~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday January 27, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Watch Out- Mother Nature Looking to Be Nasty Last Half of This Week
-- Conservation Tillage Event Postponed into February
-- Also on the Bubble- The 2010 Oklahoma Pork Congress
-- Happening Today- the Oklahoma Soy Expo
-- Can NCBA Leave San Antonio More Relevant in Efforts to Meet the Challenges of the Beef Industry?
-- Sandbur Control Now on the Label of Prowl H20
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Watch Out- Mother Nature Looking to Be Nasty Last Half of This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It appears that much colder air will arrive in northwestern Oklahoma by the middle of today (Wednesday) and from there, things will be getting colder and then damper through Friday midday. In looking at what the National Weather Service is saying, as well as touching base with the News9 Weather Team, led by Gary England, this seems to be shaping up as a very serious weather event. With apologies for the all caps- here is what the National Weather Service is saying about the main impacts that could roll across much of Oklahoma.
For Central and Western Oklahoma and Northern Texas- "FREEZING RAIN
WILL BEGIN TO ACCUMULATE ON POWER LINES AND ELEVATED SURFACES DURING THE
DAY THURSDAY. THE MOST LIKELY AREA FOR SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION IS
SOUTH OF STILLWATER, EL RENO, HOBART, ALTUS AND QUANAH.
For northeastern Oklahoma late Thursday into Friday-
Click on the link below for our weather page at www.Oklahomafarmreport.com. From there, you can check out the weather updates from Gary England and his crew at News9 for central and western Oklahoma, while Travis Meyer and the News on 6 weather team will be offering lots of weather data for east central and northeastern Oklahoma. Also on our weather page- we have links for the National Weather Service as well as the Oklahoma Mesonet.
Conservation Tillage Event Postponed into February
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One early casualty is the No Till Conservation Workshop planned for this Thursday. Jeff Bedwell sent us this email "Because of the distance that many of you will be traveling and the likelihood of a very strong Winter Storm affecting the area on Wednesday night and Thursday making driving and foot travel very dangerous, We have made the decision to postpone the 5th annual Conservation Tillage 101 Workshop until Thursday February 11, 2010.
We have the agenda of the workshop as it was going to happen on Thursday- Jeff says that a few of the speaker slots may change around some- but that for the most part, the program will remain intact for the 11th. Click on the link below for that agenda for the Conservation Tillage Workshop planned in Garfield County.
Also on the Bubble- The 2010 Oklahoma Pork Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Pork Congress is planned for this Friday at the Express Events Center in northwest Oklahoma City- but the winter storm taking aim on Oklahoma may change all of that.
Here's the message now on the Oklahoma Pork Council webpage about the event- "OPC staff and board of directors are monitoring the winter weather system that is approaching and may bring hazardous conditions to Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday. No later than 9 a.m. Thursday morning, we will make a decision about holding Oklahoma Pork Congress on Friday, Jan. 29 as planned, starting the event late on Jan. 29, or holding it on a later date. "
We will monitor that for you and we will do a story on that decision when it is made on our website- and will "tweet" it as well for those that follow us on Twitter.
Happening Today- the Oklahoma Soy Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One event that apparently is going ahead as scheduled in Oklahoma today is the 2010 Oklahoma Soy Expo, being held for the first time I can recall outside of northeast Oklahoma. This year's event is happening today on campus at Oklahoma State University
Click on the link below to see the actual agenda for today's program.
Can NCBA Leave San Antonio More Relevant in Efforts to Meet the Challenges of the Beef Industry?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is starting to show some signs of life here in downtown San Antonio- and as cattle producers gather from all over the United States, several key issues are on the minds of producers as they arrive. One of the topics that has generated a lot of interest is really an internal one- the future structure of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
On today's Beef Buzz, we hear from one of the officers of the NCBA, Bill Donald, Vice President of the group, who is a cattle producer from Montana. Donald says this convention is where NCBA will "take the next step" on governance goals as outlined by the task force that's been working on the issue for the past 18 months. They'll report here at the convention and a vote will be taken on it Saturday. Bill says it will make them "more inclusive, more efficient and more effective" in representing producers across the country. It's a major step in the ongoing evolution of the organization.
We will be reporting the balance of this week from San Antonio and you can follow us here each morning on this email update, on our website at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com, on our Twitter account Ron on RON as well as on our great radio stations across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. By the way, the Twitter updates will show up on the right hand side of our web pages- so you can go there and see where we are in San Antonio at that point in time. It's like a mini blog that we will be doing on the run.
Sandbur Control Now on the Label of Prowl H20
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma agriculture officials no longer have to request an exemption to allow farmers and ranchers to use the herbicide, Prowl H2O (Pendimethalin) to control sandbur infestations. The Environmental Protection Agency has allowed the chemical's label to list sandbur control as a permitted use.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry has asked for and received exemptions to use the product for the past two years.
Prowl H2O is a selective herbicide for controlling sandbur as it germinates and producers have a very narrow window of opportunity to treat their Bermuda pastures and meadows for this weed. The chemical is only effective when applied to dormant grasses. Also, producers are not allowed to graze livestock on treated acres for 45 days after application and they must wait at least 60 days to harvest grasses for hay.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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