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Let's Check the Markets! 


Today's First Look:  


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.



We have a new market feature on a daily basis- each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- and Jim Apel reports on the next day's opening electronic futures trade- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM.




Okla Cash Grain:  

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


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $11.05 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon Friday. The full listing of cash canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked above.


Futures Wrap:  

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


KCBT Recap: 

Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market. 


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.


Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News


Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, February 4, 2013
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
PaulHarveyWoo Hoo- Paul Harvey and Ram Trucks Steal the Heart of America with Super Bowl "God Made a Farmer" Commercial!!!

Farmers and Ranchers can stand a little taller after the salute to their profession on Sunday evening in Super bowl 47- courtesy of Dodge trucks. Twitter exploded with both farm and non farm tweets praising the message that was delivered a lot of years ago by the radio legend, Paul Harvey. The audio in the two minute Dodge commercial was of a speech that Paul Harvey delivered to the Future Farmers of America back in 1978.

Dodge unveiled the fact on their website that the video is a part of a fund raising effort for the National FFA- a Million Dollar effort.  We have details of that on our website- a link to the the Ram Trucks Keep Farming website and the actual video that you can watch courtesy of the Dodge folks- click here to check it out!

Our friend Rodd Moesel mentioned on a post that we made on Facebook last night that Paul Harvey is a Oklahoman- and he's very proud of our favorite son.  I agree Rodd- and I am very humbled to be able to call Mr. Harvey not only a broadcast colleague but also a fellow member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Paul did US Agriculture proud and I am sure he would be pleased with the effort to call attention to farmers and ranchers and the Future Farmers of America!


Featured Story:
latestusdareportLatest USDA Cattle Inventory Report: Fewest Head On Hand Since 1952 


The USDA Cattle Inventory Report released Friday shows a continuing slide in cattle numbers. 


As of January 1, 2013, there were 89.3 million cattle and calves in the U.S., a decline of two percent from January 1, 2012. 

This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.5 million, were down 2 percent from the 39.4 million on January 1, 2012.

This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cows and heifers that have calved since the 36.8 million head in 1941.


Click here to listen to an analysis of the USDA report with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities.  You'll also find a link to the full Cattle Inventory Report. 



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We are delighted to have the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as a part of our great lineup of email sponsors.  They do a tremendous job of representing cattle producers at the state capitol as well as in our nation's capitol.  They seek to educate OCA members on the latest production techniques for maximum profitabilty and to communicate with the public on issues of importance to the beef industry.  Click here for their website to learn more about the OCA.



 It is great to have as a regular sponsor on our daily email Johnston Enterprises- proud to be serving agriculture across Oklahoma and around the world since 1893. Service was the foundation upon which W. B. Johnston established the company. And through five generations of the Johnston family, that enduring service has maintained the growth and stability of Oklahoma's largest and oldest independent grain and seed dealer. Click here for their website, where you can learn more about their seed and grain businesses.    



rcalfuscattlemenaR-CALF USA, US Cattlemen Applaud Senate COOL Letter 


R-CALF USA nad the United States Cattlemen's Association applauded the action by a group of 31 U.S. Senators led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Charles Grassley (R-IA). who sent a joint letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk informing them that it was Congress' intent to provide reliable information to consumers "about where their meat and seafood comes from" when Congress enacted the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law after more than 10 years of deliberation.

With that introduction, the Senators proceeded to urge Vilsack and Kirk to focus only on a regulatory solution to address the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the United States must change how COOL is implemented.  In addition to calling only for a regulatory fix to the rules that implement the COOL statute, the Senators urged Vilsack and Kirk to work with industry stakeholders and to ensure "that a regulatory fix provides accurate information about the origin of all meat cuts to consumers."

"We are very pleased that this large group of U.S. Senators has stepped to the plate to defend COOL," said R-CALF USA COOL Committee Chair Mike Schultz.  Click here for more of Schultz's comments.   


USCA President Jon Wooster said, "USCA will continue to work with USTR and the Administration to ensure preservation of the original intent of the COOL law. The changes necessary to bring implementation of the rule into compliance with the WTO ruling can be accomplished outside of the legislative arena and we are confident that record-keeping and recording measures may be eased through simple regulatory action."  You can read more of Wooster's response by clicking here.


cmegroupbacksCME Group Backs Off on Trading Hour Expansion


CME Group Inc., which controls the world's largest grain market, said in a letter to its customers this week that it will reduce trading hours for its grain and oilseed futures and options contracts.

The move represents a reversal from a decision in May 2012 to extend electronic trading hours from 17 to 21 hours per day. However, CME said that after customer feedback and a formal survey of market participants that is still underway, "we have enough of your responses to be able to decide to reduce trading hours for our grain and oilseed markets."

The letter, signed by CME Group President Terrence Duffy and CEO Phupinder Gill, said more specifics on the revised hours will arrive within the next few weeks and that the exchange is "continuing to vet alternatives," because "there were varying opinions on what the reduced hours should be." 


You can read more of this story by clicking here.


usdapreservesUSDA Preserves $4 Billion in Agricultural Exports in 2012 by Knocking Down Barriers to Trade


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resolved dozens of export issues in 2012, freeing up an estimated $4 billion in U.S. agricultural and forestry exports and protecting roughly 30,000 American jobs in the process. The work is highlighted on, a resource for demonstrating how the Obama Administration is improving performance and accountability for the American people and businesses.

"As consumers around the world demand high-quality, American-grown products, USDA staff are monitoring more than 160 markets to ensure an open system of trade, free from unwarranted and unjustified barriers," said Vilsack. "Since 2009, USDA has acted to remove hundreds of unfair barriers to trade for American companies and is providing businesses with the resources they need to reach new markets. These efforts have resulted in the most successful period in the history for American agriculture and a boon for America's rural economies and agriculture-related businesses."


Click here for more.


cornrefugeCorn Refuge Compliance Report Shows Increased Compliance in 2012


The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program, which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and IRM education and awareness, is seeing strong success and an increase in the number of growers planting their corn refuge.

The CAP is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, a consortium of Bt corn registrants, submits an annual CAP report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describing industry-coordinated compliance assurance efforts for Bt traits.

In 2011, ABSTC launched a new IRM on-farm assessment program that focuses more assessments on growers who may not have purchased sufficient refuge seed according to their purchase records.

"The on-farm assessment process has proven to be an effective mechanism to identify Bt corn growers who are not following refuge requirements and provide assistance so that they can achieve compliance. The vast majority of growers found out of compliance in 2011 were found to be complying with the IRM requirements during the 2012 season," said Mike Smith, ABSTC IRM subcommittee co-chairman.


You can read the rest of this story by clicking here.



biosecurityA Biosecurity Plan Can Reduce Losses from Diseases


This article by Deke Alkire appears in the latest newsletter from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Infectious diseases cost cattle producers millions of dollars each year through decreased performance, treatment costs and death loss. While not all losses can be avoided, many can be prevented with a good biosecurity plan. 

Each group of animals will have a different level of risk. For example, a virgin bull from a reputable breeder with a complete vaccination and treatment record would pose less threat to your herd than a freshly weaned stocker calf from the sale barn. In addition, a mostly closed herd that produces its own replacements could be at a higher risk than operations that frequently introduce purchased animals. Even healthy animals can be carriers of a disease that could affect nave herds.

Consider the economic impact of various pathogens and be sure that animals are vaccinated prior to purchase, or be prepared to manage them accordingly to minimize the impact. In any case, gather as much information as possible about the health management and vaccination history before purchasing animals, semen or embryos from an outside source. If possible, have your veterinarian contact the seller's veterinarian prior to purchase.

Click here to read more of this story.



AppsOur Apps Have Arrived!



It feels like I have been working on getting our apps up and running forever- but finally, Sunday evening- we got the email that we were waiting for from our developer- Loud Out- our Iphone App is now available in the Itunes Store!  We will be telling you more in the days ahead- and we will be fine tuning the content that goes on the App on a daily basis- but we finally have the App here and we have the links for both the Apple version and the Android version of your smartphones.

If you have an Apple Iphone or Ipad- click here to go and download our free app.

If you have an Android device- click here for the download.

We have talked to a few folks about sponsorship- but if you are interested in getting in on the ground floor of sponsoring this newest way that RON will be getting information out to farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in the business of agriculture in our great state- drop me an email- we'll be glad to share more details of how you can get involved!!!

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers, CROPLAN by Winfield,  KIS Futures and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association 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!


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