From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:32 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 22, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Awfully Dry
-- Canola Waiting on a Rain- Yield Potential Is Still Good for 2011
-- Sale of Champions Wraps Up the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- Final Pictures Now Up from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- Phil Seng of USMEF Remains Upbeat About Beef and Pork Exports to Japan
-- Clay Burtram Newest Member of the Oklahoma Beef Council
-- If you live in the Stillwater Area- or IF You Go to Stillwater From Time to Time- Check our Pupalup
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to have Big Iron Unreserved Online Auctions as one of our sponsors of the daily Email. Their next auction is Wednesday, March 23- featuring Low Hour, Farmer Owned Equipment. Click here for their website to learn more about their Online Farm Equipment Auctions.

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Awfully Dry
I realize that we all already knew that statement to be true- but the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update sums up the feelings of desperation some are starting to feel. "The need for rain continues to be the number one concern of producers across the state. According to the March 15th U.S. Drought Monitor, over 80 percent of the state was experiencing moderate or severe drought conditions with a portion of southwest Oklahoma in an extreme drought. Little rain fell over the past week and the Southwest and South Central districts received no rainfall. Small grains and grasses are suffering due to the drought and it is affecting plans for spring planting. Most central and southwestern counties are still under burn bans. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to worsen from the previous week with 81 percent of topsoil and 84 percent of subsoil rated short to very short."

In the case of our 2011 wheat crop- "Small grain crops were rated mostly in the fair to poor range. Some producers are having fields appraised for insurance or considering grazing out the remaining wheat. Wheat jointing was 40 percent complete by week's end, a 15 point increase from the week prior." That is also five percentage points ahead of the five year average on the jointing of the wheat plant- which often happens when we are stressed by dry conditions.

Specifically- our wheat crop conditions now stand at 43% poor to very poor, 33% fair, 21% good and 3% excellent. Texas is suffering even more as they are at 56% poor to very poor, 30% fair, 13% good and 1% excellent. Kansas has improved some- mostly in central counties that have had some snow earlier and rain since then- statewide, they have ratings of 37% poor to very poor, 36% fair, 25% good and 2% excellent.

Click on the LINK below for the latest crop weather update for Oklahoma for more details of pasture and range conditions as well as spring seedbed preparation.

Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from NASS at USDA

Canola Waiting on a Rain- Yield Potential Is Still Good for 2011
The good news is that the 2011 winter canola crop is looking really good north of I-40- and still looks okay even in southwestern Oklahoma- but must have a rain within the next week to ten days in order to be able to salvage a fairly good yield. That's the opinion of PCOM Agronomist Heath Sanders, who talked with us Monday afternoon at PCOM's headquarters in Oklahoma City.

We are starting to bloom in some of those fields in southwestern Oklahoma where the canola plants are stressed due to little or no rainfall. Further north, we are at the "bolting" stage in many of our canola fields.

Click on the LINK below and go to our webstory where you can watch our latest edition of Canola TV with Heath Sanders of PCOM- as we talk about current canola crop conditions here in Oklahoma.

Click here for our Canola TV segment with Heath Sanders of PCOM- talking Canola Crop Conditions.

Sale of Champions Wraps Up the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo
As they usually do, the Grand Champions led off the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. And, for the second year in a row, several groups went together together to buy the "Grands" of the show.

The Grand Champion Steer, owned by Ryan Stults of Luther FFA, sold for $50,000 and was purchased by a group that included Express Ranches, Bank of Western Oklahoma, First Liberty, Tener's, Chain Land & Cattle Company, McAfee & Taft and Robyn Printing & Promotions and Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville. The pricetag on this year's steer was the same as a year ago.

The Grand Champion Barrow- shown for the second year in a row by Brianna Robinson of El Reno FFA, brought $20,000 and was purchased by Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Central States Trailers. Brianna also had the top Barrow in 2010 and also received $20,000 last March.

The owner of theGrand Champion Market Lamb, Kayla Brown of Merritt FFA, had an extra advocate for her animal- Lt. Governor Todd Lamb. Lamb pleaded with buyuers to make sure we got top dollar for this "lamb" and he helped pull in an extra thousand dollars for the 2011 winner- which ended up being purchased for $21,000 (up a thousand dollars from 2010 for the Grand Lamb) and bought by Touchstone Energy, Bank of Western Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation.

The only "Grand" that sold for less than the Grand in 2010 was the Grand Champion Goat shown by Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey FFA- which sold for $12,000. The 2011 buyers included Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma, Industrial Ignition, Showrite Feeds and Loving Care Home Health. The top goat of the approximately one thousand that were shown fell short of the 2010 price of $21,000. Hardin has been to the Sale of Champions three times now- as the owner of the Grand Champion in 2009, Reserve Grand Champion in 2010 and now Grand Champion in 2011- her final year to show at the OYE.

Click here for more on the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions that led off the Sale of Champions at the 2011 OYE

Final Pictures Now Up from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo
Over 880 pictures are now up on our Flickr page from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- taken over the eleven days of the show- from the first weekend of the goat show and the breeding animals to the Legislative Night to the market animals to the Grand Champion selections and scholarship presentations to the Sale of Champions.

We were there for all of it- snapping away- and we invite you to go and take a look at the 2011 OYE in pictures. Click on the LINK below to check them out and enjoy the OYE again now that it is history.

By the way- you can browse our other "sets" of pictures as well- including last year's Oklahoma Youth Expo, National FFA Convention, Tulsa State Fair and the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship that was held in 2010 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. All of that and more can be seen in pictures on our RON Flickr page.

Click here for the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo Pictures

Phil Seng of USMEF Remains Upbeat About Beef and Pork Exports to Japan
In the immediate aftermath of Japan's earthquake/tsunami disaster, many observers speculated that U.S. meat exports to Japan would decline significantly. But as U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng explains, the vast majority of Japan's population has not been displaced, and their long-term demand for U.S. beef and pork should not be adversely affected. He goes on to explain that the region impacted by the tsunami represents a fairly significant portion of Japan's domestic livestock production, which could result in an increased need for imported meat.

With these factors in mind, USMEF is maintaining its original 2011 beef and pork export forecasts to Japan. The beef export forecast calls for 153,000 metric tons valued at $790 million - an increase of 23 percent over last year. On the pork side, the forecast remains at 447,000 metric tons valued at $1.7 billion - a 3 percent increase over 2010.

We get into that on today's Beef Buzz with Phil Seng- click on the LINK below to jump to our website and check out Phil Seng's perspective on the situation in Japan.

Click here for our Beef Buzz with Phil Seng who discusses the latest on the Japanese and the need to import meat supplies in the months ahead.

Clay Burtram Newest Member of the Oklahoma Beef Council
Stillwater businessman and Oklahoma State University graduate Clay Burtrum has been named to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Beef Council.

Burtrum is vice president of operations for Farm Data Services, a Stillwater firm that provides specialized accounting, consulting and advisory services to the agricultural industry. He is also vice president/co-owner of Burtrum Cattle LLC, a stocker and cow/calf operation located in North Central Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor's degree from OSU in animal science biotechnology.

He has been active as a cattle industry leader, having served as a director for the North Central District of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. He is an alumnus of the Young Cattlemen's Conference, an annual leadership development training program hosted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, located in Denver, Colo.

He is also a graduate of the Masters of Beef Advocacy curriculum, a national program to train grassroots cattlemen to explain modern beef production's sound animal welfare and environmental conservation practices, particularly to urban consumers who, through the generations, have lost connections to farming and rural lifestyles.

If you live in the Stillwater Area- or IF You Go to Stillwater From Time to Time- Check our Pupalup
Pupalup is a new discount service for the Stillwater area- and you may want to check out their first deal for folks who like barbecue. There are a lot of these websites/email services that are out there- but Pupalup is a local startup business in Stillwater- and they will be offering deals a couple of times a week in the days to come.

Their very first deal is for Bad Brad's Bar-B-Q, located at 3317 East 6th Ave. in Stillwater. For $15, you get a certificate for $30 worth of Bad Brad's barbecue.

To check the deal out- click on the link below. If you're gonna be eating out in the Stillwater area, you might as well eat at half price- and at one of the legendary barbecue spots in the state- Bad Brad's.

Click here for the Pupalup deal at Bad Brad's Barbecue

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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 $9.70 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.50 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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