~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday June 5, 2008!A service of National Livestock Credit, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Wheat Harvest Starting to Rack Up Significant Percentages of Completion in Many Areas of the State.
-- Severe Weather Could Threaten More Ripe Wheat Acres Tonight!
-- American Farm Bureau On the Scene at the World Food Summit.
-- Land Grant 101 For the New OSU President!
-- Eight Winners Saluted in the Made in Oklahoma Recipe Competition!
-- Cotton After Wheat- Gotta Be Done NOW!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Harvest Starting to Rack Up Significant Percentages of Completion in Many Areas of the State.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest word that we have from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is that we have a good bit of the Oklahoma wheat harvest done in several areas. In his Thursday morning report- which we have linked on our Wheat Harvest Webpage at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com(we have the link for this page below)- Hodges details those percentages and adds that we continue to race against Mother Nature and the potential of another round of strong storms across the wheat belt tonight.
Hodges tells us that those southern areas of the state- from Lone Wolf across to Walters(south of this line) is probably 70% done; the Cordell area is about 40% cut and even the Kingfisher area has gotten a lot harvested- perhaps 30% in that area is now cut out. Reports of yield and test weights continue to be good- and the berry color is excellent as well.
We have several reports that our listeners and readers of this email provided yesterday- and we have all of those documented on our website- we have some new pictures as well from the harvest- one of those providing some snapshots was Mary Ann Nickens of the American Farmers & Ranchers- she tells us they had a great harvest on her family's farm now rented out. She got to ride in the combine as they were cutting wheat that ended up yielding over 58 bushels per acre and had a 65 pound test weight.
Continue to let us hear from you. We would love to hear about your harvest experience here in 2008- especially as we get to some of the varieties of wheat other than Jagger and Overly. Drop us a note at the email address at the bottom of this daily news update- and it will be greatly appreciated!
Severe Weather Could Threaten More Ripe Wheat Acres Tonight!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In reading the latest National Weather Service Forecast Discussion- it appears that we could be facing a substantial set of storms that will roll across portions of Oklahoma by early tomorrow morning. The Weather Service is fairly blunt- "A SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE WEATHER EVENT IS LIKELY THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ACROSS MOST OF OUR FORECAST AREA."
Now what does that mean? Well, the discussion piece says that "THE STORM WILL MOVE INTO AN AREA OF STRONG POTENTIAL INSTABILITY AND WILL HELP GENERATE PARTICULARLY STRONG WIND FIELDS. FORECAST HODOGRAPHS FOR THIS EVENING ARE PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE... SUGGESTING THE POTENTIAL FOR TORNADOES- AND THE USUAL COMPLEMENTS OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE MID-LEVEL CAP WHICH PREVENTED STORMS YESTERDAY WILL BE OVERCOME BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON IN THE AREA JUST EAST OF THE DRYLINE. THIS DRYLINE IS FORECAST TO BE ACROSS WESTERN OKLAHOMA, APPROXIMATELY FROM WOODWARD TO CHEYENNE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. WIND PROFILES SUGGEST THAT STORMS WILL INITIALLY MOVE QUICKLY TOWARD THE NORTHEAST.
The discussion also speaks of the strong winds that this system will
generate- with High Wind Warnings highly likely later today in western
counties of our state.
American Farm Bureau On the Scene at the World Food Summit.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farm Bureau Federation is more than just "keeping an eye" on the U.N. Food and Agriculture Food Summit in Rome this week. AFBF is "participating" in the meeting. AFBF says the summit represents a unique opportunity for world leaders to discuss changing global economic factors affecting the production and pricing of agricultural commodities. AFBF Trade Specialist Chris Garza - who is representing the organization at the summit - says the United States has an intense interest in the issues under discussion.
Garza says - while many critics have focused on renewable fuels as the culprit for recent food price increases, the situation is significantly more complex. He says - targeting ethanol and other biofuels is misplaced and fails to acknowledge their benefits, including decreased reliance on finite gas and oil reserves.
Garza says - Farm Bureau strongly believes that the food price situation we face today is complex and cannot be resolved by politically expedient scapegoating. He adds - instead, we must address it in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. Such a plan includes efforts by the international community to help developing countries achieve food sufficiency by investing in agricultural infrastructure and trade facilitation.
Land Grant 101 For the New OSU President!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The new President of Oklahoma State University, Burns Hargis, is a very busy man these days- as he jumps from one meeting or event to the next. It was good to hear that the Division of Agriculture was able to capture a bit of his time a few days back to showcase how research and extension work to improve the bottom line of wheat producers here in the state of Oklahoma.
While his schedule would not permit Hargis to make the recent Lahoma Research Station Field Day last month, Dean Robert Whitson was able to give Burns Hargis a personal tour of the facility the very next day- allowing Dr. Brett Carver and his team to explain the wheat breeding process- and the OSU President getting a chance to see the difference from old Turkey Wheat and some of the new varieties that OSU has released or is planning to release in the near future. He also got to see the importance of breeding disease resistance into a variety of wheat- as he got a little tutorial in examining a wheat plant for rust.
And, Roger Gribble was on hand as well to help explain how the research
that is done is then transferred by Extension out to the country for the
betterment of the farmers and ranchers across Oklahoma and well beyond our
borders as well.
Eight Winners Saluted in the Made in Oklahoma Recipe Competition!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Eight creative Oklahoma cooks took home nearly $10,000 in prizes today after winning categories of the third annual Made in Oklahoma Recipe Roundup. This year's Grand Champion was Machelle Hamilton of Weatherford who won a $7,000 KitchenAid appliance makeover for her Jalapeno Ranch Beef Wrap recipe.
Other winners included: 1st Place Entrée, Carmen L. Bradford, Broken Arrow, Choc'ken Fried Chicken; 2nd Place Entrée, Sherry Verser, Bethany, Okie's Beef Fiesta Cheesecake; 1st Place Dessert, Lori McGrath, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Blueberry Bites; and 2nd Place Dessert, Lori Richardson-Morphew, Bethany, Ft. Washita Explosion Cake.
The MIO Coalition is a group of Oklahoma companies that employ more than 20,000 Oklahomans and last year had a combined payroll of over $480 million and reported sales of over $2.6 billion. If you go to the link we have provided below- you can check out the winning recipes of this year's Made in Oklahoma Contest!
Cotton After Wheat- Gotta Be Done NOW!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With harvest past the half way mark in southwestern Oklahoma, there are those who are considering planting cotton into their wheat stubble. State Cotton Specialist Dr. J.C. Banks says its an excellent way to rotate to cotton, but it is really important this is done as quickly as possible.
"Planting in wheat stubble is no problem with most modern cotton planters. We need to plant in moisture instead of dry planting. Wheat at this time of year no longer uses much moisture, so any rainfall received will probably be adequate for planting cotton. One very important thing to consider are herbicides that may have been used on the wheat. Some herbicides such as Ally, Finesse, Glean and Maverick have a year or longer restriction for rotation to cotton. Express has a 45 day restriction. It is best to look at labels of applied herbicides and determine if there will be any problems with carryover.
"Obviously, the earlier the cotton is planted, the better, but we can
plant into mid June and still get a reasonable yield potential. Overall,
the best planting window is from May 10-20 for maximum yield potential,
but the later planting will normally provide an adequate yield. Varieties
should be a short season semi-determinate type, but most varieties we
normally plant will fall into this category."
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OKC West in El Reno market finally saw a backing up in yearling prices yesterday- altho not too much. The market was considered steady to a dollar lower than last week- with over five thousand head of cattle going through the auction ring yesterday. Here is the link for the OKC West Market Report as of this morning.
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