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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday, August 3, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Will Beef Producers Leave the Industry Because of Severe Drought?
-- Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures in Pasture Recovery and Hay Feeding
-- Canola TV- Canola Crop for 2011 Update with Heath Sanders
-- National Farmers Union Still Cautious After Debt Ceiling Passes
-- Americas Heartland TV Show Launches Seventh Season
-- Drought the Hot Topic at Summer Cattle Industry Conference
-- CBB Decisions Coming Today- House Ag Committee Postpones Audit Hearings- and then- There's Herman Cain
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Will Beef Producers Leave the Industry Because of Severe Drought?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are on the scene here in Orlando at the Summer Cattle Industry Conference- joint meeting of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the American National Cattlewomen and the Cattlemen's Beef Board, Tom Field, head of Producer Education for NCBA, says he is worried about the deepening drought hitting cattle herds, causing liquidation, and in turn causing many older cattle producers to leave the industry.
Field says the big loss would be the intellectual capital that will leave the beef industry when these cattlemen that have been in the business for a long time leave. Field also says this causes concern for the stability of rural communities.
Another cause for concern, says Field, is the size of the U.S. beef cow herd, which was estimated at 31.4 million head of beef cows according to the USDA in early July. This goes along with the number of beef cattle producers, which Field says he never thought he would see under one million, but is currently around 750,000. Field says he would prefer seeing a total US Beef Cow herd of 33 to 34 million head- a number that will now take several more years to attain.
Click on the LINK below to hear the rest of our conversation with Tom Field on the potential for cattle producers to leave the industry from the severe drought this year.
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures in Pasture Recovery and Hay Feeding
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Although not an uncommon sight for this time year, there a many warm-season grass pastures that are dormant. What is different is the extended drought which reduced normal forage production somewhere near 70% of the usual seasonal total. All of this has been further complicated by a regional shortage of hay with most of the available hay being low quality and expensive.
The three-month forecast is for continued dry weather through October. If this is the case, it could be March before any appreciable forage can be grown for pasture. With hay feeding costs ranging from $2 to $3 per head per day, the potential cost of continued feeding a single animal through to March could be as great as $600. There are few situations where feeding hay for this length of time is profitable.
From now through at least early November, it may be necessary to restrict animals to a central feeding location to allow the forage time to grow or the pastures to recover. This allows for both short-term and long-term pasture recovery. In order to do this, it is important to
1. Move animals to the worst pasture (sacrifice area).
Canola TV- Canola Crop for 2011 Update with Heath Sanders
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the latest edition of Canola TV, Heath Sanders, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, gave us an update on how the canola crop finished up for the 2011 crop year. Sanders says there was a good range of canola this year but some producers were disappointed with their crop, which he says was dependent on if there was an early rain in their area.
However, many producers like how the canola did compared to their wheat crop. Sanders says producers really need to take pencil to paper, sit down and run the numbers when comparing their wheat and canola crops.
Producers need to start preparing for the 2012 crop season, which Sanders predicts up to 150,000 to 200,000 acres of canola will be planted for 2012. To prepare for the next crop year, Sanders says producers need to keep their fields clean, work the ground if they can and prepare the seedbed, begin looking at crop insurance, and really prepare as if it is going to rain.
Click on the LINK below for our latest edition of Canola TV where we talk in more detail with Heath Sanders on the canola crop for 2011 and how producers should begin to prepare for the 2012 crop year.
National Farmers Union Still Cautious After Debt Ceiling Passes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the passage of legislation by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that raises the debt ceiling and cuts spending:
"I am pleased that the members of Congress and the White House were finally able to come to an agreement on this issue. However, despite the anxiety and negotiating this past week, many difficult decisions remain in the weeks ahead.
"In a recent letter to the White House and Congressional leaders, NFU and 33 other agriculture and rural organizations asked that any cuts to agriculture be proportional and that credit be given to agriculture for the $6 billion reduction it absorbed last year. NFU hopes that any decision to reduce agriculture spending will provide the Senate and House Agriculture Committees with certainty and enough resources to write an effective farm bill.
"The struggle for agriculture funding is not over. As discussions continue for the 2012 Farm Bill, it is imperative that U.S. farmers, ranchers and fishermen have a strong safety net they can rely on in times of need in order to continue to provide the country and the world with a safe and abundant food supply."
Americas Heartland TV Show Launches Seventh Season
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~America's Heartland, the award-winning national television series celebrating American agriculture, begins its seventh season on public television and the RFD-TV cable and satellite channel starting the week of September 5. The American Farm Bureau Federation is the program's only "legacy sponsor" that has supported the show during each of its seven seasons.
In addition to AFBF, two new sponsors-Farm Credit and the United Soybean Board-have thrown their support behind the program for season seven. AFBF has supported the series since its launch in 2005, and this year its sponsorship aligns with renewed educational outreach efforts through the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
"We are proud of the fact that we have been supporters of America's Heartland since day one, and we are especially grateful to Farm Credit and the United Soybean Board for helping us make season seven a reality," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "America's Heartland is the only national program that shares in-depth stories of America's farm and ranch families with a key consumer audience, and that is even more important now than it was seven seasons ago."
The show is produced by KVIE Public Television in
Drought the Hot Topic at Summer Cattle Industry Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Scott Dewald, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, talked with us as the first general session of the Cattle Industry Summer Conference was wrapping up in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms. Dewald says that cattle producers from coast to coast have been asking about drought conditions in Oklahoma and Texas- knowing that these two states are at ground zero for the 2010-2011 drought that is resulting in herd liquidation on an accelerated basis.
Dewald believes that some of our bigger cattle herds are considering the moving of some of their best young cows to other parts of the country in order to preserve the genetic core of their herd- those animals would likely return to Oklahoma once the drought breaks.
Beyond the drought- there are several other topics on the minds of producers- you can hear Scott recount some of those by clicking on the LINK below.
CBB Decisions Coming Today- House Ag Committee Postpones Audit Hearings- and then- There's Herman Cain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One other note from Orlando- the Cattlemen's Beef Board holds a general session this morning and it is likely they will vote at that time on their Roles and Responsibilities Report that has generated a great deal of controversry since the beginning of the year. There has been a lot of hallway talk and closed door meetings on the final makeup of this document- as well as a potential by laws change that could change the way that the CBB selects their Nomination Committee that picks Board members for key positions- including seats on the critical Operating Committee. We'll sort this out as if unfolds- it matters because it will impact the direction and the emphasis that the beef checkoff will take in the years to come.
The House Ag Committee had another of the so called "audits" planned for this week- as they continue to look at every element of the 2008 farm law. This hearings has been postponed until after the August recess- which has now begun now that the Congress has sent the debt ceiling- defiict reduction bill to President Obama. The audit that had been planned for this week was to consider the Rural Developement programs of the USDA. In addition, a hearing that was to look at the overregulation of ag biotech was to be held this week as well- it too has been postponed until after the August recess.
Finally- again from this Orlando Cattle Industry Summer Conference- GOP Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain talked about his desire to be President with what turned out to be a very receptive audience. Cattle producers heard what they wanted to hear- a candidate who would kill the death tax, zero out capital gain taxes, yank the chain of the EPA and work to solve government problems by approaching them as a successful businessman would- which are the credentials that Herman Cain brings to the table. Click here to listen to the speech that Herman Cain gave to the summer Cattle Conference- a great majority of the crowd ate it up.
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