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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday July 5, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Plains Grains Calls Quality of the 2011 HRW Wheat Crop High As Harvest Moves North
-- 30 Day Weather Outlook from Gary McManus, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
-- Charly Cummings of Yates Center, Kansas Named World Livestock Auctioneer- A Pair of Oklahomans Are Second and Third
-- Oklahoma House Ag Committee Member Dies on the Fourth of July
-- Deadline for Oklahoma No-Till Conference Quickly Approaching
-- With Tom Ramey, CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Now Gone- TCFA Continues to Call for the Resignation of Tom Jones
-- Meanwhile- the US Cattlemen's Association Want a Checkoff Investigation After the Ramey Resignation
-- Back to Work After the Birthday Party for the USA
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Plains Grains Calls Quality of the 2011 HRW Wheat Crop High As Harvest Moves North
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to Plains Grains, the 2011 HRW wheat harvest continues to roll in Kansas with cutting now an estimated 70% complete. Northwest Kansas is just getting started, but is experiencing triple digit temperatures which will push that area into full swing shortly. Harvest is all but complete in Texas and Oklahoma with only a few irrigated fields left in the Panhandle areas of both states. Colorado is now nearing 20% completion with all cutting still south of I-70 (southern half of the state). Southern Nebraska will likely begin test cutting in the next few days and in the Panhandle by next week.
The 2011 Oklahoma wheat crop harvest is now 99% done, Texas is 95% complete and Kansas has hit the 70% mark.
Yields have continued to be variable in all locations as harvest has moved northward and generally have been ranging from the low teens to well over 50 bushels per acre. Much of the variability is associated with the extreme drought, hot temperatures during kernel development and crop rotation practices (nature of the previous crop) vs. timely moisture and cooler conditions during crop growth and maturity. The consistency has been with kernel characteristics (although smaller kernels than last year) and protein content (much higher than the last 2 years).
With 155 samples of an estimated 530 total in the lab, average test weights continue to exceed 61 pounds per bushel with average proteins over 13%. Thousand kernel weights are lower than last year, but still are averaging above 27 grams. Dockage remains low (0.4%) and moisture continues to average below 10.5%. Preliminary mill, dough functionality and bake test are reflective of the high protein and test weight data.
We talked with the Executive Director of Plains Grains, Mark Hodges, about the 2011 harvest thus far- and the quality indicators that have been seen thru testing the 2011 crop to this point. Click on the LINK below to hear our conversation with Mark Hodges.
30 Day Weather Outlook from Gary McManus, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The meager amount of rain that managed to fall on Oklahoma during June was no match for the extreme heat and wind that was so prevalent for much of the month. The statewide average rainfall total for June was 1.17 inches, more than three inches below normal and the fourth driest June on record dating back to 1895. Southwestern Oklahoma suffered through its driest June on record with an average of 0.52 inches. Add heat to the equation and you have the ingredients for drought intensification. That is exactly what occurred during what became the second warmest June on record. The statewide average temperature finished at nearly 7 degrees above normal. For southwestern and west central Oklahoma, where high temperatures averaged more than 100 degrees during the month, it was the warmest June on record.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released on June 30 indicates 33 percent of Oklahoma - virtually the entire western third of the state - is experiencing exceptional drought, the highest designation on the drought intensity scale. Severe-through-exceptional drought covers nearly 56 percent of the state. Eastern Oklahoma had been drought-free through much of May and June but it too succumbed to the intense heat and wind. Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions continue to intensify and now cover the eastern half of Oklahoma.
The outlooks for July from the National Weather Service's Climate
Prediction Center are noncommittal for the most part with only a slightly
increased chance of above normal temperatures in the southwestern third of
the state, including the Panhandle. That is typical for the summer
outlooks since very little "weather" occurs in July and August as the jet
stream retreats to the Canadian border. That retreat also diminished hope
that relief is on the way, however, since it normally results in hot and
dry summers for the Southern Plains. July and August are the warmest and
second warmest months of the year in Oklahoma, respectively, and the two
driest non-winter months.
Charly Cummings of Yates Center, Kansas Named World Livestock Auctioneer- A Pair of Oklahomans Are Second and Third
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Charly Cummings said that winning Livestock Marketing Association's 2011 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), following competition at the Upstate Livestock Exchange in South Carolina, "was pretty overwhelming, something you always dream about."
And take it from this Yates Center, Kan., auctioneer who's been in 4 WLACs: the competition from the other 32 contestants for the coveted title of world champion "was phenomenal, from top to bottom. There were 8-12 other guys I thought could have won."
But it was Cummings, 32, who claimed the victory June 25 at the 48th
annual WLAC. His previous highest finish was last year, when he was named
runner-up world champion, or third place. In 2008, he was named the Audrey
K. Banks "Rookie of the Year." The award and a $500 prize from LMA go to
the highest-scoring first-time contestant in that year's semi-finals.
Oklahoma House Ag Committee Member Dies on the Fourth of July
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Representative Rusty Farley, a Republican from Haworth, died on Monday afternoon at a hospital in Paris, Texas, after suffering a pulmonary aneurysm. House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, issued the following statement on Farley's passing:
"Rep. Rusty Farley's steady voice of wisdom will be greatly missed at the Legislature and beyond. During his short time at the Capitol, Rep. Farley quickly developed the admiration of his colleagues in the House through his compassionate character and commitment to solid Oklahoma conservative values. The House extends its hearts and prayers to his family and constituents at this time of loss."
Farley, 57, was elected in 2010 to represent House District 1, which
includes McCurtain County. Among his Committee assignments during his
Freshman year in the legislature was the House Agriculture, Wildlife and
Deadline for Oklahoma No-Till Conference Quickly Approaching
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers and ranchers seeking to benefit from the latest developments in no-till cropping systems have until July 8 (THIS FRIDAY!) to receive the lowest cost for attending the July 22-23 Oklahoma No-Till 2011 Conference.
"A key advantage of attending the conference is the opportunity to interact with both technical specialists and experienced no-till farmers," said Chad Godsey, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist. "It's a great way for producers to get answers to any number of questions they may have about no-till systems."
The conference will take place at Norman's National Center for Employee
Development (NCED), located at 2801 State Highway 9 East. Conference
sessions will begin at 8 a.m. on both days and will finish mid- to
With Tom Ramey, CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Now Gone- TCFA Continues to Call for the Resignation of Tom Jones
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Texas Cattle Feeders Association's Board of Directors, at their summer meeting last week, voted unanimously to urge the immediate resignation or termination of Cattlemen's Beef Board Chairman Tom Jones and CEO Tom Ramey. In a letter to the CBB this week, TCFA Chairman Bo Kizziar urged swift action by the board for "unethical behavior and failed leadership during the past several months."
The letter goes on to state "Both leaders have admitted to this wrongdoing and can no longer provide the trusted leadership required and expected by cattle producers to effectively implement the national beef checkoff program. It is time to end these divisive actions and focus on investing cattle producer dollars in programs developed through careful planning and coordination at the state and national level. It is apparent this can only happen under new leadership!"
After the letter was approved by the board, word came from a Beef Board news release that CEO Ramey had decided to step down from his position at the CBB. TCFA indicates in their weekly newsletter that their call for CBB Chairman Tom Jones of Arkansas to resign stands.
Meanwhile- the US Cattlemen's Association Want a Checkoff Investigation After the Ramey Resignation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Marketing Service (USDA/AMS) into emerging checkoff contractor compliance and funding management issues as well as events surrounding the resignation of Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) CEO, Tom Ramey.
The USCA is an offshoot of R-Calf USA and has similar attitudes about the relationship of the Beef Board and their principle contractor, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
"Enough is enough," said Jon Wooster, USCA President, San Lucas,
California. "The beef checkoff's majority contractor has engaged in a
public campaign attacking the CBB staff and leadership, demanding their
resignations or involuntary removal. These tactics have culminated in the
resignation of the CBB CEO on June 29, a critical blow to the Beef
Back to Work After the Birthday Party for the USA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Markets are back trading as electronic trading resumed for our commodities on Monday evening- Wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton are all higher early on this Tuesday morning.
Open outcry will resume as normal in the nine AM hour for livestock, grain and oilseed futures.
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