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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 6, 2007!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Past the Seven Dollar Treeline...
-- Mighty Fine Yields for our Spring Planted Crops in 2007...
-- Women in Agriculture Conference is just around the corner...
-- Change is Scary- but so what??? It's going to happen in the Beef Cattle Industry.
-- Destroy Volunteer Wheat and Reduce Threat of Other Wheat Pests!
-- Final 2006-Crop Counter-Cyclical Payments for Upland Cotton and Peanuts
-- National FFA Executive Secretary Coleman Harris Retires
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Past the Seven Dollar Treeline...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are now above the treeline when it comes to a mountaintop experience on wheat prices. With the electronic overnight wheat futures trade trading at a loss as we write this on Thursday morning, we may be close to the summit of this wheat price runup that has brought us to wheat futures higher than eight dollars in Chicago, to $7.90 a bushel on the active Kansas City wheat contract month and grain elevator bids here in the state from $7.12 to $7.37 per bushel.
OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson likens it to being in a candy store and your eyes are dazzled by the things you see, but you have no money in your pocket and so all you can do is look. With the second year that many of our Oklahoma producers have had a short crop (or no crop), it's a topic of conversation to see the Medford Grain Elevator price at $7.37 as of Wednesday afternoon, but few farmers will be able to take advantage of it.
And Dr. Anderson says this is all about the 2007 crop as this point- these higher prices fall off almost two dollars a bushel when you start considering pricing any of the 2008 wheat crop that we are just starting to plant. He says the biggest question that will unfold in the days ahead is "How many acres will these high wheat prices bring into the wheat camp for the 2008 season- we do expect a lot of soft red winter wheat to be planted this fall in the southeast and midwest where they can harvest wheat next spring and doublecrop with soybeans behind the combines- a lot of farmers in places like Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky are licking their chops on that one. We have our full conversation with Dr. Anderson linked below- he helps explain what is behind all this strength and answers our question, is there any additional upside???
Mighty Fine Yields for our Spring Planted Crops in 2007...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He is located in the Panhandle, but Rick Kochenower also has worked with some of his colleagues downstate with some field trials with several crops he is very familiar with- especially grain sorghum and corn. He tells us that he was in north central Oklahoma in recent days and harvested some of the OSU Extension test plots and the results were certainty outstanding in an area where the 2007 wheat harvest was a disappointment to so many producers.
Rick writes us "I harvested corn and sorghum trials last week and
thought I would give you the highlights
Women in Agriculture Conference is just around the corner...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Discover Oklahoma's Strength, Heart, and Elegance at the fourth annual statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference on September 20th and 21st at the Moore Norman Technology Center located at SW 134th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City. The continuing theme for the conference is to empower the women of rural America by sowing seeds of success. A great line up of speakers, presentations, and exhibits is in store for participants.
Keynote speakers include Charlotte Lankard, Director of Integris James L. Hall Jr., Center for Mind, Body, and Spirit, Cindi Broaddus, author of A Random Act. (Cindi is Dr. Phil McGraw's sister-in-law), and Cathy Jameson of Jameson Management and author of two books Great Communication equals Great Production and Scheduling for Productivity, Profitability, and Stress Control. Jenifer Reynolds, Host of Discover Oklahoma, will kick off the conference on Thursday morning sharing her expertise and knowledge. Thursday's luncheon will feature Gene McFall's show, "The Witty World of Will Rogers," and Friday's luncheon speaker is Steve Owens of "Oklahoma Gardening." Small group breakout sessions designed to help women be successful in their endeavors include agri- tourism, farmer's markets, renewable energy, estate and financial planning, record keeping, time management, web site creation, and availability of USDA programs.
Early registration is no longer available, but you can still register for $50 for the entire conference. Registration includes breaks, lunches, materials, and Thursday evening "taste of Oklahoma" reception. Each attendee will receive a tote bag and lots of useful information to take home. For more information, including registration details, contact the Great Plains Resource Conservation and Development office at 580-832-3661. We also have the RC&D website that has information on the conference linked below.
Change is Scary- but so what??? It's going to happen in the Beef Cattle Industry.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There was some talk about a national animal ID program last week in Kansas City at a national symposium that brought together a variety of livestock industry shakers and movers- but while there was some talk about NAIS which has bogged down horribly as some have labeled it a government conspiracy- most of the talk last week in Kansas City centered around the possibilities of using source verification in helping individual livestock producers become more profitable and have the ability to get paid for the quality that they produce.
One of the key speakers on this subject was long time industry consultant Bill Helming. We have taken comments from an interview with Helming and featured those comments in our Beef Buzzes thus far this week. Helming believes the future of the cattle business is in moving beef from being a commodity to a product that can be sold for a premium because the consumer perceives extra value. That was the gist of our Tuesday Beef Buzz.
On Wednesday, we talked with Helming about what it is going to take on the part of the cattle producer to be able to get some economic benefit in these value added concepts and schemes. Finally, today we talked with Helming about the timing on source verification and it's ability to offer progressive producers a chance to be more profitable. He says a realistic timeline shows big changes over the next ten years. We have all three of these Beef Buzz programs on our Beef Buzz page that we have linked below from our web site. Go to that page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and take a listen to one or all three of the shows. I have always been so impressed in how well Helming expresses the ideas that he believes in- and he is a believer in where he sees the beef cattle business going!
Destroy Volunteer Wheat and Reduce Threat of Other Wheat Pests!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the word from State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards, Dr. Tom Royer, Extension Entomologist and Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist. The trio have written a short paper on the need to disrupt the cycle of insects living in volunteer wheat and say "The unharvested wheat from this past growing season left a huge seed bank of potential "volunteer" wheat in many fields that could germinate every time we receive significant rain. This volunteer wheat acts like a nursery for wheat pests such as the Hessian fly, wheat curl mite and cereal aphids. Damage from these pests can be reduced by eliminating their "home" at least two weeks before the wheat crop is seeded.
One of the biggest concerns expressed by the wheat team is the potential problem that comes from wheat curl mite- a vector of wheat streak mosaic virus. They can build on wheat plants in large numbers, and move with prevailing winds into a newly emerged wheat field. Wheat streak mosaic virus can cause heavy yield loss, especially when young plants are infected in the fall. There is no chemical control for wheat curl mite, so the primary practice of controlling volunteer wheat is the most effective way to reduce wheat curl mite, and thus, wheat streak mosaic virus.
Volunteer wheat can be controlled with tillage, or a nonselective burndown herbicide such as glyphosate. In either case, volunteer wheat must be killed at least two weeks before the crop is planted. Tillage will kill volunteer wheat almost immediately. An herbicide application will likely take a week to ten days to completely kill volunteer wheat, so the actual timing of the herbicide application needs to be at least three weeks prior to planting. Whatever the control mechanism, it is very important to kill volunteer wheat now to ensure a healthy wheat crop later in the season.
Final 2006-Crop Counter-Cyclical Payments for Upland Cotton and Peanuts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Due to strong 2006-crop market prices for corn, grain sorghum, soybean and rice - USDA will not issue 2006-crop counter-cyclical payments to producers for these crops. But eligible producers with enrolled base acres in the Counter-cyclical Payment Program will receive final 2006-crop upland cotton and peanut counter-cyclical payments.
Because market prices averaged well below the 52- cent-per-pound loan rate for the marketing year - the final 2006-crop upland cotton counter-cyclical rate is 13.73-cents per pound - the maximum rate permitted. Those producers who accepted partial payments in October of 2006 and February of this year are now due an additional 4.12-cents per pound.
Producers with enrolled peanut base acres will also receive the maximum rate permitted - 104-dollars per short ton. The final weighted average marketing year price for 2006-crop peanuts - according to USDA's National Ag Statistics Service - is 354-dollars per short ton - a dollar lower than the national average loan rate. If peanut farmers accepted the first and second partial payments - they are due an additional $31.20 per ton.
National FFA Executive Secretary Coleman Harris Retires
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This week, National FFA Executive Secretary C. Coleman Harris retired from his position at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Coleman served as executive secretary for 30 years. A search for his replacement has begun.
Harris logged more than 45 years of service to agricultural education and the FFA. A graduate of Purdue University, Harris has Indiana roots. In 1961, he served as an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Southeastern School Corporation in Walton, Indiana for three years. He then became the Indiana FFA executive secretary before moving to the National FFA Organization as an education program specialist in 1967 where he served ten years. During that time he worked with the development of FFA award programs, regional leadership activities and coaching the national FFA officers.
National FFA chief operating officer Douglas Loudenslager says - Coleman has played an important role in the organization's work and his leadership and support of the organization have been tremendous. Coleman Harris, his wife Jean, and their family plan to attend the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, October 24th - 27th as FFA leaders around the country will be able to express their thanks to Harris for his decades of service to the Blue and Gold.
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