~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday, October 10, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and One Resource Environmental!
-- Multi Million Dollar Rainfall Arrives and Blankets Much of Exceptional Drought Area in the State
-- Top Steer at Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show Commands $40,000!
-- Deworming Cattle Helps Prepare for Winter Months
-- OSU and Noble Foundation Field Day Focuses on Assisting New Agricultural Producers
-- Biotech Community Pleased with Ruling in Case of Eucalyptus Trees
-- No-till on the Plains Webinar Over Soil Potential Available Now
-- Wheat Commission Election Later this Month- and Congrats to Kent Boggs!
-- Coming Friday to the Legendary Restaurant Lineup- Bill's Fish House of Waurika.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Multi Million Dollar Rainfall Arrives and Blankets Much of Exceptional Drought Area in the State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rainfall that has fallen over this past weekend is being called a multi-million dollar event by the Executive Director of Plains Grains, Inc, Mark Hodges. Hodges says that while rain was not substantial in parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle, much of the Oklahoma winter wheat belt got rains that will either germinate wheat seed that was planted into dry soil before the rains came- or will allow wheat farmers to plant into moisture once the fields dry out enough for tractors and those grain drills to get back into those fields.
The rainfall has come too late for many producers that were hoping for some wheat pasture this fall and winter- and it's impact on the planting of the winter canola crop ahead of the end of the Crop Insurance window for planting winter canola (That's today- October 10) remains to be seen. There had been limited rainfall north of I-40 before this event in many locations- and many who wanted to plant winter canola this fall were able to get it into the ground- which means this rain will help get it established. Many counties had received virtually no rain this fall before this weekend- and we will have to see how many producers in those areas went ahead and dusted in canola ahead of the rains.
Back to the rainfall of the weekend- the largest amount of rain came further east than had been first forecasted, which means the band of heaviest amounts of precip followed very close to I-35- all the way from Kansas to the Texas state line. That band exceeded four inches of rain- a tremendous boost not just for the winter wheat and canola crops- but also for pastures and ponds. It's too late to get a cutting of hay on pastures- but there could be a little rejuvenation before winter sets in, which will aid in getting some grass growing next spring.
This rainfall will not bust the drought- but the rainfall area covers a substantial part of the Exceptional Drought area that covered 70% of the state this past week- and has been with us for much of 2011. The rainfall has likely made a dent in the drought. We have an audio conversation with Mark Hodges that you can hear by going to our story below- and you can see the rainfall map as of early this morning for the last four days which tells the story of this multi million dollar rain.
Top Steer at Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show Commands $40,000!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What does $40,000 buy you these days? Well, if you were at the Tulsa State Fair on Friday, it would have bought you the 2011 Grand Champion Steer at the Premium Livestock Auction, the culmination of the junior market livestock show that is a part of the ten day fair.
L.C. Neel, long time supporter of the Premium Sale at the Tulsa State
Fair, pulled out the checkbook one more time and was the successful bidder
for the Steer, shown by 17 year old Mannford FFA member Garrett Hudgins.
The $40,000 is a couple of thousand dollars more than the 2010 champion,
and up $5,000 from the 2009 top steer at the event.
As far as the other Grand Champions go at the Friday Sale at the Tulsa
State Fair- here's the rundown:
Deworming Cattle Helps Prepare for Winter Months
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Whether marketing calves or caring for bred cows this fall, every cattle producer has to make the most of each pound of feed. So why feed parasites too?
"There is no reason to feed the cow, calf and the parasites," says Gary Sides, Ph.D., Cattle Nutritionist, Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Operations. "If you deworm, you're making sure you're feeding the growing animal and not the parasites. And, if cattle have been grazing on grass, they almost certainly have parasites."
Producers could be losing as much as $3 billion annually in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion and increased disease due to parasites, Dr. Sides says. When cattle are infected with parasites, it can suppress their appetites, limiting the intake and absorption of nutrients. Plus, infections can mean cattle can't fight off other diseases as easily.
For cows, it's important to maximize the gains made while on pasture and keep them in good body condition through winter. For calves, every deworming offers the opportunity for significant improvement in productivity.
OSU and Noble Foundation Field Day Focuses on Assisting New Agricultural Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension Service will co-host a special Basic AG Field Day to assist new producers in learning key agricultural skills necessary for success.
The Basic AG Field Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at Will Rogers Park and Gardens, 3400 NW 36th (located on the SW corner of NW 36th at Grand Boulevard), Oklahoma City. The event, which is open to the public and costs $15 (lunch included), focuses on the region's most pressing issue - drought. Producers in Oklahoma and Texas have endured one of the most extreme droughts since the Dust Bowl, and the forecast calls for continued dry, hot weather into next year.
"This field day's agenda was assembled with one question in mind: 'How should new producers handle the ongoing drought?'" said Hugh Aljoe, Noble Foundation consultation program manager. "New agricultural producers need a foundation of information from which to build on, and we're going to provide a wealth of usable information in just a few hours."
The upcoming field day will cover the fundamentals of properly managing ponds, wildlife pest management, soil testing and producing quality forages for hay and livestock. There will also be breakout sessions on gardening, marketing of fresh produce, horse health, and building proper structures and fencing for horses.
Biotech Community Pleased with Ruling in Case of Eucalyptus Trees
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a case brought against USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) by a coalition of environmental groups regarding field trials of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has denied the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and granted the summary judgment motions for the government, ArborGen, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
BIO and ArborGen, developer of the GE eucalyptus trees and a BIO member, acted as defendant-interveners in the case to assist the government in its defense against false allegations that USDA did not adequately prepare an environmental review before allowing the company's field trials to move forward.
Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), issued the following statement in response to the judge's ruling:
"BIO applauds the decision of Judge K. Michael Moore that provides
judicial affirmation that APHIS is doing an outstanding job of being
diligent and responsible with its regulatory authority.
No-till on the Plains Webinar Over Soil Potential Available Now
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No-till on the Plains recently held a No-till University Webinar, which featured Dr. Kris Nichols a Soil Microbiologist. The topic of discussion at the webinar was "The Living Soils: Microbes Description and General Activities." Dr. Nichols discussed the microbial interaction taking place in soils and the potential in these soils.
Dr. Nichols grew up on a primarily corn-soybean farm in southwestern Minnesota. She joined the research group at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota in June, 2003 as a Soil Microbiologist. Nichols received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant Biology and in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1995, a Masters degree in Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2003.
Since 1993, Nichols has studied arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi - a plant-root symbiont. Her most recent work involves the investigation of glomalin - a glycoproteinaceous substance produced by AM fungi. Glomalin contributes to nutrient cycling by protecting AM hyphae that are transporting nutrients from the soil to the plant in exchange for carbon from the plant and to soil structure and plant health by helping to form and stabilize soil aggregates.
Miss out on the live webinar? Just click on the LINK below to find the link to watch this webinar series with Dr. Kris Nichols.
Wheat Commission Election Later this Month- and Congrats to Kent Boggs!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will hold a special election to fill the vacant seat in District IV that was held by Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro, who recently lost his battle with cancer. The election will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011, commencing at 2 p.m. at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center, 1 Career Tech Road, Ft. Cobb, OK. District IV consists of Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, and Tillman Counties.
All wheat producers within District IV boundaries who are actively engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat, paid a check-off fee and left that fee with the Commission for the current year are eligible to vote. Click here for more information from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on this special election
Congrats to our dear friend Kent Boggs- the Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA for being honored Saturday by the OSU Alumni Association. Boggs was recognized as one of the five Outstanding Alums across the entire University during a reception on Saturday- and then later during halftime at the OSU-Kansas Football scrimmage. Click here for a few more details- but as we posted on Facebook on Saturday- it's hard to think of anyone in our state that has had influence over some of the very best young people in our state over the last twenty years- as he has served in this key role of overseeing the state officer team of the Oklahoma FFA- and has helped develop the FFA program in the state to the highest levels nationally when it comes to the accomplishments of our FFA members. Kent would be the first to tell you that he has had a lot of help- and he has- but he has been the glue that has allowed Oklahoma FFA to excel year in and year out.
Finally- this past week- we did the final edit after our Ag New Media Director Karolyn Bolay set stories in place for the daily email- doing that final edit from the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. The leaves are just starting to turn color and it's a beautiful part of the world- as we drove our rental car back to the airport- we were able to buy for the first time ever E85 fuel- that is 85% ethanol and 15% gas. It was 36 cents a gallon cheaper than regular E10 gas- the Flex Fuel car we had seemed to perform well- was not able to really check fuel mileage but it was interesting that a couple of the bigger independent type chains now have several outlets with E85 available- one more way to utilize the ethanol produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate.
Coming Friday to the Legendary Restaurant Lineup- Bill's Fish House of Waurika.
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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 $11.33 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.42 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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