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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday May 23, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Oklahoma Mineral Owners
-- We Check 2011 Harvest Progress and Prospects with Wheat Commission CEO Mike Schulte
-- Drought Busting Rains Arrive in Southwest Oklahoma- Will They Get the 2011 COtton Crop Planted?
-- State Legislature Sticks A Fork in 2011 Session a Week Early- Tyler Norvell Talks Turkey With Us About Session Results
-- Cattle on Feed Shows a Lot of Cattle in Those Pens- 7% More Than May 1, 2010
-- Wheat Groups Join Hands With Ag Export Advocates To Push For Continuation of Federal Ag Export Subsidies
-- Why is Animal Agriculture becoming the number one target for Anti-Agriculture Campaigns?
-- From Last Week- Our Conversation with Senator Jim Inhofe
-- Check Your Pupalup Deal from Little Joe's Boots
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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We Check 2011 Harvest Progress and Prospects with Wheat Commission CEO Mike Schulte
Mike Schulte, CEO of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, says harvest in Oklahoma in May is not the norm- but the stressed hard red winter wheat crop has been two weeks early for much of the spring. The rainfall of this week has halted the progress of where harvesting has already started for the year. Despite the early start to harvest this crop season, the test weights that have already come in, have been good at an average of 60 to 61 pounds. Also, the protein test results are holding strong- ranging from 11.8% to 12% in elevators that have been pulling new crop samples and running protein checks.

Schulte adfds that he hopes these cloudy days northern Oklahoma has been experiencing will be beneficial in helping the crop to continue to progress in these areas around Burlington and Cherokee, where the crop is not as far along as in other areas. It's too early to tell if this latest round of showers will really help wheat in the northern counties where it was received..

But these rainy days in southwestern Oklahoma have put harvest at a stand still currently. Over 5 inches in some areas around Frederick have caused farmers to take a break from harvest, probably until well into next week

Finally, there are areas of the HRW belt that desperately needed rain- and got none. Mark Hodges with Plains Grains indicated to us in an email that "Please note the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandle, eastern Colorado and western Kansas missed- again."

Click here to jump to our website- www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and our story with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on 2011 harvest progress and prospects

Drought Busting Rains Arrive in Southwest Oklahoma- Will They Get the 2011 COtton Crop Planted?
"I have a lot of happy farmers in my office right now," said Jantz Bain, manager of the Humphreys Cooperative near Altus in Jackson County.

The reason they are happy is due to wide-spread rain falling throughout southwestern Oklahoma last night where a severe drought exists.

"We received 1.7 inches of rain at the gin here last night," Bain said. "This rain is very important to us. Not only will it help cotton farmers plant cotton, but we have a lot of cotton already planted. We need the rain to get the crop up and get it growing."

Big rains fell in Tillman County, one of the most severely drought-blighted counties in southwestern Oklahoma. Between three and six inches are reported by David Lingle, gin manager of the Tillman Producers Cooperative southwest of Frederick.

"The rain will give us a big turnaround," Lingle said. "There are a lot of farmers here who had decided not to plant cotton due to the dry weather. This rain will help farmers plant their cotton and get a stand. There is no subsurface moisture like there was in 2010 when we were able to plant and get a crop started. We will need more rain to replanish that moisture."

Dr. Randy Boman, director of the Oklahoma State University Southwest Research and Extension Center south of Altus, reported, "We received two inches of rain at my mother's house at Tipton and there is water running out of the fields." Tipton is located in western Tillman County.

"This is what we have been needing," Boman, who directs the OSU cotton research and extension programs, said."I have really been concerned about the drought. We will need this rain and more to get the cotton crop planted and growing well."

Click here for more on cotton planting prospects with the rainfall that arrived this past Thursday evening in Southwest Oklahoma

State Legislature Sticks A Fork in 2011 Session a Week Early- Tyler Norvell Talks Turkey With Us About Session Results
Republican Lawmakers seemed to be all smiles as the Oklahoma legislative session came to a close one week early. The State Senate and House will remain on call at the option of the leadership of the two bodies in the coming week- but if they don't show back up next week at all- the official end of the 2011 session, called the Sine Die- will click into place Friday afternoon, May 27th at 5 Pm Central time.

On Friday evening, we talked with the Vice President for Public Policy of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Tyler Norvell. He gave the legislature high marks- an "A" in fact, for their work on the budget, redrawing state and federal election district lines and enacting several measures that were high on the wish list of the general farm organization.

Norvell was especially pleased with the outcome of the redrawing of Congressional and Legislative Districts this year- praising Dale DeWitt of Braman for making sure that rural seats were preserved as best as they could be with the continuing shift of population from rural areas to more suburban and urban locales. Norvell added his praise to the Senators who led the effort to draw the lines on that side of the Capitol- Clark Jolley and Bryce Marlett.

Click here for our full story on the ending of the 2011 Legislative Session- and a chance to hear our conversation with Tyler Norvell of Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Cattle on Feed Shows a Lot of Cattle in Those Pens- 7% More Than May 1, 2010
On Friday afternoon, the latest Cattle on Feed numbers were released by the USDA- and while the trade was looking for a significantly higher number of cattle on feed this year versus May 1, 2010- the actual number was even bigger. The cattle on feed report negative as well with 107% on feed, placements at 110% and marketings at 97%. That larger than expected placements number may weigh on the August contract. The August is already at a $6.00 discount to the October, but it has been as wide as $8 in the past.

OSU Extension Livestock Market Analyst Derrell Peel had anticipated a combination of cattle coming off drought stressed pastures along with Mexican feeder catlte import would hammer us with a bigger than expected placement number- and the end result- ten percent bigger placements than last April- qualifies for what Peel was thinking might end up being reality.

As far as the actual numbers were concerned- Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on May 1, 2011. The inventory was 7 percent above May 1, 2010.
Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.80 million, 10 percent above 2010. This is the second highest placements for the month of April since the series began in 1996. Net placements were 1.74 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 450,000, 600-699 pounds were 310,000, 700-799 pounds were 490,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 545,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.81 million, 3 percent below 2010.

Click here for our webstory from Friday afternoon on the COF numbers- and a chance to hear our own Ed Richards talk with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities to get his ideas coming from the actual report.

Wheat Groups Join Hands With Ag Export Advocates To Push For Continuation of Federal Ag Export Subsidies
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers joined more than 120 other members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports to urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to maintain funding for USDA export programs when it considers the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill on May 24.

In a May 18 letter to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), who chairs the subcommittee, and Ranking Minority Member Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), coalition members asked that the Market Access Program (MAP) be funded at no less than $200 million for FY 12, as authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. MAP has been funded annually at this level since FY 06. The letter also called for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program to be funded at no less than $34.5 million, as provided in the Farm Bill.

"Without the MAP and FMD programs, USW would not be able to continue our work overseas," USW President Alan Tracy said. "Wheat farmers in the United States rely on the export market for nearly half of their crop each year, so wheat exports are critically important - not just to those producers and the prices they receive, but also to the communities that they serve and the prosperity of our rural towns across the country."

Click here to read more on the issue of funding for the MAP and FMD programs

Why is Animal Agriculture becoming the number one target for Anti-Agriculture Campaigns?
In recent years, the Animal Agriculture Alliance has adjusted the groups they focus on because of the changes in the animal rights movement. Kay Johnson-Smith, the Executive Director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, says the reason for this change in focus is because of a more united front among animal activist groups.

More and more animal rights organizations are making a transition from research animals to farm animals and they are starting to make animal agriculture their number one target for campaigns, says Johnson-Smith. Many of these animal rights organizations are also beginning to strategize together to make their agendas known to the general public.

One of the ways these animal rights activists are strategizing is by using undercover employees to become hired by farms and shoot video. This transition allows them to often times mischaracterize what people would typically see on farms.

Click on the LINK below to hear the rest of the story on these anti-agriculture campaigns from Kay Johnson-Smith and the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

Click here to listen to the reasons why animal agriculture is being targeted

From Last Week- Our Conversation with Senator Jim Inhofe
Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe says that the GOP will complete the job started last November in the fall of 2012 when Republicans will become the majority party in the US Senate. He fully expects to regain the Chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee- and he says that between now and then, it's important to slow the over-regulation being promoted by the Obama Administration as much as is possible.

Senator Inhofe contends that the over regulation by President Obama and his EPA and Fish and Wildlife Service is really an economic problem as well, since the over-regulation depresses economic activity of the American economy- costing billions of dollars of GDP.

Click here to jump over to our Ag Perspectives Podcast of our Interview with Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe

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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 $11.47 per bushel- as of the close of trade on Thursday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.47 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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