~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday July 22, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Latest Oklahoma Crop Conditions Called Fair to Good
-- Nationally- Corn is now 65% good to excellent condition.
-- Duster was a Star in the 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Variety Trial.
-- Ag in the Classroom Goes "On the Road"
-- We Talk Cattle Price Outlook with Randy Blach of Cattlefax
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Oklahoma Crop Conditions Called Fair to Good
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update indicates that we made good crop progress across the state in the latest week. It was generally a warm and dry week, with only .15 inch of rain on average fell around the state.
Corn silking reached 59 percent, an increase of 4 percentage points from last week but 20 points behind normal. Thirty-seven percent of the corn crop had reached the dough stage, up eight points from the previous week but four points behind the five-year average. Thirteen percent of the corn crop was beginning to dent. Sorghum planting was virtually completed by week's end. Sorghum emerged was at 76 percent, a 13 point jump from the previous week, but 19 points behind normal. Twenty-two percent of the State's sorghum had headed, an increase of 11 points from the previous week. A small percentage of the State's sorghum acreage was coloring by Sunday. Soybean planting was nearly completed by week's end. Soybeans emerged were at 92 percent, an increase of seven points from the previous week and two points ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans blooming were at 46 percent by the end of the week, a large increase of 22 points from the previous week and 10 points ahead of normal. Peanuts pegging increased seven points from the previous week to reach 81 percent, while peanuts setting pods were at 54 percent, seven points ahead of normal. Cotton squaring increased 15 points to reach 64 percent, 12 points behind normal, and 17 percent of the State's cotton acreage was setting bolls by week's end.
Pasture and range conditions were rated in the good to fair categories in 81% of the state's rangeland. The poorest ratings- poor to very poor- were found in 10% of the state.
For the full report- we have it linked from the NASS website below. Check it out.
Nationally- Corn is now 65% good to excellent condition.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Despite mostly favorable growing conditions throughout the Corn Belt last week, development of the nation's corn crop continued to lag behind normal. As of Sunday, 34 percent of corn acres had reached the silking stage compared to the five-year average of 60 percent and last year's 72 percent, according to USDA's weekly crop progress report released Monday.
In the top corn-producing state of Iowa, only 14 percent of the crop was silking, far behind the five-year average of 53 percent and last year's 66 percent. Silking also lagged behind normal in Illinois, where 55 percent of the crop was silking compared to the five-year average of 85 percent, and in Indiana, where 38 percent of corn was silking compared to 67 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-five percent of the nation's corn crop was rated in good-to-excellent condition, up just 1 percentage point from the previous week.
Forty-five percent of the U.S. soybean crop was blooming Sunday
compared to the five-year average of 65 percent and last year's 70
percent. The percentage of soybean acres rated in good-to- excellent
condition increased to 61 percent, up 2 percentage points from the
previous week's 59 percent.
Duster was a Star in the 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Variety Trial.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The results are in from the wheat variety trials across the state of Oklahoma that were conducted by the OSU- in cooperation with local producers across the state. The trials were funded partially by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
In looking over the results, we noticed a couple of varieties that yielded extremely well in multiple locations. OSU bred variety Duster scored above 70 bushels per acre in seven of the listed trials, while Agripro's Jackpot hit above 70 bushels six times. Jackpot scored a 96 bushel per acre computation in the Lahoma Fungicide trial, while Duster's best performance came in the El Reno no-till DP.
We have the complete report linked on our website- and we have the webpage to go and get that link for you below. This is data that can help you make a decision about possible new varieties to try in your wheat fields this coming fall.
Ag in the Classroom Goes "On the Road"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We appreciate Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Dana Bessinger giving us the lowdown on a road trip for more than 50 Oklahoma school teachers that gets underway today.
Dana tells us "Ag in the Classroom is going "On the Road" sponsored by Oklahoma Beef Council to southwest Oklahoma today with 54 teachers from across the state . This is a 3-day professional development opportunity to immerse educators in Oklahoma agriculture and prepare them to integrate agriculture in their classrooms.
"We're starting out at the Department of Agriculture, heading to the
Oklahoma Beef Council and the Stockyards. Then we'll be heading to
Alfadale Feedlot, Whitley's with the Sheep and Wool Commission and Mt.
Scott. Chisholm Trail Farm Credit is providing lots of water....we've
heard the temperature is going to be hottest so far this season. We'll
chow down at the Old Plantation in Medicine Park and hitting the hay in
We Talk Cattle Price Outlook with Randy Blach of Cattlefax
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Beef Buzz for Tuesday July 22 features comments from Randy Blach with the Cattlefax organization based out of Denver. We will be talking the next couple of days with Randy about the status of our cattle markets as we have moved into the second half of the summer season.
In today's Beef Buzz, we talk about the current cash cattle market- as Randy tells us he expects a rebound later in the year as available supplies of market ready cattle will likely tighten. We also discuss the profitability of the beef packers at this time- and how that was long overdue- but is not expected to last a lot longer.
Our Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and can also be heard on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We have today's Beef Buzz linked below, we invite you to check it out.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Feeder Cattle prices were higher in Oklahoma City on Monday, with 6500 cattle reported sold during the regular feeder cattle auction. Prices for yearlings- steers and heifers- were one to three dollars better than last week. We have the full report for you to check out- click here for the Oklahoma National Stockyards report.
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