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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 futuresclick 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 $8.88 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon yesterday. 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
   Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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 oklahomabeefcouncilCattle Groups Decry APHIS Proposal to Allow Brazilian Beef Into the US- Tell Agency to Withdraw Rule


The Oklahoma Cattlemen Association (OCA) submitted comments on Tuesday opposing a proposed federal rule that would allow fresh and frozen beef imports from Brazil. Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed federal rule that would allow Brazil to export to the United States fresh and frozen beef from specific regions in Brazil. As recently as 2010, Brazil has reported an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). This highly infectious disease has not been found in the US since 1929.

"Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) is a significant threat to the Oklahoma beef cattle industry. While we support fair and open trade, we cannot allow imports from a country that cannot demonstrate adequate disease control measures," offered Richard Gebhart, president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

Pete Bonds with the TSCRA has also weighed in with negative comments to APHIS- saying "Given the extreme level of uncertainty surrounding Brazil's ability to control FMD, and the fact that our national cattle herd is at its lowest since the 1950s, we simply cannot afford to take this large of a risk."

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has also called on APHIS to withdraw the rule- Colin Woodall of their Washington office says that the agency should do a better risk assessment as well as an economic assessment before offering such a proposal again- be says the potential cost of a FMD outbreak in the US would run into the billions of dollars and that makes allowing beef from Brazil into the US the wrong thing to do.

We have web stories from all three groups-

Click here for more on the OCA statement including the PDF of the full statement released under the signature of the President of the group- Richard Gebhart.

Click here for the statement from Pete Bonds of the TSCRA.

AND- click here to hear our Beef Buzz with Colin Woodall of the NCBA- he explains the research they did on this issue and he describes the concerns that has come out of that research.



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Midwest Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated in this spring's 2014 Oklahoma City Farm Show. Previously known as the Southern Plains Farm Show, the name change now more clearly communicates the show's location, and also signifies the plans for a long term partnership with the community and State Fair Park, a world-class event site.

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osuotheruniversitiesOklahoma State University Scores a Million Bucks for Climate Change Research from USDA  


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. Vilsack made the announcement during remarks at "The Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in the Heartland" conference held at Drake University.

"With longer growing seasons and an increased number of extreme weather events, climate-related changes are increasingly posing new challenges and risks for America's producers," said Vilsack. "Every day, farmers and ranchers see the impact that changes in climate patterns have on their operations, and they are contending with drought, floods or extreme temperatures. The discoveries these grants will lead to will be invaluable for American farmers whose livelihoods directly depend on the nation's land and water resources."


Oklahoma State University is the largest beneficiary, receiving $1,000,000 to provide some of the first climate adaptation tools for beef production systems in the form of water management resources and lead to the development of beef cattle that are adaptable to climate change induced drought.


Click here to read more of this story.  


usdacelebratesUSDA Celebrates Earth Day by Supporting Water Quality Projects in Oklahoma, 39 Other States


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects--four of those in Oklahoma--that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment.

"Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community to thrive and grow," Vilsack said. "I am proud that USDA helps build rural communities from the ground up by supporting water infrastructure projects like these. I am especially proud that we can help communities that are struggling economically and those that have urgent health and safety concerns due to their failing water systems."

It is the largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems. Nearly $387 million is being awarded to 116 recipients in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 


Among projects funded this year, the city of Weleetka, Okla., is receiving $5.4 million to construct a new wastewater treatment plant. The USDA is also funding water treatment plant improvements in Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Okfuskee Counties. 


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


dupontpioneercornDuPont Pioneer Corn Plants Better Withstand Drought Stress


DuPont Pioneer announced its scientists have made a significant advancement in developing corn plants that successfully withstand drought stress. In an upcoming edition of the scientific publicationPlant Biotechnology Journal, Pioneer scientists reveal a new finding that higher yielding corn plants succeed under drought conditions when naturally occurring ethylene stress hormone levels in the plant are reduced through a transgene. The study, "Transgenic Alteration of Ethylene Biosynthesis Increases Grain Yield in Maize under Field Drought-Stress Conditions" by Jeff Habben and colleagues is the most in-depth research effort of its kind reported to date in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

"This advancement is particularly crucial at a time when the U.S. is experiencing a historic drought in places like California, and much of the world is worried about the continued availability of water to grow food crops, " says Jerry Flint, vice president for Biotech Affairs and Regulatory at DuPont Pioneer. "The new advances in drought tolerant corn reflect the DuPont Pioneer commitment to identifying sustainable solutions to increase food availability to meet the needs of the people today, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same."

Please click here to read the rest of this story. 



volumepressuresVolume Pressures Boxed Beef Lower, but Softness Likely Fleeting, Jim Robb Says


Cattle prices are remaining in record territory in both the fed cattle and feeder cattle markets. A slight decline in prices last week is reflective of the red ink flowing in feedlots as they attempt to close out and get their operations back in the black. That's according to Dr. Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Market Information Center.   

"We did have a softness in the boxed beef cutout so that would make four consecutive weeks, but as we moved through last week, the boxed beef market actually got stronger on rather adequate volume. In fact, it was volume that was maybe even a little bit stronger than we would expect on the week before Easter. That was the good news. It looks like some of the falling or eroding in the boxed beef market, down fully $20 per hundred weight from its peak on a weekly basis, seems like that has about run it's course and maybe some of the temporary softness in the fed-cattle market will do the same."

Feeder and stocker cattle are working sideways right now, but Robb says, they are at a higher plateau than ever before. 


Jim Robb joins me for the latest Beef Buzz.  Click here to listen in or to read more of this story.


nationallandandrangeNational Land & Range Contest Draws Competitors from Across U.S.


Approximately 1,000 FFA and 4-H Chapter members, parents, coaches, and teachers from across the United States will converge on Oklahoma City from April 29 - May 1, 2014, as they have for more than six decades, to compete in the National Land and Range Judging Contest. This 63rd annual three-day event stresses soil and plant science and land management and conservation.

After two days of opportunity for contestants to visit practice sites (April 29 - 30), official events will begin on the morning of Thursday, May 1. Land judging and homesite evaluation events will begin at 9:15 a.m. and range judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. The contest events will be followed by an evening awards banquet at in the Great Hall of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Championship trophies will be awarded to team and individual winners in each category.

The Land Judging contestants qualify for the national event by placing among the top five teams at contests in their home states, according to contest cochairman Kim Farber. Farber is president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, one of the contest's principal sponsors.

You will find more of this story on our website by clicking here




The first of 622 items in this week's Big Iron auction begin closing at 10 o'clock this morning.  The weekly online sale includes agricultural, construction and transportation items.


Check out the sale at or give District Manager Mike Wolfe a call if you'd like to know more about how to buy and sell the Big Iron way.  Mike's number is 580-320-2718.  You can also reach him via email at


Click here for our interview from earlier in April with Mike Wolfe about what's new with Big Iron and how you can take advantage of their services in your operation- big or small.





Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is issuing an open invitation to agricultural producers and the public to take part in a May 2 field tour and dedication ceremony at the Tipton Valley Research Center.

Established in 1938, disaster struck on Nov. 7, 2011, when a multiple-vortex EF-4 tornado destroyed all standing structures at the site, located four miles south of Tipton on Highway 5.

"A new facility with integrated office, laboratory and shop space has been constructed that will provide considerable enhancements well into the future," said Randy Boman, research director and OSU Cooperative Extension cotton program leader of DASNR's Southwest Research and Extension Center in Altus.

Participants will get a firsthand look at the new facilities and learn about the latest science-proven insights relative to wheat, grain sorghum and cotton practices, concerns and issues. The event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. and finish early in the afternoon. There is no cost to attend and a steak lunch is being provided free of charge.

Although there is no cost to attend, participants are asked to RSVP to the Tillman County Extension Office at 580-335-2515- you can also click here to read more on the day that is planned.





A one-day workshop for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful farm transition is set to take place May 2 in Stillwater. Four of these workshops have already occurred with the one planned on campus as an "add-on" because of high interest.

Managing Farm Transitions: Connecting Landowners, Farmers, and Families will take place at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development on Oklahoma State University's main campus. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.



This workshop is hosted by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency through the Southern Risk Management Education Center, and sponsored by Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma. The cost for attendees is $25 for a family of four and includes lunch, refreshments and two farm transition workbooks. Additional registrations are $10 per person. Registration deadline is April 28. To register, contact Kareta Casey at 405-744-9836 or via email by clicking here.   





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