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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 10, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Soybean and Cotton Harvest Do Some Catching Up- Corn Harvest Lags
-- Pleasant Fall Weather Aids Oklahoma Crop Harvest and Planting
-- Tell It to Dr. Tom
-- The Millions Spent on Issue 2 in Ohio is Just a Down Payment in the Animal Rights Battles to Come
-- Six Oklahomans Vying for One of the Last Slots at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Next June in Oklahoma City
-- Mike Engler of Amarillo to Lead Texas Cattle Feeders Association in the Coming Year
-- Green Tie Gala Pictures Are Up in Cyberspace
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Soybean and Cotton Harvest Do Some Catching Up- Corn Harvest Lags
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The crop progress reports from USDA show that farmers were able to narrow the gap between this year and the five year average when it came to soybean harvest in the midwest and the cotton harvest in the south, but corn harvest remains 45 percentage points behind normal as we began this week.
Illinois corn harvest remains alarmingly far behind normal with just 31% of their crop now harvested, versus 92%, which is the five year average. Minnesota is 60 percentage points behind the norm, Iowa, Indiana and Nebraska remain around 45 percentage points behind that five year average- and that probably does not tell the story on quality. We talked with Mark Gold of Top Third this past weekend about that at the OFB meeting- and he says that the Crop Production and Supply Demand reports of THIS morning will be close to meaningless- as it will talk about quantity but not quality. By the way- we will have analysis of those reports on our website on the front page before nine am this Tuesday morning.
Soybean harvest remains behind normal, but we did harvest almost one fourth of the total crop this past week alone. Key midwest states are 13 to 27 percentage points behind normal when it comes to soybean harvest.
Cotton harvest moved 16 percentage points this past week- but will be slowed in at least some of the mid south and southeast this week because of Ida and her dumping of heavy rains in the region. Mississippi and Louisiana both made huge jumps forward on harvest this past week, and Texas is actually ahead of normal on cotton harvest- now 44% done versus the five year average of 38%. Oklahoma is 22 points behind the norm- with 26% of the crop now harvested- and the report I got yesterday from the southwestern corner of our state is that tractors and harvest equipment were running everywhere as things have finally dried out enough to get rolling.
Click here for the USDA Crop Progress Report as Issued on Monday afternoon.
Pleasant Fall Weather Aids Oklahoma Crop Harvest and Planting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update reports "Oklahoma producers benefited from unusually warm temperatures last week. Calm winds and sunshine were experienced throughout the State. Temperatures were 72 degrees or higher across all nine districts. The Southeast district was the only district to receive rainfall at only 0.01 inches. Precipitation was nonexistent in the remaining eight districts. These warm and dry conditions lingered into the weekend and allowed producers across the State to get into the fields and continue crop harvest and planting activities.
"Producers around Oklahoma welcomed the dry and warm weather as they were able to get back into the fields. Progress was made across the State this week as wheat planted increased by four points to 88 percent complete, but still seven points behind normal. Wheat emerged increased to 79 percent complete, up five points from the prior week, but five points behind the five-year average. Ninety percent of oat seedbed preparation was completed by week's end, while half of oats had been planted, up eight points from the previous week, but 11 points behind the five-year average. Forty-two percent of oats had emerged by week's end, eight points behind the five-year average.
"Although harvest of all row crops is running well behind average this
year, producers were able to make some headway this past week as a result
of the favorable weather conditions. Corn harvested reached 91 percent
complete by week's end, up six points from the prior week but eight points
behind the five-year average. Seventy-six percent of sorghum had matured
by Sunday, while 42 percent was harvested, up 12 points from the previous
week, but still 16 points behind the five-year average. Soybeans at
maturity reached 88 percent, up 16 points from the prior week, but five
points behind normal. Harvested soybeans reached 46 percent by week's end,
up 12 points from last week, but still 22 points behind the five-year
average. Virtually all peanuts were mature by week's end, 81 percent had
been dug, up ten points from the previous week, but ten points behind
normal. Sixty percent of peanuts had been combined, up ten points from the
previous week, but 16 points behind normal."
Tell It to Dr. Tom
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. will be holding a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma this week as the Senate shuts down for Veterans Day. Dr. Coburn will take questions and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at each event.
"I encourage everyone to attend and participate in these town halls. These settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the Oklahomans I am representing, and they provide a chance for Oklahomans to hear my views on current legislation in Congress," said Dr. Coburn.
On Thursday, the Coburn Town Hall meetings are planned for Altus and Lawton, while Friday will find Dr. Coburn in Ardmore and Duncan. Click on the link below for more information on all four sites- including exact times and locations.
Click here for more on Town Hall Meetings Planned by Dr. Tom Coburn this week in southwest Oklahoma.
The Millions Spent on Issue 2 in Ohio is Just a Down Payment in the Animal Rights Battles to Come
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mary Kay Thatcher, the Director of the Ag Policy Team for the American Farm Bureau Federation, believes that the battle over animal rights will be a huge money drain on animal agriculture and those who want to help defend the way animals are currently handled in what we would consider modern production agriculture.
In a conversation that we had with her after her presentation last Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention, Thatcher says that the millions spent in Ohio is just a drop in the bucket in the battle over the next years. The Humane Society of the US has more members than American Farm Bureau and a budget that is multiple times that of Farm Bureau and several other animal agriculture groups combined.
She expects the HSUS will continue to spend big bucks in the 27 ballot
initiative states(Oklahoma included) where they can conduct their campaign
in a carefully controlled media campaign playing on the heartstrings of
people who do not understand anything about production agriculture and how
humane agriculture is not always the way that the HSUS dictates.
Click here for more on the Money Pit that is otherwise known as the battle over Animal Well Being
Six Oklahomans Vying for One of the Last Slots at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Next June in Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The last eight spots in Livestock Marketing Association's 2010 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be on the line here Dec. 2, at the Parsons Livestock Market, Inc. Six Oklahomans are vying for one of those final spots- hoping to be in the national finals next June in Oklahoma City.
The market is hosting 36 contestants in the last quarterfinal qualifying contest for next summer's WLAC, which will be held June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. The sale here will start at noon. Three winners - champion, reserve champion and runner-up champion - will be named after the contest here. These three, and the next five highest scorers, then move on to the Oklahoma contest, often called the "Super Bowl" and the "World Series" of the profession. At this point in the regional competition, only one Oklahoma auctioneer has qualified to be a part of the finals next June. Brian Little of Wann, Oklahoma won the Billings, Montana regional qualifier in September of this year.
LMA President Bobby Smith of Fairview, Oklahoma said LMA conducts the
WLAC - and the qualifying contests - to spotlight the competitive
livestock marketing system and the continuing importance of the auctioneer
in that system.
Click here for more on the chase for the final eight spots in the World Finals of the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.
Mike Engler of Amarillo to Lead Texas Cattle Feeders Association in the Coming Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Texas Cattle Feeders elected officers, board members and got an update on a variety of issues going in that impact the beef cattle business. New Chairman of the TCFA for the coming year is Mike Engler of Amarillo. Bo Kizziar of Spearman is chairman-elect; and Jim Peters of Quemado is vice chairman.
New board members from Oklahoma for the organization include Scott Anderson of Guymon and Bill Roser of Watonga each elected for a one year term- and Chris Hitch of Guymon elected for a three year term.
In his convention address, Outgoing TCFA Chairman Monte Cluck described
being "inspired by the attitudes of the members" that he met with during
his visits to more than 60 member feedyards over the previous twelve
months. "Here we are in one of the toughest times ever for our business,
and yet no one was ready to quit the fight," Cluck said. "The strength and
the will to survive and continue in the beef business are what
differentiate us from any other industry, especially from non-agricultural
Click here for more on the TCFA annual meeting held in 2009 in Amarillo.
Green Tie Gala Pictures Are Up in Cyberspace
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Click on our link below for the OSU Division of Ag pictures from last Friday's Green Tie Gala- held to celebrate 100 years of the Oklahoma 4-H. Todd Johnson was snapping digital shots all night long- and has a great overview of this evening of remembering and celebrating 4-H in the state.
It was good to visit at the Green Tie Gala with numerous folks, but especially with Pete Williams who served many years as the Oklahoma 4-H state leader- and in his final years before retirement, was the Director of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. Pete did a marvelous job of helping define the OALP program during its early years- and has been followed since that time by two other outstanding OSU faculty in that Directorship, Dr. Robert Terry and now current director Dr. Joe Williams.
Click here for the photos now up online at the OSU Division of Ag Website Spotlighting Oklahoma 4-H.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma National Stockyards had an estimate of 14,200 cattle on Monday, with Feeder steers and heifers steady except 600-700 lb steers 2.00 lower. Demand good for feeder cattle especially heavier weights. Steer calves steady to 4.00 lower. Click here for the full Oklahoma City cattle market report as of yesterday evening.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.45 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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