~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday May 10, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- We talk Climate Change and More with Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe
-- Proud to Be Helping to Promote Oklahoma Agritourism- A Growing Adventure
-- Jacob Nall of Roland, Okla., FFA High Individual in Land Judging at National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City This Past Week
-- Jagger and Jagalene Are Having Lots of Encounters with Stripe Rust and Leaf Rust
-- Higher Prices are Nice but Higher Profits are the Real Goal
-- You've Got Questions- These Folks Have Got Answer Plots
-- HSUS Fights for the Right to Carpet-bag
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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We talk Climate Change and More with Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While in our Nation's Capitol, we sat down and talked with the Senior Senator for Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe. We began our conversation talking Climate Change and the prospects of Senators Lieberman and Kerry getting traction with new Climate Change legislation, with concern rising about the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Senator Inhofe continues to predict that no climate change legislation with any sort of "cap and trade" plan will pass the Senate here in 2010. He also believes that the Environmental Protection Agency will not have a chance to regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions, as he believes the premise of their endangerment finding of last year was based on faulty science that has been debunked since that time- and that legal challenges against the finding by the EPA are being filed by many states and numerous groups, including the American Farm Bureau and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Beyond the Climate Change issue, we also talked immigration with Senator Inhofe and he offered his belief that the Republicans will retake the House and he predicted a Republican majority in the Senate as well after the November general elections.
He sees the Republicans holding the seats they have that are up for election this fall- and he believes that voters in ten states will switch their Senator from a Democrat to a Republican. The ten states that Inhofe sees a switch the GOP way includes Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. He adds that Democratic seats in New York and California are in play as well.
Proud to Be Helping to Promote Oklahoma Agritourism- A Growing Adventure
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An extensive campaign that includes TV advertisements on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City and KOTV, the News on 6 in Tulsa, web banners in several locations as well as radio advertisements on the Radio Oklahoma Network has now kicked off for Oklahoma Agritourism. I am honored to be personality telling citizens all across our state about Agritourism venues statewide between now and mid July. Over over 500 venues and events that fall under the concept of Agritourism- it's a growing VENTURE for folks that live on a farm or ranch.
We have a total of 11 venues that will be seen in the TV commercials- and the venue being featured this week is the Orr Family Farm on the south side of Oklahoma City. This 106-acre, working thoroughbred horse farm offers children and visitors of all ages a host of farm attractions and activities. Features two trains, including a new replica of the Jupiter locomotive that accommodates 100 adults and children. Fishing ponds with largemouth bass, crappie and catfish; 1974 carousel; animal barn; apple orchard and pumpkins in the fall; pony and hay rides; and the Amaze'n Maze, one of only 10 mazes of its kind in the world.
Click here to learn more about the Orr Family Farm, found south of I-240 on Western in southern Oklahoma County. And you can click on the link below for the Oklahoma Agritourism site to learn more about the Adventure Passport contest that is now underway.
Jacob Nall of Roland, Okla., FFA High Individual in Land Judging at National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City This Past Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Six hundred and fifty teenage FFA and 4-H members competed in the 59th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest, held May 4-6, according to contest cochairman Trey Lam of Pauls Valley, Okla. Lam is president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the contest's principal sponsor. The El Reno Federal Corrections Institution hosted the event on its FCI Farms near El Reno on May 6. Redlands Community College hosted luncheon for participants at its Darlington Farm Agricultural Education near the contest site. Total registration for the event exceeded 860 with coaches, sponsors, officials and group leaders in addition to the contestants.
In Land Judging, FFA competition, the North Miami, Ind., chapter won in
the team category and the first place individual winner was Jacob Nall,
Roland, Okla., FFA. In the 4-H competition the Benton, Ind., chapter was
the winning team and Chelsea Stemler, Barbour County, W.Va., was the 4-H
Click here for the site where you can dig down and get all of the results of the 2010 Contest. Click on the link below for the rest of the story about the contest itself- and the support offered by a whole host of individuals for the national competition.
Jagger and Jagalene Are Having Lots of Encounters with Stripe Rust and Leaf Rust
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Wheat Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger offers this latest update on wheat disease conditions that he has assembled for the state of Oklahoma- and if you click below- you can get the latest reports that Dr. Hunger has dug up from Nebraska and Arkansas as well.
From Dr. Hunger- "Over the last week I have visited fields and plots around Stillwater, around Marshall (30 miles west of Stillwater), Lahoma (10 miles west of Enid), Billings (35 miles northeast of Enid), Mustang [15 miles southwest of Oklahoma City (OKC)], and Apache (75 miles southwest of OKC). Over most of this area wheat ranged in maturity from half to full berry (southwest of OKC) to being just at the completion of flowering and the start of berry formation. Prevalent diseases observed included stripe rust, leaf rust, and barley yellow dwarf. Stripe rust was severe in some locations such as specific areas in fields or trials near Stillwater, Marshall, Lahoma, and Apache. Ratings of stripe rust were as high as 90 MS-S, especially in "hot spots" in some of these trials in Jagalene. Jagger would be close behind with ratings in the 65-80 MS-S range. Other Jagger derivatives were less with readings mostly in the 15-40 MS-S range. In some areas, sparse if any stripe rust, leaf rust or BYD was observed, such as in the Mustang area."
Dr. Hungers adds that "My impression is that the "shift" or adaptation
in the stripe rust pathogen to the resistance in Jagalene/Jagger appears
to have been highly selective to these two varieties with some type of
slight "remnant" resistance still being expressed in Jagger and even a bit
more resistance in Jagger derivatives; not sure how to actually explain
this. In any location I have been where stripe rust is prevalent, the
incidence and severity on Jagalene is greater (and earlier) than on
Jagger, which is greater and earlier than the other derivatives.
Higher Prices are Nice but Higher Profits are the Real Goal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel offers these thoughts about the current runup in cattle prices that we have been watching. "The rally in cattle prices so far this spring has largely been a surprise- a pleasant surprise in most cases. The result has been considerable optimism among cattle producers tempered with some very prudent caution. There are a number of reasons to remain quite optimistic about cattle prices in general, but there are also a number of risk factors that should not be ignored going forward. The recent setback in the stock market, reflecting concerns about the European situation, is a reminder that the global economic situation is still precarious and quite fragile. At home, domestic beef demand appears to be gaining momentum, but there is still long way to go. Risk management plans to address market price volatility should not be abandoned but may need to be reviewed and modified as market conditions change.
"Moreover, higher prices imply higher revenue but that is still only half of the profit equation. There are two important cost considerations to keep in mind. First, higher prices for the things we sell imply, in many cases, a tendency for higher prices for the inputs that we use for production. Feed, fuel, fertilizer and other input prices will likely be pressured upward as a more robust recovery takes hold. Secondly, most sectors of the cattle and beef industry are margin operations. Stocker producers, feedlots, packers and retailers all face the squeeze between purchase prices and selling prices. In the short run, a dramatic market run like this causes a very dynamic margin environment with margins initially expanding as lost cost product sells at higher prices. This is followed by subsequent sales that must cover significantly higher cost inputs. In reality, margin based sectors are less concerned with whether prices are high or low than how purchase prices relate to selling prices. The level and volatility of the margin are the key factors that affect profitability and risk.
"At the current time, the high cost of wholesale beef has not been passed on at the retail level so we really do not know how much resistance there will be at that level. Once retail prices adjust, then in domino fashion, wholesale beef, fed cattle and feeder cattle prices will adjust to reflect the underlying market reality. It will continue to be a dynamic situation for some time yet and there will be considerable pushing and shoving among the various industry sectors for much of the rest of the year."
You've Got Questions- These Folks Have Got Answer Plots
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A pair of Canola "Answer Plot" meetings have been set for north central Oklahoma next week. When I got the email- curiosity got me and I had to ask what an answer plot is. Gene Neuens of PCOM rode to my rescue and offers this description of these meetings coming to Pond Creek on May 19 and Dacoma on May 20th- both starting at 10 AM and both including lunch.
Gene writes me "An answer plot is sponsored by Cropland genetics, Winfield Solutions, Land-O-Lakes. These plots are set up to be ongoing for several years. They can look at crop rotation and how that increases yields in the following crops such as wheat after canola. They also look at different canola varieties, Sunflowers, Wheat and other rotational crops. They also look at different herbicides and insecticides."
So, that's what an answer plot is. Justin Stejskal is business Manager
for Winfield Solutions LLC and he adds that a third site is also being set
up- this site for summer based crops. Justin tells us "we are having our
first session for our summer Answer Plot in Pauls Valley on May 18th
at 10:00 am. This plot will only cover corn at the first session,
soybeans and other crops will be planted later."
HSUS Fights for the Right to Carpet-bag
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a great read from the Humanewatch website- we wanted to hit the highlights of it for you and give you the link for the rest. David Martosko's site has looked into the petition drive in Ohio to basically castrate the new Animal Care Standards Board set up in this past November's general election. Only problem is- the HSUS gang has run into problems getting enough signatures to hit the ballot box this fall.
HumaneWatch says "Imagine that you're running a group called Ohioans
for Humane Farms. You're (not-so-secretly) controlled by the Humane
Society of the United States. And your goal in life is to get a question
on the November ballot that would invalidate last year's election, when
Ohioans vested control of animal agriculture standards in a
thirteen-person board that just started meeting a few days ago.
If you're following the typical HSUS playbook, you hire professional signature gatherers. That's how the animal rights group got California's "Proposition 2" over the top. However, In Ohio this could be a big problem. State law prohibits people who are not "residents of this state" from circulating petitions for signatures. But HSUS's full-time staff includes more full-time attorneys than a Law & Order marathon. So why am I not surprised that the group is trying to sue the state of Ohio into submission?
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