~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 3, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron Online Auctions!
-- Wheat Harvest Expands Into Central Oklahoma- Very Active in Southwestern Parts of the State
-- Canola Harvest Also Continues- We've got Pictures of One Producer Doing a Straight Cut
-- Water Town Hall Participants Call for a 100 Year Water Plan for the State of Oklahoma
-- Senate Ag Committee Chairlady Decides Farm Bill Hearings ARE Needed this Election Year
-- In This Week's Agritourism Spotlight- a First Class Dude Ranch- Meadowlake Ranch near Tulsa
-- Reglone Desiccant Now Registered for U.S. Winter Canola
-- Obit for Bill Jacobs Now Online
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest Expands Into Central Oklahoma- Very Active in Southwestern Parts of the State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Indications are that the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest is going well as it hits road gear in southwestern Oklahoma. Most test weights we are hearing are from 60 to 62 pounds per bushel with yields all over the place- but an average in the mid 30s thus far is not that far out of line.
Combines were starting to roll in central Oklahoma on Wednesday and if the precipitation holds off and predicted 100 plus degree heat arrives, harvest (at least test cutting) could begin on the Oklahoma/Kansas border as early as this weekend.
According to reports from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- the Hobart area is well along with harvest- "Being approximately 20 percent done, one report said test weights have been "awesome" and producers are bringing in loads that are in the 11 percent moisture range. This is the third full day of harvest for them and they are hopeful for yields to stay in the 40 bushel per acre or higher region that they are still seeing today." We have a second set of pictures to share with you from the Lone Wolf area in Kiowa County- click here to see these shots from Tom Smith.
Again from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- cutting is moving quickly in and around Altus- "With only approximately 10 percent of the crop out of the fields, our reports of test weights and moisture are average of 60 pounds and 10 percent."
Click on the link below for complete reports we have received from both the Oklahoma Wheat Commission as well as from Plains Grains, courtesy of Mark Hodges.
Canola Harvest Also Continues- We've got Pictures of One Producer Doing a Straight Cut
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Winter Canola Harvest continues in southwestern Oklahoma- and our thanks to Jimmy Kinder of Walters for some tremendous pictures of his dryland Canola that is in Cotton County- just west of Walters. They have elected to harvest the Canola seen here with a straight cut. That means they are not pushing or swathing- but taking a combine and cutting it in one pass across the field. The top picture we have on our website makes you feel like you are in the middle of a canola jungle- it is simply an awesome shot!
This is contrast to the pictures we showed you from Canadian County where the farmer- you can see it by clicking here- had "pushed" his canola and is awaiting the chance to harvest it by the first of the week.
Kinder says that since they are just getting started- he has no ideas on yields as of yet- he guessed that these dryland fields will come in between 1000 and 1500 pounds per acre. Click on the link below to see these fields from the ground up- and then a look at the combine tackling the canola straight up.
Water Town Hall Participants Call for a 100 Year Water Plan for the State of Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The efforts to create a comprehensive multi decade water plan for Oklahoma continues, and the Water Town Hall Meeting that wrapped up a week ago in Norman was a significant step forward. After three days of meetings, 180 leaders developed a draft water proposal to submit to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.
In the months ahead, the OWRB will develop a draft water plan that will be commented on by those that attend a series of regional meetings in the first half of 2011. After those comments are digested, a final Comprehensive Water Plan will be submitted to the Legislature by early 2012. Attendees to the Town Hall agreed to several key changes to earlier ideas- including the need to write a 100 year plan versus a 50 year plan as had been first considered.
Anita Poole, Legal Counsel for American Farmers & Ranchers, says that agriculture and rural areas were well represented at the Oklahoma Academy Town Hall on the State Water Plan. Conservation and rural water districts, general farm organizations, commodity groups and policy leaders were very well represented as were many Oklahoma's farmers, ranchers and rural citizens. We talked with Poole about her involvement with the Town Hall- and you can hear our conversation with her by clicking on the LINK below.
Senate Ag Committee Chairlady Decides Farm Bill Hearings ARE Needed this Election Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After telling farm broadcasters in early May that her Committee did not have time to conduct hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill this year- U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced Tuesday that the Committee will begin hearings on the reauthorization of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 ("Farm Bill") this month. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and will focus on maintaining a strong U.S. farm policy. The hearing will be held in the Senate Agriculture Committee, Room 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building.
"The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers on behalf of rural America and our nation's farmers and ranchers," said Lincoln. "As we look toward the upcoming farm bill, I will use these hearings to gather feedback on how the current bill is working and lay the ground work for the future of our nation's farm, nutrition, conservation, rural development, research, forestry and energy priorities. This first hearing will focus on maintaining a sound U.S. farm policy to protect our most vital resource - our food supply. Our food security, millions of jobs and a good share of our national economy depends on the work our farmers and ranchers do every day. The farm bill is necessary and vitally important to ensure we continue to have a safe, reliable and affordable supply of food, while protecting our natural resources."
Click on our link below to read more about the plans announced by Senator Lincoln. It appears that Senator Lincoln is trying to repair her image among farmers after getting beat in the Democratic primary in several key agricultural counties in Eastern Arkansas last month. She's hopeful of getting some of those farm votes back this month in the runoff for the right to advance and run for reelection this fall- her Democratic seat is considered very vulnerable in the November elections- which could make her time as Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee a short tenure.
In This Week's Agritourism Spotlight- a First Class Dude Ranch- Meadowlake Ranch near Tulsa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Griffin Communications, the Radio Oklahoma Network and Farm Director Ron Hays continue to promote Agritourism venues across the state in the spring/summer Adventure Passport contest. Between now and mid July, a different venue will be highlighted in radio and TV ads each week as we salute more than 500 events and venues to enjoy in the growing adventure known as Oklahoma Agritourism.
The venue we are featuring this week is Meadowlake Ranch. Meadowlake Ranch is a scenic ranch just 15 minutes west of Tulsa offering Lakeside Log Cabins, Bluff-top Cabins, and Lakeside Indian Tipis. You may stay on a Housekeeping Plan, a B&B plan or enjoy their full service Dude Ranch including all meals, fishing, hiking, canoeing, tomahawk throwing, pistol and rifle shooting, archery, horseback riding and LOTS more!
Click on the link below to learn more about Meadowlake Ranch- when you arrive there, we have links to their website, the statewide Agritourism website and our video of the TV commercial spotlighting Meadowlake Ranch.
Reglone Desiccant Now Registered for U.S. Winter Canola
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers in the Great Plains and southeast now have access to a new tool for canola crop management: Reglone® desiccant, the only product available for canola to dry it uniformly before harvesting. Reglone® will be especially helpful to growers who direct-harvest or straight-cut canola, which has been an unmet need in winter canola-growing regions.
"This product will be great in our toolbox as a harvest management option," said Great Plains Canola Association President Jeff Scott of Pond Creek, Okla. "It will make direct harvesting much easier."
Click on the link below to learn more about this new harvest management tool that is available for canola growers wanting to speed the harvest drydown process.
Obit for Bill Jacobs Now Online
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Hereford Breed and really all of the US Beef Industry lost a leader when rancher Bill Jacons died in his pickup this past Saturday. An Obit is now online and we have it linked below from the Ardmore newspaper- here's a few highlights from it that shows what an impact he has had on the beef cattle industry.
The family had a cow/calf and dairy operation where Bill worked with
his father until graduating from high school. He then attended Santa Rosa
Junior College for a couple of years until his interest in livestock
judging led him to Oklahoma State University.
Click on the link below to read the rest of the Obit- services for Bill Jacobs will be held in Sulphur, Oklahoma on Friday afternoon, 2 PM, at the United Methodist Church.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we do so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.10 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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