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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 9, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- USDA Estimate on the 2011 Wheat Crop Out This Morning- Along with Other USDA Data
-- AFBF Breaks Silence on GIPSA Proposed Marketing Rule- NCBA is Worried
-- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Approves $74 Million Funding for Conservation Innovation Grants
-- Conservation Leaders Praise USDA for Moving More Dollars Into Cost Share Programs
-- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says Dust Controls Would Have a Negative Impact on Farmers
-- National Pork Board Elects New Officers
-- Duster Foundation Seed Wheat Field Offers Impressive Numbers
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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USDA Estimate on the 2011 Wheat Crop Out This Morning- Along with Other USDA Data
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's the usual run of USDA monthly reports on stocks of grains in the US- and it will also be the second estimate by USDA regarding the size of the winter wheat crop here in the United States that will be released at 7:30 AM this morning. A month ago, USDA predicted a smaller wheat crop than in 2010. "Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.42 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 44.5 bushels per acre, down 2.3 bushels from last year.
"Hard Red Winter, at 762 million bushels, is down 25 percent from 2010."
The May first predictions for the size of the HRW crop here in the southern plains included Kansas at 261.8 million bushels, Oklahoma at 74.8 million bushels and Texas at 46.8 million bushels. The Kansas number could be raised just a bit while most people we have talked to are fairly comfortable with the Oklahoma estimate in that mid 70s area.
In addition to the wheat estimate, the ERS will be updating the stocks reports for corn, soybeans, cotton and more- and it's yet another chance to see how these three commodities are managing old crop stocks before the new harvest kicks in later in 2011.
We will have details of the reports on our website on the frontpage by around 8:30 AM- with additional analysis as the day wears on- click on the LINK below after 8:30 to see our early stories on these latest numbers from USDA.
AFBF Breaks Silence on GIPSA Proposed Marketing Rule- NCBA is Worried
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While many groups, both for and against the so called GIPSA rule that will change the way we market livestock in this country, have been very vocal over the last year, one major farm organization has kept its cards close to the vest (so to speak) and the silence that was broken by the American Farm Bureau this past week on the GIPSA rule has shaken up the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) backed an effort by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, to strike the defunding provision regarding the GIPSA rule in the Ag Appropriations bill considered by the full House Appropriations Committee last week. The Kaptur Amendment was withdrawn and not voted on- but the letter from AFBF got the attention of both sides of the debate.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued an electronic "Call to Action" this week to its membership- asking cattle producers who were members of Farm Bureau to ask of their state Farm Bureau's support for the defunding of the GIPSA rule. We have more details of their request- as well as details of the Farm Bureau letter at the LINK below- click and read up on this disagreement over where these two groups are regarding allowing the GIPSA Rule to move forward.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Approves $74 Million Funding for Conservation Innovation Grants
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today approved about $7.4 million to fund nine large-scale greenhouse gas mitigation projects in 24 states through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).
"We want to help farmers and ranchers make important and innovative contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Vilsack said. "These grants are designed to test and verify exciting new approaches to greenhouse gas reduction that other conservation-minded producers will want to put to work on their operations."
In addition to the $7.4 million, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), which administers CIG, will provide $10 million through
its regular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to eligible
producers to implement conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas
Conservation Leaders Praise USDA for Moving More Dollars Into Cost Share Programs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $4.5 million in funding to conservation districts across the country to implement conservation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that over $10 million in financial and technical assistance would be available to producers in 13 states. Conservation districts from seven of those states received funds, including California, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
"We're extremely pleased to see conservation districts being recognized for their critical role in helping producers implement conservation measures on their operations," said National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt. "The fact that districts were awarded a significant portion of these funds demonstrates their proven track-record of success when it comes to working with local landowner customers to enhance clean air, water, soils and wildlife habitat in their communities."
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says Dust Controls Would Have a Negative Impact on Farmers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This week during The Ag Minute, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, discusses the negative economic impact of a stricter regulatory standard for dust controls on the agricultural economy. The Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the standards for particle pollution every five years. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is expected to make a decision this summer on whether to maintain the current standard.
The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released from the House Agriculture Committee.
"Those of us who live in the countryside and work on farms know that
dust is a part of life.
National Pork Board Elects New Officers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., has been elected president of the 15-member National Pork Board. Forkner, the board's vice president, is the owner and president of Forkner Farms Inc., which has 550 purebred sows and markets 7,500 hogs per year. With members of his family, he also raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,000 acres in west central Missouri.
National Pork Board members also elected Conley Nelson, a pork producer from Algona, Iowa, vice president and Karen Richter, a pork producer from Montgomery, Minn., treasurer. All three will serve one-year terms beginning immediately.
Click on the LINK below for more information on all three of the newly elected officers, including their backgrounds, involvement in the pork industry and in the Pork Checkoff.
Duster Foundation Seed Wheat Field Offers Impressive Numbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jeff Wright, Operational Coordinator for the Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks efforts at Oklahoma State University dropped us an email yesterday with some quick information about the harvest of a field of Duster destined to be used as seed.
Jeff writes "Just going to let you know that we got one of our Foundation Duster seed fields out, just about 55 acres and yielded just over 50 bushel to the acre with a 63 pound test weight." Wright adds this was a field in the Coyle area.
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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 $12.31 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.31 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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