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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, March 25, 2016
Good Friday 2016
Continues to Expand- Now at 14% Statewide- All Found in Northwestern
Drought continues to expand. The new drought monitor released
Thursday morning shows a large increase in D1 (moderate) drought
across northwestern Oklahoma, including virtually all of the Oklahoma
State Climatologist for Oklahoma, says in his latest Mesonet Ticker
"We now see 14%
of the state in that D1 drought, all up in the NW,
and 35% of the state in at least D0 (abnormally dry) conditions. We
continue with the growing deficits and days without significant rain
in that area of the state." One week ago, drought was seen in
eight percent of Oklahoma- all in those same western areas.
While these areas of drought are not being shown as targets for large
amounts of rain- at least some precipitation seems to be in the cards
this weekend- Saturday night into Easter Sunday and then again next
week, middle of the week.
here to see the latest Drought Monitor in full detail and to take
a look at the national rain map for the next seven days.
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Fire Relief Getting
Organized in Kansas for Ranchers Punched in the Face by Anderson
By the numbers-
Acres burned in Oklahoma and Kansas- 397,420
Cattle Lost- ???
Hay Bales Burned- ???
Miles of Fence Destroyed- ???
That top number probably is not done- while the word is that the fire
on the Oklahoma side of the border is contained- the certainty of
that is lot less certain- and given that we return to EXTREME Fire
Danger today with winds to pick up substantially- that number of
acres burned may jump higher.
We checked with Michael
Kelsey last night and he indicated he knew of a
couple of loads of hay from the Pawnee County area was heading to
Woods County yesterday- and it's likely some organized help for
ranchers on the Oklahoma side of the state line will be happening.
In Kansas- with close to 300,000 acres burned in two counties- they
have organized some help already- and here is the statement from the
Kansas Livestock Association on what they have got going to this
"An immediate need for area ranchers is hay. The
Farmers Cooperative (S. Central Ave.) in Coldwater and Farmers
Cooperative Equity Company (1447 NW River Road) in Medicine Lodge
have been identified as locations to receive hay donations. Tractors
will be available to unload. Questions on delivery logistics, including
those willing to donate hauling services, can be directed to Sandra
Levering at (620) 518-2247 for Coldwater or Chris Boyd at (620)
243-2584 for Medicine Lodge.
"The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), the charitable arm of
KLA, is accepting cash donations to help those affected by the fire.
Make checks payable to the Kansas Livestock Foundation and put
"Disaster relief" in the memo line. Send to 6031 S.W. 37th,
Topeka, Kansas 66614. Member recommendations for where these funds
are most needed in Comanche, Barber, Harvey or Reno counties can be
made by calling (785) 273-5115.
"Proceeds from the progressive sale of a heifer donated by KLA
President Elect David
Clawson and Clawson Ranch Partnership will be sent to
KLF as part of the relief effort for wildfire victims. The heifer will be re-sold
several times March 31 at Pratt Livestock to generate funds."
Check our website for updates over the
Easter weekend as we get them- we will post them on the Radio Oklahoma
Ag Network Facebook page as well.
OSU's Kim Anderson Calls
Potential Freeze Damage to Southern Plains Wheat a Non Event in the
wheat farmers- this past weekend's
freeze and potentially more cold weather that could hurt the southern
plains hard red winter wheat crop has not mattered when it comes to
wheat prices. OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson
says massive global supplies of wheat trump any harm that temps below
thirty two degrees may have done- at least to this point.
Anderson tells SUNUP Hostess Lyndall
Stout that "actually it has been a non event on
the market, if you look at the Kansas City May contract prices, they
are a dime lower than they were before the freeze. It is such a small
area as you look at the potential world crop- any damage is
Anderson talks about where we are on the size he expects for the
current year world crop- and the likely increase in global stocks
which is keeping a lid on US and world wheat prices. He says if
you are looking for a sizable rally in wheat prices that would get us
back to a cost of production breakeven- that would probably take a
market shock in the form of a drop of seven to eight percent in the
global wheat production this year to spark a rally.
or tap here to jump to our web story where you can listen to Kim
Anderson's complete wheat market analysis as we hit the three Easter
And at the link above- you can check out the lineup for SUNUP that
returns to OETA this weekend.
Pork Checkoff Teams with
Haylie Duff to Offer a Fresh Take on Easter
This Easter, the Pork Checkoff is showing pork lovers how they can
freshen up familiar favorites for a one-of-a-kind Easter menu.
"Easter is a holiday where ham reigns supreme," said Randy Brown,
chair of the Pork Checkoff Domestic Marketing Committee and a pork
producer from Nevada, Ohio. "It is also a time when cooks can
unlock and explore new flavors. Pork makes that easy to accomplish
because it has unlimited possibilities."
The Pork Checkoff is teaming up with Haylie Duff - actress, cookbook
author and host of "The Real Girl's Kitchen" on the Cooking
Channel - to inspire consumers and help them re-envision their Easter
celebrations. Each of Duff's new recipes incorporate timeless Easter
ingredients, such as ham, fresh herbs and potatoes, into creative,
here to read more about the recipe ideas of Duff that include
pork for Easter.
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Oklahoma Senator Inhofe
Tells EPA to Stick to the Science on Neonicotinoid Insecticides
Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim
Inhofe is telling the EPA to tread with care as it
moves forward with public hearings on whether to possibly ban certain
insecticides known as "neonics"' that might be harming the
bee populations in the U.S. He suggests there could be over-reaction
by the agency to the calls of environmentalists.
In a letter to Jim
Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of
Pesticide Programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
expressed concern with a series of risk assessments being conducted
by the EPA on the neonicotinoid insecticides.
"Indeed, the limited findings of your imidacloprid risk
assessment have already prompted misleading and sensationalist
headlines from the media and calls by well-funded environmental
activist groups to outright ban neonicotinoid insecticides,"
wrote the Senator.
He also said the Natural Resources Defense Council has flooded the
comment document with a mass generated letter that urges the EPA to
speed up its scheduled for registration review and cancel any uses of
imidacloprid that pose high risks to bees and other pollinators.
Bottom line, according to the Senator in his letter to EPA- stick to
the science in its review.
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State Conservationist Gary
O'Neill Says Water Quality Improvements Come from Participants in
EQIP and CSP
Oklahoma has successfully treated water pollution issues on more
acres than any other state according to new data collected by the
Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) Water Quality Division, which
is funded by EPA. Since 2007, voluntary conservation by farmers and
ranchers has resulted in 55 Oklahoma streams being removed from
Oklahoma's list of impaired water bodies.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical
and financial assistance for farmers and ranchers to implement
conservation practices on their land. Among many other benefits,
practices such as no-till and cover crops reduce soil and chemical
runoff to nearby streams, thereby improving water quality.
"By investing in soil health, landowners have a direct hand in
improving our water quality," said Gary O'Neill,
State Conservationist for NRCS in Oklahoma. "The tremendous
successes we're seeing in Oklahoma are proof voluntary conservation by
private citizens is effective at addressing environmental
During the Conservation Day celebration at the State Capitol, I
talked with Gary O'Neill about this successful outcome from hundreds
of stakeholders who partner with USDA through cost share programs and
have helped achieve this movement of removing Oklahoma waterways from
the EPA Impaired Stream list.
here to read more and to listen to our visit with Gary.
Red Flags Flying in
Oklahoma Again- But Rain Coming Saturday Night
As you know- we have mainly three National Weather Service Offices
that we deal with in Oklahoma- Norman, Tulsa and Amarillo.
Only one of the three have Red Flags hoisted for later today- from
the Norman office- twenty
three Oklahoma Counties named as being Red Flag worthy today-
HARPER- WOODS- ALFALFA- GRANT- ELLIS- WOODWARD-MAJOR- GARFIELD-
ROGER MILLS- DEWEY- CUSTER- BLAINE- KINGFISHER- BECKHAM- WASHITA-
CADDO- CANADIAN- HARMON- GREER- KIOWA- JACKSON- TILLMAN-COMANCHE
The expectations are for the following conditions to make it another
EXTREME FIRE DANGER day from noon til 8 PM tonight-
WIND...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 40 MPH.
HUMIDITY...12 TO 27 PERCENT.
TEMPERATURE...67 TO 75 DEGREES.
MEANWHILE- the nine day forecast for Oklahoma, courtesy of Jed Castles
with News9 in OKC, looks like we could be seeing some decent rains in
central and western Oklahoma by Saturday evening and into Easter
While forecasts in the Panhandle are calling for high twenties by
Monday morning- the next freeze event we fearing may not be as
pronounced as an early this week forecast had suggested.
Here's the Easter Weekend forecast graphic for you to digest:
Good Friday is Here- and that
Means Easter Sunday is Coming!
The year since last Easter has been an interesting one for the Hays
household- we have been reminded of Life with the arrival of our
latest grandson- Peyton-
and we have been to more than one funeral- including the one of our
Gebhart last May.
I have kept the Celebration Service Program for Richard here in my
home office- and look at it from time to time- and one of the things
I really liked about this dear man is summed up in one of the
"Colonelisms" that were included on the back side of the
me your bottom line up front."
Life and Death events put me in the frame of mind of wanting the
"Bottom Line" right now. And, for Christians, Easter Morning gives us the
Bottom Line. That bottom line is a Stone Rolled Away
from an Empty Tomb and two men telling the women- "Why are you
looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn't here!
He is risen from the dead!"
Now, the Easter bunny and Easter Egg Hunts are a part
of this holiday weekend- but the world has been unsuccessful in
pushing the core reason for the Easter holiday to the dumpster- and
that core reason is God's answer for sin in this world- his
willingness to allow his Son to carry sin to the grave (that's Good
Friday) and then on
the third day- that grave was opened- and the Son was gone- that's
Now, the Son is not MIA- but he is Alive and offers
everyone the chance to have a relationship with the one true living
That's why I will go to my church and celebrate this
coming Sunday morning. And that truth, while inconvenient for
the secular world, is ALIVE and well and stands forever.
It's my hope that you will celebrate as well. If you
want to talk about my hope and why I celebrate- drop
me an email- would love to tell you more.
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