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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday September 7, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything
-- To Create Jobs- Pass the Free Trade Agreements- Keith Miller of USMEF
-- National Cattlemen's Beef Association Urges President Obama for Action on Free Trade Agreements
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Fires Add Devastation to Drought
-- Oklahoma Records Warmest August and September Shows Lack of Precipitation
-- Oklahoma State University Hosting Fumigation Workshop
-- Name Dropping- Rod Brenneman, Dan Ashe and Boss Hogg
-- Jeff Krehbiel Graduates with Honors
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With cooler temperatures finally showing up across much of Oklahoma, many producers should be preparing grain drills as we move further into September and October. However, the lack of moisture is causing concern when it comes to planting winter canola and hard red winter wheat. Dr. Kim Anderson, Grain Marketing Specialist from Oklahoma State University, says while production this year is important, having proper paperwork is important as well.
Crop insurance dictates that the planting window for winter canola opens from September 10 to October 10, which is quickly approaching. Whether it's wheat or canola, Anderson says this is the year that producers need to make sure all paperwork is done properly, as well as, make sure that all records and forms are filled out at the Farm Service Agency and with crop insurance agents. Also, for crop insurance purposes, producers have to dust in their wheat crop and it must be planted before November 1, says Anderson.
Some producers are thinking about not top-dressing their crop this year, which Anderson says will require a soil test by the producer. Producers need to show and have proof that they have adequate nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in their soil to establish a stand of wheat says Anderson.
Overall, the most important aspect of this crop year for producers is to keep records, fill out paperwork, and soil test because this is likely to be the year of insurance rather than production says Anderson.
Click on the LINK below to hear the rest of our conversation with Dr. Anderson on planting wheat and winter canola in the upcoming months, as well as, what producers need to do for crop insurance.
To Create Jobs- Pass the Free Trade Agreements- Keith Miller of USMEF
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congress faces a busy agenda when it returns from August recess, but U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Chairman Keith Miller says few items can offer as much immediate benefit to the struggling U.S. economy as ratification of pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
USDA has estimated that approval of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement would boost total U.S. agricultural exports by $1.9 billion. Approval of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement and the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement would increase ag exports by $371 million and $46 million, respectively. Based on an estimated 8,400 jobs supported by every $1 billion in exports, these FTAs will help create nearly 20,000 sorely needed U.S. jobs.
The U.S.-South Korea FTA is projected to boost U.S. beef exports to more than $1 billion per year over the 15-year implementation period. For pork, U.S. exports would more than double by 2016. The Colombia and Panama FTAs would add an estimated $35 million in beef exports and about $25 million in pork exports by 2016.
Our Beef Buzz programs are heard on many of our great radio stations across the region that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network. They can also be heard on our website- to see a full list of previous Beef Buzz reports, go to www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page. Click on the LINK below for this Beef Buzz featuring Keith Miller of the USMEF.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Urges President Obama for Action on Free Trade Agreements
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Labor Day is a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers. A day after Labor Day and just two days before President Obama is expected to address the nation with a plan to jumpstart the U.S. economy and create jobs in the United States, National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald calls on the president to send the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress immediately.
"If the president is serious about creating jobs, we expect the three trade agreements to be sent to Congress this week. There is absolutely no conceivable reason to delay these job-generating trade pacts any longer," said Donald. "Since President Obama took office, these trade agreements have been collecting dust on his desk. A lot of finger pointing is going on while our competitor's capitalize on our inability to act on these trade deals."
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for every $1 billion worth of agricultural goods exported, approximately 8,000 jobs are created. Donald said the three pending agreements would generate nearly $2.5 billion in additional exports and around 20,000 jobs. He said the trade agreements are a stimulus package that doesn't place additional financial burdens on U.S. taxpayers.
"If the president is serious about creating jobs, there should be no doubt in his mind that these trade agreements must be sent to Congress immediately," said Donald. "Those of us in rural America who depend on free and open trade are tired of bureaucratic speak and political games. It is time for the president to be a leader and send these trade agreements to Congress."
Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Fires Add Devastation to Drought
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the latest Crop Weather Update, the topic of discussion was the wildfires seen across the state saying- "Thousands of acres burned in several wildfires around the state last week. Two large fires spanned several days and destroyed dozens of homes; one in northwest Oklahoma City and the other in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Comanche County. Other grassfires in Grady County and in Cleveland County, near Noble, were reported. The summer heat wave claimed its 21st victim last week according to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office. The devastating heat continued until a cold front came in Sunday. Temperatures for the week averaged in the mid-80s with average highs in the upper 90's for most districts. The cool air did not bring storms with it, and the precipitation for the week was a meager 0.14 of an inch for the state. The lack of moisture meant little fieldwork was accomplished as the normal time for small grain planting approached. Topsoil moisture conditions declined again, with 81 percent of the state rated very short. Subsoil moisture conditions were unchanged with 87 percent rated very short."
According to the USDA, for our spring-planted crops- "Little progress
was made in seedbed preparations for all small grain as producers waited
for additional precipitation. Plowing of wheat ground was 89 percent
complete and 33 percent of seedbeds were prepared by week's end, 27 points
behind normal. Rye ground plowed was 88 percent complete and 24 percent of
seedbeds were prepared by Sunday, 36 points behind the five-year average.
Plowing of oat ground was 92 percent complete with 29 percent of seedbeds
prepared. Canola seedbed preparation reached 50 percent complete by the
end of the week, up six points from the previous week.
When it comes to hay in the state, production has dwindled, as conditions were rated mostly very poor for all hay. Second cuttings of alfalfa were 94 percent complete and third cuttings were 39 percent complete by the end of the week, 60 points behind normal. First cuttings of other hay were 95 percent complete and the second cutting was only 19 percent complete by Sunday, 41 points behind the five-year average.
Oklahoma Records Warmest August and September Shows Lack of Precipitation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The northeastern quarter of the state led the way during August with a whopping 4-6 inches of drought-relieving rainfall. According to Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist, much of the state saw at least 1-2 inches but high temperatures and sunny skies made short work of that bit of moisture. As for the southwest and parts of south central Oklahoma, they were left mostly high and dry once again.
The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Tipton saw a miserable one-hundredth of an inch of moisture during the month. Extreme heat remained throughout the month, helping it finish as the warmest August in the state since records began in 1895 at over 7 degrees above normal. The result is a U.S. Drought Monitor map that maintains exceptional drought in the western two-thirds of the state and along the Red River to the Arkansas border. Northeastern Oklahoma was reduced back down into severe and moderate drought territory thanks to their hefty rainfall totals.
The 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicate the chance for near-normal and even below-normal temperatures over the state. Those outlooks cover the September 6-14 time period. Unfortunately the precipitation outlooks for the same period indicate an increased chance of below normal precipitation over much of the state, although there is a slightly increased chance of above normal precipitation in the far western Panhandle early in the period.
The outlooks for September from the CPC contain a bit of hope with the absence of any widespread dry signal. There is a slight increase for the chance of below normal precipitation in the far southwest according to the CPC while the rest of the state lacks any confident prediction. It is certainly not a wet signal, but it is an improvement over past outlooks. The temperature outlook is similar with an increased chance of above normal temperatures in southwestern Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State University Hosting Fumigation Workshop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Fumigation Workshop will be conducted at the Stored Products Research and Education Center (SPREC) west of OSU's main campus in Stillwater on Wednesday September 14. Topics include grain quality and fumigation, phosphine monitoring, grain dust remediation, safety equipment and OSHA update, closed loop fumigation systems, and bird and rodent control.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.
Pre-registration of $75 is due September 7, and you can register online
and save $25.
Questions about registration can be directed to Ag Conferences at
Name Dropping- Rod Brenneman, Dan Ashe and Boss Hogg
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rod K. Brenneman has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Butterball LLC.
Brenneman has stepped down from his role as president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Foods LLC to assume the position with Butterball, but will continue to assist in the management of Seaboard Foods for an interim period, the company said in a news release.
Seaboard Foods' parent company Seaboard Corp. owns a 50 percent non-controlling voting interest in Butterball in partnership with Maxwell Farms LLC.
Brenneman was a key player in the Seaboard decision to come to Guymon, Oklahoma and build a state of the art pork processing facility back in the 1990s- and earlier this year, the Oklahoma Pork Council honored him by naming him to their Hall of Fame. Click here for our story on Rod Brenneman to get a better feel about how important he has been to the rise of the commercial hog industry in Oklahoma and the southwest.
Dan Ashe is the Agency head of the US Fish and Wildlife Service- and he has accepted the invitation of Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe to come to Oklahoma today and tomorrow to discuss the government's plans on listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as either an endangered or threatened species. Those meetings are this afternoon in Woodward at 5 PM and then tomorrow morning at 9 AM in Edmond. I anticipate a packed house- especially today in Woodward and we are planning on covering that for you- and will be Tweeting updates from there. Click here for our story and additional details about those two "forums."
I mentioned Boss Hogg just to see if you were paying attention- HOWEVER- there will be a lot of pork changing hands later this morning- and we will be there reporting and tweeting from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma as the Oklahoma Pork Council, M2P2 Pork and Seaboard are donating about 7,000 pounds of pork to the Food Bank. OPC says that they are wanting to kick off "Hunger Action Month" which is a nationawide effort to bring greater attention to hunger and promote different ways to get involved in addressing the problem. Watch our tweet feed later this morning on this event and we'll tell you more direct from Regional Food Bank.
Jeff Krehbiel Graduates with Honors
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was bittersweet news that we received midday Tuesday from Hydro that our friend Jeff Krehbiel has graduated up to Heaven- after he and his dear family have shown us all how to live with grace the past two years. Over these past two years- Jeff battled brain cancer with courage, dignity and at times- a bit of humor.
We wrote quite a bit in a special email that you received late yesterday afternoon- here's a link to that email if you want to see it and can't find it in your inbox.
Services for Jeff will be Friday afternoon at 2 PM in the Dome at the Hinton school facilities.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 $13.12 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $13.12 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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