~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 16, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, KIS Futures and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- "It Ain't Pretty"
-- Broadband- Rural America Has Gotta Have It
-- Conservation Dollars Multiply In Rural Oklahoma's economy
-- Where are those Darn Cameras of HSUS When You Need Them???
-- Two More Dr. Joe Hughes Stories to Share
-- Express Ranch Getting Ready for Their Annual Grass Time Sale
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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"It Ain't Pretty"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards has finished his first round of post freeze examinations of the 2009 Oklahoma winter wheat crop and his first characterization is "It ain't pretty." Dr. Edwards says that southwest Oklahoma will have few wheat fields that will recover enough from the double dose of freezing conditions to bother pulling a combine into. At the Apache OSU wheat plots, they checked early, medium and late maturing varieties- and found 80% to 96% freeze injury. Slightly further north in Canadian County in the El Reno-Union City plots, 60% injury was common. Dr. Edwards says that other reports from deeper in the southwest also confirm these observations. South of I-40 clearly has the most severe damage.
From I-40 to State Highway 51- the damage is also severe. OSU Wheat Plots in Kingfisher County showed freeze damage from 60% to 90%. North of State Highway 51, Edwards says that the freeze damage is more variable with the Lahoma test station reporting 40% to 70% injury. Other reports from the Enid area is that the later maturing fields have fared better, as is to be expected. Little freeze damage is seen in the northern tier of counties across the top of the state of Oklahoma. From Kay County west- damage is being assessed at 10% or less. Similar reports are coming from the three Panhandle counties.
We have more on this unfolding situation with our 2009 winter wheat crop. Click on our link below for the rest of this story- including an audio conversation with Dr. Jeff Edwards of OSU- and a link to the Power Point Presentation that he made on Wednesday to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board Meeting in Oklahoma City.
Click here for more on the freeze damage assessment to the 2009 Oklahoma Wheat Crop with Dr. Jeff Edwards.
Broadband- Rural America Has Gotta Have It
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service and the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration requested comments on both allocation of the funding and implementation of new broadband services. In response, the American Farm Bureau Federation pointed out that the intent of Congress in recently passed legislation was to provide broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of the nation. Doing so, AFBF said, would bolster rural communities and families by giving them enhanced access to health care, education and business opportunities.
AFBF President Bob Stallman says, - America's farmers and ranchers need viable rural communities for the goods and services required for their agricultural operations. They also need - affordable high-speed broadband service to access markets, weather reports, and government agencies.
The letter noted that unserved and underserved areas that lack access to a modern high-speed telecommunications infrastructure are predominantly in rural America and called for the vast majority of funds to be allocated to meet the needs of those communities. AFBF also noted retail price should be one of the primary considerations when awarding funding.
Conservation Dollars Multiply In Rural Oklahoma's economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nearly $76 million annually is spent on conservation in Oklahoma, but it is worth much more in terms of both dollars generated and widespread positive effect, according to an Oklahoma State University study.
These dollars represent injections into regional economies across the state, thereby generating additional economic activity and helping to stabilize key industries vital to local communities, said Dave Shideler, OSU Cooperative Extension agricultural economist who conducted the study.
"The study is a tool for local conservation districts as they write grants and look for partners," he said. "As we work to protect the environment, it makes sense to do so in ways that provide sustainable economic effects that can be the pillars of community prosperity."
"An example of this would be a farmer who receives funds to purchase
and establish permanent vegetative cover to prevent soil erosion, provide
wildlife habitat or improve the nutrient content of the soil, all very
important to environmental stewardship," said Robert W. Toole, director,
Conservation Programs Division of the Oklahoma Conservation
The $76 million also included $39.2 million in direct payments to
landowners in fiscal year 2008. Typically, these payments are
reimbursements for lost income that happened as a result of implementing
Where are those Darn Cameras of HSUS When You Need Them???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I must admit that I am mighty proud of one of my "kids" in the professional world of farm broadcasting, as Cyndi Young of the Brownfield Network from Missouri has written a sublime story on how cattle producers really care for their animals- care in a way that the Humane Society of the US would never want to admit.
Cyndi worked for me in Oklahoma City at the previous network that I established back in the early 1990s- she was a broadcast talent on the rise and felt the call to go back home to Illinois after spending a year or so in Oklahoma. She later went to work for Brownfield- first in Illinois and later took over their Farm Director position of the entire multi state network and moved to Missouri in the process. She fell in love and married a rancher in central Missouri- they have a farm operation and it was her play by play of a cow giving birth to a calf gone wrong that shows the care of livestock producers in this country.
The link below will take you to her story so very well told by Cyndi-
but a paragraph at the bottom of this blog entry says a lot of about the
battle that the US livestock industry finds itself in here in 2009. Cyndi
writes "As HSUS and PETA spend millions of dollars to convince the
unknowing public that those of us who raise livestock are irresponsible
and barbaric, I ask again, where are the video cameras when we're checking
cows in ten below zero temperatures in the middle of the night?"
Two More Dr. Joe Hughes Stories to Share
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two more tributes have come in that speak of the impact that OSU Extension Youth Livestock Specialist Dr. Joe Hughes had during his lifetime. Funeral services for Dr. Hughes are planned for Friday morning in Stillwater at 9 AM at the First Baptist Church.
Mike Thralls of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission writes "Donna and I first met Joe when he was a graduate student and we were undergraduates. His spot in the basement of the old Animal Science building was the first cubby hole against the wall on the back row of desks. And Joe was there from early till late, as dedicated to that study as he was to his military service, his God, and his later career in extension. From the first, I came to appreciate that Joe was a person of integrity; he worked hard, was always the gentleman, and did not know how to tell a lie. As the years went by he had the same kind of positive impact on each of our five children encouraging their character development as they honed their livestock skills through various activities at which Joe was the constant presence. It has been our family's great honor to know and love Joe and have him as our friend. Certainly he has set the gold standard of service and character worthy for all of us to follow."
Angus Breeder John Pfeiffer also remembers his early encounters with Joe Hughes. "I still remember the first time that I saw Dr. Hughes and later met him. I was a senior in high school in 1971 and to this point all of the livestock judging contest had been run by Ray Parker they were organized but rather laid back. At the Oklahoma city spring show that year there was a new person in charge. This little short man was giving orders and lay out rules to be followed and whole different approach than what this senior with all the answers was use to. Later that afternoon at the awards presentation we met and it was a friendship that has lasted a life time for both me as well as my family."
Express Ranch Getting Ready for Their Annual Grass Time Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches in Yukon are pleased to announce their Annual Grass Time Sale is coming up on Friday May 1st at 12:00 pm at the ranch.
They will be selling over 600 head- including
For information you can contact the folks at Express Ranches at 1-800-664-3977. We also have the link to more on this sale as found on their website- click on the link below to jump there.
Click here for more on the Grass Time Sale of Express Ranch coming May 1, 2009
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno sold 5,521 cattle on Wednesday, with yearlings steady to $3 higher-a nd calves also up- generally $1 to 43 stronger. Market reporter Tina Colby writes from the sale "Calf demand good. Many wheat farmers looking for graze-off calves after last week's freeze damaged some wheat pastures across the state." For a rundown of the prices in El Reno from yesterday- click here for that USDA market report.
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