~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 27, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Not Just Snow- a Blizzard!?!
-- Covering the Ag issues of the Day with Congressman Frank Lucas, Top Republican of the House Ag Committee
-- Rain Makes Grain- and Makes for Lower Wheat Prices- The Word from OSU's Kim Anderson
-- Purebred Business Still Looking Pretty Good- We Beef Buzz with Jack Ward of the American Hereford Association
-- Mike Spradling Leads Oklahoma Farm Bureau Group to Washington This Weekend
-- Thanks for your support
-- Farm Bill Informational Meetings Start Next Wednesday
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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Not Just Snow- a Blizzard!?!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are not talking about the Dairy Queen menu- but an early spring storm that is roaring into northwestern Oklahoma as we write this on early Friday morning. Some areas of Oklahoma that have been very dry may end up with a foot of snow- and while temperatures are already below freezing in the Panhandle, it is not likely to get so cold to harm the 2009 winter wheat crop- so says State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards.
Jeff offers this assessment in an email from yesterday afternoon. "I have received a few questions about the cold snap forecasted for the next few days. Most wheat in Oklahoma is either at or just past the jointing stage and should be able to tolerate temperatures down 24 F without significant injury. Snow will be a good thing for the crop in several respects. Any snow or ice that falls will help maintain temperatures at the 32F level near the soil surface and will insulate the crop. In addition, moisture from the snow is badly needed in most areas of the state. Provided the forecasts are correct, I don't anticipate significant damage to our wheat crop."
Our TV station weather departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are keeping up with the changing conditions- click here for KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City or click here for the News on 6 weather webpages for the Tulsa area.
Covering the Ag issues of the Day with Congressman Frank Lucas, Top Republican of the House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had the opportunity to sit down at the Oklahoma City Airport with the top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, and discuss a variety of ag issues with him before he headed to Roger Mills County for the weekend.
Some of the topics we were able to discuss with the Congressman
Click on the link below to check out the complete conversation that we had with Congressman Lucas. He is very concerned about the challenges he sees ahead to production agriculture- not just this spring, but really over the next four years as the Obama Administration consolidates its hold on Federal government.
Rain Makes Grain- and Makes for Lower Wheat Prices- The Word from OSU's Kim Anderson
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Actually, it was the anticipation of heavy precipitation across the hard red winter wheat belt as this storm developed that sent wheat futures plunging earlier this week. We lost about fifty to sixty cents a bushel in a matter of about three days after a three week rally that put sixty cents on the market that is now gone.
Dr. Anderson also says that some producers are still owning as much as fifteen to twenty percent of the 2008 crop- which is a concern as we get closer to the 2009 harvest season. The question that local elevators have to answer is whether they have enough local storage for the upcoming harvest season.
Kim's comments will be seen in their entireity on Saturday morning on the OSU Ag TV production SUNUp on OETA. We have the full audio of his comments on our website that you can hear right now- as well as a listing of the other topics for this weekend on SUNUP. Click on t he link below for both Kim and for details on SUNUP.
Purebred Business Still Looking Pretty Good- We Beef Buzz with Jack Ward of the American Hereford Association
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Purebred Cattle business is alive and well. At least, the American Hereford Association and their breeders continue to do well, according to the Chief Operating Officer, Jack Ward of the AHA. We have been talking with Ward over the last couple of days- and on this Friday,we wrap up our conversation with him and focus on how the Hereford Association- and other Breed Associations can remain relevant- and how the Purebred business is faring in the current economic climate.
We have had Jack Ward on with us on our daily Beef Buzz the last three days- and our Beef Buzz link below has today's program, as well as links back to Wednesday and Thursday as well. We talk with Jack about the recent Market Steer Show at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (he was the Market Steer Judge) and then turn our attention to the purebred cattle business and its health.
Click on the link below and check out these Beef Buzz shows of this week- and you can click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any of our web pages and you can check out not just the current Beef Buzz shows- but we have an extensive archive of shows as well.
Mike Spradling Leads Oklahoma Farm Bureau Group to Washington This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Farm Bureau is heading on its annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 29 - April 2 for the Congressional Action Tour. While in D.C. the group will meet with AFBF staff and lobby Oklahoma's congressional delegation. (I guess based on the storm potential we should say the Farm Bureau group hopes to make it out of Oklahoma this weekend)
We talked with Mike Spradling, the President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, who has a cattle and pecan operation in Tulsa County, about this upcoming trip. Spradling says that they want to remind lawmakers of their concern about the Obama Administration's desire to cut farm program benefits- and will be asking for Congressional help in stopping that dead in its tracks.
Click on the link below to hear our quick visit with Mike that we did after the Conservation Day Awards Ceremony on Wednesday of this week.
Thanks for your support
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monday of this week was the highest number of page views and unique visits that we have ever had on our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- as a lot of folks stopped by and took a look at our coverage from the weekend Grand Champion drives at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Thanks for your support- we are proud that you and others find our reporting of interest. It appears that we will have over 300,000 page views on our site for the month of March.
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Farm Bill Informational Meetings Start Next Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmers, ranchers, land managers and others interested in the 2008 Farm Bill and the Economic Stimulus Bill are encouraged to attend information meetings being held throughout Oklahoma beginning on April 1.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), which became law on May 22, 2008, increases funding for conservation programs by 38 percent. This meeting will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear about changes made from the 2002 Farm Bill and how it will affect Oklahoma agricultural producers, economic development coordinators, cities, health care professionals, rural water district managers, and others.
We have the story with the full list of locations linked below- and we have each individual date now in our OklahomaFarmReport calendar webpage listings to remind folks as they come up.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stockman's Livestock in Apache had just over 2,400 cattle in their sale yesterday, with prices slightly lower compared to last week. To see the full Apache market report from USDA, click here.
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