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Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 9:17 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 10, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and OklahomaMineralBuyers.Com!
-- OSU's Dr. Jeff Edwards Gives An Update on Wheat Harvest 2011 Across Oklahoma
-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Now 80% Done- Per Plains Grains, Inc
-- Kim Anderson Talks About Harvest and USDA Crop Report- And We Have Your SUNUP Preview
-- New Software Allows Pork Producers to Compute Carbon Footprint for Their Farm
-- President Obama Announces Establishment of White House Rural Council
-- Southern Plains Wheat Crop Numbers Left Unchanged- New Crop Corn Ending Stocks Dropped Dramatically
-- Cattlemen's Beef Board Responds to NCBA Claims of CBB CEO Misconduct
-- Let's Check the Markets!
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of
Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays.
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Oklahoma State University Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards says Oklahoma will more than likely meet the USDA 74.8 million bushel prediction for wheat harvest this year. Edwards also says the 22 bushel per acre average for the state is promising. Across the state however, bushels per acre has a wide range. In southwestern Oklahoma, the average is 15 to 25 bushels per acre, while central Oklahoma is 20 to 35 bushels per acre. In northern Oklahoma, areas around Alva have brought in 40 to 50 bushels per acre, which Edwards says is an exception. Other areas in northern Oklahoma have been averaging 20 to 40 bushels per acre.
The quality of wheat for the 2011 crop season has continued to
stay strong has harvest is almost halfway done. Test weights have been
averaging 58 to 62 pounds per bushel, while protein levels are up as well. Despite
the drought pressure for this crop year, Edwards says the quality of wheat
has been better than expected.
Click on the LINK below to watch the whole interview between Ron Hays and Dr. Jeff Edwards. They address the topic of wheat harvest 2011 and discuss yields, varieties and what producers need to do to prepare for 2012.
The 2011 HRW wheat harvest took a giant leap north over the last week with test cutting now going on just south of I-70 in central Kansas. Oklahoma took the biggest jump in harvested acres this past week to 80%. The majority of acres left to be cut in Oklahoma are in the Panhandle and the north central part of the state. Harvest in Texas has also moved rapidly with the largest wheat producing area (north of Amarillo) now getting into full swing.
Yields have increase slightly as harvest moved into north central Oklahoma and Kansas (south central area) with test weights and protein remaining strong. The Oklahoma Panhandle, western and southwestern Kansas were hit hard by the drought and a late freeze so conditions in those areas remain a concern as cutting begins.
The Kansas harvest is really cranking up over the last few days- and Mark Hodges with Plains Grains says they have 8% of their harvest done to date. Click here for the Kansas Wheat Harvest Update from the Kansas Wheat Alliance. Click on the LINK below for our webstory on these numbers
Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University
Grain Marketing Economist, says the recent numbers for wheat production
released by the USDA were higher than expected at about 2% higher. World
production of wheat is predicted at 24.6 billion bushels, which is higher
than last year and production in the southern plains is down.
Click on the LINK below to hear the interview between Dave Deken and Dr. Kim Anderson on the USDA Crop Report as well as numbers for the world wheat production this year.
The Pork Checkoff announces the release of a
new software tool for pork producers - the Live Swine Carbon Footprint
Calculator. Developed with the technical expertise of the University of
Arkansas' Applied Sustainability Center, the user-friendly application allows
producers to input their on-farm data from the sow or grow-finish side of
production to compute the carbon footprint of an entire barn of pigs from
breeding to market.
Henry explained that the calculator will create a benchmark of a
barn's carbon footprint that producers can then use to help make production
decisions to improve efficiencies and achieve a lower overall footprint.
"This tool truly offers us an innovation that can help guide our
management practices," Henry said.
The White House today announced the
establishment of the first White House Rural Council. While rural communities
face challenges, they also present economic potential. To address these
challenges, build on the Administration's rural economic strategy, and
improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an
Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council.
The White House Rural Council will coordinate programs across
government to encourage public-private partnerships to promote further
economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide.
Chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the Council will be
responsible for providing recommendations for investment in rural areas and
will coordinate Federal engagement with a variety of rural stakeholders,
including agricultural organizations, small businesses, and state, local, and
The USDA issued several reports Thursday morning, including the second look at the potential size of the US Winter Wheat Crop. Our own Ed Richards talked with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities about the numbers from this report- as well as the Supply Demand numbers from the ERS website as approved by the World Agricultural Outlook Board. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to that conversation on Tom's take about the numbers from these two reports this morning. He believes the big response within market circles will be about the sharp reduction in new crop corn ending stocks.
Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.45 billion bushels, up
2 percent from the May 1 forecast but 2 percent below 2010. Based on June 1
conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 45.3 bushels per acre, up
0.8 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels less than last year. Expected area
for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, unchanged from May1.
Hard Red Winter production, at 777 million bushels, is up 2 percent from a
month ago. Soft Red Winter production is up 2 percent from last month and now
totals 434 million bushels. White Winter production totals 240 million
bushels, up 2 percent from last month. Of this total, 11.6 million bushels
are Hard White and 228 million bushels are Soft White.
The Executive Committee of the Cattlemen's
Beef Board has agreed with their principle contractor, the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association, that some specific actions by the Chief
Executive Officer Tom Ramey were improper and have reprimanded him and put
him on an "employment probation" for a period of six months.
The attorney also listed three other allegations that NCBA made
against Ramey, the previous Chairman of the CBB Dan Dierschke and current
Chairman Tom Jones- indicated the board had reviewed those charges and
concluded they were not valid.
The charges and the response and reaction from the Chairman of
the Cattlemen's Beef Board Tom Jones of Arkansas are the subject of our end
of the week Beef Buzz.
We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.
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 $12.25 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis-
Click on the name of the report to go to that link: