From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:55 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 9, 2010
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Budget Reconciliation is Coming- and It May Be Ugly for Agriculture
-- Brazil Publshes a List of 100 Items to Impose Tariffs On from the US
-- Weekly Crop Weather Updates Resume- Wheat Crop Conditions are Good
-- Conservation Day at the Capitol Features Several Awards Being Passed Out
-- Hollow Stem Update- Is It Time to Pull Cattle Off Wheat Pasture?
-- Sorghum Checkoff Annual Report Available
-- New Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Ready to Kick Off Tomorrow
-- 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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Budget Reconciliation is Coming- and It May Be Ugly for Agriculture
The 2010 Commodity Classic had a Washington policy session on the final day of the event in Anaheim, and those providing a look at current issues that will have impact on rural America included Chandler Goule of NFU & Mary Kay Thatcher of AFBF- the moderator was Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse.

Topic one was a look at the probability that we could see budget reconciliation sometime in the near future in Washington. Mary Kay Thatcher says nutrition programs won't be cut if reconciliation is demanded-burden in USDA on cuts will go to farm programs, crop insurance, research and probably conservation. On the Crop Insurance pot of money, a lot of people are already lusting after that money to use for their priority projects. Thatcher pointed out that in the coming year- and for years after that, it is likely we will spend more money on crop insurance outlays than on farm program spending.

The panel also talked Climate Change, Estate Taxes, Regulatory Issues and even some comments about the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" efforts at USDA.

We had the chance to visit with both of the farm group reps at this session in Anaheim- and our conversations with them are linked below.

Click here for more on the prospects of budget reconciliation and other ag policy issues with AFBF and NFU perspectives

Brazil Publshes a List of 100 Items to Impose Tariffs On from the US
Brazil has moved closer to retaliate against the United States over U.S. cotton subsidies. But that South American Country says the U.S. can settle the trade dispute through negotiations. The U.S. has 30 days to do so or Brazilian wheat tariffs will be increased to 30 percent. The World Trade Organization gave Brazil the formal go-ahead last year to impose sanctions on U.S. imports after the body ruled the U.S. government spent too much subsidizing cotton farmers and on an export credit guarantee program.

The National Cotton Council says Brazil's proposed tariff will - impose unwarranted harm on Brazilian and American interests in times of economic hardship for all. U.S. cotton's share of the retaliation is relatively small and fixed at 147-million dollars. The retaliation damages associated with the export credit guarantee program, which are determined annually using a formula developed by an arbitration Panel, were recently claimed by Brazil at more than 600-million. Costs of U.S. cotton price-related programs are down more than 80 percent from the previous five-year average.

Click on the link below for more on the latest on this soap opera that has unfolded over a period of multiple years.

Click here for more on the WTO Cotton Subsidy Case that will allow tariffs to be brought forward by Brazil.

Weekly Crop Weather Updates Resume- Wheat Crop Conditions are Good
The weekly series of crop weather updates resume as of this week- and the Monday afternoon report shows that the Oklahoma wheat crop continues to look good, with almost half of the acres having cattle on them being grazed.

Specifically, the report says of small grains "Small grain conditions improved slightly from the previous week's conditions. Wheat increased by three points from the week prior to 49 percent grazed. Twenty three percent of oats were grazed, unchanged from the previous week. Rye grazed also remained unchanged from the week prior at 77 percent grazed."

For the row crops- "Corn seedbed prepared reached 29 percent complete by week's end. Sorghum seedbed prepared reached ten percent complete. Seedbed prepared for peanuts reached 25 percent complete by week's end. Cotton seedbed prepared increased to 18 percent complete by Sunday."

Click here for the March 8 Oklahoma Crop Weather Update.

Conservation Day at the Capitol Features Several Awards Being Passed Out
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and other sponsors presented awards to outstanding conservationists and conservation educators during Conservation Day at the Capitol on March 8. Awards were also presented to members of the press and conservation districts for outstanding efforts in spreading information about conservation. The various awards were cosponsored by Chesapeake Energy, the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Among those honored was Neal Otto of Ponca City, who received the Outstanding Landowner/Cooperator Award, cosponsored by the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. Otto is a cooperator with and was nominated by the Kay County.

Grady County Conservation District received the Outstanding District Award, cosponsored by Chesapeake Energy. Matt Clark, Chesapeake Energy; and Trey Lam, OACD, presented the award. The Grady County Conservation District office is in Chickasha.

We have the full list of those honored at the State Capitol on Monday- Click here for more on those winners.

Hollow Stem Update- Is It Time to Pull Cattle Off Wheat Pasture?
Here's the latest word from OSU Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards on the growth stage in our wheat plant known as "first hollow stem."

Jeff writes "As of today the varieties below are past first hollow stem in plots sown September 21, 2009 in Stillwater.

Billings, Everest, Fannin, Fuller, Greer, Jagalene, Jagger, Overley, Santa Fe, Shocker, TAM 401."

Jeff adds that "Due to poor growth, we will not be measuring first hollow stem at our El Reno site this year."

Sorghum Checkoff Annual Report Available
The sorghum checkoff has just wrapped up its first year of operation. “The Sorghum Checkoff has accomplished so much since the board was seated. We have developed bylaws, policies and a strategic plan to guide the board in its decisions to improve growers bottom lines,” said Bill Greving, Sorghum Checkoff president.

In 2009 the Sorghum Checkoff funded 27 research projects. Some of these included research in cold and drought tolerance, over-the-top grass and weed control, nitrogen use and best management practices. The Sorghum Checkoff has also added a database of thousands of research articles to their website for easy access to a wealth of information.

We had the chance to visit with Greving at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim this past week- and we have the conversation for you, as well as more details of the first year of the sorghum checkoff's efforts. Click on the link below to read and hear more on this exciting self help program.

Click here for more on the sorghum checkoff efforts of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

New Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Ready to Kick Off Tomorrow
This week brings with it a new agricultural product expo happening for the Rolling Plains of Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma- the Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo.
The show is set to kick off tomorrow, March 10th (9am- 5pm) and 11th (9am - 4pm) at the JS Bridwell Agricultural Center in Wichita Falls, Texas. This is a new show with new management and a new location.

There will be Sheep Dog demonstrations by the Strohl's on both days- Calf roper Stran Smith will be there on Wednesday signing autographs while Bareback Rider Will Lowe will do the same on Thursday. Texas Agrilife and others have seminars planned- and there is a long list of exhibitors that will be on hand to show off the last products, goods and services for the ranch and farm community.

Click on the link below to learn more about this new show for 2010.

Click here to read more and hear from Show Manager Daren Dale

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, AFR and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis!

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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 $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.70 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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