~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 13, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Hot Weather Worries
-- We saw the Winter Wheat Crop Production Estimate Raised on Friday
-- Coming Today- A Witch Hunt on Antibiotic Use for Animal Agriculture
-- Another Dairy Herd Retirement Was Announced Friday
-- Senator Jim Inhofe Talks Climate Change with Agri-Pulse
-- Lots on the Calendar this week- check it out
-- Congrats to our Ticket Winners!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Hot Weather Worries
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Colleen Chen of News9, KWTV, did a nice piece on Friday evening about the hot weather we have already seen here in the summer of 2009- and what may be ahead. She focused on the issue of cattle and how they cope with the hot conditions.
Colleen talked with Bill Barnhart of OKC West in El Reno- and they talked about the loss of appetite with weather this hot. Barnhart says that this could mean the difference between profit and loss for many cattle producers this season.
Click here to take a look at the video piece assembled by Chen- she did a nice job of telling about some of the concerns of cattlemen as they work to keep their animals in good and cool condition.
Beyond the current hot conditions, how are we doing on moisture? Well, the latest word from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey is that while we are drier than normal- it's not by a lot, except in the West Central District and then especially in the Panhandle. Click on the link below and you can review some of the latest data for the full year to date on rain and snow received- and how our numbers in 2009 rate in comparision to other years.
We saw the Winter Wheat Crop Production Estimate Raised on Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.52 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last month but down 18 percent from 2008. Hard Red Winter, at 903 million bushels, is up 4 percent from a month ago.
Specifically here in the Hard Red Winter Wheat belt, the Kansas crop was increased by over twenty million bushels by USDA from June to July, while the Oklahoma crop was increased a modest two million bushels, Texas 1.5 million bushels, Colorado eight million bushels and Nebraska six million bushels.
We have the Winter Wheat Numbers in detail- as well as the Supply Demand date to pass along to you- click here for our review of the Supply Demand data, and click on the link below for the full rundown on the Winter Wheat production as predicted on Friday morning by USDA
Coming Today- A Witch Hunt on Antibiotic Use for Animal Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on the "Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009" (H.R. 1549), which would ban from use in livestock certain animal health products. The hearing is currently set for 2:30 PM eastern time in Washington. The bill - and a companion measure (S. 619) in the Senate - calls for all "critical antimicrobial animal drugs" to go through another U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process within two years of enactment of the legislation. Currently to win approval, an animal drug maker must demonstrate that a product is effective and safe for animals and for the environment. FDA also must determine that new antibiotics for food animals will not harm human health. The legislation also would create the term "non-therapeutic use," essentially banning antibiotics used to prevent or control diseases.
One of the groups unhappy with these measures is the National Pork Producers Council, who say in their July 10th Capitol Update "NPPC strongly opposes restrictions on livestock antibiotics and is urging lawmakers to vote against H.R. 1549 and S. 619." It's our understanding that testimony will only be heard from those who want to eliminate most antibiotic use for animal agriculture- no groups like the National Pork Producers who have a different view will be heard from in this hearing.
Going to the NPPC website, they cite as their position on antiobiotics
use for farm animals the following:
Another Dairy Herd Retirement Was Announced Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The announcement comes from Cooperatives Working Together. This is the second buyout by CWT this year and comes just days after CWT announced the results of its previous effort. It is also the eighth herd retirement round since the program began in 2003.
In order to have a more immediate impact with the new retirement round, CWT is shortening the time frame for producers to submit bids. A maximum bid level is also being announced for this round. "With the ongoing financial pressure on dairy farmers, and because the vast majority of farmers are familiar with CWT's Herd Retirement program and how it works, we shortened the bidding window to two weeks," said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF, which manages CWT. "To expedite and simplify the bidding process, CWT will consider bids up to, but not to exceed $5.25 per hundredweight. However, there is no guarantee that a producer who bids at the maximum level will be selected." Producers must still bid on a per hundredweight basis, and CWT will continue to review and accept bids beginning from the lowest bids received and moving up toward the maximum level. Bids must be postmarked by July 24.
"Carrying out a second herd retirement right on the heels of the largest-ever herd retirement should give us a double-barreled attack on milk production in a very short period of time, resulting in a farm level price recovery several months sooner than would otherwise occur," Kozak said. As has been the case in recent herd retirements, in addition to submitting bids for their milk herds, participating farmers will have the option of offering all of their bred heifers at a flat price of $700 per animal. CWT did not announce how many cows it hopes to remove in the new round.
In the just concluded herd retirement round, CWT said it removed 101,040 cows that produced almost 2 billion lbs. of milk. Altogether, CWT's buyout encompassed 367 herds in 41 states. These figures reflect the final number of dairies that were successfully audited in the herd retirement process in May and June. CWT had received 538 bids from 41 states during the bidding process in April. As has been the case with its previous herd retirement rounds, most of the cows removed were in the western regions of the country. This round also removed 818 bred heifers.
Senator Jim Inhofe Talks Climate Change with Agri-Pulse
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first reaction that Senator Jim Inhofe provided the media on the decision at the end of last week by the Democrats to postpone markup of the Climate Change bill was to long time colleague and friend Stewart Doan with Agri-Pulse. Senator Inhofe, as you may suspect, was delighted with the news and says that "time is not on the side of Senator Boxer" but rather on the side of those that oppose the Democratic view of Climate Change legislation.
Senator Inhofe is convinced that as more voters are informed about the crushing tax burden that Climate Change legislation could bring with it little or no benefit to the environment- it is more likely that they will be voicing concerns to their Senator- which would make it even tougher for Senate majority leader Harry Reid to come up with 60 votes to get the measure through the Senate.
Senator Inhofe says that the one negative to the additional time is
that President Obama will be able to cut deals with individual Senators-
perhaps with lucrative carrots in their home state- to get a "no" vote
reversed. He says that the President has yet to put a full court press on
the Senate on this issue.
Lots on the Calendar this week- check it out
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today, there is a ACRE informational meeting in Enid- details on the calendar page at our website that we have linked below.
Also today, we have the Northern Oklahoma College hosting a Sheep Judging Event, in advance to the Sheep Day activities that are a part of the Big Three Field Days at OSU in Stillwater.
Later this week is the mid year meeting of the Cattle Industry- we are
headed to Denver Wednesday for those deliberations.
Congrats to our Ticket Winners!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thanks for the many many folks who entered our PBR ticket giveaway this past Friday- I was amazed by the number of folks from western Oklahoma that were excited about the possibility of driving to Tulsa for this Bull Riding Event.
Winners for the tickets included Charles Hodges of Stigler, William Payne of Saint Louis, Charley Hunter of Oakwood and Dan Elsner of Tipton.
Our thanks to all who participated- and our thanks also go to Genuity Seed Genetics, a part of the Monsanto family.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock market had a total run of 8,400 cattle on Friday, with yearling steers called steady to $2 higher compared to two weeks ago. The seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $101 to $106.50, while eight to nine hundred pounders sold for $98 to $103. For the complete report from Jerry Nine and the folks at the Woodward Livestock market- click here for the full rundown
from the state market reporter- it should be on line at this link at around 8 am Central time.
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