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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 9, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Back to Work Monday...
-- Damage to the 2007 Oklahoma Wheat Crop???? Probably!
-- Talking Low Temps with Mark Hodges- He worries about fields with the Jagger variety.
-- Japan continues to catch technical violations in their web of perfection or bust.
-- Dates are set in May for 2007 Grain Grading Schools in the Oklahoma Wheat Belt.
-- Collins Cattle in Frederick planning Composite Bull Sale April 21st!
-- USDA has money available for Distance Learning!
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. Our email this morning is a service of Midwest Farm Shows, featuring the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City April 19-21, 2007, as well as the Tulsa Farm Show held each December. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.
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Back to Work Monday...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While the stock market and the futures markets honor the Easter Holiday weekend by taking Good Friday off, not much else stops in this day and age. Auction barns that normally run on Friday here in Oklahoma- among them Woodward and Apache, both were operating and had average size runs this market turn, while government offices were all open as well.
It was interesting to note that we have a lot of interest right now in calves that can back out to spring pasture, as the market reporter covering Apache noted that "grazing cattle were being met with high demand."
U.S. House members don't have to fly back to Washington this week- as Congress is in recess today but will see the Senate return to work tomorrow on the 10th while the House does not return to Washington until the 16th. Several of our Oklahoma Congressional delegation continue to hold Town Hall Meetings this week- we have Congressman Lucas' schedule up on our website of Calendar items and we have that linked for you to take a look at below.
Click here for the Calendar of events coming up- including the Town Hall schedule this week for House Ag Committee member Frank Lucas.
Damage to the 2007 Oklahoma Wheat Crop???? Probably!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We simply won't know the extent of the damage to the 2007 Oklahoma winter wheat crop for several days at least and maybe not for several weeks- but it surely got cold enough to raise red flags of concern early Saturday morning and early Easter Sunday morning as well. Dr. Jeff Edwards told us last week and we reported to you in our Friday email that two temperatures were critical- 28 degrees or lower if the week was in the "boot" stage and 30 degrees or colder if the wheat was advanced to the "heading" stage.
Using Mesonet stations- we see that many locations hit those targets
for multiple hours one or both mornings. Saturday morning- here are a few
of the temperatures we noted that are alarming:
Sunday morning we saw temperatures stay at 32 degrees or better in
central and southwestern Oklahoma portions of the wheat belt- but
northcentral Oklahoma got very cold again.
We are linking below the Oklahoma Mesonet site- once you get there- you will need to click on "Current Weather"- you will then see "Air Temperature" as one of your choices- click there and select next "Air Temperature" Graphs" and at that point, you will see a state map with points in all the counties. Select the location you want to see- then select under the map the number of hours you wish to track- to get the full weekend, select 72 hours. You can then see how the location nearest you fared from high to low over the entire weekend.
Click here for the Oklahoma Mesonet site- follow the directions above to get to Air Temp Graphs.
Talking Low Temps with Mark Hodges- He worries about fields with the Jagger variety.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on Sunday afternoon as I bounced what I saw on the Mesonet off of Mark and he, having studied the data himself, talked with us about "what if." We have segments of that interview that were featured on our morning farm news from the Radio Oklahoma Network and we have that linked for you below.
There is almost certainly some damage to our 2007 wheat crop- how much is simply a question that will have to be assessed at a later point in the growing season.
We did talk about the variables that determine if we end up with freeze damage in a particular field or not- and one of the variable is the variety you have planted. It appears one of the varieties most vulnerable is Jagger, which unfortunately is the variety that we have the most acres planted to statewide here in 2007.
Click here to listen to Ron visit with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Japan continues to catch technical violations in their web of perfection or bust.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Japan ordered imports halted from a major meat plant in Kansas on Friday after a beef shipment arrived without proper papers, the third American meatpacker that's had some exports to Japan stopped for technical violations. Four boxes of frozen beef tongue in a shipment of 250 boxes, totaling about 2 tons, from Cargill Meat Solutions in Dodge City didn't have the required papers from the U.S. government, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.
Cargill spokesman Mark Klein said the Wichita-based company has changed its packaging and storage procedures to ensure that the mistake is not repeated. He said product intended for a U.S. domestic shipment was inadvertently placed in boxes pre- labeled for shipment to Japan and made their way to outbound pallets. Klein said the company expects to be re-listed as approved for shipping to Japan in the near future. Cargill contends that no material that violated Japan's safety standards for meat imports were found in the shipment.
Last month, Japan suspended beef imports from California-based Jobbers Meat Packing Co. after finding packages of beef sausage in a shipment, the government said Friday. Japan bans the import of U.S. products such as sausage that contain processed beef because of what Japan considers are risks of mad cow disease. In February, Japan stopped beef imports from a Nebraska processing plant operated by Tyson Foods Inc. after finding boxes of beef that had not been verified as from cattle 20 months old or younger.
Dates are set in May for 2007 Grain Grading Schools in the Oklahoma Wheat Belt.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Extension Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson has once again organized a series of Grain Grading Schools in cooperation with several groups- including the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association.
Sessions are planned this year for Altus, Clinton and Enid, beginning May 8th. There will also be a single Canola Grading School during the sessions in Enid- the Canola session planned for the afternoon of May 16.
For more information, contact Dr. Kim Anderson at OSU in Stillwater at 405-744-9817, or go to the link provided below for a couple of pages of information on this opportunity.
Click here for the 2007 OSU Grain Grading School dates and locations.
Collins Cattle in Frederick planning Composite Bull Sale April 21st!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Collins Cattle's Composite Power Bull & Commercial Female Sale is on the horizon- as it is set for Saturday midday April 21, 2007. You can add productivity and profitability to your calf crop with a Composite Power bull! Selling 60 SimAngus and MaineAngus bulls & 50 Spring First Calf Heifer Pairs with A.I. Calves at side at the Collins Ranch 11 miles east of Frederick, Oklahoma on Hwy 5. Sale starts at 1:00 and free lunch will be served. We have a link below to tell you more about these cattle or you can call Christy Collins at 580-335-3000 to get a sale catalog and/or get more sale information.
Click here for the Composite Bull Sale Info from Collins Cattle out of Frederick!
USDA has money available for Distance Learning!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr Friday announced that USDA is making available $62.9 million in distance learning and telemedicine loans, $50 million in loan and grant combinations, and $15 million in grants.
Telemedicine technology makes it possible for doctors to examine and direct the treatment of patients from remote treatment centers. The technology gives rural residents access to medical specialists not often available in remote areas. The distance learning program finances equipment to expand educational resources to students and educational institutions in isolated rural areas.
Applications for the $15 million in distance learning and telemedicine grants must be received by June 8, 2007 and will compete nationally for funding. Applications for loans and loan and grant combinations will be accepted year round. Interested parties should contact their Rural Development state office. In Oklahoma, that would be Brent Kisling and his team headquartered in Stillwater. We have linked their website below or you can call them at 405-742- 1000.
Click here for the Oklahoma USDA Rural Development office web home.
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