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Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday, July 18, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Best Antidote for Drought- A Nice Hurricane
-- US Wheat Associates Meets in Tulsa
-- OSU Analyses Feasibility of Bioenergy Production in Rural Oklahoma
-- National Milk Producers Federation says Dairy Legislation Misrepresents Facts
-- House Ag Subcommittee Examines Farm Loan Programs
-- Drought Allows for Pond Management
-- Winter in Summer- the 2011 Winter Canola Conferences Are Tuesday & Wednesday- Y'all Come!
-- Let's Check the Markets!

Howdy Neighbors!

Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- Click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555- and their IPHONE App, which provides all electronic futures quotes is available at the App Store- click here for the KIS Futures App for your Iphone.

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Best Antidote for Drought- A Nice Hurricane
The dry weather that has been in place in some locations since last summer was a hot topic for Meterologist Travis Meyer as he addressed the summer meeting of US Wheat Associates on Sunday evening in downtown Tulsa. Meyer talked about 2011 and the weather extremes seen in Oklahoma that have been a microcosm of weather conditions nationally.

Meyer told the group that we have seen extreme cold, heat, drought, tornados, fires and even flooding here in Oklahoma since the start of 2011. He pointed especially to the strong storms that were mostly east of Oklahoma this season- he attributed the drought conditions for pushing the dry line for the storms eastward this year- with only the deadly storms around Piedmont really developing in the central part of the state this year. Meyer showed pictures of the Joplin tornado damage, which was massive, but pointed out the Piedmont storm was actually a slighty stronger storm- but just in a more rural setting.

The big concern that Meyer pointed to is the possible reestablishment of La Nina- which could extend dry weather conditions well into the fall and winter- very bad news potentially for the 2012 winter wheat crop.

The best short term solution to the current exceptional drought that covers over 40% of the state of Oklahoma- a Hurricane coming up through Texas from the Gulf of Mexico. Meyer says that we have to get a week of rain in order to begin to reverse the effects of the drought that has been with some folks since last July.

Click here to hear our conversation with Travis after his presentation to the US Wheat Associates Meeting in Tulsa.

US Wheat Associates Meets in Tulsa
Lots of Oklahoma agricultural leaders have been in and out of Tulsa this weekend to help salute Oklahoma wheat producer Don Schieber of Kay County, as he wraps up his year as the Chairman of US Wheat Associates.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission held a Saturday night reception to honor Schieber and then a reception and dinner on Sunday evening downtown at the historic Mayo Hotel.

In and around those events, US Wheat Associates has been talking trade prospects for the current wheat marketing year, biotechnology and more. We will have several interviews and related stories to share with you from Tulsa as the week unfolds. The US Wheat meeting is winding down today- and will conclude midday.

For our Monday morning coverage of the US Wheat Board Meeting- click here for our Twitter Feed- Ron on RON

OSU Analyses Feasibility of Bioenergy Production in Rural Oklahoma
Some rural communities in Oklahoma may have an opportunity to boost their local economies through bioenergy production.

Phil Kenkel, agricultural economics professor and Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair at Oklahoma State University, researches the economic feasibility of such production.

"We have developed a feasibility template that helps project developers predict the costs and returns of various systems including oil seed crushing, biodiesel production, sweet sorghum ethanol and cellulosic ethanol," he said. "One of my current projects is examining the feasibility of machinery cooperatives for harvesting and storing biomass for the bioenergy supply chain."

The biomass machinery cooperative allows producers to achieve the economies of scale and efficiency of a large industrialized system.

"By organizing as a producer-owned operation, the economic benefits from the harvesting and storing functions are retained in the rural communities," Kenkel said. "This research is important because the logistics of the supply chain are a crucial factor in second generation (cellulosic) biofuels."

Click here for more on biofuels feasibility for Oklahoma

National Milk Producers Federation says Dairy Legislation Misrepresents Facts
The National Milk Producers Federation released the following statement concerning the recent legislative draft for dairy policy reform from Rep. Collin Peterson. This statement is from Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions about the best approach to reforming dairy policy, no one should be allowed to misrepresent the facts or make unfounded assertions. There are several misleading claims that were made in Wednesday's statement from IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton regarding the release of a legislative draft by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

These misleading claims according to the NMPF include:

-The U.S.'s ability to export dairy products will be severely hindered or jeopardized

-U.S. farm-level prices could become distorted and out of alignment with world prices

-The program contains new taxes on farmers

-The proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order reforms are insufficient

Click here to read the NMPF's arguements against these claims.

House Ag Subcommittee Examines Farm Loan Programs
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit, held a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan programs. The audit hearing was a part of the House Agriculture Committee's ongoing effort to provide oversight of current spending to ensure that programs are being delivered effectively while minimizing waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication. This is the fifth audit hearing in the series.

Farming is capital-intensive, and farmers must often apply for large amounts of credit to enter farming or maintain their existing operations. By providing direct loans or guaranteeing commercial loans, FSA affords farmers who are denied commercial lending access to credit.

The audit hearing provided Subcommittee members information regarding what loan programs are the most effective for farmers and ranchers.

"In a challenging fiscal environment, the findings of today's hearing help us prioritize the farm loan programs that are most valuable to America's farmers and ranchers while making the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars," said Chairman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).

"The information shared today brings us a step closer to understanding and addressing credit concerns for producers in the next farm bill, but there is still more to analyze. The soundness and adequacy of the credit extended to farmers by the FSA and how that affects the affordability and availability of food in urban areas, like Cleveland, is of high priority to me. It is also important to continue to monitor progress made to ensure minority farmers receive sufficient and unbiased access to credit . It is our responsibility to ensure that both the structure and implementation of FSA programs is fair," said Ranking Member Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).

Click here to see the witness list from this hearing.

Drought Allows for Pond Management
There is one key ingredient for ponds to be able to function as designed: water.

With the extreme dry conditions that most of Oklahoma has been experiencing over the past several months, many ponds have become noticeably smaller in surface area, which causes several problems, but allows the opportunity for some renovation.

Some of the problems include a decrease in palatability for livestock, followed by lower water consumption, unhealthy fish and low oxygen fish kills, said Marley Beem, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension aquaculture specialist.

"Skinny fish in a shrinking pond will probably benefit from increased harvest. Low oxygen fish kills also are possible as nutrients become concentrated causing algae growth to increase," he said. "In some cases low oxygen kills can be averted by using a pump set to aerate water when fish show signs of gulping or piping at the surface."

A more effective way of reducing the risk of a fish kill is to harvest an "at risk" pond heavily and fill the freezer. While no one wishes for a drought, opportunities for maintenance work on ponds are provided.

Click here for additional information on pond management

Winter in Summer- the 2011 Winter Canola Conferences Are Tuesday & Wednesday- Y'all Come!
Oklahoma's seventh annual winter canola conference will have a new wrinkle this year; it will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Enid. And to include more canola growers from southwestern Oklahoma and north Texas, the same program will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Lawton, Ok.

Enid's meeting will be held at the Hoover building, Garfield County fairgrounds. Wednesday's meeting will be held at the McMahon Centennial Complex at Cameron University in Lawton.

According to Gene Neuens, Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Oklahoma City, Ok., there is no charge for registration, food or drinks at either session. Door prizes will be given away by program sponsors and 3.5 CCA CEUs will be given to producers attending the conferences.

Both days, the conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, coffee and doughnuts being provided by Archer, Daniels and Midland Co. A welcome will be given by Roger Gribble, Oklahoma State University, and Leon Fischer, Cameron.

During the morning session, canola versus wheat prices, soil preparation and planting, canola varieties, canola pests such as insects, weeds and diseases, and presentations by seed companies will be held. After a mid morning break, canola crop insurance, fertilizing, canola and wheat rotations, harvesting options and a grower panel discussion will be held. A midday lunch will help wrap up both sessions. Door prizes will be given right after lunch.

Anyone interested in adding winter canola into your wheat production plan is welcome to attend the meeting most convenient for you.

Click here for more details of these two Winter Canola Educational Sessions- Enid on Tuesday and Lawton on Wednesday.

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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 $13.09 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $13.02 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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