Southern Oregon Ag Online agriculture in Southern Oregon Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Oregon Hay King Contest – November 14th and 15th Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:11 +0000 2014 Oregon Hay King Contest – November 14th and 15th, Jackson County Expo Center in Central Point

The Oregon Hay and Forage Association in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring the 2014 Hay King Contest at the Jackson County Expo Mace Building in Central Point on November 14th and 15th.  They will follow the same format as last year.  Friday there will be an educational program and trade show, and Saturday will be the contest.  Friday’s schedule is tentatively from 12pm-5pm with a board meeting after from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday’s contest will be from 9am to 4pm. Check back for a more detailed  itinerary once they havethe  logistics worked out.   Lunch will be available Friday, and breakfast and lunch Saturday.

Thursday November 3 is the deadline for samples into K. Falls.


Please save the date and mark your calendars!! For more information call:

Sara Dinsdale

(541)-441-1587 or (541)-472-8873

The Hay King contest is an annual event where hay growers can not only show off their hay, but network with other growers, exchange ideas, and just celebrate the end of another year’s harvest.  The 7 hay classes to be judged will include:

1.dairy alfalfa

2.retail alfalfa


4.grass/legume mix


6.cereal/legume (pea or vetch) mix

7. timothy

Entry forms, hay samples, and checks need be received by November 3rd, to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.   On November 15th, show up at Jackson County Expo Center with a bale from the stack you core-sampled earlier and watch the judges feel, smell and paw through everyone’s hay. It is a very educational day. The bales are judged and awarded points based on quality testing (RFQ) score) and sensory evaluation.

The quality testing will be predicted by NIRS at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.  Hay quality parameters quantified will include crude protein, ADF, NDF, TDN, RFV, RFQ, ash, dNDF, NDFD and many more quality indicators.  The RFQ nutrient analysis scores are combined with the sensory scores, to name a winner in each category.  So enter one or more classes and be the next Hay King for a year.

Send hay core samples, entry form, and $25 per entry to Hay King Contest c/o Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, 6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603-9365.  Checks should be made out to Oregon Hay and Forage Association.  All sizes of bales are eligible for competition.

Hay King Contest Rules

1. All contestants must enter a cored sample of their hay entry by the November 3 deadline.  The cored samples should be sent directly to the contest Lab.  The entry fee for each sample is $25 for OHFA members and non-members.  Checks should be made out to the Oregon Hay and Forage Association and must be turned in with the cored hay samples and entry registration form.  Additionally, one bale, of each class of hay entered, must be in place at the contest location by 9 am, November 15th.

2. Cored hay samples must be a representative sample of the entire lot of hay.  This means that:

a. Multiple cored sub-samples (20) must be taken to make up your sample, rather than an entire flake, or a portion of a flake.

b. The inside diameter of the coring device must be no less than 3/8- inches (if you don’t have a coring device, contact your Extension office).  Note the type & size of sampling device on your entry form.

c. A minimum of 20 bales must be sampled at random from each lot of hay (a lot is hay from the same cutting, variety, field, stage of maturity, and harvested within the same day).  A lot should not exceed 200 tons of hay, or be less than 30 tons.

d. When sampling, probe the bale near the center, at least 12 to 18 inches into the butt end of the bale.  The probe should enter horizontally at a right angle to the surface of the end of the bale.   Be sure the probe doesn’t slant up, down, or sideways.

e. Combine core samples for each class entry into a single sample by combining them into a sealed freezer bag.  Samples submitted with less than a quart bag full of sample may be rejected.  (This equates to a minimum of about 200 grams or ½ lb or greater of sample material, if sampled properly)  Do not ever try to subdivide the sample!  It is impossible to subdivide the sample until it is ground.  Even if you have too much, send the whole sample.

3. If there is not a minimum of 2 entries in a class of hay, the classes may not be judged, this will be at the OHFA board’s discretion.  The submitter will be informed prior to the contest.

2014 Hay King Contest Entry Form

Entries Due November 3, 2014

Please include this entry form with your hay sample and entry fee.

Checks should be made payable to: Oregon Hay and Forage Association

Entry Fees: Member– $25 Per Entry Non-Member – $25 Per Entry

Samples entered without entry fee & entry form will not be accepted!


Phone #_______________________________



Town: ______________________ State: _________________________


Core Device Used________________________________________

Inside Diameter Core Size_____________   Core Tip Size __________

Entry #

Hay Species  / TypeVariety (if Known)Cutting

Cutting Date

Bale Size

Tons in Lot

Hay Species & Types (choose from the designations below to complete the first column above for each entry)

*Dairy Alfalfa – *Retail Alfalfa – Grass/Legume mix – Grass – Cereal –

Cereal/Legume (pea or vetch) – Timothy

Mail Entries to: 2014 Oregon Hay King Contest

C/O Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center

6941 Washburn Way

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Contact for the Hay King Contest is Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228

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Shasta Livestock sale October 17 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:57:36 +0000 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 1881 Last Week: 975 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows & bulls steady. Tougher week for most classes, except for heifers w/replacement value & yearlings. Most other classes under 650# $5-$15                     lower. Small lots & singles $20-$50 lower than top offerings SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress           Breakers: 103.00-111.00 112.00-123.00           Boneing: 94.00-102.00 Heiferettes           Cutters: 80.00-93.00 135.00-170.00                         BULLS 1 & 2: 105.00-120.00 121.00-135.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxx to xxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxx to xxx 450-500 264.00 to                     300.00 500-550 250.00 to                     280.50 550-600 235.00 to                     271.00 600-650 228.00 to                     254.00 650-700 225.00 to                     253.00 700-750 220.00 to                     247.00 750-800 217.00 to                     231.00 800-900 215.00 to                     229.00 (few)  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 250.00 to                     285.00 450-500 231.00 to                     269.00 500-550 225.00 to                     254.00 550-600 216.00 to                     245.00 600-650 212.00 to                     247.00 650-700 212.00 to                     241.00 700-750 222.00 to                     236.00 (few) 750-800 230.00 to                     231.00 (2 sets) 800-900 xxxx to                     206.00 (1 set)

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Farmers invited to Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conf., 12/9 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:54:21 +0000

Farmers invited to Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conf., 12/9


All farmers and ranchers are invited to attend the Cultivating Effective Communication Skills conference on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach (near Lincoln City). The event is presented by the Oregon Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and is open to both Farm Bureau members and non-members.


“The conference will cover all aspects of communication relevant to farms and ranches,” said Kathy Hadley, event coordinator and chair of the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. “We’ll have experts sharing their strategies for effective communication on the farm or ranch, with lawmakers, and with the general public as we share our story as agriculture producers.”


In the morning, workplace communication and bargaining/negotiating strategies will be addressed.


A lunch speaker will provide tips for communicating with lenders.


The afternoon session will feature Lindsay Calvert of American Farm Bureau discussing how farmers can effectively share their stories to potential customers and the general public.


The conference will wrap up with a panel discussion focusing on advice for communicating with elected officials.


The conference cost is $20 for voting and supporting Farm Bureau members, and $40 for associate members and non-members. (Note: Associate and non-members can pay the reduced member price if they bring three cans of food for the YF&R Food Drive.) The registration deadline is Nov. 13.


What: Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conference
Why: Learn strategies from experts for effective communication on your farm or ranch, with the general public, and with lawmakers

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach

$20 for voting & supporting Farm Bureau members; $40 for associate and non-members (or bring three cans of food for the reduced rate)


To register: Get the registration form & agenda at The registration deadline is Nov. 13.
For more information: Contact Dennis Myhrum, dennis@oregonfb.org541.377.2362.

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Farm Bureau keeps pushing for tax reform Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:14:10 +0000 Farm Bureau keeps pushing for tax reform


Since the beginning of the year, Farm Bureau has fought for tax reform at the national level after many temporary tax provisions important to agriculture expired at the end of 2013.

In September, the House passed H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, on a 253 to 163 vote. The legislation incorporates 15 bills previously passed by the House. Farm Bureau supported the overall bill.


Four provisions in the legislation that garnered Farm Bureau support earlier this session are H.R. 4457, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, which makes section 179 expensing permanent at the $500,000 level; H.R. 4718, which makes bonus depreciation permanent; H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, which promotes responsible timber production and a short-term extension of “Secure Rural Schools” payments to counties; and H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, which repeals the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour definition of full-time employment.


Passage of the Jobs for America Act sets up debate on the extension of expiring tax provisions that will take place during the lame-duck session. The Senate Finance Committee has reported a two-year extension of 50-plus tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. The full Senate failed to take up the legislation. The biggest difference between the House and Senate positions is whether expiring tax provisions should be extended for two years or made permanent.

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Kids learn about ag with My American Farm App Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:12:49 +0000 Kids learn about ag with My American Farm App


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new version of its popular My American Farm app for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire. The app is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.


The new version of the app, My American Farm 2.0, contains six My American Farm games, including the newly added Power Up game. This game allows young learners to dive into the world of energy and agriculture and embark on problem-solving missions for the virtual community of Energyville. The new app also builds on the math-focused game, In My Barn, with a Pre-K level to draw in new users. New badges also will be incorporated into the latest version of the app for everything from completing a game to engaging in virtual tasks like meeting a farmer or planting seeds.


My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today, the free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.


The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer.


To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit

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Bob and Tessie Fisher 4-H hall of fame Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:21:51 +0000 Bob and Tessie Fisher of Eagle Point, OR will be two of the four honorees for the 2014 Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.

From a young age, Bob and Tessie Fisher have been active 4-H members and leaders. Together and separately, they have held leadership positions in various 4-H clubs including a horse group, a cooking and homemaking club and an Antelope Beef Club among others. Beginning in the late ’70s and continuing today, Bob and Tessie have served as leaders of the Butte Basin Beef Club. The two always open their door to 4-H members to host meetings and practices, and offer their barns and scales for 4-H functions. They also have financially supported numerous 4-H and Future Farmer’s of America Association members through purchasing their livestock projects at auctions. As prominent citizens of Jackson County, Bob and Tessie are honorary members of both the Oregon and Eagle Point FFA Association.

Each and every county has outstanding 4-H supporters that keep their 4-H programming running strong. The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals that have had a significant impact on the 4-H Program and/or its members and leaders. Hall of Fame honorees are individuals who have significantly helped to generate opportunities for 4-H youth by raising funds, gifting, or otherwise supporting 4-H at the county or state level. The intent is to honor lifetime volunteers, community leaders, alumni, and former faculty and staff who far exceeded the expectations of their roles.

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EPID HONORS ELLEFSONS Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:45:13 +0000 2014 09 28_1932 2014 09 28_1934 2014 09 28_1937The list of accomplishments of Roger and Hazel Ellefson on behalf the Eagle Point irrigation District is long, to say the least. Among that list is the purchase of property for the new office, the purchase of the Hydro plant, defending irrigator’s interests and keeping track of all the business of the District.

Patrons of the District honored the Ellefsons with a potluck dinner on September 28; about 75 patrons and friends attended the function. Emcee Leon Sherman opened the afternoon with a few stories about his relationship with the Ellefsons, Board members Gary Bedell, Stan Deupree and J. B. Dimick followed with more stories as each tried to top the previous speaker.

Following the presentation, Hazel was asked to comment and her immortal words were: “Thank you.”

Patrons brought enough food to feed half the starving world and enough deserts to give the largest dinosaur a really serious sugar-high.

Following their retirement from Eagle Point Irrigation District, the Ellefsons served approximately two years as consultants, offering advice to keep the system running smoothly. They have now completely retired and no longer serve the District. A plaque will be placed at the front of the office building on Brophy Road, commemorating their contributions to the District over the past 40 years.

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Shasta Livestock Auction Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:51:45 +0000 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 658 Last Week: 1391 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows & bulls mostly steady. Very few cattle under 475#, or over 700# today. Balacne of steers steady to $3 higher, heifers $5-$8 lower in small lots. Off lots & singles $20-$40 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress           Breakers: 101.00-109.00 110.00-120.00           Boneing: 91.00-100.00           Cutters: 80.00-90.00                         BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 120.00-129.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 261.00 to                     280.00 few 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 245.00 to                     280.00 600-650 232.00 to                     240.00 650-700 215.00 to                     245.50 700-750 xxxx to                     233.00 1 set 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 194.00 to                     211.00  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 220.00 to                     240.00 few 500-550 230.00 to                     240.00 550-600 205.00 to                     224.00 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 200.00 to                     220.00 700-750 xxxx to                     205.00 1 set 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 192.00 to                     193.50 2 sets                                   PAIRS: No market test                        CALVY COWS: Full Mouth $1700-$2150 Broken Mouth $1450-$1700

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Shasta livestock auction September Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:35:45 +0000 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls steady to $1 higher. Few lightweights steady to last week but overall market $5-$12 lower. Lots of plainer cattle today so off lots and singles were $25-$50 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 101.00-109.00 110.00-122.00                               Boneing: 91.00-100.00                               Cutters: 78.00-90.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 120.00-133.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 302.50 to                       340.00 (2 sets) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 265.00 to                       317.50 500-550 230.00 to                       262.00 550-600 225.00 to                       259.00 600-650 215.00 to                       243.50 650-700 215.00 to                       244.50 700-750 205.00 to                       230.50 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 195.00 to                       205.00 (few) FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 280.00 to                       330.00 (few) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 250.00 to                       281.00 450-500 230.00 to                       262.00 500-550 230.00 to                       260.00 550-600 210.00 to                       236.00 600-650 201.00 to                       234.50 650-700 200.00 to                       228.00 700-750 200.00 to                       221.00 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   No market test                                             CALVY COWS:   Few small bunches of full-mouth cows $1700-$2000;   Broken-mouth cows $1475-$1650 NEXT WEEK: Wed.,Sept. 24: Catalog deadline for Western Video Market sale October 3rd                      Friday, Sept. 26: Expecting 800 head @ Shasta Livestock

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Hay growers association meeting September 24 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:35:06 +0000 to me

Hi everyone……just a heads up….the fall Oregon Hay and Forage Growers meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 24, 10 am at the Klamath Extension Office, south end of Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon. (Rich ….is the room reserved?)

If Klamath Falls is too far to travel please consider attending the meeting by Polycom……that means you Mark Butterfield (LOL) and you Bill Buhrig and others that  live in the northern and eastern parts of the state.   We would love to have your input  at these meetings!!!!!! Not just board members can come ….all members are welcome to attend!!!!!  Get a car load together and make a day trip out of it! Hope to see a room full at this meeting!!!!!!   Mary
Here is info on Polycoms:
Polycoms Make Attending OHFA State Board Meetings Easy

Mylen Bohle, with the Central Oregon OSU Extension Service, has been trying to figure out how more board members from other distant affiliates (depending upon who is hosting the board meeting) could / would participate in the state board meetings via Polycoms.  They are available in each region by contacting your local extension service.  With the Polycoms, we can see and hear you, and you can see and hear us. They are easy to connect up. The Polycoms would allow any affiliate president and board members, and any other interested OHFA members to participate, when a particular state board meeting is too far away to travel to because of time and expense.  As long the Polycom room is available and reserved ahead of time in an affiliate’s county Extension office, then every affiliate should be able to attend the meetings.

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