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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, August 7,
Rain Pattern May Spell End to Drought, McManus
July and early August rains have been very welcome
over large portions of Oklahoma. Associate State
Climatologist Gary McManus says
that trend will continue and parts of the state
may see more rain in the next few days as a cool
front sags southward out of Kansas. He says the
best chances are along the Oklahoma-Kansas
Early models are forecasting up to
a couple of inches, which would be extremely
beneficial. McManus says several similar forecasts
earlier have come up dry, so producers aren't
holding their breaths, but they are
"The last two summers have been
pretty devoid of rainfall. The summer of 2011 was,
of course, the hottest summer on record for any
state since records began in 1895. Last year was
no picnic either. It really got hot when the rains
shut off in early spring. So, having all this
rainfall, not just through July but also from
April and May really set the stage to give us a
much different experience.
that's for the eastern two-thirds of the
state. For the western third and
up in the Panhandle, I'm afraid they're still
suffering from the same type of summer as 2011 and
2012. But, for the bulk of the state, this is a
vastly different experience. You can just go
outside and look at how green it is and tell how
different it's been."
McManus said the
extended forecast appears to favor a continued
pattern of drought relief at least for the eastern
two-thirds of the
state. Forecasts for the western
and Panhandle regions, however, don't paint such
an optimistic picture.
Click here to listen to my
interview with Gary or to read more of this story.
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Congressmen Schedule Town Hall Meetings Across the
Three Oklahoma Congressmen
have scheduled town hall meetings in their
districts over the next several days.
Lucas, Tom Cole, and
will discuss what is going on in Washington right
now and would like to hear from constituents
about the issues of importance to them.
Lucas will have meetings
in Woodward, Beaver, and Guymon today and in Boise
City, Laverne, and Shattuck tomorrow. Click here for times and
Cole will appear in Norman
today and in Pauls Valley on Friday. Click here for more
will appear in Antlers, Idabel, and Hugo August
12; Durant, Kingston, and Tishomingo August 13;
Weleetka, Wetmka, Coalgate, and Atoka August 15;
and in Hulbert and Fort Gibson August 16. Click here for the full
Rains Have Cattle Producers Shifting Gears for the
Future, Peel Says
rains across large portions of the Southern Plains
have cattle producers wondering if the recent
drought may be at an end. If it is, a change in
strategy is in the offing, says Oklahoma State
University Extension Livestock Market Economist
Derrell Peel. He spoke with me
recently at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
convention and trade show.
here in Oklahoma the rain we've had has
tremendously changed the situation," Peel saiys.
"It's come early enough that we're going to see
some forage production. It's certainly been a
Peel says producers are
cautiously optimistic that we've moved past the
drought, but we won't know for some time yet.
Still, the state is in its best shape in about
three years. The rains will influence a lot of
decisions this fall for producers, but, given the
lateness of the season, Peel says he doesn't think
things will change drastically with regard to
animal numbers just yet. He says producers will be
laying the groundwork, however, for what will
happen in 2014 if the drought is truly broken. He
says herd liquidation will likely taper off as
producers look to retain heifers to rebuild their
herds. With such a young herd base, Peel says,
rebuilding could happen quite
Derrell is my guest on the latest
Beef Buzz. Click here to listen in on our
conversation or to read more of this story.
Companies Bring New Technologies to Domestic
Market and Research Opportunities
new technologies across all sectors of agriculture
are making headlines in the United states along
with new research projects being pursued in Africa
and several foreign countries. Some of the
latest additions to our Agri-Innovations webpage
Inc., formerly the animal health business
unit of Pfizer Inc., announces the licensure of
Bovi-Shield Gold One Shot ™. With Bovi-Shield Gold
One Shot, producers get upgraded protection for
their cattle against major respiratory viruses and
Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica in one
convenient dose. Read the full story by clicking here.
is adding to its pool of corn genetics with the
introduction of 102 corn hybrids for the 2014
planting season. Adding to a portfolio including
Golden Harvest® and NK® brand hybrids, the lineup
features 60 hybrids containing new-to-market
genetics. The additional 42 hybrids contain
upgraded trait versions of proven high-performing
genetics. Click here to read the full
and Pannar Seed are partnering to
increase the pace and scope of research and
innovation in the African seed industry, bringing
farmers in South Africa and throughout the
continent more product choices and better
products, faster and more efficiently than either
company could do on its own. Pioneer will retain
the strong Pannar brand and will grow both the
Pioneer and the Pannar brands and businesses into
the future. Click here to read
The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced its final 2013 Renewable
Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS) Tuesday. The EPA will require 2.75
billion gallons of advanced biofuel and 16.56
billion gallons of total renewable fuel to be
blended into the nation's gasoline supply.
Following the announcement,
Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy
released the following statement:
Energy is pleased that the EPA has finalized the
2013 biofuel volumes and has continued to show its
strong commitment to the RFS. We look forward to
closely reviewing the final rule and we strongly
support increasing levels of renewable fuel into
our nation's fuel supply."
You can read
more of his comments by clicking
Moves Full Speed Ahead with Youth Programs and
recent events move American Farmers and
Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union full speed ahead
with its statewide youth leadership program.
The first is the appointment of Nikki Holt
Slagel as the organization's AFR/OFU
Youth and Education Coordinator. The second
is the announcement of the members of the
organization's 2013 and 2014 Youth Advisory
brings many agricultural experiences with her.
From showing and judging livestock to
participating in speech and agricultural
communications contests, Slagell has spent time on
both sides of the agricultural spectrum. This
diverse experience is a key requirement for the
program's coordinator-the AFR/OFU Youth Program
strives to provide activities for students in many
interest areas. You can read more about
Slagell by clicking here.
Advisory Council consists of high school juniors
and seniors representing AFR/OFU youth from across
the state. Members of the 2013-2014 Council are
Bethany Harder, Battiest;
Ryan Danker, Wellston;
Brady Womack, Morris;
Brooks McKinney, Spiro; and
Council members participate in
agriculture-based service projects throughout the
year and assist in planning many AFR/OFU Youth
Program activities. They also facilitate AFR/OFU
events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma
youth. Click here to read more.
N That- Big Iron, Summer Cattle Industry
Conference and PASS Congrats
fairly light number of items that will be closing
today on Big Iron in their
regular on line no reserve auction of farm
equipment. A total of 161 items are
scheduled to close later today.
in the month- the number of items really jumps
higher- for example- the August 21st sale shows
over 500 items will be closing that day.
Click here for the Big Iron site
where you can see all of the items closing today-
and you can look ahead into the next couple of
weeks as well to scope out items that can be use
to you on your farm or ranch.
are in Denver for the Summer Cattle
Industry Conference- and the first
sessions we will be covering this morning here in
the Mile High City looks to be of great
interest. The industry will be considering
the Perceptions versus the Realities of
Beta-Agonists. Beta-Agonists are an feed
ingredient which is being used more and more in
feedlots to help the animal build lean muscle in
the final days of a feeding cycle.
plan on tweeting from the session- it starts at 8
am central time- so check out our Twitter feed by
Dave Porter of the Plant and Soil Science
Department at Oklahoma State University is beaming
these days- with two new arrivals for the PASS
has dropped us a couple of emails in recent days-
and we wanted to pass both along to you- first-
OSU has filled a critical slot in the Department
with the hiring of Dr. Angela
Post as the new Assistant Professor
- Weed Science Extension Specialist.
to Dr. Porter, "Angela comes to us by way of
Virginia Tech." Porter says her extension
duties include "Lead in planning, implementing,
and evaluating educational programs to transfer
small grains and canola weed management
technologies to Oklahoma stakeholders." Dr.
Post will also handle teaching duties as well.
addition- Dr. Porter also asks that we
welcome "Dr. Samantha Shoaf as
our new Assistant Professor - Plant Science
Teaching and Youth Development. Sam received
her Ph.D. from Purdue University, then spent one
year as a Congressional Science Fellow for
ASA-CSSA-SSSA in the office of Sen. John Thune
before she joined us last week." Among her
duties- Samantha "will be responsible for the
development and instruction of introductory
courses in crop science, agronomic practices,
plant and seed identification, and professional
development of undergraduate students." And
she will be spending time working with 4-H and FFA
members in developing their depth of knowledge in
the world of crop science.
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