~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday July 16, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- State Secretary Peach Promises Enforcement of Hormone Herbicide Cut Off Date.
-- State Senator Mike Schulz Promises to Keep Pushing for Restricted Use on 2,4,D in the state.
-- From Denver- we begin to crank up coverage of the Summer Cattle Industry Conference.
-- A Market 101 Course- How Do The Darn Things Work?
-- Congrats to Gerald Horn and Glenn Selk- bringing home Honors from Indy.
-- Competition and Conservation- Two More "Cs" of Interest to Beef Producers in the 2008 Farm Law
-- Coming Tomorrow- OALP Class 14 and More from Denver
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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State Secretary Peach Promises Enforcement of Hormone Herbicide Cut Off Date.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, said today that he is directing Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry field inspectors to step up surveillance of herbicide applicators-including farmers-in southwestern Oklahoma to prevent further harm to cotton in five counties. "Yesterday I traveled to the Altus area and saw firsthand the significant damage cotton growers have incurred due to improperly applied hormonal herbicides," he said. "It is clear that some chemical applicators have not respected the cut-off date for applying these chemicals and we will take steps to stop this illegal activity."
ODAFF inspectors will begin taking tank samples from pesticide applicators to make sure that they do not contain the banned products, Peach said. Aerial surveillance will also be used to locate damaged fields and to assess where the chemicals might have come from. "Our investigations into damage from 2,4-D and other hormonal chemicals are not only going to be more thorough than ever, we are going to increase the intensity of our inspections," he said. "It appears that people are violating the law in some areas and we are going to issue violations when we find who they are."
2,4-D and other hormonal herbicides are extremely valuable to hay producers and livestock owners for treating broadleaf weeds in meadows and pastures. Peach said rules agreed to by various segments of the agricultural industry set a cut-off date of May 1 for the use of these herbicides in Greer, Harmon, Kiowa, Jackson and Tillman counties. The chemicals can once again be used beginning October 15 each year. Cotton is extremely susceptible to damage by these herbicides and growers have reported increased losses this year.
Any applicator or producer having questions about the rules or specific questions regarding restricted chemicals can contact their OSU County Extension office or ODAFF personnel at 405-522- 6347 or 405-522-5981 . A list of herbicides regulated under these rules is posted on the ODAFF website under "Sensitive Crop Viewer." We have this website linked for you to jump to below.
State Senator Mike Schulz Promises to Keep Pushing for Restricted Use on 2,4,D in the state.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senator Mike Schulz feels the pain of his constituents who have damage to their cotton fields this summer- damage that they believe has come from 2.4.D chemical spray drifting onto their farms. Schulz, in talking with us, says that in more than 20 years of being involved himself in the cotton industry, there has always been some damage from 2,4,D in the cotton crop in southerwestern Oklahoma- a "plant here and a plant there" in the rows. But this year- it's every plant in every row in many cotton fields and that motivates Schulz to continue to fight for whatg he calls is a "good first step" in dealing with this issue- and that is getting the State Department of Agriculture to declare 2,4,D a restricted use chemical.
Schulz offered similar legislation that never made if out of Committee last year- and he intends to push again in 2009. He is pleased that State Secretary Peach is listening to cotton farmers and promising to enforce the rules that are currently on the books- but he's not convinced that will solve the problem.
We had an extensive conversation with Schulz eaqrlier this week- and we have that as a part of this story as found on our website. We have linked that below- and we invite you to go and take a listen to this conversation.
From Denver- we begin to crank up coverage of the Summer Cattle Industry Conference.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We traveled from Oklahoma City to Denver yesterday afternoon to be a part of the 208 Summer Cattle Conference- the midyear meetings of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Cattlemen's Beef Board and the American National Cattle Women. Our coverage from this event this week is a service in part of Hudson Livestock Supplements.
The first general session is not until tomorrow morning- but in the meantime, lots of committee meetings are planned as cattlemen and others from the beef industry gather. Cow Calf Operator Tom Jones of Arkansas is the Chairman of the CBB Administration Subcommitee. His group met for a session Tuesday evening.
This committee took care of some of their housekeeping chores as they
met last night. Jones says the officers of the Cattlemens Beef Board have
asked his committee to gather input on ways to improve the Beef Checkoff.
From the input they will be gathering they will then formulate
recommendations which will be provided to the executive committee. Final
recommendations will then be sent on to the Secretary of Agriculture.
A Market 101 Course- How Do The Darn Things Work?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Livestock Market Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel explains it to us today. "$4.00/gallon gasoline, $7.00/bushel corn, $100/cwt. fed cattle. These and other unprecedented prices have many people wondering what is going on in our markets and maybe whether or not markets are working. In times like these it is important to remember the basics of how markets work. Our economy is a collection of markets that work so well most of the time that we take them for granted. The proof of that is that all of us can go to most any retail store on any day and we can find what we are looking to buy almost without exception. We do not spend much time worrying about running out of things to buy. The reason we do not have to worry about not having things to buy is the result of millions of decisions made by producers and consumers everyday that provide tiny corrections to markets and collectively result in the production of things we want and reduce the production of things we desire less. It is only when we see shocks, often due to weather but sometimes due to other factors, that we see markets struggle to ration products to avoid shortages. Even then the problem is usually corrected very quickly.
"All economic activity is based on scarcity, which is the reality that there is not enough resources in the world to produce as much of everything as people desire. This means that choices have to be made about what gets produced, how resources will be used and ultimately who gets the resulting production. The job of markets is to translate consumer desires into values so that limited resources can be efficiently allocated to best meet the demands of people. In essence, consumers, in order to consume a product, must bid that product away from other consumers and from other uses of the resources necessary to produce the product. Producers, in order to produce any product, must bid the resources needed for production away from other uses of the resources. The collective bidding activities of consumers and producers leads to the prices we observe in the multitude of markets in our economy.
"All of this happens rather subtly and seemingly automatically most of the time. Occasionally, a shock or set of shocks or circumstances will converge to cause a period of volatile market dynamics to sort out a new set of values for products and resources. Such is the situation now. We are in and will likely continue to experience for some time very dynamic market environments until markets collectively figure out, for example, just what the value of corn and other agricultural crops are for food, feed and fuel. We have to figure out the value of meat and various ways that it can be produced. We have to figure out the value of energy, food and other products in countries around the world given the rapidly growing demand in some developing nations. It is not an easy process, nor a quick one, given the magnitude of the current situation. However, markets do work and they are still a remarkably efficient way to capture the multitude of direct and indirect impacts of a vast array of market influences."
Congrats to Gerald Horn and Glenn Selk- bringing home Honors from Indy.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two OSU Animal Scientists were honored by their peers at the recent meeting of the American Society of Animal Science held in Indianapolis. Dr. Gerald Horn and Dr. Glenn Selk both were singled out for their outstanding service back to animal agriculture.
Gerald Horn received the American Society of Animal Science Fellow
Award. Horn, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension beef cattle
nutrition and management specialist, has been a member of ASAS since 1971
and served on the Editorial Board, as chairman of Pastures and Forages,
Ruminant Nutrition, Graduate Student Awards Competition and the
Distinguished Service Award committees of the Southern Section ASAS.
Meanwhile, Glenn Selk received the American Society of Animal Science Extension Award recently at that same ASAS meeting that took place in Indianapolis, Ind. Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service professor and animal reproduction specialist, has been active in the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science and served as chair of the Extension Committee in 1992. Selk began his Extension work in northeastern Oklahoma as an area specialist and in 1986 joined the OSU animal science faculty as Extension livestock reproduction specialist and assistant professor. He reached the rank of professor in 1995. Dr. Selk is heard regularly on our Beef Buzz program as he dishes out practical tips that are useful for both the small cow calf operator as well as the large commercial sized producer. During the days of Sunup- the OSU daily agricultural news program- Dr. Selk was seen regularly with his Cow-Calf Corner.
Competition and Conservation- Two More "Cs" of Interest to Beef Producers in the 2008 Farm Law
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We wrap up our series of reports on our daily Beef Buzz featuring Brad Lubben, Policy Specialist at the University of Nebraska who has talked about the impact of the 2008 Farm Law on the Livestock business- specifically the beef cattle industry. Lubben spoke last week at the Farm Bill Education Seminar held in Kansas City.
This week we have heard his comments on COOL- and today we go beyond that and look at the other "Competition" elements of this farm law- as well as delving into the impact from the Conservation Title in this measure.
Listen to today's Beef Buzz on the link below- and check out our Beef Buzz archives found on OklahomaFarmReport.Com. The Beef Buzz is heard daily on great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network!
Coming Tomorrow- OALP Class 14 and More from Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will continue to report from Denver the balance of the week from this Summer Cattle Industry Conference- and we will share with you the names of Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- as they will begin their two year journey next month.
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