~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 7, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- And the Rains Finally Rolled Across Oklahoma.
-- Armyworms Marching in Oklahoma Wheat Fields
-- Shooting the Bull- Checking the Cows with Ag Secretary Terry Peach
-- Nationally- Corn and Soybean Harvest Rolls.
-- More Actitivties On Tap for October 17 in Stillwater
-- Cattle With Poor Temperment Means Poor Profits for the Cattle Owner
-- Parker Ranch Set for their October 13 Angus Production Sale
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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And the Rains Finally Rolled Across Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It has been an excellent rain producing rain system for many locations around the state, with amounts in excess of an inch of rain over the last twenty four to forty eight hours ranging from Harmon and Jackson Counties northward through Roger Mills, Washita, Custer, Dewey and on to the Kansas line.
Comanche and Caddo Counties have also exceeded the inch of rain level,
as has LeFlore and McCurtain Counties in the southeastern quadrant of the
Click here for the precipitation amounts over the last two days, courtesy of the Oklahoma Mesonet. We have also linked below the front page of the Ag Weather section of the Mesonet, where you can explore current temperatures, humidities, wind speeds and more for the Mesonet locations that are found in all 77 Oklahoma Counties.
Armyworms Marching in Oklahoma Wheat Fields
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that wheat producers in the state that have wheat already planted are having to deal with fall armyworms. The NASS report says "Armyworms have invaded many wheat fields across the State causing some producers to spray and others to replant. Over one-fourth of the State's cropland was reported having moderate to heavy insect activity. Winter wheat seedbed preparation increased five percentage points from the previous week to reach 93 percent complete. Wheat planted jumped 15 points from the previous week to reach 59 percent complete, three percentage points behind the five-year average."
For the row crops- "Harvest was underway for most of the State's row crops. Corn harvest was in full swing last week, increasing 11 points from the previous week to reach 57 percent complete, but was still 25 points behind the five-year average. Sorghum mature reached 37 percent by week's end, 24 points behind the five-year average. Twenty-four percent of the State's sorghum was harvested, eight points behind normal. Soybeans mature were at 39 percent, up 12 points from the previous week but 22 points behind the five-year average. Thirteen percent of the State's soybeans had been harvested by week's end, 20 points behind normal. Nearly three-fourths of the peanuts were mature by the end of last week, up 25 points from the previous week, but three points behind normal. Nearly a fourth of the State's peanuts had been dug by week's end, four points ahead of normal. Peanuts combined reached 16 percent. Cotton bolls were opening on 90 percent of the State's cotton by week's end, up 18 points from the previous week and seven points ahead of the five-year average. While the Crop Weather update did not give us a harvest percentage for cotton, the national crop progress did- indicating that 2% of the Oklahoma cotton crop has now been harvested.
The report also talks about our pasture conditions, saying "Warm-season pasture growth has slowed due to shorter days and a lack of soil moisture in some areas. However, cooler weather has helped cool-season pastures, and recent rain should significantly improve pasture conditions. Pasture and range conditions remained mostly in the good to fair range." We have the full report linked below- click to check it out.
Shooting the Bull- Checking the Cows with Ag Secretary Terry Peach
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had the chance to visit with Terry Peach, our Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture this past Friday before the Premium Auction of the Junior Livestock Show- and we talked about a variety of subjects, including where Oklahoma now stands with TB rules in light of New Mexico now being downgraded in their TB status.
Commissioner Peach says that we have had one case in Oklahoma- and that the Board of Agriculture, following the advice of State Vet Becky Brewer, has put in place stricter rules and testing requirements for animals coming into the state when it comes to TB. He says that since we have had one case, we have to be extremely diligent in preventing another case to slip into the state.
We also talked about disaster aid as well as the national economic crisis and his read on how people are adjusting to these historic events that some people are calling once in hundred year economic developments. We have our conversation with Secretary Peach up on our website, and there is a link below for you to follow to listen to his comments.
Nationally- Corn and Soybean Harvest Rolls.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was excellent weather across the midwest this past week, with farmers especially jumping into soybean fields as harvest of beans nationally jumped 22 percentage points from 9% harvested to 31% harvested as of Sunday. The corn harvest continues to lag, moving just five percentage points from 9% to 14% harvested in the latest reporting week.
Wheat planting moved forward- Oklahoma wheat farmers jumped plantings in our state by 15 percentage points, while Texas moved up 12 points to 54% planted and Kansas is now ahead of their five year average on planting at 64% complete, with more than one fourth of their total expected crop planted this past week alone (27%).
California and Kentucky still are the worse spots in the country when
it comes to pasture and range conditions- California at 95% poor to very
poor, while my old home state of Kentucky checks in at 80% poor to very
poor on their pasture ratings.
More Actitivties On Tap for October 17 in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On our calendar page, we now have the full agenda in the OSU Animal Science Department for the Friday of Homecoming weekend at Oklahoma State University on October 17, 2008. We had listed earlier the reception to honor the family of Clem McSpadden, who is being honored as a Distinguished Ag Alum of the College of Agriculture at OSU this fall, along with Mike Kubicek and Joe Neal Hampton.
Besides those receptions, there will also be a special Totusek Lecture Series presentation by Dr. Dennis White, a dinner to follow and then a very special reception planned for Dr. Joe and Lynn Hughes.
We have details of all of these activities on our calendar page...we have the link to the calendar below- just scroll down to the October 17th date and click on the Homecoming related event you are interested in. AND, take a look at all the other things going on that are of importance to farming and ranching here in our state!
Cattle With Poor Temperment Means Poor Profits for the Cattle Owner
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Extension Mam Cow Specialist Dr. Glen Selk has some advice for cattle producers- it's probably not worth hanging on for dear life when you have a wild cow in the herd. "October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are hard on the bottom line."
"Mississippi State University researchers used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a "Farm to Feedlot" program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance, carcass characteristics, and net profit. Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile; 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity. Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot. Exit velocity is an evaluation of temperament that is made electronically by measuring the speed at which the animal leaves the confinement of the chute. Exit velocity and pen scores were highly correlated. As pen scores increased, so did exit velocity. As pen score and exit velocity increased, health treatments costs and number of days treated increased, while average daily gain and final body weight decreased. As pen score increased, net profit per head tended to decline. Pen temperament scores and net profits per head were as follows: 1=$121.89; 2=$100.98; 3=$107.18; 4=$83.75; 5=$80.81. Although feed and cattle price relationships have changed since this data was collected, one would expect similar impacts from the temperaments of cattle under today's economic situation.
"Heritability is the portion of the differences in a trait that can be attributed to genetics. The heritability of temperament in beef cattle has been estimated to range from 0.36 to 0.45. This moderate level of heritability indicates that real progress can be made by selecting against wild cattle. Whether we are marketing our calf crop at weaning or retaining ownership throughout the feedlot phase, wild, excitable cattle are expensive to own and raise."
Parker Ranch Set for their October 13 Angus Production Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Eddie and Karen Parker want to extend an invitation to their Annual Fall Production Sale on Columbus Day, Oct. 13, 2008. Selling will be 100 spring-calving bred cows and heifers plus fall-calving bred heifers and open yearling heifers. Also selling will be 100 18- to 20-month-old performance-tested, carcass-evaluated Angus bulls.
These bulls are ready to go to work for you- they are semen tested, PI-BVD tested negative, carry a one year breeding guarantee; have been raised in large pastures--no hot rations and are Merial Igenity DNA tested. They have the right EPDs- 24 bulls have 9's and 10's for Tenderness. And a Parker Angus Ranch bull is affordable- previous sales show that 56% are in the $2,000-$3000 range.
We have the Parker Ranch website linked below- you can go there and find the sale catalog for this offering now available. The Sale can be viewed October 13 on the internet at www.liveauctions.tv . Contact Brad Fahrmeier prior to auction at (816) 392-9241.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma National Stockyards sold around 6,800 cattle, with yearling and calves selling $5 to $10 lower than a week earlier. The market news reporter says that some buying interests remain on the sidelines. The five to six hundred pound steers brought from $103 to 4113, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings sold below a dollar a pound- from $95.50 to $99.50. For the complete Oklahoma National Stockyards report- click here.
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