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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday May 22, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- 2007 Wheat Harvest- Ready- Set- WAIT
-- Cooler but drier this past week allowed more farm work to get done.
-- The Countdown Continues at the State Capitol- Ag Groups watching 136 and 1490 and more.
-- Farm Bill Markup Begins today!
-- OIE meeting underway in Paris- Controlled Risk Status for the US likely to happen in next 24 hours.
-- Changing Faces of Ag Happening Today in Perkins!
-- A Centennial Year look at wheat breeding in Oklahoma.
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2007 Wheat Harvest- Ready- Set- WAIT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Light showers in the southwestern counties along the Red River from Cotton County west over to Harmon County is keeping moisture levels high enough that full scale harvest has not yet begun- although a load and here and there has been reported thus far.
Mike Cassidy out of Frederick emailed us yesterday morning and told us that there is a really good crop in his area- and it sounds like they are most anxious to get it out of the field before Mother Nature can pull anything bad on the 2007 crop.
Wheat crop ratings are out in the latest Crop Weather updates- and they show a slight decrease in the Oklahoma numbers- now 70% good to excellent, off three percentage points from last week, while the Kansas crop improves slightly to 40% good to excellent, 31% fair and 29% poor to very poor. The Texas crop continues to look very good with a rating of 71% good to excellent.
Click here for the full Oklahoma Crop Weather Update for this week.
Cooler but drier this past week allowed more farm work to get done.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Peanut and cotton plantings jumped in this latest reporting week- as peanut plantings went from 21% planted the previous week to 54% planted at the beginning of this week. Likewise, cotton plantings surged from 10% to 33% in one week. And a lot of alfalfa fields found hay being put on the ground- as we moved from 48% to 72% on the first cutting of alfalfa in the latest reporting week.
Our reporters tell us that there are a lot of weeds in places in pastures and ranges across Oklahoma, but abundant moisture and a little more sunshine helped improve pasture ratings to 68% good to excellent and only 6% in the poor to very poor category.
The soil profile is generally is great shape- a rain would be most welcome in the Panhandle but otherwise, topsoil moisture ratings are at 92% adequate to surplus versus 58% short to very short a year ago. Subsoil moisture creeps up another percentage point to 90% adequate to surplus versus 77% short to very short a year ago.
The Countdown Continues at the State Capitol- Ag Groups watching 136 and 1490 and more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The final gavel of the 2007 State Legislature will fall on Friday afternoon- if not before- and we understand that the ag and rural groups continue to monitor things closely- meeting regularly to keep a united front on various measures in as many cases as they can.
In talking with Mason Mungle, he mentions three measures that he is watching as of this Tuesday morning. One is 1490- the measure that would take the Court Ruling against the Poultry Companies that the City of Tulsa won over poultry litter in the Eucha- Spavinaw watershed and turn it into law. Mungle says the problem is that supporters of 1490 keep wanting to take this court ruling and expand it to form a Kingdom that would include most of the watersheds in Oklahoma. Ag groups are objecting- saying let's stick to the court ruling- allow the Department of Agriculture write rules for this watershed only and leave it there. Proponents of expansion keep pushing and have tried even into the Conference Committee process to get more stuff in there- so stay tuned.
Another example of a bill on steroids is SB136- which was a three page measure that looked rather mundane- but has exploded in Conference Committee to 24 pages with language that has come from special interests wanting to make it easier to get access across private lands they are drilling a well on- or have a well on. This measure would invoke Eminent Domain on a temporary basis to allow pipelines across property at the sole discretion of the Corporation Commission. Mungle says that his understanding of this bill from House author Terry Hyman is that the language is similar to what is already on the books- and OFU/AFR is willing to trust Hyman and his Senate co-sponsor Johnny Crutchfield on this one.
Click here to listen to Ron and Mason on these issues as we wrap up the Legislative calendar.
Farm Bill Markup Begins today!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He's now the ranking minority member- but Congressman Frank Lucas has several of his ideas as key parts of the Energy title laid out as the Chairman's Mark that will be worked on starting this morning by the House Ag Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research.
You can go to the House Ag Committee website this morning and there is a link there for you to listen to the proceedings. One of the controversial elements that has been suggested by House Ag Committee Chair Colin Peterson has to do with CSP, the Conservation Security Program, which is the brainchild of Proud Papa Tom Harkin, who happens to be the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee. Peterson says that we don't have enough money to really roll out CSP on a national basis- and that the money needs to be put toward other conservation priorities. Harkin has expressed his outrage over this matter- a part of what this subcommittee will be dealing with today.
Below, we have a link that takes you to the preliminary draft language that this subcommittee will be dealing with today. The web site says "The following preliminary discussion drafts have been prepared in anticipation of business meetings to be held by Subcommittees of the Committee regarding the 2007 Farm Bill. These documents are intended for use as base text for the markup process and are subject to change prior to the relevant meeting. They are being made available at this time in order to help Members of the Subcommittees prepare. Markup sessions will be conducted in public meetings in accordance with the Rules of the Committee and of the House."
Click here for the "starting point" for writing the 2007 Farm Bill by this House Ag Subcommittee.
OIE meeting underway in Paris- Controlled Risk Status for the US likely to happen in next 24 hours.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The World Organization for Animal Health (known as the OIE) is holding their general sessions this week in Paris with over 160 countries in attendance. This meeting is especially important to cattle producers as it is expected that the world body will offer a risk rating on the US cattle industry that will give us a strong argument regarding the safety of our beef to several key export markets that have come along kicking and screaming when it comes to the acceptance of US beef.
As early as today- or perhaps on Wednesday, the OIE is expected to give the United States a "controlled risk" rating, which the Bush administration hopes will prompt major markets to relax import restrictions and accept all meat and meat products from US animals of any age once certain risk materials are removed.
Groups that represent beef interests here in the United States are excited about the hoped for ruling- but caution that it won't be "done" once the ruling is made. That's a starting point for an end game to get markets in China, Russia, South Korea and Japan reopened fully to US beef.
Changing Faces of Ag Happening Today in Perkins!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A quick reminder that the Cimarron Valley Research Station is holding their annual Field Day this morning at the facility just outside of Perkins near the intersection of Hwy 33 and 177.
Tours will run from 8:30 am til Noon today.
A Centennial Year look at wheat breeding in Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It really was fascinating to take a look at the wheat industry back through the years and what the wheat varieties of previous harvests looked like- all the way back to Turkey and the original Triumph that was bred by a obsessed breeder by the name of Joseph Danne. This was all brought to life by State Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver at the Lahoma Wheat Field Day this past Friday.
Dr. Carver actually spent the past three years making some of the crosses that were a small part of the work that Joe Danne did in Central Oklahoma back in the 1920s and 1930s that led him from Turkey to Triumph wheat- a wheat that has made southern great plains wheat producers hundreds of millions of dollars down through the years.
Dr. Carver also had in his Centennial plots more recent wheat varieties that have been developed by Oklahoma State- and had at the end of the row- some of the experimental lines that could one day soon be released as the next great variety- including some Hard White possibilities.
Click here to listen Ron and Brett Carver on Wheat Varieties from statehood to today!
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