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Let's Check the Markets!  



Today's First Look:

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.





Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. 



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.


Feeder Cattle Recap:  

The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.


Slaughter Cattle Recap: 

The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.


TCFA Feedlot Recap:  

Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.





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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON

Friday, November 13, 2015



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

WheatActionReportFeatured Story:

National Wheat Grower President Brett Blankenship Believes Wheat Action Plan WIll Keep the Crop From Becoming Irrelevant 



The leaders of the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) and National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) announced a joint effort to develop a comprehensive business plan to revitalize the U.S. wheat industry. The National Wheat Action Plan will be a collaborative effort developed with strategic input from key stakeholders across the industry. This effort will serve as a catalyst to increase public and private research, and improve wheat productivity and farmer profitability.

"The wheat industry is not keeping pace with other crops. As a wheat grower-leader, I want to see the industry flourish not decline. Reinvigorating the wheat industry will come from increased productivity and profitability," said NAWG President Brett Blankenship, wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash. "This strategic plan will provide us with the insight and analysis we need to move the U.S. wheat industry forward in a stronger direction."

Blankenship told me Thursday morning that the wheat industry is facing decreased profitability in comparison to other crops, a lack of significant productivity gains, increased global competition and negative consumer sentiment regarding the healthfulness of wheat-based products. He says it has been a twenty year slide in the number of acres being grown in the United States that is planted to wheat.


We talked with Blankenship on Thursday here in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting- you can read more about the Wheat Action Plan and hear our conversation with Brett as he describes what the plan is and where he hopes it will take the wheat industry by clicking or tapping here.




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OliviaWinsOlivia Westfahl of Okeene FFA Named Grand Champion at 2015 Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show 



Olivia Westfahl, daughter of Ron and Tracy Westfahl, has been named the overall grand champion award showing her Ruby Lee variety in the 2015 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Westfahl placed 1st in production and milling and 6th in baking, earning her the title of 1st place among the FFA, FFA champion, and overall grand champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Westfahl is from the Okeene FFA chapter.   

Chance Bedwell, son of Steve and Susan Bedwell, recently placed 1st overall in the 4-H division while showing his Ruby Lee variety at the 2015 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Bedwell placed 1st in production and milling, 7th in the bake contest, earning him the title of 1st place among the    4-H and 4-H champion overall. Bedwell is a member of the Okeene 4-H club. Westfahl and Bedwell accepted their awards at a recognition banquet held at the Oklahoma State University Alumni Center last night. 


We have more details by clicking or tapping here on the results from the 2015 Junior Wheat Show- an event put on by Oklahoma State- with scholarships funded by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

When you jump over to our story- you will see the full placings for both    4-H and FFA from the 2015 show.


AndersonOSU Ag Economist Kim Anderson Says Market Bottom Intact After Being Tested Following November WASDE Report


In the upcoming weekend edition of SUNUP, as produced by the OSU Ag Communications Department, Oklahoma State University Extension Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says there is a silver lining in the black cloud that was the latest USDA World Supply and Demand Report released earlier this week. Anderson says the report was bearish, in that it showed higher stocks for wheat, corn and soybeans- and that prices responded in all three commodities by dropped after the report was released on Tuesday.


However, Dr. Anderson says the good news after that price drop was recorded is that long term support levels for wheat, corn and soybeans held. Wheat did not drop below the $4.60 support level- basis December- corn also held at support of $3.60 and Soybeans at support of $8.60. The takeaway from support holding at these levels is that the report of larger than expected stocks did not break through the current market bottom- and Anderson concludes that "it will now take something spectacular to push prices lower."



You can read more- and more importantly listen to Kim Anderson's comments on current market conditions by clicking or tapping here.

When you jump over to our story- you will also see the complete lineup for this weekend's SUNUP as can be seen on OETA.


AAgriCleargriClear Building Awareness with Cattle Producers After Midyear Launch of Platform



Here's day two of our conversation with Dr. Nevil Speer with AgriClear about the on line cattle marketing platform and how things have gone in getting up and running earlier this year.


Dr. Speer calls the rollout a success and believes that they will find more and more cattlemen willing to investigate this innovative way to buy and sell cattle.


Click here for the Thursday Beef Buzz and hear the second part of our visit with the former Western Kentucky University professor as well talk about the rollout as well as what the future may hold for AgriClear.


You can also click here for the Wednesday Beef Buzz- which was part one of the conversation that we had with Nevil.



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SorghumUS Department of Energy Funds Sorghum Research on Drought Tolerance and Nitrogen Usage



The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a second major investment into sorghum research. Drought tolerance and nitrogen usage and their microbiological interactions with sorghum plants will be the focus of the two projects funded.

Thirteen institutions have teamed up for the two projects. The University of California, Berkeley, will lead the $12.3 million effort on drought tolerance, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will lead the $13.5 million effort on nitrogen usage.

"The DOE has shown incredible vision in their commitment to sorghum," said Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust. "Sorghum producers need innovative and longer-term investments in their crop, and DOE has been a great partner in this."

This announcement marks the second time in the past six months the DOE has committed to investing significantly in sorghum, bringing the agency's total commitment to the crop during this time to $55.8 million.


Read more by clicking here.


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DroughtMonitorDrought Monitor Showing Three Patches of Moderate Drought in Oklahoma



The latest US Drought Monitor shows that we have just over 16% of Oklahoma now in Moderate Drought- the lowest level of drought measured by the National Drought Mitigation Center. That's up from 13% a week ago- but we are in much better shape heading into winter than we were at this time last year- at this point in November, 2014- we had 64.6% of Oklahoma in Moderate to Exceptional Drought.


There are three patches of drought in this latest map released on Thursday morning.  The smallest patch is in southeastern Oklahoma- and it includes portions of McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties.  


The second patch is in southwestern Oklahoma and includes all of Tillman County- a large part of Jackson County and much of Kiowa County as well.


The third and largest brown patch which signifies Moderate Drought stretches from the Kansas line in eastern Woods County- all of Alfalfa County and the majority of Grant County- and from there it extends south and ends in northern Oklahoma County.


Just over half of the state is in either the Moderate Drought designation or in what is called Abnormally Dry- that number is down slightly from a week ago while a year ago that number stood at 77%.


Click here to review the complete details of the map as released yesterday morning.





Last night, yours truly was honored by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting- as I was inducted into the professional group's Hall of Fame.  


It's one of those high water marks for what I do every day in telling you the latest farm and ranch news- and hopefully empower you to be more successful in your agricultural endeavors- whatever they may be.


Names from the past that are a part of this Hall of Fame include some great folks connected back to Oklahoma radio and TV- Russell Pierson, Wayne Liles and Ken Root. 


Wayne Liles was on KWTV, News9 for many years- and it's humbling to think that we have, in a very small way, followed in his footsteps on News9 with our Saturday morning In the Field report.


I have been a part of the organization that honored myself and also North Dakota Farm Broadcaster Mike Hergert for 42 years- it has helped me sharpen my skills and strive to be the very best reporter that I can be.  


My thanks to David Griffin, Tim West and Griffin Communications for the chance to be a part of their family in recent years- and to use a platform like this email to reach out and offer you information day after day.




Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment,  American Farmers & Ranchers, Stillwater Milling Company, CROPLAN by Winfieldthe Oklahoma Cattlemens Association, Pioneer Cellular, Farm Assure 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- at NO Charge!



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