~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday October 14, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Latest Crop Weather Update Highlights Wet Conditions
-- Key Republican Senator Joins Boxer-Kerry Bandwagon
-- Referendum for Cotton Producers Now Underway Through FSA
-- R-CALF Accuses NCBA of Omitting Facts in Response to COOL Challenge
-- Michigan Governor Signs Animal Welfare Law
-- Texas A&M Bested OSU This Past Saturday
-- Blackjack and Friends Angus Production Sale Happening This Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Crop Weather Update Highlights Wet Conditions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Heavy rain and severe storms during the week were followed by a cold weekend in Oklahoma. All nine districts received measurable precipitation, with five of the districts receiving three inches or more. At least three Mesonet stations recorded over six inches of rainfall. The weekend brought unseasonably cold weather, as a freeze warning was issued for the Panhandle along with a few other counties. Soil moisture conditions improved significantly from the previous week due to the saturating rains, as topsoil was rated 30 percent surplus and subsoil 14 percent surplus.
Looking at winter wheat being planted in Oklahoma and our neighboring
states- the 2010 winter wheat crop is now 68% planted in Oklahoma, up
twelve percentage points from the week before and three points behind the
five year average. Kansas jumped 17 points in this past week- now standing
at 70% planted versus their five year average of 74%. Texas now has 64% of
their wheat crop in the ground- just behind their five year average of
Despite several days of rain, harvest activities continued in some areas. Conditions for all row crops continue to rate mostly in the good to fair range. Ninety-four percent of the State's corn had reached maturity by Sunday, up two points from the previous week but four points behind normal. Nearly two-thirds of the corn was harvested by week's end, a 12 point jump from the prior week but still 21 points behind the five-year average. Sorghum coloring reached 96 percent complete by Sunday, while 45 percent had reached maturity, 15 points behind normal. Seventeen percent of the State's sorghum was harvested this past week, well behind the five-year average. Soybeans at maturity reached 47 percent, up seven points from the prior week but 16 points behind normal. By week's end, 16 percent of soybeans had been harvested, up three points from last week but 19 points behind the five-year average. Peanuts at maturity reached 70 percent complete, up ten points from the previous week. By Sunday, 32 percent of the peanuts had been dug while 16 percent had been combined, both on pace with the five-year average. Cotton opening bolls was nearing completion at 89 percent complete, four points behind last year. A small portion of the State's cotton was harvested by week's end.
If you want to read the full Oklahoma Crop- Weather Update, click on the link below.
Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Summary for this Columbus Day week
Key Republican Senator Joins Boxer-Kerry Bandwagon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Climate change legislation may have gotten a boost in the Senate over the weekend. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham joined with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to promote a bipartisan plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed compromise would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. through a market-based cap and trade system that's combined with a clean energy program that provides incentives for nuclear power, offshore oil and gas drilling and coal emissions controls. Political analysts say the unexpected alliance will improve the bill's chances of passage.
But there are obstacles that remain. Senators on both sides of the aisle from coal-producing states and the Midwest are concerned climate change legislation would increase energy costs. Environmental groups are opposed to nuclear power generation and normally oppose offshore oil and gas drilling as well.
Then there's the issue of time. Just last month Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid said other issued would take priority and suggested climate
change legislation would be on the back burner until at least the end of
the year. Still - a spokesperson for Senator Kerry said both Kerry and
Graham want to make substantial, bipartisan progress leading up to the
climate summit in Copenhagen this December. Plus - Senate Environment
Committee Chair Barbara Boxer has signaled a desire to pass a bill through
her committee before the Copenhagen summit. She plans to issue a revised
version of the bill she recently introduced with Senator Kerry
Except for Lindsey Graham, Republicans seem dead set against the Climate Change bill- here is a link to their site that details their opposition
Referendum for Cotton Producers Now Underway Through FSA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA has announced a referendum will be conducted among US upland cotton producers and importers. The referendum will take place Oct. 13, 2009, and will continue through Nov. 10, 2009.
The 2008 Farm Bill stated the states of Kansas, Virginia and Florida be separate states in the definition of "cotton-producing state" as defined in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. The Agricultural Marketing Act is proposing to amend the Cotton Research and Promotion Order to implement that section of the 2008 Farm Bill. According to the Act, a referendum among cotton producers and importers is required to amend the Order or any of its provisions. The AMS is providing an opportunity for all eligible persons to vote on the amendments to the Order.
Producers will have an opportunity to vote by mail or through their respective Farm Service Agency County office. All known cotton importers will be mailed a ballot and referendum instructions. Ballots will also be available on the internet- we have the link below. Click on it to see the ballot or go to your local FSA office if you have questions about being eligible to vote.
Click here for details about this cotton referendum and the ballot that is available online.
R-CALF Accuses NCBA of Omitting Facts in Response to COOL Challenge
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~R-CALF USA is not happy with the public response of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to Canada's decision to pursue a WTO challenge of the country-of-origin labeling law in the U.S. R-CALF is calling the group's statement intolerable, irresponsible and deceptive. One of the R-Calf members signing the letter is Oklahoman Harlan Hentges.
When Canada announced its complaint last week - NCBA stated it has had continued concerns about the potential implications of COOL on the U.S. relationship with its top two trading partners - Mexico and Canada - since it was first proposed. NCBA went on to say it's becoming clear COOL has damaged these critically important trading relationships. (By the way- that is the opinion of OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, who has been in both countries and has a better understanding of the Mexican cattle market as it relates to the USA than perhaps any other person on this side of the border)
In a letter to NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts - R-CALF suggests the NCBA statement fails to mention that trade with both countries generates a substantial revenue-based deficit for the U.S. By omitting that fact - R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard says NCBA's statement deceives cattle producers, the public and Congress. Bullard says there are winners and losers in trade - and the U.S. cattle industry is a long-term net loser when it comes to trade with Canada and Mexico.
Click here to read the full letter- with graphs and more- sent to NCBA by the R-Calf leadership.
Michigan Governor Signs Animal Welfare Law
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill into law Monday that, according to the Humane Society of the United States, will extend "modest yet meaningful" protections to farm animals. A result of negotiations between animal welfare and agricultural groups, the law requires that certain farm animals have enough room to stand up and turn around and extend their limbs. It phases out veal crates for calves within three years, and battery cages for laying hens and gestation crates for breeding sows within ten years.
Michigan becomes the seventh state to ban gestation crates, the fifth to ban veal crates and the second to ban battery cages. Arizona, California and Florida have passed similar measures through ballot initiatives while Maine, Colorado and Oregon have passed related laws in their state legislatures.
HSUS President Wayne Pacelle said all stakeholders realize that we must
move in the direction of improved animal welfare standards, and the
Michigan law provides a roadmap to move us in that direction.
Texas A&M Bested OSU This Past Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I know- on the gridiron, it was the other way around, but the Aggies were able to gain the Overall Championship of the Tulsa State Fair Collegiate Judging team competition. OSU was a close second- just two points behind A&M. OSU was 3rd high team in Sheep, 2nd high Team in Cattle, and the High Team in Swine and Oral Reasons.
OSU had four students finish in the Top Ten Overall. Justin Crosswhite was High Individual Overall, Zac Butler was 3rd, Kate Miller was 5th and Heidi Vest was 6th.
The next competition for the OSU Livestock Judging Team is on October 31st at the American Royal.
Blackjack and Friends Angus Production Sale Happening This Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Blackjack and Friends Annual Angus Production Sale is coming up Saturday, October 17 Blackjack Angus Farm, Seminole, Oklahoma. The ranch is located just south of I-40 off of Exit 200- the Seminole exit.
Blackjack Farms, along with Pfeiffer Angus Farms of Mulhall will be selling 71 Angus lots- a total of 115 head. Included in the offering will be Open and Bred Heifers, Spring and Fall Cow-Calf Pairs, Bred Cows as well as several outstanding fall yearling bulls.
Call Eddie Sims at 580-492-4590 for more information- or you can call
Blackjack Owner Keith Grissom at 405-382-7678 or Pfeiffer Angus Farms
Owner John Pfeiffer, Jr. at 405-880-0862.
Click here for more on the Blackjack Angus Sale this Saturday.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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