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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 18, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Don't Count on a Wheat Market Rally- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson
-- Joe Popplewell of Seaboard Farms is Talking to Oklahoma Dieticians Today
-- Armyworms- Are They Ready to March Into Your Wheat Fields?
-- What's a Long Established Brand Name Worth?
-- Japanese Prime Minister Announces New Cabinet
-- Texas State Veterinarian to Retire December 31; Nationwide Executive Search to be Conducted
-- AFBF Urges Passage of Trade Pacts
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Don't Count on a Wheat Market Rally- So Says Dr. Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While we saw a nice run up in wheat prices on Tuesday of this week- that gain has essentially disappeared by this Friday morning- so says Dr. Kim Anderson. And Dr. Anderson tells Clinton Griffiths on this week's SUNUP show produced by OSU Ag Communications that wheat was actually a follower and not a market leader in the shor lived rally.
Anderson says the wheat rally was tied to a run up in corn and soybean prices due to fears that we might see an early hard freeze across the corn and soybean belt. One model suggested that on Tuesday and the market went wild. Later models have taken down the risk considerably- and while soybeans fell some- corn lost a little more- wheat basically gave up all of the gain it had.
Click on our link below and you can hear Dr. Anderson's conversation about this and also his take on index funds at our website as a preview to the OETA SUNUP program coming on Saturday morning. We also have a full rundown of the rest of the show as well- so jump to our website and take a look at what Clinton and his team have in store for you.
Joe Popplewell of Seaboard Farms is Talking to Oklahoma Dieticians Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma pork production takes center stage on later today during the Friday, September 18th session of the Oklahoma Dietetic Association's Fall Symposium. Joe Popplewell of Seaboard Foods in Hennessey, Okla., will address the group at 1:15 p.m. at St. Anthony's Hospital the located at 1000 N Lee Street in Oklahoma City.
Titled "America's Pork," the speech by Popplewell will highlight how much leaner pork is today than it was 20 years ago and how increasing demand for pork has help U.S. producers become leaders in the global food market place. A USDA study released in 2006 showed that pork tenderloin is now just as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
Joe Popplewell says it's important to talk to key influencers like this group- and that we have a great message to tell- "We are constantly improving the total care and management of our animals to meet consumers' demand for lean, nutritious, safe and affordable food. That commitment has also helped U.S. pork producers gain a competitive edge and become the world's largest pork exporter. Given that pork is the now the meat of choice worldwide, we have a great opportunity to capture even more of the export market and bring those dollars back to our communities. I'd like to thank the Oklahoma Dietetic Association for giving me an opportunity to tell our industry's story of innovation, quality and good stewardship."
Armyworms- Are They Ready to March Into Your Wheat Fields?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU's Dr. Tom Royer says producers need to be vigilant in this war against the fall armyworm. In the latest PaSS Newsletter- he writes "Newly emerging wheat fields need to be carefully watched for several weeks after planting. Scout for fall armyworms early in the morning or late afternoon by examining plants in several locations within the field. Look for leaves that seem to have had all of their green tissue removed which gives the leaf a "window pane" appearance. Inspect some injured plants for small caterpillars in the whorl of the wheat seedling. Check plants along the field margin as well as in the interior, because fall armyworms often move in from road ditches and weedy areas into the field. The suggested treatment threshold is 2 to3 larvae per linear foot of row."
You can click on the link below for more on this hungry pest- all from the latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter.
What's a Long Established Brand Name Worth?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are not that many brand names that have been around as long as Ivomec has been in the animal health arena- and we talk on today's Beef Buzz with Dr. Frank Hurtig, Director of Large Animal Vet Products for Merial Animal Health about this well known product.
Dr. Hurtig says that Ivomec has just celebrated it's 25th Anniversary in the United States- and he says Merial stands behind Ivomec 100%- and he thinks that is worth something as you choose a parasite control product on the market. There are generic versions of this product- and he says the difference per dose between Ivomec and a generic ivermectin is less than one pound of added gain on a calf. Dr. Hurtig says that is a small price to pay for the knowledge that you have the original formulation working for you in your beef cattle herd.
We talk with Dr. Hurtig about the heritage of this product- and what might be in the pipeline ahead in parasite control- this on our end of the week Beef Buzz. Click on our link below to jump to our Beef Buzz for this Friday.
Japanese Prime Minister Announces New Cabinet
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The newly elected Japanese Prime Minister on Wednesday announced his incoming Cabinet, including Hirotaka Akamatsu as the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. In remarks to the Fall Cattle Industry Washington meeting on Tuesday-the day before the announcement-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicated that talks with Japan could not move forward until a new Agriculture Minister was in place. Now that the announcement has been made, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is urging the Obama Administration to reengage in trade talks with Japan, which understandably, had been on hold since the weeks leading up to the Japanese elections last month.
Japan continues to be NCBA's number one trade priority. Japan's 20 month and under age restriction on U.S. beef imports is limiting the U.S. to about 25% of pre-BSE levels of trade, translating to at least $1 billion in untapped beef export revenues each year. NCBA looks forwarded to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress to increase access to this critical market.
There was a lot of optimism earlier this year that we might see the 20 month and under rule raised to a 30 month standard- that has been on hold for months as this election cycle loomed- and it is very uncertain how quickly the Japanese will be willing to start moving closer to the international OIE standard of allowing all beef cuts from the US into their country. Just relaxing the 20 month and under rule would be a huge victory for the US cattle producer.
Texas State Veterinarian to Retire December 31; Nationwide Executive Search to be Conducted
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas' state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has announced that he will retire December 31, ending his nearly seven-year tenure with the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. The TAHC's 13 governor-appointed commissioners will establish a committee to conduct a nationwide search to fill Dr. Hillman's position. "I have wrestled with the decision to retire, but it is time to put family first," Dr. Hillman told TAHC commissioners in his announcement. "Texas has made progress in many of our livestock health programs, and we have challenges to overcome in others. Just about every major disease event that has occurred in the United States in the past 6 ½ years has impacted Texas and our livestock industries. With the support of TAHC commissioners and the livestock and poultry industry, we have addressed and resolved many of these issues."
"There is never a good time for Dr. Hillman to retire. He is a great asset to the agriculture industry and never forgets the ranchers and producers of this state," said Mr. Ernie Morales, TAHC chairman and the feedlot representative on the commission. "During disease outbreaks or when addressing regulatory issues, Dr. Hillman has had to make difficult decisions based on science to regain or maintain the health and marketability of Texas' livestock and poultry. Our search committee will look within the TAHC and across the nation for the veterinarian who will best fill the enormous gap created by Dr. Hillman's retirement."
We have more on this announcement from the Texas State Vet- just click on the link below for more found on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.com
AFBF Urges Passage of Trade Pacts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Citing the vital importance of trade to U.S. agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Obama administration to submit the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and the U.S.-Korean Free Trade Agreement to Congress for a vote. AFBF President Bob Stallman says - these agreements offer great market opportunities for farmers all across our country. He adds, swift passage - is vital for the U.S. to expand trade for farm products-from beef to cotton to fruits and vegetables.
Colombia has one of the highest tariff structures in South America, which is the major impediment to market access in many sectors, including agriculture. In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Stallman said, - Columbian import duties on agricultural and processed food products average roughly 30 percent. And for South Korea, agricultural tariff rates range from just over 1 percent to nearly 500 percent, depending on the commodity. Stallman said, - eliminating these tariffs through these free trade pacts would be extremely beneficial to U.S. agriculture.
We have more on AFBF's take on these trade deals- just click on the link below.
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