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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $5.87 per bushel- per bushel-
based on delivery to Oklahoma City yesterday (per
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Secretary Tom Vilsack To Make His First Visit to
Oklahoma This Friday to Celebrate the First
Anniversary of the Farm Bill with Frank
year ago, the finishing touches on the 2014 Farm
Bill were complete- the House approved the Farm
Bill Conference Report on January 29th, the Senate
followed suit on February 4th and the President signed the bill into law
February 7th in a partisan appearance on the
campus of Michigan State University as Senate Ag
Committee Chairman Debbie
Stabenow looked on.
Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank
Lucas, was not present. Oklahoma's Third
District Congressman did offer an Op-Ed on the
passage of the bill- saying that as the Chairman
of the House Ag Committee "I am very pleased
the Agricultural Act of 2014 gives producers the
tools and opportunities needed to be successful
now and in the future."
of the final votes in the House and Senate and the
signature of the President- we talked with
Congressman Lucas about getting the Farm Bill to
the finish line- our conversation of ONE YEAR AGO
today can be relived by clicking here- he
called getting this bill done nothing short of a
"political, legislative miracle."
at the one year mark- Secretary Tom
Vilsack is planning to travel to El Reno,
Oklahoma this Friday to celebrate with
"remarks on the one-year anniversary of the
enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill and the impact the
legislation has had for farm families and for the
economy in rural communities over the past
appears to be a USDA event- they are restricting
attendance at Redlands College on Friday morning
and in the invitation- this "event" headlines
Secretary Vilsack and only mentions Congressman
Lucas down in the body of the invite. This will be
Mr. Vilsack's first visit to Oklahoma as USDA
It is ironic that
Secretary Vilsack comes to the home district of
Congressman Lucas and will be in a county that
could have really used APH for the 2015 wheat
crop- an issue Vilsack repeatedly told the
Chairman was too hard to do. Last fall,
Vilsack did a partial about face and announced
that APH would be available for Crop Insurance for
2015 Spring planted crops- but again said wheat
would be left out.
would call this unexpected event in El Reno Friday
morning "odd." Perhaps those in attendance will be
polite but will save their loudest cheers for the
immediate past Chair of the House Ag Committee and
the work he and his staff did.
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have a limited amount of time to make important
safety net decisions. With passage of the 2014
Farm Bill, farmers only have about two months left
to elect a program through 2018. Texas
A&M Extension Economist Dr. Joe
Outlaw said farmers have to make their
base reallocation and yield update decisions by
February 27th. Farmers will need to elect between
the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Agricultural
Risk Coverage (ARC) programs by March 31st. Outlaw
said farmers should not expect to get any relief
(or extensions) on these
In choosing between
ARC and PLC, both programs have their merits.
Dr. Outlaw said in Texas it looks like ARC
will pay well for the first few years, then
payments tail off over time. PLC won't offer as
much incentive up front, but the program offers
security that their crop has a guaranteed price.
For example wheat has a target price of $5.50 a
bushel. If a farmer selects PLC, they can also
purchase Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) with
their crop insurance. He said farmers are looking
at this option as a way to protect their operation
at lower costs will consider SCO, because there
are some real cost savings to be obtained.
In looking at the various options, Dr.
Outlaw said he will not make these decisions for
farmers. He recommends farmers take the time to
look at the options and how it work for their
farm. He believes the level of complication is
directly tied to Congress tailoring this bill to
farmers and their yields.
covering the Red River Crops Conference in
Childress, Texas, I caught up with Dr.
Outlaw. Click here to read more or to
listen to the full interview.
USDA Organic Survey Underway
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) just kicked off the Organic
Survey to gather detailed data on U.S.
organic agriculture production. The survey is a
complete inventory of all known organic producers
that are certified, exempt from certification, and
transitioning to certified organic
"Total organic product
sales by farms and ranches in the United States
have continued to grow over the last few years,
increasing by 83 percent between 2007 and 2012,"
said USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta
Harden. "These latest census results show
the continued interest in organic agriculture
among consumers, producers, and businesses. As we
look to the future, the important information we
gather will be crucial to capturing the strong
private and public sector support to sustain the
continued growth of this
Conducted by USDA's National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the
Organic Survey is a result of this growing demand
for organic agricultural products and data. The
survey looks at many aspects of organic
agriculture during the 2014 calendar year - from
production and marketing practices, to income and
expenses. It also focuses on the future of organic
production by including producers transitioning to
certified organic agriculture. Click here to learn more about
to Future Generations Part of OSU Cooperative
Extension Time Capsules
of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension
Service gathered on Oklahoma State
University's Stillwater campus recently to send a
blast from the past to the organization's future
"Extension just passed its
centennial anniversary and among the many
interesting items being included in the time
capsules we are putting together are letters
written by current-day educators and specialists
to our future counterparts, giving firsthand
accounts about what it was like to be part of
Extension today," said Nathan
Anderson, Payne County Extension director
and agricultural educator.
agency that is part of OSU's Division of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, OCES
and its county educators and area, district and
state specialists play pivotal roles in ensuring
the university meets its state and federally
mandated land-grant mission by developing
science-based educational programs that help
Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns,
promote leadership and manage resources
wisely. Click here to read more about the
OCES time capsules.
Winter Canola Crop Holding on for Rain
state's winter canola crop is in decent condition,
but it could swing either way depending on Mother
Nature. Oklahoma State University
Winter Canola Extension
Specialist Josh Bushong said much
of the crop remains in good shape.
"For the most part, the guys that had
a decent stand going into winter, still have a
decent stand right now, so that has been pretty
positive," Bushong said. "We had a little bit of
moisture to handle some of the freezes this
With the ongoing drought,
there is limited moisture in the soil profile.
Bushong said this crop is holding on waiting for
more rain. With several days over 70 degrees this
week, he is starting to see some regrowth and the
crop is starting to break
dormancy. This is also spurring
insect and weed pressure. Bushong is seeing Army
Cut Worms and Diamond Back Moth larvae in fields
in north central Oklahoma. He encourages farmers
get out and scout their fields and apply an
herbicide or insecticide before the crop bolts. If
farmer wait too long, Bushong said they will lower
their yield potential.
caught up with Bushong at the Red River
Crops Conference in Childress,
Texas. Read more or listen to the
full interview by clicking here.
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Your Cowherd from Devastating Diseases
are several diseases cow-calf producers should
concentrate on keeping out of their herd by having
a good biosecurity program. Kansas State
University Veterinarian Dr. Greg
Hanzilcek, serves as the director of
Production Animal Field Investigations. Hanzilcek
said there are a couple of extremely important
diseases that producers need to pay attention to,
especially Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) and
Trichomoniasis. These diseases can be introduced
from animals being brought into a herd from an
"They are from animals
that we purchased from and we have actually
brought in a disease that our herd hasn't had
before," Hanzilcek said. "BVD and Trichomoniasis -
those are probably two of our biggest concerns on
cow-calf operations as far as purchased and as far
as the negative impacts they have on the health of
In preventing BVD from
entering your herd, Dr. Hanzilcek said there are
several things a rancher can do to help protect
herd health. If a producer is bringing in animals,
he said it is important to make sure those animals
are not "Persistently Infected" or PI animals.
This can be verified in an easy test where you
take an ear notch out of each of the animals and
send the samples to a laboratory to be tested. He
said for a couple of dollars you can make sure
these animals are not PI's. Even if they are not
PI animals, Hanzilcek said if they have been
exposed to BVD in the last week or two and they
can bring that into the herd, similar to how flu
spreads through exposure in the human population.
read more about BVD and Trich or to listen to the
Beef Buzz feature, by clicking
Department of Ag Adds Categories to be Honored in
Their Annual Call for Nominees to the Ag Hall of
1998, the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award
in Agriculture was created to recognize those who
have helped lead the industry while demonstrating
exemplary personal values and pursuing
agricultural achievements in Oklahoma. The
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and
Forestry (ODAFF) is accepting nominations for this
award and three new awards through Feb. 13. The
expanded program is called the Oklahoma Excellence
in Agriculture Awards.
award winners will be announced at a recognition
ceremony on April 1 at the state capitol as part
of the state's annual Oklahoma Ag Day celebration.
In addition, the winner of the Governor's
Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture will
have a framed plaque installed in the Oklahoma
Agricultural Hall of Fame display located at ODAFF
headquarters in Oklahoma City.
awards being presented for the first time this
year are the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship
Award, Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award and
Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award.
The Legacy in Agriculture Award is the only one
strictly for posthumous nominees.
short turn around in getting nominations pulled
together and submitted- deadline as mentioned
above is February 13. Click here to learn more and get
the link to the nomination forms.
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is (405) 522-5563.
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