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Update from Ron Hays of RON
December 12, 2012
Gribble Says North-Central Producers Cautiously
Hopeful About Winter Crop
latest Mesonet drought monitor shows extreme to
exceptional drought continuing over more than 90
percent of the state. Some areas have seen
patchy rains from time to time over the last few
months. While that hasn't improved drought
conditions overall, it has affected winter crop
conditions in a patchwork fashion. Over the
next three days, the Oklahoma Farm Report will
feature the observations of three Oklahoma State
University Extension area agronomists from their
respective regions of the state.
up is Roger Gribble. He is
based in Enid and is responsible for the
north-central and northwestern parts of the
state. He said overall, crop conditions are
not promising, but there are a few pockets where
they aren't doing so poorly.
garden spot would be just south of Enid towards
Kingfisher, between Watonga and Kingfisher, maybe
south into Canadian County, there's some pretty
good stands of wheat. There's maybe a little
grazing in that area. Another area that we
see some grazing is over around Fairview.
That wheat's pretty good. But we're running
out of pasture at that point because we just
haven't had any rain."
to canola, Gribble says producers were
enthusiastic and have increased acres over last
year. Without moisture, however, the canola
crop looks like it is taking a beating along with
guys who started early in that planting window
maybe had a little better success. Again,
early we had a little moisture to deal with.
The later-planted canola seems to be struggling
and it's out of the ground and just kind of in a
sitting pattern-still fairly small because of no
rainfall. I'm a little worried about, if
we're talking about, poor weather conditions that
may be the one I'm worried about a little more
because a lot of those soils are really dry.
And you put a dry cold snap on that and I'm afraid
that we may not have enough growth and development
to survive maybe a really hard cold snap.
Click here for more of our interview
with Roger Gribble.
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Reports Wheat and Soybean Ending Stock Estimates
Up, Corn Steady
the December 11, 2012 Ending Stocks report, USDA
showed a larger than expected increase to the
domestic wheat ending stocks estimate, soybeans
were slightly more than expected with corn mostly
World Outlook Board projected in the report
yesterday morning that the "U.S. feed grain supply
and use projections for 2012/13 are unchanged this
month, but price outlooks for corn and sorghum are
lowered based on prices reported to date. The
season-average farm price for corn is lowered 20
cents at the midpoint and the projected range is
narrowed to $6.80 to $8.00 per
USDA projections show wheat ending
stocks for the 2012/13 marketing year at 754
million bushels, compared to 704 million a month
ago. The average estimate was 718 million bushels
and a year ago, wheat ending stocks were at 743
million bushels. The projected 2012/13
season-average farm price for all wheat is lowered
10 cents at the midpoint and the range is narrowed
to $7.70 to $8.30 per bushel."
ending stocks came in at 130 million bushels. The
pre-report estimates were 135 million bushels.
Even with soybean stocks tighter, projected prices
into 2013 are lower. "Prices for soybeans
and products are all projected lower this month.
The U.S. season- average soybean price range for
2012/13 is projected at $13.55 to $15.55 per
bushel, down 35 cents on both ends of the
Click here for the full report as
released by USDA on Tuesday
Pro Tem Bingman Announces GOP Committee
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian
Bingman, R-Sapulpa, announced committee
assignments for Republican members on Monday.
Committee chairs and vice chairs were announced
"There is a tremendous depth
and breadth of experience and talent to draw from
in the Republican Caucus," Bingman said. "We've
worked to structure committee memberships that
will enable us to build on an agenda dedicated to
job creation and economic growth benefiting our
state now and in the future."
GOP appointments for the
Agriculture and Rural Development
Eddie Fields, R-Wynona
Ron Justice, R-Chickasha
Mark Allen, R-Spiro
Don Barrington, R-Lawton
Larry Boggs, R-Red Oak
Frank Simpson, R-Springer
Anthony Sykes, R-Moore
Click here for the full list of GOP
Senate committee assignments.
Calving System Drops Scours Mortality in Newborn
Calves to Near Zero
is imperative to the health of newborns at calving
time. Kansas State Extension veterinarian
Dr. Larry Hollis says the
Sandhills Calving System makes use of rotating
pastures to dramatically improve healthy outcomes
during calving season.
through many years of successful work with this
system up in the Sandhills of Nebraska where it
was developed that if we can keep the newborn
calves away from the older calves, we can stop a
lot of the different causes of scours whether it's
viral, whether it's bacterial, whether it's
protozoa, it doesn't matter what the cause is.
Those older calves that pick this up either from
the environment or from their moms serve as
amplifiers. And they take in a few organisms and
they pass out thousands to millions of them. And,
so, like the term amplify means, that's what they
do with those disease organisms. When these
later-born calves hit the ground, say after the
first two to three weeks of the calving season,
they get exposed to that huge load of disease
organisms that are being put out in the calving
area by those older calves and so the younger
calves are more susceptible and they're getting
exposed to larger challenge loads and that's when
we get into the huge scours wrecks."
says employing the Sandhills system is easy and
effective. The pregnant cows are turned out into a
pasture where they calve for seven to ten days. At
the end of the period, the pairs are allowed to
stay in that pasture and the pregnant animals are
turned out on another pasture. The cows are
allowed to calve for seven to ten days and pairs
are allowed to stay and the pregnant females are
moved to another pasture. This process continues,
Hollis says, until all the cows have given
Dr. Hollis joins us for the latest
Beef Buzz. Click here for more on the
Sandhills Calving System.
Asks Producers to Help Count Noses for Cattle and
Sheep Inventory Next Month
U.S. Department of Agriculture's National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is calling
on nearly 50,000 cattle operations nationwide to
report the latest and most accurate data on cattle
inventories and calf production.
the first two weeks of January, Oklahoma producers
have the opportunity to serve as the frontline
source of accurate data on cattle in Oklahoma and
the United States" said Wilbert Hundl,
Jr, Director of the Oklahoma Field Office
of USDA-NASS. "We will be contacting nearly 2,100
Oklahoma operations requesting their response to
the January Cattle Report, which measures trends
in beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop,
and cattle operations."
600 Oklahoma sheep and goat producers will be
contacted for the sheep survey.
To make it
as easy as possible for producers to participate,
NASS offers the option of responding via a secure
Internet connection, telephone, mail, or personal
interview with a local NASS representative.
"However producers choose to respond, they are
providing an important service to the cattle
industry and to U.S. agriculture as a whole,"
Hundl said. "Their responses will be compiled with
those of their fellow producers nationwide,
providing the only accurate and comprehensive
estimate of the state of U.S. cattle
For more on the cattle inventory,
Click here for more information on
the sheep survey.
Selk Explores Cows' Increased Feed Needs During
Cold Weather Events
article from Glenn Selk, Oklahoma
State University Emeritus Extension Animal
Scientist, was published in the latest Cow-Calf
The major effect of cold
on the nutrient requirements of cows is increased
need for energy. As the magnitude of the cold
increases, the cows' need for feed goes up as
determine magnitude of cold, the lower critical
temperature for beef cows must first be estimated.
For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower
critical temperature is considered to be 32
degrees F. In general, researchers have used the
rule of thumb that cows' energy requirements
increase 1% for each degree the wind chill is
below the 32 degree lower critical temperature.
indicated that the energy requirement for
maintenance of beef cows with a wet hair coat is
much greater. Cows that are exposed to falling
precipitation and have the wet hair coats are
considered to have reached the lower critical
temperature at 59 degrees F. In addition, the
requirements change twice as much for each degree
change in wind-chill factor. In other words,
the energy requirement actually
increases two percent for each degree
below 59 degrees F.
Feed requirements can then
be calculated from these numbers.
You'll find more from Gleen Selk,
including his calculations for estimating cows'
nutritional needs in cold weather, by clicking
Battalion Fundraiser Returns to Oklahoma National
Stockyards Monday December
coming Monday, December 17, will be the final
feeder and stocker cattle sale of the year for the
Oklahoma National Stockyards- and while it will be
busy as folks try to get their business wrapped up
for 2012- there will be a pause in the regular
auction for a special calf to be brought into the
sale ring solo.
calf is owned by Jessika and
Ryan York. Jessika is a sophomore at Byng
High School and Ryan is an eighth grader at
Stonewall. They are both active in 4-H and FFA.
These young folks are not selling this animal for
last minute Christmas cash- but rather are
donating the animal to be used as the fundraising
object for the All American Beef
years ago- a similar sale was held at the Oklahoma
City market in early December- it netted about
$27,000 for the project- a year ago, the auction
almost doubled the proceeds from the year before-
with Robert York of National
Credit reporting to us that the calf was resold 29
times and that resulted in over $49,000 going to
the AABB. I never got a final number from
Robert last year- but with additional donations- I
suspect they got more than $50,000 generated from
that one calf.
plan is to do again this coming Monday- the hope
is to sale the calf- then resell it and resell it
and resell it and- well, you get the idea.
All American Beef Battalion is a charity
organization consisting of individuals and
families that are part of the U.S. beef cattle
industry and work to provide support for troops
and their families. Some of the organizations main
events are steak feeds where soldiers and family
members are served a 16 to 18 ounce ribeye
Click here to learn more about the
Beef Battalion efforts to honor those who
serve us in the military. And you can give
Robert York a call at National Livestock Credit in
Oklahoma City a call to learn more about the
auction this year- and yes- you can most
certainly pledge an add-on amount before the
auction- call Robert at 1-800-310-0220.
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