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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday, September 29, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Final Call to Sign Up for Crop Insurance for Winter Wheat- and the 411 on Drought and Prevented Planting for Wheat and Canola
-- Today's Economics Suggest Feeding Cattle to Heavier Weights
-- National Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Conservation Programs
-- Disease Has Little Effect on Peanut Crop this Year
-- Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Assist with Arrest in Cattle Theft Case
-- ConocoPhillips Grant Program Providing Funding for Conservation Efforts
-- Swipe Your Loyalty Card- and Get Disease Traceback
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Final Call to Sign Up for Crop Insurance for Winter Wheat- and the 411 on Drought and Prevented Planting for Wheat and Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we mentioned on Wednesday- this Friday is the end of the sign up period for crop insurance for winter wheat- get with your Crop Insurance agent to finalize your choices on the type of insurance you want- and the level of that coverage. The Risk Management Agency of the USDA has issued some guidelines on planting this year's wheat crop into soils too dry to germinate the seed- and the door has been open for some producers to consider going the prevented planting route instead of dusting the crop in- and then declaring a crop failure- if the wheat fails to germinate or germinates and then dies an early death because of no rainfall.
Midday Wednesday- we visited with Dr. Kim Anderson of Oklahoma State
University about the information from RMA- and we tie together the keys
for wheat and canola producers regarding planting into dry soil because of
The revenue based policies in 2012 will be based on a wheat price of $8.62 per bushel- which if you buy 70% coverage means an effective price for bushels of production you lose below your historical yields of just over $6 per bushel. Dr. Anderson says that "it's a pretty good deal."
Again- the key for this year's wheat crop is to be signed up for crop insurance- and that deadline is Friday- close of business- September 30.
Click here to jump to our conversation with Dr. Anderson and more on the crop insurance deadline- and decisions that follow.
Today's Economics Suggest Feeding Cattle to Heavier Weights
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Corn prices have always been an important factor for many cattle producers and as corn prices rise, fed cattle are usually sold earlier at lighter weights. However, Shawn Walter with Professional Cattle Consultants says it might be time for cattle producers to consider different ways to sell their cattle.
Walter says as cattle increase in weight, the percentage of weight goes to carcass weight and putting on carcass gain becomes more efficient than putting on live gain. With the current market levels and current cost of gain, producers run out of opportunity to put gain on profitably on a live basis.
Walter adds that it is more important than ever for producers to look at the different in the whole picture of selling cattle carcass versus live and be adaptable to the economics and the current market situation. If a producer haven't sold cattle on a carcass weight before and they have always been a live weight seller, it might be a time to look for an opportunity to sell carcass says Walter.
Click on the LINK below to hear more from Shawn Walter with Professional Cattle Consultants(based out of Weatherford, Oklahoma) on corn prices, the economic situation, and how it is changing the selling of cattle on a carcass versus live basis.
Click here for the latest video from Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association
National Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Conservation Programs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A national coalition of 56 policy and advocacy organizations is urging Congress to preserve funding for essential U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs and to take additional steps to enhance soil, water quality and wildlife on agricultural land. The coalition outlined a set of key principles that lawmakers should observe as they write the Conservation Title of the 2012 farm bill and seek ways to trim the federal deficit.
The 56 coalition members are asking Congress to:
The 2011 Survey on Agriculture and Environment conducted on behalf of
the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, shows clearly that Americans
overwhelmingly view conservation as an important priority in national farm
policy and don't want to see conservation programs cut.
Click here for more from this coalition and the conservation programs
Disease Has Little Effect on Peanut Crop this Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fall Peanut Field Day at Caddo Research Station in Fort Cobb, Okla., was held earlier this week to provide producers across the state with an update on the Oklahoma peanut crop for 2011. Dr. John Damicone was one of the presenters at the field day and says this year was not a year with a lot of diseases in peanut fields.
The Caddo Research Station focuses on two types of research when it comes to peanut disease work. One is with sclerotinia blight, which is a soil-borne disease that likes cool and wet weather. The other is on leaf spot, which is a warm weather disease that prefers it to be warm and wet. Damicone says the weather this crop year has been too warm for either sclerotinia blight or leaf spot and producers are just now beginning to see some diseases show up.
While this year may not prove a productive year for researching these diseases, Damicone says they have learned quite a bit about fungicides and how they work on sclerotinia blight over the years. Except for pod rot, Damicone says that they can virtually control every disease with varietal resistance and fungicides.
The challenge researchers are facing now is economically providing these fungicides to producers. Because of the cost of these products have continually gone up, Damicone says they are working towards programs where producers don't have to spend a whole lot of money on fungicides.
Click here to listen to our conversation with Dr. Damicone on disease and peanuts
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Assist with Arrest in Cattle Theft Case
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings on Friday assisted in the arrest of Billy Chris Barnett, 25, Haskell, Okla., on 18 counts of larceny of livestock. Barnett was charged with allegedly stealing 18 head of cattle valued at $25,000 from a rancher in Muskogee County.
The cattle were recovered and returned to their owner.
Cummings said that the areas in and around Muskogee, Wagoner and Okmulgee counties have experienced several cattle thefts over the past few weeks, and at least 60 head of cattle have been stolen.
"Thieves in this area use onsite corrals to pen cattle in area pastures," said Cummings. "They then come back later with a trailer to remove the cattle from the property. Anyone who senses suspicious activity on their property should call TSCRA."
The investigation is ongoing. Cummings said additional charges are being sought for stolen equipment that was recovered including a stock trailer, flat-bed utility trailer and Dodge dually truck.
Click here for more information on this case of cattle theft
ConocoPhillips Grant Program Providing Funding for Conservation Efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Playa Lakes Joint Venture announces the availability of funding for habitat, research and education/outreach projects through the ConocoPhillips Grant Program. Federal, state and NGO applicants are encouraged to apply and should submit proposals to their state representative by November 1, 2011.
Proposals should deal with priority birds, habitats, and/or issues in each of the three program areas. In general, habitat projects should provide measureable gain for priority species in priority habitats; outreach proposals should be linked to demonstrable habitat improvements; and research should address PLJV's identified research priorities. A one to one match is required.
Past grants have included restoration of borrow pits at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, exploration of the effectiveness of playa buffers in Texas and the broader region, and support for background work needed to develop a state-wide prescribed burn alliance in Oklahoma. Other projects have used these funds, once granted, as non-federal match for small and standard North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants.
"ConocoPhillips not only brings more dollars to conservation projects throughout our six-state region, it also provides much-needed nonfederal match and additional partners, both of which are necessary when applying for other grants," says Ruben Cantu, Wildlife Division Regional Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the chairman of PLJV's Management Board. "For example, in the past two years, ConocoPhillips funds have helped PLJV partners obtain five NAWCA grants, which are putting $4.5 million into habitat conservation for birds."
Click here for more on this grant program by ConocoPhillips and the link to the actual conservation project
Swipe Your Loyalty Card- and Get Disease Traceback
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Tyson Fresh Meats folks have recalled 131,000 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced in their Emporia, Kansas plant last month- apparently the meat was tainted with e-coli.
Most of the beef went east of here- and it was processed at the plant in Emporia back on August 23rd- and had a sell by date of September 12- so none of the beef is in the grocery stores- but supermarkets are calling on their customers to check their freezers and bring the meat back if they have a package that matches up with the numbers from that batch.
The family in question bought the meat from Kroger- and according to the AP story on the recall- the most interesting thing to me is how Kroger is using their Loyalty Card to trace who bought the beef. Not everybody has a card- but for those that do- Kroger can identify precisely if they bought any of the ground beef in question. Using that information- they are emailing or calling those customers and informing them of the recall- and next time they show up and use that loyalty card- it will print out on their receipt info on the recall.
At the live animal end- we continue to struggle with animal ID and
rapid disease traceback- but once that package of meat gets into the food
pipeline- the ability is there to track it all the way to the consumer's
Click here for the AP story that gives more details about the recall and the stores impacted by it.
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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 $11.84 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.90 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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