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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 30, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Gene Neuens of PCOM Says There Are 85,000 Acres of Winter Canola This Fall in Oklahoma
-- Premium for Delayed Corn Harvest in Feed Grain Markets Soon to be Gone
-- Advance Foods Recalls Beef Fritters
-- Jim Horne of the Kerr Center Honored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
-- WTO Holding First Ministerial Conference in Four Years This Week in Geneva
-- TSCRA Ranger John Cummings Catches Cattle Thieves in Green Country
-- Last Stop Before Oklahoma City Next June for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Gene Neuens of PCOM Says There Are 85,000 Acres of Winter Canola This Fall in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's 2010 winter canola crop is in excellent condition, according to Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill field representative and chairman of the Plains Oilseed Products Cooperative. "I have been looking at our new crop of winter canola from the Kansas border down to fields in the Chillicothe, Tx., area," he said. "Approximately 85,000 acres of winter canola have been planted in Oklahomna this fall. The new crop really looks good. It has an excellent stand, shows good color and it is ready to enter its dormant stage after we begin to get freezing weather."
Neuens cautions producers to remember winter canola needs to be monitored on a regular basis for potential insect problems. "It is a good idea to check your canola fields for the presence of diamondback moth larvae. They are about one fourth of an inch long and can be found on under the young canola leaves," he said.
If you find any of the larvae present, Neuens suggests you contact him or Heath Sanders, Oklahoma State University Extension agriculturist. Neuens can be contacted at 1-405-232-7555 and Sanders may be contact at 1-405-744-7346.
While the "whisper" number for canola being planted this fall was 100,000 acres or more- the 85,000 acres mentioned by Neuens is more than double what was planted this past fall in the state of Oklahoma, making canola one of the rising stars in the crop portfolio for Oklahoma producers.
Premium for Delayed Corn Harvest in Feed Grain Markets Soon to be Gone
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the never ending corn harvest remains a factor in current feed grain prices, as farmers have been slowly getting the 2009 corn out of the fields and into storage bins. The big problem is that the moisture levels of corn have stayed stubbornly higher- forcing most of the corn to be dried down by either the farmers themselves, or by the elevator they haul the corn to. That's likely robbing the farmer of much of the profitability of what was a very large corn crop this growing season.
Dr. Anderson says that as harvest wraps up- the harvest delay premium will evaporate and he sees no major factors on the horizon to push feed grain prices- corn or grain sorghum higher from here. He points to the soybean market, which he says is "wallowering around" at present levels as evidence of a market that has little direction at this moment.
As for the current wheat market- he calls it a sideways affair- and
that farmers who still own some of the 2009 wheat crop may want to
consider moving some or all of it into the market in the immediate future-
or face more storage charges with little price appreciation ahead.
Advance Foods Recalls Beef Fritters
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Advance Food Company of Enid is recalling nearly 110,730 pounds of frozen beef steak fritter products that may contain foreign materials, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday.
The products subject to recall include 9.75-pound bulk cases of "ADVANCE FOOD COMPANY, Beef Steak Fritter, For Country Frying, Chopped & Formed, Keep Frozen, 13/12. Each case label bears the establishment number "EST. 2260Y" inside the USDA mark of inspection, a case code of "94612-100" and a "Best if Used By 09/23/2010" sticker located on the end panel. Each case also bears the lot number beginning with "N0239" which is located on the side panel. The products were produced on Sept. 23, 2009, and distributed to restaurants nationwide and are not available for direct consumer purchase.
The problem was discovered after the company received customer complaints about finding pieces of plastic in the product. FSIS has not received any consumer complaints or reports of injury at this time.
Jim Horne of the Kerr Center Honored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Citing his years of leadership in focusing "the world's attention on sustainable agriculture," Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) honored Dr. James E. Horne with its Lifetime Achievement award earlier this month at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. Horne is president and chief executive officer of the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a non-profit educational foundation headquartered near Poteau.
Lifetime Achievement recipients are chosen by the KOB board of directors "from among those Oklahomans who have shown a strong commitment to improving, preserving, beautifying and sustaining Oklahoma's environment." "Dr. Horne has an extraordinary passion for transforming conventional agriculture with daring innovation, creativity and rock solid research," said the group. "He continues to find ways to incorporate sustainable practices into the farming industry."
Trained as an agricultural economist, Horne joined the center in 1972. He has since guided the foundation in the development of extensive sustainable agriculture educational programs for Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers. Horne grew up on a small family farm near Roosevelt in southwest Oklahoma. His education includes a BS in Agriculture Education and a MS in Agriculture Economics, both from Oklahoma State University. He completed a Ph.D. in Biology in Russia.
WTO Holding First Ministerial Conference in Four Years This Week in Geneva
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The World Trade Organization's first ministerial meeting in four years begins today in Geneva, but Doha Round bargaining is not on the agenda. Instead, the Director General of the Organization, Pascal Lamy, is asking for the Ministers to decide the direction of the WTO for 2010 and into the future, and that would include how to jumpstart the Doha Round of trade negotiations. In his report to the General Council on 17 November 2009, Pascal Lamy said that while the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference would not be a negotiating session, it would be "a platform for ministers to review the functioning of this house", including the Doha Round, and an occasion "to send a number of strong signals to the world with respect to the entire WTO waterfront of issues - from monitoring and surveillance to disputes, accessions, Aid for Trade, technical assistance and international governance".
However, some here in the US that understand the world trade body see little hope for Doha. That includes former USTR and former USDA Ag Secretary Clayton Yeutter, who says flatly that the Doha Round will fail in 2010, and will fail to move forward in 2011.
We have an audio preview of this conference on our website this morning- and a link to the WTO website where you can follow some of the ongoing discussions that will likely include more shots being taken at US agriculture. Click on the link below.
TSCRA Ranger John Cummings Catches Cattle Thieves in Green Country
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two Stillwell, Okla., men were arrested by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings on two counts of felony larceny of livestock and two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. The thieves stole a total of 12 head of cattle and one horse totaling $7,800 from two ranchers in Adair County, Okla. Samuel Duane Choate, 33, was charged and arrested after he reportedly stole 12 head of cattle and one horse on two separate occasions from his mother, Joyce Girdner and her neighbor, Mike Starr. The victims were sharing pasture at the time of the theft. Choate reportedly used his own gate key to unlock the pasture gate and steal the cattle both times.
Cummings recovered seven head at the Tahlequah Livestock Sale after Girdner checked with the sale barn to see if they had been sold there. Because the cattle were branded, they were easily identified and returned to Girdner. Two other head of cattle belonging to Girdner, as well as two head belonging to Starr, were sold at the same sale in September. These animals and the horse were located and returned by Cummings. The twelfth calf was sold, but restitution is expected to be paid to Girdner.
"These arrests were made because of a big team effort between TSCRA, Sheriff Young and Investigator Smithson of the Adair County Sheriff's Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office," Cummings said. "Because these stolen cattle were branded or marked, we were able to quickly track down the thieves and the livestock. One of the best ways to protect your cattle from thieves is to brand them and to register that brand.
Last Stop Before Oklahoma City Next June for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The last eight spots in Livestock Marketing Association's 2010 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be on the line here Dec. 2, at the Parsons Livestock Market, Inc. Seven Oklahomans are vying for one of those final spots- hoping to be in the national finals next June in Oklahoma City. The market is hosting 36 contestants in the last quarterfinal qualifying contest for next summer's WLAC, which will be held June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. The sale here will start at noon this Wednesday.
Three winners - champion, reserve champion and runner-up champion - will be named after the contest here. These three, and the next five highest scorers, then move on to the Oklahoma contest, often called the "Super Bowl" and the "World Series" of the profession. At this point in the regional competition, only one Oklahoma auctioneer has qualified to be a part of the finals next June. Brian Little of Wann, Oklahoma won the Billings, Montana regional qualifier in September of this year.
The Oklahoma bid takers that will be competing for a chance to be in the contest next June at the Oklahoma National Stockyards include Bailey Ballou, Elgin, Tate Cobb, Guymon, Lance Cochran, Medford, Dustin Focht, Stillwater, Mike "Hoss" Manske, Shattuck, Brian Marlin, Inola and Joel Tuxhorn, Guymon.
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