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Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Trouble with Weed Resistance- Has the AgChemical Industry Hit a Wall in Herbicide Technology?
Earlier this week, Washington State University Associate Professor Dr. Ian Burke spoke with the board of directors of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about weed control and resistance. According to him, there has been a dry spell in the advancement of herbicide technology since the 1980s. As weed resistance becomes increasingly more prominent on people's radar, I sat down with Burke, to find out his thoughts on how we will continue to fight weeds into the future.
"It's sort of astonishing to think about us relying on the same herbicide mode of action for as long as we have now and potentially for the foreseeable future, because we know herbicide resistance is a growing problem - it's not going away."
Twenty or thirty years ago, Burke says new herbicide products were hitting the market 10 or 12 at a time each year. Today, we're lucky if we see even two every year or so.
It seems as though agri-chemical companies have hit a wall when it comes to finding the next mode of action for herbicides. Modern technologies that have been used for decades now are more or less just cannibalized into supposedly new and different products. He says if you look closely, you'll find many of the products you use probably share a lot of the same active ingredients which is allowing weeds to build resistance.
Instead of being reliant on chemicals though, Burke suggests taking into consideration, using other strategies and tools outside the chemical realm to manage weeds, such as crop rotation. He says these tools do exist but are often neglected because they are more labor intensive, require skill and sometimes more costly.
"Anything we can do to find alternatives to wheat that allows us to employ tools that are truly effective on the weeds we're trying to manage is all part of a solution," he remarked. "Those often take a lot longer to find than a new herbicide, unfortunately."
Get the full story behind the herbicide technology plateau as described to me by Dr. Burke in my interview with him, by clicking or tapping here
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
|Oklahomans Join Forces in Launch of New Task Force Aimed at Improving Conservation Efforts in the State
Eight organizations, each dedicated to natural resource stewardship, announced yesterday the formation of the Oklahoma Conservation Task Force, which will focus on advancing conservation efforts across the state.
Participants include The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council.
This statewide effort will focus on three collaborative objectives: enhance the development of conservation in Oklahoma, coordination of research, and communication. In addition, the task force will identify and address major state conservation goals, develop models of success for specific topics, and develop informational resources and messaging to provide critical information to the general public, those involved in conservation, and the next generation.
Dr. Derrell Peel and Kellie Raper of Oklahoma State University have developed a survey in conjunction with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, with the hopes it will provide never-before-available information about the stocker industry including a wide range of procurement, movement, production and marketing information about stocker production in Oklahoma. The stocker industry is the least understood sector of the beef cattle industry. Stocker production takes place in many different locations using a wide variety of forage and feed resources. Stocker programs occur at all times of the year in production activities that typically vary from three to six months but may be shorter or longer. Since complete cattle inventory data is only available once per year from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service on January 1, many stocker production activities are never captured in NASS data. Little data is available on when, where and how stocker production takes place.
Currently, no data is available to quantify and contrast the many variations of stocker systems. Stocker production can be quite variable from producer to producer and over time and the survey will provide information on the motivations and flexibility that stocker producers use to adjust stocker production.
The survey will be mailed by USDA-NASS to several thousand Oklahoma producers in April. Stocker producers are encouraged to participate should they receive the survey in the mail to help with these efforts to shed light on the industry segment.
For more information about this survey that will hit mailboxes later this month, click here
to read a letter from the OSU researchers explaining their intentions behind this initiative.
|US Beef Exports Pick Up the Pace in 2017 Sporting a Strong Competitive Edge Internationally
American beef exports plateaued last year in 2016, after the industry experienced several steady years of increase in the foreign marketplace. Here in 2017, it seems the export market is back on track and doing surprisingly well. Jim Robb
of the Livestock Marketing Information Center spoke recently with me about the numbers coming in from the first two months of 1Q.
"USDA put out their February numbers which followed the trend of January where we posted strong year-over-year increases in beef exports," Robb reported, noting that exports by tonnage were up by 20 percent. "The peak of beef exports tends to be in the summer months but we've posted strong gains and also our imports fell year-over-year for the first two months of the calendar year by 17 percent."
This is a significant pivot from what we saw last year, says Robb, adding that the effects of this have spread into the pricing profile - which explains some of the dynamics felt in the markets over the last several months. Contributing to this too are signals in the markets that reflect both international demand and our attractive prices right now.
"The year-over-year gain is mostly in tonnage, so this is a tonnage game," Robb remarked. "We've has a lot of positive developments. We are certainly much more competitive than we were a year ago, competing in markets."
Listen to Robb and I review the numbers from USDA that reflect the strong position of US exports, on today's Beef Buzz - click here
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
An informal survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau recently, the Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey, showed an overall decrease in the price of several popular food items, such as eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal.
A breakdown of the 16 total items priced reveals that compared to a year ago, 11 of the items decreased in price, 4 increased and 1 item stayed the same. The total price for the items came to $50.03, a $3.25 drop from last year.
According to John Newton, AFBF's director of market intelligence, this declining trend was expected.
"As farm-gate prices for livestock products have declined and remained lower, prices in the retail meat case have become more competitive," he said.
For a full breakdown of the shopping list and further explanation of the survey's findings, read the complete story here
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Today, we highlight Anna Eubanks of the Harrah FFA Chapter, representing the Central District as its Star in Agriscience. As president of her chapter, involved in showing cattle and public speaking, Eubanks has also developed an interest in Agriscience during her FFA career, which led her to conduct two tests related to maintaining and extending the shelf-life of eggs.
"My first experiment, I tested the difference between my own home-grown eggs and store-bought eggs," she described. "I tested the difference between them on the counter and in the refrigerator, viewing the air cells and how long it took them to get rotten and things like that."
Eubanks explains that home-grown eggs are made with a natural "bloom" around them. Store-bought eggs actually have the bloom washed off.
"It's important to recognize that the natural bloom and the synthetic bloom do so much better in our environment," she insists.
Eubanks' curious mind lays a good foundation for a student with aspirations to become an agricultural educator herself, with plans to pursue that vocation after graduation by attending Oklahoma State University.
You can read more about Eubanks and her experiences as a member of the FFA, or listen to my interview with her, by clicking here.
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|Panhandle State University Crop Judging Team Places 2nd at National Contest
was playing with the big boys in a contest dominated normally by the major Land Grant universities- and they came away from the just concluded 2017 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference as the second best crops judging team in the country- bested only by the team from Iowa State and ahead of the University of Nebraska.
The team is coached by Dr. Curtis Bensch
, Head of the Panhandle State Agronomy Department.
This year's Reserve National Champion team is made up of four students including Ben Brady
of Remsen, Iowa; Cody Fischer
of Hooker, Okla.; Tyler Meyeres
of Vilas, Colo.; and Sidney Rentz
of Hooker, Okla. Other students who traveled and competed with the team were Kinsey Puyear
of Johnson, Kan. and Mary Kate McCall
of Yuma, Colo.Dr. Jeff Edwards
, head of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State, gave a shout out to the Panhandle State team at this week's Oklahoma Wheat Commission board meeting, adding that the OSU team that went to the contest "red shirted" and their scores were not considered in the competition this year- the team members were gaining experience and hope to represent OSU next year.
To read more about the Panhandle State team- click or tap here
for more details supplied by the Goodwell school.
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