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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, April 28, 2017
As April winds down- only 17% of the state is now in drought- compared to over 80% in drought conditions as we began 2017.
According to State Climatologist Gary McManus,we actually stand a good chance to practically wipe out any lingering signs of drought with some large storms expected to blow in over the weekend.
McManus reports that these storms will actually dump most of the rain right on top of the most drought affected areas, which could potentially wash away all the dryness left.
Be advised though, these rains also threaten to flood these areas as well, so be aware and plan accordingly. Here's the 7 day precipitation graphic that we picked up from Bryce Anderson
of DTN this morning on Twitter: Click here
for Gary's complete rant from his Mesonet Ticker released yesterday morning after the weekly Drought Monitor was released.
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|OSU's Dr. Jayson Lusk Honored with the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award
Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and author of the monthly Food Demand Survey, Dr. Jayson Lusk, has been named this year's recipient of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award.
Lusk is described in an announcement from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology as a consummate communicator who promotes agricultural science and technology in the public arena.
Lusk uses multiple forms of media to advocate for science, explaining how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress.
Through blogging, among other social media tools, Lusk's colleagues say he has managed to take complicated subject matter on how and why we eat the way we do, and turn the information into digestible forms for anyone to understand, including those outside the agricultural discipline.
Lusk will receive his award at the World Food Prize Symposium on October 18, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. You can click here
to learn more about Dr. Lusk and his work on our website.Last August- we sat down with Jayson Lusk
and talked about his work with his Food Demand Survey and his interactions with the general media in telling the ag story- click here for that story
and for a chance to hear our conversation with him from then.
Earlier this week, the ag industry nearly derailed on rumors that the White House was preparing an executive order to immediately withdraw the US from NAFTA. Yesterday, President Donald Trump seemed to backtrack these reports, reaching out to both Canadian and Mexican leaders reassuring them that the US would remain a member of NAFTA for now, but will seek to make improvements to the trade treaty.
After an initial spit-take to the thought of withdrawing, the folks at the American Soybean Association drew a deep sigh of relief upon hearing Trump's words of reassurance.
"We are relieved by the president's decision that the United States will work on improving the NAFTA rather than withdrawing from it, and we will continue to closely monitor negotiations as they move forward," said ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill. "When you're talking about $3 billion in soybean exports a year, any threats to withdraw from agreements and walk away from markets makes farmers extremely nervous. We remain supportive of efforts to modernize NAFTA and further expand access for U.S. soy in Mexico and Canada, and we look forward to working with the administration to realize these goals."
You can read the ASA's full reaction to Trump's reconsideration of withdrawing from NAFTA, by clicking here
The American Farm Bureau Federation shared the ASA's sentiments in a statement issued by the organization's President, Zippy Duvall.
"Thank you for your recent decision to choose the path of renegotiation for the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than withdrawal. Your leadership in reaching out to President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada began an important step to finding a path forward for updating this important agreement. There are compelling reasons to update and reform NAFTA from agriculture's perspective, including improvements on biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and geographic indicators. As you know, overall, NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for farmers, ranchers and associated businesses all across the United States, Canada and Mexico for decades. Walking away from those gains would have been a severe blow to the agricultural sector and we appreciate the path that will allow for reform and enhancement, rather than abandonment of past achievements."
to read Duvall's entire statement on AFBF's behalf.
Wildfires that ripped across areas of the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma in early March generated much destruction.
However, the hours, days and weeks since have yielded a steady stream of acts of goodness and kindness directed toward those farmers and ranchers impacted by the wildfires.
That continued on Wednesday as Devon Energy presented a white 2012 Chevy 1500 Extended cab, four-wheel drive pickup to R.A. and Susan Bentley
near Laverne, Okla., and a white 2012 GMC 1500 Extended cab, four-wheel drive pickup to Roy D. and Ilajoy Covalt
near Woodward, Okla. The producers also received items from Nash area farmers and ranchers such as hay and fencing materials.
R.A. Bentley rubbed his fingers over the keys to the pickup and said, "This is just more than you could ever expect. I didn't expect it. Wow. Just wow."
After receiving his pickup Roy D. Covalt took a few steps away and then turned around to look at the gift and said, "My, that pickup. That's just incredible."Christina Rehkop, Allison Bailey and Ethan Nall
represented Devon during the presentation of the pickups to the wildland fire victims on Wednesday. Also on hand was Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese
, who coordinated the donations along with Jeff Jaronek
of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation.
"Devon is an Oklahoma company," said Allen Wright
, Devon's vice president of public and government affairs. "When we see our fellow citizens suffering from a tragedy, we want to get involved. We're glad this donation can help two hardworking families get back on their feet."Click here
and continue reading about Devon's generous support to our neighbors up North affected by recent wildfires.
Through the voluntary contributions of Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry, the OERB has spent over $100 million restoring more than 15,000 orphaned and abandoned well sites across the state at absolutely no cost to landowners. The OERB has restored sites in 70 of 77 Oklahoma counties, cleaning an average of two to three sites each day.
In an op-ed piece entitled, Fight for the Future, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Association Kendal Frazier, turns the spotlight on the real motives behind the tactics and strategies used by the radical animal rights group we all know as the Humane Society of the United States, highlighting their recent partnership with the Organization for Competitive Markets. Frazier contends this is an attempt to lend some legitimacy to their underhanded actions and beliefs.
"HSUS wants to end beef production and push you and your family off the land," writes Frazier. "HSUS doesn't care about free markets or 'fairness' in the beef industry."
Frazier cites in his article that together, HSUS and OCM have made claims, very loudly, that producers would be better off with the Beef Checkoff. Frazier attacks this notion fiercely and makes a call to action to the industry, making his point that if the industry hopes to protect itself from being dictated to by outside influences, it must start fighting back.
"If you believe in the beef checkoff, you need to stand up and fight for it. When you hear stories that aren't true, you owe it to your fellow cattlemen and women to stop the propaganda. The beef checkoff belongs to beef producers and it's time to fight for it."
Frazier insists that the Checkoff has and continues to do great things for the advancement of the beef industry. He goes on to expose HSUS for what it really is - a group of people angry at something they can't change.
"When HSUS confronts our industry, it's our responsibility to fight back. No matter what is said, or how much it's disguised, HSUS is angry that people continue to produce cattle and consumers continue to choose beef at the grocery store. That's what this fight is about, and that's all it's about."
to read Frazier's op-ed in it's entirety on our website.
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Over the last several months, the Cattle on Feed reports from the US Department of Agriculture have indicated higher placements numbers in cattle country, but just as importantly, they have shown high marketings as well. Extension Livestock Market Economist Glynn Tonsor
says this is a good signal that beef demand is relatively strong in both domestic and international markets, while feedlots also stay very current. He told me that more attention should be paid right now to the opportunities arising in the global marketplace in order to sustain this momentum.
"We do have an opportunity on the global front. Australia is not producing and exporting as much as before, so there's some positive leverage there," he said, adding that China's promises to reopen their doors to US beef also lends an optimistic tone. "And that's with a US dollar that is far from low."
Perhaps not week to week, Tonsor says, but overall he remains fairly optimistic about what the future holds for the beef industry when it comes to trade. However, he asserts that those negotiating the trade deals amidst all the opportunity for market expansion, need to gain a better understanding of the value being presented in the marketplace through what he calls, "derived demand." He refers to a growing "populist" attitude towards global trade, insisting that we should be careful 'not to shoot ourselves in the foot.'
"I think it's very important producers recognize that there's a lot of embedded value in animals today from trade. I would argue that value is only going to grow in the future and I have some concerns that's not fully appreciated," Tonsor contended. "I don't want anybody shooting their toes off - literally or figuratively. And, I honestly think we're doing a little bit of that in some of the rhetoric around trade - and it concerns me."
Listen to Tonsor and I discuss the market opportunities for beef internationally and his concerns related to that, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
Laverne FFA's Lane Fanning
has been chosen as the Northwest District Star in Production Agriculture for Oklahoma FFA this year. Along with his sister and brother, Lane owns and operates a stocker operation, maximizing his profitability through buying and selling load lots at the local sale barn.
"We had a $45,000 beginning inventory when we came into my freshman year," Fanning said. "We buy the cattle from a sale barn, we feed them, we vaccinate them; we keep them for about 100 days, then we sell them."
Stockers are often thought to be a fairly high-risk venture, yet Fanning and his siblings seem to have made their operation successful and profitable. He says the key to his success has centered around maintaining the health of his herd.
"The health of the animal is very important to profitability," he said. "We vaccinate them when we get them. When they get sick we give them antibiotics - we keep a close watch on them."
When it comes to marketing their livestock, Fanning says he relies on his good relationship with the Woodward Sale Barn owner, to find the right buyers on sale day. Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to listen to our visit with Cole during the judging of the State Stars a couple of weeks ago.
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Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission unveiled a new mural donated by the lead wheat breeder at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Brett Carver and his wife Terri. The name of the mural is "Extending the Legacy" and was commissioned by the famous Oklahoma artist, Dr. Bob Palmer. The painting depicts the different eras of agriculture within the wheat industry over the last 140 years in Oklahoma. The work also places emphasis on OSU wheat research and extension programs that have made significant contributions from the past that will continue to move us into future, thus "Extending the Legacy." The multi paneled painting is being displayed in the main entrance of the new wheat commission offices in northwest Oklahoma City.
"The Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board of Directors were elated at the donation from Brett and Terri Carver that made the wonderful opportunity of 'Extending the Legacy' possible," said Tom Stephens of Guymon, Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board. "When you look at the work our public researchers are doing within the industry at OSU and then to have them give you a gift like this certainly makes you thankful for individuals like the Carver's."
Learn more about the mission of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and take a moment to view a high resolution picture of the mural, by clicking here.
|This N That- Chickasha Today- In the Field on Saturday, Interscholastics and Then There's Next Week...
The Wheat Field Tour at the OSU Ag Research Station in Chickasha is happening today- The tour will be starting at 10:00 AM and details of the day are available here.
More chances to look at wheat varieties across the state will be happening in May- here's the link to our calendar page where you can see details on a location by location basis.
Our guest tomorrow morning on our In the Field segment on KWTV News9 will be Jeff Jaronek- who will update us on the million dollars raised for ranchers hit hard by the wildfires of early March- deadline is this coming Monday- May First- to apply for assistance.
The application is available online at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's website- click or tap here.
ALSO HAPPENING Saturday- the State FFA Interscholastics which includes the State Speech Contest of the Oklahoma FFA- Here's the speaking order for those contests in Stillwater!
(also- here's the Parli Pro lineup for tomorrow as well)
We will be spending some time in Washington next week for our annual National Farm Broadcaster fly in- and then we will be rushing back to take in some of the State Convention of the Oklahoma FFA- as well as the annual Oklahoma Wheat Crop Forecast Session that is the conclusion of the annual Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association's 119th Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. (Click or tap here for their meeting agenda)
And we will be getting reports from Chris Kirby of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission from the annual Kansas Wheat Crop Tour that starts next Tuesday.
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