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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday August 20, 2007!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Call it a Friend! Cattle on Feed Report Comes in with low placements and marketings above 2006.
-- Should Wind Rights be the same as Mineral Rights?
-- Say Sesame Please!
-- Scholarships Available for Students Pursuing Careers in Beef Industry
-- USDA Provides a Half Million for Ice Storms of this past winter.
-- Consumers Love Their Beef- How do we translate that into more sales and better demand???
-- Starting tomorrow- our emails will be in "lite" mode the balance of this week and next.
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Call it a Friend! Cattle on Feed Report Comes in with low placements and marketings above 2006.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities says we have a winner of a report from USDA, as the monthly Cattle on Feed Report showed better than expected numbers in all three categories, at least if you are a bull.
The on feed number was five percent under the August first, 2006 feedlot number at 10.3 million head, with the real surprise being the placement number which was 17 percent under the July Placements of 2006- the trade was expecting about a thirteen percent placement drop. Finally, the third key number, the marketings number, came in about a half a percent better than expected, up three percent from July 2006.
If you want to hear Tom's take on the report and how it will fit into the context of the cattle marketplace this week- click on the link below- we have his audio comments on our front page of our website and we have them directly linked below.
Should Wind Rights be the same as Mineral Rights?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's one of the ideas floating around in the August Area Meetings of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- with about three fourths of those meetings now concluded. We still have a few left this week and we have a link on our calendar page on the website that offers details.
We had the chance to talk with Steve Kouplen of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau about that idea and several others that were being expressed by the grass roots of his organization. We talked with Steve about that for our Saturday morning television segment on Oklahoma Agriculture that is called In the Field with Ron Hays. We have that video segment linked below if you would like to watch and listen to what Steve and I talked about on KWTV News9 on Saturday morning.
You can also go to our Featured Audio page and listen to an audio conversation that I had with Steve to flesh out a lot of the ideas that we touched on briefly on the TV segment. Here's the link to the Featured Audio page of our website.
Say Sesame Please!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There will be a couple of meetings planned for late this week where producers in northwestern and northcentral Oklahoma will be able to take a look at Sesame as it nears maturity. You may recall before his untimely death, our friend Tedrowe Coulter was a tireless promoter of Sesame as an alternative to continuous wheat in the drier areas of Oklahoma. Well, interest has died down a great deal on this crop, but we got an interesting email from Danny Peeper of Wheeler Brothers who says that we had more than 5000 acres of Sesame under contract this year in Oklahoma- and that some of the problems encountered previously with Sesame have been addressed.
Peeper adds "It is the most heat and drought tolerant crop you will find to grow in Oklahoma (actually grows best over 95 degrees), has very low fertility needs, not bothered by insects and diseases, and is a very high value crop." He adds that "Through decades of breeding by some very dedicated individuals, a novel gene has been discovered in the last couple years that enables the crop to be direct harvested without any fear of shattering. Many advances have been made in the variety selection to better provide for local adaptation that currently allows for some very high yield potential."
"We have not harvested the '07 sesame yet this year. We expect to get started in about 30 days. The earliest planting dates for this region generally are in late May so we did not have to deal with the late freeze. I am very excited about the potential for this crop in Oklahoma due to the extreme heat and drought tolerance the crop provides. It prefers temperatures over 95 degrees and even under full irrigation you only need to provide 12 inches of water, compared to 35- 40 for corn. Also it only requires 30-40 pounds of nitrogen for an outstanding crop. I feel that with the current fertilizer prices and the ever tightening water supply that it offers a great option for producers to have the same income levels or better that they are used to while at the same time reducing their inputs costs."
"Rotation is key when we think of adding more acres to no-till farming,
or even a well managed conventional system benefits from alternative
crops. Many of the invasive weeds such as ryegrass and feral rye that are
at an epidemic level in our wheat crop can be controlled with a rotation
that includes a winter fallow period to allow for cultivation or
glyphosate control of these weeds, then back to sesame in the summer, and
followed by wheat that fall."
Scholarships Available for Students Pursuing Careers in Beef Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Students pursuing careers in the beef industry are encouraged to apply for the 2008 Beef Industry Scholarship Program. The National Cattlemen's Foundation and the CME Group are sponsoring 10 scholarships of 15-hundred dollars each.
The program is designed to support talented and thoughtful students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experience. NCF says the application process is open to graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2008-2009 academic year.
All applications must include a 750-word essay that identifies a key issue confronting the beef industry and suggests a solution - as well as a letter expressing future career goals and two letters of recommendation. For more information about the program and application requirements - visit the NCF website- we have it linked below- or call 303-850- 3345.
USDA Provides a Half Million for Ice Storms of this past winter.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Under Secretary of Agriculture Mark Keenum today announced that USDA is distributing $16 million in new Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding to help farmers and ranchers in 18 states to rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters or drought. "Floods, tornadoes, drought and other weather-related disasters have adversely affected agricultural land in portions of the country this year," said Keenum. "These Emergency Conservation Program funds will assist producers back on the road to setting things right again."
Oklahoma's share of the sixteen million dollars is $543,200- designated for the ice storms we were hit with at the beginning of the year.
The Emergency Conservation Program provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. FSA county committees determine land eligibility based on on-site inspections of damage, taking into account the type and extent of damage.
Consumers Love Their Beef- How do we translate that into more sales and better demand???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kim Essex works on behalf of cattle producers in trying to stay one step ahead of today's consumers. She tells us that they have developed several keys to "positioning" beef to the consumers of 2007. Kim tells us on today's Beef Buzz that consumers are in love with beef, but have some concerns about "health" issues related to the product.
Essex says that while there are a lot of protein sources available to today's American consumer, but consumers have a belief that beef IS protein- and she says that is a driver that can help leverage a beef message successfully to that consumer.
You can hear all of Kim's thoughts on this subject by checking out today's Beef Buzz on the Radio Oklahoma Network on radio stations across the state- or you can also click below and take a listen as well. By the way, we will have more with Kim Essex tomorrow on our next Beef Buzz!
Starting tomorrow- our emails will be in "lite" mode the balance of this week and next.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The last two weeks of August are the true Dog Days of Summer- and we are out of the office taking some vacation time- and as a result this email will be a "lite" version. The miracle of the Internet means that even though I am thousands of miles from Oklahoma- I can still keep up with things that are going on that affect our farmers, ranchers and those involved in agribusiness.
We may well have a couple less stories each day- and with Congress out of Washington, that means little fresh information on things like the farm bill. That will all change right after Labor Day- and my time away will hopefully allow me to have my batteries charged and ready to provide you a ringside seat to all the action the next several months as Congress tries to assemble a farm bill.
Thanks for your interest in this daily email- and while it will be shorter between now and September first- we still have some interesting things we will be passing along to you!
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