~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 14, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in Oklahoma Wednesday September 16- Holding Forum in El Reno
-- Oklahoma Cotton Crop Production Jumping Sharply Higher in 2009 Versus 2008.
-- From the USDA Supply Demand Numbers- USMEF Calls Meat Exports a "Sluggish Affair"
-- American Farmers & Ranchers Cheer NAWG Move on Climate Change
-- Glenn Selk Says Take Time to Let Your New Herd Bull Purchase Put His Working Clothes On
-- Crop Forecast Supports Renewable Fuels Production
-- The Father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, Dead at the Age of 95
-- Let's Check the Markets!
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555.
We are also excited to have as one of our sponsors for the daily email
Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, with 64 years of progress through
producer ownership. Call Brandon Winters at 405-232-7555 for more
information on the oilseed crops they handle, including sunflowers and
canola- and remember they post closing market prices for canola and
sunflowers on the PCOM
website- go there by clicking here.
If you have received this by someone forwarding it to you, you are welcome to subscribe and get this weekday update sent to you directly by clicking here.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in Oklahoma Wednesday September 16- Holding Forum in El Reno
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Wednesday, September 16, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold a rural community forum in El Reno, Oklahoma, as part of the Obama Administration's Rural Tour. At the forum, Vilsack will share information with local residents about the work USDA is doing to revitalize and rebuild rural America and ask local residents how USDA can be helpful in supporting and initiating other programs and projects to help the community participate fully and successfully in the new, 21st century economy. Vilsack will also highlight American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects improving communities in Oklahoma and benefiting people throughout rural America.
In June, President Obama announced that Secretary Vilsack will lead the Administration's Rural Tour to visit rural communities in states throughout the country. Secretary Vilsack is scheduled to lead Rural Tour events with other top administration officials over the coming weeks in Nebraska and New Mexico. Monday's event will be the nineteenth similar forum Secretary Vilsack has led since being sworn in, and follows rural listening sessions held in Zanesville, Ohio, Modesto, Calif., Sedalia, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, Hamlet, N.C., Bethel, Alaska, St. John Parish, La., Blairs, Va., West Salem, Wis., Charlotte, Mich., Concord, N.H., Wattsburg, Pa., Danville, Ind., Geneseo, Ill., Harrodsburg, Ky., Ludowici, Ga., Portageville, Mo., and Brush, Colo.
The Secretary will hold this Rural Tour Community Forum at the Redlands
Community College in the Ray Porter Complex, 1300 South Country Club in El
Reno. Doors will open at 9 AM, with the Forum expected to last from 9:30
AM until 10:45 AM.
Oklahoma Cotton Crop Production Jumping Sharply Higher in 2009 Versus 2008.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears the 2009 Oklahoma Cotton Crop is on track to be 30% larger than in 2008, as USDA predicts a 340,000 bale crop this fall, compared to 262,000 bales in 2008. We have 40,000 more acres this year than in 2008- and the current expected yield would be another record for the state as NASS calls for a 837 pounds of lint per acre, up 26 pounds per acre this year compared to 2008.
More Sorghum and Peanut acres and production are well off 2008 levels in Oklahoma this year, with the grain sorghum crop down by some 70,000 acres from a year ago- and production is off some 28% at just ten million bushels. Peanut production around the US is well off the 2008 crop year after the huge problems that the peanut butter problems of this past spring badly hurt demand. For Oklahoma, the crop that not too many years ago was planted on nearly 100,000 acres is now down to 12,000 acres expected to be harvested this fall. Total production this year is predicted to be 38.4 million pounds, off 39% from last year.
Nationally, USDA confirmed the largest soybean crop ever and the second largest corn crop as nearly ideal growing conditions this summer has resulted in the crop not being impacted by the late planting we saw in several key states. We have the complete September Crop Report info on our website- as well as the link to the monthly Supply Demand report that was issued on friday morning as well- click on the link below.
Click here for the rundown on the September Crop Production numbers- including some audio comments from Tom Leffler
From the USDA Supply Demand Numbers- USMEF Calls Meat Exports a "Sluggish Affair"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Exports of U.S. pork and beef through the first seven months of 2009 are lagging behind last year's pace amid a difficult global economic climate and lingering effects from the H1N1 influenza outbreak. That's the view of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, based on USDA's World Agriculture Supply Demand Estimated report. According to the federation, pork exports for the period totaled 1.08 million metric tons and were valued at 2.53- billion dollars. While these totals are a respective 10 percent and 9 percent below last year's record-shattering pace, USMEF points out they are still 53 percent higher in volume and 48 percent higher in value than in January-July 2007.
The H1N1 influenza outbreak has been a negative factor for pork. Still, Mexican and Russian demand is showing recovery, but pork exports are hurt by China's ban. Japan remains the pacesetter for U.S. pork in terms of value, reaching 259,451 metric tons valued at $944.1 million through July.
Beef exports of 512,053 metric tons are valued at 1.944-billion
dollars, 6 percent below last year's volume and 10 percent lower in value.
USMEF says this difference is primarily due to a very sluggish global
market for beef variety meat. Beef exports to Asia are on the rise, but
neighboring markets are lagging. Slow demand in Mexico and Canada and a
steep decline in beef variety meat exports are the main factors keeping
U.S. beef exports below last year's pace.
Click here for USMEF's thoughts on the status of Beef and Pork Exports as Detailed in Friday's Supply Demand Report
American Farmers & Ranchers Cheer NAWG Move on Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR), an Oklahoma City based general farm organization and mutual insurance company, said it is pleased with the shift in the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) policy on climate change.
"As more data is examined relative to how cap and trade legislation will impact agricultural operations around the country it becomes very clear that all agricultural operations are not equal in potential benefits," said Terry Detrick, AFR President. "I believe that after further examination benefits are at best optimum in only the Midwest Corn Belt which is not where most wheat is grown. Additionally, NAWG which has always wanted to see export opportunities in a fair and free trade environment, also realize the competitive disadvantage that would be placed on U.S. wheat producers if other major carbon emitting countries of the world do not follow suit in curbing emissions. This is the right decision and we are pleased that NAWG has adjusted their policy position which is consistent with AFR's policy."
Detrick, who is a past National President of the Wheat Growers, is fearful that under the House passed Cap and Trade, agriculture will be a loser. You can click here for the rest of Detrick's comments on the NAWG position- and you can click on the link below for our story from last week on the move by the Wheat Growers to adjust their position on Climate Change.
Click here for our story from last week on the NAWG decision to amend their Climate Change policy
Glenn Selk Says Take Time to Let Your New Herd Bull Purchase Put His Working Clothes On
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Monday Beef Buzz features Dr. Glenn Selk of OSU as we visit with him about being able to transition bulls ranchers are buying during the fall purebred sales from the buyer to the new environment that young bull faces on your home ranch when your truck pulls across the cattle guard and you are ready to unload him.
Dr. Selk says most bulls have received a ration that includes a good bit of grain to help him have that sale day "bloom" which helps generate bids in the sale ring. The reality is that when you load them up and haul them home, all you are thinking about in most cases is which set of cows are you going to turn him out with as soon as you unload him. Selk says that's not a good idea- but rather, you need to give him four or five weeks to get acclimated in his new home- as well as to give you a chance to jump him over from a grain based diet to one that is mostly or all forage based.
You can click on the link below to jump to this edition of our Beef Buzz- and hear our full conversation with Glenn Selk on this subject.
Click here for the lateest Beef Buzz with OSU's Glenn Selk as he visit with our own Ron Hays
Crop Forecast Supports Renewable Fuels Production
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Some of the happiest folks with the almost record sized corn crop that USDA is forecasting in 2009 (we talk about this in our second story- up above) are those that are advocates of grain based biofuels. Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association points out that it took 6.5 million fewer acres to produce this year's corn crop when compared to 2007 when some 80 million more bushels of corn were grown on our nation's farmland. The 2009 crop size will second only to the 2007 crop if realized.
Cooper says this is added evidence that the indirect land use theory is wrong. He says we don't need additional land to produce the incremental amounts of feedstock that we use as the ethanol industry grows. He says the report shows the ability of our nation's farmers to produce food, feed and fuel.
Julius Schaaf, An At-large director of the U.S. Grains Council said the
reason we produce more corn on fewer acres is because - we deploy sound
science when making our planting decisions. Because of biotechnology we
can meet all demands domestically and around the world. USGC President and
CEO Ken Hobbie said the United States is more than capable of supplying
the necessary feed grains both domestically and abroad.
Click here for more on the size of the 2009 corn crop- and what that means for biofuel boosters
The Father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, Dead at the Age of 95
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Norman Borlaug lost his battle with cancer over this past weekend as he died at his home in Dallas at the age of 95. Dr. Borlaug was known as the Father of the Green Revolution, as he convinced India and Pakistan to plant genetically improved wheat seed, doubled their output of food available for some of the poorest people in world.
"We have lost our strongest champion for reducing hunger worldwide,"
Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences
at Texas A&M University, said in a statement issued Sunday. "We must
now recommit ourselves to educating and training the next generation of
agricultural scientists who will continue Dr. Borlaug's work to reduce
world hunger and eliminate famine."
At the World Food Prize website, there is an extensive biography of Borlaug- and the writer sums up his work with improved wheat varieties "Because of his achievements to prevent hunger, famine and misery around the world, it is said that Dr. Borlaug has "saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived." We have a link to an article from the Dallas Morning News on his death from this past weekend- click on that link below to read it.
Click here for more on the life and death of Green Revolutionary Norman Borlaug
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, AFR and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis!
We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.
Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Woodward had a big run this past Friday- with 6,812 cattle being sold. Yearling prices were steady to $4 higher, while steer calves sold $1 to $3 up from a week ago. Five to six hundred pound steers sold for $105 to $114, while the 700 to 800 pound steer yearlings cleared from $94 to $101.25. Click here for the full Woodward report from USDA market news for the Sept 11th report- it should be updated by around 8 AM Monday morning.
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.15 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.35 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click
on the name of the report to go to that link:
God Bless! You can reach us at the following: