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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 1, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Animal Rights and National Animal ID Are Top Issues for LMA's Bobby Smith
-- More Hay Bales Than Bushels? Maybe
-- Census Report Reflects Watershed Boundaries
-- Tell us about your wheat
-- Gross Sales from Livestock in the US dropped One Percent in 2008 versus 2007
-- The Kahle Brothers Are Featured in Talking Cotton
-- Sunflowers and Sesame
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Animal Rights and National Animal ID Are Top Issues for LMA's Bobby Smith
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 President of the Livestock Marketing Association calls Fairview, Oklahoma home. Bobby Smith operates the Fairview Livestock Auction and is completing the first of a two year term as President of the trade group that represents livestock auction barns all across the country. Smith has been on his share of airplanes this year, and was leaving Fairview early this past Saturday morning to go to Des Moines for the Iowa Livestock Marketing Association state meeting.
Smith is a busy guy, as he not only runs a weekly livestock auction that draws cattle in from miles around, but he also serves as a member of the Oklahoma Beef Council- and we caught up with him Friday night giving his time as the lead auctioneer for the 2009 Major County Relay for Life.
We talk with Bobby Smith the next couple of days here on the Beef Buzz- and he runs down the key issues that LMA has as top of mind issues here as we reach the mid point of 2009. Smith says that LMA is very aware of the need to do the right thing in livestock handling and in meeting head on the need to keep animal rights as a high priority. He also talked with us about the NAIS- and the concern of sale barns that if individual animal ID is mandated- many small auction barns may be hard pressed to be able to tag animals that are coming in from the smaller herds who don't have the ability to initially identify their animals with some sort of acceptable system.
Click on our link below for the rest of this story- and to listen to the first part of our conversation with Bobby Smith. By the way- tomorrow- our second half of the conversation with Smith will include exciting news about the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship returning to Oklahoma City next June.
More Hay Bales Than Bushels? Maybe
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's probably not true- but you have to wonder if we might actually harvest more acres of wheat this year for forage- either through graze out- or by baling those fields instead of running combines through them for grain.
It's been a good weekend as far as weather is concerned for the 2009 hard red winter wheat harvest to pick up speed in southwestern areas of the state. We talked with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission as the weekend began- and he expected that we would see more combines rolling as the moisture levels drop.
We saw a lot of wheat fields that either had wheat laying down waiting to be baled- or large round bales already in place, dotting the landscape. Our Friday- Saturday travel included up into Kingfisher, Blaine and Major Counties on Friday afternoon, followed by stops in Canadian and Grady counties on Saturday. We have pictures of what we were seeing on Saturday(follow the links on the story on our web to see more from both Grady and Canadian Counties)- and what may be more of the norm here in 2009 than expected- wheat baled for hay instead of combined for grain.
Census Report Reflects Watershed Boundaries
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service has responded to requests by its data users by releasing, for the first time, results from the U.S. Census of Agriculture at the watershed level. In the new publication, NASS reports selected data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture according to watershed boundaries set by the U.S. Geological Survey. The information is available for all 20 major water sources in the United States, as well as for each of the 376 water basins.
Carol House, NASS deputy administrator for programs and products, emphasized that - the new watershed publication presents agricultural data that conforms to geographic boundaries, rather than state and county boundaries. Information from the 2002 Census of Agriculture is published alongside the 2007 Census results to demonstrate changes in land use, production practices and livestock distribution over the past five years.
The Arkansas-White-Red Water Resource Region 11emcompasses all of Oklahoma and includes Census data for 25 watersheds. We have the link to this Region 11 report in the PDF format- click on the link below to take you to our story that also has the full US map showing all of the 20 major water sources, what they are called and links to each of them, as well as the full US report.
Tell us about your wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We would love to hear from you about your 2009 Oklahoma wheat crop. If you have already zeroed it out- and have moved to a summer crop- tell us about that. If you going to harvest for grain- tell us about that. If you have elected to roll it for forage- or have grazed it out, tell us about that.
Drop me an email and we can either share it with or without your name- just let me know your preference. If you are a grain elevator operator or an extension educator, we would appreciate your commentary on all of this as well.
Don't reply to the email itself- but go to the bottom of the email and click on the email listed there. Thanks for your help in getting the word out on some of the details that are emerging from this year's crop.
Gross Sales from Livestock in the US dropped One Percent in 2008 versus 2007
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service reports that gross income from cattle and calves, hogs and pigs and sheep and lambs during 2008 totaled 65.2 billion dollars. That figure is down 1 percent from 2007. Gross income decreased 3 percent for cattle and calves; and 5 percent for sheep and lambs. At the same time the gross income for hogs and pigs was up 9 percent.
Cash receipts from marketings of cattle and calves decreased 3 percent
from 49.8 billion dollars in 2007 to 48.2 billion in 2008. Marketings
totaled 54.2 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2007.
For Oklahoma, the total value of cattle sales in 2007 was $2.459 billion dollars, while hogs accounted for $559 million dollars worth of sales. We have the full report linked below if you care to wade through the pages and pages of info to be mined there.
The Kahle Brothers Are Featured in Talking Cotton
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest installment of Talking Cotton from Vic Schoonover goes all the way north to the Oklahoma-Kansas border in the Kay County area, where Vic is writing about Monte and Dennis Kahle. Monte lives at Newkirk, Ok., and Dennis lives at Blackwell, Ok. They are the principals in the Bi-State Cotton Producers Cooperative with gins at Blackwell and Minco, Ok. They farm in Kansas and Oklahoma.
This year, depending on the vagaries of southern plains spring weather, they plan on planting 1,500 acres of irrigated cotton and 3,000 acres of dryland cotton. Their irrigation is done with center pivot systems. "We will be using BolGard and Roundup Ready Flex varieties for the most part," Monte said. "However, this year, we are going to try some conventional cotton varieties to see if reduced seed costs, but good yields, will offset the higher cost of the transgenic varieties that are so popular and productive now." He said it is their intention to plant 750 acres with the conventional varieties on dryland acres.
The Kahle brothers farm cotton in rotation with winter wheat, grain sorghum, soybeans and corn. "We will plant dryland corn if we can get it planted early enougjh," Monte said. They like cotton because it works well in rotation with their grain crops. "'Growing cotton in rotation with any of our grain crops works really well in cleaning up weeds that accompany the grains," Monte said. "And it is an important money crop for us. We believe in the future of cotton production this far north. We believe in it enough to have built one cotton gin at Blackwell and invested in another one at Minco." The Kahles are optimistic about the recent rains bringing much-needed moisture to a drought-infested area for the past year or more.
We have their full story, courtesy of Vic Schoonover, on our website- and linked for you below. Click and take a look at a couple of the larger cotton operators in northern Oklahoma here in 2009.
Sunflowers and Sesame
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked for a few minutes with our friend Elton Regier who came by the Major County Relay for Life after dark Friday evening after spending the day planting Sunflowers. He mentioned that the day before it was a field of Sesame that he had been planting for another producer. He said that interest was strong for both of these crops as an alternative to many failed wheat acres here in 2009.
Speaking of the Major County Relay for Life- our thanks for the organizers of the 2009 event for having us back as emcee for yet another year- we have not heard a total as of yet for the 2009 effort- but it was well over $60,000 and climbing when I got the last report we saw late Friday evening. We have pictures from the event linked below- click and have a smile and maybe a laugh or two as you see things like grown people bobbing for vienna sausages in a tub of water.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We sold cattle again on Friday in feedlot country- at lower money- $84 to $84.50. Details can be had in the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. And, Woodward had another great run this past week- 9.495 head of cattle selling with yearling steer prices going steady to $2 lower, and calves prices were also under pressure. Click here for the full Woodward report from USDA- the May 29 report should be up in place by a little after 8 AM central time.
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