Ag Report: Nov. 2, 2012

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By The Staff

Crop reports show slight increases

The latest reports released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show some improving crops in Kentucky, including slight increases for corn, soybeans and burley.

Corn was forecast for 104.7 bushels, up slightly from September, soybeans at 53.7 bushels, up 14 percent – although 7 percent below last year – and burley at 148 million pounds, up 5 percent from September and 16 percent from last year.

Hay also was forecast at 4.74 million tons up 17 percent.

Winter wheat was harvested at 29.1 million bushels, a decline of 5 percent from 2011.

Farmers harvested 470,000 acres, 30,000 more than last year, and the yield was estimated at 62 bushels per acre, which was down about 8 bushels.

Nationally, wheat harvest was up 13 percent from 2011.


Crop reporting deadlines

USDA Farm Service Agency Kentucky State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds producers that crop reporting deadlines for fall barley, fall wheat, other fall-seeded small grains and peaches have changed for the 2013 crop year.

The new deadlines are:

Dec. 15: Fall barley, fall wheat and all other fall-seeded small grains.

Jan. 15: Peaches.

McCauley says farmers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible. 

Producers should visit their county FSA office to complete acreage reporting. For questions on this or any FSA program, including specific crop reporting deadlines and planting dates, producers should contact their county FSA office or online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/.


Farmer of the year finalists

Kentucky Farm Bureau has announced the finalists for its annual Farmer of the Year award: Stephen Bailey of Mercer County and Scott Travis of Spencer County.

Bailey, a 38-year farming veteran, raises beef cows and calves, stocker calves, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, mixed hay and wheat on his farm in Harrodsburg. He began full-time farming immediately after graduating from college, and, over time, has increased the size of his farm from 440 total acres to his current 2,080-acre operation.

Travis, a 27-year farming veteran, currently raises beef cattle, tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat hay, pumpkins and gourds on his farm in Cox’s Creek. Though he actually started farming at the age of 6 with his first tobacco crop, Travis pursued farming as a full-time career right after graduating from high school. Since that time he has increased the overall size of his operation from the original 320 acres to its present-day 3,277-acre tract.

Judges visited the finalists in late-September to conduct interviews and see their farms in action. The KFB Farmer of the Year will be announced at the organization’s 2012 state annual meeting in Louisville on Dec. 7, and the winner will receive $1,000 from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. Finalists will receive $250 from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.


Horse Council partners with magazine

The Kentucky Horse Council  announced a new partnership with the Horsemen's Corral  magazine to provide monthly, ongoing communication with the Kentucky area equine community. Beginning in January, the Corral will carry news from the Kentucky Horse Council and its association members. In addition, all KHC members will be able to subscribe to the Corral at a discounted rate.


Southern States launches horse show benefit

Beginning in early November, Southern States will ask its top 1,000 horse feed customers to donate proof of purchase seals from bagged and bulk feeds to any of more than 400 non-profit horse associations and clubs who participate in the Southern States S.H.O.W. (Special Horse Organization Winner’s) Program.

Local organizations participating in the S.H.O.W. Program receive cash rewards for proof of purchase seals from bags of Southern States®, Legends® and Triple Crown® horse feeds, and those funds are used to support equestrian activities and events that specifically benefit the horse industry.

Rewards of twenty-five cents for each proof of purchase seal and $10 dollars for each ton of bulk feed are paid by the cooperative directly to the organization.

For more information about donating to S.H.O.W. Program clubs and organizations visit www.southernstates.com/SHOWor your local Southern States feed dealer.


Bulletin board

  • The Kentucky Farm Service Agency says ballots for the 2012 FSA county committee elections will be mailed to eligible voters on Monday. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain ballots at their local USDA Service Center. Dec. 3 is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. For more information, contact the FSA office on Brunerstown Road in Shelbyville.
  • A second Master Stocker session on nutrition management will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Registration fee is $50 to cover meals and materials. Registration form and information is available at  http://ces.ca.uky.edu/oldham/UpcomingEvents.
  • The National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull will be Feb. 13‐16 in Freedom Hall with five pulls at 7:30 p.m. each evening and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Reserved tickets are $40 and $45, depending upon the day. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 3.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.