~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday July 1, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- GOP Senators Boycott Mock Mark Up of Free Trade Agreements
-- OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson Explains Canola and Wheat Relationship- and we have your SUNUP preview
-- Surprises in the latest round of USDA crop reports
-- Oklahoma Forestry Services says "In a Drought, Keep Fire Out" for Upcoming Holiday Weekend
-- Nitrate Accumulation a Concern with Hot and Dry Weather
-- Southwestern Oklahoma Cotton Producers Face Drought and Insects
-- Happy Birthday America! AND Welcome Mason- AND- Watch for Mark Hodges with us Saturday In the Field
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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GOP Senators Boycott Mock Mark Up of Free Trade Agreements
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Republican U.S. senators on Thursday boycotted a crucial session to discuss free trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's efforts to package the FTA with a labor assistance package that will cost a billion dollars.
On Tuesday, the White House declared a breakthrough in efforts to advance the free trade agreements (FTAs), saying it struck an agreement with the House of Representatives to extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program intended to fund re-training and health care for displaced workers.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Thursday
convened a "mock markup," which gives senators a chance to request
amendments to the bill.
The mock markup hearing is intended to send nonbinding amendments to
the White House under the "fast-track" trade promotion authority, so the
president can send a final bill to Capitol Hill for a "yes or no"
At least one ag group offered their disappointment that the two sides
are not getting along- on their Facebook page, the National Association of
Wheat Growers stated "This afternoon's mock mark-up of FTAs has been
cancelled. We hope officials can find a path forward for these important
trade measures, which are vital to U.S. wheat farmers!"
OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson Explains Canola and Wheat Relationship- and we have your SUNUP preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Kim Anderson, Grain Marketing Specialist from Oklahoma State University, explains the relationship between canola and wheat within Oklahoma. The canola market is being established in the state right now through the process of buying out land from wheat and using it for canola, says Anderson.
Anderson says processors of canola realize there is a risk involved in farmers raising canola and there is a learning curve involved but the processors are paying farmers to take the risk with canola. For farmers to become really interested in planting canola and using it as a rotational crop, the canola price needs to be 120% of the wheat price to make canola profitable, says Anderson.
Finally, for farmers that are considering switching to canola as a
rotational crop, Anderson says it is a wise decision because it is
profitable and it will help clean up their fields.
Surprises in the latest round of USDA crop reports
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The June 30, 2011 Grain Stocks and Planted Acreage report is out from USDA and it included some big surprises in both stocks numbers and planted acreage. Wheat, corn and soybeans all saw larger grain stock numbers that what was anticipated. In the acreage report, USDA pushed the corn acreage higher than was estimated to the second highest number since World War II at 92.3 million acres. Soybeans and wheat came in a little lower than estimates.
This report may have some controversy involved as the numbers are crunched through the day and you can hear Radio Oklahoma's Market Analyst, Tom Leffler, discuss the numbers by clicking on the LINK below.
Many agricultural organizations have released their thoughts and
reactions to the USDA acreage report. Both the Renewable Fuels Association
and the American Farm Bureau gave statements on the current corn market.
Oklahoma Forestry Services says "In a Drought, Keep Fire Out" for Upcoming Holiday Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As Oklahomans prepare for a fun-filled July 4th weekend officials with Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, want citizens to be aware of the potential for wildfires.
"We want people to enjoy their holiday celebrations," said George Geissler, State Forester. "With our extremely dry conditions simple activities like grilling, campfires and fireworks can spark a wildfire and we urge Oklahomans to follow Smokey Bear's advice-In a drought, keep FIRE out!"
Though parts of the state received some rainfall, it will take a
significant amount to ease the situation. A burn ban is in place for
almost half of Oklahoma's 77 counties with changes occurring daily. Many
restrict the use of fireworks by individuals. In addition the use of
fireworks is prohibited in many cities and all Oklahoma State Parks.
Nitrate Accumulation a Concern with Hot and Dry Weather
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nitrate is one of the major nitrogen (N) forms utilized by plants. Excessive nitrate accumulation can occur when the uptake of nitrate exceeds its utilization in plants for protein synthesis due to factors such as over N fertilization and stressful weather conditions. It can be toxic to livestock when too much nitrate is accumulated in the forage crops. Sorghum and millet have been noted as having a high potential for accumulating nitrate. Producers should watch their forage nitrate closely to avoid cattle fatality and to better manage their hay crop since we have seen many high nitrate forage samples this year. Normally, drought stress, cloudy weather and other climatic conditions will enhance nitrate accumulation in the plant. In addition, forage planted in failed wheat fields with high soil residual nitrogen unused by wheat can result in high forage nitrate problem too.
It is considered potentially toxic for all cattle when nitrate (not expressed in nitrate-nitrogen) in the forage is greater than 10,000 ppm. Producers should avoid grazing or feeding with high nitrate hays. More detailed interpretation can be found from OSU Extension Fact PSS-2903 Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock. The most reliable way to find out nitrate in the hay is to collect a representative sample and have it tested by a laboratory. OSU Extension Fact PSS- 2589 Collecting Forage Samples for Analysis highlights the proper techniques to collect forage samples. Samples can be submitted for nitrate and other forage quality analyses to the Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory in Stillwater through your local county extension office. We normally have the results ready within 24 hours from the time when sample is received by the lab. However, many samples we receive at the lab were not sampled properly. More attention should be paid on sampling standing forage, such as a haygrazer by following the right procedures:
1. Clip at least 20 representative plants at grazing or harvesting
height from the suspected area. Cut the whole plants (include leaves and
heads) into 2-3" long pieces, combine and mix well in a bucket.
Southwestern Oklahoma Cotton Producers Face Drought and Insects
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The drought conditions in 2011 have been trying for cotton producers in southwestern Oklahoma. May was hotter than normal, while June was overwhelmingly hot for the first 27 days. According to the Altus Mesonet Station, in 2011 there have been 34 days with temperatures at least 100 degrees. Sixteen days have been 105 degrees or greater, while 4 days in the month of June have been at least 110 degrees. Throughout all of these extreme temperatures, this area has only seen 0.12 inches of rainfall.
Along with harsh weather conditions, insects are still a concern for cotton producers. However, thrips are no longer a major concern due to the fact that the cotton has developed past the stage where economic damage can occur. The cotton fleahopper has been found in a small population in Harmon county. Fields need to be evaluated and scouted separately for proper insect management.
Grasshoppers have been found as well in Kiowa and Tillman counties in
populations large enough that control measures should be considered.
Timing is critical for all treatments, as immature grasshoppers are much
easier to control than mature ones.
Happy Birthday America! AND Welcome Mason- AND- Watch for Mark Hodges with us Saturday In the Field
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This coming Monday is the Fourth of July- we will not be sending our daily email out that day as America pauses and celebrates its own birthday. Uncle Sam will be taking the day off, as will both the commodity markets as well as the equity markets in this country.
We will have radio updates on many of our Radio Oklahoma Network stations around the region, although our market reports will all be recaps of the close of trade from Friday afternoon.
Congratulations to Scott and Melissa Eisenhauer as they welcomed a new
member of their family yesterday. Scott writes in an email "I am pleased
to announce that Melissa, Katie, and I were blessed with a new baby boy at
11:04 a.m. this morning- Mason Scott Eisenhauer has arrived! He
weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.
We will have our regular TV feature, In the Field, on Saturday morning at 6:40 AM on KWTV, News9. Our guest this week will be Mark Hodges, Executive Director of Plains Grains as we look at the 2011 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest that continues to march northward- we will also have a special audio report with Mark on our website later on Friday- so head to our homepage and check that out as you get ready for the Fourth of July. By the way- Mark and Plains Grains are now saying Oklahoma Wheat Harvest is 99% done, Texas 95% complete and Kansas has 70% of their harvest wrapped up.
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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 $11.98 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.98 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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