~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 7, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- $14 Million Handed Out to Seven Oklahoma Flood Control Dam Rehab Projects
-- Latest Crop Weather Shows Winter Like Weather Slows Crop Development and Field Work
-- Latest Deadline Nears Between US and the EU over Hormone Treated Beef
-- April's Calendar is Jam Packed
-- Producers Cooperative Oil Mill Ready to Buy Sunflowers in 2009
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a hard freeze this morning across a large portion of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and southern Kansas. based on Mesonet data, many locations are seeing five to 14 degrees colder readings this morning versus Monday morning here in the state.
We will log four to eight hours below 28 degrees in many areas of the western half of the state- setting us up for potential freeze damage to the 2009 winter wheat crop. Based on the latest Oklahoma Crop and Weather Update- 84% of the Oklahoma wheat crop had reached jointing stage by Monday- setting us up for a substantial freeze injury.
Senior Agricultural Weather Analyst for the website StormX, Gail Martell says that when temperatures fall to the mid 20's for at least two hours, yield loss can occur as growth above the growing point will stop.
We have links to a couple of mesonet maps that may interest you- click here for the map that shows the number of hours below 32 degrees in real time- once these temps get above 32 degrees, the data will disappear. We also have linked below the current temperature map from the Mesonet for you to take a look at as well.
$14 Million Handed Out to Seven Oklahoma Flood Control Dam Rehab Projects
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Monday that the US Department of Agriculture is distributing $45 million in Recovery Act funds to rehabilitate aging flood control structures nationwide. These projects will help revitalize dams and rural economies by creating jobs and supporting local businesses that supply needed products and services.
For Oklahoma, there are seven projects that have been included in this announcement, with just over $14 million being allocated to these projects. The Oklahoma share of the monies is expected to come from the Conservation Bond Initiative that is working its way through the state legislature. The federal flood control rehab program offers 65% of the money needed with the state or local government required to pick up the rest.
The state measure that basically reaffirms the Capital Bond efforts of a year ago that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court because the law passed last year called for a bond issue for multiple purposes. Senate Bill238, as amended by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, authorizes a $25 million bond issue "for purposes of construction, repair and rehabilitation of flood-control dams, repair of roadside water erosion, riparian restoration and purchase of necessary equipment in various counties through and with the assistance of local conservation districts, including restoration of flood-damaged areas, all pursuant to the Conservation District Act, with debt retirement payments to be made by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, which is hereby authorized to borrow money from the OCIA for the purposes in this section." This bill cleared the Appropriations Committee on Monday by a 15 to 1 vote.
Latest Crop Weather Shows Winter Like Weather Slows Crop Development and Field Work
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last week saw an amazing range of weather conditions from freezing temperatures to thunderstorms and hail marching across the state. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions improved from last week with topsoil rated mostly in the adequate range while subsoil rated in the adequate to short range.
Winter wheat and rye were rated mostly in the good to fair range with oats rated mostly in the fair to poor range. Crop insect activities continued to range from moderate to light. Winter wheat jointing increased 22 points from last week to reach 84 percent, eight points ahead of normal. Rye jointing was at 90 percent and five points ahead of the last year.
For our spring row crops- work slowed on seedbed preparations in most parts of the State but remained ahead of average for most crops. Corn seedbed preparations increased by two percentage points from last week to reach 71 percent, two points ahead of normal; corn planted reached 16 percent, nine points behind normal. Twenty-eight percent of sorghum seedbeds were prepared, one point ahead of the five-year average. By week's end, 35 percent of soybean seedbed preparations were completed, on target with the five-year average. Peanuts seedbed prepared was 45 percent complete, seven points ahead of normal. Cotton seedbed preparations increased by eight percentage points from last week to reach 70 percent, 17 points ahead of normal.
Latest Deadline Nears Between US and the EU over Hormone Treated Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The US and the Europeans have been arguing over growth promoting hormones since the late 1980s, when the EU used this as a trade barrier against the US selling beef into their countries because they had a mountain of beef in storage in several of the European countries. In the 1990s, the GATT and then later the WTO ruled against the Europeans- saying there was no sound science for them to block US beef with this excuse.
Since that time, the US has had retaliation measures leveled against EU goods to the tune of millions of dollars annually- with never a penny of that being seen by cattlemen. The ban remains- altho the Europeans now buy a small amount of US beef that is certified as being free from being implanted with growth promoting hormones.
On April 22, the United States is scheduled to impose carousel retaliation measures against a new list of products from the European Union in response to the EU's long-standing ban on U.S. beef exports from cattle raised with growth promoting hormones. The two sides have been in discussions, however, on a compromise measure that would keep the hormone ban in place, but provide other trade relief that may allow the United States to export a higher volume of non-hormone beef into Europe.
We talk about these negotiations on today's Beef Buzz, with comments from Thad Lively of the US Meat Export Federation. The Beef Buzz is heard on great radio stations across the state as well as being found on the Internet on our website- just go to OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the left hand side button "Beef Buzz." Our link below takes you to today's report on this continuing battle over beef.
April's Calendar is Jam Packed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lots of stuff on the calendar for the month of April- and we keep piling more stuff on as you get it to us. The most recent additions have been the town hall meetings of Congressmen Tom Cole and Frank Lucas and Senator Tom Coburn during this two week Easter recess.
This afternoon- the Northwest Cattlemen's Association has their annual replacement cow and bull sale. The sale is expected to start at around 1:00 PM at the Woodward Livestock Auction. Speaking of Woodward- I don't have it on the our website calendar- but we do invite you to come out and say hello next Monday at lunchtime as we have been asked to be the guest speaker for the April gathering of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce- we'll be talking about the "brave new world" that we face in Washington with a radically different mindset at USDA with the Obama Administration versus the past eight years under George W Bush.
Be sure and let us know about what is going on with your group or association- we will be glad to get it on the calendar. The earlier you get it to us- the longer it will be on our calendar page for people to discover. Right now there are some three dozen listings of events on the calendar for the balance of April- so follow the link below and take a look at what may be happening that is in your area- or in your segment of the farm and ranch business.
Producers Cooperative Oil Mill Ready to Buy Sunflowers in 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growing NuSun Sunflowers and High Oleic Sunflowers could be an excellent alternative this year for any wheat farmers suffering winter wheat freeze out problems. According to Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill field representative, PCOM in Oklahoma City will be offering a bid on these varieties of sunflowers to give wheat growers an excellent opportunity to replace wheat damaged by late freezes.
"Offering both varieties will give wheat farmers an option for sunflowers," Neuens said."Producers need to contact their planting seed supplier to purchase the best seed for the area they live in. There are several good varieties available. "Our bid will be delivered to a storage facility of our choice. We are working on delivery points."
Neuens urges farmers to call his cell phone 1-405-760-4205 for information. Information can also be obtained from Brandon Winters at 1-405-232-7555. You can also go to the link below for more information from the PCOM website.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma National Stockyards reported over 10,000 cattle on the grounds yesterday- with prices higher and meeting extremely good demand. The five weight steers brought from $108 to $122, while the seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings came in at $ 93 to $101. Click here for the full OKC cattle market report as of the the close of business yesterday afternoon.
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