~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 9, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Water Planning Moves to Stage Three- Workshops Over Specific Themes
-- Wheat Harvest Getting Rolling in Most Areas South of Enid Down Into Southwestern Oklahoma
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Emphasizes Field Work Progress
-- Meanwhile, we go to the Banks (JC that is) to cash in on a Cotton Report.
-- Yearling and Calves- We talk prices with Dr. Derrell Peel
-- House Ag Committee Will Talk Climate Change on Thursday- and will Hear from USDA's Vilsack
-- A Quick Reminder- Check the Calendar
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Water Planning Moves to Stage Three- Workshops Over Specific Themes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The work on a comprehensive water plan for the next 50 years continues in Oklahoma, with the third of a five step process happening here in the summer and fall of 2009. This past Thursday, a series of workshops were conducted in Oklahoma City, each dealing with a specific question related to a fifty year water plan for the state.
To get to this point- during 2007, 42 local input meetings were held to gather citizens' ideas, concerns, questions and suggestions about water resource management in Oklahoma. In 2008, 368 citizens were invited to help us determine which of the issues raised in the local meetings should continue to be discussed in the planning process.
Now, development of management strategies is the purpose of the three planning workshops scheduled here in 2009. With one of these meetings now completed, the second set of workshops will happen in August, and the final examination will occur by the teams on the various questions in October.
We talked yesterday with Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, who was one of the workshop participants this past week. You can click on our webstory below for more on the process- and hear our conversation with Scott about how the water planning is going- and what he sees as fundamental points that need to be achieved for agriculture to be satisfied with the outcome.
Wheat Harvest Getting Rolling in Most Areas South of Enid Down Into Southwestern Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As was predicted by Dr. Jeff Edwards last week, the wheat crop has come out of the weekend ready to be cut across a broad area of Oklahoma. The area seems to stretch from a line from Enid over to Fairview south across I-40 and into the southwestern counties and locations like Altus and Hobart. Moisture levels in some areas are still high, but are coming down.
Fortunately, something is going up- and that is the report of the number of bushels per acre. After the very early reports seemed stuck on a range of eight to ten bushels per acre, the numbers we were seeing and hearing as of Monday evening was more like 15 to 30 bushels per acre over a wide area.
We talked at the five PM hour on Monday with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about wheat harvest- and we have that interview linked below for you to review. Take a listen to get a feel for what Mike is getting from a variety of folks.
One other harvest tidbit- it comes from what Bob Dietrick calls the "semi- tropical paradise" known otherwise as the Oklahoma Panhandle. Bob responded to our request for wheat crop status information and writes "We are about a week away from starting harvest. Have two varieties, Guymon and OK Bullet, along with a numbered wheat from Dr. Brett Carver. All look good, looks like an average to slightly above average harvest for us following a real bust last due to no rain. We have some white heads probably due to moisture stress, lack of, not much disease pressure, hot winds, and who knows what else. Otherwise, looks like it will be fun to cut."
Latest Crop Weather Update Emphasizes Field Work Progress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma experienced mild, dry weather for the majority of last week with the average Statewide temperature at 70 degrees. Very little rainfall was recorded across the State during the week, with an average of 0.35 inches of precipitation. Topsoil moisture conditions decreased slightly to rate mostly in the adequate to short range, with subsoil moisture conditions also rating mostly in the adequate to short range. The mild weather allowed for a busy week of field activities
In regards to fieldwork- "Fieldwork continued with the warm, dry weather, as producers neared completion of summer crop planting. As of Sunday, nearly all of the State's corn had been planted, while corn emerged increased to 91 percent, up five points from the previous week. Sorghum seedbed prepared was at 75 percent, ten points behind the five-year average. One-third of the State's sorghum crop had been planted by week's end and 19 percent had emerged. Seedbed preparations for soybeans reached 77 percent, five points behind the previous year while soybeans planted reached 43 percent, nine percentage points behind normal. Peanuts seedbed preparations were completed by week's end and peanuts planted reached 81 percent, five points behind the five-year average. Cotton seedbed preparations were virtually complete while 40 percent of the crop had been planted, 28 percentage points behind normal."
For the small grains- it continued to show our wheat crop condition is far worst than a year ago at 64% poor to very poor. While the two page Oklahoma crop update does not provide a percent of harvest complete for the 2009 winter wheat crop- we did find that number in the USDA national crop progress report- we are at 9% complete with harvest as of the beginning of this week, compared to the five year average of 38% by this date.
Meanwhile, we go to the Banks (JC that is) to cash in on a Cotton Report.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Cotton Specialist Dr. JC Banks offers this update on how the 2009 OKlahoma cotton crop is doing, courtesy of NTOK. "Cotton planting went extremely fast this season. It was too wet in early May, and when it finally dried out in mid-May, all planters were going. Most of the crop was planted in one to two weeks. Germination and emergence for the most part were excellent, and we are waiting for warmer weather to accelerate cotton growth. Now is the time to start looking at the first over-the-top application of Roundup for control of weeds. A local dealer reminded me this week we should be sure our spray tanks and lines are clean before the first overtop spray. With our dry winter and spring, weed germination and growth was slow until we started receiving some rainfall.
He goes on to talk about the need to protect your cotton from 2,4,D and that includes from an accidental dose from your own spray equipment. You can click on the link below to read more on his comments on this and where this crop may be headed during the 2009 growing season.
Yearling and Calves- We talk prices with Dr. Derrell Peel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yearling supplies are not burdensome, and one measure of that is the fact that the last cattle on feed report showed that feedlots were placing larger numbers of lighter weight cattle. Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that feedlots are placing those lighter cattle because that is what is available.
Meanwhile, calf prices have held up fairly well compared to last spring- and given the fact that forage conditions are fairly good in our region- this combination of factors gives us a bit of optimism for the cow calf sector of the business.
You can hear Derrell's take on where we stand on these two points within the beef pipeline- just click on the link below for our Tuesday Beef Buzz. And remember- we offer Beef Buzz shows of days gone by on our website, www.Oklahomafarmreport.com, just go to our site and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.
House Ag Committee Will Talk Climate Change on Thursday- and will Hear from USDA's Vilsack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Agriculture Committee will hold a public hearing on the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill (HR 2454). It is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 2 pm in 1300 Longworth House Office Building. The hearing can be heard via the internet on the House Ag Committee website.
One of the members that is getting ready to question the Administration and others on this bill is the top Republican on the Committee, Oklahoma lawmaker Frank Lucas. He offers this statement leading up to this hearing. "I am pleased that Chairman Peterson has scheduled a hearing on the Waxman-Markey bill. The most important thing we can do for the agriculture community is take the time to allow the legislative process to work, especially when the consequences of our actions will have an enormous impact on our rural constituents. This hearing is the first step in that legislative process and will provide important information and insight for our committee as we prepare for a markup for this bill."
Lucas says he is especially going to be interested in what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will say as he is a part of the opening panel on Thursday afternoon. Vilsack had initially been quoted as saying that USDA should administer the portions of the bill relevant to agriculture, but has seemingly backed off those statements more recently.
A Quick Reminder- Check the Calendar
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a lot of events happening over the next few weeks that are a part of our calendar at WWW.Oklahoma FarmReport.Com There are several cattle field days coming up, the OCA Summer Ranch Tour and a lot more.
Click on the link below to take a look at what all is happening- and let us know if there are events that we need to add.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 9,800 cattle were sold yesterday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in OKC- with steer yearlings lower by one to three dollars, while calves were off $2 to $5. Click here to review the full report and a rundown of the prices paid in the Monday run at Stockyards City.
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