~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday July 1, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Wheat Harvest- NASS Says 93% Done in Oklahoma.
-- State FSA Director Jim Reese Reports County Offices Will Serve as Critical Feed Informational Clearing Houses.
-- Conservation Bits and Pieces
-- Crop Plantings Show Lots of Corn Acres in at the Last Minute.
-- Meetings Next Week Will Describe Yet Another Canola Option for 2008-2009- HEC.
-- US Beef Passes Inspection in Korea- first since October 2007.
-- Oklahoma Wheat Crop 2008- the Story of Protein (and Nitrogen)
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest- NASS Says 93% Done in Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While Oklahoma has reached 93% complete for the 2008 winter wheat harvest, Texas has progressed to the point of being 81% complete, while Kansas jumped into road gear and went from 6% harvested to 36% complete as this week started- which is still well behind the five year average of 69% harvested by the beginning of July.
Here in Oklahoma- the row crops condition fell well within the good category. Producers were hastily preparing soil and planting crops behind their wheat. Corn silking was at 34 percent, up 13 percentage points from the previous week, but seven points behind normal. Ten percent of corn had reached the dough stage, five points behind normal. Sorghum seedbed prepared increased only three percentage points from the previous week to reach 95 percent complete, five points behind the five-year average. Two-thirds of the sorghum was planted by week's end, up 12 points from the previous week, but 19 points behind normal. Sorghum emerged reached 48 percent, up six points from the previous week, but 23 points behind normal. A small percentage of the State's sorghum was headed. Soybeans seedbed preparation reached 94 percent complete, an increase of one percentage point. Soybeans planted were at 64 percent, up four points from the previous week, but 18 points behind normal. A little over half of the State's soybeans were emerged by week's end, 18 points behind normal. A small percentage of soybeans were blooming. Sixty percent of the of the peanuts in the State were pegging, an increase of 29 points from the previous week, and 12 points ahead of normal. Twelve percent of the State's peanuts were setting pods. Cotton squaring reached 26 percent, only one percentage point behind the five-year average.
We have the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from USDA linked below- take a look.
State FSA Director Jim Reese Reports County Offices Will Serve as Critical Feed Informational Clearing Houses.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer, recently announced the critical feed use provision of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Recognizing economic situations, Secretary Schafer has authorized producers to be allowed to utilize established CRP grass for haying or grazing for a $75 fee per contract.
To assist producers in locating available or needed CRP land for haying and grazing, producers can contact their local FSA office and provide their name and telephone number to be placed on a list. The list will be available at the local FSA office for producers to utilize for their CRP acreage availability or needs for haying and grazing.
Jim Reese, Oklahoma FSA State Executive Director, stated, "We hope the list will bring together producers in this economic and weather related stress period that is currently being experienced. FSA is glad to offer this service that will hopefully alleviate some producer distress and preserve local ranching operations." Reese encouraged producers to contact their local FSA office for the full details on the CRP critical feed use provisions for haying and grazing CRP acres. Haying or grazing the CRP acres may begin as early as July 2, 2008, if local FSA approval has been received, and continue through November 9, 2008.
Conservation Bits and Pieces
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have gotten word from Mark Harrison from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission will be getting some oriental media guests tomorrow- as a Japanese TV crew plans to fly into Amarillo and travel by car up to one of the direst spots in the middle of the country- Cimarron County. The Japanese are interested in doing interviews about the drought and the Dust Bowl. Iris Imler, district secretary in Cimarron County, said the reporter has already called several times with questions about the aquifer and why there is a water shortage if they have water underground.
Meanwhile, Mark mentions to us that there will be a special spotlight being put on carbon credits next week by conservation leaders- not many details out as of yet- but we hope to have them to share with you by tomorrow or Thursday before the holiday.
Finally- back to the Panhandle- we heard yesterday morning from Mary Chris Barth- who was helping escort some young agricultural leaders from several British Empire countries who were in Oklahoma for a few days last week as guests of Hope Pjesky of Goltry- Mary Chris writes "I just got back from Texas and Cimarron counties. Showing a bit of the country to the group from Australia,Canada, New Zealand. It is every bit a tough as one has heard. Ron Carey (nephew of Billy Ray Gowdy, former Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture - who operates the family operations in Cimarron county) had a hole dug to clean up an old farmstead. At 20 foot deep- they never hit moisture! We overnighted at Kenton with the Bobby and Jane Apple family. Bobby is still caking and is looking for alfalfa pellets. He is very concerned about cows breeding back. The nearest alfalfa pellets he has found are in Nebraska. Would you have any idea of some closer? We stopped and talked with JB and Jarrod Stewart who were cutting wheat that they estimated would yield 10 bushels an acre- they expect to harvest about 25% of the acres of what they did last year in addition to low yields."
Crop Plantings Show Lots of Corn Acres in at the Last Minute.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA reports that U.S. farmers planted 87.3 million acres of corn and 74.5 million acres of soybeans this year. Corn acreage was down seven percent and soybean acreage was up 17 percent when compared to last year. But, thanks to June flooding USDA says farmers will only harvest 78.9 million acres of corn and 72.1 million acres of soybeans. There is speculation both up and down that these numbers won't hold. Some say farmers will still plant a large crop. Others say it's simply too late.
One analyst that is somewhat skeptical of the report is Joe Victor of Allendale. He believes that this report and the uncertainty of the season in spring planted crops will mean that the weekly crop weather updates will receive a lot of attention as they summer moves through July and August. With the corn crop well begin normal development (as well as soybeans), the critical season will stretch well into August before this 2008 crop will be "made."
All Cotton plantings for 2008 are estimated at 9.25 million acres. That's 15 percent below last year and the lowest since 1983. Upland planted area is down 14%. Decreased planted acres are estimated for all States except Oklahoma and Virginia. The largest percentage declines are in California and Mississippi where upland producers planted 44% fewer acres than last year. While that is a lower number than a year ago- traders thought it should have been lower- and cotton futures tumbled yesterday during the trade.
Meetings Next Week Will Describe Yet Another Canola Option for 2008-2009- HEC.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Technology Crops International, a global leader in high-value specialty oilseed crops, announces fall contract availability to local growers for high erucic canola (HEC). Unlike commodity canola, the oil from HEC contains over 50% erucic acid. It offers the most economical source of this long-chain fatty acid, used as a processing aid in the manufacture of plastics. The announcement by this group follows three years of highly successful field trials conducted at multiple sites in Oklahoma in partnership with Oklahoma State University.
Three meetings are being planned next week in Oklahoma to tell local producers more about this variation on winter canola that can be grown under contract with this group. One of the meetings is set for next Tuesday in Blackwell, while a Wednesday meeting is planned in Frederick and Oklahoma City will be the site of a Thursday meeting on this industrial use canola. For more information, you can call call toll-free 1-877-780-5882.
We have information on these meetings and other events for next week on our calendar page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- and we that page linked below for you to review all of the events that will be happening right after the July 4th weekend.
US Beef Passes Inspection in Korea- first since October 2007.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today's Beef Buzz focuses on the reopening of the South Korean market to US Beef. For the first time since last October, boxes of US beef have been inspected by Korean officials and passed. It's part of the 5,300 tons of US beef that has been in cold storage for months waiting for a political solution to the controversial beef trade between the two countries.
Some are concerned that the Koreans might find a way to inspect our beef in such a way to close the market again- but Ambassador Susan Schwab says that will not happen. The "deal" between the two countries keeps the craziness with the bones in 2007 from repeating itself.
Listen to Ron and Ambassador Schwab on today's Beef Buzz on great radio stations around Oklahoma on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and we have many of our Beef Buzz shows that are archived on this website- as for today's show- the link is below.
Oklahoma Wheat Crop 2008- the Story of Protein (and Nitrogen)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission has received a good bit of quality data on the 2008 winter wheat crop here in Oklahoma- this coming from the testing program of Plains Grains. He tells us that he now has compete results from the Altus-Lone Wolf area, with partial results from three other "grainsheds." The numbers show the harsh reality of a crop that came up short in the amount of nitrogen that was available to the plant as grain fill was taking place- it make lots of berries- good yields- they were plump- good test weights- but the "inards" were somewhat lacking.
For the Altus grainshed- Hodges tells us that the numbers include the
Milling and baking tests continue on grain from each of these areas-
and more information on these grainsheds and a couple of others for the
state are still to come.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a moderate run of 6,400 cattle at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday during this week that leads up to July 4 and the holiday. Yearling cattle got a fairly good test- and prices were steady to a dollar higher. Calf trade was very limited. For the complete USDA rundown of the report from Monday- click here!
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