~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 17, 2008!A service of National Livestock Credit, American Farmers & Ranchers and the Southern Plains Farm Show!
-- It's Time!!! Leaf Rust Has arrived and So Has Fungicide Spray Season!
-- The Farm Bill Saga Continues
-- Dr. Kim Anderson is THE Top Banana!
-- Cattle Industry's View of the Farm Bill
-- Conservation Security Program Signup Underway as of Tomorrow!
-- Southern Plains Farm Show Kicks Off Today!
-- Checking the Calendar- it's the final day of the 2008 Winter Canola Spring Tour!
-- Markets- Markets- Markets!
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It's Time!!! Leaf Rust Has arrived and So Has Fungicide Spray Season!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Bob Hunger of Oklahoma State University says that this week is one where you better be paying close attention to your wheat fields telling us in an email yesterday morning "leaf rust is now being found in Texas and in Oklahoma. With the warming temperatures, wind and rainfall that occurred over the last week and with the same predicted for the next week, I would expect leaf rust incidence and severity to begin to increase significantly especially on susceptible varieties."
Hunger offers these details on the latest scouting efforts. "Stephanie Rogers and I traveled from Stillwater to Union City/Minco (just southwest of Oklahoma City) to Apache (north of Lawton) and then north to Watonga, Kingfisher and Hennessey. Primarily we stopped at variety trials. Wheat was mostly all at GS 9 (flag leaf fully emerged), but getting close to GS 10 (boot). At Apache, heads of Jagger were beginning to emerge from the boot. At all locations we found scattered pustules of leaf rust in Jagger and Jagalene, with the greatest incidence at Minco where rust was at about a 10-20% severity on the lower leaves up to about the F-2 leaf (second leaf under the flag leaf). Powdery mildew also was present at all locations, but with the exception of one spot in a field near Apache, the severity was light. Some septoria was found on lower leaves in a plot just east of Union City, and a field severely infected with wheat streak mosaic virus was found east of Kingfisher. Symptoms of barley yellow dwarf and mummified/parasitized aphids were observed at many of the locations, but seemed to be primarily in earlier planted wheat.
"Dr. Art Klatt walked his plots around Stillwater on April 15th, and reported seeing leaf rust and powdery mildew both on the increase. He saw some flecking on flag leaves and heavy flecking and some pustules on the leaf just below the flag leaf. He observed this on susceptible varieties, but also saw some flecking on Overley and OK Bullet."
We have linked below an interview that we actually had up for you last week on fungicides- it's with Randy Myers of Bayer Crop Science and he gives some insight into using fungicides on a timely basis- which is based on what Dr. Hunger is saying is NOW.
The Farm Bill Saga Continues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The disagreements continue in the Conference Committee of the House and Senate for the 2007- 2008 Farm Bill. Yesterday, the Conferees heard from the number two man at USDA, Dr. Chuck Conner, who continues to be the point person for the Administration in the Farm Bill process.
Terry Detrick, Vice President for American Farmers & Ranchers, was in the Committee Hearing Room yesterday as Conner appeared and was struck with how the Deputy Secretary acted- "During opening remarks, my main observation today was the smug, arrogant attitude of under secretary Conner every time there was mention that the President wasn't working with them at all. They have now invited him to the room where back room negotiations are taking place. Conferees were bipartisanly critical of lack of cooperation from the white house. It seems to be a continuance of "my way or the highway" regardless of overwhelming bipartisan support of most of the Farm Bill work to date."
The House Ag Leadership did go to the floor yesterday and got another week of extension for the 2002 farm law to next Friday, April 25. No word on when the Senate may act on that or if the Administration feels there is enough progress to justify having the President go along with the members of Congress for one more week. Talks are continuing between the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee- looking for a funding solution. That's what it will take to get a deal anytime soon. The fifth meeting of the Conference Committee will be happening late this morning.
Dr. Kim Anderson is THE Top Banana!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University's Kim Anderson has been honored as the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' outstanding teacher. Anderson received the OSU Alpha Zeta Outstanding Teacher Award during the 2008 College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarship and Awards Banquet.
A faculty member in the department of agricultural economics, Anderson serves as OSU Cooperative Extension grain marketing specialist and holds the Charles A. Breedlove professorship in agribusiness. "Dr. Anderson's excellence in his teaching, research and Extension activities has been recognized with many regional and national awards, but a teaching honor is always extra special when it is given by those who were or are actually taking his classes," said Robert E. Whitson, DASNR vice president, dean and director.
Anderson designed his Agricultural Product Marketing and Sales course - which averages an enrollment of 114 students each semester - from the ground up. "Students love his class- so says Dr. Phil Kenkel of OSU. "Kim spent time at a local implement dealer. He rode with other agri-sales professionals. He identified the best aspects of similar courses across the nation. The result was a course filled with hands-on experiences, industry interaction and a real-world focus."
Of course, Kim is a regular on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and on our
website and this Email. He's well known to a lot of wheat producers for
his advice to sell "one third, one third and one third" meaning that one
mechanical strategy that works in marketing your wheat is to sell a third
at harvest time, another third sometime in the early fall and a final
third either right at the end of the year or early in the new year.
Cattle Industry's View of the Farm Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Thursday Beef Buzz features Terry Stokes, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. We talk with Terry today about the 2008 Farm Bill debate, that remains mired over funding issues.
While our general farm organizations and crop commodity groups are mostly interested in the fate of the Commodity Title, the focus by the NCBA is different. They have more interest in the fate of mandatory COOL language, that was worked out last summer by both sides of that issue, the Senate's desire to include a Packer Ban on the ownership of livestock- as well as more money for key conservation programs like EQIP.
The Beef Buzz is heard on great radio stations across the state daily as fed by the Radio Oklahoma Network- and can also be heard on our website on the Beef Buzz page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We also have today's report with Terry Stokes linked below- take a listen!
Conservation Security Program Signup Underway as of Tomorrow!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tomorrow (Friday) the sign-up period begins for the voluntary NRCS Conservation Security Program. The program rewards and encourages the use of conservation practices that protect natural resources. This year 64-thousand farms and ranches in 51 watersheds covering some 23.7 million acres of land are eligible for the program. The number of watersheds enrolled in the Conservation Security Program now total 331 - covering more than 247 million acres. CSP sign-up ends May 16.
In Oklahoma, there is one watershed that will be eligible in 2008- but it's a big one. The Upper Washita watershed, complete with 1.7 million acres of farmland in the watershed, is on the list of 51 watersheds nationally that will be a part of this 2008 signup window.
Oklahoma is second nationally in the number of farmland acres that will be elgible for CSP signup, with South Dakota having 2.0 million acres in their elgible watersheds. Click below for more information from the USDA's NRCS website about the CSP Signup for this spring.
Southern Plains Farm Show Kicks Off Today!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There will be over 300 exhibitors and approximately 1000 product lines that will be on display at this year's Southern Plains Farm Show that kicks off this morning at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
We would invite our regular readers of this email to stop by and register for our High Definition TV giveaway at the Radio Oklahoma Network booth in Cox Pavilion at the west end of the building. We are hoping to gather in several emails of new folks to check out the daily email reports- but if you are already subscribed- that's okay- you can still enter and be in the running to win!
We have a 19 inch Westinghouse Flat Panel HDTV that we will be showing off and giving away- the winner to be announced next week in our daily email. We will also have two runnerup prizes- a family pack of four tickets to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum that are good for the balance of 2008! Come see us and say howdy at this year's Southern Plains Farm Show!!!
Checking the Calendar- it's the final day of the 2008 Winter Canola Spring Tour!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several stops are planned in and around Fairview for the Winter Canola spring crop tour- which we caught up with on Tuesday. Go to our calendar page below and scroll down to this event to get more details of the stops planned for today.
There are also a lot of other events going on this week and next )and the next) that you need to know about. Click on the Calendar Link below to jump to our webpage and check them all out.
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Markets- Markets- Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are still waiting on cash cattle trade to develop this week- could come later today but it may well be tomorrow as bids and asking prices are still well apart- $86 for Bids and $90-91 for asking prices.
Cash wheat prices jumped back just above the nine dollar plateau yesterday afternoon after Kansas City wheat futures jumped some 34 cnets per bushel on the old crop May contract.
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