~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 16, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Harvest is beginning to break loose across Oklahoma
-- Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma Shows 22% of Oklahoma Wheat Crop Now Harvested- Well Behind 2008 Pace
-- On the National Scene- Soybean Crop Plantings Still Lagging
-- Animal Ag Alliance Refutes Claims of Activist Group's Ad Campaign
-- Meat Industry is Big Driver of US Economy
-- Preconditioning Could Help Calf Profitability
-- Purvine Farms Plans Complete Dispersion June 27
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Harvest is beginning to break loose across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have heard from one listener/reader that harvest was rolling on Monday afternoon in Goltry, which is northwest of Enid, just over the line in Alfalfa County. Hope Pjesky dropped us a line the middle of Monday that combines were starting to get into the fields in her area.
In addition, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission posted this entry on their blog on Monday afternoon late- here is a portion of what they had to report. "Harvest was at a standstill today until late afternoon when machines started firing up in South Central, Central and North Central Oklahoma." The report adds that "Three loads that were cut yesterday(Sunday) were taken in at Walters. They ranged from 11 to 17 percent moisture and from 56 to 58 pounds for test weights. They weren't seeing any actual movement Monday afternoon, but anticipate producers will test some samples today."
You can read the rest of their report- and also check out any additional harvest reports as we get them during the day on Tuesday. We had linked our harvest page on Monday- several of you went to it and we had nothing to report. I am hoping that Tuesday will prove to be a more productive day and we will have information posted a couple of times today. So I am posting the link to our Harvest Reports page below again- the report from Monday entitled "Oklahoma Harvest Starting to Move" is there- plus other information as we find it.
Click here for more on the harvest scene from Oklahoma and across the Hard Red Winter Wheat Belt.
Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma Shows 22% of Oklahoma Wheat Crop Now Harvested- Well Behind 2008 Pace
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rains this past week hindered harvest activities in many areas, putting the Oklahoma wheat harvest 39 points behind normal. Over an inch of rain was recorded in five of the nine districts last week. Hail, heavy rain, and high winds whipped through parts of the State Friday. Baseball-size hail was reported in Stillwater while wind gusts as high as 85 miles per hour were reported in Claremore.
The report from NASS on the wheat crop shows "Small grain conditions declined from the previous week with wheat and rye rated mostly in the poor to very poor range. Oat conditions were rated mostly in the good to fair range. Virtually all of the State's winter wheat had reached the soft dough stage of development by week's end. Wheat harvest reached 22 percent complete, up 13 points from the previous week but 39 points behind the five-year average."
Checking on the row crops- "Rains have slowed the planting of summer
crops. By the end of the week, virtually all of the State's corn crop had
emerged and a small portion of the crop had begun silking. Sorghum planted
was at 56 percent, 13 points ahead of last year but three points behind
the five-year average. Sorghum emerged reached 31 percent, 13 points
behind normal. Seedbed preparation for soybeans increased three points
from the previous week to reach 86 percent complete, two points behind the
five-year average. Nearly two-third's of the State's soybeans were planted
with 49 percent emerged by week's end. Virtually all of the State's peanut
crop was planted by Sunday with 89 percent of the peanuts emerged.
Eighty-one percent of the cotton acreage had been planted, while cotton
emerged was at 65 percent, both behind the five-year average."
Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from Monday afternoon
On the National Scene- Soybean Crop Plantings Still Lagging
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Arlen Suderman is one of those that we like to follow on Twitter- he is a grains analyst for Farm Futures, and he is concerned about the 2009 US Soybean crop. Here is a Tweet he offered on the subject- "9.9 million acres of beans unplanted as of Sunday, with 4.1 million in Illinois & Missouri; 21.3 million yet to emerge with 10.3 million of those yet to emerge acres in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & North Dakota."
Arlen adds in another Tweet that the corn crop nationally has issues as well, "Corn ratings drop in IL, IN, IA, MO & NE; big drops in IL & MO; big gain in ND; overall crop improves to slightly above normal." (I left this one abbreviated and the other one I expanded out all of his "Twitter shorthand."
For the 2009 wheat crop, we now have 22% harvested in Oklahoma, 37% in Texas and 56% in our neighboring state to the east of Arkansas. Kansas has yet to report any wheat harvested versus the five year average of 11% by this date. Our wheat crop ratings in the Hard Red Winter wheat belt shows Texas at 70% poor to very poor, Oklahoma at 65% poor to very poor, Kansas at 19% poor to very poor and 49% good to excellent, Colorado at 77% good to excellent and Nebraska rated 74% good to excellent.
Click here for the full Crop Progress Report from USDA as issued on Monday afternoon
Animal Ag Alliance Refutes Claims of Activist Group's Ad Campaign
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Animal Agriculture Alliance is pushing back against an ad campaign now being seen on the Washington Metro, right around the US Capitol. They report " A new ad campaign calling for the elimination of certain animal health products that prevent disease in farm animals could lead to unnecessary pain and suffering. Using the guise that antibiotics used for disease prevention in farm animals enhances antibiotic resistance in human health - even without substantive evidence to back their claim - this campaign targeted at members of Congress and their staff is intended to drive policy changes on the use of animal medicines already approved under the stringent process of the federal Food and Drug Administration."
"Farmers, ranchers and veterinarians take this issue very seriously. Nothing is more important to them than public health, animal health and well-being, and a safe food supply," says Kay Johnson Smith, Executive Vice President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. "They understand the need for prudent use of antibiotics and are committed to ensuring not only the health of their animals but the safety of the food products they produce. Nothing could be further from the truth than claims made by these ads."
We have a link below to the rest of this story- and the Animal Agriculture Alliance makes their case of how far off base the Pew Group is with these ads that have appeared in Washington in recent days. Click on the link and check it out.
Click here for more on the Animal Ag Alliance and their Rebuttal to the Pew Group Ad Campaign
Meat Industry is Big Driver of US Economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had some details on the study offered by the American Meat Institute yesterday in our email- and today, we have more on this subject as our Tuesday Beef Buzz features comments from J Patrick Boyle of the AMI on the huge impact that the meat industry has on the US Gross Domestic Product.
On the front page of their website dedicated to this study, AMI states "Companies involved in the production of meat products, along with distributors and retailers, provide millions of jobs that pay billions in wages to families throughout the country. In addition, the industry is an important part of state and local tax bases. This analysis provides detailed information on the economic contributions of the meat and poultry industry by state and congressional district."
You can hear Boyle's comments about how he is ever a little surprised at the overall impact of the Meat business on the American Economy. And we have a link to the website where you can look for more specifics on how the meat industry affects your part of the state (Whatever state you live in.) Click on the link below and take a listen to our Tuesday Beef Buzz, as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Click here for our Beef Buzz with J Patrick Boyle on the AMI Study on the Meat Industry's Impact on the US Economy.
Preconditioning Could Help Calf Profitability
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A 2007 survey of Oklahoma livestock markets - conducted by Oklahoma State University - revealed that only 11.9-percent of the calves sold through the surveyed markets were considered preconditioned - or value-added. And because of the economy - many market watchers believe cow/calf producers face stagnant to lower markets this fall and potentially slimmer profit margins. So - they say having preconditioned calves now can be a financial advantage in the near future.
Dr. Frank Hurtig - director for Veterinary Services for Merial - says cow/calf producers need to start exploring every possible avenue for adding value to their calves and bottom line. Hurtig adds since feedyards will likely be feeding fewer cattle than most years - buyers are more likely to be picky on sale day - potentially giving producers who follow a preconditioning program an edge.
Preconditioning programs are designed to help reduce stress for calves
at weaning and improve their immune systems - which helps them to perform
better postweaning. Dr. Jeremy Powell - professor of Animal Sciences at
the University of Arkansas - says if buyers can spend about 20-dollars
more per head and as a result save 75-dollars in medical expenses and
performance losses because calves stay healthy - they'll do it.
Purvine Farms Plans Complete Dispersion June 27
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A total of 360 head of cattle will be offered by Chet and Stephanie Purvine on Saturday, June 27, 12 noon at the Woodward Livestock Auction. There will be an excellent selection of spring pairs, fall bred cows and fall bred heifers.
We will let you know when the catalog is up and available to see on line. In the meantime, click on our link below to see the postcard informational piece that has been mailed out to many of you about this great sale offering. It also has a link to the Purvine Farm website.
If you have questions about the offering, give Chet a call at 580-623-3693.
Click here for more information on the Purvine Farms Dispersion Sale Coming on Saturday June 27
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Monday run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards came in at 10,500 head of cattle. Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers 1.00-3.00 higher. Stocker cattle and calves not well tested. Demand moderate to good for feeder cattle with most action on heavier weights. Five to six hundred pound steers sold for $103 to 4115, while seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $95.75 to $101. Click here for the complete rundown of sales at the Oklahoma City cattle market from Monday.
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