~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 27, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Winter Canola Recovering From Hard Freeze
-- The Word From FSA for Failed Wheat
-- California Changing the Rules on Biofuels- Ethanol Proponents Charge Shaky Science
-- National Pork Board Tells Producers- Step Up Biosecurity
-- Kingfisher FFA Defends State Parliamentary Procedure Championship
-- Bits and Pieces for Monday- Congrats to Chad Detrick, Horse Training 101 and Hello Wayne Pacelle!
-- Express Ranches Grasstime Sale Coming This Friday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Winter Canola Recovering From Hard Freeze
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Winter Canola crop in Oklahoma took a hit from the hard freeze event in early April, but Gene Neuens with Producers Cooperative Oil Mill says the canola plant is growing once again- is producing new blooms and will likely produce a good yield this summer. Harvest could be a little later than normal here in 2009- but canola prospects stand in sharp contrast to many of the wheat fields adjacent to them, where the 2009 winter wheat crop has been badly damaged by first the dry winter conditions and then the freezing temperatures April 7-8.
There is concern about cabbage aphids on canola right now- with many people electing to spray the crop. Neuens advises producers to scout your fields carefully to avoid losses from these bugs.
We talked with Neuens at the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City- and you can hear our conversation by clicking on the link below for our webstory and the audio from the conversation that Gene and I had over the weekend while at the Southern Plains Farm Show.
The Word From FSA for Failed Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We wrote on Friday about the situation regarding some uncertainty over the status of a failed wheat crop and following it up with a second crop- and what that second crop does to the eligibility of the wheat crop in the so called SURE program.
Both Francie Tolle of American Farmers & Ranchers as well as Tim Bartram of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers were in Washington this past week- working with Nicole Scott, the new Chief of Minority Staff for the House Ag Committee- and of course, Nicole's boss, Congressman Frank Lucas. It appears that based on emails that were sent to Francie, Tim as well as to me that Congressman Lucas was able to get some clarification from USDA.
The email from Nicole says "Congressman Lucas had a conversation with
Jim Miller, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Ag Services. He confirmed
that the second crop does not need to be insured and assured the
Congressman that he would get the word out to the Oklahoma offices." AFR's
Tolle adds that it is her understanding that a "notice" on this issue will
be sent to the county FSA offices- nothing was out as of Friday- she is
hopeful that it will be there on Monday.
California Changing the Rules on Biofuels- Ethanol Proponents Charge Shaky Science
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~California has become the first state in the Union to mandate carbon-based reductions in transportation fuels. Late last week the California Air Resources Board approved a phased-in reduction starting in 2011, with a goal of shrinking carbon impacts 10% by 2020. Many predict the ruling will be replicated in other parts of the country and adopted by federal regulators.
ARB Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols hailed the low-carbon fuel standard as a major step in moving the nation away from oil dependence and toward alternative fuels that generate lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, biofuel and oil industry critics warned that the air board was moving too quickly and basing some decisions on - shaky science.
Ethanol advocates challenged the report's findings, disputing that their corn-based production had a significant impact on greenhouse-gas increases elsewhere. But they also suggested that petroleum and other fuels were not given the same treatment. Nichols did agree to an "ongoing investigation" into both the direct and indirect effects on land use of all transportation fuels and will allow suppliers to independently certify their feedstocks and processes.
General Wesley Clark, co-chairman of Growth Energy, bluntly put it - we're disappointed with the Board's vote. Clark said - this was a poor decision, based on shaky science, not only for California, but for the nation. Today's decision puts another road block in moving away from dependence on fossil fuels and stifles development of the emerging cellulosic industry. He said - the regulation adopted by the ARB unfairly penalizes biofuels by adding an - indirect land use change figure - to the carbon intensity of biofuels.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman called the
California Air Resource Board's decision - the absolute worst move at the
worst possible time. The board is unfairly punishing renewable,
American-grown biofuels, and has created greater market demand for
imported petroleum products. Stallman pointed out that - the standard put
in place measures the indirect land use for biofuels without measuring the
indirect land use for other fuels. Stallman says - the board has applied a
false measurement to American crops that are grown and will continue to be
grown regardless of their end use.
National Pork Board Tells Producers- Step Up Biosecurity
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Board is urging pork producers to enhance the biosecurity plans on their farms as the result of a new strain of the swine influenza virus type H1N1 being reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus is unique and has not been seen in the U.S. swine herd. At this time, no pigs have been found to be infected or sick with the virus. It is unknown if this new strain causes any type of illness in swine. However, because it is novel, the National Pork Board is urging producers to take extra precaution to protect our industry's workers and our animals.
Among the bullet points from the National Pork Board-
On Sunday afternoon- there was an updated release from the National
Pork Board- reminding folks it is SAFE to eat pork.: Amid public concern
about the reports of swine influenza in humans, the National Pork Board
wishes to reassure the public that pork is safe and will continue to be
safe to consume. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
has posted this statement on its Web site (cdc.org/swineflu): "Swine
influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza
from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork
products is safe." The CDC and other health organizations continue to
caution that the virus is contagious and is spreading from humans to
humans. The CDC has said it has not found any evidence to indicate that
any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs.
Kingfisher FFA Defends State Parliamentary Procedure Championship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kingfisher defended their win in the Senior Division of the Oklahoma Parliamentary Procedure Contest held as a part of the FFA Interscholastics this past Friday evening in Stillwater. Kingfisher won last spring, then placed fourth nationally in Indianapolis last October. The Junior Division winner was the Owasso FFA Chapter.
In addition to those two contests, eleven speech contests were decided as well. Click on the link below to jump to the complete list of the FFA champions in these various categories. The six winners in the various senior division prepared speech contests will compete this Tuesday(tomorrow) at the State FFA Convention in OKC for the right to claim the overall Prepared Speech Championship and the right to represent Oklahoma in Indianapolis next fall as well. The Kingfisher FFA dominated the six categories, winning four of the divisions, but will have only three in the finals, as McKenzie Walta actually won BOTH Agriscience and Animal Science. (How in the world do you memorize two speeches and compete and win at the highest levels?) By the way, McKenzie Walta placed second nationally in the FFA Creed Speaking Contest at the 2007 National Convention- I STILL would have voted her hands down the best Creed Speaker that day! Click and Listen to our conversation from 2007 with McKenzie in Indianapolis at that Creed Competition.
On Saturday, it was the Judging teams and more that were competing. We have the link to the complete listing in our story below- but to sample a few of the contests- the Livestock Judging Contest saw El Reno knock Kingfisher out of defending their championship of last spring. Meats Judging was taken by the Tuttle FFA Chapter, besting OK Union. The Horse Evaluation was won by Locust Grove. Ag Issues was won by DePew, Ag Communications taken by Kingfisher and Ag Sales won by Amber Pocasset.
Bits and Pieces for Monday- Congrats to Chad Detrick, Horse Training 101 and Hello Wayne Pacelle!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had a couple of thousand entries for the livestock Round Pen that the Radio Oklahoma Network gave away on Saturday at the Southern Plains Farm Show- and after the final horse training session with Scott Daily, we combined the entries from our inside and outside locations, picked a pretty little girl from the audience and she pulled Chad Detrick's name out of the box. Chad and his family live on an acreage in the Yukon area- and are raising a couple of horses, as well as show animals for their kids 4-H and FFA projects. Click here for more on their story and a picture of our winner from Saturday.
Speaking of horse training with Scott Daily, we visited with Scott on Saturday afternoon about how he approaches each horse- and a tip or two for the rest of us that want to stay in control when we are involved with an equine critter. Click here for that story on our website about Scott Daily and his horse training efforts. BY THE WAY- we do have a bunch of pictures of one sort or another from this year's Southern Plains Farm Show. Some are of the folks that were visiting with exhibitors, some with the horse training and livestock handling sessions and we even snapped a few of the tractors on the grounds- both and antiques. Click on the link below for our Flickr page from the 2009 Southern Plains Farm Show.
We are jumping on the company plane this morning (the Southwest Airlines company plane) and heading for Washington and the 2009 Washington Watch event of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. We will be there for a limited amount of time this year- as we are looking forward to getting back to OKC in time for the Tuesday night general session of the State Convention of the Oklahoma FFA. Perhaps the highlight of our time in Washington will be hearing from Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the US.
Express Ranches Grasstime Sale Coming This Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches in Yukon are pleased to announce their Annual Grass Time Sale is coming up THIS Friday May 1st at 12:00 pm at the ranch.
They will be selling over 600 head- including
For information you can contact the folks at Express Ranches at 1-800-664-3977. We also have the link to more on this sale as found on their website- click on the link below to jump there.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Woodward Livestock sold 6,647 head of cattle on Friday with prices steady to $2 higher. Five to six hundred pound steers brought from $115 to $120, while seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared from $97 to $99.75. Click here for the complete Woodward Livestock Auction report- it should be updated with the April 25th numbers by around 8 AM central.
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