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Friday, March 13, 2020
Everybody seems to agree- the inaugural Ag Mechanics Contest at the Oklahoma Youth Expo helped kick off the 2020 Expo in a big and positive way.
With More than 100 entries(63 that showed up) and 200 exhibitors, the future is bright for the Ag Mechanics contest as they use ingenuity and creativity to come up with really incredible projects.
Superintendent Jerry Renshaw told those at the award ceremony that he had judged at the San Antonio Livestock Show Ag Mechanics just a few days back- they had several hundred exhibits and about 1,500 participants who were awarded cash and prices approaching
a half million dollars- they started that show 20 years ago with the same number of exhibits as OYE had for their first show this week. He believes the Oklahoma City event can grow to a point of filling up the Bennett Event Center one day.
Taking Grand Champion in the first ever competition was the Porter FFA Chapter including, Tracy Criner, Seth Campbell, Jackson Cole and Ryley Smith . Together they built a Tandem Dual Axel Trailer.
Click here to hear the team members talk with KC Sheperd after they were named the best of show.
Taking Reserve Grand in the competition, Shattuck FFA including, Jordan Fitz, Josh Bay, John Bay and Jarek Fitz. Together they built a Tandem Dual Axel Stock Trailer.
Click here to hear the team members talk with KC Sheperd after they were named the Reserve Grand Champions.
The sale for the top 30 projects selected for the BigIron Auction Sale
will be held at BigIronAuctions.com on April 1, 2020.
We have pictures from the Award Ceremonies at OYE from yesterday morning- and also you can see pics of many of the projects in our FLICKR Album-
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With spring break and OYE ramping up, the Oklahoma legislative process is in "pause" mode, giving us time to review the session and focus on what lies ahead.
I talked yesterday afternoon on the sidelines of the OYE with Steve Thompson, Senior Director for Public Policy for Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
Thompson said next week will be a "quiet" week at the Capitol, so this is a good time to summarize the first half of the session.
Entering the 2020 session there were several holdover issues including a bill to reform eminent domain that Farm Bureau and the OCA worked together on to protect water rights.
Thompson said this issue was successfully resolved as was an attempt to increase property taxes by municipalities creating public safety protection districts.
The public safety protection zones is an issue that has been out there the last 4 or 5 years, Thompson said, but it quickly popped up early in this year's session.
"We are strongly opposed to any property tax increase," Thompson said.
The biggest fight so far for the ag groups has been another property tax issue. A bill proposing hazard mitigation districts met strong opposition from agriculture, oil and gas groups.
"We didn't want this fight," Thompson said, "but we soundly defeated it with a majority of House votes on our side."
Read more- and listen to our visit with Steve by
clicking or tapping here.
March 16, Last Day to Schedule an Appointment with Your FSA Office for ARC and PLC
Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their 2019 crop year elections for and enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs
must schedule an appointment to do so with their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) by Monday, March 16.
"To date, more than 1.4 million contracts have been signed for the 2019 crop year. This represents 89 percent of expected enrollment with less than a week left for producers to get on FSA's appointment books," said FSA Administrator
Richard Fordyce. "If you've not completed your elections or enrollment, the clock is ticking, and your program eligibility is at stake; so please call FSA today and request an appointment."
Producers who do not contact FSA for an appointment by close of business local time on Monday, March 16 will not be enrolled in ARC or PLC for the 2019 crop year and will be ineligible to receive a payment should one trigger for an eligible crop.
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The markets are going down. I know- that's no surprise to anyone as we have watched the world- including our world of ag commodity prices- attempt to wrap their arms around the impact of coronavirus.
OSU Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says the decline is across the board- and he mentions falling wheat, corn, soybean and cotton prices in his segment for SUNUP that will be seen this weekend on OETA.
Dr. Anderson says since mid January and now- what you can contract, price wise, for harvest shows cash wheat prices in Oklahoma have fallen around 56 cents, corn 28 cents, soybeans 78 cents (all per bushel) and cotton 10 cents a pound-
You can get the jump on the weekend and listen to Kim right now by
clicking here for our preview of SUNUP's lineup and Kim's conversation with
Listen now or watch their visit tomorrow or later.
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Travel concerns and the catch all phrase- "An Abundance of Caution" is being pointed to by more and more ag groups as the reasons for either postponing or cancelling Ag related activities.
One of the bigger postponements just announced is the annual convention and trade show for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers that was planned for the end of this month in Ft. Worth.
"Our members' health and safety is our top priority," said Robert E. McKnight, a rancher from Fort Davis and president of the association. "While we're disappointed we can't continue with our plans for our late March event, we know it's the
right thing to do. We're also excited we can still offer the same high-quality event attendees were looking forward to later this year."
McKnight said the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo will now be held this fall in Fort Worth, in an event that merges the convention with the association's Policy Meeting. The date and other details will be announced next week once confirmed.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau has announced that they will not be taking a group to Washington later this month- the health and safety of their members a part of that decision- plus the fact that there may well be no one to visit in DC anytime in
the near future. That's also the reason for the Spring Legislative Conference of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to be cancelled.
A casualty of Oklahoma State University shutting down campus activities for the next few weeks is the
Graduation Ceremonies for Class XIX of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- that was planned for March 28th- and will be rescheduled later in the year.
Latest Drought Monitor Shows Few Drought Problems in Oklahoma
The latest U.S.
Drought Monitor Map released March 12 continues to show several areas of dry to moderate drought in the far western Oklahoma Panhandle and in the southwestern corner of the state. The good news is the pockets have not expanded from the previous
week and after the forecast rains arrive over the areas Friday, the pockets could dramatically shrink.
We started 2020 with 23 percent of the state in the abnormally dry category (D0 to D3) and 10 percent in a moderate drought (D1 to D4). Today those numbers are 14 percent and 4 percent respectively.
or tap here for more on the latest Drought Monitor numbers from our webstory on OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
One of the first Show Champions for the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo was the Grand Champion Commercial Heifer- shown by
Katelynn Williams of Yale FFA. The Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Heifer was shown by
Carly Swink of Perkins Tryon 4-H.
Winning the Dark Commercial Breeding Gilt Championship is Paige Day of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA. The Reserve Champion was shown by
Logan Busby of Caddo FFA.
Happening today will be the wrap up of the Commercial Breeding Gilts- the top crossbreds will be selected and along the way- the judges are picking the gilts that will be eligible to be sold in the Night of Stars sale this coming Wednesday evening at the OYE.
Purebred Gilts will be showing today and tomorrow- starting at 1:00 PM this afternoon.
Saturday March 14- Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Bull Sale
It's the 2020 Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Bull Sale happening tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, 2020- sale time is 1:00 PM at the Ranch- 1 mile west, 2 miles south and 1 mile west of
Chattanooga, Oklahoma on Hwy 5
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Call 580-597-3006 for last minute questions-
Click or tap here for the sale catalog- Videos and the supplement to the catalog also is available at the link which is the Ranch website.
AND FINALLY- the Best Picture I Have Seen From the 2020 National Farmers Union Convention
With that- smile with these guys- and have a good weekend!
From the National Farmers Union weekly newsletter- there was a picture that I simply had to share-
Here's retiring National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson sharing a moment with past AFR-OFU
Terry Detrick and longtime AFR-OFU Field Rep Pete McDaniel, who was honored at the 2020 NFU Convention.
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