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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday January 12, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Farm Bureau Delegates Settle on Status Quo on Farm Policy Position
-- Senator Stabenow Says Her Door Will Be Wide Open as Farm Bill Debate Unfolds
-- USDA Researchers Say Reducing Tillage Saves Moisture
-- New Tough Trich Standards Now in Place in Oklahoma
-- Pecan Management Meetings Kick Off in March
-- Hulbert FFA Takes Home Top Prize in National Western Meats Judging
-- Supply Demand Numbers Coming From USDA- Plus Winter Wheat Acreage Estimates as Well
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Farm Bureau Delegates Settle on Status Quo on Farm Policy Position
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 92nd Annual Meeting voted to maintain a strong farm income safety net, address dairy price volatility and urge greater oversight of regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Farm program baseline funds should not be diverted outside the farm bill, the delegates said. The new farm bill should maintain a strong "safety net" that consists of direct payments, a simplified Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program and the countercyclical, marketing loan and crop insurance programs. Overall, however, they adopted policy that provides flexibility to move forward with farm policy within the budget framework that will become clearer later this year.
Stewart Doan of Agri-Pulse points out to us that missing from the
group's safety net wish-list is the SURE permanent disaster program, which
made its debut in the 2008 Farm Bill and runs out of funding at the end of
the fiscal year in September.
The delegates also set policy for the general farm group regarding crop insurance, dairy price supports, EPA's role in agriculture and more. Click on the LINK below for more details about the delegate session- and we have the audio of President Bob Stallman in his post convention news conference.
Senator Stabenow Says Her Door Will Be Wide Open as Farm Bill Debate Unfolds
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The new Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, returned to her Michigan roots to make her first speech after taking the prestigious seat. Debbie Stabenow told the Michigan Agri-Business Association's annual winter meeting her door will be - wide open - when it comes to negotiating the next farm bill. She pledged her support for a strong safety net. But she added, it - might look a little different than it does now.
The Senator told her audience that she will be working closely with House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas. "Our growers and producers need certainty on these issues, and I hope this is an area where we can come together in a bipartisan way to find solutions. I've already been on the phone with my counterpart in the House of Representatives, Chairman Frank Lucas, a Republican from Oklahoma. He and I served together on the Agriculture Committee when I was in the House, we worked together to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the last farm bill, and I'm looking forward to working with him again in this new role."
Click on the LINK below for more on this story- including the full text of her remarks from yesterday in Michigan.
USDA Researchers Say Reducing Tillage Saves Moisture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soil scientists at the Agricultural Research Service's Central Great Plains Research Station in Akron, Colorado, say storing just one inch of water in an acre of soil is worth 25 to 30 dollars per acre. At the same time they have calculated that four to six passes with various tillage equipment to kill weeds over 14 months of leaving land idle or fallow results in a loss of 3 acre-inches of water to evaporation. Those six passes also cost 24 to 48 dollars an acre in fuel and labor costs. Add that to the cost of water lost, and you have 99 to 138 dollars an acre that never makes it into the farmers' pockets.
The scientists have shown that farmers in the Central Plains, who traditionally grow wheat only every other year, can prevent much of that lost moisture and store more precipitation just by eliminating tillage. And by combining no-till with intensive crop rotation management, farmers can capture even more of the precious 14 to 18 inches of rain or snowmelt that may occur each year in various parts of the Central Plains.
Click on our LINK below for more details about the USDA research that shows the relationship between limited tillage and increased amount of water stored for future use.
New Tough Trich Standards Now in Place in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The turn of the calendar to 2011 has brought the enforcement of important new regulations for Oklahoma cattle producers. Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that can result in loss of valuable income due to early pregnancy abortion and temporary infertility. Some herds have seen calving percentages as low as 50% due to the presence of trichomoniasis (commonly called 'trich'). Infected bulls are the primary transmitters of the disease. Infected bulls carry the disease-causing protozoa Trichomonas foetus on their penis and prepuce. Therefore, Oklahoma (and other states) are enforcing regulations that focus on breeding bulls, the reservoir for the disease.
Effective January 1, 2011, any bull changing ownership in Oklahoma by
private sale, public sale, lease, trade, or barter must have a negative
test for Trichomoniasis within 30 days of change of ownership. Exceptions
Read more about this disease and the measures being taken by Oklahoma (and other states) to make sure the cattle herds in Oklahoma are protected as best they can from this costly animal health problem.
Pecan Management Meetings Kick Off in March
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Individuals who have been growing pecans for a while, or those who are interested in learning more about the industry, will gain a lot of knowledge from the 2011 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course hosted by Oklahoma State University.
The goal of the course is to provide an in-depth experience, both in the classroom and in the orchard, for current and prospective pecan growers, said Eric Stafne, OSU Cooperative Extension fruit and nut crop specialist.
The class will meet once a month beginning March 1 through Oct. 18, with the exception of June. The meetings will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $250 per person and the registration deadline is Feb. 18. For more information, call Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404. You can also go to the LINK below for our full story which will also give you a way to register on line.
The meetings will combine traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences, as well as an optional web-based study component. The course will take place at the Cimarron Valley Research Station, located one-half mile north of the intersection of State Highways 33 and 177 near Perkins.
Hulbert FFA Takes Home Top Prize in National Western Meats Judging
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Western Livestock Stock Show held their Junior Meats Judging Contest this past weekend- and coming out atop the FFA Standings at the 2011 event was the Hulbert FFA Chapter from eastern Oklahoma.
Hulbert FFA represented Oklahoma at the contest, and bested a team from Texas who placed second, followed by teams from Kansas and Wyoming.
All three of the Hulbert FFA team members were in the top five of the contest- with KC Barnes finishing first overall, with Dillon Walls placing 3rd high individual in the contest and Trico Blue placing 4th overall high individual.
Supply Demand Numbers Coming From USDA- Plus Winter Wheat Acreage Estimates as Well
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ending US Corn Stocks may be the focal point of the latest USDA Supply Demand data that comes our shortly from USDA.
There will also be a USDA count of winter wheat acres- expected to be somewhere around 3.5 to 4 million more acres this fall compared to a year ago. The question on those extra acres- who many acres will be lost because of the poor wheat crop conditions here in the southern Great Plains region.
We will have on the front page of our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com full details and links to the report once released in a few minutes by USDA.
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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 $9.75 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.25 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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