~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday January 12, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Moisture returns as Arctic Air descends upon Oklahoma
-- We talk Disaster Assistance with Congressman Frank Lucas.
-- Playa Lakes group to meet in southwest Oklahoma next week.
-- No-till Seminars planned in southwestern Oklahoma in Hollis and Ft. Cobb.
-- Speaking of No-till, the annual No-till on the Plains Conference is set for end of January in Salina!
-- USDA Wheat Acreage Numbers being released this morning
-- This Coming Monday- MLK Day and NSP Convention
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. Our email this morning is a service of Midwest Farm Shows, featuring the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City April 19-21, 2007, as well as the Tulsa Farm Show held each December. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.
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Moisture returns as Arctic Air descends upon Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The coldest air we have had this winter- coupled with moisture coming up from the south are slamming into Oklahoma- and before it's all said and done- we could see a coating of ice from Woodward all the way down to Durant. Virtually the entire main body of the state is included in the Ice Storm Warning that we have linked to below- with a couple of counties facing a flash flood watch in the far southeastern areas of the state.
The private weather forecasters- including our Griffin Colleagues Gary England and Travis Meyer- agree with the National Weather Service that we have significant ice coming- the heavier amounts likely to come in Saturday night into Sunday. An area on either side of I-44 seems most likely to get the most ice- although the latest warning includes that heavier amount of ice extended now down to Atoka and Durant as well.
Perhaps the most significant part of this system- depending on how many problems the ice causes- will be the frigid temperatures as we are facing below freezing conditions through at least Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
We talk Disaster Assistance with Congressman Frank Lucas.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We reported yesterday about the plan by Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas to re-introduce his Disaster Assistance proposal that he first unveiled the middle of last year. He has added in the ability of those who have been hit hard by the snowstorms at the end of 2006 to file for assistance as well. Total pricetag on this measure would be around three billion dollars.
Lucas says that he is still waiting on the Democrats to finish their reorganization efforts before his bill will have a chance to gain any traction. That reorganization effort means that Lucas is also still waiting on exactly which subcommittee he will serve as the ranking minority member on in 2007. He anticipates that he will be on the same committee as Democrat Tim Holden, who will be the Sub-Committee Chairman. He expects the panel that he and Holden will serve together on will have oversight over conservation, research and perhaps renewable energy issues. That would make that sub-committee THE committee to be on within the House Ag Committee structure if that is how it works out.
The link below is our doorway for you to travel through to hear our conversation with Oklahoma's man on the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas.
Playa Lakes group to meet in southwest Oklahoma next week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The winter Playa Lakes Joint Venture Management Board meeting will take place January 16 - 18 at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. The winter meeting is when the Board awards grants to successful proposals submitted for the ConocoPhillips/PLJV grant program, as well as reviews past Joint Venture accomplishments and sets direction for the New Year. Meeting participants will also tour Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area southeast of Frederick - a flagship PLJV project that garnered three North American Wetland Conservation Act grants from 1995 - 1998.
The Playa Lakes Joint Venture's mission is to conserve playa lakes, other wetlands and associated landscapes through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people in the western Great Plains. PLJV partners consist of federal and state wildlife and natural resource agencies, non profit conservation groups and the private sector.
I have linked to the PLJV web site below if you wish to find out more about this conservation coalition.
No-till Seminars planned in southwestern Oklahoma in Hollis and Ft. Cobb.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Great Plains Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) and Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC), along with Oklahoma conservation districts, are planning two no-till conservation cropping system workshops. The first workshop is January 18th at the Hollis Civic Center in Hollis, Oklahoma. The second workshop will be February 8th at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.
The message being delivered through these workshops is "no-till is not no-management." Larry Wright, RC&D Coordinator, stated that this statement has too many negatives for proper English but it does convey the misconception among some of the general populace. Wright also explained that SPARC is an organization that is working on developing market based incentives to promote conservation practices and sustainable agriculture. No-till conservation cropping systems have been identified to provide additional environmental benefits along with saving soil and money. Wright also stated that no-till producers are able to spend less time tilling fields and can leverage that time by managing their ecosystems.
The Southern Plains No-Till Seminar scheduled for Hollis on January 18th will feature No-till Cotton, No- till Wheat/Cattle grazing, Recognizing soil improvement that accompanies no-till, Herbicide application techniques for no-till, and Zone-till/Strip- till techniques. The seminar will begin with both indoor and outdoor displays and registration at 8:00 am on Thursday January 18th at the Hollis Civic Center, 2nd Street and West Jones Street. Please make your reservation by January 12th to help us with food preparation arrangements by calling the Harmon County Conservation District at 580-688- 3456, ext. 3. More details on the Ft. Cobb event will be available later this month.
Speaking of No-till, the annual No-till on the Plains Conference is set for end of January in Salina!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The eleventh annual No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference will be held January 30-31, 2007, in the Bicentennial Center, Salina, Kansas. This premier no- till conference is one of the largest in North America. The Bicentennial Center will be open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning allowing attendees to visit the tradeshow until the conference begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday’s sessions begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5:30 p.m.
The Conference will highlight the best in agronomy, management, and new technologies, not only helping regain profitability for the producer, but also doing it in an environmentally-friendly fashion. A variety of sessions featuring experts from various states and countries will address pertinent no-till-related topics. Over 70 exhibitors featuring the latest innovations in the industry will participate in the very popular tradeshow portion of the two-day event. Certified Crop Advisor credits are also available for those continuing their education. This information-packed conference includes lunch Wednesday, all materials, and an abundance of networking opportunities.
Brian Lindley of No-Till on the Plains, Inc says "This year’s conference will continue to deliver information on the key topics that producers require. No-Till on the Plains believes that the producer needs to be profitable. In countries where agriculture is not subsidized, adoption of no-till is normally in excess of 80%, thus proving that continuous no-till remains the most profitable production system. One of the huge benefits of continuous no-till is the enhanced environmental aspects of cleaner air and cleaner water. That is why producers who practice continuous no-till have the advantage of being economically rewarded and environmentally sound.” For more information about the upcoming Winter Conference, contact No-Till on the Plains, Inc. at 888-330-5142.
USDA Wheat Acreage Numbers being released this morning
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are emailing this a few minutes in front of the release of the USDA Wheat Acreage numbers- with this report expected to show a bump substantially up in the Hard Red Winter Wheat acreage figures compared to a year ago.
We currently have a short preview of what the report may tell us on our website- and we will have an update after the report is released to give you the complete rundown on what the report says and what it means for winter wheat production here in the U.S. for 2007.
This Coming Monday- MLK Day and NSP Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Let's sort out the letters- first, this coming Monday is a Federal Holiday, Martin Luther King Day. Federal offices will be taking the day off- and here in Oklahoma, that could be a good thing for those employees employed by Uncle if we do get significant icing. It also means that the agricultural futures markets will be closed on Monday as well. Trade will resume as normal on Tuesday.
The National Sorghum Producers and National Association of Wheat Growers held two annual meetings together- and then the NAWG headed for the greener pastures of Commodity Classic- while the National Sorghum Producers have teamed up with the Souther Seedman Association to have their annual meeting here in 2007 in New Mexico- starting on Sunday and going through this coming Tuesday evening. Assuming we don't get iced in- we will be covering the NSP meeting for you this coming Monday and Tuesday as they focus on ethanol and opportunities to start growing sorghum acreage again in drought areas of the High Plains. If you want to check out the NSP meeting and more on the organization, we have linked their website below for your information.
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