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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 12, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Panhandle Wheat Crop Has Great Potential
-- Ag Groups Agree- Ease Restrictions on Trade with Cuba
-- Lincoln and Johanns Join in Call for Japan to Ease Restrictions on US Beef
-- OYE Begins- Diamond Hats Have Big Plans for Next Tuesday
-- Seaboard on List Approved by Russians for Pork Shipments
-- SUNUP Lineup for This Weekend
-- Four Purebred Sales on our Auction Calendar for This Weekend
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Panhandle Wheat Crop Has Great Potential
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Panhandle 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop has the best potential it has had in a decade- or longer. So says the OSU Extension Area Agronomist Rick Kochenower. As we help moderate the events at this year's Panhandle Ag Appreciation Days in Guymon, we had the chance to sit down and talk with him about the 2010 wheat crop, as well as what he sees happening in planting choices for the acres that will go to spring crops this year.
Kochenower believes that most wheat fields in the Panhandle are still a few days away from reaching the first hollow stem stage of growth development- so cattle can continue to graze those dual purpose fields for a bit longer.
We have our conversation with Rick up on the website www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- the link to the story is below- click and check our conversation out.
Click here for the latest on Panhandle Crop Conditions with Rick Kochenower of OSU Extension
Ag Groups Agree- Ease Restrictions on Trade with Cuba
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The House Ag Committee met Thursday to review U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba. Committee Chairman Collin Peterson introduced legislation to facilitate expanded U.S. ag trade with Cuba last month. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by nearly 40 other members of Congress - including Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri. Peterson said Thursday that the restrictions on agricultural trade with Cuba have failed to achieve their stated goal - and instead have hand- delivered an export market in our own backyard to the Brazilians, the Europeans and our other competitors around the world.
Bob Stallman of the American Farm Bureau said this act would lift some key U.S.- imposed restrictions on trade with Cuba. The bill would reverse the restrictions on payment of cash in advance, eliminate the third country bank requirement and lift the ban on travel. Because of the great market potential, Farm Bureau believes passage of the legislation would make agriculture a strong player in the Cuban market and increase U.S. agricultural exports. Stallman said - we have seen the promise the market holds. Unfortunately, because of restrictions on U.S exports to Cuba, U.S. farmers have not been able to benefit from the full potential of the market.
Besides Stallman, other groups stepped up and testified before the House Ag Committe on Thursday. Click on the link below for more on this story- including an audio report we have AFBF's Johnna Miller.
Click here for more on agriculture's interest in widening trade with Cuba.
Lincoln and Johanns Join in Call for Japan to Ease Restrictions on US Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senators Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., today introduced a resolution pressing Japan to lift its partial ban on U.S. beef. Lincoln, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Johanns, a former Secretary of Agriculture, were joined by 17 bipartisan cosponsors. The resolution states Japan should immediately expand market access for U.S. beef products, and urges the Obama Administration to insist on increased market access from Japan.
"Due in large part to a lack of export markets, American beef producers have lost an average of $1.4 billion annually since 2003 despite the fact that sound science tells us that our product is safe. Asia continues to hold the greatest growth potential in market access for American beef exports and these non-tariff trade barriers from Japan must be brought down," Lincoln said.
"For too long, Japan has been grossly unfair in its treatment of U.S.
beef and beef producers for reasons that defy scientific rationalization,
even as the U.S. goes out of its way to treat Japanese products fairly,"
Johanns said. "We have proven that U.S. beef is safe for consumption.
Japan must recognize that fact and remove its non-scientific barriers to
our beef sales."
Click here for today's Beef Buzz talking about the Senate Resolution to try to Nudge Japan Closer to Wider Access for US Beef
OYE Begins- Diamond Hats Have Big Plans for Next Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo gets underway, the Diamond Hats are planning to be very visible once again at the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show. Their signature event for this Ladies Support group at the OYE is called "This One's For the Girls."
This fun, educational and inspirational event is planned for Tuesday March 16 from 1 to 4 PM.
We have a conversation with Lacey Dale of the Diamond Hats about their fundraising efforts, as well as lots of details about this special event that is just for the ladies- young and old- that are involved in the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Click on the link below and check it out.
Click here for more on This One's For the Girls and Other Diamond Hats Stuff.
Seaboard on List Approved by Russians for Pork Shipments
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Seaboard Foods Plant in Guymon is one of the plants in the United States that has now been okayed for shipments of US pork going to Russia. Besides the Seaboard facility in the Oklahoma Panhandle, plants from Tyson and Smithfield also got the blessing from the Russian Federation.
The Seaboard plant was among a group of 11 U.S. pork plants to get Russia's blessing after the country ended a ban related to the use of tetracycline. Washington agreed last week to Moscow's requirement that U.S. pork would be free of the antibiotic.
The action involved dozens of cold storage facilities as well. We have the full list of plants and their locations at the link below- click to check out the plants that once again can send US pork to Russia.
Click here for the complete listing of slaughter and processing facilities that now are eligible to ship pork to Russia.
SUNUP Lineup for This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just a quick note on the SUNUP program for this weekend with Clinton Griffiths and his SUNUP team- it can be seen Saturday morning on OETA statewide.
Clinton has provided us a quick rundown of the contents of this week's
show- and it includes
Four Purebred Sales on our Auction Calendar for This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first of those four sales this weekend is the Power Plus Bull Sale in Hobart, which gets underway midday today in Hobart- click here for more information on their excellent lineup of bulls- and more info on the chance to get involved in their value added efforts of selling beef straight to the consumer.
On Saturday- the Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch has their spring bull sale planned in Chatanooga. Today's Limousin cattle offer improved fleshing ability, maternal characteristics, reproductive traits, temperaments and marbling. You will find good, affordable cattle worth the money at Hall/CHR. Click here for info- including a direct link on to their website where they have some day before the sale supplemental information.
If you are looking for an Angus bull on Saturday, you may want to check out the details of the Blackjack Angus Farms Bull Sale, with some excellent guest consignments coming from Pfeifer Angus out of Mulhall. The Blackjack Sale is Saturday at the ranch in Seminole- click here for details of the Blackjack Angus Bull Sale.
Finally, Saturday, March 13, 2010, the Indian Nation Spring Brangus Sale will be held at the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma. The sale will begin at 12 noon. Brangus bulls, Brangus purebred females and a good group of commercial Brangus females will be offered. C lick here for more details of this Saturday event that is being held in Ada.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.50 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.60 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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