~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 27, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Midwest Farmers Make More Progress Harvesting Soybeans Than Corn
-- Despite Wet Fields, Some Planting and Harvesting Continues Across Oklahoma
-- Climate Change Hearings Begin Today Before the Environment and Public Works Committee
-- Meetings Seem to Be Endless- Check out the Calendar
-- A Compilation of the Oklahoma FFA Success Story from the 2009 National Convention
-- School Land Commission Lease Auctions Continue Today and Tomorrow
-- Best Wishes Steve Kraich, Green Tie Gala and Grain Sorghum Contest Reminder
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Midwest Farmers Make More Progress Harvesting Soybeans Than Corn
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nationally, the US Soybean harvest made better progress than the corn harvest, as soybean harvest jumped 14 percentage points to 44% complete, while corn only advanced two percentage points during the week to just 20% harvested as of Sunday.
The top five corn producing states- Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska and Minnesota- are running from 32 to 63 percentage points behind the five year average. More rain is in the forecast for later this week- which means more delays are likely to be built into the next week before we get another report from USDA next Monday. DTN Analyst John Sanow says that while the slow pace has been built into the market- the latest crop weather update reminds us how far behind corn harvest is and remains an underlying bullish factor.
Soybean harvest stands 31 points behind 2008 and 36 percentage points
behind the five year average- but there seems to be less worry about the
soybean crop as it is expected that those farmers that have both crops
will likely use every harvest window on soybeans before corn, so leaving
too many bushels behind is not as large a worry for this oilseed
With harvest so far behind- there may be fewer acres of soft red winter
wheat in the midwest this winter, with Illinois and Indiana from 40 to 49
percentage points behind normal in seeding the 2010 crop.
Despite Wet Fields, Some Planting and Harvesting Continues Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Topsoil moisture supplies now stand at 92% adequate to surplus statewide, with subsoil moisture also virtually maxed out at 84% adequate to surplus. Although some producers were able to return to the fields and proceed with planting and harvesting activities due to calmer conditions across the State, many others were kept out of the fields as a result of excess rain from prior weeks. There were only 2.6 days suitable for field work.
Some small grain planting continued despite wet field conditions across the State. Wheat planted reached 76 percent, a two point increase from the previous week, but 11 points behind the five-year average. Wheat emerged increased to 66 percent complete, six points ahead of the prior week, but four points behind normal.
For our spring planted crops- Only isolated row crop harvesting continued throughout the week due to excess moisture in the fields. Row crop conditions continued to rate mostly in the good to fair range. Virtually all the corn was mature Sunday, two points up from the previous week, but two points behind the five-year average. Corn harvest was 80 percent complete by week's end, a three point jump from the previous week but 16 points behind the five-year average. There were some reports of aphlatoxin across the State. All sorghum coloring was virtually complete by week's end, while 60 percent had reached maturity, 17 points behind normal. Sorghum harvested reached 27 percent complete, up eight points from the prior week, but still 17 points behind normal. Sixty-five percent of soybeans reached maturity, up ten points from the previous week, but 12 points behind normal. Soybeans harvested reached 27 percent complete, up seven points from the prior week, but 22 points behind the five-year average. Peanuts at maturity reached 87 percent complete, up eight points from the previous week. Fifty-six percent of peanuts had been dug while 36 percent had been combined, eleven points behind the five-year average. Ninety-six percent of cotton bolls had opened, up four points from the previous week and in line with the five-year average. Cotton harvested had reached 12 percent by week's end, up five points from the prior week, but still 14 points behind normal.
To review the entire report from USDA's NASS, click on the link below for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update.
Climate Change Hearings Begin Today Before the Environment and Public Works Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senator Barbara Boxer of California has three full days of hearings coming today, tomorrow and Thursday before her committee on Climate Change. The Obama Administration will be there in full force- except for Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. There are multiple environmental groups that have been asked to attend and testify, at least three Labor Union Reps will be parading through and groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists will take a whack at the evils of Climate Change.
However, the Boxer Committee, of which Oklahoma Lawmaker Jim Inhofe is the ranking Minority member, has little interest in hearing from agricultural and rural interests. The ONLY farm group that will testify is American Farm Bureau- AFBF President Bob Stallman will speak in the first panel on Thursday, day three of the hearings. Barry Hart, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives will testify on Wednesday.
Senator Boxer is armed with an EPA report that talks of lots of income
potentially from Cap and Trade for agriculture, but seems to be short on
specifics on rising costs that much of agriculture is very concerned about
that could bury many family sized farm and ranch operations.
Meetings Seem to Be Endless- Check out the Calendar
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are a multitude of events between now and the end of the week that you may want to be a part of. That includes the Northwest Cattlemen's Association Meeting in Woodward this afternoon and evening, as well as in northeast Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Appreciation Dinner that will celebrate voluntary water quality efforts by farmers and landowners in several key watersheds in Green Country- that event starts at 6 PM.
On Wednesday, OSU Extension is holding a Summer Crop Tour in the Lahoma area focusing on grain sorghum. Then on Thursday, it's another OSU Extension event- the Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference in Chandler- we will be emceeing that gathering of cattle producers and hope to see several of you there. Also on Thursday, a series of three field meetings are planned in southwest Oklahoma by PCOM talking Winter Canola production practices- stops will be made in Tillman, Cotton and Caddo Counties.
We have linked our calendar page details of each of these events above-
just click on the name of the event to see more- or click on the link
below and you will be taken to our Calendar page as found on
A Compilation of the Oklahoma FFA Success Story from the 2009 National Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We covered a lot of the Oklahoma FFA story in your Monday email- I know that several of you with .pldi email addresses had trouble receiving the Monday email- so here is a link if you want to go back and review some of those stories we offered you on Monday.
One fresh update we have for you out of Indy is more info on how several of our judging teams did, beyond the winning Equine Evaluation team from Locust Grove FFA. We have that- plus more info on several of the high honors that Oklahoma achieved in 2009 is linked at the bottom of this story.
Click on the link below and enjoy reviewing the exploits of the Oklahoma FFA members who rose to the top, not just here in our state, but at the national level. And, I might say thanks to Kent Boggs for including a few of our Monday Email remarks about this being a truly special year that does not come along very often.
School Land Commission Lease Auctions Continue Today and Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This morning, the next of a series of Lease Auctions of land owned by the School Land Commission will be happening. This morning, the auction moves to Lawton and the Great Plains Technology Center. Start time this morning is 10 AM. Leases in Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Grady and Tillman Counties will be offered.
The third of the three auctions planned for this week will be held in Stillwater. The auction will also begin at 10 AM at the Payne County Fairgrounds, with leases in Pawnee, Payne, Logan and Noble Counties to be offered.
Next week, two more auctions are also planned in Enid and Shawnee. We
have the master list by counties of the tracts of land that will be
offered for lease by the Commission at these auctions- click on the link
below and then scroll down to the county you have interest in.
Best Wishes Steve Kraich, Green Tie Gala and Grain Sorghum Contest Reminder
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We understand that this is the final day in the office for Steve Kraich, longtime Ag Educator in the OSU Extension office in Texas County. Steve has served for some 30 years in a variety of roles- and when we have had a chance to work with him- it's always been a good experience. Steve has had the distinction of working with farmers and ranchers in one of the most important ag counties in the United States- and we wish him the best as he takes OSU early retirement.
The Green Tie Gala is almost upon us- and a final reminder about tickets- if you want to go- you gotta have one for this celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma 4-H. The event is November 6 in downtown OKC- some of you headed for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau meeting may want to spend one of your evenings in OKC with the 4-H folks. Call the State 4-H office for last minute ticket requests- 405-744-5390.
Finally, the National Sorghum folks have their annual Yield Contest- and they tell us last minute entries are welcome. If your grain sorghum looks good- you are still about 10 days away from harvest- you could still enter. Click here to jump to the NSP website for more poop on this contest.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma National Stockyards had a Monday run of some 10,200 cattle, with yearling prices ending up about steady but cheaper on the calf trade. Our market news reporters indicate that "Demand moderate for feeder cattle as market was lacking depth. Corn futures sharply closed lower creating mixed cattle feeder cattle futures. Feed yards to the north in very muddy conditions and some are reportedly full. Demand good for light weight or long weaned calves; light to moderate for unweaned or Brahman cross calves." Click here for the full Oklahoma City cattle market report from their Monday run.
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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