~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 2, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and KIS Futures!
-- Back After the Three Day Holiday
-- A COOL Document Being Drafted by Livestock Groups.
-- Speaking of Burton Eller- He's on the job at NCBA.
-- Latest Ag Weather Newsletter Focuses on Wheat.
-- Rescuegrass Is No Friend- But a Troublesome Foe for Wheat Growers.
-- Alaska Farm Bureau President Likes Governor Sarah Palin
-- Pollard Farms Ready for their Annual Production Sale Number 11 on Wednesday.
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Back After the Three Day Holiday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's been an eventful time since last we wrote this email on Friday morning of last week. Since then, we have had the announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's choice to be his Vice Presidential running mate this fall, we have had the anticipation of a major hurricane event that lessened somewhat by the time it arrived on land in Louisiana on Monday and we have had the GOP back off their convention plans as Gustav headed for the US.
And the early agricultural futures, after their three day holiday, have bolted south this Tuesday morning- the overnight electronic trade has massive losses on our ag commodities- December Kansas City wheat down 28 cents, corn in Chicago down 30 cents, soybeans down 68 cents, New York cotton down 153 points and Crude Oil off as much as eight dollars a barrel since last Friday after Gustav caused minimal problems to the off shore oil and gas infrastructure.
We would also point you to our website, where we have posted several stories that we don't have here in the daily email that are on our list of agricultural news stories that you may want to check out- including a most interesting claim by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer that the 2008 measure does not square up with the current world trade rules- and that as a result, Congress and the new administration may have to reopen the 2008 Farm Law as early as next year.
I also want to say a big Congratulations to Express Ranch for a very successful Angus Production sale on Monday- just over six million dollars sold and the third year in a row that they have beat their own industry record for a purebred sale's receipts.
A COOL Document Being Drafted by Livestock Groups.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Representatives from the livestock and meat industries met in Kansas City, MO on earlier this week to discuss implementing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Burton Eller, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemens Beef Association, attended the meeting and helped negotiate a standardized affidavit that can be used throughout the cattle marketing chain to verify animals' origin. "Coming to terms on this affidavit is a significant accomplishment," Eller said. "Having a standard document that everyone in the supply chain can use to demonstrate origin will make the entire labeling process easier and less burdensome."
The affidavit, still in draft form, provides a means of asserting livestock's origins through first-hand knowledge, normal business records, or other producer affidavits. Eller anticipates that the affidavit will be finalized among all industry representatives within the next few days. "Once it's in final form, we'll notify the Department of Agriculture of the industry's consensus," Eller explains. "Producers can be confident that there will be a standard process in place to move animals through the supply chain well before the rule goes into effect at the end of September."
We have more on this story- as well as a couple of docuements that explain the USDA's process they have put together as they released their interim final rule on COOL. One of the documents gives us a summary of the COOL rules, while the second document lines out what the obligations of those in the cattle business.
Speaking of Burton Eller- He's on the job at NCBA.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Tuesday Beef Buzz features the thoughts of the Senior Vice President for Policy of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Burton Eller. Eller worked for the old NCA, left as that group and the Beef Industry Council of the National Livestock and Meat Board merged, and has most recently been in a policy position at the USDA.
Eller sees a whole laundry list of issues that the beef cattle industry needs to have their position proclaimed in Washington, and he says that he is very pleased to be back working for cattlemen.
The Beef Buzz is a regular radio feature heard on great radio stations around our state on the Radio Oklahoma Network, plus it's one of our daily updated audio features that can be found on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.com. We have the link to today's show below- take a listen and get reacquainted with Burton Eller.
Latest Ag Weather Newsletter Focuses on Wheat.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The September-October issue of Ag Weather, the regular Newsletter put out by the folks who operate the Agweather portion of the Oklahoma Mesonet focuses on wheat production and the weather products they offer to wheat producers as we go through the planting, growing and harvesting of the largest crop grown in the state.
The Newsletter reminds us that "MORE THAN SIX MILLION ACRES of Oklahoma cropland are seeded annually to winter wheat and can have three purposes: as a grain- only crop, as a forage-only crop, or as a dual-purpose forage and grain crop. Wheat planting dates differ across each intended use."
Most areas of the state see the window of opportunity opening as of
September first if you want to plant for forage only- the range of dates
for first planting dual purpose wheat stretches from September first in
the Panhandle to September 20 south of I-40- and the planting of winter
wheat in Oklahoma for grain only begins September 20 in the Panhandle,
October 1 north of I-40 and October 10 south of I-40.
Rescuegrass Is No Friend- But a Troublesome Foe for Wheat Growers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Tom Peeper writes in the latest Plant and Soil Science newsletter about the problems that seem to be on the rise with Rescuegrass. "Rescuegrass has been increasing in OK wheat fields for several years. Although we have learned to control other grasses in wheat, Rescuegrass has increased to where we are getting more questions about it than any other grass in wheat. The questions come because herbicides being used won't kill it"
Dr. Peeper says we know several things about Rescuegrass, including the
Dr. Peeper doesn't have a lot of good ideas for getting rid of this
weed- except for going the winter canola route- specifically the Roundup
Ready Winter Canola Route and use a couple of sprays during the growing
season to knock it out cold.
Alaska Farm Bureau President Likes Governor Sarah Palin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Alaska farmers enjoy a good working relationship with Governor Sarah Palin. Alaska Farm Bureau President Bryce Wrigley says the Republican Vice Presidential candidate has been very supportive of agriculture and ag issues.
He cites her support for FFA, involvement in the Farm Family of the Year presentation at the Alaska State Fair as well as her efforts to promote an Alaska produce program. Wrigley adds that her philosophical views seem to line up well with Alaska Farm Bureau.
We have an audio wrap provided by our correspondent and colleague Stewart Doan on the thoughts of Bryce Wrigley about his Governor's ag credentials as she lands on the Republican ticket with Senator McCain. Click below to jump to that audio link.
Pollard Farms Ready for their Annual Production Sale Number 11 on Wednesday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pollard Farms are the anchor event of a series of gatherings and celebrations for the Angus industry in the state of Oklahoma that started this past Saturday night.
The Pollard Farms Production Sale Number 11 at the ranch in Waukomis on Wednesday September 3 at 11:00 AM. The Pollard family will be offering 77 lots of some of the best genetics available today in the Angus breed.
Included in the offering on Wednesday will be Donor Dams, 3 in 1 Spring Pairs, Fall Calving Cows and more. You can go to the link we have provided below for the Pollard Farms website where you can find the sale catalog and more information on their ranch operation. If you prefer, give them a call at 580-758- 1464.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Monday markets took this week off- with the Oklahoma National Stockyards holding a one day sale this week today.
Meanwhile, pretty good numbers were reported at the Woodward market at the end of this past week, with 5,715 cattle sold on Friday. Yearling steers were steady, while the Steer Calves lost $1 to $3 per hundred. The seven to eight weight steer yearlings brought from $110 to $115.50, while the eight to nine hundred pounders came in from $107 to $112.60. Click here for the Woodward report that is updated normally on Monday- but this week not until first thing on Tuesday- it should reflect this past week's sale after 8:30 AM or so on Tuesday.
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