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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 6, 2008!A service of Johnston Enterprises, National Livestock Credit and American Farmers & Ranchers!
-- The Oklahoma Wheat Commission in the Big Apple at the Urban Wheat Field
-- Big Friday at Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction- Led by $33,000 Grand Champion Steer
-- More Tulsa Fair Junior Livestock Auction Action
-- He Said- Then She Said Back
-- The Week Ahead- National Angus Conference and Tour Here in Oklahoma
-- Final Reminder on Express Sale TODAY
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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The Oklahoma Wheat Commission in the Big Apple at the Urban Wheat Field
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is a most ambitious project being coordinated by the Wheat Foods Council- and the Executive Director, Mark Hodges, of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is on the scene with the OWC oven ready to produce delicious samples of bread baked from scratch during what is being called the Urban Wheat Field on the island of Manhattan in downtown New York City.
Starting this morning, a live wheat field, approximately one quarter of an acre in size, will sprout at New York City's South Street Seaport. The Wheat Foods Council's "Urban Wheat Field Experience," running October 6th through 8th, illustrates the lifecycle of the wheat kernel with a wheat field, full-size combine, functioning mill, bread-baking station, nutrition lab and more. To create the field, nearly one half million wheat kernels were planted in 300 4-foot by 4-foot pallets. The interlocking pallets will create the wheat field with a pedestrian path running through it. The exhibit, open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. eastern time daily, will be located at the intersection of Water Street and South Street.
We talked just a few minutes ago with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission who is in New York this morning, getting ready for three days of baking bread and promoting U.S. wheat at the Urban Wheat Field. This is our top story of the morning on our website- and we have the link to it below.
Click here to jump to our story on our website, complete with some audio comments from New York with Mark Hodges
Big Friday at Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction- Led by $33,000 Grand Champion Steer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Premium sale of the top market animals that were shown at the 2008 Tulsa State Fair was held on Friday at midday- and the final tally we have received from Brandi Herndon of the Tulsa State Fair shows a tally of $524,300 was spent supporting these young people from all over the state of Oklahoma.
The first animal to sell in 2008 was the Grand Champion Steer- you can see him being held by his owner, Jordan Jensen of the El Reno FFA. The 1320 pound Champion Crossbred sold for $33,000. Jordan's Granddad showed the Grand Champion Steer at the Tulsa Fair 53 years ago- and the buyer of this animal here in 2008 was retired banker L.C. Neel of Locust Grove. Neel bought the Grand Champion Steer for the 13th time with the purchase of this year's top animal- and he bought his first Grand Champion Steer back in 1972- for $2600.00. Neel donated the steer after the sale to the Tulsa Boys Home.
We have more on the top steers that sold- as well as a picture of the winner and audio from the auction from Friday midday. Click on the link below for this story.
Click here for the Grand Champion Steer Story from the Tulsa State Fair
More Tulsa Fair Junior Livestock Auction Action
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We also have stories of the other four Grand Champions that were sold on Friday at the Tulsa State Fair- and if you will click on the young person's name - you will jump to our story complete with a picture and audio from the event.
Grand Champion Barrow- Shown by Megan
Heinrich of the Bray Doyle 4-H.
Grand Champion Meat Goat- Shown by Mercedes Hardin of the Hennessey FFA Grand Champion Broiler Pen- Shown by Kilee Shepard of the TImberlake FFA.
He Said- Then She Said Back
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The News Releases were flying on Friday afternoon, as Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn responded strongly to suggestions through an earlier News Release from the office of Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana that Coburn was the sole reason that money she was seeking for ag disaster aid was stopped dead in its tracks this past Thursday.
On Friday afternoon, Senator Tom Coburn's office released this statement from Dr. Coburn- ""While I'm touched by Senator Landrieu's concern for Oklahoma farmers, she has failed to inform farmers in her state, as well as mine, that her last-minute proposal will do nothing to help farmers. In fact, her proposal is a step backward from policies Congress enacted in this year's farm bill. This proposal is not a bridge, but boondoggle. If this bill passed, USDA could not deliver assistance sooner than expected because it would have to create an entirely new software system just to track emergency crop payments under this legislation.
The Senator adds "Senator Landrieu's rhetoric shows this bill has more
to do with helping her campaign than farmers in any state. This bill was
introduced at the very end of the Senate session and, contrary to Senator
Landrieu's claims, it is not supported by her colleagues. Although Senator
Landrieu claimed her leadership would act on this bill, her leaders never
scheduled a debate and recorded vote on this legislation. If this bill
were a priority for Senate leaders and the Senate Agricultural Committee
it would have been the subject of hearings weeks ago. No one but Senator
Landrieu is responsible for her failure to craft a responsible bill in a
Click here for more on the story of who said what on ag disaster in Washington this past Friday.
The Week Ahead- National Angus Conference and Tour Here in Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The annual fall National Conference and Tour of the American Angus Association will be happening here in Oklahoma this week, with Tuesday being a day of presentations by some of the leading figures in the seedstock industry, followed by two days of touring Angus operations in the Sooner State.
The official event begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday with the conference program. A slate of industry speakers will address the state of the beef industry, performance information, selection tools, branded beef programs and marketing. Speakers include John Lawrence, Iowa State University; Mark Allan, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; William Herring, Smithfield Premium Genetics Group; Paul Roach, Reasor's Stores; and Rod Nulik, Purina Mills. Deb Norton, Graphic Arts of Topeka, will moderate a marketing panel that includes Don Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch; Dick Beck, Three Trees Ranch; and Leo McDonnell Jr., Midland Bull Test.
We have details of the tour on our website- just scroll down to the National Angus Conference and Tour and click on that listing. And, take a look at the many other events that are on the horizon as well in the next couple of weeks on our calendar at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Click here for our calendar page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Final Reminder on Express Sale TODAY
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just a very quick reminder that the 2008 Fall Bull Sale and Commercial Female Sale of Express Ranches will be happening at 12 Noon central time today at the ranch on the northside of Yukon, Oklahoma.
Selling 200 plus Angus bulls including 40 select Fall Yearling
Click below for our listing on our Auction and Calendar pages on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Click here for more on the Express Ranches Fall Bull Sale happening today.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The overnight electronic trade has resumed for another week of trading that will reflect the turmoil of the global economic crisis. Early on this Monday- we have grain and oilseed prices sharply lower compared to the relatively flat prices that we saw on Friday. Kansas City and Chicago Wheat futures are 28 to 30 cents lower in the overnight trade, corn has fallen another 23 cents and soybeans are more than 65 cents cheaper than the 11 cent loss seen on Friday.
The Woodward Livestock Auction followed what the other auction markets all were doing last week- tumbling lower on cattle prices. Steer yearlings were $5 to $6 lower than a week earlier, while 450-600 calves were actually $1 to $2 higher. Five to six hundred pound steer calves brought from $102 to $112 while the seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings came in at $100 to $103.75. Click here for the full Woodward auction report- available after 8 AM on Monday.
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