~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday September 22, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Rainfall Continues to Slow Everything on the Farm and Ranch in Oklahoma Down
-- Today's Beef Quality Assurance Program is All About Effective Stockmanship
-- President Proclaims National Farm Safety and Health Week
-- American Farm Bureau Backs Health Insurance Tax Credit
-- It's Harvest Season-If You Are Growing Coffee
-- Coming to Roger Mills County on October 5th- Kit Pharo
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Rainfall Continues to Slow Everything on the Farm and Ranch in Oklahoma Down
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Most Oklahomans were running for shelter as rainfall drenched the State for the second consecutive week. The State averaged 0.83 inches of rainfall last week, with the Southeast Region receiving the most at 3.15 inches of precipitation. The Panhandle, however, had received no precipitation as of Sunday and continued to experience dry weather conditions. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions improved and were rated in the surplus to adequate range. Rains delayed some field work as there were only 2.6 days suitable for outdoor field work.
Heavy rains continued to delay small grain planting activities. By week's end, wheat seedbed preparation progressed to 81 percent complete. Wheat planted increased to 17 percent complete, eight percentage points behind the fiveyear average and two percentage points behind the planting progress of last fall. Eighty-two percent of the State's rye seedbeds were prepared, while rye planted was at 39 percent complete. Oat seedbed preparation jumped to 65 percent complete, while oats planted increased to six percent complete.
Field work was hampered for the second consecutive week due to rainfall. Conditions for all row crops improved with over half of all condition reports in the good to excellent range. Nearly all of the State's corn acreage had reached the dent stage, while 66 percent of the crop was mature, an increase of eight points from last week but ten percentage point behind the five-year average. Although battling adverse weather conditions corn producers were able to harvest 31 percent of the corn by week's end, two points ahead of the previous year but 21 points behind of the five-year average. All sorghum was headed by week's end. Eighty-two percent of the sorghum was coloring, a 20 percentage point jump from last week. Twenty-three percent of sorghum had reached maturity by week's end, ten points behind the five-year average. Sorghum producers were able to harvest a small percent of the crop during the previous week. The State's soybean crop in the mature stage reached 21 percent, 14 points behind normal. Peanuts setting pods was virtually completed at 99 percent complete, while peanuts in the mature stage of development reached 47 percent complete, seven percentage points behind the five-year average. As of Sunday, 42 percent of cotton was opening bolls, 11 points behind normal.
While the folks at NASS don't officially follow the planting of winter
canola- the wet conditions come at a very bad time for those wheat farmers
who have decided to put some of their acres of traditional wheat into
canola this fall. The window of opportunity is now open on canola- but
will shut after the first week of October.
Today's Beef Quality Assurance Program is All About Effective Stockmanship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today's Beef Quality Assurance program is all about a concept that Ryan Ruppert, National Director for BQA, calls "Effective Stockmanship." Ruppert says that this is a term that really is similar to what we were calling low stress handling of livestock. The difference is that we are fine tuning our handling of animals to keep the stress as low as possible, but still be able to work at what livestock auctions like to call the speed of commerce. Ruppert says it's important that we are able to achieve both of those goals under this idea of Effective Stockmanship.
Ruppert also shares with us on today's Beef Buzz the need to certify producers with BQA skills, saying that it's critical to the beef industry to be able to communicate the care and concern that cattlemen have for their animals with consumers. He believes that if consumers understand the level of care that beef cattle producers show their animals- that will take a lot of the wind out of the sails of anti animal agriculture groups as they push for unneeded laws to dictate animal care.
Click on the link below and you can listen to this portion of our conversation with Ryan about BQA- and why it's important that cattle producers in Oklahoma and around the country buy in.
President Proclaims National Farm Safety and Health Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~President Barack Obama has proclaimed September 20 through September 26, as National Farm Safety and Health Week. In doing so the President called upon the people of the United states to join him in celebrating the vital contributions of farmers and ranchers to our Nation and in reflecting upon the importance of farm safety and health in communities across America.
The proclamation continues - as the fall harvest season approaches, I encourage farm and ranch families and workers to participate in farm safety and health programs. I also encourage them to follow optimal farm safety and health practices. Businesses and communities, and organizations and neighbors, can encourage one another to understand the risks of this work so that we can prevent accidents, prevent exposure to potential hazards, and save lives.
The proclamation saluted agriculture. It states" Our Nation's prosperity has been built on the skill and productivity of our farmers and ranchers. Two centuries ago, many American families toiled in fields and grasslands so that they might feed themselves. Today, those in the agricultural sector provide food, fiber, biofuels, and many other life necessities for millions across our Nation and around the world. The hard work and talent of those in the agricultural industry, and continued advances in technology and efficiency, have provided great security to the United States.
American Farm Bureau Backs Health Insurance Tax Credit
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today, the Senate Finance Committee begins consideration of a draft health care bill submitted by Chairman Max Baucus. In a letter to members of the committee, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said, - health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for farmers and ranchers and must be reduced so they do not burden farm and ranch businesses with costs they cannot afford. Stallman noted, Farm Bureau supports tax credits to help the self-employed purchase health insurance and to help farm and ranch employers afford insurance for their employees.
Stallman emphasized the importance of competition to reduce health insurance costs and said an exchange where individuals and small businesses can easily compare coverage would be positive for the marketplace. In addition, any health reform legislation passed by Congress must address the critical shortage of health care facilities and qualified health care professionals in rural areas.
Farm Bureau opposes a public option and instead supports voluntary regional health insurance cooperatives. Also, Farm Bureau supports provisions in the bill that increase Medicare reimbursement rates to rural doctors and health care facilities and recommends that proposed programs designed to increase the number of primary care doctors and general surgeons be targeted to underserved areas.
It's Harvest Season-If You Are Growing Coffee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we write these emails- we are actually relaxing most of each day with my lovely wife Jan in Hawaii. We have spent the last few days in Kauai- and had the chance to see firsthand the gigantic coffee farm, Kauai Coffee Company. Harvest season for their five varieties of coffee is now underway through about the first of December- and we have a story with some pictures from the Estate on our website- click on the link below.
The parent company of Kauai Coffee is Alexander and Baldwin, who decided in the mid 1980s that they needed to shift a substantial amount of the acreage they owned on Kauai from sugar cane to coffee trees. A total of 3,100 acres has been committed to this effort, and the result is a company that is now producing 60% of the coffee in the state of Hawaii. Kauai Coffee Company began production in 1987, and now is a fully integrated bean to beverage company.
They begin by growing a total of five varieties of coffee, and have
developed a production cycle that relies on drop irrigation to every
single tree on their estate- making them the largest coffee plantation in
the world fully drip irrigated. With this extensive system- they deliver
water that comes from the wettest place on an annual basis in the United
States, the slopes of Mount Waialeale, and they also feed each coffee tree
with liquid fertilizer through the drip system.
One of the reasons they have to keep the size of the trees managable is that they have a unique mechanical harvest system in place which means no manual labor in picking coffee beans from the trees. Click on our story link below to learn more about that system- and to see some of the pictures from this integrated ag enterprise that seems to be flourishing very well.
Coming to Roger Mills County on October 5th- Kit Pharo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Colorado Rancher Kit Pharo will be telling his story about surviving and prospering in eastern Colorado on October 5th, as the Roger Mills Cattlemen's Association host him in an evening of "Ranching for Pleasure and Profit."
Kit Pharo has a most interesting story about how he has figured out the wrong way to approach ranching- and that has helped him get better along the way- he writes on his website "With the help of my dad and a couple of friends, I learned that increasing production wasn't nearly as important as increasing profits. I also learned that there is a very poor correlation between production and profit. In fact, the more I increased my weaning weights, the harder it was to make a profit because with every increase in production we had a resulting increase in expenses. My goal suddenly changed. My new goal was twofold. I would do whatever I could to increase production without increasing expenses, as well as doing whatever I could to reduce expenses without reducing production."
There will be a meal that evening at 5:30 with Kit's presentation
staring at 6. For More Information or to RSVP: contact Lynda Lucas, Roger
Mills Co. Cattlemen's Assn. at 580.497.7366.
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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 $7.20 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.35 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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