From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 6:52 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday September 9, 2009
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Senator Inhofe Applauds National Wheat Growers for Their Policy Adjustment on Climate Change
-- Four Percent of 2010 Winter Wheat Crop Now Planted in Oklahoma
-- Even this Year- Test for Nitrates
-- Chairman Blanche Lincoln- a "Humbling" Idea
-- The Folks in Enid Say "Come Fly a Kite- Please!"
-- Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Teff- and there's More
-- Growth Energy: More Than Enough Corn
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Senator Inhofe Applauds National Wheat Growers for Their Policy Adjustment on Climate Change
As we reported at the end of last week on our website- the National Association of Wheat Growers have backed away from embracing the Cap and Trade system as it relates to agriculture in the Waxman-Markey Climate Change bill that passed the House back in June. Senator Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, is delighted with their move. He offered this statement after their news release referenced our daily report as the source of the NAWG move:

"I'm pleased that the organization representing the interests of wheat growers nationwide has reached the right conclusion: cap-and-trade legislation and potential EPA greenhouse gas regulation pose serious harm to farmers and rural America. In times of great hardship in rural communities across America, both of these approaches to addressing climate change will only bring further job cuts and economic decline. This new resolution marks an important step in the effort to defeat a cap-and-trade energy tax and EPA's misguided regulations."

We also got emails on this story- and one that was very articulate- and complimentary of the Wheat Growers decision comes from Janet in Woods County. She writes "Ron, I say "BRAVO" to the NAWG on taking a stance against the climate legislation! There is noone on the face of this earth more sensitive to the environment than the agriculture sector. People who are complete idiots have hijacked this cause for "themselves/organizations" in order to push their marxist agenda. I am convinced these people do not have "real jobs", and get paid from their administrative budgets that are paid by our tax dollars! We need to stand up to this nonsense and stop the waste of our hard earned money and protect the future for our children/grandchildren!"

Click on the link below for the full Jim Inhofe news release from yesterday as Okahoma's Senior Senator continues to lead the Republican fight in the Senate against the proposed Climate Change legislation that may be moving in the Senate late this month or early in October.

Click here for more on Senator Jim Inhofe's reaction to the NAWG decision to change policy on Climate Change

Four Percent of 2010 Winter Wheat Crop Now Planted in Oklahoma
Even as we get some rain showers to begin the week, the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update speaks of declining soil moisture conditions. "The month of September arrived with hot humid conditions and isolated thunderstorms. Average temperatures ranged from the 70's to the high 80's. Two triple digit temperatures were recorded during the week, 101 degrees in Mangum and 100 degrees in Erick. A lack of adequate rainfall has left Oklahoma in need of precipitation. The State averaged 0.46 inches of precipitation during the week with the Northeast region receiving the most at 1.27 inches of rainfall. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions declined and were rated mostly in the adequate to short range."

While the Oklahoma report does not give us a specific number in regards to the planting of the winter wheat crop, the report does say that "Sixty-seven percent of winter wheat seedbeds were prepared, on schedule with the five-year average. A small fraction of winter wheat was planted." The fraction that they make reference to is apparently 4%, as that is what is reported in the national crop progress summary. Besides the four percent planted figure for Oklahoma, Texas also has four percent planted and Kansas checks in with two percent at this time.

Checking our spring planted row crops- "Despite a lack of precipitation in some areas, conditions continued to rate in the mostly good to fair range for all row crops. Corn producers continued harvesting activities. Due to excessive afflatoxin and heat and drought-like conditions, some acres will likely be abandoned. However, producers remain optimistic for good yields. Corn in the dent stage of development increased to 85 percent, while corn in the mature stage increased nine points to 48 percent complete, ten points behind the five-year average. Producers harvested 21 percent of the corn, a nine percent increase from last week but 13 percentage points behind normal. By week's end, sorghum headed reached 89 percent complete, while half of the sorghum was coloring. Sorghum in the mature stage of development increased to 10 percent, 11 points behind normal. Virtually all soybeans were blooming by week's end. Soybeans setting pods were 92 percent complete 11 points ahead of the five-year average. Ninety-six percent of the State's peanut crop was in the setting pods stage of development, while five percent of peanuts were mature. Cotton setting bolls was virtually completed as of Sunday, while 26 percent of the cotton crop had bolls opening."

Click on the link below for the full Oklahoma report- and you can click here for the Texas crop weather summary, click here for the Kansas Crop Summary and finally, click here to see the report for our neighbors in Arkansas.

Click here for the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update as of September 8.

Even this Year- Test for Nitrates
Even with the relatively wet and mild late summer we have had across the state of Oklahoma, OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk still believes that testing summer forages for nitrates is the right thing to do.

In our latest Beef Buzz, Dr. Selk says most tests for Nitrates have shown levels below problem areas. However, there have been a few tests that have spiked higher- and he believes that the inexpensive cost of the test makes it worthwhile to invest in sampling your forages that you may be baling or utlizing for your beef cows.

Click on the link below and jump to our Beef Buzz with Dr. Glenn Selk to hear his case for testing here in 2009.

Click here for our Beef Buzz with Dr. Glenn Selk of OSU on testing of summer forages for Nitrates.

Chairman Blanche Lincoln- a "Humbling" Idea
Over this past weekend, Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln spoke to the Jefferson County, Arkansas Farm Bureau- and she was asked after her speech about the chances she might be the next Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee.

While the daughter of a rice farmer did not come flat out and say she wanted the job, she called it "humbling" to be talked about as a possible chairman for the Committee. She cautioned the farm audience that there were several lawmakers senior to her that would be making decisions before she would have the chance to even say yes or no- and our audio linked below is her full answer to that question raised by a Farm Bureau member at the event.

Click on the link we have provided and you can jump to this Podcast that we have placed on our website in our Ag Perspecitves reports.

Click here to go and listen to Senator Blanche Lincoln discuss her chances to be the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee

The Folks in Enid Say "Come Fly a Kite- Please!"
A Forum on Wind Energy is the serious part of the day that is planned tomorrow in Enid, where they hope several thousand folks will show up and fly a kite. Officials from Washington and several states highlight the Wind Energy Forum. Among the speakers that will be in Enid Thursday morning is Denise Bode, former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, who is now CEO for the American Wind Energy Association.

Regarding the kite flying afternoon plans- here's what the Enid newspaper is reporting:
"Enid will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for number of kites flown simultaneously. That event will occur behind Autry Tech-nology Center, 1201 W. Willow. Officials originally had planned to easily best the record, which had been set last year in Germany with 967 kites. However, on July 30 that record was smashed when children from the Gaza Strip got more than 3,700 kites in the air at the same time."
"We recognize that this new record in Gaza makes our attempt more difficult, but as Oklahomans, we don't give up easily," said event coordinator Stanley Hicks in a statement. "We have put in an order for more kites, we have expanded our parking area and we have enlarged our kite flying grid to accommodate more flyers."

Click on the link below- the kite flying even has its own website.

Click here to learn more about the Wind Energy Forum and the Enid Kites Event

Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Teff- and there's More
The latest newsletter from the OSU Plant and Soil Sciences Department is out- and this latest edition has three feature articles. As we mentioned in the headline- the concept of producing Teff in Oklahoma needs to start with the concept of knowing what Teff is. Answers to that question come from researcher Dr. Kefyaliew Desta.

There are also articles on alfalfa stand management, as well as some help on looking at the date you plant wheat- and what you might expect in the way of diseases and bugs that like wheat planted on that particular date.

Click on the link below- and you can jump to our website where a PDF copy of the full newsletter resides.

Click here for more from the Plant and Soil Sciences Department in the Division of Ag at OSU

Growth Energy: More Than Enough Corn
The Chief Executive Officer of Growth Energy says the potential of a historic corn crop in the United States - planted on fewer acres - demonstrates the country's farmers can produce more than enough corn for both food and ethanol production. Tom Buis says, - there's a mountain of corn out there - plenty of grain to meet demand for food and fuel. Informa Economics raised its forecast for the 2009 corn crop to more than 13 billion bushels - an average yield of 162.6 bushels, grown on 5 million fewer acres than last year.

Buis says, - critics do not understand the productive capacity of America's farmers, and their ability to produce more than enough to meet the food, feed and fuel needs of our nation. Buis adds, - ethanol opponents would have you believe that using corn for ethanol forces up prices for food. The leader of Growth Energy asks, - we have a surplus of corn, so where is the drop in food prices? In Buis' view - the data speaks for itself. The crop numbers undermine the arguments our opponents make against producing ethanol.

According to Growth Energy, - ethanol is the only existing alternative to gasoline, and as a domestically-produced, renewable, low-carbon fuel, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, creates green jobs, and makes America less dependent on foreign oil.

Click here for the Growth Energy website to learn more about their agenda

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Let's Check the Markets!
One of the first auctions of this week after Labor Day has been at the McAlester Union Stockyards- reporting 1435 head of cattle. Prices were called steady to $2 lower, with a lot of soft, fleshy brahman influenced cattle in the mix. Five to six hundred pound steer calves sold yesterday from $97 to $103. The full report from little Dixie should be available later this morning- by around 8 AM by clicking here at the USDA Market News web location.

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 $7.30 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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