~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 9, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Climate Change Legislation Does Not Have Votes or Time to Clear Senate This Year- Mary Kay Thatcher of AFBF
-- Mike Spradling and the Other Incumbents Reelected at OFB Convention
-- Joe and Mary Jo Peeper of Garfield County are OFB's Farm Family of the Year
-- Green Tie Gala- A Big Party and a Huge Success!
-- Analyst Mark Gold Believes Low Moisture Corn Will Be Hard to Find This Year
-- Pondering the Lateness of Wheat Pasture with Dr. Derrell Peel
-- Express Customer Appreciation Sale Coming Tomorrow
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Climate Change Legislation Does Not Have Votes or Time to Clear Senate This Year- Mary Kay Thatcher of AFBF
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mary Kay Thatvcher is the Director of the Ag Policy Group for the American Farm Bureau. in Washington- and she was in Oklahoma CIty on this past Friday to speak to the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
We sat down and visited with her about a variety of subjects including Climate Change, Health Care, the Death Tax, the EPA and the general political climate in Washington. In handicaping three major political issues of interest to farmers and ranchers- Thatcher sees it as likely the Congress will finish some sort of Health Care Package this year, it is unlikely the same result will happen with Climate Change- it will get pushed off into 2010 or even later. And- Thatcher tells us that we could see fresh legislation this year on Estate Tax Exemptions- setting it at a level around $5 million per person with a stepped up basis.
You can hear our conversation with Mary Kay Thatcher of AFBF from our Podcast section of our website- just lcik on the link below. This podcast is our Ag Perspectives series, where we post to the Internet interviews that we think you will find of interest. These long form interviews can be found by going to our website and clicking on the Listen to RON button on the left hand side of the page.
Mike Spradling and the Other Incumbents Reelected at OFB Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tulsa County farmer-rancher Mike Spradling was re-elected president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Nov. 7 at the organization's 68th annual meeting at Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center. He was uncontested in the Saturday election.
Spradling won his second two-year term as the president of the state's
largest general farm organization. He was first elected to the office in
November 2007. The farmer-rancher along with his wife, Lotsee, own and
operate the Flying G Ranch near Sand Springs. Cattle and pecans are the
primary agricultural enterprises. They also have an equestrian complex for
training, riding lessons, boarding and trail rides.
Three state directors of the general farm organization were also returned to their seats on the Board of Directors. Tom Buchanan of Jackson County, Larry Boggs of Latimer County and Billy Gibson of Pontotoc County won new three-year terms on the state board during district caucuses that were a part of the annual meeting of Oklahoma Farm Bureau in downtown Oklahoma City. You can go to the link below and read more about these farmer leaders- as well as the reelected ladies to the State Woman's Board.
Joe and Mary Jo Peeper of Garfield County are OFB's Farm Family of the Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Garfield County's Joe and Mary Jo Peeper were named Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year Nov. 6 at the 68th annual state convention in Oklahoma City. A panel of judges selected the Enid family from 13 entries in the annual contest, which honors the farm family who best represents farming and ranching and the spirit of Oklahoma agriculture. Click here to read more about the Peepers and their farm operation- we also have audio with Joe after the announcement came this past Friday night.
Click on the name of the other honorees for more on their selection as they were spotlghted on Friday night. Muskogee County's Jon and Natalie Leeds were named Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R Achievement Award winners Nov. 6th at the 68th annual convention in Oklahoma City. The YF&R Achievement Award honors the state's top young farmer or farm family for their achievements in the farming business and their leadership in the agricultural community.
Steve Sneary of Alva won the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest held during the OFB annual convention Nov. 6 in Oklahoma City. The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a specific topic related to agriculture.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau honored Kent
Boggs, Executive Director of the Oklahoma FFA, during its 68th annual
meeting in Oklahoma City with their Distinguished Service Awards for
service to Oklahoma agriculture. Boggs has served agriculture for more
than 30 years as an educator and motivator for young people.
Green Tie Gala- A Big Party and a Huge Success!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a great night for Oklahoma 4-H as supporters and members of the organization celebrated 100 years of service to boys and girls in the state with a special evening called the Green Tie Gala this past Friday evening in downtown Oklahoma City at the historic Skirvin Plaza Hotel.
We have a couple of interviews posted from the night with Dr. Charles Cox, longtime state 4-H leader as well as with Jered Davidson, past President and Hall of Famer for Oklahoma 4-H. Click on their names to listen to our conversation with them- and to learn more about the heritage of Oklahoma 4-H over the past century.
We also have a few additional pictures that we have posted as a group on our website- and you can take a look at them by clicking on the link below. And when OSU's Division of Ag posts the pictures they took- we will give you that link as well- they took a lot more pictures than we did and I know a lot of folks involved with that evening will be excited to see them.
Analyst Mark Gold Believes Low Moisture Corn Will Be Hard to Find This Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mark Gold says that the harvest of the corn crop here in the fall of 2009 is a major concern- probably more so than for soybeans in the midwest. Quality, dry corn may well be at a premium in the months ahead- and if you spec out a better quality corn, you will likely have to be prepared to pay more for it.
We talked corn and soybeans- and also livestock futures with Mark Gold of Top Third Marketing who was a guest speaker at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau meeting this past Friday in Oklahoma City.
You can hear his comments by following the link below and jumping to the page where we have our audio conversation with him.
Pondering the Lateness of Wheat Pasture with Dr. Derrell Peel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The following is an article from the weekly email that Dr. Glenn Selk and Dr. Derrell Peel jointly work on- Dr. Peel offers his thoughts on a later than optimal wheat pasture season.
"I am not sure you can say that September weather was like November but so far it seems that we are having September in November in Oklahoma. After an unusually wet and cold September and October, the weather has finally dried out and warmed up. Much of the state has not yet had a freeze and it appears unlikely to freeze in the next several days. Wheat planting is still behind schedule and some producers are just now finishing up planting, some of which was intended to be planted in September. Overall, wheat stands are highly variable with the wheat that was planted early very big with good stands (except where pests have taken a toll) to just planted or barely emerged wheat.
"This leads to the question of whether it is too late for wheat grazing. The answer will depend to a large extent on producer decisions about whether to harvest grain. In some parts of the state wheat is grown primarily for forage most years and those producers will certainly buy stocker calves for grazing through the end of the year and into January if necessary, depending on when the wheat is ready for grazing. For other producers wheat graze-out is a year by year decision that is sometime not made until late February or early March when first hollow stem stage forces the choice between grain and grazing. However, this year, a late start to winter grazing likely means that some producers will not have enough days to make dual-purpose wheat feasible and the decision to graze now also involves a choice to go ahead plan for graze-out next spring. Some producers may take a bit of a wait and see attitude before deciding to buy stockers. However, the fact that the wheat is finally in the ground and fields and corrals are drying up likely means that stocker buying will pick up from now until Thanksgiving. Moreover, the current state of the wheat (grain) market makes graze-out a definite possibility for some producers."
Express Customer Appreciation Sale Coming Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Express Ranches Customer Appreciation Sale will be held at Stockman-Oklahoma Livestock in Apache, Oklahoma this Tuesday(tomorrow), November 10, starting at 12:30 PM in the afternoon.
Some of the consignments that will be a part of this replacement female sale include:
100 Running Age Replacement Cows Bred to Express Bulls (Spring Calvers)
30 Young Commercial Angus Cows with calves at side (Some three in
For more details, click on our auction listing at the link below- or call Express at 1-800-664-3977- or in the Oklahoma City calling area- 405-350-0044.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock Auction sold a total of 7,835 cattle this past Friday- and weaned calves sold steady, with others at a steady to $3 lower pricetag. Yearlings were called about steady, with seven to eight hundred pound steers clearing from $95.25 to $99.35. Back to the calves- five to six hundred pounders were selling from $94 to $109.50, with value added lots priced $108 to $114. Click here for the complete Woodward Livestock Auction report- it should be at this link after 8 AM central time on Monday.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.25 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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