From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 6:17 AM
To: Hays, Ron
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update

OK Farm Report banner
Support Our Sponsors!

Johnston Enterprises


Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association 

Winfield Solutions- Croplan
Canola seed


Big Iron

Join Our Mailing List

Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Facebook    View our videos on YouTube


     View my photos on flickr

Quick Links
Download the

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.



Let's Check the Markets! 


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 Futures- and Jim Apel reports on the next day's opening electronic futures trade- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM.



Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $10.88 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.


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.


KCBT Recap: 

Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market. 


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.


Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, March 25, 2013
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

-- Governor Mary Fallin Signals Likely Support for HB1999- Horse Slaughter Measure Set for Senate Action Tuesday (Jump to Story)


-- Grand Steer Sets Sale Price Record- Overall Sale Total Does Too at Oklahoma Youth Expo (Jump to Story)


-- TSCRA Special Rangers Recover Over Four Million Dollars of Livestock and Property in 2012 (Jump to Story)


-- Friendly U.S. Cattle on Feed Report Shows 7 Percent Drop in Placements (Jump to Story)


-- Record Year for Meat and Poultry Exports Bolsters Demand for U.S. Soy (Jump to Story)


-- Research Shows Benefits of Administering Vitamin E to Spring-Born Calves (Jump to Story)


-- Mighty Cold in Southwest Oklahoma on This Monday Morning (Jump to Story)



Featured Story:
FallinHorseGovernor Mary Fallin Signals Likely Support for HB1999- Horse Slaughter Measure Set for Senate Action Tuesday  



In and around the chanting voice of Eddie Sims at the 2013 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions, Governor Mary Fallin affirmed her strong support for the Oklahoma Youth Expo and the young people who participate- and at the same time she signaled likely support for the horse processing bill authored by Skye McNeil in the House and Senator Eddie Fields in the Senate.


We talked with the Governor about where she stood on House Bill 1999, the so called Horse Slaughter bill. HB1999 has passed the House, as well as the Senate Ag Committee and will likely be considered on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday of this week. Speaking about the measure, Governor Fallin told us " I know it's very important to the people in the agricultural sector and one that's had a lot of debate." Governor Fallin added that "It is important that we have a humane way to take care of abandoned horses and those that are getting older." As a result, the Governor indicated her support for HB1999- "I'm glad to see some legislation going through that will address this issue." We asked if that means she is supportive of HB1999 and she replied, "Yes, it is a bill I think I can support."  


In talking with lawmakers at the OYE Sale of Champions after our visit with the Governor- they welcomed her support and thought it could help what is already likely to be a relatively easy vote in favor this week on the Senate floor. There have been three amendments filed on the bill- but it's more likely the bill will be accepted as passed in the House- and could be on its way to the Governor's desk before the week is out.


Click here for our complete story on the OYE honoring the Governor- and her comments on HB1999- you can listen to our conversation with her when you jump over to our story.



Sponsor Spotlight




Midwest Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of the daily farm and ranch email- and they want to thank everyone for supporting and attending the recently-completed Tulsa Farm Show.  The attention now turns to next spring's Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City.  The dates are April 18-20, 2013.  Click here for the Southern Plains Farm Show website for more details about this tremendous farm show at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. We do want to make our annual request for anyone that has a horse that has some attitude problems or needs some gentle horse training- give me a call at 405-841-3675 and leave me details about your horse- we will consider your horse to be one to be trained in the sessions with Scott Daily free of charge at the 2013 Southern Plains Farm Show. You will need to be able to get your horse to the State Fair Grounds in OKC on those dates.




We are proud to have P & K Equipment as one of our regular sponsors of our daily email update. P & K is Oklahoma's largest John Deere Dealer, with ten locations to serve you.  P&K is also proud to announce the addition of 6 locations in Iowa, allowing access to additional resources and inventory to better serve our customers. Click here for the P&K website- to learn about the location nearest you and the many products they offer the farm and ranch community.  



OYEGrand Steer Sets Sale Price Record- Overall Sale Total Does Too at Oklahoma Youth Expo  



The Sale of Champions helped conclude the market animal phase of the 2013 Oklahoma Youth Expo- and for Mylah Testerman of the Hollis FFA, it turned out to be a great payday- and a record breaking sale of the Grand Champion Steer at the OYE.

The Hollis High School Freshman led Radar around the ring while the bidding started at $20,000 and quickly reached $60,000- and a couple of bids later- had climaxed at $62,000- the highest price ever at the OYE for the Grand Champion Steer. It eclipsed the $60,000 paid to Logan Davis of Newcastle FFA just a year ago. The winning bidder consortium includes Express Ranches; Bank of Western Oklahoma; McAfee & Taft, Hartzog, Conger, Cason, Neville; Tener's Western Outfitters; Chain Ranches; P&K Equipment; Robyn Promotions and Lopez Foods. Click here for more on the Market Steer portion of the Sale of Champions and the final list of breed champions for 2013.


The Grand Champion Barrow was shown by Kate Jackson of Mountain View-Gotebo 4-H and she saw her barrow named "KD" bring a total of $17,500 here in 2013- same money as the market hog brought in 2012. The buyers of the 2013 OYE Grand Champion Barrow included Touchstone Energy, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. Click here for more of the Market Hog portion of the sale and the breed champions for the 2013 event.



We have a combined story on the Market Lambs and the Wether Goats for 2013- that's because of Destinee Johnson of Tipton FFA, who made history by showing and then on Friday- selling the Grand Champion Market Lamb and Grand Champion Market Goat. Johnson saw the Lamb bring $15,000- bought by Central States Trailers.  The top Market Goat in the 2013 show was sold on Friday for $10,000- purchased by McDonalds and Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma.  Click here for our story on the full lineup for the Lambs and the Goats from the sale and the show.


One final note from the Sale of Champions- an important one.  They are still doing some final tabulating- but OYE Executive Director Tyler Norvell tells us that the total dollar amount for the 2013 sale is something close to $850,000- and that will end up being the most money ever generated in the sale of the top animals of this statewide event.


TSCRATSCRA Special Rangers Recover Over Four Million Dollars of Livestock and Property in 2012



Stolen livestock and ranch equipment worth more than $4.4 million were recovered or accounted for in 2012 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers.

The Fort Worth-based producer group was founded 136 years ago to fight cattle theft in Texas, a problem that still plagues ranchers today.

In 2012, more than 10,400 head of cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen to TSCRA, a large jump from 2011 when the number reached 7,600.

"Livestock and ranch equipment theft is a big problem in Texas and Oklahoma," said Larry Gray, the association's executive director of law enforcement. "The good news is that a lot of these thieves get caught because of the hard work and dedication of the special rangers." We talked with Gray at the 2013 annual meeting of the TSCRA on Saturday- and you can click here to read more about what the Special Rangers got done in dealing with cattle theft in 2012 and listen to our visit with Larry Gray as well.





friendlyuscattleBullish U.S. Cattle on Feed Report Shows 14 Percent Drop in Placements


Analysts are calling the latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report a very friendly report with a signficantly larger than expected drop in placements. The on-feed number was slightly lower than expected and the marketing's number was nearly on par with last year.

Jim Apel talked with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities after the report was released on Friday afternoon

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on March 1, 2013. The inventory was seven percent below the number on March 1, 2012.

Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.48 million, 14 percent less than 2012. Leffler says that this placement number is really an astounding number- fully 12% below the three and the five year average for placements- it is the lowest February placement number in 18 years and should be "very price supportive later int he year." 

Click here to read more and to hear Tom Leffler's analysis of the report.


recordyearforRecord Year for Meat and Poultry Exports Bolsters Demand for U.S. Soy


These little piggies went to market - international markets, that is, and in record numbers. Despite challenging issues, such as the struggling global economy and trade barriers, U.S. poultry and livestock farmers enjoyed a record year for meat exports, which helps keep domestic demand for U.S. soy strong.

U.S. poultry, egg and pork shipments exceeded previous highs for value and volume set in 2011. International beef sales dipped slightly in volume but broke the previous value record.

Growing U.S. meat and poultry exports reinforce demand for U.S. soy since soy meal constitutes a significant portion of animal feeds. Domestic animal agriculture uses about 98 percent of the domestic supply of U.S. soy meal, making it the U.S. soy industry's No. 1 customer.

"Exporting meat and poultry is a big issue for U.S. soybean farmers," says John Butler, a farmer-leader from Dyersburg, Tenn. "If we can feed animals soybeans here and sell them abroad, we're creating a value-added product. Adding that value here has a tremendous positive impact on not only the U.S. soy industry but the national economy as well."

You can read more by clicking here.  



researchshowsResearch Shows Benefits of Administering Vitamin E to Spring-Born Calves


Calves born during winter and early spring, especially after lengthy droughts, are more likely to be vitamin deficient says Dr. Rob Stuart. Stuart is a nutritionist who has worked extensively with universities to understand the role vitamins play in keeping cattle healthy and performing at peak efficiency.

With the drought entering its third year across major portions of the Southern Plains, Dr. Stuart said it is important for ranchers to watch their newborn calves for signs of weak-calf syndrome. 

"Several years ago I saw there was a tremendous deficiency in vitamin E and vitamin A status in spring-born calves and I started looking at the aspect of 'Well, what would happen if these calves are born deficient in these critical vitamins?' And weak-calf syndrome came up. What weak-calf syndrome is, a calf is born, they are weak, they are hardly able to get up. Their muscle function is very poor. And some of them are called 'dumb' calves; they just don't know how to nurse and within a few days those critters are dead.

"And so that's one of the things we've been really been looking at-how we can prevent this malady. And it primarily occurs in spring-born calves-calves that are born to cows that have been fed roughages such as stalklage, poor quality hay or even silage. So, spring-born calves are the ones that are more disposed to weak calf syndrome."


You can read more or listen to the audio version of this story by clicking here



ColdWxMighty Cold in Southwest Oklahoma on This Monday Morning



We have been watching the Mesonet and Twitter last night and early this morning as temperatures in Oklahoma are at their coldest in the Panhandle and in southwest Oklahoma. No real damage is all that likely in the Panhandle- but southwest Oklahoma may more worrisome. We have been below 25 degrees most of the night at two or three of the Mesonet stations in the southwest- such as Altus and Tipton- and both of those got as low as twenty degrees. For wheat that was grazed- it's less likely to be hurt- but for wheat that has started to joint- these temperatures could cause injury.



Wheat producer Jimmy Kinder in the Walters area has expressed his concern on Twitter- he posted a graphic last night that shows why he has some worries- click here to see that graphic that shows when wheat that is jointing will start to face freeze damage- and the temps overnight have been right there.


OSU State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards also tweets that if there are fields of concern caught in these low temps and are far enough advanced to be vulnerable- it will still take about a week to ten days for damage to be visible.


Click here for a graphic from the Mesonet that shows that lows for the day thus far- and it shows that those Mesonet stations along the Red River have been coldest from Burneyville over to Hollis.




Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, PCOM, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy, Johnston Enterprises, American Farmers & Ranchers, CROPLAN by Winfield, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- FREE!


We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com 



God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  


phone: 405-473-6144


2008-2011 Oklahoma Farm Report
Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

This email was sent to by |  
Oklahoma Farm Report | 7401 N Kelley | Oklahoma City | OK | 73111