~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 3, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- How Dry It Is- Winter Wheat Suffers
-- Fellowship of Christian Farmers Continue Help to Southeast Texas Ranchers- and They Are Looking for Fence Builders
-- Management Investment Required for Success in Winter Canola
-- Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Headed for Washington Next Week
-- Texas Places Controls on Incoming Bulls
-- Today in Durant- Thursday in Miami- Bring Your Unwanted Pesticides
-- Glover Cattle Company Ready For Annual Production Sale
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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How Dry It Is- Winter Wheat Suffers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The February crop weather summaries for February were released yesterday afternoon. It shows us nothing that we don't already know- it's very dry in much of our wheat country and that we need some significant moisture soon as the temperatures warm and wheat begins to want to start growing.
Starting in the south- the Texas wheat crop is rated 63% poor to very
poor, 27% fair, and just 10% good to excellent. The crop index that they
figure in Texas is about the same as it was last year at this point at 34%
Conditions in Kansas are coming out of February in adequate shape- but they too are concerned about the need for a good general rain. Only 15% of the Kansas crop is rated in poor to very poor shape, while 35% is fair, 45% is in good condition and 5% is in excellent shape.
Fellowship of Christian Farmers Continue Help to Southeast Texas Ranchers- and They Are Looking for Fence Builders
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International is continuing its Hurricane Ike Rapid Response disaster relief campaign in Chambers and Jefferson Counties, just east of Galveston Bay in southeast Texas. Lodging and meals has been established in Old River, Texas for volunteer farmers and ranchers to donate time to re-build fences destroyed by Hurricane Ike's storm surge. Melvin Bell, Rapid Response Coordinator, Mahomet, Illinois led a team of 17 Indiana farmers to begin the New Year building perimeter fences in Chambers County and drylot pens to use to winter feed hay. Storm surge water is still standing in some of the Gulf Coast pastures. Over a 1000 miles of perimeter fences will need to be rebuilt this winter, just as was the case following Hurricane Rita in 2006.
The Executive Director of the Fellowship for Christian Farmers, Dennis Schlagel, was helping man a booth at the Commodity Classic, and tells us that they continue to look for volunteer teams that can come and help rebuild these fences. They have built 150 miles thus far- and about a thousand miles still will need to be built in these two counties right on the Gulf of Mexico. He says that teams need a couple of guys that know how to build barbed wire fence and then several others that have a passion to help and will be taught how to drive staples into wood.
You can contact Dennis Schlagel at 309-365-8710 or go to our webstory linked below to hear our conversation that we had at the Commodity Classic in Grapevine last Friday.
Management Investment Required for Success in Winter Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmer Matt Gard of Major County understands that winter canola requires more management than, say, winter wheat. "But good management pays off no matter what job you are doing. Just doing the basic management techniques with canola will pay off well, both economically and agronomically," according to Gard, who is the President of Plains Oilseed Cooperative, a group that has been promoting winter canola as a way to help clean up winter wheat fields across Oklahoma.
"Growing the same crop continuously has its problems. One of them is weeds. Cheat, winter grass, wild oats, rye grass and rescue grass are all weeds that cause serious management problems for farmers." Planting winter canola will reduce the need for spraying weeds with expensive herbicides and do away with reduced prices received when marketing weed-infested grain, Gard said. Rotating winter canola with wheat also helps improve the tilth of the soil, Gard said. "Canola has a big tap root attached to each plant," he said. "Penetration of these tap roots helps to loosen up the soil. It works well in tight soils and really works well with notill farming."
We have more on the management versus reward in winter canola in a special story provided to us by correspondent Vic Schoonover from southwest Oklahoma. Click on the link below to read more.
Class 14 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Headed for Washington Next Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Class 14 has a special stop planned for next week when they are in our nation's capitol for the group's study seminar. that stop is at the Embassy of the nation of Spain. That stop will highlight one of two countries that will be a part of the planned international travel experience for the class a year from now.
OALP Program Director Dr. Joe Williams wrote to the class yesterday about the selection of where the group will be going in 2010. "I'm very pleased to announce that Class XIV will be visiting Spain and Morocco for the 2010 international seminar. These two countries offer exciting and educational opportunities for Class XIV participants. No other OALP class has visited either country. You will be the first class to visit not only these two countries and the first class to also visit two continents during the international trip."
The visit to Spain will offer a glimpse into the workings of the European Union, while Morocco will offer a taste of the culture of the middle east and of northern Africa. US Wheat Associates has a regional office in Morocco- and that will afford the Class the chance to review the efforts of US Wheat in selling our top Oklahoma crop into the global market.
Texas Places Controls on Incoming Bulls
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Trichomoniasis is not a human health issue. It is a reproductive issue for the cattle industry - causing livestock producers to lose valuable income. To gain control of this problem breeding bulls entering Texas on or after April first from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry. The second phase of the program addresses in-state movement of Texas breeding bulls and will go into effect January 1, 2010.
The executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, Dr. Bob Hillman, points out that - under the new regulations, Trichomoniasis becomes a reportable disease in Texas, which will give us more information on where and how much infection already is in the state.
Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that causes infertility and abortions, and results in extended breeding seasons. Dr. Hillman says, - there is no effective treatment or vaccine for bulls, and as they age, the surface of their organs becomes more hospitable to the protozoa, perpetuating the infection.
Today in Durant- Thursday in Miami- Bring Your Unwanted Pesticides
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma agricultural producers, greenhouse and nursery operators, certified applicators, homeowners and pesticide dealers can get rid of unwanted pesticides at two locations this week (plus one next week as well- click on the link below for more information)
The collections will take only pesticides; no other types of hazardous waste such as oil, paint or antifreeze will be accepted. All pesticides will be taken, no matter the size. "No questions will be asked of participants," said Charles Luper, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service associate with the Oklahoma State University Pesticide Safety Education Program.
Click on the link below for more information about these collection efforts.
Glover Cattle Company Ready For Annual Production Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Annual Bull Sale for the Glover Cattle Company is coming up this week- in fact tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at the ranch in Elgin, Oklahoma. They will be offering ninety eight 18 month old Angus Bulls with performance and ultrasound data.
Ronnie and Tyler Glover have put together a set of Angus cattle from some of the most popular sires in the breed today. Ronnie writes in the sales catalog that this offering measures up when it comes to "moderate birth weights, excellent growth and superior carcass value." He adds that these bulls will "complete your females in the best way."
We have the link below for the National Cattle website- where you can download the sales catalog- or you can call 580-492-4612 and visit with the Glover family about the bulls that will be offered tomorrow at their annual production sale.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Prices were better at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City on Monday compared to last week's sale. Yearling prices were $1 to $4 higher, with calves up by $3 to $6 per hundred weight. The market reporter tells us also that "Demand improved from last week. Cattle futures sharply lower again today and buyers somewhat cautious. Feeder cattle continue to come off short dry wheat pasture, but several lightweight stockers available as well." Click here for the full rundown on prices from Monday's Oklahoma City cattle market.
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