~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday December 5, 2008!A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- The Latest on the Secretary of Ag Sweepstakes
-- Wheat Market Continues to Be Awful
-- Another Farm Bill Information Meeting Planned by AFR at Tulsa Farm Show
-- Congrats to Justin Dodson- who outcalled all comers in Missouri Auctioneer Contest
-- BRD- How to Beat It in Your Beef Cattle Herd
-- Ft. Reno USDA Researcher Has a Better Idea- Usable Watershed Information
-- Buy Your Next Bull at the Tulsa Farm Show
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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The Latest on the Secretary of Ag Sweepstakes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At least two of the major reporting services that follow agriculture inside the Washington beltway are saying three names have floated a little higher than any others the last half of this week when it comes to who may be the Secretary of Agriculture in the Obama Administration.
We told you about Congressman John Salazar of Colorado yesterday morning- he is still in the mix. Beyond the potato farmer and House Ag Committee Member, some southerners that have a say are apparently promoting Congressman Sanford Bishop- who while he served on the House Ag Committee, was sometimes called "Mr. Peanut." Like Salazar, he is a Blue Dog Democrat and currently serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee- as well as on the Subcommittee on Agriculture.
The third name is less likely- but yet you never know as Kansas
Governor Kathleen Sebelius continues to have her name associated with this
post and couple of others. She is considered a "rising star" for the
Democratic party- and they would love to get her onto a national platform
over the next couple of years.
Wheat Market Continues to Be Awful
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wheat prices continue to fall- and Dr. Kim Anderson of Oklahoma State University says that it is all about ample supplies of wheat globally pressuring prices. He talked with Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP about the continuing weakness this week in a segment that will be seen on the OSU produced show tomorrow morning on OETA .
Dr. Anderson says that even though wheat prices have been punished by the macro economic developments along with the wheat fundamentals- that could all change if we see anything dramatic happen like a shortfall in one or more major wheat producing countries. That type of event could turn the wheat market higher in quick order. Unfortunately, Dr. Anderson does not see that type of event happening in the short term.
We have the audio from this conversation on our website at the link below- as well as a rundown of the stories you can expect to see on Saturday morning's edition of SUNUP. Click and listen and take a look at SUNUP's stories for this weekend.
Another Farm Bill Information Meeting Planned by AFR at Tulsa Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) will hold a Farm Bill informational meeting Thursday, December 11th at the 15th Annual Tulsa Farm Show. AFR President & CEO Ray L. Wulf tells us, "We are pleased to participate in the Tulsa Farm Show and want to invite everyone that is interested in learning more about the 2008 Farm Bill to attend the meeting. There are several new provisions in the Farm Bill that agriculture producers and others involved in the agriculture industry need to be aware of, this meeting will address many of those issues."
AFR Analyst Francie Tolle and others from the AFR team will be on hand next Thursday at the Tulsa Farm Show to lead this educational effort. The meeting topics will include information on the new ACRE program, the new permanent disaster program and Country of Origin Labeling.
Speaking of AFR- we look forward to joining a whole host of folks tomorrow in Stillwater at the 2008 AFR Youth Speech Contest Finals on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Young people from all corners of the state will gather to compete for scholarship awards after advancing from district speech contests over the last several weeks.
Congrats to Justin Dodson- who outcalled all comers in Missouri Auctioneer Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Justin Dodson is the winner of the fourth and last quarterfinal qualifying contest for next summer's World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. This last round, sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association, was held at the Kingsville Livestock Auction in Missouri. Dodson is from Welch, Oklahoma.
The 39 year old Dodson was sponsored by Parsons Livestock Market, Inc., Edna, Kan., and Tulsa Stockyards, Inc., Tulsa, Okla. He is the third Oklahoma Livestock Auctioneer who has claimed a spot in the World Finals that will be held next June in Minnesota. The others are Brian Little of Wann who won the Ohio Quarterfinal and Kevin Magby who won a spot during the Texhoma, Oklahoma Quartrerfinal.
The reserve champion, in a field of 13 contestants, was Ted Odle of Brush, Colorado. Jim Hertzog of Greenwood, Missouri was the runner-up champion. The three winners and the next five highest scorers move on to the June 13, 2009 WLAC in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
BRD- How to Beat It in Your Beef Cattle Herd
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our end of the week Beef Buzz spotlights Dr. Jon Seeger of Pfizer Animal Health- who talks with us about the challenges of BRD as we hit cold weather and how that impacts our beef cattle herds. The key message from Dr. Seeger is that cattle producers have to really pay attention to your herd- because catching any respiratory disease problems early and treating them will really make a difference to your bottom line.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and is a regular audio feature found on our website as well. Click on the link below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
Ft. Reno USDA Researcher Has a Better Idea- Usable Watershed Information
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just about everything you would ever want to know about our nation's watersheds is now available on the Internet. The daily information, collected over the past 40 years, comes from instrumentation at the sites. One key purpose is to make the information available to people involved in the Conservation Effects Assessment Project and to expand the usefulness of the information gathered at each watershed for nationwide analyses.
Jean Steiner, director of the Agriculture Research Service's
Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma came up with the
idea of organizing data from watersheds nationwide into one site with a
The web site, called STEWARDS, or Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System, includes information on pesticides, nitrogen and phosphorous in streams, rivers, lakes and drinking water reservoirs. The web site also has data on daily stream discharge levels, air and soil temperature and other weather data.
Buy Your Next Bull at the Tulsa Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Simmental Simbrah Association is pleased to once again hold an All Breed Private Treaty Bull Sale In Conjunction With The Tulsa Farm Show next week, December 11, 12, 13, 2008 at the Quik Trip Center in Tulsa.
This sale will feature more than 40 service aged bulls that will include Simmental, Simm./Angus and Angus bulls. All bulls will have current breeding soundness exams and health certificates. since this is a Private Treaty sale- you pick out the bull you want, make your deal, Load and Go it is First Come, First Served!
We have the link to the Association's website linked below- or you can call Jeff White at 580-829-1337 for more information.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After feedlot prices rose to $90 to $90.50 last week, just before Thanksgiving, there was hope that we might be able to stay in the low 90s- but the macroeconomic situation continues to spook our agricultural markets- and we fell back three dollars to the $87 per hundredweight level for feedlot cattle on Thursday- locking in huge losses for every pen of cattle closed out this week. The Texas Cattle Feeders report 20,414 from their three states sold at the $87 level yesterday- look at their report at the bottom of our market info list here- and Reuters reports that there were only two active buyers of cattle yesterday- with the other majors likely needing to still purchase some cattle to keep the pipeline flowing.
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