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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Crop Weather Shows Oklahoma Cotton Crop Condition Sliding Further This Past Week
-- House Ways and Means to Try Mock Markup of FTAs Minus TAA
-- Water Toxicity Growing Problem as Summer Heats Up
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Hosting Production Advantage Workshop, Focusing on New Technology
-- Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program Deadline Approaching for 2009 Crops
-- Okanola Annual Winter Conferences Coming Up Soon in July
-- OSU and Texas AgriLife Researchers Find Cool-Season Grasses More Profitable Than Warm-Season Grasses
-- One Picture Tells It All- The 2011 Drought
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

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Crop Weather Shows Oklahoma Cotton Crop Condition Sliding Further This Past Week
Oklahoma received no relief from the stifling hot weather as average high temperatures ranged from 98 to 103 degrees. The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update was one day later than normal this week due to the holiday- and one of the most telling stats of the report is the latest update on the 2011 cotton crop- now rated 73% poor to very poor, 20% fair and 7% in good condition. The first report in July, 2010 showed the Oklahoma cotton crop rated 77% good and 7% in excellent condition- what a difference a year makes.

For our spring planted crops- "Drought conditions continued to take a toll on most of the state's row crops with conditions rated mostly in the fair to poor range. Corn silking reached 69 percent complete by week's end. Sorghum planting was virtually complete, while 83 percent had emerged with nine percent of the crop heading. Planting of soybeans was also virtually complete, while 89 percent had emerged and nine percent was blooming. Peanuts emerged reached 94 percent complete and 29 percent were pegging by week's end, 19 points behind the five-year average. Cotton emerged reached 73 percent complete by Sunday while cotton squaring was seven percent complete, both behind the five-year average."

Pasture conditions are also critical. "Pasture and range conditions were rated mostly poor to very poor. Despite the extremely hot weather, livestock conditions were rated mostly fair to good. Cattle have very little pasture to graze and pond levels are very low."

We have both the state report for you to jump to- as well as the weekly national Crop Progress numbers for all major crops- that national report shows little difference in the condition of the US soybean and corn crop this year versus a year ago while the US Cotton crop reflects the poor conditions not only here in Oklahoma but also in Texas and indicates a crop that is suffering a great deal more in 2011 than it did at this point in time in 2010.

Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update as issued on Tuesday afternoon, July 5.

House Ways and Means to Try Mock Markup of FTAs Minus TAA
The House Ways and Means Committee will try this Thursday to do something the Senate Finance Committee could not accomplish last week- get a quorum together to hold a mock markup for the three pending U.S. trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The Senate Finance committee tried last week but Republican members boycotted the meeting. The Republicans, led by Utah Senator Orin Hatch, were protesting the inclusion of legislative language that renews Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Ways and Means Committee plans to review the Free Trade Deals without TAA in the mix- and that upsets the Obama Administration.

U. S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomes the House effort. Kirk says, - this is an important step forward in the process of approval of the agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. However, Kirk noted that without TAA, the effort is - at odds with the Administration's stated intentions for advancing a package that includes both the free-trade agreements and assistance for workers adversely impacted by trade.

One segment of US agriculture that is VERY concerned with our lack of progress on the FTAs- the US Pork Industry. With the European Trade Deal with South Korea taking effect July 1(this past Friday), US pork producers say the EU now has a price advantage over US Pork and we are now in a position of having to play catch up. Click on the LINK below for more on the FTA battle- and a chance to hear Dave Warner of the National Pork Producers and the concerns they have because of no conclusion in sight on getting the South Korean FTA ratified.

Click here for more on the Ways and Means Committee Mock Markup- and the Pork Industry Worries About Lack of FTA Movement.

Water Toxicity Growing Problem as Summer Heats Up
The 2011 Fourth of July Holiday brought warnings for humans about "Blue-green algae" in one of the large Oklahoma lakes used for recreation. Blue-green algae has often been a concern to livestock producers in late summer in Oklahoma. With the June heat wave that has caused water temperatures to warm sooner than usual, cattle producers need to now be aware of the potential problem. Blue-green algae in dirty and drying ponds and flood overflow areas can cause fatal toxicity in all domestic animals that drink from these ponds.

The culprit is not really an algae and may not even be blue-green. The problem is caused by a group of organisms known as cyanobacteria, or bacteria with photosynthesis capability. The colors range from blue to bright green but may also be red or purple. Often these organisms will show up like a paint scum on the surface of the water.

When these organisms are present in small to moderate numbers they don't present a problem. When the pond "blooms", however, they create toxins. Blooms occur when the right conditions are met, including warm water temperatures and the presence of large quantities of nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorous. Water temperature goes up as water volume goes down, due to consumption and dehydration. Water temperature also rises as air temperatures go up. Water temperature goes up much quicker and higher in shallow, stagnant sources. Water temperature goes up higher in bodies of water that have bare ground around them than in ponds that have grass and weeds up to the water. Nutrient levels in ponds rise due to fertilizer or manure run-off.

Cattle spend more time standing in ponds as the air temperature increases. When cattle are allowed into the water, their urination and defecation contribute as a major source of nitrogen and phosphorous. Cattle grazing fescue pastures in the summer may also spend more time in the water because the endophyte on the fescue causes the cattle's body temperature to rise above normal. The result from the higher temperature and nutrient availability is that the pond blooms and the water goes from relatively clear to looking like green paint in just a few days due to the production of millions of bacterial bodies.

There are two toxins produced. The first is a neurotoxin that affects the central nervous system and causes very rapid death to the animal. Dead cattle are often found lying at or near the pond where they drank. Deaths can occur in large numbers if the concentration of toxin is high. The second toxin is a hepatotoxin, or toxin that attacks the liver. This results in slower death and signs include jaundice and severe sun-burning. It is not as common as the sudden death syndrome. Once the animals have consumed the toxic water, there is no treatment. Often the wind pushes the organisms and the resulting toxins across the pond where they become concentrated. An early warning sign is the presence of dead mice, snakes, or other small animals on the downwind side of the pond.

Click here for more information on water toxicity

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Hosting Production Advantage Workshop, Focusing on New Technology
Farm Bureau members wanting to learn about new technology are invited to attend the Production Advantage workshop, July 28-29, OFB office, 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City.

"We want to show how new technology can be used to improve production," said Burton Harmon, OFB field services representative and workshop coordinator.

The two-day seminar includes social media training, demonstrations of Green Seeker technology and ranch management software, marketing training and use of the Internet for soil surveys.

"The Production Advantage Seminar will give producers who attend a production advantage because they will learn about new technology and resources that can move them to the forefront of the agricultural industry," Harmon said. "The training seminar is designed to help members improve and expand their operations through a better understanding of new technology and computer competency."

For more information, contact Kelli Beall at (405) 523-2470, or email at

Click here for a complete schedule of the seminar

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program Deadline Approaching for 2009 Crops
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that they have until Friday, July 29, 2011, to apply for assistance for 2009 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses.

"USDA wants to ensure that all eligible producers are aware of the approaching deadline," said Vilsack. "SURE covers producers on farms in disaster counties that incurred crop production, crop-quality losses or both, but in order to qualify, you need to file in a timely manner. I encourage anyone with questions to visit their local USDA Farm Service Agency Office."

The SURE program takes into consideration losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. To be eligible, producers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance and obtained a policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), for all economically significant crops. A producer must have a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Disaster Designation or have actual production on the farm that was less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.

A limit of $100,000 per person and legal entity collectively received, directly and indirectly, applies to the combination of payments from SURE and the livestock disaster programs administered by FSA - Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP). Persons or legal entities whose average nonfarm income exceeds $500,000 are not eligible for SURE payments.

Click here to learn more about signing up for SURE

Okanola Annual Winter Conferences Coming Up Soon in July
Producers interested in or looking to maximize profits from winter canola should plan now to attend one of the 7th Annual Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences scheduled for July 19 in Enid and July 20 in Lawton. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. A canola production notebook filled with useful agronomic information will be made available free-of-charge to participants.

"This is a great opportunity for both new and experienced canola producers to interact with their fellow growers while getting the latest science-based information about all aspects of canola production, from planting through harvest and marketing," said Brad Tipton, Canadian County Extension director and agricultural educator.

The July 19 conference will take place 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds' Hoover Building in Enid. The July 20 conference will take place 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Cameron University's McMahon Centennial Complex in Lawton.

Conference sessions will focus on canola prices compared to wheat; soil preparation and planting; canola varieties; insect, diseases and weed control; canola crop insurance; maximizing fertilizer-use efficiency; the economics of wheat and canola crop rotations; and harvesting options.

Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension winter canola associate, said winter canola has become a pivotal advancement in improving many farm operations in the southern Great Plains states.

"Canola producers now have multiple marketing options as well as local delivery points that have greatly assisted in increasing canola acreage in the region," he said.

Click here for additional information on the Okanola Annual Winter Conferences

OSU and Texas AgriLife Researchers Find Cool-Season Grasses More Profitable Than Warm-Season Grasses
Access to swine effluent or waste water can help a producer grow more grass. But a Texas AgriLife Researcher says the grass is "greener" economically if it is a cool-season rather than a warm-season variety.

Dr. Seong Park, AgriLife Research economist in Vernon, said while the warm-season grasses appear to have a greater growth boost with swine effluent application, the cool-season grasses have marketing advantages that make it a more viable economic option for producers in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Southern Plains.

Park recently had the results of his study published in the Journal of American Society of Farm Manager and Rural Appraisal. The study was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for "Comprehensive Animal Waste Systems in Semiarid Ecosystems." Cooperators in the study were Dr. Jeffrey Vitale and Dr. Jeffory Hattey, both with Oklahoma State University.

The study evaluated the risk and economics of intensive forage production systems under four alternative types of forage and two alternative nitrogen sources. The results will help farmers make better informed production decisions. The study compared two cool-season grasses - orchard grass and wheatgrass - with two warm-season grasses - Bermuda grass and buffalo grass. The two nitrogen sources used to fertilize the crop were urea or swine effluent.

Park said their model showed that intensified production of cool-season grasses with the application of fertilizer appeared to be the more economically viable option for producers in the Southern Plains.

Click here for more information on cool-season grasses from OSU and Texas AgriLife

One Picture Tells It All- The 2011 Drought
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released on June 30 indicates 33 percent of Oklahoma - virtually the entire western third of the state - is experiencing exceptional drought, the highest designation on the drought intensity scale.
Severe-to-exceptional drought covers nearly 56 percent of the state. Eastern Oklahoma had been drought-free through much of May and June but it to succumbed to the intense heat and wind. Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions continue to intensify and now cover the eastern half of Oklahoma.
We have a picture that sums up what the statistics are saying- it is simply a terrible situation for farmers and ranchers alike. Paul Jackson with the American Farmers and Ranchers supplied this picture to us- and it shows a pond rapidly drying up in southern Oklahoma. Click here to take a look.

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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 $12.03 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.82 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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