~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday October 7, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma FFA Members Getting Ready for Indianapolis.
-- Foreign Ag Land Ownership Up
-- Biofuels Field Day Coming October 21 in Chickasha
-- Harvest Time Nears for Sesame in Oklahoma
-- Junior Show Time at the Tulsa State Fair
-- Bucks for Rural Water Announced in Louisville
-- OBI Fall Bull Test Sale Coming Next Thursday, October 15
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma FFA Members Getting Ready for Indianapolis.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 81st Annual Convention of the National FFA organization is only two weeks away- and we are excited to announce that we will have expanded coverage of the 2009 Convention here in this email, on our website as well as during our radio reports heard all across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Our Convention Coverage will be a service of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Even before the young men and ladies in Blue and Gold jackets pack their bags and travel to Indiana for the event- it has already been a success for the Oklahoma FFA. For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma FFA will have the most finalists in the National Proficiency Award competition- 27 FFA members from the state are in the final four in their particular category. And the highest honor given to a Chapter is the Three Star Award- Oklahoma will have thirty three Chapters receiving a Three Star Award- the most Chapters of any state in the country.
Once again, the Oklahoma FFA will have a Star Finalist- Slade Nightengale of Cordell is a Star in Production Agriculture finalist for the 2009 convention- he was the Oklahoma Star Farmer a couple of years ago. And for the first time in over a decade, Oklahomans will be able to cheer one of their own as a National Officer- Laila Hajii of Guthrie is serving as a National Vice President of the youth leadership development group.
We have a link below that will give you a feel of the Oklahoma youth that will be competing and/or honored in Indianapolis later this month- it's a three page listing of those young people from Oklahoma that are going to the 2009 national convention with a purpose.
Foreign Ag Land Ownership Up
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A report released by USDA's Farm Service Agency indicates that foreigners have an interest in 1.6 percent of all privately held U.S. agricultural land and 0.92 percent of all land in the United States. This is a 1.4 million acre increase from 2007. The statistics are through February 28, 2008, regarding the 20.9 million acres of U.S. agricultural land in which foreign persons hold an interest. The largest portion of ownership is forest land at 58 percent.
Canadians hold the largest amount of land: almost 7.3 million acres, or 34 percent. People from the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany collectively hold more than 6.7 million acres, or 31 percent of the foreign held acres in the U.S.
Maine has the largest amount of foreign held U.S. agricultural land at
3.35 million acres, or 18.7 percent of the privately held agricultural
land in the state. The states that have the next largest proportions of
foreign held land are: Hawaii, 8.8 percent, Washington - 7.2 percent,
Nevada - 5.2 percent, and Alabama - 5.1 percent.
Biofuels Field Day Coming October 21 in Chickasha
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will showcase some of its recent advances designed to allow Oklahoma to take advantage of the bio-based economy. On Oct. 21, division scientists and engineers will host "Fuel from the Field - Oklahoma Grown" biofuels field day from 8:30 a.m. to past noon at the organization's South Central Research Station in Chickasha. There is no cost for the event and lunch will be provided.
"Last year, researchers set the stage for how forage sorghum and sweet sorghum could soon become viable enterprises to support the feedstocks for a biorefinery or on-farm production of ethanol," said Ray Huhnke, Biobased Products and Energy Center director. "This year, participants will be provided research updates in crop production, harvesting, handling and storage practices." An added component to this year's event is an in-depth look at the economics of biofuel production.
"Field day demonstrations will be expanded compared to last year," said
Brent Westerman, director of the division's Field Research Unit. "Several
companies will be demonstrating their harvesting and packaging equipment,
and a panel of industry representatives will provide their perspective on
equipment needs for the future."
Harvest Time Nears for Sesame in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We asked Danny Peeper of Sesaco to provide us a few thoughts about the 2009 Sesame crop- as it nears maturity for the 2009 growing season. Danny writes "The Oklahoma sesame crop has shown a lot of resilience again this year, surviving drought, local flooding, then locally large hail. We anticipate that state wide averages will improve over recent years, mainly due to the increase of primary plantings as sesame is being included in a planned rotation. September-October have provided cooler than normal weather, which is typically not good for sesame development. However, being planted earlier, many of the acres have mature seed and are just awaiting final drydown. Harvest should begin in the next 10 days in southern Oklahoma. 2010 contracts are currently available at a price of $30cwt.
"We had excellent turnout for the combine clinic that was held in Enid last week with over 75 growers that stopped planting wheat to be able to attend. The question and answer session was very productive with growers wanting to know improved practices to enhance current and future production. We are planning a field day in the spring to demonstrate all types of planting equipment and proper techniques in order to give valuable information to the growers to assist in profitable farming of all types, not just sesame."
Earlier, Peeper had indicated that there are twenty to thirty thousand acres of Sesame scattered out across the state. He believes that number will grow in 2010- perhaps substantially.
Junior Show Time at the Tulsa State Fair
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This afternoon will mark the start of the Junior livestock show at the 2009 Tulsa State Fair- barrows, lambs and goats all begin their show schedules at midday today. Those shows continue on Thursday and the market steer show begins then as well.
Friday morning, the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest happens bright and early at 8 AM- followed by the Premium Sale of Champions from the Junior Show at 11 AM.
We have the full livestock show schedule for the Tulsa State Fair linked below- take a look and check it out.
Bucks for Rural Water Announced in Louisville
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of $190 million in water and environmental project loans and grants that are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development, made the announcement on behalf of Vilsack during a speech at the National Rural Water Association meeting in Louisville, Ky.
"Recovery Act projects are putting people to work and helping rural communities of all sizes build a foundation for economic strength and future prosperity," said Tonsager. "The 27 water and wastewater projects we're announcing today are helping to achieve the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to rebuild and revitalize the nation's infrastructure while creating or retaining jobs."
One project in Oklahoma is getting money out of this latest announcement- the Clayton Public Works Authority is receiving $3,741,800 for improvements in their water system.
OBI Fall Bull Test Sale Coming Next Thursday, October 15
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Next Thursday, October 15, 2009, the OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale Sale begins at noon at the OBI Test Station, 8 miles west of Stillwater, OK on Highway 51. The participants in this latest Bull Test will be selling 41 Performance Tested Bulls, including 34 Angus & 7 Herefords. Also selling next Thursday will be 100 Commercial & Registered Replacement Females selling in groups.
OBI tests approximately 700 bulls annually and merchandises 300 of them through two All-Breed Performance Tested bull sales held in March and October. To qualify for the sale, bulls must complete testing with an index ranking in the top 70% of their contemporary group and pass a breeding soundness exam.
We have the OBI website linked below- click on the link and check out the listing of the fall sale and the full schedule of the October 15th sale.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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