~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 9, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Wheat Harvest Continues in Road Gear in Multiple Locations Under the Hot Oklahoma Sun
-- The Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee Survives Runoff to Run for Reelection in November
-- National Cotton Council Calls on Senate to Vote to Block EPAs regulation of Greenhouse Gases
-- OSU Researchers Say Eastern Red Cedars Might Make a Dandy Particleboard
-- Anti Dumping Duties Imposed by Mexico May Be Allowed to Lapse- Helping Competitiveness of US Beef
-- USDA Now Has Peoples Gardens in Every State
-- NCBA to Brief Media on Governance Plan
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest Continues in Road Gear in Multiple Locations Under the Hot Oklahoma Sun
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Harvest of the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop continues in Oklahoma- and we have the location by location recap of the 2010 harvest scene as of Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. We also spent some time on the phone with Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- and you can check the full location by location recap and hear our conversation with Mike Schulte by clicking on the LINK below. (And remember- we would love to hear your harvest story- and see your pictures- email us at email@example.com)
The OWC reports that the Frederick area is virtually done with harvest-
and that the number of acres actually combined this year was somewhat
short- lots of abandonment. Quality seemed to be pretty good in and around
Frederick of the fields that were cut for grain.
Around Kingfisher- "Test weights are averaging 63.5 pounds today. Harvest east of town and east of Okarche is progressing at full speed with 40 to 50 percent of the region cut. Producer yields are ranging from the mid 20's to mid 40's bushels per acre in places."
Up close to the Kansas line- farmers are on the sidelines due to the rains from the beginning of the week "Today's forecast of sunny, windy and 46 percent humidity has most farmers out of the fields. They also have a 30 percent chance of rain this evening and into tomorrow. The few producers that are cutting and bringing in test loads report moisture up to 13.8 to 14 percent opposed to the 11 to 11.5 percent reports on tests loads this past weekend. Test weights are still in the 62 to 65 pound range, with predictions they will get heavier as the moisture goes down."
The Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee Survives Runoff to Run for Reelection in November
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senator Blanche Lincoln was shown by some polls in her home state as being behind by up to five percentage points the final weekend before yesterday's primary runoff race concluded with the actual vote. But, last night, the daughter of a Delta farmer remained standing as she defeats a concerted effort by Big Labor and others to her left politically by about ten thousand votes.
The Washington Post writes of her victory last night "She insisted to
the end that voters would stick with the middle-of-the-road senator they
had elected twice before. She was right, by a comfortable margin, and in
her jubilant victory remarks, she made clear that the liberal
organizations and the national labor unions that invested millions of
dollars and much manpower to defeat her had come up empty."
Her effectiveness as a Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee could have
been compromised if Lt Governor Halter had knocked her off in the primary-
but instead she remains as a credible player for the remainder of the
calendar year as the Chairman of the Committee.
National Cotton Council Calls on Senate to Vote to Block EPAs regulation of Greenhouse Gases
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Cotton Council (NCC) is urging Senators to vote "yes" on adoption of S. J. Res. 26, a resolution to disapprove the regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
In a letter to Senators, who are expected to consider the resolution on June 10, NCC President/CEO Mark Lange stated that without relief from Congress, EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the CAA would impose a severe economic impact on the U.S. cotton industry including "increased costs of production, inability to generate off-sets, increased processing costs for ginning and textile production, and market disadvantages with its international competitors in India, China, and Brazil who do not incur such regulatory burdens."
Lange's letter noted that Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) resolution was filed in accordance with the Congressional Review Act of 1996, which provides Congress with an opportunity to veto rules and regulations developed by federal agencies. The letter stated that the resolution, which currently has 40 co-sponsors, has drawn strong support -- in January, 138 agricultural organizations sent a letter to Senator Murkowski in support of her resolution.
OSU Researchers Say Eastern Red Cedars Might Make a Dandy Particleboard
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~More than seven million acres of Oklahoma lands are infested with Eastern redcedar trees. These indigenous conifers are of low quality as a raw material in lumber manufacturing, and due to their irregular growth pattern, and their ability to rapidly overrun pastures and deplete plant nutrients in the soil and take up water, they are a huge headache to farmers and ranchers.
To combat this growing problem in Oklahoma, researchers at Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are investigating the possibilities of usefulness for Eastern redcedar. One of those studies is looking at the properties of three-layer particleboard made from the tree.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the study compared the damage of Eastern redcedar samples with Radiata pine control samples after these wood samples were placed in contact with Oklahoma's most widespread structural pest, the eastern subterranean termite. Initial results demonstrated that these widespread pests of wooden structures prefer feeding on the pine over redcedar. Even the termites think the stuff is nasty!
Anti Dumping Duties Imposed by Mexico May Be Allowed to Lapse- Helping Competitiveness of US Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has been leading a coalition of U.S. beef industry interests seeking elimination of anti-dumping duties assessed by Mexico on some U.S. beef exports. The origin of these duties dates back to 1998, when the Mexican beef industry requested an investigation by Mexico's Ministry of the Economy into whether U.S. beef was being shipped into the country at less than the cost of production. After examining price data on beef imports and reaching a determination of injury to its beef industry, Mexico began assessing duties on boneless and bone-in muscle cuts. Three major packers and certain product categories are largely exempt from the duties, but they still apply to about half of all U.S. beef exported to Mexico.
The duties are scheduled to sunset after five years, but can be continued upon a request for review by an interested party. Such a request was successful in 2005 and was recently filed again, triggering this year's review. Late last week, however, the association of Mexican cattle producers who requested the latest review (Confederación Nacional de Ganaderos, or CNOG) notified the Ministry of the Economy of its decision to withdraw the request.
We have details about this change of heart by the Mexican cattlemen- with comments from Thad Lively of the US Meat Export Federation on our daily beef industry radio program, the Beef Buzz. Click on the LINK below to jump to this Beef Buzz- and read more- plus hear more about this story from the USMEF perspective.
USDA Now Has Peoples Gardens in Every State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that 'People's Gardens' now exist in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and three foreign countries. To date, there are over 400 'People's Gardens' across the country. This is a significant milestone in 'The People's Garden' initiative since Secretary Vilsack broke ground one year ago at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC.
"Last year, I decided to visibly remind folks that gardening is at the front and center of what we do here at USDA," said Secretary Vilsack. "To have 'People's Garden' in every state is a tremendous achievement and just one example of the dedication and commitment of all USDA employees in collaboration with their communities. But the ideas behind the People's Garden were not born here in Washington - and we will continue to ensure that they are adopted and improved upon in communities across the country."
The only People's Garden that is located within the borders of the state of Oklahoma is at the Lane Research Center - Choctaw Community Garden, with Vegetables including corn, peppers, cucumber, okra, tomatoes and eggplant all are being grown.
NCBA to Brief Media on Governance Plan
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Later this morning- the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will be talking to the news media in a teleconference about the latest tweaks to their plan to redo how the organization looks and works. They have a fact sheet that has been provided to the media- and we have a copy of it that you can read and review by clicking on the LINK below.
While normally when a group does this typeof makeover- only the membership cares. NCBA leadership seemed to think that would be the case as they worked on reducing the size of their board of directors and more. What turned this into a wider issue was the conscious decision by those writing the plan to actually bring the Federation of State Beef Councils ever closer to the Policy side of the organization. That got the attention of the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union, the Livestock Marketing Association and others.
These groups cried "foul" to the overseer of the Beef Checkoff- the USDA- and NCBA has been scrambling to explain to USDA and these groups how their plan keeps the dividing wall (some call it a firewall) in place between policy and checkoff. What NCBA did not figure into this battle was who is now running the body that oversees the checkoff- the Obama Administration. As has been pointed out to me- the pork checkoff was almost eliminated when the Democrats were last in charge at USDA when a lady by the name of Kathleen Merrigan was the head of the Ag Marketing Service- the Agency that deals with all of the checkoffs. Ms. Merrigan, of course, is around this time as well, this time as the number two at USDA. She and others at USDA are pushing all of the checkoffs to turn over more control of their boards to minorities in the name of diversity- and the chance to weigh in on the workings of the Beef Checkoff is a dream come true for the progressives working in and around the Deputy Secretary.
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