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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, August 23,
Farmer Crop Tour Pegs Illinois Corn Crop as
Slightly Bigger Than USDA- Soybeans Continue to
Grete, who is leading the Pro Farmer
Midwest Crop Tour's Eastern Leg, says that they
were able to compute the Illinois estimate for
this year's corn crop after Day Three was
concluded. In his report on agweb.com- he
reports "For the state of Illinois, the Tour corn
yield came in at 121.6 bu. per acre, down 22% from
the 2011 Tour average. Soybean pod counts in a 3x3
square were 944.05, down 21.1% from year-ago. It
was simply a case of too much heat and not enough
rain in Illinois this summer." Still, that
number is a little higher than the 116 bushels per
acre for Illinois that was predicted by USDA in
their August Crop Production report. Click here to read Brian's full
report that was posted last night.
western leg spent their time in western Iowa
yesterday- and the actually found some pretty good
corn, according to the latest from Chip
Flory. Late last night- Chip writes "The
problems in the soybean fields were the same as
we've been descibing the last two days- too much
heat and too little water.
the yield averages for corn, the western on-third
of the state is down about 11% from last year on
Click here for the Chip Flory
report from the road of the Pro Farmer Midwest
Crop Tour, which concludes today with the western
leg jumping up into Minnesota and the eastern leg
covering the eastern two thirds of Iowa before
they meet up to offer a final midwest corn crop
prediction and mid August assessment of the
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Pork Council Joins Call for RFS
EPA is considering how to respond to formal
requests from governors from five states to grant
waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard requiring
ethanol be blended with gasoline. Prospects of a
corn harvest significantly lower than USDA
forecasts is putting upward pressure on corn
markets, making livestock feed more expensive.
Governors calling for the RFS waiver say it is
necessary to prevent greater economic damage to
livestock industries in their
Roy Lee Lindsey,
executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council,
spoke with us recently and says the issue is a
huge one for hog producers.
you start talking about raising hogs, it takes you
somewhere in the neighborhood of six to eight
bushels of corn to take a hog to market weight.
Across the country we're talking about a little
over 100 million hogs. If you use the midpoint,
you're talking about 700 million bushels of corn
just to get hogs to market weight."
says economists have estimated that a waiver of
the RFS could potentially reduce corn prices by as
much as $2.30 per bushel. Even if the impact were
modest, say $1.00 per bushel, Lindsey says the
nearly billion-dollar impact to producers and
consumers is enormous and the issue of a waiver is
worth serious consideration by the EPA. Both the
Oklahoma Pork Council and the National Pork
Producers Council have asked the EPA to grant a
Click here for more from Roy Lee
Lindsay, including our full interview.
Decisions Maximize Early Wheat Planting Success,
are a number of considerations that go into
planting a wheat crop early, and OSU Small Grains
Extension Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards prepared a video presentation
discussing potential problems and benefits to be
The first decision, Edwards
says, is deciding whether the crop will be used
mainly to produce forage, grain, or a combination
of the two. Depending on the choice, the planting
window will vary.
Edwards says many cattle
producers in Oklahoma opt to sow about the end of
August for maximum forage production. However, he
says, planting that early comes at a significant
loss of grain yield potential. Maximum forage
production usually results from plantings in the
first week of September.
He says grain
yield potential is maximized when the crop is sown
from October 10th to October 20th.
Oklahoma producers who are looking for a balance
of forage production and grain production choose
to sow about September 15th, Edwards
Click here to view Dr. Edwards'
Checkoff Study Shows Infrastructure Investments
Could Save U.S. Farmers Millions
farmers depend on a 50-year-old highway system, a
70-year-old inland waterway system and a railway
network build in the late 1800s to move their
products from the fields to end users. This aging
transportation system has been providing U.S.
soybean farmers a competitive advantage in the
global market, but a recent study funded by the
United Soybean Board's (USB's) and soy checkoff's
Global Opportunities (GO) program supports the
growing evidence that this advantage continues to
be threatened by the deterioration of U.S.
highways, bridges, rails, locks and dams. The
study, "Farm to Market - A Soybean's Journey,"
analyzed how soybeans and other agricultural
products move from the farm gate to customers,
highlighting weaknesses found in the system along
the way. The study was recommended by the
checkoff-funded Soy Transportation
"The entire transportation
network has been vital to the U.S. soy industry,
not only in moving our product to domestic
processors but also in delivering U.S. soy to our
international customers as well," says
Dale Profit, soybean farmer from
Van Wert, Ohio, and USB director. "We need to
protect this advantage if the United States is
going to remain the preferred source for soy
throughout the world."
The U.S. inland
waterway system remains a precarious leg of a
soybean's journey. The deteriorating lock system
remains at risk of failure, and dredging needs to
be done to encompass new larger ships that will be
possible with the expansion of the Panama Canal,
due to open in late 2014.
You can read more by clicking
Bill Now Coalition Unites Nation's Farm Groups in
Push for Passage of Farm Legislation
coalition of 39 of the nation's agricultural
organizations is mounting an effort to raise
public awareness of the need for Congress to pass
a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before
current farm programs expire in
The coalition, called Farm Bill
Now, comprises associations and coalitions
representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy,
specialty crops, state and local governments,
minor crops, energy and biobased product groups,
farm cooperatives and financial groups, as well as
the nation's two largest farm groups, the American
Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers
Union. Each organization has strong and distinct
policy priorities, yet all 39 are committed to
passing a new, comprehensive bill this
The group issued the following
statement, titled "Why We Need a Farm Bill", on
the importance of new farm legislation for
"Calling the farm bill
the 'farm bill' suggests its impact is limited
only to farms and to the rural areas to which they
are so closely tied. It's really a jobs bill. A
food bill. A conservation bill. A research bill.
An energy bill. A trade bill. In other words, it's
a bill that affects every American.
Click here to read more and for a
list of all 39 coalition
Among Recipients of Rural Economic Development
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
the selection of recipients for grants and loans
to help spur economic development and create or
save jobs in six states including
"This funding will help rural
businesses obtain the financing they need to
thrive, grow and create jobs," Vilsack said.
"These grants and loans are part of the Obama
Administration's ongoing commitment to ensure that
rural communities attract capital investments that
lead to business development and job
In Oklahoma, the Caddo Electric
Cooperative, Inc., will receive a $400,000 loan.
These funds will be used to help Kimball and
Company, LLC expand an existing veterinary clinic.
This project will create or save a total of 18
To read more of this story, click
England. Rain. Coming. We'll Keep You
it comes to Oklahoma weather- there are few
guarantees- but our friend and colleague here at
Griffin- Gary England of KWTV
News9 offers some very encouraging words about
rainfall 'wobbling" in from the desert southwest
over the next day or so.
his weather models show northern Oklahoma having a
real good chance of some soaking rains by Friday
and into Saturday- up to three inches in some
areas. Gary goes caution that as new data
comes in- the the track of this LOW pressure will
likely change somewhat- and that will impact how
much rain may actually develop.
this morning- Alan Crone with the
News on 6 says before that storm approaches- we
have fire danger to deal with today- "The fire
danger will continue to be high today before a
storm system will approach the region this weekend
with rain and storm chances. A red flag warning is
underway for the counties just north of the Tulsa
say a prayer for the rainfall to arrive- and click here to check out what Gary
England, Alan Crone as well as the National
Weather Service have to say about rain chances
Friday through Sunday.
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