~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 27, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and OklahomaMineralBuyers.Com!
-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Now 7% Done- So Says Mark Hodges with Plains Grains, Inc
-- Variety of options available to producers needing to dispose of livestock carcasses after recent storms
-- Kim Anderson of OSU predicts wheat prices moving higher- And we have your SUNUP Preview
-- Tammi Didlot of the American National Cattlewomen gives an update on promoting beef production
-- USDA releases data concerning pesticide levels on U.S. food supply
-- FSA reminds farmers that DCP and ACRE deadline is fast approaching
-- Memorial Day Weekend Closings, Holiday Happenings and a Sesame Update
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Now 7% Done- So Says Mark Hodges with Plains Grains, Inc
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HRW Wheat harvest continues to develop at a very slow pace in the Southern Great Plains states of Texas and Oklahoma with very little increase in the total percent of acres harvested since last week. The cutting that has taken place in Texas has been south and west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where rain continues to be scarce. That localized area of the state is now close to 70% complete with harvest. In stark contrast, the areas north and east of Dallas have seen very limited cutting due to rain systems over the last week. The same is true for southwest Oklahoma where very heavy rain was received last weekend and only isolated areas in the far southwest regions of that area have been dry enough to harvest. Where it has remained dry (south of Altus into Texas from Vernon to Wichita Falls) harvest is winding down with yields from 10 - 15 bu.
Overall, the Texas wheat crop is now 20% harvested, while the Oklahoma crop is 7% harvested as we end this week leading into the Memorial Day holiday.
Wheat harvest has technically reached central Oklahoma; however, the little wheat that was received has been high moisture. That area also received a significant amount of rain, so another few days of warm dry weather with sunshine and wind will be needed to allow much more cutting. All areas harvesting in Oklahoma and Texas are reporting harvest dates 7 to 10 days ahead of normal. Those areas that received rain (and delayed harvesting) will be somewhat closer to normal harvest dates. Areas from central Oklahoma northward into southern regions of Kansas are also some 7 to 10 days ahead of normal maturity dates indicating when the weather does change to warmer temperatures and lower humidity harvest will extend quickly into southern Kansas (possibly as early as next week).
Click on the LINK below for more details from Plains Grains- and we remind you that as harvest unfolds- this group will have quality test results on a grainshed by grainshed area that will be made available to domestic and international buyers of HRW wheat.
Variety of options available to producers needing to dispose of livestock carcasses after recent storms
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's recent tornado outbreak has left some agricultural producers facing the need to dispose of animal carcasses.
According to state guidelines, producers have five options: rendering, placing the animal in landfills, burial, incineration and composting.
"Rendering has long been one of the best choices and provides benefits to the environment, public health and animal health; unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly expensive," said Ron Kensinger, head of the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science.
Cattle carcasses in particular are becoming more difficult and
expensive to send to rendering because of federal regulations. The Food
and Drug Administration prohibits using parts of cattle 30 months or older
to produce any food for dogs, cats and other animals unless the spinal
cord and brain are first removed.
Kim Anderson of OSU predicts wheat prices moving higher- And we have your SUNUP Preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grain Marketing Extension Economist from Oklahoma State University Dr. Kim Anderson discusses current wheat prices, future contracts for wheat and seed wheat prices. Anderson says, numbers for wheat right now are well above $9.00 according to the Kansas City Board of Trade July wheat contract and trading is currently between $8.60 to $9.60 and moving daily.
Dr. Anderson's comments come in the segment he will have on SUNUP tomorrow morning (Saturday) on the weekly program that is produced by OSU Ag Communications.
Anderson says he predicts prices to move slightly higher further into the year because of production problems in other countries, but it is really anyone's game right now. Also, the basis of wheat prices is strong as we continue into harvest and prices are favorable to producers.
We have the conversation that Kim had with Dave Deken this week available for you to hear now- as a preview to the full SUNUP program that will be seen on OETA on Saturday morning. We also have the full lineup for this week's show in our webstory- just click on the LINK below.
Tammi Didlot of the American National Cattlewomen gives an update on promoting beef production
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~President-elect of the American National Cattlewomen, Tammi Didlot, visited with us about the steps the ANCW are taking to help promote beef production across the country. As a president-elect, Didlot has had the opportunity to visit different regions of the country and has learned what struggles others in the industry are having to deal with. Didlot also said she has realized how different Oklahoma is because of the good relationship producers have with legislators, as well as, how well all of the different agricultural groups and organizations work together towards a common goal.
The ANCW has three main programs that make up the goal that they are
trying to accomplish, which are the Beef Ambassador program, Beef Cookoff
program and the Beef Speakers Bureau program. The first of these is the
Beef Ambassador competition on June 2, 2011. This competition is an
opportunity for youth and young adults to practice and learn how to spread
a positive beef message. There are two categories, a media interview and a
consumer presentation, for participants to compete in.
Our audio conversation is linked in our webstory- click on the LINK below for that- and we remind you that on Saturday morning, Tammi will be our guest during our In the Field segment as seen on KWTV News9 at around 6:40 AM.
USDA releases data concerning pesticide levels on U.S. food supply
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted today to the AMS website the 2009 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary and the data collected that year. This information, along with an explanatory guide for consumers, can be found at their website, which is linked below.
The Pesticide Data Program is a partnership between AMS and cooperating state agencies that are responsible for sample collection and analysis of actual levels of pesticide residues found in the U.S. food supply.
In 2009, surveys were conducted on a variety of foods including fresh
and processed fruit and vegetables, beef, catfish, rice, groundwater, and
treated and untreated drinking water. The following 12 states participated
in the program during 2009: California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland,
Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and
Ken Cook and his Environemental Working Group contends that these results should make consumers very uneasy about the use of pesticides on fruits and vegetables in this country. The EWG President says "we are gratified that the agency resisted an unprecedented lobbying campaign by the pesticide and produce industry to get the government to spin the test results and downplay consumer concerns about pesticide contamination. Now consumers can use the new data to make informed choices to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables while minimizing pesticide exposure." Click here for the news release from the EWG that is critical of those who support use of the ag chemicals that are used on fruits and vegetables in this country.
FSA reminds farmers that DCP and ACRE deadline is fast approaching
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Farm Service Agency acting Administrator Bruce Nelson today reminded farmers and landowners that they have until Wednesday, June 1, 2011, to enroll their farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. More than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms have already enrolled.
"The deadline to enroll farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program is quickly approaching," said Nelson. "Producers who want to participate must act. Farmers and landowners must enroll their eligible farms no later than June 1, 2011, to take advantage of these important programs."
Click on the LINK below to read more about the DCP and ACRE deadlines for farmers, as well as the benefits and opportunities to farmers for signing up.
Memorial Day Weekend Closings, Holiday Happenings and a Sesame Update
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We remind you that this coming Monday is Memorial Day- the stock market and our ag futures markets will be off for the three day weekend that is now upon us. Our reports on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network will be available on most of our radio stations- altho the market updates will simply be a recap of the Friday closings.
AND- there will be no EMAIL on Monday- we return bright and early on Tuesday morning- we hope you enjoy the holiday- and pause and remember why we are able to enjoy this holiday- the men and ladies who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in the service of their country so that we might enjoy the freedom of this great country of ours.
The 21st Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival is planned for Saturday and Sunday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. On Memorial Day weekend, authentic chuck wagon crews prepare delicious cowboy favorites for folks to sample, like biscuits and stew, beans and cobblers. Click here for more details about this family friendly event.
Danny Peeper with Sesaco dropped us an email the middle of this week- giving us an update of the acreage that is expected for spring planting 2011- "The recent rains have allowed for sesame planting to begin right on time. Soil temperatures are warm enough now and we are seeing great success in stand establishment. I am very pleased to report that in the highly competative commodities market, sesame has been able to post a record number of contracted acres with well over 120,000 contracted now and more arriving daily. With the help of Oklahoma State University, we are placing several demonstration plots locally throughout Oklahoma this year to highlight the advanced lines of sesame that we will be releasing starting next summer. You can expect significant yield advantageous to come in the next couple of years from a combination of agronomic and genetic advancements. We extend our thanks to all the growers and industry members who continue to help strengthen the sesame production environment. "
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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 $11.72 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.72 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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