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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 23, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says 2009 Wheat Harvest Could be Largely Done by End of the Week
-- Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Pegs 2009 Wheat Harvest at 63% Complete
-- Value Added Beef Production in Oklahoma- A World of Opporunity Awaits
-- Early Quality Data is Excellent on Short Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop
-- Key Planted Acreage Numbers Changing
-- Purvine Farms Plans Complete Dispersion June 27
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says 2009 Wheat Harvest Could be Largely Done by End of the Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our own Ed Richards talked with Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on Monday afternoon- and Schulte says we are probably two thirds of the way done- or better in harvesting the 2009 crop. With the hot dry conditions, it is very possible that we will be close to being done in almost all areas of the state- except for perhaps the irrigated wheat in the Panhandle.
Schulte gives us a rundown of how far along he sees us from the south to the north border of the state. He says it appears that the yields have improved as we have moved further north- and that still the wild card for the final total bushel count will be the number of acres that simply have not been harvested for grain this season.
Click on the link below for our 2009 Wheat Harvest Updates from www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. The story that is titled "Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says Harvest Could be Largely Done by End of the Week" will take you to the audio conversation that Ed and Mike had on Monday afternoon- click on the Listen Bar in that story to hear the full rundown provided by Mike on harvest conditions.
As we receive other harvest updates today- PERHAPS from you- we will add them to this section of the website and you can check them out at this link below as well.
Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Pegs 2009 Wheat Harvest at 63% Complete
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Crop Weather Update for June 22, 2009 says that "Hot and windy is the best description for the week ending June 21st. Statewide, summer- like temperatures soared to an excess of 90 degrees, with the highest temperature recorded in Buffalo and Alva at 104 degrees. Oklahoma averaged only 0.36 inches of precipitation during the week with the Panhandle receiving the most at 1.21 inches of rainfall."
The report shows that wheat harvest is 63% done, compared to 22% done last Monday- 72% done by this point a year ago and 75% the five year average. If anything, the report may be slightly behind where we really are based on the wild card of how many acres may not be harvested here in 2009 because of a multitude of weather factors.
As we check in on the spring row crops- "Hot and dry weather allowed producers to resume field work. Conditions for all row crops continued to rate in the mostly good to fair range. Corn silking increased to 14 percent, five percentage points behind last year. Nearly three-fourths of the Sorghum acreage had been planted, while sorghum emerged reached 40 percent, 17 points behind normal. Soybeans seedbed preparation was at 91 percent complete, on pace with the five-year average. Soybeans planted increased ten points from the previous week to reach 75 percent, while soybeans emerged reached 59 percent by week's end. Planting for the peanut crop was completed. Peanuts emerged reached 97 percent, while six percent of the State's peanut crop was beginning to peg. Cotton planted was nearing completion at 95 percent complete, four points behind last year and two points behind normal. Cotton emerged increased to 77 percent, 13 percentage points behind the five-year average."
Value Added Beef Production in Oklahoma- A World of Opporunity Awaits
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Doug McKinney is the Value Added Beef Cattle Specialist at Oklahoma State University and he says there is a world of opportunity in getting more cattle and cattle producers involved in value added programs in Oklahoma.
McKinney has been on the scene in Stillwater for about a year- and he says that a study based on 2007 data shows that less than 4% of the calves in Oklahoma and less than 1% of the cattle producers in the state are involved in a Value Added Program of some kind. McKinney says that means there is tremendous upside in his job as he hopes to educate producers about the numerous programs they have available to them
We talked with Doug in recent days- and we have that conversation broken out for the next few days- this is part one of that conversation as it is being heard on the Beef Buzz, our daily look at the beef industry on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Click on the link below to jump to this first of four parts with Doug McKinney.
Early Quality Data is Excellent on Short Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The early quality test results of the 2009 Hard Red Winter Wheat crop is showing the short crop in the number of bushels will be a much higher quality crop than seen in 2008. There were lots of protein concerns as we harvested last year's crop- but that is not a worry for the 2009 thus far.
Mark Hodges, Director for Plains Grains, Inc, says that they have early test results from the Abilene, Texas and Altus, Oklahoma grainsheds- and that the numbers are very encouraging. Average test weights for the crop thus far is showing 59.4 pounds per bushel with a high protein average of 14.4%. Hodges says of the 2009 crop "it appears to be a really good quality crop, just no volume, at least in the southern part of the HRW belt."
You can hear our conversation with Mark Hodges about Plains Grains and how the quality information they gather helps build markets for hard red winter wheat farmers- just click on the link below.
Key Planted Acreage Numbers Changing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA will release its planted acreage report next Tuesday (June 30). Seeing a fairly big switch from corn to soybean acres this spring - Informa Economics is estimating planted corn acreage will be 83.1-million - 1.9-million less than USDA's current estimate - and 800-thousand below Informa's May estimate. For soybeans - Informa's 78.8-million acre estimate is up 500-thousand acres from the May estimate - and 2.8-million acres above USDA's current forecast. Informa's spring wheat acreage estimate is 100-thousand acres more than USDA's estimate.
Meanwhile - Allendale estimates soybean acres will be up almost 2.5-million acres from USDA's March planting intentions - while corn acres will decline 211- thousand acres. Allendale's estimates are at 84.7- million acres for corn - and 78.4 million acres for soybeans. Allendale estimates a 302-thousand acre decline in wheat acres from the March intentions.
As for farm income - IHS Global Insight economist John Kruse says the outlook for 2009 has deteriorated significantly because of lower commodity prices and cash receipts. Total cash receipts are now expected to drop nine-percent from last year - with the reduction split evenly between the crop and livestock sectors. Last year's income level was by far a record - so historically speaking - this year's farm cash receipts will still be relatively high.
Purvine Farms Plans Complete Dispersion June 27
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 360 head of cattle will be offered by Chet and Stephanie Purvine on this coming Saturday, June 27, 12 noon at the Woodward Livestock Auction. There will be an excellent selection of spring pairs, fall bred cows and fall bred heifers.
At the Purvine Farms website, they have a link that will take you to a full listing of the fall calving females and a second link that will show you the Spring Pairs. This link also now has the full catalog and even videos of the cattle for you to review. We have the link to their website below.
If you have questions about the offering, give Chet a call at 580-623-3693.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The total run was estimated at 9,500 on Monday at the Oklahoma National Sotckyards- with yearling cattle called steady to three dollars higher. Seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $97 to $102.50 while eight weights sold for $93.75 to $98. Click here for the full report from the Oklahoma City cattle market as of their closing report on Monday evening.
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