~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 6, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Reports a Whole Lot of Jointing Going On
-- Continuing a Look at the 2010 Wheat Crop- We Visit with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
-- Emergency Section 18 Granted for Sandbur Control in Oklahoma
-- Akaushi Cattle Deliver to the Consumer "Good" Fat- So Claims Bill Fielding of Heartbrand Beef
-- Chesapeake Energy to Help Sponsor Conservation Stewardship Week in Late April
-- OWGA Exec Tim Bartram in Florida with Other Wheat Leaders for Training Event
-- R-Calf Takes Delight in Tyson Legal Defeat in McCurtain County
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update Reports a Whole Lot of Jointing Going On
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest weekly crop weather update for Oklahoma says it was a mixed bag when it came to drying versus more rainfall in the last week. However, the report does say that we have a wheat crop starting to move forward quickly "Small grain conditions continued to improve due to the warmer temperatures. Conditions rated mostly in the good to fair range, with 9 percent of wheat and 13 percent of rye rated excellent. Wheat jointing reached 62 percent, up 14 points from the week earlier but 19 points behind last year and 12 points behind normal." The statewide wheat crop condition is 9% excellent, 60% good, 26% fair and 5% poor to very poor.
The Kansas wheat crop rating is very similar, qwith 12% of the crop in excellent shape, 57% in good condition and 25% in fair shape. Texas is slightly behind Kansas and Oklahoma at 13% excellent but only 47% in good shape.
For spring row crops in Oklahoma- "Improved field conditions allowed for progress in seedbed preparation. Corn seedbed preparations reached 52 percent completion, another 11 points up from the previous week but still 19 points behind last year's progress. Sorghum seedbeds prepared are now at 28 percent, one point ahead of normal, while soybean seedbed preparations are still running 10 points behind normal at 24 percent. Peanut seedbed preparations are well ahead of normal with 59 percent completed, compared to the five-year average of 39 percent. Seedbed preparations for cotton reached 50 percent complete, up 20 points from the week earlier, still 19 points behind last year but only 3 points behind the five-year average."
Pastures continue to green up across the State with the spring conditions. Pasture and range conditions were rated mostly in the good to fair range.
Click on the link below to get the full read on the latest crop weather update for the state.
Continuing a Look at the 2010 Wheat Crop- We Visit with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's too early to start talking production estimates for the 2010 Oklahoma hard red winter wheat crop, but conditions are far more favorable here in 2010 compared to 2009- and that is encouraging to Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Schulte says the biggest concern for the 2010 crop are the late planted acres that will need favorable weather between now and harvest as most of those plants simply have not tillered as much as a farmer would like to see.
Schulte also talked with us about the meeting that the Oklahoma wheat
industry had with Monsanto a week ago- and he says that the jury is still
out on whether Monsanto, or any other company that wants to bring biotech
wheat to the market, can really offer enough value for them to be able to
charge enough to pay for their investment.
Emergency Section 18 Granted for Sandbur Control in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a specific exemption to allow Oklahoma producers to use the chemical Pastora to control sandbur infestations in Bermuda grass from now until June 30. This is a so called "section 18" exemption for the herbicide made by DuPont Crop Protection.
Johnston Seed, the Oklahoma Department of Ag, DuPont and the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers have worked on this exemption for yet another year- and this is authorization by the EPA is for up to 300,000 acres in the state and according to the letter that has come from the federal agency is for post emergence control on sandbut "up to the two leaf stage."
Click on the link below- we have the link to the label as well as the letter from the EPA regarding the authorization.
Akaushi Cattle Deliver to the Consumer "Good" Fat- So Claims Bill Fielding of Heartbrand Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today's Beef Buzz offers more from Bill Fielding of Heartbrand Beef, who says that the Akaushi Japanese Red cattle offer a unique fat composition which can actually lower "bad" cholesterol and raise "good" cholesterol.
Besides the better fat composition than the US cattle herd offers, Fielding claims that a cross with an Akaushi bull can result in a better beef quality score, and a lower yield grade. Fielding offers details of these claims on today's Beef Buzz.
Click on the link below for part two of our series with Bill Fielding of Heartbrand Beef on our regular beef industry spotlight heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network that we call the Beef Buzz.
Chesapeake Energy to Help Sponsor Conservation Stewardship Week in Late April
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As part of their continued commitment to Oklahoma and the health of its environment, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) announced today they will partner in celebrating Stewardship Week in Oklahoma, April 25 through May 2, 2010.
"We are honored that Chesapeake is partnering with us to recognize the hard work of agriculture producers and other landowners in conserving our soil, water, air, wildlife habitats and other natural resources," Trey Lam, president of OACD said. "We are deeply appreciative of Chesapeake's continued support of our state's farmers, ranchers and other landowners and all they do to protect the environment. It's also important that we educate all Oklahomans on the importance of the stewardship ethic and the need to care for our environment. We are glad to have Chesapeake working with us to do this."
Stewardship Week is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances. Since 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and OACD have sponsored the national Stewardship Week program. During the week, local conservation districts work with media outlets, communities, faith-based groups and local schools to promote the concept of stewardship. The concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources so we use them wisely and leave a rich legacy for future generations.
OWGA Exec Tim Bartram in Florida with Other Wheat Leaders for Training Event
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Twelve wheat state association staff members and two NAWG staff members will head to Orlando, Fla., this week for the biennial state executives' training put on by the NAWG Foundation and generously sponsored by Syngenta. Oklahoma is being represented by Tim Bartram, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.
This year's session will be held in association with DigitalNow, an annual conference organized by Fusion Productions and the Disney Institute to bring together association staff and volunteer leaders from around the country. DigitalNow sessions span three days and cover the range of critical issues facing association leaders in the digital age, focusing on integrating leadership and membership concerns with emerging technology.
Besides the general meetings with all types of association officials-
there will be several "wheat only" meetings to discuss how to apply
information gleaned from the sessions in Orlando.
R-Calf Takes Delight in Tyson Legal Defeat in McCurtain County
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The R-Calf organization issued a news release on Monday afternoon expressing their satisfaction in seeing Tyson Foods get handed a huge monetary judgment against them in Idabel this past Friday. Following is a part of that release.
R-CALF USA was pleased to learn that a court in McCurtain County, Okla., ruled in favor of some poultry producers in their allegations of deceptive and coercive business practices on the part of Tyson Foods Inc.
"We certainly are pleased that the courts are beginning to recognize
how the unbridled monopsony power wielded by multinational packers is
disrupting market competition and forcing tens of thousands of farmers and
ranchers out of business," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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