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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 29, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Another Rainy Day Across Oklahoma
-- Is It Too Late for Wheat Pasture to Work Well in 2009?
-- EPA's Plan to Require Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases from Manure Delayed by Appropriation Process
-- Taking Back the Name- I'm an Environmentalist and I Farm.
-- Texas and Oklahoma Feedlots Reach Black Ink with $88 Fed Cattle Sales
-- The Shorthorn 500 Sale Coming up This Saturday- Halloween
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Another Rainy Day Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The wet conditions of late summer and now fall here in Oklahoma continue- with another line of rain rolling across the state as we write our email to you on this Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts in western counties are above two inches of rain from this current system in several spots- and this system is expected to work its way on across the eastern half of the state before the day is out.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Crop Weather Summary talked about soil moisture conditions. "Overall soil moisture conditions continue to be rated in the surplus to adequate range with topsoil rated 26 percent surplus and subsoil remaining at 12 percent surplus." We have had very little drying since that report was issued- and now another round of heavy rainfall is pouring down.
These rains continue to make it hard to finish wheat planting- do our fall harvesting and prevents the wheat that is in the ground and emerged to firm up enough to allow producers to put calves in those fields to graze.
Our link below is to the Oklahoma Mesonet and their Rainfall site for the last 24 hours- it is a dynamic site that will be updating through the day (you might have to download their updated weatherscope plug-in to see the map).
Click here for the Oklahoma Mesonet Rainfall Accumulation Map
Is It Too Late for Wheat Pasture to Work Well in 2009?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grazing calves on winter wheat pasture is an important economic component of the farm enterprise plan for many Oklahoma wheat producers. With the unusual weather we have had that has persisted through September and now October- we have seen a lot of wheat planted and emerged- but the fields are not solid enough to support putting calves on those pastures- at least not yet.
Those concerns are what we are discussing today with OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, who says it is not too late to get calves onto our fall wheat pasture- but we need a break from Mother Nature very soon- most certainly by mid November in order for this to work for most cattle producers. After that, things get more difficult in lining up calves for those acres of wheat pasture that may be available.
Click on the link below to hear our conversation with Dr. Derrell Peel
on this subject- it's our topic of the day on the Beef Buzz- heard on the
Radio Oklahoma Network and also heard and available on our website,
Click here for our Thursday Beef Buzz with Derrell Peel of OSU on Wheat Pasture Issues and Cattle Prices.
EPA's Plan to Require Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases from Manure Delayed by Appropriation Process
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. agriculture industry groups have been successful in delaying for one year the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules to require mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems and the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under Title V of the Clean Air Act.
Two environmental provisions were included in the Ag Appropriations
bill for 2010- and they include:
Read more about these amendments and how EPA's plans have been shoved back by a year- which puts them squarely in the mix of discussion during the 2010 mid term Congressional elections. Click on the link below for this story- we thank the TSCRA for these details on these Clean Air Act issues.
Click here for more on the roadblock thrown at the EPA on Clean Air Regs They Want to Pursue.
Taking Back the Name- I'm an Environmentalist and I Farm.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jason Hollenback of Jay, Oklahoma says he is definitely an Environmentalist. He is also a farmer in Delaware County, who is running cattle on land that is in the Spavinaw Creek watershed- and so everything that he does is under scrutiny for its possible impact on the water quality of what eventually is the drinking water for the city of Tulsa.
Jason says that he has participated as a Cooperator with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission on several Section 319 projects, paying his share of the cost share dollars to install several improvements that can help improve the quality of the water that may run off of his fields. Jason has installed cross fencing on his place, has renovated several pastures to improve the forage in those fields and has installed waterers away from the creeks on his place to provide his cattle with clean water, but at the same time, to keep them away from standing in those creeks and leaving manure on the stream banks or in the water directly.
You can read more about Jason on our website- and we the audio of our conversation linked there as well- just click on the link below.
Click here for more on this Delaware County Farmer Who Says Farmers are Environmentalists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got at least one email reader who thought we were unfair to the Attorney General of Oklahoma when we described yesterday his litigation against the poultry companies and some of his statements related to the discovery process as being an "attack" on agriculture. Ed Brocksmith of Tahlequah serves on the Scenic Rivers Commission and is a big supporter of the AG- and he writes "If Oklahoma's poultry lawsuit is an attack on agriculture, are other clean water efforts by other individuals and agencies also attacks on ag?"
He also seemed to be critical of those cooperators who have participated in programs like those we describe above in the profile on Jason Hollenback. "And are these so-called "voluntary" efforts by farmers really voluntary if they are paid by tax payers to protect their land?" It's important to remember that all of these voluntary efforts require time, money and effort on the part of those that participate- with measurable benefits coming back to society for years and years after BMPs are installed.
Mr. Brocksmith adds this opinion- "I want to see sustainable
agriculture succeed and I believe, as the late Governor Henry Bellmon
observed: industry and the environment are not mutually exclusive. But I
worry that a great divide is developing between farmers and citizens who
want clean, safe water and the quality of life those things bring. The
big, out of state poultry companies have not helped agriculture's image.
The average "Joe" now wonders why Tyson and the others don't simply quit
blaming others for watershed pollution and just take responsibility for
chicken waste. Some folks also wonder why not just raise the price of
poultry by only a small amount, use the money to correctly manage poultry
waste, and get on with our lives."
Texas and Oklahoma Feedlots Reach Black Ink with $88 Fed Cattle Sales
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The TCFA link we have below has no sales reported this morning- but those guys are busy with their convention and didn't get the update that we have today from Dow Jones about active cash cattle trade in southern plains- 30,000 head or more selling in Kansas at mostly $87 and some 20,000 head in Texas/Oklahoma for $88.00.
Those numbers mean that for the second week we have pushed above that $85 number we have heard for several months now as being the line where red ink finally changes into black ink on the close outs of the pens of cattle being sold this fall. Feedlots badly need some profits, after losing money since last summer almost non stop.
Better cash cattle prices also reflects back down the cattle pipeline to yearling prices, which were steady to $1 higher at OKC West in El Reno yesterday. The El Reno folks had a big run- over 7.000 and demand was moderate to good for the steer yearlings. Click on the link below if you want to check the complete report from OKC West- as put together by Tina Colby and the folks at USDA Market news.
Click here for the OKC West Cattle Report from their Wednesday sale
The Shorthorn 500 Sale Coming up This Saturday- Halloween
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Shorthorn 500 Sale is being planned for October 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Bruce Brooks Sale Facility, Marietta, Oklahoma. A great set of top notch Shorthorn cattle will be offered during this Saturday's sale.
Consigners/Sponsors of the SHorthorn 500 Sale include Double J Ranch, Chickasha, OK - Jim and Beverly Freed, Jeepetta Cattle Company, Crow Creek Farms, Lawton, OK - Steven and Jerrell Crow and the Brady Family Shorthorns of Marlow, OK.
For sale details, you can call call: 405-222-0399 or 405-820-9725. Click on the link below and it will take you to the catalog for this Shorhorn event coming October 31. At our link below- we have a link that will take you to the Shorhorn website, where the catalog for the Shorthorn 500 has now been posted you can look at it there or can download it as a PDF file.
Click here for more on the Shorthorn 500 Cattle Sale on October 31 in Marietta
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 $7.35 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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