Southern Oregon Ag Online http://southernoregonagonline.com agriculture in Southern Oregon Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Livestock and Forages Program Announcements (FA) – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/03/livestock-and-forages-program-announcements-fa-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/03/livestock-and-forages-program-announcements-fa-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:31:42 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6697 4:15 OFGC Business Meeting2 AttachmentsPreview attachment Oregon Forage Grassland Council Flyer.pdf[PDF]Preview attachment image002.emz[Binary File]

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Action Alert: Oppose the Low Carbon Fuel Standard – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/action-alert-oppose-the-low-carbon-fuel-standard-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/action-alert-oppose-the-low-carbon-fuel-standard-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:35:02 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6695 Urge your legislators to oppose SB 324! SB 324 would remove the December 2015 sunset from the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) or Clean Fuels program. This bill was fast-tracked through the Senate, passing on a 17-13 vote. SB 324 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Energy and Environment Committee today at 3:00 PM. Your legislators need to hear how this bill will impact small businesses in Oregon!DEQ’s Clean Fuels Program requires fuel providers to reduce the “carbon intensity” of their fuel by supplying low carbon alternatives or purchasing credits. Unfortunately, lower carbon biofuels are currently not available in commercial quantities, and fuel distributors will be required to purchase carbon credits (fuel cap-and-trade) to meet the mandate. This will result in higher transportation costs for Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Recent studies suggest that the LCFS could raise the cost of fuel in Oregon from 4 cents to $1.06 per gallon. As opposed to a gas tax or transportation tax, the LCFS does not fund actual infrastructure improvements-which would require a separate road-funding package. The LCFS also will have NO measurable impact on global climate change but instead threatens small businesses, making Oregon’s farmers and ranchers less competitive. Please contact your Representatives and let them know that the LCFS is a mandate that Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers cannot afford.

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Shasta Livestock Sale February 6 http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/shasta-livestock-sale-february-6/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/shasta-livestock-sale-february-6/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 04:24:24 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6689 RECEIPTS:                     This Week: 816 Last Week: 2605 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows steady on fleshy cows and $8-$10 higher on feeder cows. Not a good test on feeders on light supply. Light calves $20-$40 lower. Off lots & singles $30-$60 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 104.00-108.00 105.00-110.00                               Boneing: 103.00-109.00                               Cutters: 95.00-100.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2:   xxxx FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 316.00 to                       320.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 (1 set) to                       320.00 450-500 290.00 to                       314.00 500-550 245.00 to                       272.50 (few) 550-600 xxxx to xxxx 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 xxxx to xxxx 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 xxxx to xxxx FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 280.00 to                       310.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 260.00 to                       291.00 450-500 xxxx to xxxx 500-550 230.00 to                       267.50 550-600 xxxx to xxxx 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 xxxx to xxxx 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   Too few for market test                                             CALVY COWS:   Few close-up cows $1800-$2500; Full-mouth cows $1625-$1700   Broken-mouth cows $1300-$1500

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tomato seedlings sprouting http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/6682/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/6682/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 01:51:26 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6682 seed starter inside the greenhouse

seed starter inside the greenhouse

last weekend I placed some seeds inside this little seed starter in my greenhouse.  The first of February always seems to be the correct time to start tomato plants, giving them time to grow and begin to mature before they get set out into the garden.

I placed seeds for Brandywine variety and they have begun to sprout in the rockwool starter cubes.  these cubes work just about as well as any I’ve used.  To me they are much better than the peat pots.  I do have some of the cow pots, but they ar emuch too large for the small seeds.

here it is now, just six days later and there are two of the seeds that have sprouted and are reaching for the sky.

2015 02 07_4130 The seedling in the back right is clearly visible, the rock wool starter cell in the foreground also has a seedling poking up, and it should be standing in a short time.

It has been so warm, they sprouted quickly.  let’s hope we don’t have a really cold snap before spring.  I plan on starting some tomatoes every two or three weeks for a while so insure plants at different levels of maturity during the summer.  We  had an excellent crop last year, and hope for the same this year.

 

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at the District Proficiency Contest!!! http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/at-the-district-proficiency-contest/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/at-the-district-proficiency-contest/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:48:30 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6678 Congrats to the following FFA members on a job well done representing Henley at the District Proficiency Contest!!! 

 

District Winners moving on to state….

Jordan Bailey, Diversified Livestock Production Entrepreneurship

Avery Baker, Forage Production Placement

Dakota Hudgens, Equine Science Placement

Garrett Riggs, Goat Production Entrepreneurship

Kaitlyn Schneider, Sheep Production Entrepreneurship

Cameron DeSpain, Home & Community Development Placement

Caitlin Campbell, Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship

Ashley Garatea, Veterinary Science Placement

 

Also participating….

McKenzie Verling, Small Animal Production Entrepreneurship

Isaac Blodgett, Swine Production Entrepreneurship

Matt Bruner, Emerging Ag Technology Placement

 

Chapter Books – All placed 1st!!!!

Brooke Smith, Chapter Scrapbook

Kaitlyn Schneider, Chapter Technology Scrapbook

Tyler Caster, Treasurer’s Book

Avery Baker, Secretary’s Book

 

Advanced Portfolios

Cathy Thomas – 1st

Rachel Parrish – 2nd

I forgot to add that Tyler Caster received 2014-15 District Sentinel for the Southern Oregon FFA District.

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Shasta Livestock sale http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/shasta-livestock-sale-6/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/shasta-livestock-sale-6/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:00:24 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6676 RECEIPTS:                     This Week: 2606 Last Week: 831 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls steady. Bred cows & pairs $200+ lower on nearly 700 head and no rain. Stockers & feeders $10-$30 higher than last week. Off lots and singles $30-$60 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                             Breakers: 95.00-99.00 100.00-110.00                             Boneing: 90.00-94.00                             Cutters: 75.00-89.00 Heiferettes: $127.00-$165.00                                            BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to                     360.00 (1 set) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 260.00 to                     300.00 (few) 450-500 260.00 to                     320.00 (few) 500-550 260.00 to                     322.00 550-600 245.00 to                     284.00 600-650 220.00 to                     252.50 650-700 220.00 to                     245.00 700-750 210.00 to                     227.00 750-800 197.00 to                     219.00 800-900 182.00 to                     199.00 (few) FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 281.00 to                     340.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 265.00 to                     303.00 450-500 255.00 to                     300.00 500-550 245.00 to                     280.00 550-600 225.00 to                     246.00 600-650 225.00 to                     248.00 650-700 202.00 to                     223.00 700-750 195.00 to                     214.00 750-800 191.00 to                     211.00 800-900 183.00 to                     187.50 (2 sets)                                                      PAIRS:  Full-mouth $2500-$3200; Few broken-mouth $2000-$2700 depending on type and flesh                                            CALVY COWS:  Top cows $2175-$2600; Smaller framed and less fleshy cows $1600-$1950; Broken-mouth cows $1500-$1900

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Grow veggies- grow seed http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/grow-veggies-grow-seed/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/02/grow-veggies-grow-seed/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:58:16 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6671 2015 02 01_3882

Bok Choy in the greenhouse

it has been so warm in the greenhouse, the Bok Choy has decided to bolt.  at the same time, the Broccoli decided to start flowering too.  Well, when you are dealt lemons, it’s time to make lemonade.  so I cut the tops of the broccoli only because I have plenty of seed and allow the bok choy flower and go to seed.  Last winter they froze out for lack of heat, this winter, they provide seed.  I did get plenty of bok choy befire they bolted, and I still have some growing in a raised bed in the garden.  the chard is doing well in the greenhouse, and provides plenty of greens in addition to the broccoli leaves. 

seed starter inside the greenhouse

seed starter inside the greenhouse

It’s that time of year again, so yesterday, I put some brandywine seed in this little seed starter and they should be up within a week.  February 1st seems about the right time to get those seedlings started so they can go out after the last threat of frost.  I plan on staggering the starting times of tomatoes this year to give me plenty of fruit all summer.

Last year, the tomatoes lasted into October, which gave a really long growing season and provided us with plenty of the fruit.

because it was a mild year, zucchini lasted well into November, had they been covered, they would have been producing fruit into December.  I have  a plan for that this year.

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2015 Legislative Session Update – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/2015-legislative-session-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/2015-legislative-session-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:41:56 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6661 2015 Legislative Session Update This January, the 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly convened for three days to be sworn in, appoint committees and introduce presession filed bills. During this time, over 1400 bills were dropped. The legislators will return on February 2nd for a maximum of 160 days. Committees will get right to work and are expected to move bills the first week.This session Farm Bureau supports legislation on: Water Supply DevelopmentIn the Governor’s budget, there is a $50 million dollar bonding package for water development projects, such as above ground storage, aquifer recharge, efficiency, and conservation. OFB supports this package, which recognizes the necessity of water planning for the future. Protecting farmlandOne of OFB’s goals is to maintain Oregon’s agricultural land base by ensuring that land conversions do not impact existing agricultural infrastructure. Concerns include conversions of farmland into bike paths and other recreation easements, wetlands, and utility corridors. Supporting OSU StatewidesOFB is supporting a budget proposal to provide an additional $16 million to Oregon State University’s Statewides-Forest Research Lab, Ag Experiment Station, and Extension Service. This program provides critical research and development to the public and agricultural sector, including pollinator health, water quality, food safety and security, and business development in rural Oregon. Farm Bureau opposes legislation on: PesticidesOFB will oppose legislation to mandate buffers for aerial pesticide application and require 24-hour notification before spraying. Also, legislation has been introduced to ban the use of all neonicotinoids. LaborOFB opposes legislation that increases labor/workforce costs for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers. Legislation has been introduced to increase the state minimum wage to between $12 and $15, require employers to provide paid sick days, and create a mandatory state private retirement program. These proposals burden employers and fail recognize the unique needs of the agricultural sector. Carbon controlOFB opposes legislation that would impose carbon taxes and implement DEQ’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS is a hidden gas tax that would increase transportation costs and put Oregon farmers at a competitive disadvantage compared to our neighbors. Taxes OFB members should be mindful of tax issues during the 2015 session; property tax and income tax reform are both up for discussion. OFB opposes legislation that would sunset personal property tax exemptions on farm equipment, inventory, and improvements and is following legislation that would review farm and forestland deferrals. Genetic engineeringOFB opposes bills that would create control or exclusion areas around GMO crops and allow the state to determine what farmers can and cannot grow. What you can doOFB’s government affairs team represents Farm Bureau in Salem; however, nothing has more of an impact than actual producers explaining to lawmakers how legislation could impact their operations and ability to farm and ranch.Keep a look out for OFB’s Action Alerts and sign up for the OFB Legislative Bulletin. To register, send your name and email address to annemarie@oregonfb.org. Also, get involved in issues through your county Farm Bureau. Attend the next monthly meeting and speak your mind on issues impacting your farm or ranch. For county contact information, visit oregonfb.org (under “About”) or call OFB at 503-399-1701.

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FW: ODA News Release: Avian influenza restrictions lifted in Douglas County – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/fw-oda-news-release-avian-influenza-restrictions-lifted-in-douglas-county-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/fw-oda-news-release-avian-influenza-restrictions-lifted-in-douglas-county-soregonaggmail-com-gmail/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:51:35 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6659 The Oregon Department of Agriculture has lifted restrictions in Douglas County related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). There have been no new detections of HPAI in the county since the original incident in December affecting a flock of backyard birds in Winston. As a result of ODA’s action, the movement of poultry and poultry products is now allowed within the county.Meanwhile, a quarantine placed by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture following the detection of HPAI in a private, non-commercial flock in Canyon County, Idaho encompasses a small portion of Malheur County, Oregon along the Snake River. A map detailing the specific boundaries of the quarantine is available at <http://tinyurl.com/nusb44z>. Movement of poultry and poultry products into or out of the Oregon portion affected by the quarantine may be allowed only under a permit obtained by calling ODA at 1-800-347-7028.With recent detections of HPAI reported in neighboring states of Washington and Idaho, Oregon’s multi-agency response plan remains in effect. Enhanced surveillance along with increased outreach and education to backyard bird owners continue despite no new confirmed detections of the high path virus in either domestic or wild birds in Oregon since the January 14 discovery of H5N2 avian influenza in a mallard harvested by a hunter at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area near Eugene. The only other Oregon detection of HPAI (H5N8) was in the backyard bird flock in Douglas County on December 19, 2014.Oregonians are reminded that the HPAI virus strains currently detected in Oregon and the other states represent low risk to public health. The virus has not been detected in commercial poultry operations in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho. Avian influenza does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. As always, both wild and domestic poultry should be properly cooked.Avian influenza naturally resides in wild birds and it is fairly common for waterfowl to carry various strains of the virus. This time of year, migratory waterbirds (ducks, geese, shorebirds) are on wintering areas throughout the Pacific Flyway, which extends from Alaska to South America.As a result of the HPAI findings to date, some countries have placed restrictions on US poultry exports, including exports of poultry and poultry products from the states of Oregon and/or Washington and, in a few instances, bans on all US poultry and poultry products.An incident management team deployed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to support efforts in the Pacific Northwest to respond to the incidents. State and federal agencies are conducting outreach aimed at backyard bird owners encouraging them to practice good biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of spreading the disease by preventing contact between their birds and wild birds. Backyard bird owners are also urged to monitor their flock closely and report sick or dead birds.USDA’s presence is designed to assure US trade partners that the disease is not a threat to commercial poultry exports. Surveillance for avian influenza is also ongoing in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets, and in migratory wild bird populations in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), USDA-Wildlife Services, the US Geological Survey, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Backyard bird owners should monitor their flock closely and report sick or dead birds to ODA at 1-800-347-7028 or USDA at 1-866-536-7593. ODFW is asking people to report wild bird deaths by calling 1-866-968-2600. People should avoid contact with sick or dead wild and domestic birds.

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OFB Update – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-10/ http://southernoregonagonline.com/2015/01/ofb-update-soregonaggmail-com-gmail-10/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:20:24 +0000 http://southernoregonagonline.com/?p=6657 Industrial hemp legislation introduced in Congress

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and 46 bipartisan co-sponsors recently introduced H.R. 525, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The bill would make the crop legal to plant by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances. The companion bill, S. 134, was introduced in the Senate earlier this month by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and has three co-sponsors.

Farm Bureau opposes the classification of industrial hemp as a controlled substance and supports the production, processing, commercialization and utilization of industrial hemp.

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