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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 26, 2008!A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, KIS Futures & Johnston Enterprises!
-- Harvest Progressing North and East of Enid- Eastern Grant and Kay Counties.
-- Chatting with Congressman Lucas on Farm Issues
-- Korea Opens to US Beef- Who Will Buy it???
-- Hey Dean Whitson- Set Another Chair- More Money Has Arrived!
-- American Farm Bureau Calls Current Disaster Losses an Eight Billion Dollar Problem!
-- Signup Starts for Direct and Countercyclical Payments.
-- Not a Surprise- More Video Spewing Out From the Humane Society.
-- Checking the Markets...
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Harvest Progressing North and East of Enid- Eastern Grant and Kay Counties.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2008 Oklahoma Wheat harvest is getting down to those last few percentage points- so says the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mark Hodges. Hodges is estimating the 2008 wheat harvest statewide is now approximately 85% complete.
He reports that the open weather in recent days has allowed farmers to move quickly in getting the remaining crop out of the field and into the bin. In the area from Enid north and east to Blackwell, Hodges says that we are now 60 to 65% complete. In the Panhandle, Texas County wheat harvest is 75% to 80% percent done, while Cimarron County producers have cut about 50 to 60% of their acreage.
Test weights from Enid to Blackwell have held up fairly well- despite
the heavy rains the crop was subjected to once fully ripe. Test weights
are generally at 58 pounds or slightly better. Protein levels are running
eleven and a half percent or slightly more in that region. Meanwhile, the
Panhandle is having high protein percentages reported, consistent with the
idea of the stress the crop has been under in that northwesternmost part
of the state.
Click here to jump to the Wheat Harvest Webpage- which includes the Mark Hodges Audio Report for this Thursday morning.
Chatting with Congressman Lucas on Farm Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While I have been out of town this week for some R&R- I asked my colleague Ed Richards to take care of our regular phone conversation with Congressman Frank Lucas- Oklahoma's man on the House Agriculture Committee. Richards talked with Congressman Lucas about three subjects- and we do have that conversation linked below for you to check out.
Congressman Lucas said that he understands the frustration of some in the western two thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle that face extreme drought conditions this summer- and will get little help from CRP ground when it comes to emergency supplies of forage. Lucas says that it appears to him that the State FSA folks had their hands tied on how to administer the rules- and that they were doing what the rules dictated that they should do. He adds that the apparent reason for the Critical Use declaration by Secretary Ed Schafer to allow folks to harvest forage for any reason off of their CRP ground this summer- for only a $75 administrative fee- is an attempt to get at least a little forage into the supply mix in the face of tight feed supplies for all of this year.
Lucas expressed personal frustration over the consequences of the
elections that swept the Democrats into power in the US House- and vaulted
Nancy Pelosi into the role of Speaker of the House. Lucas points to her
demands for billions of dollars more for nutrition programs at the expense
of anything else as the reason so many of the commodity and conservation
titles got less money than they probably needed for the coming five years.
He believes it will be 2011 at the earliest before any change may occur in
the political landscape that might help improve the chances of making the
2008 Farm Law a little better for agricultural interests.
Click here to listen to Ed and Congressman Lucas talking ag issues.
Korea Opens to US Beef- Who Will Buy it???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The South Korean government has decided to move quickly and allow US beef back in- based on the private sector agreements made in recent days that offer assurances that no beef from animals over thirty months of age will be allowed to be shipped to the Asian nation.
South Korea will publish the quarantine and inspection guidelines based on a beef import deal which was struck with the United States in April and revised last week to ease health concern, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement on Wednesday. Once the legal notice is published Thursday, South Korean beef importers can ask the government to inspect U.S. beef and the government must release the meat that passes the inspections. Some 5,300 tons of U.S. beef, shipped earlier to South Korea but held in customs and quarantine facilities, can be inspected starting this week, ministry officials said. The legal notice also gives the green light to South Korean importers to place orders in the United States.
However, Reuters is reporting that South Korean government officials
have said they do not expect importers to immediately request quarantine
Hey Dean Whitson- Set Another Chair- More Money Has Arrived!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Word comes from our friend Grady Scott of the Chisholm Trail Farm Credit that all seven Farm Credit Associations in Oklahoma have stepped up to jointly donate $250,000 to the OSU Foundation to help establish yet another "Professorship" as time winds down in the effort to grab the unique four for one match that is available until the close of business next Monday at Oklahoma State University.
The Farm Credit monies are going to establish the "Oklahoma Farm Credit Professorship of Agricultural Finance." The quarter of a million dollars that the Farm Credits in the state is bringing to the table will be matched dollar for dollar by the T Boone Pickens pot of money ($100 million pot) which brings it to $500,000- and that half million will be matched by the State of Oklahoma- again dollar for dollar- bringing this Endowment to the million dollar mark.
This is fourth million dollar endowment that we have heard about for the Division of Agriculture since the Pickens money was announced- making this unique four for one match a reality. Others are being worked on- including one for the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- give us a call or drop us an email if you want to know more about that.
American Farm Bureau Calls Current Disaster Losses an Eight Billion Dollar Problem!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farm Bureau Federation's June Market Update reports that more than eight billion dollars in estimated weather-related damage has occurred thus far in 2008. Iowa accounts for approximately half the damage. The publication notes there are problems in at least a dozen other states ranging from the excessive wetness and flooding in Illinois to drought in California.
AFBF senior economist Terry Francl, says - difficult growing conditions greatly reduce the yield of the crop that is harvested. He adds that because of flooding, expected Iowa corn yields are reduced 16 percent for this year, and 1.5 million to 2 million acres of corn and soybeans in Iowa that farmers intended to plant this spring will likely remain fallow. This results in a four billion dollar shot to Iowa's crops.
Other states taking a hit from excessive wetness and flooding are: Illinois, 1.3 billion; Missouri, 900 million; Indiana, 500 million; Nebraska 500 million; and an additional 1 billion in the remaining wet states. As for drought, California suffered 500 million dollars in estimated damage. This equals the estimated drought-related damage in all other states combined.
Signup Starts for Direct and Countercyclical Payments.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced that signup has begun for USDA's 2008 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program. Contracts are available at USDA Service Centers and signup will continue until September 30, 2008. USDA's DCP readiness follows the June 12 availability of marketing assistance loan and loan deficiency payment provisions.
Producers can fill out their 2008 DCP contract at any USDA Service Center. Producers can also sign-up online. They can choose payment options, assign crop shares and sign and submit their contracts from any computer with Internet access. They can also view and print submitted contract options.
Eligible producers may request to receive an advance payment of 22 percent of the direct payment for each commodity associated with the farm. Payments will be made as soon as practical after enrollment. Final direct payments will be issued after October 1, 2008. Counter-cyclical payments vary depending on market prices, and are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price.
Click here for more details about signing up for Direct and Countercyclical Payments under the 2008 Farm Law.
Not a Surprise- More Video Spewing Out From the Humane Society.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Humane Society of the United States says newly released video reveals that sick and crippled dairy cows continue to be abused in the livestock industry. These latest charges point out only mistreatment. HSUS has not charged that these "downer" cattle were put into the food change.
The latest investigation occurred at the Portales Livestock Auction in Portales, New Mexico. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS, says - no longer can anyone in government or industry reasonably claim that the abuses we documented at Hallmark were an aberration or an isolated case. Pacelle says - this gross mistreatment of spent dairy cows should turn your stomach.
After seeing the video, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said - although this is an unfortunate situation and we deplore this type of behavior, it is evident that these cattle were too weak to rise and walk on their own, and would not have been accepted upon delivery to a slaughterhouse. The Secretary continued - they would not have passed ante-mortem inspection - and would not have - even entered the first phase of a multi-phased process of approving cattle for slaughter.
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