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Friday, March 3, 2017
Tim Lust Talks Sugarcane Aphids, Trade and More at Commodity Classic
As the 2017 Commodity Classic roared into road gear Thursday morning in San Antonio, members of the Sorghum industry came together for the Sorghum General Session. Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers CEO, took a moment to speak with our own Carson Horn about some of the current issues facing the industry.
Tim Lust acknowledges what may be the elephant in the room for the US grain sorghum industry- the Sugarcane Aphid. It is clearly the biggest threat to the success of producers right now.
"We've made a lot of progress," he said regarding the impact of sugarcane aphids. "Feel a lot better about it today then we did two years ago."
He explains that when the aphids first started to appear a couple years ago, not much was known about them and there were very few ideas of what farmers could do to curb an infestation. However, since then, the Sorghum Checkoff has invested nearly $1 million in research and those involved will tell you that the good news is, they have found that the pest can be controlled. By budgeting in preventative pesticides, planting early and utilizing pest-tolerant plant varieties, Lust says you can grow a crop with little interference from the pests.
Carson talked with Tim about several other topics- and you can read more and hear their complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.
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|No Tiller Jimmy Emmons Steps Into Presidency of OACD
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts held its annual meeting February 26-28, 2017. More than 300 individuals gathered at the Embassy Suites in downtown Oklahoma City to learn about soil, water, air and wildlife conservation efforts, elect new officers to the OACD board and honor conservation leaders.
"The 79th OACD annual meeting was a unique opportunity for district directors, agency staff and agriculture producers to share information about the really great conservation efforts that are happening in Oklahoma," said Jimmy Emmons, new OACD President.
On the final day of the meeting, we talked with Emmons about his reasons to serve in the leadership of the organization, as well as getting his views on a common worry of those not involved in using cover crops on their farmland- losing water in your soil because of growing the cover crop. Emmons told Hays that such worries have no basis in fact- as studies show that cover crops lower the soil temperature and help build up the ability of the soil to "bank" moisture when it rains.
Click or tap here to listen to our quick conversation with Emmons from the OACD meeting in Oklahoma City.
|Zach Rendel- Looking for Yield Breakthrough Ideas at the 2017 Commodity Classic
On Thursday- Carson spent some of his time at Commodity Classic at the Sorghum General Session and caught up with Zack Rendel, a diversified crop farmer from Miami, Oklahoma operating on 5,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and canola.
Rendel participated on a panel discussion during the event, examining different ways for farmers to break through their yield barriers and increase their bushels per acre. Rendel says he has tried looking outside the box for solutions to maximize his profit margins with the adoption of new innovative tools and technology.
"It's not your grandfather's farm anymore," he said. "I'm just looking at new ways to push my yields. Don't be afraid to try new things. What's the next step to push those yields further than where we're at."
Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to Carson and Zach talk about pushing the boundaries of production agriculture- and how Zach believes attending meetings like Commodity Classic helps.
| Ryan Goodman Blogs to Connect Farmers and Ranchers with Consumers
As a leader in the agricultural industry, Bayer has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the industry through efforts in advocacy to promote and build trusting relationships between the farmer and the consumer. As part of that mission, Bayer hosts events designed to create exposure and raise the level of discourse, such as the Bayer AgVocacy Forum. Bayer invited about a dozen top Ag Bloggers from across the US to the event- including Ryan Goodman, an OSU Division of Ag Grad. Goodman has a blog called Ag Proud- and he talked with our own Carson Horn about advocating for agriculture in the world of social media.
According to Goodman, consumers have become more and more curious about their food and where and how it is produced. He says producers have a responsibility to reach out to their customers and address their concerns, but also encourages customers to take an active role in reaching out to the producer as well.
"I think today's conversation at the Bayer AgVocacy Forum has done a really good job of showing how we need to connect across different sectors of the industry," he said, "not only to address concerns but to share educational information so we're all aware of how the greater picture comes together as we bring food to tables across the globe."
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|Derrell Peel Offers Profit Assessment for Beef Cattle Production Pipeline
Feedlots are making money right now while stocker operators are having a hard time penciling out a chance for profit- so says Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel. Peel offers us his thoughts on the current ability of each segment of the beef cattle pipeline to make a profit here in the early days of 2017 on our latest edition of the Beef Buzz.
Peel says that "feedlots have seen the best margins they have enjoyed in quite some time" but that looking ahead the challenges will mount given the discount that the futures market has placed on finished cattle prices. The Economist believes that cow calf operators can make money- but they must be proactive in managing costs very carefully going forward. Peel tells me that one area of cost containment for the Cow- Calf producer is to minimize the feeding of hay when possible- getting that cow to harvest the forage in your fields for you as many days of the year as possible.
Click or tap here to read Peel's take for stocker producers- and at that link- you can listen to this Beef Buzz featuring Dr. Peel.
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|SHIPP Proposed by South Dakota Senator John Thune
South Dakota Senator John Thune has unveiled what he is calling the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP), the first of many individual farm bill proposals he will introduce over the next few weeks and months. SHIPP is a new voluntary income protection program for farmers that is designed for today's production agriculture and soil health needs. It would provide participating farmers with a short-term acreage conserving use program, which unlike the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), would require a commitment of only three to five years.
Senator Thune says that SHIPP "would create a new voluntary farm bill program that would provide a short-term option to conserve acreage while protecting farm income. Unlike CRP, which requires a long-term commitment of 10 to 15 years, SHIPP would require only a three-to-five-year commitment. SHIPP would give farmers the flexibility they need to enroll their least productive acreage in this new program in return for a rental payment and additional crop insurance assistance."
Click or tap here to read more about this proposal that the author believes will help further soil health work across rural America.
|Blackjack and Friends- and Davis Angus Have Seedstock Sales Saturday
Tomorrow in Seminole- it will be the 2017 Blackjack Farms and Friends Bull Sale. The will Feature the offspring of Blackjack Farms, Pfeiffer Angus Farms and McFerran Farms
The sale starts at Noon on the ranch near Seminole, Oklahoma- the address is 35824 EW 1140, Seminole.
Come bid on 85 Angus and SimAngus bulls. Ages ranging from fall 2015 18-month-olds to spring 2016 yearlings, all semen tested and fully guaranteed. Also being offered, a select group of home-raised commercial females.
Click here for the sale catalog- you can call Matt Sims, Sale Manager, if you have questions about the offering or want to set up a bid by phone. Matt's number is 405-641-6081.
Also happening tomorrow- March 4th- is the Davis Angus Value Genetics Sale.The Sale will be held at the Clinton Livestock Market, Clinton, Oklahoma- starting at 12:30 pm.Davis Angus of Foss, Oklahoma will offer 88 Bulls, with 48 of them having a birthweight EPD of less than 1.0- Suitable for Breeding Heifers.Jim and Debbie Davis invite you to check out the sale book and videos of the bulls on their website by clicking here.For More Information- call Jim at 580-331-8036 or Debbie at 580-562-4361.The sale will be held at the Clinton Livestock Auction- the market is located 1 1/2 miles north of Clinton on US Highway 183.
It can also be viewed- and you can participate in the sale on DV Auction- click here for their auction page on the DV site.
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