~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday September 8, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- As You Ponder Planting the 2011 Winter Wheat Crop- Consider Cleaning Things Up!
-- Oklahoma Beef Quality Network Sales Begin This Week in Durant
-- Here comes Hermine
-- O.K. Foods Leads the Way in Humane Stunning of Poultry
-- Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Says...
-- Federation of State Beef Councils Working to Define a More Independent Structure
-- Latest RON Value Book Arriving
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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As You Ponder Planting the 2011 Winter Wheat Crop- Consider Cleaning Things Up!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The head of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association and two other organizations representing feed, seed, agricultural chemicals, fertilizer and agribusiness-retailers hopes state wheat growers do things a little differently this year by planting an alternative crop this year or using a herbicide program to clean wheat fields.
"Oklahoma has gotten the reputation of having problems with dockage and foreign material in our wheat and it has made it harder for us to sell to our domestic millers and international customers," said Joe Neal Hampton, president and CEO of the OGFA. "Over the last two years Oklahoma producers had 68 percent more dockage than Kansas and 23.5 percent more than Texas."
Even more shocking was the fact that Oklahoma wheat had 150 percent more foreign material than Kansas and 337 percent more than Texas.
That meant huge discounts for Oklahoma producers for this year's harvest and some loads of wheat were actually rejected for too much dockage, he said. Dockage and foreign material is caused by material other than wheat being present. Cheat, rye grass, rescue grass, jointed goat grass and wild oats are the most common causes of dockage while rye is the most common foreign material.
"It's up to growers to clean up their fields because commercial
cleaners that can handle the volume we produce are not economically or
physically feasible," Hampton said. "The obvious answer is to rotate their
crops and practice good weed control. There are also several good
chemicals to control some the worst offenders and growers are encouraged
to use them."
Click here for more on this story of problems with wheat that does not measure up to the crop produced by our neighbors to the north and to the south.
Click here for more on the problem and some of the solutions about dirty wheat we have been producing in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Beef Quality Network Sales Begin This Week in Durant
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Area Vet Dr. Dave Sparks is a believer in the OBQN- and he offers these thoughts about the added value program that is being promoted in a joint Extension- Industry effort. "Have you ever heard someone say that preconditioning calves doesn't pay? Have you ever said it yourself? In the past you were probably right but things are changing fast. The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network had been marketing preconditioned calves for several years now, but lately it has really come into its own. Stocker and feeder operators are recognizing the added value, and the demand for verified preconditioned calves is outpacing the supply. The key ingredient, however, is numbers. There is very little added value in a handful of preconditioned calves if the feeder has to throw them together with other calves to make a load or a pen of calves. When sufficient numbers of similarly treated calves come together at one sale, the whole picture changes, even if these calves come from several seller s.
"So, does "value-added" really add value? Last year calves sold at OQBN sales brought a price premium of $8.12 per cwt over similar non-program calves sold the same day. The premium was even greater on the lighter classes. Additionally, these calves had an extra 45 days to grow than their counterparts that were marketed at weaning. Instead of arriving at the sale barn walking and bawling, they get off the truck looking to fill up and relax. These factors combined for much greater pay weights. Sometimes life can be about as hard for the cowman as it is for his weaned calf. Maybe it is time to start marketing our calves instead of selling them, and OQBN is positioned to help do so."
Click on our LINK below to learn more abou the OBQN and details about the sale coming up Thursday in Durant for the preconditioned calves signed up within the program.
Here comes Hermine
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have already had rainshowers the last day or so in far southeastern Oklahoma- and rain could arriving for a lot of the rest of the main body of the state as Tropical Storm Hermine works its way across Texas into Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a large part of the state of Oklahoma- and in the statement- they address the issue of heavy rain- "We expect to see broad rainfall totals of more than two inches by Thursday morning- and some locations will see as much as five inches. if rainfall becomes concentrated near the storm center on Wednesday evening; even greater rainfall could occur in a short period of time. Tropical rainfall may not seem as heavy, because the drops are smaller but the rain actually accumulates faster, leading to dangerous flash flooding."
They also talk about strong sustained winds and even the threat of
tornadoes. In talking with our News9 and News on 6 weather watchers- they
believe the track of the low pressure center will take it from Hobart
Wednesday evening to Weatherford by early Thursday morning to near Ponca
City by somewhere around sunrise Thursday morning. The areas most likely
to experience significant flooding and/or tornadoes will be along a 30-40
mile wide band extending from Lawton to El Reno to Enid.
Click here for more on the developing situation with Hermine to be found on the links we have on our weather page.
O.K. Foods Leads the Way in Humane Stunning of Poultry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Meatingplace has details of a new technology that has been developed by O.K. Foods of Ft. Smith, Arkansas- a stunning method embraced by the American Humane Society. They report "The American Humane Association has accepted as humane a controlled-atmosphere stunning method called Low Atmospheric Pressure System (LAPs).
"The technology was developed by Fort Smith, Ark.-based O.K. Foods in conjunction with a poultry harvesting company and scientists at Mississippi State University. The technology features a euthanasia chamber in which live-haul cages are placed and oxygen volume is reduced to irreversibly stun broilers. Unlike other controlled-atmosphere systems, LAPS does not use gases."
OK Foods reports they hope to implement this method sometime this fall at their plant at Ft. Smith. OK Foods is one of the companies involved in the Poultry Federation that represents the poultry industry in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In fact, the current Chairman of the Federation is Trent Goins, senior vice president of O.K. Industries.
Click here for more on O.K. Foods based on information from their website.
Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Says...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we wait on moisture coming in from Hermine- the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update talks about the hit or miss rains of this month to this point. "September began with a few summer storms scattered across Oklahoma. A cold front brought strong winds, rain and power outages to parts of central and western Oklahoma late last week. Overall, weather conditions were mild, with average temperatures across the state in the mid-seventies. All nine districts received some rainfall, with six of the nine districts receiving more than half an inch. However, more rainfall is needed in much of the state, particularly in the southeast. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the short to adequate range with 25 percent rated very short. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range with 20 percent rated very short. There were 6.0 days suitable for field work."
No percentages were given in this week's report about wheat that has been planted. Seedbed preparations for small grains continued across the state. Many producers are waiting for additional rain before beginning fall planting. Wheat seedbed preparation was 58 percent complete by week's end, six points behind normal.
Regarding the spring planted crops- "Conditions remained mostly in the good to fair range, though insect problems with cotton and soybeans have been reported. Corn dent reached 96 percent complete, 17 points above normal. Eighty-four percent of corn had matured, 28 points ahead of the five-year average. The corn harvest was 47 percent complete by Sunday, a 22 point jump from the previous week. Sorghum headed was virtually complete by week's end and sorghum coloring reached 62 percent complete, 12 points ahead of normal. Twenty-one percent of sorghum was mature by Sunday. Eighty-eight percent of the soybean crop was setting pods by the end of the week, eight points ahead of the five-year average and five percent had matured, 13 points behind normal. The peanut crop was virtually finished setting pods by Sunday, and 20 percent had matured. Thirty-four percent of the cotton crop was setting bolls by Sunday, 15 points ahead of normal."
Click here for the complete Crop Weather Update- one day later than normal due to Labor Day.
Federation of State Beef Councils Working to Define a More Independent Structure
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A statement was released yesterday by the Federation of State Beef Councils about work of last week to define a structure that would be separate from NCBA, but allow the Federation to still work in a synergistic way with the organization, building on the 14 year relationship that has been established.
"The working group has identified principles it believes support an
independent Federation structure, while also retaining operational
efficiencies found in its 14-year relationship with NCBA.
Richard Gebhart of the Oklahoma Beef Council represented Oklahoma at the meetings last week held to start this "Independent Structure."
Latest RON Value Book Arriving
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Look in your mailboxes and/or your stack of mail for the September issue of the RON Value Book. We have sent about 24,000 copies across the state to farmers, ranchers and land owners/operators. Check out the many different deals from our advertisers and we feature some of the BIG events coming in the weeks ahead.
We have details of some of the things we will be covering at the State Fair of Oklahoma, the Tulsa State Fair and 2010 National FFA Convention.
If for some reason you did not receive a copy- click on the link below
for a PDF copy- it is a big file so be patient.
Click here to download the September Issue of the RON Value Book
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $8.05 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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