From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 6:36 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 3, 2009
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Grain Drills on the Move- the 2010 Wheat Crop is Being Planted
-- Plant and Soil Science Newsletter Reports on Potassium Deficiency in Soybeans
-- H1N1 Detected in Canadian Swine Herds
-- WTO Got It Wrong- Producer and Agribusiness Groups Ask for Another Compliance Panel
-- Noble Foundation Offers Listing of Companies that Buy "Natural" Cattle
-- Guess Word Went Via Snail Mail
-- Pollard Farms Annual Angus Production Sale Set for Next Wednesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Grain Drills on the Move- the 2010 Wheat Crop is Being Planted
Early wheat planting is underway across Oklahoma- with the early fields that will be planted likely to be mostly for wheat pasture. We talked a few days ago with Dr. Jeff Edwards, State Wheat Specialist at Oklahoma State University, about planting season and the lessons learned from the 2009 Junior Wheat Show. The key lesson from that event was the fact that there are several excellent varieties developed by OSU and others that will more than adequately replace varieties like Jagger that have pretty well run their course.

Dr. Edwards says planting around the 15th of September is perfect for those that want to get a decent grain harvest, as well as have fall wheat pasture. For those that want to shoot for grain only, the grain drills probably should not be pulled into the field before October first. For those fields- Dr. Edwards says it is important that we attack our weed problems early when the weeds are small. There is concern about herbicide resistance, but that it's hard to tell in many cases if we had a problem with the chemical or simply had poor management in how and when it was applied.

Our conversation with Dr. Edwards is up on our website as one of our Ag Perspectives Podcasts- we have it linked below for you to jump to. The Ag Perspectives series is one of three Podcasts that you can subscribe to on our website- and all three are available on Itunes. Besides the Ag Perspectives series, which feature long form interviews with farm and ranch newsmakers, we have our daily morning farm and ranch news as heard on RON weekday mornings and our daily Beef Buzz, a regular look at issues and ideas important to beef cattle producers large and small.

Click here for our conversation with Dr. Jeff Edwards of OSU on winter wheat planting- now underway.

Plant and Soil Science Newsletter Reports on Potassium Deficiency in Soybeans
In the latest issue of the Plant and Soil Science Newsletter, Dr. Chad Godsey and Dr. Brian Arnall report some late season problems they are seeing in many northeastern Oklahoma soybean fields- "Over the last 2 weeks we have looked at numerous soybean fields in the NE part of the state that have shown classic symptoms of potassium (K) deficiency. Potassium deficiency in soybean is characterized by yellowing of the leaf margins of older leaves."

You can read about this deficiency in this newsletter, as well as a look at Hessian Fly issues in winter wheat and Dr. Derrell Peel looks at the Wheat Pasture prospects for Oklahoma this fall.

Click on the link below to jump to our website, and the webpage with a link to the full Newsletter from the PaSS Department within the Division of Agriculture at OSU.

Click here for more on these Agronomic Issues covered in the latest PaSS Newsletter

H1N1 Detected in Canadian Swine Herds
Thanks to continuing surveillance, the H1N1 influenza virus has been found in several herds in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The infection has been found in sow barns, nursery barns, and feeder barns located in various locations in the province. Movement of pigs from these locations was immediately limited to prevent transmission of the virus to other swine herds.

The novel virus was first suspected in a sow barn when sows that had been vaccinated against common strains of influenza began to exhibit influenza-like symptoms. In the herds where the virus has been detected the disease was very mild, with pigs showing only slight signs of respiratory illness -- mild cough and nasal discharge, depressed feed intake and rectal temperatures up to 40.5 C [104.9F]. No deaths have been reported in these herds.

Security protocols, including the reminder to staff to wear their personal protective equipment properly, were enhanced to further protect both pigs and the workers in the barns.

WTO Got It Wrong- Producer and Agribusiness Groups Ask for Another Compliance Panel
In response to the WTO Arbitration Panel decision on the USDA export credit guarantee ("GSM-102") program released August 31, the North American Export Grain Association, National Cotton Council, CoBank, Farm Credit Council, US Rice Producers Association, and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives released the following statement:

"We are very disappointed that the panel based its decision on the GSM program as it existed in 2005, and failed to recognize the significant changes that have been made to the GSM-102 program since 2005. As a result, we urge the U.S. government to request a new Compliance Panel to update this ruling to reflect the changes in the program made by Congress and the USDA since 2005.
"The extent of the program changes is demonstrated in the President's budget for fiscal year 2010. According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, in 2010 the GSM program will generate a positive return to the federal government of $54 million. In other words, the revenues from guarantee premiums charged to program participants more than offset the cost of program operations, including any credit losses. Under the WTO panel's obsolete ruling, Brazil would be entitled to place tariffs or other import penalties on an amount of U.S. products based on the use, each year in the future, of a program that is clearly not a subsidy."

The groups go on to say that "The panel's decision to award Brazil retaliatory authority in amounts based on the future use of a program that is now compliant with WTO rules makes no sense." You can read the full statement from these organizations by clicking on the link below.

Click here for more on the response by US Agriculure to the WTO Dispute Panel Findings

Noble Foundation Offers Listing of Companies that Buy "Natural" Cattle
Job Springer of the Noble Foundation wrote earlier this year that "an increasing number of beef cattle producers have expressed an interest in understanding more about the emerging market surrounding naturally produced beef." Springer says that a quick and dirty definition of "natural" beef is the voluntary standard that promotes the production of beef without the use of growth promotants, antibiotics, animal by-products or aquatic by-products.

In the September electronic magazine from the Noble Foundation, News and Views, Springer says they have had a lot of interest about "natural" cattle from all over the US.

Because of this interest, Springer has developed a web based listing of companies that purchase naturally produced beef. It also differentiates between companies that purchase feeder cattle and those that purchase finished cattle. Feeder cattle were identified as cattle weighing below 900 pounds and have not entered the finishing phase of livestock production. Finished cattle were classified as natural beef and cattle greater than 1,100 pounds that have ended the finishing phase of livestock production. The table also identifies contact information, including phone numbers and Web site addresses of the companies that will speak with cattle producers about marketing naturally produced beef. Web sites often provide a general overview of each of the marketing companies, contact details and other valuable information.

Click on the link below for details on the list and a link within that article to the actual listing that Job has assembled. If you have interest in this niche market, this listing should prove to be invaluable.

Click here for more on companies that buy "natural" beef animals.

Guess Word Went Via Snail Mail
Back on August 20, USDA announced that 74 of the 77 counties in Oklahoma were declared as primary natural disaster counties- we had the story on that Friday August 21st in this email update, complete with comments from the new State FSA Director Francie Tolle on why this disaster declaration is more important this go round than previous such announcements.

Because of the new disaster program that is coming out of the 2008 farm law, this declaration takes us through one of the hurdles that farmers will face in getting qualified for the SURE program.

Well, YESTERDAY, we get a news release from the Governor's office "announcing" this disaster declaration. Governor Henry was quoted as saying "Our farmers and ranchers have endured just about every kind of severe weather there is," he said. "It has been a challenging time, to say the least. Crops and livestock have suffered as a result. I am grateful for this action by the USDA. FSA loans alone will not solve all the problems caused by the drought and other severe weather, but it is a significant help."

I'm glad that the Governor's office got the word- maybe they should subscribe to our daily email- they would get word on things like this quicker than waiting on the Pony Express from Washington.

Click here for our story with audio included from Francie Tole on this Disaster Declaration from August 20

Pollard Farms Annual Angus Production Sale Set for Next Wednesday
The 12th annual Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale will be held at the ranch near Waukomis, Oklahoma on September 9th at 11:00 am.

This year's offering includes an extremely deep set of pregnancies, open show and donor prospects, bred heifers, as well as spring and fall bred cows and pairs. These females incorporate some of the best genetics in the Pollard Farms program and should prove to be great additions to any herd.

For details contact the Pollard Farms crew at (580) 758-1464 or view the catalog online by clicking on the link below.

Click here for more on the Pollard Farms Production Sale set for Wednesday September 9

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Let's Check the Markets!
OKC West in El Reno had a Wednesday run of 5,043 cattle, with yearling steers selling steady to $2 higher while steer and heifer calves were $2 to $4 lower. Five to six hundred pound steers sold from $100 to $110 while the eight to nine hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $94 to $99. Click here for the full price report for the Wednesday sale at OKC West from USDA market news.

We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $7.40 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.60 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.

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- Two Pager From The Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat 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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