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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 19, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- A Multi Million Dollar Rain Event Over this Past Weekend.
-- Some Wheat Farmers Call Rain Event Salvation for the 2010 Crop
-- HB3202 Signed into Law By Governor Brad Henry
-- Carol Cowan of Watonga is Southwest Region Farm Mom of 2010
-- Horse and Livestock Operators Get Some Learning on Truck Weight Laws
-- Vilsack to Testify at First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing This Week
-- Congrats to our Round Pen Winner at the Southern Plains Farm Show
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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A Multi Million Dollar Rain Event Over this Past Weekend.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The western two thirds of the state of Oklahoma got a slow, easy rain that soaked in over a very large hunk of countryside. However, there are areas that got somewhat disappointing rainfall totals, based on numbers from the Oklahoma Mesonet.
The western Panhandle got less rainfall- about 6 tenths of an inch in Cimarron County- slightly more than one inch in Texas County and then upwards of an inch and a half in Beaver County. It was very disappointing to those in Woods and Alfalfa Counties, who are still rather dry, after getting as little as three tenths of an inch of rain in the northern most parts of those two counties- up to over an inch as you move to the southern parts of Woods and Alfalfa Counties.
Most of the rest of the westen two thirds of the state got a gentle and substantial rain from Thursday night through this morning. Most locations seemed to get from one and a half inches of rain up to two and half inches- while Harmon County saw much of the county get in excess of three inches of rainfall.
Click on the link below for the 5 day precip totals from the Oklahoma Mesonet (this captures rainfall totals even out in the Panhandle.) The rainfall we have received comes at a most opportune time for our fall planted wheat and canola crops- northern areas of the state especially needed the rain as a lot of farmers were telling me at the Southern Plains Farm Show that there wheat was starting to turn a shade of blue due to dry conditions. That should not be a problem as sunshine returns here this week and most wheat fields that were stressed should be green as can be after the rains of the weekend.
Click here for the Oklaoma Mesonet totals of rainfall from last Thursday through this morning.
Some Wheat Farmers Call Rain Event Salvation for the 2010 Crop
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Woods County wheat farmer Joe Shirley had a booth at the 2010 Southern Plains Farm Show, selling wheat seed for the 2011 crop. He was keeping an eye on the rain system that rolled across the state from Thursday through the weekend- and was pleased that while he did not get as much rain as folks furhter south did- he did receive about an inch of precipitation.
Shirley tells us that his wheat was severely stressed by lack of moisture, so this inch of rain is enough to salvage his crop- and in fact turn it into an average or slightly better crop here in 2010.
We chatted with Joe while at the Fairgrounds over the weekend- and we have our conversation with him linked below. Click and take a listen.
Click here for more on one wheat farmers appreciation for the latest rainfall.
HB3202 Signed into Law By Governor Brad Henry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In talking with agricultural leaders as late as Friday morning, there was a real doubt in their mind whether or not Governor Brad Henry would sign HB 3202 or veto it. HB 3202 is the so called "Teeth Floater" bill. It also opens up other "animal husbandry" practices that can be done by non Vets. Friday night, the question was answered as Governor Henry signed the measure into law, ending a multi year battle over this issue.
The measure amends the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act to legalize equine dentistry -- also known as horse teeth floating or the grinding down of horse teeth. Horsemen say they need the services because they can't find veterinarians who perform them. Horse teeth grow continuously and have to be filed down to avoid discomfort.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau was a major promoter of the measure, as was the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. The groups that represent Veterinarians, including the Oklahoma Vet Medical Association, strongly opposed the measure on the fear that drugs used by Equine Dentists might fall into the hands of those that would misuse them. The Vet groups also remain very concerned about not providing a definition of "Animal Husbandry" within the bill.
Carol Cowan of Watonga is Southwest Region Farm Mom of 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~An Oklahoma Farm Wife and Mom is one of five regional winners in a contest that is being sponsored by Monsanto called America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2010. Carol Cowan of Watonga was nominated by her family and friends and has already won the southwest region competition. She is now in a national online contest that is underway today and goes through May 3rd.
We talked with Carol at the Southern Plains Farm Show on Saturday about this contest, and you can hear our quick visit with her by clicking on the Linkr below. She's already has won $5,000 for her regional win- and could win another $2,500 if she wins the National Title of America's Farmers Mom of the Year for 2010.
We have our conversation with Carol there- as well as the link direct to the Voting location as Carol competes with other regional winners for the right to be called the National Farm Mom of the Year. Carol is a recent graduate of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- and you will be proud that she and her family are representing Oklahoma in this contest- click on the link to get to our story and our conversation with her- and then click on to get to the actual voting where you can support her with a vote.
Click here to learn more about Carol Cowan winning the Southwest Region America's Farm Mom of the Year Award.
Horse and Livestock Operators Get Some Learning on Truck Weight Laws
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~News9 Reporter Jacqueline Sit did a video story on Friday that highlights the continuing lack of knowledge in exactly what the state and federal regs say about truck weights and what is legal and what is not when it comes to farm trucks and trailers. As she points out, these are not new regulations, but apparently some recent enforcement of these laws have folks seeking information.
Jacqueline reports "The laws are nothing new and it's been in the books
for years but ranchers and farmers say law enforcement is cracking down on
them. That was the purpose of a recent meeting, to get a better
understanding of the fine print of the law and not everyone is happy."
Click on the link below for more on this story from a meeting held Friday in Oklahoma City, attended by mostly horse industry folks, trying to learn more about this regulations. There is also a good overview of the rules that was published some time back by the Oklahoma DOT- Click here to jump to that to review the ins and outs of the state regs.
Click here for more on Jacqueline Sit Story about Truck Weight Laws That Have Caght the Attention of Some Oklahoma Livestock Operators.
Vilsack to Testify at First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing This Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to be the lone witness at the first House Agriculture Committee hearing of the 2012 Farm Bill process, set for this Wednesday, in the main hearing room of the Committee.
The session could provide some clues as to what USDA has in mind for farm bill priorities and will certainly give Members a chance to share their thoughts on current and future farm policy and the path to passing the 2012 Bill. The hearing, which will reportedly be followed by multiple field hearings in May, makes good on House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson's (D-Minn.) oft-voiced plan to begin the 2012 Farm Bill process early.
Peterson has said in recent months that grower groups should already be
evaluating the 2008 Farm Bill and forming policy suggestions for the next
rewrite of farm policy, and he plans to have policy ready if a
reconciliation process is undertaken next year.
Click here for webcast details from the House Ag Committee Website on this Wednesday's Hearing with USDA's Tom Vilsack.
Congrats to our Round Pen Winner at the Southern Plains Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thanks to all of you that stopped by and said Howdy to us at the 2010 Southern Plains Farm Show- the rains made it a little tougher to get around to see all of the outdoor exhibits- but the three buildings seemed to have great crowds on Friday and Saturday.
While the Horse Training Sessions were reduced to being able to show a video on Saturday- we still had lots of you that signed up for the Priefert Round Pen that we had a drawing for on Saturday afternoon. We spun the drum, and Scott Dailey pulled out the name of Shelly Oliphant of Freedom, Oklahoma as the lucky winner.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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