~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday February 2, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Snow and Extreme Windchills Desend on Oklahoma
-- From the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention- A Visit with Colin Woodall on Policy Priorities
-- Oklahoma Cattlewoman Leader- Tammi Didlot- Now Serving on National Stage
-- Sorghum Checkoff Vote Underway in February at FSA Offices
-- Beef Cow Herd Growth Will be Modest- At Best- in 2011
-- Obama Administration Reappoints State Committee for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency
-- 33rd Annual Western Oklahoma All-Breed Bull Sale Coming Saturday February 5- THIS Weekend
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Snow and Extreme Windchills Desend on Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tuesday's snowstorm set a new snowfall records in central and northeastern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service said 14 inches of snow was recorded at Tulsa International Airport. A few reports of snowfall totals up to 20 inches were reported in parts of norheastern Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, snowfall totals in Central Oklahoma were impressive as well. The unofficial number at Will Rogers Airport was 11.6 inches, which is also a record for the most snow in a single day in the month of February.
The windchills this morning are running well below zero and could be even colder by early Thursday morning as real temperatures for Thursday morning will be bitterly cold- colder than this morning in all liklihood. After that, we get a slow warmup with temperatures back above freezing now predicted for Thursday afternoon.
We have a map of the snowfall totals for the state- courtesy of our colleagues at the News on 6 in Tulsa. Click on the LINK below to check that out.
From the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention- A Visit with Colin Woodall on Policy Priorities
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Colin Woodall lobbies for cattle producers in our nation's capitol- and Woodall sat down with us here in Denver to discuss a variety of issues that are of great interest to those producers out across the country
We talked with Woodall about the GIPSA Rule on Competition in Livestock Markets- and he believes that we are several months away from a final decision by the USDA when it comes to what sort of rule may result. The battle over Cap and Trade was also a topic of our conversation- and Woodall says that it appears that we will see the most aggressive oversight from Congress that has happened in several years. This comes as Woodall sees a concerted attack on modern agriculture from groups that want American farmers to revert to "forty acres and a mule" as our production standard.
Several other issues were discussed during our conversation- and you can hear the entire visit by clicking on the LINK below. It's a part of our coverage of the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention coming the balance of this week from here in frigid Denver.
Oklahoma Cattlewoman Leader- Tammi Didlot- Now Serving on National Stage
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An Oklahoma Cattle Lady is moving through the officer chairs of the American National Cattlewomen- and Tammi Didlot is ready to take the next step on her journey later this week when she will be likely elevated to the position of President Elect of the lady's group. She has served over the past year as the National Vice President of the ANCW- and she tells us that it has been a great year- and very very busy.
We caught up with Didlot between meetings here in Denver at the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Most of the ANCW members that were planning on coming to Denver this year got in on Sunday or early Monday- so missed many of the travel problems that a lot of cattle producers have been dealing with.
Click on the LINK below for our five minutes with Tammi Didlot- she says that serving the beef cattle industry as a national officer over the last year has been a pleasure- and she looks forward to helping make a difference for the cattle industry over the next couple of years as she moves to President Elect- and then next year to President of t he Cattlewomen group.
Sorghum Checkoff Vote Underway in February at FSA Offices
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized procedures for the referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.
USDA will conduct the referendum Feb. 1-28, 2011, at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office, referenced below, for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the internet. We have the LINK at the bottom of the story.
For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than 3 years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. The order requires a simple majority vote in the referendum for the program to continue.
Beef Cow Herd Growth Will be Modest- At Best- in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, the much anticipated USDA Cattle report confirmed that the beef industry is beginning 2011 with a small cow herd, limited replacement heifers and even tighter feeder supplies. The beef cow herd decreased 1.6 percent in 2010 to a January 1, 2011 total of 30.9 million head. The inventory of beef replacement heifers dropped 293 thousand head to 5.16 million head available as of the beginning of 2011. Despite smaller replacement heifer inventories, estimated feeder supplies decreased by 3.3 percent compared to a year ago, as a result of aggressive feedlot placements late in 2010. The question of how much herds expand in 2011will affect beef production in both the short run and the long run.
Possible beef cow herd expansion in 2011depends on several factors including how aggressively producers are trying to expand and what Mother Nature will allow the industry to do. Both of these are uncertain as producer intentions are not clear and the potential for significant drought continues to grow this winter. More fundamentally, the inventory numbers themselves suggest limits on what is possible and the implications of various expansion scenarios. Herd expansion will depend on the net change in cow numbers that result from cow culling and heifer placement in the herd. Cow culling has been at very high levels the last three years and the percent of the beef cow herd culled in 2010 was the highest level of any time in the last twenty years.
Is it possible to increase the beef cow herd in 2011? Click on the LINK below for Dr. Peel's thoughts on this central question- and his conclusions here in the early days of the year.
Obama Administration Reappoints State Committee for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced the reappointment of the current five-member State Committee. The State Committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs, county committee operations, appeals, and federal farm policy determinations. They also provide FSA program information to the general public and other Agency stakeholders.
The five reappointed FSA Committee members includes Cletus Carter of Beaver, Steve Nunley of Marlow, Brenda Neufeld of Fairview, Steve Butler of Wagoner and Steve Sherry of Holdenville.
Details of the State Committee's duties and a brief bio of each of these five is available on our website- www.OKlahomaFarmReport.Com- just click on the LINK below for more on this newly reappointed set of Committee members.
33rd Annual Western Oklahoma All-Breed Bull Sale Coming Saturday February 5- THIS Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Coming up Super Bowl weekend, it will be the the 33rd Annual Western Oklahoma All-Breed Bull Sale on this coming Saturday, February 5, 2011. The sale begins at noon- and will be at the Roger Mills Ag Pavillion in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The alternate date (in case of bad weather) is the following Saturday.
Consignors include Chania Walker, Chase Walker, Mark Bozwell, A-Cross Ranch, John Mollet, Lucas & Amy Reznhart, Carolyn and Bill Potter, SKS Angus, Jenkins Angus Farms, Price Farms, Kenny Rounds, Brandon Hickey and McEntire Red Angus.
This year's sale will feature 38 head of high quality bulls from well
known cattlemen in Western Oklahoma, including Angus, Red Angus, Polled
Heifer and Composite.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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