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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday July 13, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Emergency Haying of CRP Land Authorized in 25 Oklahoma Counties
-- Blue-Green Algae and Water Quality Problems Need Attention from EPA says Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
-- Part 3 with Bryan Weech, Says Not Moving Forward with Sustainability is Dangerous
-- July Crop Numbers Leave Size of Oklahoma Wheat Crop Unchanged- Kansas Sees a Slight Increase
-- Higher Quality Cattle Means Less Risk in Marketing
-- Noble Foundation Seminar Focusing on Improving Stocker Cattle Operations
-- Bayer CropScience Takes to Twitter to Fund Flood Relief Efforts
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Emergency Haying of CRP Land Authorized in 25 Oklahoma Counties
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In response to extreme drought conditions, twenty-five counties in Oklahoma have been authorized for emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). The counties are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Major, McCurtain, Roger Mills, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward. Haying authorization will end on August 31, 2011.
"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying of CRP must request approval and obtain a modified conservation plan before haying eligible acreage," said Francie Tolle, Executive Director of Oklahoma Farm Service Agency.
Upon approval of emergency haying, producers must leave at least 50
percent of each field or contiguous field unhayed for wildlife. For those
counties that are eligible for emergency haying and grazing, the same CRP
acreage cannot be both hayed and/or grazed at the same time. For example,
if 50 percent of a field or contiguous field is hayed, the remaining
unhayed 50 percent cannot be grazed; it must remain unhayed and ungrazed
Blue-Green Algae and Water Quality Problems Need Attention from EPA says Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The recent rash of water quality alerts in Oklahoma, including blooms of blue-green algae and increased levels of E coli bacteria in certain lakes shows the need for additional resources dedicated to addressing nonpoint source pollution in water according to Joe Parker, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). In addition, Parker said that these events also help highlight the folly of recent actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including cuts made to federal funding to control nonpoint source pollution in water and the rejection in 2008 of a water quality management plan for the Grand Lake Watershed. It also shows the challenges that could be created by proposed cuts to Farm Bill Conservation programs.
"Events can speak louder than words," Parker said. "For months now we have been expressing our dismay at the cut by EPA to the Clean Water Act section 319 program (319), the primary fund that we use to control nonpoint source pollution in water. We also were disappointed when the EPA rejected the watershed plan for the Grand Lake Watershed some time back and we are concerned about what could happen to our efforts if we see some of the cuts proposed to federal conservation funding become law. We talk and talk about the water quality challenges we are facing and what these cuts could mean but I guess it takes headlines about lakes closing before the message hits home."
In early July, a bloom of blue-green algae in Northeast Oklahoma's
Grand Lake resulted in warnings for visitors to avoid swimming in the lake
over the 4th of July weekend. Later that same month an increase in E coli
bacteria in parts of Lake Arcadia in Central Oklahoma was sighted as the
reason for closing several beach areas on that water body. This past week
blue-green algae blooms were detected in Fort Gibson Lake and Keystone
Lake with another possible bloom in Lake Tenkiller. Parker said that these
events show that while Oklahoma has made great strides in the area of
water quality protection, now is not the time to abandon water quality
work in the name of balancing the federal budget.
Part 3 with Bryan Weech, Says Not Moving Forward with Sustainability is Dangerous
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have part three of our story with Bryan Weech, Director of Livestock Agriculture with the World Wildlife Fund, concerning sustainability in beef cattle production. Weech says we have got to move forward with increasing sustainability because it is dangerous not to.
Weech says one significant side effect to not moving forward on this issue is an increase in legislation. If food value chains don't do their part with sustainability, there is going to be an increase in legislation and with that there will be a stifling of innovation and challenges with obtaining continuous improvement with legislation that limits it, says Weech.
Weech also says it is critical for meat production to focus on
science-based research and not to focus on just one area but six to seven
factors at once. We have got to figure out and agree on ways to measure
sustainability and then work together as an industry to make improvements,
July Crop Numbers Leave Size of Oklahoma Wheat Crop Unchanged- Kansas Sees a Slight Increase
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There were a pair of reports issued on Tuesday morning by the USDA- one was the July first Crop Production numbers which updated the size of the 2011 US wheat crop- while the other was the monthly crop supply demand numbers that come from the ERS.
Looking at the wheat crop predictions- USDA left the 2011 Oklahoma
wheat crop unchanged at 74.8 million bushels. This number is based on 3.4
million acres harvested this year with an average yield per acre of 22
bushels. This is a 38% smaller harvest than 2010 when Oklahoma wheat
farmers put 120.9 million bushels into the bin.
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates were considered slightly bullish for corn and the corn futures moved higher on Tuesday as a result- September and December contracts were 21 to 25 cents a bushel higher. Click on the LINK below for our analysis from Tuesday morning with Tom Leffler in advance to the trading session- he majors on the corn stocks numbers.
Higher Quality Cattle Means Less Risk in Marketing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Higher quality of cattle is very important to Oklahoma cattle producers. And Tom Brink, President of J&F Oklahoma Holdings, the cattle ownership arm of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, says it is important to them to market cattle of only the highest quality. J&F Oklahoma Holdings market up to 2 million finished cattle for Five Rivers every year. Most of the cattle marketed through J&F Oklahoma Holdings are sold on grids, which means they are priced through a carcass merit system.
Brink says higher grading cattle are important to them because they will have a better basis, which means a lot to them as risk managers when they are lifting those hedges to know that the basis will be a little more effective. High quality cattle also allows for more flexibility because marbling begins at a younger age.
Brink says this allows them to market the cattle a little early or a
little later dependant on the market, which is essential in this volatile
market because it allows to manage the risk.
Noble Foundation Seminar Focusing on Improving Stocker Cattle Operations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Winter Pasture/Stocker Cattle Seminar from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium.
Stocker cattle production is the primary agricultural industry in the Southern Great Plains. Noble Foundation agricultural consultants and invited speakers will provide attendees with information about stocker health and nutrition, forage production and management, market outlook, and an owner's perspective on managing a successful stocker operation.
"This seminar is a great opportunity for producers to brush up on
management techniques for their operations," said Clay Wright, Noble
Foundation livestock consultant. "As input costs continue to creep up, it
is more important than ever to be as efficient as possible to ensure the
vitality of our cattle and our operations."
Bayer CropScience Takes to Twitter to Fund Flood Relief Efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Historic flooding throughout much of the Midwest, South and Southeast has prompted Bayer CropScience to raise money for American Red Cross relief efforts. To help raise awareness of the issue, the company is linking its donation to Twitter engagement.
During the course of a new, two-week program, anyone can tweet the hashtag #BCSFloodRelief. For each tweet including the hashtag, Bayer CropScience will make a $5 donation to the American Red Cross. The fundraising effort will run from July 11 to July 23.
The #BCSFloodRelief program was announced during an event held at the
company's Northern Field Technology Station near Sabin, Minn. The total
amount raised will be announced during the Ag Media Summit in New Orleans,
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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 $12.92 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.74 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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