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Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010 6:47 AM
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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 3, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- The Triumphant Return of Dr. Kim Anderson- He Leaves and Prices Go Up
-- Piper Wray of Lomega Named Wheat Champion for 2010 Crop
-- New Weed Sample Service Being Set at OSU by Joe Armstrong
-- Consumers Are Key Focus of Proposed 2011 National Pork Board Budget
-- Lack of Colombian FTA Costing Farmers in Exports
-- Feral Hogs in Oklahoma- Nuisance or Threat?
-- No Email on Labor Day- Some Bits and Pieces as we Head for a Three Day Break
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to welcome Big Iron Unreserved Online Auctions as our newest sponsor of the daily Email. Their next auction is Wednesday, September 8 - featuring Low Hour, Farmer Owned Equipment. Click here for their website to learn more about their Online Farm Equipment Auctions.

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The Triumphant Return of Dr. Kim Anderson- He Leaves and Prices Go Up
It will be pointed out during this weekend's edition of SUNUP that OSU Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson left for a couple of months after accepting a retirement buyout package from the University- and wheat prices promptly went up by three dollars. Now Kim is back on a contract basis on campus at OSU- and the hard part now is- where do these darn markets go from here?

Anderson tells Austin Moore, who is currently hosting the weekly TV show now that Clinton Giffiths has exited stage left for a chance to be a part of the Nationally syndicated program AgDay. that the fundamentals simply don't support the higher prices compared to a year ago- and that selling wheat into these higher prices is justified. He also believes that marketing a portion of the 2011 crop makes sense as well.

Dr. Anderson is back on the weekly TV show that is to be seen on OETA this Saturday morning- but if you want to hear his comments a bit early- click on the LINK below- as he talks marketing strategy for both the 2010 crop harvested and the 2011 crop not yet planted.

We also have the full rundown on this weekend's show- so go and check it out.

Click here for the Kim Anderson look at wheat markets- as well as a complete look at this weekend's SUNUP lineup

Piper Wray of Lomega Named Wheat Champion for 2010 Crop
The Awards Banquet for the 2010 Junior Wheat Show was held on the campus of Oklahoma State University on Thursday evening- and Piper Wray of the Lomega FFA Chapter was proclaimed the 4-H/FFA Wheat Grand Champion this year. Piper won the FFA competition with the Overly variety she placed 2nd in visual, 2nd in baking and first overall. She received a $40 premium for production and visual and the bake contests, a plaque for 2nd place visual and chapter medal, a $100 premium and a $3,000 scholarship for 1st place overall. She later went on to receive the Grand Champion Trophy along with a $250 premium.

Reserve for the entire show and the the top 4-H contestant was Dylan Sawyer of the Okeene 4-H Club in Blaine County. Dylan's entry was also Overly- placed 1st in the Production and Visual contest, 4th in Bake Contest and 1st overall. He receives a $40 premium for the production and visual and the bake contests, a club medal, a plaque for 1st place in Production and Visual, a $100 premium, a trophy and $2000 scholarship for 1st place overall as the 4-H Wheat Champion.

Craig Westfahl of Okeene was second in the 4-H Division with his Jackpot Variety. He placed 15th in Production and Visual, 1st in the Bake Contests and 2nd place overall. He received a $25 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake Contest, a $50 premium for 2nd overall, and a $3000 scholarship.
Second place in the FFA Division found the highest placing of an OSU bred entry- Tanner Bedwell of the Okeen FFA placed 9th in Production and Visual, 1st in the Bake Contests and 2nd overall. He received a $35 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake Contest, a $50 premium for placing 2nd overall, a chapter medal and a $2000.00 scholarship.

The Junior Wheat Show is sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, the Oklahoma Wheat Growers and the Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation. Over $16,000 in scholarships were awarded to 4-H and FFA students throughout Oklahoma. This event was made possible through producer support from Oklahoma Wheat Commission Check-off dollars. The purpose of the program is to promote the production of quality wheat and teach 4-H and FFA youth about wheat production, marketing and management. An individual may win up to $6,000 in the wheat show scholarships during his or her 4-H and FFA careers.

Click here for more on the top winners in both the 4-H and FFA Divisions for the 2010 contest

New Weed Sample Service Being Set at OSU by Joe Armstrong
Earlier this week- we got details of a new service for Oklahoma that is being established by Extension Weed Specialist at OSU, Dr. Joe Armstrong. Joe tells us in an email "I wanted to let you know about a new diagnostic service program I am starting this fall that will allow for producers, crop consultants, extension educators, and anyone else that is interested to submit weed samples to OSU for testing to determine if the weeds are resistant to certain herbicides. This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, the Oklahoma Soybean Board, and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and will be provided as a free service to anyone involved in Oklahoma agricultural production. The attached fact sheet, PSS-2779 "Diagnostic Service to Test for Herbicide-resistant Weeds in Oklahoma," gives instructions for collecting and submitting seed samples. The fact sheet also includes a form that should be submitted with the weed sample. The forms asks the producer to list their contact information, location of the field where the weed was collected, crop production history, and herbicide use history. All results will be kept confidential, but may be summarized and referred to anonymously by the county from which they were submitted in OCES reports and presentations. All samples will be tested in greenhouse conditions and will be treated with multiple herbicides to determine the type and level of herbicide resistance that is present. The entire process, from when we receive the sample to when we evaluate the weeds for resistance, should take 8 to 12 weeks.

"I know there has been some confusion regarding the presence of herbicide-resistant weeds in Oklahoma. Several weeds, including Italian ryegrass, pigweed species, and marestail, have been confirmed as resistant to various herbicides in Oklahoma. This is not to say that every Italian ryegrass or pigweed plant is resistant, but many populations of resistant weeds have been documented. Our work with ALS-resistant Italian ryegrass has shown that it is possible for there to be both resistant and susceptible populations in the same county or relatively close to one another. This observation emphasizes the importance of scouting and designing a weed control program that best manages the weeds in each individual field.

"Another confusing aspect of herbicide-resistant weeds is the influence that the size of the weed at application can have on herbicide activity. In general, weeds are most susceptible to herbicides when they are relatively small. Many weeds become more tolerant to herbicides as they become larger. Marestail is an excellent example of a weed that can be controlled most easily when it is small, but becomes more and more tolerant to herbicide applications as it gets bigger. In contrast, resistant weeds cannot be controlled with the herbicide regardless of their size, even though the herbicide would previously control that weed. Glyphosate-resistant marestail, for example, will not be controlled with glyphosate regardless of the application timing. Therefore, herbicides should be applied to small weeds, when we have the most options available and the herbicides will have the greatest level of activity. If the weeds are in fact resistant, a follow-up application or other weed control measure can be implemented while the weeds are still relatively small."

Joe adds that Oklahoma has some resistance problems at this point- but we are not in as bad of shape as some areas of the country are- yet. He believes that means our state has the opportunity to learn from some of their pitfalls and pro-actively manage and prevent the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds in our area. We have a LINK below that will take you to an OSU factsheet that Joe has crafted to tell more- click on it and check it out.

Click here for the OSU factsheet on weed resistance and how to manage this potential problem on your operation.

Consumers Are Key Focus of Proposed 2011 National Pork Board Budget
Consumer perspectives of pork and pork production are the central focus of the National Pork Board's proposed 2011 budget that will be debated next week in Des Moines. More than 50 pork producers will gather from across the country to help guide the investment of Pork Checkoff dollars into consumer information, research, and producer education programs. The programs are designed to help pork producers provide consumers with safe, affordable, quality pork products.

The board's planning and budgeting process began earlier this summer when producer-led committees identified action steps for achieving the board's new five-year strategic plan. These objectives fall under one of three major goals:
Refresh and reposition pork's image to increase domestic and international consumer demand.
Protect the rights and ability of U.S. farmers to produce pork in a socially-responsible and cost-competitive manner.
Pursue strategies to enable U.S. pork producers to remain highly competitive, long term, on a global basis.

Among the requests are major proposals to create new excitement for pork in the consumer marketplace and to help consumers better understand and appreciate modern agriculture. Additional proposals advance the work of the pork industry's We Care initiative and fund research that can address significant social, economic, and production concerns facing the pork industry.

Click here for more on the Pork Board's Budget Plan for the coming Fiscal Year

Lack of Colombian FTA Costing Farmers in Exports
U.S. Grains Council director in Latin America Kurt Shultz traveled to Colombia last week where he found that a lack of progress on the U.S.-Colombia Free-Trade Agreement is continuing to have a devastating impact on U.S. corn, soybean and wheat producers. As an example, Colombia traditionally purchases approximately 3-million metric tons of yellow corn annually. However, since 2009, Colombia has been gradually switching its corn imports to South American origins at the expense of U.S. producers.

The United States, which has had an FTA agreement negotiated since 2006, has been unable to get the agreement before the U.S. Congress for a vote. As a result of this inaction, Shultz says - the Argentinean market share for corn has increased from 3 percent in 2007, to 67 percent through June 2010. The U.S. market share, previously 96 percent in 2007, now stands at only 22 percent. In the first six months of 2010, Argentinean corn exports to Colombia have soared to 201-million dollars, while U.S. exports have dwindled to 67.6-million.

Shultz, says - the U.S. government needs to ratify this already signed FTA before it's too late. Once these competitors' trade patterns and relationships are established, U.S. market penetration will be significantly damaged and it could result in continued erosion of the U.S. market share in neighboring countries, such as the Dominican Republic which has imported 80-thousand metric tons of South American corn.

Feral Hogs in Oklahoma- Nuisance or Threat?
Are they a threat or just a growing nuisance? The feral hog population continues to grow in the state- and now may well exceed a million head. One of the most knowledgable people in Oklahoma on the wild swine is Russell Stevens of the Noble Foundation. Stevens has written a book on the animals as found in Oklahoma and many other states around the country- and contends they will not attack man unless cornered or otherwide provoked. He points out they are highly intelligent and have excellent sight and a highly developed sense of smell.

California, Florida and Texas have the highest numbers of feral hogs in the United States, but in Oklahoma the feral hog has been very successful in expanding its range and increasing in numbers.

During the summer of 2007, Noble Foundation wildlife and fisheries staff initiated a statewide survey to obtain a better estimate of the distribution and number of feral hogs in Oklahoma. The survey was conducted by wildlife and fisheries intern David Rempe. Agencies surveyed included the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma State University Extension and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. Representatives of each of these agencies were contacted in every Oklahoma county and asked if feral hogs were present in the county.

The total number of Feral hogs in Oklahoma is astounding- the low end of the estimates is 430,000 with a high end of 1.6 million. Seventy four of the seenty seven counties have confirmed feral hogs in their counties.
Click on the LINK below for more on this story and a link to a 24 page summary of a book on feral hogs written by Russell Stevens of the Noble Foundation.

Click here for more on the Feral Hog situation here in Oklahoma.

No Email on Labor Day- Some Bits and Pieces as we Head for a Three Day Break
We will not be sending you a Labor Day email- as we hit the traditional end of summer holiday here in early September. This year, that includes the start of high school and college football, a big Hurricane skirting along the eastern seaboard and finally some moisture (in recent days) and the end of scorching temperatures. We will be back on Tuesday morning with all of the agricultural news you can use in email form.

Our guest this holiday weekend for our In the Field segment on KWTV News9 Saturday morning will be Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council. Tune in and watch our discussion about the Ft Collins Workshop on Livestock Competition of last week- and what the proposed GIPSA Rule could mean for Oklahoma producers and consumers as well. It will air around 6:40 AM on Saturday morning on News9.

As we come to the end of the summer season- it's a good point to say THANK YOU for your interest in our reports we offer you in a variety of ways. Somebody asked me how long I have been doing this (reporting on farm and ranch stuff) and I told them I have been here in Oklahoma talking agriculture on the radio since 1977- gosh that is a long time. That particular gentleman was a vo-ag teacher back in the late 70s- early 80s and recalls me talking to his FFA members up at the National convention in Kansas City. I am humbled that he (and others) remember those moments- hopefully he won't remember that I looked a lot younger way back then- complete with dark hair and all- compared to the "more mature" guy we are today. BUT- I am grateful to my God for allowing me to share a bit of the lives of so many people over the years- first on radio and now in recent years as I have been at Griffin these last four years on TV, via our website, on Twitter(approaching 1000 followers!), on Facebook and via this email that goes to about 3,000 email addresses every day and is also read by folks that get it via our website as well as Twitter. Your interest in what we say and write about has blessed my life and I am grateful. Your feedback is always welcome and will always be thoughtfully read and considered.

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Let's Check the Markets!
We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.65 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.15 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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