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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday June 14, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Canadian County Canola Averages Over 35 Bushels Per Acre- We've Got Pictures
-- Duster is Doing Great- Leading Wheat Variety in OSU Wheat Plots Thus Far
-- Conservation Interests Now Working with Okie One Call
-- Nominations Open Tomorrow for Farm Service Agency County Committees
-- Are You Ready to Become a Beef Advocate?
-- USDA Secretary Vilsack Touts Anticipated Broadband Gains in Rural America
-- Tyson's Gene Nemechek Elected President of National Pork Board
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Canadian County Canola Averages Over 35 Bushels Per Acre- We've Got Pictures
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter Canola Harvest continues- and the results being heard are tremendous. These pictures are courtesy of Brad Tipton, OSU Extension Ag Agent in Canadian County. Tipton is extremely excited, as is his farmers, about this crop that seems to offer a chance to not only clean up wheat fields dramatically from the cheat, wild oats and rye that have taken over many fields in central and southern Oklahoma.
Brad writes to us about the results of canola harvest to this point in his county: "The 'tale of the tape' is in on the majority of winter canola yields around Canadian County. The best field so far has been 40.3 bu/ac while the lowest low yield reported was 29.6 bu/ac. Thus far, I have gotten reports on 650 acres of the county's canola production. Here are the yields growers have reported by bushel per acre on 650 acres of our production: 40.3 on 30 acres, 39.8 on 160 acres, 39.4 on 80 acres, 38.2 on 75 acres, 35.7 on 90 acres, 30 on 85 acres and 29.6 on 130 acres.
"Our yields reported by Canadian County growers averages out to a solid 36.2 bushels on these 650 acres reported into the office. The field with a 30 bu/ac average had some slight hail damage or it likely would have been in the mid-thirties. The five growers reporting their yields to me indicated they all intend to increase canola acreage on their farms this fall.
We have photos from a no til farm that had some leftover wheat residue
in it after suffering freeze damage last April. These are great photos-
click on the link below and check them out.
Duster is Doing Great- Leading Wheat Variety in OSU Wheat Plots Thus Far
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OSU Wheat Variety Duster has claimed top yield honors at the first FIVE of SIX Wheat Variety Field Plots that have been harvested in 2010 by Dr. Jeff Edwards and his colleagues at Oklahoma State University's Wheat Improvement Team.
Yields thus far for Duster have been 49 twice, 53, 58 and 61 bushels per acre twice at the six sites that we have numbers on. The sites where harvest is done and results have been posted include Olustee, Frederick, Homestead, El Reno, Marshall and Kingfisher.
Even as Duster has proved to be a strong yield producing variety- the
variety that has been dominant in recent years, Jagger, is really starting
to show its age. It has ranked near the bottom of all three of these
trials in yield per acre, with test weights that have also been rather
weak as well.
Conservation Interests Now Working with Okie One Call
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) now has an agreement in place with the Okie One-Call System to include all Watershed Flood Control Program dams in Oklahoma, with conservation districts as the Okie One-Call points of contact.
Oklahoma One-Call System, Inc., is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1979. It is a communication link between the excavators and operators of underground facilities to help prevent damages to public services. The Call-Okie program is designed to promote public awareness and to eliminate potential hazards posed to excavators, general public, vital underground facilities and the environment, when excavation is done.
Beginning in the near future, conservation districts with watershed
dams will begin receiving "Locate Tickets" by email for any excavation
that is going to occur within one-half mile of the watershed dam.
Districts will have 48 hours to "locate" the watershed dam for the
excavator prior to the start of excavation. Districts should review the
Locate Ticket thoroughly and contact the excavator to alert them of the
watershed dam and the existence of an easement.
Nominations Open Tomorrow for Farm Service Agency County Committees
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that farmer and rancher candidate nominations will begin on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, with the election taking place between Friday, Nov. 5, and the close of business on Monday, Dec. 6.
To be eligible to serve on a Farm Service Agency county committee a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
FSA county committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.
Are You Ready to Become a Beef Advocate?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Most cattle producers do an excellent job of caring for their animals- but the challenge is to get that story out and heard by an urban audience. We discuss this challenge on today's Beef Buzz with Dr. Bob Smith as we conclude a three part series on Animal Care Standards that have been embraced by the US Beef Cattle Industry.
At the LINK below- you can three for the price of one. We have all three Beef Buzz shows available from that page with Dr. Bob Smith. The first segment looked at the Animal Care Standards and how they have come about for the beef industry. Beef Buzz number two featured Dr. Smith and his thoughts about the key things that beef producers need to be doing as responsible owners of their beef cow herd. Finally, today we talk about how to tell today's non rural public the positive story of how cattle producers care for their livestock.
Dr. Smith says that everyone in the Beef Industry should work to become an ambassador- and that one way to accomplish that is to go through the Masters in Beef Advocacy Program. We have details about the MBA program- and how you can sign up to participate. Click on the link below and you can learn more.
USDA Secretary Vilsack Touts Anticipated Broadband Gains in Rural America
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this past week highlighted the release of a report that details how broadband deployment funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) will improve the quality of life of over half a million rural American households. The report also states that broadband awards announced to date will create about 5,000 immediate and direct jobs.
"The Obama Administration supports the expansion of rural broadband so that all areas of the country have access to the tools necessary to spur economic development and job creation in the 21st century economy," Vilsack said. "These broadband loans and grants, provided through the Recovery Act, are critical to building and revitalizing the economy and infrastructure of rural America."
Click on the LINK below to learn more about the Obama Administration's plans for Broadband in Rural America.
Tyson's Gene Nemechek Elected President of National Pork Board
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gene Nemechek, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Ark., has been elected president of the National Pork Board by his fellow board members. The board also elected Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., vice president. Both will serve one-year terms effective July 1.
Nemechek is a swine quality assurance veterinarian with the live swine division of the Tyson Pork Group, Inc. for Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. Nemechek has a shared responsibility to work with the Tyson pork production units in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri as well as customer quality assurance for the Tyson Pork Group weaned pig and feeder pig customers.
Forkner was nominated for a second three-year term on the board by Pork
Act delegates at Pork Industry Forum in March and is awaiting the
secretary of agriculture's appointment of the 2010 National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management.
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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 $7.15 per bushel, delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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