From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 6:12 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, September 28, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Crop Insurance for Small Grains- Sign Up NOW.
-- Canola TV - Brandon Winters Talks Canola 2012 Pricing
-- OSU Hosting Master Cattleman Summit in October
-- Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts to Recognize Oklahoma Landowners
-- Nitrogen Requirements for Winter Wheat Depend on Type of Production
-- Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures
-- Vote Daily- and Other Bits and Pieces on Humpday
-- 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.

We are also excited to have as one of our sponsors for the daily email Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, with 64 years of progress through producer ownership. Call Brandon Winters at 405-232-7555 for more information on the oilseed crops they handle, including sunflowers and canola- and remember they post closing market prices for canola and sunflowers on the PCOM website- go there by clicking here.

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Crop Insurance for Small Grains- Sign Up NOW.
This coming Friday is the deadline for the signup for wheat and other small grains to apply for crop insurance. As you get with your Crop Insurance agent, you will need to declare how many acres you plan on planting- and select the type of coverage and the level of coverage that you want to buy. You don't pay any money at this point- and you will actually indicate actual acres planted in a couple of months- but if you miss the deadline of September 30- you have no opportunity for Crop Insurance for the 2012 Winter Wheat Crop.

You may recall a few weeks back- we had Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU join us for an interview where we talked about the issues of drought and prevented planting. Well, discussions on this have been going on from the grassroots right up to Washington- and we actually got word via the grapevine a couple of weeks ago of what the Feds were thinking on the drought and prevented planting for both canola and wheat- and in the last couple of days- we have finally seen an actual memo putting in writing what was being talked about.

The background memo established what the issue was - "The 2012 fall crop planting season is upon us and a large portion of the area in which fall wheat and canola can be planted is still under extraordinary drought conditions. Questions and concerns have recently been expressed about existing policy and procedural applications as they apply to specific issues directly related to this drought. This memorandum is being issued in response to some of those issues based on current conditions as they may impact fall or spring crop planting decisions but also to provide information in order to avoid unintended consequences for spring crop insurability."

Specifically- wheat and canola producers may have the chance to make a claim under the prevented planting clause of their crop insurance- if the soil is too dry for germination. The memo says "The area that is prevented from being planted has insufficient soil moisture for germination of seed or progress toward crop maturity due to a prolonged period of dry weather. The documentation for a prolonged period of dry weather must be verifiable using information collected by sources whose business it is to record and study the weather, including, but not limited to, local weather reporting stations of the National Weather Service."

Canola producers may be the first to face this- with the planting window ending October 10- but it would be very advisable to work with your Crop Insurance Agent if you intend to go this route.

Click here for our story on OklahomaFarmReport.Com where you can access the full memo from RMA on the Guidance regarding drought and fall planting

Canola TV - Brandon Winters Talks Canola 2012 Pricing
In the newest edition of Canola TV, Ron Hays and Brandon Winters of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill discuss canola pricing, how canola compares to wheat, and looking forward to pricing for the 2012 crop season. Winters says that canola prices have fluctuated this past crop year but have consistently been higher than wheat prices per bushel. Currently, canola is about $3.50 to $4.00 per bushel higher than wheat prices.

Winters also says that many producers look at different aspects of the industry to establish the price of canola. PCOM takes a variety of these into consideration and Winters says they are trying to provide the producers different avenues to look at on canola pricing. Winters says there are some producers that like to look at price per pound, while others like to look at per metric ton, and others like follow canola against soybeans.

Producers can already begin looking ahead to the 2012 canola crop bids says Winters. The 2012 new crop bids for canola are already posted daily on the PCOM website- which you can visit by following the link below.

Click on the LINK below to watch the latest edition of Canola TV with Brandon Winters of PCOM.

Click here for the latest edition of Canola TV with Brandon Winters

OSU Hosting Master Cattleman Summit in October
Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.

In addition to interactive sessions and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to interact with two of the nation's most popular and knowledgeable speakers on ranch management: Kit Pharo and Burke Teichert.

"Kit Pharo has some unique and innovative management ideas and philosophies that differ substantially from many traditional ways of thinking, while Burke Teichert has run a number of ranches successfully and is renowned for organizing operations to be cost-effective with efficient, small crews," said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.

The summit will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Summit sessions will take place at the OSU Animal Science Building, located on Monroe Street just south of its intersection with Hall of Fame Avenue.

Cost is $30 if registering prior to Oct. 5 and $40 thereafter. To register, contact Kareta Casey by email at or by phone at 405-744-9836. The summit is unable to accept credit cards.

Click here for more information the Master Cattleman Summit

Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts to Recognize Oklahoma Landowners
As part of their continuing commitment to Oklahoma and the health of its environment, The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) announced that they once again will join forces to honor the efforts of the Citizens of Oklahoma who protect and conserve our natural resources by presenting the Nature Conservancy Outstanding Conservation Landowner/Cooperator Award to the Oklahoma landowner chosen for best incorporating natural resource conservation on their property.

"We are honored to again have the Nature Conservancy as our partner in furthering conservation in Oklahoma," Joe Parker, President of OACD said. "Their sponsorship of this award and their commitment to protecting and conserving our natural resources is greatly appreciated. They are truly committed to the conservation and protection of our soil, water, air, and wildlife habitats."

The Outstanding Landowner/Cooperator award is presented annually to the Oklahoma Agriculture Producer judged as having the most extensive and effective natural resource conservation initiative on their property. This includes efforts to conserve and protect Oklahoma's soil, water, air and wildlife habitats through sound stewardship practices on working agricultural Land. The winner of this award will receive $1,500 and a trophy recognizing their accomplishments at the Governors Conservation Awards Ceremony at the Blue Room of the State Capitol during the spring legislative session.

"The Conservancy prides itself on developing collaborative, market-based approaches to conservation that aim to conserve Oklahoma's diverse landscapes for future generations to use and enjoy," said Mike Fuhr, the Director for The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma. "These approaches are only successful when done in partnership with landowners - no single organization can do it alone. That's why we feel it's so important for the Conservancy to work with a group like OACD to help honor an excellent steward of the land."

Click here to learn more about these conservation awards

Nitrogen Requirements for Winter Wheat Depend on Type of Production
The amount of nitrogen (N) needed for most crops is based on yield goal. However, the N required for winter wheat depends whether the production is for harvesting grain only, grazing and grain (dual-purpose) or forage only. Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) needs are based on the sufficiency levels of those nutrients in the soil.

The soil test interpretations for P and K are similar for all 3 wheat systems. However, the current soil OSU test interpretation does not address all these situations individually for N requirement, so they are highlighted below to aid your fertilizing decision.

1. Grain only

The N fertilizer rate for grain only winter wheat is calculated by subtracting the soil test N value (nitrate-N) from the N requirement for the yield goal selected. The realistic yield goal is the average yield of the last 5 years plus 20%. We recommend 2 lbs of N per bushel of wheat.

2. Grazing and grain (dual purpose)

If the wheat is intended for grazing and grain production, additional N needs to be considered to replace N removed as beef. Two pounds of N are still needed to produce one bushel of grain, but an additional 30 lbs. N are needed to produce 100 lbs. of beef or 1000 lbs. of forage grazed.

Click here for more requirements for nitrogen with winter wheat

Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures
Peanuts are the shining star of Oklahoma agriculture in 2011, as it appears that the 2011 crop will be very close to an average crop and that Oklahoma will produce close to the same number of pounds this year as in 2010 (No other crop in the state can make that claim in the midst of the exceptional drought of 2011)- and we have pictures from yesterday at the Oklahoma Peanut Field Day held at the Caddo Research Station in Ft. Cobb.

OSU Extension Officials believe that many of our peanut fields have been able to maintain good to excellent yield potential because they had water early on- and were able to "lap" over the rows and keep the sun from raising the soil temperature to levels where the pegs put out by the plants would be harmed. Chad Godsey of OSU pointed out that we had a very slight break in the triple digit heat in August- and that allowed a lot of our peanuts to get a good pod set.

We have about a hundred pics in all from the Peanut Field Day- and you can see some of the highlights by clicking on the LINK below- and at that story on our website- we also have the link to our FLICKR page where all 100 pictures are available to be seen.
Over the next couple of days- we will share with you several interviews about the 2011 peanut crop that we were able to get after riding the wagons at Ft. Cobb.

Click here for our coverage in pictures of the 2011 Oklahoma Peanut Field Day.

Vote Daily- and Other Bits and Pieces on Humpday
A nationwide contest started by Dell Computers, in partnership with Microsoft and MasterCard, to give small businesses across the nation an opportunity to win the title of America's Favorite Small Business is still ongoing. Mason and Madison Bolay of Perry, Okla., are competing with their business of Bolay Farms, a fifth generation, family farming operation that started in 1893.

The competition has turned the decision over to America and Mason and Madison are asking for your vote! You can vote daily in the competition and just click here to go vote for their video!

The 2011 Tulsa State Fair is about ready to kick off- and the opening weekend will see lots of Dairy and Beef Show activity September 30 and October first. Click here for our calendar page from our website- you will see a listing by breed of the various shows and more details on which days which breeds are up in the show ring.

Finally- for you burger lovers- there is yet another gourmet burger bursting on the scene- at least down in Florida. The winningest coach in National Football League History and restaurateur Don Shula is kicking off his newest concept, SHULA BURGER. The first location will open in Islamorada, Florida (in the Keys) by the end of the year. Other planned locations for 2012 include Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Kendall, Orlando and Tampa.

Shula Burger is a fast casual Gourmet Burger concept that will include wine pairings, as well as salads, chicken sandwiches, fries, shakes and more. They have a website where you can see some delicious burgers- click here to go and drool.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- FREE!

We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com

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 $12.10 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $12.15 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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