From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 7:08 AM
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday February 6, 2009
A service of Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Week One is Under Our Belt at State Capitol- We Visit With Don Armes of House Ag Committee
-- USDA Lowering the Boom on Peanut Corp of America
-- The Wallowing Continues- Dr. Kim Anderson
-- Allendale is Thinking Grain Sorghum Could Replace Poor Doing Wheat Acres
-- Section 18 Request in the Hopper Against Sandbur
-- AgWeather Connection is All About the Burn, Baby!
-- Roger Mills Cattlemen Association All Breed Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...

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Week One is Under Our Belt at State Capitol- We Visit With Don Armes of House Ag Committee
Thursday afternoon, we had the chance to sit down and review the first week of the 2009 Legislative Session in Oklahoma with the Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Don Armes of District 63.

Rep. Armes says that we do have a very substantial shortfall for Fiscal year 2010, which starts July first. Armes says that it won't be fun for 2010, but he worries more about how many dollars will be available to spend in fiscal year 2011.
As far as the Ag Committee goes, water bills and property rights are very much top of mind. He does believe that the Senate may send to the House a measure or two that has to do with utilization of 2,4 D and the drift problems that are very upsetting to cotton producers in the state.

You can read more about our interview with Rep. Armes- and hear it as well by clicking on the link below. And- Don Armes will be our guest on Saturday morning on In the Field as seen on KWTV News9 around 6:40 AM. Click below for our audio conversation- and tune in Saturday morning for the one with pictures.

Click here for more on our chat with Don Armes of the Oklahoma House Ag Committee.

USDA Lowering the Boom on Peanut Corp of America
Based on allegations that Peanut Corporation of America has knowingly sold peanut butter containing salmonella, USDA has announced the immediate one year suspension of PCA and its subsidiary Tidewater Blanching LLC from doing business with the federal government. Effective immediately, PCA can not participate in government contracts or subcontracts, as well as federal non procurement programs. PCA will also be excluded from doing business as agents or representatives of other contractors, including serving as a subcontractor to other individuals or companies doing business with the U.S. government.

Federal agencies are required to only conduct business with responsible contractors. PCA is being suspended, and its debarment is proposed, based on reports of evidence obtained by Minnesota and Connecticut state officials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the sources of a current outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella are peanut butter and peanut paste produced or processed by PCA.

In a separate action, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack removed Stewart Parnell, President and CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America, as a member of USDA's Peanut Standards Board. The Board advises the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States.

The Wallowing Continues- Dr. Kim Anderson
The word we have gotten from Clinton Griffiths of SUNUP is that there will not be a new show for the next couple of weeks on ETA as they are in the middle of their Festival promotion. They have a "best of" show this Saturday and next Saturday planned with two new segments added in each week- a market review with Dr. Kim Anderson and a look at the weather scene with the Oklahoma AgWeather folks from the Mesonet.

Kim Anderson sees the market in a trading range right now and sees no immediate shocks out there that will knock the grain market out of that range.
Anderson is not optimistic about having a bigger or better Oklahoma wheat crop this year versus last. The number of acres is four percent under that of a year ago- and the dryness is starting to take its toll on the condition of the crop.

Click on the link below to jump to the conversation between Clinton Griffiths and Kim Anderson fromt he upcoming SUNUP show on Saturday morning on OETA.

Click here for more on where Kim Anderson sees this grain market currently at- courtesy of SUNUP

Allendale is Thinking Grain Sorghum Could Replace Poor Doing Wheat Acres
The thought about subbing grain sorghum for wheat that won't make a decent yield is not new. There was a lot of substitution of milo for wheat back in 2006- especially south of us in Texas. Allendale and Joe Victor have just released a one page analysis of what they see as a developing acreage story for 2009. It is Allendale's contention that Texas farmers will not switch failed wheat acres to cotton- but rather to Grain Sorghum.

The Allendale analysis says "Sources suggest the present dry conditions are comparable to the most recent 2006 year. In checking 2006 planting intentions vs planted acreage reports for Texas, Allendale Inc notes winter wheat acres declined 100,000 while sorghum acres increased by 100,000.
In conclusion, Allendale Inc suggest present economics during weather related deterioration, may imply, Texas farmers may be more inclined to replace non functioning winter wheat acres with sorghum and increase US feed grain supplies. Weather, futures, basis and cash levels of new crop warrant monitoring for Texas as well as states of Oklahoma and Kansas."

We have the full Allendale report linked on our website- might make for good reading for what is now reality in Texas- and could develop here in Oklahoma if we stay dry and the winter wheat struggles as we head towards June.

Click here for some ideas of where failed wheat acres may go in 2009.

Section 18 Request in the Hopper Against Sandbur
Jack Carson in the ODAFF Blog writes that the Ag Department has a Section 18 request for Sandbur control in before the EPA. Carson says of this strategy "Section 18's are used to counter an unusual pest or set of circumstances, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture requests the Environmental Protection Agency grant Section 18 emergency specific exemptions or a more immediate crisis exemption. This allows use of a new pesticide product or one not approved for a specific crop to stem a problem that often plague Oklahoma growers."

In the case of the Sandbur- "An application package for a section 18 on a DuPont product called Pastora (nicosulfuron + metsulfuron) was assembled in conjunction with Texas Department of Agriculture. Bermuda grass pastures and hay meadows are a significant segment of agriculture in Oklahoma providing high quality forage for grazing and hay production for the cattle and horse industry. Many of these acres are grown on sandy soils which are a perfect habitat for sandbur species."

"Mature sandburs produce seed heads which in turn cause many problems and economic loss for forage producers, cattlemen and horse owners. The mature sandbur can cause health issues with livestock, reduce forage yields by competing with Bermuda grass and substantially reduce the value of hay, particularly for the high quality horse hay. At this time farmers and ranchers have little or no defense to combat the increasing problem of sandburs contamination on normally highly productive farms. With the continual rise in production costs, it is more important than ever that the livestock and hay producers be efficient in maximizing the quality and quantity of forage produced. Sandburs possess the ability to significantly reduce both of these translating into millions of dollars of lost revenue for the livestock and hay producers."
Carson concludes by saying that the state agency is waiting on the Feds to respond to this request.

AgWeather Connection is All About the Burn, Baby!
The latest web based publication, AgWeather, is all about burn bans, and weather maps and info that relate back to burn conditions- how much danger are we in?

Some of the weather maps that the play show and tell with- explaining how to get to the updated version of that map- include Is there a burn ban?, Is there a Red Flag Alert?, What is the "dead fuel moisture" reading?, What is the relative humidity?- the wind speed? and more.

We have the link below to the latest edition of this electronic publication as assembled by the Mesonet ag weather team- click on the link and check it out.

Click here for the latest issue of AgWeather from the Oklahoma Mesonet

Roger Mills Cattlemen Association All Breed Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow
This 31st annual All Breed Bull Sale will be held at the Roger Mills County Ag Pavilion, which is located on the west side of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. It is being hosted by the Roger Mills County Cattlemen's Association and will be happening tomorrow, Saturday, February 7, 2009.

The sale will include 68 high quality Angus, Maine- Angus, Hereford-Maine, Simmental-Angus, Maine- Anjou, Limousin, Horned Hereford and Composite bulls from well- known Western Oklahoma producers.

Sale time on February 7 is twelve noon. For information- Call Lynda Lucas at 580-497-7366 or Earl Bottom at 580-821-0633.

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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-Look on the ag news page of our website as KCBT had not updated this page at time of publication.

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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