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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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On an as needed basis, Dr. Bob Hunger, Plant Pathologist at Oklahoma State University, provides updates on the southern plains wheat disease conditions. Here is his first report for 2020:
"This is an early season update to summarize a view items that have come up during this week. To start however, I need to repeat that this past fall and winter have been amazingly lacking in diseases. The Diagnostic Lab only received a few wheat samples during the fall, none of which were found to be associated with a pathogen/disease. Causes included low pH, nutrition, and/or environment. This lack of disease still seems to be the predominate scenario. Around Stillwater, I was not able to find any rust or powdery mildew in any of the trials I examined this week. Additionally, it appears as though foliar disease is absent in south Texas as well as indicated by Dr. Amir Ibrahim (Regents Professor, Small Grains Breeder/Geneticist, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX) who indicated to me that,
"It has been really quiet here. We have not seen stripe or leaf rust so far. I doubt the former will be an issue this year since it has not established yet and it is already getting warmer. However, I expect to see heavier leaf rust in mid-April if it continues to be this warm."
"Hence, it appears that early season stripe rust and leaf rust should not be a major concern in Oklahoma. In contrast, leaf spot diseases (especially tan spot) should be watched for if you have wheat planted into wheat residue. Josh Anderson (Senior Research Associate, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, OK) found tan spot in no-till wheat plots planted into wheat residue near Burneyville in far south-central OK. Tan spot can be damaging to seedling wheat especially when it occurs in emerging spring wheat in northern states.
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| FDA Stall Tactics Hurting U.S. Agriculture
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) misrepresentation of a gene edited livestock research project is its latest stall tactic designed to rationalize a regulatory grasp on an emerging technology that must be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if the United States is to maintain its global leadership position in agriculture.
"While countries like China, Canada, Brazil and Argentina are moving quickly on this advancement to gain competitive advantage, the United States is falling far behind because of the FDA's precautionary regulatory approach," said NPPC President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C.
"Under FDA regulation, gene editing faces an impractical, lengthy and expensive approval process. Unless we move oversight to the USDA, we are ceding a technology that promises significant animal health benefits, including immunity to disease and reduction in the need for antibiotic use, to other countries and jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of American jobs."
A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry's sustainable field management practices.
The three-state research project approved under the SMARTFARM program of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is headed by Gopal Kakani, professor of crops, energy and climate in the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. As principal investigator, Kakani is supported by teams of co-investigators at OSU, Kansas State University and Texas A&M University.
The researchers will be looking closely at data related to field-level emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. Sorghum was chosen due in large part because of the growing market interest in bio-energy feedstocks, Kakani said. Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma are three of the nation's main sorghum-producing states and the crop is starting to displace corn in the Panhandle because of its water efficiency. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data through the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 300,000 acres of sorghum was planted in Oklahoma in 2018; grain sorghum alone had a total value of about $40.66 million that year. Nationwide, about 5.07 million acres were planted to grain sorghum, with a value that year of $1.58 billion.
In today's Beef Buzz we talk with new NCBA President Marty Smith about his priorities for 2020 and at the top of that list is to continue to build on the NCBA influence in Washington, D.C. with Congress and regulatory agencies.
The beef industry faces a huge election coming up, Smith told us during the cattle industry convention in San Antonio last week.
"This election process is monumental for us," said Smith. "We've got to get our message out and get people in Congress, wherever they come from, to listen to American agriculture."
The central Florida beef producer said a major priority will be explaining to consumers how we produce beef in this country.
"Today's consumers want to know how beef is produced," Smith said. "We have to be prepared to answer their questions.
"We are the most environmentally efficient producers of any protein source in the world, but we're not getting that message out to the consumer. We've got to move this higher on the priority list."
Smith first became involved in the beef industry leadership through the Florida Cattlemen's Association when he focused on environmental issues, water rights and property rights.
The new Naviagable Waters Protection ruling is especially pleasing to Smith.
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President Trump's Budget Proposals Would Hurt Rural America
Details on President Trump's 2021 budget have been released. Anna Johnson, policy manager with the Center for Rural Affairs, says this administration continues to put forth proposals that undercut rural communities.
The budget makes cuts to conservation programs, including to the Conservation Stewardship Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and authorized by the farm bill.
"We strongly oppose the President's proposal to eliminate funding for the Conservation Stewardship Program," Johnson said. "This program offers invaluable support for farmers and ranchers to build on their existing conservation efforts. These cuts would block an important path that farmers and ranchers rely on to improve their soil health and water quality."
In addition, the administration proposes to eliminate nearly every program under the Rural Business and Cooperative Service, including the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP).
"We are extremely disappointed, as rural business owners do not always have access to the same financing as their counterparts in suburban and urban areas," Johnson said. "As rural banks close and small business loans are few and far between, rural entrepreneurs can benefit greatly from Rural Business and Cooperative Service programs such as RMAP."
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota also released a statement in response to the release of the White House's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2021. The budget includes a call for an 8.2 percent reduction in discretionary spending at USDA when the Department's field operations are significantly understaffed, as well as proposing billions in mandatory cuts to crop insurance, conservation spending, disaster assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other programs.
"This is what happens when ideologues decide to cut programs just for the sake of cutting. We will make sure that the farm bill isn't cut during this year's budget process. What's worse is the President is proposing all these cuts without any attempt to balance the budget."
"The past year has brought serious economic damage to farmers and rural communities, yet the Administration is proposing to cut billions in programs that they count on in many different ways. This budget also continues to short-change the funding needed to provide adequate service to USDA customers in field offices."
If you can't commit to all three days at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, never fear! One-day registrations can provide a robust experience of education, new equipment and technology, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of fellow farmers from across the nation.
The 2020 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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Hesston by Massey Ferguson, the industry-leading hay equipment brand from AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), gave North American producers their first look at the new Bale Link™ bale management app during World Ag Expo 2020.The app allows hay producers to identify each bale via an attached RFID chip, then track the bale and its production information from the field on a tablet or smartphone. The app is available for Android and iOS.
Matt LeCroy, AGCO tactical marketing manager for hay and forage, says Bale Link will help hay producers more efficiently manage their hay production through the busy production season. Unique identification of each bale will make it easier to move, store, group and sell hay based on bale size, bale weight, moisture, forage cut length and other production factors. The app also provides a solution for hay growers and livestock producers who would like a record that accurately traces each bale from the field and farm where it was produced.
During baling, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip is attached to each bale, woven into one of the six strands of baling twine. BaleCreateTM baler software in the Hesston by Massey Ferguson large square baler captures the serial number of the RFID chip, along with bale weight and length, number of flakes, moisture, date and time baled, GPS location where the bale was created and additive applied (if any). The bale information is transferred from the baler to secure AGCO servers using the AGCO Connectivity Module (ACM). The ACM is a telematics module found in many AGCO machines.
|AND FINALLY- We Remind You the Annual SIrloin Club Banquet is Thursday Evening at The Springs in Edmond
The 2020 Sirloin Club Banquet is going to be a different kind of animal this year- it's happening tomorrow night- February 13th at a new location- The Springs in north Edmond.
There will be a lot of incredible auction items to bid on to support the upcoming Oklahoma Youth Expo- but the food will be all different as a bunch of groups and companies have stepped up to compete for bragging rights as they prepare the evening's goodies.
You get to try them all! The competitors include:
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is preparing The State Steak of Oklahoma, aka the Ribeye
Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma is preparing Beef Brisket
May the best dish win!
And- there is a new award series that will be announced for the first time tomorrow night- Agriculturists Under 40 Awards-
If you want more information- call Call (405) 235-0404.
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