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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, October 15,
Beef, Pork Exports Lower than a Year
a continued slump in U.S. red meat export volume
and a further dip in August sales, the value of
beef and pork exports for the first eight months
of the year remained slightly ahead of 2011's
record-setting pace, according to statistics
released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat
Export Federation (USMEF).
exports in August were the second-largest of the
year at 100,468 metric tons, but this was still 14
percent below the August 2011 volume. In value,
August exports totaled $486.2 million. While 5
percent lower than a year ago, it was also the
second-highest monthly total of 2012.
January through August, beef exports were 11
percent lower than a year ago in volume (759,901
metric tons) but still 2 percent above last year's
record value pace at $3.66 billion.
pork exports in August were down 6 percent in
volume (175,310 metric tons) and 7 percent in
value ($495.5 million) compared to a year ago, but
these totals were up 10 percent and 6 percent,
respectively, from the previous month's
performance. Through the first eight months of the
year, 2012 pork exports were up 2 percent in
volume (1.474 million metric tons) and 8 percent
in value ($4.13 billion) from last year's record
"We face a challenging business
climate in several key markets, with rising
production costs and slowing economic growth
creating some anxiety among buyers," said USMEF
President and CEO Philip
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Agriculture Groups Join Together to Support Soil
National Association of Conservation Districts
(NACD) and a diverse group of conservation and
commodity groups joined together in sending a
letter to USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White in support of the
NRCS soil health awareness and education effort.
The effort is designed to highlight the benefits
of improving and maintaining America's soil.
"Every ecosystem and every living organism
is dependent upon soils," said NACD President
Gene Schmidt. "Healthy soil is
the basis of clean air, clean water, and a safe
and secure food supply for the future. It also
increases our ability to mitigate the impacts of
extreme weather events on the land, ensuring
farmers and ranchers can continue to produce the
food, feed, fiber and fuel the nation needs no
matter what Mother Nature throws at us."
According to the letter, signed by more
than 20 groups, "achieving soil health is part of
a systems approach to agriculture production that
benefits the landscape, reduces nutrient loading
and sediment runoff, increases efficiencies, and
sustains wildlife habitat, while providing the
potential for cost savings to
You can read more by clicking here,
and you'll find a link to the full letter to the
USDA from the conservation groups.
FFA National Office Candidate Gears Up for
Jones of the Owasso FFA will be
heading to Indianapolis this year as a national
officer candidate from Oklahoma. An agriculture
education student at OSU, Jones has been preparing
for this opportunity for eight years. He recently
spoke with us about his quest and why he is so
passionate about pursuing a national FFA
"I served a couple of years ago as
State FFA secretary, so my passion for FFA started
when I was an eighth grader and continued on
through. Having been given the opportunity to
serve as state secretary was really exciting for
me. I loved my year of service. So then I thought
it would maybe be nice to take that next step and
to have the opportunity to run for national office
He said he realizes that becoming
a national officer would require a total
"Out of 365 days, I will be
traveling for about 340 days if elected. So, we're
talking a big-time commitment, but certainly one
worth your while."
You can catch our full audio
interview or read more about Jones' quest for a
national office by clicking here.
AND- from Saturday
morning- click here to catch our In the
Field video Q&A with Marty as seen on KWTV
News9 in Oklahoma City.
TV-Canola is in the Ground; Now
Sanders with Producers Cooperative
Oil Mill has been helping producers get their
canola in the ground. Now that the planting window
has closed, we asked, "What's next?"
year, like every year it seems like in Oklahoma,
we've been faced with a lot of challenges. And one
is we went from extremely hot temperatures with no
rain to getting a little bit of erratic rain here
and there to a cool down with some more moisture.
But we obviously know that there needs to be a lot
more moisture out across the state."
says the erratic weather has made it hard on
producers and he's tried to spread himself as
broadly as possible to help as many as possible
get a crop in the ground.
"We've got a lot
more canola farmers, more acres being planted and
it's been difficult to get to everybody."
Sanders says he expects the predictions
that Oklahoma will have between 250,000 to 300,000
acres of canola this year to be correct.
Check out this episode of Canola TV
by clicking here. Our
thanks to PCOM for their support of CanolaTV, with
previous episodes available both on YouTune as
well as our website on our special CanolaTV webpage.
Cotton Farmers Looking Forward To
cotton crop will be harvested this year, a much
better projection than the problems caused by the
severe drought in 2011. John
Osborn, who farms near Tuttle, southwest
of Oklahoma City, believes his dryland cotton crop
will average 300 pounds of lint cotton per
Osborn is typical of cotton farmers
who quit farming the crop in the late 1980s due to
the depredations of the boll weevil. Positive
results of the national boll weevil eradication
program led him back to planting the crop in
"We struggled with drought affecting
our wheat in 2006," Osborn said. "Knowing about
the results of the plan to get rid of the boll
weevil led us to get back in the game. Also, the
new Roundup Ready cotton varieties allowing better
weed control help make up our minds to start
planting cotton again."
In 2011, Osborn
only harvested 300 acres of his total cotton crop.
Dry weather during the summer months cut back
promising yields, but he sees more acreage being
harvested this year.
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Predicts a Contraction in Global Feed Production
in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the UN, Alltech vice president Aidan
Connolly presented the results of the
2011 Alltech Feed Tonnage Survey along with
results from previous surveys, showing a steady
increase in feed production year on
The 2011 survey, covering 128
countries, put the total feed at 873 million
tonnes. The 2012 survey, due to be published soon
and covering more than 130 countries, is expected
to show a further increase. For 2013, however,
Connolly, presenting at the IFIF-FAO joint
meeting, predicted a contraction in the region of
3 - 5%, driven by the following three
- Continued global recession affecting
- The conversion of large amounts of
feed stocks and materials into biofuels.
- Reduced feed supply due to a global
drought, specifically in the US.
addition, a mycotoxin survey, also carried out by
Alltech, indicates that the surviving US harvest
will be highly contaminated with up to 37
different mycotoxins, due to crop vulnerability
from adverse weather conditions. The resulting
percentage contraction in feed production will
then be determined by the ability of integrated
food producers, farmers and food companies to pass
on the increased feed material cost to consumers
without any loss in overall consumption
"We are facing a completely new era
for the agriculture industry where, for the first
time in history, feed production for 2013 will be
lower than for 2012, and it is clear that
efficiency in converting feed into food will be
more critical to food companies than ever," said
Got Rain- and Who Did Not? We Have the Latest From
across the state of Oklahoma over this past
weekend left many locations with amounts of rain
that exceeded an inch of much needed moisture-
while large amounts of west central and southwest
Oklahoma got little or no rain from this multi day
The graphic from the Oklahoma
Mesonet- Click here to take a look- shows
Oilton (between Stillwater and Tulsa) with 4.62
inches of rain since last Thursday- the most of
any location- and it reports Boise City in
Cimarron County as one of the winners, with 2.63
inches of rainfall from this system.
with this system now long gone- little rain is in
the outlook for the next several days- leaving a
lot of west central and southwest Oklahoma dry-
and getting drier.
the Mesonet graphic- we have some weather analysis
courtesy of Alan Crone from the
News on 6 in Tulsa as well as the forecast
discussion from the National Weather Service in
OKC. Click on the LINK above to check it all
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