~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 3, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- GOP Lawmakers Set to Boycott Markup of Climate Change Bill in Senate Committee
-- Dust is a Four Letter Word- NCBA Worries and Thinks EPA May Be One as Well
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Reflects Last Week's Rain Delays
-- Brent and OkieAgMan Check In on Soybeans and Canola
-- Age and Source Verification Will Put You on the Value Added Superhighway in Beef Production
-- It's Election Day in Ohio- Can Issue 2 Prevail?
-- OCA Fall Cattle Drive Pulls Into OKC West Friday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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GOP Lawmakers Set to Boycott Markup of Climate Change Bill in Senate Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Barbara Boxer, Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, wants to begin markup of the Senate's climate change bill on Tuesday. But to do so, she will have to follow alternate rules. The problem she faces is that Republicans on the committee say they will not be present. Two members of the minority party must attend in order for a markup to proceed, under standard rules. But, under alternate rules, with a 12-7 majority favoring Democrats, Boxer does not need Republican's support to report the bill favorably.
Boxer is hoping Republicans on her committee will - rethink their approach. She says - as long as they refuse to come to work, they are not participating in one of the most important issues facing our generation. Boxer is leaving to door open for them to change their decision. Last week, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the senior Republican on the committee, raised the possibility of a boycott to delay approval of the bill.
We do have an audio oveview of the stand that is being taken by Senator Jim Inhofe and the other six Republicans on the EPW Committee- we have comments on what is going on from GOP Staffer Matt Dempsey.Click on the link below for that report and more on what Senator Inhofe and other key GOP Senators are demanding of the Democrats before they are interested in seeing Climate Change be allowed to move forward.
Click here for more on the Climate Change battle that rages on in the US Senate.
Dust is a Four Letter Word- NCBA Worries and Thinks EPA May Be One as Well
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Environmental Protection Agency is suggesting a national coarse particulate matter standard of 12 to 15 micrograms of dust per cubic meter of air. Coarse particulate matter is nothing more than the dust kicked up by cars or trucks traveling on dirt roads, a tractor tilling a field, or cattle moving around on dirt. And according to Tamara Thies, Chief Environmental Council for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, if EPA were to set the air standards at this level, much of the country would be over the limit.
The NCBA criticized the move, saying it was based on - flawed and inconclusive science. In July 2009, EPA used a report that suggested there are adverse health effects from dust at levels that are ten times lower than the current standard. Thies says the 12 to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air - is below naturally occurring levels of dust throughout many Western states-including pristine National parks.
Cattle producers are concerned about this because it would limit their ability to raise livestock. But, according to Thies, - this issue goes well beyond agriculture. States would be required to impose extreme control requirements and limitations on many businesses to ensure that the standard is met. NCBA is urging EPA to refrain from setting an air quality standard for dust lower than naturally occurring levels, and effectively halting economic growth and development.
Click here for more on the NCBA's viewpoint on Dust and the Clean Air Act
Latest Crop Weather Update Reflects Last Week's Rain Delays
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update talks of the wet weather of last week and the hopes that drier conditions bring this week. "Although there were a few days of sunshine early in the week, heavy rains mid-week saturated fields and further delayed row crop harvest and small grain planting. All nine districts received measurable precipitation, with the Southeast receiving the most at nearly three inches. The weekend brought pleasant weather and an optimistic forecast, as several days of dry, sunny weather are expected and will allow producers to get in the fields. Soil moisture conditions continue to be favorable, as topsoil was rated 32 percent surplus and subsoil 21 percent surplus."
"Progress was made in some areas this week as wheat planted increased
eight points to reach 84 percent complete, eight points behind normal.
Wheat emerged increased to 74 percent complete, up eight points from the
prior week, but four points behind the five-year average."
Nationally, corn and soybean harvest lags in the midwest and cotton harvest remains far behind normal in the mid south. Illinois farmers remain far behind in soybean and corn harvest- soybean harvest is now 35% done- the five year average is 92%. Corn harvest is even further behind at 19% complete in the Land of Lincoln- versus the five year average of 86%. You can click here for the full national report on Crop Progress- and the link below is for the weekly Oklahoma Crop Weather Update.
Brent and OkieAgMan Check In on Soybeans and Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brent Rendel of Ottawa County in far northeast Oklahoma checks in with us from time to time and he dropped us a note yesterday about harvest now rolling in Green County soybean fields. Brent writes "Just a quick note to let you know that combines are FINALLY rolling up here in soybean country now that mother nature has let up for a few days. Most farmers are reporting yields WAY above average with 40-50 bu/ac yields pretty common. This will easily be a record average yield in Ottawa county and I suspect the same is true for most of Oklahoma's northeast soybean belt outside of the river bottoms." He reminds me also that the current class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program will be in northeastern Oklahoma this week- we'll have an update on them later in the week.
Meanwhile from the world of Twitter- we hear from OkieAgMan who was out checking Canola fields in north central Oklahoma yesterday. Michael wrote as he headed out "Headed out to look at winter canola. Looking for weeds, and bugs. Comparing plant size in plots to date." After the inspection, he had good things to say "Canola looked great. Cooler nights have slowed growth. This is good. Average is about 8 leaves in Garfield county. No insects to report." Earlier yesterday, he also confirmed as Brent did that drier conditions will allow harvest to move finally saying "Some soybeans have been waiting a month to harvest. Cotton is getting close to ready in Central OK."
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Age and Source Verification Will Put You on the Value Added Superhighway in Beef Production
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Age and Source Verification has become a key ingredient in many of the Value Added Opportunities that are available to beef cattle producers today. We continue our conversation on this Beef Buzz with Doug McKinney who is the point person for the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network in the state.
Today, we zero in on the Age and Source Verification concept- and McKinney walks a cattle producer through the process of getting this accrediation for calves from their herd.
Our link below will take you to both the Monday and Tuesday Beef Buzz reports with Doug McKinney- and showcase our discussion with him about the many different directions a beef producer can take to end up on the road to more money for the calves he produces in this journey that is called Value Added Beef Production.
Click here for the latest Beef Buzz as we talk Age and Source Verification as a practice that can put bucks in your pocket as a Cattle Producer.
It's Election Day in Ohio- Can Issue 2 Prevail?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From the Columbus, Ohio newspaper we read "Leaders of the opposing campaigns on State Issue 2 slugged it out in a lively debate Monday, disagreeing on the ultimate question of "animal rights" versus "people rights." Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officers of the Humane Society of the United States, and John C. Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, sparred at a meeting of the Columbus Rotary before an audience of about 200."
Issue 2 is the proposed constitutional amendment Ohioans will decide in Tuesday's election. If passed, it would establish a 13-member, appointed Ohio Animal Care Standards Board with virtually unlimited authority in regards to care and slaughter of livestock and poultry.
The Ohio vote has national implications- and lots of folks in the Animal Agriculture industry will be watching the outcome. Pacelle of the HSUS has already signaled that if this vote goes against his group- they will go to Ohio next year and still try to force a constitutional amendment with specifics on how they want animals treated- in an effort to do an end around on this Animal Standards Board. The Animal Agriculture Alliance says of the HSUS opposition to Issue 2 "By opposing the new Livestock Care Standards Board, HSUS has shown that its true motivation is not the improvement of farm animal welfare but the elimination of animal agriculture altogether. Issue 2 will give local animal welfare experts the authority to explore best practices in animal care and will prevent unfounded regulations that are advocated for by animal rights groups."
Click here to read the full Columbus Dispatch article on the Farm Bureau-HSUS Face Off from Monday on Issue 2
OCA Fall Cattle Drive Pulls Into OKC West Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Fall Cattle Drive is happening this Friday at OKC West in El Reno. The day includes the fall Board meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, a lunch served up by the Oklahoma CattleWomen and the Replacement Female Sale that starts at 1 PM.
A great set of consignors are already on board for the sale this Friday afternoon. For details- you can click on the link below to jump to our Auction listing- or you can call Chisholm Kinder at 405-235-4391for more information.
Click here for more on the 2009 OCA Fall Cattle Drive Coming This Friday.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monday's run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards ended up at 9,500 with both yearlings and calves a little stronger than a week ago with good demand reported. Five to six hundred pound steers sold from $97 to $112.50, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings went through the ring ranging from $93 to $96.75. Click here for the complete Oklahoma City cattle market report as compiled by the folks from USDA.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.50 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.65 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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