~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 8, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- The National Association of Wheat Growers "Adjust" Their Position on Climate Change- Call for No Negative Impact on Production Agriculture
-- Roy Lee Lindsey on USDA Pork Purchases, H1N1 Fears in China and More
-- Johnston's Offers Advice on Winter Canola and Clearfield Wheat
-- Senator Chambliss Wants More Climate Change Hearings
-- TCFA Chairman Monte Cluck Invites Time to Come See a Southern Plains Feedlot
-- Tipping Our Hat- Michael, Katie, Gary and Sam
-- Pollard Farms Annual Angus Production Sale Set for Next Wednesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The National Association of Wheat Growers "Adjust" Their Position on Climate Change- Call for No Negative Impact on Production Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Apparently, the National Association of Wheat Growers have changed their tune on full fledged support of Climate Change Legislation. The following is a statement from Karl Scronce, NAWG president and a wheat producer from Klamath Falls, Oregon after a telephone based Board of Directors meeting:
"The NAWG Board of Directors met this morning via conference call and voted 26 to two to approve a new resolution regarding greenhouse gas regulation. The Board also voted 24 to zero to remove existing resolutions relating to greenhouse gas regulation and an agriculture cap-and-trade program.
The New Resolution reads:
Click on the link below- it will take you to our story on the website about the change of heart by the nation's wheat growers- who were held up as one of the ag groups wholely in support of the House measure as it was debated on the floor back at the end of June- they and the National Farmers Union were about the only farm groups that the Waxman-Markey supporters could point to that were offering support for the behind closed doors compromise brokered by House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson. Most groups offered words of praise for Peterson's efforts- but called the bill on balance bad for agriculture.
Roy Lee Lindsey on USDA Pork Purchases, H1N1 Fears in China and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The CEO of the Oklahoma Pork Council, Roy Lee Lindsey, is pleased with the movement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in finding some last minute monies to buy $30 million worth of pork from surplus supplies that have been building up in the United States as pork exports over the summer have fallen sharply compared a year ago for the US swine industry.
He says it's a good start- but does not come close to making the pork business profitable over the balance of this calendar year. Lindsey points to predictions that we could see thirty dollars per hog losses in the latter part of 2009. That's as much as twelve million dollars daily of red ink, with little end in sight.
We talk about the pending requests of the Pork Industry to USDA for
more purchases in the new Fiscal Year that starts October first, we talk
about H1N1's impact on swine consumption in Asia versus here in the US and
we even discuss the move by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to
require a Premise ID for anyone showing hogs in the state this summer and
fall, because of the concern that a person might spread H1N1 to the
Johnston's Offers Advice on Winter Canola and Clearfield Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene McVey and the folks at Johnston's believe there are options that will help farmers cope with weed problems in their winter wheat fields this fall. One of those options is winter canola.
They write in an email they asked we share with you that "Grassy winter weed seed, dockage and foreign material, have become quite an issue in many of our wheat production acres. For those producers that recognized this issue and have signed up for winter Canola Insurance for the 2009-10 crop year, Congratulation! You have recognized that there is a need to rotate you acres to a broadleaf crop so grass herbicides like Assure II may be used to eliminate the targeted winter weeds like jointgrass, cheat, wild oats, and feral rye. These weed seeds are all huge issues for your end customer as well as a yield drag for your production. Ask your local seed dealer about the Canola varieties, Sumner and Wichita Canola, both bred at Kansas State University."
"For those that missed the sign up for Canola insurance there are
Clearfield wheats that will also address the most of these same weed seed
issues. Ask your local seed suppliers about their Certified Centerfield,
and Certified Protection seed supplies and the Clearfield system. Also,
ask for the seed to be prepared for planting with Gaucho XT. A Gaucho XT
seed treatment protects against Stinky Smut, Loose Smut, reduces Hessian
fly, fall wireworm damage, and fall infestations of green bugs and oat
bird cherry aphids which vectors Barley Yellow Dwarf as well as other
Senator Chambliss Wants More Climate Change Hearings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senator Saxby Chambliss has reiterated his call for additional hearings on comprehensive global warming legislation. A study which was performed at the request of the Senator examined 98 representative farms to understand the farm gate implications of the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act. That study revealed that 71 of the operations would be worse off under the bill.
Nearly all of the 27 farming operations that realize benefits under the
Waxman-Markey bill are located in the Midwest Corn Belt. The study
indicates the benefits are predominantly the result of increased revenue
from higher prices, a result of fewer acres planted to these crops, not
from payments under an offset program. In other words, Chambliss says, -
geographic disparities would exist as a result of the Waxman-Markey
The study was conducted by The Agriculture & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. According to the Senator - the data outlined in the study is troubling. Particularly the cap and trade program, which will undoubtedly raise production costs for farmers and ranchers. Perhaps most troubling to Chambliss is that the Waxman-Markey bill will result in more than 7 million acres shifting out of production in the first 5 years, with nearly 50 million acres by 2050.
TCFA Chairman Monte Cluck Invites Time to Come See a Southern Plains Feedlot
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TCFA Chairman Monte Cluck Responded To TIME magazine's recent assault on the food industry in a letter to the editors. In his letter, Cluck took TIME to task for publishing an article that is "riddled with inaccuracies and untruths." Cluck said that based on reporter Bryan Walsh's article, "one would believe that those of us in livestock production operate with no oversight and with no consideration whatsoever for our animals, our land, our neighbors or our consumers. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Mr. Walsh should know this since he spoke to beef producers and was provided extensive background information prior to publication.
"All beef sold in this country is inspected to certify that it meets USDA standards for safety and quality. The feed I give my cattle must first be approved by a certified nutritionist and is subject to the scrutiny of the FDA. Any medical assistance I give to assure the health of my animals is approved by either FDA or USDA and overseen by a professional veterinarian. My entire operation must meet the requirements of federal and state environmental regulations that are enforced through random, unannounced inspections," Cluck wrote.
Cluck also extended an invitation to TIME to visit a TCFA feedyard if the magazine "would like to get a true perspective of beef production in this country." Click here to read our coverage last week of the backlash against Brian Walsh and Time for their arrogant and inaccurate front cover story on modern agriculture. And you can click on the link below to read Monte Cluck's full letter to Time and get a feel of his outrage from the feedlot point of view.
Tipping Our Hat- Michael, Katie, Gary and Sam
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We tip our hat this morning to our friend Michael Marlow for moving into a new role with Monsanto- he tells us in an email about the change- " In this change I have been reassigned to be a Territory Agronomy Advisor for the Texas/Oklahoma team. We will remain in Enid where we are active in Church, school and many associations. In my new role and territory I will cover:
Oklahoma (excluding the Altus area in the southwest),
Panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas.
This is an exciting position and time with our company. I will work in training, plot development, product comparison and technical support for a team of Territory Sales Managers in my area. Katie Molloy will be the Territory Sales Manager for the area that I previously worked in Oklahoma and she looks forward to working with you and your growers."
We also tip our hat this morning to Gary McManus, our Associate State Climatologist at the OKlahoma Climatological Survey. Gary was featured in the Sunday Daily Oklahoman- click here to take a look at their look at Gary and his role in predicting and analyzing the weather. Gary reads our daily email and when you folks let us know about climate conditions in your area- Gary takes notice. He credits some of the comments we got from Cimarron County a year or so back for helping get the ball rolling on disaster declarations for that part of the world. So, thanks Gary for your hard work- and folks- keep letting us know how things are in your part of Oklahoma!
Finally, we offer kudos to Sam Knipp and his crew in the Communications Department at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- they have turned on a brand new look for their website- it's really good looking- and while Sam is at the top of the chart in that department- it's his people that are doing a lot of the work to make the site shine. So Sam, Dustin, Traci, Mike and Kelli- Excellent Work!
Pollard Farms Annual Angus Production Sale Set for Next Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 12th annual Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale will be held at the ranch near Waukomis, Oklahoma on Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 am. (That's tomorrow!)
This year's offering includes an extremely deep set of pregnancies, open show and donor prospects, bred heifers, as well as spring and fall bred cows and pairs. These females incorporate some of the best genetics in the Pollard Farms program and should prove to be great additions to any herd.
For details contact the Pollard Farms crew at (580) 758-1464 or view the catalog online by clicking on the link below.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.15 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.40 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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