~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 20, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Oklahoma Youth Expo "Grands" bring six figures for their owners!
-- Conservation Day honors great conservationists while Conservation advocates push for conservation spending!
-- Southern Plains Wheat Crop hanging in as we wait for rain.
-- Oklahoma Farmers Union has road trip planned for the Ladies!
-- House pushes for War Supplemental complete with Ag disaster Aid- Bush wants it sanitized.
-- A pair of Beef Events- this Saturday in Shawnee and then upcoming April 3 in Clinton!
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Oklahoma Youth Expo "Grands" bring six figures for their owners!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Some of the most powerful people in Oklahoma make a point of being at this event year after year- and last night was no exception- as the 2007 Oklahoma Youth Expo wound down with lots of money changing hands from businessmen to young people. The Premium Auction of the OYE saw the four Grand Champions bring $107,000 to the owners of the four top animals at this year's market animal events.
Leading off was the the Maine -Anjou steer owned by Risa Ridling of the Sentinel FFA, as "Ace" was the Grand Champion Steer and led the parade of 195 premium sale animals. A consortium of five companies stepped up to buy the Grand Champion Steer from Risa for $50,000. That consortium included Express Ranches and Personnel, Chain Ranch, Limestone LLC, Bank of Western Oklahoma and Robyn Promotions. Krista Mathena of Yukon FFA then drove her Grand Champion Barrow into the ring- and State Representative Don Armes auctioned off her animal for $25,000 with the winning bidders being a a partnership of Blue and Gold Sausage and Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Best Lamb of the market show was led into the ring by Baylor Newcomb of Merritt FFA- and Baylor saw Touchstone Energy Coop pay $23,000 for his animal Finally, the newest of the market animal shows had their top animal in the fourth slot of the afternoon- as Stasha Harp of Kansas FFA saw her Grand Champion Meat Goat fetch $9000 from Farm Credit of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Meat Goat Association and the Oklahoma Youth Expo. One other animal got to the $20,000 level- and that was the Reserve Grand Champion Steer shown by Tara Heldermon of the Sulphur FFA- her top Crossbred of the show brought that amount after it was auctioned off for $15,000- but then the Oklahoma State Fair added $5000 to their purchase price for good measure- the State Fair and Dorchester Capital bought Tara's steer. You can click below to hear a complete rundown on of the top dozen animals as well as comments from some of those involved in last night's Premium Sale!
Conservation Day honors great conservationists while Conservation advocates push for conservation spending!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Conservation was front and center at the State Capitol on Monday as the annual Conservation Day celebration brought a lot of folks to Oklahoma City from across the state. For years, OACD and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission held their Conservation Day festivities at the Tulsa State Fair- but times change and a couple of years ago- this event moved to the Blue Room of the Capitol- in addition to displays set up on the 4th floor Rotunda area.
We mentioned several of those yesterday who were being honored at those ceremonies- and tomorrow- we will have a special feature with Paul Brown of Chickasha and Joe Jeter of Copan who were a couple of the individuals who were honored for being outstanding conservationists in their fields- literally!
We didn't mentioned the five teachers who were honored with special awards for their including conservation in the classroom- awards that were sponsored by Chesapeake Energy. Those teachers included Shannon Chatwin, Tulsa; Shirley Nelson, Talihina; Tracy Leeper, Alva; Jyme Tyner, Chickasha and Nellie Patterson, Edmond. After the ceremonies, we visited with Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, about legislative priorities that many of his people were carrying to lawmaker's offices as the day progressed yesterday- click below to take a listen.
Southern Plains Wheat Crop hanging in as we wait for rain.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2007 Hard Red Winter Wheat crop needs a drink of water. Wheat producers are hoping for that drink of water this week as showers are falling as we write this in portions of west central Oklahoma. The latest Crop Weather updates are out- and they show a very slight improvement in the condition of the Oklahoma wheat crop at 62% in good to excellent condition, versus 59% in those categories last week. It is a darn sight better than in 2006 when we were looking at a wheat crop rated in Mid march at 70% poor to very poor and only six percent in good shape- no fields a year ago were seen to be in excellent condition. Our HRW neighbors also look much better than a year ago, with Texas checking in at 47% good to excellent, with Kansas at 70% good to excellent.
For Oklahoma's spring planted crops- Corn planting made good progress during the week and had reached 18 percent by week’s end, 15 points ahead of normal. Seedbed preparations remained well ahead of normal for corn, peanuts, sorghum, and soybeans. However, cotton seedbed preparations were running well behind normal at 16 percent.
Fertilizer demand remained high this past week as producers applied top dressing to pastures. Pasture conditions showed some improvement from the previous week but a little over two-third’s was rated in the fair to poor range. Warm season pastures had started to show signs of growth but are in dire need of moisture. Topsoil moisture conditions actually improved slightly in the last week- as some of the rain from last weekend was not reflected in the March 12 report. IN fact the topsoil ratings moved from 49% adequate to surplus to 61% in those categories in one week- however, virtually no change noted in the subsoil rating. Of course, the REAL HOPE is that we get substantial statewide rains over the course of this week, which could greatly ease drought worries for a few days anyway.
Oklahoma Farmers Union has road trip planned for the Ladies!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's not your usual Women's Conference here in 2007 for the Oklahoma Farmers Union- as they plan to make it a Route 66 Road Trip for our centennial year. Registration is right around the corner- deadline is March 26th for the trip that rolls out of Oklahoma City on April 20 for a full weekend.
In celebration of Oklahoma’s Centennial Anniversary, this unique Road Trip will cover ground from Oklahoma City, up Route 66 East, down to Muskogee, thru Eufaula, by Catoosa and much more! You won’t want to miss this conference featuring Oklahoma highlights!
Just a few of the stops planned for the weekend include:
House pushes for War Supplemental complete with Ag disaster Aid- Bush wants it sanitized.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. House is expected to begin debate on a supplemental spending bill that would provide 95.5- billion dollars for military operations and another 28.5- billion for hurricane victims - low-income heating assistance - and disaster aid for farmers and ranchers. But as the fifth year of the war officially started Monday - President Bush called on Congress to provide the 95.5-billion without strings and without delay.
According to the President - lawmakers have a responsibility to pass a clean bill. He says they shouldn’t use funding for U.S. troops as leverage for special interest spending for their districts. But rejecting President Bush’s criticism on Monday - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland told Congress it was time to do something more than simply rubber-stamp the President’s request.
Farm state interests that have been promoting an Ag Disaster package believe that this may be virtually the ONLY chance to get a package through Congress and past the President without having to find budgetary offsets. However, the talk of a veto continues to bounce around inside the Washington beltway, especially if the Democratic leadership includes language that puts "strings" on the defense monies.
A pair of Beef Events- this Saturday in Shawnee and then upcoming April 3 in Clinton!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Producers who are interested in knowing the latest information and technology available for improving beef production should plan on attending the Heart of Oklahoma Cattle Conference THIS SATURDAY, March 24 at the Exposition Center in Shawnee. Ag producers have been experiencing one of the worst drought periods in modern history and resources have been difficult to stretch over this period. This year’s conference is designed to bring Oklahoma farmers and ranchers the latest information and technology with ‘Principles of 21st Century Beef Production.’
We have been asked by Joe Benton to Emcee the event- and we look forward to seeing many of you this Saturday in Shawnee. Joe says that you can still get the $7 rate for registration which includes lunch if you send it in before Saturday- Registration at the door will be $10.00- but you still must call and let them know you are coming for the meal count. For details, contact Joe Benton at the Pottawatomie County Extension Office, 405-273-7683.
Meanwhile on April 3, the Western Oklahoma Spring Cattle Conference is on tap in Clinton at Ranchers and Farmers Livestock Auction. One of the highlights of this conference will be a presentation planned by Terry Bidwell of OSU on "Range Management After Drought." Check with your local OSU extension office for details on this conference- being worked on by three counties in the Clinton area.
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