~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 26, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women Help Celebrate National Food Check Out Week
-- Rust Worries From South of the Red River (as well as at Lahoma)
-- New Owner/Operator for the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo
-- Senators Justice and Bingman Believe the State Should Challenge EPA's Endangerment Finding Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions
-- OSU's Kim Anderson Hearing From Farmers on Top Dressing of Wheat
-- Quick OALP Notes From Spain
-- Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale Coming Saturday March 6
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women Help Celebrate National Food Check Out Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~During Food Check-Out Week that wraps up this weekend, farmer and rancher members of many local Farm Bureaus have been reaching out to consumers in their communities with information and cost-saving tips on putting nutritious meals on the table. That includes members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Womens Committee, led by state Chairman Clara Wichert of Fairview.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau women's committee members have made food donations to Oklahoma's Ronald McDonald houses. Committee members shoped for groceries and purchased gift cards for the houses. The value of the donations totaled more than $2,000 to the houses in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
After the Farm Bureau Women finished their shopping for the Oklahoma City Ronald McDonald house, we sat down and visited with the Major County farmer about this annual celebration that Farm Bureau has developed to signify that it takes only about six weeks of working for a typical family to pay for food purchases for the entire year.
Click on the link below to hear our visit with Clara- as well as learn more about Food Check Out Week and how the story is being told in supermarkets as well as through Social Media of our safe, affordable and wholesome food supply.
Rust Worries From South of the Red River (as well as at Lahoma)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are starting to get some indications that the Leaf Rust and perhaps Stripe Rust situation in Oklahoma may be a significant event in the spring of 2010. OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger tells us in an email about what is being seen in Oklahoma- as well as in Texas.
Dr. Hunger writes on Thursday "Not much different in Oklahoma today as compared to a year ago as temperatures around Stillwater for the last week have been in the 20s at night and generally about 35-40 through the day. Very light and scattered leaf rust and powdery mildew pustules are still apparent in susceptible varieties, and no aphids were seen. Although differences between resistant and susceptible lines are visible in my soilborne/spindle streak nursery, the spring flush of growth has not yet occurred so the differences are not yet striking. HOWEVER, compare todays report to my update from one year ago where I indicated that I had already rated the SB/SS nursery for the first time, and Dr. Brett Carver had observed, plenty of live leaf rust pustules on green tissue at Lahoma in the mid-canopy, but only in areas where the stand is lush and where canopy closure is complete.
There are concerns about Stripe Rust for the folks in Texas- and with a
strong south wind or two- for us in Oklahoma as well. Dr. Hunger says "On
22-Feb-2010, I received the following update from Rex Herrington (Research
Associate, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas AgriLife Research,
College Station, TX). He indicates that he found heavy stripe rust in
nurseries around College Station, in fact, the heaviest stripe rust he has
ever seen in this particular nursery. Texas has been cool and wet, which
favors stripe rust, but I have not seen or heard of any stripe rust yet
being found in Oklahoma.
New Owner/Operator for the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a slightly different name, dates that are later by several weeks from previous years and a new operator for the farm show that has been in Wichita Falls, Texas in the early part of the year. The 2010 edition of the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo will be happening March 10th and 11th at the JS Bridwell Ag Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.
They have an impressive lineup of exhibitors for their 2010 show, as well as several free features that you may want to check out. Those features include border collie sheep dog working demonstrations both days of the show, autograph signing by a pair of rodeo cowboys, Calf Roper Stran Smith and Bareback Rider Will Lowe (both days of the show!) as well as several educational sessions planned by the Texas AgriLife folks on both the 10th and the 11th.
We talked with the new Show Owner/Operator Daren Dale and you can hear our conversation with Daren about the show by going to the link below. Admission and parking are free for this March 10th and 11th event.
Senators Justice and Bingman Believe the State Should Challenge EPA's Endangerment Finding Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In light of a December ruling by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) that will have a damaging affect on Oklahoma industries, Senator Ron Justice (R-Chickasha) and Senator Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) are calling on fellow legislators to join in the fight to protect the state's economic stability. Both Senators believe that the state's top two industries, agriculture and oil and gas, will suffer the most if the EPA is allowed to push ahead with their ruling that so-called greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare.
"Agriculture is a major consumer of fossil fuels, and any attempt to
limit energy inputs in our state would cause severe economic hardships for
food and fiber producers," said Justice. "The EPA regulation of greenhouse
gas emissions from farms and ranches could lead to costly and burdensome
mandates on Oklahoma's food and renewable fuel producers."
Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry accounts for roughly 25 percent of the taxes paid in the state through taxes on oil and natural gas production, income taxes, motor vehicle taxes and other fees and taxes imposed on the industry. The Senators believe that EPA's Endangerment Finding could devastate the energy energy in the state- and that would be bad news for Oklahoma's state government budget.
OSU's Kim Anderson Hearing From Farmers on Top Dressing of Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that he is pleasantly surprised to see wheat farmers making good progress in getting their wheat topdressed here in the wet winter of 2010. He and others had expressed concern that we would have a hard time in getting Nitrogen onto our wheat fields here in 2010 because of the soft and muddy conditions. Dr. Anderson tells Kathy Shelton of SUNUP what he has heard from farmers in the northcentral part of the state.
He also talks about the need to make marketing decisions now and then execute those plans by selling your wheat later as you have it in hand as it is harvested. Dr. Anderson's comments will be a part of this weekend's SUNUP program- and we have an early preview of what he wll tell the TV audience if you click on the link below.
We also have weekend details of the SUNUP program at that same link- click to see what the program highlights are for the OSU Ag Communications produced show.
Quick OALP Notes From Spain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We were told the internet connection at the hotel where class 14 was staying on Thursday evening was bad, so little detail has come in from Clinton Griffiths who is traveling along with the group. They will be making their way north towards Madrid and it is likely we will have better internet connections by later today. Be sure and check out the front page of our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com for updates from Clinton and Class 14 this weekend.
Jared Cullison writes in a brief email from one of the Class member's Blackberries "Oh the power of the coop. Covap is the largest operation in southern Spain located in Pozoplanco was a true marvel. Their operation was not quite the same as our coops in the states. Here members are required to purchases and feed Covap approved and supplied diets, this to assure a more uniform product. And of course the ham, you will not have a better piece of ham, after 2 to 4 years of curing the Iberian pigs hams and sausage is at the top of the quality scale. And should not be missed when traveling to this country of rich culture and tradition."
Michael Marlow also weighed in on what they saw at the giant Coop they visited on Thursday- "Another great day of learning. We spent much of the day at COVAP the main milk Cooperative for the southern half of Spain. It was started by a group of farmers 50.years ago. Today they have divisions including milk products, feed, livestock processing and specialized meats. They have managed to grow in a tough region adding value and making their farmers a profit most years. They were proud of their company and the brands they have created."
Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale Coming Saturday March 6
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pollard Farms Performance Genetics Bull & Commercial Female Sale will be happening next Saturday, March 6, 2010, 12:30pm at Pollard Farms, Waukomis, Oklahoma.
Featuring 80 Home-raised service-age Angus bulls, (selling several ET full and half brothers with performance and ultrasound data furnished.) Owner Barry Pollard writes in the sale catalog about this year's set of bulls -"These young herd sires are as uniform, powerful and rugged as any bulls we have sold in the past. Through extensive embryo transfer and intense artificial insemination, we have put together a strong set of genetics that will work in all facets of the industry. The genetics behind these bulls are full of performance and longevity that should work in your operation."
You can call Pollard Farms for more information at 580-758-1464 or click on the link below for our calendar listing for the Pollard Farms sale on March 6. You will have the option there of going on to their website where you can download the catalog or view it online.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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