Recently-Released Ag Movies Accurately Reflect Farm Life, Oklahoma Ag Secretary SaysThu, 17 Apr 2014 16:13:53 CDT
On hand at Wednesday night’s preview of the documentary “The Great American Wheat Harvest” was Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. He told Oklahoma Farm Report’s Ron Hays that he thought the movie was an accurate portrayal of the peaks and pitfalls experienced by Oklahoma agricultural producers.
“I thought tonight was a very good depiction of the life of a family working together to accomplish a goal which is production in agriculture. It was fun.”
He said Oklahomans are familiar with agriculture-at least on the surface-but movies like this one and “Farmland” previewed Tuesday for Oklahoma agricultural leaders will help present a deeper look at the people that feed this country and the world.
“A lot of us, we see the custom harvesters running through the country. They come and they go pretty quickly. But, by the time you go across the entire nation, it’s a livelihood. So, to get a more in-depth glimpse at their lives was great.”
The reality of producers’ lives at the moment is a little precarious across Oklahoma, Reese said. The continued drought and this week’s late season cold snap has many growers in all segments of agriculture worried about this year’s harvest, but he still sees reasons to hope.
“Nobody’s really excited about 28 degrees for an extended period of time, but one of the bylines of one of my neighbors is ‘I can tell you what it’s worth when we haul it to the bin.’ And that’s the truth. So, we’re not excited about below-freezing weather and there was undoubtedly some damage, but agriculture’s an outdoor sport and we always hope for the best… I’m optimistic about this year’s crop. There are a lot of areas of the state that don’t look that great, but wheat is a crop that if they get a lot of rain at the end of April and early May, we could still have a great crop.”
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