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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 6, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Kansas Wheat Crop Scouts Confirm Smaller Wheat Crop That Could Go Even Smaller Unless It Rains
-- Getting the Best Deal Out of Your Crop Insurance Could Mean Thousands of Dollars to Your Operation
-- Kim Anderson Explains All You Need to Know About Wheat Market Strategy on This Week's SUNUP
-- Ag Scientists Review Ways to Mitigate Air Quality Problems from US Livestock Operations
-- Calendar Full for May- Wheat and Beef Meetings and More
-- EPA Needs to Improve RFS Program
-- National Land and Range Judging Contest Wraps Up
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Kansas Wheat Crop Scouts Confirm Smaller Wheat Crop That Could Go Even Smaller Unless It Rains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The final estimate for the 2011 Hard Red Winter wheat tour sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council was announced Thursday afternoon at the Kansas City Board of Trade. The final participant estimate for the three-day tour average was a yield of 37.4 bushels per acre, 3.3 bushels lower than the 2010 estimate of 40.7 bushels per acre.
Participants in the tour made individual estimates on the total size of the crop, with the weighted average at 256.7 million bushels. Last year's final estimate for the tour was 333.5 million bushels. Crop scouts on the tour spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday surveying Kansas, usually the top U.S. wheat producing state, trying to assess the production potential of hard red winter wheat for this year. One of the tour participants was the CEO of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mike Schulte. Mike called in his final update on Thursday afternoon- and you can hear his observations by clicking on the LINK below.
"If it rains in the next week, the crop could make a recovery. But if it doesn't rain, there is a lot of downside potential to the crop," according to Ben Handcock, Executive Vice President, Wheat Quality Council. The crop tour estimate is based on what the crop looks like at this point in time.
Both Handcock and Schulte agree that the great unknown is how many acres may be abandoned as we approach harvest time. That number will have a lot to do with the final total production figure- in Kansas as well as in Oklahoma and Texas wheat fields as well.
Getting the Best Deal Out of Your Crop Insurance Could Mean Thousands of Dollars to Your Operation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers always have a lot of decisions to make- but the decisions this spring are tough- and could mean a lot of money made or lost over the next few months. For producers who have a wheat crop that has been impacted by the dry weather, one decision that may have to be made is whether you wait til the crop, such as it is, is ready for harvest- and then allow a crop insurance adjuster to come in and rate your field- or should you allow the crop insurance folks to adjust it now- which if you elect to adjust it now- it could mean that you could move to plant a summer crop on those failed acres (assuming you have moisture to do so.)
Out in the hallways of the Oklahoma FFA Convention- we talked with Scott Bulling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau about all of the choices that farmers must make regarding crop insurance claims with the conditions we are facing just days away from harvest in some locations.
Scott Bulling counsels patience. You may have to wait until harvest
time to get the best appraisal- but with prices at these levels- that may
be the best way to maximize your return. And, there will be a lot of
claims and a limited number of adjusters- so it could take some time to
work your claim.
Kim Anderson Explains All You Need to Know About Wheat Market Strategy on This Week's SUNUP
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~During his regular analysis on the weekly SUNUP program from OSU's Division of Agriculture, Dr. Kim Anderson discusses the recent drop in wheat prices, the results of this week's wheat tours and early USDA estimates for the 2011-2012 marketing year. Dr. Anderson says that while the hard red winter wheat crop price has dropped over a dollar a bushel in a matter of days- it's encouraging that support seems to be holding at $8.50 a bushel- basis the July contract in Kansas City.
Dr. Anderson also talked about the wheat crop estimates floating around here in the southern plains- and whether those numbers will line up with the USDA guesses on the size of the wheat crop that will be released next Wednesday morning.
Click on the LINK below and check out what Kim Anderson has to say- and you can also see the full rundown of this weekend's SUNUP program that airs statewide on the OETA network at 7:30 AM.
Ag Scientists Review Ways to Mitigate Air Quality Problems from US Livestock Operations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Large livestock production facilities create air quality conditions that can result in ominous clouds of protest or favorable breezes that bring economic gains for the community. The purpose of this CAST Issue Paper is to go beyond the generalizations and accusations often associated with the air quality topic. Led by Larry Jacobson of the University of Minnesota, a team of experts from six universities examined a large amount of data and focused their information and conclusions around the key livestock areas: swine, poultry, dairy, and beef.
The resulting paper, Air Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A North American Perspective, is available for stakeholders, the public, and policymakers as they deal with the challenges inherent with something so basic and important: air quality.
Compliance to existing and new regulations is being met through a
combination of new mitigation technologies and management practices
depending on the animal species, location of the producers, and economics
of the industry.
Calendar Full for May- Wheat and Beef Meetings and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The month of May has a lot of events cramed in over the next few weeks- and we invite you this morning to go and check out the May listings by clicking on the LINK below. Included are wheat plot tour locations, spring field days, beef cattle industry BQA events and more.
In the case of the wheat plot tours- you will need to contact your local extension office for the exact location of the gathering- especially if you are familiar with where the wheat variety plot for your area is located.
One national event that we added earlier this week will be happening in
Washington this coming week. CropLife America's 2nd Annual National Policy
Conference will again bring together leading experts in the fields of
agriculture, food safety and security to engage in an open dialogue
focusing on the development of 2012 Farm Bill and the increasingly
important role of agricultural research and technology.
EPA Needs to Improve RFS Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen told members of the committee that the Environmental Protection Agency, not Congress, must endeavor to faithfully honor Congress' intent and refrain from legislating through rulemaking and regulation - in implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Specifically, Dinneen noted several problems the ethanol industry and its customers have had with EPA's interpretation of Congressional intent and the implementation of the RFS. They include: overreach in environmental analyses, the persistent waiving of cellulosic biofuel targets, EPA's inexplicable exclusion of certain biofuel feedstocks, confusion over the process to approve new biofuel pathways to qualify under the RFS, and a failure to keep up with advances in lifecycle GHG analysis.
Dinneen says rather than throwing up red-tape roadblocks to biofuels expansion, Congress meant for EISA to serve as the blueprint for a rapid evolution of the U.S. fuel supply toward greater volumes of renewables and less imported oil.
National Land and Range Judging Contest Wraps Up
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have not had time to write up and post our pictures and placings for the Land Judging contest as of yet- that will come Monday morning on that email- we will have it done over the weekend and posted on our website on the Blue Green Gazette.
There were 38 states represented this year- and close to a thousand young 4-H and FFA members and their advisers and parents were at dinner last night- Guthrie and Ft. Towson FFA chapters from Oklahoma did well, especially in the Land Judging division.
We did feature comments on the Land Judging on this morning's farm news as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network- we had comments with Mike Thralls of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission talking about the annual event. Click here for our podcast of this morning's farm news to hear those thoughts from Mike Thralls.
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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 $10.59 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.74 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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