From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 8:09 PM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 26, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma FFA Members Excel in Indianapolis
-- Slade Nightengale of Cordell Wins the Granddaddy of the them all- Star Farmer of America
-- Green Eggs and Ham Carries McKenzie Walta All the Way to the Top in Indy
-- Eleven Oklahoma FFA Members Claim National Titles in their Proficiency Award Area
-- Don't Send Those Cull Beef Cows to Market Until Later- If You Can
-- Voluntary, Locally-led Water Quality Efforts to be Celebrated in Jay on Tuesday
-- The Next Set of Auctions of Oklahoma School Land Leases Begin Monday
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Oklahoma FFA Members Excel in Indianapolis
I have been covering the annual National FFA Convention since the late 1970s- having followed the exploits of Oklahoma FFA members in Kansas City, Louisville and now Indianapolis. It's been exciting to see the achievements of those that wear the Blue and Gold Jackets with Oklahoma across the back- but 2009 was the most incredible Convention I have ever been a part of. Oklahoma went to Indianapolis with high expectations because the large numbers of those members that had qualified to be at the 82nd Annual Convention as a participant. I think it's safe to say that those expectations were met or exceeded in almost all areas.

We have stories below on several of these high fliers that represented Oklahoma so well this year. For example, last year we had 21 finalists in the National Proficiency Categories- the most of any state heading for Indy- and brought back to Oklahoma six national Proficiency awards in 2008. That was the most of any state in the country. 2009 saw Oklahoma raise the bar as the state had 27 National Proficiency Award finalists out of the 47 categories available at the national level. On Friday afternoon, as we sat in the radio media room right behind the stage in Conseco Fieldhouse, things started slow- California quickly got three of the early awards and several of our Oklahoma members were beaten by other outstanding programs. But as the names continued to be read- more and more names from Oklahoma were shouted out- and Oklahoma stood at nine national awards with about seven Oklahoma members in categories yet to take the stage.

Oklahoma FFA State President Amy Peel was there in the media room, helping me take pictures for our website of the Oklahoma winners- and as our ten award winner was named- we cheered double digits, and then saw Amber Allen of Burlington getting the 11th National Proficiency Award of the afternoon for the state to almost double last year's production- and again outpace all other states in the country in this show of strength in the supervised agricultural enterprises that are at the heart of the FFA experience.

We have links to all eleven members from Oklahoma that won a National Proficiency award in a story further down- and we also invite you to go and check out our website where we posted a total of some 30 stories from Tuesday through Saturday from Indianapolis. The link where those 30 stories reside is right below here- as they are all found on our Blue Green Gazette section of our website.
By the way, we say thanks to the Oklahoma Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association for their sponsorship of our coverage at the 2009 National FFA Convention- their support allowed us to be at the 2009 meeting and offer extensive coverage of the Oklahoma story that unfolded this past week. Click here for the Oklahoma FFA website for more on this powerful youth leadership success story.

Click here for our Blue Green Gazette to get a full overview of our coverage from the 2009 National FFA Convention

Slade Nightengale of Cordell Wins the Granddaddy of the them all- Star Farmer of America
When my Dad was teaching Vo-Ag back in the 1950s and early 1960s, the ONLY Star that was picked annually in Kansas City was the Star Farmer of America. It is still the award that bats clean up even here in 2009 as the premiere national award handed out to a member of the FFA organization. It is the highest of the high when it comes to those that apply for the annual American Farmer Degree (at least, that was what that degree was once called- now it's just the American Degree)

On Saturday morning, Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFA was the latest Oklahoma success story as he was named the Star Farmer of America award from the National FFA organization. Nightengale runs the prototype of an Oklahoma stocker cattle operation in southwest Oklahoma.He runs cattle on wheat pasture in the fall and winter, will sometimes graze the wheat out- some years he will harvest the wheat for grain. He also has about 1,200 acres of permanent grass for summer grazing.

The pick of Slade Nightengale as the 2009 Star Farmer of America means that Oklahoma is home of the last two Stars in this category. In 2008, Travis Schnaithman of Garber brought home the same honor- if you want to go back and review that honor as we reported it in 2008 from the national convention, click here for coverage of Travis as the 2008 Star Farmer of America.

Click on the link below and you can go and read more about this high honor given to Slade Nightengale here in 2009- and also listen to an interview done with Slade right after the award was presented on Saturday morning.

Click here for more with Slade Nightengale- Star Farmer of America

Green Eggs and Ham Carries McKenzie Walta All the Way to the Top in Indy
Oklahoma has a National Champion in Prepared Public Speaking. McKenzie Walta, who has been in the finals in two other national FFA contests in Indianapolis the past two years, served up Green Eggs and Ham and the judges thought it was the tastiest speech of the day in the Final Four of the Prepared Speech category. She heard her name called out Saturday night on the main convention stage in Conseco Fieldhouse.

The reason I mention the Dr. Seuss menu item is that the title of her speech is "Green Eggs and Ham" and in it she discusses the potential of the "enviropig" which is a genetically modified hog that is being developed by Canadian scientists.McKenzie tells us that she has lived with this little fella for almost a year, having first started writing the speech last December and giving it almost daily last spring in leading up to the State FFA Convention, where she won the Prepared Public Speaking category, earning this trip to Indianapolis and the chance to spread the Enviropig message a little further.

The story that we have of McKenzie Walta winning the national Prepared Public Speaking title includes a tip of the hat for several other winners from our state as well- click on the link below and go see those names as well as be able to listen to an interview we did with McKenzie about this speech and her journey to Indy for the third time in three years to compete for national honors- the previous two years, she did well- but the third time was a charm as she won it all here in 2009.

Click here for more on the McKenzie Walta story as found in the Blue Green Gazette on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Eleven Oklahoma FFA Members Claim National Titles in their Proficiency Award Area
Oklahoma far outdistanced the second closest state in the number of national Proficiency Champions produced in 2009. With Oklahoma grabbing 11 (almost double our state's output of 2008), we matched the output of the next two states, California with 6 and Wisconsin with 5 that were announced Friday afternoon in Indy. We have profiles of all 11 in the Blue Green Gazette portion of our website- and we list all eleven below- just click on their name to jump to their profile which includes details of their program, a picture and a quick audio conversation that we had with the winners after they were announced on Friday afternoon. By the way, Amy Peel, 2009 State FFA President, helped me with pictures, did a great job and all of the pics of these 11 winners were the handiwork of Amy.

Brian Masters, Drummond- Agricultural Processing
Rusty Kenner, Cheyenne- Agricultural Services
Kassandra Pfeiffer, Mulhall-Orlando- Beef Production, Placement
Rashele Blakely, Oologah- Diversified Livestock Production- Entrepreneurship
Mikka Harman, Mulhall-Orlando-Small Animal Production and Care- Entrepreneurship/Placement
Brodie Poppino, Adair- Equine Science- Entrepreneurship
Dalton Brewer, Okeene- Grain Production- Placement
Josh Goff, Woodward- Equine Science- Placement
Brian Livesay, Porter- Fruit Production
Jared Yost, Lomega- Grain Production- Entrepreneurship
Amber Allen, Burlington- Vegetable Production- Entrepreneurship/Placement

Don't Send Those Cull Beef Cows to Market Until Later- If You Can
OSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk believes that you will find it worthwhile from a dollar and cents point of view if you decide to delay marketing your cull cows for the next few weeks, assuming you have pasture to carry those unneeded Mama Cows to around the first of the year.

The reason that Dr. Selk believes that this makes a lot of sense this fall is that the latest Dairy Cow Buy Out has been announced by the dairy group CWT- and thousands of dairy cows being culled will be marketed in the early weeks of November of this year. It is very possible that these extra dairy cows coming to market could disrupt prices for cull beef cows in the short term- for a few weeks at the least.

Dr. Glenn Selk of OSU joins us for the Beef Buzz- a program that is heard regularly on great radio stations across the state of Oklahoma and beyond on the Radio Oklahoma Network. We also have these shows on our website- and an archive that stretches back some three years. Click on the link below for this Beef Buzz with Dr. Selk on the Cull Cow decisions to be made this fall.

Click here for our Beef Buzz with Dr. Glenn Selk of OSU.

Voluntary, Locally-led Water Quality Efforts to be Celebrated in Jay on Tuesday
Agriculture producers in northeast Oklahoma are invited to attend a Hog Fry at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm to help celebrate the success of voluntary, locally-led water quality efforts in the Spavinaw Creek, Honey Creek and Illinois River Watersheds.

"We want to invite all agriculture producers and anyone interested in northeast Oklahoma water quality to come out and join us next Tuesday," Shanon Phillips, Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division said. "We'll have a good meal, enjoy some fellowship and discuss the water quality success stories that have been documented in the Watersheds of north east Oklahoma."

According to Phillips, the best management plans developed by the Conservation Commission in cooperation with local conservation districts have resulted in sizable reductions in nutrients and bacteria in the various watersheds where local producers have taken part in various water quality programs. The program at the dinner Tuesday night will highlight these practices and celebrate the success they have shown.
Dinner will begin at 6pm and the meeting will last until 8pm. Those coming for dinner should RSVP to 918-253-8550.

Click here for more on the Best Management Practices that have helped the clean water efforts in northeastern Oklahoma

The Next Set of Auctions of Oklahoma School Land Leases Begin Monday
Monday morning, the first of three auction locations will see bidding on Oklahoma School Land Leases. At 10 AM, the Oklahoma School Land Commission will hold a multi county auction at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat. Leases will be offered from Caddo, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Roger Mills and Custer Counties at the Burns Flat site.

On Tuesday, the auction moves to Lawton and the Great Plains Technology Center. Start time on Tuesday is 10 AM. Leases in Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Grady and Tillman Counties will be offered.

Finally, the third of the three auctions planned for this week will be held in Stillwater. The auction will also begin at 10 AM at the Payne County Fairgrounds, with leases in Pawnee, Payne, Logan and Noble Counties to be offered.

Next week, two more auctions are also planned in Enid and Shawnee. We have the master list by counties of the tracts of land that will be offered for lease by the Commission at these auctions- click on the link below and then scroll down to the county you have interest in.
You can also call the School Land Commission state office in Oklahoma City if you have questions- that number is 1-888-355-2637.

Click here for the full list of Counties that have School Land Lease Auctions here in 2009-

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Let's Check the Markets!
The Woodward Livestock Auction had a total run on Friday of 4,690 cattle, with yearlings and calves generally steady to $1 up. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold from $98 to $114, while seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $94 to $97.50. Click here for the complete Woodward market report from USDA's market news service- it should be up and available at this link by around 8 AM Monday morning.

We are also including Canola prices for your convenience here. Current cash price for Canola is $7.75 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.95 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

Here are some links we will leave in place on an ongoing basis- Click on the name of the report to go to that link:
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day-
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101 mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- As Reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. <
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Finally, Here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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