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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday August 10, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma FSA Director Francie Tolle- It's Essential to Crunch the Numbers on ACRE
-- Back and Forth on Specifics About Climate Change Legislation (or the lack of Specifics)
-- Congrats to Jack Cunningham and Jack Jr.- Named as Cooperators of the Year by the Noble Foundation
-- The J.C. Banks Take on the 2009 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
-- Governor Brad Henry Joins with Eight Other Governors Asking for Help on Behalf of Pork Producers
-- Twenty One Giants of the Meat Industry to be Inducted as Class One of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame this Fall
-- More Congressional Town Hall Meetings Planned- Senator Coburn will be covering lots of ground in mostly Eastern Oklahoma
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma FSA Director Francie Tolle- It's Essential to Crunch the Numbers on ACRE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~She's the new State Director of the Oklahoma office of the Farm Service Agency of the USDA. Francie Tolle visited with us on Friday, August 7- just one week before the deadline to sign up for the ACRE program for 2009.
She agrees that many wheat producers may have the potential to receive a substantial payment if they sign up for the ACRE program, starting with the 2009 crop. However, she maintains that there are so many variables that it is almost impossible to know how it may work for you until you gather your data, and plug it into one of the several calculators that are available.
Tolle says that for wheat farmers in Oklahoma- you could be looking at no payment (Especially if you had an above average yield in 2009) to over $40 per acre on your wheat planted acres- up to your wheat base. It's that wide range of possible outcomes that demands careful calculation before you put your signature on the ACRE papers.
We have audio with Francie that goes into detail about the ins and outs of ACRE signout- including a reminder that we have one factor that we don't know about for certain as of yet- the full year NASS average wheat price. That's the one wildcard that could mean a big payout- or could turn into regret for signing up. Click on the link below to jump to that audio- as well as links to calculations that we visited with you last week from Dr. Michael Dicks and Dr. Jody Campiche of OSU.
Back and Forth on Specifics About Climate Change Legislation (or the lack of Specifics)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The top Republican on the Senate4 Environment and Public Works Committee, Oklahoma's Senior Senator Jim Inhofe, is very unhappy with two of the ladies in his life. His Chairlady, Barbara Boxer of California, has apparently trying to pull a "trust me, the bill's language will be great" on members of her committee. She plans to roll out Climate Change legislation in September- but for any of the controversial portions- she intends to insert a "placeholder" to hide what she really wants. Senator Inhofe and six other Republicans have written Boxer screaming foul- asking why have hearings if you don't have the actual language out in front of you.
Inhofe is not just upset with Ms. Boxer, but has a bone to pick with EPA's Lisa Jackson. Her failing comes in the area of wanting to help Senators Inhofe and Voinovich (Ohio)- she flat out refused to provide any help in fully vetting the Waxman-Markey Climate Change measure that passed the House by the slimmest of margins. She claimed there is analysis out there- and that EPA will be busy analyzing Senator Boxer's bill in September- if they can get any details.
We have the letters sent to EPA- and EPA's refusal to work with the lawmakers on these details. And we have Jim Inhofe's statement on these tactics rolled out by the Obama Administration. Click on the link below for all of that on this spat over Climate Change legislation that could be the biggest tax increase in American history if you believer the Republicans- and no big deal at all if you believe the Democrats. It does seem odd that the EPA does not want to weigh in with their analysis if it does come out all sweetness and goodness for the environment at no great cost to the average citizen- and voter.
Congrats to Jack Cunningham and Jack Jr.- Named as Cooperators of the Year by the Noble Foundation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the 2009 Southern Plains Beef Symposium, the Noble Foundation honored their "Cooperator of the Year," Jack Cunningham and Jack Cunningham, Jr. of Springer, Oklahoma. The Cunningham's are transplants from south Texas, having moved from Kerr County, Texas in 1981 to Carter County, Oklahoma. They brought with them some registered Brahman cattle, but soon transitioned to a commercial cattle herd, and run mostly stocker cattle today. They have improved pastures, mostly bermuda, and supplement that with a winter wheat/ryegrass mix in the fall and winter.
The Cunningham's also sell bermuda grass sprigs, and have Pecan trees on their place, as well. We talked with Jack Cunningham (the dad) about their move and the ranching operation they have developed just north of Ardmore. He's our Monday Beef Buzz guest.
Click on the link below to hear our conversation with Jack about the move and their operation today. And we remind you that we have previous Beef Buzz shows on our website, stretching back to 2006. You can always go check out previous Beef Buzz shows by going to any page on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and clicking on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of the page.
The J.C. Banks Take on the 2009 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Vic Schooner of NTOK says the 2009 Oklahoma Cotton crop is looking good, but adds "just hold your breath. That is the general feeling among Rolling Plains cotton growers this year. The crop looks so good right now growers are reluctant to brag on it's potential. One person in the know is Dr. J. C. Banks, Oklahoma State University Extension state cotton specialist. Here is his take on the current cotton scene:"
"In most areas of the state, cotton has been growing and developing bolls without severe stress at this time. Most plants are well fruited and holding all the small bolls that the plant can support. This is the time of year I get nervous, because at full capacity, the plant seems to be looking for an excuse to shed fruit. A cool down in temperature, or several cloudy days is often enough to cause a shed of small bolls within seven to 10 days of flowering. We know the shed is going to happen, but the longer the stress is delayed, the more bolls will get past the stage they are easily shed. Most areas have already set a good crop. We would just like to maximize the yield.
"Some late planted areas are just now going into first bloom, and the
fruiting period will only be two to three weeks long. This is enough time
to make a respectable yield, but the plant needs to hold most of the bolls
that are set. In our area a bloom produced after the first week in
September does not have much chance to develop into a mature, harvestable
boll. If we count back, a square produced after Aug. 10-12 is likely the
last square to produce a harvestable boll."
Governor Brad Henry Joins with Eight Other Governors Asking for Help on Behalf of Pork Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday, Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma joined with the governors of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina and Wisconsin asked the administration to take action to help U.S. pork producers through a nearly 2-year-old economic crisis.
The letter asked the administration to:
"Today, the pork industry is facing an economic crisis that is
catastrophic in nature," said the governors in their letter to the
president. "For the pork industry to remain as vibrant entities in rural
communities, we need your prompt actions to assure that our communities
and the U.S. pork industry remain competitive world wide."
Twenty One Giants of the Meat Industry to be Inducted as Class One of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame this Fall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The initial class has been elected to the newly formed Meat Industry Hall of Fame, according to Hall officials. The 21 new members were chosen in voting by the Hall's Board of Trustees from among more than 70 executives, researchers, innovators and association leaders across all sectors of the industry.
It's a real "whos who" from down through the years- with both past industry leaders, as well as several that continue to be at the forefront of the business today are a part of this first group that will be Hall of Fame members once inducted this fall in Chicago.
From Don Tyson and Kenny Monfort, to Paul Engler and Dr. Gary Smith and Phil Seng, the names bring to mind some of the great accomplishments of the livestock business over the last half century or so. You can click on our story link below and read up on all 21 initial members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame- to be formally installed in October.
More Congressional Town Hall Meetings Planned- Senator Coburn will be covering lots of ground in mostly Eastern Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. will be holding a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma throughout August. Dr. Coburn will take questions and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at each event.
Five meetings are planned this week- three on Thursday in Muskogee, Sallisaw and Webbers Falls, and two more are planned for Friday in Broken Arrow and Jenks. Several more are planned next week as well.
We are adding the details of these meetings on our calendar found on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. These Town Halls by Senator Coburn add to a busy calendar that already includes Area meetings by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Town Hall meetings by Tom Coburn and Frank Lucas- and a whole lot more. Click on the link below and jump to our calendar pages to check all of these events out- the Coburn meetings will be posted by mid morning.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock Market sold about 7,000 cattle on Friday, with Feeder steers and Heifers called steady, as were the steer calves. Five to six hundred pound steers sold from $109 to $114, while seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $99.50 to $105. Click here for the complete Woodward auction report- the August 7 report should be up and available from USDA market news a litte after 8 AM central.
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