~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 10, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Congressman Lucas still believes we will get Disaster Aid Money for farmers and ranchers.
-- A Few Bits and Pieces from the Lucas Town Hall Meeting that we Observed.
-- Wheat Crop Rating is mostly Good to Excellent- but Freeze Damage is Huge Unknown.(Except Kansas seems to be guessing a huge hit based on their crop ratings!)
-- The Hunger Report- Disease Pressure is hitting the 2007 Wheat Crop here in the Southern Plains.
-- The Cash Cattle Market has its Cowboy Rally Hat ON!
-- Made in Oklahoma has big Recipe Promotion now underway!
-- We have our map up and running to help you locate which radio stations in your area carry Ron on RON!
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Congressman Lucas still believes we will get Disaster Aid Money for farmers and ranchers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Congressman on the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas of Cheyenne, is in the middle of a series of Town Hall Meetings this week across his vast Third Congressional District. We caught up with him in Kingfisher yesterday morning and observed this politician as he interacted with the two dozen citizens that showed up to spend an hour with him on Monday morning.
Among the agricultural issues that the Congressman brought up was the Ag Disaster Aid that he has been pushing for since last summer. He says that he did not vote for the Iraqi Supplemental Appropriation that contains that Ag Disaster money because of the "strings" attached to the war monies by Democratic leadership in both bodies. He says telegraphing your intentions to the enemy in Iraq allows them to simply wait us out and then move forward to achieve their aims once we begin our phase out. He fully expects the President to veto that measure, and says that he think that he will still get a chance then to vote for a supplemental measure that will have that language removed- but that will have the ag disaster aid money included. While the President has said he doesn't want those non military dollars included in there- Lucas says that he will vote for that compromise and he thinks at the end of the day we will see the President sign that measure- once those "strings" are removed.
He says that he is not sure exactly when the final budget number will be handed over to the House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, but that it should be soon. If there is enough money to fund a similar Commodity Title to the 2002 Farm Law- it is possible that a bill could be pushed through both bodies of Congress and land on President Bush's desk before the first of October- but it is more likely that we will be talking significantly less money than was available in 2002- that the ideal timeline will break down and we might be facing the need to extend current farm policy next fall if we are far from finishing the crafting of a new measure. We talked with the Congressman briefly before he jumped into his car and headed for his next Town Hall stop (his full schedule is in our Calendar on the website- with meetings planned for today and Thursday) and we have linked that conversation below for you to listen to.
A Few Bits and Pieces from the Lucas Town Hall Meeting that we Observed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First on some ag issues- Lucas was asked about Crop Insurance and he remarked that perhaps a better use of the four to five billion dollars a year that we use in subsidies for Crop Insurance would be to fund a permanent Disaster Fund for agriculture and get away from Ad Hoc programs. He says he thinks there would still be companies that would explore crop insurance policies- but they would be judged by their actuarial soundness instead of how many complicated we can make the rules. The Congressman also wondered out loud about how feasible cellulosic ethanol will be since it will take upwards of 50,000 acres of biomass material to supply a plant- and you may find yourselves butting heads with the Wildlife/Conservation groups who believe that you must have a variety of species mixed into your wildlife habitat- not a monoculture of something like switchgrass to be good for wildlife. He added that a better solution for a more immediate solution would be to take some research dollars and really step up R&D on sorghum- both grain for ethanol but also biomass as you already have a crop that is thrifty in its usage of water, which could make it a good choice across a large region of our country.
The Congressman told us that he heard more about Iraq at the Town Hall meeting we were at in Kingfisher than at many locations across his district- there was also lots of discussion about illegal immigration and ways to keep people who follow the rules and what you do with the rest of those who cross are borders outside of the laws of this country.
Finally, as I first arrived at the meeting yesterday morning, the Congressman was offering a few political thoughts about the 2008 race for President. He says that it appears to be a lot more competitive than you might have thought between the Democrats and Republicans given the problems that President Bush has found himself in over Iraq. He says it is still a long way from when the parties will nominate their candidates and he is not sure who might rise up to be the Republican standard bearer in 2008. He does believe that the wildcard for the GOP is former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, as "anyone who is Paul Harvey half of the time" has the ear of a lot of America- referring to the fact that Thompson has become the regular backup to the legendary News Commentator. And he added one fascinating thought that perhaps Oklahoma's Junior Senator might find himself as being on a "short list" as a possible Vice Presidential candidate given his consistent call for responsible spending, his pro life views and his air of confidence that is very charismatic. Congressman Lucas thinks that may come from Senator Coburn being a Doctor and that "anyone who is going to come in and tell you that he plans on working on your body has to have an air of confidence about him or no one will be willing to keep him as a Doctor." Interesting political thoughts from one of the Senior members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation.
Wheat Crop Rating is mostly Good to Excellent- but Freeze Damage is Huge Unknown.(Except Kansas seems to be guessing a huge hit based on their crop ratings!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While the latest Crop-Weather Update for Oklahoma discusses the concern that both farmers and those who measure our crops have in regards to freeze damage- the actual crop rating for the Oklahoma crop remains largely unchanged this week versus last week. The reason for that is that we simply don't know how much damage is really out there this soon after the weekend dip into sub freezing temperatures that likely has caused the crop yield to fall substantially in at least some locations across the state. In Oklahoma, the wheat crop rating stands at 73% good to excellent, versus 74% good to excellent last week.
Texas left their rating alone as well as wheat stands at 69% good to excellent in the Lone Star State. However, the Kansas NASS folks decided to include some freeze damage in their numbers- at least that is our best guess as they have dropped the condition of their wheat crop from 77% good to excellent last week down to 55% good to excellent this week! That's a huge drop and as the grain trade sees that number- it could mean sharply higher wheat futures if traders buy it.
Beyond wheat here in Oklahoma- the corn crop is now 38% planted and watermelons 21 percent planted (in both crops- freezing temps from the weekend a concern). The spring planting of sorghum and soybeans has just begun according to the Crop Weather Summary. Pasture conditions continue to respond to the better moisture profile across the state, with ratings now 26% good to excellent, 45% fair and 29% poor to very poor.
The Hunger Report- Disease Pressure is hitting the 2007 Wheat Crop here in the Southern Plains.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Clearly the top of mind issue for most Oklahoma Wheat Producers is how badly our wheat fields been hurt by the frigid temperatures from Saturday and Sunday Mornings. However, leading up to the freeze, OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger was indicating that we have at least a couple of diseases to be paying extra attention to- Powdery Mildew and Lead Rust.
About the first of those diseases- here are some comments from Bob: "For the most part, I’ve always recommended that powdery mildew (PM) is not a disease that merits fungicide control in Oklahoma because as the wheat joints and grows, the canopy opens up and the increased circulation of air helps to lower humidity and inhibits PM development. This, coupled with warmer and drier conditions usually means that the PM will not infect the flag or F-1 leaves. For the most part, fungicide trials in Oklahoma have indicated that although all the currently registered fungicides work well in controlling PM, the control usually does not result in significantly larger yields. HOWEVER, with this being said, over the last couple of years I have consistently noticed (and have been told by others) that Jagalene is more susceptible to PM than other varieties. PM is one of those diseases that has co-evolved with wheat to the point that the plants can stand quite a bit of PM and still yield. However, when the PM is moving up onto the F-1 and flag leaves and causing death of secondary tillers, I would strongly encourage considering the use of a fungicide. Remember to consider other factors including yield potential (at least 40 bu/A) and the price of wheat (which currently is very good and helps to justify fungicide use).
As for the second of the diseases we mentioned earlier- leaf rust- Hunger offers these comments: "Leaf rust also is on the increase around Oklahoma. I saw ranges of leaf rust from a few to many pustules on the lower leaves of susceptible varieties. Dr. Brett Carver (OSU Wheat Breeder) and his A&P (Mr. Wayne Woods) both told me of increased rust at several locations. One in particular, Marshall, OK (located about 25 miles west of Stillwater) had what was described to me as >90% severity on the leaves in the mid-canopy. From southwestern and central OK, I had reports from Gary Strickland (Ag Educator, Jackson County), Dirk Webb (Ag Educator, Washita County) and Mark Gregory (Southwestern Area Extension Agronomist) of not only PM but also leaf rust. Additionally, Dirk indicated that in his area (mostly Jagger, Jagalene, and Overley) that at least 50% of the fields were at full head emergence, the yield potential was high (40-50 bu/A), and although the flag and F-1 leaves were clean, there was heavy mildew low (but moving up), and low to moderate levels of stripe rust."
The Cash Cattle Market has its Cowboy Rally Hat ON!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our guest today on the Beef Buzz is Dr. Jim Mintert of Kansas State University. On this daily feature from the Radio Oklahoma Network, Dr. Mintert talks with us about the cash cattle market rally of last week- and where we go from here.
Cash cattle prices jumped four to five dollars per hundred this past week to $100 per hundred and some say there is more upside in the market this week. Dr. Mintert gives us some ideas about why the market headed higher this past week- and how those factors may continue to be in place for the next few weeks.
You can hear the Beef Buzz on many of our Radio Oklahoma Network stations around the state- and we have many of our shows ready for your download on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com under the button "Beef Buzz." We also have today's report with Jim Mintert linked below if you care to take a listen!
Made in Oklahoma has big Recipe Promotion now underway!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Made In Oklahoma (MIO) coalition is accepting entries to its second annual Recipe Roundup Contest. Seven finalists will be chosen and the ultimate winner will receive a $7000 KitchenAid appliance makeover. “The contest is open to original recipes that feature at least two MIO company products,” said Mindy Koenig, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry marketing coordinator. “The coalition’s goals for the contest are to promote Oklahoma products and encourage people to find new ways to prepare them.”
Category specifications for the contest include “Mouth Watering Main Entrees,” “Dig in Desserts” and in honor of the state’s centennial celebration, “Authentic 100-Year-Old Recipes.” The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of celebrity media judges. Rules for the contest are simple: Ingredients and specific preparation directions must be included in the order they are used in preparing the dish. The recipe and ingredient list (including at least two MIO company products) must be clearly legible and include the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email address if available, recipe name, and category.
You can go to the link we have provided below for more information on Made In Oklahoma and their Recipe Contest now underway. This is another great way to help add value to Oklahoma Farm Products!
We have our map up and running to help you locate which radio stations in your area carry Ron on RON!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have our interactive map for the Radio Oklahoma Network up and running- and you can go and see the locations on an Oklahoma map where our various affiliates are located.
Here's how to use the map. Click on the link below- then when you arrive on the page where the map is located, you will see several selections at the top of the map. Click on Ag News once or twice if needed- and you should see a whole group of blue dots show up all across Oklahoma. Find a dot that you are interested in- click on it and it will show you information on that station including where it is on the AM or FM dial to the left of the body of the state. You can also click on the line that says "Coverage Map" and you will be taken to a map of how far that station can be heard out across their part of Oklahoma. Most of the maps have three lines drawn for their coverage area- they can be heard clearly inside of those first two lines- in other words inside the Purple line.
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