~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday May 4, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Wheat Crop Tour Finds Decent Wheat Crop Potential in North Central Kansas on Tuesday
-- Zach Weichel of Cordell FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Production
-- Joshua Conaway of Ringwood FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness
-- Allison Slagel of Weatherford FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement
-- Under Water- Thousands of Acres of Rich Farmland (and farm homes and headquarters)
-- Coburn Partners With Feinstein of California to Introduces Bill to Stop Ethanol Subsidies
-- Answerplots Planned Today and Tomorrow
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Wheat Crop Tour Finds Decent Wheat Crop Potential in North Central Kansas on Tuesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Day one of the 2011 Wheat Quality Council Winter Wheat Tour found better wheat than was expected in some locations- Mark Hodges with Plains Grains admitted he was pleasantly surprised that the fields in the northern tier of counties in Kansas looked like they held about as much yield potential as was seen a year ago.
There are more than 70 participants this year and they projected a 40
bushel average across northern Kan.; yield estimates range from 16 to 78
bushels per acre. The first night for the tour was in Colby, Kansas. There
were a total of 267 stops on Day One- with the participants coming up with
that forty bushel per acre average versus 40.7 bushels per acre a year
Click on the LINK below for more on the Wheat Crop Tour- including an audio overview that we have of Day One.
Click here for more on the 2011 Wheat Quality Council Winter Wheat Tour
Zach Weichel of Cordell FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Production
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farming and ranching are in Cordell FFA member Zach Weichel's blood, and he said he has always known he wanted to be a cattleman.
Since the summer his grandfather gave him his first bottle-fed calf, the 18-year-old high school senior has come a long way toward his goal, having purchased 200 acres of land and owning more than 1,000 head of cattle.
His program was judged to be the best of the best as Weichel was named the 2011 Star Farmer of Oklahoma at this year's Oklahoma FFA Convention, now underway in downtown Oklahoma City.
With the honor, Weichel received the Governor's Trophy as well as a
$2,000 cash award sponsored by Davis Farms of Guthrie, Farm Credit of East
Central Oklahoma and Sirloin Club of Oklahoma.
Click here for more on the 2011 Star Farmer of Oklahoma- including a chance to see the video we produced that was seen last night at the State Convention as Weichel's name was announced.
Joshua Conaway of Ringwood FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2011 Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness was named on Tuesday evening during the Stars Over Oklahoma Pageant that is an annual part of the Oklahoma FFA Convention in downtown Oklahoma City. Joshua Conaway of Ringwood grabbed this title as one of three "Stars" named Tuesday night by the youth organization.
Conaway owns his own lawn business, called JCon Landscaping. When he first started, he only had one lawn to mow: his parents'. Now his company has expanded to include landscaping and water pond services, and he raises water plants, groundcover and pond goldfish. He has earned more than $20,000 and saved $9,000 for his college education.
"Joshua is a student with a strong faith who believes in others and does all that he can to help anyone he possibly can," said Will Bunt, Conaway's agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor. "The personality and leadership traits Joshua possesses are hard to find in an individual, and he is a student who always reaches above and beyond the call of duty in anything that is asked of him. In the one year I have known him, he has impressed me and added to my confidence that agricultural students will remain the leaders of the future."
Click here to read more about Joshua Conaway- and to see the video that we produced that explains his program- and was seen Tuesday night at the Convention.
Allison Slagel of Weatherford FFA Named Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The third of the three "Stars" highlighted on Tuesday evening during the first night of the 2011 Oklahoma FFA Convention was the Star in Ag Placement. This goes to the FFA member that works for a company or family ag related business- and shows that they have learned a diverse and unique skill set in their time with that company. Judged the best of the best for 2011 in this category was Allison Slagel of the Weatherford FFA.
After growing up and working on her family's 3,200 acre farm, Weatherford FFA member Alison Slagell knows better than most just how difficult and important agricultural production can be. "I consider myself fortunate not only to be born into a family that has agriculture at its core but also to be given the opportunity to learn and be a part of production agriculture firsthand."
Click on the LINK below to learn more about Allison's work program on her family's diversified crop farm that includes variety of contracted vegetable crops. You can see the video that we produced about her program that was shown on Tuesday evening during the convention.
Click here for more on the 2011 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement- Allison Slagel
Under Water- Thousands of Acres of Rich Farmland (and farm homes and headquarters)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just after 10 p.m. local time Monday night, the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole in the Birds Point-New Madrid levee, flooding 130,000 acres of farmland and at least 90 homes in an attempt to protect the town of Cairo, IL and other parts of the levee system. Tuesday morning, a second levee was blown near New Madrid, Mo to further ease the flooding on the Mississippi River.
The Ohio River at Cairo, near where it joins the Mississippi river, had climbed to more than 61 feet as of Monday, a day after beating the 1937 record of 59.5 feet. More rain was forecast for the region on Tuesday. On Tuesday, photographers who were able to take to the skies had an incredible view of the result of the devastation that came in the form of a "mini tsunami" across the flooded farmland that resulted from the deliberate destruction of the levees. Click here for a set of the photos that we found on the internet this morning- very sad.
We heard from both Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack yesterday morning while we were at USDA in Washington- as well as from NRCS Chief Dave White- and they both pledged to do whatever they could to help these farm families who have had their life plunged beneath several feet of dirty Mississippi River water. Vilsack said that Crop Insurance would be available to farmers impacted by the destroyed levee while Dave White said they were looking at ways to use EQIP money to help repair infrastructure like irrigation systems that are likely ruined by the flooding. Our Wednesday morning farm news led with the flooding from the levee- and had comments from Secretary Vilsack on the subject- click here to listen to that report.
Coburn Partners With Feinstein of California to Introduces Bill to Stop Ethanol Subsidies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of California have introduced the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act. The bill would end 30 years and more than 30-billion dollars of taxpayer support for the corn-based ethanol industry and would, as some believe, level the playing field for all commodities relying on corn as a major input.
"The ethanol subsidy and tariff is bad economic policy, bad energy policy and bad environmental policy. As our nation faces a crushing debt burden, rising gas prices and the prospect of serious inflation, continuing our parochial ethanol policy that increases the cost of energy and food is irresponsible. I'm pleased to introduce this common sense bill with Senator Feinstein and will push for its consideration at the earliest opportunity," Dr. Coburn said, noting that the bill has been filed as an amendment (#309) to the small business bill pending in the Senate.
The VEETC is a de facto cash subsidy that directs 45 cents to refiners for every gallon of ethanol they blend with gasoline. The VEETC costs taxpayers approximately $6 billion a year. If the VEETC subsidy is repealed by July 1, 2011, as the Coburn/Feinstein bill calls for, it will save approximately $3 billion this year. Nearly 40 organizations on the left and right, including the refiners who benefit from the VEETC subsidy, have called for the elimination of the subsidy.
While ethanol advocates decry this proposal- one group that loves it is the National Cattlemen's Beef Association- click here to see their reaction
Answerplots Planned Today and Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Area growers will have an opportunity to see, hear, touch and smell the latest in seed technologies and crop protection products, based on local growing conditions, at the Canola Answer Plot Knowledge Event sponsored by AgriSolutions crop protection products and CROPLAN GENETICS seed. Seeing is believing, and these agronomist-led programs dig deeper to gain insights and expertise that you can put to work in your field.
The next Canola Answer Plot® Knowledge Event will be held this
afternoon (May 4), at 3:00 p.m., just west of the Kingfisher
Fairgrounds on the South side of Hwy 33.
Growers can contact Justin Stejskal at 405-747-4415 for more information.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $10.98 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.13 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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