~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 23, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- HB 3202 Clears Another Hurdle at State Capitol
-- Grand Champions Lead the Sale of Champions at Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- NCBA Responds to Groups Having Concerns Over Restructuring Plan with Their Own Letter to USDA's Vilsack
-- Wheat Crop in Three Southern Plains States in Mostly Good Condition
-- Canola Crop Looking Strong- But Some Worries are Surfacing on Bug Pressures
-- Farm Bureau's Scott Bulling Worries About Federal Crop Insurance Budget Cuts
-- Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay - So Says Larry Meadoes of USDA's Market Grading Service
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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HB 3202 Clears Another Hurdle at State Capitol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Monday, the Oklahoma State Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard, considered and approved House Bill 3202 by a ten to nothing vote. This language that came from the State House is the compromise that has been agreed to on both sides in what has been called the "teeth floating" debate.
The measure cleared the full House a couple of weeks ago by a 71 to 25 margin, with the emergency clause that would make it law as soon as the Governor signs it passing 69 to 26. HB3202 amends the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act by explicitly stating that it does not prohibit animal husbandry, teeth floating or farriery.
The measure offers a definition of teeth floating as "the removal of
enamel points and the smoothing, contouring and leveling of dental arcades
and incisors, and the extraction of molars and deciduous and vesitgal
teeth of bovine, equine, porcine and other farm animals. It does not
include dental procedures on canines and felines."
It is anticipated that the measure will have little trouble in passing the Senate- no time frame is currently known on when a Senate floor vote may occur.
Grand Champions Lead the Sale of Champions at Oklahoma Youth Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 205 animals have sold for "approximately $800,000" at the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions that was held Monday afternoon/evening at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. This is the grand finale of the eleven day run for the world's largest junior livestock show. The dollar amount comes from Jeramy Rich, Executive Director of the OYE, and a final tally may be a few days away as they continue to add up the dollars that have come in as "add ons" and more.
The first animal to sell on Monday afternoon was the Grand Champion Market Steer shown by Bailey Buck of the Madill FFA. Bailey's Crossbred Steer sold to a consortium of buyers for a total of $50,000, just below the record level of $53,000 obtained in 2009 for the Grand Champion Steer last year. We have the list of buyers and details on the other top steers on our website- click here for the details on the Steer sale info.
The other three Grand Champions were very close together in what they brought to their young owners. Both the Market Lamb shown by Tyler Rhoades and Market Barrow exhibited by Brianna Robinson sold for a total of $20,000 apiece, while the Grand Champion Market Goat fetched $21,000 for owner Chance Greenroyd of Noble. Click on the respective Grand Champion species and young person's name for details of that part of the Sale of Champions at this year's OYE.
NCBA Responds to Groups Having Concerns Over Restructuring Plan with Their Own Letter to USDA's Vilsack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has had ample reading material sent to him in recent days by groups that have members that raise cattle and have a stake in the beef checkoff program. The first letter came from six groups that have cattle producers as a part of their membership. Those groups include the American Farm Bureau, the National Farmers Union and the Livestock Marketing Association (plus 3 more) that expressed "grave concerns" about the National Cattlemen's Beef Association redoing the structure of their organization. That four page letter said, in effect, that NCBA members had an unfair advantage over other cattle producers in determining how at least some of the beef checkoff dollars might be spent.
Today on our Beef Buzz, we review a second letter that has been put together by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and signed by their three national officers refuting the first letter and claiming that NCBA will become more inclusive and that any and all cattle producers of any group will be welcome to come to their Committee meetings and express their opinion and even have a vote.
We also look at the issue of money- which is the real bone of contention between these groups. NCBA seems to be saying in their letter that the Federation of State Beef Councils that is under their wing is successful because they have done a good job of spending the money that has come in. Again, the issue that is raised is, who's got control and who should have control and/or input on budgets of beef checkoff dollars.
Wheat Crop in Three Southern Plains States in Mostly Good Condition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop weather updates are out for Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma- and all show the 2010 winter wheat crop is looking good in our region. In Kansas, 77% of the crop is now breaking dormancy, with the rating of the Kansas crop at 10% excellent, 54% good and 30% fair. In Texas, wheat is starting to head in the south central part of our neighbor to the south, with their crop statewide rated 10% excellent, 43% good and 33% fair. Their index on crop health shows the crop is 72% of normal versus 38% at this point a year ago.
In Oklahoma, the crop also looks good with no indication that anyone is worried about the cold weather of the weekend. The crop is rapidly moving into the jointing stage, up twenty percentage points over the last week and now standing at 37% jointed, just below the 40% five year average.
Seed bed preparation for spring planted crops continue to lag year ago levels. "Row crop seedbed preparations and planting were postponed last week due to the snow storm. Seedbed preparations for corn reached 31 percent complete, 33 points behind last year and 19 points behind normal. Sorghum seedbed preparation was at 12 percent while soybean seedbed preparation reached six percent complete, both still running well behind last year and the five-year average. Peanuts continue to run ahead of normal with 41 percent of seedbed preparations completed by Sunday. Seedbed preparations for cotton increased by ten points from the previous week to reach 29 percent complete, 22 points behind last year and seven points behind normal."
Canola Crop Looking Strong- But Some Worries are Surfacing on Bug Pressures
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Entomologist Dr. Tom Royer offers this update on those that have winter canola acres this spring- "Although we normally think of army cutworms as a pest of winter wheat, they are also a concern in canola, a crop that is expanding in Oklahoma. I wrote an article about army cutworms in wheat back in February, but field reports from Heath Sanders indicate that canola is taking a hit in Blaine, Custer and Dewey counties. Thus, canola growers need to keep a vigilant eye on their canola crop. Army cutworms can cause severe stand loss in canola if not controlled. Cutworm damage often goes unnoticed through the winter because the caterpillars grow slowly and don't get big enough to cause noticeable damage until temperatures warm in the spring."
Army Cutworms can cut out stand as they feed, killing the canola growing point. Because they like to hide below the soil surface during the day, they can go unnoticed unless they are physically brought up from their sleeping chambers. Sample a field by stirring or digging the soil to a depth of two inches at 5 or more locations. The cutworms will be "greenish grey", and will probably curl up into a tight "C" when disturbed. The suggested treatment threshold for cutworms in canola is 1-2 per row-foot.
We have also gotten some on the ground views courtesy of Twitter and OkieAgMan. He writes "Dewey Co OK, had bad cutworms. Many acres sprayed too late. Fields range excellent to poor from worms. Sprayed w/ 5 to 40% stand losses." He does say that things are better in a couple of other counties "Blaine & Kingfisher Counties have canola fields looking good. Best I have seen for these counties in recent years. More aggressive insect management used."
Farm Bureau's Scott Bulling Worries About Federal Crop Insurance Budget Cuts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma FarmBureau's Crop Insurance Manager Scott Bulling has just returned from Washington, D.C. where he and OFB President Mike Spradling tried to convince the Obama administration they are wrong about cutting $6.9 billion from the program. Bulling says that there is a risk that crop insurance companies might choose to stop providing policies in higher risk states like Oklahoma if the cuts materialize.
The hope is that those cuts will be reduced or eliminated- and Bulling says that he believes that things will work out and that we will have a suitable program ready to go for the next big signup period for Oklahoma farmers- coverage of the 2011 winter wheat crop.
We have an audio report featuring Scott Bulling courtesy of Sam Knipp of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Click on the Link below to jump to our website and hear this special report.
Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay - So Says Larry Meadoes of USDA's Market Grading Service
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The nation's beef quality has continued its rise in recent weeks, with nearly 65% of federally graded cattle grading Choice - an increase compared to 60.1% reported July 2009, according to Certified Angus Beef.
The numbers add to a trend ending a 30-year decline, a trend that's likely to continue, said Larry Meadows, chief of USDA's meat grading and certification branch.
Increases in higher quality grades during the past two years can be attributed to several factors, Meadows said, including: feeder and slaughter cattle weights and ages due to market conditions (higher grain prices); better genetics (the increased use of marbling EPDs over the past 15 years); excellent feeding conditions; and efficient use of distillers' grains.
We have more on this story- including the perspective of folks like Larry Corah and Sally Northcutt with the American Angus Association. Click on the link below to read more.
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