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Commodity Communicator Weekly

November 9, 2012

AG LEADERS IN HOUSE URGE FARM BILL CONSIDERATION. . . . .Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said this week that he is continuing to work with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee to get the farm bill done. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member on the House Ag Committee, has been urging Republican leaders to bring the bipartisan five-year farm bill approved by the committee to the floor for a vote next week when Congress convenes for its lame duck session.
“As far as I can determine, the $35 billion that we tried to save in the House Ag Committee version of the farm bill is one of the few bills that have real savings that are really countable,” Lucas said. “If there’s a window of opportunity I want to get the farm bill done.”
The American Farm Bureau Federation continues to press for action on the farm bill during the lame duck session.

Gene Martin

ArFB SEEKS LENIENCY IN USFWS RULE ON RATOON CROP. . . . .In a letter to Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach addressed a recent USFWS decision to view ratoon, or second-growth, crops that have been rolled as baited fields for the purposes of waterfowl hunting.  

In the letter, President Veach discussed the unique climactic events that led to this year’s ratoon crop of both rice and corn, and the common production practice of rolling that residue as quickly as possible to return those nutrients to the soil.  President Veach asked for leniency in the enforcement of this administrative decision made very near to the beginning of hunting season in Arkansas.

Brandy Carroll

. . . . .Arkansans will have an opportunity this month to discuss what they think are important water issues in the Natural State and how state agencies should address those issues in an update to the state's 25-year-old water plan. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will host a series of public meetings this month across the state aimed at answering questions about the plan and receiving feedback from residents. "ANRC needs the cooperation and support of all of our citizens, our various water use sectors, and our political and business leaders to ensure a successful update to the Arkansas Water Plan by November 2014," agency officials said in a press release announcing the meetings. "Water grows the food we eat, nourishes our bodies, and supports our businesses, industries, and overall economy. Water is equally vital to our natural environment, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation opportunities," said Randy Young, ANRC's director. "I invite all Arkansans to join me in charting our path forward for the wise and efficient use, management, and development of our precious water resources."


Tuesday, Nov. 13 - 6:30-8 p.m., University of Arkansas Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena. 1335 W. Knapp, Fayetteville.
Thursday, Nov. 15 - 6:30-8 p.m., Arkansas State University Convocation Center. 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 - 6:30-8 p.m., Arkansas Department of Health Auditorium. 4815 W. Markham St., Little Rock.
Thursday, Nov. 29 - 6:30-8 p.m., Conference Center. 311 S. West Ave, El Dorado.
To find out about the plan, visit

Or for additional information, contact:
Edward Swaim, ANRC Water Resources Division Manager
Phone: (501) 682-3979

Evan Teague

Corn – 2012 was a record year for the Corn Research Verification Program. The average yield from corn fields in 2012 was 238.2 bu/acre. The previous high yield was 205.1 bu/acre set in 2008. The estimated 2012 Arkansas state average corn yield is 177 bu/acre, which is also a record. An extremely warm and dry March led to early planting and excellent stands and good growing conditions in March, April, and May got the crop off to an excellent start, setting a high yield potential. Proper irrigation throughout the season maintained the excellent yields. Producers in the verification program did a great job of following irrigation recommendations through the dry year. Fields were furrow irrigated 7 to 11 times per field and averaged 9 times.

Grain Sorghum – The two grain sorghum research verification fields also did well in 2012. Both fields were planted in late March and had good stands. The Desha County Grain Sorghum Research Verification Program field was furrow irrigated 5 times and averaged 148.7 bu/acre. The St Francis County Grain Sorghum Research Verification Program field was non-irrigated and had good growing conditions in April and early May. As the grain sorghum started heading, the drought and heat hit this field hard, reducing yield potential. The field was harvested on July 30 and yielded an outstanding 92.0 bu/acre, considering how dry it was. The estimated Arkansas state average yield for grain sorghum in 2012 is 84 bu/acre.

 County Hybrid Harvest Date
Harvest Moisture
Final Yield adj to 15.5%
 Arkansas Terral REV 28HR20
Sept 5
14.4% 230.6 bu/ac
 Clay Pioneer P2088HR
Sept 12
15.4% 253.8 bu/ac
 Desha DeKalb DKC 66-96
Aug 4
18.0% 246.3 bu/ac
 Drew DeKalb DKC 64-69 Aug 17
15.5% 234.3 bu/ac
 Lawrence/Randolph Pioneer P2088HR
Aug 30
16.0% 242.5 bu/ac
 Pionsett Armor 1262DPRO
Aug 18
16.7% 244.1 bu/ac
 Prairie DeKalb DKC 64-69
Aug 8 16.7% 215.8 bu/ac
 Grain Sorghum
 County Hybrid Harvest Date
Harvest Moisture
Final Yield adj to 15.5%
 Desha Pioneer 84G62
Aug 4
14.0% 148.7 bu/ac
 St. Francis
Pioneer 84G77
July 30
14.0% 92.0 bu/ac

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