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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 6, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- The Holiest weekend of the year is underway.
-- 28 Degrees for two hours is the recipe for damaged wheat!
-- Oklahoma's Man on the House Ag Committee wants to visit with you at several Town Hall Stops next week.
-- We have got to defend scientific breakthroughs in agriculture from those who want us to farm as we once did in the 1920s.
-- First of the Agritourism Workshops happening today in Vinita!
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The Holiest weekend of the year is underway.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With today being Good Friday, the futures markets and stock market are all closed- so it will be a slow day in the world of agriculture.
We have a few things we wanted to share with you- but this will be a shorter email than on a regular workday.
It is my hope you will have a time this weekend to stop and reflect on what we commemorate on Good Friday as Jesus cried "It is Finished." He took our bill of sin and stamped in paid in full with His life and His blood. Of course, Easter Sunday morning celebrates that victory over death that began on Good Friday. Whether you are a believer or a seeker- may you and yours enjoy this weekend as you spend time with family and hopefully will go and celebrate the true meaning of Easter this Sunday!
28 Degrees for two hours is the recipe for damaged wheat!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That's the formula that OSU Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards gave us for this weekend. He says that we are far enough along with the 2007 wheat crop to face "some" damage, depending on exactly how far temperatures fall, how long they stay at 28 or lower, and how far along that particular wheat field is in its development. He says that low areas of fields could be the ones where damage could most easily show up.
He says that just about every other year we are faced with one of these freeze issues- and that really only once in recent memory have we really had a bad loss from freeze damage. He believes that here in 2007, that we could lose some tillers from the wheat plants- but that we have a lot more tillers on most plants than we had in 2006- so some of the secondary tillers will have a good chance of playing "catch up" and still helping the wheat plant yielding well.
We have our conversation with Jeff from yesterday midday about the freeze issues- as well as an overall assessment of the 2007 wheat crop- so click below and check it out- it's almost as good as a hollow chocolate bunny!
Oklahoma's Man on the House Ag Committee wants to visit with you at several Town Hall Stops next week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Republican Congressman Frank Lucas has been a part of the House Agriculture Committee ever since he took the seat held by Democrat Glenn English in the early 1990s- and even tho he now finds himself in the Minority- he still is a key member of that Committee.
So, as he makes his way across portions of his huge Third District this coming week- your chance to see and talk with him directly may be nearby. Congressman Lucas begins Monday morning in Kingfisher and makes his way from there to Enid early afternoon. You can check out his entire schedule by going to the link below that is from his website.
We have got to defend scientific breakthroughs in agriculture from those who want us to farm as we once did in the 1920s.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are wrapping up our conversation today with Dr. Gary Smith of Colorado State University- and Gary tells us that there should be no apology for using the tools which have allowed us to be more and more efficient in producing an abundant, safe and wholesome food supply in this country- and that includes not backing down when activists decide they fear the unknown and want to roll back to simpler times down on the road.
Dr. Smith is on today's Beef Buzz- and we have it linked below- and in fact, you can go to our web site, www.OklahomaFarmReport.com and click on the Beef Buzz button- and that will give you a comprehensive list of previous Beef Buzzes that we have elected to keep and make them available to you to listen at your convenience. We have all five of the Beef Buzzes featuring Dr. Gary Smith from this week down at the bottom of the list.
And just below on this email we have the latest Beef Buzz with Ron and Gary Smith chatting about the assault we find coming from various directions on animal agriculture- and how we need to respond.
First of the Agritourism Workshops happening today in Vinita!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agritourism Director Abby Cash is off and running with a whole set of Workshops across the state to explains the “hows” and “whats” of agritourism here in the state!
The first of these workshops is happening today in Vinita- with another one scheduled for next Friday, April 13 in Freedom.
We are linking the Oklahoma Agritourism web site- and hope that you will check out one of these workshops planned in the weeks ahead.
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