From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2007 05:48
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday August 17, 2007!
A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma & Midwest Farm Shows
-- Crop Insurance Deadline for Winter Canola is in TWO WEEKS!
-- Speaking of Canola- we feature a conversation with Gene Neuens of POP!
-- Is South Korea close to allowing our beef into their domestic market again???
-- There's NEW Chemistry to battle weeds in winter wheat- Say hello to Huskie.
-- The "SHE" of Oklahoma to be Highlighted at the 2007 Women in Ag Conference.
-- National Cotton Council Likes a Lot of What is in the the House Farm Bill
-- Steve Kouplen Talks August Area Meetings...

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Crop Insurance Deadline for Winter Canola is in TWO WEEKS!
If you are thinking about planting winter canola, there are several decisions you have to make- will you plant conventional seed or DeKalb roundup Ready? Will you get a timely rain to be able to plant within the window of time that allows you to establish and grow a decent canola crop? Are you ready for the extra scouting of this crop that will be required?

One decision that you should act upon if you are even thinking of some acres of winter canola is to make a call to your local Crop Insurance Agent. You need to declare that you may be planting canola this fall and reserve your right to buy crop insurance on those acres that may go to winter canola.

If you reserve that opportunity, it does not obligate you to buy the insurance- but it does give you the right to do so. There is no cost, except for a few minutes to make the call. Deadline for reserving your right on crop insurance for winter canola is August 31, one month earlier than the deadline for winter wheat- so don't delay, it keeps your options open as you make the canola decision here for the fall of 2007!

Speaking of Canola- we feature a conversation with Gene Neuens of POP!
The missing piece of the puzzle for Canola for many up to this year was the lack of a market for canola locally. Prairie Gold in Okeene was able to start buying canola as harvest was under way here in 2007- and now for the 2008 harvest season, there will be a Coop you can buy shares of to market the canola seed you produce in June/July 2008. Plains Oilseed Producers Coop is POP- and Gene Neuens is their top hired hand.

Neuens tells us that they have a contract for acres of canola that a producer might raise- there is no obligation as to how many pounds you actually have to deliver so if Mother Nature turns on us again- producers don't have to ante up a certain guaranteed amount of production. The current contract calls for payment of twelve cents per pound with delivery points in your area.

Of course, the really incredible part of the story is the way that POP avoided having to spend millions of dollars to come up with the crushing facility- Producers Coop Oilseed Mill (PCOM) came to them- says today's realities are that we don't need to crush cottonseed for oil anymore, what about letting us crush the canola for you- and help market it as well? You can hear this full story by clicking on our link below as POP is out at many of the producer meetings being held by DeKalb for their Roundup Ready Winter Canola. Neuens says the one thing they need is to make sure that you keep your canola clean from mustard- as that really messes up the value of the canola when it comes to crushing it for oil. That's why they like the Roundup Ready option for those who have had a history of mustard in their winter wheat.

Click here to listen to Ron talk with Gene Neuens on POP and the Oklahoma market they offer for those who grow Canola.

Is South Korea close to allowing our beef into their domestic market again???
Gregg Doud, NCBA Chief Economist, says he thinks it will only be a few more days before we see the South Koreans inspecting our beef once again and allowing it into their domestic market- and he thinks that their recognition of the OIE World Animal Health Standards of allowing bone in or boneless beef of any age into their market will follow yet this fall.

There were reports yesterday that unnamed USDA officials were saying that a letter has been dispatched to Seoul asking South Korea to restart inspections of our beef- along with a full report of what happened in this once recent case of a box that was supposed to have boneless Chuck Eye Roll actually had uncut T-Bone steaks- complete with bone that includes a small part of the vertebrae- which really shook the Koreans up. They claim that is a Specified Risk Material- while the OIE World Animal Health Standards say it is not.

The hope is that the Koreans will accept that explanation and start inspecting our beef sooner rather than later. Doud's comments are the featured part of our Friday Beef Buzz, and we also have a quick preview of the Friday afternoon Cattle on Feed report, which is predicted to show fewer cattle placements in July versus last year and slightly more marketings than a year ago.

Click here for the Friday Beef Buzz with Ron and Gregg Doud of NCBA.

There's NEW Chemistry to battle weeds in winter wheat- Say hello to Huskie.
Huskie(TM) Herbicide, a new broadleaf product for the cereal market from Bayer CropScience, has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. Huskie offers the first significant new mode of action for control of broadleaf weeds in all wheat and barley in more than 20 years. Rigorous field testing has proven Huskie controls a broad spectrum of broadleaf weeds, including resistant and non-resistant varieties of kochia, Russian thistle, China lettuce and wild buckwheat. In fact, growers have had the opportunity to see the benefits of Huskie for themselves during summer field trials.

"It has been nearly two decades since wheat and barley growers have had a truly new tool to fight resistant and non-resistant broadleaf weeds on their farm," said Clair Heinbuch, Huskie Product Manager. "Huskie controls 49 of the toughest broadleaf weeds a grower may have and does it with exceptional crop safety." In talking with Bayer Crop Science officials, Huskie is a good fit for the Southern Plains- and based on some of the current weed problems our producers are facing- Huskie may quickly find a place in their weed fighting toolbox.

Huskie, the simplest and most flexible tool available for full-spectrum broadleaf weed control, gives wheat the chance to grow free of early season broadleaf competition, without crop-rotation restrictions. Huskie is also a near-perfect tank-mix partner, providing excellent compatibility with grass- control products and the additional flexibility of mixing with popular fungicides and insecticides. In addition to the outstanding performance and flexibility of Huskie, it has exceptional crop safety, with no burning, flashing, shortening or head malformation on applications up to flag leaf.

If you want further information on Huskie Herbicide- check with your local Bayer Crop Science Representative- or you can go to the website that we have linked below.

Click here to be taken to CerealCropExperts.Com

The "SHE" of Oklahoma to be Highlighted at the 2007 Women in Ag Conference.
Discover Oklahoma's Strength, Heart, and Elegance at the fourth annual statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference on September 20th and 21st at the Moore Norman Technology Center located at SW 134th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City. The continuing theme for the conference is to empower the women of rural America by sowing seeds of success. A great line up of speakers, presentations, and exhibits is in store for participants.

Small group breakout sessions designed to help women be successful in their endeavors include agri- tourism, farmer's markets, renewable energy, estate and financial planning, record keeping, time management, web site creation, and availability of USDA programs. A unique feature of this conference is the Made in Oklahoma Mini Mall that will be open during the entire conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with women entrepreneurs while shopping from a great selection of made in Oklahoma products. Over $1,000 in door prizes will be given away during the conference.

For more information on the 2007 event, we have details on our web site's calendar page. Go to the link below and scroll down to get details on this September event.

Click here for the Calendar page of the WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

National Cotton Council Likes a Lot of What is in the the House Farm Bill
The President of the National Cotton Council, John Pucheu said there is still a long way to go in the farm bill process - including next month's Senate markup- but that there are a lot of the Cotton Industry's priorities that are a part of the House Version of Farm Policy that passed the full House last month.

In speaking to a joint meeting of the American Cotton Producers and The Cotton Foundation, Pucheu also told attendees that the NCC has continued its active involvement in World Trade Organization (WTO) issues, including Doha agricultural negotiations and the Brazil compliance case. Press reports indicate the Panel largely sided with Brazil, he said, but faces a likely appeal from the United States early next year. "I would note that the U.S. actions taken to comply with the WTO Panel ruling have had a significant impact on the U.S. cotton industry," Pucheu said. "The loss of Step 2 has reduced U.S. competitiveness in international markets and ultimately impacted the producer through lower equity offers. In addition, the current world market situation flies in the face of Brazil's claims. During the 2006 marketing year, India was undercutting world prices by as much as 5 cents per pound; Brazil was selling government stocks to dampen domestic cotton prices; and China was using its variable levy system to increase internal prices and stimulate production. It cannot be credibly argued that the U.S. cotton program is causing any country serious prejudice in 2007 - the first year the cotton program has operated without Step 2."

Pucheu also says that the NCC has been actively communicating with the Bush Administration regarding texts that have emanated from WTO agricultural negotiations. That included a recent draft text to which the NCC urged "the Administration to strongly oppose the cotton-specific language and not accept any agreement containing similar language."
Cotton subsidies have been a target of heavy criticism by many, including the group of west African nations who claim that US subsidies are destroying the ability of their poor farmers to grow and sell cotton for the international market. US Cotton interests counter that these claims are not true- and that European farmers- especially the French- seem to be using the Africans for their own international trade gains.

Steve Kouplen Talks August Area Meetings...
Our guest Saturday morning on our video segment on KWTV News9 will be Steve Kouplen, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is about three fourths of the way through their annual blitz of August area meetings, with the latest one held last night in Pittsburg County in southeastern Oklahoma.

We will be talking with Steve about the meetings- and any common themes that might be emerging from them that could take shape as policy at their annual meeting come November in Oklahoma City. Our segment, In the Field with Ron Hays airs Saturday mornings on News9 at around 7:40 am.

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