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Let's Check the Markets!
on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
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
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$8.72 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in Yukon Monday. The full listing of cash
canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be
found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Funk, Rodd Moesel and David Howard Selected as
DASNR Champions of
State University's Division of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources will honor three
Oklahomans with one of the organization's highest
honors, the DASNR Champion
Robert A. "Bob"
Funk of Yukon, Rodd
Moesel of Oklahoma City and David
Howard of Bristow have been selected as
2014 award recipients.
"Our three honorees
have exceptional records of providing meaningful
and lasting benefits to Oklahoma and the region as
part of the state's production, processing and
related agricultural industries, in addition to
being outstanding leaders in their communities and
supporters of OSU's land-grant mission," said Mike
Woods, DASNR interim vice president, dean and
The honorees will be officially
recognized during ceremonies later this spring, at
a time yet to be announced.
chairman of the board and chief executive officer
of Express Services Inc., headquartered in
Oklahoma City and the parent company of Express
Personnel Services, a billion dollar company that
operates more than 460 franchises in four
countries, including offices in 45 American
is president and co-owner of American Plant
Products and Services in Oklahoma City. In
addition to serving the needs of countless
commercial growers, his company has designed and
built research greenhouses for university and
federal facilities across the United States, and
has constructed teaching greenhouses for more than
50 Oklahoma-based vocational agriculture
Howard was born in England,
raised in Northern Ireland and launched his
business - Unitherm Food Systems - while attending
North East London Polytechnic in 1985. In 1995, he
moved his business to Ponca City, where it grew
into a national success. In 2001, Howard relocated
the business to Bristow. Today, Unitherm Food
Systems boasts annual sales of more than $25
million and employs more than 40 fulltime
residents of the Bristow area.
Click here to read more of this
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Stallman of Farm Bureau Dismayed Over EPA Proposal
to Regulate Every Wet Spot in
Stallman, President of the American Farm
Bureau, released a statement on Tuesday evening
after his organization had analyized the proposed
definition of the "Waters of the US" by the Obama
"Last week, the
American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed
EPA's March 25 release of the 'waters of the U.S.'
proposed rule. The results of our review are
"The EPA proposal poses a
serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other
landowners. Under EPA's proposed new rule, waters
- even ditches - are regulated even if they are
miles from the nearest 'navigable' waters. Indeed,
so-called 'waters' are regulated even if they
aren't wet most of the time. EPA says its new rule
will reduce uncertainty, and that much seems to be
true: there isn't much uncertainty if most every
feature where water flows or stands after a
rainfall is federally regulated.
this proposed rule, farmers, ranchers and every
other landowner across the countryside will face a
tremendous new roadblock to ordinary land use
activities. This is not just about the paperwork
of getting a permit to farm, or even about having
farming practices regulated. The fact is there is
no legal right to a Clean Water Act permit - if
farming or ranching activities need a permit, EPA
or the Army Corps of Engineers can deny that
permit. That's why Clean Water Act jurisdiction
over farmlands amounts to nothing less than
federal veto power over a farmer's ability to
concluded by saying "The American Farm Bureau
Federation will dedicate itself to opposing this
attempted end run around the limits set by
Congress and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court
has ruled repeatedly that Congress meant what it
said: 'navigable waters' does not mean all waters.
This proposed rule shows that EPA refuses to
accept those limits."
read the full AFBF statement on the proposed rule
that is now open for comments until mid June- Click here
you can click here for the original news
release provided by EPA and the Army Corps on the
proposed rule as we posted it on March 25th.
and Hog Producer Talks PEDv
Hays is a hog and corn producer from
Missouri and he offers an interesting overview of
what the swine disease PEDv will mean to corn
producers across the country. His comments are
courtesy of the Missouri Corn Growers
"PEDv is by far the
hottest topic at any pork producer event these
days. Similar to the Transmissible Gastroenteritis
(TGE) virus that plagued the swine industry each
spring several decades ago, "TGE on steroids" is
how some have described it. When a sow farm
becomes infected, death rates of 100 percent can
be expected for 3-5 weeks in all pre-weaned pigs.
The virus destroys the small intestine of young
pigs making them unable to absorb fluids and
nutrients. Deaths will occur within hours of
birth. Pigs 4-8 weeks of age can fight off the
virus with little death loss and normally pigs
older than 8 weeks will show signs of fever,
scours and be off feed a couple of days before
returning to normal. After all sows have been
exposed and have built immunity, the farm will
return to normal survivability rates.
estimated by industry experts that 3 million of
the 5.8 million sows in the United States have
been exposed to PEDv. The total reduction for 2014
harvest numbers is estimated to be 12.5 million
pigs, including the loss of Canadian pigs that
would have been shipped to the U.S. to be fed out.
Additionally, a 6 million head loss is expected in
2015. Mexico, our largest customer, is also facing
production loss to the virus.
can read the rest of this story on our website by
Focuses on Growing More Markets While Producers
Grow More Beef
to put meat from the U.S. on the world's
tables-that's the mission statement of the U.S.
Meat Export Federation.
"We're trying to
add value to what we produce here in the United
States," said Mark Jagels of
USMEF. "Being a grain farmer and a cattleman, you
know, I want to add value to the grain that I
raise and add value to the cattle that I sell.
Where we're currently exporting approximately 13
percent of the cattle that we raise to over 120
countries, it's vitally important that we're in
those countries and making sure we have a presence
to export U.S. red meat."
record-high U.S. beef exports and trade added more
than $240 value to the head of each animal sold.
Jagels said that's a testament to a favorable
Click here to read
Consistent Body Condition of Mama Cows Proves
Profitable, Selk Says
the nutrition of mama cows after calving is a
false economy, says Oklahoma State University
Extension beef cow specialist Glenn
Selk. In today's Beef Buzz, he says
providing proper nutrition can make a tremendous
difference in rebreeding rates, even though it may
not always be convenient to do so.
long, hard winter we're beginning to run short of
hay supplies. In many cases the pastures that the
cows have been grazing have been grazed down to
where there's very little left. The quality of the
warm season grasses that they are on, such as
native or bermuda grass pastures, at this time of
the year is extremely low. And the cows just can't
get much energy or, certainly, protein out of
He said ranchers may also
be a little tired after feeding cattle all winter,
but it pays to put out the extra effort to
"This is a critical time from the
standpoint of the physiology of these cows. We
have to keep them in good body condition through
the calving process and those 60 to 90 days
between calving and the start of the breeding
You can click here to read more of this
story or to listen to today's Beef Buzz featuring
Sets Vote for Supplemental State Beef Checkoff
Program in Early June
the request of Texas cattle industry associations,
and in accordance with Texas law, the Texas
Department of Agriculture will conduct a producer
referendum that, if approved, would create a state
beef checkoff program for beef promotion,
marketing, research and consumer education. This
proposed program, to be called the Texas Beef
Checkoff, would be funded and managed by Texas
Voting will take place June
2 through June 6, 2014, to approve a refundable
maximum assessment of $1 per head of cattle to
fund this program. If approved, the assessment
will be collected at each point of ownership
transfer in Texas.
Eligible producers can
vote at any Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Service county office during each office's regular
business hours. Eligible producers are strongly
encouraged to vote in person.
Click here to read more.
in Oklahoma, legislation is being
considered this spring that would set the
framework up for a potential vote here in Oklahoma
that could establish a Checkoff levy above and
beyond the current dollar a head beef checkoff
that originated out of the Federal Act and Order
that passed Congress in the mid 1980s.
reasoning behind the additional state level
checkoff is to provide more dollars to do the
promotion, education and research now being done
by a shrinking dollar- which has far less buying
power than it did in 1988 when the checkoff was
cattlemen in larger cattle population states
believe getting an increase in the national
checkoff may be close to impossible, but see key
cattle states putting into place a state levy as a
way to increase dollars that would be controlled
by the Federation of State Beef Councils.
N That- Big Iron, Eastern Oklahoma Cattle Summit,
Wednesday morning and that can only mean it's time
for another BigIron.com auction. There
are 439 agricultural, transportation and
construction items up for bid today. The
first sale will close at 10 a.m. with others
following close behind. Click here for today's sale
you'd like more information about buying and
selling with Big Iron, just give District Manager
Mike Wolfe a call at 580-320-2718 or contact him
online at: email@example.com.
cattle producers interested in taking advantage of
the latest science-based information relative to
cattle health management should register now to
attend the April 4 Eastern Oklahoma Beef
Cattle Summit in McAlester.
2014 summit will take place at McAlester's
Southeast Expo Center, located at 4500 W. State
Highway 270, off the Indian Nation Turnpike. The
summit will begin at 8 a.m. and finish at
approximately 4:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per
participant. A rib eye sandwich lunch will be
provided free-of-charge courtesy of the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association. For more information
including registration, click here.
Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their
57th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 4, 2014 in
the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic
PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at
8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will
start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in
conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners'
Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April
3-4, 2014, in Lubbock.
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