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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Creek Fire Now 95% Contained- Meeting for Farmers-Ranchers Impacted
Planned for Thursday by FSA
continue to monitor control lines on the Anderson Creek Fire,
reinforcing areas that may be of concern given the fire weather
forecast for today. Due to improved mapping, flight acreage of the
fire was able to be more accurately calculated. Oklahoma Forestry
Services officials report the 367,620
acre fire is now 95% contained. (that's down by about
30,000 acres from the earlier estimates)
Containment is now estimated at 98% for the portion of the fire in
Woods County, OK. Kansas officials are reporting the fire to be 81%
contained in Barber County and 90% contained in Comanche County.
"Yesterday's strong winds and low relative humidity was a good
test of fire containment lines. There was minimal internal smoke,
with very little fire activity along the fire perimeter," stated
Director of Oklahoma Forestry Services.
Meanwhile, there will be a meeting in Alva on Thursday afternoon for
farmers and ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek Wildfire hosted
by the USDA Farm Service Agency, Thursday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the
Northwest Technology Center Alva, OK (1801 South 11th Street).
More on the fire and the Thursday meeting can be read by clicking
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It's Ag Day at the
Oklahoma State Capitol!
The 2016 edition of Ag
Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol will be happening
today- starting at 10:00 AM as Ag Groups hand out samples of Oklahoma
produced goodies on the 4th floor rotunda.
A couple of floors down, the Ag in the Classroom awards will be
handed out to elementary aged kids from across the state- with a
chance to have their picture taken with their friendly neighborhood
lawmaker from back home.
And then at 2 PM- the Governor's Awards for Agricultural Excellence
will be handed out. Dr.
Clint Roush of Custer County will be inducted as the
19th Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame as he is awarded the
Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture.
Others that will honored at the same time include:
Dr. Brett Carver-
the Governor's Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award.
the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award
of Idabel- The Governor's Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award
here to read more about the four award winners that will be
honored this afternoon by the state of Oklahoma for their service to
The Antibiotics of
Tomorrow- Dr Margaret Riley Says They Will Be Designed to Target
In part two of a three part Beef Buzz series with Dr. Margaret Riley
of the University of Massachusetts- we continue to look at antibiotic
resistance and what the future may hold in reducing resistance to the
antibiotics of tomorrow.
According to Dr. Riley, broad spectrum antibiotics are the problem.
She tells us "if you take a broad spectrum antibiotic, the
target is not just the pathogen that you are worried about- the
bacteria that is causing the infection- it's all the other microbes
in our bodies. And so, if you have a trillion bugs in your body,
which we do, all of those have the ability to acquire antibiotic
The answer that Dr. Riley believes is the one that will offer a
breakthrough for animal agriculture as well as in human health is to
recognize that "it's not us versus the microbes- it's us versus
the particular pathogens that are bothering us." So, she
believes we have to look at the specific pathogens making humans or
animals sick, and develop a antimicrobial that will target that
here to read more and to listen to Dr. Riley explain what she
sees in looking ahead in this ongoing battle in antibiotic
China to End Corn
Stockpiling- US Grains Council Hopeful About Trade Ahead
China plans to scrap its corn stockpiling scheme and
allow markets to set prices for the grain, pushing to boost
efficiency on its farms and to narrow a gap between local and
international prices that has sparked a surge of cheaper imports.
The government will instead subsidize corn growers and encourage
commercial firms to buy grain from farmers at market prices, the
State Administration of Grain said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Chinese have over half of the world's corn in storage- so any
change has the potential to impact feed grains globally. After the
Chinese announcement, the US Grains Council sounded hopeful in a
statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight:
"Our offices in Washington and Beijing have been monitoring
signals that reforms were coming. While we are surprised they have
been accelerated, we are hopeful they will be a step in the right
direction toward more market-oriented decisions related to the supply
and demand for corn."
here to read his full statement as he explains what the US Grains
Council believes may happen in the days ahead in the Chinese corn
market and the ripples that will come globally.
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WestBred Rolls out the
Wheat Insight System to Help Wheat Producers Effectively Manage Seed
At the recent Commodity Classic, WestBred launched their brand new
management tool for the US Wheat Producer called Wheat Insight
System. The Wheat Insight System aims to help growers improve
production and profit potential. At the heart of the Wheat Insight
System is what WestBred calls "Optimal Seed rate
recommendations." These will help farmers plant the ideal number
of seeds per acre.
"WestBred wheat wants to enhance the way wheat seed is planted
and sold," said John
Fietsam, Wheat Technical Product Lead for Monsanto.
"Today, many wheat growers plant seed by the pound. But that
doesn't mean it's accurate or what's best when it comes to maximizing
yields in today's challenging economic environment."
The Wheat Insight System, available to wheat seed suppliers this
spring, calculates how many seeds are in a pound - a number that can
vary because of differences in size and density. That information,
available for growers for planting this fall, is used to create an
Optimal Seeding Rate recommendation that takes into account seed size
and density, geography, planting date and production practices.
We talked with John about the Wheat Insight System- and you can hear
our conversation with him about the System and how WestBred is positioning
themselves with wheat farmers by clicking
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Soy Checkoff Study Shows
the Value of Animal Ag to the US Economy (Hint- It's a Lot!)
The animals that feed us are also feeding our economy, according to a
soy-checkoff-funded study. The analysis shows animal
ag, U.S. soy's top end user, increased gross national product by $123
billion in economic output, improved household earnings by over $21
billion and added 645,629 jobs from 2004-2014.
According to the Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture, during 2014
alone, U.S. animal agriculture's support of the national economy
$440.7 billion in economic output
$76.7 billion in earnings
$19.6 billion in income taxes
Those figures all increased from 2013.
more about this study by clicking here- and why soy checkoff
money was used to produce this report.
100,000th Windrower Made in Hesston, Kansas
I started my farm broadcast career in the mid 1970s in Wichita,
Kansas- and one of my early sponsors was Hesston- which
was then a stand alone company. They were known for their high
quality hay products then- and I still own several National Rodeo
Finals beltbuckles from those days when they were a big sponsor of
the NFR in Oklahoma City.
forward to 2016- and Hesston, now a part of the AGCO product line, is
still making high quality hay equipment. That includes their
windrower and yesterday was a major milestone for Hesston.
They unveiled their historic 100,000th windrower at the plant in
central Kansas. Hesston introduced the self-propelled windrower to
the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago - an
achievement which was celebrated at the Hesston manufacturing plant
by company executives, employees and special guests.
here to read more- and the Hesston folks have produced a video
about the making of their 100,000th windrower- you can see it on our
webstory as well.
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