From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 6:47 AM
To: Hays, Ron
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday September 8, 2011
A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Updated with Correct Final Planting Dates - OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything
-- Lesser Prairie Chicken on the Endangered Species Menu Could Result in Upset Stomach Feelings in Oklahoma Economy
-- Oklahoma Pork Council Helps Donate Over 7,000 Pounds of Sausage to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
-- American Farmers and Ranchers Announces Opposition to Castor Bean Production
-- Branded Beef Programs Changing the Industry Business
-- Septemberfest to Feature Oklahoma Farming Heritage
-- Tweeting with the Senator- and Other Tidbits for a Thursday
-- 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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Updated with Correct Final Planting Dates - OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson says Producers Need to Document Everything
In a story sent out yesterday in this email- Dr. Kim Anderson spoke of the final date that you could plant wheat in the state of Oklahoma and stay within the Crop insurance full coverage window as being November first. There are actually three final planting dates for the state- October 31st for the two westernmost counties in the Panhandle (Texas and Cimarron), November 15 for ten northwestern Oklahoma Counties and the balance of the state has a final planting date of November 30. All 77 counties have a signup deadline for Crop Insurance of September 30.

We have a map that shows the insurance signup deadline, planting deadline and acreage reporting deadline for the entire region- it's found in the story link below.

There is also a small window of late planting period where a producer can still plant wheat, and get a reduction in their guarantee.

In every case- be sure and communicate with your Crop Insurance agent to verify dates and other requirements for valid coverage- as Dr. Anderson told us, it's important that you are very careful in documenting every move you make with this crop because there is a higher probability than normal that you could be looking for a crop insurance settlement and/or government disaster assistance- IF ANY is available for the 2012 crop year.

According to Danny Geis with the High Plains Crop Insurance group, "crop insurance agents are waiting on ruling from RMA about the canola planting. If dry conditions persist, and a producer plants canola, and it does not come up by the middle of October, producer may be able to go in and then plant wheat on that same acreage, as a second crop. Still waiting on ruling."

Click here for our update on this Crop Insurance Story- that map to review Crop Insurance dates and our audio from Kim Anderson on the subject.

Lesser Prairie Chicken on the Endangered Species Menu Could Result in Upset Stomach Feelings in Oklahoma Economy
The first of two Oklahoma forums featuring the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service was held in Woodward Wednesday evening, as Dan Ashe came at the invitation of Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe to discuss the possible endangerment listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken in the southern Great Plains. Ashe heard from state officials, utilities and other wind farm interests, oil and gas companies and farmers and ranchers- all raising concerns about the devastating impact that such a listing could bring.

Ashe will hear similar stories in Edmond THIS morning as he appears at the University of Central Oklahoma in a second forum on the same subject.

Several key themes emerged as the meeting unfolded on Wednesday night- including:

Agriculture, wind farm interests and oil and gas companies agree- listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken would be devastating to the five state region.

The Director of the Federal Govt agency involved- Dan Ashe with the Fish and Wildlife Service- downplayed the impact.

The State of Oklahoma has a plan- and is asking the Feds for two years to give it a chance to work as efforts being made to get the tempermental little bird to multiply. In response, Ashe called the Oklahoma proposal a "good faith effort" but added that once the process gets underway- he has to follow a timeline that is mandated within the law or he and the FWS could face court action by environmental activists.

We have a really good audio overview of what we heard last night- in Woodward- click on the LINK below to jump to our webstory to read more and to hear comments from several of the major players involved.

Click here for more on the Lesser Prairie Chicken Forum held Wednesday evening in Woodward

Oklahoma Pork Council Helps Donate Over 7,000 Pounds of Sausage to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Thanks to the Oklahoma Pork Council, Seaboard Foods and M2P2 Pork, $750 and more than 7,000 pounds of sausage, pork tenderloin, turkey breast and bacon were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Blue and Gold Sausage Company of Jones, Okla., agreed to process all of the pork into the sausage to be donated at no charge.

This donation will provide more than 38,000 meals to hungry families, seniors and children in central and western Oklahoma.

"I anticipate that this donation is the beginning of a long-standing partnership with the Regional Food Bank," said Roy Lee Lindsey, Jr., Oklahoma Pork Council executive director. "In this tough economic time, the work the Food Bank does is increasingly important and the pork industry is pleased to support them in this way."

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week. In August, the nonprofit distributed more than 3.4 million pounds of food.

"In a state where agriculture is a major economic driver it is sad that 600,000 Oklahomans are at risk of going hungry each day," said Bill Barnes, OPC president and pork producer from Hennessey, Okla. "We take our job of feeding the world seriously and it has to start by helping those here at home. Giving the product we work so hard to produce is one example of how we are committed to helping fellow Oklahomans."

Click on the LINK below to listen to our conversation with Rodney Bivens, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and Roy Lee Lindsey, Executive Director for the Oklahoma Pork Council, on what this donation means to Oklahoma communities and agriculture.

Click here for more on this donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

American Farmers and Ranchers Announces Opposition to Castor Bean Production
In response to recent discussions regarding castor bean production, American Farmers & Ranchers announced its official opposition to the commercial production of castor beans in Oklahoma.

Castor beans contain the toxin ricin, which is fatal if consumed, inhaled or injected. Ricin has been used as a weapon worldwide since the 1940s. The terrorist group Al Qaeda has been reported to be seeking castor beans because of their ricin content. If found in wheat, soybeans or other food grains, as little as two castor beans in a 2.2 pound sample would cause the entire field, truck or elevator to be condemned, as well as create a negative perception of all grains in the region.

Due to the extremely dangerous nature of castor beans and the disastrous effects commercial production could have on the state's grain, livestock and wildlife sectors, American Farmers & Ranchers will seek strict legislation prohibiting castor bean production in Oklahoma.

Branded Beef Programs Changing the Industry Business
Oklahoma seedstock producer(and Class One Alum of OALP!), John Pfieffer, talks about the impact that branded beef programs have had on his business and the beef industry as a whole in a recent video released by Certified Angus Beef and the American Angus Association. Pfieffer says his breeding program is built around all of his customers, from commercial cow-calf producers to consumers.

Pfieffer says that in his breeding program, the end product traits they are looking for are carcasses that will be around 700 to 900 pounds, will have a yield grade of 1 or 2, and will have a high grade of marbling, which will allow the carcass to be either high choice or move into the prime grade. Pfieffer says this is so that they will hit a higher quality market.

As the CAB program has grown and people are beginning to see the demand for the CAB product, Pfieffer says producers have become a lot more concerned with buying cattle that would grade higher and produce a more desirable carcass. Click on the LINK below to watch the rest of John Pfieffer's interview.

Click here to watch the latest CAB video with Oklahoma producer John Pfieffer

Septemberfest to Feature Oklahoma Farming Heritage
Have you ever milked a cow or made your own butter? Can you rope a steer or spin wool? Chances are most Oklahomans don't have a clue how to perform these skills that were part of daily life on the farm a century ago. This Saturday, Sept. 10, you'll have a chance to try out all of the fun of farming without getting stuck doing chores.

Septemberfest is the annual celebration that invites everyone in the state to come to the Oklahoma Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23rd St. in Oklahoma City, for a day of fun and discovery. The free family event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts and crafts, health and safety and cultural performances await visitors to booths and stages on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day on the stage in front of the mansion, and you just might get to meet Governor Fallin.

By far the largest area is the Agricultural Venue. Two dozen vendors will make farming fun with a petting zoo, Clydesdale horses, a hay maze and a giant combine. Take a ride around the grounds on a trained ox or climb into an open carriage pulled by horses. For faster transportation, find a seat in the tractor-pulled barrel train operated by Orr Family Farm. See the action in a demonstration beehive, make watermelon salsa, rope a dummy steer, and plant a garden or a tree.

Click here for more information on the upcoming annual Septemberfest

Tweeting with the Senator- and Other Tidbits for a Thursday
We got a "shout out" from Senator Jim Inhofe via his staff at the Woodward meeting last night about the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Toward the end of the Forum, it was mentioned again that Senator Inhofe, who arranged to have US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe come to Oklahoma for these encounters with folks that would be affected by a listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, was sorry that he could not be at the meeting and that they had received a couple of emails from the Senator in Washington during the meeting- and that he was following our play by play of the action on Twitter. Always nice to have a US Senator following your tweets!

Next Monday- USDA will be issuing their latest Crop Production forecasts for spring planted crops- as well as their monthly supply demand data- most experts believe the US corn and soybean crops are getting smaller- and we will see if USDA agrees Monday morning. Several forecasts for the US corn crop now stand at 12.2 to 12.4 billion bushels- well under the more than 13 billion bushels that was being discussed at the start of the crop year. Supplies of the feed grain will be tight enough that some price rationing will be part of the reality that the livestock industry and others that use corn face in the coming year.

Finally, as we write this- the National Drought Monitor is about ready to be seen for this week- it's available after 7 AM central time on Thursdays. Last week, just over 69% of Oklahoma was at the worst drought level of D4 or exceptional drought. It seems to me that we could easily see that number edge over into the 70% level this morning. Click here to go and see what the numbers actually are as they are released from the weather wizards.

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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 $13.28 per bushel, while the 2012 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $13.22 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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