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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 4, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Wheat Harvest Continues to Expand as Hot Temperatures Push Crop To Being Fully Ripe
-- Wheat Lessons Are We Learning From the 2010 Wheat Crop for Future Seasons?
-- Final Rule For Conservation Stewardship Program Unveiled- Signup Underway Through June 25th
-- President Obama Uses Oil Spill to Promote Climate Change
-- Ideas for Rebuilding Rural America Discussed at National Rural Summit
-- Blackwell Becomes Tenth Location for P&K Equipment John Deere
-- End of the Week Bits and Pieces
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest Continues to Expand as Hot Temperatures Push Crop To Being Fully Ripe
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have several stories to link you to this morning from the 2010 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop Harvest. First is our daily report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and their Executive Director Mike Schulte- he gives us a town by town summary of harvest, with the report now showing cutting going pretty well border to border in the state. Click here to jump to that update from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
We also have more pictures from the 2010 harvest- again more from Kiowa
County with these coming from the Hoover family that is located in Hobart.
here to jump over to our website and take a look at these pictures-
they are harvesting Overly wheat with excellent results.
We also have the latest wheat marketing strategy from Dr. Kim Anderson- should you sell as you deliver your wheat- or should you hold on for a possible increase in prices after harvest? You can get Kim's take on that by clicking on the link below.
Wheat Lessons Are We Learning From the 2010 Wheat Crop for Future Seasons?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This may be the year that dockage will finally come home and really hit farmers hard that have large number of weeds in their fields- so says Oklahoma State Univesity Extension Wheat Specialsit Dr. Jeff Edwards. The OSU Wheat Specialst says that, plus the relatively low protein levels being seen thus far, are the major concerns that he has as we crank up the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest.
In talking with him while on campus on Thursday, we asked Dr. Edwards what key points he would want producers to consider when planting time comes again later this year for the 2011 winter wheat crop. Based on this year's crop now being harvested- he believes there are four things that producers have got to deal with as they plant next year's crop in a few months.
Those four "keys" for 2011 and beyond include Plant newer varieties,
improve weed control, soil test this summer and take care of basics before
you spend money on any other crop inputs.
Final Rule For Conservation Stewardship Program Unveiled- Signup Underway Through June 25th
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that USDA published the final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve their conservation performance.
"Voluntary conservation practices by private landowners and producers are an essential part of our effort to improve soil and water quality," said Vilsack. "Broad and diverse participation in the CSP program will provide producers with many benefits such as enhancing wildlife habitat and helping to mitigate the impact of climate change." Vilsack also announced that the enrollment period for CSP's second year, which is currently open, has been extended an additional two weeks, now closing June 25, 2010.
CSP will pay farmers for conservation performance- and the final rule
includes several important changes for this second signup. That includes a
higher payment rate for additional conservation performance. USDA is
implementing a split payment structure, with one payment rate for existing
conservation activities and a higher payment rate for new activities. This
is expected to encourage producers to apply more new activities and
thereby generate greater environmental benefits.
President Obama Uses Oil Spill to Promote Climate Change
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Speaking in Pittsburgh this week - President Obama tried to channel public outrage about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into support for a climate change bill. The President argued the case for breaking the nation's addiction to fossil fuels has been made clearer by the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf. Obama said he will make the case for a clean-energy future wherever he can - and will work with anyone from either party to get this done.
Still - energy experts warn that climate legislation would have little impact on the need to search for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore oil provides a growing portion of U.S. oil production and deep-water wells account for a rising share of the offshore output. The gulf provides about 40-percent of U.S. oil production.
Supporters of climate-change legislation on Capitol Hill cheered Obama's remarks. Senator John Kerry said it was exactly what was needed with Congress coming back into session next week. But Senate Republicans immediately challenged Obama's call to action - saying he is using the gulf disaster to promote legislation that would undermine the nation's economy. The chairman of the Republican Study Committee Representative Tom Price said the Obama administration is once again using a crisis to push its job-killing agenda.
Ideas for Rebuilding Rural America Discussed at National Rural Summit
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ag leaders, farmers, ranchers, community leaders and rural residents gathered at the National Summit of Rural America Thursday with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to share ideas about rebuilding rural America. Vilsack talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the nation's rural communities and encouraged those in attendance to think daringly about the future. The framework for revitalizing and building a strong rural economy - according to Vilsack - entails promoting renewable energy production and strengthening farm income by increasing ag exports among other things. He says a strong American economy depends on a prosperous rural America.
In a USDA news release on the event- it was said that "Vilsack states the Obama Administration is continuously looking to time-tested programs and new approaches to maintain a strong farm safety net for America's producers - which includes good-paying jobs - and to build a stronger rural economy for the 21st century so rural communities remain great places to live, work and raise a family."
Several programs were announced by Secretary Vilsack at the opening of the Rural Summit- and we have details of those on our website- plus an audio overview of the event with colleague Stewart Doan. Click on the link below and check out this continuation of the Vilsack view of rural America and how he hopes to reshape it during the Obama years.
Blackwell Becomes Tenth Location for P&K Equipment John Deere
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~P& K Equipment is expanding again, this time into Kay County and the Blackwell community. President and Owner of P& K, Barry Pollard, tells us that they have finalized the deal on purchasing the Blackwell John Deere dealership- and have been operating it this week as the newest part of the P&K family.
Pollard says that P&K is looking forward to being a part of the vibrant farming community in and around Blackwell. This becomes the 10th location for P&K, which began with a single dealership in Kingfisher.
The number to call in Blackwell for the P&K outlet in that community is 580-363-3758. For more information on P& K equipment, you can also visit their website by clicking on the link below.
End of the Week Bits and Pieces
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are a little late this morning with our morning email- so will be brief about these various bits of housekeeping. First of all- congrats to Kass Pfeiffer of Orlando for winning the Senior Division of the Oklahoma Beef Ambassador Contest in Stillwater- we will have details and let you hear from Kass on Monday- as well as have interviews to share with you from the last two state winners who have gone on to be National Beef Ambassadors.
We mentioned this earlier in the week- but funeral services are today for Bill Jacobs- Hereford Breeder from Sulphur. Click here for the Obit that we had linked yesterday in our email.
Remember the Kris Black Cream of the Crop sale is happening tomorrow in Crawford- check out the details of the sale offering by clicking here. It looks like they have a dandy of a sale offering.
Finally, we say congrats to the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen and their 25th Anniversary Preview Show that is underway in Stillwater. We'll have some details from the event next week- but lots of youthful excitement to be seen this weekend at the Payne County Expo Center east of Stillwater.
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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 $7.30 per bushel, delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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