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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, January 10,
Foods Outlines Letter to Hog Farmers Urging
Foods has outlined measures the company is taking
on hog raising practices in a letter sent January
8, to the hog farmers who supply the company.
These steps are being taken as part of Tyson's
ongoing animal well-being program and reflect
input received from the company's Animal
Well-Being Advisory Panel, customers, farmers and
industry experts. They also reflect Tyson's
continuing efforts to balance the expectations of
consumers with the realities of today's hog
As noted in the letter,
Tyson is doing the following:
the number of third party sow farm audits
conducted through the FarmCheck ™
2-Urging hog producers to use video
monitoring in their sow farms to increase
oversight and decrease biosecurity
3-Encouraging hog producers to stop
using manual blunt force as a primary method of
euthanizing sick or injured
4-Supporting the use of pain
mitigation (such as anesthetic or analgesic) for
tail docking and castration of
5-Urging hog farmers to improve
housing for pregnant sows by focusing on the
quality and quantity of space provided, including
urging all future sow barn construction or
remodeling to allow for pregnant sows of all sizes
to stand, lie down, stretch their legs and turn
Click here for a link to the full
letter sent to hog producers.
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Pork Board Reacts to Tyson Foods Announcement on
is a portion of a statement released by the
National Pork Board:
Foods announced it will urge its suppliers to
implement a series of production practices that it
deems representative of responsible food
production. Those recommendations include the use
of video monitoring in sow farms, discontinuation
of manual blunt force trauma as a primary method
of euthanasia, use of pain mitigation for tail
docking and castration, and the recommendation for
sow housing built or renovated in 2014 and beyond
to provide adequate quality and quantity of space
for gestating sows.
On behalf of America's
pork producers, the National Pork Board continues
to recognize and promote the opportunity for
producers, working with their veterinarians, to
make the best decisions for their farms, their
families, their employees and their animals.
Producers need workable, credible and affordable
solutions for improving animal care. From a broad
industry perspective, there are a number of
important issues raised by today's
--Currently there are no
approved drugs for the use of pain mitigation in
--The National Pork
Board maintains the position, supported by the
American Veterinary Medical Association and the
American Association of Swine Veterinarians, that
there are numerous ways to provide proper housing
and care for sows.
monitoring can be a useful tool in auditing animal
welfare on U.S. pig farms. However, video
monitoring, like in-person auditing, is only one
component of providing and ensuring good animal
care and can add significant cost to the
can read the full statement by clicking
Plains Wheat Crop Off to a Good Start, Mark Hodges
2014 wheat crop is off to a good start says
Mark Hodges, executive director
of Plains Grains. He spoke with me recently and
says that is mostly due to the fact that producers
in most areas got their crop planted with
sufficient moisture and favorable weather
"Of course, the worst drought
areas were the Texas panhandle, the Oklahoma
panhandle, western Kansas, eastern Colorado up
into Nebraska and South Dakota. I think we really
did get some good planting conditions in eastern
Colorado. I was a little bit surprised as dry as
they were, especially in southeastern Colorado.
Western Kansas went in good. Nebraska's gone in
pretty good even in those really dry areas in the
panhandle of Nebraska. They have some pretty good
stands now... Compared to the last two years,
we're in really good shape."
the potential is there for a very good 2014
joins me on this weekend's "In the Field" segment
on News 9 about 6:40 a.m. Saturday. You can
also read more of this story and listen to our
conversation by clicking here.
Specialist Jeff Edwards Says it's Time to Start
are few crop inputs that deliver as much return on
investment as nitrogen fertilizer. According to
OSU Small Grains Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards, it takes approximately two
pounds of nitrogen, costing approximately $1.00,
to produce one bushel of grain worth about $6.00.
Of course, nitrogen is not the only yield
determining factor in a wheat crop. Also, the law
of diminishing marginal returns eventually kicks
in, but nitrogen fertilizer is still one of the
safest bets in the house.
nitrogen fertilizer is especially important
because it is applied and utilized at a time when
the plant is transitioning from vegetative to
reproductive growth. Several things, including the
number of potential grain sites, are determined
just prior to jointing and it is imperative that
the plant has the fuel it needs to complete these
tasks. Jointing also marks the beginning of rapid
nitrogen uptake by the plant which is used to
build new leaves, stem, and the developing grain
head. The nitrogen stored in these plant parts
will be used to fill the grain later in the
season, and the plant is dependent on this stored
nitrogen to complete grain fill.
Click here to read more from Dr.
Edwards on nitrogen topdressing and you'll also
find his three audiovisual presentations exploring
the topic in greater detail.
Annual Pipeline Update Provides a Look Into
Company's annual research and development update
marks the company's largest advancement of
products to date. The agricultural company
announced this week a record 29 products
progressed in its pipeline with five of those
headed to the commercial marketplace. Monsanto's
advancements include products across all of its
platforms, including breeding, biotechnology, and
new technology areas such as Integrated Farming
Systems® and agricultural
"Monsanto's annual pipeline
update provides a window into agriculture's future
- and, specifically, how breeding, biotechnology,
biologicals and improved agronomics can meet the
challenges of feeding a growing planet while using
resources more efficiently," said Robb
Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto's chief
technology officer. "From rural communities in
America, to the plains of Sub-Saharan Africa, our
scientists and breeders are working to provide
farmers with innovations that can help them get
the most out of every acre. I am particularly
proud as this year's advancements highlight the
breadth of our R&D efforts and the truly
integrated approach we are taking in order to
deliver a total system of solutions that can offer
additional choice for our farmer customers."
Click here to read
Little Planning Goes a Long Way with Prescribed
is nothing better than when a plan comes together.
Also, in this case, there is nothing worse than
when there was no plan to start with.
John Weir, Oklahoma State
University Cooperative Extension fire ecologist,
said well-conducted fires in the field are the
result of well-written fire plans.
helps us to put it down on paper and think this
whole process through," he said. "So when the day
comes when we're ready to light that fire, we've
already thought it through and have a plan to
follow to help us make the burn safe and effective
to meet our goals and objectives."
plan is a written prescription for the prescribed
fire including critical elements such as the
weather conditions under which the burn will be
conducted, number of personnel and duties of each
and the type, amount and placement of equipment
needs to safely conduct the burn.
Click here to read more and to
find a link to a sample burn plan.
and That- J Doug Talks Dairy With the Congressman,
Warmer Weather and a Tip of the Hat to Ben Pollard
an interview Thursday morning with Doug
Williams on Radio Oklahoma Ag Network
affiliate K-101 radio in Woodward, House
Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank
Lucas acknowledged that farm bill
negotiations have hit a roadblock that is making
it less likely that a 2014 Farm Bill can be done
it's all about dairy. Lucas says he is in
the middle between a serious philosophical battle
over what the dairy portion of the farm bill will
look like once this bill is complete. As we
described yesterday- it's about House Speaker
John Boehner wanting no supply
management in dairy and Collin
Peterson and dairy farmers wanting supply
likens the battle to a pair of old herd bulls put
into the same pasture- with a lot of snorting and
head butting going on between the two sides- with
his job to try to separate them. J Doug
asked Lucas where he comes down on this- and after
a long pause- adds, "was this a question I was not
supposed to ask?" Lucas chuckled and say it was a
very good question, but that he had not yet made
up this mind.
he told Politico yesterday "There comes a point in
time here where I have to pick a side and go with
can both read and listen to the K101 conversation
with Congressman Lucas- courtesy of FarmPolicy.Com
by clicking here.
headed into a time of warmer temps the next few
days- fifties and sixties on Saturday, sixties and
low seventies on Sunday and then back into the
fifties and low sixties first of the week.
chances for rainfall come today in mostly eastern
posted a story earlier this week about our friend
Ben Pollard, who is stepping down
from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission after 35
years of state service. Fellow of the Soil
and Water Conservation Society and Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Conservationist of the Year were just a few of the
accolades recounted from his career- ending his
professional life as the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission (OCC) Assistant Director
in recent years.
to Ben- you can read more about his lifetime of
service and his retirement by clicking here.
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