~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday May 17, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Says We Must Prioritize 2012 Farm Bill Ideas
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Little Change in Wheat Crop Condition
-- Another Good Planting Week for U.S. Corn Growers- But Troubles Mount in Kansas Wheat
-- After Cancellation of Breeders Invitational Cutting Horse Show in Tulsa- Major Venues in the State Say Other Shows Will Go On
-- Cheap Yankee Dollar Keeps US Beef a Bargain in Key US Beef Export Destinations
-- NACD Supports Temporary Grazing on CRP Land
-- District One Election Set for Oklahoma Wheat Commission
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Says We Must Prioritize 2012 Farm Bill Ideas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, says that money will be a major uphill battle in the writing of the 2012 farm bill, which includes the Commodity Title as well as the Conservation title that are of special interest to many farmers and ranchers across the country.
Lucas shared his concerns and his ideas of how to address the challenges with participants at the 2011 National Watershed Conference underway Monday and Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City.
Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Congressman Lucas before he addressed the conservation professionals- and talked about the battle to save flood control dam funding earlier in 2011 in the Continuing Resolutions- as well as how to find money for this and many other programs in the 2012 farm bill. They also talked about the timing of the 2012 farm bill- and Congressman Lucas did indicate that there could be one wildcard in his timing when it comes to writing the new farm bill- a possible budget deal that includes hard and fast cuts that could go along with extending the cap on the federal budget deficit.
Click on the link below for a chance to hear us talk with Congressman Lucas as we caught up with him in downtown Oklahoma City.
Click here to hear us talk with Congressman Frank Lucas as he discusses conservation and farm policy priorities.
Latest Crop Weather Update Shows Little Change in Wheat Crop Condition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the weekly Oklahoma Crop-Weather Update, last week began extremely warm with temperatures topping 100 degrees in multiple locations across the state. Oklahoma City broke both the record high and low temperature for May 9th with a high of 94 and a low of 71 degrees. After a front pushed through and cooled things down- some areas of the state got rain.
Mid-week rainfall resulted in a statewide average of 0.62 inches with all districts receiving a quarter of an inch or more, and the Northeast district receiving an inch of rain. The U.S. Drought Monitor released last week for May 10th increased the area of the state in an "exceptional drought" to 15 percent of the state. The drought in the western half of the state continues to affect crop conditions and slow the planting of summer crops.
Condition ratings continued to be rated mostly poor to very poor for
all small grains. Wheat headed is virtually complete and 52 percent of
wheat was in the soft dough stage by Sunday, five points ahead of normal.
Fully 80% of the Oklahoma wheat crop is now rated poor to very poor, with
17% in fair shape and just 3% in good condition.
For our spring planted crops- the NASS report tells us "The dry conditions have slowed the planting of some crops, particularly in the southwest. Corn planted reached 92 percent complete and 47 percent of the crop had emerged by Sunday, 23 points behind normal. Sorghum seedbed preparation reached 84 percent complete and 27 percent was planted by week's end. Soybean seedbed preparation was 66 percent complete and 19 percent was planted by Sunday, eight points behind normal. Peanut seedbeds prepared reached 95 percent complete and 49 percent were planted, while 17 percent of the crop had emerged by week's end. Cotton seedbed preparation was 95 percent complete by Sunday, but only 13 percent of the crop was planted, seven points behind the five-year average."
Click here for the rest of the Oklahoma Weekly Crop Weather Update- as released by USDA on Monday afternoon
Another Good Planting Week for U.S. Corn Growers- But Troubles Mount in Kansas Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the second week in a row, favorable weather in areas of the Corn Belt have helped growers catch up in their planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports today that, as of Sunday, 63 percent of the U.S. corn crop has been planted, only 12 percentage points below average for this time of year.
"For many of our farmers, it's been a good week," said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott, of North Dakota. "In a few areas, we've still been challenged by rain and flooding, but our farmers are resilient and today's corn can quickly grow tall and strong in the right conditions."
In several key states, such as Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, corn planting progress has surpassed the average, while some states that were lagging saw great progress, especially Illinois and Michigan, where farmers planted 35 and 33 percent of the crop last week, respectively. Ohio remains far behind, with only 7 percent of crop planted compared to a five-year average that is ten times that, while North Dakota is only 14 percent planted.
Meanwhile, the US Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop continues to slip
in the condition ratings- Oklahoma goes lower to 80% poor to very poor.
Kansas slips to 55% poor to very poor and Texas remains 75% poor to very
poor in this latest week.
Click here for the complete USDA National Crop Progress Report from Monday afternoon
After Cancellation of Breeders Invitational Cutting Horse Show in Tulsa- Major Venues in the State Say Other Shows Will Go On
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is looking forward to the upcoming Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Redbud Spectacular and the Tulsa Expo facility is preparing to host the Pinto Horse Association of America World show. Even with some concerns regarding recent cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1), these facilities want horse owners to feel comfortable in bringing their animals to the event.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry is advising
horse owners to take precautionary steps due to recent cases of Equine
Herpesvirus (EHV-1) found in other states.
Acting State Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Herrin, felt that the
organization took a conservative but prudent approach even with the
minimal risk that might have existed.
Click here for more on the two major Oklahoma Horse Venues Planning to Stay Open as They Provide Increased Biosecurity in Facilities
Cheap Yankee Dollar Keeps US Beef a Bargain in Key US Beef Export Destinations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~International trade continues to grow and play an increasingly important role in the U.S. cattle and beef market. At a time when domestic beef demand is still struggling, OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that demand for U.S. beef in export markets continues to grow. The most recent monthly trade data show that beef exports in March jumped 47 percent compared to one year ago. Beef exports for the first three months of the year are up 32 percent over last year. This rapid export growth is a pleasant surprise as exports were expected to grow only moderately over last year's 19 percent year over year increase over 2009. March beef exports were led by a dramatic jump in exports to South Korea and a strong increase to Japan as well as increased exports to Canada and Mexico.
For the year to date beef exports are up to all major markets with the exception of Vietnam (currently the fifth largest beef export market) and Taiwan (currently the sixth largest export market). At the current first quarter pace, South Korea would replace Mexico as the largest U.S. beef export market. The Mexican economy continues to struggle but year to date beef exports are up slightly. Also at the current pace, Japan would rise to third place with Canada dropping to fourth place as a U.S. beef export destination. Exports continue to be supported by a weak U.S. dollar, which has protected foreign buyers from much of the higher beef prices seen in the U.S. Additionally, strong exports reflect growing international beef demand and decreased production from some other major beef producers including Canada and Australia. International market strength is further indicated by record high beef by-products values, which are largely driven by exports demand for hides and o ffals.
You can read the rest of the analysis from OSU Extension Economist Dr. Derrell Peel by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more on the impact of international beef trade from Dr. Derrell Peel.
NACD Supports Temporary Grazing on CRP Land
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Concerned with the impact of recent extreme flooding and drought conditions across the United States, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Gene Schmidt sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Bruce Nelson supporting the temporary use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands, as long as a conservation management plan is in use.
"Recent flooding and drought conditions have had major impacts on
grazing lands across large portions of the country," said Schmidt. "Some
producers in hard-hit areas are in desperate need of grazing acreage, and
would benefit through the emergency use of CRP lands."
Click on the link below for more on this story as well as the chance to read the full letter sent by the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Click here for more on the NACD support of grazing on CRP land.
District One Election Set for Oklahoma Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is being held in District One this week as an election is being held to select a new Commissioner to replace Keith Kisling of Burlington who has resigned his position on the board.
The actual election will be held at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds in Cherokee, beginning at 2 PM on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2011.
The monthly meeting of the Commission happens tomorrow morning- 9 AM also at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds. This will be last meeting of their fiscal year as they do not plan a regular meeting during the month of June- normally a very busy month of harvest.
We have the full agenda on our website- click on the LINK below and you can review it from start to finish.
Click here for details of the May meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission coming tomorrow in Cherokee.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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