~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 7, 2008!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, KIS Futures & Midwest Farm Shows
-- How to Spot First Hollow Stem- Field Training in Canadian County This Morning!
-- Livestock Border Blockade to Our South...
-- Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers Back From Washington...
-- Net Farm Income To Trend Higher in Coming Decade- So Says FAPRI.
-- For Many Locations- Moisture Remains an Issue for the 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Crop...
-- Horse Health Courses Coming On-Line and Free!
-- This and That- See Jeramy- Check Out The Saturday Purebred Sales!
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How to Spot First Hollow Stem- Field Training in Canadian County This Morning!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Growers are holding a producer meeting to demonstrate how to look for first hollow stem. They will be meeting at the Canadian County Extension offices this morning, Friday, March 7, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. We will then caravan out to the test plots from there. The address for the Canadian County Extension office is 218 N. Country Club Road, North of Jenks Simmons Field House (located on the fairgrounds), El Reno, OK 73036.
Livestock Border Blockade to Our South...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has issued an order to stop specific Canadian cattle from passing through the state's export facilities into Mexico.
It appears that Canada has signed a deal with Mexico that will permit Canadian breeding cattle into Mexico, even though Mexico is still not accepting U.S. born animals. Texas Ag Commissioner Staples says that's unacceptable. "I am deeply disappointed that Canada has signed a live cattle trading protocol with Mexico that is inconsistent with international standards," Commissioner Staples said. "The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards are paramount in ensuring trade decisions are based on sound science and not political science."
Three major Texas groups have joined together and issued a statement of support for the Texas Department of Agriculture- the statement says "Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the Texas Farm Bureau fully support the action taken by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples to stop specific Canadian cattle from passing through the state's export facilities and into Mexico. We stand behind Commissioner Staples and the position he has taken on behalf of Texas beef producers. We encourage cattle producers and/or associations in other states to join Texas in this effort. It is imperative that Mexico accept all U.S. breeding cattle consistent with OIE standards, including cattle older than 30 months, so that U.S. beef producers continue to have an equal and open market with Mexico. If Mexico can accept breeding cattle from Canada, they should accept them from the U.S."
We understand that Arizona is supportive, as is New Mexico. A news release from the Arizona Department of Agriculture says "Don Butler, Director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), announced today his support of a Texas plan that prohibits Canadian breeding Cattle from being exported through Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) ports into Mexico until Mexico accepts U.S. breeding cattle. Director Butler went further to call on Arizona livestock export facilities to also stop Canadian cattle exports into Mexico until Mexico accepts U.S. breeding cattle." We have a link to the complete news release from the Texas Department of Agriculture linked below.
Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers Back From Washington...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A delegation of members representing the Oklahoma Grain & Stocker Producers spent three days in Washington D.C. last week gathering information and making legislative visits. The group included Dean Keiffer, Helena; David Von Tungeln, El Reno; Richard Radcliff , Forgan, and his two sons, Rhett and Ryan; and Candace Krebs, Enid.
The group spent time with the USTR's office, The USDA, NCBA, U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers. They made Hill visits to the office of Congressman Frank Lucas as well as the other four members of the Congressional delegation- and caught up with both Senators as they were in and out of Hearings underway this past week.
Candace Krebs has prepared a full report of the OG&SP visit, complete with pictures that we have linked on our website- and we have it linked below for you to check out as well.
Net Farm Income To Trend Higher in Coming Decade- So Says FAPRI.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Economists at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute predict, during the next ten years, overall net farm income will go up, some government farm program payments will drop and consumers will see higher food costs. The economists' observations are contained in the 2008 FAPRI Baseline Briefing Book delivered to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FAPRI expects 2008 soybean acreage to increase about 6-million acres with wheat acreage increasing as well. Corn will retreat two-million acres. Plantings of 12 major crops are expected to increase four- million acres in 2008, following a three-million acre increase in 2007. Most new acres come from double- crop soybeans and wheat, reduced fallow ground and expiring contracts on Conservation Reserve Program acres.
FAPRI says - cow-calf returns are expected to remain in the red for
most of the baseline years. And hog producers face lower returns as pork
supplies will remain high through 2008. Hog prices need to average 50-55
dollars per hundredweight to provide historic average returns. FAPRI
projects prices of 44 for finished hogs in 2008. And dairy producers face
lower prices after record prices of 19 dollars per hundred pounds for milk
in 2007. Strong international demand provides a cushion to an expected
decline in milk prices.
For Many Locations- Moisture Remains an Issue for the 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Crop...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mark Hodges is very concerned about overall moisture levels for growth and development of the 2008 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop here in the state. He has provided us with several maps and we have three of them on our website to share with you. This first map shows the percentage of rainfall versus normal for the last thirty days.
The next two maps show Fractional Water Index at 25 cm, and 75 cm respectively, please note once you reach .8 and down on the index, moisture for plant growth becomes limiting (this corresponds to light green to yellow to dark brown). The point is, we still have some very dry areas of the state that also have limited plant development for this time of year. Some dryland areas of the state will produce a very short crop if any (Western Panhandle) with the remainder of the areas that are currently showing a lack of profile moisture "on the bubble".
Mark adds that "While we do still have some good wheat in the state it will take continued timely rains to realize the current potential." This is evidenced by the moisture shown in the soil profiles that we have placed on our website on our front page under "Top Agricultural News. We have linked that page for you to jump to below.
Horse Health Courses Coming On-Line and Free!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Horse owners and veterinarians worldwide soon will have access to online video horse courses presenting the latest developments in horse health topics from some of the foremost individuals in equine research. TheHorse.com, companion Web site to The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care magazine, will be offering monthly University of Kentucky (UK) Diagnostic-Research online Horse Courses.
The first in the series of 10 Horse Courses sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health will launch March 13. Each hour long seminar features cutting-edge information from two to four speakers on different aspects of a pertinent horse health topic. While some speakers are from UK, others are practicing veterinarians with valuable hands-on experience and researchers from other states.
Dr. David Horohov, William Robert Mills Chair in Equine Immunology and
faculty member at the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine
Research Center, said, "Unlike a typical research seminar that deals with
an overly focused aspect of the problem, or a clinical presentation that
emphasizes diagnosis and treatment, we combine each aspect into a singular
presentation that in one hour's time highlights the most important aspects
of the particular topic." Horohov, along with Dr. Craig Carter, director
of the university's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, created the
original seminar series and selects the speakers for each seminar.
This and That- See Jeramy- Check Out The Saturday Purebred Sales!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This Saturday morning on our regular weekly TV slot, In the Field with Ron Hays, we are pleased that Jeramy Rich will take a break from setup at the State Fair Park to join us and talk about the 2008 Oklahoma Youth Expo that kicks off the first of this coming week. Jeramy is the Executive Director of the Expo, the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show. Look for us on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City during their Saturday morning News Block between 6 am and 8am- it can be seen at 6:40 am and often they repeat at 7:40 am as well.
There are several purebred sales that we have been telling you about going on this week. Today (Friday) is the second day of the Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale-that's at the ranch just north of Yukon. They sell Angus Bulls starting at 10 Am.
On Saturday, we have the Kervin-Hall-Coyote
Hills Production Sale at the ranch just outside Chatanooga, Oklahoma-
they'll be selling Limousin Bulls starting at 1 PM.
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