~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 5, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- L.E. Castle Honored as the Tenth Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
-- Harvest edges north- early results on quality and quantity are mixed.
-- Wet Conditions Equals Delays and Stress
-- Dr. Jeff Explains it All to You...
-- NCBA is hopping mad- as USDA allows "human error" to close the South Korea beef market!
-- Beef Improvement Federation Meets later this week in Ft. Collins, Colorado!
-- Check out the Cream of the Crop this Saturday at the Kris Black Sale at the Ranch!
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L.E. Castle Honored as the Tenth Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The atrium at the Oklahoma Department was filled with family and well wishers for L.E. Castle as he was introduced by Governor Brad Henry as the winner of the Governor's Award for Agricultural Achievement and the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
Castle now farms with other family members near Jet and back in the 1950s and 1960s was the Vo-Ag teacher for Burlington High School. At Burlington, he had one of the best FFA chapters not just in Oklahoma, but in the country. One of the highlights came in the 1960s when Burlington's Livestock Judging team won honors in Oklahoma, at the National Western in Denver and then won the national FFA competition held in Kansas City.
Governor Henry gave a strong personal endorsement of the value of ag education and FFA in his comments introducing L.E. Castle- and he used Castle's contributions in this area as an example of the impact that ag teachers have had on countless young men and more recently women in rural areas of our state. We will have an audio overview of the morning yesterday at the ODAFF building and we will link it for you when it is available- probably in tomorrow's report.
Harvest edges north- early results on quality and quantity are mixed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Test cutting was happening as far north as Orienta yesterday- and it could move even further north today with hot drying winds moving into the state. Mark Hodges with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says two areas of concern are now on the radar screen.
The first is one we reported this past week. It is so wet in the area south of Lawton in the Walters- Grandfield area that a lot of that wheat may not be harvestable. The second area of concern are the increasing number of reports of wheat falling over from straw weakened by dry weather, leaf rust and in some cases, greeenbugs- that wheat that has lodged may be difficult to pick up and harvest.
The good news is that we have a wheat crop out there to harvest in most areas- unlike last year when many locations simply did not have a crop to harvest. The hope is that many locations can move quickly now to harvest quite a few acres with hotter weather arriving now across western Oklahoma. You can link below to the audio update from this morning from Mark Hodges.
Click here for the latest audio update from Mark Hodges of the Wheat Commission on wheat harvest.
Wet Conditions Equals Delays and Stress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather update reports on the wet conditions that are both a blessing and a curse. We only have to think back to last spring and early summer to remember the dry conditions and the problems that brought us- but with wetter weather, we have a multitude of challenges we are swimming in as well.
For our wheat crop- the problem is delayed harvest and the stress on the 2007 wheat crop. You can read about the stress of the crop from the report we have linked further down in today's email- the report from Dr. Jeff Edwards, our state wheat specialist. For the spring planted crops- the fields have been too wet to support our tractors and other equipment. We seem to be about on schedule on planting milo, but soybeans and cotton are far behind five year average planting rates because of the weather.
Alfalfa cutting is also behind normal- both on the first and now the second cutting. The "other hay" category seems to be more on track with the normal pace. Our pasture conditions slipped a littler from last week, but still are far better than last June, as we stand now at 74% good to excellent.
Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from NASS
Dr. Jeff Explains it All to You...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Jeff Edwards, State Wheat Specialist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, has issued his latest Wheat Crop Production Newsletter and he has called on Dr. Bob Hunger to actually do most of the explaining about black heads and the disease problems that are causing this problem in some wheat fields this spring- all because of the extended period of wet conditions.
Actually, Dr. Hunger reports in this latest Wheat Production newsletter that we can see black heads or discolored heads from several problems including fungus, bacteria and general stress. Dr. Hunger thinks most of the Oklahoma issues this year relates back to "black chaff" which is a bacteria based problem.
Go to the link below for the latest Oklahoma Wheat Crop Production Update to read more about Black Chaff and how to best handle that wheat- now and later- if you have this problem.
NCBA is hopping mad- as USDA allows "human error" to close the South Korea beef market!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA Secretary Mike Johanns is trying to dismiss the latest problems with South Korea as a "Speed Bump" to getting trade fully up and running with the Asian customer that has effectively banned US beef once again because a supplier has sent multiple boxes of bone in beef into Korea- a clear violation of the current deal in place between our two governments.
South Korea first accused Cargill and Tyson as being the culprits- but the truth seems to be a FSIS inspection that allowed product to come from a distributor may not have been authorized to even ship US beef to Korea- and then allowed those boxes with bone in beef to slip right through. NCBA's head of their Washington office, Jay Truitt, is mad, blames the USDA for bungling this inspection and adds with the Koreans as we try to ramp this market up, "there's no room for error."
Meanwhile the US government is trying to put together an explanation of what went wrong- both for the Koreans but also for the US Beef Cattle Industry who is demanding an explanation as well. The Bush Administration almost seems to have the attitude that while this was a technical violation, the Koreans are in the wrong for not allowing all of our various beef products in of whatever age and bone-in- and that they need to roll over and let our beef in now. That sounds good- but it's hard to justify our inability to live up to standards that were agreed to by all parties- and that seem to be doable, if the right people will simply pay attention!
Click here for the latest Beef Buzz from the Radio Oklahoma Network on this snafu with South Korea and US beef.
Beef Improvement Federation Meets later this week in Ft. Collins, Colorado!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Beef Industry Researchers and some of the most progressive Seedstock Operators in the country are just some of the folks that will be involved in this year's Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting that is planned this year in Ft. Collins, Colorado June 6-9- starting this Thursday after a few preliminaries on Wednesday afternoon-evening.
Burke Healey from southern Oklahoma had a special place in his heart for years for the BIF- and the organization is dedicated to keeping the US cattle industry on the cutting edge of providing a safe wholesome product to today's consumer in a profitable manner.
At this year's event, issues like how to maximize genetic improvements in our cattle herds, how to define and then work toward developing the perfect beef animal are among the subjects to be covered at this year's event. If you want to see what these researchers and others are going to be talking about this week- I have the linked the program to the 2007 Beef Improvement Federation meeting below.
Click here for the Beef Improvement Federation meeting program that happens this week in Colorado.
Check out the Cream of the Crop this Saturday at the Kris Black Sale at the Ranch!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This coming Saturday, June 9th 12 Noon- make plans to check out the Kris Black's Cream of the Crop Female Sale. This sale will feature over 450 replacement females including Fall bred cows and heifers and spring pairs. This set includes many black baldies and Maine- Simm-Angus composites females. Sale will be held at the ranch 15 minutes north of Cheyenne, OK and just west of Roll on Hwy 33. For more information 800- 975-6313 or 580-309-0711.
And we have a website link for you to go from Collins Cattle that will give you more information on the entire offering to be sold this Saturday at the Kris Black Cream of the Crop Sale.
Click here for details on the Kris Black Cream of the Crop Sale planned for this Saturday.
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