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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.





Okla Cash Grain:  

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



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Dave Lanning 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

   Friday, March 4, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

RockTheHillFeatured Story:

It's TIME to ROCK the HILL! Soybean Farmer Wade Cowan Weighs in on Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill 


It's time to rock the Hill. That was the battle cry from the Chairman of the American Soybean Association's Board of Directors, Wade Cowan of Brownfield, Texas. Cowan told reporters at Commodity Classic in New Orleans on Thursday that the GMO labeling debate is the "tipping point" for the future of biotechnology. 

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food and the American Soybean Association have mounted an effort to persuade the Senate to pass a bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws.  The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a preemption measure earlier this week, 14-6, and negotiations are now underway to get the Democratic support needed to overcome an expected filibuster. 

A toll-free number has been set up for farmers and others who support the Voluntary Labeling Effort- 866-464-6633. Cowan told reporters that you will find a live person on the other end of the phone that will help you craft your own message about why you want Congress to approve the Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill and then help the person calling with contacting their Senators. The Texas soybean producer says that farmers need to call their senators "like a Chicago voter; early and often."


If you are a farmer or rancher- or interested in defending modern production agriculture- I would urge you to jump over to our website by clicking here and taking three minutes to listen to Wade Cowan- I call it the best three minutes that I have heard at this week's Commodity Classic.  GO.LISTEN.NOW!


By the way- we want to thank BASF for being a sponsor of our coverage from the 2016 Commodity Classic-  Grow Smart with BASF, and get the most, acre after acre, season after season.



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GrainSorghumFrom Commodity Classic- We Talk Grain Sorghum- Association Side and Checkoff Side



We have posted on our website a pair of interviews that we did yesterday afternoon here in New Orleans- these interviews can give you a good overview of where the grain sorghum sector is here in the first quarter of 2016.


We point you first to a visit with long time friend Tim Lust, who has headed up the National  Sorghum Producers for many years- and continues to a spokesperson for grain sorghum producers on a national basis.


Tim and I talk about this past year's crop and how important it was to get a "turn around" production cycle like we saw in 2015.  We talk EPA regulations on existing ag chemicals important to sorghum, farm bill and more- click here to jump over to our conversation with Tim Lust of the NSP.


We also spent time with the Executive Director of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Florentino Lopez.  Lopez and yours truly talked about three of the key areas where the checkoff for sorghum producers is trying to move the needle for the grain sorghum producers around the country.


Those points of emphasis that we talked with Florentino about included research funded in recent years by the checkoff to help complete commercialization of herbicides that have been developed that can be applied over the top of young milo to achieve control of grassy weeds. We also talked about the international market which means a conversation about China and finally- we talked about domestic marketing efforts, especially work in the new product area for grain sorghum.


Click or tap here to jump to our story with Florentino Lopez- the top hired hand for sorghum checkoff work.


AgDataAgricultural Data Coalition Unveiled in New Orleans- With Goal of Helping Farmers Control and Manage Their Data


You could call it a bank for all of the production data that you are collecting on your farm- info from your Yield Monitor, Soil Test Results and on and on and on- American Farm Bureau and a host of Land Grants and AgriBusiness giants are forming a virtual bank to store farm data in one place.  



The new entity that was unveiled in New Orleans yesterday is the Agricultural Data Coalition. The ADC plans to help farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of their data. 



Its goal is to build a data repository where farmers can securely store and oversee the information collected by their tractors, harvesters, aerial drones and other devices. Over time, that data can then be scrubbed, synced and transmitted in an efficient and uniform way to third parties - whether they be researchers, crop insurance agents, government officials, farm managers, input providers or any trusted advisor the farmer chooses. 



"The key is that farmers are in complete control, and they decide who is allowed access to their data," explained ADC Executive Director Matt Bechdol. "That's what sets ADC apart. This is not about profit for others, it's about streamlining data management, establishing clear lines of control, and helping growers utilize their data in ways that ultimately benefit them." 



We attended the News Briefing put on by the new Coalition- and actually have posted two stories on our website helping describe the plans- click here to pull up our story featuring an interview that we did with Matt Beckdol.


We also posted a story with a Farm Bureau perspective on the Coalition- Mary Kay Thatcher was in New Orleans to represent the general farm organization and you can read about their viewpoint and hear our conversation with Mary Kay on the ADC by clicking here


CottonseedOklahoma Cotton Crop Quality and Quantity Good Enough to Brag About in 2015


The 2015 Oklahoma cotton crop turned out to be an excellent crop- both in terms of the quantity produced and the quality that has been ginned. In the latest Cotton Comments published electronically by the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center in Altus, the top story provides an overview of this past season's cotton crop in Oklahoma.

"According to the most recent USDA-NASS 2015 crop report, 215,000 acres were planted with 205,000 acres expected to be harvested. Due to record May rainfall in many areas, substantial soil moisture was prevalent in many counties. A dry spell in August and September was the main limiting factor impacting the crop. 

"USDA-NASS projects Oklahoma cotton production to total 370,000 thousand bales, 37 percent higher production than 2014. Yield is expected to average 866 pounds per acre, compared with 615 pounds last year. If this projection is met, the 2015 crop would be the second largest since 2000. 



Quality of the crop seems to really good, based on stats that are coming our of Abilene, where the Oklahoma crop is being classed. Click here to read more about the 2015 crop- we also have a link to the full Cotton Coments for you to download and read.


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BASFBASF Focused on Efforts to Increase Monarch Butterfly Population Through Living Acres


BASF announced on Wednesday first-year findings from Living Acres, a biodiversity research initiative focused on helping increase the iconic monarch butterfly population through establishing milkweed in non-crop areas. The research, conducted on the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina, provides best practices for establishing and maintaining the plants in non-production areas.  

"Sustainability and biodiversity are two important areas of focus for BASF," said Max Safarpour, Department Head, Director of Global Regulatory & Government Affairs, BASF. "Living Acres puts years of research and development experience to work to find a way for biodiversity to exist alongside modern agriculture." After the announcement made in New Orleans at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, we talked with Max about the Living Acres efforts of the Ag Chemical company- click here to read more.


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BeefBuzzNot a GMO- Gene Editing Offers Tremendous Benefits in Precision Breeding Advances for Cattle Industry


The opponents of GMOs in the global food supply are starting to back away from making overt claims that there is a safety issue with any food that contains an ingredient in it that comes from a GMO grain or oilseed or other crop. Instead, they are wrapping their arguments in the flag of "a consumer's right to know." And, at this time, this continues to be a crop based controversy.

Currently, there is only one GMO animal that has been approved for commercial production- the AquAdvantage salmon that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. FDA says on their website"The FDA scientists rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewed data, to assess whether AquAdvantage salmon met the criteria for approval established by law; namely, safety and effectiveness. The data demonstrated that the inserted genes remained stable over several generations of fish, that food from the GE salmon is safe to eat by humans and animals, that the genetic engineering is safe for the fish, and the salmon meets the sponsor's claim about faster growth.


Fast forward to the US Cattle Industry. There are currently no specific GMO animals being promoted as close to being commecialized- however, scientists like Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California- Davis, are working with a technique that is called gene-editing. 

We talked with Dr. Van Eenennaam at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego about gene editing and what it could mean for the cattle industry in the days ahead.  Part one of our conversation is found in our Beef Buzz that we are featuring here.

Click or tap here to jump over to our Beef Buzz found on the OklahomaFarmReport.Com website- this is part one- we will feature Part Two in our Monday email.


ThisNThatThis N That- In the Field Features Jimmy Emmons, Blackjack and Friends Sale Tomorrow and Frank Lucas Townhalls Next Week



Our regular In the Field TV segment that is seen Saturday mornings on KWTV News9 will feature tomorrow morning a conversation that we had earlier this week with Jimmy Emmons, a wheat, canola and cattle producer from Leedey, Oklahoma.  


 Jimmy is on the cutting edge of the Soil Health movement in the US- and we talk about why he operates as a no till farmer and is now actively using Cover Crops to build up his soil and save water- be watching at 6:40 AM during the morning KWTV Saturday morning news block!




Blackjack Farms in Seminole, Oklahoma will be holding their annual Blackjack and Friends Production Sale tomorrow at 12 Noon.


The friends refer to Pfeiffer Angus and McFerran Farms.


The sale will feature 85 Angus & SimAngus Bulls.


Details are available here on our calendar page at OklahomaFarmReport.Com.




The first of this coming week will see Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas back out in his half of the state that makes up the Third District.


Townhall meetings are planned on Monday in Magnum, Hollis and Altus.  Tuesday- the House Ag Committee member will be in Anadarko and Hobart.


Click here for our Calendar page- click on the town that is closest to you for details of when and where the Townhalls will be.



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