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Helps With Containment of 350 Complex Fire in Woodward
350 Complex Fire
that started in Woodward County and burned parts of Woods and Harper
Counties has now been called a 57,440 acre fire- and the last
containment number we saw was 20% contained as of late yesterday
This fire, which was the result of four separate fires merging
together, continues to exhibit extreme fire behavior, flare ups and
rapid rates of spread. Approximately 230 personnel are working the
fire, with multiple aircraft, including single engine air tankers,
very large air tankers and the CL-415 (Super Scoopers), providing
It's not the only fire that the Oklahoma Forestry Services has been
tracking and fighting this week. Eight other fires are listed
in their latest news release- all of which seem to be under control
or are out.
here for that full list and additional details from the massive
fire in north of Woodward.
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Jump Fifty Percent Over the Last Week- Now 31% of State in Moderate Drought
With little or no rainfall since this past week- the Drought Monitor
march to devour the entire state map with drought continues forward-
and we jump from 19% of Oklahoma in Moderate Drought a week ago to
31% of the state now in the D1 level of drought- with another 40%
called Abnormally Dry.
A picture tells the story well:
The hope is that the rainfall that is being forecast for the latter
part of the upcoming weekend will materialize- that will slow the
spread of drought for a few days- and will help with the status of
our wheat crop- the subject of our next story just below!
Oklahoma Wheat Crop Nears
Tipping Point Because of Very Dry Conditions- Mike Schulte Offers
It boils down to needing rain- and needing it now. That was the
relatively simple message that Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive
Schulte delivered to us yesterday when he stopped by
our studios and offices in northwest Oklahoma City.
While the opinion of the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows a wheat
crop still in sixty one percent in good to excellent condition as of
Monday-Tuesday of this week- that means little unless rain stops the
stress on the wheat in most fields in our state.
Schulte is my guest on TV on Saturday morning- and offers that
warning during my In the Field Segment that will be seen on KWTV
News9 about 6:40 AM on Saturday- you can also hear our off camera
conversation by clicking
Survey Shows Low
Commodity Prices Driving Decision Making by Most Farmers
A new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research
and commissioned by J.L.Farmakis, Inc. shows the extent to which
growers are reacting to low commodity prices. Farmers shared the
changes they are making to survive the downturn and signaled dramatic
shifts in their plans for 2016.
Among the findings of the Farmer
Speaks Study are:
Half of the farmers surveyed are seeking off-farm employment
74% will switch to generics or change brands of crop protection
No new equipment purchases will be made by 37% of the farmers
Reduced traits in seeds and changes in fertilizer practices were significant.
Increased attention to marketing aims to raise revenue through better
More details are on our website by clicking
here- and there is a link where you can go and receive a PDF of
the complete report free of charge.
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OSU's Kim Anderson Says
Every Penny Will Count During 2016 Wheat Harvest
As wheat prices continue to fall, OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson
says farmers should focus on managing production and quality to
lessen the blow of this below cost of production prices this harvest.
Anderson tells SUNUP Hostess Lyndall
Stout the July Kansas City contract is currently
around $4.70 and the basis is fluctuating from -$.74 to -$.60 across
the state. He says wheat growers who can increase 30 bushel average
yields by 10 percent - three bushels - can expect a $.40 increase in
price, based on a $4 forward contract price for harvest delivered
Anderson also says that while improvements in wheat quality will not
increase price, they can reduce discounts, which start to add up and
eat away at already marginal profits. The most important discounts to
consider are test weight, dockage and foreign material.
here for more- including a chance to hear Dr. Anderson's comments
that will be seen on SUNUP this weekend. We also have the details of
the lineup for SUNUP that can be watched on OETA Saturday morning.
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OSU Welcomes Jim Ansley
as New NREM Department Head
wears many hats. Sometimes it's a Denver Broncos hat. Sometimes it's
a bicycle helmet and other times he puts on his Titleist hat and goes
golfing. His most recent hat, however, is America's Brightest Orange
and displays three letters across the front - OSU.
Ansley joins the Oklahoma State University family from an off-campus
research and Extension center in the Texas A&M system to become
the head of OSU's Department of Natural Resource Ecology and
Management. After 32 years of range research in Texas, Ansley is
excited to see what Oklahoma is all about.
The Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department is one of the
newest departments within the OSU Division of Ag family- and is a
vital part of matching up a large part of the rangeland resources out
across Oklahoma with the functions and missions of the state's Land Grant.
here to read more about Jim Ansley and what may be ahead for
On The Auction Block-
Superior at 8 AM, McAlester Stock Cow Sale Sat. at Noon and Choctaw
County Land and Cattle Bull and Female Sale Tomorrow as Well
It will be a full day of selling cattle for the Superior Video Livestock
Auction team- with 45,000 head to be offered,
starting at 8:00 AM central time this morning.
A half hour before that- tune into Superior Sunrise at 7:30 AM.
The sale will include:
11,700 Yearling Steers
7,400 Yearling Heifers
11,500 Weaned Calves
12,100 Calves on Cows
Bred Stock & Weigh Cows
More on the sale is available
The McAlester Stockyards will be holding one of their Special Cow
& Bull Sales on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12 Noon.
They will be offering 900 head of some great looking replacement
here to learn more.
You can also call Julie
Grant and the folks at McAlester for more information
It's their first production sale at the Choctaw County Land and Cattle
Company- and the quality of the cattle to be offered-
bulls and females- looks outstanding.
They will be selling 70 head of range ready 18-month-old Angus and
SimAngus bulls and a select group of Angus and SimAngus females. The
auction starts at 1:00 p.m., but the picnic starts at 11:00
a.m.-barbecued brisket and all the trimmings along with some terrific
deserts. The cattle will be in pens next to their new sale barn so
you can see them from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and before the
auction begins on Saturday.
Click here for the their brand new
website which has all the details of the sale and the animals
being offered at this ranch in Boswell, Oklahoma.
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