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Let's Check the Markets!
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.
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 $9.74 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in Yukon last Wedenesday. 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
Hobart Leads the Way With
Almost Five Inches of Rain Over the Memorial Day Holiday- We Have the
Weekend rainfall totals show a large area of the state finally
received measurable precipitation, with southwest Oklahoma leading
the way for the first time in many months as the area receiving the
most rainfall. Click here to jump to
our rainfall story on the website this morning that shows several
maps that help tell the story from early this morning back to the
beginning of the holiday weekend as rain starting rolling in from
The southwest Oklahoma Mesonet sites of Hobart(4.78), Mangum(4.22) and
Fort Cobb(4.14) all topped four inches of rainfall over this period,
as did Blackwell(4.26) in north central Oklahoma. This system
produced significant rainfall in a large band from southwest Oklahoma
to the norhteast corner of the state, with Hollis receiving 2.34
inches of rain during the period and Miami just under two inches
since last Thursday.
Disappointing rainfall totals were seen especially in the areas of
the southwest where they missed the bigger totals- Walters, for
example, ended up with just .54 of an inch of rain, Chickasha and
Ninnekah both checked in with just .55 and in the northwest, a
typical total was .72 inches of rainfall at Cherokee.
rainfall totals for the state in a chart format, click here for the
latest numbers as compiled by the Oklahoma Mesonet.,
scattered rainfall is in the forecast in much of the state today-
with eastern Oklahoma continuing to have some scattered showers in
the outlook later in the week. Click here for the
forecast from News9 for Central and Western Oklahoma- and click here for the
forecast from the News on 6 for the eastern portions of the state.
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Eases the Burden of the EPA's SPCC Rule
Today, Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development
Act, which will become law with the President's signature.
Importantly for members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association,
this bill contains a provision that will ease the burden of the EPA's
Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule.
The current EPA SPCC rule for farms requires compliance if an
operation has 1,320 gallons, or more, of above-ground fuel storage
and allows self-certification up to 10,000 gallons. This not only
includes fuel storage but requires above-ground feed storage to be
included in the total if it meets the broad definition of
"oil" which includes the base of many liquid cattle feeds.
"The SPCC rule is yet another example of the EPA's regulatory
scheme threatening the economic viability of rural America and family
farms and ranches," said Bob
McCan, NCBA president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman.
"Cattlemen and women have been waiting too long for a permanent
fix to the SPCC rule. Thanks to the efforts of Senators Inhofe and
Pryor and Representative Crawford, this provision will ease the
burden of this rule across the nation for many farmers and ranchers."
For the rest of this story click here.
Should Be Only Basis for Resolving Trade Issues
The ability to
expand trade opportunities is vital to America's farmers and ranchers,
but using scientific standards as the basis to address barriers
erected by trade partners also warrants action, according to a cattle
rancher from Colorado.
Colorado Farm Bureau President Don
Shawcroft, a member of the American Farm Bureau
Federation Board of Directors, today told the House Small Business
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade that Farm Bureau
supports increased market access for agriculture. A major challenge
presented in the current round of negotiations with Europe is not
just the traditional tariff issues but the even greater obstacles
presented by technical barriers to enhanced trade.
"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations
between the U.S. and the European Union must deal with the many
substantive issues that impede U.S.-EU agricultural trade,"
For more of this story click here.
Farm Girl Brings Perspective to Ag Summit
Life as a college student is a little different when
you grow up on a farm on the east coast. Jennifer Weinberg
is a freshman at George Washington University in our nation's
Weinberg's farming roots are deep in being raised on her family's New
"So from the day from the day I was born I grew up on farm that
has been in my family for many generations, my great grand father
owned it, his grand father before that, its actually that farm my
father and his four siblings grew up on and its the farm I have grown
up on," Weinberg said.
Click to read more
or to listen to today's Beef Buzz
Smithfield Foods Launch Initiative to Reduce Fertilizer Runoff,
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today announced a collaboration with
Smithfield Foods and its livestock production subsidiary,
Murphy-Brown LLC, that will help farmers optimize fertilizer
application to grain grown for animal feed. Efficiently applying fertilizer
reduces water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while
maintaining crop yields and lowering farm input costs.
Fertilizer is needed to grow crops, but excess nitrogen fertilizer
not absorbed by crops can run off the land and pollute lakes, streams
and drinking water. Excess fertilizer also emits significant amounts
of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas (GHG) 300 times more potent than
carbon dioxide. Agriculture is the fifth largest source of GHG
emissions in the United States.
"Commercial fertilizer is an often overlooked and significant
opportunity to combat climate change and improve water quality,"
Festa, EDF Vice President, Ecosystems. "Our
initiative with Smithfield is an important part of a comprehensive
effort underway at EDF to ensure agricultural production meets human
needs for food and contributes to the resilience of our environment.
By working with farmers and engaging all points along the food supply
chain, we can significantly reduce fertilizer runoff, safeguard our
environment and ensure farm productivity."
Click to read more
about this collaboration.
American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker Provides Easy-Access
Bringing the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film to a
theater near you just got easier, and you can help!
Independent filmmaker Conrad
Weaver of Conjo Studios, LLC, announces a new link on
website for theater managers to download an easy, step-by-step form
to bring the film to their venue.
"We get daily requests on our social media sites from people
wanting to see the film and wondering when it will be in their
hometown," Weaver says. "We're working diligently to get to
the film in every community possible, and this where our fans and
supporters of the film can help!"
To learn more
about how to screen this documentary click here.
n That- Wheat Harvest Got Started Ahead of the Rainy Weekend and
State Senate Defeats Property Tax Increase Proposal HJR 1092
Commission Executive Director Mike
Schulte provided us with a quick update of wheat
harvest on Friday afternoon as the rain began to fall in portions of
southwestern Oklahoma- Mike reporitng "Wheat Harvest in the
state has begun with the first loads of grain being hauled in at
Frederick, Oklahoma, yesterday evening(Thursday). Cassidy Grain has
taken in 5 loads of grain. Test weights have ranged from 56 to 59
pounds per bushel, with the majority of grain coming in around 58 to
59 pounds. Kernel size and color is currently looking favorable on
most of the grain that has been received. Yields are ranging from 10
bushel per acre to one report of 20 bushels per acre on a four acre
small plot that was summer fallow ground." Click here for
more details from this initital harvest report.
that we have had much additional harvest activity with the rainfall
that has happened in the southwestern part of the state- but Mike
promises an update later today- we will share that with you tomorrow
Bureau was easily the highest profile group in the state that lobbied
against a potential increase in ad volerem taxes that could have come
out of HJR 1092- a measure that supporters said was all about helping
provide storm shelters to public schools across the state.
A statement was released by Oklahoma Farm Bureau late Friday
afternoon after the Senate defeated the measure and adjourned for
"Despite a late-night reconsideration and passing by the House
Thursday, HJR 1092 was defeated in the Senate today 16-25. Oklahoma
Farm Bureau thanks those senators who voted to turn down the measure
that would have increased Oklahoma ad valorem taxes to build storm
shelters in schools."
quotes OKFB President
Tom Buchanan as saying that House votes on HJR 1092
were "an unfortunate case of political power undermining
what's best for Oklahoma communities, but we are glad to see that at
the end of the day, our legislators understand the negative impact
this bill could have had on farmers and ranchers."
Click here for the
complete statement as released by the farm group.
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