From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 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 Wednesday June 8, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Canola TV - Heath Sanders Talks Harvest 2011
-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Blows Past the Half Done Mark as Hot Dry Conditions Prevail
-- OSU Extension Provides Multiple Ways to Control Weeds in Sesame
-- Tips for Working Cattle in Summertime Heat by OSU's Glenn Selk
-- Duster Continues to Impress in Wheat Test Plots Across Oklahoma for 2011
-- Second District Congessman Dan Boren Won't Run in 2012
-- Matt Gard Honored on Completing Term as Area I Conservation Commissioner
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Canola TV - Heath Sanders Talks Harvest 2011
In our newest edition of Canola TV, Ron Hays heads to the field and talks harvest with Heath Sanders of PCOM. Harvest has begun for the 2011 crop season across Oklahoma and it has had some challenges, says Sanders. Many of the late rains that many Oklahomans experienced caused a majority of canola fields to begin regrowing. Despite these challenges, Sanders says the yields are still holding strong for canola.

USDA reported that half of the canola in Oklahoma had been harvested as of the beginning of this week.

Click on the LINK below to enjoy our visit with Heath Sanders about the harvest season for 2011- as well as what to expect for yields across the state of Oklahoma.

Canola TV can be found on Youtube- click here to jump to the WinterCanolaTV channel we have deveoped for PCOM on this popular site and check out some of our previous episodes that focus on producing canola in the southern plains.

Click here for the latest edition of Canola TV as we talk harvest with Heath Sanders.

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Blows Past the Half Done Mark as Hot Dry Conditions Prevail
Wheat harvest continues to expand northward with the hot dry weather pattern that has dominated the southern Great Plains since before Memorial Day. We have been getting reports from a lot of different sources- including you directly via email and even via Facebook. From Facebook,. we have received a report of a producer in Perry that cut Duster wheat that yielded 39 bushels and had a test weight of 65.7/bu.

We also have reports we have consolidated this morning from the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Kansas Wheat Alliance. The Wheat Commission report shows harvest expanding into the Panhandle with indications of just starting yesterday in the Hooker area. One of the more impressive reports for the 2011 crop comes from Burlington- again from the Wheat Commission- "Harvest for this area expects to run about a week longer. Showing test weights of 60 pounds or better. Moisture coming in around 9 - 10 percent. Yields averaging around 40 bushels per acre."

Click on the LINK below to read all of the reports from across Oklahoma into southern Kansas. AND- we would love to hear your specifics on wheat and canola harvest for 2011- and pictures are always appreciated as well! Send them to

Click here for more on wheat harvest 2011.

OSU Extension Provides Multiple Ways to Control Weeds in Sesame
Sesame is an increasingly popular option for Oklahoma producers looking for a rotational crop that can handle hot, dry summers. Currently, herbicide options for sesame production are limited. However, through a combination of herbicides and a vigorous, competitive crop, it is possible to produce high-quality sesame.

Preplant and burndown weed control

Because of its slow initial growth, sesame will not compete with early-season weeds and stands can quickly be lost due to over-growth of weeds. Therefore, it is very important to start the growing season with a clean, weed-free field. For broad-spectrum weed control, several glyphosate products are labeled for pre-plant applications and can be used any time prior to sesame planting. Sesame is very sensitive to glyphosate and should not be used after planting, unless the seed is adequately covered with soil.

For no-till production, 2,4-D can be added to glyphosate to improve control of many broadleaf weeds, such as marestail or pigweed. However, like many other sensitive crops, sesame should not be planted immediately after spraying 2,4-D. Previous research conducted by OSU and in Texas indicates that 2,4-D should be applied at least 2 weeks prior to planting. Other burndown herbicides, such as Sharpen®, should not be used prior to planting sesame.

Click here for more ways to control weeds within sesame

Tips for Working Cattle in Summertime Heat by OSU's Glenn Selk
Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma. According to the 1997 Oklahoma Climatological Survey most areas of Oklahoma have 10 or more days each year above 100 degrees and 70 or more days with high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that most cow calf operations will be working cattle on days when heat stress to cattle is possible. Cattle have an upper critical temperature approximately 20 degrees cooler than humans. When humans are uncomfortable at 80 degrees and feel hot at 90 degrees, cattle may well be in the danger zone for extreme heat stress. Humidity is an additional stress or that intensifies the heat by making body heat dissipation more difficult.

Over heating is sporadically encountered in cattle, but is really a rare problem. High humidity contributes to the likelihood of heat stroke or prostration because water evaporation from the oral and nasal cavities is decreased, in spite of rapid panting. At an environmental temperature of about 88 degrees, heat dissipation mechanisms such as sweating and evaporative cooling must take place to prevent a rise in body temperature. Sweat gland activity in cattle increases as the temperature goes above the thermoneutral zone. Panting is an important heat regulatory device in cattle.

The signs of overheating may develop suddenly and depend upon the environmental conditions and the health of the cattle exposed to the heat. Panting often occurs at rectal temperatures at or above 104 degrees F, but may begin even at lower body temperatures. Some animals manifest restlessness, excitement, and spasms of certain muscles. However, other animals may be dull and depressed. A protruding tongue may be covered with saliva, and frothy mucus discharged at the nostrils. Rectal temperatures of overheated cattle have ranged as high as 107 to 115 degrees F.

Click here for Glenn Selk's specific ways to manage cattle during summertime heat

Duster Continues to Impress in Wheat Test Plots Across Oklahoma for 2011
The OSU developed variety Duster has placed at the top of the test reults in three of the six locations reported thus far in 2011 by the OSU Wheat Improvement Team. Dr. Jeff Edwards is continuing the practice started last year of reporting the yield results of the test plots as they are harvested across the state. Six have been posted as of early this morning, with four locations showing Duster leading the variety pack.

Other OSU offspring, as developed by Dr. Brett Carver, are also showing strength as Endurance, Centerfield and Garrison have also been at the top of the lists in various locations.

You can click on the LINK below for the OSU Wheat website- where there are links for each of the six locations to date- Frederick, Olustee, Apache, Elk City, Homestead and Kingfisher.

Click here to see the location by location results of the OSU Wheat Plots for 2011- at least those reported to this point.

Second District Congessman Dan Boren Won't Run in 2012
U.S. Representative Dan Boren, who is Oklahoma's lone Democratic congressman, announced Tuesday he will not seek a fifth term.
Rep. Boren represents Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District. He was elected to the office in 2004. He currently serves on the House Resources Committee. He's also the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs as a part of that committee.

Congressman Boren gave no hint of future political plans on Tuesday as he made the announcement. Here is the statement released by his office about the decision:

"I have made the decision not to seek re-election next year for another term in Congress. This is not an easy decision for me. It was based on the demands of constant campaigning, and most importantly spending too much time away from my family which includes two very young children.

"I will spend the next 18 months focusing on committee work which includes my position as ranking member of the Indian Affairs Subcommittee, a member of the Intelligence Committee, a member of the Blue Dog Leadership team, and as co-chair of the House Natural Gas Caucus. At the end of this term, I will have served a decade in elected office which includes the Oklahoma Legislature and the Congress. I am proud of the record of independence and bipartisanship that our office has undertaken.

"There are no better people than those in the Second District of Oklahoma. It has been an honor serving them. It is my intention to serve out the balance of my term and not letting up until my time is completed. I want to thank my family, especially my wife Andrea, our wonderful staff, and again the great people of the Second District of Oklahoma."

Click here for Congressman Boren's website- which includes the statement about not seeking reelection.

Matt Gard Honored on Completing Term as Area I Conservation Commissioner
Matt Gard attended his final meeting of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as Area I member on June 6, 2011. Former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and state Rep. Joe Dorman were among 20 people who attended a luncheon in Gard's honor immediately following the meeting. Dorman presented Gard with a Legislative Citation. Mike Thralls, OCC executive director, presented Gard with a Conservation Commendation for his "five years of leadership and dedicated service to the State of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as Area I Conservation Commissioner."

In February the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts honored Gard with its President's Award. In presenting the award, Trey Lam, outgoing OACD president, commended Gard for his courage and perseverance. Gard suffered a tragic motorcycle accident in February 2010 that left him partially paralyzed. Despite that personal tragedy and a rigorous rehabilitation program, Gard missed only one Conservation Commission meeting and continued his role of public service almost without missing a beat, Lam said.

In spite of the paralysis Gard has suffered for over a year, he stood to make remarks, under his own strength, at both the Commission meeting and the reception afterward.

Gard became a cooperator with the Major County Conservation District in 1989 and joined the board of directors in 1993. He has served on the OACD executive board as Area I director and vice president. A board member of the Fairview Chamber of Commerce for four years, he also served as vice president in 1997 and president in 1998. He has served as a member of the steering committee for the OSU Extension Program for Major and Dewey Counties and is a certified instructor for trap and archery under that program. He has served as a board member and president of both the Oklahoma Alfalfa Hay and Seed Association and the Major County Surface and Mineral Owners Association. He served as the director of the membership committee for the National Forage and Grasslands Council. He also serves on the Oklahoma Biofuels Advisory Board.

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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 $12.39 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.39 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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