~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 22, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma Farm Family Competes to be America's Favorite Small Business
-- What Consumers Want to Know- and What Farmers Think Consumers NEED to Know
-- Governor Fallin Extends Hay Transportation Executive Order
-- Modifying John Deere Vacuum Meters to Seed Canola with a Sorghum Disk
-- Study Shows Achieving Renewable Energy Goal Will Generate Jobs
-- Ag Chairman Frank Lucas says Cost-Benefit Analysis for GIPSA Rule is Necessary
-- Another Dose of Rain for Northern Half of Oklahoma- and People Notes
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farm Family Competes to be America's Favorite Small Business
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A nationwide contest was kicked off this week by Dell Computers, in partnership with Microsoft and MasterCard, to give small businesses across the nation an opportunity to tell the story of their small business and why they should win the title of America's Favorite Small Business. Most people would not think of agriculture for this contest, but an Oklahoma farm family took on this opportunity to win not only the title, but also the $25,000 in Dell products preloaded with Windows programs and a $50,000 prepaid card from MasterCard.
Mason and Madison Bolay of Perry, Okla., entered the contest with their small farm business of Bolay Farms, which started in 1893 in Noble County. Bolay Farms is a fifth generation farming operation that still focuses on the ideas of living off of the land and providing safe and abundant products to their consumers, whether it is livestock or grain products.
Ultimately, Mason and Madison say one of the most important aspects of Bolay Farms is to be efficient and maximize on every acre's potential throughout their farm. To keep up with the changing times in agriculture, Bolay Farms relies on technology to help guide them and to meet these goals of their operation.
Bolay Farms has been selected as one of the top ten finalists for the America's Favorite Small Business competition and it is now turned over to America to decide who is the favorite. Voting in the competition has already started and participants can vote daily. The voting will continue until October 9, with the winner being announced on October 10.
What Consumers Want to Know- and What Farmers Think Consumers NEED to Know
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance have a big event that they are calling an online Food Dialogue- to be conducted in several forms of social media between consumers and ag producers. If you want to follow along starting at 11 AM central time this morning on Twitter- the hashtag you can plug in to grab all of the comments related to the Dialogue is #FoodD.
In concert with the Food Dialogues that are happening today- the
Alliance has released survey results of what consumers say they want to
know more about when it comes to farming and ranching- as well as what
farmers and ranchers say they think consumers want to know. The two lists
do match up- at least they kinda do.
The list of topics that farmers and ranchers say they think consumers should be educated about include the effect of pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics on food, where their food comes from in general, proper care of livestock and poultry and the economic value of agriculture. Click here for more about the survey results of this study just released by the Alliance.
Governor Fallin Extends Hay Transportation Executive Order
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On September 20, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin extended the executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks for another 60 days. The order was originally signed because of the extreme drought across the state, which left many farmers without access to hay for livestock purposes and many farmers and ranchers are continuing to struggle with this effort.
The current rules for hauling hay restrict the dimensions to 11 feet in width, while the executive order from Gov. Fallin increases those dimensions to 12 feet. This allows haulers without a permit to double the amount of hay bales that are hauled per truck.
The executive order also suspends the requirement for an oversized
vehicle permit for vehicles transporting hay to livestock.
"Many farmers are experiencing shortages of hay, leaving their livestock severely underfed," Fallin said. "To try and alleviate that problem and expedite access to food, I have decided to loosen the restrictions on trucks hauling hay, so we can get as much food to market as quickly as possible."
Modifying John Deere Vacuum Meters to Seed Canola with a Sorghum Disk
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over the past season or two, there has been some interest in using row crop planters to seed canola. Since most manufacturers do not specifically offer disks or plates for canola seed, producers are required to use other plates. With input from some innovative producers and a little testing, we have developed some guidelines for adapting sorghum plates to meter canola with a John Deere vacuum planter.
Metering seed as small as canola is challenging with John Deere vacuum meters. When the disk is spaced correctly for larger seed, canola can leak from the bottom of the meter (green arrows in Figure 1, which is found in the link below). The problem occurs due to a very slight (about 1/16th of an inch) wobble between the metering disk and the aluminum housing. Once canola seed gets into the very small opening, it pours out like water. You may be able to correct this problem by adjusting the meter hub (refer to operator's manual). However, if this adjustment does not prevent leaking, you may need to modify the disk.
This first step is to mark the T-handle and the seed disk so that the disk will always be installed in the same orientation (Figure 2, also can be found in the link below). You should also number each disk for the row unit so that they can be put back in the same place every time.
Once the disk is in place rotate it by hand to see where the gap or opening occurs. Mark both sides of the gap including arrows showing which side of the mark that the gap is on (Figure 3, linked below). Once the gap is marked, remove the disk and transfer the marks to the other side. You need to file a very small amount from the ring where the gap occurs (Figure 4, linked below). This will allow the disk to sit a little closer to the housing. You may also need to adjust the meter hub. Refer to your operator's manual for these instructions.
Study Shows Achieving Renewable Energy Goal Will Generate Jobs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With the United States on a path to achieving the 25x'25 clean energy goal, an estimated 1.4 million new jobs would be created by 2015, 2.9 million jobs by 2020, and 4.7 million by 2025, according to a University of Tennessee study. Released today by the 25x'25 Alliance, 25% Renewable Energy for the United States by 2025: An Analysis on Jobs Created By Meeting this Goal shows that the jobs will be created by annual economic growth in the renewable energy sector, reaching $208 billion by 2015, $411 billion in 2020, and $646 billion by 2025.
"The report underscores the need for appropriate public policy support and funding to maximize the economic benefits that come from our nation's vast sustainable resources and achieving a clean, 25x'25 renewable energy future," said Read Smith, co-chairman of the National 25x'25 Steering Committee.
The 25x'25 Vision calls for America's farms, ranches and forestlands to meet 25 percent of the nation's energy needs with renewable resources - biomass, wind energy, solar power, thermal energy and hydropower - while continuing to produce safe, abundant and affordable food, feed and fiber.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee's Bio-based Energy Analysis Group say that pursuing the 25x'25 goal generates economic activity that creates millions of new jobs over the next 15 years by growing and collecting and harvesting renewable energy feedstocks; harnessing the sun, wind, water, and heat from the earth; purchasing inputs; adding value to those inputs and supplying the energy produced. The jobs would be widespread throughout the United States, with rural areas benefitting due to renewable energy-related economic activity.
Ag Chairman Frank Lucas says Cost-Benefit Analysis for GIPSA Rule is Necessary
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the importance of transparent economic analysis in federal rulemaking. A year has gone by since a group of lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a public report on the costs and benefits of the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.
Last week, Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, agreed that public analysis is important. During a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Sunstein said that "it is fundamentally important for economic analyses to be available for public review." The administration has yet to complete and release such an analysis, however.
Click on the LINK below to listen to The Ag Minute. Part of the
transcript is listed below.
"At that time, our request was denied.
Another Dose of Rain for Northern Half of Oklahoma- and People Notes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We normally hop out of bed around 3 AM- and this morning, we rolled out hearing thunder and the start of rain that has not really stopped for the past three hours- this particular rainfall event has turned out to be pretty darn good for folks north of I-40, with a lot of people at a half inch of rain- and many at an inch or more. Click here for the Mesonet precipitation map- I selected the 48 hour live snapshot for you to view which will keep updating. Several areas that got little rainfall this past weekend are getting showers this morning- and this may allow a lot of farmers north of I-40 to move forward with planting of canola and winter wheat.
Congrats to Brian Little of Wann, Oklahoma, who placed third in the Livestock Marketing Association's first qualifying contest for the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship that was held on Monday of this week in Glasgow, Ky. Little was the only Oklahoman that ended up competing in Glasgow and advances to the World Championship next June in California. Click here for the details about the quarterfinals held in Kentucky and who the other auctioneers are that will be heading to California with Brian.
The National Sorghum Producers recognized Dr. Jeff Dahlberg as
the 2011 NSP Outstanding Achievement Award recipient during the 28th
Biennial Sorghum Research and Utilization Conference held Sept. 14 in
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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 $12.51 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.57 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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