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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 $9.30 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El Reno 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

   Tuesday, May 20, 2014



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:

NineriversNine Rivers Removed from Impaired Listing


Despite on-going drought, nine more streams have been removed from the impaired streams listing. Government agencies made the announcement Monday at the state capital. Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division Director Shannon Phillips is surprised by the success with the on-going drought.


"The drought has been so significant and has the potential to have some very dramatic impacts," Phillips said. "As there is less water washing into streams, so there is less dillution of the pollutants that are there and when it does wash into streams it carrys a lot more polluants with it because of the quality of the vegetation that's on the land has been that much more hampered".


The nine streams are located statewide in Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Garfield, Grant, Key, Logan, McIntosh, Osage and Pontotoe counties. Phillips says for rivers to be delisted the data has to show several years in improvement. 


"These are typically streams that have remained off the list for maybe two to four cycles and that's when we're ready to say the success has really been lasting and it going throughout variable environmental conditions, " Phillips said.

Improvement in water quality is tied to voluntary efforts by landowners and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. State Conservationist Gary O'Neil says conservation is often possible with federal financial assistance through the Farm Bill such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. 


Our newest member of the RON/Oklahoma Farm Report team, Leslie Smith was at the State Capitol for the announcement on Monday morning- she has compiled a great audio overview of the morning news conference- click here for the full story which includes her audio report. 




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cropconditionCrop Condition Deterioration Continues Across Southern Plains


Moderate to heavy rainfall in the last week helped stop the expansion of the drought eastward across Oklahoma. However, little moisture was received in the areas that needed it most.


The condition of the state's winter crops continued to deteriorate, with 78 percent of the wheat crop rated in poor to very poor condition.  Canola blooming topped 97 percent by week's end, up four points from the previous week. Canola coloring increased five points to reach 63 percent complete.  Click here for the full Oklahoma Crop Weather report.


In Kansas, temperatures averaged 6 to 12 degrees below normal across most of the state and caused concerns of wheat and corn damage as they dipped below 30 degrees in many areas.  Winter wheat headed was 71 percent, well ahead of 36 last year but near the five-year average of 70 percent.  You can read the full Kansas report by clicking here.


Dry and windy conditions dominated much of west Texas and the Panhandle with dryland small grain crop condition declining across the Plains due to hot, dry, windy conditions. Many producers were grazing small grain fields or cutting them for hay.  Sixty-seven percent of the wheat crop was listed in poor or very poor condition, 22 percent was in fair shape and ten percent was listed as good.  Click here for the full Texas Crop Progress and Condition report.




USMexicanU.S., Mexican Ag Leaders Reaffirm Benefits of Free Trade


United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martínez and Canada's Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz issued the joint statement below following today's agriculture forum in Mexico:

"We, the agricultural leaders of North America, met today in Mexico City to reaffirm the benefits of fair and open trade for our economies and food security. In recent years, the North American economy has more than doubled and agricultural trade has grown exponentially. 

Click to read the full story.  


 Additionally, Vilsack made the following comments.


"Mexico is an important strategic ally and a critical economic partner to the United States. In recent months, we have made progress on a number of issues that will help increase economic opportunity for both of our countries," Vilsack said. "The United States and Mexico will continue to build on our strong trade relationships and promote greater market access for our agricultural products."

Vilsack's remarks come as Mexico's expanded import ruling to allow increased potato imports from the U.S. goes into effect today. Mexico also recently announced it would expand American beef imports as well. A full range of U.S. beef and beef products can now be exported to Mexico, potentially increasing U.S. beef and beef product exports by $50 million.

Click for more comments from Ag Secretary Vilsack.  




CattlerustlersCattle Rustlers Strike- OCA Offers $10,000 Reward For Capture and Arrest


Cattle rustlers have struck in northeastern Oklahoma where a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association recently had 27 head of cattle stolen. The cattle were taken from the Robson Ranch near Claremore, Okla.

According to Richard Gebhart, President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, "This is a complete outrage. Cattle theft effects more than a rancher's bottom line; as ranching is the livelihood of many Oklahoma families that are working tirelessly to produce safe and nutritious beef to feed the world. Our Association is issuing up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime."

In addition, a $25,000 reward is also being offered by the Robson Ranch for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.


 For more information Click Here.




RecordfeederRecord Feeder Prices Supported by Latest Data


Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter: 


Last week, the Oklahoma combined auction price for 450-500 lb., Med/Large, No. 1 steers was $237.27/cwt., up 46 percent from one year ago. The price for 750-800 lb. steers was $187.32 cwt., up 43 percent for last year. Feeder cattle prices are at a record level by a large margin. Fed cattle prices have decreased slightly from highs in late March but are still about 17 percent over fed prices this time last year. Boxed beef prices have been extremely volatile and are currently down from rollercoaster highs in January, March and April. However, current boxed beef prices are roughly 17 percent over year ago levels.

Where do cattle and beef markets go from here? Feeder prices are at a significant premium to fed cattle prices and it seems unlikely that they will continue to increase. However, it is clear that feeder supplies are extremely tight and the feedlot scramble to maintain feedlot inventories will continue. The principal factor that could significantly pressure feeder markets going into summer would be a significant redevelopment of drought conditions back into areas of currently improved pasture conditions. Drought redevelopment could lead to early marketing of calves and stockers along with diversion of replacement heifers back into feeder markets. Though drought continues and has recently expanded in parts of the Southern Plains, conditions are generally better than last year.   


Read more of Darrell Peel's comments.  




LesserprairieLesser Prairie Chicken Listing Could Cause Headaches for Landowners, NCBA Says


The lesser-prairie chicken was recently listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Dustin Van Liew of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is very concerned with what that will mean for cattle producers.

"We filed comments on behalf of the cattle industry opposing that listing. Unfortunately, as we've seen with many wildlife species and this administration through the Fish and Wildlife Agency, they have gone ahead and listed that bird. That will probably have a huge impact on our industry based on the restrictions the agency can now place on cattle ranchers and any other users on private lands across the midsection of our country."  


He said it is not as bad as if the bird had been listed as an endangered species, but the designation empowers bureaucrats and gives them tremendous latitude.


Click Here for the Full Story.




CornCorn Planting Progress Varies Across the US- Three Points Behind 5 Year Average



Corn farmers continued steady planting progress last week, increasing planted corn acreage by 14 percentage points, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 18, 73 percent of the nation's corn crop has been planted, compared to 59 percent a week ago and 29 percent the week prior. While progress surpassed the five-year average in many Corn Belt states, planting delays in the north caused overall planting progress to fall three points behind.

"It has been a cold, long winter for many farmers in the northernmost states, and it's still having a marked impact on planting progress there," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "It is important to keep in mind though the favorable conditions in many states that have allowed farmers to work tirelessly for two weeks, getting a crop in the ground. Now, many are beginning to see their labors come to fruition with emergence. A long summer still lies ahead, but farmers across the country remain hopeful for a bountiful harvest this fall."

The most severe planting delays were seen in North Dakota and Michigan, which lagged 37 and 36 percentage points behind the five-year average. Minnesota and Wisconsin also saw 20-plus percentage point delays. At the same time, many states' progress exceeded the five-year average with Missouri and Indiana surpassing that mark by 15 and 10 percentage points respectively.


Click here to jump over to the National Crop Progress report, which includes a full rundown of corn planting.



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