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Let's Check the
on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
cash price for Canola is $12.60 per bushel at the Northern
Ag elevator in Yukon-
New Crop contracts for Canola are now available at
$12.60 per bushel- delivered to local
participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
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
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
Harvest Slowed by Weekend Rains- Hot Sunny Weather
Ahead to Help Harvest Resume
through Saturday of this past week were generally
excellent days for harvest in many locations
across the wheat belt in our state- by Friday
afternoon, we saw a lot of combines rolling as we
traveled home from the Lahoma Wheat Field Day at
the OSU North Central Research Station which is
due west of Enid on the Garfield-Major County
have some percentages to chew on later today when
the latest Crop Weather Update is released by NASS
at the USDA. By late Saturday afternoon- we
started getting some rainshowers in northwestern
Oklahoma down as far south as the Elk City area-
those moved east and based on Mesonet data- we see
the heaviest amounts of rainfall in Grady and
Caddo Counties, with a lot of locations south of
I-40 ending up with more than an inch of rainfall.
appears only limited amounts of rainfall have hit
Garfield, Noble and Kay Counties- which means that
wheat and canola harvest may resume in those areas
with little delay. Other areas that have had
more rainfall may be out til close to
midweek. By Tuesday, the forecast for much
of Oklahoma is for sunshine, windy conditions and
mid to upper 80s- and even some 90s in southern
got some pictures from the Lahoma Wheat Field Day-
as well as a custom cutting crew with three
combines rolling a little south of Waukomis on the
west side of US 81. You can take a look at
these pictures by clicking here for our Flickr set for
Wheat Harvest 2012. These pictures are a
part of our ongoing WheatWatch 2012 which is a
service of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, working
hard for the Oklahoma wheat producer.
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A Harvest Visit with Josh Bushong
2012 Winter Canola harvest is well underway- and
Josh Bushong, OSU Extension
Canola Specialist, joins yours truly in the latest
episode of Canola TV. Bushong discusses the
various ways that farmers are approaching the
harvest process, saying that probably the most
common method being used this season is
says that harvest has literally been going from
southwest Oklahoma near the Red River all the way
north to the Oklahoma-Kansas border- and early
yields have been very acceptable to producers. He
believes most fields have come in around 30
bushels per acre- or 1500 pounds per acre. Higher
yields, closer to 2000 pounds per acre (or 40
bushels per acre), have also been reported- while
some farmers have only combined 1000 to 1250
pounds per acre. Those lower yields are still
making producers money, given the $12.50 to $13.00
per bushel price for canola this season.
Click here for the latest CanolaTV
segment- as found on our website- you can also
find the link there for the YouTube Channel where
you will find all of our CanolaTV segments dating
back over this past year. Remember- CanolaTV is a
service of the folks at PCOM, Producers
Cooperative Oil Mill.
we added some pictures to our Winter Canola 2012
photo set as found on Flickr- these latest shots
are of some canola that has been swathed, is
really dried down to a dull gray color and is to
ready for the combine to roll- click here and scroll down to the
bottom of the total photo set to see these
latest pictures as we near the end of the canola
Makes Conservation Progress, Removes 11 Streams
From EPA 'Impaired' List
has made a lot of progress in the last year with
water quality issues. So much so that several
streams that have long had issues with
sedimentation, excessive nutrient levels and
bacterial contamination are being removed from the
EPA's list of impaired streams.
Clay Pope, executive
director of the Oklahoma Association of
Conservation Districts, says the success is due to
the hard work of farmers and ranchers working in
concert with their local conservationists. He
recently spoke with Ron Hays about the progress of
conservation efforts in the Sooner state which, in
many ways, are leading the nation.
we've been able to do in Oklahoma this last year
is take over 11 of those streams off of that list.
That makes over 30 streams we've been able to take
off in Oklahoma, which is one of the best records
in the United States."
We talked with Clay at the end of
this past week- and we have both our audio visit
with him- as well as our Int he Field video that
you can see by clicking here.
latest USDA Cattle on Feed report was released
Friday afternoon showing the on feed number at 99
percent of year ago levels. This is the first time
the on feed number has been lower than year ago
levels in 23 straight reports. The placement
number came in at 85 percent o year ago levels,
the smallest placement since June of 2009 and the
third smallest April placement in the last 17
years. For the Monday morning Cattle Futures trade
at the CME, the report is being called friendly to
and calves on feed for slaughter market in the
United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000
or more head totaled 11.1 million head on May 1,
2012. The inventory was 1 percent below May 1,
in feedlots during April totaled 1.52 million, 15
percent below 2011. Net placements were 1.44
million head. During April, placements of cattle
and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were
355,000, 600-699 pounds were 250,000, 700-799
pounds were 380,000, and 800 pounds and greater
few moments and listen to Tom Leffler's comments
in our report linked below- he believes that this
report is just the latest indicator that as the
supply of cattle available for our feedlots
tighten- wholesale beef and cattle prices are
responding. Leffler talked to our own
Ed Richards shortly after the
report was released.
for Feedlot Cattle were $3 to $3.50 higher on
Friday afternoon, according to the Texas Cattle
Feeders Association- the range at the top was from
$123.00 to $123.50.
Click here for the latest Beef
Buzz- featuring a look at the latest Cattle on
Feed numbers with Tom Leffler of
Anderson of OSU--Sell Wheat Into This Rally
witnessed a rally in wheat on the Kansas City and
Chicago Boards of Trade this week. It was
unexpected as harvest is now underway on the
Southern Plains. The price has gained 90 cents in
the last four days.
We spoke with
Dr. Kim Anderson, a grain
marketing specialist with Oklahoma State
University, at the Lahoma Wheat Field Day about
the significance of the rally.
"I think the
significance of the rally is looking at that down
trend that started late last winter and has gone
on all throughout the spring. If this price holds
today, then we will have broken that down
says producers would do well to sell some of their
crop into this rally.
just don't know what is going to happen in this
market. There is a lot of uncertainty. The market
is giving you almost a dollar more than it was
going to pay you early Monday morning. I think
it's a wise move to sell into that."
You can hear our full conversation as
well has read more by clicking here.
and Broken Proposal a 'Very Bad Deal for the
Oklahoma Wheat Farmer'
Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards
Administration has proposed that the grade limit
on shrunken and broken kernels for U.S. No. 1
wheat be reduced from three percent to two
percent. Under the same proposal, the grade limit
for U.S. No. 2 wheat would be reduced from five
percent to four percent.
In a letter to
Oklahoma's secretary of agriculture and to
Oklahoma agriculture organizations, Joe
Neal Hampton, president of the Oklahoma
Grain and Feed Association, argues that if this
proposal is adopted it will severely damage the
marketability of Oklahoma-originated
"Based on some analysis that I've
done on rail cars shipped from various points over
the last five years, it's going to make a huge
impact on Oklahoma wheat farmers and grain
Hampton said from 50 to 80
percent of the wheat shipped from Oklahoma would
be dropped from No. 1 grade to No. 2 grade if this
proposal goes into effect.
Click here for more on this story
including an interview with Hampton and the full
text of his letter.
Open For May 31 OSU Specialty Crops
producers interested in possibly taking advantage
of crops that can be grown commercially but do not
require hundreds of acres should register now to
attend the May 31 Oklahoma State University
Specialty Crops Workshop at Lane.
are a number of crops well-suited to small-scale
commercial production in Oklahoma and the region,"
said Jim Shrefler, OSU
Cooperative Extension area horticulture
specialist. "To be effective, though, a grower
needs to be knowledgeable. The workshop is sort of
one-stop shopping, tackling the necessary topics
to get a grower up and running."
Thursday 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon workshop will
take place at OSU's Wes Watkins Agricultural
Research and Extension Center, located 10 miles
east of Atoka of Highway 3.
There is no
cost to attend but participants are asked to
pre-register by contacting Shrefler at
580-513-5544 or Jennifer Jensen, OSU Cooperative
Extension risk management education assistant, at
605-210-0191. Lunch and refreshments will be
You'll find more information about
this program by clicking here.
N That- Alltech Ag Future Conference, Tweeting and
Mike Thralls Update
in Lexington, Ky for the next couple of days-
ready to take part and cover the 2012 Alltech Ag Future Symposium- lots
of information to digest from a global set of
speakers covering all the major livestock species
as well as marketing, social media and more. One
of the Tuesday speakers in the "Beef" track is our
friend Dave Lalman of the OSU
Animal Science Department. We will be tweeting
today (Monday) through Wednesday from here at the
conference- using the hashtag #AgFuture. If
you go on Twitter and search that tag- you will
find dozens of folks offering their two cents
worth at this really excellent looking conference.
Speaking of Tweeting- I just wanted to
toot our Twitter account- Ron_on_RON- in recent
days, we have finally moved past 2,000 followers
and we want to say thanks to all of you that use
Twitter and follow us- we enjoy using several
"tweets" from a meeting or event as a stream of
mini blogs to give you a little feel of what is
going on whereever we are at- give us a try- click here to check us out in the
world of Tweets.
Finally- we have good news
from Mike Thralls, who was able
to get out of ICU at the end of this past week and
move to a regular room at the OU Health Center
Complex in Oklahoma City. Mike is recovering from
surgery this past week- and is looking to make a
full recovery from his latest battle with cancer.
Thralls, who lives in Noble County, is the
Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
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