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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 24, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Southern Plains Farm Show Moves Into Road Gear
-- A Bumper Crop of White Heads Across Many Oklahoma Wheat Fields
-- A Little More Continuing Education on the Complicated World of Crop Insurance- Old and New
-- Statewide FFA Competition in 39 Events Set for this Weekend at OSU
-- Nathan Colwell of Adair FFA Claims $2000 Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship at Southern Plains Farm Show
-- TB Found in West Texas
-- Simmentals and Shorthorns This Weekend
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Southern Plains Farm Show Moves Into Road Gear
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today is Day Two of the Southern Plains Farm Show- with the show running from 9 AM through 5 PM today and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. Admission and parking are free- and there are three buildings loaded with equipment, goods and services for you to look at and talk about at this year's event. The big parking lot between the buildings is also totally full of exhibits and the arenas that have been set up for the cattle working demonstrations as well as the Horse Training Sessions.
Speaking of the horse training sessions- we are sponsoring the Horse Training with Scott Daily of Arkansas City, Ks- Scott has two sessions planned for today and two more on Saturday. On Saturday afternoon after the final horse training session- we will be pulling one name out of our entry boxes and he or she will win the Prefert Round Pen set up for the Horse training event. You can register in the Cox Pavilion at our Radio Oklahoma Network Booth- or outside at the Horse Training arena- as long as the wind is not so high that we have entry forms blowing all over the parking lot.
AND- if you will stop by our booth in the Cox Building and tell the
guys that you have a septic tank- they will give you a regular sized
packet of Dr. Drain- a great septic tank treatment product that is just
now coming into retail outlets, including Walmart- and is made right here
A Bumper Crop of White Heads Across Many Oklahoma Wheat Fields
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The white heads are starting to really show in many wheat fields across the state. On day One of the Southern Plains Farm Show- we talked with the Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Jeff Krehbiel, who says that perhaps as much as 70% of the normal production in the southwestern quadrant of the state has been wiped out by a combination of the dry weather over winter which stressed the crop and pushed it to an earlier than normal maturity level- which set those fields up for a big fall when the hard freeze of early April arrived a couple of weeks ago.
There are so many factors which determine how much damage each field may be showing. He says one constant is that earlier planted fields- those planted before October first of last fall- seem to be most consistent in showing big losses.
It's not just the wheat fields that are showing big differences from
section to section- crop insurance adjusters are also all over the board
when it comes to calling a particular wheat field a loss or not. Some of
the adjusters are zeroing out fields without much comment- while others
are looking at fields and saying that we will need to allow the fields to
head out as fully as they can before a final damage assessment can be
A Little More Continuing Education on the Complicated World of Crop Insurance- Old and New
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle is the farm policy analyst with the American Farmers & Ranchers- she was in Washington earlier this week and along with Tim Bartram of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers, spent time with Congressman Frank Lucas and others on discussions about how to offer some relief to Oklahoma wheat farmers hit hard by the pair of hard freezes that struck Oklahoma at the end of March and in early April.
To say that the combination of traditional crop insurance rules and the new programs in the 2008 farm law is complicated is a tremendous understatement. However, Tolle has a good of a grasp of the situation as perhaps anyone- and that includes our friends in Washington- and she has put together a good overview of the combination of the old and the new and how it may impact farmers, spending some midnight oil last night to get it done.
Francie writes "Crop insurance for spring crops is complex depending
upon where you live and the circumstances of when the spring crop is
planted. For example, in most counties west of I35 a farmer cannot insure
a spring crop following a wheat crop (double crop). However, a farmer
could have purchased NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Program) which is $250
per crop, per county at the time of sign up - which ended March 15th.
There's more and if you are a wheat farmer and may be facing a loss- or live in any parts of the state where the crop looks to be largely failed- you may want to stop and jump to our full story of what Francie has shared with us on this subject.Our link is below.
Statewide FFA Competition in 39 Events Set for this Weekend at OSU
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's the state finals for a variety of FFA contests and judging events Friday evening and Saturday in Stillwater at the 2009 State FFA Interscholastics. Over 1,300 FFA members will be involved in the events- from representing their chapter as a speaker to being a part of a team competing for statewide honors- and in many cases- the right to represent Oklahoma at the national level next fall in Indianapolis.
There are 11 Public Speaking Divisions, as well as 28 Career
Development Events that will be decided over the two days. Approximately
315 total teams and 1,300 FFA members expected to participate on the OSU
Sweepstakes trophies are up for grabs. One for the most points won by a
single teacher Ag-Ed program. The other for most points won by a multiple
teacher Ag-Ed program. Last year's sweepstakes winners were Claremore
(Single Teacher) and Kingfisher (Multiple Teacher).
Nathan Colwell of Adair FFA Claims $2000 Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship at Southern Plains Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nathan Colwell lead his Adair FFA team to victory on Thursday at the Southern Plains Farm Show in the Cattle Grading Contest. For his work, he was awarded the Scholarship named in honor of Rick Jones who helped establish OKC West Stockyards a few years back. Also on the winning Adair FFA team was Tasha Dooe, Brodie Poppino and Danielle Stutzman.
Second place team honors in the FFA Division was claimed by the Ok
Union Chapter, while third place was awarded to the Hinton FFA
The second place 4-H club was also from Ok Union, while the third place 4-H club calls Rogers County home.
TB Found in West Texas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Preliminary test results indicate that a dairy in west Texas is infected with cattle tuberculosis (TB). Cattle TB is caused by the Mycobacterium bovis bacteria and can cause internal lesions in animals. Milk from commercial dairies is pasteurized, killing bacteria with heat, so there is not public health concern from this herd detection.
Animals from the 2,600-head dairy were being prepared for sale and some reacted to TB skin tests. The follow-up blood tests on these animals also were positive, according to Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. Samples were collected from two of the cattle slaughtered for examination, and the tissues were submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa for additional testing. The lesions are microscopically compatible with TB, and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on the tissues have detected the DNA, or the basic genetic material of the disease. The final confirmation is based on a culture, which may take several weeks. It involves identifying bacterial growth from the tissue samples as Mycobacterium bovis.
"We will be determining the dispensation of the herd in the next few
days," said Dr. Hillman. "An epidemiological investigation has been
launched to determine the source or possible spread of the disease."
Simmentals and Shorthorns This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Simmental-Simbrah Association continues their private treaty bull sale at the Southern Plains Farm Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. These potential herd sires can be seen both today and tomorrow during the regular show hours. You can call Jeff White at 580-839-1337 for more information.
Our friends at the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association have quite an event going on this evening and tomorrow at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan. They are offering offer a tremendous set of Shorthorn bulls, Bred Heifers, Bred Cows as well as Semen from some of the leading Shorthorn bulls in the breed. For details, call Sammy Richardson, Chairman of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-467-8267.
Details on these sales, plus the Express Ranch Grass Time Sale and the upcoming Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale are all available on our Auction listings- click on that link below for more details and catalog links as well.
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