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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 23, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- We Talk to "The Man" when it comes to Winter Canola in the Southern Plains- Dr. Tom Peeper of OSU
-- American Farm Bureau Says No to Oberstar Bill
-- Wheat Prices Moving Higher Despite the Fact Good to Excellent Ratings Dominate Southern Plains Wheat
-- Pictures from the Winter Canola Field Day in Lahoma
-- American Meat Institute Says No Fair on Government Support of Corn Based Ethanol
-- OKC Marathon This Weekend Has Wheat and Beef Ties
-- Hall Cattle Co. - Coyote Hills Limousin Production Sale Coming Saturday May First
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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We Talk to "The Man" when it comes to Winter Canola in the Southern Plains- Dr. Tom Peeper of OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The adoption of winter canola from just one of those possible crops to rotate with wheat to becoming a viable and profitable crop that might fulfill one man's dream of being planted on one third of the acreage in the state normally reserved for a wheat drill has happened in about a decade- in fact perhaps just a little less than a decade. We talked yesterday with the man that has had that dream, Dr. Tom Peeper, Weed Specialist at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Peeper is watching his last Canola crop as a fulltime OSU Weed Specialist, as he retires this summer- but it's likely that he will pop up working with someone as an advocate of this game changing crop for the southern plains wheat belt.
Peeper was an early and at times, almost solo voice shouting to the thousands of wheat producers in the southern plains- you can't keep growing continuous wheat because of weed pressure. That early motivation has resulted in Monsanto investing millions, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill investing millions to be able to handle canola at their cottonseed crushing plant in Oklahoma City and other companies joining suit in jumping on the Canola bandwagon. The early adopters jumped on board- and some of them got smashed by the ignorance we had about some of the growing practices and most importantly the harvesting methods that will work on winter canola here in the southern plains.
Click on the link below for more on Tom Peeper's quest to get Oklahoma wheat farmers to consider ways to break the weed cycle in their fields- and to do it with winter canola. The 80,000 acres planted and growing in Oklahoma this year is a tribute to his persistence.
American Farm Bureau Says No to Oberstar Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says Farm Bureau does not support legislation that would change and expand federal control of our nation's waters. We are greatly concerned the 'America's Commitment to Clean Water Act,' introduced by Representative James Oberstar, would do precisely that. According to Stallman, the measure would change the Clean Water Act by extending federal control of all waters in the United States, not just real navigable waters, as Congress clearly intended when it passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.
Stallman adds, Farm Bureau has always supported the Clean Water Act as a vital tool for protecting our nation's valuable water resources. This bill, however, goes farther by removing the word 'navigable' from the Clean Water Act. If the word 'navigable' is deleted from the law, any farm pond or ditch would be at the mercy of federal regulations. Stallman stated emphatically, this vague and overreaching amendment to the Clean Water Act is unacceptable to America's farm and ranch families.
Stallman also says that Farm Bureau is deeply concerned the legislation will overturn the current treatment of prior converted cropland, a regulation that has been in place for nearly two decades. This would effectively give federal control of the development rights of 53 million acres of private land. Stallman called this extension of federal control over private property rights "dangerous and unprecedented."
Wheat Prices Moving Higher Despite the Fact Good to Excellent Ratings Dominate Southern Plains Wheat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kansas City wheat prices have quietly staged a rally in April- and most wheat producers have probably noticed. OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that for the month of April, the price for KC Wheat, basis the July 2010 contract is 47 cents higher. Wheat is continue to look very good across much of Oklahoma- for example, here are some heads starting to appear in one of the fields at the OSU Lahoma test station yesterday, April 22, 2010.
Dr. Anderson says that producers might want to think about forward contracting some wheat if they are thinking of selling some at harvest- or he adds that "it won't hurt my feelings" if they wait til harvest to actually do the selling, as that is his favorite strategy for at least a part of your harvested bushels.
Click on the link below to get to the comments made by Dr. Anderson-
you can hear the audio right now of the video segment that will air
Saturday on the SUNUP program as seen on OETA across the state.
Pictures from the Winter Canola Field Day in Lahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a few pictures on our Facebook page for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network from the Thursday Winter Canola Field Day at the OSU Lahoma Research Station.
The Canola looked great- and stops on the tour looked at varieties, weed and bug control, fertilizer and more.
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American Meat Institute Says No Fair on Government Support of Corn Based Ethanol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When it comes to corn-based ethanol, American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle says the federal government should not pick sides. He is critical of efforts that have been announced this week to extend several grain based ethanol tax breaks, claiming it means that if enacted, that the Federal government will once again be giving a market advantage to ethanol useage over the other uses for corn and feed grains- like being used for food animal production.
Click on the link below and check out this edition of the Beef Buzz- and we have a link to Boyle's full argument that he made in Feedstuffs Magazine against ethanol subsidies as well.
OKC Marathon This Weekend Has Wheat and Beef Ties
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There's a team running in honor of past Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association President Jeff Krehbiel- and there are several runners that will be wearing the Beef Banner (or at least a shirt) on Sunday morning as well.
Dr. David Porter from OSU has written us about Krehbiel's Krew.
"Krehbiel's Krew is officially ready for the OKC Memorial Marathon on
Sunday, April 25. The race starts at 6:30 AM.
What about the Beef involvement? Heather Buckmaster emailed us
with some of the details of "Team Beef." "One of my favorite groups
participating include ranching families from the Osage area. There is
group of them that are serious runners and regularly participate in races.
They are walking testaments to the power of protein and the power of lean
beef in a healthy and active lifestyle.
Hall Cattle Co. - Coyote Hills Limousin Production Sale Coming Saturday May First
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Saturday, May 1st at 1pm, Hall Cattle Company-Coyote HIlls Ranch is having their Limousin Production Sale at the ranch one mile west, two miles south and a mile west of Chattanooga, Oklahoma on Highway 5.
Selling 200 head as 120 lots including:
Ken Holloway writes in the catalog for the 2010 sale "This year's sale
offering includes many young purebred Limousin and Lim-Flex females, many
with calves at side. They are a productive group of mostly black, polled,
many by the breed's leading sires. The Blaque Rulon offspring have enjoyed
considerable success in the show ring in recent years - being the MOE
National Gold Medal bull for three consecutive years and the Silver Medal
bull in 2009, with two sons being Gold Medal and Bronze Medal
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.65 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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