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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 5, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Conversing with Terry Detrick of AFR
-- A Final Farewell to Governor and Senator Henry Bellmon
-- American Farm Bureau Weighs in on Senate Climate Change Proposal
-- Also on the Climate Change Front- Lucas and Chambliss Blast Away at Waxman-Markey
-- Cotton Harvest Cometh
-- Back Up and Try the Oilseed Commission Thing Again
-- Parker Ranch in Waurika Offers Their Best on Columbus Day
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Conversing with Terry Detrick of AFR
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Food Under Attack- that phrase seems to sum up a lot of the issues that swirl around farming and ranching today, according to Terry Detrick, President and CEO of American Farmers & Ranchers. Detrick says whether its the Climate Change legislation that appears to be an energy tax that will unfairly target production agriculture and agribusiness- or proposed laws or regulations that would more strictly regulate animal agriculture- the challenges seem to be rolling over farmers and ranchers like ocean waves.
At the state level- Detrick worries about the long standing exemption for agricultural inputs from state sales tax being eliminated- saying that ideas like the HOPE initiative that is the basis of State Question 744 could mean lawmakers might come looking for a new source of revenue at the state level. The sales tax exemption could be on the list of things that might be considered if lawmakers are mandated to put common education at the front of the line for state funding at an arbitrary level.
Besides Climate Change and Animal Welfare- we also talk with Terry Detrick about NAIS, COOL as well as discuss the AFR annual county meeting process that is just getting underway. You can hear our full conversation with Terry by clicking on the link below to jump to our web story with the President of this general farm organization.
A Final Farewell to Governor and Senator Henry Bellmon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rodd Moesel, President of American Plant Products and Services in Oklahoma City, was one of several folks that spoke at the Saturday Memorial Service for Henry Bellmon in Oklahoma City. I asked Rodd to share a couple of his thoughts with us and with you on this Monday morning after the two Memorials were held. Rodd writes "I soon learned that many folks underestimated the wheat and cattle farmer from Billings but he was one of the most visionary and deep thinking men I ever met. He really read, asked questions, studied and did his homework. He was rarely unprepared. Over the years we had many conversations about water, long before it was a popular subject-he had ideas for extending the waterways into central Oklahoma, for removing the chlorides and salts from the Red River to make it usable, for using more drip irrigation in agriculture and landscapes. His deep interest in research started with the Science and Technology Council in his first term which led to OCAST and expanded research funding in his second term as governor 25 years later. His tireless work for science and research helped bring many more researchers to Oklahoma, more research dollars to our state and has inspired many new businesses.
"Another area where he was a visionary, way ahead of his times was the whole concept of bio-fuels. I remember visiting the Ft. Reno USDA research facility early in his U.S. Senate career and as he looked out at the fields full of various grasses swaying in the wind, he not only saw real beauty and cattle feed but also was talking crazy about fueling our vehicles with grasses. He said that we needed to prepare for a time when our farmers would be raising fuel or energy as a major crop. He persisted in talking about and encouraging research in this area over the last three decades. The major research efforts by Ray Huhnke and others at OSU, the large and amazing research team at the Noble Foundation for whom he had special respect, the chemical and process scientists at OU and the researchers at the state USDA facilities currently working in this area are a testament to this vision he has promoted for so long."
Dr. Ron Elliott, Department Head in the Biosystems and Ag Engineering Department at OSU, also offered a quick word about Governor Bellmon and his influence in making the Oklahoma Mesonet a reality. Dr. Elliott writes "Another of Henry Bellmon's many lasting imprints on our state is the Oklahoma Mesonet, the nation's premier statewide weather monitoring network and information system. During his second term as Governor, he made it possible for Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma to receive "oil overcharge funds" to implement the Mesonet concept. Until he made that decision, the Mesonet was just a great idea on the drawing board. We later joked with Governor Bellmon that it was probably his shock at seeing the two universities approaching him together on a joint project that caused him to approve the funding. He remained very interested in the Mesonet as it developed and matured, and he closely monitored the data gathered at the Red Rock station, which was the Mesonet site closest to his farm. We unofficially refer to Governor Bellmon as the Father of the Oklahoma Mesonet."
American Farm Bureau Weighs in on Senate Climate Change Proposal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Boxer-Kerry climate change bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday includes few provisions that are friendly to agriculture and will be strongly opposed by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
"America's farmers and ranchers did not fare that well in the House-passed climate change bill and they fare even worse in the Senate bill," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. "There are few benefits and even greater costs to agriculture and the American public."
The bill, authored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry
(D-Mass), seeks to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions through a
cap-and-trade program. The legislation would require greenhouse gas
emissions to be cut 20 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels -- greater than
the House bill's target of 17 percent. Stallman said the 20 percent target
is unrealistic and will lead to higher energy bills for all consumers.
"The Waxman-Markey bill, passed narrowly by the House this summer, did at
least include credits to farmers for carbon-storing or carbon management
practices. The Senate bill does not guarantee any benefits to agriculture
for carbon sequestration," Stallman said.
Also on the Climate Change Front- Lucas and Chambliss Blast Away at Waxman-Markey
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a tag team effort by the ranking Minority Members of the House and Senate Ag Committees last week- as Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas and Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss jointly wrote a scathing editorial in opposition to the Waxman Markey Climate Change Measure- and the problems that it could cause agriculture. The Editorial appeared even as the Boxer-Kerry Measure was being unveiled in the Senate- a measure that as we reported earlier- has Farm Bureau saying that the House bill, while not very good for agriculture, is better than what the Senators have proposed.
The Republican lawmakers write "Numerous studies conducted on H.R. 2454's cap and trade provision show that invariably there will be real costs to agriculture, while the benefits, if any, are difficult to quantify. It is worth noting that more than 120 agriculture groups still oppose H.R. 2454 today. They do so for good reason. If this bill were to become law, it would dramatically change agriculture for the worse not just because this industry is energy-intensive, but because this bill impacts the entire network that supports agriculture. From input suppliers to processors to retailers to consumers, no part of the food chain is left unscathed."
Lucas and Chambliss go on to say further down in the Editorial that
"Proponents of H.R. 2454 often argue that farmers and ranchers can
mitigate higher costs by participating in an offset program. However, not
every farmer and rancher will be able or even eligible to participate.
Under H.R. 2454, participating in an offset program depends upon the
producer's location and farming operation. As noted above, some analyses
show that a farmer's best and almost only chance to participate in an
offset program would be if the farmer stops farming altogether and plants
trees instead. Most of the offset benefit is generated by afforestation on
agriculture lands. This underscores another troubling part of H.R. 2454 in
that it estimates 40-60 million acres of land are likely to shift from
commodity production to forestry."
Cotton Harvest Cometh
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cotton harvest is nearly here and Dr. J.C. Banks, Oklahoma State University Extension state cotton specialist, shares some valuable and timely research on harvesting cotton: "It's time to start planning for cotton harvest. Some harvest aids have been applied, and most of our cotton will be ready for application in the next two weeks. "In most areas, we have potential for a good yield in both dryland and irrigated areas. A lot of the cotton has shown a reddish leaf color much earlier than normal and this is caused primarily by the large boll load on the plant. The plant has either developed a potassium deficiency due to developing boll demand or part of the plant has been stressed enough to allow late season verticillium wilt to affect the plant more than normal
"Oklahoma State University has conducted some harvest aid demonstrations in the area. Those applications, with a combination of boll opener plus defoliant have been performing the best, even when the bolls are already open. Finish, Prep or other ethephon-based boll openers seem to make the defoliant material work more effectively. Finish will work more quickly than other boll openers, but other openers applied at a higher rate will be almost as effective.
"The best treatments at this time are Finish at 1.5 to two pints per acre plus Def at one pint per acre. Other effective treatments include other ethephon-boll openers at two pints plus either Def at one pine per acre or Ginstar at six to eight ounces per acre. The Ginstar appication works more slowly, but is probably the best choice in the areas where plants have had a surge of late season growth. Some of the boll opener products have come down in price recently, and their use at a higher rate can be easily justified. With stripper harvesting, it is likely that a desiccant will need to be applied at about a week following the initial treatment to further condition the plant for harvest. If we receive a freeze, that should take care of the conditioning of the plant. Desiccants can be Gramoxone, Aim, ET or Blizzard if there is no danger of drift to areas planted to wheat, but if there is any danger of drift to small grains, Gramoxone should not be used." (Our thanks to NTOK for helping us with these comments with JC Banks- click on the link below for their website)
Back Up and Try the Oilseed Commission Thing Again
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The election for the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission has been postponed due to lack of nominations from all of the Districts. Nominations were received from three of the five Districts. An announcement will be made regarding new dates for nominations and the election. No nominations were received for Districts 1 or 5. District 1 consists of Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills and Custer counties. District 5 is made up of Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Haskell, LeFlore, Stephens, Jefferson, McClain, Garvin, Murray, Carter, Love, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Coal, Atoka, Bryan, Latimer, Pushmataha, Choctaw and McCurtain counties.
The five-member Oklahoma Oilseed Commission will administer check off funds which will be collected on oilseed grown in the state. An assessment to be determined by the commission will be collected and used to develop programs that will enhance oilseed production, provide oilseed research, promote market development, education, and improve profitability of Oklahoma oilseed producers.
For more information contact Glen Schickedanz at (800) 580-6543
Parker Ranch in Waurika Offers Their Best on Columbus Day
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Parker Angus Ranch will hold their Fall Production Sale on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2009. The sale will kick off at Noon at the Ranch, 11 Miles Northeast of Waurika, Ok.
Selling will be a 100 18- to 20-Month-Old Bulls and a Select Group of Females. Eddie Parker says that this year's crop is looking really good- and he writes in the sale catalog "The bulls continue to improve as is evidenced by the outstanding EPDs. An update will also be available sale day."
For information, contact Eddie or Karen Parker at 580-228-3251. You can also click ont he link below for their website and their complete sale catalog.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past Friday- the Woodward Livestock market ran a total of 4,185 cattle, with yearling prices cheaper- steer yearlings off $3 a hundred. Light steer calves under 550 pounds were $1 to $4 higher- heavier calves were steady to $3 lower. The five to six hundred pound steer calves brought from $96 to $109, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $93 to $97.25. Click here for the full Woodward livestock report from USDA- it should be up and available for the October 2nd sale by around 8 AM central time.
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $6.65 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.05 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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