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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 22, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy
-- The Latest on the House Climate Change Legislation
-- Harvest Rolls On- Around Rain Showers in Some Locations.
-- Cattle on Feed- Placements are the Key!
-- Wind Energy Informational Meeting Tomorrow in Geary
-- National Sorghum Producers Will Help You Do the Math
-- Value Cuts- Part Two Being Rolled Out By Ben E Keith
-- Light Emails This week
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The Latest on the House Climate Change Legislation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, notes the National Pork Producers Council is just one of the latest agriculture groups publicly expressing opposition to the Waxman-Markey legislation. He says the list of ag groups opposed to the climate change bill has grown from 23 to 115 in just a month's time. He says it's clear the ag community doesn't believe this bill is in the best interest of farmers and ranchers. Lucas joined the Ranking Members of the seven other committees with jurisdiction over the bill for a news conference to oppose efforts by Democratic leaders to block full and open debate on the measure.
Meanwhile, Ag groups had a chance to speak for themselves Friday when House Ag Chair Collin Peterson invited the authors of the Waxman-Markey bill to hear agriculture's concerns first-hand. But colleague Stewart Doan of Agri-Pulse reports there's still no deal on ag offsets - and there's also no agreement on striking indirect land use change - or giving USDA a greater role. Doan says the only "agreement" so far is that Congressman Waxman says he'll use the Farm Bill definition of renewable biomass. The clock continues to tick toward the Fourth of July recess- and there is still no indication that Speaker Pelosi will get her way and force a vote and pass this Cap and Trade Climate Change bill with a bare minimum of public scrutiny.
We mentioned at the top of this story that the National Pork Producers are now on board with other ag groups in opposing HR 2454. NPPC anticipates an increase in energy and input costs of more than 20-percent under the proposed legislation - and believes the legislation would raise the cost of pork production.
Click on our link below- we have more on the GOP News Conference held Friday morning- with comments from the Ag Ranking Member, Frank Lucas.
Harvest Rolls On- Around Rain Showers in Some Locations.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last week was a pretty good week of harvest activity across the wheat belt of Oklahoma- and Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says a lot of fields in most areas of the state have now been cut out.
It has continued to be slow in getting harvest rolling along I-40 from Clinton east back towards Hydro and up to Watonga, but other areas of the main body of the state have seen plenty of dead ripe wheat to cut. In addition, we still have a significant percentage of the Panhandle to harvest(as of Friday afternoon).
We have an audio conversation with Mike Schulte as talk about more than just actual harvest stats- we get into the issue of dockage as well as how much of the Oklahoma wheat harvest is done and what number NASS may offer up this afernoon in their weekly Crop Weather Update. Click on our link below- you will find the Schulte interview in the story entitled "Wheat Harvest Keeps Rolling Into the Weekend" and this is the place within our website where we place fresh harvest information as we receive it.
Cattle on Feed- Placements are the Key!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The key number in the June 2009 Cattle on Feed Report from USDA is the number of animals placed into feedlots in May 2009. USDA says that number fell by 14% from a year earlier, resulting in a 4% drop in total feedlot numbers on June 1, 2009.
OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel tells us "The placements were a little smaller than expected and marketings were in line with pre-report estimates. The June 1 on-feed total was slightly smaller than expected at 96 percent of one year ago. The feeder auction totals for Oklahoma auctions is often a good indicator of feedlot placements and the small May placements is in line with the fact that May auction totals were down almost 16 percent. The auction total for the first three weeks of June were up 22 percent from last year and may indicate higher June placements."
We have an overview of the report provided to us by Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities on our beginning of the week Beef Buzz. Tom visits with our own Ed Richards- just click on the link below.
Wind Energy Informational Meeting Tomorrow in Geary
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Canadian County OSU Extension will host a Wind Energy Meeting at the Geary Community Center on, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. OSU Extension Agriculture Law Specialist, Dr. Shannon Ferrell will speak on a range of issues related to leasing land for wind turbines to generate electricity.
One of the tasks that will be accomplished at this meeting is to educate participants on negotiating wind power lease agreements. Because there are several types of wind leasing contracts, landowners need to become educated in the various types of contracts and their value. Before landowners commit to anything they should educate themselves on what is involved in a wind energy leasing enterprise.
We have more on this meeting in the link below- this is the full story on this information meeting- they do need your RSVP by later today, just call he Canadian County Extension office at 405-262-0155.
National Sorghum Producers Will Help You Do the Math
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Sorghum Producers have a interactive "what if" program for wheat producers trying to make the final decisions on what they should do after wheat this year- especially if the wheat failed and the next crop will be a so called ghost crop. In the wake of all the confusion over ghost/double crop and new farm programs, Chris Cogburn of the NSP subsidiary, Sustainable Crop Insurance Services has written an interactive model specifically for the state of Oklahoma.
The model allows producers to input their own farm numbers and determine what mix of farm programs, crop insurance and ghost crop will be the most profitable option for each operation.
The program is up and available on the NSP website- we have it linked for you below- go and check it out. When you hit the Sorghum Growers website- look on the left hand side of the page and you will see the info on this tool for Oklahoma producers and the link for it there- it is an Excel file, so you need Excel or an equivalent program to open and run the calculator.
Value Cuts- Part Two Being Rolled Out By Ben E Keith
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brian Brus of the Oklahoma Journal Record has written a great story on the second wave of value cuts coming from the Chuck of the beef carcass. Brus tells us about the Oklahoma distributor that will be selling these four second wave cuts. We ahve the full story linked below- and here are the first couple of paragraphs for your information.
"Ben E. Keith has become the first distributor in Oklahoma to offer new steak cuts to the market designed by the beef industry to increase overall producer profitability while providing attractive prices in a tough economy, officials said. "These are very good for customers right now as they try to keep their menu prices down," said Kirk Purnell, general manager at Edmond-based restaurant distributor Ben E. Keith. "These items have a lower price point than, say, a traditional rib-eye or strip or filet. People like a good steak, and this is something new that's still a quality product. It actually fits the demands of our customers' customers. "We like to offer choices to our customers and we felt there was a demand for this," he said. "So we're working hard with Tyson (Foods) and the Oklahoma Beef Council to promote these items in our area."
"The five new cuts come from the standard industry chuck roll, a 13-22
pound portion of a cow's front quarter trimmed to a fairly uniform size
for easy distribution. A chuck roll in its basic form makes for a good pot
roast or barbecue. But the Denver-based Beef Innovations Group, which is
funded by industry-wide beef checkoff contributions, has determined the
chuck roll has greater profit potential if it's carved down even
Light Emails This week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I am out of the office this week- but will be watching several key stories for you even as I get away and enjoy some time with my lovely wife Jan. We will ahve daily emails- but they will likely be a story or two shorter than normal.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Friday, the Woodward Livestock Auction sold 4,185 cattle, with yearling steers called $1 to $150 higher, while steer calves sold steady to $2 higher. The five to six hundred pound steers sold from $108 to $118, while seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $98 to $104.50. For the entire Woodward market report, click here- it should be updated with the the June 19 market data by Monday morning around 8 AM Central time.
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