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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday July 2, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Short and Sweet Today- Out on Monday
-- Wheat Harvest Called 95% Done by Plains Grains
-- Scott Manley of Ducks Unlimited Calls Farm Bill Conservation Efforts Worthy
-- Watch the Corn Market- and You'll Know the Price Direction for Wheat
-- Beef and Dairy Experts Call on Girls Scouts to Tell the Truth
-- Just in Time for the Fourth of July- Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers!
-- Another Word From Ohio- Pork Industry Calls Deal with HSUS "The Best compromise ever reached between agriculture and HSUS"
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Short and Sweet Today- Out on Monday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After an incredible amount of agricultural news to handle the middle part of this week- things are a lot quieter on this Friday morning- we have several things to share with you this morning- so will do so- but will then do a three day weekend and be back with you on Tuesday morning, July 6.
A couple of notes on the July fourth holiday- if you listen to us on the radio- we will have reports on Monday, even though it is a market holiday. We will be recapping the markets from the end of this week- and reviewing a couple of the big stories from this week during the day Monday.
Auction markets are already closing for the Fourth. The Apache market did not run on Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday- Woodward is closed today and the Oklahoma National Stockyards will be off on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week.
Check with the auction market you do business with to make sure of their holiday schedule before you load livestock to haul to town.
Wheat Harvest Called 95% Done by Plains Grains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma wheat harvest is all but done. Plains Grains is calling the harvest in the state of Oklahoma 95% complete, and with good progress- Texas has now advanced to 90% done.
Open weather over the last week has allowed harvest to move northward at a relatively rapid pace. Kansas is now 75% complete with the 2010 harvest. Wheat is now being cut well into Nebraska and even winding down in areas of southeastern Nebraska. Harvest has also been very active in southeastern Colorado into east central Colorado, but has yet to get underway in northeast Colorado into the Nebraska Panhandle.
Click on the LINK below for more on harvest from Plains Grains- including some of the latest quality details they have released as of yesterday afternoon.
Scott Manley of Ducks Unlimited Calls Farm Bill Conservation Efforts Worthy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Scott Manley, director of conservation programs in Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region, testified today before the Conservation Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee on the conservation successes of the 2008 Farm Bill.Dr. Manley leads the delivery of DU's conservation programs in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.
In his testimony, Dr. Manley discussed DU's partnership with the agricultural community and several programs that support restoration and other forms of land conservation, including the Wetlands Reserve Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Click on the LINK below for our story on his testimony before a House Ag Subcommittee on Thursday.
Watch the Corn Market- and You'll Know the Price Direction for Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the jump in wheat prices is fairly easy to explain- wheat is following corn here in the short term. He adds that fundamentals for the wheat market will not really be a factor for the next several weeks- now that we have a handle on the size and quality of the US Hard Red Winter wheat crop- fundamentals will kick in as we approach wheat harvest in other major exporting countries- later this summer and into the fall.
Anderson has retired from OSU- will be on a 60 day hiatus from OSU until September first- when he plans on returning on a parttime basis and will resume talking marketing strategy with us and other media outlets, including SUNUP, the weekly OSU Ag Communications TV show seen on Saturdays on OETA.
Click on the LINK below and you can listen to this final conversation
that Griffiths had with Kim Anderson earlier this week- that is until
after September first.
Beef and Dairy Experts Call on Girls Scouts to Tell the Truth
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The beef industry is working with dairy interests in calling on the Girl Scouts to look again at materials developed over the last year that the beef industry says is incorrect in what it says about the cattle business and the environment. The Girl Scouts have published age specific materials to help girls learn about the environment- and how they can respond. Two of the handbooks within this series - "Sow What?" and "Justice" - contain misinformation about beef production, including claims about the negative impact of consuming meat and dairy.
According to the Masters in Beef Advocacy Blog- "The Ambassador "Justice" journey handbook for girls ages 16-18 emphasizes "Justice - for Earth and all its inhabitants." Through this journey, girls are asked to analyze their environmental footprint and the effects of their actions - including eating meat or drinking milk - on climate change."
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Issues Management Team is working with Dairy officials to ask the Girl Scouts at the National level to have the chance to set the record straight- and they are encouraging girl scouts that are a part of a ranching family to write letters and tell their story of taking care of their animals and taking care of the environment.
Just in Time for the Fourth of July- Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stink Bugs AND Grasshoppers are making appearances in Oklahoma cotton fields, according to Terry Pitts, Oklahoma State University Extension integrated pest management specialist. "Feeding on bolls by stinkbugs may cause boll shed and/or seed damage, lint staining and yield reductions," Pitts, who is located at the SW Oklahoma Research and Extension Center south of Altus, Ok, said.
When making management decisions on whether to treat for stink bugs, Pitts advises examining six row feet of cotton in several locations in each field. When there is an average of one or more stink bugs per six feet of row, feeding can cause excessive loss of squares and small bolls and may stain lint, he said. "Additionally, at least 50 small bolls the diameter of a quarter and smaller should be examined," he said. "If 20 percent of the small bolls have evidence of internal feeding such as callous growth on internal boll walls and/or stained lint and stink bugs are present, then treatment should be considered. "Bolls larger than a quarter harden enough to prevent stink bug feeding. Focus on the squares and small bolls when considering control."
Pitts reports seeing numerous grasshoppers in southwest Oklahoma this season and many people have asked him about how to control grasshopper depradatiions. "Jerry Stoll, a consultant in Tillman County, says he has been spraying for grasshoppers in cotton that was planed following wheat, Pitts said. "The grasshoppers were eating small cotyledon cotton plants in notill wheat/cotton fields." Grasshopper population increase is favored by a fairly mild, moderately dry winter followed by early apring with cool, wet weather that prevents premature hatching. If the premature hatching does not take place, it is more likely that an adequate foodsupply is insured after hatching occurs, Pitts said. "Under these conditions," he said, "we would expect to have heavy populations of grasshoppers. "Control in small acreage is difficult due to re-infestation from surrounding areas. In cases where protection of gardens is attempted, it is best to apply a product such as carbaryl (Sevin) to labeled garden plants as well as a 20 to 30 foot strip surrounding the garden. In cropland, frequent treatment of the edge of the fields and an outside strip will provide some protection."
Another Word From Ohio- Pork Industry Calls Deal with HSUS "The Best compromise ever reached between agriculture and HSUS"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dick Isler is the top hired hand of the Ohio Pork Producers- and he is sounding very upbeat about the deal done with HSUS earlier this week by Ohio's Governor and Ohio Ag Groups. "This agreement is the best compromise ever reached between agriculture and HSUS across the nation," Isler said. "HSUS has agreed to support the mission and purpose of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which they have previously opposed."
"We have an agreement that I think without question will allow the pork industry to remain viable in the state of Ohio," said Dick Isler, Ohio Pork Producers Council executive vice president. "Given that animal agriculture is constantly changing, we will always find new and better ways to do things and I think that's also true with animal housing." The outlined agreement allows the continued use of individual sow housing, or gestation stalls, in the pork community for the next 15 years, through January 1, 2026. The agreement also places no restrictions on using individual sow housing until sows are confirmed pregnant. However, as of December 31, 2010, no new facilities that utilize gestation stalls will be allowed to be built.
One of the highlights for Ohio agriculture as a result of this agreement is avoiding another costly ballot initiative this fall. Additionally, HSUS will join Ohio agriculture groups in funding research on science-based animal care standards.
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