~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 28, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Conservation Security Program Signup Deadline is This Wednesday
-- Encouraging Report From Jeff Krehbiel
-- Handling Your Cattle Can Be Simple and Save You Money
-- CRP, Forestry and Southwest Stocker Conference All on Tap for Tuesday
-- Taiwan Keeps US as Primary Wheat Supplier
-- Poultry War Inside the Courtroom Has Finally Begun
-- Cross Country Dispersal Sale Coming This Saturday at OBI in Stillwater
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Conservation Security Program Signup Deadline is This Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have come a long way since the Dirty Thirties and the depiction of the Dust Bowl as seen in the heartland (especially here in Oklahoma)- and a program that rewards those that have done a good job of conserving natural resources will pay you for that good job. The USDA will accept applications through this coming Wednesday close of business for the initial national signup for the Conservation Security Program. USDA can accept 12.8 million acres nationally- and USDA NRCS Chief Dave White hopes there are more acres offered than that by landowners.
We talked in recent days about the CSP program with Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. He believes there is great opportunity for Oklahoma landowners who have been engaged in conservation practices on their operation for years- and he encourages them to immediately check with their local NRCS office- if they have not already started the process and get that application wrapped up by this Wednesday.
We have our conversation from recent days with Clay Pope about the CSP's value to Oklahoma Conservation stakeholders- and you can hear Clay's thoughts about CSP by clicking on the link below.
Encouraging Report From Jeff Krehbiel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jeff Krehbiel, one of the current board members of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and past President of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers, continues to amaze me as he handles life after brain surgery one week ago today in Oklahoma City. By Thursday of last week- he was home in Hydro- and he wrote the following on Saturday.
"This is Jeff and this is going to be interesting. I haven't posted on this before but I am going to try. As I try this you must remember that they did remove part of my brain so sometimes I forget what I am typing and will make a mess of this. Things seem to be going pretty good but I still have trouble with stamina. I feel pretty good and can do what ever I want but I run out of energy before I run out of things I need to do."
Jeff cooked breakfast that morning- ran errands with wife Karen in Weatherford and was a little tired after lunch in town. Jeff thanks all of you that have prayed for him- and he (and I) ask that you continue those prayers- they will be doing radiation and chemo as early as this week on the remaining cancer that could not be cut out by the surgeon last Monday. Jeff is a walking, talking and typing for the internet miracle- and we join all of you that are wishing him a full and complete recovery.
Handling Your Cattle Can Be Simple and Save You Money
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Ron Gill of Texas A&M says that today's best management for your cattle herd is all about "Stockmanship." Dr. Gill says that being an effective stockman means keeping it simple- and not making it harder than it really is. He tells us that making small simple changes can pay big dividends. He calls it "effective stockmanship."
Dr. Gill says you don't have to have a lot of fancy equipment in order to handle your animals in a low stress way. He offers some examples and give us several website links that could prove to be very useful to you.
We have Ron's comments and those links as well at the link below on our website- all as a part of our Monday Beef Buzz. Click it and check it out.
CRP, Forestry and Southwest Stocker Conference All on Tap for Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA has picked Oklahoma City as one of nine locations for a series of listening sessions about the future of the Conservation Reserve Program. Topics to be discussed at the public meetings include provisions dealing with cropping history requirements, crop rotation practices, contract incentives, program enrollment terms and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollment authority of 32 million acres established for the remainder of the 2008 Farm Bill. "These workshops will be important to receive feedback about how we can make the Conservation Reserve Program more effective for producers as well as increase the environmental benefits of the program," said Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess. The meeting is planned for Tuesday afternoon from 5 PM til 7 PM at the Marriott on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City- Click here for more details on this event.
Landowners looking to get the most out of their natural resources should plan now to attend the Fire, Wildlife, Timber and Cattle Grazing Annual Fall Field Tour on Sept. 29 at the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area. The tour will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend. The Pushmataha Management Area headquarters is located two miles south of Clayton off State Highway 271, approximately three miles west on a county road. Signs will be visible. We have details of this event on our calendar page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- click here to learn more about this educational session.
Also happening on Tuesday is the Southwest Oklahoma Cattle Conference in Lawton. ."Participants will pick up the latest science-based information and practical tips vital to making sound management decisions, always important given the tight profit margins under which most producers operate," said Bob LeValley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist. There is no cost to attend- and to learn more- click here to jump to the details we have in our calendar section of the website.
Taiwan Keeps US as Primary Wheat Supplier
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Taiwan Flour Mills Association last week signed a letter of intent with U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) to purchase a total of 1.7 million metric tons (MMT), equivalent to 62.5 million bushels, of U.S. wheat during 2010 and 2011. The letter of intent was signed by Mr. Shao-Fu Hung, executive director, Taiwan Flour Mills Association, and USW President Alan Tracy during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Over the past five years, Taiwan has purchased an average of 34.9 million bushels of U.S. wheat every year - making the U.S. its primary wheat supplier.
"We are honored by Taiwan's commitment to our wheat producers," said Alan Tracy at the ceremony. "Underlying our strong relationship with the people of Taiwan is the fact that our legacy organizations opened the first U.S. wheat trade office in Taipei in 1957, so we thank you for your business, but more importantly for your friendship, over all these years."
Mr. Hung is leading an seven-person flour miller delegation, including USW Country Director Ronald Lu, that is now traveling to Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, and California to meet with wheat commissions and state government representatives as part of the Goodwill Mission.
Poultry War Inside the Courtroom Has Finally Begun
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past Thursday, opening statements were offered by the State of Oklahoma and the Poultry Companies the state has sued over how much damage Drew Edmondson believes has been caused by chicken litter produced by the poultry production in the Illinois River watershed in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.
According to the Tulsa World website- "The attorney general said the state would present evidence during the trial - which is expected to involve 40 to 50 days of testimony - that will show how excessive use of poultry "litter," as the waste is called by the industry, has contributed to the degradation of its lakes and streams. Jars of brownish-colored water, reportedly runoff from land where poultry litter had been applied, were displayed before U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell, who is presiding over the nonjury trial in Tulsa federal court. "
Meanwhile attorneys for the companies being sued contend that they and their poultry growers have done nothing wrong- and in face have done everything possible to make sure that they don't have an adverse impact on the water quality. The World tells of one of the rebutals- "John Tucker, an attorney for Cargill Inc. and Cargill Turkey Production LLC, showed the court a copy of an Animal Waste Management Plan issued to one of the companies' growers on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The plan, which Tucker called the "elephant in the corner of the room," outlined how the poultry waste could be safely used on the farmer's fields. "If the recommended management practices are followed, there should be no adverse environmental impact," the plan indicates. "
We have a link to the full Tulsa World article below- click to take a look. The actual calling of witnesses begins this coming Wednesday- and it is certain to be a long, long, long trail that Edmondson is undertaking on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma.
Cross Country Dispersal Sale Coming This Saturday at OBI in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The complete dispersion of Cross Country Cattle LLC,will be happening this Saturday, October 3, 2009, beginning at 12 Noon at the OBI Sale Facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
This is the herd owned by Bill McIntosh out of Crescent. They will be
selling over 400 head, including Spring & Fall Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred
Cows, Bred Heifers, Open Heifers and Bulls.
We have more details on our Auction section of our website- click on the link below- it will take you to the link for the complete catalog. You can also call Eddie Sims at National Cattle Services for more information at 580-595-1626.
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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 $6.95 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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