~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 2, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Monica Wilke is the 2010 Oklahoma Ag Woman of the Year
-- Dry Weather Goes Both Ways- Hurts Forage Prospects But Aids Harvest Efforts
-- Cotton Harvest Hits Halfway Mark- Gins Are Humming
-- Sign Up By Friday for Angus Boot Camp in Southern Oklahoma
-- We Profile Hot Web Site Supported by Beef Checkoff on Today's Beef Buzz
-- American Royal Champions- That's the OSU Livestock Judging Team
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Unless you voted early, today is the day to stop long enough to exercise your privilege as an American citizen to vote. No matter where you live, there are issues that you can have an impact on- locally, at the state level or nationally.
At the national level- if the polls are right, both the House and Senate Ag Committees will be led by new Chairmen come January. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will likely win reelection- but will drop back to the ranking member status as it is expected that Congressman Frank Lucas will be the first Chairman of the House Ag Committee from the state of Oklahoma ever. Peterson is quoted in an interview with Chris Clayton of DTN that life as the ranking member will be simpler- and that he believes that he will be able to work well with Congressman Lucas as Chair- adding that he understood that he could not move legislation without Lucas if he stayed Chairman- and that he hopes the the Roger Mills County rancher understands that he can't move legislation without his involvement and support. He does predict that if Lucas is chair- Direct Payments will almost certainly be a part of the next farm law.
On the Senate side- Senator Blanche Lincoln will need a MIRACLE (in all caps) to keep her seat in Congress. Congressman John Boozman has had a commanding lead for months against the current Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee- and all the pollsters agree that he will be the next Senator from Arkansas. If Senator Lincoln loses and the Democrats hold the Senate- the smart money inside the Beltway continues to call the name of Debbie Stabinow of Michigan as the likely next Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee.
We will be watching and waiting as you will through the evening- we will have updates via Twitter and on our website at www.OKlahomaFarmReport.Com as the night goes on- and a complete recap tomorrow morning here in our email of what the RURAL landscape looks like on November 3rd as it pertains to both state and national races.
Monica Wilke is the 2010 Oklahoma Ag Woman of the Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Monica Wilke, was named the 2010 Woman of the Year in Agriculture by the Diamond Hats organization, a group of ladies young and old who actively raise money to support 4-H and FFA Youth Programs in the state of Oklahoma. Growing up on a farm in the small, southwest Oklahoma town of Grandfield, Monica developed a deep appreciation for rural life and continues to hold true to her farming roots even today. Throughout her childhood, she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA and represented Oklahoma FFA as a State Officer during her freshman year of college.
After receiving an undergraduate degree from OSU and then her law degree from OU, she began her career in 1999 as a Legislative Specialist and Attorney at Law in the government relations division of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Since then, she has been promoted several times including her role as General Counsel and Mutual Company Lobbyist. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director for Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies, a position in which she leads the largest grassroots, agricultural organization in the state of Oklahoma.
She is a past President of the Diamond Hats and has helped that
organization to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support youth in
the state of Oklahoma in recent years.
Dry Weather Goes Both Ways- Hurts Forage Prospects But Aids Harvest Efforts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- the mild temperatures and lack of rain allowed the harvest of row crops to continue making ample progress. However, the same conditions have interfered with fall planting and hurt the prospects of winter forage. The highest average rainfall for any district was only 0.08 of an inch, while four districts averaged zero inches. Temperatures averaged in the upper fifties with average highs in the low-to-mid seventies. Topsoil moisture conditions improved slightly from the previous week with 52 percent rated adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly in the adequate to short range, with 19 percent rated very short.
For our fall planted crops- Conditions are mostly in the good to fair
range, but more moisture is needed to finish planting and ensure good
forage. Wheat seeding was 93 percent complete at the end of the week,
while 75 percent of wheat had emerged by Sunday.
The fall harvest is ahead of normal for all row crops. The dry weather also provided an improvement in the cotton condition ratings. The sorghum harvest reached 78 percent complete by Sunday, an increase of 23 points from the previous week and 34 points ahead of normal. Ninety percent of soybeans were mature by week's end and 63 percent of the crop had been harvested, 11 points ahead of the five-year average. Ninety-one percent of the state's peanuts had been dug by Sunday, and 80 percent of the peanut crop was combined, 21 points ahead of normal. The cotton harvest was 49 percent complete by Sunday, 17 points ahead of the five-year average.
Cotton Harvest Hits Halfway Mark- Gins Are Humming
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~COTTON HARVEST, 2010, is in full swing in Oklahoma- with the latest Crop Weather Update putting the 2010 harvest at 49% complete. Moving from the southwestern counties northward, some gins are running two shifts ginning constantly and others are just beginning to get under way.
In Jackson County, Lynn Scalf, manager of the Farmers Cooperative gin at Martha, reports he has two crews working 12 hour shifts back to back and a lot of cotton is being processed there. "We have ginned 10,000 bales to date," he said. "We have been ginning for two and a half weeks now. We have about 180 cotton modules on the yard now, waiting to be ginned. We ginned 23,000 bales last year." A module of cotton usually contains from 10 to 15 bales of raw cotton taken from the harvested and pressed into a module which is then placed on the edge of the field to be transported to the gin. "As most people know, prices paid for cotton are really high this year," Scalf said. " I understand some was sold recently for $1.30 per pound. There is a high demand for US cotton around the world right now."
Cotton yields so far this season have been very good. Scalf says the irrigated cotton his gin is averaging two to two and a half bales per acre, maybe not as good as 2009, but good yields anyhow. Dryland cotton yields for farmers bringing cotton to the Martha gin have been really good, Scalf says, "In a lot of the area around here, dryland fields received timely rains giving farmers two bale per acre cotton."
Thanks to Vic Schoonover of NTOK for providing us this cotton harvest update- click on the LINK below for the rest of our story on harvest conditions and more on several Gins now up and running- busily processing the 2010 cotton crop from Oklahoma producers.
Sign Up By Friday for Angus Boot Camp in Southern Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Angus Association and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host the popular Angus Cattlemen's Boot Camp November 29-30 in Ardmore, Okla.
Cattlemen's Boot Camps are sponsored by the Angus Foundation and are geared toward both beginning and veteran producers. The Oklahoma session includes 1½ days of speakers, educational materials and hands-on labs, and features Association, academia and industry experts presenting a variety of topics.
Minnie Lou Bradley of Bradley 3 Ranch in Memphis, Texas, will begin
Monday presentations by discussing business mentality in the beef
industry. The Noble Foundation's Clay Wright will then speak about
reproductive performance, while Deke Alkire will discuss optimal cow herd
To register for the Boot Camp, click on the LINK below. Registration includes meals and educational materials, is $75 per person and is due to the American Angus Association Nov. 5. Late or walk-in registrations will not be accepted.
We Profile Hot Web Site Supported by Beef Checkoff on Today's Beef Buzz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The checkoff-funded BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com website remains the leading online destination for recipes dedicated to beef, shopping for and learning how to prepare beef. In the last Fiscal Year, the site had more than 495,000 total visits with more than 1.7 million page views. The checkoff's digital marketing manager, Meredith Stevens, says visitors to the site spend more than 3 ½ minutes per session, which means they're finding exactly what they need by way of recipes and cooking information and tips in order to have a great beef-eating experience.
The website has added a mobile application that makes reading beef recipes from the site quick and easy on your cell phone or other mobile device. That means busy consumers who stop at the supermarket on the way home have an instant resource to see quick beef recipes that can be fixed in a hurry for the family- and moves more pounds of beef in drivetime.
Click on the LINK below to learn more about the Beef for Dinner website emphasis that we feature on today's Beef Buzz. The Beef Buzz is heard on great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and most of the shows end up on our website- just waiting for you to show up and take a listen. We have a Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of all of the pages on our website- click on that button anytime which will take you to a full lineup of previous Beef Buzz shows for you to listen to and learn more about what is going on in today's Beef Industry.
American Royal Champions- That's the OSU Livestock Judging Team
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team won the 2010 American Royal contest in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The OSU team had all five team members in the top 13 overall out of 127 students competing on behalf of 27 Universities from across the United States. OSU was the 2nd high team in both the Sheep and Swine divisions, and the high team in Beef and Oral Reasons.
The 2010 Oklahoma State Livestock team consists of Darin Annuschat, Kingfisher, OK; Megan Bryant, Pawnee, OK; Jett Eder, Sharon Springs, KS; Jared Givens, Lebanon, TN; Holly Hogue, Wilcox, AZ; Ashley Hop, Templeton, CA; Jorge Huizar, Winters, CA; Kaylee Kerbs, Saratoga, WY; Garrett Knebel, Winamac, IN; Jeremy Leister, Amsterdam, MO; Mike McCusker-Kinna, Middletown, MD; Lace Meder, Yukon, OK; Clint Mefford, Central Point, OR; Kelsey Pfeiffer, Orlando, OK; Nick Pope, Tecumseh, OK and Chase Reed from Winfield, KS.
Knebel was the High Individual of the Entire Contest, while Kaylee
Kerbs was fourth overall individual.
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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 $9.00 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.70 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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