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Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 06:22
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday August 7, 2008!
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- There are 12 Billion Reasons Why Corn Prices Have Tumbled.
-- Emergency Haying on CRP ground Okayed for 68 Counties in Oklahoma
-- Congressman Lucas Pleased with Latest USDA Offer Sheet on CRP Emergency Haying- but Still Wants Better Deal.
-- The Less is More Strategy for USMEF in Japan is Working!
-- Monsanto Prepares to Sell Controversial Dairy Milk Production Stimulant.
-- HIGH NOON- RFS Waiver Announcement Comes TODAY from EPA.
-- Southern Plains Beef Symposium This Saturday in Ardmore!
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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There are 12 Billion Reasons Why Corn Prices Have Tumbled.
Wednesday was the third straight day that we saw soybean and corn prices tumbling under the weight of ideas that this corn crop may be the second largest ever- even after the late start that it got. We now have several analysts predicting that next Tuesday's August crop report will show that we will harvest a 12 billion bushel corn crop, the second largest on record after last year's 13.1 billion bushel crop. The general consensus seems to be that we could beat the previous second largest corn crop number of 11.8 billion bushels produced in 2004.

The soybean futures felt similar pressure that favorable weather has greeted the pod filling phase of the soybean crop cycle in the midwest- and under huge volume, soybean prices dropped more than forty cents per bushel, although early this morning, we have had some recovery in the electronic overnight trade of about 17 cents per bushel, basis the November new crop contract.

There was also talk on Thursday of a Commodity Fund that was forced to liquidate a long position as the talk suggested that this position was being called a speculative position instead of a hedge position. That caused some early pressure on the grains market.

Corn prices have dropped since late June when prices stood at $7.65 per bushel- losing about one third of their value and now at $5.08 per bushel for the September delivery. Soybeans have shed about 25% of their value from the top of $16.63 seen on July 3. Wheat has shared in this falloff- losing 44% of its price in Chicago trading from a $13.34 price seen in late February. We have linked the Corn and Soybean recap from Country Hedging- which is a similar sheet to what we link daily at the bottom of this email for the wheat marketplace. It's a quick recap of some of these current factors that continue the pressure on our grain and oilseed markets.

Click here for the Country Hedging One Pager on Yesterday's Corn and Soybean Markets.

Emergency Haying on CRP ground Okayed for 68 Counties in Oklahoma
Rod Wanger of the Oklahoma FSA office in Stillwater gave us the "heads up" on this latest offer of forage help on CRP ground here in 2008. Rod tells us that USDA is offering CRP emergency haying today for counties that were previously approved for just emergency grazing. The authority is for 68 of the 77 counties here in Oklahoma.

If a CRP participant elects to emergency hay or graze CRP they need to contact the local FSA office before starting any activity. The annual rental rate will be reduced by 25% for each acre hayed or grazed. Haying will need to be done between now and the end of September, with the hay not to be sold- but just for that landowner's use for his or hers livestock.

We have other details of this story up on our website, including the list of the 68 counties that are eligible for this program- and a link to our listing of FSA offices across the state.

Click here for more on this Emergency Haying Offer from USDA.

Congressman Lucas Pleased with Latest USDA Offer Sheet on CRP Emergency Haying- but Still Wants Better Deal.
After the word came out on Wednesday of this latest decision by USDA to allow emergency haying on CRP land in a great number of the counties in the state where there are CRP contracts- Third District Congressman Frank Lucas offered the following statement:

"I applaud Secretary Schafer's decision to allow both haying and grazing in all but three Oklahoma counties. I have been working closely with USDA to ensure that farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma receive as much support from the federal government as is available to help them through one of the worst droughts since the Dust Bowl. However, I am very disappointed that all counties who have been granted emergency haying and grazing have not also had the usage fee reduced to 10%. I will continue to work with USDA on this issue."

The Less is More Strategy for USMEF in Japan is Working!
Our top story this morning on our website is about the efforts of the US Meat Export Federation in trying to do the most with the limited resources available to them in Japan, the number one export customer for US beef producers before December 2003 when the "cow that stole Christmas" was discovered and Japan totally stopped all beef shipments from the US because of fears of BSE.

For the past couple of years, we have been able to ship beef into Japan, but just from carcasses of animals that were 20 months of age or younger at the time of slaughter. So the supply of age verified beef has been only a fraction of what had been available to go into that market previously.

With that in mind, USMEF developed 17 new beef cuts that would suit Japanese tastes and eating patterns and have attempted to use as much of the beef from those eligible carcasses. The new cut strategy is fully in place here in 2008- and sales of beef into Japan are up- we have the full story and an audio overview with Phil Seng on our website- it's linked below. Take a good look- it shows that if we approach each situation with innovative thinking- we have an opportunity to make progress even when we have one or both hands tied behind our backs.

Click here for our USMEF story found on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

Monsanto Prepares to Sell Controversial Dairy Milk Production Stimulant.
Wednesday morning Monsanto announced they were positioning to sell their ownership of POSILAC bovine somatotropin during the next few months. A Monsanto release says "since first used in 1994, POSILAC has become the country's leading dairy supplement. It increases dairy cow's production safely, helping increase efficiency and sustainability of dairy operations. A recent study by Cornell University also showed that its use can help lower the impact dairy operations have on the environment."

"While POSILAC is a strong product for the business, we believe repositioning the business with a strategic owner will allow Monsanto to focus on the growth of its core seeds and traits business while ensuring that loyal dairy farmers continue to receive the value of POSILAC in their operations," said Carl Casale, Monsanto's Executive Vice-President of Strategy and Operations.
Posilac has been a controversial product for Monsanto- as many activist groups have questioned the safety of the milk produced with the product- as well as questioned the impact the product has on the well being of the dairy cows.

Rod Smith with Feedstuffs writes on their website "The treatment has come under considerable pressure in recent years by activist groups opposed to rbST who have campaigned to convince supermarkets to sell and consumers to buy milk only from non-treated cows. An increasing number of milk processors and supermarkets have moved toward rbST-free milk."
No real time line was given over the wording "the next few months" and no other details of a possible sale were included in the announcement.

HIGH NOON- RFS Waiver Announcement Comes TODAY from EPA.
Renewable Fuels Association spokesperson Matt Hartwig says there is not enough time for Congress to make changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. But, the Environmental Protection Agency can and will - if it agrees with Texas Governor Rick Perry who has requested a 50 percent RFS waiver. EPA's decision will be announced today at high noon, central time, in Washington.

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and Robert Meyers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation at EPA will make the announcement.

In just the last couple of weeks, three of Oklahoma's livestock groups had asked Governor Henry to join with Texas Governor Perry in requesting the waiver be agreed to- however, no word from our Governor's office- and it appears his decision will be a moot point after today- whichever direction the EPA decides to go.
We will be monitoring this announcement and will offer coverage on it on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com this afternoon.

Southern Plains Beef Symposium This Saturday in Ardmore!
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will host the 18th Annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore, Okla. Entitled Coping with the Times, Higher Cost and Tighter Margins, this year's symposium brings together four speakers from Oklahoma and Missouri, who will discuss how they and other farmers and ranchers are coping with the challenges of increased input costs related to the higher cost of energy.

"The Southern Plains Beef Symposium is an excellent one day event for beef producers to gain insight and information into current issue and production situations," said Shan Ingram, the Noble Foundation's Education and Special Projects Manager. "We are fortunate to have good sponsors and partners who help with the symposium, which allow us to bring a quality, national-level program to our agricultural producers."

As always, their program is top notch, plus they will have a great trade show and excellent lunch for 2008 participants. We have more details of the Southern Plains Beef Symposium linked below- we'll be emceeing the Morning Session once again here in 2008 and we look forward to seeing you in Ardmore on Saturday!

Click here for more on the Southern Plains Beef Symposium.

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Let's Check the Markets!
No Cash Cattle trade has happened as of Wednesday afternoon this week- some observers expect feedlot operators will bargain hard for another advance in cash cattle prices after we saw mostly $98 for fed cattle in the Texas. New Mexico and Oklahoma feedlot area served by TCFA.
OKC West in El Reno reported 4453 cattle yesterday, with feeder cattle prices mixed- yearling steers over 800 pounds were steady to a dollar cheaper while under 800 pounders brought steady to a dollar higher than last week. Click here to read the full OKC West report.

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- One Pager From Country Hedging- looks at all three US Wheat Futures Exchanges 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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