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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 4, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Talking Washington Policy, Politics and Personalities with Jim Wiesemeyer
-- Senator Johanns Brought Up By Wiesemeyer on His Beef and Toyota Parallels
-- Tracking Wheat Disease in the Southern Plains- Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU Provides Update
-- Agriculture Must Keep Telling the Story- So Says Bill Buckner of Bayer Crop Science
-- A Shortage of Large Animal Vets Spotlighted in TV Report
-- Matt Gard Remains in Enid Hospital
-- Power Plus Bull Sale is Set for Next Friday, March 12 in Hobart
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Talking Washington Policy, Politics and Personalities with Jim Wiesemeyer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the 2010 Ag Issues Forum underway as a preliminary event to the 2010 Commodity Classic, the leadoff speaker (besides Bill Buckner of Bayer Crop Science- sponsor of the event) was Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President of Informa Economics. After his presentation, we spent a few minutes with Jim talking about some of the key points he made on Wednesday morning in Anaheim.
Wiesemeyer says that the Democrats are very vulnerable to losing seats in the House and Senate this fall. He says it is possible that the House could switch from Democratic to Republican control, which would mean that Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas could become the Chairman of the Committee. He sees Lucas as similar to Peterson in that both of them are not afraid to speak their minds and have a strong desire to see production agriculture be successful. Saying that, he adds that their would be a different change in style in Frank Lucas steps in as Chairman.
On the Senate side, Wiesemeyer says that the Republicans will have a hard time to win enough seats in 2010 to take control from the Democrats. He says there is an excellent chance that the changing of the leadership in the Senate could happen in 2012 or 2014. If that happens, one interesting dynamic is that Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana could come back from the Foreign Relations Committee leadership to become Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee- bumping Senator Saxby Chambliss from that slot.
We covered several more issues with Wiesemeyer- and you can click on the link below for all of our conversation with this longtime Washington observer.
Senator Johanns Brought Up By Wiesemeyer on His Beef and Toyota Parallels
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier this week in Washington, former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns connected the issue of the safety of US beef to the issue of the safety of Toyota automobiles. Obama Administation Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was testifiying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee- and in the Question and Answer period, Johanns raised the parallel of the safety of US beef going into Japan to that of the safety of Toyotas coming from Japan into the United States.
Senator Johanns told DOT Secretary LaHood that there has never been a death in Japan because of the single case of a Canadian cow found with BSE in this country- and yet the Japanese have shut out US beef from their country- and the market remains mostly closed to this day- over six years later. Johanns said that maybe it's time for us to tell the Japanese to allow our beef in- or we will treat Japanese produced Toyotas in the same way.
The observation by Johanns was spotlighted in comments made on
Wednesday in Anaheim at the Bayer Crop Science sponsored Ag Issues Forum
by Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President of Informa Economics. Wiesemeyer
says the frustration of Senator Johanns with the Japanese over the lack of
progress in getting access for US beef widened resonated with many in the
room this week- and remains a sticking point that many say should be
persued more aggressively by the Obama Administration.
Tracking Wheat Disease in the Southern Plains- Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU Provides Update
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger provides us the latest disease update for the 2010 winter wheat crop in Oklahoma- and has an update from Texas as well.
"The rust situation in Oklahoma has not changed over the last week. No stripe rust has been reported or observed in Oklahoma, and levels of leaf rust and powdery mildew are low on susceptible varieties. The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures, which will stimulate wheat growth but will also help the spread of rust and powdery mildew.
"Perhaps the most prominent disease at this point in time in Oklahoma is the wheat soilborne mosaic virus (WSBMV)/wheat spindle streak mosaic virus (WSSMV) complex. WSBMV and WSSMV are caused by two different viruses that are transmitted by a soilborne fungus (actually a plasmodiophorid protest) called Polymyxa graminis. Seedlings typically are infected by the fungus in the fall during wet and cool weather, which brings the virus into seedlings. During the fall, winter and early spring the virus replicates and spreads through the plant with symptoms becoming apparent in late February and March."
You can read more about Dr. Hunger's latest findings- as well as what he is hearing from Texas- click on the link below.
Agriculture Must Keep Telling the Story- So Says Bill Buckner of Bayer Crop Science
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bayer Crop Science US President Bill Buckner says that there has been "dramatic changes" in the last year coming from both Capitol Hill and from the Obama Administration in the attitude of how agriculture needs to be regulated. Buckner believes that agricultural interests need to be bringing better insight to lawmakers and regulators about how agriculture functions. Buckner says that that the lack of knowledge extends from government officials beyond to much of the general public.
Buckner opened up his company's Ag issues Forum- held just ahead of the opening of the Commodity Classic being held this week here in Anaheim, California. You can click on the link below to hear our conversation with him as we talked about the need for agricultural interests to get together- and offer a common front to those who would like to do agriculture harm.
A Shortage of Large Animal Vets Spotlighted in TV Report
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reporter Emily Woods of KWTV News9 did a report on the shortage in Oklahoma and across the country of large animal Vets- after hearing of this problem while covering the debate at the State Capitol over Equine Dentistry.
Woods spotlighted the operation of Dr. Mike Tripp in Stephens County- and how he works with livestock producers in his community- and tells her audience that many students in Vet Medical Colleges around the country prefer the easier path of working with small animals in urban areas.
This issues has been on the radar of groups like the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association for the last several years- but the problem continues and may well be getting worse. You can click on the link below to see Emily's report that aired earlier this week.
Matt Gard Remains in Enid Hospital
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The news was good for Matt Gard in that they were able to put some screws in and around the broken vertebra in his back- helping to stabilize that area of his body with the hope that this will relieve some pressure on the spinal column, and along him to regain feeling below the injury and eventually regain the use of his legs.
Gard was in a motorcycle accident this past Sunday and remains in ICU in Enid. The farmer from Major County serves as Area 1 Representative for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission- and is the Chairman of the Commission this year.
Our thanks to Shari Holloway for continuing to help us with updates- a "CarePages" site has been set up, similar to the one that many of you have accessed as we have followed the battle with cancer by Jeff Krehbiel. We have the link to the page set up for Matt- you can sign in, read the updates on Matt- and leave messages for him in a convenient way.
Power Plus Bull Sale is Set for Next Friday, March 12 in Hobart
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Power Plus Bull Sale is set for next friday, March 12, 2010 in Hobart, Oklahoma.
The Duff Cattle Company will be offering 100 Angus and A+Plus Herdsire Prospects.
Progeny by Power+Plus bulls are eligible for the P+ Incentive Program, the best bonus in the business! All calves are marketed through our new venture, Premium Natural Beef, our all natural beef line in restaurants and grocery stores now!
Kirk and Todd Duff write in their catalog "Just like most of you, we have faced many challenges this winter. This has consistently reminded us on a daily basis that as cattle producers, we need to maximize profits by minimizing inputs, yet offer a product that excels in the marketplace. And that is exactly what we are striving to do for our customers by producing beefy, efficient, practical bulls that improve profitability in all sectors. This has been the primary focus of our program since its inception."
LATE WORD FROM DON ARMES- Don indicates that HB3202- the so called Equine Dentistry bill may be up for full House Consideration later today. Updates will be available as things develop on our website- check it later today for late word from the Oklahoma Capitol.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno had a total Wednesday run of 8,798 head of cattle for March 3rd. Calf trade was called steady to $2 higher on the steers and steady on the heifers. Yearling prices were called 41 to $4 higher than a week ago. Five to six hundred pound calves sold for $115 to $127.50, while seven to eight hundred pound yearlings were priced from $97.50 to $106.75. Click here for the full OKC West El Reno report as posted by USDA Market News.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.65 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.85 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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