~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 31, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- No Mystery in the Crop Weather update- we need more rain!
-- Pasture ratings nationally barely improve by one percentage point in latest update.
-- OCA Fall Cattle Drive happening this Friday!
-- Maybe a little bit of wheat pasture will show up this year!
-- Two Oklahomans place in top three of the Southwest LMA Auctioneer Championship!
-- New Rules from APHIS to slow ability of Boll Weevil to move around.
-- KFC proves that if you offer an agronomic trait consumers want- they will pay!
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No Mystery in the Crop Weather update- we need more rain!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The lack of rainfall in the latest reporting week is a growing concern for Oklahoma wheat producers, who are trying to wrap up the planting of the 2007 winter wheat crop. Some have chosen to go ahead and "dust in" their remaining acres and go to Prayer Meeting. By the way, you will notice a couple of stories down, we have comments with Dr. Jeff Edwards, who tells us that we are nearing a real "drop off" point when it comes to yield loss if we can't get rain and germinate this wheat and get it up to stand.
Back to the Crop-Weather update- soil moisture supplies slipped some in the latest reporting week, now at 59% short to very short versus 47% short to very short on the top soil profile. Subsoil moisture ratings dropped four percentage points down to 83% short to very short.
Harvest of our spring planted crops did make progress in the latest week- with milo now 45% harvested versus the 64% 5 year average; soybeans 61% harvested versus 69% average; 50% of the peanuts are now combined versus 58% average and the cotton harvest is ahead of the 5 year average at 42% harvested.
Pasture ratings nationally barely improve by one percentage point in latest update.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nationally, pasture and range conditions are at 39% poor to very poor, 33% in fair shape and 28% in good to excellent condition. Those ratings are not really that much different than a year ago across the U.S. Here in Oklahoma, cool season pastures have improved a small amount, primarily in the southern counties of our state because of the rains two weeks ago.
Our state ratings are at 58% poor to very poor, 35% fair and seven percent in good shape. That's the third worst rating in the United States- again only California and Wyoming have poorer pastures at this point versus Oklahoma, although our neighbors Missouri and Texas both have poor to very poor ratings greater than 50% as well.
The comment from the weekly crop weather update says that cooler season pastures are slowly developing. It adds that "Producers were hoping for more precipitation to see some improvements in small grain pastures."
OCA Fall Cattle Drive happening this Friday!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There's a lot of cattle happenings this Friday as the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have planned their 8th annual Fall Cattle Drive at OKC-West in El Reno. The Replacement Female Sale actually starts right after a lunch being served by the Oklahoma Cattlewomen- first group of cattle will be moving into the sales ring at 1 pm.
Before that, the fall board meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is planned for a 10 am start, while the Oklahoma Cattle Women also plan a board meeting there at the Stockyards at the same time.
Their afternoon sale will be featuring top commercial replacement females from some of the leading ranches from across the state of Oklahoma- and our friend A. J. Smith will be happy to answer any questions you might have by calling him at 405-235- 4391.
Maybe a little bit of wheat pasture will show up this year!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the opinion of Dr. Jeff Edwards, state wheat specialist for Oklahoma State University, who tells us that wheat never fails to amaze him and that for wheat fields in central and southern Oklahoma that got rain a couple of weeks ago- the wheat has "really jumped and there may be some potential for grazing. I think there will be some wheat forage available."
Jeff says that for wheat has struggled to get up to a decent stand is facing a line in the sand kind of a date in the next couple of weeks. "If we could get a rain that would allow wheat to get emerged by around the 10th of November- we could still pull off a good year and get 80 or 90% of our yield potential- but it drops off pretty fast when we get past that November 10-15th time frame."
Jeff Edwards adds that it's been a year that really the dry soils have been the limiting factor- and that we really have not had that big of a problem with bugs, diseases or weeds. You can hear our full conversation with Dr. Edwards by clicking the link below
Two Oklahomans place in top three of the Southwest LMA Auctioneer Championship!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I didn't realize that Oregon is part of the southwestern part of the country- but in the Livestock Marketing Association's first effort at having four regionals leading up to next June's World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, an auctioneer from that state has claimed the Southwest Championship last week in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Trent Stewart, of Redmond, Ore., is the reigning reserve world champion, a title he also won in 2002. By winning the Southwest Region, he now qualifies for the 2007 WLAC, which will be the seventh time heís entered the contest. The southwest region WLAC was held at the Sulphur Springs, Texas Livestock and Dairy Auction. Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla., was named region reserve champion, and Brian Little, Wann., Okla., took third place, or region runner-up champion. Dodsonís sponsors were Parsons Livestock Market, Parsons, Kan., and Tulsa Stockyards, Tulsa, Okla. The Tulsa Stockyards and Coffeyville Livestock Market LLC, Coffeyville, Kan., sponsored runner-up champ Little.
A third Oklahoman also qualified for a chance to go to the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship- Lance Cochran of Medford, who sells for the Texhoma Market, also qualified to advance to the big event next June. This is the first time in the contestís 43-year history that LMA has held regional contests. The Sulphur Springs contest was the third of four, with the top eight scorers in each region qualifying for the June WLAC, to be held in Springfield, Mo.
New Rules from APHIS to slow ability of Boll Weevil to move around.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service calls the boll weevil a destructive pest of cotton - as its known to lower the yield and quality of cotton crops - causing economic losses for producers. That's why APHIS plans to regulate the movement of articles from boll weevil quarantine areas. APHIS hopes to prevent the spread of the costly pest to noninfested areas through regulations that require a permit for the transit of certain articles - like wild or ornamental cotton, seed cotton, gin trash and processing equipment - through commercial cotton producing states. One of those states, obviously, is Oklahoma.
To date - according to APHIS - the boll weevil has caused an estimated 22-billion dollars in yield losses and control costs to the U.S. cotton industry. When present in certain materials - the pest can survive and potentially be transported to areas currently devoid of the pest. What's more - aided by wind - the pest is known to travel up to 169 miles.
KFC proves that if you offer an agronomic trait consumers want- they will pay!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kentucky Fried Chicken is the latest company to announce a decision to reduce trans fatty acids in their fried foods by switching to low-linolenic soybean oil. Monsanto Soybean Traits Marketing Manager Kurt Wickstrom says VISTIVE low-linolenic soybeans will serve as the primary source of that oil for the national food chainís 55-hundred stores. According to Wickstrom - Monsantoís been working with KFC in a product development and product testing role for a number of years - providing VISTIVE low-lin oil for testing their food products with KFC consumers. Therefore - he says this decision shows confidence in U.S. soybean farmers.
Vistive soybeans are not being grown in the western soybean belt at this point, but that may change in the next couple of years. The low linolenic soybeans that Monsanto is touting comes from conventional breeding, at least at this point. The Vistive soybeans do carry the Roundup Ready trait, so they are GMO in that regard.
VISTIVE low-linolenic soybeans, developed through conventional breeding, contain less than three percent linolenic acid as compared to the typical eight percent level found in traditional soybeans. The result is more stable soybean oil, with less need for hydrogenation, which produces trans fats. Because soybeans with a lower linolenic acid level reduce the need for partial hydrogenation, their application in processed soybean oils reduces the presence of trans fats in processed soybean oil.
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