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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dr. Todd Baughman has this update on the wheat situation in parts of Oklahoma from Jeff Edwards the wheat specialist up there.  He notes that much of the same is true for the Rolling Plains.  The main thing he wanted to point out was that Jeff had observed early maturing varieties (Fannin and Overly) planted in September had reached first hollow-stem as of the third week of February. 

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The American Heart Association has listed three beef cuts as part of its Food Certification Program. This program places the association’s heart-check mark on food packages to helps healthy consumers identify foods that meet criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol for family members over age two.

The three beef cuts that met the American Heart Association’s criteria for extra lean and now are certified to display the heart-check mark include: Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast (select grade) ,Top Sirloin Filet (select grade) and Top Sirloin Kabob (select grade).

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Leland Snow, founder and President of Air Tractor, Inc., and the inventor of modern aerial spray aircraft, died Sunday morning, February 20, 2011 while jogging near his home. He was 80 years old.

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Tom Johnson in the recent MeatingPlace notes the American Meat Institute decried the Obama administration’s proposal in the fiscal-year 2012 federal budget of user fees for basic inspection services and for repeat inspections prompted by non-compliance.

According to the proposed budget, the user fees would generate $11 million in 2012, AMI noted.

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USDA’s February Crop Production and World Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports U.S. wheat supply, use, and ending stocks projections for 2010/11 are unchanged this month. While the all-wheat projections are unchanged, several offsetting by-class adjustments are made to exports and domestic use.

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During the recent winter storms, producers may have suffered livestock losses due to the inclement weather. The 2008 Farm Bill created several disaster programs under the title “Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance”. One of the programs created was the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). This program compensates producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather that occurred on or after January 1, 2008 and before October 1, 2011.

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The recent arctic blast may have damaged and even killed some perennials and shrubs, but the key will be the length of time plants were exposed to freezing temperatures. The unique microclimate around your plant or shrub can influence cold tolerance by insulating plants from damage or exposing plants to even colder climates. Temperatures can be moderated slightly by protection provided by buildings, fences and concrete or rock mulches, which can absorb and retain, then release heat energy. This means stand-alone or exposed susceptible plants are much more likely to receive cold injury.

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