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Ron on RON Markets as
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mornings with cash
and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the
latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain
Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
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.
Our Daily Market Wrapup
from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
The National Daily Feeder
& Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily
Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
Finally, here is
the Daily Volume and
Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Oklahoma's Latest Farm and
Your Update from Ron Hays of
Nine Rivers Removed from
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
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".
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
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
O'Neil says conservation is often possible with
federal financial assistance through the Farm Bill such as the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
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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Condition Deterioration Continues Across Southern Plains
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.
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.
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.
Mexican Ag Leaders Reaffirm Benefits of Free Trade
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
"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
Click to read the full
Vilsack made the following comments.
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.
Rustlers Strike- OCA Offers $10,000 Reward For Capture and Arrest
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,
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.
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Feeder Prices Supported by Latest Data
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.
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Prairie Chicken Listing Could Cause Headaches for Landowners, NCBA
lesser-prairie chicken was recently listed as a threatened species
under the Endangered Species Act administered by the Fish and
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
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Corn Planting Progress
Varies Across the US- Three Points Behind 5 Year Average
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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