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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 18, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Harvest 2007- Bogged Down and waiting for drier weather.
-- Wheat Marketing Ideas After the runup in KC Wheat Futures this past week.
-- Tuesday is a BIG day when it comes to 2007 Farm Bill Debate- Commodity Title to be worked on by House Ag Subcommittee.
-- Happening this week- the OSU Meat Goat Boot Camp in Ada.
-- Also happening this week- Pecan Growers meet in Lawton and OFU/AFR heading for Washington.
-- Livestock Auctioneer from Pacific Northwest Wins World Championship in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday.
-- This Saturday- Come to the Paw Paw Creek Dispersion in Vinita!
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Harvest 2007- Bogged Down and waiting for drier weather.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We never got a stretch of drying weather conditions from Friday through Sunday evening in most of the wheat producing counties of the state- so very few, if any combines were able to run. In looking at the Mesonet data of yesterday, the overcast conditions, higher humidities, and light rain showers were the rule across a lot of the state- from southwestern counties up to the Kansas border north of Blackwell eastward. Minco in northern Grady County got the heaviest rainfall total recorded by the Mesonet on Sunday, clocking in at just over an inch of rain.
There has been additional rainfall overnight since midnight, but that has been confined to southcentral and southeastern Oklahoma- with the hope that we will be seeing a period of sunshine and drying conditions in the areas where we still have half or more of the 2007 wheat crop still to cut.
We continue to ask for your help in telling this 2007 Oklahoma wheat harvest story. We have gotten a lot of great reports from many of you- we appreciate them- and we would like to hear how far along you are, how things are going to this point, how much of your crop is still out in the field- do you have custom cutters still around- these type of reports are of interest to all of us. Drop me an email and let me know your harvest story! We will be updating the web site later today as we have opportunity to do so and have reports from some folks.
Wheat Marketing Ideas After the runup in KC Wheat Futures this past week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the Kansas City Board of Trade closed on Friday afternoon, we talked with Oklahoma State Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson. Friday saw the KC Hard Red Winter Wheat Futures close with two to three cent loses- after a historic runup in prices in recent days- we are up 92 cents on the July contract since the close of business May 31st.
We talked with Kim about this price explosion and if that should alter your marketing plans as you harvest this 2007 crop. We have linked our conversation with Kim on that topic below and invite you to take a listen to what Kim sees as the challenges and opportunities of this current market.
On Friday morning- Kim responded to our Daily email report that showed the example of how much better the treated acres of a field of Jagalene did in Garfield County versus the untreated acres in that same quarter section. We posted this on our web site's front page at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and the numbers are amazing. For this particular field, the payback for spraying those acres was substantial. It is still there from our posting from Friday morning if you want to go check that out.
Tuesday is a BIG day when it comes to 2007 Farm Bill Debate- Commodity Title to be worked on by House Ag Subcommittee.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After we sent our email out on Friday- Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Colin Peterson and his staff revised the draft of the Commodity Title of the 2007 Farm Bill- and they added an outline which provides a detailed look at the changes from the 2002 farm law with what the Chairman and his leadership team are proposing.
While Peterson had told reporters earlier in the month that he was likely to be recommending a cut in Direct Payments ( at least a small one)- the details within the Title show the Direct Payments exactly the same as in 2002. Now, there will be a cut in direct payments as it looks like they are waiting on a ruling from CBO as to what percentage of base acres will be eligible for a direct payment (the 2002 law was set at 85%) with the drop in the acreage percentage to be used for paying for changes in the target prices and marketing loan rates.
The proposal would raise target prices for four crops- wheat, barley, oats and soybeans and drop the target price for upland cotton. In the case of wheat, the new target price would be 23 cents higher at $4.15 per bushel. On the loan rates, the proposal splits off feed barley and malt barley and before that crop, would raise the loan rate for wheat and soybeans- the wheat loan rate would go higher by 19 cents to $2.94. It looks like the Committee is trying to raise the safety net higher when prices are low- but they still don't address the wheat producer who does not have a crop to sell- and as a result has nothing to put under loan and nothing to claim a LDP on.
Regarding payment limits, the House Ag Committee seems to be proposing little change from the 2002 bill except they call for "direct attribution of benefits." That will place a hard cap for an individual of $40,000 for Direct Payments and $65,000 for Countercyclical payments. One final change that is interesting- the House Ag Committee wants to end the paperwork load for FSA offices of micro sized farm operations, as it says that "farms with total base acres of 10 acres or less are ineligible for the direct and countercyclical payments." The House Ag Subcommittee for General Farm Commodities will start their hearing tomorrow morning at 10 am Eastern time- and we will be there covering it for you.
Happening this week- the OSU Meat Goat Boot Camp in Ada.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We were glad to have OSU Area Ag Economist JJ Jones of Ada drive up to our offices on Friday and tape a piece for our Saturday morning In The Field with Ron Hays that is seen Saturday mornings on News9 KWTV in Oklahoma City at 7:40 am- for some reason the first part of the interview didn't make it on but we did get a good bit of it on as we talked about the increasing popularity of Meat Goat production here in Oklahoma and in other states around the country as well.
JJ and the folks at the OSU area office in Ada got a lesson in that popularity handed to them in spades earlier this spring as they planned a Meat Goat Boot Camp for this week in Ada. Almost before they knew it- they had over 30 inquiries to attend from 14 states- and then they started promoting it here in the state. As a result the first Boot Camp is a sellout- about half of the campers will be from Oklahoma(all over the state) and the other half coming from more than a dozen states- as far away as New Jersey and Wisconsin.
JJ and the OSU team have already planned a second boot camp- and it is quickly filling up- it will be held in October, also in Ada. We talked with JJ about Meat Goats and their popularity in a radio interview as well- click below to hear us do a little "goat talk" with JJ Jones.
Also happening this week- Pecan Growers meet in Lawton and OFU/AFR heading for Washington.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 77th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association is set for Lawton today and tomorrow. Today is a day for their educational meetings, while Tuesday, they have planned a Field Day at the Montz Orchard just across the Red River near Charlie, Texas.
A summer fly-in to Washington planned by the Oklahoma Farmers Union/American Farmers and Ranchers has proven to be coming during a very crucial time for the 2007 farm bill debate. The House Agriculture Committee will be right in the middle of marking up the Commodity Title of the proposal at the Subcommittee level as we wrote about earlier in this email- and since we know that the desire of the Committee Chairman Colin Peterson is to make do within the Commodity Title with the money that is available in the baseline- how that shakes out on Tuesday will be most interesting and will make a meeting with Congressman Frank Lucas who serves on the full House Ag Committee as well as that Subcommittee most enlightening to say the least.
The group also will meet with the rest of the Oklahoma delegation on either Tuesday or Wednesday- has time planned with USDA and some other meetings on the agenda as well. We have been asked to accompany the group, and will report back to you via both this email as well as our Radio Oklahoma Network radio reports on radio stations across the state!
Livestock Auctioneer from Pacific Northwest Wins World Championship in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Trent Stewart from Redmond, Oregon, was the 2007 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion- winning top honors at the 2007 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship that was held at the Springfield, Mo. auction market on Saturday. Stewart beat out 32 other semi-finalists that made it to the Springfield National Championships. If you have ever watched one of the Superior Livestock Video Auctions, you may heard Trent as he chants for the largest video auction in the country that is based out of Brush, Colorado.
Ty Thompson from Billings, Montana, was the Reserve Champion, while Tom Frey from Creston, Iowa, was the Runner-up Champion.
The 2007 event had a strong Oklahoma flavor, as Billy Perrin of Durant was the Chairman of the Event for the Livestock Marketing Association. There were at least four of the semi finalists that Oklahoma cattle producers have some familiarity with as they sell in Oklahoma barns. Three of those gentlemen live in Oklahoma, including lance Cochran of Medford, Justin Dodson of Welch and Brian Little of Wann. The fourth auctioneer with Oklahoma ties was Preston Smith of Ensign, Kansas, who sells for Winter Livestock in Enid.
This Saturday- Come to the Paw Paw Creek Dispersion in Vinita!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Paw Paw Creek is well known in the Club Calf marketplace- but all good things must come to an end- and George McCreary has decided to disperse the herd and move on to enjoy life. There will be a complete dispersion of the herd- including an excellent offering of fall bred cows and heifers, open heifers and several spring cow calf pairs.
Our friend Christy Collins is helping coordinate the sales efforts and she says that George told her recently as they rode across one of the Paw Paw Creek fields "Several years ago, I made the decision to come back to the ranch early in the day and work on my cowherd, instead of climbing another rung in my professional career. It was not only a good decision personally, but it was probably the best financial decision I have ever made."
For more information on this sale- we have linked to the website from Collins Cattle Services that has this information- or you can call Christy Collins at 1-800- 975-6313 OR 580-335-3000. The sale is planned for June 23rd at the Ranch just outside Vinita.
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