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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 15, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Welcome to Tax Day for Most Americans- Farmers Need to Remember Their Consent Form for the IRS
-- Beef Exports Are Hopping- One of the Reasons Cash Cattle Prices Have Touched Triple Digits
-- Opening Day Finally Arrives for the Southern Plains Farm Show
-- Black Sunday Remembered.
-- Monsanto Sets Winter Canola Field Day for Tomorrow- April 16
-- Wanted- Champion Trees!
-- Thanks for Taking a Look- and Send Us Your Picutres!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Welcome to Tax Day for Most Americans- Farmers Need to Remember Their Consent Form for the IRS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~While farm returns(or extensions) were filed a couple of months ago- April 15 is still our national day to focus on the IRS and get angry with politicians who are spending our money. State Farm Service Agency Director Francie Tolle reminds us of a form that everyone that receives farm program payments must fill out send to the IRS between now and early June.
Francie says USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamline payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to meet requirements included in the 2008 Farm Bill.
The electronic process that USDA developed with IRS reviews data from tax returns, performs a series of calculations, and compares these values to the adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations from the 2008 Farm Bill. FSA and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will receive a record that indicates whether or not the program participant appears to meet the income limits. Written consent is required from each producer or payment recipient for this process. NO ACTUAL TAX DATA WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT THAT IRS SENDS TO USDA. As part of the review and evaluation process, participants whose AGI may exceed the limits will be offered an opportunity to provide third party verification or other information to validate their income. Each individual and entity who received 2009 payments or who requests 2010 payments must complete a consent form and provide it to the IRS so compliance with AGI requirements can be verified.
You can read more online as we have this story for you on www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Just click on the link below and learn more about this consent form and where you can go to download it- or you can get the form and perhaps a little help at your local FSA office. It does not go to the FSA folks- rather it gets mailed directly to the IRS at an address in California.
Beef Exports Are Hopping- One of the Reasons Cash Cattle Prices Have Touched Triple Digits
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Excellent demand for US Beef in the global market has helped cash cattle prices rise this spring, with slaughter cattle, yearlings, stockers and calves all enjoying more than a normal seasonal rally. On today's Beef Buzz, we look at the latest beef export figures for the month of February, which show a significant jump in both the volume of beef sold, as well as the value of the beef muscle cuts and variety meats going into the international market.
Overall beef exports for the first two months of 2010 are up a solid 9 percent in volume to 144,439 metric tons (318.4 million pounds) valued at $500.5 million - a 10 percent increase. Importantly, these gains are coming as the United States' No. 1 destination for beef exports, Mexico, continues to suffer from the economic downturn. In January and February, Mexico purchased 39,364 metric tons (86.8 million pounds) of U.S. beef valued at $123.9 million - a 23 percent drop in volume and a 31 percent drop in value versus the first two months of 2009.
We talk about the exports broken down by country- including the continued slide we have seen in our top export market- Mexico. That slide was more than offset with a strong performance into several other countries- click on the link below to learn more.
Opening Day Finally Arrives for the Southern Plains Farm Show
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Southern Plains Farm Show opens this morning at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City- and we talked on Wednesday afternoon with John Sampson with Midwest Shows, who own both the Southern Plains Farm Show held in April as well as the annual December Tulsa Farm Show.
We have several links to direct your attention to- including details about this morning's Commercial Cattle Grading Contest, about Pink Day on Friday at the Farm Show and a look at the general schedule of the 2010 Southern Plains Farm Show.
If you click on the link below- you can listen to our conversation with John Sampson about not just what's going on at this year's farm show- but we chat about the general farm economy and the better weather conditions that Oklahoma producers are dealing with this year versus last.
Black Sunday Remembered.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday, April 14th was the Diamond anniversary of 'Black Sunday' in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and Kansas. On that date in 1935 a massive cloud of dust roared out of the northern plains across Nebraska, Kansas and into western Oklahoma, turning a warm sunny afternoon into blackness.
The folks from the Mesonet wrote an intriguing account of that Sunday- saying "Unlike the sand blows that occurred with the sirocco-like winds from the southwest, the Black Sunday event was one of the less frequent but more dramatic storms borne south on polar air originating in Canada. Rising some 8000 feet into the air, these churning walls of dirt generated massive amounts of static electricity, complete with their own thunder and lightning. Reports of the storm indicate that the cold air from the "Norther" struck first, with the wall of dust following soon thereafter. Temperatures plunged 40 degrees along the storm front before the dust hit. Mr. Ralph H. Guy, National Weather Service cooperative observer in Kenton, Oklahoma, noted about the storm:
"Severe dust storm hit at 4:20 p.m., turning afternoon brightness immediately into midnight darkness, and absolutely zero visibility. It was totally dark and impossible to see without searchlight, for at least 15 minutes- the storm came from the north and northeast and traveled at a very great speed." On his official observer form, Guy remarked "The month was slightly warm and very dry. It was driest April in history of Weather Bureau. It was probably one of the windiest months on record. Sandstorms and dust storms prevailed on at least 17 days to a marked extent. Severe dust storm on April 14th caused the afternoon to turn as dark as the darkest possible night."
The Mesonet reports goes on to say "Many area residents were caught unaware by this unique storm, remembered by locals at the time as one of only three in living memory that appeared to "roll" as it approached. Those caught out in the open were forced to crawl on hands and knees in search of shelter in the impenetrable darkness, literally unable to see their hands in front of their faces. Cars stalled and stopped in the choking dust, and many thought the end of the world had come."
Monsanto Sets Winter Canola Field Day for Tomorrow- April 16
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monsanto has planned a DeKalb Roundup Ready Winter Canola Field Day for tomorrow right on the Oklahoma- Kansas State Line- Kiowa, Kansas Hwy 8 to the state line south of Kiowa, Kansas. 1.25 miles East on the south side.
The Field Day begins at 10:00 AM and will include several
Watch for Tweets on Friday from OkieAgMan, Michael Marlow, who is the Territory Agronomy Advisor for Monsanto.
Wanted- Champion Trees!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~You may have a champion tree in your front yard. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry is asking Oklahomans to nominate trees for the Oklahoma Champion Tree Registry. Since the early 1960s Oklahoma Forestry Services has searched out and recorded the largest trees of each species occurring across the state. The list is updated and published periodically and currently, there are more than 100 champion and co-champion trees listed.
"Many homeowners and landowners take great pride in having the largest specimen of a particular tree species in their yard," said Alanna McFarland, Champion Tree Coordinator for Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry. "Oklahoma Champion Trees will also be submitted to the National Big Tree Registry." You don't have to be a forester to nominate a tree. Simply click on the link below and that gets you to the ODAFF website where a simple form is located to nominate that special tree.
Once a nomination is received an Oklahoma Forestry Services forester will contact you to obtain an official measurement. Nominations are accepted from rural and urban areas across the state. The deadline for the 2011 - 2012 Oklahoma Champion Tree Registry is August 15, 2010. Champions will reign for two years and property owners will receive a certificate from Oklahoma Forestry Services. For more information, contact Alanna McFarland at (405) 522-6158- or click on the link below.
Thanks for Taking a Look- and Send Us Your Picutres!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had a huge number of folks that took the time yesterday to jump over to our website and look at our winter wheat and winter canola photos- thanks for your interest. We will be doing updates on a regular basis between now and harvest to see how our wheat and canola fields develop.
I would love to hear from you and get a picture or two or three from you that shows at what growth stage your crop is- and any details you can provide about that field. We'll share them via our website and on our new Facebook Fan page for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- and update everyone about our fall based crops as they mature ahead of harvest. As your spring planted crops emerge- would love to see some pictures from you as well.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OKC West in El Reno ran a total of 8,257 cattle yesterday- and prices were steady to a little cheaper- as the market seems to have hit pretty thin air and may be topping out for the spring season. Five to six hundred pound steers sold for $125 to $138 while the seven to eight hundred pound steer yearlings cleared from $106 to $117. Click here for the full report from OKC West for their April 14 sale.
Current cash price for Canola is $7.55 per bushel, while the 2010 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $7.80 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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