From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 5:05 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday September 8, 2008!
A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and KIS Futures!
-- Shooting for 100,000 acres of Canola to be Planted This Fall
-- USDA Signs Off on COOL Affidavit Developed by Industry Consensus
-- Congrats to Mike, Joe Neal and Clem!
-- Deere Experiencing Dramatic Increase in Ag Equipment Demand
-- Seaboard's Guymon Plant May Be Delisted by Mexico
-- Harvesting Corn Gives Elton Regier His Moment in the Spotlight (at least this week)
-- SURE Deadline a Week From Tomorrow
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...

Howdy Neighbors!

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Shooting for 100,000 acres of Canola to be Planted This Fall
The 2008 window to plant winter canola is now officially here- and from now until about the first week of October, many wheat producers are looking at putting at least a few acres into winter canola in 2008 for the 2009 harvest season. We talked with Gene Neuens with Plains Oilseed Products (POP) about how many acres might be going into canola this season- and he says that while we only saw about 25,000 acres this past season- the expectation is that we could see three or four times that here this fall- 75,000 to 100,000 acres is realistic.

Neuens acknowledges that we have had a learning curve on how to handle this crop- and more and more producers are starting to feel comfortable enough to include some acres of canola in their fall planting mix.Perhaps the biggest learning curve of this past growing season came at harvest- as it is now pretty well agreed that laying the canola over- then coming back in and harvesting it allows the producer to minimize shatter loss.

Gene was our guest this past Saturday morning on our In the Field Segment on KWTV News9- and we also did an audio conversation with him as well- which we have on our website as our beginning of the week Ag Perspectives Podcast- the link to that page is below- jump to that page and take a listen.

Click here to go the Gene Neuens interview on our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

USDA Signs Off on COOL Affidavit Developed by Industry Consensus
Livestock Industry Leaders met with USDA's Bruce Knight on Friday afternoon and Knight has signaled to the livestock industry that USDA intends to accept for usage the Affidavits developed by the consensus within the livestock industry to certify country of origin under the soon to be implemented Mandatory COOL regulations.

Bill Bullard of R-Calf was one of those at that meeting on Friday in Washington. Bullard said Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Bruce Knight said USDA intends to accept the recommendations from the industry.

Others were at that meeting with Knight as well- and we have more on the outcome of the meeting, a nice summary page from the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers, and a link to that interview we did at the end of last week with Burton Eller of NCBA. All of this is found on our latest coverage of this story on our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

Click here for the latest on the COOL Story and the Livestock Industry Plans to Track Animals to Comply.

Congrats to Mike, Joe Neal and Clem!
We are speaking of the three Distinguished Service Alumni honorees just announced by Oklahoma State University's Division of Agriculture. The purpose of the distinguished alumnus award program is to recognize and honor Oklahoma State University CASNR graduates who have contributed significantly to society, and whose accomplishments have brought distinctive credit to DASNR. Dr. Robert Whitson, Vice President and Dean of the Division of Agriculture, is pleased to announce the selection of the following 2008 DASNR Distinguished Alumnus Award winners:

Joe Neal Hampton serves as President and CEO of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Seed Trade Association and President and CEO of the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association. He obtained his B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1975) in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Hampton is recognized as a leader of distinction not only within the agricultural community, but also on the state and national legislative stage.

Mike Kubicek is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission. Mike obtained his B.S. (1970) and his M.S. (1972) in Agronomy and has devoted his life's work to Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma State University. The success Mike has had as the leader of the peanut industry in Oklahoma has elevated him to the national and international stage of commodity research, production and marketing.

Clem Rogers McSpadden (presented posthumously) graduated from the Department of Animal Science (B.S. 1948) and was widely recognized as a person of integrity, and accomplishment and received recognition at the local, state, national and international level. Clem served in the Oklahoma state senator for 18 years and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Clem was also known as 'the voice of rodeo'; he was one of the sport's legendary announcers for more than half a century.

The Division of Agriculture is planning to honor these winners and their families at the OSU Homecoming BBQ on October 18 in Stillwater.

Deere Experiencing Dramatic Increase in Ag Equipment Demand
High commodity prices have encouraged a lot of demand for the things that Deere and Company make. Overall, the company saw a 35% increase in ag equipment sales in the third quarter of this year- and while the 4th quarter results won't announced for several more weeks- another 29% increase is being suggested.

While Deere and Company's 2009 sales outlook won't be released until November - spokesperson Susan Karlix says early orders in the U.S. and Canada are up dramatically from year-ago levels. For example, orders already in for the 8000 series tractors mean that if you walked into a John Deere Dealership and wanted to buy an 8000 series model- you could be waiting for that tractor to arrive next July.

We have an audio report that features comments from Deere spokeswomen Karlix- we have that report linked below- to be found on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Click here for more on the Big Green Line of John Deere Keeping that Company in the Black.

Seaboard's Guymon Plant May Be Delisted by Mexico
Mexican officials contacted Seaboard Foods this past week to inform the company it is considering delisting its Guymon, Oklahoma pork processing plant due to what a Seaboard spokesman called "minor issues with quality." quotes company spokesperson David Eaheart as saying the company is currently not shipping product to Mexico, awaiting a final decision. Seaboard was first advised the plant could be delisted some days ago, but last Thursday night was informed by Mexican officials that the decision was on hold. "So now we are waiting to see what happens," said Eaheart. Seaboard ships a variety of fresh pork products, including ham muscle products, to Mexico.

USDA officials indicated on Friday that they have no information on the Guymon plant being delisted. Apparently unrelated to this, Mexico voluntarily has suspended exports of meat and processed poultry product to the United States while the government implements corrective actions to its food safety system. This suspension came after USDA conducted their routine audit and found deficiencies that they have detailed to Mexican officials- and those shortcomings are being addressed by the Mexican meat processors involved.

Harvesting Corn Gives Elton Regier His Moment in the Spotlight (at least this week)
Some of you have already seen this report- but wanted to share it with everyone on our daily email. It's an interesting piece on not so much the harvest of the 2008 corn crop in north central Oklahoma- but rather the explanation to a mostly non farm audience of the extremely high input costs farmers are facing as we harvest- and what may be ahead as we plant wheat this fall and think about planting spring crops in 2009.

The location of the story is the Goodson Ranch in Kay County- Tom Cannon was the farmer quoted on fertilizer costs for wheat for this coming growing season- while Elton Regier operated the combine for the corn crop- with the harvest equipment owned by our old roommate from OALP days, Don Schieber.

It's a good piece put together by the Tulsa World reporter- and it shows how not just farming is changing- but also how the major newspapers are trying to reinvent themselves with video and share that stage with the TV folks on the internet. Newspapers in general are struggling- it was reported last week that the Daily Oklahoman is planning on large personnel cutbacks before the end of the year with buyouts and/or layoffs. This video not only tells the farm story- but it also is a reminder that the general media is changing- I am thankful that I am working for a Company that is giving me the resources to reach you and others like you via this email- via the internet- via our network of radio stations and even on TV Saturday mornings.

Click here to watch a video produced by the Tulsa World on corn harvest and the high cost of inputs that farmers are dealing with here in 2008- and for 2009.

SURE Deadline a Week From Tomorrow
The "SURE" DEADLINE APPROACHES with September 16 being the time for farmers to sign up for insurance coverage for 2008 uninsured crops to maintain eligibility under the new permanent disaster program known as the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.

Art Barnaby, a risk management specialist with Kansas State University, says farmers should check their USDA Farm Service Agency office to make sure all of their crops are covered with either crop insurance option. Farmers must pay the required fees of catastrophic coverage (CAT) or the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) for any crops not insured or covered by NAP.

A one-time exemption for this year allows farmers to pay the $100 CAT or NAP fee to maintain eligibility for a SURE payment, if they suffer qualifying crop losses. Normally, these fees need to be declared in the spring for crops like corn and soybeans, but the new farm law provides a one-time exemption for this year. K-State's Barnaby says he realizes that it's another expense- but a small one- that offers a safety net in case weather turns against you between now and harvest.

Click here for more on SURE in a special audio interview with Art Barnaby

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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
The Friday Woodward Livestock Market saw 5100 cattle sold- with steer yearlings called steady to a dollar higher- and steer claves steady. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold for $108 to $118.50, with seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings going for $111 to $115.25. Here's the link for the Friday auction from Woodward- it should be updated with the September fifth data by around 8 AM. Our Monday morning reports on the Radio Oklahoma Network have the most updated market information- like the Woodward report on Monday morning instead of first reporting it Monday midday. We also update our listeners on the overnight electronic trade from the Chicago, Kansas City and New York markets. Our friends at the other network record their Monday morning report the middle of the afternoon on Friday.

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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