From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 9:17 PM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday October 6, 2009
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Just Pass the Half Way Mark on 2010 Wheat Crop Planting
-- The American Meat Institute Urges Baltimore City Public Schools to Drop 'Meatless Mondays'
-- Consumers Seem to Be Warming Up to US Beef in South Korea
-- Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Retail Food Price Decline
-- Dealing with the Enemy- Michigan Settles with HSUS
-- Meanwhile, Over in Ohio- Livestock Interests Are Promoting Their Own "Proposition Two"
-- BIO Contributes $15,000 to FFA to Support Youth Science Education
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Just Pass the Half Way Mark on 2010 Wheat Crop Planting
The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that we have moved just past the half way mark on the planting of the 2010 winter wheat crop here in Oklahoma, with 56% now planted as of Monday- versus 33% at this point one week ago and 58% as the five year average. Emergence of the Oklahoma crop is also in line with the five year average- at 28% emerged versus 29% the average. Kansas has also jumped significantly in planting progress- up to 53% done, a thirty point gain in a single week- and that almost catches the Sunflower state up to their five year average of 57% planted by these first couple of days of October. Texas has also moved to the 53% planting threshold- pretty much in line with the 54% level which is their five year average.

For our spring planted crops in Oklahoma- "Harvest was underway for most of the State's row crops. Conditions for all row crops continue to rate mostly in the good to fair range. Ninety two percent of corn was mature by week's end, an increase of nine points from the previous week, but five points behind normal. Corn harvest was in full swing last week, increasing 17 points from the previous week to reach 54 percent, but was still 23 points behind the five-year average. Ninety three percent of sorghum was coloring by the end of the week, an increase of three points from the last week and ahead of normal. Thirty nine percent of sorghum was mature, six points ahead of last week's but 13 points behind the five-year average. Fourteen percent of the State's sorghum was harvested but still 14 points behind normal. Soybeans mature reached 40 percent, an increase of 11 points from the previous week, but 13 points behind the five-year average. Thirteen percent of the crop was harvested by week's end, but still 14 points behind normal. Sixty percent of peanuts were mature, up three points from last week but twelve points behind the five-year average. Seventeen percent of peanuts were dug, one point behind normal while a small portion was combined. Cotton bolls were opening on 84 percent of the crop, 27 points ahead of the previous week and three points ahead of normal. In addition, a small portion of cotton was harvested- 3% is the figure in the USDA Crop Progress report."

You can read more details on our crop conditions across the state by clicking on the link below and checking out the full Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- row crops, specialty crops, pasture, hay and cattle conditions are among the things covered.

Click here for more on this week's Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from NASS of USDA

The American Meat Institute Urges Baltimore City Public Schools to Drop 'Meatless Mondays'
AMI is urging Baltimore Public Schools to reconsider its decision to hold "Meatless Mondays," noting that meat and poultry products are an essential part of a balanced diet. "Meatless Mondays" an initiative sponsored by the Grace Spira Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The name Spira refers to animal rights activist Henry Spira, founder of Animal Rights International. Baltimore's school system is the first to adopt the initiative, and the move means 80,000 students will have no meat option on Mondays. Three out of four students in the Baltimore Public Schools system are eligible for free and reduced meals and school meals may be the only significant source of meat and poultry in their diets.

"Surely you have always offered a vegetarian option on your menu," AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle wrote in a letter to Andrés A. Alonso, chief executive officer, Baltimore City Schools. "Now you are removing a meat or poultry entrée on Mondays and depriving children and their parents of the ability to determine what is appropriate for their diets and their own personal circumstances."

"I am confident that you are concerned not just about the education of your students, but also about their health and nutrition status. I urge you to reconsider this decision and allow children every day that they attend school to access the most nutrient dense food available: meat and poultry products. Your children, in particular, deserve this choice," Boyle concluded.
Click on the link below and you can see the full letter that Boyle has sent the folks in Baltimore.

Click here for the AMI appeal to Baltimore Schools- Dump 'Meatless Mondays'

Consumers Seem to Be Warming Up to US Beef in South Korea
USMEF Vice Chairman Keith Miller has just returned from Asia, where he examined market conditions for U.S. beef and pork in China, South Korea and Japan. Miller, a farmer-stockman from Great Bend, Kansas, said consumer attitudes toward U.S. beef seem to be improving in Korea. This is in contrast to the business climate he saw earlier this year, when U.S. beef was still saddled with negative publicity from protests that marked the reopening of the market, leading consumers to show a strong preference for Australian beef.

We visit with Keith on our latest Beef Buzz about the current situation in South Korea- and the hope that we may see a combination of a weaker US dollar along with these apparently better consumer attitudes add up to a strong finish in 2009 for US beef into this important Pacific Rim market.

Click on the link below- and check out this look at efforts to move more US Beef into South Korea. And we remind you that we have an archive of previous Beef Buzz shows on our website that you can check out at your convenience- 24/7. Whenever you are on our website- WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- just go to the left hand side of the page- and select the Beef Buzz button to go and check out recent programs.

Click here for more on Korean attitudes towards US Beef.

Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Retail Food Price Decline
Retail food prices have dropped slightly at the grocery store for the fourth consecutive quarter. That's according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's latest Marketbasket Survey - which shows a small 26-cent decline in prices from the second quarter of 2009. The informal survey shows a total cost of $46.03 for 16 basic grocery items that can be used to prepare a meal. Over a year's time - the average price for the marketbasket of foods has declined by about 10-percent.

Nine of the items decreased in price - while seven increased compared to the second quarter. Consumers saw the biggest price declines in shredded cheddar cheese - down 23-cents per pound; ground chuck - down 17-cents per pound; and whole milk - 14-cents less for gallon. Prices for vegetable oil are down 13-cents; and a five-pound bag of Russet potatoes costs 11-cents less. Compared to a year ago - milk decreased 27-percent - cheddar cheese is down 23-percent and the decline for potatoes is 22-percent. Sliced deli ham, boneless chicken breasts, white bread and sirloin tip roast round out the items that decreased in price.

As for those products increasing in price - bacon will cost 18-cents more per pound bag; orange juice is up 11-cents for a half-gallon; eggs will cost 10-cents extra per dozen; and a box of toasted oat cereal will cost nine-cents more. The cost of flour, apples and bagged salad are up six, five and two-cents respectively. Compared to a year ago - the bagged salad increased the most in price among the items in the basked - up 16-percent.
Sixty-six volunteer shoppers in 29 states took part in AFBF's Marketbasket survey for the third quarter of 2009. The survey was conducted in August.

Click here for more details of the latest Retail Survey conducted by AFBF

Dealing with the Enemy- Michigan Settles with HSUS
The Michigan State Legislature has passed proactive legislation, negotiated between the Humane Society of the United States and the state's egg, pork and veal production industries, to address certain production practices in their businesses. The legislation will ban the use of so-called battery cages in egg production and gestation stalls in the pork industry in a little more than 10 years, and the use of crates for veal production in three years.

Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, was involved in negotiations. Byrum says - no one likes change and no one likes to spend money to make those changes. The fact of the matter is, he says, - agriculture recognizes we must be more responsive to consumer demand and perceptions. This legislation is a manifestation of that realization.

The HSUS had threatened to collect signatures for a ballot initiative in Michigan that, according to Byrum, - would have caused essentially these same outcomes, but in a much shorter time-frame and with much more onerous penalties against Michigan farmers. Byrum believes - this is the best resolution to a difficult situation, and producers now have certainty, and can spend their resources to comply with the new guidelines.

We have an article that goes a little further into this issue from the Vet Medical point of view- as HSUS chalks up another win in their campaign to force their concept of animal care on the livestock industry.

Click here for more on the Animal Welfare bill that has advanced in Michigan

Meanwhile, Over in Ohio- Livestock Interests Are Promoting Their Own "Proposition Two"
It's actually called Issue Two in Ohio. And in a little over a month, Ohioans will vote on whether or not to amend the state constitution to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. If passed, it would require a state bipartisan board to set the standards for animal care.

This measure would establish the Ohio Livestock Standards Board, which would set standards on animal care and "takes into account issues of food safety, local availability and affordability of food and the best farm management practices for animal well-being.

Issue 2 supporters include the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, the Ohio Grocers Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio State Grange and their Governor, Ted Strickland.
According to the Ohio Farm Bureau Web site, the resolution for Issue 2 had "overwhelming support" in the Ohio General Assembly, and passed 83 to 16 in the House and 31 to 1 in the Senate. However, Issue 2 is not without opposition. Critics include the Humane Society of the United States, the Ohio Farmers Union, the Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance and the Ohio Sierra Club.

We have a link to the website that is being used by supporters of Issue two to help coordinate support of this measure that will be voted on November 3rd in Ohio. It's safe to say that the US Animal Agriculture industry needs to pay attention to this current battleground state- in this case not for the White House- but whether Ohio voters will allow Wayne Pacelle to tell them how to do things in Ohio or not.

Click here for the Issue Two Website from Ohio

BIO Contributes $15,000 to FFA to Support Youth Science Education
In a show of support for expanding innovative science projects for high school students, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has presented the National FFA Organization with a contribution of $15,000. BIO's contribution will go largely to support a new pilot contest within FFA through which students will produce videos creatively explaining the benefits and sustainability of modern agricultural methods.

"BIO recognizes the importance of providing America's high school students with the resources needed to further their science education, specifically a science-based understanding of how to feed today's growing global population," said Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture at BIO. "Biotechnology is one answer to the challenge of how to feed, fuel and heal the world in the 21st century." She added, "Today's FFA student members will likely be tomorrow's agricultural leaders, so helping them understand today's real-world challenges and cutting edge solutions is a high priority."

The FFA "Sustainability through Biotechnology" pilot project will offer students the chance to win new equipment for their chapter by producing winning videos that creatively highlight the benefits of modern agricultural methods such as seed technologies that produce more yields per acre and farming practices that are more environmentally friendly. The prizes will be presented by biotechnology industry leaders on-site at the winning chapters' schools in early 2010.

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Let's Check the Markets!
A total 10,400 cattle was the estimate for the Monday run at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- USDA's reporters tell us "Feeder steers and steer calves 1.00-3.00 lower, except under 500 lbs steady. Feeder heifers and heifer calves 2.00-5.00 lower. Demand moderate for all classes, with most action on lighter weight steers that are suitable for early wheat." As far as the actual prices go, click here to view the Monday Oklahoma City feeder cattle market.

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 $6.65 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.00 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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