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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 24, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Western Third of Oklahoma Now in Exceptional Drought
-- Wheat Harvest Progress- Oklahoma-98%, Texas- 85% and Kansas 49% Done
-- Canola TV - Part 3 with Jeff Scott Discussing the Benefits of Canola as a Rotational Crop
-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says G-20 Action Plan is a Significant Achievement Addressing Food Security and Food Prices
-- Chairman Frank Lucas Highlights Efforts Made by House Ag Committee
-- Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter Wrapping Up Week in Brazil
-- OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson Talks Canola and Wheat Prices- and we have your SUNUP Preview
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Western Third of Oklahoma Now in Exceptional Drought
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Billion dollar drought continues. All the heat and wind we have seen in June has taken its toll in the western half of the state, and the drought we've been mired in since last fall continues to intensify and persist. Exceptional drought, the worst such designation in the U.S. Drought Monitor's intensity scale, increased from 10 percent of the state last week to 33 percent this week. The new map released Thursday morning shows the ugly details. (you can see it by clicking on the LINK below)
In addition to the widespread D4 drought covering virtually the entire western third of Oklahoma, D3 (extreme) and D2 (severe) drought also shifted back to the east.
The state missed out on a substantial amount of its normal rainfall during the last 30 days. According to data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the May 24-June 22 statewide average rainfall total of 1.24 inches ranks as the driest such period dating back to 1921. Southwestern and south central Oklahoma suffered through similar rankings for the last 30 days, receiving a scant 12 percent of normal rainfall over that period.
The tremendous early summer heat exacerbated the drought impacts and allowed for its eastward progress. The statewide average temperature for the month thus far stands at 82.7 degrees, which would be high enough to rank as the third warmest June on record for Oklahoma. Number one on June's warmest list goes to 1953 at 84.6 degrees, with 1911 coming in second at 83.3 degrees. During that period, high temperatures across the state averaged 95.7 degrees, 8.6 degrees above normal. The average high temperature in southwestern Oklahoma came in at 100.9 degrees.
Unfortunately, there is no relief in sight- in talking to our weather friends at both News9 in Oklahoma City and News on 6 in Tulsa, the heat is parking right on top of us- and won't be going away for the balance of June. Click here for the seven day snapshot of temps courtesy of one of our Twitter friends who works for KOTV and snagged this from KWTV News9. OUCH!
Wheat Harvest Progress- Oklahoma-98%, Texas- 85% and Kansas 49% Done
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Hard Red Winter Wheat harvest update coming from Mark Hodges, Executive Director of Plains Grains, Inc, harvest "slowed this week by cool wet weather and green wheat. Some losses were reported during the past week from severe storms dumping hail in parts of southwest/south central/southeastern Kansas and eastern Colorado. Wheat is now being harvested in north central and northeast Kansas while northwest Kansas continues to be significantly slower to mature due to cooler and wetter weather over the past several weeks."
Texas is now estimated to be 85% complete with harvest with mainly irrigated acres in the Panhandle north of Amarillo remaining to be cut. Oklahoma is 98% complete with harvest; most of the remaining 2% is in the Panhandle and mainly irrigated acres. Colorado should get into the full swing of harvest south of I-70 over the next week with favorable cutting weather. Yields have generally been as expected in Texas and in the southwestern part of Oklahoma, but have been slightly better than expected as harvest moved into the northern half of Oklahoma and southern Kansas. (Kansas, by the way, is about half way done at 49% complete, according to this Plains Grains report from Mark Hodges.)
The quality of the 2011 crop remains outstanding- and there are now some early numbers from samples that have been analyzed by the grain lab in Manhattan, Kansas. Click on the LINK below and check out quality details and more from this latest review of the 2011 harvest, courtesy of Plains Grains.
Canola TV - Part 3 with Jeff Scott Discussing the Benefits of Canola as a Rotational Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In part three of Canola TV with Jeff Scott, Ron Hays talks about the benefits Scott has discovered while using winter canola as a rotational crop with wheat in northern Oklahoma. Scott says he has a desire to learn new things in farming and canola has helped him to become a farmer. Scott also says canola has turned his crop around and has made an increase in his profitability and yields with his wheat.
Scott also uses no-till farming, which he says canola is an excellent tool for because it can be chopped and spread out evenly on the field to help protect the soil.
Click on the LINK below to listen to the discussion between Ron Hays and Jeff Scott on the benefits of growing canola as a rotational crop with wheat in northern Oklahoma.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says G-20 Action Plan is a Significant Achievement Addressing Food Security and Food Prices
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today on the G-20 Action Plan to address food security and food price volatility:
"The consensus reached today by the G-20 Agricultural Ministers marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food price volatility confronting our world with greater regularity. Together, the G-20 nations are committed to increasing agricultural production through use of improved practices and technologies and a commitment to new and expanded research and development. To that end, we support the launch of an International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement to help nations coordinate research efforts on this crucial staple crop.
"Moreover, we recognize the need for participation in global
agricultural monitoring systems and early warning systems to improve crop
production projections and weather forecasting, and we call upon
international organizations to create links between existing global,
regional and national systems. The need for market transparency and
consistency with science-based rule-making systems among our nations and
the international community is stronger than ever. Purposefully then, we
support establishing the groundwork for an international agricultural
market information system, or AMIS, that if fully supported and utilized,
will mitigate volatility and reduce market distorting signals by promoting
greater shared understanding of food production and price
Chairman Frank Lucas Highlights Efforts Made by House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved its activity report for the first quarter of the 112th Congress as required by House Rule XI, clause d(1). During the business meeting, Chairman Frank Lucas highlighted the committee's efforts on behalf of America's farmers, ranchers, and rural constituents. Some of the highlights include the committee approving two key pieces of legislation to improve economic growth, fulfilling its oversight responsibility with numerous hearings, and preparing for the important task of writing the next farm bill.
Some of the text of Chairman Lucas's opening statement is
Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter Wrapping Up Week in Brazil
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter Class of 2010-2011 wraps up their year long training program this week as they conclude a week of studying the agriculture and culture of Brazil. Mike Spradling, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is traveling with the OALE group and we talked with Spradling and members of the class about what they have seen in Brazil this week.
One of the aspects of Brazilian rural life that really grabbed the attention of these agricultural students from Oklahoma State University was the private property rights issue of squatters that live on many of the farming operations. We have their reaction to this common practice in Brazil in the audio report that we have as a part of our webstory you can LINK to below.
Members of the current class, which has organized last fall and wraps up their time together with this trip include Megan Bryant, Jeff Eder, Carson Horn, Kaylee Krebs, Garrett Knebel, Kaitlyn Lingus, Seth Menefee, Amy Peel, Ryan Ramseyer and Carly Schnaithman. Riley Pagett of Woodward was also a part of the class, but had to drop out because of his duties as National President of the FFA that began last winter.
OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson Talks Canola and Wheat Prices- and we have your SUNUP Preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grain Marketing Extension Economist from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Kim Anderson, with most of canola harvest being completed, says canola prices are relatively good right now for Oklahoma at $12.00 per bushel, falling only slightly from $12.50 from early June. Wheat prices have taken a hit over the past couple of weeks, falling to around $7.30 per bushel.
However, Anderson says this is still a relatively good wheat price. The value of the wheat crop looks better than expected with a predicted $585 million crop for Oklahoma this year,which is just five percent less than the value of much larger 2010 crop. Anderson's suggestion to producers is to follow their plan concerning marketing their crop and do not second guess the market.
Click on the LINK below to listen to Dave Deken and Dr. Kim Anderson discuss more on current canola prices and Anderson's perspective on the dramatic drop in wheat prices, as well as the market value of this year's wheat crop.
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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 $11.82 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.82 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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