From: Ron Hays <> on behalf of Ron Hays <>

Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 9:17 AM


Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update



Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 10, 2011

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-- OSU's Dr. Jeff Edwards Gives An Update on Wheat Harvest 2011 Across Oklahoma

-- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Now 80% Done- Per Plains Grains, Inc

-- Kim Anderson Talks About Harvest and USDA Crop Report- And We Have Your SUNUP Preview

-- New Software Allows Pork Producers to Compute Carbon Footprint for Their Farm

-- President Obama Announces Establishment of White House Rural Council

-- Southern Plains Wheat Crop Numbers Left Unchanged- New Crop Corn Ending Stocks Dropped Dramatically

-- Cattlemen's Beef Board Responds to NCBA Claims of CBB CEO Misconduct

-- Let's Check the Markets!

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OSU's Dr. Jeff Edwards Gives An Update on Wheat Harvest 2011 Across Oklahoma


Oklahoma State University Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards says Oklahoma will more than likely meet the USDA 74.8 million bushel prediction for wheat harvest this year. Edwards also says the 22 bushel per acre average for the state is promising. Across the state however, bushels per acre has a wide range. In southwestern Oklahoma, the average is 15 to 25 bushels per acre, while central Oklahoma is 20 to 35 bushels per acre. In northern Oklahoma, areas around Alva have brought in 40 to 50 bushels per acre, which Edwards says is an exception. Other areas in northern Oklahoma have been averaging 20 to 40 bushels per acre.

The quality of wheat for the 2011 crop season has continued to stay strong has harvest is almost halfway done. Test weights have been averaging 58 to 62 pounds per bushel, while protein levels are up as well. Despite the drought pressure for this crop year, Edwards says the quality of wheat has been better than expected.

While the drought has been challenging for producers, Edwards says it has been helpful in showing what varieties of wheat can handle the drought pressure. Many of the new varieties of wheat have been doing quite well, such as Duster, Jackpot and Billings. In northeast Oklahoma, the new variety of Everest from Kansas State University has been doing well this crop season. Edwards says these new varieties are outperforming the old varieties, even Jagger, in these drought conditions.

Click on the LINK below to watch the whole interview between Ron Hays and Dr. Jeff Edwards. They address the topic of wheat harvest 2011 and discuss yields, varieties and what producers need to do to prepare for 2012.

Click here for even more on wheat harvest 2011 from Dr. Jeff Edwards

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Now 80% Done- Per Plains Grains, Inc


The 2011 HRW wheat harvest took a giant leap north over the last week with test cutting now going on just south of I-70 in central Kansas. Oklahoma took the biggest jump in harvested acres this past week to 80%. The majority of acres left to be cut in Oklahoma are in the Panhandle and the north central part of the state. Harvest in Texas has also moved rapidly with the largest wheat producing area (north of Amarillo) now getting into full swing.

Yields have increase slightly as harvest moved into north central Oklahoma and Kansas (south central area) with test weights and protein remaining strong. The Oklahoma Panhandle, western and southwestern Kansas were hit hard by the drought and a late freeze so conditions in those areas remain a concern as cutting begins.

The Kansas harvest is really cranking up over the last few days- and Mark Hodges with Plains Grains says they have 8% of their harvest done to date. Click here for the Kansas Wheat Harvest Update from the Kansas Wheat Alliance. Click on the LINK below for our webstory on these numbers

Click here for the latest Plains Grains Harvest Update as of June 10.

Kim Anderson Talks About Harvest and USDA Crop Report- And We Have Your SUNUP Preview


Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Economist, says the recent numbers for wheat production released by the USDA were higher than expected at about 2% higher. World production of wheat is predicted at 24.6 billion bushels, which is higher than last year and production in the southern plains is down.

In Texas, production is down from 128 million bushels last year to a predicted 47 million. Kansas is down as well from 360 million in 2010 to a predicted 262 million for 2011. In Oklahoma, a predicted 75 million which is significantly less than the 121 million from last year. Oklahoma has an average of 105 million bushels from the last five years.

Click on the LINK below to hear the interview between Dave Deken and Dr. Kim Anderson on the USDA Crop Report as well as numbers for the world wheat production this year.

Click here to listen to Dr. Kim Anderson's comments and for your SUNUP preview

New Software Allows Pork Producers to Compute Carbon Footprint for Their Farm


The Pork Checkoff announces the release of a new software tool for pork producers - the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. Developed with the technical expertise of the University of Arkansas' Applied Sustainability Center, the user-friendly application allows producers to input their on-farm data from the sow or grow-finish side of production to compute the carbon footprint of an entire barn of pigs from breeding to market.

Roy Henry, a pork producer from Longford, Kan., and member of the National Pork Board, said, "America's pork producers are among the most environmentally and socially responsible food producers in the world. The unveiling of the new carbon footprint calculator demonstrates this fact once again."

Henry explained that the calculator will create a benchmark of a barn's carbon footprint that producers can then use to help make production decisions to improve efficiencies and achieve a lower overall footprint. "This tool truly offers us an innovation that can help guide our management practices," Henry said.

National Pork Board President, Everett Forkner, a producer from Richards, Mo., sees the new tool as a breakthrough. "It's a great day for everyone on and off the farm when we can bring a new tool such as this to U.S. producers," Forkner said. "It reflects producers' ongoing dedication to invest in new tools that help improve upon their long history of protecting the environment."

Click here to learn how to get your free copy of the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator

President Obama Announces Establishment of White House Rural Council


The White House today announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council. While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential. To address these challenges, build on the Administration's rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council.

"Strong rural communities are key to a stronger America," said President Barack Obama. "That's why I've established the White House Rural Council to make sure we're working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth."

The White House Rural Council will coordinate programs across government to encourage public-private partnerships to promote further economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide. Chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the Council will be responsible for providing recommendations for investment in rural areas and will coordinate Federal engagement with a variety of rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments.

"Rural America makes significant contributions to the security, prosperity, and economic strength of our country," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The Rural Council announced by President Obama shows his continued focus on promoting economic opportunity, creating jobs, and enhancing the quality of life for those who live in rural America. Together with the rest of the Obama administration, USDA has worked to support families and businesses in rural communities so that their success will pay dividends for all Americans."

Click here for more on the White House Rural Council including a copy of the Executive Order

Southern Plains Wheat Crop Numbers Left Unchanged- New Crop Corn Ending Stocks Dropped Dramatically


The USDA issued several reports Thursday morning, including the second look at the potential size of the US Winter Wheat Crop. Our own Ed Richards talked with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities about the numbers from this report- as well as the Supply Demand numbers from the ERS website as approved by the World Agricultural Outlook Board. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to that conversation on Tom's take about the numbers from these two reports this morning. He believes the big response within market circles will be about the sharp reduction in new crop corn ending stocks.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast but 2 percent below 2010. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 45.3 bushels per acre, up 0.8 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels less than last year. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, unchanged from May1. Hard Red Winter production, at 777 million bushels, is up 2 percent from a month ago. Soft Red Winter production is up 2 percent from last month and now totals 434 million bushels. White Winter production totals 240 million bushels, up 2 percent from last month. Of this total, 11.6 million bushels are Hard White and 228 million bushels are Soft White.

While overall Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop numbers were higher, the numbers for three of the major producing states, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, were left unchanged from a month ago. The 2011 Kansas wheat crop is expected to be 27% smaller than a year ago at 261.8 million bushels, the Oklahoma crop is continues to be called at 74.8 million bushels, 37% smaller than in 2010 and the Texas harvest expected to be very disappointing at 46.8 million bushels, 73% under the 2010 harvest total.

Click here for more information on the potential size of the U.S. Winter Wheat Crop

Cattlemen's Beef Board Responds to NCBA Claims of CBB CEO Misconduct


The Executive Committee of the Cattlemen's Beef Board has agreed with their principle contractor, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, that some specific actions by the Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey were improper and have reprimanded him and put him on an "employment probation" for a period of six months.

The allegation made by NCBA to the Beef Board was similar to complaints aired by a Beef Board member in a closed door meeting back in February of this year in Denver during the Cattle Industry Convention. The allegation was that Ramey "repeatedly listened to NCBA organized conference calls with state beef council executives." The NCBA offered substantiation to the CBB Executive Committee and the Committee agreed this practice occurred and it was improper. The response from the CBB attorney to NCBA adds that " Mr. Ramey has assured the CBB Executive Committee that he recognizes that his actions were improper and a breach of ethical standards and has promised to never do it again."

The attorney also listed three other allegations that NCBA made against Ramey, the previous Chairman of the CBB Dan Dierschke and current Chairman Tom Jones- indicated the board had reviewed those charges and concluded they were not valid.

The report to current NCBA President Bill Donald concluded that "the CBB Executive Committee has reaffirmed its support of Mr. Ramey as CEO of the Beef Board and suggests that now is the time for the Beef Board and the rest of the industry to move forward."

The charges and the response and reaction from the Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board Tom Jones of Arkansas are the subject of our end of the week Beef Buzz.
The Beef Buzz is heard on great radio stations in our region- as well as heard as a podcast via Itunes subscription and is archived on our website and can be found by going to www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and clicking on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of any page.

Click here for this end of the week Beef Buzz on CBB agreeing with NCBA on the ethics of easedropping on conference calls.

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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 $12.25 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.25 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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