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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, February 14,
College Attendance Highlights Oklahoma Producers'
Surging Interest, Expanding
at this year's Canola College event in Enid
yesterday shows interest in growing the crop
continues to surge. That's according to
Dr. Ron Sholar, executive
director of the Great Plains Canola Association.
He spoke with me in Enid and said the prospect for
the growth of canola acres in Oklahoma is
"I'm feeling extremely good
about this. I'm excited. We had about a little
over 250 people last year and we're looking at 400
here today with us right here at this
The program offered informational
seminars for canola growers all the way from rank
beginners to growers with eight to ten years of
experience. Experienced farmers and professors
from Oklahoma State University spoke on best
management practices, fertility, insect and weed
The inclusion of canola acres in
producers' rotations has grown exponentially over
the last several years and Sholar says the
potential is there for Oklahoma farmers to raise a
million acres-worth of canola if they can just
continue to get the message out.
started about years ago with about 40,000 and this
year we have 300,000 in the ground here in
Oklahoma and about 400,000 in the region counting
Kansas and Texas. What we need folks to continue
to understand is what it's going to do for
them--not just as a stand-alone crop, canola as a
crop, which is good in and of itself, but what it
will do for them as a wheat farmer. It will make
every wheat farmer a better wheat farmer. It will
clean up his fields. It will increase his yields.
This whole deal was started with the idea of
making better wheat farmers and we've not
abandoned that at all."
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Wheat Breeder Addresses Attacks on Wheat from
Inside the Industry
as a food crop, wheat has come under attack.
Dr. Brett Carver, a wheat breeder
at Oklahoma State University, calls the fears
about gluten whipped up in the popular press
"glutenoia." While he believes those attacks are
overblown, he said the crop most popular in
Oklahoma is coming under another sort of attack.
Carver will be speaking to the Oklahoma
Crop Improvement Association today in
Oklahoma City with a talk entitled: "If Wheat
Could Talk, It Would Say, 'STOP Ragging on Me.'"
He says that there are those inside the
agribusiness industry who are talking the crop
down because they say it has not kept pace with
way that wheat is being attacked-and it really
doesn't need to be-and that is its ability to
compete with other crops. And I think wheat may be
a little bit better off than we think. We could
certainly make it a lot better. That's why we do
what we do. But I think we may not give it enough
credit and in so doing that I think we look to
other solutions that may or may not help us in the
long run and overlook the big
Carver's talk will explore
ongoing efforts to improve wheat. He says some
believe that wheat has fallen behind in the
genetic modification area, an area that has proven
phenomenally productive for corn and soybeans,
but, he says, "I think that's where the train
leaves the tracks."
can catch my interview with Brett Carver or read
more of this story by clicking here.
Wheat Crop Looking Good, Marketing Efforts
Continue Apace, Schulte Says
the first time in a couple of years, Oklahoma is
experiencing a real winter with frigid
temperatures and winter precipitation. The wheat
crop is dormant across much of the state, and
Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma
Wheat Commission says that gives producers a
chance to assess the crop and their management of
it so far.
"Producers this time of
year generally have their nitrogen applications on
for top dress and, if you go to southwestern
Oklahoma and the Panhandle regions of the state,
you hear a lot of producers haven't put those
applications on yet just because of the last ten
days. There have been colder temperatures. They
were going to wait and see if they had moisture
coming in. And, in the northwestern part of the
state, there have been instances where they've
been covered in snow for the last week. That has
slowed them down and hindered them on that
"I think, overall, if you look at
state conditions, in the southwest and Panhandle
regions of the state, no doubt we still need
moisture in a lot of those areas, but if we do get
rain and they do put the top dress down, we would
have good prospects for a wheat crop right
You can read more and listen to our
conversation by clicking here. Mike
will all be my guest on this Saturday's "In the
Field" segment on News 9 about 6:40
Reports GM Crops Are the Preferred Choice of
of farmers around the world continue to choose to
plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop
varieties because of their environmental and
socio-economic benefits and the important role
they play in maintaining food security, according
to a new study.
The report, Global Status
of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013, released
annually by the International Service for the
Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA),
says a record 18 million farmers in 27 countries
are growing biotech crops on 433 million
"With the challenges of food
insecurity and climate change, the productivity
gains from GM crop technology are helping to feed
a global population using less land, water and
more environmentally friendly farming practices,"
says Dr. Cathleen Enright,
Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture for
the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
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Demand Continues Positive Trajectory for 2014,
According to Glynn
remains a remarkable story: the staying power of
retail beef demand in the U.S., despite
record-high retail prices. And it's depicted in
the latest beef demand index calculations from a
K-State livestock economist. Dr. Glynn
Tonsor regularly tracks a series of
indicators that factor into his beef demand index.
He just finished his analysis of demand for the
fourth quarter of 2013...and it bodes well for
beef cattle producers.
numbers for the fourth quarter would be the
choice-demand index I maintain which was up 3.1
percent in the fourth quarter compared to the
fourth quarter of 2012. Likewise, the all-fresh
beef demand index which is more encompassing, it's
not just choice, select and others in there, was
up 1.8 percent in the fourth quarter. That index,
the all-fresh one, has been up for the last 14
quarters. So, consecutively, we've had
year-over-year improvement. That's a very positive
These fourth-quarter numbers simply
echo the trend for the entire 2013 calendar year,
which Tonsor has also summarized.
look at the whole year of 2013, the choice demand
index was up 2.6 percent which may not sound like
a lot, but, when you have an industry the size of
the beef industry, that's a big increase. And,
it's the best year since 2004. That's a very
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Report 'Good News and Bad News' for Wheat
Producers, Anderson Says
this week's SUNUP preview, Oklahoma State
University Extension Grain Marketing Specialist
Dr. Kim Anderson says the
recently-released USDA WASDE report has been both
good news and bad news for wheat
"Yeah, they lowered U.S. wheat
stocks from 608 million bushels down to 558 and
they lowered world stocks down to 6.8 billion
bushels. That made U.S. stocks well below average
and world stocks slightly below average and that
resulted in higher prices."
those higher prices are not necessarily good news
because "those WASDE numbers are already factored
into the market. It's going to take additional
information to get prices to go higher. That March
contract's got support at $6.60 and resistance at
$6.93. The July contract's got support at $6.30
and resistance at $6.50. We've got to have that
In the long run,
Anderson says, export demand for the 2014 U.S.
hard red winter wheat crop should be very high
given this WASDE report.
Click here for more from Kim
Anderson and to see the full lineup for this
N That- Farm Bureau Ready for Leadership
Conference, OK&T Angus Sale Set for Next
Wednesday and OALP Class 16 Ready to Fly
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference will be
held this coming Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma
City at the downtown Skirvin Hotel. The conference
focuses on updating members on the legislative
issues on state and federal levels.
The agenda for the two day conference
features Congressman Markwayne Mullin and
Congressman James Lankford. They both will be
giving an update from Washington, D.C. Also, on
the agenda is Cordon DeKock with the State Chamber
of Oklahoma and Dave Hageman with Protect the
Click here for more details and a
full lineup of their two day program.
breeders who are a part of the OK&T
association are excited about their 73rd annual
production sale coming up on Wednesday, February
19th in Buffalo, Oklahoma.
total of 79 head will be selling- we have a PDF
file of the catalog in our calendar and auction
listings for the sale- click here to take a look.
snow storm that rolled up the east coast the last
few days dealt a blow to the travel plans of
Class XVI of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership
Program that was scheduled to begin a
journey yesterday that would have landed them in
South Africa by Saturday. Dulles airport was
shut down and that sent the travel company that
works with many of the Ag Leadership Programs
across the country on a search and rescue mission
to salvage the trip for the young leaders who are
a part of this OALP Class.
good news is that the class will be headed
out- just a little late- on Saturday
afternoon and end up flying out of New York to end
up in Johannesburg by Monday. They will
extend their travels by a day or so to pick up
some of the key elements that they missed at the
front end, including a visit with US Wheat
Associate officials in Capetown.
of being a leader is not throwing up your hands
and saying it can't be done when roadblocks are
thrown at you- but rather- picking up the pieces,
getting your efforts back on track, and turning
what could be a wreck into a masterpiece.
The old saying "Making Lemonade when life throws
lemons at you" comes to mind.
suspect the members of Class 16 will be a little
better because they having to be more flexible as
they embark on this international study
experience- and somewhere down the road- they will
be prepared for other "lemonade moments" as they
help lead whatever local, state or national groups
they are involved in.
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