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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 1, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- One Major County Field Caught Some Rains At the Right Time- and Hits the Jackpot
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Oklahoma 13% harvested- Texas at 19%.
-- Senate Ag Committee Leadership in Michigan Seeking Answers for 2012 Farm Bill Questions
-- Ruling Against COOL Guarantees Contentious Law Will Be Debated by All Parties for Years to Come
-- Ag Spending Measure Approved by House Appropriations Committee
-- GIPSA Rule Implementation Denied By Approps Committee
-- Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Joe Neal Hampton and his family
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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One Major County Field Caught Some Rains At the Right Time- and Hits the Jackpot
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A yield in the mid 30s would be slightly above average most years- but in 2011, it's something to smile about and we thank Jessica Wilcox of Fairview for taking the time and sharing this harvest story with us Tuesday evening. Jessica writes "We just finished up a field south of Fairview that made 35.97 bu/acre. Test weight was between 60.8 to 62. Moisture was between 9 and 10. Variety was Jackpot. This field far and away out yielded everything else we have cut so far, it also caught a couple of inches of rain that most of our other fields didn't catch."
We would also appreciate hearing from you and your results in the wheat OR canola field this season. If you prefer I not use your name- that's okay- but let us hear about the yields you are getting on what variety- plus any quality info like test weight, moisture and the like. Send your harvest update to email@example.com (you can copy and paste from here or click on the email link at the very bottom of this email) and we will share with our farm and ranch family how things are going here in 2011.
We also have details from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about where we are on wheat harvest 2011- as of yesterday. Their reports stretch from the southwestern corner of the state as far north as Watonga, Kingfisher and Hennessey.
Click on the LINK below for a look at that field of Jackpot wheat harvested with good results in Major County- and that link also takes you to the location by location roundup of harvest as compiled by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Oklahoma 13% harvested- Texas at 19%.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma reviewed the deadly storms of this past week- and pointing out the farm destruction that went along the paths of the twisters this past week. "Livestock deaths and hailed out wheat fields are adding to the list of woes for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers during this tough year. The panhandle and parts of far western Oklahoma are in a D4 or "exceptional" drought as of the May 24th U.S. Drought Monitor. As a result of the continuing drought, emergency grazing of CRP acres has been authorized for 22 counties, including the Panhandle district, where the last 180 days have been the driest period on record since 1921. Topsoil moisture conditions remained mostly adequate to short and subsoil moisture conditions were mostly very short to short. There were 4.8 days suitable for field work."
For our wheat crop- "Harvest is underway for wheat and canola. This
week's storms brought additional concerns for the wheat harvest with
debris in wheat fields and five percent of the state reporting moderate to
heavy crop damage from hail. Wheat in the soft dough stage reached 96
percent by Sunday, 11 points ahead of normal, and 13 percent was
"Corn conditions continued to be rated mostly in the good category and
planting of other row crops continued where weather allowed. Eighty-eight
percent of the corn crop had emerged by Sunday. Sorghum seedbed
preparation reached 91 percent complete, 54 percent was planted and 16
percent of the crop had emerged by week's end. Soybean seedbed preparation
was 81 percent complete while 39 percent of the crop was planted and 22
percent had emerged by Sunday. Peanut planting was 74 complete by week's
end while 42 percent of the crop had emerged. Cotton planted was 33
percent complete by Sunday, 24 points behind normal."
Senate Ag Committee Leadership in Michigan Seeking Answers for 2012 Farm Bill Questions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first field hearing for the Senate Ag Committee on the 2012 Farm Bill, delayed from earlier this spring, got underway Tuesday morning on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. With the Chairwoman of the Senate Ag Committee, Debbie Stabenow, hailing from Michigan, she claimed the Chair's priviledge in going first to her home state. She promised a similar field hearing will be held in Kansas in the near future as a thank you for Senator Pat Roberts traveling with her to Tuesday's hearing.
Senator Roberts led a mini pep rally as he began his opening remarks with the cry "Go Green" and then said that he would be offering MSU the Nebraska Cornhuskers playbook (for football) since it was "top secret" and everything else that is top secret is being made public.
Senator Roberts also spoke of the big challenge that is ahead in writing the 2012 farm bill as well as the need to maintain a top notch crop insurance program. Senator Roberts explained to the Michigan audience of the desperation of wheat farmers here in the southern plains that are locked in the depths of one of the worst droughts since the Great Depression as they see wheat above eight dollars a bushel and having no crop to sell.
Ruling Against COOL Guarantees Contentious Law Will Be Debated by All Parties for Years to Come
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just before Memorial Day, word came out about a preliminary ruling that offers few details- except the bottom line that the World Trade Organization is likely to rule against the United States and in favor of Canada and Mexico over the US implementation of a Country of Origin labeling rule.
Canada and Mexico originally filed a protest against the US COOL law in
2009. The actual ruling may be out as early as September and at that
point, the United States will have the opportunity to either go through
the long drawn out appeals process, which seldom is effective, or can
accept the ruling and decide either to change the COOL law or pay annual
penalties to the countries that have been wronged according to the
We have comments from both sides on the COOL debate of a few years back- neither side has had their mind changed after the program has been implemented it seems. And if you click on the LINK below, we have an independent analysis of what the WTO has done and will likely do to the US COOL law when the dust settles- those comments come from the K-State daily radio program called Agriculture Today- and comments from Glynn Tonsor, Derrell Peel's counterpart up in Manhattan, Kansas.
Ag Spending Measure Approved by House Appropriations Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Appropriations Committee has approved the Ag Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012. The legislation includes 125.5-billion dollars in discretionary and mandatory funding - more than seven-billion dollars less than the President requested. Discretionary spending is down 2.7-billion from last year's level - a cut of more than five-billion dollars from the President's request. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers says the legislation reflects the hard decisions to cut lower priority programs, reduce spending in programs that can be scaled back and target funds where they are needed most. Admitting the cuts are significant - Rogers says the bill provides the funding needed to encourage the economic development of rural communities, sustain the food and nutrition programs that assist low-income families and keep the nation's food supply safe.
Several amendments were adopted at the full committee mark up of the Ag Appropriations measure. One that would prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities - which would essentially prevent horse slaughtering at these facilities was approved on a 24 to 21 vote. The committee voted 29 to 20 to approve an amendment that would prohibit funds to the FDA for rulemaking activities or guidance unless the Ag Secretary bases decisions on hard science and determines the benefit of the rule or guidance justifies action. And an amendment to prohibit funds for certain direct farm bill payments for applicants with incomes exceeding 250-thousand dollars passed on a voice vote.
Not pleased with the Appropriations Committee vote was the National Farmers Union. According to National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson - farmers and ranchers understand the need to do their part to trim the deficit - but says the ag spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee has agriculture shouldering a disproportionate share of the burden. He notes the economy - especially in rural areas - is on the edge of recovery. When funding is slashed for research, rural development and renewable energy - Johnson says we're taking our foot off of the accelerator and stepping on the brakes.
GIPSA Rule Implementation Denied By Approps Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just as the Subcommittee on Agriculture scripted it- the full Appropriations Committee voted to deny funding to USDA to implement the so called GIPSA rule on marketing of livestock in the US.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation praised the move. The legislation to fund USDA, FDA and related agencies for fiscal year 2012 denies money for GIPSA to promulgate the proposed livestock and marketing regulation. NCBA President Bill Donald says this will prevent government intervention into the private marketplace. According to Donald - the marketplace works well without government intrusion.
One group that quickly responded to the Appropriations Committee vote regarding GIPSA was the National Farmers Union. Johnson believes the most egregious part of the entire package is language that would stop the writing and implementation of the proposed GIPSA rule. He calls the language a blatant attempt to advance a policy goal through appropriations - and urges that funds for the enforcement of the rule be reinstated in future versions of the ag appropriations bill.
Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to Joe Neal Hampton and his family
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the toughest things I can imagine for a parent to deal with is the death of a son or daughter. Our heart broke for the young mother who tried to protect her babies during the tornado this past week- but still saw the storm rip two of them away from her arms and deliver them into the arms of God.
A dear friend is having to deal with a similar type of grief this week as Joe Neal Hampton received news on Monday that his son Jason Neal had been killed in a semi truck accident in Grant County.
State Rep. Don Armes, chair of the House Appropriations and Budget
Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services, issued the
following statement on Tuesday after learning of the death of Jason Neal
Hampton. Hampton's father, Joe Neal Hampton, heads the Oklahoma Grain and
Feed Association. .
We echo the thoughts expressed by Don Armes. Click on the link below
for the obituary found online.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $11.71 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.71 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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