~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 20, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Diamond Anniversary Celebration of the NRCS with Chief Dave White
-- Inhofe Predicts Failure of New Climate Change Bill Coming April 26
-- Winter Wheat Crop Across the Southern Plains Improving- So Say Latest Crop Weather Updates
-- Oklahoma Winter Canola Crop Shaping Up as a Dandy
-- Oklahoma's Got the Man on the National Beef Ambassador Team
-- USDA's Tom Vilsack Paused to Remember the APHIS Employees Lost Fifteen Years Ago
-- Tuesday Meetings Planned in Clinton and Tahlequah
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Diamond Anniversary Celebration of the NRCS with Chief Dave White
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dave White, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), today praised the people of Oklahoma for their "deep and unique understanding of the importance of conservation." White spoke at the Oklahoma State Capitol at a special event commemorating NRCS' 75th anniversary.
"I am honored to be in Oklahoma to kick off the anniversary celebration
of the NRCS," said White. "The partnerships that NRCS has with Oklahoma's
conservation districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the
state's farmers and ranchers continue to set examples for the entire
This morning, Chief White will attend a dedication ceremony for the Turkey Creek Site 3 Upstream Flood Control Dam in Garfield County, near Enid - the first new dam completed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a conservation first for Oklahoma. "We are pleased that Chief White has come to Oklahoma to dedicate the first upstream flood control dam built with federal stimulus funds," said Trey Lam, president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. "Oklahoma has been the leader in building upstream flood control dams, having more than any other state," Lam said. "We are also excited that stimulus funds are being directed to the repair and rehabilitation of many of our dams. This is critical if we are to keep our flood control infrastructure properly maintained," he said. In addition to new dam construction, other ARRA projects being administered by NRCS in Oklahoma include repair and rehabilitation of existing dams and a floodplain easement program.
We actually have two stories to point you to- click
here for the rest of the story on the Capitol appearance of Chief Dave
White- complete with his comments made in the Blue Room.
Inhofe Predicts Failure of New Climate Change Bill Coming April 26
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's Senior Senator, Jim Inhofe, top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is confident that the new effort to pass a national cap-and-trade energy tax will not pass the Senate this year.
"I know we can beat it," Inhofe told Fox News' Stuart Varney. "This is another cap-and-trade. We went through the McCain-Lieberman bill of '03, the McCain-Lieberman of '05, the Warner-Lieberman of '08, the Waxman bill... I can assure you, I don't think they have more than 25 votes on the Democrats' side, and if you throw Lindsey Graham in there that would be 26 votes."
Inhofe and his staff write in the Senator's EPW Committee Blog that "As
reported at the website, Human Events, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) Joe
Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have been working in
secret for months to construct another run at the national energy tax.
Lieberman sparked outrage when he said recently that Reid would manage
bill without a formal introduction to sidestep the committee process."
Winter Wheat Crop Across the Southern Plains Improving- So Say Latest Crop Weather Updates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update, "Several days of clear weather allowed for substantial field work, as producers were busy cultivating ground and planting summer crops. Friday brought three days of welcomed rain for many areas. All nine districts received measurable precipitation this week, with six of the districts averaging one inch or more. Even the Panhandle received substantial moisture, as Texas County reportedly received at least two inches of rain. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to be favorable, with the majority rated in the surplus to adequate range."
"Small grain conditions continued to rate mostly in the good to fair
range, with 14 percent of wheat and 15 percent of rye rated excellent. The
weekend rains provided a healthy boost to the wheat crop, improvements
were noticeable in the color and appearance of the crop. Wheat jointing
reached 85 percent complete by week's end, nine points ahead of last year
but nine points behind normal."
Back to the Oklahoma report- "Favorable conditions during the week allowed for heavy field work as seedbed preparations and some planting continued. Corn seedbed preparations have reached 76 percent complete, up nine points from the previous week. Over one-third of the State's corn was planted by week's end, jumping 19 points from the previous week but still four points behind the five-year average. Nearly half of the sorghum seedbeds were prepared, up 18 points from the week prior and six points ahead of normal. Soybean seedbed preparation increased 12 points to reach 44 percent complete by week's end, but remained behind the five-year average by five points. A small portion of the sorghum and soybean crops were planted by week's end. Peanut seedbed preparations reached 68 percent complete, up seven points from the previous week and well ahead of normal. Cotton seedbed preparation jumped 13 points to reach 70 percent complete, one point ahead of the five-year average."
Oklahoma Winter Canola Crop Shaping Up as a Dandy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Winter Canola Crop continues to develop rapidly- and Gene Neuens with PCOM believes we have the potential for an excellent crop across the some 80,000 acres that were planted last fall in the state of Oklahoma.
Neuens told us over the weekend at the Southern Plains Farm Show that this year's Canola will end up being four to five feet tall, as it should be, and blooming that is now underway suggests a lot of pods will be set and a bumper crop could follow.
We also talked about the current economics of Canola versus Wheat. Canola is priced at a three dollar plus premium per bushel over wheat- and Neuens points out that southern plains canola is the only oilseed coming to harvest in the June timeframe in all of North America, so the market history shows that some of the best prices of the year for this crop come as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will begin to harvest in a few weeks.
Oklahoma's Got the Man on the National Beef Ambassador Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He's several months into his term as one of five National Beef Ambassadors, and today on the Beef Buzz, we catch up with Jackson Alexander of Anadarko and the get the latest on the Beef Ambassadors and all of their activities. Alexander is in his senior year at Anadarko High School, and was chosen last fall as a National Beef Ambassador, along with four college freshmen from Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska and California.
Jackson writes of himself on the Beef Ambassador website "I've been raised on a Hereford farm, with my mom and dad. Some of my earliest memories are out on the farm, feeding cattle with my parents, riding horses, and showing at the county fairs. When I was seven, I began showing Hereford cattle, and got involved with 4-H and FFA where I not only showed, but started competing in speech competitions. During middle school and high school I got involved with our state's Beef Ambassador program, the Oklahoma Club Calf Association, Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association. Within these organizations, I held many local, district and state offices. I've loved every minute of my time in the cattle industry, and from my first Beef Ambassador completion I knew I wanted to someday compete for a national title.
You can click on the link below for this Beef Buzz with Jackson, and when you see his picture on our story- you will appreciate that he has a big smile on his face as he is surrounded by four lovely ladies that make up the National Beef Ambassador team.
USDA's Tom Vilsack Paused to Remember the APHIS Employees Lost Fifteen Years Ago
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and the employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture marked the 15th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing with a moment of silence to honor the memories of the 168 people, including seven colleagues from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, who lost their lives.
"Olen Bloomer, Jim Boles, Peggy Clark, Dick Cummins, Adele Higginbottom, Carole Khalil and Rheta Long will always be remembered for their ultimate sacrifice," said Vilsack. "These men and women are heroes and our thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to their families and friends on this day of remembrance."
USDA employees across the nation and around the world paused for a moment of silence to honor and remember those lost 15 years ago. The remembrance fulfills a promise made to the families of the fallen employees to remember their loved ones and the spirit of unity that was born from their deaths and the deaths of others in Oklahoma City. USDA also is thankful for the APHIS employees who survived the blast and worked tirelessly to help firefighters and other rescue personnel to assist the families of the missing.
Tuesday Meetings Planned in Clinton and Tahlequah
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The regular board meetings of a couple of state agencies are happening later today on opposite sides of the state.
In Clinton, Oklahoma Wheat Commission chairman Don Schieber has called for a meeting of the Commission to be held April 20, 2010 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Frisco Center in Clinton. After the Board Meeting, the election for a District 5 Commissioner will be held. We have their full agenda of the meeting in our calendar listing- click here for that.
This evening at 5:30 PM, the regular monthly board meeting of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission will be held in Tahlequah. Click here for the calendar listing we have for the OSRC meeting.
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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 $7.40 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.60 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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