From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 7:09 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday March 30, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Johnston Enterprises!
-- Snow on Friday and A Little More on Saturday- Today- Run Up the Red Flags!
-- Hog Numbers Shrink- A Reflection of Demand Pullback Because of the Recession
-- Agriculture Not Hit Hard by Budget Committees
-- Calendar Loading Up With April Events
-- Will Preconditioned Calves be the Standard in the Future?
-- From Dr. Bob Hunger- Not Much to Report on the Wheat Rust Front
-- Check out the Coyote! We salute KWEY AM & FM in Weatherford and Clinton.
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. It is wonderful to have as a regular sponsor on our daily email Johnston Enterprises- proud to be serving agriculture across Oklahoma and around the world since 1893. For more on Johnston Enterprises- click here for their website!

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Snow on Friday and A Little More on Saturday- Today- Run Up the Red Flags!
It's a Red Flag warning morning for five counties in southwest Oklahoma along the Texas Border, including Harmon County eastward over to Cotton County. This area got a small amount of precipitation, but generally remains very dry as we come to the end of March today and tomorrow.

Heaviest rainfall totals were in north central and northeastern areas of the state- with the snowfall a little bit of a wildcard as to how much stayed on the fields and then melted to the benefit of our pastures and wheat fields. We will get somewhat of a handle on that with the crop weather update that will be out this afternoon. The National Weather Service has come up with a snowfall map for us- unfortunately they don't show the three Oklahoma Panhandle counties on this map.

I have linked below the three day rainfall accumulation map from the Mesonet, which reflects where the liquid portion of the Friday and Saturday storm fell- it doesn't fully tell us the snow benefits as we have already mentioned. Going back three days this morning takes us back to Friday morning and is a pretty good picture of this most recent storm.

Click here for the 72 hour accumulation of rainfall across the state of Oklahoma.

Hog Numbers Shrink- A Reflection of Demand Pullback Because of the Recession
The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009 was 65.4 million head. This was down 3 percent from March 1, 2008 and down 2 percent from December 1,2008.
Breeding inventory, at 6.01 million head, was down 3 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 59.4 million head, was down 3 percent from last year and down 2 percent from last quarter.

U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.96 million sows farrow during the March- May 2009 quarter, down 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2008 and down 2 percent from 2007. Intended farrowings for June- August 2009, at 2.95 million sows, are down 4 percent from 2008 and down 6 percent from 2007.

Oklahoma remains the 8th largest hog producing state in the country with 2.34 million head of porkers that reside in our state. That's in contrast to the largest hog producing state in the US, Iowa, with just over 19 million hogs in this latest inventory.
Click on the link below for more on this quarterly report- including an audio overview of the Conference Call that featured several analysts reviewing the numbers from USDA.

Click here for more on the USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report from Friday.

Agriculture Not Hit Hard by Budget Committees
The House and Senate Budget Committees approved FY2010 budget resolutions this week with relatively minor implications for agriculture. It had been unclear if the outlines, which provide guidance to subject-matter committees, would contain reconciliation instructions requiring those committees to find savings in existing programs. The resolution passed by the House Budget Committee did not contain reconciliation instructions for agriculture programs.

The Senate Budget Committee's resolution, passed on Thursday by a 13 to 10 vote, did touch on agriculture by finding budget savings through changes to the federal crop insurance program. An amendment from Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) to save money through government agreements with private crop insurance companies passed by a 14 to 9 vote, though details remain unclear.
The Obama Administration issued its budget blueprint in late February. That proposal included a number of items that would have been detrimental to farm programs in the 2008 Farm Bill, including the elimination of direct payments for producers with gross sales of more than $500,000 annually.

Multiple efforts have been under way among commodity groups and on the Hill to express opposition to these ideas. This week, 17 Senators sent a letter spearheaded by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) expressing strong opposition to the Obama proposals and other efforts to reopen the 2008 Farm Bill.

Click here to read that letter sent to Budget Leaders Expressing Strong Opposition to Reopening the 2008 Farm Law.

Calendar Loading Up With April Events
At the end of this past week, we added a lot of events to the April 2009 calendar as found on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We have the listing of all of the Farm Bill Informational meetings for the month, the Winter Canola Field Stops across north central and northwestern Oklahoma as well as variety of other events that are coming up.

A couple of the big events for the month include the 2009 edition of the Southern Plains Farm Show. The dates this year are April 23-25. We will be working with Midwest Farm Shows this year with a couple of projects, including looking for horses that their owners would like to have them involved in the horse training sessions at the 2009 event. I will have details on this shortly and will be putting the call out to you on this.

Another big event for the month is the 2009 Oklahoma FFA Convention, which is the week following the Southern Plains Farm Show. Thousands of young people in their Blue and Gold jackets will be converging on downtown Oklahoma City for this annual gathering- and it will be an exciting time for the youth organization as they honor the high achievers within their organization. It will also be great to hear from Oklahoma's national officer for 2008-2009, Laila Hajii of Guthrie, who will be a part of the convention celebration.

Have we missed stuff that you know about? Drop me a note at the email address below and let me know the details- we'll be glad to get the information included in what we hope is the best calendar for Oklahoma farm and ranch and rural events found on the internet.

Click here for our calendar pages- and take a look at what's ahead for April and May.

Will Preconditioned Calves be the Standard in the Future?
Dr. Dave Sparks tells us that it is really just a matter of time until the calves that we quote as the going price of the day will be preconditioned. Dr. Sparks offers a good piece on this subject as a part of Glen Selk's Cow Cal Corner and he says "Many cow calf producers have given preconditioning, or value added programs some serious thought in the past and decided it didn't fit their program. After all, it requires more work, more risk, more expense, and more facilities. It has been hard to see how the increased return is worth it! Today, however, with increasing production costs for every phase of beef production, it may be time for the calf producer, stocker, and feeder to look for ways to divide dollars wasted on health problems between them, rather than leave these dollars on the table. Today we think of preconditioned calves as a value added product, but tomorrow they may well be the standard, with calves that are not preconditioned bringing a reduced price, or in other words earning a discount.

"Feedyards in Oklahoma that were surveyed report that they would love to buy preconditioned calves and are willing to pay for them, but they just can't find enough of them. Most of their preconditioned calves are coming from other states, which reduces the demand for Oklahoma cattle. It is hard to evaluate what the program costs because all producers are different. Many producers are already doing most of what it takes to qualify and only would have to add a few steps to earn certification, while others are doing little or nothing to help protect their cattle and would need to add the cost of the whole program to their operation cost. There is also a wide range in price increases received. According to research, in 2007 calves marketed at lighter weights can see a $10 to $14 dollar per cwt dividend; while steers marketed at 800-900 lbs may only see $2 or $3 per cwt bonus. Preconditioned heifers tend to see their biggest dividend at higher weights than steers, likely because of the good heifers that are marketed as replacements.

"The whole concept of preconditioning is built around preparing the calf for stress and exposure to pathogens before he encounters these challenges. This is done through weaning, vaccination, and nutrition. When done right, the calf is ready to enter the production phase and continue to gain from day one without death loss, treatment costs, or poor feed efficiency. It is vital that the calf continue to gain during the preconditioning period because that gain, along with less shrink compared to bawling calves right off the cow, is a big part of the dividend returned to the producer along with a better price. Much research has been done on this and there seems to be something magic about 45 days off the cow. Prior to that point there is very little benefit in disease reduction, but after 45 days he is ready to face the world. Shipping calves right off the cow also stacks stresses on top of each other due to shipping, processing, and co-mingling in a new environment, all when his immune system may need to be dealing with disease exposure."

From Dr. Bob Hunger- Not Much to Report on the Wheat Rust Front
This past week was a quiet one in Oklahoma for wheat diseases, according to Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger of Oklahoma State University. Dr. Hunger says that he has a single report, coming from Okmulgee, of any disease being spotted in wheat fields.

Dr. Hunger writes "George Driever (Eastern OK Area Pest Management Specialist) and Doug Maxey (County Educator, Okmulgee County) reported seeing occasional to severe powdery mildew and a low incidence of leaf rust in various wheat fields near Okmulgee."

There has been some stripe rust spotted just across the Red River from Bryan County and Dr. Hunger forwarded that to us on Saturday. Texas A&M's Agrilife people have the following update- "Stripe rust was detected in the counties of Hunt, Rockwall, and Fannin. Fannin is the most northern county of the three and borders Oklahoma.
Stripe rust was found in lower canopy (Flag minus three) but with the current weather conditions it might not take too long for rust to extend to the F-2 and F-1 leaves.
Wheat variety observed with stripe rust was a susceptible Pioneer 25R78. Detection of stripe rust in North Texas was similar in date to that of last year (2008).
No leaf rust yet in North Texas."

Check out the Coyote! We salute KWEY AM & FM in Weatherford and Clinton.
When I made the move to the Radio Oklahoma Network, one of the stations that followed me to our new home at the Radio Oklahoma Network was KWEY AM and KWEY FM in Weatherford and Clinton. Harold Wright and his team partnered up with us in the fall of 2006- and they are one of our most listened to radio station clusters found anywhere across the state.

They play the best in country music, do an excellent job in covering local news, sports on a regional basis as they do regular reports on a number of High Schools in the area and they excel in local weather coverage, partnering with KWTV News9's Gary England along the way.

They carry ten of of our RON Ag News and Market Reports daily- so the voices of Ed Richards and Ron Hays are a familiar part of the sound of these great radio stations. We now have some 37 radio stations across the state that are a part of our radio network- and are part of our strategy to serve farmers and ranchers and those in agribusiness with reliable farm news, markets and other information important to your bottom line. That strategy includes radio, TV, our website and of course, this daily email. Take a look at our listing of most of our radio stations (we have a couple that we are still building web pages for)- and click on the link below for more details on KWEY AM and FM- two of your choices for catching "Ron on RON!"

Click here for more on KWEY AM and FM in Weatherford and Clinton- serving west central Oklahoma with farm news and markets!

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Let's Check the Markets!
Woodward had limited numbers on Friday because of the snow storm that was sweeping into the area. Jerry Nine and the folks there had 2,605 head of cattle and reported yearlings over 800 pounds were steady, while calves and stockers were $2 to $3 lower. For the full Woodward report for this Monday morning, click here and you should have the report up online by around 8 AM or so from the USDA's Ag Market News Service.

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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