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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 19, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Nothing Friendly in Latest Cattle on Feed Report
-- Three Pigs at Minnesota State Fair Six Weeks Ago May Have Had H1N1
-- Ready, Set, Go! It's National FFA Convention Week.
-- Lotsa Cheese For a Few Greenbacks
-- It's not too late for wheat- YET
-- Wheat Summit Held This Past Week in Kansas City- Biotech is a Key to the Future of the Wheat Industry
-- School Land Lease Auctions Get Underway Today in Beaver County
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Nothing Friendly in Latest Cattle on Feed Report
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Cattle on Feed Report issued on Friday afternoon has "nothing friendly" in it, according to Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities. Leffler sees no positives in any of the key numbers of on feed, placements and marketings in this report.
He points out that this is the first time that we are above a year ago in the total on feed number in some 18 months. On the placement numbers- he bemoans the fact that this is the second straight month of placing more than 2 million head of cattle into feedlots and he calls the marketing number just plain bad.
Overall, Leffler says that the cattle market remains a worry in the short term. You can hear his full comments with Ed Richards by clicking on the link below. At that link, we also have the overview from the USDA report itself, plus the link to the actual report so you can mine the data yourself if you would like to do so.
Three Pigs at Minnesota State Fair Six Weeks Ago May Have Had H1N1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Routine testing of hogs at the Minnesota State Fair from late August may have turned up the first incidence of H1N1 in the US Swine herd. The blood samples apparently were collected at that time and were not processed immediately, thus the substantial time lag. The National Pork Board is reporting that three hogs were apparently identified as suspects, leading to the additional testing and a statement issued by USDA
Little additional information is available on this situation, except
for these three statements issued by USDA, The National Pork Board and the
National Pork Producers Council. USDA explained the reason for the
testing- "The pigs sampled at the time showed no signs of illness and were
apparently healthy. The samples collected were part of a University of
Iowa and University of Minnesota cooperative agreement research project
funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which
documents influenza viruses where humans and pigs interact at such as
Meanwhile both the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council emphasize in their statements (as does the Oklahoma Pork Council in a similar set of comments) "that pork is safe to eat and handle and that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses cannot be transmitted through food, including pork."
Ready, Set, Go! It's National FFA Convention Week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A few FFA members are already in Indianapolis- and many more head out today or tomorrow for the 82nd National Convention of the FFA organization. We will have coverage of the Oklahoma members that will be there- some going just as members of their local chapter after fundraising efforts provided the funds to travel to Indy. Many others are going to compete or in some way actively participate in the many contests and leadership development events that unfold between today and Saturday.
We have a couple of folks in the FFA spotlight this morning to help us kick off our coverage. Riley Pagett of the Woodward FFA Chapter is a national officer candidate- and he actually has been in Indianapolis since Saturday, as the tests and interviews to be considered for one of the six national officer positions began Sunday. Oklahoma is proud to have a member of the current National Officer team- Laila Hajii of Guthrie- and Riley hopes to make it back to back years for Oklahoma to have someone in that role. Click here to read and hear more about Riley's journey as we have an audio interview with him about what his hopes and dreams are.
We also spotlight Oklahoma's State Advisor Jack Staats, who along with Kent Boggs, will be in Indianapolis this week as cheer leaders and a lot more to the hundreds of Oklahoma FFA members that will be competing and in attendance. Along with an audio interview, we have a link to all of the various contests and judging events that Oklahomans will participate in- click here to go to the webpage within the Blue Green Gazette that features our interview with Jack and a comprehensive list of who's who at the National Convention from Oklahoma.
Lotsa Cheese For a Few Greenbacks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Susan Allen with Dairymax says that a new promotion is hot and heavy this week for Dairy producers. She writes us in an email that "Dairy MAX is working 22 local franchise locations for Dominos Customer appreciation week (as well as locations across Texas and New Mexico). They are offering a large extra cheese pizza for $5.99 carry out only. These pizzas include almost 50% more cheese, or More Cheese for Less Dough!"
She adds that "This is an ongoing partnership with Dominos and dairy farmers to put more cheese on their pizzas and then sell more of them. Cheese is big business for dairy farmers, and for pizza franchises. This is part of our nation-wide strategy and campaign to reinvigorate the pizza category." This campaign is underway in the middle part of the state from Ponca City south through Enid and Stillwater into Oklahoma City and as far south as Chickasha.
You can also check out other Dairymax efforts on behalf of the dairy industry by clicking on the link below- they have several promotions all promoting dairy in various ways now happening.
It's not too late for wheat- YET
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the word from the latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter- with Jeff Edwards telling us that "Based on current weather predictions, it looks like most growers will be able to make it back in the field sometime the week of October 19. This is certainly too late to get enough growth for grazing, but it is still early enough to achieve full grain yield potential in most of Oklahoma. Data from a two year experiment at Buffalo, OK showed that wheat sown as late as October 24 can achieve full yield potential. This optimal planting window would extend into the first week of November in southern Oklahoma."
If Mother Nature does not cooperate for October planting, keep in mind that November sown wheat can yield very well if environmental conditions cooperate. Fortunately, there are a few things that the producer can do to stack the deck in his/her favor for late‐sown wheat.
Besides this article that includes some charts on the amount of seed needed to offset for a later planted crop, this latest issues also has information on estimating your wheat forage potential and getting that wheat field ready to plant- again. Click on the link below for this latest issue to be able to check out this information on getting those last acres planted for the 2010 wheat crop.
Wheat Summit Held This Past Week in Kansas City- Biotech is a Key to the Future of the Wheat Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jerry McReynolds, the First Vice President of the National Association of Wheat Growers, was one of 80 wheat industry folks who got behind closed doors this past week to talk about the future of the wheat industry and the role that technology will need to play in order to allow the industry to find a way to stop the number of acres grown year to year from declining further.
McReynolds is a hard red winter wheat producer from Kansas- and says of the meeting ""The focus of this week's session was on the future of wheat and our industry, and we talked a lot about research and what role biotechnology will play. There are almost endless exciting opportunities for improvements on the farm and for consumers as more is learned about the wheat genome and developments are made in transgenics as well as intragenics, where resources from wheat's own genetic material are used."
We have a guest commentary from Jerry McReynolds on this meeting- and
we have the full commentary linked below from a webstory on
School Land Lease Auctions Get Underway Today in Beaver County
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today is the official kickoff for the School Land Lease Auctions as the action over the next three weeks starts in Beaver County. The auction will be held at 2 PM at the Beaver County Fairgrounds, 1107 Douglas in Beaver, Oklahoma.
Most of the leases are for a five year period, and they all have a minimum bid already established. We have the complete PDF listing of the 497 tracts that will be offered in 34 counties between now and the third of November- the link to that is below. You can also call the School Land Commission office at 1-888-355-2637 for more information.
After today, auctions will be held in the other two Panhandle counties tomorrow, October 20. At 9:00am, the auction for Cimarron County will be at the County Fairgrounds in Boise City, Oklahoma. Then tomorrow afternoon, the actions shifts to Guymon when at 2:00pm, the Commissioners of the Land Office will hold an auction of the leases in Texas County at the countyFairgrounds in Guymon. Guymon, Oklahoma
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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 $7.40 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.75 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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