~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 29, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- New Officer Team Unveiled at Oklahoma FFA Convention- Emily Beanland of Hollis is new State President.
-- President Obama Touts Biofuels and Health Care in Rural Missouri on Wednesday
-- OSU Bred Endurance is Most Planted Wheat Variety in Oklahoma This Crop Year
-- Oklahoma Wind Power Gets a Vote of Confidence by Southwest Power Pool
-- American Farm Bureau Backs House Bills Extending Renewable Energy Tax Credits
-- OkieAgMan Updates Us Via Twitter on Canola, Corn and Sorghum
-- Hall Cattle Co. - Coyote Hills Limousin Production Sale Coming THIS Saturday May First
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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New Officer Team Unveiled at Oklahoma FFA Convention- Emily Beanland of Hollis is new State President.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma FFA Association will be led in the coming year by Emily Beanland of the Hollis FFA Chapter, who was elected President of the statewide youth organization on Wednesday at the 84th annual convention of the Oklahoma FFA. Beanland is concluding her Freshman year at Oklahoma State University, and has served as a state officer this past year in the role of the Southwest District Vice President. After the initial rush of well wishers hugged the new President- we captured her attention for just a couple of minutes for a quick interview- click on the link below to hear that conversation on the stage in the Cox Center.
Other State Officers that will serve with Beanland include Marty Jones of Owasso, State Secretary; Trevor Lucas of Central High FFA, State Reporter; Owen Hossack of Owasso, Northeast District Vice President,; Mitchell Earl of Drummond, Northwest District Vice President; Katie McCauley of Waurika, Central District Vice President; Courtney Maye of Haworth, Southeast District Vice President and Dakota Miller of Amber-Pocasset, the Southwest District Vice President.
We have got pictures of the Wednesday events at the Convention- and they can be found here on Flickr. And as we mentioned above- click on the link below for a chance to hear our quick interview with Emily Beanland of Hollis, the new State President of the Oklahoma FFA.
You can also go to the Blue Green Gazette section of our website for other stories that we will be adding from the state convention over the next few days.
Click here for our webstory on the new state officer team of the Oklahoma FFA Association.
President Obama Touts Biofuels and Health Care in Rural Missouri on Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis was part of the crowd that included farmers, families, plant workers, local business owners and community members, who welcomed President Obama to POET - biorefining in Macon, Missouri yesterday. At the plant, the President talked to workers and shared his ideas for rebuilding our nation's long-term economy. While the President touted the future of Biofuels- there was no mention made of ethanol or of a possible move by his Administration to jump from the current blend rate of E-10 to E-15.
Following his visit Wednesday to the POET biorefinery, the President's limousine pulled in to Lowell Schachtiek's farm near Palmyra, Missouri. Schachtiek, a member of the Missouri Farmers Union and R-CALF USA, says he found out over the weekend that the President would be stopping by to tour his 1000 acre grain, cattle and hog operation.
The farmer that was chosen by the President's PR team seems to be aligned with the President on his policy and political views- and what he chose to converse with the President about explains his priorities. You can hear comments from the President, as well as the farmer who had the President of the United States at his kitchen table by clicking on the link below.
OSU Bred Endurance is Most Planted Wheat Variety in Oklahoma This Crop Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University wheat breeding efforts have resulted in producing three of the top four wheat varieties that were planted last fall for the 2010 harvest season, according to a survey conducted by USDA's National Ag Statistics Service and funded by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission in cooperation with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University. . After several years of increasing its share of Oklahoma's wheat acres, Endurance is now the number one wheat variety in Oklahoma. Jagger is now the second most common variety after twelve years at the top spot. Results were based on reports from Oklahoma wheat growers.
While Endurance was the most planted variety in the state for the 2010 crop with almost one in every five acres being planted to the variety- Duster and OK Bullet were the third and fourth most utilized varieties for 2010, coming in right behind Jagger.
Click here for more on this new ranking of wheat varieties- including the release from the NASS office in Oklahoma City.
Click here for more on the wheat variety from OSU that is now number one- Endurance.
Oklahoma Wind Power Gets a Vote of Confidence by Southwest Power Pool
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~House Speaker Chris Benge and Corporation Commissioner Jeff Cloud are pleased with the results of a vote in recent days that will be beneficial in moving several electrical transmission projects that are essential to developing wind power in Oklahoma. Benge's office issued the following News Release about this approval from the Southwest Power Pool.
With wind energy development central to the discussion, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) this week moved a step closer to realizing plans to expand the region's electric transmission grid. Acting on a motion advanced by Oklahoma Corporation Commission Vice Chairman Jeff Cloud, the SPP's advisory Regional State Committee (RSC) voted overwhelmingly Monday to support a package of six new transmission projects, four of which would be located in Oklahoma. The entire package is projected to lead to an investment of more than $1 billion, of which an estimated $350 million or more would be in Oklahoma.
You can read the rest of the news release by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more on the actions of the Southwest Power Pool that have impact on Oklahoma Wind Energy Efforts.
American Farm Bureau Backs House Bills Extending Renewable Energy Tax Credits
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tax incentives play a key role in the development and production of renewable energy, and the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to pass two bills that would extend renewable fuel tax credits for five years. In a statement presented for the record to a House Ways and Means Committee hearing this week on energy tax incentives, AFBF said long-term tax incentives are needed to boost renewable energy technologies and support development of the market infrastructure necessary to make these technologies more competitive.
AFBF supports H.R. 4070, introduced by Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.), which would extend the biodiesel tax incentive for five years. In addition, the legislation would change the biodiesel tax incentive from a blenders excise tax credit to a production excise tax credit. This change will improve administration of the nation's tax laws and protect the integrity of the credit, according to AFBF.
AFBF also backs H.R. 4940, the Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act, introduced by Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.), that extends the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and the Small Ethanol Producers Tax Credit for five years through 2015. The bill also extends the Cellulosic Ethanol Production Tax Credit for three years, through 2015 and the secondary tariff on ethanol that offsets the benefit received by imported ethanol.
OkieAgMan Updates Us Via Twitter on Canola, Corn and Sorghum
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Michael Marlow of Monsanto is OkieAgMan on Twitter and he offered some thoughts on the condition of several crops yesterday. On the Winter Canola Crop- Marlow says "Cool weather slowing green peach and turnip aphid growth in winter canola. Infestations remain light. Keep watch. Treat if needed. Pod counts in Oklahoma in winter canola indicate good yield potential. Good stands, nice height. Need more sun for pod fill."
For the spring planted corn crop- he Tweets "Corn emergence in Oklahoma is good and making good stands. Early growth is fair. Too cool for excellent stands and growth."
Finally, he offered a Tweet thought on grain sorghum planting- advising to hold off a bit longer- "Sorghum farmers asking advice on planting in these 55 degree cold soil temps. Advising wait a week to plant by condition not calendar."
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Hall Cattle Co. - Coyote Hills Limousin Production Sale Coming THIS Saturday May First
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Saturday, May 1st at 1pm, Hall Cattle Company-Coyote HIlls Ranch is having their Limousin Production Sale at the ranch one mile west, two miles south and a mile west of Chattanooga, Oklahoma on Highway 5.
Selling 200 head as 120 lots including:
Ken Holloway writes in the catalog for the 2010 sale "This year's sale
offering includes many young purebred Limousin and Lim-Flex females, many
with calves at side. They are a productive group of mostly black, polled,
many by the breed's leading sires. The Blaque Rulon offspring have enjoyed
considerable success in the show ring in recent years - being the MOE
National Gold Medal bull for three consecutive years and the Silver Medal
bull in 2009, with two sons being Gold Medal and Bronze Medal
Click here for details about the 2010 Limousin Production Sale for Hall Cattle Company and Coyote Hills Ranch
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno had 6,012 cattle on Wednesday, with yearlings steady to a dollar higher, and the calf trade on a light test was steady to two dollars up. Click here for the complete report on the OKC West market as covered by the USDA market news reporters out of Oklahoma City, John Stacy and Tina Colby.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.40 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.40 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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