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Bill to Eliminate Restrictions on Hunting of Feral
Hogs Clears Senate 40 to 0- Ready for Governor's Signature
measure that allows Oklahoma landowners to remove feral hogs from
their property at any time, day or night, has now cleared both sides
of the Oklahoma State Capitol and is headed for the desk of Governor Mary Fallin
to be signed into law. Making that happen this week was the Senate
accepting the amendments passed in the House on SB 1142- the Senate
providing that approval by a unanimous vote. The bill eliminates all
requirements and restrictions on the removal of feral hogs in
After the Senate vote, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan
issued the following statement:
"Oklahoma Farm Bureau is proud of the efforts of Sen. Nathan
Dahm, Rep. Sean Roberts and the Oklahoma Senate in passing SB 1142.
The measure eliminates all previous restrictions on the removal of
feral hogs, allowing landowners to remove the invasive species -
without a permit - at any time, day or night, throughout the year.
"Feral hogs are costly and harmful to Oklahoma farms, ranches,
private and public land, and ecosystems. SB 1142 gives our farmers,
ranchers and landowners the ability to further protect their property
from the species.
"Although hunting is responsible for eliminating less than 5
percent of Oklahoma's feral hog population, the invasive animals must
be removed from the Oklahoma landscape. As the state's largest
general farm organization, we support removing feral hogs through any
means possible and look forward to implementing any additional
measures to eliminate the species in our state."
here for a link to review the measure and the journey
it has taken to be ready to be signed.
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Kansas Wheat Crop is
Predicted Fourteen Percent Larger than 2015 Harvest at 382.4 Million
It's all good in
the largest wheat producing state in the US. The
Winter Wheat Crop Tour- which primarily offers an early measurement
of the Kansas Wheat Crop found lots of good things- calculated yields
were higher than anticipated, disease pressure was lower than
expected, and the three days of the tour had some of the best weather
so far this spring. The three-day average was 48.6 bushels an acre,
nearly a 13 bushel increase from last year.
The official tour projection for total production numbers of hard red
winter wheat to be harvested in Kansas is 382.4 million bushels. This
number is calculated based on the average of estimated predictions
from tour participants who gathered information from 655 fields
across the state. The production estimate for 2016 is fourteen
percent higher than the 334.4 million bushels produced in 2015, while
it is 55% higher than the drought damaged crop of 2014, when Kansas
produced just 246.4 million bushels.
According to Kansas Wheat officials, even though the crop is about 10
days to two weeks ahead of average, harvest still won't begin for 30
to 45 days. A lot can happen during that time, and none of it is
good. The wheat still needs additional moisture and cool temperatures
to realize that yield potential.
here to read more- and keep in mind that the USDA will offer
their take on the 2016 Winter Wheat Crop next Tuesday, May 10th at
11:00 AM central.
Enrolls 800,000 Acres into the Conservation Reserve Program During
49th Sign Up Period of This Legacy Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
Thursday the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the program's 49th sign up
period. Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps
farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting
certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent
soil erosion and strengthen wildlife habitat. Farmers' and ranchers'
participation in CRP continues to provide numerous benefits to our
nation, including helping reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse
gases and providing resiliency to future weather changes.
"The Conservation Reserve Program provides nearly $2 billion
annually to land owners - dollars that make their way into local
economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs. When these
direct benefits are taken together with the resulting economic
activity, the benefits related to CRP are estimated at $3.1 billion
annually," said Vilsack. "Over the past 30 years, CRP has
created major environmental improvements throughout the countryside.
The program has removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere equal to
removing nine million cars from the road annually, and prevented 600
million dump trucks of soil from erosion. With today's announcement,
USDA is continuing these achievements by maximizing conservation
benefits within the limitations provided by law."
This was one of the most selective sign-up periods in CRP's 30-year
history, with a record high Environmental Benefits Index cut-off and
the lowest-percentage of applications accepted. The high bar means
that the per-acre conservation benefits are being maximized and that
acres enrolled address multiple conservation priorities
A nationwide acreage limit was established for this program in the
2014 Farm Bill, capping the total number of acres that may be
enrolled at 24 million for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. At the same
time, USDA has experienced a record demand from farmers and ranchers
interested in participating in the voluntary program. As of March
2016, 23.8 million acres were enrolled in CRP, with 1.7 million acres
set to expire this fall.
Twenty Five Percent of State's
Agriculture Production Treading Water
evidence of drought is clear above ground. Lakes, rivers and creeks
will be low, or completely dry. Wildlife will struggle to survive,
and plants, including crops, will not grow.
Irrigation provided from underground water sources steps in to save
the day for many agricultural producers in the Great Plains. However,
they are discovering underground water sources are equally affected
by drought as the nation's largest underground source of freshwater
in the country, the Ogallala Aquifer, is drying up at an alarming
"There is a tremendous amount of agricultural production coming
out of this aquifer," said Jason Warren, associate professor
in Oklahoma State University's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
In attempt to save the Ogallala Aquifer, OSU is teaming up with seven
other universities, as well as the USDA-Agricultural Research Service
for innovative research and Extension activities aimed at addressing
the challenges. Led by Colorado State University, the consortium
recently received a $10 million USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge
Area CAP grant.
Spanning nearly 174,000 square miles, the Ogallala Aquifer is the
primary water source for the region, including nearly all of Nebraska
and sections of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
Texas and Wyoming. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the
aquifer's overall water level dropped by 36 million acre-feet.
here to read more about the Ogallala Aquifer research
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Red Meat Exports Move
Higher in March; First-Quarter Volumes Up 2 Percent
exports of both U.S. beef and pork increased year-over-year in
volume, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). March export values were lower
than a year ago but trended upward, with both reaching a 2016 high.
Beef exports totaled 89,482 metric tons (mt) in March, up 3 percent
from a year ago and pushing first-quarter volume to 254,986 mt - up 2
percent. March export value was $483.3 million, down 8 percent from a
year ago but the highest since December. For the first quarter,
export value was $1.36 billion - down 13 percent from the same period
March pork exports were the largest in 11 months at 195,898 mt, up 3
percent year-over-year. First-quarter exports reached 534,321 mt, up
2 percent. March export value ($480.4 million) was down 3 percent
from a year ago but the highest since May 2015. First-quarter export
value totaled $1.3 billion, 9 percent below last year's pace.
"Exports showed an encouraging level of improvement in March,
especially to our key Asian markets," said USMEF President and
CEO Philip Seng.
"The U.S. pork industry is now better positioned to capitalize
on strong demand in China. Pork exports to Japan were also higher,
though we are still in a very tough battle for market share as
Japan's imports from Europe increased at a faster pace. On the beef
side, exports continued to perform well in Japan, South Korea and
Taiwan. So while U.S. exports continue to recover from a down year in
2015, volumes are on track for improvement in most markets this
Find more about the first-quarter meat exports here.
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Oklahoma FFA's New President Cale Jahn
Jahn grew up like a lot of rural Oklahoma kids raising
cattle and wheat on his family's farm near Elgin, but he is now
taking on a very special role as he becomes the next president of the
Oklahoma FFA Association.
Growing up, Jahn showed cattle and participated in public speaking
and livestock judging. He even built a trailer his senior year as
part of an ag mechanics project. He says he admired older FFA members
who were active in leadership roles and hoped to one day follow in
their footsteps. He had the opportunity to serve as the Oklahoma FFA
Secretary this past year and called it a very humbling experience.
"Throughout the entire year, it so fascinating to see the impact
we have and to be able to serve the members that make Oklahoma FFA
what it is," he says.
As a veteran state officer with a year at Oklahoma State University
under his belt, Jahn says he is looking forward to mentoring the new
officers, who will begin college in the fall. He is most excited
about the team's diversity and what that means for reaching new FFA
here to read more about the this bright, young leader.
Jahn will join me for the weekly In the Field segment
on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40
Dr. Joe Paschal Talks
Tips for Choosing the Right Cattle Breed for Your Operation
production practices and goals all play into one of the most-asked
questions in ranching: "What breed of cattle should I raise?
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Joe Paschal
talked about the options - ranging from the purebred business to
commercial crossbred cattle - during the TSCRA Convention's School
for Successful Ranching last month.
With more than 75 purebred breeds registered in the U.S. today,
Paschal says he encourages producers to really narrow in on the
specific breed characteristics.
"What we try to do is group those breeds into five or six
different breed groups, based on their production, and then sort of
where their level of performance is today," Paschal says.
"For example, in mature size, maybe in hot climate adaptability
or marbling, so you can say if I want a high-marbling breed, I need
to pick out of this group. If I want a breed that is adapted to very
hot temperatures, then I need to pick out of this breed group.
"Or maybe I need both because I'm going to produce high-marbling
cattle in hot climate, so maybe I need to pick breeds out of each and
Paschal says a straight breeding program with a registered breed -
even if you don't register your cattle - will work very well, but
issues could arise when producers begin crossbreeding without putting
a plan together first.
"It's not just about hybrid vigor, it's about the breeds of
cattle that go into the cross that's going to make profitability a
real thing," he says.
The Bonus Round: Hall- Coyote
Ranch Production Sale on Saturday, Itty Bitty Drought and Kim's SUNUP
Hills Ranch Limousin and Lim-Flex Production Sale is
set for tomorrow- Saturday, May 7, 2016, beginning at 1:00 PM
The sale will be happening at the Coyote Hills Ranch near
About 150 head will be offered-
50 Purebred & Lim-Flex Fall Pairs - calves will split sale day
20 Purebred & Lim-Flex Spring-Calving Cows - many with calves at
side sale day
15 Fall Bred Purebred & Lim-Flex Heifers
15 Fall Show-Heifer Prospects - eligible for the TLA Shoot-Out
Details are available by clicking or tapping here.
You can call Ken
Holloway of Coyote Hills Ranch: 580-597-2419 (night)
The office number for the ranch is 580-597-3006
The latest Drought
Monitor is out- and there is a grand total of 1.67%
of the land mass in Oklahoma under the moderate drought designation-
a little dab of Roger Mills and Ellis counties.
There is also about ten percent of the state with some Abnormally Dry
conditions- includes parts of Grant and Garfield Counties- some of
the Panhandle in addition to the counties mentioned above.
here for the Monitor released yesterday morning.
The final word this morning belongs to Dr. Kim Anderson,
who tells Dave
Deken this week on SUNUP that crop scouts were out
this week- finding more wheat. He also talked about falling
wheat prices, basis worries and storage concerns.
You can watch SUNUP and see their Q&A on Saturday or Sunday- or
you can listen now by jumping over to our website by clicking
You will also find the skinny on what SUNUP is all about this
weekend- so click away and take a look!
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