~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday July 11, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, KIS Futures & Johnston Enterprises!
-- CRP Forage- Critical Feed Use or Emergency Option???
-- Crop Production Numbers Out at 7:30 AM This Morning.
-- North Central Oklahoma Milo Crop Looking Good!
-- If Texas Governor Wins His Waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard- Gas Prices Will Jump Higher
-- Senator Jim Inhofe Says More Review of Renewable Fuels Standard is Needed.
-- Spotlight on New Web Site- The Calendar
-- Speaking of Winter Canola- Thanks to Monsanto!
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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CRP Forage- Critical Feed Use or Emergency Option???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What options do cattle producers have with valuable forage taken away from them by a Federal judge in Seattle in a battle between the National Wildlife Federation and the USDA over the Ag Department's Critical Feed Use Provisions offered to CRP contract holders? That's what we explore on today's Beef Buzz, and specifically we try to sort out how many counties have been called disaster counties by USDA- which allows them the ability to enter into the emergency grazing program of the CRP once that designation is given.
Oklahoma's Third District Congressman Frank Lucas told the Radio Oklahoma Network on Thursday that it was his understanding that three Oklahoma counties now have that designation- the three panhandle counties, which leaves State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach puzzled over what happened to the other counties that Governor Henry asked be included in that drought designation. Peach contends that all of the counties met the disaster threshold for harm- and should be allowed to be a disaster county which then opens up that valuable CRP grazing option.
There is a downside to the emergency CRP grazing offer from USDA. It costs producers a portion of their annual CRP rental payment- but if the choice is CRP forage- or nothing- that loss of payment may pencil out. The Beef Buzz is heard daily on great radio stations across the state of Oklahoma on the Radio Oklahoma Network. We also have many of our shows archived here on our website- and we have today's show for you to listen to below.
Crop Production Numbers Out at 7:30 AM This Morning.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma and perhaps the Kansas wheat crops will likely get a little bit bigger than they were in the July production numbers from USDA when the August first data is released at 7:30 AM central time.
Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission told a group of wheat and canola producers in Oklahoma City yesterday that he fully expects the Oklahoma crop to be closer to 165 million bushels versus the 157.5 million bushels estimated one month ago.
In the supply demand numbers- soybean stocks may show further tightening in this month's report- while the experts expect Uncle Sam to cut old crop cotton export expectations. We invite you to go to our website after 9:00 AM this morning- and we will have coverage of the crop production and supply demand numbers for you to see and hear at that time- to get there- just follow the link below.
North Central Oklahoma Milo Crop Looking Good!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that we have a good grain sorghum crop in the making in north central Oklahoma. This report is from Garfield County milo producer James Wuerflein:
"Just a note about the milo crop in Garfield county. The early milo had the same to slightly more acres planted than last year. 90% of it looks excellent. It needed a rain as we were trying to head out last week and we received 1.5 inches Tuesday through Wednesday morning. It should head out fine. The emerged heads are huge like last years. The double-crop acres are several times more than anytime I can remember. It has a full moisture profile under it so it has great early potential. More acres would have been planted but there were not enough planters and no-till drills to get all of what people wanted in the ground. Planting was delayed some by the wet June we had. If it rains this summer/early fall the elevators will have to learn to handle a huge crop. There will need to be some education of farmers on cultural practices of planting on low pH soil, herbicide carryover restrictions, fertility and other best management practices."
If Texas Governor Wins His Waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard- Gas Prices Will Jump Higher
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An expert on energy markets warns that gas prices would jump almost immediately if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants Texas Governor Rick Perry's request for a partial waiver of the renewable fuels standard. Energy market writer and publisher Tom Waterman says - five dollar gasoline will just be the beginning. Waterman says - prices in California within one month would reach $5.75 per gallon and head to six dollars per gallon by summer's end. The rest of the country would follow.
Waterman projected that - U.S. refiners would immediately be faced with finding roughly 1.6 million barrels or 68 million gallons of gasoline per day. Waterman's comments were part of a post on a Web site maintained by the Renewable Fuels Association.
According to the posting, Waterman's insight presents the corollary to what many have recognized, the fact that corn-based ethanol has helped keep gasoline prices from being even higher, by reducing the amount of petroleum needed in the United States.
Senator Jim Inhofe Says More Review of Renewable Fuels Standard is Needed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Environment and Public Works Committee of the US Senate held hearings yesterday- talking about high fuel prices and what the government response should be. Senior Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe says he wants more review of the RFS- as the artificial support that this law provides to grain based ethanol is unacceptable. Senator Inhofe's office issued these comments attributed to the Senator:
"Today as American families are feeling the financial strain of the food vs. fuel mandates resulting from corn-based ethanol, Congress must take a hard look at the recently enacted energy bill. Today's EPW hearing provided the Committee our first opportunity to get the facts on the implementation of the 2007 Energy Bill. In my home state of Oklahoma, many cattlemen, pork producers, and poultry producers are struggling with record high corn prices. The Committee needs to hear from the livestock producers, the corn growers, the ethanol producers, the states, the oil refiners, the economists, and others to fully understand and appreciate the consequences of this program. Today's hearing was a good first start, and I am hopeful that the Committee will respond to my request to schedule more hearings to further examine current RFS policies in the coming months.
"Despite the obvious drawbacks of today's massive corn-based ethanol mandates, I do support a role for both ethanol and other biofuels. The idea that we can grow and produce biofuels all over the country - not just in the Midwest - is something worth pursuing and that's why I support research into cellulosic and other biofuels. I am particularly pleased by the efforts taking place in Oklahoma by the Noble Foundation and its partners. By focusing on a broad range of biofuels, we can stimulate an industry that doesn't compete with other domestic agriculture. I have long said that America's energy supply should be stable, diverse, and affordable. I believe we must utilize all domestic energy resources. Through my leadership position on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have worked to craft legislation and conduct hearings to meet these goals. Developing and expanding domestic energy resources, like biofuels, will translate into energy security and will ensure stable sources of supply and well-paying jobs for Oklahomans and Americans."
Spotlight on New Web Site- The Calendar
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a lot of information already sitting on our calendar of events that includes local, state and national events that are of importance to Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers.
You will notice a listing on the front page of the "Events coming up Soon" which allows you to see the next half dozen events coming up that are listed on our main calendar. You can also jump to the main calendar listing from that point as well. Scroll down to the month you are interested in- and then look through what is happening on the farm news scene.
For example- three of the major items on the calendar for next week
includes Mid Year Meeting of the Cattle Industry in Denver, the Tuesday
Kansas-Oklahoma Winter Canola Conference in Enid and the Big Three OSU
Field Days on campus in Stillwater at Oklahoma State University.
Speaking of Winter Canola- Thanks to Monsanto!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We appreciated the opportunity to emcee a grower conference put on by Monsanto yesterday in Oklahoma City. This meeting was all about trying to build enthusiasm for Winter Canola as an answer to breaking the weed cycle in continuous wheat production as you grow a crop that is more profitable than wheat- winter canola.
There's a big Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conference happening this coming Tuesday- and we caught up with Dr. Tom Peeper of OSU and asked him for a preview.
Click below and we will take you to the story found on our website.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue to wait on cash cattle trade to develop this week. Currently, we have packers bidding $99 and cattle owners asking $103 for pens of cattle in the southern plains. Market watchers expect trade to develop this afternoon.
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