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Your Combines....Sunshine and 80s and 90s Arrive
The rains in the latter part of last week were
substantial in many parts of the HRW southern plains wheat belt- and
for many farmers, it is taking some time to get past the mud to allow
combines to either resume or to start.
The weather needed for that to happen has arrived. There was abundant
sunshine and temperatures were in the 80s on Sunday- Altus and Hollis
both touched 90 at their respective Mesonet sites- and the nine day
forecast shows the next chance for rain in central and much of
western Oklahoma is next Monday- Jed Castles with News9 offers
this summer like outlook:
Wheat and Canola Producers- send us your harvest updates and
pictures- we will share with our email family- or if you prefer to
remain "in the shadows" just give us details- and we will
not mention names to honor your wishes.
Email me by clicking here with your harvest 2016
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Canola Price Premium Over
Wheat Helps Fuel Grower Optimism at Harvest 2016
is the executive Director of the Great Plains Canola Association and
he has provided the following update on the efforts to harvest the
2016 winter canola crop in Oklahoma - supplied to the Oklahoma Farm
Report on Friday evening,
"April and May rains and favorable weather for maturing the
canola crop generated a good deal of optimism for growers this year.
But then, much like last year, the rains continued and continued
bringing stress for growers waiting to get going on a crop ripe and
ready for harvest.
"A midweek excursion through Oklahoma canola country revealed
little crop harvesting progress had been made in the last week.
During the weekend of May 28 and 29, some canola that had been
swathed for a while was finally picked up but more rain on Monday and
Tuesday had once again ground things to a halt. On Wednesday, seeing
canola being harvested anywhere in the state was a rare sight.
"The grain elevator at Hillsdale, OK reports that as of June 1st
they have received 15 loads of canola but this is one of the few
sites that has actually received any canola at all.
"On Wednesday, Jeff
Scott of Pond Creek was taking advantage of a small
but important window of opportunity by combining some canola that had
been in the windrow for about 10 days. He and his crew were running
full bore with three combines, two grain carts, and five trucks in
perpetual motion...threshing, transferring, and hauling grain to the
elevator. But as night fall neared, rain saturated clouds and
lightning flashes to the south threatened to shut everything down.
Yields were running between 45 and 50 bushels per acre and fields
with even more promise were waiting their turn.
"Much of western Oklahoma received rain on Wednesday night and
Thursday morning and now even more drying out will be needed to get
the combines into the fields and keep them rolling. All that's needed
is some favorable harvesting weather and this crop will come out of
the field in a very short period of time.
the Midst of Budget Turmoil- Oklahoma Cattlemen Find Lots to Like
About 2016 Legislative Session
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) prides
itself in being the only organization that is solely focused on beef
cattle production at the Oklahoma State Legislature.
"Having a voice at the capitol is a key benefit to members, like
me," said Charlie
Swanson, President of the OCA. "OCA members had
two lobbyists working their behalf during the entire 55th Oklahoma
State Legislature, so that we as cattlemen can remain focused on
While the budget was the main topic of the second session, there were
many other issues addressed.
"While this session was tough, OCA experienced many successes in
the eight areas listed below," Swanson said.
- Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption-By working closely with agriculture
allies, the OCA worked to preserve the Agriculture Sales Tax
Exemption and defended a serious proposal to eliminate the sales tax
exemption for equine sales. Also, early in the session, a list was
circulated to legislators suggesting that eliminating the sales tax
exemption of livestock purchased out of state could be a source of
revenue. OCA worked quickly to offset these bad ideas and remained
vigilant against their resurrection later in the session.
- Cattle Theft Penalty-This bill (HB 2540) codifies that each animal
stolen may be a separate felony offense, thus giving the courts more
latitude to charge cattle rustlers. It also established the fine
portion of the penalty to be three times the value of the cattle
stolen. We appreciate Representative John Pfeiffer and Senator Ron Justice
for carrying this priority legislation for the OCA.
- Water is Compelling State Interest-Working closely with the
American Farmers and Ranchers, the Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma
Co-op Association and the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, HB
2446 was passed and places in state law that water is a compelling
state interest. OCA has long agreed that water quality is a
compelling state interest and that the Legislature has the authority
to govern in this issue. Oklahoma's Right to Farm - SQ 777 -
opponents have used water quality to deceive voters by stating that
if Right to Farm is passed, Oklahoma's waters would suffer at the
hands of agriculture. Opponents will now have to come up with another
talking point to manipulate voters. We appreciate Representative Terry O'Donnell
and Senator Dan
Newberry for their work on this bill.
- Prescribed Fire Burning-OCA championed HB 2646 as an important
piece of legislation because it allows landowners to use prescribed
fire during a County Commissioner issued burn ban provided they
communicate their prescribed fire plan to firefighters. The bill also
lowers the County Commissioner issued burn ban from 30 days to 14
days. The bill is currently in the Governor's office waiting her
signature. We appreciate Representative Kevin Wallace
and Senator Don
Barrington for carrying this priority legislation for
USMEF Says Red Meat
Exports Deliver Excellent Returns for U.S. Corn Producers
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) commissioned a study aimed at
quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through
exports of beef, pork and lamb. The independent study was conducted
by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm. Key
findings were unveiled at the USMEF Board of Directors Meeting and
Product Showcase, held May 25-27 in St. Louis.
receives outstanding support from the feedgrain and oilseed
industries, because producers from these sectors understand the
importance of a healthy U.S. livestock industry to their bottom
line," said Philip
Seng, USMEF President and CEO. "But it is
important that we provide specific data on the return these producers
receive from their investment in red meat exports, and this study
includes exactly that type of information."
from the study include:
On a per-head basis, 800-pound calves fed to 1,360 pounds each
consume 35 bushels of corn and 806 pounds of distiller's dried grains
with solubles (DDGS).
Each 12-pound pig finished to 284 pounds consumes 11 bushels of corn,
37 pounds of DDGS and 136 pounds of soybean meal.
* World Perspectives analyzed feed rations and U.S.
livestock production practices to establish feed use and then used
beef and pork export data to determine the amount of consumption
attributable to red meat exports, finding that 2015 exports accounted
- 355 million bushels (or 2.1 million acres) of corn
- $1.3 billion in value to corn
- 1.48 million tons of DDGS (169 million bushel
- $205.4 million in value to DDGS
11.7 million tons (or 3.1 million acres) of combined corn and DDGS
"When you look at 2015, it was not a great year for
U.S. meat exports, and yet beef and pork exports from the U.S. still
brought $1.3 billion to the corn sector," explained Dave Juday,
World Perspectives senior analyst. "Looking back at last year,
if there were no red meat exports at all and that corn was added to
carryover stocks, instead of a season average annual price of $3.60
per bushel, the price would have been about $3.15 per bushel without
the contribution from meat exports. That's a loss of 45 cents per
bushel, which would have amounted to about $6 billion to the corn
industry last year."
here to read more about red meat exports' positive impact on
the corn sector and find a link to a video
explaining the study.
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USDA Expands Access to
Capital for Rural Businesses
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers unveiled
new rules Friday to expand access to capital for rural businesses.
"Access to capital is one of the most important needs for
businesses," Rikkers said. "USDA is partnering with the
Treasury Department and other agencies to ensure that rural businesses
have the resources they need to prosper and grow. The regulatory
changes I am announcing today will help businesses expand their
operations and create jobs."
The changes, published in today's Federal Register, make it
easier for rural businesses to qualify for loans in USDA's Business
& Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program.
They allow businesses to use the New Markets Tax Credit as a form of
equity, and allow, for the first time, employees of a business to
qualify for loan guarantees to purchase stock in a business by
forming an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or worker
Other improvements include:
* New, loan application scoring criteria, including priority for
loans to businesses that will create quality jobs, such as those with
health care benefits;
* Reduced paperwork requirements to refinance loans;
* Strengthened eligibility criteria for non-regulated lenders (such
as privately owned finance companies) to participate in the B&I
* Expanded loan eligibility, including in urban areas, for projects
that process, distribute, aggregate, store and/or market locally or
regionally produced foods.
here to read more about the capital expansion and to find helpful
links to the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program.
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Part Three on Antibiotics
of Tomorrow - Dr. Margaret Riley of UMASS-Amherst Explains Her
In part three of a three part Beef Buzz series with Dr. Margaret Riley
of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, we continue to look at
antibiotic resistance and what is needed to get companies to invest
in narrow spectrum antibiotics, which she believes is the future in
dealing with antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Riley says in the latest Beef Buzz that it is important we pursue
narrow spectrum solutions for the specific pathogens that are causing
us problems in both animal ag and in human health.
"That's my passion- that's why I spend time away
from the lab is to make sure that people understand not just that
there is a problem, which there is and it's serious, but that there
are potential solutions on the horizon if we're smart enough to
She adds that will take money as this research is
costly and the resulting products may not be as big a money earner as
the next drug to fight diabetes or something similar.
Our three part series with Dr. Riley is a "best
of" repeat from earlier this spring as we help you re-examine
the work being done by this cutting edge scientist in antibiotic
to listen to Dr. Margaret Riley talk more about narrow
spectrum antibiotics. We also have links back to part one and
part two in today's Beef Buzz that we are featuring.
Since I began
talking about farming and ranching on the radio in the 1970s- the
landscape has changed- farms and ranches have changed hands and in a
lot of cases- farm operations have gotten larger- economics have
dictated that for those that have wanted to be full time farmers or
I have lived
thru the bean suppers of the Farm Strike Movement and the AAM and the
Farm Tractors being driven to Washington- and the years that followed
a lot of that that saw a real farm credit crisis with too many
suicides and lots of farm auctions.
Many of those
who I know today that survived or have come on the scene since that
time are family farmers- in other words- they work the farm or ranch
as a family- it may be father and sons or daughters or son-in-laws or
brothers or even cousins- but they remain as a family
Many of those
who are a family enterprise have been advised to become a LLC or
other legal unit to protect their families and their individual
finances- I guess that makes them a corporation.
But there are
those outside looking in at today's modern production agriculture who
are saying that corporate farming is bad. Many of them are
actively opposing State Question 777.
Now- there are
large enterprises who are good at what they do in producing food or
fiber and they may span several townships or counties or in some rare
cases states. One that comes to mind are the Maschoffs, who are based
in Illinois and have sow farm operations in multiple states- including
Oklahoma- they are a corporation- but remain a family
operation. They were in the news last week over a video that
surfaced that showed inhumane practices in one of their Nebraska
operations. The family response was fast and it was tough.
They fired the manager of the sow farm in question- are reviewing
other operations in their business and reiterated their intention of
no tolerance for bad treatment of their animals.
This family has
gotten bigger in the pork side of things which has been a national
trend- but in crop production and in the ranching side of the beef
industry- family enterprises are more of a localized entity.
One of our
family farm friends shared a video that I wanted to end with today
that looks at Corporate Farms thru the windshield of a pickup
truck. It's a bit tongue in check but it gets across the point
about corporate farms and the reality of family farms still being
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