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Seminar for Oklahoma women in agriculture will discuss drought, winter feed for cattle

Session at Northwest Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Seminar will focus on winter feeding of cattle and drought concerns. The seminar is Tuesday in Fairview.
by Bryan Painter Modified: September 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012

Unfortunately, drought has been a timely topic for quite some time in Oklahoma.

Areas of the state received rain Thursday, and weather forecasts show varying chances of precipitation into next week.

But Jim Rhodes, Oklahoma State University extension educator for Major County, believes the topic of drought will continue to come up during board meetings at family farms. Those meetings are sometimes also known as dinner time, as spouses discuss important decisions regarding expenses.

That's why winter feeding of cattle, as well as drought concerns, will be the focus of one of the sessions Tuesday during the Northwest Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Seminar at Fairview.

The seminar is designed to provide information and insights useful to women who are involved in agriculture through farming and ranching, Rhodes said.

“One of the expenses that they may be sitting around the dinner table discussing is feed expenses for their cattle,” Rhodes said. “That question will possibly come up: ‘Why are you spending so much on feed?' This session will, hopefully, help with that question.

“It is necessary to have enough protein supplementation to match your forage quality.”

Plus, Rhodes said they will talk about costs involved if producers have to buy hay.

The percentage of Oklahoma experiencing extreme to exceptional drought was 94.68 percent, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday morning. That is up from 91.04 percent last week and 90 percent two weeks ago.

Some areas have experienced rain not only Thursday but in recent weeks, and the possibility for rain in some areas remains with the current forecast.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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If you go

Northwest Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Seminar

• When: Tuesday. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and run through midafternoon.

• Where: Northwest Technology Center, 801 Vo-Tech Drive, Fairview.

• Cost: $5 per participant; preregistration is not required.

• Information: Call (580) 227-3786.


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