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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 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 $9.74 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.


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 27, 2014



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

RainfallFeatured Story:

Hobart Leads the Way With Almost Five Inches of Rain Over the Memorial Day Holiday- We Have the Latest Maps 


Memorial Day 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 Texas.


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. 



To see rainfall totals for the state in a chart format, click here for the latest numbers as compiled by the Oklahoma Mesonet., 


Looking ahead- 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 David Payne forecast from News9 for Central and Western Oklahoma- and click here for the Travis Meyer forecast from the News on 6 for the eastern portions of the state.



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congressCongress 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.




farmbureauScience 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," Shawcroft said. 

For more of this story click here




jerseyfarmgirlJersey 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 capital.

Weinberg's farming roots are deep in being raised on her family's New Jersey farm.

"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




smithfieldEDF, 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," said David 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.




greatamericanGreat American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker Provides Easy-Access Screening Information

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 the 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.



ThisNThatThis n That- Wheat Harvest Got Started Ahead of the Rainy Weekend and State Senate Defeats Property Tax Increase Proposal HJR 1092  


Oklahoma Wheat 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.


It's unlikely 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 morning.




Oklahoma Farm 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 2014:

"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."


The statement 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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