~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday May 25, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Stormy Night Across Norhwestern Oklahoma
-- North American Commission on Animal Well Being Established This Past Week in Manhattan, Ks
-- Wheat Crop in Oklahoma Fully Headed Out- Harvest in Just Days in Many Locations
-- NRCS Announces Initiative to Improve Agricultural Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Oklahoma
-- Young Cotton Already Being Challenged by Bugs
-- Big Iron Sale Set for Tomorrow
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Stormy Night Across Norhwestern Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As we write this on Tuesday morning- a line of thunderstorms continues to work its way across northwestern and northcentral Oklahoma. There have been reports of tornadoes and hail with some damage already reproted- even before we see the light of day.
Reports this morning show that Alfalfa County has received- especially in the northern half of the county- over three inches of rain- while Beckham County has topped the four inch amount of rainfall in some parts of that county.
At this point, there is a flash flood warning for Beckham, Custer and Roger Mills County.
Click on the link below for the 24 hour precipitation map on the Oklahoma Mesonet- it gives you a good feel of where the rain has been falling in large amounts overnight.
North American Commission on Animal Well Being Established This Past Week in Manhattan, Ks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Second Annual International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare was held this past week in Manhattan, Kansas. The opening session of the symposium included the introduction of the newly established North American Food Animal Well-being Commission - Beef. The Commission will serve as an independent voice to advance evidence-based and practical improvements in the care and well-being of North American beef cattle.
Included as a member on this Commission is Dr. Bob Smith of Stillwater, who is a private practitioner and a feedlot consultant, after being a part of the faculty at the Oklahoma State University Vet Medical School for many years. Besides Dr. Smith, others on the Commission are Dr. Carolyn Stull, University of California at Davis; Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University; Dr. Dave Sjeklocha, Academy of Veterinary Consultants; Dr. Dee Griffin, University of Nebraska; Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California at Davis; Dr. Gatz Riddell, American Association of Bovine Practitioners; Dr. Guy Loneragan, West Texas A&M University; Dr. Hans Coetzee, Kansas State University; Dr. Jan Shearer, Iowa State University; Dr. Janice Swanson, Michigan State University; Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M University; Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University; Dr. Terry Mader, University of Nebraska; Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Beef Cattle Handling Expert, Nebraska; Dr. Joseph Stookey, University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Jeff Rushen, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Jennifer Woods, Livestock Handling Expert, Canada.
Click on the link below to jump to our Beef Buzz today to hear comments from Dan Thomson of K-State about this Commission- and how they hope to take away the high ground that groups like HSUS have tried to seize in the arena of Animal Welfare and well being. It's a good story- hope you will take time to go to our website and take a listen to what Dan Thomson has to say about this commission.
Wheat Crop in Oklahoma Fully Headed Out- Harvest in Just Days in Many Locations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Crop Weather Summary for Oklahoma and surrounding states continue to show that the 2010 wheat crop is uniform across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, with little difference seen in the ratings from one state to the next. Oklahoma has a rating of 68% good to excellent, 24% fair and 8% poor to very poor- Kansas checks in 64% good to excellent, 27% fair and 9% poor to very poor while the Texas wheat crop is rated 63% good to excellent, 29% fair and 8% poor to very poor.
The latest Oklahoma report tells us that "Some wheat fields across the State experienced heavy losses due to the severe weather last week. A number of wheat acres have been disastered out and other acres that were to be harvested for grain will be cut for hay. Wheat heading was virtually complete by week's end. Sixty-seven percent of wheat was in the soft dough stage by week's end, up 26 points from the previous week, but still six points behind normal."
For the spring planted crops- "Last week's thunderstorms restricted planting of row crops, however, some areas welcomed the rainfall. Eighty-three percent of corn had emerged by Sunday, up seven points from the previous week, and only two points behind normal. Seedbed preparation for sorghum reached 79 percent complete, a two point increase from the week before, but six points behind normal. Soybean seedbed preparation increased by five points during the week to reach 75 percent complete, while soybeans planted reached 38 percent complete. Peanut seedbed preparations were virtually complete by week's end, just one point behind normal. Peanuts planted reached 62 percent complete, three points ahead of normal, while peanuts emerged reached 37 percent complete, four points ahead of normal. Cotton seedbed preparations were virtually complete by Sunday and continue to be on target with the five-year average. Cotton planted increased eight points, but remains 13 points behind normal."
NRCS Announces Initiative to Improve Agricultural Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Conservationist Ronald L. Hilliard today announced an initiative designed to help agricultural producers transition to more energy efficient operations. This initiative will make funding available for individual on-farm energy audits designed to save both money and energy when fully implemented. "Reducing energy use on America's farms and ranches will not only help our agricultural producers become more profitable, it will also help the United States become more energy independent," said Hilliard. "Through this initiative, producers will be able to receive individual on-farm energy audit evaluations and assistance with implementation of energy conservation and efficiency measures."
On-farm energy audit evaluations in Oklahoma will be funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in fiscal year 2010. Applications for this and other conservation programs are accepted on a continuous basis. However, applications must be submitted no later than June 18, 2010 to be considered for funding in 2010. Oklahoma expects that $90,000 will be available for the development of these energy audits during 2010. Eligible applications will be funded in the order they are received until funds are exhausted. The energy audits will be individually tailored to ensure coverage of each farm's primary energy uses such as milk cooling, irrigation pumping, heating and cooling of livestock production facilities, manure collection and transfer, grain drying, and similar common on-farm activities.
Click on the link below to learn more- or contact your local NRCS office for more information.
Young Cotton Already Being Challenged by Bugs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Aphids and Thrips have been reported in new cotton in southwestern Oklahoma, according to Terry Pitts, Oklahoma State University Extension integrated pest management specialist. Pitts reports heavy thrips migrations are currently occurring as bordering crops/weeds dry down and mature. Prolonged migration can occur for fields next to pastures and weedy areas, Pitts says. He suggests producers keep a careful watch on these cotton plants.
"Fields that still fit these criteria and were treated with an at-plant systemic or seed treated insecticide have already shown signs the residual effect of the inseciticide is wearing off," he says. These fields need to be monitored closely as heavy infestations may destroy terminal buds resulting in stunted cotton plants. Treatment, Pitts says, is advised when the numbers of thrips averages one or more per true-leaf present. Thus far, Pitts says, thrips in cotton have been highly variable. However, as a word of caution, he says, be very careful to watch those fields where young cotton plants are struggling.
Aphids are appearing in cotton fields very early this year, Pitts says. These are small, slow moving, highly prolific insects that feed primarily on the underside of cotton leaves. The two black tail-pipe like structures protruding from the back of the abdomen of cotton aphids are known as cornicles and are useful in identififying aphids, he says. Cupped leaves, Pitts says, can result when high numbers of aphids feed on young, developing cotton leaves. Heavy, prolonged infestations of this insect can cause severe stunting of young cotton plants. Aphids excrete honeydew, which, under arid late season conditions, can result in a condition known as "sticky cotton" that causes problems when cotton is milled. Pitts says Bidrin or any other product registered for thrips control is effective for aphids. Pitts is stationed at the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center, 16721, South US HW 283, located south of Altus, Ok., in Jackson County. He can be reached at 580-482-8880.
Big Iron Sale Set for Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We remind you that the folks at the Big Iron auction site have their every other week farm equipment sale set for tomorrow, May 26 at the link we have provided for you below.
The equipment they offer is high quality used machinery- there is no reserve and the equipment will be sold to the highest bidder.
Click on the link below to check out the listing of equipment that will be sold tomorrow- register for a bidder number and you can get int he on the action- it's that simple.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.20 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.20 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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