From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:41 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday March 17, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Kyle Hiebert Claims Supreme Heifer Chapion Honors at OYE
-- Gilt Show Also Wraps Up- Tanner Goodson and Heston Prewitt Win Big
-- Nation's First Shelterbelt Planted in Greer County 75 Years Ago This Week
-- Meet One of the Divas of the Agricultural Social Media World- Michele Payn-Knoper
-- An Improved Economic Outlook Could Point to Stronger Cattle Prices
-- Two Drought Tolerant Soybean Traits Identified and Look Promising.
-- OYE Pics, St Paddy's Day and Later this Week
-- 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 proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555.

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Kyle Hiebert Claims Supreme Heifer Chapion Honors at OYE
The Supreme Heifer was selected on Tuesday, after two days of Beef Heifers being shown at the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo. The Supreme Heifer Champion is owned and shown by Kyle Hiebert of the Fairview FFA Chapter. Kyle pulled the Champion Chianina Heifer around the State Fair Arena for the Supreme Champion Selection. Kyle receives a total of $5,000 in scholarship monies for his Supreme Champion win.

Reserve Supreme Heifer Champion of the OYE for 2010 was the Shorthorn Champion, shown by Mikka Harmon of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter. Mikka wins $3,000 in Scholarship money for the Reserve Supreme Champion.

Other Beef Heifer Breed Champs from Tuesday include Champion Limousin- Jason Cole Fincannon fromTulsa County 4-H; Champion Angus Heifer- Kass Pfeiffer of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA; Champion Commerical Heifer- Madison Chaney of the Perkins-Tyrone FFA; Champion Shorthorn Heifer- Mikka Harmon of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA and the Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer- Raylyn Thompson from the Mayes County 4-H.

Click on the link below for more information on Beef Heifer show, including a rundown of both the Champs as well as the Reserve Champs.

Click here for more on the Beef Heifer Show at the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo

Gilt Show Also Wraps Up- Tanner Goodson and Heston Prewitt Win Big
The 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo Gilt Show wrapped up on Tuesday with the Commercial Gilts. The top end of the Commercial gilts earned some substantial scholarship money for their owners. Heston Prewitt of the Perry FFA had the Champion Commercial Gilt- and earned $4,000 in Scholarship cash. The Reserve Champion Commercial Gilt was shown and is owned by Brock Herren of the El Reno FFA, earning Brock $3,000 in scholarship monies.

On Monday, the Supreme Champion Purebred Gilt was shown by Tanner Goodson of Yukon 4-H, winning $4,000 in Scholarship dollars for his Champion Duroc. The Reserve Supreme Purebred Gilt was shown by another Canadian County 4-Her, Rhylee Straka of El Reno 4-H, earning $3,000 for her top Hampshire gilt.

We have full details of this year's purebred and commercial gilt show at the link below. Go and check it out- a total of more than $35,000 in scholarships were handed out in the two days of the gilt show.

Click here for more on the OYE Gilt Show

Nation's First Shelterbelt Planted in Greer County 75 Years Ago This Week
Three quarters of a century ago, Oklahoma and other states were reeling from the effects of drought and dust storms. Franklin D. Roosevelt was midway through his first term in office and, facing high unemployment and low wages, began a program to plant shelterbelts across the U.S. plains. On March 18, 1935, the very first shelterbelt was planted on the Horace E. Curtis farm near Willow, Oklahoma in Greer County. Kurt Atkinson, Assistant State Forester, said the federal program creating shelterbelts promoted conservation while also providing jobs through the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

"The shelterbelt program was somewhat controversial when it began but it accomplished what it was intended to do and that is reduce erosion to the benefit of everyone in areas where they were planted," he said. "From 1935 to 1942, the program saw about 20 million trees planted on 5,000 Oklahoma farms. That meant about 3,000 miles of shelterbelts planted in Oklahoma."

Atkinson says Oklahomans can be proud of boasting the "Number One Shelterbelt" in the nation. "Our state forestry leadership was very progressive for the period and pursued this important conservation program aggressively," Atkinson said. "Today we continue to see many producers and other landowners planting windbreaks thanks to our Forest Regeneration Center in Goldsby and the efforts of state and federal conservation agencies."

Meet One of the Divas of the Agricultural Social Media World- Michele Payn-Knoper
The intersection of agriculture and social media is an exciting place to be- and Michele Payn-Knoper is one of those leading the charge as an agricultural advocate in the world of Facebook, Twitter and more.

Michele tells us that to understand the potential value of social media to agriculture, ask yourself if you have over 400 million people standing at the end of your driveway- ready to receive millions of messages everyday from you and your friends. That's the size audience that is out there on Facebook and Twitter- and possibilities of telling the modern farm and ranch story are mind boggling.

We talked with Michele at length at the recent Commodity Classic- and you can hear that full conversation by clicking on the link below- we have it on our website as one of our Ag Perspectives Podcasts- available on www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com as well as via Itunes.

Click here for our visit with Ag Social Media Royalty- Michele Payn-Knoper.

An Improved Economic Outlook Could Point to Stronger Cattle Prices
The Livestock Market Information Center has released meat consumption data that shows that 2009 was a year of shrinking meat supplies in the United States, as per capita red meat and poultry consumption fell from 216 pounds per person in 2008 to just over 210 pounds per person in 2009. Most of the decline was split between poultry and beef, while the sharp drop in pork exports midyear because of the Swine Flu scare kept domestic supplies of pork about the same in 2009 as in 2008.

Our featured guest on the Beef Buzz the last couple of days has been Erica Rosa of the LMIC- and she describes some of the nuances of the per capita numbers- and explains its not really saying bad things about demand- but rather it seems to be hinting that better cash cattle, yearling and calf prices may be ahead- once we finally get some confidence back into the general economy.

You can click on the link below and jump to day two of our two day feature on this subject with Erica- and there is a link on that page on our website to back you up to the day before so you can listen to both Buzzes- which will give you some insight on where the beef market is- and where it could be headed later this year into 2011.

Click here for our Beef Buzz shows with Erica Rosa of the LMIC

Two Drought Tolerant Soybean Traits Identified and Look Promising.
Research funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff has identified two drought-tolerant soybean traits that perform well in U.S. soybean varieties under moderate drought and normal conditions.

According to Larry Purcell, Ph.D., a professor and soybean researcher at the University of Arkansas, previous research into drought-tolerant plants has predominantly produced the same result: drought-tolerant plants grow better than most plants during drought conditions, but they grow poorly under optimal growing conditions. "For the two traits with which we have worked, we have sidestepped this problem," Purcell said. "This is a significant project that has produced many important discoveries for finding soybeans with agronomic advantages under moderate drought conditions."

Purcell said one of the traits allows the soybean plant to continue to accumulate nitrogen during moderate drought conditions while the other allows the plant to conserve water before the onset of a drought, helping it to be slow to wilt when the weather turns dry. Packaging these two traits in the same variety could be one of the more significant advances in drought-tolerant soybean research.
Click on the link below for more on this promising research that might make soybeans look even more attractive in some of the drier areas of Oklahoma and other plains states.

Click here for more on the drought tolerant traits for soybeans report from the USB.

OYE Pics, St Paddy's Day and Later this Week
It is St. Patrick's Day- wear your green and kiss any leprechauns (or people who look like one- gotta use your judgement on this one) that you may encounter. By the way, if you need some trivia about the little guys- click here for everything you need to know about leprechauns from Wiklpedia.

Later this week- we are headed to Ft. Worth for a couple of days to cover the 2010 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention in Ft. Worth- looks like they have a great meeting- click here to see details of the event.

Finally- we remind your that we have pictures of the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo up on Flickr- latest pictures include some of the happenings from the "Ladies" event sponsored by the Diamond Hats. Click here for a jump to take a look at all of the pictures we have taken to date at this year's OYE- at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

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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 $7.45 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.55 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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