~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 15, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Crop Insurance Decisions Loom Large
-- Expect a Vote on the Horse Transport Measure This Week
-- Dalton Downing of Grove FFA and Maverick Squires of Cleveland County 4-H Top Livestock Judgers
-- Secretary Schafer Called Out by Lawmakers Over Claims that CBO Scored ACRE on Cheaper Base Years.
-- Friday's Crop Production Numbers Confirm Second Largest Corn Crop Anticipated.
-- Is Tuberculosis a Re-emerging Disease?
-- The Latest on the WebSite- Peanut Meetings, Beef Buzz and more.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Crop Insurance Decisions Loom Large
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~September 16 is the deadline for you to pay your $100 per crop which will make the 2008 version of the Permanent Disaster Program available for your farm- IF you are in a county declared as a disaster- or if you suffer a whole farm disaster. Scott Bulling of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau expresses doubt that many Oklahoma farmers would cash in on the program in 2008 except for the very dry Panhandle. If you have questions about this deadline- Bulling suggests that you call your local FSA office Monday- September 15 to explore what the options are- and what it would cost you to be eligible. Bulling explained to us that if you are outside of a disaster declared county- you would have to suffer a "whole farm" loss to potentially become eligible. That means if you had a loss on one crop- but did well in forage production and other crops you raised this crop year- you likely would not have enough of a loss to qualify.
The date that will impact a lot of Oklahoma producers comes up on the
30th of September. That is the day where you have to declare your
intentions to buy crop insurance for your fall seeded small grain crops-
winter wheat, oats and barley.
By September 30- you need to declare to buy crop insurance and you have to decide which type of insurance you plan to buy. The choices include traditional multi-peril insurance which protects yield only. If you want to have a better level of coverage- there is what is called CRC and RA. CRC is the Crop Revenue Coverage and RA is Revenue Assurance. Both of these offer protection on both your yield as well as on the price at harvest time.
We talked at length with Scott about these decisions- and several other crop insurance issues that are of interest here in the state of Oklahoma. The link to that story and our audio conversation is below.
Expect a Vote on the Horse Transport Measure This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives debated H.R. 6598 on Wednesday of this past week, a bill that in some cases would criminalize selling horses. According to the Animal Ag Alliance, this measure is "inappropriately named Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598), a bill which would criminalize the sale and transportation of horses for the purposes of slaughter. The bill was introduced by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN)." The bill now has an astounding 80 co-sponsors.
The Alliance fully expects the measure to be brought up for a Committee vote this coming week (the week of September 15) and that it could pass that body based on the Chairman's support. Philip Lobo with the Animal Ag Alliance says that this is the type of measure that could pass at the end of a Congressional session as a "feel good" measure- with many lawmakers taking money from the HSUS and their assurance that it can't hurt anything for them to support it.
We have more on this story- an audio interview to share and a link to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, which has a complete listing of the House Judiciary Committee members that you can get in contact with early this week if you want to express your displeasure with this measure.
Dalton Downing of Grove FFA and Maverick Squires of Cleveland County 4-H Top Livestock Judgers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dalton Downing of the Grove FFA Chapter was the top scorer in this past Friday's Junior Livestock Judging Contest held at the State Fair of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. It was sponsored and put on once again by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, with over 500 young people competing on 134 teams from around the state.
Downing, a sophomore at Grove High School, scored 538 points out of a
possible 550 and was the first place in the Senior FFA Division. Maverick
Squires of the Cleveland County 4-H won the Senior 4-H Division- and he
had the second highest individual score overall, with a 533 out of
We have details of the top five finishers in each division- as well as a quick interview with the high scorer in 4-H and in FFA. Click here for the 4-H story found on our website- and details of the FFA competition can be had by clicking here.
Secretary Schafer Called Out by Lawmakers Over Claims that CBO Scored ACRE on Cheaper Base Years.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to U.S. Ag Secretary Ed Schafer Friday to specify Congressional intent for the Average Crop Revenue Election - or ACRE - program. Because farmers can participate in the program beginning with the 2009 crop year - the letter states Congress intended for 2007 and projected 2008 crop prices be used as the first set of years to determine the baseline crop prices for the 2009 crop year. USDA officials have recently indicated that the ACRE program may be implemented based on 2006 and 2007 prices. Senators Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and John Thune of South Dakota say that would result in much lower baseline prices and an ineffective safety net for those who would participate.
Secretary Schafer has stated using 2007 and 2008 prices would increase the cost of the program by about 12-billion dollars. But according to the letter - the Congressional Budget Office used the higher 2007-2008 projected average price to determine the cost of ACRE in the 2008 Farm Bill - and therefore - if ACRE is implemented using these years - the farm bill would be of no additional cost to taxpayers.
Iowa's Grassley says Congress was clear in the farm bill that the 2007 and 2008 crop years are the basis for assistance through the ACRE program. He says it appears USDA is again misinterpreting Congressional intent for its own benefit. Coleman says he's hopeful Secretary Schafer will listen to the concerns outlined in the letter and implement the farm bill consistent with Congressional intent.
Friday's Crop Production Numbers Confirm Second Largest Corn Crop Anticipated.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest crop production report shows a smaller corn crop that projected in August. USDA has lowered expected yields from 155 bushels per acre to 152.3 bushels per acre. That yield - if realized - would still be the second highest on record. Production - forecast at 12.1-billion bushels - would also be the second largest. The soybean production forecast is also down from August. But the 2.93-billion bushel forecast is up 13-percent from last year and would be the fourth largest production on record. Yields are expected to average 40-bushels per acre. Cotton production is forecast at 13.8-million bales - a one-percent increase from a month ago - but a 28-percent decline from last year. Yield is expected to average 849-pounds per harvested acre.
USDA says the reduced corn yield forecast is a result of the lack of rainfall during August across the northern and eastern Corn Belt and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. The yield prospects also decreased across much of the middle Mississippi Valley and adjacent areas of the Great Plains. Soybean yields in the mid-Atlantic States, the central and eastern Corn Belt, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota are forecast lower or unchanged. Yields are higher or unchanged across the Southeast and the remainder of the Great Plains.
Tropical Storm Fay is blamed for lower cotton yields in Georgia. Texas producers are expecting increased yields from a month ago - and record high yields are expected for upland growers in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Speaking of our Oklahoma numbers- we have a review of our spring crops in the state on our website- click below to take a look.
Is Tuberculosis a Re-emerging Disease?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Dave Sparks, DVM, Area Extension Food-Animal Quality and Health Specialist for OSU has an interesting look at the issue of Bovine Tuberculosis in the latest Cow Calf Corner that is put together weekly by Glen Selk and Derrell Peel. Dave says that we are seeing something of a comeback of TB in cattle herds around the country- the most recent example coming out of New Mexico as that state has had USDA- APHIS announce that New Mexico was reclassified as modified accredited advanced for TB- meaning they are dealing with multiple cases of TB.
With the finding of two cases of TB within a state in a four year time period, the level is moved down to MAA, or Modified Accredited Advanced. This requires more testing, especially in interstate shipment. The finding of three or more cases within one year moves a state's status down to Modified Accredited. This requires all breeding animals to be tested within 60 days of shipment and a whole herd test within 12 months. In addition all feeder animals must have a test prior to movement. Oklahoma is currently TB Free, but we did have a confirmed case in 2006, so one more case by 2010 would see a decrease in status here.
Dr. Sparks writes "As more cattle movement occurs, it becomes more important to be able to document the movement. It makes a lot of difference what kind of area cattle are moving from, and it is important to be able to identify the animals. Veterinarians within the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry feel like it is quite possible that the 2006 case of TB confirmed in Oklahoma was actually a cow that came in from another state. The rancher had purchased cows from a neighboring state, but because the individual animals identity could not be confirmed as a part of that shipment, Oklahoma was credited with the case.
"So what does this mean to Oklahoma cattlemen and what can we do to
safeguard our TB Free status? When you add cattle to your herd make sure
that they are long time Oklahoma resident cattle, or be sure you determine
their true point of origin. Use a permanent ID system, such as a
brucellosis test tag or calfhood vaccinate test tag to identify these
additions to your herd. These tags may take an extra effort to record and
file but it could help save a lot of grief in the future. Apply careful
consideration before enacting or allowing wildlife management plans that
include feeding, baiting or increasing wildlife populations. Be careful
when screening workers or others that may come in contact with your
cattle. If you don't know the person or their health status, consider
requiring a TB test as a condition of employment.
The Latest on the WebSite- Peanut Meetings, Beef Buzz and more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have added several new calendar listings in recent days- including a pair of Peanut Field Tours planned for the Erick and Ft. Cobb areas- go to our calendar page on our website- and scroll down to September 23 and September 30 for the details on either of those meetings. Both of those meetings will be looking at what worked in 2008 for peanut producers- and will be twilight meetings starting at 5:00 PM.
Our daily Beef Buzz this week will feature several segments of an interview that we conducted this past week with Gregg Doud, Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. We talk current economics of the beef industry, exports and even a little bit of politics. The Beef Buzz page is found by clicking here.
One segment that we are working on right now that we hope can be turned on in the near future is a blog that will spotlight our coverage of 4-H and FFA events. We are shooting to have this up and running by the time we head to Indianapolis for the 2008 National FFA Convention- Stay tuned!
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock Market sold a total of 5,727 on Friday, with yearlings steady to a dollar lower, while the steer and heifer calves were called steady. On the yearlings, seven to wight hundred pounders brought $110.75 to $114.50, while eight to nine hundred pound steers came in at $106.35 to $112.75. For the entire Woodward report- click here (the September 12 report should be up and available after 8 AM Monday)
Meanwhile, we saw $99 paid for slaughter steers in the TCFA territory for the third week in a row- you can check the numbers on our TCFA link below.
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