~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 29, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Kim Anderson Expects Oklahoma Wheat Crop at 70 Million Bushels- 45% Less than 2010
-- Could We Finally See an End to the 20 Month Rule on US Beef into Japan?
-- Levee Problems in Missouri Highlight Need for Flood Control Dam Repair Money in Oklahoma
-- Canola Doing Better Than Wheat in Dry Environment
-- Soil Management After Termination of a Drought-Stressed Wheat Crop
-- In and Around the Construction of Downtown Oklahoma City- 10,000 FFA Members to Arrive for the 2011 Convention Next Week
-- Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Limousin Production Sale for Tomorrow- April 30
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Kim Anderson Expects Oklahoma Wheat Crop at 70 Million Bushels- 45% Less than 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson believes that our 2011 wheat crop will come in around the seventy million bushel mark- this compared to the 126 million bushels harvested in 2010 and a ten year average of 124 million bushels. The short crop this year is based on the extremely dry conditions that much of Oklahoma's wheat belt has endured. Many locations have had little or no precipitation since planting time last September.
Dr. Anderson tells Dave Deken on this week's SUNUP that there could be another dollar downside in the current market, but relatively tight wheat stocks will likely keep the market falling much more than that.
As for a price prediction for Kingfisher, Oklahoma on June 20th of this year- Anderson believes the local elevator price there will be $7.75 per bushel.
We have Kim Anderson's weekly market analysis from SUNUP at the LINK below- go and take a listen- and you can also see what else will be on the show this weekend with Lyndall Stout and her SUNUP team.
Could We Finally See an End to the 20 Month Rule on US Beef into Japan?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Could there be movement here in 2011 on the so called "20 month rule" that has meant a significant amount of US beef production has not been eleigible for the Japanese marketplace? Shortly after the discovery of BSE in the United States in December 2003, the Japanese claimed to have two cases of BSE that was found in two animals 22 and 24 months of age. It was on the basis of those cases of alledged BSE that Japan claimed to have had that they imposed a beef on US Beef over 20 months of age. Trade officials from both the Bush Administration and now the Obama Administration have failed to sway the Japanese thinking on this issue, despite the fact that sound science is not on the side of the Japanese.
Now, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the US Meat Export Federation, Phil Seng, expects a breakthrough on this issue, perhaps before the end of June. Seng says once Japanese officials resolve the ongoing nuclear crisis, he expects discussions to resume regarding the country's 20-month rule for U.S. beef. He believes a phased approach such as that in South Korea could apply to Japan, initially easing the standard to beef from cattle 30 months of age or younger.
This is a BIG deal, as Greg Doud , former Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, predicted before he left NCBA to work on Capitol Hill that getting the Japanese to a 30 month standard could mean another billion dollars annually to the US cattle producer. Click on the LINK below to jump to this Beef Buzz feature to hear Phil Seng's take on how we might finally break down the 20 month barrier erected years ago by the Japanese.
Levee Problems in Missouri Highlight Need for Flood Control Dam Repair Money in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The recent breach of a levee in Missouri highlights the continued need to focus on the upkeep and repair of our flood control dams in Oklahoma and the importance of federal and state funding for this repair work according to Joe Parker, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).
"The levee break in Missouri this week once again shows the need for adequately funding the operation, maintenance and repair of Oklahoma's 2,100 plus flood control dams, Parker said. "Most Oklahomans fail to realize that our state has more flood control dams than any other state in the Union and that over 1,000 of these dams will be past their design life in the next five years. Without the dollars to do inspection, maintenance and repair on these structures, next time instead of Missouri it could be Oklahoma in the news."
On Monday, a powerful storm system dumped over six inches of rain on the southeastern Missouri community of Poplar Bluff adding to a four day rain total of 15 inches. The rain from the storm system caused the Black River to break through a levee leading to the evacuations of 1,000 homes. A federal inspection had earlier given the levee a failing grade due to the lack of funding for maintenance on the structure. According to Parker, this tragedy should give Oklahoman's a stark reminder of why the continued support by the state and federal government for upstream flood control repair is so important.
"During the recent debate over shutting down the federal government,
some in Washington D.C. actually proposed doing away with federal funds
for the repair of upstream flood control dams. This levee breech shows why
that is a really bad idea," Parker said. "This is an issue of public
safety and it would be irresponsible for the state and federal government
to turn their backs on people's lives and property. Thankfully our leaders
in the Oklahoma have understood this. We hope they continue to do so in
these tight budget times."
Canola Doing Better Than Wheat in Dry Environment
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Canola continues to perform better than wheat in most cases under the extremely dry conditions that the majority of Oklahoma has faced in 2010-2011- and that has definitely been the case for Jeff Scott, a wheat and canola producer who farms in and around the Pond Creek area in north central Oklahoma.
Scott says that the canola, in most cases, looks better than his wheat in the various locations he farms in Grant and Alfalfa Counties. He thinks that he has multiple quarters of canola that could hit 2000 pounds per acre- which equates to 40 bushels per acre. He adds that the wheat that has come behind canola has performed better this year than his other wheat fields to this point in this rain challenged year.
We talked with Scott about his experiences this year with winter canola- and where he thinks canola production may be headed from this point forward. Our conversation took place at the 2011 Winter Canola Field Day at the OSU Lahoma Research Station.
Soil Management After Termination of a Drought-Stressed Wheat Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Specialists are concerned about more wind erosion problems than normal- primarily because of the number of acres of failed wheat we have in the southwestern corner of the state. Wind erosion is always a concern in western Oklahoma, and in the past 25 years efforts to reduce wind erosion have been successful. In fact, during this period erosion by wind has been reduced by 40% on average across the State.
Despite this success, this year presents circumstances that raise concern. First, the drought has caused a potential for tillage to be initiated earlier in the fallow period, following either a failed grain crop or the removal of stocker cattle due to limited forage production. Early tillage is concerning because May and June are much windier than the regular fallow period between July and October. Also, simply increasing the period of time during which the ground is bare increases the amount of soil that can be lost to wind erosion.
In addition to minimizing wind erosion, eliminating or at least delaying tillage during your summer fallow period provides the benefit of conserving valuable soil moisture. If the forecasts are correct, it will be important to conserve as much of the rainfall received this summer as possible.
Chad Godsey, Joe Armstrong, Jeff Edwards and Jason Warren combined to write this reminder on the fragile nature of our soil profile in a year as dry as this one is. Click on the LINK below to read more on their suggestions about the management practices that can be applied to keep things under control.
In and Around the Construction of Downtown Oklahoma City- 10,000 FFA Members to Arrive for the 2011 Convention Next Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~More than 10,000 Oklahoma FFA members representing 354 high school chapters across the state are expected to attend the 85th Annual State FFA Convention, May 3-4, at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
This year's convention theme is Infinite Potential. Leadership is an important component of FFA. By exercising exceptional leadership skills, FFA members discover the significance of being a good role model, and most importantly, serving others. Through agricultural education and FFA, these young people are realizing their potential is infinite.
Riley Pagett, the current national FFA president from Woodward, Okla., will attend the convention to provide a keynote address and workshop for Oklahoma FFA members. In addition to sharing the agricultural education message, Pagett will encourage members to lead with a servant's heart.
Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Limousin Production Sale for Tomorrow- April 30
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Limousin Production Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the ranch, Chattanooga, Oklahoma. Then ranch is located one mile west, two miles south and one mile west of Chattanooga, Oklahoma on State Highway 5.
The sale will feature a very strong lineup including:
For more last minute information- you can call 580.597.3006. Click on the LINK below for our auction listing which has the link to their full catalog.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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