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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 30, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Francie Tolle Selected by Obama Administration to Serve as Oklahoma State Director of the Farm Service Agency of USDA
-- State Representative Ryan McMullen Selected as State Rural Development Director for USDA
-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 95% Done- So Says Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
-- Our State Statistician Calls Wheat Harvest 89% Done
-- Back from the Cap and Trade Battles- Congressman Frank Lucas Has Town Hall Meetings Today and Tomorrow
-- Tyson to Push to Collect Court Costs Against South Dakota Rancher, Who Beat Them in Court, But Then Lost.
-- Winter Canola Harvest Much Happier Time This Season for Southwest Oklahoma Wheat Producer
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Francie Tolle Selected by Obama Administration to Serve as Oklahoma State Director of the Farm Service Agency of USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama Administration today announced that Francie Tolle will serve as Oklahoma State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency at the USDA. It had been widely anticipated that Tolle would be selected for this position in the new Administration. A quick news release from AFR came on Monday shortly after the USDA news release came to our email inbox- click here to read comments from Terry Detrick on the capabilities of Francie Tolle to tackle this job.
Tolle is currently the Legislative Policy Analyst for American Farmers and Ranchers, as well as co-owner of Tolle Farms in Deer Creek, Oklahoma. She previously served as the Director of Development at the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Tolle worked with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry as the State Director of Agritourism, and also held the position of Executive Director with the Oklahoma Wheat Grower's Association. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program and has participated in American Farm Bureau competitions. Tolle holds an MBA from Cameron University and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.
The vetting process within the new Administration finally concluded this past week for Tolle, as well as Ryan McMullen (New State Rural Development Director- see story below) and more than two dozen other state level appointments around the country. We have more on the Tolle appointment to the FSA position that will have her located in Stillwater- click on the link below.
State Representative Ryan McMullen Selected as State Rural Development Director for USDA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Obama Administration today announced that State Representative Ryan McMullen will serve as Oklahoma State Director for Rural Development at the USDA.
Since 2004 McMullen has been a state representative in Oklahoma where he represents southwestern and central regions of the state. During his time as a state representative, his policy and legislative efforts have focused on agricultural and rural economic development issues. Previously, McMullen worked with the El Reno Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation as Executive Director. He has broadcast radio experience and is familiar with rural economic issues throughout Oklahoma. McMullen holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University.
We have more on this nomination- click on the link below to check it out.
Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 95% Done- So Says Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ed Richards with the Radio Oklahoma Network talked with Mike Schulte at midday Monday- and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says we are in the 95% neighborhood as far as harvest being done across the state.
Schulte says there are still a few spots in Alfalfa and Garfield Counties where harvest is still going- and we are probably around 60 to 70 percent done on the dryland wheat in the Panhandle.
Click on our link below and we will take you to our Harvest Update page- with both the Mike Schulte audio that you can click on and here, as well as some pictures from Cimarron County- with dryland wheat harvest rolling in that part of the Panhandle.
Our State Statistician Calls Wheat Harvest 89% Done
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The folks at NASS in Oklahoma City are calling wheat harvest not quite as far along as Mike Schulte believes it is- but still shows in the home stretch at 89% complete as of Sunday. They have been watching the temps around the state. Last Friday, Oklahoma Mesonet Stations recorded triple digit temperatures at 23 locations. The highest temperature was recorded in Fairview and Grandfield at 106 degrees. Extremely hot and dry conditions have left Oklahoma in desperate need of precipitation.
Checking on the row crops- "Extremely hot and dry weather began taking its toll on most of the State's row crops, with conditions rated in the mostly good to fair range. Corn silking increased 21 points from the previous week to reach 35 percent, six points behind normal. By week's end, Sorghum planted was at 81 percent, while sorghum emerged increased to 50 percent, 15 percentage points behind normal. Virtually all the State's soybean seedbeds were prepared. Soybeans planted reached 92 percent, while soybeans emerged increased to 82 percent, both well ahead of normal. Eight percent of soybeans had reached the blooming stage of development. Peanuts pegging reached 11 percent, 33 points behind normal. Planting for Cotton was essentially completed by week's end. Ninety percent of cotton had emerged, while cotton squaring increased to 18 percent, both behind the five-year average."
The abundant moisture in some parts of the state over the last couple of months have put our pastures in pretty good shape- however they are not immune to the heat. "Due to the extremely hot and dry weather pasture and range conditions decreased slightly and rated mostly in the good to fair range. Additional moisture is needed to maintain optimal pasture and range conditions."
Back from the Cap and Trade Battles- Congressman Frank Lucas Has Town Hall Meetings Today and Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Congressman Frank Lucas will be holding town hall meetings in Lincoln, Payne, and Logan counties today and tomorrow. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.
The meetings today start at 8:30 AM in Guthrie, then move to Cushing, Perkins and Stillwater. The July first meetings will include stops in Meeker, Prague, Stroud and Chandler.
We have more on the details of the meeting listed in the calendar section of our website- click on the link below for that rundown of all either locations where you can catch up with the top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Third District Congressman Frank Lucas.
Tyson to Push to Collect Court Costs Against South Dakota Rancher, Who Beat Them in Court, But Then Lost.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over the weekend, R-Calf USA called on Tyson Meats to back away from demanding court costs against South Dakota rancher Herman Schumacher, saying that would be the moral response to a very difficult situation. In response to R-CALF USA's request that Tyson Fresh Meats (Tyson) immediately withdraw its judgment against South Dakota rancher and cattle feeder Herman Schumacher, as well as withdraw its legal action to seize Schumacher's home, Tyson Foods Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs Archie Schaffer informed R-CALF USA on Monday afternoon that Tyson intends to donate the proceeds extracted from Schumacher to local food banks in South Dakota.
"Only in the ivory tower boardroom of a multibillion dollar company, where corporate executives are completely disconnected from cattle producers and food consumers, could a strategy like this be concocted," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. "To reverse its tarnished image, it is my opinion that Tyson has now decided to use money extracted from Schumacher to help feed other farmers and ranchers who are facing economic disaster largely because Tyson and other meatpackers engage in practices that federal fact-finding jurors have found to be unlawful.
Bullard contends that Tyson should call off the dogs and back away from
demanding the court costs. He calls it a higher moral standard that Tyson
could have stepped up and claimed- but that they have shown they have no
desire to be a good neighbor to cattle producers around the country with
Winter Canola Harvest Much Happier Time This Season for Southwest Oklahoma Wheat Producer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Alan Mindemann of Apache has been busy harvesting a good-yielding crop of winter canola. He is particularly satisfied because his 2009 winter wheat crop has been a failure. Months of severe drought, late-spring freezes and hail storms all combined to make the 2008-09 Southern Plains winter wheat crop the smallest one since 1955. "Unlike wheat, canola has a large taproot that grows deep into the soil to find moisture," Mindemann said. "Canola started out growing in cold climates. The freeze cut back its growth, but it just started regrowth with more branches and seedpods. This 130 acre field will yield 1,000-1,200 pounds per acre of seed. My 790 acres of canola probably will average 800-900 pounds of seed per acre this year." Mindemann explained his field of canola northwest of Apache is surrounded by fields filled with failed wheat.
"This has been a long, trying year," Mindemann said. "We planted the canola early in September and we didn't have enough moisture then. Wheat really struggled with the dry weather all winter. Canola's large taproot helped the crop find moisture deep in the soil, farther down than wheat could. Although the late spring freezes really slowed down the canola's maturity, about the only real damage was making the harvest later. The freeze actually made the canola plants thicker by growing more lateral branches and seed pods."
We have more on this positive turn of events for this Caddo County producer- click on the link below to learn more about how canola has worked out very well indeed for him in 2009.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~You might call the Monday cattle market at the Oklahoma City stockyards a red hot mama. With 11,500 head being sold, our market reporter tells us "Feeder steers and heifers steady to 2.00 higher. Demand very good for feeder cattle, as second grade cattle selling with very little discount to number one grade. Steer and heifer calves steady to 2.00 higher on a light test. Cattle futures sharply higher and grains closing lower." Those five to six hundred pound steer calves brought $102 to $113 while the seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $96.50 to $104. Click here for the complete Oklahoma National Stockyards report as provided by Jerry Alexander and his team at the USDA office at the stockyards.
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