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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday June 30, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- As We Say Goodbye to June- a Quick June Dairy Month Salute
-- Duster Easily the Yield Leader in 2010 OSU Variety Trials
-- Out This morning- USDA Acreage Numbers
-- Corn Acreage Up Two Percent From Last Year- Cotton Up 19%
-- AFR Joins in Letter Pushing for Separation of Federation of State Beef Councils from NCBA
-- Senator Coburn Challenges Elena Kagan Over the Commerce Clause
-- Our Oklahoma Agritourism Venue in the Spotlight This Week- Shepherd's Cross
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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As We Say Goodbye to June- a Quick June Dairy Month Salute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There's just a few hours left to celebrate June as Dairy month- and we have Teresa Wagner of Dairymax joining us on our website to help celebrate this special time of promotion for the dairy industry- giving us a chance to talk about the nutrition rich food that dairy delivers. It also is an excellent time to remind consumers that there are still a lot of wonderful dairy farm families that make up the industry- and they are passionate about producing a great product- taking care of their cows and taking care of the environment.
June Dairy Month started out as a promotion to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the warm summer months. Today, its rich history continues, with communities, companies and people from all over the country observing June Dairy Month in a variety of ways. The promotion originally started out being called "Good Health Month" and helped remind consumers of the benefits of dairy products. Teresa talks with us about how Dairymax works during the month of June in telling the Dairy story to consumers.
Click on our LINK below for our story and to listen to our audio with Teresa. You can also click here and go to the Dairy Farming Today website, which offers a consumer friendly view of the Dairy Farms of today- a lot of excellent profiles on this site are included that show how dairy farmers care for their animals and for the land, while producing a nutrient rich food.
Duster Easily the Yield Leader in 2010 OSU Variety Trials
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are now 18 Variety Test Plots Reported on the OSU Small Grains webpage- and Duster is the run away winner thus far in yield performance. It shows up in all areas of the state. It is in the top ten yielding varieties in every location across the state- and the only location that saw it in danger of not making the top ten was at the Hooker test site, where it finished as the ninth best variety in terms of yield with 73 bushels per acre. Billings, another OSU breeding success story, topped that test with 85 bushels per acre.
If you give each top performance at a test location a 10, and then down to one for the ten best varieties- Duster finishes with an astounding 139 points over the 18 locations! Jackpot, from Agripro, is a distant second with 83 points. Others that finished in the top five varieties, based solely on yield, was Endurance with 80 points, Billings with 67 points and Doans with 52 points.
three of the top five varieties when it comes to yield in these test
plots are from the OSU breeding program, while the other two are both from
Agripro. If you reach down to sixth best- you find one of the Texas
A&M varieties- TAM112 with 50 points.
Out This morning- USDA Acreage Numbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Several things are happening today- the USDA Spring Crop Acreage Report will be released- we will have details on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com a little after eight AM.
Also today- two hearings of interest- the Senate Ag Committee is holding the first of its hearings on Farm Policy this morning, while the House Ag Committee has a business session in which they will consider legislation to liberalize trade with Cuba.
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas told Agri- Pulse yesterday that House Republicans will try to strip out the relaxed travel restrictions, which would most likely doom the measure on the House floor. Lucas says they want to see the better access for ag exports into Cuba advance, but don't want to give up tourist dollars to the Communist regime in the island nation. That House Ag Committee session starts at 1:00 PM central time.
Corn Acreage Up Two Percent From Last Year- Cotton Up 19%
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here are some quick highlights from Acreage Numbers, just now being released.
Corn planted area for all purposes in 2010 is estimated at 87.9 million acres, up 2 percent from last year. The largest increases in planted acreage compared to last year are reported in Illinois and Kansas, both up 600,000 acres from 2009.
Soybean planted area for 2010 is estimated at a record high 78.9 million acres, up 2 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 78.0 million acres, is also up 2 percent from 2009, and will be the largest harvested area on record, if realized. Compared with last year, planted acreage increased by 300,000 acres or more in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Soybean acreage in Oklahoma ties our previous high at 480,000 acres planted- USDA expects 440,000 acres will be harvested in our state.
All Cotton plantings for 2010 are estimated at 10.9 million acres, 19 percent above last year. Upland planted area is estimated at 10.7 million acres, up 19 percent from 2009. Increased planted acres are expected in all States except Louisiana, where acres are unchanged from last year's record low.
AFR Joins in Letter Pushing for Separation of Federation of State Beef Councils from NCBA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Terry Detrick of the American Farmers and Ranchers has joined Presidents of six other State Farmers Unions, along with NFU President Roger Johnson in writing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to use the full weight of his office to push for a complete separation of the Federation of State Beef Councils from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
In a letter to the Secretary, Detrick and the other farm leaders tell
the Secretary that "We believe NCBA is knowingly in direct violation of
the Order, and have been for a number of years.
Click on the link below to read more from this letter to Secretary Vilsack- in fact, we have the entire letter in PDF format for you to be able to open and read.
Senator Coburn Challenges Elena Kagan Over the Commerce Clause
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Democrats' newly enacted health-care overhaul appears destined to some to end up before the Supreme Court, because of its mandate that individuals buy insurance. But Elena Kagan isn't about to give her opinion on its constitutionality.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked Kagan about the law in a round-about way late today. He gave her a hypothetical: What if Congress passed a law requiring Americans to eat a certain number of fruits and vegetables? "Do we have the power to tell people what to eat every day?" Coburn asked.
Kagan, who developed federal policy and weighed in on legislation while
in the Clinton White House, said the hypothetical law struck her as a
"dumb law." She added, "Courts would be wrong to strike down laws that are
senseless just because they're senseless."
Our Oklahoma Agritourism Venue in the Spotlight This Week- Shepherd's Cross
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Radio Oklahoma Network and Farm Director Ron Hays continue to promote Agritourism venues across the state in the spring/summer Adventure Passport contest. Between now and mid July, a different venue will be highlighted in radio and TV ads each week as we salute more than 500 events and venues to enjoy in the growing adventure known as Oklahoma Agritourism.
The venue we are featuring this week is Shepherd's Cross Incorporated. Shepherd's Cross is a farm offering shepherding tours, bible garden tours, living Christmas nativity, pre-picked pumpkin patch, straw/hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hayrides, and school tours; farm-fresh lamb, mutton, pecans and shepherd's shop.
Click on the LINK below to see our TV spot that spotlights this destination- we have their website linked as well and more. Check it out- and be sure and get out and enjoy some of the hundreds of Agritourism venues we have available out across our great state!
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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 $7.15 per bushel, while the 2011 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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