~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday August 29, 2007!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- A reminder of the "Lite" Week for our Daily Email.
-- What sort of Wheat Pasture Season Might It Be???
-- You can still enroll in the NFU Carbon Credits Program
-- Chandler Keys Says Competition Title in the Farm Bill Makes Zero Sense.
-- Start Your Genetic Wish List Now- Be Prepared to Fill It in October!
-- Students Encouraged to Apply for Beef Industry Scholarships
-- Honest Abe Awards Handed Out at Farm Progress Show to Five Giants that have made their mark in Agriculture!
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A reminder of the "Lite" Week for our Daily Email.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~These 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. We may well have a couple less stories each day, but we are keeping our eye on the latest farm and ranch news even as we are out of state for a time of vacation- so if something important breaks- we will keep you in the know!
Thanks for your interest in this daily email- and while it will be shorter between now and September first- we will be covering the important stories that matter to Oklahoma agriculture.
What sort of Wheat Pasture Season Might It Be???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel writes that wheat pasture potential looks pretty good. "Subsoil moisture is plentiful after the unprecedented spring and early summer rains (plus an unprecedented tropical storm in the central part of the state last weekend) and more rain this weekend will provide surface moisture. However, the disastrous harvest and unusual weather this year left many producers with fields in horrible shape and producers are scrambling to get field work done to be ready to plant this fall. Recently flooded areas will see additional delays in getting back into the fields. Additionally, seed wheat is in very short supply and of variable quality. With strong markets for wheat and good potential for grazing, producers seem to be focused (logically so!) on dealing with the myriad of production challenges that have accompanied this incredible and bizarre year.
"In addition to wheat fieldwork, both sorghum and corn acreage are up in Oklahoma and many producers have more summer crop harvest issues to contend with as well. Dryland corn harvest in Oklahoma is just beginning, with prospects for yields well above Oklahoma averages. The result of all of this is that producers do not appear to be particularly aggressive about stocker cattle prospects yet. After having the 2007 wheat crop jerked out from under their feet, most producers are focused on getting summer crops harvested and a winter wheat crop established before they think about stocker cattle and grazing. The next month will be critical, but assuming we get decent wheat pasture established this fall, I expect there will be considerable interest in stocker grazing but also some continued caution. Producers will likely be pretty conservative with grazing programs to minimize any potential negative impact on wheat yields.
"Much of the same attitude may apply to cow-calf producers as well with respect to hay and forage production. My sense is that although considerable hay has been produced recently, producers are rightfully cautious about total hay supplies and overall cow-calf production conditions. I do think the second half of the year will show some cow herd expansion in Oklahoma, but the pace is modest and perhaps localized in specific regions. Depending on what the winter brings there could be significantly more interest in herd expansion next spring. For now, both crop and livestock producers would just like to get production back to something like business as usual."
You can still enroll in the NFU Carbon Credits Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's still hard to say how much money might actually be available to producers that sign up for the National Farmers Union Carbon Credit program- but they have extended the deadline for signup through the middle of next month- so you may want to explore if there is any benefit for your operation.
Based on a map available to be examined on the NFU website, Oklahoma would qualify for anywhere from .2 to .6 tons of carbon offsets annually under the no-till portion of the program. There is also a Credit that can be earned on seeded pasture land, as well as for livestock manure management facilities from confinement operations- primarily for those operations designed to capture methane.
We have provided a link below to the NFU website for their carbon credits program. They have frequently asked questions, a video you can link on and a lot more. It may be worth your while to check this program out.
Chandler Keys Says Competition Title in the Farm Bill Makes Zero Sense.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He was the lead lobbyist for many years for the NCBA, before going to work for Swift. Well, he has new bosses, the Brazilian family that has bought Swift and has renamed it JBS Swift. He continues to work for them as their Washington representative and we talked with him at length this past month while at the Mid Year Cattle Industry Conference in Denver.
Keys says he does not understand how a small minority of producers can convince lawmakers that there is any real need for a Competition Title in the Farm Law. He's pleased that the House rejected arguments for things like a ban on packer ownership, but acknowledges that there will likely be a battle on this front in the Senate Ag Committee, which is more inclined to pay attention to those arguments.
You can hear our conversation with Chandler on today's mid week edition of the Beef Buzz, heard on stations across the Radio Oklahoma Network. We also have it linked below for your convenience to hear on demand 24/7. Check it out!
Start Your Genetic Wish List Now- Be Prepared to Fill It in October!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cattle producers looking to improve herd performance should be putting pencil to paper now to determine the type of animals they want at the Oklahoma BEEF Inc. All-Breed Performance-Tested Bull and Replacement Heifer Sale in October. Approximately 50 bulls and 100 replacement heifers will be available at the popular sale, scheduled to begin at noon on Oct. 18, at the OBI test station, eight miles west of Stillwater on Highway 51. "If a producer uses a performance-tested bull with proven genetic evaluation, then the daughters of that bull will be genetically superior to their mothers and the result is improvement in the overall herd, which affects profit," said Bob Kropp, OBI executive secretary and Oklahoma State University professor of animal science.
Currently there are 39 Angus, nine Hereford and two Simmental bulls consigned for the sale. The bulls will be auctioned first, then the replacement heifers. Each bull sold through OBI undergoes a breeding soundness examination and is tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis or is from a certified-free herd. All bulls must index in the top 70 percent of their test group. "OBI has been having bull sales since 1973," said Tim Stidham, OBI Test Station director. "With 30-plus years of feeding bulls, the dependability of our performance records is unmatched. OBI customers depend on the reliability of these bulls."
Bulls to be sold will be available for preview beginning at 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the test station. The station also will host a
morning social beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 18. Performance test results
for bulls include: average daily gain; weight per day of age; adjusted
365-day weight; scrotal circumference; ultrasonic data for rib eye area,
fat thickness and marbling; hip height; computation of performance ratios;
and Expected Progeny Differences as provided by breed associations. All
OBI bulls are tested according to procedures recommended by the Beef
Improvement Federation. Each bull developed at OBI is housed and fed in
its respective breed barn. One ration is fed to all bulls throughout the
112-day test. Bulls of some breeds are fed using self feeders; other
breeds are fed using fence-line bunks.
Students Encouraged to Apply for Beef Industry Scholarships
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As school is getting underway, it's a great time to think about how to pay for future semesters- and the cattle industry wants to help students that want to be a part of the cattle industry down the road!
.Applications are being accepted for the 2008 Beef Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Foundation and the CME Group. All entries must be postmarked by October 5, 2007. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. The program encourages talented and thoughtful students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry, either through classes, internships or life experience. Graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2008-2009 academic year are encouraged to apply.
Applications must include a 750-word essay that identifies a key issue confronting the beef industry and suggests a solution. Applicants must also submit a letter expressing future career goals and two letters of recommendation. A full description the scholarship program and application requirements can be found at the National Cattlemen's Foundation website that we have linked below or obtained by calling 303-850- 3345.
Honest Abe Awards Handed Out at Farm Progress Show to Five Giants that have made their mark in Agriculture!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday, at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, the first time ever Abraham Lincoln National Award was presented to five individuals who have made their mark in agriculture. The 65 pound statue went to:
Former Secretary of Agriculture John Block, who was recognized for the
pressure he put on President Ronald Reagan to end the Russian Grain
Embargo and the policies he established to help agriculture recover from
the early 1980's recession.
U.S. Congressman Dennis Hastert was cited for his efforts to open both
international and regional trade opportunities to farmers.
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