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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 6, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Week One is Under Our Belt at State Capitol- We Visit With Don Armes of House Ag Committee
-- USDA Lowering the Boom on Peanut Corp of America
-- The Wallowing Continues- Dr. Kim Anderson
-- Allendale is Thinking Grain Sorghum Could Replace Poor Doing Wheat Acres
-- Section 18 Request in the Hopper Against Sandbur
-- AgWeather Connection is All About the Burn, Baby!
-- Roger Mills Cattlemen Association All Breed Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Week One is Under Our Belt at State Capitol- We Visit With Don Armes of House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thursday afternoon, we had the chance to sit down and review the first week of the 2009 Legislative Session in Oklahoma with the Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Don Armes of District 63.
Rep. Armes says that we do have a very substantial shortfall for Fiscal
year 2010, which starts July first. Armes says that it won't be fun for
2010, but he worries more about how many dollars will be available to
spend in fiscal year 2011.
You can read more about our interview with Rep. Armes- and hear it as well by clicking on the link below. And- Don Armes will be our guest on Saturday morning on In the Field as seen on KWTV News9 around 6:40 AM. Click below for our audio conversation- and tune in Saturday morning for the one with pictures.
Click here for more on our chat with Don Armes of the Oklahoma House Ag Committee.
USDA Lowering the Boom on Peanut Corp of America
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Based on allegations that Peanut Corporation of America has knowingly sold peanut butter containing salmonella, USDA has announced the immediate one year suspension of PCA and its subsidiary Tidewater Blanching LLC from doing business with the federal government. Effective immediately, PCA can not participate in government contracts or subcontracts, as well as federal non procurement programs. PCA will also be excluded from doing business as agents or representatives of other contractors, including serving as a subcontractor to other individuals or companies doing business with the U.S. government.
Federal agencies are required to only conduct business with responsible contractors. PCA is being suspended, and its debarment is proposed, based on reports of evidence obtained by Minnesota and Connecticut state officials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the sources of a current outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella are peanut butter and peanut paste produced or processed by PCA.
In a separate action, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack removed Stewart Parnell, President and CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America, as a member of USDA's Peanut Standards Board. The Board advises the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States.
The Wallowing Continues- Dr. Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The word we have gotten from Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP is that there will not be a new show for the next couple of weeks on ETA as they are in the middle of their Festival promotion. They have a "best of" show this Saturday and next Saturday planned with two new segments added in each week- a market review with Dr. Kim Anderson and a look at the weather scene with the Oklahoma AgWeather folks from the Mesonet.
Kim Anderson sees the market in a trading range right now and sees no
immediate shocks out there that will knock the grain market out of that
Click on the link below to jump to the conversation between Clinton Griffiths and Kim Anderson fromt he upcoming SUNUP show on Saturday morning on OETA.
Click here for more on where Kim Anderson sees this grain market currently at- courtesy of SUNUP
Allendale is Thinking Grain Sorghum Could Replace Poor Doing Wheat Acres
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The thought about subbing grain sorghum for wheat that won't make a decent yield is not new. There was a lot of substitution of milo for wheat back in 2006- especially south of us in Texas. Allendale and Joe Victor have just released a one page analysis of what they see as a developing acreage story for 2009. It is Allendale's contention that Texas farmers will not switch failed wheat acres to cotton- but rather to Grain Sorghum.
The Allendale analysis says "Sources suggest the present dry conditions
are comparable to the most recent 2006 year. In checking 2006 planting
intentions vs planted acreage reports for Texas, Allendale Inc notes
winter wheat acres declined 100,000 while sorghum acres increased by
We have the full Allendale report linked on our website- might make for good reading for what is now reality in Texas- and could develop here in Oklahoma if we stay dry and the winter wheat struggles as we head towards June.
Click here for some ideas of where failed wheat acres may go in 2009.
Section 18 Request in the Hopper Against Sandbur
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jack Carson in the ODAFF Blog writes that the Ag Department has a Section 18 request for Sandbur control in before the EPA. Carson says of this strategy "Section 18's are used to counter an unusual pest or set of circumstances, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture requests the Environmental Protection Agency grant Section 18 emergency specific exemptions or a more immediate crisis exemption. This allows use of a new pesticide product or one not approved for a specific crop to stem a problem that often plague Oklahoma growers."
In the case of the Sandbur- "An application package for a section 18 on a DuPont product called Pastora (nicosulfuron + metsulfuron) was assembled in conjunction with Texas Department of Agriculture. Bermuda grass pastures and hay meadows are a significant segment of agriculture in Oklahoma providing high quality forage for grazing and hay production for the cattle and horse industry. Many of these acres are grown on sandy soils which are a perfect habitat for sandbur species."
"Mature sandburs produce seed heads which in turn cause many problems
and economic loss for forage producers, cattlemen and horse owners. The
mature sandbur can cause health issues with livestock, reduce forage
yields by competing with Bermuda grass and substantially reduce the value
of hay, particularly for the high quality horse hay. At this time farmers
and ranchers have little or no defense to combat the increasing problem of
sandburs contamination on normally highly productive farms. With the
continual rise in production costs, it is more important than ever that
the livestock and hay producers be efficient in maximizing the quality and
quantity of forage produced. Sandburs possess the ability to significantly
reduce both of these translating into millions of dollars of lost revenue
for the livestock and hay producers."
AgWeather Connection is All About the Burn, Baby!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest web based publication, AgWeather, is all about burn bans, and weather maps and info that relate back to burn conditions- how much danger are we in?
Some of the weather maps that the play show and tell with- explaining how to get to the updated version of that map- include Is there a burn ban?, Is there a Red Flag Alert?, What is the "dead fuel moisture" reading?, What is the relative humidity?- the wind speed? and more.
We have the link below to the latest edition of this electronic publication as assembled by the Mesonet ag weather team- click on the link and check it out.
Click here for the latest issue of AgWeather from the Oklahoma Mesonet
Roger Mills Cattlemen Association All Breed Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This 31st annual All Breed Bull Sale will be held at the Roger Mills County Ag Pavilion, which is located on the west side of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. It is being hosted by the Roger Mills County Cattlemen's Association and will be happening tomorrow, Saturday, February 7, 2009.
The sale will include 68 high quality Angus, Maine- Angus, Hereford-Maine, Simmental-Angus, Maine- Anjou, Limousin, Horned Hereford and Composite bulls from well- known Western Oklahoma producers.
Sale time on February 7 is twelve noon. For information- Call Lynda Lucas at 580-497-7366 or Earl Bottom at 580-821-0633.
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