions and weather details from this past week and how they stack up versus historical norms.
First Winter Wheat Crop Ratings of Major Producing States Reflects Major Decline in Crop Index Versus 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA has provided the first Winter Wheat Condition Ratings of the spring in their Crop Progress Summary from Monday afternoon- and it shows a major downturn in the 2011 wheat crop versus the 2011 edition. In the 18 states they have details on- 2010 saw the wheat crop as being 65% in good to excellent condition, while the 2011 crop checks in at 37% good to excellent.
The poor to very poor ratings tell the story even better- the 2010 rating was 6% in poor to very poor condition- the 2011 rating as of the beginning of this week is at 32% poor to very poor.
Neither Texas not Colorado have any wheat rated in excellent condition-with Texas at 61% poor to very poor and Colorado at 43% poor to very poor. The largest wheat producing state, Kansas, checks in at 34% poor to very poor, 35% in fair shape and 31% good to excellent.
Beef Checkoff Contributes $200,000 for Japanese Relief Efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a combined effort of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the Federation of State Beef Councils, the Beef Checkoff Program is investing a total of $200,000 to help feed consumers in Japan who were injured, misplaced and left homeless and hungry by the devastating earthquake and tsunamis there.
The Beef Promotion Operating Committee last week approved an amended 2011 foreign-marketing proposal - or "Authorization Request" - that added $100,000 from the Beef Board budget to help fund a Japan Relief Program established through the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Federation Chairman David Dick of Missouri said the Federation voted to send an additional $100,000 from its budget, for a combined checkoff investment of $200,000.
"It's just about impossible to imagine the challenges those folks in
Japan are facing right now," said Beef Board Chairman Tom Jones, who also
chairs the Operating Committee. "As human beings, we all feel a deep sense
of sympathy for them and have that heartfelt desire to be able to help out
in some small way. As producers, we want to provide some critical
nutrition that the folks in Japan absolutely need to help them get
through. And thanks to our checkoff program, we are going to be able to
A "Mega-Drought" May Be in Our Future
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Talking about everything from global warming to biofuels to high yield agriculture and more- one very sobering thought was offered by Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute at this past weekend's Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio- the concept of a Mega-Drought.
Dr. Avery says that historical evidence points to a decades long
drought around the year 1,200 AD here in North America- stretching from
the US southwest from southern California across Arizona and New Mexico
and coming into parts of Texas and Oklahoma and further east. The last
time this type of drought occurred, you walked to get away from it and
hoped you were walking in the right direction.
He is a critic of biofuels and we talked about that- and we talked
about building pressure to produce more food- which he says is only
possible with high yield agriculture.
Friday Night At the Movies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Filmmaker Michael DeTerra will host a screening of his documentary about raising beef from pasture to plate on Friday, April 8, at Oklahoma State University's Wes Watkins Center.
The screening will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. The Wes Watkins Center is located on the corner of Hall of Fame Avenue and Washington Street, on the north side of OSU's Stillwater campus.
"It is an opportunity for consumers to learn about the people - a
number of whom live and work right here in Oklahoma - who grow, cultivate
and raise the food eaten by families across the nation and beyond," said
Ron Kensinger, head of the OSU Department of Animal Science, who will be
part of a panel discussion about topics raised in the film following the
The 20-minute documentary about raising beef is told through the eyes
of student filmmakers from across the country, and was produced as part of
the Close-Up on Raising Beef Program, funded by The Beef
The screening of DeTerra's documentary is being offered as part of the
Wine Forum of Oklahoma, hosted by the OSU School of Hotel and Restaurant
Administration and OSU College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Herd Builder Sale a Part of the 2011 Southern Plains Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Southern Plains Farm Show kicks off Thursday morning for a three day run at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Among the many returning attractions at the show will be the herd builder private treaty sale held in the Carriage Hall to the east of the Travel & Transportation building. The sale includes all breeds as well as - heifers, bred heifers, cow calf pairs and more. Sponsors are Oklahoma Farm Bureau and W-W livestock systems. The sale will be open to everyone attending the farm show for all three days of the show. Animals will have certification of good health from veterinarians. .
Anyone wishing to offer animals for sale can contact Thad Doye with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau at 405-523-2307. To have animals included in the sale you must provide health certification by a licensed veterinarian, and deliver the animal on Wednesday April 6, 2011 between the hours of 3 and 6 pm.
In addition to the Herd Builder Sale- this Thursday will feature the Commercial Cattle Grading School and Competition. the Grading School will begin at 9 AM and the contest follows- it will be held in Barn 3 this year which offers protection from the elements for both the participants as well as the animals.
Our Apologies- Running Late Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes computers will throw you curveballs- and we got a bushel basket of those today- so today's email a bit behind schedule.
Thanks for your patience.
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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 $10.10 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.15 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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