From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:57 AM
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 15, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Radiation Fears Swamping Crude Oil and Agricultural Futures
-- Oklahoma Youth Expo- Grand Champion Market Goat Shown by Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey FFA
-- Tyler Waitman of Dibble FFA Claims Supreme Champion Gilt Award at OYE
-- National Farmers Union Calls Out for Strong Safety Net and a 2012 Farm Bill in 2012.
-- U.S. Pork, Beef Exports off to Solid Start in 2011
-- Pork Groups Concerned About Feed Availability
-- Final Shots- Crop Insurance- Crop Weather and OYE
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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Radiation Fears Swamping Crude Oil and Agricultural Futures
After our grain and oilseed futures were slightly higher on Monday- the additional explosions at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant has the equity markets in full retreat- and with the equities- agricultural markets are heading south in a hurry in electronic trade this morning. Wheat futures are now twenty cents a bushel lower in overnight trade- corn is off ten to twelve cents and soybeans are down 12 to 17 cents per bushel.

Perhaps the most troubling report is the fact that Japan has now asked the United States for help in dealing with the out of control nuclear reactor- a definite sign of desperation from a nation that is famous for never being willing to accept advice or help on anything.

Earlier on Monday, before these latest concerns about the nuclear disaster that is unfolding- Steve Meyer and Len Steiner offered a few thoughts in their Daily Livestock Report that showed most of the ability to import beef and pork into Japan lies in the southern ports of Japan that were not touched by the earthquake and tsunami.

In their report they indicated that "The short-term impact may indeed be negative but stocks of food and other items will eventually be replenished and that process will be a positive for U.S. exports."

Click here to read the Meyer- Steiner take on meat exports to Japan- now and later.

Oklahoma Youth Expo- Grand Champion Market Goat Shown by Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey FFA
For the second time in three years, Mercedes Hardin of the Henessey FFA Chapter has claimed the top prize in the Wether Goat Show at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Mercedes had the best goat out of a 1,040 market goats shown on Monday at the 2011 OYE- and that will put her into one of the top slots in the sale order at this coming Monday's Sale of Champions that begins at 4 PM at the State Fair Arena.

Mercedes told us that this is her last time to show goats at the OYE- and it's great to be able to go out with a Grand Champion. Her goat was purchased in Texas and is named Debo. As judge Billy Zanolini of Madisonville, Texas described the top goats just before he went over and shook the hand of Mercedes, signifying that her goat had won the show, he called his Grand Champion a "beast" and one that really was the right type meat goat that the industry is looking for.

Reserve Grand Champion for the Market Goats was shown by another FFA member from Hennessey- Carson Lough. His Goat placed second in Division three behind the Grand Champion. He just missed winning both the Doe Kid and Market Goat competition as he had the top Doe Kid on Sunday afternoon at State Fair Park.

Click here for pictures on FLICKR of the Goat show and more- and Click on the LINK below for our rundown of the Market Goats and Doe Kids fromt he OYE- and a chance to hear our quick conversation with Mercedes Hardin.

Click here for our Goat Show Coverage from the OYE

Tyler Waitman of Dibble FFA Claims Supreme Champion Gilt Award at OYE
More than 900 gilts representing seven breeds paraded before the judges in day one of a two day breeding hog show at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo. Breed Champions and Reserve Champions were named in all of the breeds, with each of those young men and ladies receiving $1500 as Breed Champ and $750 as Reserve Champ- these being scholarship dollars.

Just before 7 PM Monday evening, the Grand Champions in each breed entered the ring and the Supreme Champion of the Seven Breeds turned out to be Duroc Grand Champion, shown by Tyler Waitman of Dibble FFA. Pictured here is Tyler showing his Duroc gilt in the Supreme Champion Drive. For his Supreme Champion Gilt, Tyler Receives a total of $4,000 in Scholarship money. We talked briefly with Tyler about his Supreme Champion as he walked her out of the show ring- you can hear that conversation by clicking on the LINK below.

You can also review the Champions and Reserves at that same LINK.
The Reserve Supreme Gilt prize was $3,000 Scholarship money- and it goes to a young 4-Her from Fletcher- Brooklyn Clark.

Click here for the complete rundown on the Purebred Gilts from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo

National Farmers Union Calls Out for Strong Safety Net and a 2012 Farm Bill in 2012.
Farmers Union delegates adopted a special order of business calling on Congress to include a strong safety net in the 2012 Farm Bill at National Farmers Union's (NFU) 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

"The next farm bill must include a farm safety net for producers that will provide meaningful assistance for family farmers to stay in production," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "The number of farmers and ranchers who make their primary living from production agriculture continues to shrink because of high price volatility. These farms are crucial to our nation's food supply and the health of our rural economies. When times are difficult, such as periods when prices are low or when disastrous weather strikes, are the times where we most need a strong safety net in order to ensure the continuation of family farm and ranch operations."

The special order of business also called on Congress to write the farm bill before the close of the 112th Congress.

"The expiring baselines of many 2008 Farm Bill programs, and the potential damage that their expiration would cause, require the bill to be acted upon in a timely manner," said Johnson. "That, combined with the fact that waiting longer means that even less money will be available for the writing the legislation, means that Congress must act quickly to ensure the 2012 Farm Bill is passed before the end of next year."

U.S. Pork, Beef Exports off to Solid Start in 2011
January exports of U.S. pork and beef were well above year-ago levels, though both took a step back from the totals recorded in the previous month, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Pork exports totaled 165,138 metric tons valued at $396.9 million - an increase of 15 percent in volume and 19 percent in value over January 2010. Beef exports made an even larger year-over-year jump, increasing 24 percent in volume to 89,673 metric tons and 43 percent in value to $355.6 million.

"Despite some significant market access issues - some ongoing and some new - our exports performed quite well in January," said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. "U.S. meat products continue to command excellent prices throughout the world, which is providing a boost for the American producer and the entire meat industry."

Click on the LINK below for more specifics on both the beef and pork exports for January of this year- a great start that may be more uncertain with the problems we are seeing this week in Japan.

Click here for the latest on beef and pork exports from the US.

Pork Groups Concerned About Feed Availability
Worried about the ability to feed animals should there be a drought or crop disease that affects feed grain supplies, leaders of the organizations representing pork producers in Canada, Mexico and the United States urged their respective governments to address the issue of feed availability.

The Confederation of Mexican Pork, the Canadian Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council, at a meeting held in Merida, Mexico, noted the tight world grain markets. In the United States, for example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that there are only 20 days of corn carryover stocks - the lowest level since 1995.

There was a joint statement issued by the pork groups- click on the LINK below to read it in its entirety.

Click here to read the statement issued by the Pork groups that met in Mexico on issues of common concern.

Final Shots- Crop Insurance- Crop Weather and OYE
A final reminder- TODAY is the last day to sign up for Crop Insurance for many spring planted crops. Check with your local crop insurance agent today to make sure you have everything in order. You will not be eligible for any sort of disaster payment under SURE if you don't have insurance on ALL crops on your farm.

The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update is out- and reports that "Last week's showers were beneficial, but more rain is needed to improve crop conditions. Wheat jointing was 25 percent complete by week's end, up 12 points from the previous week"- and about nine percentage points ahead of a year ago. Click here to read the full report from USDA.

We have more on the Oklahoma Youth Expo Available on our website- and will be posting more as the day goes by- click here for our Blue Green gazette section of the website where we have OYE coverage- and you can follow us on Twitter- here's the link to see our latest Tweets from the OYE and other venues- if you understand Twitter lingo- the hashtag for the Youth Expo is #OYE11.

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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 $9.50 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.20 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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