~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 25, 2008!A service of National Livestock Credit, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Harvest Continues to Work Around Showers With the Last Quarter of the Crop to Go.
-- OSU Alum Dr. Barry Pollard Leveraging $250,000 to Bring in a Million for OSU Agribusiness Professorship!
-- Congrats to Meeker Teacher Joyce Flowers- a Top Ten in America Teacher!
-- AFR's Terry Detrick Talks Farm Law Implementation And Decisions to be Made
-- Five Oklahoma Auctioneers Are in the World Finals This Saturday at the WLAC!
-- More BSE in BC( British Columbia)
-- Twenty Kansas Wheat Fields in Seven South Central Kansas Fields Hit with Embargo by Kansas Officials.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Harvest Continues to Work Around Showers With the Last Quarter of the Crop to Go.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Little rainfall of consequence fell across Oklahoma on Tuesday- based on Oklahoma Mesonet observations- allowing us to continue to see the drydown of the soggiest fields in mostly north central areas of the state. Gradually, we are seeing the wettest locations start to get the ground firmed up to allow combines to start pulling out the last of the 2008 Oklahoma winter wheat crop.
As of the beginning of the week- USDA had the 2008 crop 74% harvested- and that figure will be a little slower to grow this week because few custom crews remain in the state.
As we put this report to bed- we expect no report for today from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- but Mark tells us that we should have a fresh update from him tomorrow morning from north central Oklahoma. You will be able to find that report- and others as we get them on our wheat harvest webpage linked below. Check during the day as we are able to add other details of the harvest to our ongoing blow by blow review of the efforts to get this crop successfully out of the field and into the bin. We are also checking on this fungicide story that has hit the south central Kansas wheat crop- details of that story are further down in this email.
Thanks for your reports on this 2008 crop- continue to let us know about how this year's experience has gone for you- I know a lot of folks are curious about those who are having discounts because of bleached wheat or lower test weights- how big is the dock? We look forward to hearing from you!
OSU Alum Dr. Barry Pollard Leveraging $250,000 to Bring in a Million for OSU Agribusiness Professorship!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University received a $250,000 gift from Waukomis alumnus Barry Pollard, M.D. to establish a professorship focused on agribusiness. Once fully matched dollar-for-dollar by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as well as T. Boone Pickens' $100 million chair match commitment, the gift will provide $1 million in endowed funds. An Enid, Okla. native, Pollard is a successful neurosurgeon, rancher, John Deere dealer, devoted Cowboy fan and active philanthropist who saw the benefits of combining agriculture and business into one academic focus as a result of his involvement with his farm equipment company, P & K John Deere Equipment. Pollard serves as a trustee of the OSU Foundation and founded the current OSU Medical Cowboys scholarship program. "In addition to his passion for medicine, Barry Pollard has a passion for agriculture, business and OSU and we applaud him for supporting all three with this generous and timely gift," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "His donation and matching dollars from Boone Pickens and the state will support an important faculty position." With the announcement the state is changing the endowed faculty chair matching program on July 1, Pollard chose to take full advantage of the current dollar-for-dollar state match to add significant faculty support to OSU through his donation. The Barry Pollard, M.D./P&K Equipment Inc. professorship in agribusiness will be housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
"In addition to his passion for medicine, Barry Pollard has a passion for agriculture, business and OSU and we applaud him for supporting all three with this generous and timely gift," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "His donation and matching dollars from Boone Pickens and the state will support an important faculty position."
"I was able to find a way to emphasize agriculture blended with the
necessary business course requirements that will give students the
training and experience needed to be successful in the agricultural
world," said Dr. Pollard. "This is a unique opportunity to give a dollar
and get four dollars back, so it seemed like a good time to get it
Congrats to Meeker Teacher Joyce Flowers- a Top Ten in America Teacher!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Joyce Flowers was the 2007 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year in the State of Oklahoma- and this week she has made the list of ten of the best teachers in America when it comes to Ag in the Classroom activities!
Ten teachers- Mrs. Flowers included- have been recognized for their outstanding efforts to promote agricultural literacy by the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture sponsored the 12-hundred dollar scholarships in cooperation with the AFB Women's Leadership Committee. The teachers, attending the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Costa Mesa, California, will gain useful information on expanding student outreach through teaching about food and fiber.
The national Ag in the Classroom conference brings together a diverse group of organizations and speakers to address how to improve agricultural education, showcase successful programs and offer educational materials. The Agriculture Department coordinates the Ag in the Classroom program with the goal of helping students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society.
AFR's Terry Detrick Talks Farm Law Implementation And Decisions to be Made
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is a huge document, the 2008 Farm Law. And the word "Farm" is not even in the title of the law, according to Vice President Terry Detrick of American Farmers & Ranchers. The measure is finally, fully the law of the land- and many people are busy looking closely at the Commodity Title and more of this measure to gauge the impact on farmers, ranchers and agribusiness.
Detrick says that he still is not happy with what he believes is the misnomer, Permanent Disaster Aid- that is in this law- saying it really is not true disaster aid- but rather more of a supplement to crop insurance. With a major disaster to farmers in the midwest along the Mississippi and several of the rivers that flow into it- it's a reminder that this section of this new law will not be adequate to really help producers very much- and it is likely that we will still be seeing ag groups going to Congress and asking for disaster aid in years to come- even after this program is in place.
He also indicates that Francie Tolle has been busy looking at the
"ACRE" program- which is the optional Acreage Crop Revenue program that is
in this new law- he says she is still looking at the details of the
program- but based on real world numbers on her own farm in north central
Oklahoma- it does not appear to be a wheat friendly program- at least not
for the southern Plains.
Five Oklahoma Auctioneers Are in the World Finals This Saturday at the WLAC!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The annual meeting of the Livestock Marketing Association kicks off tomorrow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota- and that meeting will end up on Saturday as the 45th Annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship will occur at the Sioux Falls Livestock Auction Market.
There are 33 Semi Finalists that will be in Sioux Falls on Saturday-
selling cattle and vying for the World Title. Five of them call Oklahoma
home! The five include Bailey Ballou of Elgin- being sponsored by
Waurika Livestock Commission Co.;
Saturday morning, the semi-finalists will each sell several drafts of cattle. They are judged by a panel of market owners and professional livestock dealers on vocal clarity and quality, bid-catching ability, the ability to keep the sale moving, and by answering the question, "Would I hire this auctioneer to work for me?" The 10 top scorers then return for a final round of selling, where the same judging criteria are used. The three titlists - world, reserve and runner-up champion - - are announced at an awards banquet the evening of the 28th. The three winners take home thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, including, for the world champion, a year's use of a new truck.
More BSE in BC( British Columbia)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, has been confirmed in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. This is the third time in the past three years BSE has been confirmed in British Columbia. A senior veterinarian for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Dr. George Luterback, says - the disease was discovered in a cow that died on a farm. No part of the infected cow has entered the human or animal food chain. The age of the cow has not yet been revealed.
The agency said the infection was detected as part of its ongoing surveillance program for mad cow disease or BSE. Since 2003, 13 cases of mad cow disease have been found in Canada, including 10 in Alberta and 3 in British Columbia.
An ensuing ban by the United States on Canadian cattle and beef
products cost the country's farmers billion of dollars. That ban was
lifted in 2005.
Twenty Kansas Wheat Fields in Seven South Central Kansas Fields Hit with Embargo by Kansas Officials.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that wheat at three elevators and in 20 fields covering 1,545 acres in south-central Kansas is under embargo until tests confirm that pesticide residues meet tolerances set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the first embargoes for wheat fields in Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties late yesterday at the request of the Department of Agriculture. KDHE has authority under state law to prevent from entering the food supply any item that is considered adulterated.
When the Department of Agriculture learned that wheat from three fields
covering less than 300 acres was harvested yesterday before the embargoes
could be delivered last night, they tracked it to three elevators: Scoular
Grain in Wellington; the Farmers Coop Elevator Company in Garden Plain;
and ADM in Hutchinson. KDHE issued embargoes for those facilities today to
keep the grain from moving or being commingled with other grain until it
can be tested.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture collected field samples to test
for residue, and results could be available as early as tomorrow. Samples
also have been collected from fields in northwest Kansas, where Quilt
applications were documented as late as the first week of June. The
department is also looking at late Quilt applications on 5,999 acres in
eight more counties: Ellis, Gove, Jefferson, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan,
Thomas and Trego.
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