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Friday, April 21, 2017
Nearly $1M Raised by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Fire Relief Fund - Deadline to Apply May 1st
More than a month since wildfires blazed across Northwestern Oklahoma, the outpouring of support from fellow Oklahomans and communities all over the nation continues to flow into the state to help alleviate the burden of rebuilding for our neighbors affected by the destruction left in the wake of these fires. You can actually listen in on our whole conversation by clicking here
I caught up with Jeff Jaronek, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation coordinator, at the Oklahoma City Farm Show Thursday who shared the latest status on the Foundation's relief efforts.
"It has kind of consumed us since March 6th when those fires broke out," he said. "We're at about $940,000 that has come into the Foundation, and we're very confident we're going to hit the $1 million mark."
And that is just the monetary donations that have been made. Jaronek points out that additionally hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of hay, feed and fencing supplies has been donated to help get affected ranchers back on their feet as well.
"You name it, any need that we've had," Jaronek said, "we've been able to get it somewhere, somehow. It's been great to see."
And remember - if you were affected by these fires and experienced losses or damages, the deadline to apply for relief funding is May 1st.
To get an application for funding or to find out how to make a donation to the relief fund, click here
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|Kim Anderson Reports Recent Rains Have Caused Mixed Emotions for Wheat Producers
This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University's Dr. Kim Anderson examines the current outlook for wheat prices in Oklahoma. According to him, recent rains have brought some mixed feelings to producers.
For producers that decided to put down Nitrogen on their crops this year, the addition of a little moisture recently has made these crops look fairly decent. On the other hand, producers that opted out Nitrogen inputs may be shaking their heads with regret and hopes that discounts for low test weights will not be levied against them at the elevator.
However, Anderson reports that the rains are actually causing a detriment to the global markets as a whole. And it is news from around the world that is depressing the markets more than local reports. Apparently, Oklahoma is not the only wheat growing region getting the wet stuff right now. In fact, most all regions are which have caused major breadbaskets like the Ukraine and Russia to raise their production estimates for this harvest. In turn, prices seem to be taking a downward turn. Anderson has observed wheat prices fall approximately .30-.40 since the rains began last week.
You can watch Anderson's report tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear his comments right now and check out SUNUP's full line-up for this weekend, by clicking here
|Oklahoma Ag Dept. Honors Diversified Farmer Pam Snelson of Wann as a Significant Woman in Agriculture
Over the last several weeks, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has been highlighting the hard working ladies in the state that make our agricultural industry proud. This week, the Department pats Pam Snelson of Wann, Oklahoma on the back. Read on to learn the story of her involvement of agriculture.
"I get to feed everybody," Snelson said on a recent weekday from the office of Snelson Farms near Wann, just south of the Kansas line.
She just finished preparing lunch for seven hungry men before spending time in the farm office catching up on paperwork and answering phone calls. In another four hours she was planning to feed those hungry workers again.
Feeding people is serious business for this Oklahoma farmer. Snelson and her husband of 32 years, Steve, have been co-owners and operators of Snelson Farms since 1988. They currently farm 1,500 acres of hard red winter wheat and 3,500 acres of soybeans with these crops going to the Port of Catoosa for shipment to feed the world.
Snelson says it is important to her to reduce the farm's carbon footprint. Although the farm isn't 100 percent no-till, she describes it as minimum till with the benefits of not having to purchase as much diesel fuel for equipment and saving other input costs. The Snelsons use precision agriculture techniques so they don't put any unneeded fertilizer or herbicide on their fields.
"The less you do to the environment, the better it is for everyone," Snelson says. "We have always done best use practices. We worry about the environment as much as the next person, and maybe more so. If you're not sustainable, how can you pass the farm to the next generation?"
To continue reading about Snelson and her experiences in agriculture, click here
We continue our coverage of the District Stars in Agribusiness with Parker Cantrell, who represents Skiatook FFA and the Northeast District this year, distinguishing himself with successfully creating not one, but two agribusiness ventures.
"I currently operate two businesses that I own," he said. "The first one would be a small feed sales business that really revolves around five different custom mixes that I make as well as Vitaferm mineral products. The other is a bovine reproduction service which includes artificial insemination and other reproduction services."
Cantrell developed his own feed products specifically formulated for different species and genders of livestock, to achieve certain desired results in each. But his real interest is in animal reproduction and veterinary medicine.
Since shadowing a vet technician in the 4th grade, Cantrell has dreamed of similar career path. In 2014, he trained and became a certified AI technician and has since built a successful enterprise offering breeding services to his clients.
"This includes travelling around to my various customers and ensuring their cattle are maintaining pregnancies, but also checking heat," he said, underscoring that timing is very important when it comes to bovine reproduction. "I often conduct farm visits to get to know my customers' operations and their end goals a little bit more. Get to know what they want out of their cattle to where they can maximize their own genetics and in the end, maximize their profitability."
Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to listen to our visit with Sarah during the judging of the State Stars a couple of weeks ago.
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Through the voluntary contributions of Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry, the OERB has spent over $100 million restoring more than 15,000 orphaned and abandoned well sites across the state at absolutely no cost to landowners. The OERB has restored sites in 70 of 77 Oklahoma counties, cleaning an average of two to three sites each day.
|Serious About Ranching? Consider a Master's in Ranch Management from the King Ranch Institute
During the recent Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio, I sat down with Dr. Clay Mathis
, director and endowed chair of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. With that position, Mathis leads the world's only higher education program offering advanced ranch managers a Masters of Science degree in ranch management.
"We start with the best possible students, the highest potential leaders we can find, that have experience in our industry and help train them," Mathis said, "so they can truly lead our industry and manage these ranches and lands."
The program only retains a total of six students at a time, accepting three new applicants each year. Mathis explains that this program is not for the average rancher. They only consider serious managers with at least five to ten years experience managing larger, complex operations. If accepted, the student will then spend the next two years under intensive training.
"We focus a lot on leadership development and try to build their systems thinking skills, so that they are capable and prepared with the tools to manage the complexities of these larger and more complex ranching operations," he said. "With the increasing complexity of business, we need managers that are highly skilled at making great decisions with incomplete information in complex environments."
Listen to Dr. Clay Mathis and I discuss the King Ranch Institute's Masters of Ranch Management program in detail, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
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According to Allendale's estimates for the coming Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage reports, March Placements are expected to be 8.8% larger than last year at 2.058 million head. This would be the largest March placement since the current data series began in 1996. Cattle feeders are responding to stronger than expected pricing on March finished cattle. Cash cattle prices ran $6 over February levels. March placements supply the September through December slaughter period.
Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 10.0% larger than March 2016 at 1.922 million. This was the largest February marketing in six years. There was no calendar adjustment this month.
Total Cattle on Feed as of April 1 is unchanged versus last year at 10.851 million. The March 1 total was unchanged versus one year ago.
Get Allendale's complete predictions for these reports due out later today from the USDA, by clicking here
|This N That- Wheat Tours This Coming Week, OALP International Study Experience Announced and OKC Farm Show Continues
We have a quick word this morning from OSU Extension Wheat Specialist Dr. David Marburger
about this coming Monday and the wheat plot tours planned and earlier announced- "I wanted to let you know that I have received word that the Harmon Co. tour at 1:30 pm and Greer Co. tour at 4:00 pm next Monday have both been cancelled. The Elgin tour at 9:00 am is still a go though.
"For anyone who might ask, the wheat tour at Altus next Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 am will be their closest option and will have more varieties on display as well."Click here for our calendar page
which lists all of the Canola and Wheat Field Tours happening today, this coming week and over the next few weeks.
The announcement has been made to Class XVIII of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program
about where they will be heading next winter for their Capstone International Travel Study Experience- they will be heading to Central America, touring and learning about the Panama Canal as well as agriculture in Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
To learn more about the OALP program and how it helps develop leaders for Oklahoma agriculture and rural Oklahoma- click or tap here.
It's Day Two for the Oklahoma City Farm Show
- and it has been storming overnight in the OKC area- more rain is arriving as we wrap up this email to send- so there may not be any horse training sessions with Scott Daily today- BUT you can still come and enjoy the show in the HUGE and brand new Bennett Event Center- all of the indoor exhibits are consolidated this year into this brand new super sized building. (Inside equals not getting wet going one building to the next!)
By the way- because of the rain- the cattle handling demos were cancelled for this year- due to safety concerns from wet, slick conditions that were anticipated. The vendors that have the cattle handling equipment will be glad to give you a demo of their squeeze chutes and more. Come to our booth- 3104-
and register for the Priefert Round Pen that we will draw for on Saturday afternoon about 2 PM. Click here for more details
about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show that continues today and tomorrow in Oklahoma City at State Fair Park.
|Superior's Gulf Coast Classic is Today- McAlester Special Cow Sale and Express Grass Time Sale on Saturday
Also happening at 12 noon on Saturday- the Express Ranches Grass Time Sale that is happening at the ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma
A big run of cattle has been consigned for the second annual Gulf Coast Classic Sale for the folks at Superior Video Livestock Auction that starts this morning at 8:00 AM Central Time on DISH Channel 232 and on SuperiorClickToBid.Com.
The sale will feature 49,500 head including:
8,500 YEARLING STEERS
6,100 YEARLING HEIFERS
10,100 WEANED CALVES
23,000 CALVES ON COWS
and1,350 BRED STOCK.
Click here for more details.
They call themselves the Old Reliable- and the McAlester Union Livestock Market has another of their special Cow and Bull sales tomorrow at 12 Noon.
They will be selling over 700 head of Bred Heifers & Cows, Pairs, Open Heifers & Bulls!
Details are available on their website- click here to go and check it out.
Express will be selling over 650 head during their 2017 Grass Time Sale.
Included in the offering:
200 Angus Bulls
20 Angus Show Heifers
40 Registered Angus Fall Bred Heifers
150 Registered Angus Pairs
40 Registered 2 year Old Pairs
30 Commercial Fall Calving Cows
Click or tap here for their website- where you will find links for the catalog, as well as videos of the bulls that will be selling tomorrow.
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