From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 7:12 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday October 16, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- SAMS- KO Coming Next Thursday- About as Real as it Gets
-- USDA Continues to Emphasize Specialty Crops and Agriculture as They Announce Block Grants
-- Whisper Numbers of Over 100,000 Acres of Winter Canola This Fall Continue to Get Louder
-- Test Your Hay- Especially Here in the Fall of 2009
-- School Land Lease Auctions Begin Monday in Beaver County
-- A Quick Update on Lee and Jeff
-- Blackjack Saturday, Starlake Sunday and Esco Monday
-- 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. We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555.

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SAMS- KO Coming Next Thursday- About as Real as it Gets
Oklahoma and Kansas officials are conducting the nation's first emergency response exercise to test interstate coordination and the logistics of implementing a stop livestock movement order when one is issued by state animal health officials.

The real-time exercise will take place Oct. 22 in the Oklahoma and Kansas state capitals and on the Oklahoma-Kansas border. The scenario is based on simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the eastern United States.

State Commissioner of Agriculture talked with us a few days back on this upcoming exercise ""Oklahoma, like many states, has conducted exercises to test its plans to respond to a highly contagious foreign animal disease within its borders, but this exercise provides the new perspective of coordinating our activities with a neighboring state to stop animal movement across a shared border."

You can hear our full conversation with Secretary Peach by clicking on the link below- and check out our story that will offer some further insights into this real time test of what could be an incredibly difficult task if we ever are faced with a stop movement order in and out of a specific location. The table top exercises are scary enough- stopping trucks in even a "drill" will raise a fresh dimension to this event.

Click here for more on the Stop Animal Movement Exercise Coming October 22nd

USDA Continues to Emphasize Specialty Crops and Agriculture as They Announce Block Grants
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on Thursday the award of 55 grants totaling approximately $49 million for 745 projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Upon reviewing states' plans for funding, USDA selected projects that support local and rural agriculture interests, increase the competitiveness of small producers, and promote or create direct marketing opportunities for specialty crop producers.

About one third of the money is headed for California, which receives a total block grant of just over $16 million. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has been penciled in for $333,507.33. Eleven projects will share in those dollars- including a project where the ODAFF will partner with the Kerr Center to conduct field trials of heritage and contemporary sweet potato varieties, demonstrations of growing and harvesting methods, production and distribution of educational materials, and the facilitation of a field day event to promote the production, marketing, and consumption of sweet potatoes in Eastern Oklahoma through the use of sustainable and organic practices.

We have the full list of Oklahoma projects that are included in this block grant announced yesterday. Click on the link below to see the complete list, as well as go and look at other states and what they are getting monies for as well. USDA says in their news release that "Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA is committed to increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing Good Agricultural, Good Handling and Good Manufacturing practices, including cost share arrangements for funding audits of small farmer, packer and processor systems; investing in specialty crop research; enhancing food safety; developing new and improved specialty crop varieties; eradicating pest and plant health issues; and fostering organic and sustainable production practices."

Click here for more on the Block Grant Money Handed Out by Uncle Sam for Specialty Crop Efforts.

Whisper Numbers of Over 100,000 Acres of Winter Canola This Fall Continue to Get Louder
OSU Grain Marketing Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson says that those that chose winter canola as a crop to put on some of their winter wheat acres in the fall of 2009 could do well, given the attractive contract price offers for the 2010 crop being made right now by PCOM. He points out to Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP that he really likes the Act of God contract that says if for some reason your crop is wiped out by a natural event, you are not obligated to deliver some quantity of canola anyway.

Dr. Anderson also talks about the rally that has been in place for a couple of weeks in the Kansas City wheat market. He gives the lion's share of the credit for the rally to the return of the Commodity Funds to wheat, and says this rally continues to look like a point where some sales of wheat still owned by farmers would be in order.

Anderson's comments come out of the SUNUP weekly program that will air on Saturday morning on OETA- we have them on our website in advance of the TV program where you can check Kim's ideas while the Friday futures market is open. And, you can check out the complete lineup of guests and subjects that Clinton Griffiths and his team have for you on this week's edition of SUNUP, to be seen on OETA.

Click here to go and listen to Kim Anderson with his latest thoughts on the wheat market

Test Your Hay- Especially Here in the Fall of 2009
Mother Nature provided an unusual growing season this past summer- and as a result, there is an abundance of hay that has been made in 2009- and the quality of that hay is all over the map- so says Dr. Glenn Selk, Beef Cattle Specialist with Oklahoma State University.

In this Beef Buzz, we talk with Glenn about why testing your hay this fall is probably even more important this season than in most years. The quality of the hay you feed can impact how attractive and tasty it is to your mama cows- and as a result, how much of their body weight they are willing to consume on a daily basis. The more they consume, the less supplement you have to provide in order for them to have a balanced ration.

Click on the link below and go and listen to our conversation with Glenn Selk about the grain supplement you can save if you have a more edible hay that cows will consumer in larger quantities.

Click here to jump to this Beef Buzz with Glenn Selk of OSU's Animal Science Department

School Land Lease Auctions Begin Monday in Beaver County
Over the next few days- we will keep you up to date on the School Land Lease auctions as they come up- which means that we need to remind you today of the kickoff of the nine different auctions planned for this year. A total of 497 tracts of land will be up for bids- located in 34 Oklahoma Counties.

The first of the auctions is set for this coming Monday, October 19 at 2:00pm at the Beaver County Fairgrounds in Beaver, Oklahoma. Next Tuesday, there will be auctions in both Cimarron and Texas Counties. Each of these locations will have leases for bid in those counties alone.

Click on the link below for a full listing of the Leases that are being offered this year- it's a 66 page document that lists everything county by county alphabetically. You can also go to our AUCTION section of the OklahomaFarmReport website where we have each of the sales listed as far as time, date, location and the counties where the leases are for that sale location.

Click here for the County by County Listing of Leases Being Offered by the School Land Commission here in 2009.

A Quick Update on Lee and Jeff
Many of you know Lee Schnaithman of Garber, who has been battling cancer in recent days. That battle has taken Lee to MD Anderson in Houston, where he is taking treatment during the week- and then coming home to Oklahoma most weekends. I understand he is looking forward to the OSU Homecoming this weekend- and I also understand that the treatments seem to be going well.

Jeff Krehbiel has just started radiation and chemo treatments yesterday- in fact, I stopped writing this email for a few moments to read how that first go round went. Jeff wrote the play by play and seemed pleased that he felt good, no nausea, and is hopeful that will continue to be the case. He can take the chemo tablets at home- but is traveling daily it looks like to Oklahoma City from Hinton for Radiation.

Blackjack Saturday, Starlake Sunday and Esco Monday
We have been telling you about three cattle sales that are now upon us this weekend- click on the name of the ranch that is holding the sale to go to the Auction listing we have for them on OklahomaFarmReport.Com and from there, you can check their catalog and in some cases, view video from the cattle to be offered.

On Saturday, it's Blackjack Farm and Friends holding their fall production sale in the Seminole area. The Grissom and Pfeiffer families are teaming up on this sale, which can be seen on LiveAuctions.TV, start time is 12:30 pm.

Sunday, it's two sales in one day at the Star Lake Cattle Company in Skiatook, with 150 Herefords to be sold. That will include their 11 AM Fall Celebration Female Sale and the 1 PM Ranch Ready Bull Sale.

Finally on Monday, the Third Annual Production Sale of Esco Land and Cattle Company is coming up on at 12 noon, at the ranch in Allen, Oklahoma. They'll be selling 63 January thru April 2008 Angus Bulls 70 Registered Angus Fall Pairs & Bred Heifers and 226 Commercial Spring Bred Heifers.

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Let's Check the Markets!
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 $7.70 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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