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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 $6.49 per bushel- based on
delivery to Oklahoma City Friday(per Oklahoma Dept of
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
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, January 15,
will benefit from Federal funding as part of the
new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership
Program (RCPP). US Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
Wednesday that more than $370 million in funding
will be allocated for 115 high-impact projects
across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico. These projects will leverage an
estimated $400 million more in partner
contributions-for a total of nearly $800
million-to improve the nation's water quality,
support wildlife habitat and enhance the
"This is an entirely new
approach to conservation efforts," said Vilsack.
"These partnerships empower communities to set
priorities and lead the way on conservation
efforts important for their region. They also
encourage private sector investment so we can make
an impact that's well beyond what the Federal
government could accomplish on its own.
conservation projects have been funded in Oklahoma
in conjunction with neighboring Kansas. USDA will
address water quality concerns in the Elk City
Lake Watershed, where recent blue green algae
blooms and fish kills in the Lake have increased
its priority for rehabilitation. Further details
of the Oklahoma projects will be unveiled Friday
morning at a special public ceremony in Elk City
at the City Hall.
Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Districts will receive funding for the
Oklahoma Healthy Soils project. The project will
focus on the implementation of soil health
practices on cropland with an emphasis on
establishing cover crop on-farm trials on a
minimum of five to a maximum of 10 farms across
the state of Oklahoma. The project will build upon
ongoing research into practical concerns facing
producers who may be contemplating incorporating
cover crops into their agronomic production
A project through Kansas State
University will address water quality as surface
water reservoirs in Kansas and Oklahoma have lost
40 percent of their storage capacity and are
experiencing frequent algal blooms, owing mainly
to stream bank erosion. The project aims to
improve water quality through the implementation
of forestry practices and the assessment of
riparian systems in watersheds. The project aims
to implement forestry best management practices on
learn more about this Conservation Partnership
rollout, a part of the Conservation Title of the
2014 Farm Law- click here.
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President Bob Stallman Addresses Improving Beef
at this year's American Farm Bureau Annual
Convention in San Diego supported the
current beef checkoff, the Promotion Research Act
of 1985, which set up the current checkoff and the
Federation of State Beef Councils. They also
indicated they opposed any national beef checkoff
program established under the Commodity Promotion
Research and Information Act of 1996 and other
changes to the selection process for the
Cattlemen's Beef Board.
Bureau President Bob Stallman
believes the effort to come up with revisions to
the beef checkoff is all about generating more
revenue for beef promotion, research and
"Well what I would like to
see and in fact I think it's the only way that we
will make positive changes in terms of increasing
resources for the beef checkoff, is for all of
those groups that represent beef producers to get
together and agree on a path forward in terms of
modifying the current act that is in place,"
Stallman said. "But the primary goal of the beef
checkoff working group, from our perspective, has
been to figure out a way to increase the resources
by increasing the checkoff rate."
I featured Stallman on the Beef Buzz-
heard on radio stations across the region on the
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network. Read more and
have the opportunity to listen to Bob Stallman by clicking
Call for Early Bird Discount for 20th Commodity
is the last day to take advantage of
the early bird registration discount, growers
interested in attending Commodity
Classic have one last chance to save.
Discounted early bird registration ends tomorrow,
Thursday, January 15, for the event, which will be
held in Phoenix, Arizona,
Classic is on track to be bigger and better than
ever this year," said National Corn Growers
Association Commodity Classic Joint Venture
Committee Co-chair Bart Schott.
"I urge everyone to come to Phoenix to see how the
educational opportunities and relationships formed
can benefit their operation. For those who act
quickly, they can do so at a significant savings
as well. With so many offerings and events, the
20th Commodity Classic does truly offer a many
chances for farmers to blaze a trail of success
into the next growing season."
registration includes admission to:
educational sessions including Learning Centers,
Early Riser sessions, What's New sessions and Mini
What's New sessions
-- The huge trade
show, including box lunch on Thursday and Friday
and a mid-morning snack on Saturday in the trade
-- The General Session featuring
top-notch speakers and the leadership of the
-- The banquet of
the American Soybean Association or National Corn
Growers Association (based on space availability
and not guaranteed)
-- The Evening of
Entertainment, featuring country music star Craig
-- The Opening Reception
registration and details about the event are
available by clicking or tapping here.
2015 AFBF Meeting- Crop Outlook Sees Lower Corn
Prices with Shrinking Demand From
crop demand outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year
is a mixed bag, according to Patrick
Westhoff, director of the Food
and Agricultural Policy Research
Institute. Westhoff gave attendees
of the American Farm Bureau Federation's 96th
Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show a glimpse
into how this year's bumper crop and low prices
will impact farmers and ranchers as they head into
2015. On a macro level, China will continue
to be a significant source of demand growth, but
Westhoff noted that the anticipated gross domestic
product increase of the world's most populous
country is waning.
of course is a huge source of demand growth," said
Westhoff. "The good news is it's growth, but the
bad news is it's not as fast as it has been.
They're looking at 6.5 percent growth next
area representing more promise for corn and
soybeans is feed demand from both the domestic and
international livestock sectors. You can
hear his full presentation from the San Diego
meeting by clicking or tapping here.
Talks About the Stages of Calving as Spring
Calving Season Nears
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
As the spring
calving season approaches, an increased
understanding of the parturition process is
helpful. The more we understand about the
physiology of the process, the more likely we are
to make sound decisions about providing
assistance. Parturition or "calving" is generally
considered to occur in three stages.
Stage 1: The first stage of
parturition is dilation of the cervix. The normal
cervix is tightly closed right up until the
cervical plug is completely dissolved. In stage 1,
cervical dilation begins some 2 to 24 hours before
the completion of parturition (2 to 6 hours would
be most common). During this time the
"progesterone block" is no longer present and the
uterine muscles are becoming more sensitive to all
factors that increase the rate and strength of
contractions. At the beginning, the contractile
forces primarily influence the relaxation of the
cervix but uterine muscular activity is still
rather quiet. Stage 1 is likely to go completely
unnoticed, but there may be some behavioral
differences such as isolation or discomfort. At
the end of stage one, there may be come behavioral
changes such as elevation of the tail, switching
of the tail and increased mucous discharge. Also
relaxation (softening) of the pelvic ligaments
near the pinbones may become visually evident,
giving a "sunken" appearance on each side of the
tailhead. Checking for complete cervical dilation
is important before forced extraction ("pulling")
of the calf is
Click here to learn
more about stages 2 and 3 of calving.
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Funds Available for Oklahoma Farmers Markets
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food
and Forestry is accepting applications
for grants to assist existing farmers markets.
Applicable markets must be registered
with ODAFF as Oklahoma Grown. Markets registered
as Oklahoma Grown for the last three consecutive
years are eligible for a maximum of $3500. Markets
registered for less than three years are eligible
for a maximum of $2000.
emphasizes advertising and marketing, and grant
funds may be used for specialty crop signage,
marketing promotion, advertising and newsletter
publishing. The 2015 Oklahoma Grown Farmers'
Market Specialty Crop Grant program currently has
must be postmarked by February 2. For additional
information and grant forms contact Ashley Bender
Five Words to Make You Smile
really like Twitter for the constant flow of
information that gushes from people or entities
that you choose to follow. On my account, Ron_on_RON, I follow a wide
variety of farm groups, agribusinesses, farmers
and ranchers, commentators and more.
there is a real mix of serious stuff out there
balanced with a fair amount of silly. A lot
of times- the silly stuff comes with a hashtag so
you can search and see everything that is being
posted under those words.
SILLY grabbed center stage as the hashtag
started appearing. The idea was to come up
with a a five word statement that would do what
the hashtag suggested. Some guys offered
some pretty funny posts- but the ladies were the
ones that really got into this hashtag.
are a few of the better ones:
go eat at Chipolte.
should donate to HSUS
Support the PETA organization.
I don't eat meat.
ex's Tractor was bigger.
is this "John Deere"?
this dry summer weather
only eat gluten free!
it's just calving season.
those cheap milk prices!
Just a Cattle Show.
Fried Steak isn't Chicken?
you feed them straw?
are those pigs real?
you get the idea- go to Twitter and search with
the hashtag above and you'll see a ton more.
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