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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday May 29, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- More with Donnell Brown on Finding Your Marketing Niche and Cattle Care (and how to explain it to the public)
-- Wheat Harvest Continues A Slow Start
-- Wheat, Corn and Soybean Prices Have Been Rising- Will the Run Continue?
-- Wind Power Transmission Line For Guymon to Woodward Moving Higher as a Priority
-- Yield Losses in Illinois Could be 18 Bushels Per Acre Because of Late Corn Plantings
-- See Ya In Major County Tonight!
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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More with Donnell Brown on Finding Your Marketing Niche and Cattle Care (and how to explain it to the public)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In checking the stats from yesterday's email- the most popular story of the day was our Beef Buzz with Donnell Brown, a cattle rancher from Throckmorton, Texas. We were talking yesterday about putting together a game plan for success in building a cattle herd from the ground up. Today, our Friday Beef Buzz concludes our conversation with Donnell- and it's a good one as we talk about finding your passion on the marketing side of your beef adventure- and we also talk about the need for relating to the general public when it comes to cattle care.
The Rancher told the Seeds for Success Grazing Conference last Friday that as you assemble your genetics- you have to also decide what direction you plan on marketing your cattle. It may be as simple as raise the calves, wean them and immediately sell them to the stocker segment of the business. It may be that you want to background them some yourself- you may want to consider being in the Club Calf business or the Seedstock business or taking the calves you produce and retain ownership into the feedlot. Brown says do something that really interests you- and find folks who have done it longer than you have and learn from them.
Click on the link below for an internet only version of today's Beef Buzz, as we add an extra question to this web version of the report compared to our radio version- as we ask Brown- are there good opportunities in the beef cattle business? He thinks there are- and you can hear his answer to this and more by going and checking out the Friday Beef Buzz. AND- remember- we have most of our previous Beef Buzz shows on our website- just go to any page- look on the left hand side set of buttons and click on the Beef Buzz to jump to the listings.
Wheat Harvest Continues A Slow Start
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As of Thursday afternoon, Wheat harvest was going fairly slow across southwestern Oklahoma. According to Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, locations that were taking some wheat earlier in the week are now finding the sample loads coming in test at moisture levels that are unacceptable to be harvested. This is especially true where some farmers are trying to cut wheat varieties that are a little later maturing.
We also talked with Mike about the reports that we are hearing of many producers deciding to bail their wheat for hay in central and some northern areas of the state. And, Mike confirms that he is hearing that many custom harvest crews are not coming into southern Oklahoma this year- or they are brining fewer machines and a smaller crew, because of the limited number of acres that will be cut here in 2009.
Click on the link below to hear our conversation with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Wheat, Corn and Soybean Prices Have Been Rising- Will the Run Continue?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat prices continue to trend higher- that has translated into most of the cash grain elevator bids for wheat in Oklahoma being at or above $6.00 per bushel once again. OSU Extension Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that lower expectations for the 2009 wheat crop has helped fuel that advance, along with crop concerns in several other producing areas globally.
In addition, Anderson says that the delayed planting of the 2009 corn crop in several states, especially Illinois and Indiana, has helped push corn prices up. And for soybeans, prices have also been a little stronger over the last month- that's because soybean stocks are just plain tight.
Kim's comments on the wheat market can be found on our website at the link below- if you jump there, you can also get the run down on SUNUP for tomorrow morning. Clinton Griffiths, the host for the OSU Ag Communications weekly Show, has another dandy lineup of features for this Saturday morning, including more from the Lahoma Field Day.
Wind Power Transmission Line For Guymon to Woodward Moving Higher as a Priority
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Rep. Gus Blackwell and state Sen. Bryce Marlatt announced that progress has been made to develop wind energy in northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a multi-state regulator of electric transmission including Oklahoma, recently met to discuss making a transmission line from Woodward to Guymon a top priority and be built as soon as possible. "It's good to see the results of all our efforts to come closer to fruition. It creates an opportunity for billions of dollars of investment for our districts," said Marlatt.
Representative Blackwell adds that "This is a huge step in developing wind energy in the Panhandle and will help Oklahoma meet future energy needs."
Yield Losses in Illinois Could be 18 Bushels Per Acre Because of Late Corn Plantings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The agricultural economics team at Illinois has been working through mountains of historical data from USDA. Led by University of Illinois Extension Ag Economist Darrel Good - they're hoping to get a good handle on how state wide average corn yields are explained by trend yield, planting date and weather variables. Good says the data shows planting date - especially late planting date - has a significant impact on final yield.
The unknown factor is how much genetically improved corn varieties can overcome the late planting dates. Dr. Good says the data seems to indicate a drop of as much as 18 bushels per acre in the average corn yield for the state, based on 60% of the corn crop going in "late" which is defined in that state as being planted after May 20.
We have an interesting audio overview of the work that has been done on this in Illinois, one of two states are facing significant yield hits this season- the other being Indiana. For our report with Todd Gleason- click on our link below.
See Ya In Major County Tonight!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I probably will catch a nap this afternoon- but I am looking forward to spending the evening and wee hours of the morning in Fairview for the 2009 edition of the Major County Relay for Life. Fairview is unique in that they put on one of the most effective Relay for Life fund raisers in the country for the American Cancer Society. They have told me that their goal for 2009 is $75,000- huge for a county that is relatively small in terms of population. Come join us if you are in the area- the fun and food and celebration starts around 7:00 PM.
There are other Relay for Life events going in several counties in other parts of the state this weekend- and a lot more planned during the month of June. It's more than a fundraiser- it really is a chance to celebrate those who are survivors of cancer, and remember those who have been taken home because of the disease.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At Stockman's Livestock in Apache, they had 2,855 cattle on Thursday with yearlings called steady to $3 higher, while calf trade was steady to a little lower. The five to six hundred pound steers sold for $109.10 to $114.50, while seven weight steer yearlings came in from $97.75 to $103. Click here for the complete Apache cattle market report- the May 28th report should be online by around 8 AM central time.
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