~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 9, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Hermine Brings Rain- Except to Northwestern Areas of the State
-- President Obama Talks Taxes
-- If You Have Received Moisture From Hermine- Canola and Wheat Planting Likely to Kick Into Gear Once Fields Dry
-- Remove the Mystery- Plan to Test Your Forage This Fall
-- Ag Secretary Vilsack Salutes Justin Whitmore and other USDA Employees for Service in Iraq and Afghanistan
-- EPDs Show Significant Improvement in Limousin and Lim-Flex Cattle
-- Check our Duane Harrell Pictures on Flickr
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Hermine Brings Rain- Except to Northwestern Areas of the State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While some rain has spread across northwestern Oklahoma from the tropical moisture associated with Hermine- the amounts have been limited- nothing in the Panhandle and in the norhtwestern most counties in the state- only a few tenths have been recorded by the Oklahoma Mesonet. This system went a little further east than some had thought it might track- and the devastating amounts of rain are being reported in east central Oklahoma.
As of early this morning, Eufaula earns the dubious distinction of most
rainfall from this system- with nearly seven and a half inches of rain
pouring down since what's left of Hermine arrived. Stigler is continuing
to receive heavy rain, with just over six inches of rain reported as of 3
As we write this, the rain from Hermine that is left in the state is well east of I-35, with a Flash Flood Warning through 6:30 AM from north of McAlester up into southern Okmulgee County. The potential damage from flooding and strong winds will be mostly in these eastern locations.
A story further down in this email speaks of the rain helping especially the soil moisture situation for planting winter canola as we enter the window for planting the crop dictated by crop insurance. It looks like the northwestern side of what we might consider the "canola belt" got little rain, while most of those areas where we have farmers that have been excited about going with canola this year got enough to jump in and plant in the front part of the window of opportunity.
Click here for the Oklahoma Mesonet real time 48 hour map that can show you the precipitation received from this tropical system.
President Obama Talks Taxes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In Cleveland, Ohio Wednesday, President Obama argued against extending the Bush-era income tax cuts for the nation's wealthiest families. According to White House officials the President's message was aimed at wavering Democrats who have been swayed by arguments that the economy is too weak to raise anyone's taxes. At the same time, the President says he will not threaten to veto any compromise which extends the upper-bracket cuts. Also, the President supports permanently extending tax cuts for the middle class, those making 250-thousand dollars or less.
Also, the President unveiled more than 180-billion dollars in fresh
spending and business tax breaks. Economists, business groups and tax
lobbyists say they are not enthusiastic about the job-creating potential
of expanding an existing tax credit for domestic research and permitting
firms to write off 100 percent of spending on new plants and equipment in
Meanwhile, Congressman John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican House leader cited by the president, fired back with an economic proposal that he said should get bipartisan support: extend all of the tax cuts passed under George W. Bush for two years, and cut spending on programs not tied to national security to 2008 levels.
One of the unknowns from the Obama proposals of Wednesday is where he really stands on the Death Tax- a measure that everyone agreed needed to be fixed at the USDA-DOJ Workshop on Competition in Livestock. While there was wholesale disagreement over the proposed GIPSA Marketing Rules- all groups were cheering when whoever was at the microphone calling on the Administration and Congress to not not let Estate Taxes return to ten year old levels of 55% after a million dollar exemption.
Click here for a Wall Street Journal Report of the Obama Speech on Wednesday
If You Have Received Moisture From Hermine- Canola and Wheat Planting Likely to Kick Into Gear Once Fields Dry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the case of winter canola, we featured a story yesterday that spoke of this crop as a realistic choice for Oklahoma wheat growers with price dockage problems when selling their crop. Developed in the past five years by Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University agricultural scientists to reduce weed problems in winter wheat grown in the Southern Plains states, winter canola will significantly reduce the presence of weeds in continuously cropped wheat, according to information collected by OSU agricultural scientists. When rotated with wheat, wheat growers report a sharp reduction in weeds such as ryegrass, cheat, rescue grass, jointed goat grass and wild oats.
Winter canola can be planted and harvested with the same machinery used to plant and harvest winter wheat. Canola oil is eagerly sought as a healthy cooking oil and for biofuels. The Producers Cooperative Oil Mill in Oklahoma City, Ok., provides a consistent, reliable market to buy winter canola seed in the Southern Plains states. We include the previous day's close for canola prices for immediate purchase as well as for the 2011 crop each day at the bottom of this email in our Markets section.
Recommended planting dates for winter canola is Sept. 10 through Oct.
20; coinciding with similar planting times for winter wheat.
Click here for answers to many of the common questions about winter canola- these answers assembled by Mark Broyles of OSU.
Remove the Mystery- Plan to Test Your Forage This Fall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Mama Cow Expert Dr. Glen Selk is back in a contract capacity in the Animal Science Department- and he offers some great advice- know the quality of the forage you plan to feed this fall and winter. "Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available. Any of the potential nitrate accumulating hays should be tested for nitrate concentration.
"The value of forage testing can best be illustrated by comparing the supplement needed to meet the nutrient needs of cows in the winter. Assume we are feeding hay to a 1200 pound spring-calving cow in late gestation. She needs 1.9 pounds of crude protein to meet her needs and that of the growing fetus. If she consumes 2.0% of her body weight in a low quality grass hay (4.0% Crude Protein) she will receive 0.96 pounds of protein from the hay leaving a deficiency of 0.94 pounds of protein needed from the supplement. To meet her protein needs with a 30% crude protein supplement would require 3.13 pounds of supplement each day. However, if the same cow was consuming a higher quality grass hay (7.0% Crude Protein), then she receives 1.68 pounds of protein from the hay and must be given enough supplement to meet the 0.22 pounds that is lacking. Now, to meet her needs the cow only needs 0.73 pounds of the same supplement per day. Because of the difference in hay quality the supplement needs vary by 4 fold! "
You can read more by jumping to our website via the LINK below. Knowing all you can about your forage makes a lot of sense- especially since better quality forage equals a lower feed bill!
Click here for more on forage testing and the value to your beef cattle herd.
Ag Secretary Vilsack Salutes Justin Whitmore and other USDA Employees for Service in Iraq and Afghanistan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today recognized the efforts of more than 20 USDA employees who served as civilian agricultural experts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The agricultural experts were part of the Obama Administration's commitment to provide civilian assistance abroad to help promote long-term economic development.
"It is an honor for me to recognize these brave and devoted employees for their tremendous service to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq," said Vilsack. "President Obama's whole-of-U.S.-government approach in both nations has drawn civilian and military expertise from across the United States government to help Afghans and Iraqis build a resilient, sustainable agricultural sector, not only helping strengthen the economies of both nations but also contributing greatly to our security here in the United States."
Among those receiving recognition was Justin Whitmore of Oklahoma for his service in Iraq. Click on the LINK below for more on this story and the other USDA folks who were recognized by Secretary Vilsack.
Click here for more on the Vilsack Salute to USDA Employees involved in Ag Development in Two War Zones
EPDs Show Significant Improvement in Limousin and Lim-Flex Cattle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the fall 2010 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation now are available through various features of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) web site (www.nalf.org). The EPDs represent more than 2 million pedigree and performance records for Limousin-based cattle in the United States and Canada.
Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Colorado State University (CSU) calculated the Limousin breed's EPDs. AGI conducted analysis for EPD accuracies for birth, weaning and yearling weights; milking ability; and scrotal circumference. CSU provided the analysis for reproductive traits, docility and carcass traits.
Since AGI conducted NALF's evaluation, using improved hereditary ties
to Angus seedstock, genetic predictions for Lim-Flex ® animals are the
most timely and reliable of any for Angus-influenced hybrid
Click here for more on EPD Scores for Limousin Cattle- and How that is Showing Big Genetic Improvements.
Check our Duane Harrell Pictures on Flickr
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had not had the chance to upload pictures from last week and the very nice reception that was truly a who's who of Oklahoma agriculture for Duane Harrell, who has retired as the Director for Public Information at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
Duane was best known for his Cowboy Hat, Big Grin and Camera always around his neck at all kinds of agricultural events. We turned the tables on Duane last Wednesday in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Atrium- as we snapped several pictures of Duane and a few of those who were at his party.
I asked Duane how many pictures he had taken over the years- and he had
no guesses on the number- and would not volunteer a few photographic
highlights of the past eleven years or so- but he pointed out that as he
got people to stand still and let him take their picture at the hundreds
of venues he was at- that helped record a small piece of Oklahoma
agricultural history for generations to enjoy. Click on the LINK below and
take a look at Duane as he said his goodbyes.
Click here for our Flickr Set of pictures from the Duane Harrell reception of last week.
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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 $8.00 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.45 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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