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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 25, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Wheat Seeding Catches Up to Five Year Average
-- Ag Secretary Joins Hurry Up Farm Bill Conversation With Iowa Speech
-- Oklahoma Wheat Commission to Hold Special District IV Election
-- OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel says Drought Impacts May be Slowing Down
-- Pork Producers Question Need For EPA Reporting Rule
-- More School Land Commission Auctions This Week- AND Northwest Cattlemen Meet This Evening in Woodward
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Wheat Seeding Catches Up to Five Year Average
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Crop Weather Update this week brought rainfall, hail and freezing temps saying- "Rain was reported in seven of the nine reporting districts with both Panhandle and West Central districts reporting no measurable rain, while the Southeast district reported 1.46 inches. Mesonet reported wind gusts ranging from 63 mph at the Ketchum Ranch to 70 mph gusts reported in Hectorville in the last seven days. Okfuskee County reported softball sized hail, damaging winds and a tornado on Saturday, October 22nd. Eight of the nine reporting districts reported low temperatures below 32 degrees, with both Nowata and Tahlequah recording a low of 23 degrees on Thursday, October 20th. While the recent rains were welcomed, the state remains in a severe-to-exceptional drought, which has sparked concerns over reservoir levels in eastern Oklahoma."
For our fall-planted crops - "Small grains and canola producers were in the field with planting in full swing. Seedbed preparation for wheat ground was 98 percent complete by week's end and planting reached 82 percent complete, up 19 points from the previous week. Wheat emerged was 50 percent complete, 14 points behind the five-year average. Canola planting reached 93 percent, three points ahead of last year. Sixty-six percent of canola had emerged by week's end, nine points behind last year.
There was very little change as most row crops continued to be rated poor to very poor with only peanuts rated fair to good. The corn harvest was 94 percent complete by week's end. Sorghum coloring was 92 percent complete, five points behind normal. Sixty-nine percent of sorghum had matured, and 35 percent was harvested by Sunday. Soybeans setting pods reached 95 percent complete, and 51 percent were mature by week's end, 18 points behind the five-year average. Twenty-two percent of soybeans had been harvested, 16 points behind normal. Eighty-two percent of peanuts had matured by Sunday and 47 percent were dug, 17 points behind the five-year average. Sixteen percent of peanuts have been combined, 27 points behind the five-year average. Cotton plants opening bolls reached 87 percent complete by week's end, nine points behind normal. Eight percent of cotton had been harvested, 13 points behind the five-year average."
When it comes to hay and hay production, there was little activity last week in hay fields. Third cuttings of alfalfa were 63 percent complete, and 14 percent of the state had completed a fourth cutting, compared to a five-year average of 100 percent. A second cutting of other hay reached 56 percent complete by Sunday, 28 points behind normal.
Ag Secretary Joins Hurry Up Farm Bill Conversation With Iowa Speech
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed back home to Iowa to deliver a speech which may be about all of the input the Obama Administration gets in the development of the 2012 Farm Bill, if House and Senate Ag Committee leaders are successful in pulling together a full fledged farm bill for the Super Committee to include in their package that seeks to achieve over a trillion dollars in deficit reduction in the next decade.
This past week- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, along with his ranking member on the House Ag Committee Colin Peterson, Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and her ranking member Pat Roberts promised a $23 billion dollar reduction in ag spending- and further promised to deliver to the Committee a detailed outline of how that would occur. This has led to talk that the House and Senate Ag Committee Leadership may actually offer a full fledged 15 title farm bill to the Super Committee by this time next week.
Secretary Vilsack spoke in Des Moines yesterday at the John Deere
factory there- and proclaimed three keys to a successful farm bill
rewrite- "The three principles can be simply stated: We need to maintain a
strong safety net, we need to support sustainable productivity, and we
need to promote vibrant markets."
Oklahoma Wheat Commission to Hold Special District IV Election
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will hold a special election to fill the vacant seat in District IV- the seat that was vacated with the death of Jeff Krehbiel, who lose his fight with cancer earlier this year. The election will be held TODAY, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, commencing at 2 p.m. at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center, 1 Career Tech Road, Ft. Cobb, OK. District IV consists of Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, and Tillman Counties.
All wheat producers within District IV boundaries who are actively engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat, paid a check-off fee and left that fee with the Commission for the current year are eligible to vote. It will be the responsibility of the producer to prove their eligibility to vote by providing a dated grain elevator receipt including the producer's name and amount of wheat sold, and a driver's license or some other form of identification.
Candidates wishing to run in the election must be at least 25 years old, a resident of District IV of the State of Oklahoma, engaged in growing wheat in Oklahoma for at least five years and must derive a substantial portion of his/her income from growing wheat.
Nominations will be made at the election and the three nominations with the most votes will be sent to the Governor of Oklahoma. The Governor will then appoint one person to serve the remainder of the current term with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. The current term expires in 2014.
OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel says Drought Impacts May be Slowing Down
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are indications that the worst of the drought forced movements of cattle may be slowing down, at least for now, according to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. Beef cow slaughter in federal Region 6, has decreased each of the last three weeks, though the rate is still 19 percent above last year in the most recent week that data is available.
Beef cow slaughter outside of Region 6 has also been higher than last year since late July but may be tapering off as well with a smaller increase in the most recent data. For the year to date, Region 6 slaughter is 24 percent above last year and combined with the rest of the country that has beef cow slaughter down a scant 2 percent, results in a national total year to date beef cow slaughter that is 105 percent of year ago levels.
With the bulk of the seasonal cow culling period coming in November, these totals could grow. However, there is some reason to think that much of the normal culling has already occurred and that seasonal culling will be smaller than usual. In Oklahoma, the auction totals for cows are still above year ago levels as well, but are down significantly from the extremely large volumes of the summer. Feeder cattle auction totals are currently close to year ago levels but may drop lower, if as expected, some of the normal fall run of calves has already occurred in drought forced early sales.
The latest Cattle on Feed report also shows a more normal pattern of placements without much obvious drought impacts. Total placements were down in Texas, though higher in the lightweight category. In fact, the under-600 pound weight group was the only group with an increase in placements indicating limited supplies of heavy feeder cattle. Overall, placements were even with a year ago and enough to hold cattle on feed totals even with last month at 105 percent of year ago levels. However, feedlot inventories should begin to drop for the remainder of the year and into next year.
Pork Producers Question Need For EPA Reporting Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While questioning the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting rule for large livestock operations, the National Pork Producers Council applauded the agency for at least acknowledging the concerns of livestock producers and for offering options to address them.
EPA's proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule seeks to have CAFOs submit to the agency operational information so it "can more effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs on a national level and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health." The information includes basic facility facts, such as contact information, location of a CAFO's production area, permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for land application of manure.
The agency is considering one of two reporting options: 1) require every CAFO to report information to EPA unless states with authorized CWA permitting programs choose to provide it on behalf of the CAFOs in their state; or 2) require CAFOs in "focus" watersheds that have water quality concerns associated with CAFOs to report information to EPA.
"We applaud EPA's alternative targeted approach to addressing real water quality issues," said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. "This sets the stage for a more open dialogue among stakeholders over where these policies should go."
More School Land Commission Auctions This Week- AND Northwest Cattlemen Meet This Evening in Woodward
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Commissioners of the Land Office annual fall auctions are still underway. The lands, used by farmers, ranchers and hunters, are leased to the highest bidder for a five year lease. The money made through these auctions goes to benefit Oklahoma's Kindergarten through 12th grade schools and colleges.
The auction for Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Tillman and Jackson
counties will be held TODAY Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - at 10:00am at the
Great Plains Tech Center, 4500 West Lee Blvd., Room 301, Lawton,
Finally- The Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation have their
Annual Trade Show & Banquet this afternoon and evening- with the trade
show up and running at 4:30 and a steak dinner on at 6:30. All the
activities will take place at the Woodward County Fairgrounds. A "free"
steak is available to everyone with a $20.00 membership fee to join the
Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 $11.82 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.90 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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