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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 3, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Wheat Growers Focus on Four Priorities at the 2011 Commodity Classic
-- Sorghum Closer to Being on Par with Corn Than Ever Before
-- Congress Trying to Beat the Clock on Duplicative Permitting of Pesticide Use
-- Final Weather Stats for February Feature the Extremes of Mother Nature
-- Take a Listen to Our Extended Visit with former Trade Ambassador and Ag Secretary Clayton Yeutter
-- Cattle Market Sitting on Its Fundamentals
-- Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Opens Up Next Wednesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Wheat Growers Focus on Four Priorities at the 2011 Commodity Classic
Wheat growers who volunteer to represent their state producer organizations on the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Board of Directors are in Tampa, Fla., this week to meet as part of the 2011 Commodity Classic.

Pressing topics expected to come to the forefront of discussions include looming federal budget cuts, the future of farm policy, concerns about the Obama Administration being too slow in allowing Free Trade Deals to come to Congress for ratification and efforts to combat overreaching environmental regulations. We talked with Dana Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of the organization about these four priorities as the meeting was getting ready to roll here in Tampa- and you can hear our full conversation about all of these topics with Dana by clicking on the LINK below.

Policy meetings began yesterday for NAWG- continuing today and will culminate with a Board of Directors meeting on Saturday afternoon.

Click here for more on the key issues on the minds of the Wheat Growers that are a part of the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa

Sorghum Closer to Being on Par with Corn Than Ever Before
Sorghum prices are trading at a relatively small discount to corn as we begin the 2011 planting season for spring planted crops- and that is an encouragement to Tim Lust, Executive Director of the National Sorghum Producers, on the eve of the start of the 2011 Commodity Classic.

This is the third year that sorghum producers have joined with the three other organizations that make up the Commodity Classic. The event, getting underway officially today, will draw farmers from not just the sorghum industry, but also producers that raise wheat, corn and soybeans.

We talked with Tim Lust here in Tampa about some of the key things that sorghum producers will be discussing during their time here at the 2011 Classic- and you can hear that conversation by clicking on the LINK below.

Click here for some sorghum perspectives with Tim Lust of the National Sorghum Producers here at Commodity Classic 2011.

Congress Trying to Beat the Clock on Duplicative Permitting of Pesticide Use
Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), and Joe Baca (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced HR872, a bipartisan bill to reduce the regulatory burdens posed by the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009). Joining in this effort as original cosponsors were House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK), as well as Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN), John Mica (R-FL), and Mike Simpson (R-ID).

Under the court ruling, pesticide users, which include farmers, ranchers, forest managers, state agencies, city and county municipalities, mosquito control districts, and water districts, among others would have to obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the use of pesticides. Pesticide applications are already highly regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

The order of the court goes into effect on April 9, 2011. At that time, pesticide applications not covered by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit are subject to a fine of up to $37,500 per day per violation. In addition to the cost of compliance, pesticide users will be subject to an increased risk of litigation under the citizen suit provision of the CWA.
The l
egislation would amend FIFRA and the CWA to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a NPDES permit for the use of FIFRA-registered pesticides.

Oklahoma Congressman Lucas- who is Chairman of the House Ag Committee, believes that the court ruling was a result of the judge involved in the decision being uninformed about how pesticides are already heavily regulated. He is hopeful that the legislation can be in place to beat the April 9th deadline.
It is unknown if the President will go along with Congress on this proposal- if it passes both the House and Senate.

Click here for more on the eforts to clarify the Clean Water Act as it relates to pesticide use.

Final Weather Stats for February Feature the Extremes of Mother Nature
In a state accustomed to extreme weather, February was a bit startling to even the most seasoned veteran of Mother Nature's whimsy. The roller coaster ride began on the month's first day with a crippling blizzard and ended on its last with tornado warnings. The month was peppered with records, including the state's all-time lowest minimum temperature and greatest 24-hour snowfall total. Those extremes occurred amidst the larger backdrop of an intensifying drought across the western two-thirds of the state.

The month's first 10 days brought three separate snowstorms and a prolonged visit with arctic air. The first storm combined heavy sleet and snow with winds of over 60 mph to produce blizzard conditions over much of the state. Tulsa set a record for its snowiest day ever with 13.2 inches on the first. Oklahoma City reported 12.1 inches to set the record for its snowiest day ever in February. Totals of 10-15 inches were common across the northeast with 1-6 inches reported in southern Oklahoma. Another 2-6 inches fell across the eastern half of the state on the fourth before a more powerful storm system moved in on the ninth. That storm dumped over 20 inches of snow in the northeast, including 27 inches in less than 24 hours at Spavinaw, breaking the state's all-time 24-hour snowfall record. The final epitaph of those three storms was remarkable. Preliminary reports indicate approximately 40 inches of snow fell in some areas in the northeast. The 22.5 inches of snow ranks February as the snowiest of any month in Tulsa's history and helps its seasonal total of 26.1 inches to rank as the most on record as well. Oklahoma City's final total of 18.9 inches shatters its previous February record of 12.9 inches from 1913.

The snow cover on the 10th combined with calm winds and clear skies to drop temperatures into territory never before seen in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Nowata reached 31 degrees below zero, shattering the record for lowest temperature ever recorded in the state. The previous record of 27 degrees below zero was set three times previously at different locations in Oklahoma's first half-century of statehood, most recently at Guthrie in January 1947.

We have more on the weather conditions of February- and details on where we are on the drought right now- all courtesy of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey

Take a Listen to Our Extended Visit with former Trade Ambassador and Ag Secretary Clayton Yeutter
Clayton Yeutter is one of the most knowledgable people on agricultural and trade policy in the world- and he was a keynote speaker ag the Ag Issues Forum sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences this week in Tampa.

After his presentation, we sat down and spoke with him for almost twenty minutes- with topics ranging from politics to the writing of the next farm bill to trade issues. We spent a good bit of our time talking trade, including Dr. Yeutter's critique of the Obama Administration and their reluctance to move forward with any of the three George W Bush trade deals left for the new President- those Agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. We also talked dairy policy, the beef trade issue with Japan and how to deal with China.

It's afairly long interview- but we talk about a lot of stuff and get the insight of one of the most intelligent men I have ever worked with- Dr. Clayton Yeutter. Click on the LINK below to go and take a listen.

Click here for more on ag and trade issues as seen by Clayton Yeutter.

Cattle Market Sitting on Its Fundamentals
Jim Robb with the Livestock Market Information Center says that the current sky cash prices for all classes of cattle are at or very close to record levels- and he contends that you can defend most of the price strengh you see in cattle prices from the feedlots to the pastures on solid fundamentals.

We discuss the fundamentals of the cattle market, as well as gain some insight into what is going on with the competing meats of pork and poultry as well on today's Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is heard daily on great radio stations across our region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- and can also be heard on our wonderful website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Previous Beef Buzz shows are up on the web- waiting for you to go and listen at your convenience.

Click here to jump to our website and get a dose of Jim Robb talking cattle markets.

Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Opens Up Next Wednesday
It's the second year for Darren Dale and his team operating the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo- and Darren tells us that he is excited about having a full year to work on this year's event.

Darren tells us that the number of exhibitors has grown- and that several other features of this year's show have been improved as well.Over $5,000 in prizes will be given away to those who show up and register to win. And when you arrive, you'll find admission and parking will be free once again as well.

The dates on this year's show is March 9 and 10- click on the LINK below to get more information- have a link to their official website and have a chance to hear our conversation with Darren Dale with the show about the 2011 Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo.

Click here for more information about the 2011 Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo that kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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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 $10.10 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.85 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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