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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 8, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- OSU's Mark Boyles Says Canola Planted Has Reached 100,000 Acre Threshold
-- Night of Champions Held at Tulsa State Fair- We've Got Pictures
-- Logan Davis of Newscastle FFA Shows Grand Champion Market Steer at Tulsa State Fair
-- NRCS Extends CSP Deadline
-- Pfizer Animal Health Announces Commitment to Veterinarians, Reaffirming Pledge to Support Veterinary Profession
-- We've Got Kim Anderson- and We Have the Just Released Crop Production Numbers- a Bullish Corn Crop Size of just 12.7 Billion Bushels Announced
-- Blackjack and Friends Angus Sale Coming Saturday October 16
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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OSU's Mark Boyles Says Canola Planted Has Reached 100,000 Acre Threshold
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Most of the winter canola that will be planted this fall is now in the ground- and many of the fields planted were planted early and have emerged. OSU Canola Specialist Mark Boyles says that the best estimate that he and his colleagues have been able to come up with is that something over 100,000 acres of canola are in the ground to be harvested in 2011. He calls that probably about 80% done.
Boyles says that we have gotten dry in most of the areas that have had interest in canola- and we badly need a good rain to get some fields emerged- and allow farmers to finish up planting acres were the ground got too dry.
We talked with Mark on Thursday morning- and he provides us with a good overview of where we are in getting this 2011 winter canola crop into the ground. Click on the LINK below to jump to our webstory about the status of getting canola planted- and there you can listen to our conversation with Mark Boyles.
Click here for more on the planting of the 2011 Winter Canola Crop in Oklahoma
Night of Champions Held at Tulsa State Fair- We've Got Pictures
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It felt a little like the Oklahoma Youth Expo last night here in Tulsa as the Tulsa State Fair adopted the format of getting their breed winners assembled in the various show venues during the day yesterday- then last night they had a "Grand Finale." The four species of market animals were shown and the Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions were selected.
We'll tell you about the four Grand Champions in our next story- but wanted to give you the FLICKR link for the pictures we took last night. These are good looking kids that you will want to go take a look at- and at this same link- we will be adding pictures from the Premium Sale of the Top Animals later in the day on Friday.
Click here for our Flickr Set of Pictures of the Night of Champions at the Tulsa State Fair
Logan Davis of Newscastle FFA Shows Grand Champion Market Steer at Tulsa State Fair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have stories and pictures of each of the four Grand Champions at this year's Tulsa State Fair- and we start with the Grand Steer- shown by Logan Davis of Newscastle FFA- he had the Champion Crossbred Steer and the best of the show- Reserve Grand Champion Steer was shown by Reighly Blakely of Oolgah FFA. Click here for the full rundown of the Breed winners for the Market Steer Show at this year's Tulsa State Fair.
The Grand Champion Market Barrow is owned and was shown by Carli Newby of Lindsay FFA- Carli had the best Hampshire pig in the contest and best hod overall. Reserve Grand Champion Steer was shown by Taylor Fort of the Elgin FFA for his Crossbred Champion. Click here for the full rundown of the Barrow show at this year's Tulsa State Fair.
The very best market lamb at this year's Tulsa State Fair is owned by Cooper Newcomb of the Merritt FFA- Cooper's Grand Champion was first the Champion Hampshire Market Lamb. We have more details on the Market Lamb show- click here to jump to that story found in our Blue Green Gazette on our website. We apologize for limited info on the Market Lamb winners- the lamb show went right up to the start of the Night of Champions- so information was slow in coming out to us media types.
We wrap up our listing of Grand Champions by introducing you to Brandi Maddox of the Hennessey FFA, owner of the Grand Champion Meat Goat. Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey had the Reserve Grand Champion. Both came out of the heaviest weight class in this year's show. Click here to jump to our story about the Meat Goat show at this year's Tulsa State Fair.
NRCS Extends CSP Deadline
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White says the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS' Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended to January 7, 2011. White says - we're extending the deadline for applications to CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications.
CSP is offered in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the Pacific and Caribbean areas and provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. The program offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices or online.
Click here for more details about this extension and how you can investigate participation in the CDP program
Pfizer Animal Health Announces Commitment to Veterinarians, Reaffirming Pledge to Support Veterinary Profession
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pfizer Animal Health has launched a U.S. initiative reaffirming its steadfast support for the veterinary profession. Under the banner Commitment to Veterinarians, Pfizer pledged to comprehensively address the significant short- and long-term unmet needs facing practicing veterinarians and students in the United States. Commitment to Veterinarians focuses on three key areas for veterinarian support: training and continuing education, research and development, and investing in the future of the profession.
As part of a three-year, $3 million scholarship program with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Pfizer recently announced the 2011 call for scholarship applications from students at U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine. The scholarships will focus on meeting ongoing needs of the veterinary profession, including strengthening diversity and increasing the number of large-animal veterinarians to serve in mixed or rural practices. To assist veterinary students, Pfizer also just launched www.VetStudentConnect.com, a new portal for students to apply for Pfizer scholarships and learn about other assistance programs.
The current U.S. business model for veterinarians is rapidly changing. Few veterinary medicine students are willing to venture into rural practices, particularly in food-animal medicine. More veterinarians than ever before are facing debt loads that may stay with them for a lifetime. The American Veterinary Medical Association recently estimated that the average veterinary student debt upon graduation totals $120,000. There are dwindling dollars being allocated to important research programs that address animal disease, and there also is a growing lack of diversity in the profession that needs immediate attention.
Click here to learn more about the Pfizer efforts to support Veterinarians that will go back out and work in the large animal arena.
We've Got Kim Anderson- and We Have the Just Released Crop Production Numbers- a Bullish Corn Crop Size of just 12.7 Billion Bushels Announced
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the grain trade is watching the Supply Demand and Crop Production reports from USDA as they come out here at the end of the week. He discusses how the corn numbers could have impact on wheat prices in the nearby timeframe.
Two reports have just come out as we write this- the October first Crop Production Report- which will give us further direction when it comes to the size of the spring planted crops here in the US. I would call the USDA corn number a BULLISH surprise- as they have lowered with the national corn crop number down to 12.7 billion bushels. The second report that will come out from the Economic Research Service from USDA- is the monthly Supply Demand data. It helps put crop numbers into the dynamic of how much we sold and used in both the domestic as well as the international market. It is also the report that last month generated some of the controversy that Kim Anderson is referring to. Click here for TODAYs Supply Demand numbers released as of 7:30 this morning.
Click on the LINK below to jump to our story with Dr. Anderson and his take on the grain markets this week- you can wait and see it on Saturday- or you can click on the LINK below and hear it now. We also have the rundown of what will be on SUNUP this weekend.
Click here for more on the corn versus wheat market with Kim Anderson from OSU
Blackjack and Friends Angus Sale Coming Saturday October 16
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 20th Annual Production Sale of Blackjack Angus Farm is set for a week from Saturday- October 16 at the Farm in Seminole, Oklahoma. Sale time will be at 12:30 PM.
Keith Grissom has another great set of cattle with some of the best blood lines that can be found in today's Angus breed. The sale will also include several lots from Pfeiffer Angus Farms out of Mulhall, Oklahoma- again with some great genetics backing up each and every lot.
Click on the LINK below to jump straight to the sale catalog that can be found on the National Cattle website. If you want to call for more information about the set of cattle to be offered- give Keith and Janet Grisson a call at 405-382-7678 or you can call Eddie or Ruth Sims at National Cattle- 580-492-4590.
Click here for the sale catalog that can be viewed online for the Blackjack Angus Sale on October 16
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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 $8.30 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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