From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 20:17
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 24, 2008!
A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, KIS Futures & Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Frigid Temps Early Next Week- Not Gonna Happen!
-- No Major Development of Leaf Rust- At Least Not Yet According to Dr. Bob Hunger.
-- A Quick RoundRobin of thoughts on the Wheat Crop...
-- USDA Targets Central Rural Electric Coop in Oklahoma for Major Loan
-- Korean Beef Trade Deal Pushes Final Feed Rule To Completion- Renderers Warn of Consequences.
-- Goat Gathering This Weekend in Langston!
-- AWB Barred from Participation in USDA Programs Because of Kickbacks Given To Saddam Hussein
-- Checking the Markets...

Howdy Neighbors!

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Frigid Temps Early Next Week- Not Gonna Happen!
I checked in with Meteorologist Gary England yesterday afternoon to see where we stood with the various weather models that had hinted earlier we could get a little chilly around the 28th or 29th of this month. Gary, of course, is the lead Meteorologist on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City- is originally from Seiling and understands those nervous feelings that wheat producers are feeling in the central and western parts of our state over getting a damaging freeze across our wheat fields.

There will be some cooler air filtering down across the state early next week- but Gary checked the various models that reflect where we will be next week- and he called me with the simple good news that "it's not gonna happen!" He was referring to temperatures that would have a "2" in front of them.

Right now, the coldest that the National Weather Service is calling for early Monday morning is around 40 degrees in Kay and Grant Counties- and that's as cold of a morning as we currently see here in the body of the state.
To take a look at Gary England's Weather Updates- click on the link below- and Gary will be glad to "Keep You Advised!"

Click here for the News9.Com Weather Site Featuring the Gary England Forecast!

No Major Development of Leaf Rust- At Least Not Yet According to Dr. Bob Hunger.
Dr. Bob Hunger of Oklahoma State University did a road trip at the end of this past week- and says while we have had some disease showing up in wheat fields he has checked- generally the disease pressure remains on the light side. As far as details of the road trip- here is Dr. Hunger's detailed report:

"On April 22nd I looked at wheat in the area of Hinton (about 45 miles west of Oklahoma City on I-40), Hobart (south western OK), north to Watonga (central OK), and then along Highway 51 back into Stillwater for about 80 miles. Nitrogen deficiency (as indicated by green "pocks") was apparent is some fields, but for the most part, wheat looked good along this trip and ranged from in the boot stage to just starting to flower (Jagger field near Hobart). Overall, the wheat looked very good with many fields showing no or very little disease. The diseases I saw included powdery mildew, leaf rust, septoria/tan spot, and barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). Of these, BYDV probably was the most significant. I also saw some fields where there was the indication of aphid activity and mummies, but no currently living aphids. In these fields, there were some widely scattered symptoms of BYDV, but no or very little stunting. I only saw large, widely scattered pustules of leaf rust on lower, yellowing/dying leaves. Powdery mildew, if present, was confined to lower leaves and was no higher than the third leaf below the flag. In one field south of Clinton found tan spot/septoria. This was a no-till field as indicated by the large amount of residue in the field. Tan spot/septoria was no higher than the third leaf below the flag."

The OSU Plant Pathologist also indicated that we are seeing something he is calling "physiological flecking" and he says we have seen this in Oklahoma in previous years- and was called the "Woodward Fleck" in the early 1980s. For more information on this development which is not really being traced back to one specific disease- go the link that Dr. Hunger has provided for us below.

Click here for the Details from this Wheat Disease Update of Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU.

A Quick RoundRobin of thoughts on the Wheat Crop...
We stopped by and spent a few minutes observing the regular monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- and caught them at their mid-morning break, which allowed us to quickly gather the thoughts of the five Oklahoma Wheat Commission appointees about the wheat crop in their area- and we added as a bonus the thoughts of JT Winters, President of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association who hails from the Woodward County area and filled in one of the holes from the reports from the Commissioners.

Starting in the Panhandle- Tom Stevens of Guymon says the irrigated wheat crop is up and growing well- but that there will be virtually no dryland crop in those Panhandle counties this year. He adds that when you don't have conditions right for a dryland crop- usually the irrigated crop is not quite as good as normal either.
Moving down to the Woodward County area- JT Winters of Mooreland tells us that while the crop in his area is still on the small side- it's behind normal- that it is growing quickly now and with some rains, could produce a good crop here in 2008.

Keith Kisling from Burlington tells us that the wheat in his area of Alfalfa County and over into Woods County looks far better than that of a year ago- and the potential- if we can stay away from hail and other crop hazards- it will be a much better harvest result in 2008 than in 2007.
Don Scheiber of Kay County echoed those thoughts- adding he's hopeful that we won't get the solid days of rain at harvest this year that we endured in 2007- that we have some awfully good looking wheat- especially those fields that have enough nitrogen.

The Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is Tom Glazer of Loyal- and he says that the wheat crop is a week or so behind normal in Kingfisher County- but things continue to look favorable for a much better harvest this season than in 2007.
Our sixth and final report from the Commission board meeting came from Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro- who also spoke of the crop being somewhat behind normal development- and worries some about hail knocking the potential of this year's crop- he's already had a bunch of acres that have likely seen their production cut by a third or more because of a hailstorm of a few days back.

We Have an Audio "Round the Horn" with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission that you can listen to by clicking here!

USDA Targets Central Rural Electric Coop in Oklahoma for Major Loan
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the selection of 30 rural utilities and cooperatives for new electric lines and system improvements in 20 states. The loans announced will finance the construction and repair of nearly 8,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines benefiting almost 100,000 rural electric cooperative consumers.

Among the Coops receiving these loans is Central Rural Electric based in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Central Rural Electric Coop will receive a loan totaling $9.75 million dollars from USDA for improvements they have identified.

"Investment in our nation's electric infrastructure is necessary to meet our future energy needs," said Schafer. "These loans will help expand and maintain access to reliable, affordable power by financing improvements for key generation, transmission and distribution service to rural electric consumers."

If you want to know more about this Central Rural Electric Coop- Click here for their Website.

Korean Beef Trade Deal Pushes Final Feed Rule To Completion- Renderers Warn of Consequences.
The long-awaited final feed rule was made public yesterday morning and it is scheduled to be published in Friday's edition of the Federal Register. The proposed rule was originally published Oct. 6, 2005. The final rule is now "on display" at the Food and Drug Administration's website- and we have a link to it below.

In an expansion of the 1997 feed rule, the updated version will cover fallen cattle, and it will prohibit the use of the entire carcass of cattle over 30 months of age unless the brain and spinal have been removed. The infective agents for BSE - bovine spongiform encephalopathy - are most prevalent in the brain and spinal cord tissues, scientists say. Despite comments on the rule proposing it be broadened to include blood, FDA is not prohibiting the use of blood and blood products in animal feed "because we believe such a prohibition would do very little to reduce the risk of BSE transmission," the rule said.

National Renderers Association executive Tom Cook said today he is "disappointed that it appears trade policy is driving our regulatory arena." Cook was referring to the new protocol the U.S. Trade Representative signed last week with South Korea to re-open U.S. beef exports. That agreement makes exports of beef from animals over 30 months of age contingent upon the U.S. having the new feed rule in place. The National Renderers Association has fought the expansion of the rule to include removal of brain and spinal cord tissues from non-slaughter cattle over 30 months of age. Cook explains that requiring SRM removal from fallen, dead stock on farms will essentially mean that renderers will not pick up such animals -- resulting in disposal problems.
Cook says that he is surprised the rule got pushed through this quickly- and that he believes that it clearly a result of the arrangement negotiated with Korea over the last few weeks which dictated the final rule.

Click here for the final rule to be published in the Federal Register on Friday of this week.

Goat Gathering This Weekend in Langston!
Actually, it's not really a gathering of goats as much as goat enthusiasts- producers and others interested in the meat goat business here in the state of Oklahoma. Langston is recognized for their high quality goat research and extension efforts- in fact the University that we visited in Yingling, China back in February had worked with goat researchers from Langston- and was excited to find out that we came from the same state where Langston was located.

This Saturday, their major Goat event of the year- the Langston Goat Field Day is front and center. This year's theme will be Innovative and Traditional Goat Marketing. There is a Baker's Dozen of workshops planned over the course of the day, with experts from Langston, OSU Extension, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and private industry are involved in teaching these sessions.

We have the link on our calendar page to learn more about the Goat Field Day at Langston happening this Saturday- AND we have lots of other events that we have added in recent days to the Calendar as well which we invite you to check out. Go to our Calendar page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com which we have linked below- and consider what opportunities may be of interest to your operation.

Click here for the Calendar Page of our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

AWB Barred from Participation in USDA Programs Because of Kickbacks Given To Saddam Hussein
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has debarred for two years the Australian Wheat Board from participation in the department's export promotion programs. The ruling means AWB cannot ship any agricultural products from the United States using federally-backed export credit for two years. The declaration is a result of recommendations made in the Cole Commission report released in late 2006.

It was found that the Australian Wheat Board paid kickbacks to the regime of Saddam Hussein for wheat shipments made to Irag under the Oil for Food Program and concealed that activity. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin called it - blatantly unethical and illegal. He said - so too was their unwillingness to acknowledge their misconduct until it was spelled out in great detail.

The Australian government has not yet undertaken criminal prosecution of the AWB officials involved in the misconduct. That too was recommended by the Cole Commission report. Harkin said - it is not enough for AWB to replace some of its top officials and proclaim that it has reformed its corporate culture; they must demonstrate a commitment to that reform in deeds as well as words.

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Checking the Markets...
Our Feeder Cattle Auctions continue to reflect good demand and higher prices for yearling weight cattle- two auctions that happened on Wednesday were the OKC West in El Reno market with 5000 Cattle selling- and yearling cattle one to three dollars per hundred higher. The Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada had a 1000 cattle- and prices were called Steady to three dollars up for the steers. We have some of the details of both of these markets included in our Morning Market Update audio linked below- that's quicker than you will hear on other farm networks because they wait til USDA publishes the report later in the morning on Thursdays.
One quick note on wheat prices- they continue to sink in value faster than a Sean Sutton autographed basketball on Ebay- cash wheat prices in Oklahoma are now from $7.92 to $8.16 according to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

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. Previous Day's Energy Market Recap- also from Country Hedging
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.

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