From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:05 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 June 21, 2011
A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- The National Ag Statistics Service Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 91% Done.
-- June is Dairy Month- We Chat with Susan Allen of Dairymax.
-- OKlahoma Ag Secretary Jim Reese Names Dr. Rod Hall as New State Veterinarian
-- OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel says Cattle Markets Will Bounce Back
-- American Farmland Trust says House Appropriations Bill Threatens Agriculture
-- Food and Agriculture Organization says Higher Food Prices are Here To Stay
-- Coming Up- House Ag Committee Audit Sessions and OCA Ranch Tour
-- Let's Check the Markets!

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The National Ag Statistics Service Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 91% Done.
According to the latest crop weather update from the USDA, "It was another hot and humid week in Oklahoma as producers continued with wheat harvest across the state. Statewide, summer-like temperatures soared to an excess of 90 degrees, with the highest temperature recorded in Grandfield at 114 degrees. Oklahoma only averaged 0.18 inches of precipitation during the week despite the severe thunderstorms that moved through the state mid-week."

Here in Oklahoma, small grain producers continued with harvesting activities as a result of the hot and dry weather. Wheat harvest was 91 percent complete by Sunday, an eight point increase from the week prior, with 21 percent of the ground plowed. Canola was 90 percent harvested by the end of the week, a three point increase from the previous week.

In Texas, harvested advanced to 71% complete, while Kansas farmers worked around rain showers with USDA showing 27% of the crop harvested- this in contrast to the 28% that Plains Grains reported harvested in the Sunflower State at the end of this past week. You can review wheat- as well as all of the spring crop conditions nationally as of Monday afternoon- click here for this week's Crop Progress report.

Here in Oklahoma, the hot weather continues to stress about anything growing. the weekly crop weather update indicates that "rain is needed to combat the dry conditions. Virtually all of the state's corn had emerged by Sunday and 13 percent of the crop was silking. Planting of sorghum was 83 percent complete, while 49 percent of the crop had emerged. Soybean seedbed preparation was 95 percent complete while 77 percent of the crop was planted and 57 percent had emerged by Sunday. Planting of peanuts was complete by week's end, with 90 percent of the crop emerged by Sunday, a three point increase from the previous week. Cotton planted was 94 percent complete and 45 percent of the crop had emerged by Sunday, 40 points behind the five-year average."

Click on the LINK below for the rest of the details from this week's Crop Weather Update for the state of Oklahoma.

Click here for the weekly Crop Weather Update for Oklahoma- covering everything from wheat to watermelons- and more.

June is Dairy Month- We Chat with Susan Allen of Dairymax.
Susan Allen of Dairy MAX, recently gave us an update on all things dairy, as we are in the middle of Dairy Month. June is Dairy Month and the National Dairy Council is providing a "30 Days of Dairy" tip sheet on their website to help people become involved in dairy month, says Allen. They are also providing tips on how to get the three full servings of dairy everyday and tips on proper serving size.

Allen also says the new My Plate program from USDA is helping to make dairy an integral part of every meal. With the average person only getting two of the three required servings, this will help consumers get that last and essential serving of dairy, says Allen.

Another program being used in many school systems in Oklahoma and across the nation is Fuel Up To Play 60, which is beneficial to school children because it not only teaches them about dairy and eating healthy, but also provides them with physical activity says Allen. The Fuel Up To Play 60 program also has funding that schools can apply for to help bring the program into their school system.

Click here for more about June- Dairy Month- and some great links to learn more about current dairy promotional efforts.

OKlahoma Ag Secretary Jim Reese Names Dr. Rod Hall as New State Veterinarian
Dr. Rod Hall has been named as Oklahoma's new state veterinarian by Secretary Jim Reese. Dr. Hall will replace Dr. Becky Brewer who left the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) to work for USDA-APHIS. Dr. Hall has worked for ODAFF as a staff veterinarian since December 2006 as director of cattle programs and the aquaculture program. As state veterinarian, Dr. Hall will be in charge of handling the regulatory components of the Animal Industry division as well as working with other state and federal agencies to monitor foreign animal diseases, import regulations and any animal health situations that may occur.

"I am confident that Dr. Rod Hall will be a great asset to our agency and our producers as state veterinarian. He has done an excellent job working with producer groups and veterinarians the past four years and I know he will continue to utilize his administrative and leadership skills to protect the herd health of Oklahoma," said Jim Reese, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture.

"Dr. Hall understands our industry and he relates well to producers." Said Scott Dewald, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. "Dr. Hall worked a lot of cattle for clients while practicing in the Tishomingo area, he has provided important animal health updates to our Board of Directors over the years and they respect his understanding of the industry and the importance of protecting Oklahoma's cattle herd."

"We congratulate Secretary Reese on his appointment of Dr. Rod Hall to serve as Oklahoma's State Veterinarian." Said Roy Lee Lindsey, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Pork Council. "Dr. Hall is a well-respected nationally as food animal veterinarian and his experience and expertise as a regulatory veterinarian will serve him well in this new capacity."

Click here to read more about new state veterinarian, Dr. Rod Hall

OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel says Cattle Markets Will Bounce Back
A bullish cattle on feed report capped off a week of sharply stronger cash cattle prices and futures last week, according to OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist, Dr. Derrell Peel. Fed cattle prices advanced $3-5/cwt. with most sales at the $109/cwt. level and some sales at $111/cwt. Both Live and Feeder cattle futures jumped sharply late in the week. Boxed beef held more steady trading in a narrow range and ending the week at just under $173/cwt. for Choice.

The June Cattle on Feed report included the expected decrease in May placements and also included a surprisingly strong May marketing figure. May placements were 89 percent of year ago levels and marketings were 107 percent of last year's May marketings. The decrease in feedlot placements in April was a result of limited feeder supplies and the dimming feedlot prospects marked by the slide in cash fed prices and Live cattle futures, along with prospects for higher feed prices. Strong marketings were the result of good packer margins that encouraged packers to increase slaughter rates at the same time that feedlots saw little incentive to hold cattle with the lower futures prices and cost of gain approaching the cash fed cattle price.

Have we seen the summer low in fed cattle prices? It is possible but the fed market may challenge the previous lows again in the next month, at least briefly. Previous placements ensure that seasonal fed cattle supplies will be ample through July and into August. The key, as it has been for several months, will be demand as reflected in the boxed beef price. If boxed beef prices hold at current levels or move higher, any challenge to fed cattle prices should not be too severe or long lived. From the unexpectedly strong fed prices at the current time, another test of the fed market might hold close to the $105/cwt. level. If boxed beef prices weaken pressure will increase to push fed prices lower.

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Peel's latest analysis of the cattle markets

American Farmland Trust says House Appropriations Bill Threatens Agriculture
"The appropriations bill before Congress is risky and simply short-sighted when it comes to protecting our nation's agricultural resources and a healthy future for America," says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust. "Cutting over half a billion dollars in this year's budget and targeting crucial and effective programs by another 20 percent or more in the 2012 budget is a dangerous step in the wrong direction, and we hope the Senate will restore some or all of these funds. Agriculture and conservation shouldn't bear more than their fair share of cuts relative to other sectors."

Scholl notes the recent media attention, including a New York Times story, underscores the challenges facing America's farmers. "Agriculture will be pressed to feed a population of over 10 billion by the end of the century, which is no small feat. We've seen evidence of how severely agricultural production will be affected by the rapidly changing environmental conditions brought on by global climate change," says Scholl. "Together, this is a truly daunting prospect. Our policymakers must address these issues sooner rather than later."

"Protecting the nation's supply of farmland is key to national food security," Scholl adds. "In the last 25 years, more than 23 million acres of farm and ranch land-an area roughly the size of Indiana- have been converted out of agricultural use to roads, strip malls and other types of sprawling development."

Click here to read more from American Farmland Trust on the House Appropriations Bill

Food and Agriculture Organization says Higher Food Prices are Here To Stay
Higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets are here to stay, according to a new report by the OECD and FAO.

The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020 says that a good harvest in the coming months should push commodity prices down from the extreme levels seen earlier this year. However, the Outlook states that over the coming decade real prices for cereals could average as much as 20 percent higher and those for meats as much as 30 percent higher, compared to 2001-10. These projections are well below the peak price levels experienced in 2007-08 and again this year.

Higher prices for commodities are being passed through the food chain, leading to rising consumer price inflation in most countries. This raises concerns for economic stability and food security in some developing countries, with poor consumers most at risk of malnutrition, the report says.

"While higher prices are generally good news for farmers, the impact on the poor in developing countries who spend a high proportion of their income on food can be devastating," said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Click here for more information from the FAO, as well as a full copy of the report

Coming Up- House Ag Committee Audit Sessions and OCA Ranch Tour
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas promised on the floor of the US House last week that his Committee would be examining each and every program that is a part of the 2008 in the days ahead- and two of the "Audit" sessions are planned for this week. Wednesday, the Committee will consider the worth of Conservation programs, while Friday they will turn their attention to Crop Insurance.

Meanwhile, here in Oklahoma- the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has their annual Ranch Tour Ready to roll- with the buses and cars that will follow heading eastward from Oklahoma City this coming Sunday afternoon. Click here for more details and how to get signed up to roll along with this wonderful opportunity to check out some of the great ranches of southeast Oklahoma.

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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 $11.95 per bushel- as of the close of trade Wednesday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $11.95 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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