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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 3, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Canola Harvest Rolls- Making Good Progress Despite Challenges From Mother Nature
-- Several Farmers Report Surprising Fields of Wheat in the Midst of Drought in 2011
-- USDA releases new dietary guidelines and replaces the food pyramid
-- NCBA is pleased with USDA's MyPlate Icon
-- Kim Anderson gives an update on wheat prices and market exports- And we have your SUNUP preview
-- Plains Grains Calls the Oklahoma Wheat Crop 25% Harvested- Texas 30% Complete
-- Youth Expo Dates, In the Field Guest and Beef Ambassador Contest
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Canola Harvest Rolls- Making Good Progress Despite Challenges From Mother Nature
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene Neuens of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill gave us an overview of the current canola harvest on Thursday. Neuens says that currently there is a lot of canola on the ground already, either from being swathed or pushed over- waiting for the combine to come back and finish the harvest process. Many areas in Oklahoma were recently hit by hailstorms, especially the Kingfisher and Okarche areas, causing the canola fields there to have a lot of seed on the ground. However, Neuens says, farmers are still getting pretty good yields from those fields even though there is some loss from shatter..
Also, the recent storms and rain across the state has caused many canola fields to experience some regrowth in some areas. This is a problem that will need to be worked on and addressed, says Neuens.
Neuens predicts this year to average about 1,500 to 1,600 pounds during
harvest, with most of the crop yet to be harvested this season. Many acres
this harvest in southern Oklahoma have been lost either because of drought
and weeds with farmers taking a loss for insurance purposes. Neuens says
producers are pleased overall with the harvest season so far and canola is
doing well in comparison to wheat.
Click on the LINK below to hear more from Gene Neuens on canola harvest this crop season as well as how recent weather conditions have affected the crop this year.
Several Farmers Report Surprising Fields of Wheat in the Midst of Drought in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat harvest continues to roll- and we have several reports in this late Thursday/early Friday wheat harvest update. First- we have pictures from the Altus area of a field of Duster wheat- the pictures submitted by Fred Schmedt.(Click on the LINK below to go and check the pictures out) When you go and look at the pictures- you can read Fred's complete story- but long story short- they had a couple of fields very close to the Altus Mesonet station that recorded very little rain from January through April- yet the moisture held in by the his no till farming practices helped bring home 23 to 27 bushels per acre- remarkable numbers in Jackson County for 2011.
We also got a report from Bessie, Oklahoma where Rebecca Powell- Snow writes "Dick and Powell Farm completed 2011 wheat harvest on May 31st- a Historical record! To our surprise, we had one 17 acre field yield 40.53 bu./ac. and a 26 acre field yield 30.57 bu./ac. These fields are about a mile west of Bessie, OK. Of course other yields were from 9.6 to 19.07-- grazed out the majority of wheat acres because of EXTREME drought. All dry land farming." She adds they were amazed at the standout yields in these fields that apparently got just enough rain at the right times to allow the wheat to do its thing.
Click on the LINK below for these reports and more from the 2011 wheat harvest- and remember- we would appreciate any updates you can give us as well- picutres are great but variety, yield, test weight and other data will be a great help in telling the story of this 2011 harvest- both wheat and canola harvest stories will be appreciated. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA releases new dietary guidelines and replaces the food pyramid
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin today unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.
"This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we're eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we're already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it's tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates. As long as they're half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we're golden. That's how easy it is."
"With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal," said Secretary Vilsack. "MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information, it is a matter of helping people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives."
NCBA is pleased with USDA's MyPlate Icon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new MyPlate icon to help consumers build a healthful diet in accordance with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
"In around 150 calories, one 3-ounce serving of lean beef gives consumers 'more bang for their calorie buck.' Consumers need to know that lean beef supplies nearly half of their Daily Value for protein, as well as nine other essential nutrients, including zinc, iron and Vitamin B12. The MyPlate icon makes it easy for consumers to enjoy lean beef, while meeting the recommendation to fill half of their plate with fruits and vegetables.
"American cattlemen are ready to help consumers build a healthful diet that includes lean beef. The Beef Checkoff Program, of which I am a proud contributor, allocates more than $2 million annually in nutrition research and education. Tools like www.BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com provide consumers with valuable knowledge about the important role lean beef plays in building a nutrient-dense, well-balanced diet.
Kim Anderson gives an update on wheat prices and market exports- And we have your SUNUP preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Kim Anderson, Grain Marketing Extension Economist from Oklahoma State University, says wheat for this crop season is looking better than expected with yields, protein levels and test weights being above expectations this year. Anderson also says he predicts about 70 million bushels from this crop year, well below the 126 million bushels grown in 2010.
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.
Wheat prices are lower this week than last but are still holding strong at about $8.40 to $8.50 per bushel. The differences between spring wheat, hard red winter wheat, and soft red winter wheat is apparent through their prices with spring wheat being at about $7.00 right now, while hard red winter wheat is at $9.00. However, soft red winter wheat is relating closely to corn prices currently.
We have the conversation that Kim had with Lyndall Stout 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.
Plains Grains Calls the Oklahoma Wheat Crop 25% Harvested- Texas 30% Complete
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to Mark Hodges, Executive Director for Plains Grains, Inc, "The Hard Red Wheat harvest has now reached the southern border of Kansas. Combines moved into Barber and Harper counties in Kansas on Wednesday doing limited amounts of cutting with no reports of yields or quality. Harvest remains in full swing in north Texas and the Texas Panhandle (as far north as Amarillo) as hot dry winds provided for rapid progress in those areas over the past week. Oklahoma is now harvesting from border to border (Texas border to Kansas border) with the exception of the Panhandle."
Harvest is still running from 10 days to two weeks ahead of normal dates in the areas listed above and is a reflection of the extremely dry conditions this crop has endured over the 8 months. Heavy rains and cooler temperatures (especially over the last few days) in north central and northeast Kansas has allowed crop development to remain near normal (generally north of I-70).
Plains Grains indicates that there still is not a measurable amount of wheat harvest done in Kansas, but calls Texas 30% complete and Oklahoma 25% done. To read more on this latest weekly update of harvest progress offered by Plains Grains, click on the LINK below.
Youth Expo Dates, In the Field Guest and Beef Ambassador Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that for the first time in several years, the Oklahoma Youth Expo will not coincide with spring break taken by public schools across Oklahoma. OYE has issued a statement that is on their website- click here to jump there- that expresses regrets that this has happened with the statement that non school days will be used to maximize show ring activities for the 2012 event- the dates, by the way, are March 9-19, 2012 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Our In the Field guest for this coming weekend will be Heather Buckmaster of the Oklahoma Beef Council- we'll be talking with Heather about the recent US Meat Export Federation Board of Directors meeting that was held last week as well as some of the great promotional efforts underway by the beef council this summer season. In the Field is seen on KWTV, News9 in Oklahoma City as a part of their Saturday morning News Block- In the Field is shown around 6:40 AM.
We enjoyed interviewing all of the Beef Ambassador contestants again this year at the state contest hosted by the Oklahoma Cattlewomen. We'll tell you all about the winners and even share a little bit from the interviews that we conducted the first of the week. We do want to say congratulations to Jill Smart from Wewoka who is the Senior Division winner for the 2011 Oklahoma Beef Ambassador contest- Jill is a student at Oklahoma State and will represent Oklahoma this fall in the National contest that will be held at the Certified Angus Beef headquarters in Ohio.
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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 $12.51 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.51 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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