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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.
Cash price for canola was
$7.82 per bushel- based on delivery to the Apache
elevator 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
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
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced continued
progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of
2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama
signed into law nearly six months ago on Feb. 7,
am pleased to report that we have made tremendous
progress in the first six months since the Farm
Bill was signed," Vilsack said. "Thousands of
farmers and ranchers have received critical
disaster assistance, innovative new conservation
programs are up and running, new risk management
programs for producers are available with more
tools to come, the new Foundation for Food and
Agriculture Research has been incorporated, and
much more. Thanks to the hard work of thousands of
USDA employees across the country, we are
continuing to get new initiatives off the ground
and make important reforms to existing programs
that are helping to boost the country's economy."
Since the Farm Bill was signed into
law, USDA has made progress throughout all 12
titles of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Click Here to read
the detailed list of USDA's implementation
progress to date.
of the things you will not find in the USDA
list is work on getting APH in place for
crop insurance policies for the 2015 crop
Vilsack continues to refuse to consider full or
partial implementation of APH- Actual Production
History- for Crop Insurance for the 2015 crop
year, despite it being called for in the 2014 Farm
Law. In that Wednesday teleconference with
reporters, the Secretary said he doesn't have
staff or computer horsepower to get it done this
year- and that other farm bill implementation
needs must be done first.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank
Lucas has been calling on USDA to enact
the provision. Lucas has suggested that USDA could
at least allow farmers in some drought-plagued
counties to update their histories.
We have details and the audio
here of Vilsack's comments in regards to
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Announces Ban on US Poultry and Other US
is beginning to retaliate against the US and EU by
imposing bans on food imports. Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday
banning or limiting imports from countries that
have imposed sanctions on Russia because of its
support of rebels in Ukraine.
spokesperson for Russia's Veterinary and
Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) told
Reuters that Russia will ban U.S. poultry
Farm Bureau President Bob
Stallman released the following
statement. "This is clearly a political
move. It is unfortunate that the biggest losers in
this will be Russian consumers, who will pay more
for their food now as well as in the long run," he
Soybean Association President Ray
Gaesser highlighted soybean farmers'
concerns with the ban. "ASA pushed hard for
the establishment of permanent normal trade
relations (PNTR) with Russia last year because of
the significant growth and opportunity presented
in the Russian marketplace. Soybeans are the
biggest crop export from the U.S. to Russia, due
in large part to that country's burgeoning economy
and growing demand for meat. Sanctions and bans
like the one proposed by President Putin serve
only to hurt the Russian people by limiting their
access to the food and products they need and
want," he said.
too early to determine what will be included on
the list, but government officials have stated the
ban will be substantial. In 2013 Russia imported
$43 billion dollars worth of food.
Genetics Variety Spotlight -
wheat planting plans come into focus, the Radio
Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report.com
want to help you consider how the genetics
developed by Dr. Brett Carver and
his Wheat Improvement Team may fit into your wheat
production system. A profile of several of the
major wheat varieties that have come from the
Oklahoma State University program will be offered
for the next few weeks. Today, we showcase
the variety Garrison.
Garrison has a
unique history. Carver said Garrison's parentage
had green bug resistance, was a hard white wheat
variety and offered higher test
weights. Carver said in the end
Garrison didn't get resistance to green bug, it
turned to be a hard red wheat, but it also had a
pretty good combination of disease resistance.
"That was motivation behind naming
this variety Garrison, because we felt there was a
Garrison of protection provided to a lot of
diseases," Carver said. "One of those diseases
happened to be stripe rust."
Click Here to read or to listen
to Dr. Jeff Edwards
talk about how Garrison performed
in the 2014 wheat variety trials.
week, we showcased Duster and Ruby Lee. Click Here for Duster and Click Here for Ruby Lee.
Nitrogen to Begin $1.3B Enid Expansion Project
Nitrogen Company, LLC will begin
construction in mid-September on a
previously-announced $1.3 billion expansion
project at its Enid, Oklahoma facility. The
project will be implemented over the next three
years and will increase production capacity by
more than 1 million tons per year.
expansion project is comprised of a number of
* Construction of a
900,000 ton-per-year urea plant.
Efficiency improvements and capacity increases to
existing ammonia plants.
* Added capability
to produce high-purity urea to serve the diesel
exhaust fluid (DEF) market.
Construction of high-speed truck and rail loading
facilities, complementing the existing access of
the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific
Mary Fallin applauded Wednesday's
announcement by Koch- saying "Koch Nitrogen's $1.3
billion expansion in Enid will mean hundreds of
new jobs for Oklahoma families," said Fallin. "The
company's continued commitment to Oklahoma
illustrates the success of our pro-growth
policies, which include low taxes, sensible
regulations and a commitment to public education
that produces skilled workers. I am excited that
Koch has chosen to make a larger footprint in
Oklahoma and will continue to generate even more
great jobs and opportunities for our
Click Here to read more about the
expansion project and the construction jobs this
project will bring in, plus the increase in
full-time employment at the Koch plant.
Beef on Track to Break Export Records in
world appetite for beef continues to grow. Last
year was a record breaking year for beef exports
and 2014 has the potential to be even better. At
the recent Summer Cattle Industry Conference in
Denver, US Meat Export Federation President and
Chief Executive Officer Phil Seng told me about
the strong start to US beef exports in
said for the first five months of this year the US
has increased beef exports by nine percent on a
volume basis and 17 percent on a value basis
"Right now we are on a pace to
probably eclipse six and half million dollars,"
Seng said. "For a fed steer, basically an animal
presented at slaughter, about $245 a head is the
export dividend for that, so its significant to
the viability of the beef industry and also
hopefully it will be an impetus for expansion in
the beef industry, something we sorely need and
the world sorely
Click Here to read or to listen
to part one of my interview with Phil Seng on the
factors contributing to strong US beef exports in
2014. Phil continues with us the balance of
the week on our daily radio feature called the
Offers Canola Farmers Several Seed
Canola farmers will have
several seed options this fall from WinField with
their Croplan varieties. At last week's Canola
Conference in Enid, we caught up with
Justin Stejskal with
WinField, Overall, he said Croplan varieties
performed well in 2014 despite the difficult
posed a lot of different challenges to us with the
drought, with winter hardiness and we were able to
come in a very consistent basis and a lot of times
toward the top of the pack there," Stejskal said.
"So you can look at a lot of different plot
results, get a lot of results across the board,
but the main thing right now is to look at
consistency across the board."
in the 2015 crop year, WinField is currently
offering three different Croplan varieties for
Click Here to read or to listen
to my interview with Justin Stejskal about the
Croplan varieties and the outlook for seed supply
for the 2015 crop.
N That- OQBN Sales Set, Southern Plains Beef
Symposium Coming Saturday and Spotlighting Two FFA
friend Gant Mourer has been busy
setting up a great set of Oklahoma Quality Beef
Network sales for this fall- and says that this
program is all about helping ranchers- big or
small- to take advantage of a tremendous value
added marketing opportunity.
Oklahoma Quality Beef Network
(OQBN) is available to aid producers in making
preconditioning decisions and capturing value of
preconditioned calves when it becomes time to
market. OQBN is a program, which began in 2001,
and is a joint effort by Oklahoma Cooperative
Extension Service (OCES) and the Oklahoma
its core, OQBN provides improved communication
among producers of all segments of the beef
industry and allows for increased education while
providing tools to improve access to value-added
programs. One way in which this is done is through
the OQBN Vac-45 health verification program.
Cattle meeting the management requirements are
verified through OCES and can be marketed as OQBN
Vac-45 cattle. Once verified producers have the
option but are not obligated to market cattle in a
certified OQBN sale."
Get more details here on OQBN and the
list of sales for 2014.
Southern Plains Beef Symposium
will be happening this Saturday at the Ardmore
Convention Center in Ardmore- and one of the
speakers that will be featured this year is
speaking to a slightly different group than he is
used to visiting with. Dr. Jeff
Edwards is the state Wheat Specialist for
OSU Extension- and he will be talking about how to
maximize your wheat production for forage- both
through grazing as well as making hay.
Edwards and the other members of the Wheat
Improvement Team at OSU have always been dedicated
to having options for wheat production that works
for grain and grazing outcomes- and Jeff will be
offering an emphasis on the second option of that
strategy as he talks to cattle producers at this
Jump over to our website here and
take a look at all of the details about this
year's Southern Plains Beef Symposium.
case you missed our brief story from a
few days ago- Oklahoma can boost of having two of
the sixteen National Star Finalists for the
upcoming 2014 National FFA Convention.
Weichel of Cordell FFA has been named a
finalist for the 2014 Star Farmer of America
award- Zach was the 2011 Oklahoma Star Farmer and
you can look back at our profile of his program by
the Ag Placement Category, Garrett
Sharp of Waukomis FFA is a national
finalist this year- and he also is a past Star at
the state level- having been named Star in Ag
Placement for Oklahoma FFA in 2012. Here's the link for our look at his
award winning program to that point that will
now be showcased at the National level this coming
October in Louisville, Ky.
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