From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 6:22 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 10, 2008!
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Crop Production and Supply Demand Data Freshened Up by USDA This Morning
-- No Need to Treat Fall Leaf Rust Infections- So Says Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU
-- AFR Plans Farm Bill Informational Meeting Tomorrow Midday
-- As the US Dollar Bounces Back Versus Other Currencies- It Slows US Beef Exports
-- Secretary Schafer Appoints Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Set for This Coming Weekend
-- Customer Appreciation Sales Set by Express Ranches
-- 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 salute our longest running email sponsor- Midwest Farm Shows, producer of the annual Tulsa Farm Show scheduled for December 11-13 here in 2008, as well as the springtime Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.

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Crop Production and Supply Demand Data Freshened Up by USDA This Morning
USDA will release the November crop production numbers this morning at 7:30 AM central time- and it's not just the production numbers that will be updated with data as of November first- it is also the latest supply demand data that could reveal where USDA thinks ag commodity use is headed in light of the economic mess that continues to evolve.

We have a preview of the report which you can get by clicking here- and then we will have coverage of the report for you on our website later on this morning.

Our first look at the reports comes on our website on our MARKETS page and the Daily Market Pre Open with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler. That report will be up and on line by 8:00 AM this morning- then by 9:00 AM, we will have more on the reports from an Oklahoma perspective as the top ag story of the day on our website- we have linked our front page below- look for the top Ag Story of the day after that time for that coverage of today's reports.

Click here for coverage of today's Crop Production Numbers and Supply Demand Data from an Oklahoma perspective on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

No Need to Treat Fall Leaf Rust Infections- So Says Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU
Treating leaf rust during the fall on winter wheat fields in the southern plains is not an economically "smart" move. So says Dr. Bob Hunger, Plant Pathologist at Oklahoma State University. he offers this piece of advice in an email sent out on Saturday:

Dr. Hunger says "Over the last week, I have received reports of severe leaf rust in early planted and volunteer winter wheat in the panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma. As in the past, the question of the need to try to control these fall infections with leaf rust has also been asked. When looking at leaf rust infected plants, the lower/older leaves will be yellowed and covered with rust pustules, but the youngest 2 or 3 leaves should be green and healthy. As temperatures drops through November, the older rust-infected leaves die and new infections are greatly slowed and inhibited. As a result, the infection cycle is broken and the rust incidence on new leaves should decrease and/or disappear.

"The primary concern with fall infections of leaf rust is that with a mild winter and sufficient moisture, the rust will survive through the winter and inoculum will be present in fields to start the disease in the spring. Hence, monitoring of these fields next spring is recommended to see if application of a fungicide to control the rust is indicated.

"To summarize, controlling leaf rust on wheat in Oklahoma in the fall is of questionable economic return and is not recommended. This is not only my conclusion, but also the consensus of colleagues from Arkansas and Kansas. Grazing can help reduce the level of rust spores (inoculum) in the field, and as colder temperatures set-in, spread of rust from infected to healthy (new) leaves should be greatly slowed."

AFR Plans Farm Bill Informational Meeting Tomorrow Midday
The American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) will hold a Farm Bill informational meeting Tuesday, November 11th at their headquarters in Oklahoma City, beginning at 11:00 AM on Tuesday.

The meeting will include information on the new ACRE program, the new permanent disaster program, Country of Origin Labeling and many other provisions included within the 15 titles of the 2008 Farm Bill.

We talked with Francie Tolle who is a Legislative Policy Analyst with the farm group- and our conversation is up on our website and linked below. Francie has gone through the thousands of pages in this bill, has reviewed the implementation to this point put in place by USDA and then adds the perspective of running the numbers on the various programs on the farm that she and her husband Chuck operate in north central Oklahoma. That's the real life advantage that many farm groups are missing as they run simulations of how farm policy will impact farm operations.

Click here for more on the AFR Informational Meeting and our conversation with Francie Tolle on the 2008 Farm Bill

As the US Dollar Bounces Back Versus Other Currencies- It Slows US Beef Exports
Our Monday Beef Buzz features comments with Randy Blach of Cattlefax about the Yankee Dollar as well as where cash cattle prices may be headed the balance of 2008 into early 2009. Blach says that the strengthening dollar has had a chilling effect on US beef sales in several markets in recent days, after the first half of the calendar year saw tremendous growth in US beef going overseas. While many countries still have a desire to buy US beef, it remains to be seen if the global economic slowdown will hurt the move of US beef sales closer and closer to 2003 levels before BSE was uncovered in the US.

He sees some short term strength in the cash cattle market- and thought we should see to mid to upper 90s by early December. And, Blach thinks that cheaper breakevens for pens of cattle now being fed will help the feedlot sector return to a time of profitability in 2009.

Click below to take a listen to today's Beef Buzz- heard on great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. We would also invite you to check out our extensive archives of older Beef Buzzes that cover a wide range of beef industry topics.

Click here for the latest Beef Buzz with comments from Randy Blach of Cattlefax

Secretary Schafer Appoints Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the renewal of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the selection of the individuals to serve as members for the two-year, 2008 - 2010 term. The task force is chaired by the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is comprised of USDA employees, industry representatives, and other experts in the fields of agriculture and air quality. "This task force serves a very important role because conservation of our natural resources, including protecting air quality, is particularly vital to our farmers and ranchers who depend on these resources to produce our nation's food and fiber." Schafer said.

The role of the task force is to advise the Agriculture Secretary on issues related to agricultural air quality, including strengthening and coordinating USDA air quality research efforts and identifying cost-effective ways in which the agriculture industry can improve air quality.

No one from Oklahoma is on the Task force, but two names jumped out to me that have ties back to Oklahoma through the group they represent or have relatives here in the state and have a direct stake in southern plains agriculture. Those two names are Brian Lindley, No-till on the Plains, Inc. and Ben Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association (Ben is Vice President of TCFA).

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Set for This Coming Weekend
The 2008 Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention gets underway this coming Friday and runs through Sunday. One of the highlights of the annual meeting is the announcement of the Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year. The 2008 Family in the spotlight will be announced at the organization's annual awards and recognition ceremony Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City.

Fourteen Families are in the running for 2008 Honor- and they include:
Russell and Dianna Yell, Adair County;
Scott and Laura Cormack, Alfalfa County;
Gary and Kimberly Adams, Choctaw County;
Allan and Janna Barrington, Comanche County;
Bryan and Staci Hunter, Custer County;
Harvey and Ruth Moeller, Kiowa County;
Allen and Susan Brewer, LeFlore County;
Charles and Jan Person, Muskogee County;
Scott and Carol Dvorak, Noble County;
Albert and Betty Rutledge, Payne County;
Joseph and Monica Morrow, Pontotoc County;
Steven and Tracy Shepherd, Seminole County;
Jack and Sandra Berry, Stephens County
and William and Carolyn Fesler, Washington County.

We have additional details of the 2008 OFB meeting on our website- click on the link below for that information.
By the way, we look forward to visiting with those of you that are County Farm Bureau Presidents on Sunday morning as we will be offering a look ahead into 2009 during your breakfast session.

Click here for more on the 67th Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Customer Appreciation Sales Set by Express Ranches
The folks at Express Ranches have set two Customer Appreciation Sales this week- both to be held at Stockman's Livestock in Apache, Oklahoma. The first of these sales is a Breeding Stock sale of Express genetics on Tuesday, while a feeder calf auction of Express genetics will be offered on Thursday.

On the 11th we will be selling 500 head which will include 3 in1's, spring bred cows, spring bred heifers, fall open heifer, spring open heifers, and 20 breeding age bulls. All of the animals selling will be Express Ranches genetics.
On the 13th 500 head of feeder calves will be selling- sired by Express Ranches bulls. Many of the calves will be age source verified.

These two sales are great opportunities to add some outstanding genetics to your cattle herd as 2008 winds down. For more information, contact Express Ranches at 1-800-664-3977 or Stockman's Livestock in Apache at 1-888-926-9696.

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Let's Check the Markets!
No cash cattle trade was reported by the Texas Cattle Feeders Association as 5 PM on Friday afternoon- Feedlot operators had hoped to get higher money this past week- especially with stronger wholesale boxed beef trade touching $150 for choice carcass equivalent by the end of the week.

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- One Pager From Country Hedging- looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges 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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