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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 22, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Down on the Ranch- In North Africa- We Follow OALP Class 14.
-- National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference Continues in Tulsa.
-- Placement Numbers Only Surprise in Monthly Cattle on Feed Report
-- OSU's Roger Gribble Offers His Take on 2010 Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop
-- Farm Bureau Calls on Congress in Effort to Stop EPA on Greenhouse Gas Regulation
-- Dairy MAX Teams up with the NFL to Announce Oklahoma Student Winner of Fuel Up to Play 60 National Competition to Fight Childhood Obesity
-- Three Dates Set in March for Free Pesticide Disposal in Oklahoma
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Down on the Ranch- In North Africa- We Follow OALP Class 14.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Class 14 of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program continues on its Spain/Morocco International Travel Experience. They spent a couple of the first nights of the trip in Morocco, before traveling back north into Spain, where they first touched down for their 2010 International travel. Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP is following the class of Ag Professionals that make up Class 14, and here are a few of his observations that we have linked here in full.
"The group left the Spanish port of Algeciras early on the Feb. 18th
aboard a ferry. The port is the largest passenger harbor in Europe and the
5th largest container harbor in the world. The hour and half ferry ride
took the group past the rock of Gibraltar and into the Moroccan port of
Tangiers at the top of Africa.
Day two in Morocco found the class on a ranch that has ties back to our neighboring state of Texas. "The Adarouch Ranch runs 5000 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle, 2500 females and pastured in groups of 300. The breed of Santa Gertrudis was brought over in the late sixties, or early 1970's from the King Ranch in Texas. The ranch was created in 1969 by the government of Morocco as a way to create a modern “American” style production system. The Santa Gertrudis were bred with the native cattle to help incorporate some of the desired native characteristics making them suitable for the terrain. Also included are two 2000 head feedlots, about 100 quarter horses and several Arabian horses."
Griffiths has also filed an audio review of the visit to the Adarouch Ranch- we have it linked below- and you can see pictures from the OALP experience thus far by going to our Flickr link found in the story linked in the story above.
Click here for the Audio Report from the Adarouch Ranch with Clinton Griffiths on the road with OALP Class 14.
National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference Continues in Tulsa.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Chad and Danielle Budy represented Oklahoma on the American Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee in 2007 and encouraged the organization to consider Tulsa as a location for their annual national conference. That encouragement turned into an invite and into an acceptance for the 2010 conference, which is now underway in downtown Tulsa. We talked with Danielle about the conference and what she hopes participants will take home with them here in 2010- click here to jump to that part of the YF&R conference story and hear her comments.
One of those in Tulsa for the event is Alabama Dairy Producer Will Gilmer, who will be the Chairman in the coming year for the YF&R. We talked with Will about his farming operation and the theme of the 2010 conference, Stand up and Speak Out. Gilmer says that is an emphasis that he wants to carry not just through this meeting but throughout 2010. He says that in order for production agriculture to remain viable, farmers and ranchers must be willing to tell their story.
Click on the link below- and you can jump to the Ag Perspectives Podcast that features our conversation with Will Gilmer and his vision of what agriculture needs to do in telling its story to the American public.
Click here for our podcast with Will Gilmer, incoming Chair of the AFBF National YF&R Committee.
Placement Numbers Only Surprise in Monthly Cattle on Feed Report
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA released its monthly Cattle On Feed report on Friday afternoon. February 1 inventory of cattle on feed in feedlots with a capacity of 1000 head or more was 10.989 million head, 2.6% fewer than one year ago and virtually unchanged from a revised January 1 inventory of 11.008 million head. The February 1 number was 0.5% larger than the average of the pre-report estimates, close enough to the pre report guesses that we will likely not see any major ups or downs in the Live Cattle Futures today in Chicago.
The number that was significantly different from expected was January placements numbering 1.825 million head, 98.2% as many as one year ago. That is over 3% more cattle placed last month than was expected by the surveyed analysts and a number that is a bit of a surprise given the very difficult weather conditions in many feeding areas. This figure could well be supportive of summer Live Cattle futures on Monday.
1.774 million cattle were marketed in January, 2.1% more than one year ago and just over 1% more than was expected by analysts. As a point of reference, steer and heifer slaughter for the four weeks ending January 30 was 5.5% higher than last year.
The February report also includes estimates of the number and inventories of various sizes of cattle feedlots, including those with capacities of less than 1,000 head which are not included in other monthly reports. USDA estimates that there are 80,000 feedlots with inventories of less than 1,000 head and that they held 2.634 million head on February 1. The number of small feedlots is the same as one year ago while their inventory is 0.5% higher. USDA also estimates that the total capacity of U.S. feedlots actually INCREASED last year, from 16.7 million to 16.8 million. Capacity utilization on February 1 was 82% — down 1% from last year. That low capacity utilization rate suggests that further consolidation will occur in coming year. Profit margins are not likely to ever stay good for long with that much excess capacity.
Click here for the full report- and an audio review of the numbers with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities.
OSU's Roger Gribble Offers His Take on 2010 Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Area Agronomist Roger Gribble says that the wheat crop is all of the place when it comes to the state of development that we find in mid February in north central and northwest Oklahoma. Gribble says we have early planted wheat that looks pretty good at this stage, but then as much as 25 percent of the acreage that is in wheat in this part of the state was not planted until late October or in some cases, much later.
Gribble says that some of the later planted wheat will likely need some weed control measures applied, as the stand is still very thin on many of those fields. He also worries that the number of tillers for this late planted wheat fields will be scarce- limiting the yield potential of this wheat to average or probably below average this coming June.
One question that a farmer may be asking in the next few weeks is rather or not to graze out some of the early planted wheat and then planting a spring crop after the cattle have grazed those acres. Gribble says that there was concern by many growers about performance of corn and in some cases, grain sorghum, based on hot weather hitting those crops this past year in June. The crop that seems to have grabbed a lot of attention in north central Oklahoma is soybeans. Gribble says that cost projections on soybeans seems to be telling many producers that as little as fourteen to sixteen bushels per acre could be a breakeven level for soybean production in 2010.
We talked with Roger on Friday afternoon- and you can click here to jump to that audio conversation with this veteran crop observer.
Farm Bureau Calls on Congress in Effort to Stop EPA on Greenhouse Gas Regulation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a letter sent to all Members of Congress - American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is calling for the adoption of the resolution of disapproval of the EPA's endangerment finding and proposed regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Stallman says a Congressional member can show support for agriculture by introducing a resolution of disapproval and adding their name to a discharge petition to bring the resolution to the floor for a vote.
But Stallman says the effort to halt EPA's misguided regulation can't succeed without bipartisan support and leadership from members on both sides of the aisle. He says Democrats and Republicans need to work together and avoid partisan fights to halt regulation that could critically injure the U.S. economy. The resolution of disapproval has been introduced in the Senate and is expected to be voted on in a few weeks. It would only require a 51-vote majority to pass.
The American Farm Bureau was also one of several farm groups that has filed a legal challenge to the EPA's endangerment finding. Stallman says EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from farms and ranches through the Clean Air Act could lead to costly and burdensome mandates on America's food, fiber and renewable fuel producers - and the U.S. Court of Appeals needs to conduct a thorough review of the endangerment finding.
Click here to see their full statement on challenging the EPA on this endangerment finding- and hear audio comments with Stallman in a report from Stewart Doan.
Dairy MAX Teams up with the NFL to Announce Oklahoma Student Winner of Fuel Up to Play 60 National Competition to Fight Childhood Obesity
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The NFL, National Dairy Council, and Dairy MAX today announce that Kyler Keenan of Norman's Eisenhower Elementary is one of 51 winners of Phase 1 of the Fuel Up to Play 60 competition, part of a nationwide initiative aimed at tackling childhood obesity by giving youth a voice in changing their school nutrition and physical activity environment. Kyler is Oklahoma's winner for earning high points in the online contest for tracking healthy eating and daily physical activity, taking online educational challenges and recruiting friends to the program between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, 2009. The prize is an iPod Touch and a $50 NFLShop.com gift certificate.
Kyler is receiving his award this morning in a special school assembly-
and the handoff will be made by Joshua Norman, former OU, San Diego
Chargers, and Oakland Raiders football player. Joshua will also talk to
the kids about his football experiences and how eating right and getting
enough physical activity helped his career.
“I tried to eat healthy and I ate a lot of apples, cereal and drank tons of milk,” said Kyler. “I played football, basketball, and rode my bike. “I went online and tracked my exercise and food choices. Mrs. Wilson's 2nd grade class participated in Fuel Up to Play 60 at Eisenhower, and I told all of my friends about it. I hope this will help other students to want to get healthy.” Fuel Up to Play 60 is a free, youth-led program that empowers youth to take charge of their health, and is based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommends consumption of nutrient-rich foods (such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Click here for the Dairy MAX website, where you can click on the Fuel up to Play 60 Icon to learn more about this checkoff funded effort.
Three Dates Set in March for Free Pesticide Disposal in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Unwanted pesticides can be taken to any one of three locations in March for free, safe disposal. Even pesticides that are no longer legal may be disposed of at no charge and with no risk of penalty or fine.
The locations and dates are as follows: Helena Chemical 310 East Jensen, El Reno, March 2; Angus Valley Equipment, 3/4 mile east of the Hwy 56 & Hwy 9 intersection on Hwy 9, Wewoka, March 4; and the Red River Coop, 100 Yerby Street Hugo.
The Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and is a cooperative effort of that agency, the Oklahoma State University Extension Service's Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association. This program provides a safe and economical way to dispose of the cancelled, suspended, expired, unwanted, unused and unstable pesticides, said Jason Baker, ODAFF Consumer Protection Services. Some of these materials are very old and are in containers that are deteriorating.
Click here for more details about the locations, times, amounts and more FAQs about this ongoing joint program of OSU, ODAFF and the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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