Update from Ron Hays of RON for
service of Farm Credit of East
-- Harvest Expands with Temperatures in the 90s and Southerly Winds...
-- Red Flags Raised Over Senate's Climate Change Proposal.
-- Wheat Harvest Brings Questions About Late Weed Control.
-- CRP- USDA
Offers Annual Update on This
-- Calling All
Former 4-Hers from Across
AgriTourism Doings in
-- Wrapping Up with Jayson Lusk on Animal Welfare and the "Average Consumer"
-- Checking the Markets...
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Thanks for the reports that several of you provided yesterday- Keep it UP! If you have a report on the 2008 wheat harvest, drop me a quick email- it really helps us flesh out the 2008 winter wheat harvest picture across the state.
We talked yesterday with Keith Kisling from Burlington- who is NOT harvesting wheat as of yet at his place not that many miles from the Kansas line- but he is concerned by the hot drying weather hurting his crop somewhat- reporting some of the heads he has checked have had some kernels that are a little shriveled where they were not quite mature before the hot dry conditions arrived.
definitely picks up south of there- we got an interesting report from
Michael Jeffcoat- the Ag Agent in
After we left
Oklahoma's Senior Senator Jim Inhofe is very concerned about the so called Warner- Lieberman Climate Change Bill that the Senate will be debating over the next couple of weeks. The Senator cites a study put together by Doane Ag Services that foresees a huge "tax" on the major agricultural crops grown in this country of as much as $12 Billion by the year 2020 under this plan.
"The Doane Advisory Services is the latest in a long line of studies to show that Lieberman-Warner would be economically devastating for Oklahoma and the nation," Senator Inhofe said. "The analysis illustrates, that if passed, the Lieberman-Warner bill would equate to an agriculture tax on the eight crops in upwards of $12 billion in 2020 alone. It is no secret that family farmers in Oklahoma and throughout the country are already dealing with exploding prices for inputs such as diesel and fertilizer. This Congress should seek opportunities to provide relief to the growing input costs, not adding to it.
Oklahoma farmers from the significant tax increase the Lieberman-Warner
bill would impose, I will be leading the fight against the
Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill. Once again, I am proud to stand in
support of Oklahoma's agriculture community. Whether it's reauthorizing
critical agricultural programs or standing strong against Washington
efforts to impose significant financial burdens onto farmers and ranchers,
I will continue to stand firm on behalf of Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers
and the nation's overall food security."
OSU's Dr. Tom Peeper has one of the articles in the latest Plant and Soil Sciences Newsletter that came out late Monday afternoon- and we wanted to share with you his thoughts on using a chemical to dry down some weeds that may be causing you heartburn in your ripe or almost ripe wheat fields.
Dr. Peeper says "Heavy rains in some areas and wheat fields this year that are weedier than normal may result in questions about herbicides for harvest aid weed control. For wheat there are labels for Ally, 2, 4D, dicamba, glyphosate, and Aim as harvest aids. Not all commercial products are labeled for harvest aid use, so it is important to read individual product labels.
paraquat is not labeled as a harvest aid on wheat and that paraquat
residues are easily detectable and have resulted in condemned wheat.
Follow label directions carefully regarding herbicide carriers and
additives. Using diesel fuel as the carrier for harvest aid herbicides can
result in loads of wheat being rejected at the elevator due to smell. The
herbicide with the shortest preharvest interval is Aim (3 days). If grassy
weeds are the problem, it may be necessary to delay harvest until
seedheads mature enough that seeds are threshed by the combine and can be
separated from the wheat by the combine's cleaning fan. Downy brome and
rescuegrass do not usually delay harvest. Wild oats and cheat may delay
harvest 3 or 4 days. Ryegrass can require delaying wheat harvest 10 to 14
days, by which time lodging and summer weeds can become serious harvest
USDA's Farm Service Agency has released the Fiscal Year 2007 report on the Conservation Reserve Program. FSA Administrator Teresa Lasseter calls CRP- the nation's largest private lands conservation program. Lasseter says - there is significant on-going interest in CRP. She says CRP has proven to be a dynamic and flexible program in achieving a wide variety of conservation goals. She says the report demonstrates how participation in CRP helps preserve our nation's resources.
publication summarizes CRP's accomplishments and reports that in FY 2007
also provides a synopsis of CRP activities in FY 2007 and a legislative
and programmatic history of CRP going back to CRP's initial authorization
in the 1985 farm bill.
The State 4-H office is conducting an alumni search to reach out to those whose lives have been impacted by their participation in 4-H activities. We want to know where our former 4-H members, leaders, educators and volunteers are today to include them in upcoming Oklahoma 4-H Centennial celebration activities.
The Centennial Celebration will kick off this summer during the 2008 Oklahoma 4-H Roundup that will be held at the end of July in Stillwater. Events will continue into next year.
Please call Jessica Stewart, Oklahoma 4-H marketing coordinator, at 1-800-522-0081, extension 4-7960, or e-mail what you've been up to and your contact information to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach will be the keynote speaker for the Salt Fork River Valley agritourism kick-off events being held on June 7th at the Big V Ranch, Blubaugh Angus Ranch, and Silvertop Farm. Carrie Netherton of Tulsa Fox23 News will emcee the "Summer on the Salt Fork" events. Abby Cash, Oklahoma State Agritourism Director, and other Oklahoma Department of Tourism officials will attend the events.
The three agritourism venues have joined together to develop the "Salt Fork River Valley Ranch and Farm Tours" to tap into the fastest growing segment of the tourism market in recent years. Over 63 million people visit agritourism venues in the United States annually.
The Salt Fork River Valley agritourism events will begin at high noon with ribbon cutting ceremonies at the Big V Ranch, followed by a 2 pm kick-off at Blubaugh Angus Ranch, and a 4 pm kick-off at Silvertop Farm. Each farm or ranch will be open for tours and activities for all ages. The Big V Ranch is located at "T" Street and White Eagle Road, the Blubaugh Angus Ranch is located at 9801 W. North Avenue, and Silvertop Farm is located at 6151 W. Fountain Road. The Salt Fork River Valley is located southwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Each venue is located west of Highway 156 and south of Highway 60.
We wrap up our three days of Beef Buzzing with Jayson Lusk of OSU- considering the consumer survey that Lusk helped with that considers what the average consumer in this country thinks about how animals are treated by livestock producers.
Today we talk about what the consumer believes when it comes to placing a price tag on various "humane" practices. It's interesting that consumers will say money is no object when asked the question one way- but change their tune when the question is put to them from a three party perspective.
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It's a bit of a surprise- but we sold cash cattle on Tuesday for $94 to $94.50 in both the western Kansas feedlot area as well as Texas/Oklahoma. That would be one to two dollars cheaper than last week's sales.
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