From: Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 04:39
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 29, 2008!
A service of Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, KIS Futures & Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Will We Get a Farm Bill This Week?
-- 82nd Annual Convention of Oklahoma FFA Kicks Off This Morning!
-- Rain Slows Field Work in Oklahoma for yet another week.
-- Crop Conditions Around the Country- Corn Planting Well Behind Normal Pace in Virtually All Parts of the Country.
-- Dick Bond of Tyson Goes Off on Ethanol-
-- Rust Spores Rolling In- Time to Spray???
-- Ag Lobby Praises Governor for Signing into Law Trespass Measures.
-- Checking the Markets...Lots of Cattle in Oklahoma City on Monday...

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Will We Get a Farm Bill This Week?
We are waiting and watching as lawmakers try to come up with a final farm bill package that includes all the details important to the farm community, not just the billions in additional nutrition spending demanded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Apparently, among the more fluid issues remaining include payment caps, the so called "AGI Test" and the beneficial interest issue as it relates to LDP payments. In addition, there still is no final language out there that has been seen on the livestock competition title- including the fate of the Packer ban on the ownership of livestock- something Conference Chairman Tom Harkin would like to push through, while House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson has considered it totally unacceptable.

Complicating these final decisions- pushing back against the farm state lawmakers is the White House determined to make major changes to farm policy in the three areas listed above. The web site Politico quotes White House spokesman Scott Stanzel, who threatened that President Bush would veto the Farm Bill if it comes to him in its current iteration. "I understand members will be meeting about this tomorrow, so things still may be a bit fluid. But, as it stands now, it is not something the president would support," Stanzel said in an e-mail when asked if the president would veto it. "More than a year ago, the administration put forward a reform-minded farm bill that met our priorities and made wise use of the people's money. The farm bill proposal currently being discussed by conferees lacks important reforms the president has repeatedly called for."

There will be a Conference Committee Meeting this afternoon at 1:30 PM Central time. AND- we have an audio preview and review of where we are on the farm bill debate with Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau on our Farm Bill page linked below. Thatcher says we are getting close- but admits that there is little of these most contentious policy issues actually "on paper" as of yet- and that will have to be worked out by the Conferees. She believes there is only a thirty percent chance that the Administration will now veto the Farm Bill over policy issues- with the funding matters largely now off the table. I would really suggest you jump over to our farm bill page and take a listen to Mary Kay's thoughts- she summarizes where we are VERY WELL indeed.

Click here for the latest on the Farm Bill debate on our 2007 Farm Bill website at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

82nd Annual Convention of Oklahoma FFA Kicks Off This Morning!
Some 10,000 members, ag ed teachers, parents and other supporters of the Blue and Gold will be gathering today and tomorrow in downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate the 82nd annual convention of the Oklahoma FFA. The theme of the 2008 convention is Blue Jackets- Bright Futures!

One of the decisions that the delegates from all of the chapters from across the state of Oklahoma will be making over the next couple of days is who will serve as the State Officers in 2008-2009. Twenty three young men and ladies will be vying for the eight officer slots on the 2008-2009 team. The three State President candidates are all serving on the 2007- 2008 state officer team- State Secretary Chelsea Clifton of Kingfisher, Northwest District Vice President Cody Ott of Fairview and State Reporter John- Kyle Truitt of Jenks.

Tonight, the State organization will be honoring three of its top members as Star Farmer, Star Agribusinessman and Star in Ag Placement- we will have links tomorrow morning to the three winners and the video presentation that we have produced that will be seen at the state convention session this evening.
Below- we have the link to the 23 State Officer Candidates and their resumes- truly an impressive list of young FFA members who aspire to leadership at the state level here in 2008.

Click here for the State Officer Candidate's Resumes from this year's State FFA Convention.

Rain Slows Field Work in Oklahoma for yet another week.
It was slow going for our spring planted crops as farmers worked around rainfall to get ground ready and the seed into the ground- and they remain right about or slightly ahead of the five year average for the work to be done, according to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update. The report says "Peanut, cotton, and soybean planting is expected to increase this upcoming week. Corn seedbed prepared increased six percentage points from the previous week to 91 percent, eight points behind last year, and four points behind normal. Corn planted was at 62 percent, up 26 points from the previous week, and six points ahead of the five-year average. Nearly one-third of the corn had emerged by week's end, four points behind normal. Sorghum seedbed prepared was up nine points to 51 percent. Soybeans seedbed prepared was at 48 percent, 13 points behind the five-year average. Seedbed preparation for peanuts was at 79 percent, three points ahead of normal. Peanuts planted were at 11 percent, slightly ahead of the five-year average. Cotton seedbed prepared was up nine points from the previous week to 88 percent, eight points ahead of normal."

For our wheat crop- it continues to progress- but is well behind normal in the heading stage of development. It jumped from 11% headed to 37% headed in the latest week, which is 34 percentage points behind normal. The crop continues to have a good to excellent rating, based on the surveys among the County Extension agents across the wheat belt.

If you want to review the full report for this week- click on the link below and take a look.

Click here for this week's Oklahoma Crop Weather Update.

Crop Conditions Around the Country- Corn Planting Well Behind Normal Pace in Virtually All Parts of the Country.
Most of this year's corn planting progress is well behind that of normal- for example, Illinois now has 6% planted versus a five year average of 56% by this date; Iowa has just 3% planted versus the five year average of 33% and 8% of the Missouri corn is in the ground versus the five year average of 66%.

Looking at winter wheat beyond our borders, Kansas wheat crop conditions improved three percentage points this week to 45% good to excellent. Meanwhile, the Texas wheat crop still has almost half of the crop rated in poor to very poor condition at 48%. 38% of the crop has headed versus the five year average of 48%.

Pasture and range conditions in Texas are mostly fair to good- 64% total in those two categories, while the Kansas pasture conditions are also in the fair to good range at 74% in those categories. Here in Oklahoma, the pasture ratings are 81% in the fair to good condition rankings.

Dick Bond of Tyson Goes Off on Ethanol-
Saying that the feed costs to Tyson has doubled since 2006- the CEO of Tyson Foods, Dick Bond, has taken dead aim at ethanol as a primary culprit of rising feed costs- and he says what is still to follow- explosively higher food costs.

Bond claims that ethanol does not make economic sense. He says that for every dollar generated by the production of ethanol made from grain- it costs society two dollars- not a sustainable trade.

He says that ethanol has set back the battle on hunger in this country and globally. He says that hunger is a focus of the charitable giving of Tyson down through the years- and that it is discouraging seeing the battle against hunger be set back in such a significant way- and he calls on Congress to end what he calls our "misguided" policy on ethanol. We have his comments that he made to Wall Street analysts on Monday- click here to take a listen.

Rust Spores Rolling In- Time to Spray???
Dr. Bob Hunger- OSU Plant Pathologist, says the answer is likely "yes." "Rust inoculum is being spread northward and producers across northern Oklahoma need to consider applying a fungicide to protect their yields," Hunger said. Fungicides will provide protection for a three-week period, with full protection the first two weeks and partial protection during the third week. "It's critical to try to apply fungicide so that protection is afforded while the wheat is going through the stages of heading-out, flowering and milk," Hunger said. "Applying the fungicide too early can mean a lack of protection as the wheat is flowering, but applying the fungicide too late can mean protection after the leaf rust is not much of a factor."

Many years of fungicide training trials have indicated that the best time for application ranges from the flag leaf fully emerged to heads being slightly emerged from the boot. Leaf rust has the potential to decrease yield and is most damaging when leaf rust is severe early. "Leaf rust severity on flag leaves of around 65 percent in the flowering stage can reduce grain yield by as much as 30 percent to 35 percent," said Art Klatt, OSU professor of plant breeding and genetics. "The same level of infection when wheat is in the dough stage, however, generally will reduce yield by 10 percent or less. Hence, if you're growing a variety susceptible to leaf rust with excellent yield potential, consider using a fungicide to protect that potential."

We have the link below for an Oklahoma State University bulletin that tells more about staying ahead of foliar diseases in your wheat- the time to spray is pretty well on top on us right now- so check it out.

Click here for the OSU Extension Bulletin on Foliar Disease and Spraying to control those diseases.

Ag Lobby Praises Governor for Signing into Law Trespass Measures.
Oklahoma's trespassing law became a notch stronger when Governor Brad Henry signed into law two bills in late April increasing the penalty for trespassing. The trespassing bills were among several receiving the governor's signature recently that are supported by the state's farmers and ranchers. The first bill signed April 22, SB 1735, increases the fine for a second trespassing conviction from its current $250 to $1,000 plus makes the trespasser responsible for any property damage. This bill will be enforced under the wildlife code section of the law. A companion bill, SB 2111, signed April 25, expanded the coverage to the criminal code section of the law.

Two separate trespassing bills were required to address penalties under the criminal code and wildlife code. The President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Mike Spradling is delighted these measures will soon be taking effect as law as he tells us "Not all trespassers are hunting and fishing. Some trespassers are just out on private property with their four-wheeler, damaging a crop or a fence." The farm leader said improving the trespass law received bi-partisan support.

"We had lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voting for these bills," Spradling said. The law becomes effective Nov. 1.

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Checking the Markets...Lots of Cattle in Oklahoma City on Monday...
A total of some 10,000 cattle moved across the scales at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday, with prices for both calves and yearling stronger- up one to three dollars per hundred. The demand for the yearling cattle was called very good with seven weight steers bringing from $104 to $111. We have the full report linked for you- click here to review it.

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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