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Monday, March 12, 2018
|OYE Architect and Long-Time Board Member Jimmy Harrell Reflects on How Far the Show Has Come
We are already starting to wind down the breeding animal part of the 2018 OYE- with the wrap up of the Heifer show coming today and the ewes to follow. After that we move quickly into the showing of the market animals. This past Friday- I ran into Jimmy Harrell of the Bank of Western Oklahoma and long-time supporter of the show. Since 2003, when the Oklahoma State Fair relinquished the event, Harrell has served on the board that has kept the nation's largest junior livestock show alive and developed it into what it is today.
"It is incredible. It takes in every county in the state," Harrell said. "When we took it over, we said we we're going to be friendly to the ag teacher, friendly to the county agent, friendly to the exhibitors, their parents and their grandparents where they could come here and enjoy it and not be something they dreaded."
This year had a record number of entries and about equal quantities of both market and breeding animals.
Harrell himself, has been coming to the show for decades, even as a boy showing his own cattle. He told me, though, a lot has changed since then - especially the Grand Drive which is now a marvel for attendees from all over the country.
"Our Grand Drive is one that everyone all over the nation enjoys. There's nothing like it," he proudly said, sharing how it began with his wife's idea to bring the winners of the steer show in with the Express Ranches Clydesdales. Then Executive Director Justin Whitefield who oversaw the hog show, he says, was so jealous he wanted in on the idea and merged the individual drives into one multi-species event. "It wasn't something we sat down and thought out, it just evolved by competition among ourselves."
Harrell gave credit to the legislators and sponsors who he says has kept the show going.
to hear my entire conversation with Harrell as he reflects on where OYE has come since his youth, on our website.
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|Oklahoma Youth Expo Rolling- Supreme Champs Named for Breeding Gilts- Market Show Ready to Begin
On Saturday afternoon, the final sale order for the 2018 Night of Stars Gilt show was set- with 60 Commercial Gilts and 55 Purebred Gilts to be offered. The 2018 Night of Stars Gilt Sale will happen on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 PM central time.
The 115 gilts were the best of over 2,700 Purebred and Commercial gilts shown at the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo.
The leadoff gilt for the 2018 Sale will be the Supreme Champion Purebred Gilt- the Champion Yorkshire shown by Adison Thompson of Noble 4-H. The second gilt to sell will be the Champion Berk and Reserve Supreme Purebred Champ shown by Sadie Varner of Bristow FFA.
Chase Martin of the Red Oak FFA chapter had his gilt selected as the Supreme Champion Commericial Gilt- and his gilt will be the third one sold this coming Wednesda
The Reserve Supreme Commercial Gilt is owned and was shown by Rachel Rumsey of the Prague FFA- Rachel will have the fourth gilt to be sold.
Click or tap here for our story which features a downloadable PDF of the full lineup of the 115 gilts that will be sold on Wednesday at 7 PM for the 2018 edition of the Night of Stars Gilt Sale.
AND- we continue to put some great pics up on our FLICKR page- Carson did most of the picture taking over the weekend- and he captured parts of the Commercial Gilt Show. Breeding Doe Show and the Sunday kickoff of the Heifer Show. Over 600 photos are on line- go and take a look- you are welcome to download any that you like for your personal scrapbook or for other personal use(or use by your 4-H club or FFA chapter)- Click or Tap here to jump over to our 2018 Flickr Album of the 2018 OYE.
|Oklahoma Genetics Tenders OSU $735K in '17 Royalty Payments, Speculation Whirls about the '18 Crop
I sat down with Mark Hodges, executive director of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. to review the organization's sales tabulations from last year and how that has financially impacted OSU and the Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
In the end, 2017 turned out another record year in royalty payments back to OSU, according to Hodges who pointed out the fact, this happened in the face of declining wheat acres in Oklahoma and across the country.
In total, the check presented to OSU by OGI, paid $721,021 in royalties reflecting the overall purchase of OSU derived wheat varieties. Since that initial payment, Hodges says a supplemental $15,000 has been added to that as well, making a grand total of over $735,000. A vast majority of that money, of course allocated back to OSU's wheat improvement team that is generally responsible for the development of these wheat varieties.
Hodges also serves HRW wheat producers through quality testing and timely reporting as executive director of Plains Grains. In this capacity, he conferred his observations on the current conditions of Oklahoma's wheat crop.
"We are hurting," he said bluntly. "We've got some wheat that never germinated yet. So, will it meet the vernalization requirements of the plant...? We're not sure at this point. Lot of unanswered question right now, so we're extremely concerned about what's going on."
Listen to Hodge's full report on OGI's success this past year and hear his full update on the condition of Oklahoma's wheat crop, by clicking or tapping here.
|Dawna Livesay of Porter Recognized as a Significant Woman in Agriculture by Oklahoma Department of Ag
This past week, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture named Dawna Livesay of Porter a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture. Livesay and her husband, Kent, purchased an orchard and farm stand in 1997, having no idea what it would become 20 years later.
"I thought it was a great marketing opportunity for the family orchard," Livesay said. "I remember standing there thinking 'how am I going to fill this space?' Within a few years, we needed more room. It's a blessing."
After they purchased the orchard and farm market, they re-named it The Peach Barn. Since then, Livesay has played a primary role in the business and dedicated much of her time to the store, spending nearly every day it is open at The Peach Barn, from early June until Christmas Eve.
She has worked closely with the Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) at Oklahoma State University to develop products and utilize as much of their produce as possible. She found that instead of throwing out the remaining peach juice after making a pie filling, they could take it to a packer to make jellies. Their "number two" peaches, those not sold as fresh produce, are used to make pie filling, jams, salsa, BBQ sauce and more. Those products can then be sold on the shelf at the Peach Barn and some even make their way to local grocery stores.
Learn more about Livesay's story and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture, by clicking over to our website.
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|What to Expect from Wheat just now Emerging? OSU Small Grains Specialist Dave Marburger Knows
In his latest blog post, Dr. David Marburger, Small Grains Extension Specialist at OSU, tries to address some of the questions regarding the rain we had in late-February that has spurred wheat in Oklahoma to begin germinating and emerging. He says the questions being asked boil down to what is a realistic expectation for this late-emerging wheat crop?
He describes how farmers can evaluate how much forage or grain yield potential they have.
"Wheat that was established prior to the February rain will have had enough time under cooler temperatures to vernalize and go through reproductive development. For most of these acres which did receive rain, we still have a chance at producing full or close full yield potential if the wheat tillered or if you increased your seeding rate to compensate for the late planting.
"For those who had spotty stands prior to the rain, we can still get an estimate on potential here too. You will need to estimate the percent of the field with an established stand, and then obtain a plant/tiller count as described above. Again, these established plants may still have full yield potential. For the plants now emerging, I doubt we will get much, if any, additional tillers produced. Also, the amount of grain produced by that single head will likely be less, unless the variety has a low vernalization requirement.
"With wheat that was planted very late and is just now, I doubt there will be additional tillers produced."
Read Marburger's full blog post for more information on what to expect from your wheat crop this year, by clicking here
|2018 Commodity Classic Draws Enthusiastic Crowd of 8000+ Including Record Number of First-Timers
More than 8,000 farmers, agriculture leaders and ag advocates converged on the Anaheim Convention during the 2018 Commodity Classic that took place Feb. 27-Mar.1 in California. Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.
"We were very pleased with the turnout in Anaheim and the enthusiasm and energy were palpable," said Paul Taylor
, an Illinois farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. "Commodity Classic attracts people who are passionate about agriculture, thirsty for knowledge and positive about the future."
Included in the preliminary number of 8,055 registered in Anaheim were a record number of non-exhibitor first-time attendees (1,533) and more than 150 media representatives. A total of 3,646 farmers from across the nation and several foreign countries were on hand to take part in a robust slate of educational sessions, tour the large trade show and hear from a wide range of experts and thought-leaders in agriculture. Sonny Perdue,
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, addressed attendees during the convention's general session. Attendees also had the chance to participate in more than 40 educational sessions on topics ranging from soil health to farm policy, from trade to pollinators, from high-yield strategies to cover crops and more. A huge trade show featuring 367 companies commanding a total of 1,894 booth spaces was open for the entire event, showcasing the innovation, technology, equipment and groundbreaking ideas that are changing the face of agriculture and food production.Click here
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|This N That- Farm Bill Rollout, Wheat Quality Meeting and Purdue Study
According to Chuck Abbott with the Food and Environmental Reporting Network- we might be getting a Farm Bill Draft in the House Ag Committee this week. He reports "President Trump proposed in his budget more stringent limits on food stamps for people who work less than 20 hours a week. House Agriculture chairman Mike Conaway may go beyond Trump in his proposals to restrict eligibility and to channel millions of food-stamp recipients into workfare and job-training programs.
"Conaway could release his draft of the farm bill as early as today - some sources say Wednesday is more likely - and stage a committee vote as soon as March 20. While Conaway has a 26-20 majority that should ensure passage of an unusually partisan bill in committee, "I don't know if they will have the votes to pass it with just Republican votes" on the House floor, said Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, the lead Democrat on the committee.
You may remember that conservative House members pulled the nutrition portions of the farm bill away from the rest of the bill for a time in the 2014- and it took Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas months to get it all back into a single package in what eventually became our current 2014 farm law. There was limited reform in that measure regarding Food Stamps- or SNAP- but Conaway may be leading the charge for even bigger reforms in this proposal.
Have you ever wondered where Oklahoma Wheat goes after harvest, and if quality really does matter when it is taken to the local elevators? You can learn the rest of the story at a luncheon seminar focusing on the sometimes bumpy, winding path that Oklahoma wheat travels from the farm to the bakery.
Topics being discussed will be global wheat demand, the differences in classes and what they offer, and new work that is being done to capture market share with new product development lines at OSU.
The Canadian County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the Wheat Quality Seminar and it will be held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center El Reno, 6505 OK-66, El Reno, OK 73036. The workshop will be presented by Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The seminar will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will also be provided.
Economists at Purdue University have analyzed the potential economic implications of a price cap on RINs in conjunction with an E15 RVP waiver. Their analysis finds that a price cap-even when paired with an RVP waiver--would prevent achievement of the objectives of the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce overall biofuel blending, and halt investment in higher blend infrastructure.
"The new Purdue University analysis continues a drum beat of data that makes it very clear messing with the Renewable Fuel Standard, and specifically manipulating the Renewable Identification Number system, is a potential economic disaster for farmers and rural America," said National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes in a statement regarding the analysis. Artificially capping RIN values or otherwise manipulating the RIN system with waiver credits would reduce overall biofuel blending, halt investment in higher ethanol blend infrastructure and drive some domestic ethanol plants out of business."
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