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Let's Check the Markets!  



Today's First Look:

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.



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.



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 24, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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TransPacificFarm Bureau Gives Thumbs Up for Trans-Pacific Partnership- Sees Billions in Benefits


The Trans-Pacific Partnership will tear down trade barriers and help level the playing field for U.S. agricultural exports to 11 nations across the Pacific Rim. Ratifying TPP will boost annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion, compared to not approving the pact, according to an economic analysis conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

"TPP will mean a boat-load of expanded exports and increased demand for America's agricultural products," AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. "Clearly, America's farmers and ranchers have much to gain from approval of TPP and we support its ratification. American agriculture is a growth industry, and to continue that trend, we must expand our market opportunities."

Not approving the trade deal would have adverse effects, too.

"While our farmers and ranchers have a lot to gain with passage, the consequences of not approving the deal would be harmful," Duvall said. "Every day we delay means lost markets as other TPP countries implement the deal's advantages with each other. We are already arriving at the party late because, right now, expanded trade due to TPP is going on across the Pacific Rim - just without us."

While procedural steps along the way will take time, Duvall said "the sooner TPP is ratified, the better it will be for American agriculture."

Farm Bureau has provided a detailed look at the impact of TPP- click here for our story on our website that includes links back to the complete study.

The state by state breakdown was really interesting- and it shows that for our part of the country- the benefits to the Beef and Pork sectors is huge-

Oklahoma's beef and pork industries derive 71% of the $102 million dollar net export annual benefit.

Pork is a lesser industry in Texas- but Beef captures 54% of the total Texas benefit from the TPP when we hit full implementation.

Kansas receives 78% of its TPP benefit in the beef and pork segments.

Missouri garners 60% of its net export benefit from its beef and pork segments and

Arkansas sees a big boost because of benefits to rice, which account for 43% of TPP benefit to that state.



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MonsantoGMO Labeling Bill in Senate Ag Committee Gathering Support Ahead of Thursday Business Meeting


What do companies like Walmart, Coca Cola, Kelloggs and General Mills all have in common? They have all signed onto a letter praising the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committe, Pat Roberts, for the release of his Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions, which will be considered at the Committee's business meeting on Thursday.

"Our draft has the overwhelming support of virtually every agricultural industry from field to fork and beyond," Roberts said. "This demonstrates the widespread concerns of significant and critical sectors of our economy regarding the urgent need to address biotech labeling before the patchwork of state laws harms producers and consumers."

The letter - which contains more than 650 signatures from farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, lenders, and retailers - is in support of the Chairman's Mark for a national solution on biotechnology labeling. The groups urge the U.S. Senate to take quick action "to avoid the economic costs of a patchwork of state laws that will directly impact consumers, farmers, and the entire food value chain."

More on the GMO Labeling issue is available here- that includes a link over to the full letter and the list of those signing it- which includes four Oklahoma organizations- Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Soybean Association, the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association and the Oklahoma Ag Coop Council.


AphidsThe Rise of Sugarcane Aphids in Sorghum Presents a Major Headache for Growers


Sugarcane Aphids have captured the attention of farmers, extension specialists and researchers with their rapid emergence and potential for major damage to the US grain sorghum crop. This is a new pest in sorghum that has been spreading across sorghum producing states.

Oklahoma State University Extension Entomologist Tom Royer says over the last two to three years the problem has erupted. Last year the problem exploded in impacting nearly half of the United States. Royer said sugarcane aphids affected 35 plus counties in Oklahoma, basically any county with sorghum. He has never seen a pest come on the scene this quick and be this much of a problem in causing immense damage and yield loss. He said the last time many farmers have seen an outbreak like this was when greenbug moved into sorghum in the 1960's.

Royer and other researchers are scrambling for answers for farmers. OSU is trying to determine which sorghum varieties are resistant and susceptible to sugarcane aphids. Royer said this year OSU will be sampling fields for sugarcane aphid populations in trying to determine the economic impact of the aphid, as well as threshold levels for treatment. Royer said that will help farmers determine at what level it will be worth the expense of treatment to maximize yield potential.

Dr. Royer and I talked this past week about the impact of sugarcane aphids.  Click or tap here to hear more about recommendations from OSU prior to spring planting. 


ExpressRanchesJarold Callahan Says Genomic EPDs Will Help Bull Buyers


It's spring bull sale season. One of the larger sales in the region held annually is the big sale at Express Ranches in Yukon, Oklahoma. Express Ranches President Jarold Callahan said this year they will offer over 500 bulls, mostly Angus. The bulls will be sold in person at the ranch, as well as on the internet. Callahan said they are excited for the offering as they continue to invest and reinvest in the best cattle genetics.

Callahan said the bulls that are marketing have the most complete dataset available. The data can be accessed through the Express Ranches website.   There buyers can sort the bulls based on certain criteria. All bulls have been genomically tested, which is the DNA profile for each specially trait. Callahan said even though these are yearling to 20 month old bulls, he said it gives buyers the same confidence in those cattle as if they sired seven to 20 calves depending on the particular trait.

"We do this for our bull customers, so they can buy with a greater degree of confidence that the EPD's are accurate and correct," Callahan said.

EPD's have been around long enough that a lot of producers are comfortable with the data information and making decisions off of them.   With today's EPD's using genomics, Callahan said producers have to realize that are much more accurate and better than ever before. He said both commercial and purebred producers need to concentrate on the EPD's and on the bio-economic indexes, the dollar values, to make their selection. In looking for a bull for heifers, Callahan said producers need to focus on calving ease direct (CED), the birthweight EPD as well as the growth and carcass traits.   

I featured Callahan on today's Beef Buzz. Click here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.

We have also posted our complete interview with Jarold as a Podcast- click here to check it out.


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AFRAFR Delegates Set Policy for the Farm Group at 111th Annual Convention

During the American Farmers & Ranchers annual convention, Feb. 19-21, voting delegates adopted policies on water, health care, State Question 777, earthquakes and other issues critical to rural Oklahoma.

"Our members spoke with a strong, united voice on these issues," said Terry Detrick, AFR president. "This was true grassroots policy development."

On the issue of water, delegates said "We support legislation defining water quality and water quantity as compelling state interests." In addition, they adopted new language stating "We support continued studies on underground aquifer water storage, recharge and recovery."

The delegates strongly supported State Question 777, Right to Farm. The measure, which will give protection to consumers and production agriculture, is on the general election ballot in November.
"We are working hard to make sure everyone understands the need for voters to pass this issue in November," Detrick said.

There was more in the way of policies as adopted by the AFR delegates- click here to read about those decisions.


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GrowthEnergyGrowth Energy Members Discuss Eliminating Market Barriers to Ethanol


Growth Energy, the largest trade association representing the producers and supporters of the ethanol industry, held the first panel at their seventh annual Executive Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. The panel was entitled, "Don't Get Stuck in the Gears - Eliminating Market Barriers to Ethanol."

There is no shortage of obstacles hindering the sale of ethanol. The uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard, consistently shifting legal challenges on the state and federal levels and the Reid Vapor Pressure debate are all barriers to the widespread adoption of higher blends of ethanol, such as E15.

Discussion focused on the important actions the policy, legal and regulatory teams must take so the industry can overcome these hurdles. Growth Energy's efforts are clear - to usher in the widespread availability of renewable fuels so that consumers have an unrestricted choice of renewable fuels when they go to fill up at the pump.  Click or tap here to read more about this discussion. 



This N That - Big Iron Wednesday, Rainfall in Southeast and Forecast Shows Winter Arrives Early March



It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 373 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.



If you were north of I-40 and west of Oklahoma City- you came away disappointed in the rainfall that hit your location yesterday- the southeastern half of the state was where the rain was- several locations had more than two inches of rainfall- Holdenville was the Mesonet location that got more than two inches that was the northernmost point in Oklahoma for that much rainfall.

Far southwest Oklahoma got a half inch to just under one inch of rain, while west central, north central and northwest Oklahoma all were left begging for even tenth of an inch or two.

According to Jed Castles of News9- the next chance for a rain/snow event comes next Tuesday or so- here's his nine day that shows more fire danger DEAD AHEAD.




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