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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, March 12,
Farming will Change the World, Ray Archuleta
Archuleta says the earth is sick. It is
in this condition, he says, in large measure due
to our disregard of natural principles in our
approach to agriculture.
Archuleta is a
conservation agronomist with the Natural Resource
Conservation Service and is a speaker at the
No-Till Oklahoma Conference continuing today
in Norman. When he is not traveling the
countryside, he teaches soil health and the
principles of agroecology at the NRCS East
National Technology Center in Greensboro, North
I spoke with Archuleta about his
promotion of these revolutionary ideas and what
they can mean for farmers.
is a wonderful tool, but what we're telling
farmers, too, is that no-till is not enough.
You've got to do it with covers and, more, we're
trying to push the thought process 'farm in
nature's image.' Nature doesn't till, so we don't
want to till. But no-till is just a part of the
Archuleta offered no-till
conference attendees a number of principles to
help guide their work. Principal among those was
keeping the ground covered. He says the soil in
forests is covered 24-7 with a diversity of plants
and it is that architecture that he is trying to
mimic both top and bottom.
"What you see on
the top is what you're going to emulate on the
bottom. So we want to see that massive root system
and feed carbon into that soil ecosystem. That's
what we want to do."
Archuleta said that
process helps the soil to function.
can increase soil function it means we are getting
a better nutrient cycle; we're going to hold water
better. For every one percent of organic matter
that we build in the soil, we can hold anywhere
from 17 to 25,000 more gallons per acre. That is
huge. So, what we are saying is those covers will
help stop the kinetic energy of raindrops-slow it
down-so rain enters into the soil slowly. It
protects it from the heat. It shades it; it keeps
it cool. But, most importantly, it feeds the soil
microbiology which runs the soil ecosystem."
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of this story.
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Meat Exports Start 2014 on Positive
beef, pork and lamb exports all opened the new
year on a positive note, although market
conditions suggest 2014 could be a challenging
year for U.S. red meat exports, according to
statistics released by the USDA and compiled by
the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Beef exports continued the strong
performance set in 2013, rising 13 percent in
volume and 16 percent in value for the month,
bolstered by double-digit growth to Mexico, Japan
and Hong Kong. Pork exports rose 3 percent in
volume and 2 percent in value for the month,
driven by growth to Mexico, while lamb exports
increased 7 percent in volume and 9 percent in
While price is just one of many
factors that affect red meat trade, higher U.S.
pork and beef prices will create challenges for
American red meat exports in the months ahead,
particularly in markets where customers are more
"In pork, there are a
number of recognized challenges on the production
side as well as unresolved access issues," said
Philip Seng, USMEF president and
CEO. "In addition, we are also seeing increased
competition in the form of higher marketing
budgets and favorable prices for the EU, Brazil
find the rest of this story on our website by clicking here.
Wheat Condition Worsens with Topsoil Moisture in
temperatures and high winds are turning winter
into spring rapidly Oklahoma State University
Extension Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards tells us. The latest crop
weather reports, however, indicate the condition
of this year's crop is taking a turn for the
"We're pretty short on moisture,"
Edwards said. "We still have some areas of the
state that have good subsoil moisture, but we need
some moisture-some topsoil moisture-in that top
inch or two to really perk this crop up and bring
it out of dormancy.
"And I've been a little
bit surprised at that last cold snap. I didn't
think we had that much freeze injury, but based on
the calls and reports I've been getting, we have a
lot more freeze injury out there than what I
thought. It seems to be hitting in north central
and northwest Oklahoma and is hitting the grazed
wheat first or the hardest. Certainly we're not in
a situation where I would count those acres out.
I'm still taking a wait-and-see-approach. If
there's green material out there they should go
ahead and green back up if we get some moisture,
but we were dinged up harder than what I thought
with that last freeze event."
can read more form Jeff Edwards or listen to our
conversation by clicking here.
Can Teach Southern Plains Ranchers Valuable
Lessons, Jay O'Brien Says
rancher Jay O'Brien says he's not
really so much a rancher as a farmer. His spread
in the Texas Panhandle doesn't so much produce
beef as it produces grass. That may not seem like
an important distinction, but he says it makes all
the difference in how the land is cared for and
how ranches can be profitable in good times and in
O'Brien recently spoke at a "Surviving
the Elements" symposium sponsored by the National
Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The series of
symposia takes a look at land and water issues
facing residents of the Western United States.
Week one of the series looked at history to
determine what could be learned from earlier
is so much to learn from history, but,
unfortunately, humans are not good at learning
from history," he said. "We all like to be
optimists. We all like to think that everything is
going to be OK. And, sometimes, we reach out a
little far in our optimism and assume things that
aren't necessarily true.
"As ranchers, we
only have one real asset and that's the grass. And
so we have to take care of that grass so that we
can produce this high quality product, this beef,
from this renewable resource of grass. And, if we
don't take care of it, we won't be able to do as
good of a job of producing beef."
joins me on the latest Beef Buzz. Click here to listen in or to
read more of this
Offers Updated Information Important to Planting
National Corn Growers Association released a
revised version of its "Know Before Your Grow"
website this week to offer growers updated
information to help inform planting decisions in
light of the release of new seed varieties
currently unapproved in some export markets. The
information provided allows growers to make
informed decisions on potential marketing
restrictions well before harvest.
globalized agricultural economy, it is important
that farmers understand the delicate balance that
must be struck in trying to ensure access to the
technologies necessary to combat production
challenges while also ensuring export markets
remain open to U.S. corn," said NCGA Trade Policy
and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim
Zimmerman. "In the case of China, the
balance can prove challenging given that country's
asynchronous approval system for biotech traits,
and its current trend toward falling behind even
the normal asynchronous approval timelines. While
we must make robust efforts to maintain market
access, be it through controlled limited release
of new products or even delayed release, farmers
should remain aware of the importance of these
products to their operations as they face
difficulties caused by biological stressors. Both
biotechnology and export markets play a key role
in maintaining profitability and making decisions
based on solid information will be key moving
Click here to read more and to
find a link to NCGA's "Know Before You Grow"
Carl Albert Center Partner for 'Conservation Day
at the Capitol'
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
(OACD) and the Carl Albert Congressional Research
and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma
today announced that they will be working together
to make 'Conservation Day at the Capitol' on March
24, 2014 a 'Take your Daughter (or son) to the
Capitol Day'. According to OACD President
Kim Farber, this new partnership
is part of a larger effort on behalf of the Carl
Albert Center to promote the consideration of
public service as a career choice for all of
Oklahoma's children, but especially a choice for
"OACD is excited to be
involved in this partnership," Farber said. "As
the first woman President of OACD, I feel honored
to have this chance to help spur the next
generation of Oklahomans, especially our young
girls, to consider the idea of working in public
service and taking part in public involvement and
community action. We work to protect and conserve
our natural resources and there is no greater
natural resource than our children."
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Industry Earmarks Another Million Bucks for PEDv
as 1.3 Million Pigs Die From Disease in
National Pork Board has announced additional funds
earmarked for research in the fight against the
further spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
(PEDV), which was first identified in the United
States last May. The funds - $650,000 through
supplemental funding approved by the Pork Checkoff
at last week's Board meeting and $500,000 through
a new agreement with Genome Alberta, will provide
new opportunities for research.
has become one of the most serious and devastating
diseases our pig farmers have faced in decades,"
said Karen Richter, a Minnesota
producer and president of the National Pork Board.
"While it has absolutely no impact on food safety,
it has clear implications for the pork industry in
terms of supplying pork to consumers. Our No. 1
priority is to address PEDV."
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, PEDV has
surfaced in 26 states. Steve
Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and
a Pork Checkoff consultant, estimates the loss of
more than 5 million piglets in the past several
months, with 1.3 million lost in January alone.
"Losses of this magnitude will
ultimately have a consumer impact through a
reduction in supply," Meyer said. "Some pork
supply will be made up through producing higher
market-weight hogs and through other loss
mitigation actions, but today we are already
seeing summer pork futures climb to record
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