~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 24, 2007!A service of Cusack Meats, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Friday's Cattle on Feed Report a Ho Hum Affair...
-- It's Time- Line Up Your Crop Insurance Coverage NOW for the 2008 Wheat Crop!
-- More Asian Soybean Rust Attacks Oklahoma Soybeans- and Has Also Shown up in Kansas and Kentucky.
-- TSCRA Investigators Round Up the Crooks!
-- Not Much Progress in Farm Bill Deliberations in the Senate.
-- South Korea Will NOT Hurry to Redo Beef Import Rules for US Beef.
-- Our Condolances to Steve Kouplen...
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Friday's Cattle on Feed Report a Ho Hum Affair...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No surprises at all from the latest Cattle on Feed Numbers issued by the USDA on Friday afternoon. ON feed numbers were down six percent from last year on September first- placements of cattle into feedlots fell by seven percent in August of this year versus last August while marketings were flat August to August.
Tom Leffler with Leffler Commodites out of Kansas is our regular commodity analyst on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and he talked with Ed Richards Friday afternoon about the report and where the market may go next this week. On Friday, cattle futures rallied and that spooked feedlot buyers into buying cattle at a dollar higher money than a week earlier, $94 to $94.50 for slaughter cattle midday Friday.
Tom also points out that corn prices continue to look very strong- even in the face of a enormous harvest that is just now underway.You can hear all of Tom's comments as he was our Monday morning Beef Buzz guest on RON- and we have that program linked for you below.
It's Time- Line Up Your Crop Insurance Coverage NOW for the 2008 Wheat Crop!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's gotta be done this week- a decision to insure your winter wheat crop for 2008 and exactly what type of coverage you want and at what level of protection you want to buy.
The official deadline for fall planted crops like winter wheat, oats and barley here in the state of Oklahoma is officially September 30- but with that date falling on a weekend, USDA is giving you through the Close of Business on next Monday, October first to sign up and declare the other details.
We highlighted this deadline on our Saturday morning TV segment on the KWTV News9 Saturday morning news block which runs from 6 am til 8 am Saturday mornings. Our ag news segment runs at approximately 7:40 am and we talked Saturday with Scott Bulling of Oklahoma Farm Bureau about this wheat crop insurance deadline. We have the video segment linked below in case you missed it.
More Asian Soybean Rust Attacks Oklahoma Soybeans- and Has Also Shown up in Kansas and Kentucky.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Latest confirmations of Asian Soybean Rust in Oklahoma were reported on Friday by USDA and our state Plant Pathologist Dr. John Damicone. Wagoner County now has rust in the county, as does Kay County. In addition, Montgomery County(That's the Coffeyville area) now has the first case of Asian Soybean Rust ever found in Kansas and Ballard County in far western Kentucky has also found a positive case of Rust.
Here's the latest commentary on the Oklahoma "finds" from the USDA Soybean Rust Site. "Rust was found for the first time in a commercial field in Wagoner Co. at an incidence of 100%, and in a sentinel plot (R5) in Kay Co. in at an incidence of 60%. Actively sporulating rust is now present in most areas of the state being regularly monitored except for Tulsa Co. (that was previously positive) and Washington Co. Rust incidence has increased to 44% in Okmulgee Co., 64% in Ottawa Co, 84% in Choctaw Co., and 100% in Bryan and Atoka Counties. Kudzu in Choctaw Co. was also positive for rust this week. A Commercial field in Caddo Co. in southwestern OK was found to be negative for rust this week. Other diseases such as anthracnose, downy mildew, brown spot, bacterial blight, and frogeye leaf spot are widespread and continue to make rust recognition in the field difficult. Frogeye leaf spot and downy mildew are particularly severe in some fields. Low chances of rain are being forecasted for the upcoming week, but more cool night temperatures which should continue to produce dew periods."
Late planted soybeans are still susceptible to rust this growing season- and sprays are recommended if the potential for a good yield is present. Check with your local Extension folks and they can hook you up with Dr. Damicone or others who are watching and reporting on this disease that has literally blown in from South America.
TSCRA Investigators Round Up the Crooks!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Almost $90,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered through the efforts of the Special Rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers in recent weeks- mostly stolen from Oklahoma locations.
In both cases, saddles were involved as well as additional horse tack and even three horses in the second of the two cases worked on by the TSCRA Rangers.
John Cummings is one of the Rangers involved and he is relatively new in his position with TSCRA and is serving eastern counties in the state of Oklahoma for TSCRA. We have linked details of the second of the two cases below from the TSCRA website- the story about the recovery of the $19,000 worth of saddles is especially interesting!
Not Much Progress in Farm Bill Deliberations in the Senate.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With the September 30th Expiration of current farm policy, the Senate is still far away from getting their deal together on farm policy, let alone getting a final product crafted in negotiations with the House. The latest Wheat Industry News Letter sums it up pretty well in how they describe the activity- "Confusion reigned in Washington this week as the farm bill process took yet more twists and turns, changing direction on a daily basis but experiencing no forward movement. In a sharp diversion from the House-passed bill and earlier comments by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that the direct payment would be part of the Senate package, rumors flew this week that Senators are considering linking the direct payment to price - rendering it non-green box at the World Trade Organization."
The Wheat News Letter adds "Statements on a short- term extension of current farm policy after Sept. 30 also shifted. Early in the week, Harkin said publicly there would be a provision in the continuing resolution for a one-month extension of the 2002 bill and more short-term extensions if necessary. Later, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D- Minn.) said he doesn't think an extension is needed, and Harkin's office said his statement was meant to advocate only a short-term extension of USDA authority to implement the 2002 law. Additionally, Harkin changed his tune on the concept of permanent disaster assistance, an idea to which he was opposed just last week, now saying he could see it being worked into the Senate bill. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said last week that he plans to include a permanent disaster package as part of a $8-10 billion farm bill- related tax package he is composing, though questions intensified this week about where exactly that money would come from and what would happen to pacify other interests, notably specialty crops, that might want part of those funds. Many Senators also attended a National Farmers Union-sponsored press conference this week in support of permanent disaster assistance."
We mentioned last week about the NAWG President John Thaemert of Kansas writing a letter to Ag Committee Leadership in the House and Senate- pointing out the need for authority given to USDA to pay advance direct payments to wheat farmers after the first of October, something that would greatly aid in the cash flow at planting time- especially with high input costs stretching even the most solvent of producers. He sent a second letter on Friday, blasting the idea that the Senate Committee may be considering tying direct payments to commodity prices. The letter urged Senators "in the strongest possible terms" to reject any such proposals. NAWG strongly opposes tying the direct payment to price as that would likely disqualify the direct payment - currently the most trade-friendly of farm programs - from green box status under World Trade Organization rules, and because a direct payment based on price would likely never be triggered for producers facing weather-related disasters, eliminating the safety net for those growers altogether."
South Korea Will NOT Hurry to Redo Beef Import Rules for US Beef.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Apparently, the multiple violations of bone in beef by US processors and packers shipped to South Korea have stirred the pot enough that South Korea has once again slowed down the timeline for agreeing to accept US beef under guidelines closer to the OIE International Animal Health standards. Comments from their ag minister found at Korea.net over the weekend suggest it will be a frustrating fall for our non stop effort to fully reopen the South Korean market to US beef, bones and all.
Im Sang- Gyu, South Korea's Minister of Agriculture, said that while Seoul did not plan to drag its feet on re- writing its import rules for U.S. beef, it was in no hurry either. "We have to carefully examine the impartial scientific data and health concerns that have been raised before allowing more American beef into the country," he said, hinting that lifting of all restrictions may take longer than previously anticipated.
South Korean lawmakers have rattled their rhetorical swords in recent days, as they consider a resolution that would call for a total ban of US Beef- the fears of the safety seem unreasonable to us, but with our multiple violations, those who fan the flames of these unfounded claims are finding their cries have found traction. That's almost guaranteed to slow down the process to a glacier movement pace.
Our Condolances to Steve Kouplen...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are very sorry to report to you the death of Steve Kouplen's wife, Anita, early Friday of this past week. Steve, of course, is the President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and is a farmer/rancher in Beggs.
As we write this, we are still waiting on arrangements of the Memorial Services and will provide an update as we have them probably tomorrow morning. We will also post them on our website on our front page under today's news.
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