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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday April 11, 2011
service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill,
-- USDA Funds Blender Pump Installations
-- Rick Davis Named to OSU Board of Regents by Governor Mary Fallin
Calhoun and Brook Strader Named as Master Agronomists at
-- Grain Stocks Will Stay Tight- Latest Government Report Offers More Confirmation
-- Congrats to Ann Brower of Anadarko- Winner of the Preifert Round Pen
-- Let's Check the Markets!
morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the
Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays.
We are also
excited to have as one of our sponsors for the daily email Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, with
64 years of progress through producer ownership. Call Brandon Winters at
405-232-7555 for more information on the oilseed crops they handle,
including sunflowers and canola- and remember they post closing market
prices for canola and sunflowers on the PCOM
website- go there by clicking here.
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producers in Grant and
A lot of
southeastern one fourth of
most of the
Click on the LINK below to see the four day precipitation map for the state- to see who got the rains of the weekend- this courtesy from the Oklahoma Mesonet.
Click here for the rainfall map for Oklahoma from April 8 through this morning- April 11.
We have our latest segment up and available on Canola TV- a service of PCOM- as we talked with Heath Sanders of PCOM about the condition of the 2011 Winter canola crop when we caught up with him at the Southern Plains Farm Show. Sanders tells us that the 2011 winter canola crop is hanging on better than wheat at this point. Sanders says he has looked at a lot of canola fields over the last week- and that compared to wheat fields nearby, the canola fields seem to be handling the stress of extremely dry weather better than the 2011 wheat crop.
Sanders says that most canola fields have reached the blooming stage- and that is what producers will see this week at 15 stops over four days during the 2011 Winter Canola Field Tours. Sanders says that he and several OSU specialists will discuss the status of the 2011 crop- and will spend about an hour at each location to discuss pest control, varieties, fertility, harvesting, and marketing.
Click on the LINK below to see this latest Canola TV segment talking about current crop conditions and these field tours that will be happening all over western Oklahoma.
Click here for your Canola TV update with Heath Sanders of PCOM.
USDA is issuing a rule to clarify the definition of renewable energy systems to include flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as "blender pumps". Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says this action will permit Americans to purchase domestically produced renewable transportation fuels as it will provide fuel station owners with incentives to install flexible fuel pumps. Vilsack believes that flex-fuel pumps will give Americans a choice to purchase domestically produced renewable transportation fuels.
There are approximately 2,350 fueling stations that offer E85 of the more than 167,800 stations nationwide. The Obama administration has set a goal of installing 10-thousand flexible fuel pumps nationwide within 5 years.
President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, says this change -
will go a long way toward providing American drivers across the nation
with more choice at the pump. Dinneen points out - ethanol, whether E10 or
mid-levels blends and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles, helps lower the cost of
a gallon of gasoline, reduces this nation's dependence upon foreign oil,
and supports American jobs with an American-made product.
Click here for more details of this announcement from Ag Secretary Vilsack on Friday
Fallin announced Friday that she will appoint Ricky Joe Davis to the Board
of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and
Click here for more on a farmer being named to the OSU Board of Regents by Governor Fallin.
OSU has also
named Homestead farmer Brook Strader a 2011 Master Agronomist. Strader has
worked with a number of division scientists and OSU Cooperative Extension
specialists and educators during the past 20 years, providing his land,
labor, machinery and expertise to research efforts designed to improve
agricultural practices for producers throughout northwestern
"Brook was a
leading pioneer for no-till production systems and crop rotation in Major
USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, released on this past Friday morning contained hardly any changes for corn and soybean supply and usage but also did little to shed any new light on last week's surprising Grains Stocks estimates. According to Steve Meyer and Len Steiner in their Daily Livestock Report from the CME, the reports from USDA on Friday only confirm that available stocks of feed grains are tight and that won't change the balance of this year.
Ethanol usage goes to five billion bushels for this marketing year and the slight reduction in corn for feed will be made up by soft red winter wheat that will be available to be fed to livestock after this year's harvest.
Currently, ag futures prices are bouncing around in record territory- and Meyer and Steiner do not see much price relief for those that are buying grains to feed to livestock.
Click here for their full report from this morning- as electronically published by the CME.
We pulled Ann's name from the hopper to receive the Preifert Round Pen that was used by Scott Daily for this twice a day horse training sessions at this year's Southern Plains Farm Show. Thanks to the many wonderful folks who stopped by, visited a bit and signed up for our Saturday afternoon drawing.
Even with farmers and ranchers facing a drought that continues to stretch out in front of us with no end in sight- there were good Friday and Saturday crowds at this year's event- and many exhibitors seemed pleased with the results of event as they talked with clients or potential clients.
We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.
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 $10.25 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.40 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: