~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday May 31, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres recently approved
-- Flooding along Illinois River damaged conservation efforts
-- Successful session for Republican Rural Caucus
-- Wheat Harvest Rolls Over the Memorial Day Weekend- Send Us Your Results!
-- Over Regulation All Across the Nation Blues- Check out this video!
-- Nutrition Spending Helps Move Ag Budget Numbers Higher
-- June Weather Outlook From Gary McManus
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres recently approved
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Twenty-two counties in western Oklahoma have been approved for emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to the extreme drought conditions occurring in these counties. The counties are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kiowa, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.
A CRP participant desiring to graze CRP contract acreage will need to first contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign appropriate paperwork before any grazing may begin. Livestock producers that do not have CRP may rent grazing privileges from a CRP participant with contract acres available. The emergency grazing period will begin upon approval by FSA of the individual request and continue through the earlier of conditions returning to normal or September 30, 2011.
The cost for the emergency grazing is 25 percent of the contract's per
acre rental rate times the acres actually grazed. This is a special
emergency grazing authority since the grazing activity is being allowed
during the nesting season where, otherwise, this activity would not be
allowed. We are thankful for the support of the wildlife entities that
supported the approval of this authorization. Obtain Full details on the
CRP emergency grazing from your local FSA office.
Flooding along Illinois River damaged conservation efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Recent flooding all along the Illinois River system in Eastern Oklahoma has resulted in significant damage to the conservation work done to protect the water quality of the river and to facilities essential to recreational activities that take place in and around the water according to Joe Parker, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). According to Parker, early estimates by the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission show that the cost of the damage may reach as high as $1.5 million.
"Fast moving water causes a lot of damage to whatever stands in its way," Parker said. "The Illinois River is no exception to this. The challenge that we have is that with this river, so much as been done on the land surrounding the river to improve the quality of its water that when the floods come, these improvements are subject to significant damage. That, coupled with the damage to the recreational facilities operated by the Scenic Rivers Commission and damage to the stream banks themselves can add up to a hefty clean-up bill once the water subsides."
According to the National Weather Service, on April 26 of this year the Illinois River at Watts, Oklahoma crested at 28.6 feet. This level broke the previous water level record of 26 feet set in 1960. At Tahlequah, the river crested April 27 at 25.8 feet, 2.14 feet below the record set in 1950. This high stream flow scoured stream banks, washed out fences protecting riparian areas, damaged stream side bathroom facilities and wrecked camp sites up and down the river. According to Ed Fite, Director of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, while the sum total of the damage is yet to be determined, with the Memorial Day Holiday fast approaching one thing is clear-visitors to the river will see a the results of what Mother Nature is capable of.
Successful session for Republican Rural Caucus
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Senate Republican Rural Caucus said the 2011 legislative session was extremely successful. On Friday, Rural Republicans announced their agenda accomplishments and expressed enthusiasm for the productive year that will expand their vision for improving the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.
"We are extremely pleased with the agenda accomplishments this year," said Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha and Chair of the rural caucus. "Our caucus not only played a major role in overall success of the entire Republican caucus, but we were able to secure the priorities for rural Oklahoma that we had announced."
Click on the LINK below to see the complete list of the agenda items that were victories for the Republican Rural Caucus and to see which Senators make up the Republican Rural Caucus.
Wheat Harvest Rolls Over the Memorial Day Weekend- Send Us Your Results!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have one report that has come to us via Facebook from the Memorial Day Holiday weekend harvest efforts- Kurt Murray reports that their first full field harvested near Canton came in looking pretty good for this drought stressed 2011 crop. Kurt reports that a field of 124 acres of Duster that yielded 25.8 bushels per acre- test weights were all over 62 pounds. As Kurt says- with cash wheat prices around the eight dollar per bushel level- those yields equate to as many dollars as forty bushel per acre wheat at four dollars a bushel.
On Friday- there were a couple of reports from the Oklahoma Grain and
Feed Association newsletter from the southwestern part of the state- they
read as follows:
We do have a short note early on this Tuesday morning from Mike Schulte, CEO of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- who gives us a little feel of what he has seen and heard from over the holiday weekend- "Elevator managers are only estimating 20 to 30% of last year's harvest receipts in most all areas of southern and central Oklahoma. Test weights basically averaging 58.3 to 61.5 pounds per bushel with protein range 10.0% to 19% being reported. Likely 70% of area will have 11.5 to 12.9% averages. Harvest has moved into central Oklahoma with combines rolling this Memorial Day weekend. Many producers have been fighting high humidity levels until mid afternoon this past weekend making it more difficult to get on farm storage filled. Truck lines have not been a problem at local elevators since most producers are concerned with seed wheat and plan on saving what they have for on farm use."
If you have been cutting wheat over the last few days- I would love to see some pictures from your 2011 harvest and get some info about the variety, yield, test weight and any other info you can provide. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org (you can click on the email link at the very bottom of this email) and we will look forward to hearing from you!!!
Over Regulation All Across the Nation Blues- Check out this video!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is using a bit of humor in an attempt to get their concerns across about the Environmental Protection Agency's desire (at least at the staff level) to move ahead in making dust rules for everyone twice as stringent as they currently are. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said publicly that her agency has no intention of doing this- but she has not stopped the process as of yet that continues to move closer to such regulation.
The humor the NCBA has come up with is in the form of a YouTube video- we have the video at the LINK below on our website for you to check out.
The NCBA has a pitch attached to the video and it says "No joke! We are talking about dust kicked up from cattle or dust stirred up by a rancher's pickup truck. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced, with bipartisan support, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633) that would block dust regulation by EPA in rural areas where state dust laws are in effect. Call your members of Congress today and ask them to stand firm for family farmers and ranchers by supporting this legislation."
Nutrition Spending Helps Move Ag Budget Numbers Higher
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The agriculture/FDA subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee this past week made serious cuts to FY2012 discretionary spending, with FDA sustaining an 11.5% reduction. Overall, ag and FDA took a 13.4% cut from FY2011 levels, a 23% drop below President Obama's request, for an overall $2.6-billion reduction. No action was taken to reduce farm program payouts. And while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) had requested a $100-million increase to deal with a heavier workload dealing with regulation writing as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform Act, the subcommittee cut commission existing spending levels by $30 million. If mandatory spending is included, the bill actually saw a 3% increase.
Rep. Jack Kingston (R, GA), chair of the subcommittee, said "tough choices are necessary to right the ship," and full committee chair Rep. Hal Rogers (R, KY) said the bill represents the committee's commitment to go line by line through the President's FY2012 budget recommendation to find savings. The bill appropriates about $125.5 billion, nearly 90% of which is mandatory spending for food stamps, women, infant children (WIC) nutrition programs and farm program payments. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D, CT), the former chair of the subcommittee when Democrats controlled the House, was the most outraged at the bill. When it came to cuts in WIC, which took a 12.4% reduction, DeLauro said, "This breaks a 15-year bipartisan commitment to what we do about women, infants and children. It's just morally and unconscionably wrong that we're going to watch women and children go hungry."
Meanwhile, the subcommittee took seriously a letter signed by 147 House members last week and included language in the subcommittee-approved FY2012 ag spending bill language to stop USDA from imposing its pending rules on industry/farmer contracting. The policy language in the spending bill would bar the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from writing regulations to require meat processors to report and justify their contracting - specifically pricing agreements - with farmers and ranchers. Opponents of the GIPSA rulemaking, done as a requirement of the 2008 Farm Bill, say USDA has gone well beyond the intent of Congress in its proposed rulemaking. They contend processors would be open to lawsuits and may walk away from any kind of premium pricing agreements based on liability exposure. Supporters of the rule say there's no such thing as competitive pricing in an industry controlled by four major processors. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH) said the rule was needed to end "monopolistic companies" from "squeezing" small producers and processors out of the marketplace.
June Weather Outlook From Gary McManus
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Much of Oklahoma received significant rainfall over the last 30 days, providing much needed relief to areas affected by persistent drought conditions since late fall of 2010. Northwestern, far western and southwestern Oklahoma missed out on beneficial rains, however. The far western Panhandle and the extreme western edge of the body of the state continue in D4 or "exceptional" drought, the worst designation possible in the U.S. Drought Monitor's classification scheme. A large portion of northwestern Oklahoma remains in D3 or "extreme" drought.
The outlooks for June from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) do not lend confidence to widespread moisture continuing for western Oklahoma. The 6-10 day and 8-14 day outlooks indicate increased chances for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the entire state. Those outlooks cover the periods from May 31-June 4 and June 2-June 8, respectively. The dry conditions should allow Oklahoma's wheat harvest to continue with few interruptions due to rainfall.
The outlooks for the entire month of June are less than promising for much of western Oklahoma. The southwestern half of the state and the Panhandle have are predicted to have increased chances for below normal precipitation for the month. The outlooks are fairly similar for temperature - an increased chance for above normal temperatures. These predictions are similar for much of Texas as well. The CPC did not have enough confidence in the outcomes for eastern Oklahoma and thus did not make a prediction for that area.
The most promising outlook comes from the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook for May 19-August 31. This product is also issued by the CPC. It shows possible improvement occurring over that time frame for much of the western two-thirds of the state. Improvement here signifies at least a 1-category improvement in the Drought Monitor designation. Obviously, some of this area has already seen significant improvement with the recent rains. The hope is that the relief will continue to shift west. Convective precipitation during the spring months is quite unpredictable. Just a few storms can bring a season's worth of rainfall to localized areas. We must be cognizant of where we are relative to summer, however. The end of the primary rainy season in Oklahoma, mid-June, is fast approaching.
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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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