~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 18, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Dry Conditions Hasten Harvest Wrapup in Oklahoma
-- Cotton Price Outlook is Awful
-- For those that missed it- Take a Peek at Laila Hajii with us In the Field
-- Prop 2- The Ramifications will Reverberate Well into 2009
-- Farmer and Rancher Forum Set for This Thursday at Quartz Mountain
-- Canada has their 15th (or 16 depending on how you count) Case of BSE
-- Forty Five Days and Counting- How are we doing with COOL?
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Dry Conditions Hasten Harvest Wrapup in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that much of the state is on the dry side and could really use a good general rain. While we stay on the dry side- hindering development of the young 2009 winter wheat crop- the conditions have been great to move harvest right along.
Because of the dry weather- producers continued to make substantial progress on row crop harvest last week due to the limited rain received and the 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Both cotton and sorghum conditions remained mostly in the good to fair range. Fifty-four percent of the sorghum in the State was harvested by the end of the week, a six point increase from the previous week but 21 points behind normal. Over three-quarters of the State's soybeans had been harvested by week's end, a 13 point increase from the previous week but three points behind the five-year average. Ninety percent of the peanuts had been combined, up 15 points from the previous week and two points ahead of the five-year average. Cotton harvested reached 44 percent by week's end, up four points from the previous week but 18 points behind the five-year average.
Meanwhile, we are beginning to see some wheat pasture being available to those that want to do the grass and grain production. Early planted wheat in some areas has developed problems such as leaf rust, light insect damage, and nitrogen deficiencies. Overall wheat and rye conditions remain mostly in the good to fair range. Producers continue to place cattle on wheat and rye for grazing. Winter wheat emerged increased five points from the previous week to reach 92 percent complete, three points ahead of the five-year average. Ten percent of wheat was grazed by the end of the week.
Click here for the next to last weekly crop weather update of the 2008 crop season
Cotton Price Outlook is Awful
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The New York Cotton futures continue in freefall, as the Monday session settled at 39.37 cents per pound, basis the December contract, off 166 points. The December contract is now more than 35 cents under the price seen at the start of the marketing year back on the first of August.
Dr. Carl Anderson and Mike Stevens are two of the most respected cotton market watchers- and they offered their two cents on the current outlook for the cotton marketplace during the recent Ag Market Network Teleconference. They foresee a continuing ugly mess when it comes to price outlook for the fiber.
We have an audio overview of some of the things these two cotton market watchers said during that teleconference on our website- and that story is linked below. Click and check it out
Click here for more on the downsizing of the cotton industry as prices tumble
For those that missed it- Take a Peek at Laila Hajii with us In the Field
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past weekend, our Saturday morning In the Field guest was Laila Hajii of the Guthrie FFA Chapter- and we talked with Laila about how her life is changing because of her selection to be one of the six national officers of the National FFA for the coming year.
After one semester at OSU, Laila decided to move her educational efforts out to Lubbock at Texas Tech University. Hajii, after hearing her name called in Indianapolis a few weeks ago- is now wrapping up the current semester at Tech, will be coming home for just a few days- and then starting the end of November, she will begin her travels that will exceed 100,000 miles before next October rolls around.
Her responsibilities will include providing personal growth and
leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future
of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.
Click here to jump over to our webpage with the video link to see Laila's TV segment with us last Saturday.
Prop 2- The Ramifications will Reverberate Well into 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On our Tuesday Beef Buzz, we jump back into politics with Colin Woodall of the Washington office of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Woodall says that the livestock industry is still licking its wounds over the very easy passage of Prop 2 in California. This vote by the citizens of California will dictate management practices for the pork, veal and egg producers of that state- practices thought up by the Humane Society of the US and not a best management practice for the well being of the farm animals involved. Woodall says the vote does have national implications as HSUS continues to push an "anti animal agriculture" agenda wherever they can.
Woodall also visited with us about the loss of the ranking member of the House Ag Subcommittee for Livestock, Robin Hayes, in North Carolina and offered a thought or two on the importance of the run-off election in Georgia between the top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee, Saxby Chambliss, and his democratic foe, Jim Martin. martin actually received 110,000 fewer votes than Chambliss did on election day- but the Republican failed to garner 50% plus one vote- so the runoff gives the Democrats the chance to close the gap and make it very uncomfortable for Chambliss, seeking his second term in the Senate.
The Beef Buzz is heard on great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network, as well via podcast and as an audio link on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.com. Click below to check out this part of our conversation with Colin Woodall of NCBA.
Farmer and Rancher Forum Set for This Thursday at Quartz Mountain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The ninth annual Farmer and Rancher Forum is planned for November 20 at Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. Once again this event is being sponsored by Ag Preference of Altus. It should be especially interesting this year- given the roller coaster ride we have been carried on since this time one year ago. The speaker for 2008 is once again Dr. David Kohl from Virginia Tech University.
While their early deadline has passed for knowing a number for their meal count- if you are interested in going to this event- you might call Diane Beach at AgPreference in Altus- 1-800-727-3276- she may be able to squeeze you in.
This is one of several events still to come between now and
Thanksgiving- and then we have several events on our calendar for December
as well. Click on the link below to take a look at all of the current
Canada has their 15th (or 16 depending on how you count) Case of BSE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Monday afternoon, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a seven-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia. No part of the animal's carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.
This latest animal found with the brain wasting disease was born well after the feed ban that was clearly ignored by the Canadians- based on the fact that they continue to find these younger animals with the disease. This is the 16th case of BSE since 2003 if you include the dairy cow that came from Canada that was found in Washington state and was blamed on the US and cost our industry billions of dollars in lost revenue since that "cow that stole Christmas."
The feed ban from the late 1990s was further tightened in Canada in 2007- although the Canadians fully expect to find more cases of the disease for at least a few more years.
Forty Five Days and Counting- How are we doing with COOL?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Livestock Marketing Economist Dr. Derrell Peel has penned an analysis on how we have done with COOL thus far since the date it was officially set into motion- October 1, 2008. We have all of what he has to say about this on our website- the link is below- but the bottom line seems to be that for producers, the record keeping element does not seem to be too horrible.
Peel writes "In Oklahoma, general indications are that COOL is not resulting in major difficulties for cattle producers. Most cattle auctions in the state are providing affidavit forms for their customers, usually as continuous affidavits which are filed with the auction. It is less clear that cattle buyers are aware that they need to be asking for COOL documentation for purchased cattle although in many cases the documentation is included in routine documentation of the transaction. In private treaty sales, both buyers and sellers need to make the effort to make sure that COOL documentation is passed from seller to buyer. The affidavits developed by the industry seem to be successful in minimizing the burden on producers to provide required COOL documentation. It remains to be seen how effective and complete the paper trail will be if and when there is an attempt or need to verify origin back to the producer from retail."
He also talks about the retail side of COOL and how it is developing- to see that click on the link below.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There was a BIG run of cattle on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, with 14,500 the official estimate. Prices were cheaper- steer calves $2 to $5 lower and yearlings down $3 to $5 per hundredweight. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold from $100 to $114.50, while yearlings seven hundred to eight pounds came in at $95 to $98.50. Click here for the full report on the Monday Oklahoma City cattle run.
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