~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 21, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Conservation Bond Measure Passes Senate- Awaits Governor Henry's Signature
-- Winter Canola Appears to be Resilient After the Double Freeze of Recent Weeks
-- Freeze Damage Continues to Show in Oklahoma Wheat Crop
-- Senator Johanns on the EPA GreenHouse Gas Regulatory Grab
-- $300,000 Moves to Save $5 Million at OSU
-- Taiwan Still Stuck on Restrictive Post BSE Hoops for US Beef Exporters to Jump Through
-- Oklahoma Shorthorn Association to Have Sooner Shorthorn Sale April 25
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Conservation Bond Measure Passes Senate- Awaits Governor Henry's Signature
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma is one step closer to repairing the damage caused by the record floods of 2007 with the reauthorization of the $25 million Conservation bond today by the Oklahoma State Senate according to Trey Lam, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 44 to 2. The measure now goes to Governor Brad Henry for his signature. "The reauthorization of the Conservation Bond by the Oklahoma Senate gets us closer to repairing the damage our state has seen these last few years from record flooding." Lam Said "We are very appreciative of the leadership the State legislature has shown by reauthorizing this bond to help get these funds on the ground and make sure the property and lives of our citizens are protected."
In 2007, record flooding resulted in damage to flood control structures throughout the state, including two dams in Caddo County that suffered near breaches. In addition, millions of dollars of damage was done to additional conservation infrastructure state-wide. The bond issue reauthorized today by the Oklahoma State Senate was originally passed last session to start the process of repairing this damage. After its initial passage, the bond, which was included in a larger measure with additional funding for non-conservation projects in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The version passed by the Senate today was written to address the concerns the court expressed in its ruling. "In the closing days of the 2008 legislative session, the House, Senate and the Governor came together in a bi-partisan manner to do the right thing and pass a bond issue to help repair the catastrophic damage our state suffered," Lam said. "Unfortunately the Court struck that package down. Now, with the passage of this new version of the bond, we only need the signature of Governor Henry to make it across the finish line."
According to Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, this trip across the finish line comes just in time to match new Federal dollars being generated by the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the Stimulus Plan. "Oklahoma is in line to receive over $14 million for flood control dam rehabilitation from the recently passed stimulus plan," Pope Said. "To get these funds, however, we need state match. This bond will provide the funding we need to insure that these dollars come to our state to help us repair this damage to our flood control infrastructure. With the help of our Federal Partners at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, our local Conservation Districts will have the resources they need to start the repair work. We are extremely happy that the Oklahoma Senate took this action today and we look forward to working with the Governor's office to see that this act becomes law."
Winter Canola Appears to be Resilient After the Double Freeze of Recent Weeks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene Neuens of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill has been at several of the Winter Canola field tour stops in recent days and he offers some real encouragement about the fall planted winter canola that has endured dry weather and freezes, just like our winter wheat crop. Apparently, the canola may be handling the conditions somewhat better than our wheat across a lot of the state.
Gene writes in his email "We have toured many Winter Canola fields in
Gene also reminds us of more Winter Canola Field Stops going on this week. The stops this week are in Blaine, Dewey, Kingfisher and Grant Counties. Click on our link to our Calendar pages below and you will see the canola meetings for this week at the top of the remaining April events on the listing. Click on those specific events for more information.
Click here for more on the Winter Canola field stops for this week.
Freeze Damage Continues to Show in Oklahoma Wheat Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update continues to reflect the damage to the 2009 Oklahoma wheat crop from the double freezes of earlier this month. The latest report shows that 60% of the Oklahoma wheat crop is now rated in poor to very poor condition- 28% in fair shape and only 12% in good condition. That is eclipsed only by the poor condition of the Texas wheat crop, which is now at 74% poor to very poor in its condition rating. Contrast these two states with Kansas- and you see why there is little price reaction to the freeze damage- Kansas is rated 40% fair and 40% in good condition in this latest set of reports.
In Oklahoma, the report offers these words on the small grain situation - Producers continued to assess the severity of freeze damage as the wheat crop progressed into the heading stage. Winter wheat, rye, and oat conditions decreased to mostly in the fair to very poor range. Crop insect activities continued to range mostly in the light to no activity range. Winter wheat jointing was 97 percent complete, two points ahead of the five year average.
For the row crops- Work continued on seedbed preparation, with some of
the State's row crops running ahead of normal. Corn seedbed prepared
reached 90 percent, a six point increase from last week. Corn planted was
one third complete, two points behind last year and ten points behind the
five-year average. Corn emerged reached nine percent, 14 percentage points
behind the five-year average. Seedbed preparation for sorghum was at 45
percent, four points ahead of normal. Soybean seedbed prepared increased
two percentage points from the previous week to reach 45 percent, six
points behind normal. Peanut seedbed prepared was up four points to 64
percent, six points ahead of the five-year average. Seedbed preparation
for cotton increased two points to reach 73 percent, one point ahead of
Senator Johanns on the EPA GreenHouse Gas Regulatory Grab
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nebraska Senator and former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has co-sponsored legislation that would protect animal agriculture from any greenhouse gas regulations promulgated by EPA. Last Friday, EPA announced it had determined that greenhouse gases may endanger public health or welfare. The ruling faces a 60-day public comment period.
Johanns points out that - for a state like Nebraska, which ranks first in the nation in commercial red meat production, this EPA proposal could have devastating consequences. He said, - this 'cow tax' could cost farmers and ranchers tens of thousands of dollars per farm per year.
The proposed legislation would amend the Clean Air Act to preclude regulation of naturally occurring livestock emissions, including methane and carbon dioxide. If the EPA definition of air pollutants includes methane, USDA estimated that any agricultural operation of more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle, 200 hogs or 500 acres of corn would be subject to emission fees.
Clcik here for our earlier story on this move by the EPA- which includes comments from Congressman Frank Lucas and more
$300,000 Moves to Save $5 Million at OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Tulsa World reported last night that animals will no longer be euthanized in teaching labs at Oklahoma State University's veterinary school, based on word that came from the OSU President's office. "This is a win-win situation that continues to provide our students the training they need, addresses animal welfare issues, and offers a beneficial service to the community," OSU President Burns Hargis said in a written statement.
The article in the World says "Controversy about the veterinary school euthanizing animals after students performed procedures on them, called "terminal surgeries," arose after Madeleine Pickens told The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student newspaper, she planned to move her $5 million donation from the school because she did not agree with such practices."
Michael Lorenz, OSU dean of veterinary medicine, said Hargis provided
$300,000 from the university budget to finance the shelter medicine
program, which will replace the terminal surgeries that students were
performing in a third-year surgery lab.
Click here for the Tulsa World story on the changes being made by the OSU School of Vet Medicine in response to demands by Madeleine Pickens
Taiwan Still Stuck on Restrictive Post BSE Hoops for US Beef Exporters to Jump Through
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In today's Beef Buzz, we look at one Asia market that is taking less of our US beef than last year thus far in 2009- the island nation of Taiwan. Taiwan was one of the first Asian countries to reopen to U.S. beef following the BSE-related market closures, and it was a top-five beef export market from 2005 through 2007- as well as being the sixth-largest value market for U.S. beef last year and eighth-largest in terms of volume. In recent months, however, beef exports to the island nation have declined.
U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng explains that In addition to the price pressure resulting from the stronger U.S. dollar, U.S. beef continues to face severe market access restrictions in Taiwan. Currently, Taiwan only allows boneless muscle cuts from cattle 30 month of age or less, while prohibiting all bone-in cuts and variety meat.
Seng says the solution is for government to government talks to take place- and help bring Taiwan up to OIE world standards for BSE. You can read more and hear Phil Seng's comments on this Asian market that is right now going the wrong way when it comes to US beef exports- just click on the link below.
Click here for more on Taiwan and their slowing of beef exports from the US
Oklahoma Shorthorn Association to Have Sooner Shorthorn Sale April 25
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Sooner Shorthorn Sale, presented by the 2009 Oklahoma Shorthorn Association will be happening Saturday April 25 at 12:30 PM on the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan, Ok. There's entertainment planned for Friday evening in conjunction with this celebration of all things Shorthorn as well as a free lunch on Saturday before the sale. (Details are in the catalog linked below)
The Oklahoma Shorthorn Association will offer a tremendous set of Shorthorn bulls, Bred Heifers, Bred Cows as well as Semen from some of the leading Shorthorn bulls in the breed.
For details, call Sammy Richardson, Chairman of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-658-2709 or his cell: 580-467-8267. And, we have the link to the catalog with more details of the event on our website in our calendar and auction listings. Click on the link below for more information.
Click here for more on the 2009 Oklahoma Shorthorn Association Sooner Shorthorn Sale on April 25 in Duncan.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a good sized run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City on Monday the 20th- with 10,700 as the estimated number being offered. Feeder cattle and calves 1.00-3.00 higher, instances 4.00 higher. Our USDA market reporter writes "Demand very good for all classes, especially grazing cattle. Several cattle off graze-out wheat in medium to fleshy." Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold for $110 to 4124 while seven to eight hundred pound yearlings cleared $ 96.75 to $107.25. Click here for the full Oklahoma City cattle report from yesterday evening. conditions.
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