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Today's First Look:

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





Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture for Wednesday 3/2/16 



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with 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

   Thursday, March 3, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

GallagherFeatured Story:

Who's Your Daddy??? Lots of Oklahoma Wheat Fields Are Saying Gallagher



USDA has released their Oklahoma Wheat Variety Report for 2016- reflecting what varieties wheat farmers planted this past fall. 


There is a new big dog in the rankings this year- with OSU Wheat Improvement Team Variety Gallagher taking over the top spot from Duster- over 14% of the acres in the state were likely planted to Gallagher while Duster, which has been the most planted variety for the last few years, is now the second most planted variety in the state with around nine percent of the acreage planted to this well loved OSU bred variety.


In fact, wheat breeder Dr. Brett Carver has the top four varieties planted last fall in the state as Gallagher and Duster were joined by Ruby Lee and Endurance as the four most utilized varieties by Oklahoma wheat farmers.


When you add the numbers up- very close to half of the acreage planted last fall was an OSU variety.


We have our full story on the domination of Wheat Improvement Team varieties - click here and check it out.




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CommodityClassicCommodity Classic Cranking Up- Vilsack to Speak Friday


It's the opening day for Commodity Classic in the Big Easy- and thousands of farmers from across the United States are already enjoying the food and fun that is the French Quarter here in New Orleans. 


Lots of side meetings go along with this conference- we will tell you more about one we have been a part of in story three- but all of the major Ag Chemical and Seed Companies are hosting some of their best customers here in New Orleans- and offering them some cutting edge ideas on production- and entertaining them at the same time.


Four commodity groups are a part of the Commodity Classic- National Sorghum Producers, National Association of Wheat Growers, American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association.  


This morning- we will be spending time with the Sorghum Folks as they hold a General Session for Sorghum at the Convention Center.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will address Commodity Classic attendees Friday as part of the general session. USDA says Vilsack will speak on the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on U.S. agriculture. Vilsack is continuing the administration's campaign promoting the TPP as USDA says the trade deal levels the playing field for American workers, businesses and agriculture. This is Secretary Vilsack's seventh visit to Commodity Classic. 


The 2016 Commodity Classic is the largest yet with more than 8,000 registered attendees for the event going on this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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DanDyeFlour Industry CEO Says Wheat Has a Great Story to Tell- We Simply Have to Keep Telling It


Dan Dye is not one to cry "woe is me" as the CEO of Ardent Mills, a major domestic supplier of flour and related products. Even in the face of the Gluten Craze, Dye sees the glass half full and that he believes we need to be pro-active in reminding consumers of the importance of grains in their diet. 



He was on a panel at the Bayer Crop Science AgVocate Conference just ahead of the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans , Louisiana on Wednesday. The panel that included Dye was looking at "Global Food Business Trends- An Era of Invention and Reinvention."

Dye, in talking with us, says "we have to tell the story how important and how good grain is in our diets- the importance of fiber, the importance of a balanced diet with grains- I think that the Dietary Guidelines reinforces that- we simply have to keep telling that story more and more." 



He says he understands that consumers have been bombarded with the idea of gluten free being good- and he says that it is important to remind consumers that most people do not have a problem with gluten in their diet- and the benefits that wheat provides makes it an essential part of the daily diet.



Click here to read more and to also listen to our conversation with this fascinating wheat and flour miller leader.


OKFBOklahoma Farm Bureau Brings County Leaders to OKC March 6 and 7 for 2016 Legislative Conference


Oklahoma Farm Bureau will host its annual Legislative Conference March 7-8 in Oklahoma City at the Aloft Hotel. The conference is designed to inform members of legislative issues at the state and federal levels.


Highlights of the two-day conference include updates on the State Question 777 campaign, the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, the current legislative session and more. Monday afternoon, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will speak- and Tuesday will feature comments from Insurance Commissioner John Doak, Glenn Coffee with a State Question 777 Update and State Climatologist Gary McManus talking water.


OKFB's Champion Award winners, state leaders and legislators chosen for going above and beyond to protect and improve agriculture and rural Oklahoma, also will be recognized during the conference. 


More details are available here.



SNAPSNAP Pilot Announced to Train Adults Taking Benefits from Uncle Sam



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 10 states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind, peer-to-peer effort to help state agencies design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to help them find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.

"Fortunately, the economy is improving in most areas of the country, but it is still very challenging for people with limited education or more basic job skills to secure full time work and better paying jobs," said Vilsack. "Helping SNAP recipients move off the program due to higher job earnings produces a double win for the individual household and for the economy as a whole."

States selected for SNAP to Skills include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.


More details of the project are available here.



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Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

And remember- the 2016 Annual Convention of AFR-OFU will be held in Norman February 19 and 20.  Click here for details about their 111th Annual meeting.



PoultryOSU Research Helping Poultry Industry Grow a Healthier Bird


Sales of probiotic-fed chicken products in the United States have increased 34 percent in the last year due to the demand for antibiotic-free poultry.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tyson Foods, the country's largest processor of chicken, announced it would use probiotic-fed chickens in its operations by September 2017.

Because of this trend, researchers at Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, a part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, are studying the implementation of probiotics in chicken feed. 

"The reason for the study was to help the food industry produce a healthier bird," says Patricia Rayas, FAPC cereal chemist. "When the probiotics are ingested, they try to outweigh the bad bacteria." 

Details of the research, which started in November 2014 at the FAPC are available here.


ExpressExpress Ranches Spring Bull Sale Set for Tomorrow



The 2016 Spring Bull Sale of Express Ranches happens tomorrow- Friday, March 4th- details are here.


Express will be offering over 500 Angus Bulls and 34 Hereford Bulls in this sale that happens at the ranch just north of Yukon. 


Whether you attend the Express sale or not- if you are a cattle producer, you will want to go and listen to our conversation with Express Ranches President, Jarold Callahan,about how to work with all the production data available from most seedstock producers about the bulls they have raised and are selling.  Genomic EPDs is changing the accuracy of the information we have- which means it is more important that ever before to understand which EPDs are of the most importance for your cattle operation. 



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