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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for
2016- Water, Feral Hogs, Section 179, Beef Checkoff Among Proposals
to previous years, the delegates at the 2015 Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Convention had a relatively light load of resolutions to consider,
with fewer than sixty recommendations brought by the State
Resolutions Committee to the Convention floor on Saturday. However,
there were several that evoked strong feelings on both sides of the
issue- starting with water.
OKFB president told delegates as they looked at a multi page rewrite
of water policy in their current book of positions "Water is the
most important asset to the state of Oklahoma."
The delegate body, made up of Farm Bureau members from all 77
Oklahoma counties, approved suggestions with moderate changes from
OKFB's 21-member water committee, which was created at OKFB's 2014
annual meeting at the request of the organization's delegates. The
committee spent the last year discussing water policy and learning from
water experts around the state and the nation in an effort to
understand Oklahoma's water needs and resources.
The water committee's suggestions modernized OKFB's water policy,
allowing OKFB leaders to work toward the development of all
"Water is a very important resource for all Oklahomans,"
said Matt Muller, OKFB water committee member and Jackson County
farmer. "We wanted to start healthy discussions around the state
on how we can best advance good utilization of the water resources we
have in this state that would benefit all of Oklahoma."
Among the proposals that are now a part of the position on water that
the general farm organization took- a statement opposing Indian
tribes right to sell water out of state unless there is "full
legislative review and approval by the House and the Senate."
The delegates approved removing the statement within previous policy
that said ""while we do not support the sale or transfer of
water out of state," and added extensive language framing how
such sale or transfer should take place, if it happens.
Within the multi page document- the Water Policy Committee and with
passage, the statewide delegates of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, call
"groundwater rights, and control of groundwater rights, need to
remain Oklahoma Farm Bureau's top priority of private property
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Harvest Nearing Completion, Winter Winds Blow Harvest to a Halt
The 2015 corn and sorghum harvest has reached near
completion according to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture Monday. With 96 percent of
corn acres harvested, only Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
reported harvest corn acreage less than 90 percent.
"While it may seem that harvest is over, there is still activity
on un-harvested acres that should be of interest to those involved
with the corn industry," said National Corn Growers Association
Bowling, a grower from Maryland. "Colorado, as
well as many parts of the nation, are experiencing an early,
unexpected snowy spell. These conditions can impair farmers' ability
to operate and, in the end, may impact the overall number of bushels
that make it into bins. Much like in baseball, it isn't over until
it's over in farming. The final estimates may still be impacted by
the wintery weather in these states."
The nation's sorghum was 91 percent harvested. Peanuts were 82 percent
harvested. That's 12 points behind average. Cotton harvest was 64
percent complete. That's also ten points behind average.
The US wheat crop showed more improvement, but not enough to surpass
last year's crop conditions. USDA reported 52 percent of the crop was
in good to excellent condition, 38 percent fair and 10 percent poor
to very poor. That's up one percent in the excellent rating from last
week. A year ago this week, 60 percent of the crop was in good to
for the full National Crop Progress report.
here for the full Oklahoma report.
here for the full Texas report.
here for the full Kansas report.
Cancels Registration of Transform- Tom Royer Explains Impact on
At the end of this past week- we saw a tweet that the
EPA had just issued an order to stop the use of Transform in the
US. The active ingredient that is being banned for at least the
time being is Sulfoxaflor- marketed by Dow AgroSciences. We contacted
Dr. Tom Royer,
OSU Extension Entomologist about this decision- and he has provided
us an overview of this product- and how not having it will impact
crop producers in our state.
Dr. Royer writes that "Dow AgroSciences is not abandoning
this product but "will work diligently to support renewed U.S.
EPA Sulfoxaflor registrations."
"The EPA issued this cancellation response to a ruling by the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that vacated these registrations over
concerns that there was not enough research required to
insure protection of pollinators. The cancellation indicates that
"all sales and distribution" of sulfoxaflor products must
cease. The order did not cancel current tolerances on registered
crops, or use of existing stocks "in the hands of users" if
label directions are followed and the producer has the accompanying
label, but distributors cannot sell or distribute their inventory
of existing product.
"In light of this ruling, I would like to outline how it affects
our Oklahoma growers. Sufloxaflor is an insecticide that controls
aphids, fleahoppers, plant bugs and other insects that feed on
plant sap through their straw-like mouthparts. The products of
interest to Oklahoma growers are marketed as Transform or Closer.
Closer was registered for use in a number of vegetables
and fruit crops. Transform was registered for use in cotton, canola,
soybean and wheat. "
Dr. Royer offers a crop by crop rundown of the impact of losing this chemical-
including what alternatives are out there with this decision from
Uncle Sam- click
or tap here for his complete analysis.
Three Factors Erode U.S.
Cattle Market in 2015, Rabobank's Don Close Explains
an incredible 2014, the year 2015 has not been nearly as kind to
cattle producers when you take a look at the cattle markets. The
feedlot sector has dealt with losses and red ink. For the cow-calf
end of the business and for stockers, the volatility has been tough
to stomach. I caught up with Rabobank Protein Analyst Don Close at
the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in Kansas City,
Missouri last week. He said it's been a tough year.
"This market has absolutely been as rough as it gets, certainly
for the margin operators, there just hasn't been a fair shake really
at any point through the year," Close said.
The downturn started in August when the market began to trade sharply
lower. Close agrees with the position of many analysts in attributing
the fall in prices to the large carcass weights, but the situation is
bigger than that. He said three big components caused the erosion in
the market. First being the increase in beef tonnage. Second being
consumer pushback over retail beef prices and lower prices for
competitive protein sources. The third element was the U.S. beef
import and export situation. With the strength of the U.S. dollar,
Close said that has attracted massive amounts of beef imports into
the U.S. That has been compounded by the drought situation in
Australia and New Zealand. The strong dollar has also hurt the U.S.
beef exports. Overall, this was a tonnage issue instead of a numbers
issue. Close said U.S. cattle on feed numbers were still very
Don is our guest for the next couple of days on our beef industry
broadcast feature- the Beef Buzz- click
here to read more and to listen to part one of our three day
Q&A with Don Close.
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National Farmers Union
Says "No" to TPP Agreement
One national agricultural organization won't get
behind the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP). The National Farmers Union
has come out in opposition of TPP. NFU Sr. Vice President of Programs
said NFU opposes TPP largely because there is no retaliation or
dispute mechanism in place for countries that manipulate their
currency. He said that makes the playing field un-level for the
nation's family farmers and ranchers.
"That makes their products, good and services cheaper than the
U.S. and we're going to see an increase of imports from them and a
decrease in exports from us," Goule said.
The TPP is an agreement between the United States and 11 other
countries. This includes Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,
Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand. Goule said
TPP includes three currency manipulators in Japan, Malaysia and
Vietnam. Before the trade agreement was complete, he said Malaysia
manipulated its currency and Vietnam is in the process of
Our Leslie Smith interviewed Goule at the National Association of
Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City, Missouri this past week.
Goule also addressed the status of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)
and provides a Congressional outlook for 2016 with a Presidential
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Peel Analyzes World Beef Trade:
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State
University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his
economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a
part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published
electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr.
Glenn Selk. In this week's
analysis- Dr. Peel focuses on the prospects of beef exports in the
"Beef imports among major world importing countries are expected
to increase in 2016 year over year but will remain slightly lower
than 2014 record levels. The U.S. is the largest beef producing and
consuming country and often the largest importer of beef. In the 27
years since 1990, the U.S. has been the largest beef importing
country 20 times. Australia and Canada are typically the top two
sources of U.S beef imports, with Australia being the largest in
recent years. New Zealand is typically the third largest source of
U.S. beef imports though year to date imports in 2015 have New
Zealand in second place, ahead of Canada. Mexico has been a rapidly
growing beef exporter in recent years and has been the fourth largest
source of U.S. beef imports since 2010.
"Russia has exceeded the U.S. as the largest global beef
importer seven times since 1990 and has been the number two beef
importing country since 2004. Russian beef imports have been variable
over time in terms of both quantity and sources due to changes in
Russian policy. Russian beef imports are projected lower in 2015 and
by 2016 may drop to levels similar to Japan. Japan has historically
been the number two or three beef importer (alternating with Russia)
but was briefly eclipsed by the European Union from 2004-2006 before
returning as the third largest beef importing country since 2007.
Japanese beef imports dropped after bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE) was discovered in Japan (2001) and later in the U.S. and Canada
(2003) and have slowly rebuilt but remain lower than pre-BSE
here to read more from Dr. Peel on beef trade prospects for 2016.
Weekly Sales, Exports and
Out-Front Sales Jump in Latest Boxed Beef Report
On a regular basis, Ed
Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market
News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's
boxed beef trade. Here is the weekly boxed beef trade for week ending
November 14th The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week
last Friday at $209.30 which was $6.36 lower compared to previous
Friday. There were 754 loads sold for the week in the daily box beef
cutout compared to 693 loads last week. It was about 11 percent of
the total volume.
The comprehensive or weekly average Choice cutout which includes all
types of sales including the daily spot cutout was $213.78 which was $2.33 lower.
There were 6,608 total loads sold which was 634 loads higher than the
previous week. The formula sales were at 3,295 loads which was 70
loads lower than last week but was 50 percent of the total loads sold
as reported on the boxed beef report represent primarily muscle cuts
and they really
jumped higher than they have been in some time and
were at 1,128 loads which was 556 loads higher than the previous
week. North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors bought 164 loads
and 964 loads were shipped overseas.
here for more of Ed's report- as well as the chance to listen to
his audio analysis of this week's numbers.
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