From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:08 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 29, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Wheat Crop Continues Downhill in Latest Crop Weather Update
-- Specifically- Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma Wheat Crops Retreat in Condition
-- Ag Groups Battling Lawsuit That Could Ban Hundreds of Ag Chemicals
-- Oklahoma Pork Council Honors Former Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach at Pork Congress
-- Looking a Few Good Ornery Horses for Next Week
-- Seasonality May Mean Little for 2011 Beef Cattle Markets
-- Oklahoma Sooner Shorthorn Sale Happening This Saturday
-- 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 pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update- click here to go to their AFR web site to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

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Wheat Crop Continues Downhill in Latest Crop Weather Update
According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- "Last week proved to be another dry week for Oklahoma. All nine districts experienced drought-like conditions and field crops are showing signs of stress from lack of precipitation. Some wheat producers have considered abandoning their crops in exchange for another crop and cattle producers have considered letting their cattle graze out the wheat. Unfortunately, very little rainfall was received last week with the Northeast district receiving the most rainfall, a meager 0.24 of an inch of precipitation. Additionally, as a result of the dry weather, the chance of wildfires remained high across the state. Portions of the week brought wind and temperatures averaging in the mid-fifties. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to decline as both are rated 85 percent short to very short."

Looking at our fall seeded crops- "Small grain crops are showing signs of drought stress due to lack of precipitation and were rated mostly in the fair to poor range. Wheat jointing was 58 percent complete by week's end, an 18 point increase from the week prior, and six points ahead of normal. Rye jointing increased by 26 points to reach 74 percent complete by Sunday. Oats planted reached 86 percent complete and oats jointing more than doubled to reach 16 percent complete by week's end. Canola blooming reached 20 percent complete by Sunday."

For our livestock producers- two concerns are rising to the top. Number one is the condition of our pastures and ranges- "Both pasture and range are beginning to suffer as a result of the state's drought-like conditions. Ponds and streams are in critical need of rainfall in order to replenish. Conditions continued to be rated mostly in the fair to poor range, with 13 percent rated very poor."

The other concern are falling water levels in ponds. "Low pond levels are a concern for livestock producers as the drought continues."

Click on the LINK below to jump to the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- as issued by the NASS of USDA.

Click here for Monday afternoon's Crop Weather Crop Update for Okahoma

Specifically- Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma Wheat Crops Retreat in Condition
Oklahoma and our neighboring hard red winter wheat states have rapidly fading wheat crop conditions- a slide that can only be stopped by significant rainfall. The Texas wheat crop is the most mature as you would expect- and current ratings show 62% of the crop is in poor to very poor condition, 27% fair and just 11% of the crop in good condition. No wheat in Texas has been found in excellent condition. Texas has an index for wheat and their pasture conditions- in the case of the winter wheat crop- last year, the index stood at 78% of normal- this year at this point that same index for wheat is just 35%.

The large Kansas crop is also panting and needs a substantial drink of water. It's now rated 35% poor to very poor, 34% in fair shape, 27% good and 4% excellent. Those numbers are somewhat better than the Oklahoma stats- which stand at 46% poor to very poor, 33% fair, 17% good and 4% excellent.

We understand some fields are already being considered as having little or no yield potential by crop insurance adjusters, especially in the southwestern quadrant of the state. There is just a 20% chance of rain in the Altus area for Tuesday- and no chances in the forecast out to next Monday after tomorrow. Chances of rain jump higher as you move to Hobart and then towards Chickasha with Oklahoma City and Stillwater pegged at 60% and the Tulsa area with a 70% chance of precip on Tuesday.
Northeast Oklahoma has a chance of rain lingering into Wednesday and Thursday as well.

Click here for our weather page at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com to be able to pull up weather details from multiple sources.

Ag Groups Battling Lawsuit That Could Ban Hundreds of Ag Chemicals
The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with other agriculture groups, has filed a motion to intervene in federal court in a lawsuit aimed at imposing needless restrictions or bans on pesticide use.
Earlier, CropLife America filed a similar motion in the same case- click here for the news release from that trade group to read more about their concerns regarding this case.

The Ag Groups involved filed in the "Center for Biological Diversity v. Environmental Protection Agency," a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The Center for Biological Diversity's (CBD) lawsuit alleges that EPA violated the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of nearly 400 pesticides without conducting consultations with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) regarding potential impacts on 214 listed species.

"This case aims to use the Endangered Species Act to impose restrictions, if not outright bans, on hundreds of pesticides," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "To protect the interests of growers nationwide who rely on the availability of safe, affordable and effective pesticides, we have sought to intervene in the lawsuit in order to participate fully in how the case is resolved."

Other groups who filed the motion to intervene with AFBF include: National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Association of Corn Growers, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Potato Council, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, USA Rice Federation and Washington Friends of Farms and Forests.

Click here for more on our story about this latest effort by Environmental Extremists to eliminate ag chemical use in the US

Oklahoma Pork Council Honors Former Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach at Pork Congress
At the Oklahoma Pork Congress this past week in Midwest City, the Oklahoma Pork Council presented their Distinguished Service Award to former Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach. Peach, who served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture from 2003-2010, was honored for providing a sense of unity and solidarity to Oklahoma's agriculture groups and supporting Oklahoma's pork industry.

We talked with Terry after the presentation and you can hear our conversation about the award and his reflections of what he feels was accomplished during his years as the State Secretary of Agriculture during the two terms of the Brad Henry Administration. You can hear that conversation by clicking on the LINK below to jump to our webstory on this award- and you can also see the OPC video shown at the lunch that highlighted Peach's career to this point and his service to Oklahoma's pork industry and to agriculture in general.

Click here for more on Terry Peach being presented the Distinguished Service Award at last week's Pork Congress.

Looking a Few Good Ornery Horses for Next Week
We have had several of you come forward and nominate a horse for Scott Dailey to work with next week at the 2011 Southern Plains Farm Show. But, we need another horse or two- so this is your invitation to get some professional training for your horse- free of charge!

No matter what the problem may be with your horse- we will pass along your nominations to our friends at Midwest Farm Shows and they will contact you to discuss if your horse sounds like the right fit for the twice daily horse training seminars that Scott Dailey will be offering next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City (April 7-9).

Either drop me an email at or give me a call at 405-841-3675 and we will look forward to hearing from you. And remember, you can once again register this year to win the Round Pen from Prefiert that Scott Dailey will be using at the Southern Plains Farm Show- Our Radio Network will be giving it away on the Saturday afternoon of the Show. You can register either at the Horse Training Seminar or in our RON booth in the Cox building. We look forward to seeing you there- and look forward to hearing from you about your horse with "issues."

Seasonality May Mean Little for 2011 Beef Cattle Markets
Historically, seasonal cattle price patterns have been one of the most reliable tendencies in cattle markets. This is particularly true in a stable market environment. However, Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says the market is anything but stable now and that means that normal price seasonality may not mean much this year. Anticipating cattle markets is always a daunting task and is particularly challenging this year with so many short and long run factors affecting the market at the current time. Feeder and fed cattle prices have advanced more than seasonally through the first quarter but still there are indications that markets may be close to a seasonal top or plateau. However, there is much turbulence in the water and the picture is far from clear.

Most recently, a series of global events has introduced additional uncertainty and hesitation into markets in general and have affected cattle markets as well. The continuing unrest in the Middle East and Africa provokes general political uncertainty and adds volatility to oil markets. The Japanese disaster and ongoing nuclear concerns add additional uncertainty to markets.
Looking a little longer term, there is still the question of beef demand and trade. Over the next 12 to 24 months, these factors will be particularly important in determining cattle market possibilities. There seems little doubt that cattle and beef supply fundamentals will get even tighter over this period and it will be domestic and international demand factors that determine the operating range for cattle and beef prices.

You can click on the LINK below for the full analysis from Dr. Peel on this issue of seasonality- and you can click here for today's BEEF BUZZ with him as we talk about some of those international factors that are churning the market conditions at this time.

Click here for the latest Beef Market Analysis with Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU

Oklahoma Sooner Shorthorn Sale Happening This Saturday
This Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the fairgrounds, Duncan, Oklahoma, it's the Oklahoma Sooner Shorthorn Sale. The sale begins at 1 pm selling, 43 Lots from 16 consignors including Fancy Show Heifer Prospects, Bulls, Bred Females, Cow/Calf Pairs, Semen and Embyos.

The cattle will be available for viewing on Friday, April 1 at 3 pm with a fellowship dinner at 7 that evening. You can also view the cattle the morning of the sale at 8 am.

For more information call Sammy Richardson at 580.658.2709 or his cell at 580.467.8267. Also, you can contact Steven Crow at 405.820.9725.

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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 $9.80 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.75 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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