From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:38 AM
To: Hays, Ron
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 23, 2010
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Fall Harvest (and weekly Crop Reports) Wind Down for 2010
-- Sorghum Referendum Soon to Come
-- China to Buy $3 Billion Worth of US Soybeans
-- 44,456- and RISING- GIPSA Rule Comment Period Closes
-- Oklahoma Pork Council Offers Their Thoughts on GIPSA in the Final Hours of Public Comment Period
-- President Obama Proclaims Farm City Week
-- Corrected Story on Farm Bureau's Farm Family of the Year- AND Other Tuesday Tidbits
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Fall Harvest (and weekly Crop Reports) Wind Down for 2010
According to the next to last weekly crop weather update of the season- "Temperatures varied widely last week, as is typical of fall in Oklahoma, with average temperatures in the 40's and 50's. Cold and windy weather Wednesday and Thursday was followed by a warm and windy weekend with highs into the 80's. Light rain fell across most of the state, with an average of 0.22 of an inch. Parts of the state, particularly the Southeast district, are still significantly below normal rainfall for the season, and both crop conditions and pond levels are being impacted. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to improve slightly. Topsoil moisture condition was rated mostly in the adequate range and subsoil moisture condition was rated mostly in the adequate to short range."

"Conditions for wheat and rye continued to improve from the moisture received the past two weeks and grazing prospects are improving. Wheat emerged reached 94 percent complete by Sunday, four points ahead of normal." Our neighbor to the north- Kansas- has improved some from a week ago, but still has a lot of wheat ground rated poor to very poor. Twenty six percent of their crop are in those two lowest ratings, while 38% is in fair shape and 32% in good condition. Four percent is called excellent.

Back in Oklahoma, ninety-four percent of canola plants had emerged by the end of the week, an increase of four points from the week prior.

For our spring planted crops, "Harvest is winding down ahead of normal for all row crops. Sorghum harvest reached 94 percent complete by Sunday, 15 points ahead of normal. The soybean harvest was 94 percent complete, eight points ahead of the five-year average. The cotton harvest was 73 percent complete by Sunday, 11 points ahead of normal."

Click on the LINK below for the complete rundown of crop, pasture and weather conditions summarized for Oklahoma over this past week.

Click here for our November 22nd Oklahoma Crop Weather Update

Sorghum Referendum Soon to Come
Sorghum Checkoff Chairman Bill Greving is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program.
For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than 3 years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008.

USDA will conduct the referendum Feb. 1-28, 2011, at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the Internet.
Any eligible person engaged in the production or importation of sorghum from July 1, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2010, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form that shows they engaged in production or importation of sorghum.

The Sorghum Checkoff Program, and its 13-member board, is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The mandatory program is funded at the rate of 0.6 percent of the net market value on grain sorghum and 0.35 percent of the net market value of sorghum forage.
The Sorghum Checkoff is intended to be a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum.

To learn more about the sorghum checkoff efforts as the program has gotten off the ground, click here.

China to Buy $3 Billion Worth of US Soybeans
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on China's signing of agreements with industry to purchase more than 5.5 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans:

"Today's signing of contracts committing China to purchase more than 5.5 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans is a strong sign that China continues to look to the United States as a reliable supplier of high-quality products. These sales, worth nearly $3 billion at today's price, are great news not just for American soybean producers but for the U.S. economy overall.

"The U.S.-China trade relationship continues to flourish, thanks in large part to agriculture. U.S. farm exports to China have grown nearly tenfold over the past decade, from $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2000 to $15 billion in 2010. With each $1 billion in exports supporting 8,000 jobs, that $15 billion supports nearly 120,000 U.S. jobs.

"Last year, China became the second largest export market for U.S. agriculture overall and remained the largest market for U.S. soybeans, with 2010 sales of $9 billion.

"China will continue to be a key trading partner as agriculture contributes to President Obama's goal of doubling total U.S. exports over the next 5 years."

44,456- and RISING- GIPSA Rule Comment Period Closes
The public comment period for the so called GIPSA Rule regarding the marketing of livestock in the United States closed at 12 midnight, but the question now becomes- will USDA bother to really respond to questions raised in the comments, and will USDA change anything about the rule based on the comments received.

According to the website,, 44,456 public comments are now posted on the proposed rule, making this one of the commented on rules this year. Many of the early comments called on USDA to extend the public comment period 120 days, and USDA did respond to that pressure by adding an extra 90 days to the process. One such request came from Scott Dewald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. Back on July 9, 2010, Dewald wrote on behalf of the OSA, stating that "any change of this magnitude deserves thorough review and careful analysis."

The most recent comments on this website were posted November 17- suggesting that thousands of additional comments pro and con are still to be added to the more than 44,000 comments that came in on the GIPSA rule.
Many of these comments on both sides of the issue were created with a template- with lots of the same verbiage repeated over and over and over.

One comment that we came across that supported the GIPSA Rule was from Jon Kirkpatrick of Colorado who stated "for years the meat packing industry has used their market power to bully livestock producers and feeders to accept unfair and deceptive contracts. I am pleased that USDA is finally stepping up to protect the independent livestock producer, feeder and contract grower."

One comment that we happened onto against the Rule came from Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus of southwest Kansas. Mark writes "this rule is simply wrong, un-American, and would be a devastating mistake to inflict upon our industry."

Click here to jump to our Beef Buzz, where we talked about these comments and more- and have the link to where you can go and look at comments yourself.

Oklahoma Pork Council Offers Their Thoughts on GIPSA in the Final Hours of Public Comment Period
Oklahoma's pork industry would be devastated by the "one-size-fits-all" rule recently proposed by the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) of the United States Department of Agriculture, said the Oklahoma Pork Council (OPC) in comments submitted to USDA.

"As proposed, the GIPSA rule is bad for farmers and ranchers, retailers and consumers," said Roy Lee Lindsey, OPC executive director. "We'd like the agency to issue separate, appropriate, clear and legally supportable rules consistent with Congressional grants of authority, for each of the poultry, swine and beef industries, recognizing that each segments of the meat industry is unique."

In its comments, OPC said the "one-size-fits-all" approach to rule making would have a devastating impact on the structure of Oklahoma's pork industry. For example, the prohibition on packers, or entities owned by packers, from selling hogs to another packer would increase operating costs for produce­rs because they would have to incorporate a middleman.

Click here to read more about the OPC comments- and we have a link to the full submitted comments provided to USDA by the Oklahoma Pork Council

President Obama Proclaims Farm City Week
President Barack Obama has officially proclaimed the weekend ending this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, as National Farm-City Week. This year's theme is, "Agriculture: A Growing Story". In the proclamation the President said - the connection between rural industries and urban markets is stronger than ever, and Americans across the country are finding ways to participate in and celebrate the importance of agriculture and related industries.

American children are learning about the origins of our food and healthy food options by visiting farms, learning from hard-working farmers and ranchers, and trying their hand at agriculture through networks of school gardens and farm-to-school programs. Thanks to farmer's constant enterprise and innovation, rural communities are building new domestic and international markets for their high-quality food, fuel, and fiber products.

Mr. Obama concluded, - while we gather with family and friends during this time of Thanksgiving, let us celebrate farms of every size that produce the abundance that graces our tables. During National Farm-City Week, as the bounty of agriculture moves from America's farms to our tables, we honor all who foster our healthier future.

Corrected Story on Farm Bureau's Farm Family of the Year- AND Other Tuesday Tidbits
We have updated a couple of the points within our story found on our website about the Beach Family of Jackson County being named the 2010 Farm Family of the Year. Click here for the revised story.

A quick reminder that with Thursday being Thanksgiving, ag markets will be closed and we will have no email for you that day. We will have a limited email available on Friday after the holiday- and the ag futures market will operate a half trading day.
Many auction barns from Wednesday forward are closed the balance of this week- so check with the barn you do business with if you are planning on loading some cattle and heading to town to sell them.

We have added several items to the end of the calendar yesterday- and more to come today- so click here and check our calendar pages of our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. In particular, check out the loaded program that the Oklahoma Wheat Growers have for their annual meeting on December 11.

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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 $8.35 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $9.15 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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