From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2011 6:03 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 Thursday June 9, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- USDA Estimate on the 2011 Wheat Crop Out This Morning- Along with Other USDA Data
-- AFBF Breaks Silence on GIPSA Proposed Marketing Rule- NCBA is Worried
-- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Approves $74 Million Funding for Conservation Innovation Grants
-- Conservation Leaders Praise USDA for Moving More Dollars Into Cost Share Programs
-- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says Dust Controls Would Have a Negative Impact on Farmers
-- National Pork Board Elects New Officers
-- Duster Foundation Seed Wheat Field Offers Impressive Numbers
-- 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 pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update- click here to go to their AFR web site to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

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USDA Estimate on the 2011 Wheat Crop Out This Morning- Along with Other USDA Data
It's the usual run of USDA monthly reports on stocks of grains in the US- and it will also be the second estimate by USDA regarding the size of the winter wheat crop here in the United States that will be released at 7:30 AM this morning. A month ago, USDA predicted a smaller wheat crop than in 2010. "Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.42 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. Based on May 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 44.5 bushels per acre, down 2.3 bushels from last year.
"Hard Red Winter, at 762 million bushels, is down 25 percent from 2010."

The May first predictions for the size of the HRW crop here in the southern plains included Kansas at 261.8 million bushels, Oklahoma at 74.8 million bushels and Texas at 46.8 million bushels. The Kansas number could be raised just a bit while most people we have talked to are fairly comfortable with the Oklahoma estimate in that mid 70s area.

In addition to the wheat estimate, the ERS will be updating the stocks reports for corn, soybeans, cotton and more- and it's yet another chance to see how these three commodities are managing old crop stocks before the new harvest kicks in later in 2011.

We will have details of the reports on our website on the frontpage by around 8:30 AM- with additional analysis as the day wears on- click on the LINK below after 8:30 to see our early stories on these latest numbers from USDA.

Click here for our frontpage of www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and coverage of the May Crop Production Report from USDA

AFBF Breaks Silence on GIPSA Proposed Marketing Rule- NCBA is Worried
While many groups, both for and against the so called GIPSA rule that will change the way we market livestock in this country, have been very vocal over the last year, one major farm organization has kept its cards close to the vest (so to speak) and the silence that was broken by the American Farm Bureau this past week on the GIPSA rule has shaken up the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) backed an effort by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, to strike the defunding provision regarding the GIPSA rule in the Ag Appropriations bill considered by the full House Appropriations Committee last week. The Kaptur Amendment was withdrawn and not voted on- but the letter from AFBF got the attention of both sides of the debate.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued an electronic "Call to Action" this week to its membership- asking cattle producers who were members of Farm Bureau to ask of their state Farm Bureau's support for the defunding of the GIPSA rule. We have more details of their request- as well as details of the Farm Bureau letter at the LINK below- click and read up on this disagreement over where these two groups are regarding allowing the GIPSA Rule to move forward.

Click here for more on the NCBA Concerns with the AFBF position stated this past week in letter form.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Approves $74 Million Funding for Conservation Innovation Grants
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today approved about $7.4 million to fund nine large-scale greenhouse gas mitigation projects in 24 states through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).

"We want to help farmers and ranchers make important and innovative contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Vilsack said. "These grants are designed to test and verify exciting new approaches to greenhouse gas reduction that other conservation-minded producers will want to put to work on their operations."

In addition to the $7.4 million, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which administers CIG, will provide $10 million through its regular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to eligible producers to implement conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NRCS received 43 CIG proposals from 28 states. Nine projects were approved and will be implemented in 24 states. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds-both cash and in-kind services.

Click here to listen to Secretary Vilsack's commentary from the press conference

Conservation Leaders Praise USDA for Moving More Dollars Into Cost Share Programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $4.5 million in funding to conservation districts across the country to implement conservation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that over $10 million in financial and technical assistance would be available to producers in 13 states. Conservation districts from seven of those states received funds, including California, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

"We're extremely pleased to see conservation districts being recognized for their critical role in helping producers implement conservation measures on their operations," said National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt. "The fact that districts were awarded a significant portion of these funds demonstrates their proven track-record of success when it comes to working with local landowner customers to enhance clean air, water, soils and wildlife habitat in their communities."

Click here for a complete list of approved proposals and more from Conservation leaders

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says Dust Controls Would Have a Negative Impact on Farmers
This week during The Ag Minute, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, discusses the negative economic impact of a stricter regulatory standard for dust controls on the agricultural economy. The Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the standards for particle pollution every five years. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is expected to make a decision this summer on whether to maintain the current standard.

The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released from the House Agriculture Committee.

"Those of us who live in the countryside and work on farms know that dust is a part of life.

"With that in mind, the threat of the Environmental Protection Agency tightening the regulatory standard for dust controls has many of us concerned because of the economic impact it would have on farmers.

Click here to listen to the full Ag Minute segment and to hear Chairman Lucas's thoughts

National Pork Board Elects New Officers
Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., has been elected president of the 15-member National Pork Board. Forkner, the board's vice president, is the owner and president of Forkner Farms Inc., which has 550 purebred sows and markets 7,500 hogs per year. With members of his family, he also raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,000 acres in west central Missouri.

National Pork Board members also elected Conley Nelson, a pork producer from Algona, Iowa, vice president and Karen Richter, a pork producer from Montgomery, Minn., treasurer. All three will serve one-year terms beginning immediately.

Click on the LINK below for more information on all three of the newly elected officers, including their backgrounds, involvement in the pork industry and in the Pork Checkoff.

Click here to learn more about the new National Pork Board Officers

Duster Foundation Seed Wheat Field Offers Impressive Numbers
Jeff Wright, Operational Coordinator for the Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks efforts at Oklahoma State University dropped us an email yesterday with some quick information about the harvest of a field of Duster destined to be used as seed.

Jeff writes "Just going to let you know that we got one of our Foundation Duster seed fields out, just about 55 acres and yielded just over 50 bushel to the acre with a 63 pound test weight." Wright adds this was a field in the Coyle area.

If you have harvest pictures and details to share- we would love to hear from you (for canola or for wheat). Drop us an email at or just click on the email button at the very bottom of today's email.

Click here for the Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks website and details about wheat varieties they offer through the seed wheat industry as developed by OSU.

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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 $12.31 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.31 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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