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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 $9.22 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El Reno Tuesday. 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 Ed Richards 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

   Thursday, May 22, 2014



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

forecasterscallFeatured Story:

Forecasters Call for Widespread Heavy Rains Across Oklahoma 


Weather forecasters are calling for good chances of from two to three inches of rain across the entire state of Oklahoma between now and next Wednesday.

Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus says these seven-day rain forecasts have been notoriously inaccurate so far this year, but this one appears different. He says the forecast is calling for a slow-moving upper-level storm to set up over the Four Corners area which will pump Gulf moisture into the region. That will interact with surface and mid-level features producing heavy rains.

It has been a long time since many areas of the region have received significant rainfall. The Oklahoma Mesonet reports it has been 214 days since Slapout has had a quarter-inch of rain in a single day. Kenton is not much better at 201. And some of the central Oklahoma stations are above the 40- to 50-day range as well, with Shawnee up to 55 days.


You can read more of this story and see the Mesonet forecast maps by clicking here.




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weathermoreimportantWeather More Important than Politics, US Wheat President says


The social unrest in the Black Sea region is concerning for wheat farmers. Ukraine is one of the world's top wheat exporters in the world, so what happens in Ukraine, could dramatically change the outlook in the US. US Wheat Associates President Alan Tracy says so far the political unrest in Ukraine has had little impact on the global wheat market.

"I think it has been a little overblown so far, Ron, 'cause most of Ukraine's wheat is winter wheat," Tracy said. "About 90 percent of it is winter wheat, so it was planted before all this stuff started, so it's still going to come off and its still going to going to go somewhere."


For more on this story or to listen to my interview with Alan Tracy click here




cabgrowsCAB Grows Despite Smaller Cattle Numbers


A shrinking cattle herd is concerning for many, especially those in the beef business. Without product its hard to meet the demands of consumers. I interviewed John Stika, President of Certified Angus Beef at the recent Stakeholders Summit of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Stika says surprisingly the smaller numbers has worked to their advantage. 

"While there has been fewer cattle, more of them have been targeted to that high quality Certified Angus Beef end point, so we see it in the percent choice and we see it in the percent prime as it has grown over the last several years and Certifified Angus has grown right along with that in terms that percentage of carcasses that hit our specifications," Stika said.


Click here to read more or to listen to today's Beef Buzz with John Stika. 




soygrowersSoy Growers Applaud Vetter's USTR Confirmation 


The growers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded today's Senate Finance Committee confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). ASA worked extensively with Vetter in her former role as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ASA President Ray Gaesser, a farmer from Corning, Iowa, released the following statement.

"Right now, agriculture is among the brightest spots in our nation's global trade portfolio. Last year we exported more than $141 billion in agricultural products-the largest share of that in the form of soybeans. This contributes to a positive agricultural trade balance of $31 billion and millions of jobs here at home," said Gaesser. "The job for which Ms. Vetter was confirmed today is to ensure that the success of the partnerships between American agriculture and our foreign customers continues to grow and strengthen. As we work to remove trade barriers worldwide as well as negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with Europe and on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with Pacific Rim countries, Ms. Vetter's knowledge and experience, not only of international trade but also the specific needs of our industry, are extremely powerful assets. ASA congratulates Ms. Vetter on a well-deserved confirmation, and we call on the full Senate to confirm her as quickly as possible so that we may continue our cooperation to advance the important role of U.S. soy on the global stage."


alltechAlltech's 30th Symposium Examines the Future of the Food Chain

From antibiotic-free meats to healthy bees, anticipating the future of the food chain is one of the keys to successfully feeding a rapidly growing world population, delegates learned during the closing session of Alltech's 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium. The three-day event explored the curiosity-invoking theme of "What If?" in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 18-21.

Speaking to more than 2,000 delegates from 60 countries, Dr. Mark Lyons discussed global consumer trends and scientific innovations that will shape the future of the food chain. Lyons is vice president of corporate affairs of Alltech and has been based out of Beijing since 2012 as part of the company's "China Now" initiative.


Click to read more about the Alltech Symposium. 



jeffedwardsLack of Moisture Impacts Wheat Forage Production 

Jeff Edwards, Oklahoma State University Small Grains Extension Specialist reports in his latest World of Wheat blog on the results of this year's winter wheat forage study:

As was the case across most of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University's wheat plots were sown into dry topsoil in late September. Soils in southwest and northwest Oklahoma were extremely dry due to multiple years of drought, and wheat pasture was short in these areas of the state. Summer rainfall provided ample subsoil moisture in the central part of the state, but topsoil was largely dry through September. Rains fell across much of the state in October and provided the fuel needed to build wheat pasture. Unfortunately, these October rains would be the only significant rainfall events most of the Oklahoma wheat crop would receive.

Fall forage production by winter wheat at Stillwater and Chickasha averaged 3,240 and 2,580 pounds per acre, respectively. There was a large group of varieties at Stillwater and Chickasha that produced statistically equivalent forage yield, and producers are encouraged to consider two and three year averages when available.

Click here to read more of this story or for the results of this year's study.   



OWCDavid Gammill Reappointed Oklahoma Wheat Commissioner for Southwest Oklahoma by Governor



Governor Mary Fallin has reappointed David Gammill to an additional five year term with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC). Gammill, a wheat producer from Chattanooga, will represent District IV, which includes Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, and Tillman counties.


"We are excited that David Gammill has been appointed to another term with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission board," said Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. "His knowledge and experience with wheat production as a farmer and his active roles held with the OWC Board and U.S. Wheat Associates Board will continue to make him a valuable leader for the wheat industry on both state and national levels."

Gammills' responsibilities as a member of the commission include working with the other members to develop and oversee the implementation of policy and programs, approve budget expenditures, direct the funding of research, market development and public education, represent district producer interests, and promote Oklahoma wheat. Gammill is active at Ahpeatone Baptist Church, is a member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and has served on the Walters Coop Elevator Board. Gammill, along with fellow Commissioner Don Schieber (as well as yours truly), were a part of Class One of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program.  


Click here for more details.




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