~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday May 2, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Agriculture Doing Well in 2011 State Legislative Session
-- Wheat Diseases Very Minimal in Oklahoma This Drought Stressed Season
-- For Farmers Hit by Disaster- USDA Likely to Have a Program to Help You
-- Last Call for Canola U
-- European study takes issue with cage free poultry
-- This Week- Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop Estimates to Be Compiled
-- Washington, FFA and Land Judging
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Agriculture Doing Well in 2011 State Legislative Session
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Three fourths of the 2011 State Legislative Session is now in the books- and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Scott Dewald, believes that agriculture has several bills that have been signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin which will be very positive for livestock producers here in the state.
Some of those key bills include: SB530- The Livestock Lienholders Bill
was signed into law earlier in the week by Governor Mary Fallin.
Click on the LINK below for more on what has happened of interest to the beef cattle industry- and you will be able to take a listen to our conversation that we had with Scott Dewald this past Friday.
Click here for a look at our first of May Legislative Update wtih Scott Dewald of the OCA
Wheat Diseases Very Minimal in Oklahoma This Drought Stressed Season
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Barley yellow dwarf definitely is the most prevalent disease across Oklahoma. Dr. Brett Carver (OSU wheat breeder) observed widespread BYD symptoms in breeder plots across northern Oklahoma. The same is true here around Stillwater and to the west of Stillwater. Around Stillwater and west to Marshall, wheat is past flowering with berries being fully formed to milky.
The nearly 2 inches of rain one weekend ago likely will start some foliar diseases, but the only place I could find significant leaf rust in trials around Stillwater was in a strip of Jagalene that was planted early last fall. This strip, which has leaf rust in the 25-‐65% range on the flag leaves, was also hit hard with powdery mildew and BYD. Scattered leaf rust pustules can be found in susceptible varieties in other fields/plots.
According to Dr. Bob Hunger, the wheat disease specialist for the state of Oklahoma- the Panhandle also has very little going on- "Rick Kochenower (Area Res & Extn Spec - Panhandle) confirmed that only virus diseases such as BYD, WSM, etc. are appearing in the panhandle."
Click here for the rest of the report that Dr. Hunger filed on Friday- which includes some disease updates from surrounding states.
For Farmers Hit by Disaster- USDA Likely to Have a Program to Help You
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Val Dolcini reminded crop and livestock producers throughout states that have recently experienced severe damage from flooding, wildfires and tornados that FSA programs may be available to assist with recovery.
"Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many ranchers and farmers. Whether it's wildfires in the Southwest, flooding or tornados in the Midwest, Plains, and Southeast, learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step for producers in the recovery process," said Dolcini.
FSA administers several important programs that help producers recover
from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs
available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation
Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency
Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP),
the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental
Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.
Click here for more on this story about programs designed to give relief for farmers and ranchers hit hard by Mother Nature
Last Call for Canola U
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's not tool late to call and get your free spot at Canola U- to be held on Tuesday at the Clarion Meridian Convention Center just south of I-40 on Meridian Ave in Oklahoma City.
Canola U will feature a morning of sessions at the PCOM plots on the west side of Oklahoma City- and then after lunch at the Convention Center- a couple more sessions are planned in the afternoon.
There will be a discussion of varieties, weed and pest control and harvesting and marketing options as well. Canola U is a joint effort of Monsanto and High Plains Journal- click on the LINK below for more details and the phone number to call to register- registration is free but they really need to know if you are coming for the meal count.
European study takes issue with cage free poultry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rod Smith with Feedstuffs has a story from the end of this past week that knocks a bit of the wind out of the sails of HSUS, the animal rights activist group that claims they know the best way that animals should be treated. In the case of chickens, they have relied on European studies that show cage free chickens are healthier.
Not so fast- A new study conducted in Europe cautions that any shift from conventional cage housing for layers to alternative housing such as aviary or floor housing requires not only maintenance of salmonella surveillance programs but optimization of them due to an increased risk of bird-to-bird and egg contamination in the alternative systems.
According to the study's lead scientist, Dr. Jantina De Vylder in the
department of pathology, bacteriology and avian diseases, the researchers
sought to identify the effect of housing systems on the spread of
salmonella in a group of layers and on internal egg
Click here to read Rod's full story on this study- which could help undermine the credibility of the HSUS in their drive for free range chickens.
This Week- Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop Estimates to Be Compiled
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The dry weather in the southern Plains is generating a lot of calls about this week's hard red winter wheat tour. The Wheat Quality Council's executive vice president Ben Handcock is organizing the tour. "We've got the biggest group on the tour that we've ever had in history; we've got 73 people signed up--there is a lot of interest."
Most of the touring will be in Kanas, the nation's largest wheat producing state. However, the tour will include reports from southern Nebraska, eastern Colorado and Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma numbers will be compiled on Wednesday morning during the
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association spring meeting in Oklahoma City. Click
here for our report from the end of last week where Dr. Kim Anderson
is talking in the ballpark of just 70 million bushels being produced in
Oklahoma this year- versus 126 million bushels a year ago.
Washington, FFA and Land Judging
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are in the Washington DC metro area this morning- as we prepare to take part in the 2011 edition of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Washington Watch- an annual fly in of professional farm braodcasters from around the country- coming to meet and report on farm and agricultural news unfolding here in Washington. We will be meeting with the likes of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, Senate Ag Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow and many many others. We will be tweeting from here as well as having stories on this email and on the radio on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network over the next couple of days,.
Also this week, the 2011 Oklahoma FFA Convention cranks up on Tuesday and runs through Wednesday evening. We plan on arrivng in time on Wednesday morning to hear National President Riley Pagett adress his home state's convention- Riley is a member of the Woodward FFA Chapter. Click here for details of the 2011 meeting that will be happening in downtown OKC.
Land Judging practice for 4-H and FFA teams from more than 30 states will be happening on Tuesday and Wednesday- then the 2011 National Land Judging Contest will have these young people judging for real on Thursday. Click here and read more about this annual rite of spring for central Oklahoma.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $11.19 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.34 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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