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Drought to Flood: the Hammon
town, two droughts, two floods, two very different
Straddling the boundaries of
Roger Mills and Custer Counties in a river bend
where the Washita River joins Big Kiowa Creek,
sits the small town of Hammon. During the Dust
Bowl, Hammon baked beneath crushing drought. Crops
withered and herds dwindled. Poor land management
left the soil hard, erodible and, most cruelly,
nearly impervious to water.
finally came to Hammon in April 1934, the hard
ground was ill prepared to accept the 14 inch
downpour. When its tributaries flooded, the
Washita River swelled two miles beyond its banks.
The flood that swept through Hammon stole 17 lives
and caused $53 million dollars in damage adjusted
to today's dollars. Families, homes, roads,
bridges, railroads and crops all
After four years of drought,
spring 2015 has again brought rains to the town of
Hammon. The area received 26 inches of rain
between April and May-twice that received in the
same period in 1934.
"The dams are
making the difference," said Nena
Wells, Upper Washita Conservation
District manager. "We'd likely be underwater if it
weren't for them."
Wells is referring
to the 143 flood control dams constructed in Roger
Mills County since the 1950s. This network of
dams, built along tributary streams of larger
rivers, is designed to capture and slow the flow
of water as it moves downstream. Compared to zero
percent flood control in 1934, the dam network has
captured 58 percent of floodwater upstream of
Hammon this, according to USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Resource Office
estimates. As a result, damage in town was
During Memorial Day weekend,
watershed experts with the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission (OCC), the
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts and the National
Watershed Coalition surveyed flood
control structures from a helicopter. Click here to read
more about their findings and see aerial
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Delays Planting Progress Across Southern
received record setting precipitation this past
week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported
eight districts had the wettest period on record
since 1921. This last week's
rainfall boosted the state's top soil and subsoil
moisture conditions to mostly adequate to surplus.
In the weekly crop progress report, the wheat crop
condition rated 36 percent good to excellent, 41
percent fair and 23 percent poor to very poor. The
crop lost three points in the good to excellent
category. The canola crop rated 61 percent good to
fair. Row crop seeding continued to be delayed
throughout the state due to wet conditions.
Pasture and range conditions were rated 78 percent
good to fair. Click here for the
full Oklahoma report.
moved across Texas this past week
bringing upwards of ten inches of precipitation.
Lodging of wheat and oats due to flooding and high
winds was experienced in several regions. USDA
reports the wet conditions have delayed wheat
harvest with four percent of the crop in the
bin. USDA reports 56 percent of
the wheat crop was in good to excellent condition,
31 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor
condition. Corn planting gained two points with 77
percent of the crop planted and 74 percent
emerged. Sorghum was 72 percent planted, soybeans
were 69 percent, cotton was 29 percent and peanuts
were 32 percent. Click here for the
full Texas report.
statewide across Kansas this past
week. The heaviest rainfall, up to three inches,
fell in southwest and south central Kansas. USDA
reported 30 percent of the wheat crop is in good
to excellent condition, 42 percent fair and 28
percent in poor to very poor. The crop gained one
point in the fair category. Corn was 84 percent
planted, behind last year and the average of 92.
Soybeans were 20 percent planted, sorghum was nine
percent and cotton was at nine percent. Click here for the
full Kansas report.
Planting Nears Completion, Corn Crop Appears to Be
in Good Condition
farmers have nearly completed plantings for 2015
according to a report released Monday by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Advancing to 92 percent complete, growers'
progress now surpasses the five-year average for
this time by four points.
planting nearly complete, farmers turn to best
management practices and hopefully favorable
weather to nurture the crop along," said
National Corn Growers Association
President Chip Bowling. "Despite the
implications of a swift and successful planting
season, a record-setting crop is not guaranteed by
any means. A long summer still lies ahead and, as
in many years, the fate of the crop will largely
be decided by propitiously timed rains in the
middle of the summer."
also exceeded the average with 74 percent of all
acres up by May 24. The five-year average at this
point is 62 percent. Michigan and Wisconsin both
achieved 35 or more points beyond the five-year
average for maturity, the greatest margin seen
The report also included the
first assessment of the 2015 corn crop quality,
with 74 percent of corn acres rated either good or
excellent. As the crop maturity has progressed
more quickly than in previous years, there is not
data point of comparison
Soybean planting reached 61
percent complete. That's a gain of 16 points over
last week. Progress was six points ahead of last
year and the five year average.
planting nationally reached 47 percent.
That's behind last year's 60 and the five year
average of 61.
To view the full report
released Monday, click here.
Foresees Another Great Year for Herd
recent rains has reduced the effects of drought
and helped the grassland recover across much of
Oklahoma and Texas. That bodes well for cattle
producers looking to increase their herd numbers.
Oklahoma State University
Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr.
Derrell Peel said this rain is exactly
what cattle producers needed.
it's going to be a pretty significant effect, as
we go forward," Peel said. "The issue for the last
several years in the beef industry has been sort
of what we had to do, as opposed to what we wanted
In the last month, the southern
plains areas that had the worst drought in that
region have received significant amounts of rain.
That's going to allow for herd expansion. Some of
these areas have been in drought for so long and
will need additional time to recover. Peel thinks
this is going to stimulate expansion for the
"I think we are
going to see fairly aggressive expansion pace here
in 2015 as we go forward," Peel
I featured Peel on our
latest Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations
around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.
Click or tap here to
listen to this Beef Buzz.
In the latest
Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Peel
offers more lessons in beef demand. Click here to read
Moving Forward with New Canola Products and
wheat is still several years away, but the seed
company Monsanto will be making some important
decisions in the near future.
Monsanto Regional Director for
State Government Affairs Duane
Simpson said the company is finishing
with phase two of their first generation biotech
wheat and they will decide soon when they will
advance into phase three. He said this starts the
work with regulatory approvals, which could take
six to eight years.
Monsanto will also
release two new products for canola farmers in the
near future. TruFlex Roundup Ready canola allows
farmers a broader window of application for
Roundup. The second product is dicamba tolerant
canola. Simpson said this will give farmers three
different herbicides plus Roundup. This will give
farmers multiple modes of action for weed control.
He said this will help clean up fields, especially
if farmers are seeing some issues with glyphosate
resistant weeds. Simpson said these products are
going through their final regulatory approvals.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
have become a hot button issue for some consumers.
With Monsanto continuing to develop new and more
advanced seed lines, Simpson said Monsanto is
doing a lot to improve the public perception and
acceptance of GMOs by helping people understand
GMO's and the benefits of planting
Click here to read
more or have the opportunity to listen to the full
interview as Simpson addresses why a national GMO
labeling standard is needed.
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the Flood Gates be Needed at Lake Altus
has been three years since a drop of irrigation
water has been delivered from Lake Altus Lugert in
southwestern Oklahoma. The Lake Level has
gradually declined to a point where this spring it
dipped below ten percent of being filled up to the
point where the conservation pool is full. In mid
February, there was just a little over 12,000 acre
feet of water in the lake- and that was 9.2% of
we were at the State Lodge for the spring Peanut
meeting where Mike Kubicek was
honored for his service to the industry ahead of
his retirement- it was crazy low- lots of dirt
seen around the water left and lots of weeds grown
up in what is normally the Lake bed.
for the time being- that is all just a memory.
As of early this morning- the conservation
pool had passed the 85% full level- and by the end
of this week- the lake could hit the 100% mark.
Inflows continue at almost 10,000 cubic feet
per second- and that makes it certain that this
multi purpose lake will be full again- and perhaps
some or all of the flood gates may be opened. The
current numbers show Lake Altus at 85.65% full,
with over 110,000 acre feet now in place. (it's up
over 15,000 acre feet since 7 am yesterday
a Facebook post by long time resident and farmer
Robert Dan Robbins, he says he
last remembers all of the flood gates at Lake
Altus Lugert being opened in 1997.
cotton producers in the irrigation district in
primarily Jackson County- it's late to react to
the possibility of irrigation water being
available this year- but the 2016 growing season
may be the first irrigated cotton crop in several
for those producers.
N That - Nominees
Sent to the Governor and It's Big Iron
district five election for a wheat commissioner
that will represent the industry on the Oklahoma
Wheat Commission board was held this past week in
Ponca City- and three nominees have been selected-
with their names going to Governor Mary
Fallin for her final selection of the
Commissioner for a five year term.
three nominees include incumbent Don
Schieber of Ponca City, Brady
Cooper of Newkirk and Stan
Claybaker of Blackwell.
the Wheat Commission becoming more privatized when
the new Fiscal Year rolls around July first- this
is will be the last election where the nominees
will be submitted to the Governor of the
Wednesday- and that means the Big
Iron folks will be busy closing out this
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