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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 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 $6.29 per bushel- based on delivery to Oklahoma City (per Oklahoma Dept of Ag).



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith 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
   Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
CanolaCollegeCanola College Comes to Enid This Thursday


Agricultural producers interested in learning how to maximize their canola production should register now to attend Canola College tomorrow(Thursday) in Enid. Canola College is a joint effort of Great Plains Canola Association, Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Kansas State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency and cooperating partners in the canola industry.

"It's a great opportunity to learn from and speak with leading experts in the field, and interact with more than 300 new or veteran canola producers and industry members," said Ron Sholar, Great Plains Canola Association executive director. "This will be the premier canola education and training event in the region for 2015."

Registration will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. with the program kicking off at 9 a.m. and finishing at 3:30 p.m. The conference will take place at the Chisholm Trail EXPO Center, located at 111 W. Purdue St. on the north side of Enid. OSU Cooperative Extension canola specialist Josh Bushong said this is the third year of the event and they have had a lot of success with the Canola College program.

"There's a lot to learn, whether you are a new grower or experienced grower, we have a wide variety of topics," Bushong said.

I talked with Josh Bushong about Canola College in recent days. To read more Canola College or have the opportunity to listen to the interview, click here

Sponsor Spotlight


A long time supporter and advertiser as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network is Stillwater Milling.  At the heart of the Stillwater Milling business are A&M Feeds- and for almost a century Stillwater Milling has been providing ranchers with a high quality feed at the lowest achievable price consistent with high quality ingredients. A&M Feed can be found at dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. Click here to learn more about Stillwater Milling!    




P&K Equipment has ten locations in Oklahoma and as the state's largest John Deere dealer, has been bringing you the best in John Deere equipment, parts, service, and solutions for nearly 30 years.  The P&K team operates with honesty and a sense of urgency... getting you what you need, when you need it.  With an additional nine stores in Iowa, P&K has the extra inventory and resources, to provide you, the customer, with a better experience all around. Click here to visit P&K on the web... where you can locate the store nearest you, view their new and used inventory, and check out the latest deals.    

BudgetShortfallState of Oklahoma Faces HUGE Budget Shortfall 


The Board of Equalization on Tuesday approved revenues available for Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary appropriations of $6,601,534,037, which is $611.3 million, or 8.5 percent, less than was appropriated for FY 2015, the current fiscal year ending June 30.

Low oil prices and resulting energy sector losses decreased revenues from December, when the board first estimated $298.1 million, or 4.1 percent, less available for FY 2016 appropriations.

"The gap more than doubled," said Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston L. Doerflinger. "We were prepared to climb the hill we faced before and we're prepared to climb the mountain we face now. It will be difficult, but all options are on the table and the state will meet the challenge."

Oklahoma Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman offered reaction to the budget numbers on Tuesday afternoon- "As we begin to analyze the best way to manage this $611.3 million gap, all options are on the table.  The House stands ready to work with the Senate and Gov. Fallin to enact a budget for our state that minimizes the impact of cuts on core government services and reflects the priorities of the majority of Oklahomans.  


"Fortunately, unlike the federal government, our state Constitution requires our budget to balance. While there may be some short-term solutions for this year, we must look at addressing our budget in the long-term, including reforms to expenditures and budget practices that are not sustainable. Until this is done, we will continue to face future budget shortfalls that are 100 percent avoidable."   

To read more about the revenue loss situation, click here.  

GenomicsGenomics Helps Reduce Risk in Herd Bull Selection 


Faster genetic change---pork and poultry producers have always had an advantage in this area, but the rapid advancement of genomic technology in the last decade helps cattlemen make quicker progress. Angus Genetics Inc. President Dan Moser said many in the cattle industry are using it, indirectly today.

"Folks that are purchasing yearling bulls that have been genomically tested, you know, the risk involved and the potential change in those animal's genetics or at least the characterization of that, the risk is much less," Moser said.

E-P-Ds are always changing as more information is available, but using D-N-A tests help decrease that amount of change.

"And for a trait like calving-ease, for example, a bull with pedigree data and its own record and those sort of things, might have an accuracy of around twenty percent," Moser said. "And that with genomic testing, that might go to forty percent. The difference in that in percent calving-ease genetics might be two or three percent difference. And if we see two or three percent less assisted calvings, that's a lot less labor, a lot calf survival, a lot more passive immunity through colostrum intake, better calf health. You know, I think the little difference there in that one value on that bull and getting the right one purchased, can really pay off for the producer." 



Click here to read more or watch a video feature from the American Angus Association.

RFA to California: Get Real on Your Low Carbon Fuel Standard 


The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments on Monday calling on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to revise its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) re-adoption proposal to reflect recent scientific advances and new empirical data regarding the actual impacts of biofuels on global land use patterns.

In comments submitted to CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols, RFA noted that while steps have been taken to slightly improve the program in the re-adoption proposal, RFA remains "deeply concerned by several aspects of the proposal," noting that CARB's inclusion of a flawed indirect land use (ILUC) change analysis "threatens the long-term durability of the LCFS program."

RFA points to the central role that grain-based ethanol has played in LCFS compliance over the past four years, noting that nearly 60 percent of all LCFS credits were generated by ethanol. Yet, despite the vital importance of grain ethanol to the program, the proposed ILUC penalty assessed against corn ethanol "will make the use of most grain ethanol infeasible for compliance as early as 2016."  

To read more about RFA's view of the ILUC analysis, click here.  

PeelCriticalPtPeel Says U.S. Was At Critical Point with Shrinking National Cowherd


The U.S. saw a significant decline in cattle numbers during the drought of 2010-2012. Many ranchers, especially here in the southern plains, were forced to reduce their herd numbers in recent years due to the severe drought that drastically affected the Southern Great Plains and to a lesser extent the Midwest. This pushed nation cattle herd to the smallest numbers in more than 60 years. Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel said the numbers had gotten so small the U.S. was at a critical tipping point.

"I think so, I think we were forced to get smaller than we intended to," Peel said. "I think it probably did have some impacts on market share, if you will. Now I am not as worried about that as some folks. I think we will get market share back. Beef is very competitive on a value basis, if not on a price basis. I think we saw that this last year."

In 2014, there were concerns how demand would play out in having record cattle prices. Peel said most of the concerns come from the fact that the industry had been to these levels before.  At the Cattle Industry Convention, I talked with Peel about beef demand in 2014.  To read or have the opportunity to listen to our latest Beef Buzz segment with Peel, click here.    


You can also hear our entire interview that we conducted with Derrell earlier this month at the Cattle Industry Convention- it was one of several Podcasts we posted while in San Antonio.  Click here to take a listen.



Want to Have the Latest Energy News Delivered to Your Inbox Daily?

Award winning broadcast journalist Jerry Bohnen has spent years learning and understanding how to cover the energy business here in the southern plains-  Click here for Jerry's website where there is a link on the Left Hand Column where you can subscribe to his daily update of top Energy News.  


Stronger U.S. Dollar Impacting Boxed Beef Sales


On a regular basis, Ed Czerwein of the USDA Market News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's boxed beef trade. Here is the weekly boxed beef trade for week ending February 14. The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last Friday at $237.68 which was $1.40 lower. There were 815 loads sold for the week in the daily box beef cutout. It was about 13% of the total volume. 

The comprehensive or weekly average Choice cutout which includes all types of sales including the daily spot cutout was $239.47 which was $5.60 lower. There were 6,102 total loads sold which was 499 loads lower than the previous week. The formula sales were at 3,198 loads which was only 35 loads lower than last week and are 52 percent of the total loads sold.

Exports as reported on the weekly box beef report are predominately muscle cuts dropped quite a bit and they were at 591 loads which was 313 loads lower than the previous week.   Our North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors purchased 166 loads and 425 loads were shipped overseas.



This year we continue to increase our imports of fresh beef.  Click here to read or to listen to Ed Czerwein's report.

ThisNThatThis N That- CSP Signup Deadline, Big Iron Wednesday and Employees Buy High Plains Journal 



The former Chief of the NRCS, Bruce Knight, has written a editorial piece on the current window of signup for the Conservation Stewardship Program.  Knight says

"The 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will cover up to 7.7 million new acres and provide $100 million to participating farmers.  But you only have until February 27 to sign up to be part of this year's program.  Of course, you can fill out the paperwork at any time, but to be considered for funding this year, you must move quickly.


"CSP is a "payment for performance" program, so the higher the operation's environmental performance, the higher the payment to the landowner.  Farmers and ranchers receive payments for undertaking additional conservation activities and for "improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities."  The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides participants with an annual payment and in some cases supplemental payments for adopting resource-conserving crop rotations.


"NRCS announced the one-month 2015 CSP signup on January 27."  Deadline for being a part of the program in 2015 is next Friday, February 27th.  Click here to read more of Knight's thoughts on CSP- and check with your NRCS office if you have questions about how this program could work for you.





It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 605 items consigned.  Bidding will start at 10 AM central time.                  


Click Here for the complete rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.


If you'd like more information on buying and selling with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you the full scoop.  You can also reach Mike via email by clicking or tapping here.  






High Plains Journal, a weekly farm and ranch publication based in Dodge City has been purchased by six managers of High Plains Journal by partnering with the Brynavon Group that specializes in management buyouts of companies. Originally owned by McCormick Armstrong Co., Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, High Plains Journal has a long and colorful history of delivering farm and ranch news to High Plains and Midwest farmers and ranchers.

George Lemmon, Jr., who will serve as chairman of the board, said "Brynavon is pleased to help the management team of High Plains Journal acquire the company for which they work. Ownership transitions which allow the managers to share in the mission that they create are the ultimate goal of Brynavon's investment model - perfect alignment between investors and managers."

The manager investment group includes President and Publisher Tom Taylor, Vice President and CFO Lawrence Lampe, Editor Holly Martin, Sales Manager John Seatvet, Classified Advertising Manager Jeff Sibley and Circulation Manager Jeff Keeten. The team has a combined tenure of 142 years working for High Plains Journal.

Click or tap here for more details of the purchase.




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