From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 7:54 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday April 24, 2009
A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Southern Plains Farm Show Moves Into Road Gear
-- A Bumper Crop of White Heads Across Many Oklahoma Wheat Fields
-- A Little More Continuing Education on the Complicated World of Crop Insurance- Old and New
-- Statewide FFA Competition in 39 Events Set for this Weekend at OSU
-- Nathan Colwell of Adair FFA Claims $2000 Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship at Southern Plains Farm Show
-- TB Found in West Texas
-- Simmentals and Shorthorns This Weekend
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...

Howdy Neighbors!

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Southern Plains Farm Show Moves Into Road Gear
Today is Day Two of the Southern Plains Farm Show- with the show running from 9 AM through 5 PM today and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. Admission and parking are free- and there are three buildings loaded with equipment, goods and services for you to look at and talk about at this year's event. The big parking lot between the buildings is also totally full of exhibits and the arenas that have been set up for the cattle working demonstrations as well as the Horse Training Sessions.

Speaking of the horse training sessions- we are sponsoring the Horse Training with Scott Daily of Arkansas City, Ks- Scott has two sessions planned for today and two more on Saturday. On Saturday afternoon after the final horse training session- we will be pulling one name out of our entry boxes and he or she will win the Prefert Round Pen set up for the Horse training event. You can register in the Cox Pavilion at our Radio Oklahoma Network Booth- or outside at the Horse Training arena- as long as the wind is not so high that we have entry forms blowing all over the parking lot.

AND- if you will stop by our booth in the Cox Building and tell the guys that you have a septic tank- they will give you a regular sized packet of Dr. Drain- a great septic tank treatment product that is just now coming into retail outlets, including Walmart- and is made right here in Oklahoma!
One of the events held Thursday was the youth Cattle Grading Contest- we have details of the winners later here in today's email.

Click here for more on the Southern Plains Farm Show by clicking here

A Bumper Crop of White Heads Across Many Oklahoma Wheat Fields
The white heads are starting to really show in many wheat fields across the state. On day One of the Southern Plains Farm Show- we talked with the Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Jeff Krehbiel, who says that perhaps as much as 70% of the normal production in the southwestern quadrant of the state has been wiped out by a combination of the dry weather over winter which stressed the crop and pushed it to an earlier than normal maturity level- which set those fields up for a big fall when the hard freeze of early April arrived a couple of weeks ago.

There are so many factors which determine how much damage each field may be showing. He says one constant is that earlier planted fields- those planted before October first of last fall- seem to be most consistent in showing big losses.

It's not just the wheat fields that are showing big differences from section to section- crop insurance adjusters are also all over the board when it comes to calling a particular wheat field a loss or not. Some of the adjusters are zeroing out fields without much comment- while others are looking at fields and saying that we will need to allow the fields to head out as fully as they can before a final damage assessment can be made.
Click below on the link that will take you to our website for this story- where you can listen to our conversation on the condition of the wheat crop along the Mother Road in west central Oklahoma as we chat with Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro.

Click here on a Hydro view of our 2009 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop with Jeff Krehbiel of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission

A Little More Continuing Education on the Complicated World of Crop Insurance- Old and New
Francie Tolle is the farm policy analyst with the American Farmers & Ranchers- she was in Washington earlier this week and along with Tim Bartram of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers, spent time with Congressman Frank Lucas and others on discussions about how to offer some relief to Oklahoma wheat farmers hit hard by the pair of hard freezes that struck Oklahoma at the end of March and in early April.

To say that the combination of traditional crop insurance rules and the new programs in the 2008 farm law is complicated is a tremendous understatement. However, Tolle has a good of a grasp of the situation as perhaps anyone- and that includes our friends in Washington- and she has put together a good overview of the combination of the old and the new and how it may impact farmers, spending some midnight oil last night to get it done.

Francie writes "Crop insurance for spring crops is complex depending upon where you live and the circumstances of when the spring crop is planted. For example, in most counties west of I35 a farmer cannot insure a spring crop following a wheat crop (double crop). However, a farmer could have purchased NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Program) which is $250 per crop, per county at the time of sign up - which ended March 15th.
"If a farmer lives in a county that is approved for double crop then they can purchase a crop insurance policy. Some farmers will sign up every year for crop insurance on spring crops, again the same deadline of March 15th. However, by signing up for the crop insurance policy does not necessarily mean the farmer is going to plant the crop, but if they do they are covered. They pay for the policy after they have planted the crop and it is much more expensive than NAP but provides better coverage - again a farmer can only do this if it is a single crop or they are in a county where double cropping is approved for insurance.

There's more and if you are a wheat farmer and may be facing a loss- or live in any parts of the state where the crop looks to be largely failed- you may want to stop and jump to our full story of what Francie has shared with us on this subject.Our link is below.

Click here for the complete rundown on Crop Insurance in the aftermath of the freeze event that has damaged the 2009 wheat crop.

Statewide FFA Competition in 39 Events Set for this Weekend at OSU
It's the state finals for a variety of FFA contests and judging events Friday evening and Saturday in Stillwater at the 2009 State FFA Interscholastics. Over 1,300 FFA members will be involved in the events- from representing their chapter as a speaker to being a part of a team competing for statewide honors- and in many cases- the right to represent Oklahoma at the national level next fall in Indianapolis.

There are 11 Public Speaking Divisions, as well as 28 Career Development Events that will be decided over the two days. Approximately 315 total teams and 1,300 FFA members expected to participate on the OSU campus.
Events range from Livestock, Dairy, and Meats Evaluation, to Advanced Animal Science Quiz Bowl, Parliamentary Procedure, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Mechanics and Floriculture.

Sweepstakes trophies are up for grabs. One for the most points won by a single teacher Ag-Ed program. The other for most points won by a multiple teacher Ag-Ed program. Last year's sweepstakes winners were Claremore (Single Teacher) and Kingfisher (Multiple Teacher).
We have more on this story on our website- we will be having coverage of these events as well as the Oklahoma State FFA Convention on our website on our Blue-Green Gazette section of our website. Our link below takes you there. By the way, you will find this story on the Blue Green Gazette, and later on Friday- we will have a video of Chelsea Clifton as she joins us for our Saturday morning TV feature on KWTV News9. That feature- In the Field- is seen around 6:40 AM each Saturday morning.

Click here for our Blue Green Gazette Webpage- which includes the story on FFA Interscholastics in Stillwater this weekend.

Nathan Colwell of Adair FFA Claims $2000 Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship at Southern Plains Farm Show
Nathan Colwell lead his Adair FFA team to victory on Thursday at the Southern Plains Farm Show in the Cattle Grading Contest. For his work, he was awarded the Scholarship named in honor of Rick Jones who helped establish OKC West Stockyards a few years back. Also on the winning Adair FFA team was Tasha Dooe, Brodie Poppino and Danielle Stutzman.

Second place team honors in the FFA Division was claimed by the Ok Union Chapter, while third place was awarded to the Hinton FFA Chapter.
The second highest individual score was achieved by the high 4-H grader, Tyler Compton of Wyandotte 4-H club. His score was good enough to help his Wyandotte team take first prize in the 4-H division. His treammates included Eric Enghart and Natalie Hofschulte.

The second place 4-H club was also from Ok Union, while the third place 4-H club calls Rogers County home.

TB Found in West Texas
Preliminary test results indicate that a dairy in west Texas is infected with cattle tuberculosis (TB). Cattle TB is caused by the Mycobacterium bovis bacteria and can cause internal lesions in animals. Milk from commercial dairies is pasteurized, killing bacteria with heat, so there is not public health concern from this herd detection.

Animals from the 2,600-head dairy were being prepared for sale and some reacted to TB skin tests. The follow-up blood tests on these animals also were positive, according to Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. Samples were collected from two of the cattle slaughtered for examination, and the tissues were submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa for additional testing. The lesions are microscopically compatible with TB, and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on the tissues have detected the DNA, or the basic genetic material of the disease. The final confirmation is based on a culture, which may take several weeks. It involves identifying bacterial growth from the tissue samples as Mycobacterium bovis.

"We will be determining the dispensation of the herd in the next few days," said Dr. Hillman. "An epidemiological investigation has been launched to determine the source or possible spread of the disease."
Texas regained cattle TB-free status in fall 2006, after losing the coveted status in spring 2002. Dr. Hillman noted that one TB-infected herd will not affect the state's status, but two infected herds within a 48-month period will result in a loss of TB-free status. Texas' most recent TB-infected herd was a dairy, detected in 2004 and depopulated. California lost its TB-free status in September 2008, and Minnesota, Michigan and New Mexico are split states, meaning areas within these states have different TB statuses. All other states currently are TB-free.

Simmentals and Shorthorns This Weekend
The Oklahoma Simmental-Simbrah Association continues their private treaty bull sale at the Southern Plains Farm Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. These potential herd sires can be seen both today and tomorrow during the regular show hours. You can call Jeff White at 580-839-1337 for more information.

Our friends at the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association have quite an event going on this evening and tomorrow at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan. They are offering offer a tremendous set of Shorthorn bulls, Bred Heifers, Bred Cows as well as Semen from some of the leading Shorthorn bulls in the breed. For details, call Sammy Richardson, Chairman of the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association at 580-467-8267.

Details on these sales, plus the Express Ranch Grass Time Sale and the upcoming Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale are all available on our Auction listings- click on that link below for more details and catalog links as well.

Click here for our Auction page listings as found on our website- OklahomaFarmReport.Com

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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...

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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