~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 25, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Straight Ahead- Turkey Day and More
-- Energy Independence? The Answer May Be Blowing in the Wind!
-- Bio-Oil and Biochar May be Future of Corn Stover
-- Good Wheat Meeting Coming to El Reno on Pearl Harbor Day
-- The Shorthorn Piece of the US Beef Puzzle
-- Give Thanks- Part One
-- Give Thanks Part Two
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Straight Ahead- Turkey Day and More
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will not be having a daily email either tomorrow or Friday- so this is our chance to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday- refer to the bottom of this email to reflect on the blessings we count at Thanksgiving with some interesting thoughts that email friends have shared with us. If any major events do unfold in the next few days on the farm news scene- we will have coverage on our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
We do have a guest lined up for this coming Saturday morning for our In
the Field segment as seen by KWTV, News9 in Oklahoma City. Jamey Allen of
the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture will be our guest, as we talk about
some of the latest efforts in the Ag in the Classroom program- and
especially one new idea that is "working out" great in teaching kids more
about where their food comes from. In the Field on News9 airs around 6:40
Markets will be closed on Thursday- and the ag futures will have a short trading session on Friday- closing the open outcry at 12 noon for both the livestock and grain futures.Most livestock auction barns will be taking the balance of the week off- so call to confirm if a sale is on or off before you bring any critters into the loading pens to take them to town.
One thing that we are very thankful for is YOU. We have been reporting on the agricultural news scene in Oklahoma since 1977- and our listeners on radio, viewers on TV and now readers of our Email, Webstories and even our Tweets make this long time calling a joy. Every day is different- every day is the chance to help many of you find more profitable and efficient ways to farm or ranch- or perhaps to celebrate our youth through 4-H and FFA- or maybe have a laugh or two along the way. I don't say it as often as I should- but your interest in what we report is very much appreciated- and it's my hope that we can always do our best in covering the world of farming, ranching and other aspects of agriculture and rural living in a way that is useful to you.
Energy Independence? The Answer May Be Blowing in the Wind!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Secretary of Energy, Bobby Wegener, is excited about the upcoming 2009 Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference that will be held in downtown Oklahoma City on December second and third. He says the future for the state of Oklahoma in the wind energy business is bright, if we stay engaged in moving the stumbling blocks that are now in place as we move from a coal generated electrical grid in this country to one that takes advantage of the wind as a key component.
Wednesday is the Early Bird Registration deadline for the Conference- you can call 1-800-203-5494 for information and we have the link to the Wind Energy Conference website as a part of our webstory that has the full audio conversation that we have had this week with Secretary Wegener. That link is below.
Researchers believe that Oklahoma could be the second largest generator of wind power in the decades to come for the United States, but that will depend upon getting the transmission lines in place to allow that to happen. Transmission issues, environmental issues and landowner rights issues will all be covered at this 2009 gathering- and we discuss these issues and more with Wegener in our conversation that we have available for you to listen to.
Landowner issues are a concern- we had one farmer from Noble County
drop us an email, saying that land owners have to be really careful in
this arena. He writes "take a poll of the landowners where these wind
farms would have to be built & see what that gives you. Sounded good
to us in the Noble County area until we took a closer look at them. No
Corporation Commission oversight, mostly foreign ownership & the
liability issues if they are abandoned. Some signed up over a year ago
with absolutely no activity of any kind since. Leases weren't such a hot
Bio-Oil and Biochar May be Future of Corn Stover
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Researchers around the world are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into "cellulosic ethanol." But Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that it might be more cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energy-rich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrich soils and sequester carbon.
The research, under-written by the National Corn Growers Association, suggests it could be more cost-effective to produce bio-oil through a distributed network of small pyrolyzers and then transport the crude bio-oil to central refining plants to make "green gasoline," rather than transporting bulky stover to a large centralized cellulosic ethanol plant. Researchers found that the bio-oil captured 70 percent of the total energy input, and the energy density of the bio-oil was five to 16 times the energy density of the feedstock.
Also, the research indicates that about 18 percent of the feedstock was converted into bio-char, which contains most of the mineral nutrients in the corn residues. Using biochar as a soil amendment would return those nutrients to the soil, reduce leaching of other nutrients, help build soil organic matter and sequester carbon. These benefits would help mitigate the adverse environmental effects of harvesting stover for fuel production.
Good Wheat Meeting Coming to El Reno on Pearl Harbor Day
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brad Tipton of the Canadian County Extension office has assembled a first rate winter meeting for wheat producers to be a part of- he writes to us that "There are currently some huge issues confronting wheat growers, which are of growing concern. Topping the list would be herbicide resistant weed problems that are currently being found in many wheat fields."
"Dr. Joe Armstrong, OSU Weed Science Extension Specialist, has sampled
and found ryegrass resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides in 20 fields
throughout our county. This is shocking and very sobering news for wheat
production profitability when one considers the tremendous amount of
dockage wheat growers took at the grain elevators during last summer's
wheat harvest infested with winter grassy weed seed.
Besides Armstrong, they have lined up Dr. Jeff Edwards and Dr. Brian Arnall from OSU to address some key issues beyond the weed problems that may face the 2010 crop. Click on the link below to jump to our calendar listing for this meeting- you do need to call and RSVP if you want to attend- but Brad says come one, come all.
The Shorthorn Piece of the US Beef Puzzle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the three British Beef Breeds that were most popular in the first half of the 20th century was the Shorthorn breed- and while they are the smallest in U.S. numbers of the three British breeds today (compared to Angus and Hereford), they still have a loyal following.
Friend and broadcast colleague Andy Vance of the Buckeye Ag Radio Network talked to Dr. Bert Moore about his first year of service as Executive Secretary of the American Shorthorn Association and what role Shorthorn cattle can play in the commercial beef industry. Vance caught up with Moore as the Grand Champion Bull of the breed was being selected at the 2009 NAILE in Louisville, Ky.
Click on the link below for this Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations all across the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Give Thanks- Part One
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fred Schmedt, who was on staff in the Ag Division at the Noble Foundation for many years responded to my request for some Thanksgiving Thoughts- and he has a "mini" devotional ready to go for his Thursday guests and family as they gather- and I am delighted that he is allowing me to share it with you. Fred writes:
"Our celebration of Thanksgiving has evolved from a combination of
harvest fests, being thankful for bountiful crops, and giving thanks to
God for all our many blessings. Thanksgiving is in many ways a Farmers
Holiday. It comes at a time in the fall to reflect on the past growing
season and to look forward to the new year.
Fred concludes with these words from the Psalmist who describes so very
well what we do in feeding and clothing the world- "He makes grass grow
for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate- bringing forth food from
Give Thanks Part Two
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Becker family from Kansas also offered a remembrance of an early Thanksgiving they shared as a family as they served their country. Mike writes "Our second Thanksgiving Dinner together in 1972 was at the mess hall in Hanau Germany. I was on "Commanders of Quarters" duty that day. My wife, 1 year old daughter and my mother, who had flow to Germany to visit, and I went to eat a very will prepared meal by the Army cooks. The meal ticket was a less than $2.00 for each adult. That daughter is now married and living in Canada with her Canadian husband and their 7 children. Mom is no longer with us, she died of cancer 3 years ago. But God is Good and we are indeed THANKFUL."
He brings us a reminder- that many friends and neighbors will be far from home- in harm's way or much closer to being in harm's way than we are here in Oklahoma. Remember our men and women who serve this country this Thanksgiving- say a prayer for their safety and say a prayer that our nation's leaders do NOT take lightly their safety as they are the front line in the WAR on Terror.
Finally, I have quoted before from a tiny book written decades ago by a
gentleman by the name of Samuel Guard. The book is a series of prayers for
all the seasons- it's called "The Farmer Gives Thanks." I like the way one
of his prayers related to the fall season ends up and I wanted to share it
with you today- and on through this Thanksgiving holiday 2009. He says
simply "Make our hearts big enough to receive thy bounty in constant
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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 $8.20 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.40 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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