~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday January 20, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Weed Resistance Getting Worse Because of the Success of the Best Herbicide in Our Lifetime- Roundup
-- R Calf Spotlights Hitch Deal with National Beef- Calls It Bad for Competition
-- Be the Low Cost Producer- Good Advice Anytime- But Especially Good Advice for 2010 from Derrell Peel for Cow Calf Producers
-- More the National Western in Denver as Judging Teams from Oklahoma Excel
-- No Till Meetings Ahead
-- AND- One More No Till Meeting For North Central Oklahoma.
-- Sorghum Buyers Visit U.S. This Month
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Weed Resistance Getting Worse Because of the Success of the Best Herbicide in Our Lifetime- Roundup
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the war between ag chemicals and the weeds- the weeds will win- eventually. That's one of the conclusions from the opening plenary session keynoter, Dr. Stephen Powles of the University of Western Australia, at the first ever Pan America Weed Resistance Conference. Dr. Powles is a huge fan of Glyphosate, but offered a gloomy outlook regarding its eventual fate as a useful herbicide. Powles told the gathering that it is unlikely that most people in the room will ever see as good of a herbicide as Glyphosate again in their lifetime- it truly is a "one year in a hundred years" kind of a product.
In his written presentation handed out to paricipants at the conference being held in Miami Beach, Dr. Powles says that "Herbicide resistance in plants is a stark example of rapid evolution occuring in large weed populations under persistent herbicide selection. In the 1970's the first wave of resistance evolution was widespread triazine herbicide resistance in maize growing regions of USA and Western Europe repeatedly treated with atrazine.."
In our conversation with him, he said that it's actually far worst to use only one herbicide over and over as opposed to planting the same crop on the same ground year after year. He mentioned that one farmer in the US had proudly told him that he rotated Roundup Ready Corn, Roundup Ready Soybeans and then Roundup Ready cotton in his southern farm operation. The farmer was proud of his diversity and Dr. Powles says that's the tragedy- we have not educated that farmer and many others of the resistance problem that is building on his farm because of continuous use of Glyphosate.
You can click on our link below and read more from Stephen Powles- as
well as hear our conversation with him. This first ever Pan America Weed
Resistance Conference has been planned by Bayer Crop Science- who's
leadership believes that ag chemicals with new modes of action are one
answer- the problem is finding them.
R Calf Spotlights Hitch Deal with National Beef- Calls It Bad for Competition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a memorandum to the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), R-CALF USA informed the agencies that the agreement disclosed Jan. 12, 2010, by Thomson Reuters between National Beef Packing Co. (National Beef) and Hitch Enterprises (Hitch) "demonstrates the rapidity with which beef packers and concentrated feedlots are eliminating competition in the U.S. fed cattle market."
What has gotten R-Calf out of sorts is a repor from Reuters that Hitch entered into an agreement in January to sell National Beef 100 percent of the cattle fed in Hitch's feedlots.
"The effect of this agreement is that the hundreds of thousands of
cattle fed each year by Hitch will give National Beef the same
anticompetitive market leverage that National Beef would have if all these
cattle were owned and fed outright by National Beef," said R-CALF USA
Marketing Committee Chair Dennis Thornsberry. "Because National Beef knows
that all of Hitch's cattle are solely committed to it, National Beef will
be able to further restrict the timely access to the marketplace by the
remaining independent cattle feeders whose marketing options already are
Be the Low Cost Producer- Good Advice Anytime- But Especially Good Advice for 2010 from Derrell Peel for Cow Calf Producers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Better cattle prices are likely in 2010 for cattle prices- as compared to what the market offered in 2009- so says OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel. As we wrap up our conversation with Dr. Peel, we ask him about what strategy cow calf and stocker producers need to be following.
For Cow- Calf producers, Peel says that while we will probably get more
money for our calves- an improvement in the economy may heat up the cost
of things that ranchers need to get operating- so he says that it will be
very important to watch costs to make sure they don't eat away higher
returns as the year unfolds.
Click on our link below- and you will jump to our midweek Beef Buzz with Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU- talking strategy for our cow calf as well our stocker producers.
More the National Western in Denver as Judging Teams from Oklahoma Excel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two more reports have come in to us via email on Oklahoma teams bringing home some hardware from the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
The Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team finished as the
Reserve Champion Team in the Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest and was
Champion Team in the Carload Judging Contest last weekend at the National
Western in Denver, Colorado.
The Harper County 4-H Meat Judging Team represented Oklahoma at the
National Western Round-up Meat Judging Contest. The contest was held at
the CSU Campus in Ft. Collins.
No Till Meetings Ahead
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Next week is the largest no till conference held in North America- No Till on the Plains- set for Salina, Kansas. Click here for our calendar listing for this conference as found on our website.
Also on the No Till radar is the Oklahoma No Till- a conference planned for February 8-9 in Norman. No- till Oklahoma is a conference designed to bring the latest developments in No-till cropping systems to interested farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states.
We have details regarding No Till Oklahoma on our website in the calendar section- deadline for early registration is today- January 20- so get registered today and you can save a few bucks. Click on the link below to jump to our listing at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
AND- One More No Till Meeting For North Central Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Garfield County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Garfield County Soil Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will again be conducting the 5th annual Conservation Tillage 101 Workshop at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday January 28, 2010. The Workshop will be held at the Chisholm Trail Pavilion located on the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid.
This program will focus on a variety of timely agronomic topics involving Conservation Tillage Practices. Agriculture producers, Certified Crop Advisors (CCA's) and Commercial Applicators should all find benefits from attending this year's Workshop. CCA's may obtain up to 6 CEU's free of charge just for attending the Conservation Tillage Workshop. Commercial Applicators will obtain 1 CEU credit through the ODAFF by attending this workshop as well.
Topics that will be addressed include OSU State Weed Science
Specialist, Dr. Joe Armstrong's presentation on Weed Management. Dr.
Armstrong will share some tactics producers should keep in mind to prevent
Weed Resistance to Selective Herbicides. On a similar topic, Dr. Randy
Taylor, OSU Extension Ag Engineering Specialist will share ideas and
technologies available to better manage spraying applications with drift
Sorghum Buyers Visit U.S. This Month
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jay O'Neil, Senior Agricultural Economist with the International Grains Program at Kansas State University says - there is a misconception among many foreign buyers that sorghum is a low quality feed in livestock diets. O'Neil says - this is a false assumption. That assumption will be addressed when sorghum buying teams from Morocco, Saud Arabia and Egypt visit the United States during the week of January 25th.
The Teams will attend high level nutrition training sessions at the International Grains Program at Kansas State University, before traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, for the International Poultry Expo. Experts will give presentations on the quality of U.S. sorghum and the value of sorghum in feed rations for poultry and dairy production. A second Moroccan team will attend a course in New Orleans, Louisiana, to learn U.S. Federal Grain Inspection Standards before traveling to the International Poultry and Feeds Expo in Atlanta.
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program and the U.S. Grains Council are sponsoring these visits. The two organizations have coordinated several buyer missions from the Middle East and North Africa, many of which resulted in the purchase of U.S. sorghum by foreign buyers. USCP Marketing Director, Florentino Lopez, says - this gives us a great opportunity to share the advantages of using sorghum and allows us to maintain existing markets and open new ones
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Let's Check the Markets!
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