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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday August 31, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Slightly Cooler and a Bit of Precipitation to Boot in the Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update
-- Nationally- the Corn Crop Continues to Run Well Ahead of Normal Development
-- Ponca City Scores with Dorada Poultry- Powered by Lopez Foods and Tyson
-- More from the USDA-DOJ Workshop on Livestock Competition- the Oklahoma Pork Angle
-- FDA Warned Against Hazards of Curtailing Antibiotic Use in Livestock
-- No Worries on Karnal Bunt for 2010
-- Our Apologies- Now the Link Works to the Latest PASS Newsletter
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Slightly Cooler and a Bit of Precipitation to Boot in the Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that end of August is bringing slightly cooler weather to our agricultural effotrs. "Last week brought a variety of weather conditions. The beginning of the week brought summer-like heat to areas of the State with most temperatures reaching over 100 degrees. Temperatures then cooled down after storms hit parts of Oklahoma during mid-week. Cooler temperatures were more than welcomed as thunderstorms brought some relief from the hot and dry weather. The central part of the State experienced some power outages as a result of the thunderstorms and average temperatures ranged from the lower-to-upper seventies. According to Mesonet totals, the Panhandle district received the most rainfall with 0.58 inches while the Central and Southeast districts received the next highest precipitation totals with 0.49 and 0.41 inches, respectively. However, more rainfall is needed as about half the State is currently in a mild drought. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the short to very short range with none rated surplus. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range with none rated surplus. There were 6.0 days suitable for field work."
As we prepare for the 2011 Hard Red Winter Wheat crop- Wheat seedbed
preparation was 41 percent complete by week's end, six points behind of
After weeks of hot, dry conditions over much of the state- the pasture and range report actually showed a bit of improvement. "Pastures and grasses improved last week in areas that received rainfall. The pasture and range conditions was rated mostly in the good to fair range, with only two percent rated excellent for the second consecutive week." The good to excellent rating for Oklahoma in this latest report stands at 30%- which means we have headed downhill much of the summer as we stood at 62% good to excellent back as of the first of June.
Click on the LINK below for the complete report from NASS as compiled by their team in Oklahoma City.
Click here for the full Oklahoma Crop Weather update as released on Monday afternoon, August 30.
Nationally- the Corn Crop Continues to Run Well Ahead of Normal Development
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Corn crop progress continues to run well ahead of the 2009 crop's pace as well as the five year average, with 17% of the corn crop nationally mature as of the beginning of this week, compared to five percent at this point a year ago and the five year average of 11 percent. The condition of the crop was virtually unchanged, with both this week and last week showing 70% good to excellent- with a percent of the excellent reading slipping into the "good" category.
Soybean crop conditions are the same nationally this week as they were a week ago, while cotton crop conditions slid two points, from 62% good to excellent last week to 60% this week. Milo crop conditions also dropped by two percentage points nationally, going from 64% good to excellent last week to 62% this week.
Pasture and range conditions show our neighbor Arkansas has the largest poor to very poor rating in the latest reporting week- standing at 62% in poor to very poor condition. Best pasture conditions rated in the US for the end of August include Minnesota at 86% good to excellent, Florida at 85%, Nebraska at 84% and Wisconsin at 83%.
Click here for the National Crop Progress Report as of Monday August 30, 2010
Ponca City Scores with Dorada Poultry- Powered by Lopez Foods and Tyson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lopez Foods has grown since its inception in 1992 to become the nation's largest Hispanic owned private meat processor, with its primary plant in Oklahoma City- and a secondary plant in Tennessee. On Monday, they notched another step in their growth belt as they formed a joint venture with Tyson Foods called Dorada Poultry. Dorada will reopen the old Tyson processing plant in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The plant, which is scheduled to become operational in mid-2011, will provide chicken products to McDonald's restaurants and is expected to employ approximately 350 employees, five days per week, 24 hours a day.
"We are proud to become members of the Ponca City business community and look forward to becoming a model of corporate citizenship," said Dorada Poultry Chairman and CEO Ed Sanchez. "With an anticipated economic impact of $7 million per year in payroll, we will make a major economic contribution to the region where our employees will live, work and play. We want our workforce to be proud to call Dorada Poultry their employer." Sanchez has been CEO of Lopez Foods since 2004.
"This innovative venture will enable us to expand Tyson's involvement in providing a reliable supply of safe, consistent quality chicken that meets McDonald's high standards," said Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson. "We look forward to supporting Dorada Poultry's production of great food for a very important customer." An economic impact model developed by the Ponca City Development Authority, (PCDA) forecasts the Dorada Poultry plant will contribute $217 million to the Ponca City community over the next ten years.
Click here to read more about the joint venture in the news release from Tyson issued on Monday.
More from the USDA-DOJ Workshop on Livestock Competition- the Oklahoma Pork Angle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two officers of the Oklahoma Pork Council were among those at the USDA-DOJ Workshop on Competition in Livestock this past Friday in Ft. Collins, Colorado. We talked with Jeff Mencke, President of the OPC, as well as with Dottie King, OPC Treasurer. Both feel the proposed rule, if adopted as it currently is written, would adversely impact the ability of their hog operations to survive.
You can click on the LINK below for our webstory which includes an audio report with comments from both Jeff and Dottie. Earlier this month, we had talked with Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council about this proposed rule and he told us that this is not your average cleaning up the definition of a couple of terms- rather "This rule is the most sweeping reform of how livestock marketing is regulated since the adoption of the Packers and Stockyards Act over 90 years ago. This is not a tweaking of an existing regulation."
Click on the link below for our webstory from Ft. Collins with comments from a pair of Oklahoma producers who watched and listened first hand the big show this past Friday.
Click here for our story from Ft. Collins of the Oklahoma Pork view of the proceedings.
FDA Warned Against Hazards of Curtailing Antibiotic Use in Livestock
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A public policy think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has submitted comments Monday on an FDA proposal to limit the use of certain antibiotics in livestock, warning that a ban could unintentionally increase the threat of foodborne illness in the United States.
The FDA draft guidance would prohibit the use of "medically important" antibiotics for growth promotion in food-producing animals such as cows, pigs, and chickens, and would require veterinary oversight for remaining uses. In its comments, CEI warned that "uses of these drugs for growth promotion reduces pathogen loads in animal-derived foods and have a positive impact on human safety, so such restrictions could do more harm than good."
Antibiotics use in livestock has been criticized by the public health community due to concerns that it contributes to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. However, U.S. government studies indicate that livestock uses account for only about 10 percent of the problem with resistant bacteria and that misuse in human patients is the leading cause of antibiotic resistance.
"Whether you're talking about human or animal use, banning beneficial uses today can have negative impacts on human and animal health just as surely as a lack of long-term drug efficacy can," said Gregory Conko, CEI's Director of Food and Drug Policy. "Instead, we need to balance the current benefits of antimicrobial use against the inevitable development of resistance, and this can include using antibiotics for livestock growth promotion purposes."
Click here to read the full statement from this organization regarding antibioitcs and their use in the US Livestock herd.
No Worries on Karnal Bunt for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got an email from Dr. Bob Hunger with quick but good word on one worry from previous growing seasons for wheat producers in the southern plains.
Dr. Hunger reports that "Results from testing the 2010 Oklahoma wheat crop for the presence of Karnal bunt (KB) has been completed. All samples tested negative for the presence of KB. These results are used to obtain a phytosanitary certificate stating that wheat in Oklahoma was produced in areas not known to be infested with KB, which then allows Oklahoma wheat to move freely into export."
Our Apologies- Now the Link Works to the Latest PASS Newsletter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men- and computers- don't go the way they should. Our link to the latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter that was in our Monday email ended up no man's land in cyberspace- and after a couple of you pointed that out- we got our ace "fixer upper" gal from Kansas who helps us with our website to clean up the link- which now does work- click on the LINK below to jump to our website to get to the latest info from Jeff Edwards and the crew. By the way- it's got a lot of good info in this latest PASS newsletter- so it's worth checking it out the second time around.
Click here for the latest PASS NEWSLETTER from OSU's Plant and Soil Science Deparment in Stillwater.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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