~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 5, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- HB3202 Clears the House- Big Victory for Teeth Floaters
-- DuPont Uses Commodity Classic Sorghum General Session to Unveil Inzen Trait Line for Sorghum Industry
-- Oklahoma Wheat Producer Don Schieber Helping Represent US Wheat Associates at Commodity Classic
-- Exactly How Do You Spell Wallowering? Whatever Letters you include, Kim Anderson Says Wheat Prices are Doing It
-- March 12 is the Deadline to Apply for EQIP Organic Money from Uncle Sam
-- Too Many Bouts with BRD Lowers Meat Quality.
-- Multiple Purebred Auctions to Tell You About for Next Week
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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HB3202 Clears the House- Big Victory for Teeth Floaters
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was one year to the day yesterday when Bobby Griswold was arrested for performing his calling- his profession of teeth floating. From a website that was set up to ask people to support his legal efforts, "On March 4, Griswold was the first person arrested in Oklahoma under a new and absurd change to a law. The veteran certified and trained horse teeth floater was taken into custody for allegedly practicing veterinary medicine without a license, even though veterinarians receive no training in teeth floating at their schools."
The push back since that time has been strong, hard and continuous. HB 3202 and SB 1999 were the results of the calls of many in the horse industry as well as groups like Oklahoma Farm Bureau saying that other traditional animal husbandry practices were also at risk.
HB3202 by Rep. Don Armes of Faxon was approved 71-25 Thursday. The measure amends the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act to legalize equine dentistry -- also known as horse teeth floating which grinds the teeth of horses. Horsemen have argued they need the services because they can't find veterinarians who perform the service. It also includes the work of farriers and "traditional animal husbandry practices."
People like Bobby Griswold who do this type of work for a living will
have to be certified by the Oklahoma Vet Medical Board- pay $200 for a
license and do some continuing education on an annual basis. Any
complaints about these practices will not be handled by the Vet Medical
Board- but will first go to the State Vet, who will have the discretion to
deal with the complaint or pass it along to the Vet Medical
Click here for our webstory on this bill's passage, which has links to the full language and even a link to the Facebook page on this issue.
DuPont Uses Commodity Classic Sorghum General Session to Unveil Inzen Trait Line for Sorghum Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is really exciting news for the grain sorghum industry- as they play catch up to crops that have had GMO production systems in place for years- with many acres of both sorghum and wheat being switched to crops like corn and soybeans because of the technology advantage that has resulted in more bushels for those crops.
On Thursday, DuPont Crop Protection's Wayne Schumacher announced details of the DuPont plan for new over-the-top grass and weed control technology soon to be available to the sorghum industry. DuPont believes that these new traits could change the way farmers grow sorghum and the Sorghum Checkoff has worked with DuPont on best management practices for the technology.
We have details of this release- and did an exclusive interview with Wayne right after the announcement was made about the new name of the system as well as the names of two new herbicides that will be available to producers as early as 2012. Click on the link below and check out this significant step for sorghum production.
Click here for more on the DuPont Announcement of Their Over the Top Grass Herbicide Control System for Sorghum.
Oklahoma Wheat Producer Don Schieber Helping Represent US Wheat Associates at Commodity Classic
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Wheat Producer Don Schieber is currently Vice Chairman of US Wheat Associates, the market promotion arm overseas for the US Wheat Industry. He will assume the Chairmanship of the group this coming July. Schieber is helping man the wheat industry organizational booth at the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim- and that gave us a chance to sit down and catch up with this long time friend about how wheat promotional efforts are going here in 2010.
Scheiber is just back from Rotterdam, where US Wheat had a regional assessment of their efforts last year and where the priorities are this year in several key offices in that part of the world. We talk about that process with him, as well as an overview of the efforts of the US Wheat Associates team- and why that's important back down the chain to that indivdual wheat producer.
Click on the link below- you can listen to Don's comments that we have posted on www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com as well as going to Itunes as a Podcast in our Ag Perspectives series. Check it out!
Click here for our Q&A with Don Schieber, Vice Chairman of US Wheat Associates.
Exactly How Do You Spell Wallowering? Whatever Letters you include, Kim Anderson Says Wheat Prices are Doing It
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that the 2010 winter wheat crop in the southern great plains is significantly better than a year ago, based on the February summary of our crop-weather update issued at the beginning of this week. Current wheat prices seem to say that cash wheat prices in the low $4 area is where we are today- and will likely be when we harvest the 2010 crop come June.
Anderson tells Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP that the best scenario for wheat producers this year is for the bottom of the wheat market to already be in, that they are able to harvest a lot of bushels of good quality wheat this year, that they then store most of the crop and a crop failure occur somewhere else in the world that helps jump prices globally- and as a result back to our wheat producers. Kim's comments are a part of his regular feature on the OSU weekly TV program SUNUP, as seen on OETA statewide.
Click on the link below to hear Kim's comments before they hit the TV airwaves on Saturday- and while you are on this page at our website- you can see what topics will also be discussed this Saturday on SUNUP from OSU Ag Communications.
Click here to hear Clinton and Kim talk wheat market possibilities from this week's SUNUP.
March 12 is the Deadline to Apply for EQIP Organic Money from Uncle Sam
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ron Hilliard, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma announced $1.5 Million of funding in Oklahoma to provide financial assistance for certified organic producers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production. This assistance will be provided through the Organic Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by March 12, 2010, will be considered for funding in 2010.
The Organic Initiative gives financial and technical help for producers of all commodities meet their conservation goals. The assistance from the NRCS helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable. The Organic initiative offers cost share assistance for a variety of practices to assist producers in addressing resource concerns on their property.
This year the program includes funds for Seasonal High Tunnel Houses. Oklahoma is involved in a three year study to verify if high tunnels are effective in reducing pesticide use, keeping vital nutrients in the soil, extending the growing season and providing other benefits to growers. Made of ribs of plastic or metal pipe, covered with a layer of plastic sheeting, high tunnels are easy to build, maintain and move. High tunnels may provide a significant advantage to owners of small farms, limited resource farmers and organic producers. This program will give growers the opportunity to address existing resource concerns such as soil and plant condition while providing the added benefit of expanding the season for locally grown crops.
Click here for more details, including a link for more signup information.
Too Many Bouts with BRD Lowers Meat Quality.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~BRD, or its full name- Bovine Respiratory Disease, is the most common disease among feedlot cattle in the United States, accounting for approximately 75 percent of feedlot morbidity and 50 percent to 70 percent of all feedlot deaths. BRD causes between $800 million to $900 million annually in economic losses from death, reduced feed efficiency and antimicrobial treatment costs. “Immune response and morbidity issues relative to cattle growth and carcass quality affect every level of the beef industry, from the producer to the packer, all the way to the consumer as end-user,” said lead- investigator Clint Krehbiel, holder of the university's Dennis and Marta White Endowed Chair in Animal Science.
A relatively recent development of research conducted by Krehbiel and his collaborators shows cattle that have three or more bouts of disease produce lower- quality meat. “As the number of antimicrobial treatments increased, average daily gain in the background phase decreased, cost-per-unit increased and net returns declined,” Krehbiel said. “Moreover, marbling scores, color stability and overall acceptance of the final beef product by consumers decreased as the number of antimicrobial treatments increased.” In other words, health issues on the farm or at the feedlot can have a direct relationship on the product purchased in the store. Everybody in the food chain loses dollar value.
Click on the listen bar below for more on how OSU is facing off with BRD- Bovine Respiratory Disesae.
Multiple Purebred Auctions to Tell You About for Next Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have four Purebred Cattle auctions we have been telling you about that are set for next Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13. The sale that will be happening on Friday March 12 is the Power Plus Bulls Sale in Hobart. Click here for our Power Plus auction listing for details on this set of excellent genetics, plus a chance to lock in a premium for calves that you produce from the offspring of the bulls you buy from the Duffs.
Other purebred sales set for next Saturday, March 13 include the Hall-Coyote
Hills All-Black, All Polled Limousin Bull sale is scheduled for
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the ranch, Chattanooga,
Also coming next week is the brand new WIchita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo- we also have details on this new entry to the March calendar- just click on the link below and find out the details of this event will be happening March 10th and 11th.
Click here for details of the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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