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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday August 17, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Congressman Lucas Confirmed as a Friday Morning Speaker at Wheatland Stocker Conference in Enid This Friday
-- Is Pinkeye Stealing Your Beef Cattle Profits?
-- Flies- More than a Nusiance- a Threat to Your Bottom Line
-- 2009 US Corn Crop Could Keep Getting Bigger
-- Speaking of Corn- the Oklahoma Harvest is Rolling
-- Speaking of Twitter- How About those Oinks???
-- Rural Democrats in the Senate- including our Neighbor Blanche Lincoln- Black Flagging Cap and Trade
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Congressman Lucas Confirmed as a Friday Morning Speaker at Wheatland Stocker Conference in Enid This Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congressman Frank Lucas will update cattle producers on issues affecting agriculture at the 2009 Wheatland Stocker Conference which will be held Friday, August 21, in the Cherokee Strip Conference Center in Enid, OK. The first conference speaker begins at 8:30 a.m. with Congressman Lucas scheduled to speak at 9:15 a.m. Congressman Lucas will be able to update producers on key legislative efforts like Cap and Trade and Food Safety that have been steamrolled through the House this summer.
Cattle handling experts Dawn Hnatow, Bowie Texas, and Dr. Lynn Locatelli, Wolf Creek, Montana, will team up to present a seminar on Reducing Cattle Stress during Weaning, Receiving, Processing, and Grazing to Maximize Stocker Production Efficiency. These ladies have been featured speakers at cattle conferences across the nation.
The Conference will also cover age and source verification, beef nutrition, cattle market outlook and even an overview of the big issues facing the cattle industry that yours truly will be offering right after lunch on Friday.
We have all the details of the conference on our website- click on the link below to read more. AND- we hope to see you this Friday at the 2009 edition of the Wheatland Stocker Conference.
Is Pinkeye Stealing Your Beef Cattle Profits?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are reports of Pink eye causing problems with many cattle herds here in the state of Oklahoma. Our thanks to Dr. Dave Sparks of OSU Extension, who has written an excellent overview of dealing with Pink Eye. We have the full article on our website- click on the link below for that story- here are a few of the highlights:
"Any cattleman who hasn't had a serious episode of eye problems in his cattle can put it on his list of things to look forward to. This syndrome is properly called infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, which translates to an infection that causes inflammation of the surface of the eye and the tissues surrounding the eye in cattle. Pinkeye can affect any aged cattle, but it is much more of a problem in young cattle, because they haven't yet had the opportunity to develop immune system resistance to it.
Dr. Sparks goes on to detail pinkeye and treatment and prevention options. He concludes by sying "There is no silver bullet for pinkeye. No single management practice will eliminate the concern. Instead, control depends on understanding the several factors involved, such as bacteria, vectors, irritants, and immunity. By incorporating consideration of these factors into your overall management you can minimize the impact of pinkeye on your animals and on your profitability."
Flies- More than a Nusiance- a Threat to Your Bottom Line
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Flies are more than a nuisance- they cut into the profitability of our beef cattle operations. We are talking flies as we begin this week on the Beef Buzz, and our guest is Dr. Larry Hollis, research and extension Beef Cattle Vet at Kansas State University.
In comments heard originally on the K-State Radio Network, Dr. Hollis says that as flies multiply at this time of year, they can lower productivity of your animals as they spend more of their time trying to get away from the flies and not grazing. Flies also bring disease, like pinkeye, to the animal. We also hear his thoughts on some of the traditional ear tags that are now on the market- including the challenge of resistance to one or both of the active ingredients now most common in fly control ear tags.
Click on the link below for this Monday edition of the Beef Buzz- and we remind you that we have this show on a daily basis on many of our Radio Oklahoma Network stations- plus it and older Beef Buzzes can be listened to on your schedule on our website.
2009 US Corn Crop Could Keep Getting Bigger
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The August Crop Production Report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service put the size of the coming corn crop at just under 12.8-billion bushels. It's the second highest corn crop on record in two categories. The only bigger total crop was harvested in 2007. It was 13-billion bushels strong. The 2004 crop holds the record for the highest average per acre yield - but it's only a tad above the 159.5 bushels USDA is expecting this fall.
University of Illinois Ag Economist Dr. Darrel Good says both of those records may be in jeopardy as the old adage that big crops get bigger in the annual series of crop reports may turn out to be the case in 2009.
We have a special audio report featuring Dr. Good that is courtesy of farm broadcast colleague Todd Gleason from the Land of Lincoln- click on the link below to check it out.
Speaking of Corn- the Oklahoma Harvest is Rolling
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the word we get on Twitter from OkieAgMan, who reports "Oklahoma Corn harvest in south and west is going. Early planted in Central Oklahoma and north is at 19 moisture and needs a dry week."
OkieAgMan is Michael Marlow of Monsanto, who also mentions on the Social media site that they are holding a field day this morning in Union City to look at cotton and corn production this summer- and he also mentions that one more winter canola session has been planned by the Monsanto folks in Cherokee this coming Thursday downtown in a local cafe at 7 AM.
We worked with Michael on Friday and into the weekend to get an Oklahoma perspective on a story that we reported that suggested retail prices of the new multi stack hybrids that are a joint effort of Monsanto and Dow will hit somewhere around $330 per bag- with a cost per acre of $130 in the corn belt. It is generally expected that the cost per acre to a dryland farmer here in the southern plains will be less- and we hope to have some background on that and some ideas of pricing expectations from Monsanto in the near future. It was indicated to us that farmers would be seeing prices for the Genuity line of Monsanto seeds sometime this fall for next spring's planting- and that those prices would reflect the realities of the environment that farmers face here south and west of prime corn growing country.
Speaking of Twitter- How About those Oinks???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Sunday word to remember on Twitter was OINK- and that was because several hog farmers and supporters of the pork industry decided there needed to be a concerted ag industry effort to raise awareness of the stupidity of using the term "swine flu" instead of the designation H1N1Flu. Many in the general media continue to use that term- and swine producers, who continue to lose a lot of money- believe Flu fears are one reason that the demand for pork is struggling.
The objective of the action on Twitter Sunday morning was to put OINK on the top ten trending topics on Twitter- and the effort was a resounding success. OINK got as high as number two- was number four for much of the day and H1N1 also was ranked in the top ten.
A common Tweet that we saw read "We #oink today to take the pig out of
it and call it H1N1." Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers had a big
part in the effort "#oink was a great success: Over 2700 hits to the FB
blog and 412 hits on @chrischinn's youtube video about life on a family
It was quite a party on Twitter for those in agriculture- Oink Oink
Rural Democrats in the Senate- including our Neighbor Blanche Lincoln- Black Flagging Cap and Trade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senators remain under pressure to pass a cap-and-trade bill. According to Kevin Book, a Washington analyst with Clearview Energy Partners, failure to act would leave regulation in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency. But a handful of Senators would like to abandon efforts to pass legislation curbing greenhouse-gas emissions this year and concentrate on a narrower bill to require use of renewable energy.
That's not a good strategy, according to Dow Chemical's Peter Molinaro. The Head of Government Affairs for Dow says - in this town if you split two measures, usually the second thing never gets done. However, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln says - the problem of doing both of them together is that it becomes too big of a lift. She sees - cap-and-trade being a real problem.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid says - I don't think we are going to take to
the Senate floor a bill stripped of climate provisions. But, Ben Nelson of
Nebraska and North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan side with
Lincoln in suggesting that the climate measure be put off.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Feedlots in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas reported sales a dollar higher than the week before on Friday afternoon- mostly at $82. A few feedlots held out for $83, but overall, good clearance was seen at the $82 level.
Meanwhile. there were 5,325 head of cattle at the Woodward Livestock Auction this past Friday, with yearling steers over 700 pounds $1 to $2 lower than a week earlier- steer calves were found to be steady to $1 higher. For a complete look at the Friday Woodward market, click here- the report should be up and online by around 8 AM on Monday morning.
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