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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 29, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Lots of Wheat Has Gone Into the Ground
-- The Safety Message About US Beef Gains Traction in Japan
-- Livestock Forage Disaster Program Payments Staring to Flow
-- You Can Follow Hope in Germany As He Travels Under the McCloy Fellowship
-- Kudos to the OSU Livestock Judging Team
-- Another Day With Dr. Ron GIll of Texas A&M- Telling Us About the Stockmanship & StewardShip Tour
-- Ranchers Bull Sale Coming Monday October 5th at Express Ranches
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Lots of Wheat Has Gone Into the Ground
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update reports "Cool temperatures and clear days allowed Oklahoma producers to make great strides in small grain seedbed preparation and planting. Fall-like temperatures were experienced during the week with the weekend heating up in many areas of the State. All nine districts received measurable rainfall with the three eastern districts receiving nearly two inches of precipitation during the week. Soil moisture conditions improved significantly from the previous week, as both topsoil and subsoil were rated mostly in the surplus to adequate range."
The Oklahoma wheat crop planting doubled in this past week from 17% done to 33% now complete, but that is still behind the year ago pace of 41% and the five year average of 42%. Kansas wheat growers also made good progress this past week- with 23% now planted versus 9% one week ago- but Kansas also lags their five year average of 33%. The Texas wheat planting is now 40% done, up from 32% a week ago and just a small amount under the five year average of 43%.
For our row crops in the state of Oklahoma- "Harvest continued in most areas of the State as several days of cool, dry weather kept combines moving in the fields. Conditions for all row crops continue to rate mostly in the good to fair range. Eighty-three percent of the State's corn had reached maturity by Sunday, up 17 points from the previous week but six points behind normal. Thirty- seven percent of the corn was harvested by week's end, a six point jump from the prior week but still 27 points behind the five-year average. Sorghum coloring reached 90 percent complete by Sunday, while 32 percent had reached maturity, 11 points behind normal. Producers harvested a small portion of the State's sorghum this past week. Soybeans at maturity reached 29 percent, up eight points from the prior week but 14 points behind the five-year average. A small portion of the crop had been harvested by week's end. Peanuts in the mature stage of development reached 57 percent complete, up ten points from last week but five points behind the five-year average. Cotton opening bolls was at 57 percent complete, 13 points behind last year and 11 points behind normal."
You can click on the link below and check out all of the other info in the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- out as of Monday afternoon.
The Safety Message About US Beef Gains Traction in Japan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While access for U.S. beef remains limited in Japan, consumers in the former No. 1 export market are more ready than anytime in recent years to chow down on American steaks and beef bowls, according to surveys conducted by the US Meat Export Federation. The USMEF is the official promotion arm of the US Beef industry outside of the United States.
Over the past three years, the number of consumers who feel "extremely safe" or "somewhat safe" in consuming U.S. beef have more than doubled from 12.1 percent in 2006 to 30.1 percent in August 2009, according to surveys commissioned by USMEF and conducted by Macromill. Those consumers who feel "not very safe" or "not safe at all" have declined from 62.5 percent to 30.8 percent, while the balance have no firm opinion. "The message of the quality, safety and wholesomeness of U.S. beef is resonating with Japanese consumers," said Takemichi Yamashoji, USMEF-Japan senior marketing director. "Our programs are geared toward reinforcing these positive perceptions among consumers and the trade, and the trend is very positive."
The survey revealed that Japanese consumers look to certain outside information sources to reinforce their confidence in U.S. beef. You can read about those sources that Japanese consumers rely upon- just click on the link below and jump on over to our website to read the rest of this story of improving attitudes for US beef in Japan.
Livestock Forage Disaster Program Payments Staring to Flow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that ranchers who have signed up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) have begun receiving disaster payments for forage losses due to severe drought. Producers are reminded that LFP sign up for 2008 losses ends Dec. 10, 2009, and Jan. 30, 2010, for 2009 losses.
"These payments will help producers recover from financial setbacks due to drought," said Vilsack. "This program is just one of our disaster programs, which help stabilize the livestock industry when disasters occur."
First payments handed out by USDA goiung to some of the driest parts of south Texas. It's interesting to note that the USDA uses the Drought Monitor to help zero in on areas needing this help. As of right now- there really is very little going on in the US when it comes to abnormally dry conditions or worst. There seems to be only a small part of Northwest Oklahoma that falls into this category at this time- based on the latest maps. We have the link to that and more on this LFP signup and payout- click on the link below to check it out.
You Can Follow Hope in Germany As He Travels Under the McCloy Fellowship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hope Pjesky of north central Oklahoma continues to travel in Europe for a special fellowship designed to provide insights into agriculture at the ground level in countries like Germany and Belgium.
We had provided an initial link to her blog a couple of weeks ago- but since that time, she has found the internet superhighway more like an unpaved rocky path for a oxen cart.
We got a message over the weekend from her that reports "I finally have a good internet connection and some free time, so I have posted some new blog entries about Cologne, Brussels and Heidelberg." we have the link below to her blog site if you wanty to catch up with her- as she offers both some cultural insights as well as info on the agriculture she is encountering.
Kudos to the OSU Livestock Judging Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Mark Johnson's team of Livestock Judgers that represent Oklahoma State University traveled to Kansas this past weekend- and brought home a couple of high finishes at two events.
This past Friday the 24th, On Friday the team won the Flint Hills Classic in El Dorado, Ks. On the way to this victory OSU was the high team in Sheep, 2nd in Swine and third in both Beef and Oral Reasons. OSU had three students finish in the Top Ten Overall. Zac Butler was 2nd, Kate Miller was 5th and Heidi Vest was 9th .
On Saturday, they traveled to Wichita and OSU was the 2nd High Team
Overall in the Mid - America Classic. In this contest OSU was 4th in
Sheep, 2nd in Swine, and 3rd in both Cattle and Oral Reasons. OSU had two
team members finish in the Top Ten. Kylee Willard was the 5th High
Individual and Zac Butler was High Individual Overall.
Another Day With Dr. Ron GIll of Texas A&M- Telling Us About the Stockmanship & StewardShip Tour
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's called the Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour- and the idea is to spread the message of improved livestock handling skills that can help the beef industry to respond to those that don't like animal agriculture. Dr. Ron Gill of Texas A&M says that these sessions help raise awareness within the cattle industry- but also beyond the industry at the same time, as the Tour showcases low stress livestock handling skills that can work well in today's cattle operations- and answer critics to the industry at the same time.
Ron Gill says that both public sessions have been planned- as well as some private sessions in some locales. A number of sponsors have helped get this tour up and running- including groups like the Livestock Marketing Association, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and even some intital funding from the Beef Checkoff. In addition, comapnies like Prefert, Purina and Merial have stepped forward to help sponsor sessions.
You can learn more about these sessions- including where the Tour will be stopping in the days ahead. Click on the link below and check it out.
Ranchers Bull Sale Coming Monday October 5th at Express Ranches
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The fall sale season is in full swing- and one of the bigger sales of the fall will be next Monday, October 5th at Express Ranches in Yukon. It's their annual Ranchers Bull Sale- and over a 1,000 head will sell.
The Sale begins at 12:00 Noon - Selling 232 Angus Bulls, followed at 2:30 p.m. when they Sell 35 Lim-Flex Bulls & Limousin Bulls; at 3:30 p.m. Express will offer 30 Registered Angus Pairs & 20 Commercial Pairs followed by 700 Commercial Bred Heifers.
Bob Funk and Jarold Callahan write in the sale catalog that "Our
objective is to produce balanced trait, problem-free cattle that have
moderate birth weights with excellent growth, moderate milk and superior
carcass with regard to both marbling and ribeye. With all of us
experiencing increased production costs, we realize one of the most
important economic decisions you make is your selection of bulls to keep
your operation profitable."
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Let's Check the Markets!
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