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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday May 19, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- OSU Wheat Breeding Program Hitting Road Gear Under the Direction of Dr. Brett Carver
-- Oklahoma Congressman Lucas Calls Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill a Recycled Cap and Tax Attempt to Grab More Control of the Economy
-- Leaf Rust Multplying Late Here in Oklahoma
-- EPA Moving Forward on Regulating Greenhouse Gases- and Two Key Senators Get a Vote on Their Disapproval of EPA's Efforts.
-- Senator Blanche Lincoln Forced into June Runoff Democratic Nomination for Her Senate Seat
-- R- Calf Accuses USDA of Being Disingenuous in Animal ID Revamp
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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OSU Wheat Breeding Program Hitting Road Gear Under the Direction of Dr. Brett Carver
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University bred hard red winter wheat varieties are being embraced more and more by many Oklahoma wheat producers- and Dr. Brett Carver tells us that when wheat growers respond by growing OSU wheat varieties- it's a "win win" situation.
Three varieties that are being grown on many wheat farms this year from Dr. Carver's program include Endurance, Duster and OK Bullet. A fourth variety that Brett Carver is especially high on as seed is being multiplied this year is Billings. Dr. Carver believes that Billings has great yield potential and excellent disease resistance. He sees Billings as a great wheat that should displace several other varieties in the north central part of Oklahoma- including Jagger.
We talk about this and more in our conversation with Dr. Carver- and you can check the full interview out by clicking on the link below.
Click here to read more about the OSU wheat breeding program- as well as the chance to hear our interview with Dr. Brett Carver of OSU.
Oklahoma Congressman Lucas Calls Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill a Recycled Cap and Tax Attempt to Grab More Control of the Economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On a regular basis, the House Ag Republicans, led by Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, offer a minute of commentary. In this week's edition, Congressman Lucas stands on his bully pulpit and offers his thoughts on the recently unveiled Climate Change bill introduced by Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Liberman.
Congressman Lucas tells us that ""Try as they may to call this bill something different than cap and tax, it's not. It's simply a recycled version of the Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill that narrowly passed the House last June."
He adds that ""It's no coincidence that this cap and tax bill was
unveiled the same week the Environmental Protection Agency released a rule
stating it would begin regulating greenhouse gases by requiring energy
producers and manufacturers to obtain permits.
Click here for the full script and a chance to hear the Ag Minute as served up by Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas.
Leaf Rust Multplying Late Here in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest word we have received from OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger came in a Tuesday afternoon email, detailing his latest observations of disease pressure in Oklahoma wheat fields. Here is the latest report from Dr. Hunger:
"Yesterday and today were spent examining plots around Stillwater and finding spotty, but dramatic increase in leaf rust. The untreated check plots in my foliar fungicide trial (cv Jagger) were in the 65-90% range. However, at other locations in Stillwater the leaf rust is not nearly as severe (05-15%). In some trials, leaves are gone from a combination of stripe rust and barley yellow dwarf. Powdery mildew (PM) also can still be found in some trials; in one trial PM was on the lower heads as was stripe rust. Wheat was mostly in the milk to soft dough stage. I would expect that leaf rust will now become more prevalent in wheat in northern OK as temperatures are forecast to increase after a cool and rainy Wednesday."
Dr. Hunger adds that he has gotten samples of wheat plants showing a couple of other issues as well- "we also have received several samples over the last week in which we found various root rots, including take-all, Fusarium (dryland) and/or sharp eyespot (Rhizoctonia). These have come from a number of counties, mostly in western and northwestern OK, and are indicated by the formation of white, sterile heads scattered across the field and intermixed with green tillers/heads."
EPA Moving Forward on Regulating Greenhouse Gases- and Two Key Senators Get a Vote on Their Disapproval of EPA's Efforts.
"If EPA succeeds in its efforts to trump Congress and unilaterally regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, it will be devastating not just to agriculture but to the entire U.S. economy," said Tamara Thies, NCBA chief environmental counsel. "It would be irresponsible to allow the EPA to move forward on this type of regulation when there's so much uncertainty surrounding humans' contribution to climate change."
Click on the link below for more on this Resolution of Disapproval, which faces an uphill battle in the Senate. However, it does appear that the Senate leadership has decided to allow a vote.
Click here for more on the continuing efforts to get a Congressional Disapproval of EPA efforts to regulate Greeenhouse Gases.
Senator Blanche Lincoln Forced into June Runoff Democratic Nomination for Her Senate Seat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, fell well short of the 50% level she needed to avoid a runoff in early June against Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter. Halter appears to be considerably to the left politically of Lincoln, even as Arkansas as a whole appears to be more conservative from their Senator. There's lot of discussion about what the Arkansas Democratic Nomination race means- click here for one interesting article we found this morning in the Washington Post.
The contest between Lincoln and Halter had already been one of the most
expensive and bitter in Arkansas history, with the candidates trading
daily attacks on health care, trade and other issues. Outside groups on
both sides, including the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had
also pumped millions of dollars into the race.
Boozman claims some agricultural ties, as
his campaign ads include pictures of him with some beef cattle and
proclaim him a cattleman. If this seat goes Democrat, it will do so for
the first time in 131 years.
Click here for an article about the John Boozman win last night in Arkansas- earning the right to face the Democrat in the Fall Elections.
R- Calf Accuses USDA of Being Disingenuous in Animal ID Revamp
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~R-CALF USA has formally asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is deceiving U.S. livestock producers into believing they are partners in a national effort to protect their livestock herds from the introduction and spread of disease while simultaneously pursuing a reckless course of action that actually invites foreign animal diseases (FADs) into the United States.
Saying the group has offered counsel to USDA since the announcement earlier this year that USDA wanted to revamp their animal ID direction- "We believed our assistance would enable USDA to better achieve that congressional mandate," wrote R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group's animal health committee.
However, Thornsberry says that USDA is pulling a head fake and is disingenuous in their actions. He writes "R-CALF USA desperately wants to work with you to increase the protection of our U.S. livestock herds from the introduction of and spread of animal diseases, but your agency's actions indicate USDA is deliberately exacerbating the United States' risk of animal disease exposure, which effectively disqualifies your agency as a legitimate partner to U.S. livestock producers."
We have more on this story on our website- click here to jump there- you will find a link to their full letter as well.
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