From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 06:31
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 30, 2007!
A service of Cusack Meats, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- After Getting No Love from Lawmakers- R-Calf is Back to Suing USDA Over the Canadian OTM Rule
-- Progress Made in Planting 2008 Wheat Crop- But We Still Remain Behind Normal.
-- Oklahoma Cotton Looking Mighty Fine This Harvest Season.
-- This Afternoon- the Meat Industry is Front and Center on Capitol Hill
-- Crossroads of America Ag Conferences planned in November & December.
-- A Quarter of a Billion Dollars in CSP Payments Ready to Go.
-- Oklahoma Cattlemen Plan their Fall Cattle Drive Replacement Heifer Sale this Friday Afternoon!

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After Getting No Love from Lawmakers- R-Calf is Back to Suing USDA Over the Canadian OTM Rule
Several months ago, USDA announced their "Over Thirty Month" rule that will allow older Canadian cattle into this country for slaughter as of late November. The group that has been the main opposition to allowing any Canadian cattle into the United States is R-Calf, and initially, it appeared they had decided to go the direction of trying to persuade lawmakers into delaying the USDA decision because of their fears of the safety of Canadian beef as it relates to BSE.

They have apparently decided that they have little chance of succeeding in that effort- so now they are back to the litigation route, as a lawsuit against USDA over the "OTM" rule was announced yesterday in a news release from the group. Various groups and coalitions have partnered with R-Calf, including a group that has little love for production agriculture in this country, the Consumer Federation of America. Their court case has been filed in the Federal District Court in South Dakota- and they are looking for a judge that might force USDA to halt their current plans for the border reopening next month.

"The OTM rule creates an unjustified and unnecessary increased risk of infection of the U.S. cattle herd with BSE, and of importing beef contaminated with BSE into the U.S., which will expose U.S. consumers to increased risk of a fatal disease," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. "By USDA's own analysis, it is a virtual certainty that the OTM Rule will result in the importation of Canadian cattle infected with BSE, the meat from which will enter the U.S. food supply, and that the OTM Rule also will result in the importation of billions of pounds of meat from OTM cattle slaughtered in Canada, which almost certainly include products from cattle infected with BSE. There also lies the possibility of contamination of U.S. cattle feed caused from the use of Canadian cattle products, like blood, in the manufacturing of cattle feed.

Bullard also claims that US cattlemen will suffer economically because of the opening of the border, even though the USDA has reduced their expectations of the number of cattle this may bring into the United States, especially with the weakness of the US dollar making it less lucrative to move cattle from Canada to the US for processing.

Progress Made in Planting 2008 Wheat Crop- But We Still Remain Behind Normal.
We remain behind the five year average pace of getting the 2008 wheat crop into the ground and emerged. We are now at 84% planted in Oklahoma- eight points behind the five year average- with 63% of the crop emerged- sixteen points behind the average. The crop that is in the ground and growing is in fair to good shape, with 78% of the total crop in those two categories.

Harvest of our spring planted crops improved by four to seven points in this latest report. With the corn harvest pretty well complete- we are now past halfway on the grain sorghum and peanut harvest, with one third of the soybeans harvested and about one fourth of the Oklahoma cotton harvest now under our belt. (See the next story down on some further details on cotton harvest here in the state)

As we head into the cooler weather of fall and towards the winter season- our subsoil moisture levels are almost 180 degrees opposite of last fall. A year ago- we had 18 percent of our subsoil rated in good shape- none in surplus while this year as we end October, we are standing at 65 adequate to surplus on subsoil moisture readings in this latest report. Click below and you can pull up all the other details of the report that was issued on Monday afternoon.

Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update

Oklahoma Cotton Looking Mighty Fine This Harvest Season.
GOOD YIELDS and grades are being realized in early season cotton harvesting by members of the Tillman Producers Cooperative located at Frederick, Ok., according to David Lingle, Tillman Producers gin manager. "Early season harvest grades are better in 2007 than they were this time last year," Lingle says. "Yields so far for irrigated cotton here is one and a half to two bales per acre. And we are seeing dryland cotton yielding one to 1 1/2 bales per acre.

"We have ginned 4,800 bales so far and we are expecting to gin 25,000 bales for the 2007 season. The best cotton we are getting is that planted early before the big rains came last spring. Our farmers are talking about the quality and yield of Stoneville 4554, a picker variety both dryland and irrigated farmers planted.

"The cotton this year has a very high quality. One farmer received 50 1/2 cents in loan value for his cotton; the highest I have ever seen. "Oklahoma cotton has really good quality cotton now; its quality can be compared to that grown in the Midsouth of the U.S. Better prices for cotton are expected. While Oklahoma and Texas had plenty of rain this season, there has been severe drought in the southeastern and midsouth U.S. Arizona has had drought problems and Australia, a big competitor in the international cotton market, has suffered from drought problems. A smaller crop could mean better prices."

Our thanks to Vic Schoonover for providing us regular updates this season from the cotton patch. You can go to the Okiecotton site linked below for more on the Oklahoma cotton industry.

Click here for OkieCotton.Org.

This Afternoon- the Meat Industry is Front and Center on Capitol Hill
The House Ag Committee will be holding a Public Hearing to review the technologies in the meat industry after lunch today in Washington.

Among those testifying this afternoon are Dr. Phil Minerich, Vice President, Research and Development, Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, Minnesota, Scott Eilert, Vice President, Research and Development, Cargill Meat Solutions, Wichita, Kansas Rick Roop, Senior Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Tyson Foods, Inc., Washington, D.C., Dr. Joseph Sebranek, Professor, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, Food Safety Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

We have linked to the House Ag Committee website, where you can find a streaming audio feed of this Hearing starting at 12:30 pm Central time today.

Click here for the House Ag Committee Website

Crossroads of America Ag Conferences planned in November & December.
November 29, December 6 and December 13 are the dates for the 2007 Crossroads of America Agriculture Conference Series to be held in Slaughterville, Norman and Lexington. In previous years, there has been a Beef Cattle Conference with this name held annually in Cleveland County- and these meetings are the next generation of those efforts.

There is an exciting new format for the Crossroads of America Conference. To meet the needs that have been addressed in the Agriculture community in central Oklahoma, the Crossroads of America Cattleman Conference has been diversified. The new format will continue to address beef cattle issues but also give an extra emphasis toward forage management, fertilization, herd health, weed control, wildlife propagation, an introduction to organic agriculture production and estate planning/tax consideration for producers. The Agriculture Conference Series will be conveniently held each Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. beginning Nov. 29th through December 13th at various locations throughout Cleveland County.

We have details in a flyer on our calendar page of our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. You can click on the link below and find out more about these conferences and what they will offer producers in the central region of the state.

Click here to be carried to our calendar page- then scroll down through the November listings to the Crossroads of America event listing.

A Quarter of a Billion Dollars in CSP Payments Ready to Go.
USDA is about to send out nearly 257 million dollars in Conservation Security Program payments to nearly 20-thousand eligible landowners and producers. The payments are for current contracts in all 280 CSP watersheds. CSP contract holders will receive payment in full for the current Fiscal Year 2008 contract obligations and will be given the option of receiving their payment in calendar year 2007 or 2008. CSP program participants should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office so their payments can be processed.

With these payments, Agriculture Department Acting Secretary Chuck Conner says USDA is recognizing good stewardship practices and offering incentives to increase conserving uses through the Conservation Security Program. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service anticipates the next CSP signup will take place in early 2008 in 51 eligible watersheds.

CSP is a voluntary program established as part of the 2002 Farm Bill to support ongoing conservation stewardship on private agricultural working lands and enhance the condition of the nation's natural resources.
Of course if Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, has his way, the program will be renamed and expanded in the 2007 farm law- he wants to now call it the Conservation Stewardship Program and up the spending level for it by several billion dollars.

Oklahoma Cattlemen Plan their Fall Cattle Drive Replacement Heifer Sale this Friday Afternoon!
This Friday at OKC West Stockyards in Canadian County, cattlemen, their ladies and some great bovine females will be gathering. After a board meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association followed by a ribeye steak dinner being offered by the Oklahoma Cattlewomen, the Fall Cattle Drive of the OCA will feature 500 head of spring calving Bred Heifers- fall calving pairs and spring calving Bred Cows. Most are Angus, Baldy or Hereford Genetics. The heifers are bred to known calving ease sires and 150 head are AI bred to Image Maker, the leading ABS calving ease sire. The Sale offering will represent the Top Genetics available to the cattle industry.

As of late Monday- here's a current consignors list from the OCA office:
Dennis Ranch, Kaufman, TX- 195 Coming 3-year-old spring calving commercial Angus cows begin calving January 15 to Stevenson Basin and Sitz Angus Bulls

Larry Moore, Hammon, OK- 75 Spring calving bred heifers - All Gardiner Angus Genetics to start calving February 15, to low birth weight Traveler Angus Bulls

Witte & Robinson, Guthrie, OK- 40 Spring Calving Angus Heifers & 10 Spring Calving Heifers Baldy heifers AI Bred to Image maker and fetal sexed

Birdwell Ranch, Fletcher, OK- Spring Calving Black Baldy Bred Heifers, Fall Calving Hereford Pairs

Jacobs Ranch, Sulphur, OK- A top cut from their Angus replacements

Jamison Ranch, Beggs, OK- 20 Granddaughters of Moonshine & Midland bred to begin calving Feb. 1 to a LBW EXAR New Look son

Daube Cattle Co., Ardmore, OK- 30 Spring Calving Bred Heifers Baldy & Angus cross - bred for March calves to LBW Penner Ranch Angus Bulls

Yost Farms, Kingfisher, OK- Females selected from their producing cow herd

Brooks Cattle Co., Marietta, OK- Coming 3-year-old Angus Females, January - February calvers bred to Black Polled Limousin Bulls - Lim Flex Genetics

Blackberry Ranch, Chickasha, OK- 10 head Angus heifers - Northern genetics selected from Abernathy Ranch, Wyoming. Bred to begin calving late January - February to LBW Baldridge Brothers Angus bulls.

Limestone, LLC, Perkins, OK- A select group of Angus cows straight from the spring calving breeding herd. Bred to Rito 416 of 2536 6807, BC Marathon 7022 BC Lookout 7024 and other Limestone sires.

Blue Ribbon Ranch, Wann, OK- 40 to 50 Calving Pairs - 1st calf heifers - All true Angus, Hereford F1's with Angus sired calves.

and Sanford-Claypool Cattle Co., Stafford, KS- 100 Spring calving Northern Angus heifers - All bred to HA Imagemaker to begin calving January 15th.

For Additional Information contact:
Bill Barnhart at OKC West 405-262-8800 or A. J. Smith at OCA 405-235-4391.

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