~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 29, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- The Official End of the 2010 Winter Canola Harvest
-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 85% Complete- Kansas Now 55% Done
-- Pork Producers See No Science in Antibiotic Guidance Released by FDA
-- President Obama Says he Wants Free Trade Deal with South Korea Moved Forward
-- Senator Blanche Lincoln Kicks Off Her Version of Farm Bill Hearings Wednesday
-- Spring Planted Acreage Numbers to be Released Tomorrow Morning
-- NCBA CEO Claims Progress Being Made With USDA About Status of Federation of State Beef Councils
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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The Official End of the 2010 Winter Canola Harvest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's about as official as you can get it as Jeff Scott, President of the Great Plains Canola Association drove his combine the final two passes in a field of DeKalb Roundup Ready canola, unloaded a hopper full of "black gold" into a semi trailer and called it done. We rode with Jeff those final two passes and saw some of the reasons for being optimistic about this crop becoming a major part of the landscape here in the southern plains over the next few years.
The field we were in was a mile north of Lamont and received hail back this spring. The Crop Insurance people called it 65% hail damaged- but as Scott pointed out to us- canola is an indeterminate plant and just kept on adding pods. The pods that were damaged were finished for the season- but a lot more were added and the field ended up yielding over 40 bushels per acre. In fact, as we watched the yield monitor in the cab, it was often above fifty bushels in those final passes.
It was amazing how beaten down the crop looked in the yield before the combine went through and picked it up off the ground. Scott had pushed the crop- then had it rained on and it was lodged in many places flat on the ground. The combine rolled along set about as low as you can go- but it picked it right up- thrashed the canola stalks and pods into oblivion and what was in the hopper was canola seed and two to three percent of foreign matter. The buyer of the canola, PCOM- deducts the weight of the foreign matter from the crop- but there is no other deduction.
We have coverage on our website this morning of the final day of the 2010 winter canola harvest- and Jeff Scott's prediction of 150,000 to 200,000 acres of canola to be planted this fall. Audio and pictures are available via the LINK below- those pictures a close look at how close to the ground Jeff was cutting- the wildlife we stirred up along the way- and other looks at how this crop successfully came out of the field.
Click here for our coverage of the FINAL day of the 2010 Winter Canola Harvest.
Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 85% Complete- Kansas Now 55% Done
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update talks of the hot dry conditions seen this past week. "Extreme heat and a lack of precipitation were experienced across the state. A few storms throughout the week brought relief to areas in the southwest and southeast, while Washington County experienced hail and crop damage. All nine districts received less than an inch of rain with three districts recording 0.14 inches or less. Heat accompanied the lack of precipitation with average temperatures in the low to mid-eighties for all districts. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions worsened this week and continued to be rated mostly in the adequate to short range with only two percent of topsoil rated surplus. Harvesting and haying made significant progress due to the dry conditions and 6.3 days being suitable for field work."
"The dry conditions allowed for substantial progress in small grain
harvesting. Wheat harvested reached 85 percent complete, an increase of 32
points for the week and two points ahead of normal. Twenty-four percent of
wheat ground was plowed by week's end. Rye harvested was 77 percent
complete, an 18 point increase from the previous week. Oats harvested
reached 88 percent complete, 18 points ahead of normal, while 25 percent
of oat ground was plowed by week's end."
in regards to the Oklahoma row crops- "Row crop conditions remain in the good to fair range but will require additional moisture to continue normal progress. Corn silking increased 21 points to reach 36 percent complete. Sorghum planted reached 90 percent complete, 13 points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum emerged increased 10 points to 78 percent complete by Sunday, 21 points ahead of the five-year average. Eighty-seven percent of soybeans were planted, 11 points ahead of normal. Soybeans emerged reached 79 percent complete, 15 points ahead of normal. Peanuts pegging reached 11 percent complete by week's end. Cotton emerged reached 93 percent complete, up four points from the previous week and equal to the five-year average. Twenty-five percent of the cotton crop was squaring by week's end."
Click here for the complete Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma as of Monday Afternoon.
Pork Producers See No Science in Antibiotic Guidance Released by FDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Guidance" on the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could lead to the elimination or costly review of previously approved animal health products. The National Pork Producers Council said there appears to be no science on which FDA based the guidance.
The FDA guidance calls for antibiotics that are "medically important" to humans to be used in animals only when necessary to assure their health. It also says those antibiotics should be administered with veterinary oversight or "consultation." FDA said the guidance would be used to develop public policy on animal antibiotic use.
It appears that the FDA is wanting to do what Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has not been able to do to date in the Congress- greatly restrict the use of antibiotics in animals for food production. We have more on the concerns raised by the NPPC- click on the LINK below.
Click here for more on the FDA's ideas on antibiotics use with animals.
President Obama Says he Wants Free Trade Deal with South Korea Moved Forward
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~To move forward with the U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement, the President has asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to initiate new discussions with his Korean counterpart. The goal of those discussions is to resolve outstanding issues in a way that levels the playing field for U.S. workers and producers - with the objective of completing that process by President Obama's visit to South Korea for the next G-20 meeting in November.
Beef, Pork and Soybean interests all cheered this word from the President. If implemented - the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement would cut Korea's tariff from 40-percent to zero within 15 years - bringing the U.S. beef industry 15-million dollars in new benefits the first year. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Steve Foglesong says the trade deal could potentially be one of the most significant bilateral agreements in U.S. history. Click here for more from the NCBA regarding the Korean FTA.
"Having a firm deadline for resolving the outstanding issues is a major step forward and is wonderful news for American pork producers," said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa. "This is what we have been hoping to hear for almost three years," he added. "The export opportunities the FTA offers U.S. producers of pork and many other agricultural products in the Korean market are truly remarkable." According to Iowa State economist Dermot Hayes, by the end of the FTA phase-in period, total U.S. pork exports to Korea will be almost 600,000 metric tons. This represents nearly twice the current U.S. export level to Japan - currently the top value market for the U.S pork industry. The FTA will lift live hog prices by a staggering $10 per animal when fully implemented and will generate an additional $825 million in U.S. pork exports. Korea alone will absorb 5 percent of total U.S. pork production, and the FTA will create more than 11,000 new jobs because of increased pork exports alone. Click here for more of the release from the NPPC on getting a deal done with Korea.
"The free trade agreement with South Korea would provide landmark opportunities for U.S. soy, meat, and poultry exports," said American Soybean Association President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. "The agreement is very positive because it will further open South Korea's market to U.S. exports of soybeans and soy products." Click here for the ASA news release for their full statement regarding this word from the Obama Administration. The agreement offers immediate duty-free access to U.S. soybeans for crushing and to U.S. soybean meal. And for the first time, producers of U.S. food-grade soybeans would have access to the South Korean market outside of the import monopoly created by the Korean State Trading Enterprise. Tariffs on refined soybean oil would be eliminated over 5 years, and tariffs on crude soybean oil would be eliminated over 10 years.
Senator Blanche Lincoln Kicks Off Her Version of Farm Bill Hearings Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that the Committee will hold its first farm bill hearing on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing will focus on maintaining a strong U.S. farm policy.
"The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers on behalf of rural America and our nation's farmers and ranchers," said Lincoln. "This first hearing will focus on maintaining a sound U.S. farm policy to protect our most vital resource - our food supply. Our food security, millions of jobs and a good share of our national economy depend on the work our farmers and ranchers do every day. The farm bill is necessary and vitally important to ensure we continue to have a safe, reliable and affordable supply of food and fiber."
It is quite a lineup that Senator Lincoln has summoned- including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with the President of the American Farm Bureau- Bob Stallman and the President of the National Farmers Union- Roger Johnson. Click on the LINK below to see the entire witness list and get more details about start time and all of that.
Click here for more on the Senate Ag Committee Farm Policy Hearing Number One on June 30.
Spring Planted Acreage Numbers to be Released Tomorrow Morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In Wednesday morning's USDA planted acreage report - traders expect to see more corn and soybeans - and less spring wheat acres. USDA will release the report at 7:30 Central time. The average pre-report estimate puts corn acres at 89.2-million - up about 400-thousand from the March Prospective Plantings Report - and the highest since 1945. Soybean acres are pegged by the trade at a record large 78.1-million acres - up less than 100-thousand acres from March. Spring wheat acres are expected to be about 200-thousand acres below March intentions.
According to Allendale - USDA will raise its corn acreage estimate by more than 900-thousand acres. The Illinois marketing consultant expects soybean acres to decline 489-thousand acres from March intentions. Allendale pegs spring wheat acreage at 13.9-million. Also Allendale expect quarterly stocks of wheat will jump 44-percent from a year ago.
Meanwhile - according to a nationwide email survey of farmers in the Farm Journal Media database - corn acreage is expected to drop nearly 400-thousand acres from the March planting intentions - but soybeans may gain 600-thousand acres. AgWeb pegs U.S. corn acreage at 88.4-million and soybeans at 78.7-million acres.
NCBA CEO Claims Progress Being Made With USDA About Status of Federation of State Beef Councils
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has halted for now their efforts to change the structure of their organization- this in the face of questions raised by the USDA and several outside groups about how those changes will impact the Federation of State Beef Councils.
On today's Beef Buzz, we hear from Forrest Roberts, the CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, who says that even though they have suspended efforts to change the structure of the organization for the time being- they have made tremendous progress with USDA on satisfying their concerns and the concerns of the six other ag groups who have complained to USDA about NCBA's cozy relationship with the Federation.
Click on our LINK below for this Beef Buzz- and links to some of our earlier coverage of this story that now awaits response from USDA.
Click here for our Beef Buzz featuring Forrest Roberts of NCBA about their discussions with USDA on the future structure of NCBA
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