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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 19, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Closing Arguments Are Done- Now We Wait on Judge Frizzell
-- The Yellowfail Tale Updated as Young Farmers & Ranchers Gather in Tulsa
-- Conservation Districts Gather in Midwest City- First Dam Done in Enid
-- Wheat Disease Still Lurking in Some Fields
-- SUNUP This Weekend
-- Meat Exports Down for 2009 versus 2008- But the End of the Year Trend is Good.
-- Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale Coming Saturday March 6
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Closing Arguments Are Done- Now We Wait on Judge Frizzell
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Griffin TV outlet in Tulsa, the News on 6, covered the wrapup of the five month trial yesterday in the Federal Courtroom of Judge Gregory Frizzell. Dan Bewley is the reporter and we have his full story, including a video report linked below. (To help you remember how things started back in September- click here for Dan's report back as the trial began.)
Bewley writes "Nearly five months after it began, closing arguments were heard Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma against poultry companies here and in Arkansas. The state wants the court to force the poultry industry to limit the amount of chicken waste that can be put on fields in the Illinois River watershed. The trial amounts to a "who-dunnit." The state says the poultry industry is helping to contaminate some of Oklahoma's favorite waterways. But the poultry industry says the state's math is faulty and the blame should be put elsewhere.
"Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed suit against the poultry
industry saying all of that waste has polluted the Illinois River
watershed as well as Lake Tenkiller.
Representatives with the poultry industry declined to comment on camera
when they left the courthouse, instead released a statement:
The Yellowfail Tale Updated as Young Farmers & Ranchers Gather in Tulsa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About 750 Young Farmers and Ranchers from around the United States are gathering this weekend in Tulsa for the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference. One of the members of the national committee that guides this program this year is Troy Hadrick of South Dakota, and you might remember that Hadrick is one of those leading the outrage against Yellowtail Wine for their decision to make a corporate gift of $100,000 to HSUS.
We talked with Hadrick about his efforts in the Yellowfail campaign via Youtube, Twitter and Facebook- and also talked about why he is convinced that HSUS means him economic harm, as he contends they want to put him and other ranchers across the United States out of business with their vegan based agenda.
You can hear our conversation that we had with Troy last night as the National YF&R Conference gets ready to kick off this weekend in Tulsa. Click on the link below- it has the link to Troy's famous YouTube of dumping a bottle of Yellowtail as some of his Angus bulls watched and served as witnesses- and it includes our audio conversation with him that is a special internet extended version of the Beef Buzz- heard on great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Conservation Districts Gather in Midwest City- First Dam Done in Enid
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts are holding their annual meeting February 21-23 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. The 2010 meeting theme is "The Best Hard Times- Continued." Among the speakers that will be addressing the Conservation leaders on Monday will be Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, top Republican on the House Ag Committee. OACD will also welcome Jeff Eisenberg, new Executive Director of the National Association of Conservation Districts to their meeting as well.
Even as the Conservation leaders meet Sunday through Tuesday- there was a success noted by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in Garfield County. Vilsack announced the completion of the nation's first upstream flood-control dam project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Turkey Creek Site 3 dam in Garfield County, Oklahoma protects six bridges, six county roads, and more than 500 acres of land from flooding.
We have more details about this flood control project that has been done using stimulus monies- just click on the link below and check the story out.
Wheat Disease Still Lurking in Some Fields
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There is a wee bit of leaf rust out in Oklahoma wheat fields at this point of February- but the relatively rough winter we have dealt with has drastically reduced what might have been there otherwise. We got an email from Dr. Bob Hunger, plant pathologist at OSU yesterday- and here is his report as of February 18.
Today I visited plots/trials around Stillwater. I was able to find scattered and small viable pustules of leaf rust and powdery mildew, but only in wheat that was planted early and not grazed (and hence quite rank). Differences between resistant and susceptible breeder lines in my soilborne/spindle streak nursery are visible, but no new growth has started so symptoms are difficult to discern. I also saw a few aphids, both greenbug and BCO (I suspect); but again, these were very sparse.
SUNUP This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With Clinton Griffiths out of the country with the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, we got the rundown on this weekend's show from Kathy Shelton of the SUNUP team. Here is what she says will be happening on SUNUP as will be seen on OETA>
We talk with Jeff Edwards on the importance of first hollow stem and
how to detect it in winter wheat.
SPEAKING of Clinton and Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- no report available this morning- but check back on our website from time to time this weekend and we will post stuff from him in Morocco as it becomes available to us in cyberspace.
Meat Exports Down for 2009 versus 2008- But the End of the Year Trend is Good.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Based on statistics it compiled, the U.S. Meat Export Federation projects that both beef and pork exports are primed to start 2010 on an upward trend. U.S. red meat exports finished 2009 on a positive note with healthy gains in volume over December of a year ago. Although 2009 year-end exports of both U.S. pork and beef were down compared to the prior year, U.S. exports equaled or bettered their main international competitors.
U.S. pork exports closed the year with an eight percent jump in volume and six percent in value for the month of December compared to year-ago totals. For the calendar year, pork exports registered the second-highest total in history. U.S. pork exports outpaced the performance of global competitors, which, based on available data, slumped 15 percent in value for the year, led by a 22 percent drop for European Union pork producers.
The story was similar for U.S. beef exports, which rose nine percent in volume and four percent in value for the month of December compared to 2008. For all of 2009, global beef export value fell 16 percent, with Brazil's export value tumbling 23 percent and Australia's falling 18.5 percent. U.S. beef exports for all of 2009 slipped nine percent in volume and 15 percent in value compared to 2008.
Click on the link below for a more complete look at the export numbers- and we have a link to the USMEF website where even more detail can be had.
Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale Coming Saturday March 6
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pollard Farms Performance Genetics Bull & Commercial Female Sale will be happening Saturday, March 6, 2010, 12:30pm at Pollard Farms, Waukomis, Oklahoma.
Featuring 80 Home-raised service-age Angus bulls, (selling several ET full and half brothers with performance and ultrasound data furnished.) Owner Barry Pollard writes in the sale catalog about this year's set of bulls -"These young herd sires are as uniform, powerful and rugged as any bulls we have sold in the past. Through extensive embryo transfer and intense artificial insemination, we have put together a strong set of genetics that will work in all facets of the industry. The genetics behind these bulls are full of performance and longevity that should work in your operation."
You can call Pollard Farms for more information at 580-758-1464 or click on the link below for our calendar listing for the Pollard Farms sale on March 6. You will have the option there of going on to their website where you can download the catalog or view it online.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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