~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday, October 28, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and One Resource Environmental!
-- Wheat Farmers in the Southern Half of the State Enjoy Another Shot of Rainfall- Aiding the 2012 Wheat Crop
-- Gov. Mary Fallin Announces 2nd Annual Statewide Food Drive in November
-- OSU Honors Three Oklahomans as Distinguished Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni
-- Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association Approves Principles for Farm Bill
-- Wheat Market Feeling Effect of EU Debt Issue- and we have your SUNUP preview
-- Still No Sign of GIPSA Rule From Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
-- Ribeye Steak Alert- Email Change Alert- AND a TCFA Alert!
-- White Dog Hill in Clinton Offers More Than Delicious Food
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Farmers in the Southern Half of the State Enjoy Another Shot of Rainfall- Aiding the 2012 Wheat Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's winter wheat crop is largely seeded- with a lot of acres going into the ground this week ahead of this latest shot of moisture that a large number of counties have received from Wednesday evening into Thursday evening- rainfall totals were a half inch or better- with lots of readings above one inch of rain from Hollis and Sayre eastward all the way to the Oklahoma Arkansas border in the Sallisaw- Ft. Smith area.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mike Schulte, says that many fields of wheat that he has seen this week in southwest and central Oklahoma have looked pretty good, although many of those fields were just starting to look a little stressed ahead of this latest round of rain.
Schulte lamented the lateness of this year's rains during our wheat planting window, as it has cost the opportunity for many producers to have any wheat pasture for this fall. Little rain fell until a widespread outbreak of rainfall around the eighth and ninth of October- well after the window of opportunity had closed to plant wheat in time for getting the crop up to stand and ready to turn cattle out to graze on.
Click on the LINK below- it will jump you over to our conversation with Mike Schulte- and we also have several pictures we took on Thursday afternoon of some just emerging wheat in Canadian County- click here for those shots. We have invited Mike to be our guest for our Saturday morning segment that is seen in the Oklahoma City TV market on KWTV News9- In the Field with Ron Hays is seen at approximately 6:40 AM each Saturday morning- tune in and check it out.
Gov. Mary Fallin Announces 2nd Annual Statewide Food Drive in November
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Governor Mary Fallin's second annual "Feeding Oklahoma" food drive and fundraising effort kicks off statewide on November 1. The goal this year is to raise 1 million meals to help feed hungry families, children and seniors during the holiday season. Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and their partner agencies across the state.
"In Oklahoma, one in four children are at risk of going hungry every day," Fallin said. "That's not something we can ignore. Last year, Oklahomans proved why they are considered the most caring and giving people around by donating over 700,000 meals to the Feeding Oklahoma food drive. This year, we're working to increase that number to a million meals. With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to give back to the community. I encourage all Oklahomans who can to participate in this year's food drive. Working together, I know we'll reach our goal."
Oklahoma Farm Bureau and other organizations across the state are helping with the "Feeding Oklahoma" food drive by allowing Oklahomans to drop-off non-perishable food items at many of their office locations. Oklahoma Farm Bureau will accept donations at any of the Farm Bureau offices statewide. Other locations accepting donations include: all BancFirst locations statewide, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa; the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, and all Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores in Oklahoma City metro area and locations in Norman and in Guthrie on Interstate 35.
UPS will pick up donations from BancFirst locations in the metro areas
in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and deliver those to the Oklahoma food banks.
OSU Honors Three Oklahomans as Distinguished Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahomans Scott Dewald, Terry Stuart Forst and Don Schieber have been announced as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recipients by Oklahoma State University. They will each be honored with receptions later today on campus in Stillwater.
"The successes of each stand as a testament to the positive influence our graduates can and do have in their chosen career fields and in their communities," said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "They embody a standard of sustained excellence to be held in the highest regard."
Dewald, a native of Fargo and current resident of Dover, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University in 1985. He has served the Oklahoma and US Cattle Industry well as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.
Forst earned her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from
Oklahoma State University in 1976, embarking on a career that would see
her earn many honors, including being named the 2007 recipient of the OSU
Department of Animal Science Master Breeder Award. The past two years, we
have enjoyed working with Terry as she served as the President of the
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- she wrapped up those duties just this
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association Approves Principles for Farm Bill
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association Board of Directors approved a set of principles for the development of a new Food Security Act also known as the Farm Bill. The Principles are based on the following resolution adopted by the membership.
The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association supports a Food Security Act that meet the goals of: 1) providing a safety net for the farm operator; 2) a safe environment; 3) the production of a safe and adequate food, feed, fuel, and fiber supply; and 4) continuing to support conservation programs.
The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association supports the following principles for developing a new Food Security Act and implementing appropriate cuts from Agricultural programs for deficit reduction.
-A workable and real safety net for production agriculture that is
flexible to meet proper crop rotations and new crops.
Wheat Market Feeling Effect of EU Debt Issue- and we have your SUNUP preview
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With a variety of changes around the world when it comes to economics, the wheat market is feeling the changes. Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Specialist, says that part of the problem between the European Union and Greece regarding a debt issue was partly alleviated later in the week.
Anderson says the market was excited about the changes being made concerning the debt between the two countries and the commodity even stablized a little bit. However, Anderson also adds that when you look at the debt compared to the gross domestic products, there is a potential for several countries to have potential debt problems.
Overall, Anderson says the potential for these debt issues and the current debt issues already underway, it makes the market more volatile and uncertain. With less demand and money being taken out of the market, there will be less trading and less volume. When asked to make a prediction on price, Anderson says is simply isn't going to happen with the current situation in the market.
Click on the LINK below to hear the rest of Austin Moore and Dr. Anderson's conversation on the European Union financial troubles and grain and feed prices.
Still No Sign of GIPSA Rule From Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers and ranchers across the country are anxiously awaiting some sort of movement on the well-known Grain Inspection, Packer and Stockyards Administration rule, also known as GIPSA. We sat down with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and discussed the GIPSA rule and an overview of the process so far.
Click on the LINK below to hear our talk with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the GIPSA rule.
The original GIPSA rule was published in June of 2010, with a comment period lasting only until August 2010. However, the comment period was extended by the USDA to last November, allowing farmers, ranchers, and agricultural organizations a much longer period of time to voice their opinions on the rule. There were 66,000 comments made on the rule and Secretary Vilsack says many of the comments were unique and not formed letters, which he says you often see rules.
Throughout this process, the livestock industry demanded that Secretary Vilsack and the USDA perform a cost benefit analysis on the GIPSA rule. Since then, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber has performed this cost benefit analysis but no one has seen a copy of the report yet.
Ribeye Steak Alert- Email Change Alert- AND a TCFA Alert!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We wrote earlier about Scott Dewald of the OCA- who is one of the three Alumni of Distinction being honored by the Division of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University this Homecoming weekend. Scott alerts us to a chance to grab a ribeye steak sandwich later today if you happen to be in Stillwater- "On Friday afternoon, during the "walk around" the OSU Collegiate Cattlemen's Association will be featuring the famous ribeye steak sandwiches. We thank Steve McKinley for working with these young producers in their fund raising efforts. This is a great set of young men who are working hard to improve their association. Proceeds from this event will be used to offset expenses associated with traveling to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting in February. They will be located on the east side Monroe, just north of the stop light on Monroe and University. Stop by and see them, eat a ribeye steak sandwich and support this worthy cause."
It's Trick or Treat Day Monday- and we have what we hope you will think is a "treat" in the form of a new look for this daily email. The Ron Hays Daily Farm and Ranch news Email is a little more than five years old- and we have had the same format for pretty much the entire one thousand plus issues we have assembled. That changes on Monday- I believe you will like the changes- in testing the new look with a few of our folks who have received the email for a long long time- they say it's more readable and easier to get around and find the various elements that we pack into this daily overview of the world of ag. We look forward to your feedback- and we'll let you decide if it's a "trick" or a "treat."
Sunday- we saddle up and ride west to the land of the Cadillacs planted in the earth- Amarillo, Texas- home of the 2011 Texas Cattle Feeders Association Convention. Ross Wilson and his team always put on a great meeting- and we look forward to seeing a lot of friends Sunday and Monday.. AND- we will have coverage on both Monday and Tuesday of next week from that cattle industry gathering. Click here for a last minute look at their agenda for 2011- lots of meat and a bit of fun all rolled up into one great event. Both Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas are scheduled to be on hand Monday morning- with the Super Committee demands hanging over their heads- we'll see if that comes to pass or if it's a remote appearance for them from Washington.
White Dog Hill in Clinton Offers More Than Delicious Food
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Legendary Restaurants of Oklahoma continues this week with White Dog Hill in Clinton, Okla., on Friday, Oct. 28. White Dog Hill, which has only been open since 2007, is known for their great menu, unique location and a relaxing ambiance that will leave any customer not only with a completely satisfied appetite but also with a feeling of contentment. Located on the historic Route 66, the restaurant building has been around since 1926, when it was constructed to be a clubhouse for the Clinton Country Club. On their main menu, there is a selection of steaks, grilled smoked pork chops, grilled shrimp, or Cornish game hen- which is stuffed with a cranberry and wild rice dressing. Click here to purchase your $50 voucher to White Dog Hill for only $25.
Our very own Karolyn Bolay also visited with Nelson King, owner of White Dog Hill, about the history of the Route 66 building and their one of a kind environment. Click here to listen to their conversation.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $11.82 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.98 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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