From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 5:32 AM
To: Hays, Ron
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update

OK Farm Report banner
Support Our Sponsors!

Johnston Enterprises

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

 Croplan by WinField Canola Seed

Tulsa Farm Show


Stillwater Milling


Big Iron

Join Our Mailing List

Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Facebook    View our videos on YouTube


     View my photos on flickr

Quick Links
Download the

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.



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 $9.23 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El Reno 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.


Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Presented by

Okla Farm Bureau    

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
ditchtherule'Ditch the Rule' Resonates in Farm Country- AFBF's Don Parrish Hopes it Brings the Heat 


Ever since the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed a new rule that would regulate far more than navigable waters within the Clean Water Act, farmers, ranchers and landowners have been studying the issue. Their conclusion has been almost unanimous that the implementation of such a rule would hamstring their operations. The EPA is continuing its march forward to implement its rule, but some farm groups are starting to push back.


Don Parrish with the American Farm Bureau Federation spoke with Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays in Washington on Monday afternoon. You can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story. Parrish says his group is very concerned with the rule and intends to fight back.

"Our biggest concern is that they are trying to regulate features on the landscape that aren't water at all and we know that that's going to have an impact not only the value of farmers' property but on the kind of activities they can do. And that's going to be detrimental to our ability to produce food and fiber."

As proposed, the rule would appear to require farmers to go through a burdensome permitting process to engage in routine activities on their farms such as cleaning out ditches. The EPA has said that it envisions including plenty of exemptions for agriculture in their rules making process. Parrish says many farmers are having a hard time believing the agency.

"I think they are misleading people. And I think that if farmers take action based on their words, there's going to be repercussions for that. And I wonder what they're going to say at the end of the day when there's enforcement actions or civil suits against farmers. I think they're going to have to answer for that."

You can listen to my interview with Don Parrish or read more of this story by clicking here.


Sponsor Spotlight


P&K Equipment has ten locations in Oklahoma and as the state's largest John Deere dealer, has been bringing you the best in John Deere equipment, parts, service, and solutions for nearly 30 years.  The P&K team operates with honesty and a sense of urgency... getting you what you need, when you need it.  With an additional nine stores in Iowa, P&K has the extra inventory and resources, to provide you, the customer, with a better experience all around. Click here to visit P&K on the web... where you can locate the store nearest you, view their new and used inventory, and check out the latest deals.    




The presenting sponsor of our daily email is the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- a grassroots organization that has for it's Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma is protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.   



droughtcontinuesDrought Continues to Hammer Crops Across Southern Plains 


Oklahomans experienced warmer than normal temperatures last week with the combination of drought, record heat and low humidity contributing to several wildfires.  The latest USDA Crop Progress and Condition reports small grain conditions continued to decline with 73 percent of the crop in poor or very poor condition, and only 27 percent in fair to good shape.  Jointing reached 93 percent, up three points from last week. Winter wheat headed reached 81 percent by Sunday, 42 points ahead of the previous year. Canola conditions were rated 79 percent poor to very poor, with 16 percent rated fair. (Click here to read the full Oklahoma report.)


Dry, windy conditions in Kansas continued to negatively impact its winter wheat crop with 18 percent rated very poor, 29 percent poor, 36 percent fair and 16 percent good.   Winter wheat headed was listed at 15 percent, ahead of three percent last year but behind a 29-percent five-year average.  (The Kansas report is available by clicking here.)

In Texas, hot, humid conditions prevailed across much of the state, with most of the state receiving little to no precipitation.  Winter wheat continued to suffer across much of the High Plains with 64 percent in poor or very poor condition, 35 percent listed as good or fair and only one percent rated excellent.  (You can read more of the Texas report by clicking here.)



derrellpeelDerrell Peel: Indications of Herd Expansion Continue to Strengthen


Stocker and feeder cattle prices remain sky high presenting a dilemma to cow calf operators: do you sell heifers now and take the profit, or do you hold on to them to rebuild the herd in hopes prices will remain high into the future?

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel says in the latest Beef Buzz that this is not a new problem and has been with us for some time.

"I think that's sort of a classic problem that's been at the root of every herd expansion in the beef industry for a lot of years. In the early stages of that as prices start to go up, producers have this tradeoff between the immediate value of selling that heifer versus the investment value of that heifer for future production."

Peel says it's a question of timing. He says when producers become convinced that prices will hold, they opt to keep the heifers and expand their herds. He says indications are now pointing to producers holding back more heifers to do just that.


Click here for more.


davelalmanDave Lalman Offers Considerations for Haying or Grazing Out Damaged Wheat


With freeze and drought taking their toll on this year's wheat crop, many producers in western Oklahoma are considering whether to turn their cattle back out on the wheat or harvest it for forage.

In a report for SUNUP, Dr. Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, says producers might want to think about haying the wheat as early as possible if weather conditions hold. He says that would help defray next year's feed bills.

For those producers who can turn cattle back out, he says they want to consider the possibilities of wheat pasture bloat and grass tetany.

"I would guess that most people's wheat is far enough along with the flag leaf and maybe even developing a head. At that point, wheat pasture bloat is probably not a big concern, but the easy thing to do to prevent that is to make sure the cattle are full when they are turned out the first time."


You can read more of this story or watch a video version of it by clicking here



firedangersremainFire Dangers Remain Elevated Across Oklahoma


The record heat will continue for the next couple of days as highs climb into the upper 90s and lower 100s. Worsening drought conditions, combined with strong south winds, will lead to extreme wildfire conditions through at least Wednesday, says News 9 Meteorologist Lacy Swope.    

Following wildfires in Logan County Sunday and Monday, officials with Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, are urging Oklahomans to be very cautious with any outdoor activity that could spark additional blazes. Residents are urged to report any smoke or fire to the nearest fire department immediately.

"Crews are working to contain the fires that started Sunday in Logan and Woodward counties, as well as other fires in the eastern part of Oklahoma," said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester.  "The weather doesn't look like it will improve any for the next few days so we hope everyone will remain vigilant with outdoor activities." 


You can read more by clicking here.   



usdasupplementalGovernor Mary Fallin Slaps Burn Ban on 36 Oklahoma Counties- State of Emergency Statewide


In the aftermath of a controlled burn that went terribly bad on Sunday, Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency on Monday afternoon for all 77 counties because of wildfires that began Sunday, May 4. The governor also issued an executive proclamation that declares a burn ban for 36 counties.

One person was killed and numerous homes and structures have been destroyed in Logan County since a wildfire began late Sunday afternoon. Additional fires were reported near Altus, Jennings and Keystone Lake in Pawnee County, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

Governor Fallin's Executive Proclamation bans outdoor burning for nearly half the state as drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma.

 Click here for more on this emergency declaration as well as details about the Burn Ban- we have a map showing the counties involved as well as a full list as well in our webstory.



ThisNThatThis N That- Washington Watch, Not SURE and Okarche Scratched from Schedule



We are in our Nation's Capitol for much of this week as we take part in an annual ritual of spring for us- the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's Washington Watch.  The schedule in recent years has been predictable in where we go and what we do is fairly consistent- however, the names and faces and the issues are always changing and that is case again this year.  Among the new faces we will be interacting with in 2014 is Gina McCarthy, the new Administrator for the EPA.  We have an hour with her later this morning and her defense of the Waters of the US proposal will be front and center- we will offer a Tweet or two during that no doubt.


On Wednesday- we will be spending some time with the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas.


Later in the week- we will spend some time at the Animal Ag Alliance spring event- as they focus on Millennials and how the meat industry should interact with them and market to them in the years to come.




On our website- we have a news story from yesterday that proclaimed the start of signup for SURE for 2012- sounds great except for the fact that Oklahoma has no eligible crops for this rather limited sign up- that according to State FSA Director Francie Tolle.


It was a good program from the previous farm bill that helped a lot of producers in our state- but the limited availability for this signup does not include Oklahoma so no need to be making a call to your local FSA office to ask questions about this one- our thanks to Francie for giving us that heads up that we could share with you.




Finally- a quick note on the Wheat Field Plot meetings that the OSU Wheat Improvement Team is helping stage across the wheat belt in our state.   


Dr. Jeff Edwards tells us that one of the stops planned for today has been cancelled- there will be no Wheat field tour stop in Okarche this morning- the other stops in Kingfisher, Omega and Homestead will proceed as planned. Click here for the calendar item we had posted earlier about these meetings.





Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows,  P & K Equipment,American Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, CROPLAN by WinfieldStillwater Milling Company 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- FREE!


We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com 



God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  


phone: 405-841-3675


Oklahoma Farm Bureau is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Ron Hays Daily Farm and Ranch News Email. 


2008-2011 Oklahoma Farm Report
Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

This email was sent to by |  
Oklahoma Farm Report | 7401 N Kelley | Oklahoma City | OK | 73111