From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 5:17 AM
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday September 10, 2010
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Add $100 per acre to your bottom line!
-- Red Shirt Orange Friday Coming September 24th
-- Oklahoma Wheat Farmer Don Schieber Represents US at Russian Grain Conference
-- Cotton Council and Others Agree- Repeal Burdensome 1099 Reporting Requirement
-- There's Reason to Be Optimistic About Recovery in Mexico for US Beef Exports
-- Hard Red Winter Wheat Market Could Break Out of Current Trading Range This Coming Week
-- When you are in political trouble in Arkansas- Who ya gonna call? The Former (not the Present) President of the US.
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Add $100 per acre to your bottom line!
That's the kind of numbers that Dr. Jeff Edwards is tossing around as he talks about final decisions to be made in advance of planting the 2011 winter wheat crop here in Oklahoma. Dr. Edwards is the OSU State Wheat Specialist and he offers his insights in the latest OSU Plant and Soil Science Newsletter now available to be downloaded.

Dr. Edwards writes "The 2010 OSU Wheat Variety Performance Tests (available at www.wheat. clearly showed that some wheat varieties are stars and others are underperformers. On average, there was a 19 bushel per acre difference between the highest and lowest yielding cultivar at a test site in 2010. At $5.00 per bushel this means that on average there was a $95 per acre difference in potential wheat revenue at these sites. The smallest spread between the highest and lowest yielding cultivars was at Gage where a 10 bushel per acre spread resulted in a $50 per acre difference in potential revenue. The largest spread was at Lamont where a 29 bushel per acre difference between the highest and lowest yielding cultivar resulted in a $145 difference in potential wheat revenue."

He adds "None of us can accurately predict which cultivars will be the top yielder at a particular site prior to sowing, so the scenarios above could be described as 'best case'. By using the previous year's data, however, we can come up with a short list of varieties that are highly likely to be in the top yield Subscription Information To receive an electronic copy of the OSU PASS Extension Newsletter, contact Janelle Malone at Please include "PASS Newsletter Subscription" and your name in the subject line. grouping the following year and thereby highly likely to increase wheat profitability. Wheat producers should aim to have as many of their acres as possible sown to these top-tier varieties."

Click on the LINK below to jump to our story where you can download the PASS newsletter and read the rest of Jeff's comments- as well as get the latest on planting options for winter canola- scouting for fall armyworms and more.

Click here for the latest PASS Newsletter from the Division of Ag at OSU

Red Shirt Orange Friday Coming September 24th
The following comments are courtesy of OSU Ag Communications student Lin Farris about a great project the ACT at OSU has undertaken for the second year.
"When Fridays dawn in Stillwater, ORANGE seems to radiate on the OSU campus and in the community, but across the United States, patriotic citizens don RED to show their support for the U.S. troops at home and abroad. RED SHIRT ORANGE FRIDAY shows everyone that Cowboy fans can do both!

"The OSU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow spearheaded last fall's premiere Red Shirt Orange Friday event. Its success at showcasing OSU's support for U.S. Military personnel was fantastic! Now, you never know where one of the first-ever OSU red shirts will appear, including on soldiers around the world!
"In addition, profits from RSOF shirt sales allowed ACT and the OSU Student Veterans Organization to ship nearly 80 care packages to soldiers in combat zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This year's official RED SHIRT ORANGE FRIDAY is Sept. 24, and in addition to selling T-shirts for that date, the RSOF Steering committee is preparing for a campus-wide event on the OSU library lawn to honor soldiers and veterans. More information on that to come as details are finalized."

Our thanks to Lin for sharing this with us- so we may share it with you. There are multiple places on campus at OSU to order your Tee Shirt- ask around at Ag Hall or the Animal Science Building- plus they are taking orders at the Payne County Extension Service. If you are not close to Stillwater and want a tee shirt- send me an email and I will pass along your request to the ACT chapter at Oklahoma State.

If you want to learn more about the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow at OSU- click here.

Oklahoma Wheat Farmer Don Schieber Represents US at Russian Grain Conference
There was a timely interlude in Moscow, Russia, today in the ongoing global discussion about the impact of the Russian drought and the government ban on grain exports. The Russian Grain Union together with the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies held the XVI International Conference featuring the theme, "Black Sea Grain and Oilseeds 2010/11: The Role of Government and Efficiency of the Domestic Grain and Oilseed Markets."

Representing U.S. wheat producers at the conference are U. S. Wheat Associates (USW) Chairman Don Schieber, USW VP of Overseas Operations Vince Peterson, USW European Regional Director Goris van Lit, and USW Moscow Office Director/Marketing Specialist Valentina Shustova.

Schieber, an Oklahoma wheat producer, was among several speakers invited to make brief opening remarks. In thanking the Russian Grain Union for the invitation, Schieber said he shared the pain many Russian farmers felt in losing their wheat crop this year. He also said while some U.S. farmers will see higher prices for their wheat, many of them sold before prices reacted to the late-breaking news from Russia.
"No farmer wants to benefit from a crop failure on someone else's farm," Schieber said. "We would rather earn our reward from hard work and a stable but fair price for what we produce. This volatility is no good for growers and no good for our customers. That is why farmers in my country want to keep wheat markets around the world open."

Click here for more on this International Conference and what Schieber and Vince Peterson had to say to the Russian/Black Sea Grain Industry

Cotton Council and Others Agree- Repeal Burdensome 1099 Reporting Requirement
The National Cotton Council joined 25 state and national farm, livestock and commodity organizations in urging Congressional repeal of a proposed 1099 reporting requirement.

Under existing law, a Form 1099 must be issued to unincorporated service providers that are paid more than $600 during a tax year. Under new reporting rules set to start in 2012, a Form 1099 will be required for payments to incorporated vendors and will be expanded to cover payments made for goods as well as services which total $600 or more in a calendar year to a single non-employee payee. Payments made to corporations would no longer be excluded from the reporting requirement.

The organizations sent letters to Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) and to Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA) saying that under the proposed new requirement, "Virtually all business-to-business transactions will be covered, creating a new major paperwork burden for the farms, ranches and related agri-businesses. The business of producing food, fiber and fuel is a hands-on venture where productivity and competitiveness is compromised by government rules and regulations that turn producers into bookkeepers. Prompt action is needed by Congress to reverse this onerous tax-reporting requirement."

Click here for more- including details of two bills that could address this issue as the Senate Returns to Washington Next Week

There's Reason to Be Optimistic About Recovery in Mexico for US Beef Exports
While Mexico is still the No. 1 destination for U.S. beef exports, it is the only major market that is trailing last year's results. A sluggish economy and weak peso have made Mexico a tough market in 2010, but in August, weekly beef sales data began to suggest signs of improvement.

In our end of the week Beef Buzz, we feature a brief conversation with Chad Russell of the Mexico City regional office of the US Meat Export Federation. He tells us there are several positive signs that could mean better days ahead when it comes to sales of US Beef to our neighbor south of the Rio Grande River.

Click on the LINK below to check out this edition of the Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations across the state of Oklahoma on the Radio Oklahoma Network. And remember that previous Beef Buzz shows are available by clicking on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page on our website and reviewing them.

Click here for this latest Beef Buzz talking about the improved opportunities that we have in selling US Beef into Mexico.

Hard Red Winter Wheat Market Could Break Out of Current Trading Range This Coming Week
The latest on the wheat markets will help headline this week's SUNUP, as produced by OSU Ag Communications and the Division of Agriculture. Host Austin Moore talks with OSU Grain Marketing Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson about the current gyrations of the market- and says that the USDA Supply Demand and USDA Crop Production numbers that will be released by USDA on Friday morning will be looked at closely by traders. He says the key for the trade- are the USDA numbers that will be out Friday morning credible or not?

While you can see Kim and Austin have this conversation on Saturday morning on OETA- you can also jump the gun and listen to what Kim has to say about the current wheat market before the start of the Friday morning open outcry session of the Kansas City Board of Trade.

Besides Dr. Anderson and his comments- Austin reports that they have a great lineup on this week's SUNUP- click on the LINK below and you can listen to the audio of his conversation with Dr. Anderson as well as see the full lineup for this week's SUNUP- as produced by the folks at Ag Communications in the Division of Agriculture at OSU.

Click here for more on the wheat market- plus the SUNUP lineup.

When you are in political trouble in Arkansas- Who ya gonna call? The Former (not the Present) President of the US.
With the polls showing she is clearly in deep trouble in the November general election- Embattled Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln threw a party to celebrate her first full year as the first Arkansan and first female chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Helping to pump up her rural and ag supporters at this party was former President Bill Clinton. A receptive crowd of Lincoln's supporters met President Clinton. Polls indicate Lincoln needs even more support; most have her trailing congressman John Boozman.
Judging by the crowds size, it's clear President Clinton can draw a crowd in his home state, but the latest Rasmussen poll put Congressman John Boozman about 38 points ahead of Lincoln. Some political analysts say no one, not even Bill Clinton is capable of closing that gap.

Click on the LINK below for our coverage of this event- including an audio report from Stewart Doan who was on the scene in Little Rock.

Click here for more on the Senator Lincoln Senate Ag Committee Anniversary Celebration in Little Rock

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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 $7.95 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $8.45 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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