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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 12, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Winter Wheat Crop Gets Slightly Bigger- Oklahoma Estimate of 128.7 Million Bushels From June Left Unchanged
-- Don Schieber takes on Chairmanship of US Wheat Associates Today
-- A No Brainer- Animal ID Down Under in Australia
-- Stress Seen in Southwestern Oklahoma Cotton Due to Abundant Rain
-- Discussion of 2011 Pork Board Budget Set for Tomorrow
-- R- Calf Says Y'all Come!!!
-- Oklahoma Loses Conservationist This Past Week
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Winter Wheat Crop Gets Slightly Bigger- Oklahoma Estimate of 128.7 Million Bushels From June Left Unchanged
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest USDA Crop Production numbers show a winter wheat crop that is getting bigger as harvest moves north. "Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.51 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last month but down 1 percent from 2009. The United States yield is forecast at 46.9 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last month and up 2.7 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be tied for the third highest yield on record, trailing only 1999 and 2008. The area expected to be harvested for grain totals 32.1 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2010 but down 7 percent from last year.
"Hard Red Winter, at 1.01 billion bushels, is up 3 percent from a month ago. Soft Red Winter, at 268 million bushels, is down 6 percent from the previous forecast. White Winter is up 3 percent from last month and now totals 226 million bushels. Of this total, 17.8 million bushels are Hard White and 208 million bushels are Soft White."
The Oklahoma winter wheat crop estimate was unchanged from the June
numbers released by USDA- NASS believes that there will be a total of 3.9
million bushels of wheat harvested in Oklahoma at an average of 33 bushels
per acre for a total of 128.7 million bushels being produced here in 2010.
The Oklahoma Crop is 67% larger than the 2009 crop that totalled just 77
Click on the LINK below for our coverage from Friday of both reports from USDA. That includes the Crop Production numbers as well as the Supply Demand data- we have links to the complete reports from USDA- we have audio with initial reaction to the reports from Tom Leffler- and if you click here- you can hear Tom's thoughts about the reports after the closing bell on Friday afternoon.
Click here for coverage of both the USDA Crop Production numbers as well as the USDA Supply Demand Report. issued Friday morning.
Don Schieber takes on Chairmanship of US Wheat Associates Today
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Don Schieber was actually elected to the position of Chairman of US Wheat Associates back in January 2010 at the winter board meeting of US Wheat in Washington- but does not take the gavel officially until midday Monday at the Summer Board Meeting of the group in Bozeman, Montana. We caught up with Schieber between some of the activities at the Summer Conference up north on Sunday evening- and talked with him about why he has given of his time and resources to be a wheat industry leader, about some of the key issues facing the US wheat industry today as well as the things he wants to get accomplished in this year as Chairman of the organization.
US Wheat Associates is the market promotion organization for US wheat in the international marketplace- and is funded by wheat checkoff funds paid by wheat producers all across the United States.
Don has been a friend about as long as I have been doing farm
broadcasting here in Oklahoma- as we met as classmates for the first class
of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program in the early 1980s. It's been a
pleasure serving with Don as board members of the Advisory group for OALP
for many years since we were in that first class- and what has amazed me
down through the years has been his ability to make friends so easily
where ever he is- out on the football field where he has served as a
Referee in Oklahoma high school sports for years to grain buyers around
the world to some of the major shakers and movers in our state and nation.
Don's smile and his willingness to share a funny story or two or more just
pulls you right into his world.
Click here to jump to our website and listen to our conversation with Don Schieber of US Wheat Associates.
A No Brainer- Animal ID Down Under in Australia
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kansas State University agricultural economist Kevin Dhuyvetter is just back from Australia- and one of the things he talked with Aussie beef leaders about was their Animal ID program that is mandatory in their country.
He talks about this with us on today's Beef Buzz- saying that cattle producers in this southern Hemisphere nation and continent call their animal ID system a "no brainer."
The Economist says that producers use the system to get production info back on their animals as they go through the pipeline and are turned into beef. At the same time, they understand they have to have this system in place have immediate disease traceback to assure international customers.
Click here for our latest Beef Buzz as you can go to this page and hear comments from Dhuyvetter about Animal ID Down Under.
Stress Seen in Southwestern Oklahoma Cotton Due to Abundant Rain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Abundant rain and unusually cool temperatures have produced symptoms of disease and insect damage in Southern Plains cotton, according to Terry Pitts, Oklahoma State University Extension integrated pest management specialist.
Pitts, stationed at the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center south of Altus, says wet cotton may develop some yellow cotton plants, but sunlight and warmer temperatures will fix that development. At the same time, a reddening of browing of cotton leaves could be alternaria, a condition seen in cotton in the area for the past two seasons.
"The red/brown color is due to low potassium as the plant has pushed off all available potassium into boll production. Studies have shown fungicides don't reduce the incidence and it doesn't reduce yield," Pitts said. "We are starting to see some dying plants where fusarium has caused severe leaf drop which results in no viable bolls on each plant. The condition has been seen in several dryland fields east of the irrigation district here at Altus. Resistant varieties are the best defense against this disease."
Although leafhoppers have been seen in cotton fields, populations have
not been above 40 percent infested plants, Pitts said. The cotton has not
grown to a stage where leafhoppers are not a problem.
Click here for more on the pests of summer facing our 2010 Oklahoma Cotton Crop
Discussion of 2011 Pork Board Budget Set for Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Planning the National Pork Board's 2011 budget begins tomorrow when board members meet to review revenue projections from the Pork Checkoff and to set a spending target for the new budget year. The board will meet during the three-day National Pork Industry Conference at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
The financial picture of the U.S. pork industry is much improved from one year ago when sharply lower hog prices prompted board members to set a 2010 spending target of 46.2-million dollars, about 20 percent lower than the 2009 budget. Pork Checkoff revenues are tied directly to the market price producers receive.
There are several major new initiatives in planning stages to address goals in the board's new five-year strategic plan, adopted earlier this year. Incoming NPB president Gene Nemechek, from Springdale, Arkansas, says - during 2011, we intend to launch a major effort to reposition pork in the consumer marketplace. And there are some exciting discussions under way with other major players in U.S. production agriculture about a national campaign to improve the public's understanding of 21st century agriculture.
Click here for more on the National Pork Board Meeting that happens this week in Wisconsin.
R- Calf Says Y'all Come!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~R-CALF USA is encouraging U.S. cattle producers and others concerned about the future of Rural America to attend the one-day, joint competition workshop to be conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice beginning at 8:00 a.m. MDT on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In an open letter to producers, R-CALF USA called this - the most important day in the history of your U.S. cattle industry, and perhaps all of Rural America. At the top of the letter- it says you don't have to say a word- but being there will speak loudly to the Obama Administration officials holding the meeting.
Additionally, the letter states, - this is the opportunity of a lifetime to genuinely make a positive impact on the future direction of your U.S. cattle industry and the future of Rural America. The purpose of this meeting is to determine if it is the will of U.S. cattle producers and Rural Americans that immediate, aggressive action be taken to restore competition to the U.S. cattle industry.
R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard believes U.S. cattle producers and Rural Americans want the federal government to put an immediate and permanent halt to what he calls "the anticompetitive practices and antitrust activities that are rapidly causing the U.S. cattle industry to shrink, resulting in the hollowing out of rural communities all across the United States." Bullard hopes the August 27 meeting will send Congress and the Administration a mandate they cannot ignore. He predicted, this meeting - will mark the beginning of the reversal of the contraction of our U.S. cattle industry.
Click here for the R-Calf Letter that urges cattle producers to show up August 27th in Ft. Collins for the Competition Workshop being held by DOJ and USDA.
Oklahoma Loses Conservationist This Past Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Conservation family in Oklahoma mourns the passing of Kenneth Risenhoover, who was serving as District Conservationist in Poteau at the time of his death this past Thursday. Funeral services were held over the weekend in Enterprise where he lived with his wife Kim. He was 57 years old.
From his Obituary we learn that "Ken graduated from Stigler High School later attending Eastern Oklahoma State College in 1973 in Wilburton and completing his education in 1975 at OSU in Stillwater with a degree in Ag Ed. A friend, Ronnie Rose, stated that during Ken's college years he only knew of Ken to have had one "B" in Speech. The rest of his grades were A's. He completed his student teaching in Colbert, Oklahoma. Immediately upon graduating he started his career on October 12, 1975, with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS); where he worked in Altus; Wilburton; and was currently employed in Poteau, at the time of his death, as the Leflore County District Conservationist, receiving many awards during his lifelong career."
Risenhoover was always promoting conservation and agriculture in
LeFlore County- we were invited by Kenneth a couple of years ago to come
and speak to the annual Eastern Oklahoma Ag Day in Poteau that he helped
Click here for more on Kenneth Risenhoover and how you can participate in a memorial for him.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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