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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- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM. 




Okla Cash Grain:  

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


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $8.50 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 Jim Apel and 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
   Monday, March 24, 2014
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OYESaleFeatured Story:
 Oklahoma Youth Expo Wraps Up with Record Steer Price at the Sale of Champions



The 2014 Oklahoma Youth Expo had a successful grand finale on Friday afternoon as the Sale of Champions saw at least a couple of records fall.  One of the records was the sell of animal number one in the sale- the Grand Champion Market Steer.  Madison Hudgins won with her Crossbred Steer named "KD" and she paraded him around the ring as auctioneer Eddie Sims came up with a final price of $73,000 for this FFA member from Mannford. That beat the previous record by $11,000 which was seen last year at the 2013 sale.  



The other record on Friday was the overall sale total- over $950,000 in total receipts for the 214 animals that were sold in this year's Sale of Champions. That was about $80,000 better than in 2013.   


We have details for each of the species to be found on our website-  


Click here for more on the top steers sold on Friday.


Click here for more on the top barrows sold on Friday


Click here for more on the top market lambs sold on Friday and


Click here for more on the top market goats sold on Friday.


Our reports during the entire OYE have been powered by Devon Energy and by the title sponsor of the OYE, McDonald's 



AND- you can check out our entire collection of photos from getting State Fair Park ready for the show to the Sale of Champions- click here for our FLICKR set of pics from the 2014 OYE.







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royleelindseyRoy Lee Lindsey: OYE, Livestock Show Program Have Long-Lasting Results 


Thousands of students and thousands of head of livestock move through the show rings during the ten days of the Oklahoma Youth Expo each year at State Fair Park. And this year was no different said Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council. 

"It's tremendous, the number of kids that come through this show ring. And every judge we've ever had here for as long as I've been doing it-and I think this is my 16th Junior Livestock Show/Oklahoma Youth Expo since I've been back at the Pork Council-and every judge we've had in the time I've been here just raves about what good kids we've got, how respectful they are of the judges and how well they handle their hogs. And I think we should take a lot of pride in our teachers and our extension agents and our parents for teaching our kids those things."

Lindsey has been a part of OYE for 16 years and said he is still amazed that the number of hogs shown keeps growing each year, despite rising costs.

I caught up with Roy Lee at OYE.  Click here to listen to our conversation or to read more of this story.  



unitedstatescattleUnited States Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent, Placements Up



In the latest USDA Cattle on Feed report, the number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on March 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below March 1, 2013.

Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.65 million, 15 percent above 2013. Net placements were 1.58 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 390,000, 600-699 pounds were 330,000, 700-799 pounds were 415,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 515,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.55 million, 3 percent below 2013. Marketings for February are the lowest for the month since the data series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 71,000 during February, 18 percent above 2013.


Click here for an analysis of this report with Tom Leffler of Leffler commodities.  



borlaugsummitBorlaug Summit to Introduce New Wheat Yield Initiative


With a goal to raise the genetic potential of wheat yields 50 percent by 2035, a consortium of public organizations will launch the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) next week during the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security at CIMMYT.

The new initiative will evolve from the Wheat Yield Consortium established by CIMMYT in 2009. CIMMYT will act as host for IWYP but the program will operate as a separate entity with its own governance. Donors include CIMMYT, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, Australia's Grains Research & Development Corporation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, with additional support from other international organizations.

CIMMYT says IWYP's donors will work together with the private sector to form a strong, global public-private partnership focused on stimulating progress in wheat research and moving scientific discoveries into market-ready products for developing and developed nations.

You can read the rest of this story and find a link for even more information by clicking here



usdaencouragesUSDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia on Friday recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Centerbefore April 15, 2014.

Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will begin by April 15, 2014.

"We expect significant interest in these programs," said Garcia. "Early registration should help improve the sign-up process and allow us to expedite implementation of the programs. I strongly encourage producers to complete their paperwork ahead of time."

Click here to read the rest of this story.



voluntaryconservationVoluntary Conservation Effort Promotes Improved Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat


Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie on Friday announced a renewed and expanded partnership to provide expert habitat advice to farmers and ranchers managing land within lesser prairie-chicken range.

"Our goal is to deliver a win-win for agricultural producers and wildlife," said Bonnie. "We want to help farmers and ranchers succeed for the long term while also protecting and improving habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken. Often, what is good for prairie-chickens is good for ranching."

As part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI), the agency is partnering with Pheasants Forever, a national wildlife conservation organization, to jointly invest $5 million over three years to support technical assistance, including hiring non-federal field conservationists to help farmers and ranchers voluntarily maintain and improve lesser prairie chicken habitat in the Southern Great Plains.


You'll find the rest of this story on our webpage.  Please click here to go there. 



TjhisNThatThis N That- This Week at the Capitol, Curt Pate Cattle Handling on Friday and Still Need a Horse or Two!



Today is Conservation Day at the State Capitol, as

conservation leaders from throughout Oklahoma will gather at the capitol to meet with their lawmakers as well as to pay tribute to several high achievers in the Conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Conservation District state Conservation Awards will be presented in the following categories:

 - Outstanding Conservation District
 - Outstanding District Director
 - Outstanding Cooperator/Landowner

For more details of the activities that start in the State Capitol Senate Chambers at 9:30 AM- click here.


On Wednesday- it's Ag Day at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City- a couple of the highlights will be the recognition of the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame, Rodd Moesel- and of the Ag Teacher of the Year and the lots of student awards that will be handed out as well during the Ag in the Classroom celebration that goes on each March during the Ag Day.

The Ag Day theme for the Ag in the Classroom folks is "Oklahoma Agriculture- Oklahoma Strong." Click here for the lesson plan that describes the strength of agriculture in our state.


Ranchers and farmers have the opportunity to fine tune their cattle handling skills with premier cattle handler teacher Curt Pate on Friday, March 28, 2014, Alfalfa County Fairgrounds, in a free seminar hosted by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council with lunch provided by Boehringer Ingelheim. The session starts at 10 AM and will wrap up by mid afternoon. 


For more than a decade Curt has conducted demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship and safety. His personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles supports a "for profit" mindset; he fully understands the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly. Just as important, as livestock production comes under increased scrutiny, is the understanding Curt has of the impact that improved handling practices create for the longevity of the cattle industry.


Bottom line- learning even just a trick or two from Curt will make you money!


For reservations and a meal count, please RSVP to the 

Oklahoma Beef Council, 405-840-3777or email them by clicking here.




The OKC Farm Show will be here before you know it- and I need one more horse for the Scott Daily horse training sessions that will be held each day during the show April 3,4 and 5.  Call me with details about your horse and what issues a horse trainer may be able to help with- I need your phone number, age and description of the horse and where you are located- call me at 405-841-3675 or email me by clicking here.






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