~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 27, 2007!A service of Cusack Meats, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Paul Hitch Resigns as President Elect of the NCBA
-- Final Crop Weather Update of the Season- Harvest about done- Wheat Mighty Dry
-- Canola Price Rising as Soybean Prices top $11 a bushel in the nearby futures.
-- Here's that Olin Sims Link
-- Almost A Farm Bill Deal in the Senate!?!?!?!?!
-- Our Condolences to Brenda and Terry Hawkins...
-- BRD on the Beef Buzz!
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Paul Hitch Resigns as President Elect of the NCBA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Paul Hitch, cattle producer from Guymon, Okla., has resigned his position as president-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association due to cancer. "Paul gave a great deal of consideration to this decision and felt it was in the best interest of his family and the industry that he vacate the position and dedicate himself to his treatments," said John Queen, president of NCBA and cattle producer from Waynesville, N.C. "Paul's leadership in the industry and in NCBA is undeniable. We thank Paul for his service, and our prayers are with him and his family."
Paul has been fighting this disease much of 2007, and it now appears that this fight will extend into 2008. Paul Hitch has been involved in cattle industry leadership for many years, having served as the Chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in 2000- and has also been a Member of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
According to NCBA bylaws, the association's vice president, Andy
Groseta, cattle producer from Cottonwood, Ariz., automatically moves into
the president-elect position. Groseta will then succeed Queen as NCBA
president after the upcoming annual meeting in Reno, Nev., February 6-9,
2008. At the direction of NCBA's officers, the vice president position
will remain vacant until the nominating committee presents a full slate of
officers for consideration at NCBA's annual meeting.
Click here to listen to Ron talk with Terry Stokes about the Paul Hitch resignation.
Final Crop Weather Update of the Season- Harvest about done- Wheat Mighty Dry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the final Oklahoma Crop Weather update for 2007- we see that we are winding down the 2007 harvest of our spring planted crops. With the exception of cotton, we are past the 90% level of harvest on all of our spring planted crops. In the case of cotton- 69% is harvested as of this past weekend. That number will rise fairly quickly now that we have had a killing freeze to naturally defoliate the remaining acres.
The wheat crop needs a drink of water- we got a very small amount this past week- but a lot more is needed. That's the case in Oklahoma, with 67% of the crop rated in good to fair condition- and 30% now in poor to very poor condition. Texas is much worse off when it comes to their 2008 wheat crop than Oklahoma- with 67% rated in fair to poor condition- a total of 53% of the crop is in poor to very poor condition and only 11% in good shape. The Kansas Crop is faring much better- with 82% of their crop in fair to good condition- 40% in good shape and only 15% in poor to very poor shape.
We have a link below to the final weekly report of the season- a review of December conditions will come out in early January.
Click here for the last weekly Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma in 2007.
Canola Price Rising as Soybean Prices top $11 a bushel in the nearby futures.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Producers Coop Oil Mill and Plains Oilseed Products Coop has increased their New Crop 2008 Winter Canola Bid to:
$.175 per Pound
$17.50 per CWT
$8.75 per Bu.
This price is delivered to the POP Delivery points.
Once the canola is delivered next June to that delivery point, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill will pay handling, Storage and freight to the crushing plant in Oklahoma City from the Delivery points.
We have the POP website linked below- or you can call Brandon Winters at 405-232-7555 for more information.
Click her for more information on contracting Winter Canola for 2008 harvest.
Here's that Olin Sims Link
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Due to the holiday- we were not able to get the Olin Sims video up to our website until yesterday afternoon- this is the interview that ran this past Saturday on KWTV News9 during their morning news block between 6 and 8 AM. We encourage you to tune in each Saturday morning for our segment, In the Field with Ron Hays.
Sims is the President of the National Association of Conservation Districts and is a farmer from Wyoming. We talked with him about some of the conservation components of the 2007 Farm Bill proposals that are now in Congress.
Click on the link below to take a look at our interview with Olin Sims while we were in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting earlier this month.
Almost A Farm Bill Deal in the Senate!?!?!?!?!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senate aides say Senate leaders are near an agreement that would limit amendments to the 2007 farm bill. That could put the legislation back on the Senate floor next week when lawmakers return from their Thanksgiving recess. The possible agreement would permit Senate democrats to offer five amendments and Senate Republicans to submit 10 amendments. Aides also say Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada may allow consideration of a few non- germane proposals dealing with the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.
One aide says - if Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky succeed in reaching an agreement on amendments, the Senate could complete work on the bill in as little as two days. Still, chances are bleak that House-Senate negotiators could reconcile two very different versions of a farm bill by year's end. Then there would be the matter of the President's acceptance of the legislation. Mr. Bush has threatened to veto both versions.
As it stands now- we are in no man's land when it comes to farm policy- the 2002 farm law expired as of October 1, which means that the 1949 Permanent Farm Law is now in effect- but it's like the elephant in the room- no one is willing to admit that it exists and the Administration is not willing to administer the old law- but will wait on new policy to be passed that may or may not be passed by the time they harvest the first bushel of new crop 2008 wheat.
Our Condolences to Brenda and Terry Hawkins...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are sorry to inform you that Terry and Brenda Hawkins son, Andrew, age 25, died Friday, November 23, 2007 from health related issues. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28 at The First United Methodist Church in Mountain View, Oklahoma. Terry and Brenda requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in memory of Andrew Hawkins to the OSU Foundation and that the contribution be designated for academic programs. One of Andrew's special interests and concerns was teaching financial management to the homeless.
Terry and Brenda are one of the few couples that have both gone through the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- Brenda in Class 10 and her husband saw the value of the program and applied and was a part of Class 11. The couple farms in the Mountain View area and Terry also works for a local law firm.
BRD on the Beef Buzz!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talk Bovine Respiratory Disease on today's Beef Buzz- and helping us do that is Dr. Rick Sibbel- a vet that works for Schering-Plough Animal Health. Rick points out that BRD is one of these "anytime- anywhere" diseases for cattle- because when we stress cattle, their lung capacity is small enough that they are susceptible to various bugs that will come around.
Schering-Plough has a well known vaccine that can treat BRD- Nuflor- and Dr. Sibbel tells us they are working on some additional combinations of this product that will make it even more effective in the days to come.
We also spend a few moments on today's Beef Buzz talking about the latest new product ideas of the Beef Innovations Group- or BIG- in the area of easy to hold beef snacks that should appeal very well to today's younger generation- and hopefully to their Moms.
Click here to listen to today's Beef Buzz with Ron and Rick on BRD!
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