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Let's Check the Markets!
on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
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
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices - as
reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $9.80 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon 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.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom
Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Endorses Candidates in State
the Oklahoma primary election approaches on June
24, the OKAgFund today announced its endorsement
of 21 candidates running for election in state
Senate and House races.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau's political action committee,
is made up of OKFB members from across the state
who identify candidates who demonstrate beliefs
and actions that are consistent with OKFB
policies, regardless of political affiliation.
While the OKAgFund contributes financially to
several state campaigns, an endorsement is the
highest level of support the committee gives to
is one of Oklahoma's top producing industries, and
it is essential that our legislators understand
and are sympathetic to the issues affecting the
state's farmers and ranchers," said John Collison,
OKFB vice president of public policy and media
relations. "The OKAgFund continues to be an
effective tool to support the election campaign of
Click to read the list of
candidates endorsed by OKFB.
are delighted to have the Oklahoma
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Aljoe, Consultation Program Manager of
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation writes in the
June Ag News and Views newsletter.
and ranchers have become accustomed to managing
through adverse conditions, and drought certainly
falls into that category. During the last half of
2010 and the first few months of 2011, most
producers have had to manage through drought
conditions. Some have managed better than others.
There is a common denominator for those producers
who cope with drought better than others - they
all have active drought management plans.
Following is a set of guidelines for developing a
drought management plan.
expected forage production and annual rainfall
patterns by season. As a rule of thumb for
warm-season perennial pastures (native or
introduced), about 70 percent of our annual forage
production will occur by July 1 regardless of the
total rainfall for the year. The most effective
rainfall for our warm-season grasses occurs during
the second quarter of the year (April through
June), which is typically the most abundant
rainfall quarter across the Southern Great Plains.
Table 1 shows annual precipitation (including
totals by quarter) from 1971 through 2000 for
three selected southern Oklahoma counties
extending on a line from east (Choctaw County),
through Ardmore (Carter County), to west (Tillman
County). About 30 to 37 percent of annual rainfall
occurs during the spring quarter, in which 70
percent of our annual forage is produced. If
precipitation is below average for more than one
quarter, drought management plans should be
Click to read more insight
from Hugh Aljoe.
Yearling Prices, Brings More
it comes to the cattle business, the stocker
segment in particular has a favorable outlook for
summer 2014. Livestock Marketing Information
Center Director Jim Robb says
that especially true, if cattlemen already own the
"I think certainly for the
people that have already bought the calves these
programs can fair surprising good this year," Robb
said. "Record high calf prices, but the heavy
weight yearling market has really been the market
that has charged ahead of the other markets as we
look across the board."
"I think that
raises a bit of risk in this marketplace," Robb
said. "We have had the premium of the 700 -800
pound and sometimes heavier steer widen relative
to the calf, which makes those trying to buy the
animals these programs look less profitable than
they did a few weeks ago, but also widen relative
to the fed cattle market."
Click to read more comments from
Jim Robb- who joined us for today's Beef
Product Showcase Creates International
120 international meat buyers who descended on the
U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF) product showcase last week in Kansas City
to meet with 21 U.S. processors and exporters
didn't come to make small talk. They came to buy
U.S. beef, pork and lamb. And that's just what
"Now I can give more choices
to my sales people," said Romagle Bastidas, trade
manager for Grupo Alonzo, which operates 24
companies in the Dominican Republic and imports
anywhere from 10 to 40 containers per month of
U.S. products, including beef, pork and lamb. "I
have learned about many different cuts and
different ways to come up with new
center-of-the-plate items. Now I can think outside
of the box."
Click to read more about
USMEF's international promotion efforts.
Cattlemen's Summer Ranch Tour
Set for June 23-24
Cattlemen's Association will be hosting
the annual Summer Ranch Tour on June 23 and
"This year's tour will take place in
West Central Oklahoma and will include 10 stops,"
said OCA President Richard Gebhart. "The Summer
Ranch Tour provides a way for cattlemen to
fellowship while seeing other ranching operations
and learning from each other."
include: OKC West Livestock Auction, El Reno,
Okla.; RCC Royce Ranch, El Reno, Okla.; RCC
Darlington Campus, El Reno, Okla.; Cattleac Cattle
Equipment, Weatherford, Okla.; SportChassis LLC -
Heavy Duty Pickups, Clinton, Okla.; Harrison
Cattle, Arapaho, Okla.; Price Farms, Elk City,
Okla.; A-Cross Ranch, Hammon, Okla.; K - Bar
Cattle Company, Canute, Okla. and Harvey Farms,
Red Rock Meat Company, Hydro, Okla.
Click to register or to learn
more about the summer ranch tour.
Receives Research Dollars to Help Local Food
Operators Take Their Business to Next
State University researchers will be looking at
ways to help small- and medium-sized producers and
agriculture businesses take their enterprises to
the next level thanks to a hefty U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) grant.
national in scope, the project easily has the
potential to affect any producer in Oklahoma, said
Dave Shideler, OSU Cooperative Extension economist
and one of the project's lead
"The idea is to help
producers move forward, regardless of the current
size of their operations," he said. "Our work will
apply to the farmer operating a roadside fruit
stand in Idabel, as well as to the producer in
Arnett who wants to begin selling watermelons to
the local school."
information on how this grant will benefit
speciality crop producers click here.
N That- Big Iron. Cochran on the Brink and Pig
Castration Advances in Iowa!
weekly Big Iron auction for this
Wednesday morning will see closing of items begin
at 10 AM central time- and this week they are
featuring 302 items- click here for the Big Iron
Website and a full listing of all of the equipment
items on the virtual auction block today.
if you want to learn more about how Big Iron can
help your operation- by selling excess
equipment or buying that item that your farm
or ranch needs- click here for our interview with
District Manager Mike Wolfe from earlier this year
at the Oklahoma City Farm Show.
top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee is on
the brink of losing his job as the Senior Senator
from Mississippi. Senator Thad
Cochran is about two thousand votes
behind Mississippi State Senator Chris
McDaniel- McDaniel just under the magic
fifty percent mark that he would have needed to
not have to face the incumbent in a runoff three
weeks from now.
as we began 2014, was one of the four lawmakers in
the room as the negotiations for the 2014 Farm
Bill came to a conclusion.
Click here for a report that
quotes a local political analyst in the state that
said the six term incumbent did not run much of a
campaign- and that is one of the key reasons why
it is so close- and that in three weeks- Cochran
denied a seventh term.
we take a look at the Primary election in Iowa-
where a pistol packing, castration knife
carrying farm lady has won the GOP
nomination for the Senate race that will determine
who replaces former Chairman of the Senate Ag
Committee, Tom Harkin, in the Senate.
Ernst won over 50% of the vote in a five
way race- and her signature ad that jumped her
visibility over her opponents was about her
growing up on an Iowa farm- where she says she
learned to castrate pigs- a lesson that will help
her cut pork in Washington.
will face Congressman Bruce
Braley in November- and she won't be an
easy out- lots of political pundits say she is a
good enough of a candidate that she has pulled the
Iowa Senate Seat into play as the GOP hopes to net
a gain of six Senate seats around the country.
your viewing pleasure- here's the ad that got
Ernst on her way to the November General
Elections- Make Em Squeal!
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