~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday, July 18, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Best Antidote for Drought- A Nice Hurricane
-- US Wheat Associates Meets in Tulsa
-- OSU Analyses Feasibility of Bioenergy Production in Rural Oklahoma
-- National Milk Producers Federation says Dairy Legislation Misrepresents Facts
-- House Ag Subcommittee Examines Farm Loan Programs
-- Drought Allows for Pond Management
-- Winter in Summer- the 2011 Winter Canola Conferences Are Tuesday & Wednesday- Y'all Come!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Best Antidote for Drought- A Nice Hurricane
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The dry weather that has been in place in some locations since last summer was a hot topic for Meterologist Travis Meyer as he addressed the summer meeting of US Wheat Associates on Sunday evening in downtown Tulsa. Meyer talked about 2011 and the weather extremes seen in Oklahoma that have been a microcosm of weather conditions nationally.
Meyer told the group that we have seen extreme cold, heat, drought, tornados, fires and even flooding here in Oklahoma since the start of 2011. He pointed especially to the strong storms that were mostly east of Oklahoma this season- he attributed the drought conditions for pushing the dry line for the storms eastward this year- with only the deadly storms around Piedmont really developing in the central part of the state this year. Meyer showed pictures of the Joplin tornado damage, which was massive, but pointed out the Piedmont storm was actually a slighty stronger storm- but just in a more rural setting.
The big concern that Meyer pointed to is the possible reestablishment of La Nina- which could extend dry weather conditions well into the fall and winter- very bad news potentially for the 2012 winter wheat crop.
The best short term solution to the current exceptional drought that covers over 40% of the state of Oklahoma- a Hurricane coming up through Texas from the Gulf of Mexico. Meyer says that we have to get a week of rain in order to begin to reverse the effects of the drought that has been with some folks since last July.
US Wheat Associates Meets in Tulsa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lots of Oklahoma agricultural leaders have been in and out of Tulsa this weekend to help salute Oklahoma wheat producer Don Schieber of Kay County, as he wraps up his year as the Chairman of US Wheat Associates.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission held a Saturday night reception to honor Schieber and then a reception and dinner on Sunday evening downtown at the historic Mayo Hotel.
In and around those events, US Wheat Associates has been talking trade prospects for the current wheat marketing year, biotechnology and more. We will have several interviews and related stories to share with you from Tulsa as the week unfolds. The US Wheat meeting is winding down today- and will conclude midday.
OSU Analyses Feasibility of Bioenergy Production in Rural Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Some rural communities in Oklahoma may have an opportunity to boost their local economies through bioenergy production.
Phil Kenkel, agricultural economics professor and Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair at Oklahoma State University, researches the economic feasibility of such production.
"We have developed a feasibility template that helps project developers predict the costs and returns of various systems including oil seed crushing, biodiesel production, sweet sorghum ethanol and cellulosic ethanol," he said. "One of my current projects is examining the feasibility of machinery cooperatives for harvesting and storing biomass for the bioenergy supply chain."
The biomass machinery cooperative allows producers to achieve the
economies of scale and efficiency of a large industrialized system.
National Milk Producers Federation says Dairy Legislation Misrepresents Facts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Milk Producers Federation released the following statement concerning the recent legislative draft for dairy policy reform from Rep. Collin Peterson. This statement is from Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.
"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions about the best approach to reforming dairy policy, no one should be allowed to misrepresent the facts or make unfounded assertions. There are several misleading claims that were made in Wednesday's statement from IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton regarding the release of a legislative draft by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).
These misleading claims according to the NMPF include:
House Ag Subcommittee Examines Farm Loan Programs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit, held a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan programs. The audit hearing was a part of the House Agriculture Committee's ongoing effort to provide oversight of current spending to ensure that programs are being delivered effectively while minimizing waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication. This is the fifth audit hearing in the series.
Farming is capital-intensive, and farmers must often apply for large amounts of credit to enter farming or maintain their existing operations. By providing direct loans or guaranteeing commercial loans, FSA affords farmers who are denied commercial lending access to credit.
The audit hearing provided Subcommittee members information regarding
what loan programs are the most effective for farmers and
Drought Allows for Pond Management
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There is one key ingredient for ponds to be able to function as designed: water.
With the extreme dry conditions that most of Oklahoma has been experiencing over the past several months, many ponds have become noticeably smaller in surface area, which causes several problems, but allows the opportunity for some renovation.
Some of the problems include a decrease in palatability for livestock, followed by lower water consumption, unhealthy fish and low oxygen fish kills, said Marley Beem, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension aquaculture specialist.
"Skinny fish in a shrinking pond will probably benefit from increased
harvest. Low oxygen fish kills also are possible as nutrients become
concentrated causing algae growth to increase," he said. "In some cases
low oxygen kills can be averted by using a pump set to aerate water when
fish show signs of gulping or piping at the surface."
Winter in Summer- the 2011 Winter Canola Conferences Are Tuesday & Wednesday- Y'all Come!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's seventh annual winter canola conference will have a new wrinkle this year; it will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Enid. And to include more canola growers from southwestern Oklahoma and north Texas, the same program will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Lawton, Ok.
Enid's meeting will be held at the Hoover building, Garfield County fairgrounds. Wednesday's meeting will be held at the McMahon Centennial Complex at Cameron University in Lawton.
According to Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Oklahoma
City, Ok., there is no charge for registration, food or drinks at either
session. Door prizes will be given away by program sponsors and 3.5 CCA
CEUs will be given to producers attending the conferences.
During the morning session, canola versus wheat prices, soil
preparation and planting, canola varieties, canola pests such as insects,
weeds and diseases, and presentations by seed companies will be held.
After a mid morning break, canola crop insurance, fertilizing, canola and
wheat rotations, harvesting options and a grower panel discussion will be
held. A midday lunch will help wrap up both sessions. Door prizes will be
given right after lunch.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $13.09 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $13.02 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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