~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday August 25, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Wheat Breeder Brett Carver Says Duster and Offspring Doing Great- But a Couple of Other Stars Are in the Wings
-- Drought Continues Devastation on Cotton Crops Across Oklahoma
-- Winter Canola Crop Insurance Deadline Quickly Approaching
-- USMEF Begins Outreach Campaign with Mexican Supermarket Chains
-- Don't Buy Seedstock Without DNA Information
-- University of Missouri Unveils First Drought Simulator
-- New Technology Showcased for Dealers and Media by John Deere
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Breeder Brett Carver Says Duster and Offspring Doing Great- But a Couple of Other Stars Are in the Wings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked with Dr. Brett Carver, Regents Professor in Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University, at the 2011 Oklahoma Wheat Review earlier this week- and we visited with him about how different wheat varieties fared during the extreme drought of 2011. Carver said he was concerned that with the extreme weather this year data would be lacking for many varieties but he was surprised that they were able to get a good amount of data and information.
Carver said his thoughts on many varieties concerning drought tolerance in the past were confirmed this year. Many of the varieites that have Duster in their parentage continue to shine and these lines that have strong disease resistance still had relatively good drought tolerance says Carver. Duster was first looked at as an experimental variety in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, there was a lot of stripe rust, which Duster faired well against. Also, 2006 was a drought year with a lot of drought stress, which Duster still did well against. Duster also has some of the best resistance to barley yellow dwarf, which is a common disease to Oklahoma.
Some of the newer varieties that are also key players this year are Ruby Lee and Garrison. Ruby Lee has the variety Endurance as part of its parentage, which provides a lot of similarities between the two. Ruby Lee is a very early maturing variety and has about the same level of protection against stripe rust as Endurance, says Carver. Ruby Lee also is a very good milling quality, which includes seed size and test weights. Ruby Lee allows producers to reach a new level of yield says Carver.
Dr. Carver also gave us an update on Garrison as well as the experimentals that are right now in the OSU wheat variety pipeline- and we also talked about hot soil temperatures and how his OSU varieties will handle that heat. You can read more and hear all of that by clicking on the LINK below.
Click here to listen to our conversation with Dr. Carver over these new wheat varieties
Drought Continues Devastation on Cotton Crops Across Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Once again, the drought across Oklahoma is taking a toll on the cotton crop of 2011. The drought has had brutual effects on the crop and the record-breaking temperatures are set to continue. According to Randy Boman, Research Director and Cotton Extension Program Leader, there are virtually no surviving dryland cotton fields that will produce a harvestable yield.
The dryland program fields that did survive have been tracked with nodes above white flower and had all bloomed through the terminal by August 16. Boman suggests that the drought devastated fields should be adjusted based on the boll count method at this time. Five out of eight of the program fields where nodes above white flower have been tracked are in hard cutout at this time, while the three other fields are at 2-3 nodes above white flower.
This means the window for setting yield potential is closing. The reduced yield due to fruit shed and small boll size will plaque many irrigated fields this year. Poor fruit retention, four-bract squares, "extended stigmas," and "parrot-beaked" bolls are all factors in reduced yield and have been spotted in most fields.
Pollination is another factor because pollination has been incomplete,
due to pollen sterility arising from high temperatures.
Click here for the latest edition of the Cotton Comments Newsletter
Winter Canola Crop Insurance Deadline Quickly Approaching
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter canola planting is just around the corner and weather conditions across much of the southern Plains remain in the same condition, DRY! Producers have been and are continuing to wait for much need moisture to replenish the parched soil. Producers need to be getting their crop insurance information together and turned in to their crop insurance companies.
NEXT WEDNESDAY- August 31, 2011- is the deadline to have your canola insurance information turned in. The 2011-2012 canola crop insurance has been set for 0.27/lb or $13.50/bu for a T-yield of 1298 lbs/acre. The counties that do not have a program county for canola, a request for a written agreement must be signed by the August 31, 2011.
We talked with a crop insurance agent who was at the Frank Lucas town hall meeting in Clinton earlier this week- and she told us lots of farmers are calling about getting canola written agreements- I would strongly suggest that if you have even a TINY bit of interest in planting canola this fall- get ahold of your crop insurance agent and get the right to buy crop insurance in place for the 2012 crop- don't wait until next Wednesday afternoon- get 'er done right away.
Click here for more on the crop insurance deadline for winter canola
USMEF Begins Outreach Campaign with Mexican Supermarket Chains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mexico continues to be the largest U.S. beef export customer and the U.S. Meat Export Federation has begun an outreach campaign of retail demand-building activities with regional supermarket chains in the northern region of Mexico. This campaign hopes to expand more of the U.S. beef industry even further into Mexico.
Many of the supermarket chains are of significant size so they make up a major part of the target market for U.S. beef. The chains participating in the program include: Casa Ley, 170 stores; Calimax, 72 stores; Santa Fe, 60 stores; and Super Del Norte, 34 stores. Chad Russell, USMEF Regional Director says the idea of the outreach campaign was to develop new potential customers in Mexico.
Russell also says the campaign will provide training and education to help develop and expand the supermarket chain meat departments, which will in turn increase their demand for U.S. beef. Through the first half of 2011, U.S. beef and beef variety meat exports to Mexico totaled nearly 280 million pounds valued at $475 million - an increase of 8 percent in volume and 25 percent in value over the same period in 2010.
Our Beef Buzz programs are heard on many of our great radio stations across the region that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network. They can also be heard on our website- to see a full list of previous Beef Buzz reports, go to www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page. Click on the LINK below for this Beef Buzz featuring Chad Russell of USMEF.
Don't Buy Seedstock Without DNA Information
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Seedstock purchases made this fall and next spring can affect the performance and profitability of a cow/calf operation for years. This is why Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, recommends that producers look for animals that come with genomic information.
"DNA technology is especially valuable when evaluating young, unproven seedstock," Dr. Andersen says. "This information allows producers to make purchase decisions with greater assurance for important traits such as marbling, feed efficiency and coat color."
In fact, GeneSTAR® is a targeted marker DNA test that provides producers with genomic information about key production traits in all breeds of beef cattle. Test results include Molecular Value Predictions, or MVPs®, for feed efficiency, marbling and tenderness. The reports also include percentile ranks, which are determined by benchmarking each animal against hundreds of its breed contemporaries in the Pfizer Animal Genetics database.
In addition, palatability trait rankings and color genotypes help
producers select cattle that can enhance their profitability, as well as
University of Missouri Unveils First Drought Simulator
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Historically, droughts have had devastating effects on agriculture, causing famine and increasing consumer food costs. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) have completed two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops. The simulators are located at the University of Missouri's Bradford Research and Extension Center, east of Columbia.
The simulators, part of a $1.5 million Missouri Life Sciences Research Board grant, are essentially mobile greenhouses measuring 50 feet by 100 feet. To simulate drought, researchers move the greenhouses over plants when it is raining and move them away from plants when it is sunny. A test plot of the same plants will be kept next to the simulator to provide a comparison. The drought simulators will increase the real-world application of scientific research, as they allow researchers to more closely mimic actual drought conditions.
When funding is available, additional simulators will be built at the Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo., in the southeastern part of the state, and at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, Mo. These locations represent a variety of environments, crop species and soil types, allowing researchers to test any agriculturally important crop, forage and turf species grown in Missouri and surrounding states.
"This network of drought simulators will be unlike any other network in the U.S., providing Missouri scientists with state-of-the-art field facilities to conduct a broad range of drought-related research," said Felix Fritschi, assistant professor in the CAFNR Division of Plant Sciences. "Our objective is to develop real-world products and practices to improve food security and increase profitability for farmers."
Click here to watch University of Missouri's video over the drought simulator
New Technology Showcased for Dealers and Media by John Deere
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I posted on Facebook yesterday morning that I was heading out to the demonstration field here in Indianapolis to "play" with the new toys being rolled out by John Deere during what they are calling "Accerating Growth 2011." I got multiple responses from folks being jealous to others saying bring me back a sample. Well- it was a very interesting and eye opening afternoon of sitting in the cabs of the new S Series Combines as well as test driving a couple of their "R" series tractors. And- we saw a couple of other demonstrations as well- including something that Deere is calling Machine Sync.
John Deere has developed new technology that provides timely, critical information on equipment location, operational status and automates equipment during harvest. Bob Dyar with John Deere talked with me during a media demonstration in Indianapolis- showing off the new Machine Sync concept.
Dyar, a Product Manager in the AMS division of John Deere told us
"Having real-time data is critical for equipment operators during harvest.
Our new Machine Sync and Machine Communication Radio provide the accurate,
in-field information producers need to maximize efficiencies during the
hectic harvest season."
Click here to read more and to listen to our conversation with Bob Dyar of John Deere about this latest innovation.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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