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Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:52 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 Thursday May 19, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Oklahoma Mineral Buyers. Com
-- ACRE Program could be a viable option for the 2011 crop year
-- Canola Swathing is underway in Canadian County
-- Tyson Executive Sees Improving Meat Demand in at Least the Short Term
-- Lawmakers Tell USDA's Vilsack- Start Over on GIPSA Marketing Rule!
-- Senator Coburn Bails on the Gang of Six as Deficit Reduction Talks Flounder
-- EHV Confined to Western United States- Horse Industry Nervously Watching Disease Spread
-- OSU Botanical Garden Grand Opening Coming June 18
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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ACRE Program could be a viable option for the 2011 crop year
The 2011 ACRE program may be an attractive option for Oklahoma wheat producers. The deadline to enroll in the ACRE program for the 2011 crop year is June 1, 2011. The ACRE program was established in the 2008 Farm Bill to protect against short term declines in revenue by protecting against both price and yield risk. For ACRE payments to be made, both a state and farm level trigger must be met. For the state trigger to be met, the state ACRE revenue guarantee must be greater than the actual state revenue. For the farm trigger to be met, the farm ACRE revenue guarantee must be greater than the actual farm revenue. Once both triggers are met, a producer enrolled in ACRE is eligible for an ACRE payment. Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Dr. Jody Campiche, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist at Oklahoma State University, about the opportunity and possibility for farmers to become involved in the ACRE program and receiving payments for their crops in the 2011 growing se ason.

Producers who select the ACRE program will not be eligible for counter?cyclical payments (CCP) and will receive a 20 percent reduction in direct payments (DP) and a 30 percent reduction in marketing loans. Producers must enroll all base acres on a farm, but do not have to enroll all farms in ACRE. Producers can enroll in ACRE in any year between 2009?2012, but once enrolled, must remain in ACRE for the remainder of the period the 2008 farm legislation is in effect. Producers who did not enroll in the ACRE program for the 2009 or 2010 crop year will need to enroll in the ACRE program by the June 1 deadline to be eligible for the 2011 ACRE program.

You can hear the full conversation that we had with Dr. Jody Campiche and the opportunities AND risks that she sees within the ACRE program if you decide to sign up for it for the first time here in 2011- click on the LINK below to get to our full webstory at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

Click here to listen to the pluses and minuses of ACRE for 2011 with Dr. Jody Campiche of OSU

Canola Swathing is underway in Canadian County
The 2011 Canola harvest is underway- and thanks to Brad Tipton, OSU Extension Agricultural Agent for Canadian County, we have some pictures to share with you of the swathing underway this week in his county.

Tipton tells us that these two 150 acre winter canola fields, located south of El Reno, are being swathed with a 36' John Deere draper header. The draper header in these images has a swathing option (rear trapdoor) for making windrows.

This combine is pulling a Koenders swather roller, which is made in Canada and sells for around $3,500. It was initially designed for harvesting beer barley in north America and Canada. However, it works extremely well for harvesting our winter canola by pushing the canola stalks down into the canola stubble for stabilization and anchoring the crop.

Tipton explains that in the photos we have at the LINK below you will see a combine that is pulling a Koenders swather roller, which is made in Canada and sells for around $3,500. It was initially designed for harvesting beer barley in north America and Canada. However, it works extremely well for harvesting our winter canola by pushing the canola stalks down into the canola stubble for stabilization and anchoring the crop.

The Koenders swather roller is attached to the combine using a 'farmer fabricated' hitch designed to pull the roller off to the side but directly over the windrowed canola flowing out of the draper header.

Click here for the canola harvest pictures and to learn more about canola swathing in Candian County

Tyson Executive Sees Improving Meat Demand in at Least the Short Term
According to reports from the website Meatingplace.Com, a Tyson Foods executive believes that meat demand may not plunge as anticipated following what he described as a period of adjustment this after we have seen protein demand actually on the rise in recent weeks and higher prices being anticipated.

Noel White, Tyson's senior group vice president of fresh meats, told an audience at the BMP Capital Markets Farm to Market Conference in New York at the beginning of this week that one would expect demand to fall with rising prices, that historically hasn't been the case.

"There's always a period of adjustment with higher price levels," White said. "In this case, it's not just one protein that's going to cost more, but all of the proteins will be moving higher in price through the rest of 2011 and into 2012."

White added that not all of the higher costs have been passed along to consumers so far, adding that producers have been absorbing a lot of the increase costs. But he noted that retailer margins continue to be squeezed tightly and that will eventually be felt on store shelves during the year.

Click here to read the rest of the story on Tyson and thoughts on improving the meat demand

Lawmakers Tell USDA's Vilsack- Start Over on GIPSA Marketing Rule!
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack received a letter from 147 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today, May 18, 2011, regarding USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing. You can see a full copy of the letter by clicking on the LINK at the bottom of this story. Click here for our addendum on the web that gives you the complete list by state of which lawmakers signed onto the letter.

The letter, signed by all five members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation as well 142 other members of the US Congress, calls on the USDA to consider starting over om the so called "GIPSA Rule." The Congressmen write "Withdrawing the June 22, 2010 proposed rule and re-proposing a revised rule once the Department completes its economic analysis would allow the stakebolders the opportunity they deserve to comment on what we hope will be substantial changes to the proposal more consistent with the intent of Congress outlined in the 2008 farm bill."

Both the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association were quick to issue media statements praising the demands of these 147 lawmakers- saying its time that USDA pay attention to the concerns of so many in the US livestock business.

Click here for more these demands from Congress being made to USDA Secretary Vilsack regarding the GIPSA rule

Senator Coburn Bails on the Gang of Six as Deficit Reduction Talks Flounder
The so-called Gang of Six met as the Gang of Five after Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn stepped aside - expressing pessimism over the prospects of reaching a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement. The biggest problem is entitlement spending. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says he regrets that Coburn has decided it's time to pull out of the talks. Still - Chambliss says the group will continue to get together because there are still ideas. But in the end - he says it's not going to be a proposal by five of us - it's got to be six of us.

According to Coburn spokesman John Hart, Senator Coburn "still hopes the Senate will, on a bipartisan basis, pass a long-term deficit reduction package this year. He looks forward to working with anyone who is interested in putting forward a plan that is specific, balanced and comprehensive."

As a result of Coburn's departure - the debt reduction spotlight now falls squarely on negotiations being brokered by Vice President Joe Biden. The Biden deal appears to be focusing on short-term results. Finance Chairman Max Baucus of Montana - a member of the Biden-led working group - says the talks have the right mix of executive and legislative participants to produce a viable plan.

Illinois Senator Mark Steven predicts there will be multiple debt limit votes. His guess is that Congress probably couldn't consider anything more than one-trillion dollars. But Baucus says he will not want to see an incremental approach. It is believed that if Senator Coburn returns to the Gang of Six - work on the federal deficit would better move forward.

EHV Confined to Western United States- Horse Industry Nervously Watching Disease Spread
Animal Health officials nationwide are currently investigating the possible spread of the neurologic form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) disease, which has been detected in horses that participated in the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah from April 29 - May 8. EHV-1 is a viral disease of equine which does not affect humans. The neurologic form of the disease can manifest itself as hind limb weakness, tremors, recumbency or other nervous system type symptoms which may be preceded by fever or respiratory signs. The disease is most commonly spread by aerosol transmission and can result in death of the affected animal.

Texas Animal Health Officials are currently investigating approximately 20 horses in Texas that were reported to have attended the event. All horses known to have attended the event are under movement restrictions. Texas has only one confirmed clinical case of neurologic EHV-1 so far, which was a horse originating from New Mexico that sought treatment at a vet clinic in West Texas earlier this week. The horse has since been returned to New Mexico and is now quarantined on its premises of origin. A number of other states have also reported clinical cases in horses that attended the event. Texas veterinarians and TAHC officials will continue to monitor all exposed horses closely and it is possible that new cases will be diagnosed. "Strict adherence to the imposed movement restrictions and practicing good biosecurity procedures by the involved horse owners will be the key to limiting the scope of this situation," stated Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas State Veterinarian.

The state of Oklahoma has suffered about the only economic casualty to date- the Breeders Invitational Cutting Horse event has been canceled here in the last couple weeks of May- it had been scheduled to be held at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds.
Our webstory below has a link to a blog that has the cases they have tracked down to date plotted on a Google Space Map- all of the cases seem to be west of us- at least to this point.

Click here for more on this unfolding story of Equine HerpesVirus in the western horse population.

OSU Botanical Garden Grand Opening Coming June 18
One of the best kept secrets in Stillwater soon will be much easier to find. The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University will officially open the new entrance off of State Highway 51 west of town June 18. The grand opening will be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual GardenFest, slated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This project has been several years in the making, said Dale Maronek, head of the department of horticulture and landscape architecture at Oklahoma State University.

"We developed a master plan for the garden in 2004 and we are now seeing that original plan, and much more, come to fruition," Maronek said. "This new entrance off the main road into Stillwater will provide a new gateway to our community. The garden truly is a shining example of the land grant mission of integrating research, Extension and teaching, and it serves as an educational and recreational resource to the community."

Established as an arboretum in 1935, The Botanic Garden at OSU is an oasis of thousands of species of herbaceous and woody plants set on about 100 acres. The garden is home to many different research plots that reflect ongoing research projects by OSU professors, as well as housing a world renowned turf program. It also is home to the studio garden of the popular television show Oklahoma Gardening that airs weekly on OETA.

Click here to read more about the OSU Botanic Garden and the grand opening

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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 $11.36 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.36 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. NOTE- we have cash trade at $108 this week.

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