~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday May 9, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Oklahoma Mineral Buyers
-- Give Triple Digits For Mothers Day!
-- The Dry and the Wet of It with Gary McManus of Mesonet Tciker Fame
-- Waiting on USDA Regarding the GIPSA Rule
-- Officers of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the National Cattlemens Beef Association Meet in Denver
-- Barley Yellow Dwarf is Being Seen in Limited Amounts in northern Oklahoma
-- Advanced Cattle Management School Among the Items on the Calendar for this week
-- Circuit Court Rules on CAFO Permits
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Give Triple Digits For Mothers Day!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Altus reached a high temperature of 108 degrees on Sunday. A quick search finds that is the highest temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma this early in the year. The OCS archives date back to the early 1890s. The 108-degree reading tops Buffalo's 107 degrees reported back on May 2, 1992. It obviously tops the record high temperature for May 8 anywhere in Oklahoma as well. The previous record was 106 degrees at Hollis in 1952.
Altus was not the only triple digit winner- much of western Oklahoma was right at the 100 degree mark or higher. For wheat that has been on the edge in recent days- these hot temps will help drive those fields to the end of the road.
Click on the LINK below for the map that shows those triple digits in detail- plus we have the list of the 15 hottest locations in Oklahoma on Mothers Day. And click here for our weather page where you can check either the west of east weather forecast from News9 with Gary England or News on 6 with Travis Meyer.
The Dry and the Wet of It with Gary McManus of Mesonet Tciker Fame
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Monday Ag Perspectives Podcast guest is Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Gary spoke to the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association this past week in Oklahoma City- and we caught up with him afterward to capture a few of the highlights of his comments to the agribusiness professionals.
McManus calls the current dry weather pattern more like a "baby drought" compared to the 1930s or the 1950s when we had a multi year stretch of drought in those decades. He adds it is somewhat unusual that we have seen the state split so drastically between wet conditions in eastern Oklahoma and extremely dry in western Oklahoma.
Click on the LINK below for our Podcast with Gary McManus as we talk all things weather with him.
Waiting on USDA Regarding the GIPSA Rule
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Groups that represent livestock producers continue to monitor the GIPSA rule making process within the US Department of Agriculture. A rule was issued by the agency last June, which attacted over 60,000 comments which USDA has been sorting through since November when the comment period ended.
Under pressure from the House Ag Committee and several livestock groups, US Secretary Tom Vilsack saw the wisdom of asking his Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber for a complere economic analysis regarding the impact of the rule, which will affect the marketing of livestock in this country. Proponents of the proposal say that this will level the playing field for the small independent livestock product, while opponents complain that this measure will set back marketing efforts in this country by decades and make many value added programs difficult to continue and new pprograms almost impossible to start up.
USDA is saying little right now- but we check in with Kristina Butts of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association office in Washington to see what the rumblings are about how the analysis is going and what USDA may do once the analytical work is complete. Kristina is a our guest today on the Beef Buzz. Click on the LINK below for more and to hear our conversation on this subject with Kristina Butts.
Officers of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the National Cattlemens Beef Association Meet in Denver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After signals came a few weeks back from Tom Jones, Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, that he had no interest in meeting with NCBA before the summer board meeting was held in Florida- saying that he wanted to get clear signals from the CBB about the direction they wanted to go before having that meeting. Jones apparently was persuaded to move forward and coordinate a meeting between the CBB Executive Committee and the NCBA officers. The meeting was held last week in Denver.
Several key points were agreed to- including the following:
Click on the LINK below for the other points of agreement- and comments from both Tom Jones as well as NCBA President Bill Donald.
Barley Yellow Dwarf is Being Seen in Limited Amounts in northern Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger- disease issues have been very secondary in the minds of Oklahoma producers in 2011. Dr. Hunger reports "A trip yesterday to central Oklahoma (El Reno area) then to Kingfisher and Marshal (west of Stillwater) confirmed that barley yellow dwarf is the most prevalent disease this year in Oklahoma. I saw very little leaf rust at any of these locations. Powdery mildew, although present, was definitely in the "shut-down" mode. Some fields and trials had what appeared to be damage from freeze and/or drought. At Lahoma (west of Enid), Dr. Brett Carver (OSU Wheat Breeder/Geneticist) reported seeing some leaf rust but still at low levels, and also found a few isolated pockets of stripe rust. In these areas and at Stillwater, wheat is mostly at the milk to soft dough stage.
Around Stillwater where more moisture has been received, leaf rust is starting to increase (especially on susceptible varieties). Dr. Art Klatt (OSU Wheat Breeder/Geneticist) reported seeing active and severe powdery mildew, and increasing levels of leaf rust (20-30S range) on his trial planted in a bottom area. Similarly, leaf rust is increasing in the variety-demonstration trial planted at Stillwater, and in a fungicide trial.
Samples continue to come into the Diagnostic Lab that test positive for various combinations of wheat streak mosaic virus, high plains virus, Triticum mosaic virus, and BYDVs. Nearly all of these samples are from northwestern OK or the panhandle.
Advanced Cattle Management School Among the Items on the Calendar for this week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host an Advanced Cattle Management School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10, at the Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
A diverse group of regionally and nationally known experts in beef cattle management will explore topics vital to a successful cattle operation including optimum cow phenotype, the power of benchmarking and practical beef cattle welfare. "We designed this school to offer advanced information that can be used by experienced cattle producers," said Ryan Reuter, Ph.D., Noble Foundation assistant professor. "Participants will be able to take information they learn from this school and apply it directly to their operation." Click here for our calendar item listing for more details
A lot of other stuff is on the calendar this week- wheat field tours, the Aging Cow 101 sessions begin and there is a big Ag Policy webinar planned for Thursday.
Click on the LINK below for our calendar button to see a full listing
of things happening that you may want more details about.
Circuit Court Rules on CAFO Permits
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit have ruled that the Clean Water Act did not give the EPA the authority to require Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations to obtain discharge permits on the presumption they would discharge pollution to the waters of the state. The National Pork Producers Council called the decision a - major victory. Since 2008, the EPA has required all animal farms that qualified as CAFOs to get permits.
The EPA's assumption that a farm with no record of discharges would violate the law in the future was, in the judges' words, - an attempt by EPA to create from whole cloth new liability provisions. The CWA simply does not authorize this type of supplementation to its comprehensive liability scheme.
The court declared the farms only need permits if they actually discharged - a violation of the Clean Water Act. The likelihood that they would discharge was not enough to trigger the permitting process, which farmers find cumbersome and expensive. The ruling is only binding for now in the Fifth Circuit, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
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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 $10.61 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.76 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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