~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday December 4, 2007!A service of National Livestock Credit Corporation, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- In Tall Cotton- the 2007 Harvest is Mighty Good
-- Oklahoma Wheat Growers to Gather This Saturday.
-- No Go on the Farm Bill- Peruvian FTA Vote Set for Today.
-- Power Up Those Mama Cows!
-- Two Types of Practices Add Up to Your Yield in a Wheat Crop.
-- OKC West to offer some 3,000 Preconditioned Calves on Wednesday.
-- In and Around the National Western in Denver- A Great Meeting Planned on International Marketing of our Beef.
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In Tall Cotton- the 2007 Harvest is Mighty Good
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Outstanding dryland yields in dryland cotton are reported by Jeannie Hileman, gin manager of the Farmers Cooperative Gin at Carnegie, Ok.: "As of Sunday, December 2, 2007, we have ginned 6,269 bales," she said. "We expect to gin around 10,000 bales this season "We are seeing good yields from the irrigated cotton in
"And not only are the yields excellent, but the quality of the cotton is good, too. I have seen some top staple length cotton ginned this season. Our excellent yields can be attributed to an open fall in the latter part of the growing season. We had clear, warm days and cool nights that gave the cotton every opportunity to grow to its full potential. Earlier in the year, although we had a lot of bad storms and flooding, our area escaped most of the worst of that weather. The rain did give us plenty of subsoil moisture that helped the cotton plants put down a good root system so they could draw up all the nutrients needed to grow well.
The Carnegie cooperative gin has been practically rebuilt in the past three years, Hileman says. "In three years, we went from ginning 1,000 bales a season to 10,000. We have completely updated the electrical system in the press and made it all automated. We installed a module feeder, new lint cleaners, a new drying system and renovated the gin stands." she said. "This has allowed us to do a better drying job on
Oklahoma Wheat Growers to Gather This Saturday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This coming Saturday, December 8, the 2007 Oklahoma Wheat Growers annual meeting will return to the Express Events Center on State Highway 3 (Northwest Highway) in Oklahoma City- just east of the Oklahoma-Canadian County line.
We talked with J.T. Winters, the current President of the OWGA, and he is excited about the lineup of speakers that will cover a full range of topics from promotion to policy to production that impacts wheat growers here in the state. Those gathering will hear from Dr. Jeff Edwards, OSU's State Wheat Specialist, Mark Hodges, Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director, Dr. Larry Sanders, Ag Policy Professor at OSU, NAWG Secretary Treasurer Jerry McReynolds and OWGA Past President Jeff Krehbiel. In addition, policy will be worked on for the coming year, lunch will be provided and lots of good networking and fellowship will round out the day.
The program is expected to start around 10 am on Saturday morning- and you can hear more details by clicking on the link below and checking out our phone conversation with J.T. Winters of the OWGA on this year's meeting.
No Go on the Farm Bill- Peruvian FTA Vote Set for Today.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are talking about how beneficial it would be to get the farm bill on the floor, debated and passed- however, the reality is that few observers believe there is much chance to get the farm bill back up to bat this week.
As of late yesterday, Kate Cyrul with the Senate Ag Committee continues to say that work continues on which amendments are in and which are out. The amendment list is very long as officially there are some 260 amendments that have been filed- and these are of all shapes and sizes.
While the 2007 Farm Bill debate is sitting on the bench, the Senate is expected to continue debate on the Peruvian Free Trade Agreement- and a vote is planned on this measure later today- predictions are that it will pass which means a victory for President Bush and his trade negotiators, who still have several more agreements hoping for their chance to see the light of day in the US Congress. Among the deals waiting to be ratified are the FTAs with Columbia and South Korea.
Power Up Those Mama Cows!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we hit the winter weather season and fronts march through the southern plains and we have cold weather coupled with moisture (hopefully from a crop and pasture viewpoint)- that brings with it stress on our beef cows. But Glenn Selk of OSU says if you up the energy levels of the feed rations provided to those mama cows- they can cope and even thrive in these wintry conditions.
Selk is our guest today on the Beef Buzz- and he tells us about a rancher he has known that figured out that if you up the number of pounds of supplement to your cow herd as winter wet weather approaches- you cow herd stays in better body condition and perform better.
Research at K-State and other locations prove this rancher was exactly on target- as the cow that gets more energy in her ration as wet weather arrives will have a better body condition score- will weigh more, will breed back better and have an earlier calving date. We discuss all of this with Glenn on our Tuesday Beef Buzz- and we have that linked for you below. The Beef Buzz is one of our regular radio features of the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Two Types of Practices Add Up to Your Yield in a Wheat Crop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you are a wheat producer and you are "going for the yield" you can divide you management practices into two categories. State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards says that there are "Yield Building" practices and then there are "Yield Protecting" practices.
The most important of those "yield building" practices is that of fertility management- or simply put- soil testing. Edwards told the Oklahoma Ag Expo this past week that if you don't do this- don't bother with the other management practices that you can follow.
Yield Protecting practices include things like weed control, insect control and disease control. Dr. Edwards says that when it comes to watching for especially insects and diseases, coffee shop monitoring won't cut it- you need to be in your fields on a regular basis. We have an audio conversation linked below with Dr. Edwards- and this will give you an excellent preview of some of the things he will likely be sharing with members of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers as he speaks to that group on Saturday.
OKC West to offer some 3,000 Preconditioned Calves on Wednesday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OKC West Livestock Auction has assembled a large group of preconditioned calves- about 3,000 being consigned at this point- for their regular Wednesday auction on December 5- that's tomorrow!!! The calf run will start to sell about 11 AM.
Bill Barnhart of OKC West in El Reno tells us these are calves that have been weaned for 45 days, have had a regimen of shots, will be sorted and are ready to dump out on your pasture! Some of these animals are coming out of the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network program.
Barnhart pointed out to me that as some of our cattle producers get a little older- the fact that these calves are a lot less likely to give you problems because of being stressed means a lot. And, it's been shown time and time again that preconditioned cattle have a much better track record in performing as they go through the stocker phase of their life into the feedlot. We have the OKC West website linked below- and you can call Bill Barnhart or Jason Cooper for more details- that number is 405-262-8800.
In and Around the National Western in Denver- A Great Meeting Planned on International Marketing of our Beef.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Global consumer demands are placing new perspectives, requirements and procedures on U.S. beef producers. These challenges are the focus of the International Livestock Congress 2008, which is set for Jan. 15 in Denver. The event will feature eight industry leaders recognized for their knowledge, experience and vision of the global beef industry.
The Global Consumer Demand Panel moderated by Harry Knobbe, Harry
Knobbe Feed Yards, West Point, Neb., will consist of: John Brook, regional
director Europe, Russia and the Middle East, U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF); Joel Haggard, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific, USMEF; John
Lundeen, executive director market research, National Cattlemen's Beef
Association; and Homero Recio, COO, Agri-West International, Inc.
The ILC-USA 2008 will be held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801
Quebec Street, phone 303-399- 7500. A special room rate of $87.00 has been
secured for conference attendees who specify ILC- USA. The cost of
registration is $150.00 through December 14, and $175.00 thereafter.
Students may attend for $100.00. Registration includes the conference,
grounds admission to the National Western Stock Show, and all January 15
activities, including a beef tasting experience.
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