From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:42 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 Wednesday October 19, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- From Woodward, Oklahoma to the Stage in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indy- Riley Pagett is Ready
-- President Obama to Sign Korea, Panama, Colombia Free Trade Agreements This Week
-- National Ag Statistics Service Cuts Agricultural Estimation Programs
-- OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk says Knowing Hay Quality Affects Supplementation Strategy
-- Pioneer Hi-Bred says Fall Soil Testing Can Maximize Yields and Profitability
-- Former OSU Professor says Insurance is an Effective Within-Year Price Safety Net but Fails Across Years
-- More School Land Auctions Today- And Blue and Gold Bits and Pieces
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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From Woodward, Oklahoma to the Stage in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indy- Riley Pagett is Ready
The first convention sessions start later today here in Indianapolis for the 84th annual convention of the National FFA Association- and the young man who will be gaveling the 50,000 convention goers into session will be Oklahoma FFA member Riley Pagett. He is one of the six national officers serving this year- and Riley Pagett has had a busy 362 days of his year of service as National President of the group. Pagett is an agricultural communications major at Oklahoma State University after graduating from Woodward High School. His college career will resume in January in Stillwater, after taking a one year break to be a full time representative of the National FFA organization.

After several hours of practice on the stage at Conseco Field House in downtown Indy on Tuesday afternoon- Riley sat down and talked with us about his year as President, getting ready for this meeting, and how losing two years ago in his quest to be a national officer made him focus on who he was and why he wanted to serve as a national officer- helped him decide it was worth the time to try again- was picked as the Oklahoma rep for a second year in a row last summer (2010) and heard his name called this past October here in Indianapolis. We also talked about his expectations for this week- as he wears the blue and gold jacket for the final few times as a member of the FFA.

Click on the LINK below to jump over to the interview that we did with Riley on Tuesday- our coverage of the 2011 National convention is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association.

We will be updating via Twitter today from the convention- we will be following our National Prepared Public Speaking contestant from Oklahoma- Kaylen Baker of Yukon as well as Kyle Hilbert from Depew, who is the Extemp Representative from Oklahoma this year. They both speak this morning and we will let you know how they do via our Twitter updates. Click here for our Ron_on_RON feed.

Also- we have updated our pictures with some stuff from here in Indy yesterday- click here for our National Convention pictures as seen on Flickr.

President Obama to Sign Korea, Panama, Colombia Free Trade Agreements This Week
On Friday, October 21st, President Obama will sign the Korea, Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements and the renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers in the Oval Office before making remarks in the Rose Garden.

In his remarks, President Obama will underscore that these trade agreements will significantly boost American exports, support tens of thousands of American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property.

President Obama will be joined in the Rose Garden by business and labor leaders as well as workers who will benefit from these bills.

National Ag Statistics Service Cuts Agricultural Estimation Programs
In light of funding reductions in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and the likelihood of additional reductions in FY 2012, NASS conducted deliberate reviews of all programs against mission- and user-based criteria, aimed at finding cost savings and forward-thinking business efficiencies so that key timely, accurate and useful data remains available in service to agriculture. As a result, the agency is discontinuing or reducing a wide range of agricultural survey programs.

The decision to eliminate or reduce these reports was not made lightly, but it was nevertheless necessary, given the funding situation. Because of the timing of the agency's survey work during the coming year, these decisions are necessary now. A few of these programs are:

Annual Reports on Farm Numbers, Land in Farms and Livestock Operations - Eliminate

Catfish and Trout Reports - Eliminate all

Annual Floriculture Report - Eliminate

January Sheep and Goat Report - Eliminate

Chemical Use Reports - Reduce frequency of commodity coverage

July Cattle Report - Eliminate

Distiller Co-Products for Feed Survey - Cancel

Recognizing the importance of NASS's data products and services to U.S. agriculture, NASS will make available similar data either less frequently or within the every 5-year Census of Agriculture. The next census will be conducted beginning January 2013 to reflect activities in the 2012 calendar year.

Click here to see the rest of the programs that will be cut by NASS

OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk says Knowing Hay Quality Affects Supplementation Strategy
Producers have purchased hay from unknown sources or have harvested hay that usually they would have left for deferred grazing because of the drought. According to Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, meeting the supplemental protein needs for the cows and replacement heifers consuming that forage will be a challenge this fall and winter.

Protein is a vital nutrient for the ruminant because protein is necessary for the multiplication of and the feed digestion by the microbes in the rumen. The microbial population in the rumen of cows is largely responsible for digesting cellulose in standing or harvested forages.

Higher quality forages are more readily digested in the rumen and have higher rate of passage through the digestive tract of the cow than do lower quality roughages. Therefore the cow can consume more of the high quality forage on a daily basis and receives more total digestible nutrients (TDN) from each pound of feed consumed. If adequate protein is available to cows consuming lower quality roughages, then the rate of passage and the digestibility is improved compared to cows that are inadequately supplemented while consuming the same low quality forage.

Producers may be surprised to know the large differences in protein supplement needed to meet the cow's requirement depending on the quality of forage that makes up the majority of the diet.

Click here for more from Dr. Selk on hay quality and supplementation

Pioneer Hi-Bred says Fall Soil Testing Can Maximize Yields and Profitability
Fall provides growers a chance to get a head start on soil testing and nutrient applications, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

"With harvest ending, now is an optimum time for soil testing to reveal any potential nutrient deficiencies," says Keith Diedrick, Pioneer area agronomist in west central Indiana. "Growers can work to increase the nutrient profiles of their fields, spread the workload and prepare for spring."

When agronomists assess poor-growing crops, the first questions usually revolve around basic nutrient availability, especially nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Knowing which nutrients are out of balance is the first step in improving conditions for crops.

"Soil tests are a good tool to measure existing nutrient levels available to crops," says Diedrick. "The results provide you with a good idea of what may be going on in your fields."

Click here for more from Pioneer Hi-Bred on soil testing this fall

Former OSU Professor says Insurance is an Effective Within-Year Price Safety Net but Fails Across Years
Dr. Daryll Ray of University of Tennessee, former professor at Oklahoma State University, released the following analysis of the Lugar Revenue Insurance Plan concerning the Conservation Reserve Program and other environmental quality incentive programs.

"In early October, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, author of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 1985 and Chair of the "Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee in 1996" when Freedom to Farm was adopted, announced the introduction of a farm bill proposal that would save "$40 billion in USDA Cuts to Help Meet Federal Deficit Reduction Goals." The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Marlin Stutzman, also of Indiana.

According to a Lugar Press release: "The Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act (REFRESH) would reform farm programs, cutting $16 billion, a 24.5 percent reduction. Conservation programs would be updated and streamlined for a savings of $11.3 billion, a 17.6 percent reduction. Nutrition program eligibility loopholes would be closed saving $13.9 billion, only a 2 percent reduction. Roughly two-thirds of the savings would come from farm and conservation programs, and a third from nutrition programs, which represent three-fourths of the USDA budget."

In introducing the bill, Lugar said, "This bill provides good farm and nutrition policy and saves $40 billion. Farm Bill politics has long frustrated reform efforts by myself and others. The current urgency to meet our deficit reduction targets gives us the chance to make smart changes. We offer our bill as a thoughtful option for consideration by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, as well as the Congressional Deficit Reduction 'Super' Committee charged with making real federal spending cuts by the end of the year."

Click here for more from Dr. Ray on the Lugar Revenue Insurance Plan

More School Land Auctions Today- And Blue and Gold Bits and Pieces
The Commissioners of the Land Office annual fall auctions are now underway and the fourth of the auctions being held this month happens today in Woodward.. The lands, used by farmers, ranchers and hunters, are leased to the highest bidder for a five year lease. The money made through these auctions goes to benefit Oklahoma's Kindergarten through 12th grade schools and colleges. Click here for the Land Commission website to see the full listing of leases that are available

One young man that represented Oklahoma well here in Indy this week already is Stephen Tillinghast- he is the Oklahoma National Officer Candidate. Stephen will not be in the final consideration for a national office- as he did not hear his name called to be a par of the second round of officer interviews that start this morning.
We got a Tweet from professional speaker and leadership trainer Kelly Barnes late last night about Stephen- Kelly says "the biggest regret in a man's life is not to say he failed but that he never tried. Congrats to Stephen for making OK proud." We agree with Kelly 100%.

We do want to remind you that all of the convention sessions will be available on the internet- Alltech is underwriting that for the FFA organization- click here to jump over to the site where you can see that starting later today- RFD-TV is doing live coverage from some of the sessions as well.

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 $12.14 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.08 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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