From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 7:25 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 17, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey Wins With Joe Black in Meat Goat Show at OYE
-- More Oklahoma Youth Expo Coverage Through the Day
-- A Slight Improvement in Oklahoma Wheat Crop Conditions
-- The Countdown on Being a Boll Weevil Free State Continues
-- Senate Bills to be Considered by Oklahoma House Ag Committee
-- Downer Rule Released by USDA- One Change for the Better Included
-- Radio Stations that Carry Ron on RON
-- Higher Money on Cattle- and a Nice Rally for the Wheat Market.

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Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey Wins With Joe Black in Meat Goat Show at OYE
The 2009 Oklahoma Youth Expo now has its first of the four major market animal champions selected for 2009- Mercedes Hardin of the Hennessey FFA Chapter has come away with the Grand Championship honors in the Wether Goat competition. Judge Terry Burks sorted through some 1,100 meat goats on Monday, selecting 21 class winners, four division champs and finally the name named Joe Black as his Grand Champion.

Reserve Grand Champion Wether Goat for 2009 is owned and was shown by Chance Greenroyd of the Noble FFA Chapter. The Reserve Grand Goat was the winner of Division II. The Bronze Medallion Winner(third place overall) was shown by Lora Riley of the Alva 4-H Club- Lora's Goat was the winner of Division I.

We have a quick conversation that we had with Mercedes after the competition was over- and more details on the Divisional winners on our website- we have the link to this story below. The Wether Meat Goat is the first of four market animal species that will be selected at this year's Junior Livestock event- with the other three Grand Champion winners to come on Sunday evening- all in the State Fair Arena.

Of course, the top animals that were selected by the judge on Monday will hang around for a full week and be in the spotlight next Monday afternoon for the 2009 Sale of Champions that starts at 4:00 PM. These top Meat Goats will be joined by the best of the Market Barrows, Lambs and Steers in that celebration of the very best of the 2009 OYE.

Click here for more on the 2009 Oklahoma Youth Expo Meat Goat Show.

More Oklahoma Youth Expo Coverage Through the Day
We have an interview that we did with the judge of the 2009 Meat Goat Show on Monday evening at the OYE- and we will be posting winners in the Beef Heifer and Purebred Gilt Shows from Monday later on this morning- all in our section of the OklahomaFarmReport.Com website known as the Blue Green Gazette.

The link is below for the Blue Green Gazette- and we invite you to keep this link close by and check from time to time on what is going on at what is known as the world's largest Junior Livestock Show.

One other event that we will have details on later today is the Speech Contest that was sponsored by the YF&R of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- again a part of the activities at the 2009 Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Click here for our coverage of the Oklahoma Youth Expo as found on our Blue Green Gazette at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

A Slight Improvement in Oklahoma Wheat Crop Conditions
The latest weekly crop weather update is out from the USDA's NASS- and it shows an ever so slight improvement int he Oklahoma wheat crop ratings- a four point jump in the good category from a week earlier and a decline of two points each in the poor and very poor categories. We stood at 43% poor to very poor a week ago and now this week find the ratings at 39% poor to very poor.

The word on the winter wheat crop is "Limited rainfall since October is still a major concern for small grain producers. Wheat, rye and oats were showing improvement in progress from the recent rains, but small grain conditions were still mostly rated between fair and poor. If warm weather continues, small grain crops should begin to develop faster. Crop insect activity was mostly light. Winter wheat jointing was at 12 percent, four points behind last year, and 12 points behind the five-year average."

Beyond Oklahoma, the Kansas wheat crop remains mostly in fair to good shape- 79% of their crop are in those two categories while Texas remains mostly in poor to very poor condition in the 2009 winter wheat ratings at 57%- most of the rainfall in Texas last week fell in Central and Eastern areas of that state- away from the bigger producing wheat counties.

Click here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Update issued Monday afternoon

The Countdown on Being a Boll Weevil Free State Continues
No More Weevils, boll weevils, that is, during 2009 and Oklahoma can be declared free of the insect pest that almost ruined cotton production here and the rest of the US. An update on the Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Program, reported by Joe Harris, executive director, reports since no boll weevils were caught in Oklahoma in 2008, a repeat in 2009 will make Oklahoma eligible to be declared free of boll weevil infestation. Such action, Harris said, will work this way. "If no weevils are caught through first frost in the fall of 2009, and upon representation by the OBWEO board of directors to the State Board of Agriculture, Oklahoma can be declared a boll weevil eradicated state."

When this happens, Harris said, active eradication practices will end and the program will start a long term post-eradication maintenance and control stage. "The purpose of the final stage," he said, "will be to ensure against costly re-infestation by the weevil." Strongly supported by the National Cotton Council, the goal of the USDA is for all states in the cotton belt to complete active eradication and transition to post-eradication by the end of 2010, Harris said. Changing gears in the Oklahoma program will have a low impact because Harris's group began the transition process two seasons ago, he said.

Oklahoma's program has no debt, Harris said. "We already have modified trapping protocols and lowered overall program costs," he said. "Assessments needed to fund the program and our budgets have been adjusted each year and will continue to be based solely on operational requirements." Assessment for the 2009 program operation will not exceed $3 per acre for growers, Harris said. Insect traps in 2009 will placed one trap per 40 acres by cotton checked every three weeks in the Oklahoma southwestern counties of Jackson, Harmon, Greer, Tillman, Comanche and Cotton, one trap per 10 acres (early season) checked every two weeks in southeastern Oklahoma and one trap per 80 acres checked every three weeks throughout the rest of Oklahoma, Harris said.

Click here for more on the efforts to eradicate Boll Weevils here in the state of Oklahoma

Senate Bills to be Considered by Oklahoma House Ag Committee
Last week was the deadline for bills in either the Oklahoma House or Senate to be passed out of that body to be considered next by the other body. Committees on both sides of the Capitol will have three weeks to work through those measures that have been sent over- and the House Ag and Rural Development Committee is wasting no time in working on several of the Senate bills they have received.

The Committee, chaired by Don Armes of Faxon, has four Senate measures on its agenda for a Wednesday morning meeting. (Rep. Armes was able to get what may be a better time for a Committee meeting at least this week) Those measures include:
SB349 - Property remediation-Require recordable notices - Sponsored by Rep. Richardson and Senator Myers
SB452 - Livestock-Limit power of political subdivisions concerning the care and handling - Sponsored by Rep. Armes and Senator Schulz
SB453 - Crops and livestock-Add damages for wrongful injuries - Sponsored by Rep. Schwartz and Senator Schulz
and SB564 - State Board of Agriculture-Authorize to promulgate rules to set surety bonds - Sponsored by Rep. Glenn and Senator Wyrick.

The Committee is set to meet at 9:00 AM in Room 412C at the Capitol. The Senate Ag Committee is not meeting this week- but will likely get to work next week once they know which measures will be assigned to them.

Downer Rule Released by USDA- One Change for the Better Included
Our Tuesday Beef Buzz focuses on the "Downer" rule for cattle that has been announced by the Obama Administration. We hear from Dr. Daniel Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant Administrator at FSIS on this rule- as well as reaction from Dr. Elizabeth Parker of the NCBA, who applauds one change the Administration has made from preliminary rules that were offered by the Bush USDA last fall. That change is to allow non commercial animals that have gotten down be allowed to be processed by an individual if the animal is otherwise healthy.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- and is a regular audio feature found on our website as well. We have today's Beef Buzz linked below- click to jump to the webstory where you can listen to the report. And remember, we have previous Beef Buzz reports to be found on our Beef Buzz pages at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- the Beef Buzz button is on the left hand side of any of our web pages.

Click here for our Beef Buzz on the Downer Rule from the Obama Administration

Radio Stations that Carry Ron on RON
We continue to work on our interactive listing on our website of our radio stations that take farm news and market reports from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network. We are now up to about 37 stations taking reports that we offer weekdays- and they are all across the state.

Currently, we have links for about 31 of those stations on our web page that can be jumped to by clicking on the button called "RON Radio Affiliates" that is found on the left hand column on all pages of our website. We have that link below and we invite you to go and look and click on the radio stations closest to you. Each page will have a link to that radio station's website, a link to a map that shows the coverage of their radio signal as well as details on many of our stations of what farm and ranch programs they carry and when.

For example, you may want to check out our great radio station in west central Oklahoma, KWEY FM in Clinton and KWEY AM in Weatherford. If you live in the Panhandle, we have programming on both KKBS in Guymon and KXDJ in Perryton. And, if you are in Oklahoma City for the Oklahoma Youth Expo, you may want to know when KOKC at 1520 on the AM dial airs some of our reports- click on any of these call letter or go to the full listing and check things out.

Click here our listing of Radio Stations Carrying RON Radio Reports Across the State and Region

Our thanks to Midwest Farm Shows, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked at the top of the email- check them out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis!

We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Higher Money on Cattle- and a Nice Rally for the Wheat Market.
Prices were up for the Monday run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City with a total of 8,000 being offered to buyers. Five to six hundred pound steers sold for $104 to $115.50 while seven to eight hundred pound steers brought $89 to $99. Click here for the full report from USDA's Market News Service for the OKC cattle market.

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 HIGHER- 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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