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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Severe Drought Conditions in the North Starting to Cause Nation's Mama Cow Herd to Dry Up into 2018
It's possible the severely dry weather we are experiencing this year, especially up North in the Dakotas and surrounding areas, could potentially impact the size of our mama cow herd as we head towards the new year. Jim Robb
of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, recently took a road trip around some of the droughtier areas of the country, for a first-hand look at conditions on the ground.
"We're really on the cusp of this becoming a nationwide issue," he said. "The drought really covers central and eastern Montana, most all of North and South Dakota, and it's drifting down into Nebraska, especially the Northern Sandhills and eastern Wyoming."
Robb reports the land he covered looked even more droughtier than what is indicated on the Drought Monitor. Some of these areas have been in drought conditions going on two years now, mostly in low rainfall regions, making it a struggle for the land to recover. He notes that 15 percent of all US cattle are currently residing in the drought zone. He says this is beginning to impact marketing patterns - with cull cow numbers picking up, lighter weight calves arriving at markets, and increased movement. To what extent, though, is still up for speculation.
"We've seen cow/calf pairs move out of those states in recent months, but really to the point now where there's a lot of early weaning going on," Robb stated. "Quite a few more hay trucks heading North out of Wyoming, Colorado and the irrigated parts of Nebraska into those drought areas than I've seen in many years."
Listen to Robb share his observations from a recent tour of the drought affected areas in the North and how he believes these conditions could impact the size of the nation's mama cow herd, with me, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
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|National Potato Council Fires Back at Mexican Court's Decision to Uphold Ban on US Potatoes, Accuses Court of Ignoring Science
The National Potato Council is claiming that a ruling made by a district court in Mexico this week to uphold a ban on US potatoes, ignores science and undermines Mexico's plant health regulatory authority, known as SAGARPA.
The court backs its decision on the fear that fresh potatoes from the US being imported into Mexico could potentially expose Mexico to foreign pests, despite the work of scientific studies that have suggested such risks could be mitigated.
Experts say this decision will obviously affect US potato exports to Mexico, but he says it also has the potential to bleed over into other plant and animal products.
It is very likely that those industries that will most certainly be affected by this decision will move to appeal the ruling. The Potato Council says it is confident Mexico's judicial system will produce a more favorable outcome once the case is heard again and the scientific evidence is once again reviewed during the appeals process.
Read the NPC's statement on the court ruling, released yesterday, by clicking here.
This past growing season was full of surprises, said Dr. Bob Hunger, extension plant pathologist at OSU during his presentation at the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Convention last week in El Reno. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn had the chance to speak with him about some of the disease pressures growers in the state faced this past year. In addition, Dr. Hunger offered a few tips as well to help producers minimize their crop's risk of disease infection.
In his review of 2017, Hunger listed diseases such as stripe rust, powdery mildew and surprisingly Barley Yellow Dwarf as culprits found in wheat fields this year. But, he says leaf rust and Wheat Streak Mosaic were the most damaging to crops throughout Northwestern to Central Oklahoma.
"Leaf rust is the one that came the hardest on the foliar disease side of it," he said. "But then, the biggest impact of disease, was Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus. It was fairly widespread and quite severe across a lot of Northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle."
Typically, Wheat Streak Mosaic is confined to the very Western, or Panhandle areas of the state, but for whatever reason, Hunger reports the virus stretched much further East than it's ever been seen to do before.
Hunger attributes the virus' prolific nature this year to the right combination of environmental conditions and unattended volunteer wheat.
"It's important to be a good neighbor," he remarked, pointing out the simple solution that could have perhaps prevented the spread of disease this year. "Breaking that green bridge, that volunteer wheat and grassy weeds that harbor those mites and the virus. Killing those for a period of at least two weeks before commercial wheat emerges is key to limiting losses from Wheat Streak Mosaic."
All in all, though, Hunger says one can never predict what will happen during the course of a growing season. He advises producers to scout their fields often and if disease symptoms are discovered, consider all the tools in your toolbox.
For all of Dr. Hunger's advice on reducing your crop's risk of infection, click here
to read more or listen to Carson's complete conversation with him.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has put together new learning resource materials that teaches people about their food and how modern day farming practices provide that food to them and their families.
AFB provides the opportunity to learn about agriculture in the form of a book, a map and a pocket guide - all released this week for purchase through the Foundation.
According to a release from Farm Bureau announcing the new products, these materials will help answer the questions "Where does our food come from and who grows it?" by exploring topics about agriculture in the U.S.
The 32-page, full-color book features updated facts and easy-to-read infographics that can be used in a variety of ways to help increase agricultural literacy. The book would be a valuable resource in the classroom, at fairs and events, for student leadership organizations and on social media, it says in the release.
Related Food and Farm Facts products created by the Foundation, including classroom activity cards, will be available in the fall.
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Gant Mourer, Oklahoma State University Beef Value Enhancement Specialist, contributed to this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter. In his article, Mourer explains how preconditioning cattle can increase the value of cattle prior to marketing them during the fall sale season. He highlights that the schedule for upcoming OQBN Sanctioned Sales for this fall have been set and encourages those with cattle that qualify - to consign their stock and get involved.
In addition, he encourages those looking to buy, to consider purchasing cattle from one of the sanctioned sales this fall.
"At this point many producers are deciding how to market calves this fall. With moderating cattle prices, the decision to precondition calves prior to shipping will be much harder for some, but with the ability to add pounds with lower cost hay and wheat pasture may be an indicator to retain calves a short time longer. Many management options exist and even with decreased prices, those management options are still valuable to producers and may have more value than many think," Mourer writes.
In Mouer's words, "the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network is available to aid producers in making preconditioning decisions and capturing value of preconditioned calves when it becomes time to market."
He describes the many benefits producers enjoy from managing their cattle under OQBN programs, which he says reduces shrink, improves cattle's immune system, and promotes weight gain during the weaning period.
Mourer writes that in addition to healthier, heavier calves when sold, sellers may earn higher prices per/cwt. In 2016, OQBN participants realized almost $11.00/cwt premium over cattle that had no weaning or health history.
Learn more about how you can take advantage of this opportunity to get involved with an OQBN program, and see the complete schedule for this fall's sale line up, by clicking here.
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During the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Summer Conference in Denver a few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with and get to know a little bit NCBA's President-elect Kevin Kester
, a cattle producer from Monterrey County California.
"I'm a fifth-generation rancher from the Central Coast of California," he said. "My family has been ranching in our area of the state since 1867 and we're a commercial cow/calf and stocker operation. We also have some wine grape vineyards."
Kester has been preparing for his new role making the rounds with NCBA's officer team traveling round the country speaking with industry and legislative leaders advocating for those policy issues important to the American cattle producer. He says going into his term, he will be focused primarily on reforming the US tax code, protecting certain conservation titles in the upcoming Farm Bill and promoting the establishment of a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank. Hailing from the West Coast, Kester says he knows all too well, the importance of managing the public's perception as well.
"Coming from California, we've had to deal with public perception issues, all the way from animal welfare to environmental issues for years now," he said, pointing out the old adage that the customer is always right. "We have stiff competition from other proteins in the country and across the world and if we want to stay at the top and be successful, for our own future generations of ranchers and farmers in this country - we have to adapt and be flexible to what the consumer wants."Click or tap here
to listen in as I get acquainted with NCBA's President-elect Kevin Kester.
|A Smaller Corn Crop in 2017 Versus 2017- Yep!
On Thursday morning, the USDA will release a pair of reports that are much anticipated- especially the August 2017 Crop Production Report.
There will be lots of numbers to chew on in that report- and in the WASDE report that will also come out tomorrow morning at 11 AM Central. BUT- the number that a lot of folks are focusing on is how big will USDA say the 2017 US Corn Crop is- and what yield per acre are they predicting.
Average Pre Report Guesses have the crop at 13.8 billion bushels with a yield of 166.2 bushels per acre. That compares to 15.1 billion bushels and 174 bushels per acre in 2016.
There are a lot of people who expect the corn crop yield number to be closer to 160 bushels per acre- and one of the reasons for the lower guesses are the weekly Crop Progress reports released Mondays by USDA- the Good to Excellent ratings throughout the season have been under that of a year ago- and by a significant margin.
Courtesy of Chad Colby
from a Tweet he posted- here is evidence of the shortfall in the condition of the crop in the major corn states versus 2016-
USDA offers their first field survey based guess tomorrow morning at 11 AM Central.
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