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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Gregory Says Southwestern Oklahoma Crops Need
Rainfall, Moisture, and
a special look at crop conditions across the
state, the Oklahoma Farm Report turns its
attention to southwest Oklahoma. We recently spoke
with OSU Extension Agronomist Mark
Gregory at the inaugural meeting of the
Oklahoma Wheat Growers and the Oklahoma Sorghum
Based in Duncan, Gregory says
dry conditions have had an impact on producers
throughout the southwest, but with a few
"We've got some cattle out on
pasture, believe it or not, and the wheat is up
big enough. We got the growth on those few rains
to give us the forage growth."
wheat pastures are scattered, but extend as far to
the southwest as Altus and northward toward
Clinton. The lack of continuing moisture, however,
may put an end to that.
backwards now. Those big plants have used what
little moisture they had and there may not be
anything left for them."
"Even stuff that
was coming up in Bermuda grass pastures that these
guys were relying on is going backwards. So, we're
having some real problems on green stuff that we
could graze right now. "
Gregory says not
only are grass pastures suffering, but the canola
and wheat crops are struggling, too.
"Those things are having a tough time.
We've lost some canola because those plants,
especially with the late planting dates, we had
some of those early freezes, and those things took
them out. And what's left, the plants have gotten
a little size on them, but they're struggling
right now because they've used a lot of that
moisture that was there in the soil and we haven't
gotten anything else for them in most
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to Lawmakers: Look to Farm Bill for $100 Billion
following are excerpts of an opinion piece
published by the Environmental Working Group.
You can read the whole editorial by clicking here.
than pocketing the modest $23 billion to $35
billion in 10-year savings the current Senate and
House versions of the farm bill would yield,
Congress could easily make changes that would save
$100 billion or more. That would be a meaningful
contribution to the budget trimming that will be
needed to address the federal deficit.
is how the math could work:
direct payments subsidies would save $49.58
billion over 10 years. Both the House and Senate
versions of the farm bill would do this, but they
both plow a large portion of the savings back into
other subsidies - a cynical bait and
Both current versions of the
new farm bill would actually increase spending on
federal crop insurance, making it more generous
and more highly subsidized for farmers. This
program is ripe for reforms that could yield large
savings. At a minimum, Congress could eliminate
the subsidies that currently go to crop insurance
companies and save $13.8 billion.
also large additional savings available in the
very generous subsidies the government hands out
to encourage farmers to buy crop insurance. On
average, taxpayers pick up more than 60 percent of
the tab for crop insurance premiums. By cutting
these subsidies - particularly for the most
gold-plated policies - taxpayers could save as
much as $20-to-$30 billion.
Pork Exports Set New Monthly Record; Beef Export
Value also Strong
pork exports set new monthly records in October,
according to statistics released by USDA and
compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF), reaching 218,132 metric tons (mt) valued
at $607 million. Export volume was 9 percent above
last year and broke the previous monthly record of
217,080 mt set in November 2011. Export value
exceeded $600 million for the first time, breaking
the previous high ($597.85 million, also from
November 2011) by 1.5 percent.
through October, U.S. pork exports were 3 percent
ahead of last year's record pace in volume (1.875
million mt) and 6 percent higher in value ($5.24
Beef exports also posted solid
results in October, with export value ($496
million) increasing 10 percent over last year
despite a 4 percent decline in volume (101,447
mt). This was consistent with this year's
January-October pattern, which has seen an 11
percent decline in volume (951,886 mt) compared to
2011 while export value ($4.6 billion) remained 2
percent ahead of last year's record pace.
You can read more by clicking
Offers New Fact Sheet on Weeds, the Bullies of the
you know that the invention of Velcro was inspired
by prickly weed burs that stuck to the pants of a
Swiss engineer during a walk with his dog? It's
one of the many unique facts about weeds captured
in a free brochure available from the Weed Science
Society of America.
Created by the
organization's Public Awareness Committee with
contributions from WSSA members, the document
illustrates a few of the many unique
characteristics of weeds and how they touch our
lives. Examples include:
on the Move. Tiny seeds from horseweed (Conyza
canadensis) have been known to travel 300 miles
by air. Specially equipped model airplanes have
tracked horseweed seed in the earth's planetary
Reproducing for Long-Term Survival. Each acre of
U.S. cropland contains 50 million to 300 million
buried weed seeds. Five to 10 percent of them
germinate and emerge each year.
- Odd Facts about Weeds.
Cows that graze on garlic mustard (Alliaria
petiolata) or other mustard weeds produce milk
with a garlic flavor. Similarly, wild garlic
(Allium vineale) can "flavor" wheat crops and
reduce their market value. It's NOT the best way
to make garlic bread!
Buzz: BQA Refocuses Producers from Marketing
Beef to Satisfying Consumers
Maas, veterinarian and beef producer from
California and member of the industry's Beef
Quality Assurance (BQA) advisory committee,
explains why the reinvented BQA program, funded in
part by producer's checkoff dollars, continues to
be valuable to beef and dairy producers.
"It's important not only in my capacity as
an educator but it's important in the way we run
our ranch. The significance of the Beef Quality
Assurance program is that it's alive - and by that
I mean that it's changing, and it changes relative
to the opportunities and challenges that we see
with our production systems here in the United
States. To begin with, the Beef Quality Assurance
program focused on a problem that we had with drug
residues in our finished cattle. And quickly by
scientific observations and the Beef Quality
Audits and those types of tools, we found that we
had other problems. And so we addressed them, and
we've been addressing problems as we find them
throughout the whole life of the BQA program. And
we've ticked off a whole bunch of successes but
that's not where we're stopping. We keep this
whole program alive by continually doing the
audits, taking the information from the audits and
challenging ourselves to fix those problems as
they come up."
Maas says the basic
principles of the national program are tailored
down to the on-farm level.
Click here to listen to the latest
Beef Buzz with John
Global 500 Establishes the Next Steps for Dairy
and Beef Industries
Global 500 closed recently after welcoming dairy
and beef producers from 40 countries to Lexington,
Ky. Dr. Pearse Lyons, president
and founder of Alltech, closed Global with seven
take-home messages, a few of which were:
Closing the gap - There are two gaps that need to
close. First, we must close the communication gap
between ourselves and the consumer. Second, we
must close the nutrition gap. Nutrition has not
kept pace with genetics; the world is moving on
and we need to catch up.
2. We learned about the
perfect steak. It's nothing artificial; it's
simply about feeding the animal
3. Branding is our way of
getting our ideas out. Brand beef and milk to set
it apart. We heard about the eight rules of
branding, but nothing starts until you take the
first step. Be relentless, be consistent, be the
You can read the rest of Dr. Lyons'
messages as well as find links to the recorded
Alltech presentations by clicking
N That- The Farm Bill Quagmire- and McAlester's
End of the Year Stock Cow
word of the day is "Quagmire" and has been
thoughtfully provided by the top Democrat on the
House Ag Committee, Collin
Peterson, who has used it in describing
the mess over the Commodity Title as House and
Senate Ag Committee leaders search for common
ground in the final minutes of the old year year
in hopes that an Obama-Boehner Fiscal Cliff deal
might still emerge before December 31st.
Rogers with Politico has been following
the negotiations and our friend Keith
Good, the writer of the Farm Policy
blog, has captured the essence of that article as
well as several other angles (like Dairy) that
provide an excellent insight into how messy this
whole process continues to be. Click here for the blog entry
from Keith pulls this all together.
McAlester Union Stockyards
Special Cow and Bull Sale is scheduled for this
coming Saturday, December 15th at McAlester,
The sale begins at noon selling
850 head of bred cows, bred heifers, open heifers,
pairs and bulls- click here for details that we
have in our auction listing on our website. You
can also call the folks at McAlester for more
information as well- that number
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