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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 21, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Cattle on Feed Report a Nice Stocking Stuffer
-- Vilsack Touts Climate Change Analysis- But Admits More Work Needed on "Assumptions"
-- Lucas and Chambliss Agree With Vilsack- We Need More Analysis on Real Impact of Climate Change
-- As Winter Arrives- Canola Across Oklahoma in Great Shape
-- Conservation Cost Share Monies Continue to Be Available Through Oklahoma Conservation Commission
-- USDA Announces New Vaccines to Combat E. coli O157:H7
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Cattle on Feed Report a Nice Stocking Stuffer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that the December USDA Cattle on Feed report is not enough to ensure a Christmas present of profitability for cattle feeders but the bullish tone is surely a nice stocking stuffer to end the year. After four consecutive months of larger than year earlier placements, the November placements were down eight percent while marketings were up by four percent compared to last year. Placements were down more than expected and marketings were up more than expected so both values will be taken as bullish. The resulting on-feed inventory for December 1 was 99 percent of last year, slightly below expectations.
Peel adds that This report should alleviate some of the growing concerns about feedlot supplies but the fact remains that feedlot marketings will increase in the next quarter as the July - October increase in placements work their way through feedlots. However, the larger November marketings pulls cattle off the front end and the lower placement number should set a stronger tone for fed cattle markets heading into the second quarter of the year.
You can click on the link below for Dr. Peel's thoughts- as well as a link to an audio overview of the COF report from Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities. We also have a link there for the full report from NASS at the USDA website.
Vilsack Touts Climate Change Analysis- But Admits More Work Needed on "Assumptions"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Friday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a statement about the latest analysis on Climate Change legislation that has been made by the office of the Chief Economist at USDA, Dr. Joe Glauber.
Vilsack says of the report from Dr. Glauber "the results of his full economic analysis shows that agriculture will benefit from energy and climate legislation if it includes a robust carbon offsets program and other helpful provisions. The costs of such legislation will be modest while returns from offsets will increase over-time and result in positive net income for agriculture."
Vilsack goes on to question the accuracy of a report issued by Texas
A&M known as the FASOM report that says that production agriculture as
we know it would be substantially changed because of the push by the law
to have land owners take farm land out of production and plant trees.
Vilsack says that he has talked to Glauber and concludes " I don't believe
the results related to afforestation forecast by the FASOM model are
necessarily an accurate depiction of the impacts of climate
Lucas and Chambliss Agree With Vilsack- We Need More Analysis on Real Impact of Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), ranking members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees respectively, sent a letter on Friday to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting the agency correct the Forest and Agriculture Sector Optimization Model (FASOM). Just this week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack stated the FASOM, which is often cited in the climate change debate, is not "current" and "complete." Chambliss and Lucas sent a similar letter to Sec. Vilsack as well requesting the flawed analysis be corrected, and that the Secretary report to Congress upon its completion.
Lucas and Chambliss told Ms. Jackson "Recent comments by Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack raise concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) analysis of H.R. 2454. Specifically, Secretary Vilsack indicates the agriculture and forestry model utilized by your agency, the Forest and Agricultural Sector Optimization Model (FASOM) is not "current" and "complete."
The letter reminded the EPA Administrator that the analysis offered by
her agency was cited many times in the House debate and thus far in the
Senate debate that if it is not accurate, it does a disservice to the
whole process. "Moving forward with flawed studies will only result in bad
policy and legislation."
As Winter Arrives- Canola Across Oklahoma in Great Shape
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"The winter canola crop in Oklahoma really looks good all the way from northern Oklahoma down to the north Texas area around Chillicothe, Tx.," Heath Sanders, OSU Extension assistant, said. Speaking at the quarterly OSU Tillman County Agricultural Symposium last week, Sanders explained good planting conditions and plenty of soil moisture early in the fall gave the crop a big boost to go into the winter. "I have looked at fields from north of Enid down to the Red River in southwestern Oklahoma and across in north Texas in the Chillicothe area," he said, "and all of the canola I have seen is growing vigorously."
Speaking to the management of the crop during the winter and coming spring months, Sanders reminded farmers canola is a crop that benefits from careful management. "If you have a field of canola that is growing well now," he said. "Be sure to keep a watchful eye for disease and insect problems. As we go into the spring, you need to be walking your fields on a diagonal pattern, looking for aphid infestations. As you walk your fields, stop and examine the underside of the canola leaves and look for any aphids." Sanders said aphid populations in each field can be very localized. "It isn't unusual for aphids to be absent from one part of a field and then walk a short distance and discover a large bunch of them in another part of the same field," he said.
We have more from Sanders on the aphids as well as fertility needs of canola- click on the link below for the rest of that story. Our thanks to Vic Schoonover who is working with PCOM for providing us an update from that meeting last week in Frederick.
Conservation Cost Share Monies Continue to Be Available Through Oklahoma Conservation Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Conservation Commission at its Dec. 7 meeting approved guidelines for the state-funded Locally-Led Conservation Cost-Share Program for year 12. The amount allocated in the last session of the state Legislature, $948,391, is being combined with $443,809 of unobligated funds from previous years. The result is a total of $1,392,200 of program funds to be used to install natural resource conservation practices on farms and ranches. This will be added to the $2.6 million made available by the "Conservation Bond," passed by the Legislature for a variety of conservation projects in the state, described below. Cost-share practices funded with bond dollars must repair or restore flood-damaged conservation systems.
The Conservation Cost-Share Program year 12 approved Dec. 7 will extend through June 30, 2011. The board of directors at each of Oklahoma's 87 local conservation districts selects from a state-approved list the conservation practices they feel will best address the highest priority problems affecting renewable natural resources in their area. Examples of approved practices include brush management to control invasive plant species like eastern redcedar or to improve or restore native wildlife habitat. Brush management may also be used to protect life and property from wildfire hazard. Ponds, terraces and water diversions are practices that help control soil erosion and improve water quality. In Critical Area Planting, vegetation is planted on highly erodible soil to reduce damage from sediment and runoff to downstream areas. Fencing is a practice used to exclude livestock from areas that should be protected from grazing such as tree plantings, wildlife areas or cropland.
Click on the link below for more on these monies apporoved by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission earlier this month.
USDA Announces New Vaccines to Combat E. coli O157:H7
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's Agricultural Research Service said late Thursday its scientists have developed two forms of a vaccine that might reduce the spread of E. coli O157:H7 in cattle intestines. "Preventing E. coli O157:H7 from proliferating inside cattle helps limit contamination of meat at the packinghouse, and reduces shedding of the microbe into the animals' manure," ARS said in a statement. "Manure-borne E. coli can be moved by rainfall into drinking water. What's more, it can end up in irrigation water, and can contaminate fruits, vegetables and other crops, increasing risk of an outbreak of foodborne illness."
One form of the vaccine is comprised of cells of a strain of E. coli O157:H7 that lacks a gene called hha. A second form of the vaccine contains an E. coli strain that lacks both hha and a second gene, sepB. In both vaccines the E. coli strain produces a large quantity of immunogenic proteins, which trigger the immune system response that prevents E. coli O157:H7 from successfully colonizing in cattle intestines.
Preliminary tests involved immunizing 3-month-old Holstein calves with
a placebo or either form of the vaccine. Six weeks later, the animals
received a dose of E. coli O157:H7 and for the next 18 days their manure
was tested for evidence of the microbe. Calves that received either
vaccine had reduced or non-detectable levels of E. coli in their manure
"within only a few days after being inoculated with the bacteria," the
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