~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday, October 12, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Winter Canola Acres Planted for 2012 Crop Likely Tops 2011 Plantings
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Beneficial Rains Offer Hope for Fall Planting
-- FTA Votes Likely This Morning- All Three Deals Expected to Pass
-- Producers Need to Keep an Eye on Hay Supplies
-- Schoool Land Commission Annual Fall Auctions Kick Off Next Week
-- Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise
-- Beef Buzzing, SPCCing and Fall Gathering
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Winter Canola Acres Planted for 2012 Crop Likely Tops 2011 Plantings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The window of opportunity for planting winter canola within the deadline for full crop insurance has just passed on Oct. 10. However, according to Heath Sanders, Agronomist with Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, those wishing to still get their winter canola in the ground still have time to obtain crop insurance with a reduction.
If producers get their winter canola planted and in the ground by Oct. 15, they can still meet the requirements of crop insurance, however, they will have to take the crop insurance with a reduction. Sanders says, depending on the fall and weather conditions, producers can still plant a little bit later and will still be alright.
Sanders adds that some producers across the state that were lucky enough to receive some timely rains already have winter canola up and out of the ground. Many producers lacked a lot of underground moisture but had enough moisture to dust in their winter canola, much like wheat.
As we look further into the year, Sanders says he expects there to be more acres of canola planted this year than last. Sanders says with the current price of canola compared to wheat, many new growers planting, and an increase in interest in canola, there is likely to be many more acres.
Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Beneficial Rains Offer Hope for Fall Planting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the latest Crop Weather Update, the recent rainfall played a significant role in helping with fall planting saying - "The week began warm, dry and windy and several small fires were reported during the week. Severe wind gusts upwards of 60 mph and sustained winds of more than 45 mph were recorded in the Panhandle Thursday and Friday, further depleting soil moisture. The weekend rains reduced fire danger as well as providing needed moisture for the western two thirds of the state. The state averaged 1.29 inches of rain with the Central, South Central and Southwest Districts averaging over two inches. Ringling, in Jefferson County, received a total of 4.31 inches of rain, the highest for the week, while eastern Oklahoma and areas of the Panhandle were left out of the generous rain totals. The precipitation was especially beneficial to those who had planted wheat or canola into dry seedbeds, and will allow other producers to plant in the coming weeks."
When it comes to our fall-planted crops - "Planting continued for all
small grains in anticipation of the weekend rainfall. Seedbed preparation
for wheat ground was 86 percent complete by week's end, nine points behind
normal. Planting reached 47 percent complete, up 17 points from the
previous week, but still 16 points behind normal. Wheat emerged was 14
percent complete, 22 points behind the five-year average. Canola seedbed
preparation reached 94 percent complete by the end of the week, while
planting reached 67 percent, an increase of 19 points from the week
before. Eight percent of canola had emerged by Sunday, 26 points behind
last year. Seedbed preparation for rye was 83 percent complete, 16 points
behind normal, and planting reached 46 percent by Sunday, 41 points behind
normal. One fifth of the rye had emerged by the end of the week. Seedbed
preparation for oat ground was 68 percent complete, and planting reached
18 percent by the end of the week, 14 points behind the five-year
Despite changes across the state when it comes to crops, hay cutting continued to show little progress last week. Third cuttings of alfalfa were 54 percent complete, and only six percent of the state had completed a fourth cutting, compared to 99 percent this week last year. A second cutting of other hay reached 52 percent complete by Sunday, 28 points behind the five-year average.
FTA Votes Likely This Morning- All Three Deals Expected to Pass
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If all goes as expected - the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will be approved by both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate by mid-day today (Wednesday). Passage is expected to be swift. Tuesday afternoon the remaining committees approved the enabling legislation permitting floor debate to begin and a final vote.
The U.S. House was expected to begin debate on the agreements Tuesday evening and take a final vote Wednesday. The U.S. Senate is expected debate the agreements today (Wednesday) before taking a final vote. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley believes the agreements would have broad bipartisan support in the Senate - predicting 65 to 70 votes.
Passage of the Free Trade Agreements between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama would end nearly five years of foot dragging over the pacts- mostly by the Obama Administration. The bills were hung up over worker rights and safety in Colombia, and concerns over U.S. workers who might lose their jobs as a result of less-expensive goods from the trading nations. As for U.S. workers, the Senate previously passed a Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. The House is expected to pass TAA with the FTAs.
Producers Need to Keep an Eye on Hay Supplies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we await the latest USDA projections of grain and livestock supplies into 2012, it is important to keep your eye on that 'other' cattle feed supply - hay. It is a particularly sensitive topic for cow-calf operators as they prepare for the winter months. Producers in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding states have suffered one of the worst drought years on record, a year that caused significant liquidation of the beef cow herd in these states and offset some of the gains in cow numbers in other areas. When looking at potential profit calculations, this should have been a herd rebuilding year for US cow-calf producers. All that went out of the window when key production areas received less than two inches of water all summer long.
The latest data from the USDA crop progress report shows that 96% of pastures and ranges in Texas are currently in poor or very poor state and 93% of pastures in Oklahoma are also rated in a similar condition. Coming into the fall, cow-calf operators rely on grass, hay and winter wheat grazing to help carry their cattle over the winter months. The dismal state of pastures has forced producers to increasingly rely on hay to fill their needs but that turned into a very expensive proposition as hay values spiked in August and September. Alfalfa prices in September were quoted at $196/ton, 67% higher than the same month a year ago while prices for all other hay were quoted at $128/ton, 34% over last year's levels.
Many producers in the Southern Plains saw the writing on the wall and accelerated their cow marketings as soon as it was viable to do so, without waiting for the normal start of the fall cow run. Cow slaughter rose sharply in September and cow slaughter plants ran full Saturday schedules. Cow slaughter has tempered somewhat in recent days but the spike in hay prices and limited winter wheat grazing will further limit feed availability going into the winter.
Schoool Land Commission Annual Fall Auctions Kick Off Next Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Commissioners of the Land Office annual fall auctions are about to get underway. The lands, used by farmers, ranchers and hunters, are leased to the highest bidder for a five year lease. The money made through these auctions goes to benefit Oklahoma's Kindergarten through 12th grade schools and colleges.
The Oklahoma School Land Commission is offering 513 tracts of land across 32 Oklahoma counties for lease through these public auctions. The counties included in the land auctions are Beaver, Cimarron, Texas, Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Woods, Kiowa, Beckham, Caddo, Washita, Harmon, Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Tillman, Jackson, Kay, Garfield, Alfalfa, Grant, Blaine, Kingfisher, Pawnee, Payne, Logan, Noble, Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie.
We recently talked with Harry Birdwell, Secretary of the Oklahoma
School Land Commission about these auctions and how they benefit the
education system. Click
here to listen to our conversation with Birdwell over these upcoming
The full legal description of the land up for lease is available by
logging on to the Land Office website, which
you can find by clicking here.You can also call 405-521-4000 or
Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Global meat production and consumption have increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as well as on the economy, according to research done by Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project for Vital Signs Online. Worldwide meat production has tripled over the last four decades and increased 20 percent in just the last 10 years. Meanwhile, industrial countries are consuming growing amounts of meat, nearly double the quantity than in developing countries.
"Much of the vigorous growth in meat production is due to the rise of industrial animal agriculture, or factory farming," said Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch senior researcher and director of Nourishing the Planet. "Factory farms pollute the environment through the heavy use of inputs such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used for feed production."
Large-scale meat production also has serious implications for the world's climate. Animal waste releases methane and nitrous oxide, greenhouse gases that are 25 and 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, respectively.
"The world's supersized appetite for meat is among the biggest reasons greenhouse gas emissions are still growing rapidly," said Worldwatch President Robert Engelman. "Yet properly managed and scaled meat production----like the kind pursued by small-scale pastoralists on dry grasslands----could actually sequester carbon dioxide. It's largely a matter of rethinking meat at both ends of the production-consumption trail."
Beef Buzzing, SPCCing and Fall Gathering
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday, we mentioned our Tuesday Beef Buzz with Dr. Derrell Peel but neglected to give you the link from our website to jump over to listen to that conversation on the cash cattle market here as we begin the 4th quarter of the year. So- here tis- click and take a listen. AND- while you are at it, you may want to also check out the Wednesday Beef Buzz, also with Dr. Peel, as we focus today on the Feeder Cattle markets and on winter forage hopes, boosted with the rains of this past weekend. Click here for our Wednesday edition of the Beef Buzz.
In our SPCC story yesterday- the webstory that we directed you to had a bad link for a time when it came to taking you to FarmSPCC.Com. You can either jump straight there if you would like- or click here and go and take a listen to our conversation with Caitlin Adams on this regulation that is less than a month from being enforced- WITH FINES- by the EPA.
Finally- the friendly folks at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have three locations left for their 2011 edition of the Fall Gatherings for cattle producers. The next gathering is tomorrow night- October 13- in Lahoma at CNB Polled Herefords, with a pair of Gatherings set for next week- October 18th at Coyote Hills Ranch, Chattanooga, OK and then October 20 at Ratcliff Ranch, Vinita, OK. Click on the name of each Ranch for details for that particular Gathering- or call 405-235-4391.
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