~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 16, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and KIS Futures!
-- The Texas Coastline Cattle Roundup- Racing Against Time
-- The Rains of Last Week Keep Farmers on the Sidelines
-- Nationally- Corn and Soybeans Lag Badly as we Hit Mid September
-- Caviness Beef Packers to Consolidate in Hereford
-- Oklahoma Wheat Producer Curtis Vap Selected for Wheat Industry Leadership Training
-- The Incredible Shrinking Brain- Courtesy of a Vegan Lifestyle!
-- A Tip of the Hat to the Coyote!
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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The Texas Coastline Cattle Roundup- Racing Against Time
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thousands of head of cattle in Texas were lost due to Hurricane Ike and thousands more are running loose in search of feed and water. Texas AgriLife Extension Service and a number of state of Texas agencies and associations have joined to create a resource staging area, feed collection and transportation network to address the immediate needs of cattle and horses victimized by Hurricane Ike.
"As we understand it, Chambers and Jefferson counties have about 20,000 head of cattle and some horses that are still in the flood surge zone and haven't had anything to eat or drink since that storm surge hit on Friday," says Dr. Ed Smith, director of Texas AgriLife Extension Service. "Those animals have got to get some water and dry hay fairly quickly and nearly all the fences are down. It's important we act quickly." Chambers and Jefferson Counties are the counties on the coast of Texas from the Louisiana state line over to Galveston Bay.
We have more on this story on our website- including an audio update of the situation and a link for people to go and donate money to help in the rescue efforts. There is also a toll free number where ranchers can call and offer hay as a donation through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The link to that story is below.
The Rains of Last Week Keep Farmers on the Sidelines
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update, "Oklahoma received its second straight week of heavy rainfall. Eight of the nine districts received over an inch of rain last week. The major wheat producing North Central district received slightly above 4.75 inches of rain which delayed small grain seedbed preparation and planting. Row crop conditions remained in the mostly good to fair range despite the heavy moisture and reported insect activity. Hurricane Ike did not cause as much damage as originally predicted but still caused flooding in southeast Oklahoma."
"Small grain seedbed preparation and planting almost came to a complete halt last week due to the heavy rain and saturated fields. Winter wheat seedbed preparation increased one percentage point from the previous week to reach 71 percent complete. Eleven percent of wheat had been planted by week's end."
For our row crops- "Rains delayed row crop harvest in some areas for
the second week but conditions still were rated mostly good to fair with
double-cropped corn and soybeans expected to benefit from the recent
rains. About half of the State's crops were reporting light insect
activity with some isolated areas reporting moderate to heavy
Nationally- Corn and Soybeans Lag Badly as we Hit Mid September
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The development of the 2008 corn crop continues to lag far behind the five year average pace. The most telling numbers lie in the percent of the corn crop now being called mature. By this date, the five year average says we have historically have been at 44% mature- in 2007, we were at 58% mature- but this year we stand at just 11% mature. States across the corn belt that really stick out include Iowa with 11% mature versus the five year average of 45%, Illinois at 16% mature versus the five year average of 58% and Missouri at 30% mature versus the five year average of 82% mature by this date.
The maturity figure for the soybean crop is based on the percent of the crop now at the stage of dropping leaves. The five year average is 41%- we were at 48% last year but have just 21% of the crop dropping leaves as of Sunday. Illinois lags badly with 7% of the crop now dropping leaves versus the five year average of 39%, Iowa at 16% versus the five year average of 44% and North Dakota checking in at 30% versus the five year average of 52%.
The first numbers of the year that have been offered for the percent of
the winter wheat crop planted are out- and they show that nationally we
have 11% of the expected crop planted this year- versus a five year
average of 16%. Oklahoma has 11% now planted- the first figure we have
seen this season- normally by this point we would have 17% in the ground.
That could be a signal that fewer farmers are very interested in planting
wheat primarily for wheat pasture. beyond our state- we have Texas at 8%
planted- the five year average is 20% and Kansas comes in at 5%- the five
year average is 9%.
Caviness Beef Packers to Consolidate in Hereford
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Most of the fabricating of carcasses for Caviness Beef Packers will be consolidated at their expanded facility in Hereford, Texas- about 60 miles down the road from their fabricating plant in Amarillo. About 200 employees are moving to the Hereford location from Amarillo, where the processing has been done and where the company continues to produce ground beef under the Palo Duro name.
The expansion, which adds 60,000 square feet of processing floor to the existing 80,000 square feet in Hereford, is intended to resolve a bottleneck in the company's operations, Caviness said. It also will allow the company to save on transportation costs of carcasses between the Hereford and Amarillo locations.
Caviness is a major buyer and processor of cull cows and bulls in the southern plains. Their website says "Our products are marketed extensively to food service, retail and further processing customers. We also market a large portion of our ground beef to the USDA, AMS, Federal School Lunch Program."
Oklahoma Wheat Producer Curtis Vap Selected for Wheat Industry Leadership Training
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Eleven growers and grower representatives have been selected to attend the 2008 Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) leadership training program in October. The 2008 class will include:
Kody Bessent, Texas Wheat, Amarillo, Texas;
WILOT, which is sponsored by Monsanto, is targeted at producers who are
interested in becoming more involved - or involved for the first time - in
their state wheat grower associations. Program curriculum focuses on
personal leadership styles; dealing effectively with the media;
agricultural policy; advocacy; technology issues in wheat; and the NAWG
structure. Friendships made between growers during program training are
another important element of WILOT.
The Incredible Shrinking Brain- Courtesy of a Vegan Lifestyle!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was reported last week that scientists at Oxford University in England have discovered that a meat-free diet may be bad for your brain. Researchers found that people who adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet are six times more likely to sustain brain shrinkage than meat eaters due to the former's lack of Vitamin B-12, which is found in meat, fish and dairy products including cheese.
"Many factors that affect brain health are thought to be out of our control, but this study suggests that simply adjusting our diets to get more vitamin B12 through eating meat, fish, fortified cereals, or milk may be something we can easily adjust to prevent brain shrinkage and so perhaps save our memory," says study author Anna Vogiatzoglou, MSc, with the University of Oxford.
In looking through some of the Google results as we researched this story- it was amusing to see one blogger making the comment that this study explains the intelligence of PETA very nicely. I guess you could say "A little red meat does a body- and a brain- good."
A Tip of the Hat to the Coyote!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are pleased to spotlight one of our great affiliates that we partner with on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- KWEY in Clinton and Weatherford. They call themselves the Coyote- and Harold Wright and the gang at KWEY do a great job serving western Oklahoma on both sides of I-40 from Hinton out to the state line. KWEY's country music, local news and farm and ranch news and markets with Ron Hays and Ed Richards can be found at 1590 on the AM dial and 95.5 on the FM dial.
KWEY offers our RON ag updates throughout the day-
Their sister station, KCLI- AM at 1320 on the AM dial also carries
several of our RON ag reports daily.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The commentary was most interesting coming out of the Monday close for the Oklahoma National Stockyards- the market reporter commenting on the attitude's of the day- "Feeder cattle and calves 1.00-3.00 lower, instances 4.00-5.00 lower on planer, fleshy or stressed offerings. Demand moderate at best with some buying interests out of the market. Many cattle buyers with a wait and see attitude. Uncertainty in the financial, grain and futures markets adding to the pressure on cattle prices. Lighter runs showing up now as many of the summer yearlings get cleaned up and the fall calf season not yet in full swing. Heavy rain in Western and Eastern areas of the state has also slowed cattle movement some. Sale barns and commission companies continue to make plans to request documentation from owners on the origin of cattle arriving at the markets." A total of 6500 cattle were consigned for yesterday's auction- click here for the full Oklahoma City report.
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