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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.



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Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture for Thursday 4/7/16.



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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON

   Friday, April 8, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

FireUpdateFeatured Story:

Improving Weather Helps With Containment of 350 Complex Fire in Woodward  


The 350 Complex Fire that started in Woodward County and burned parts of Woods and Harper Counties has now been called a 57,440 acre fire- and the last containment number we saw was 20% contained as of late yesterday afternoon.

This fire, which was the result of four separate fires merging together, continues to exhibit extreme fire behavior, flare ups and rapid rates of spread. Approximately 230 personnel are working the fire, with multiple aircraft, including single engine air tankers, very large air tankers and the CL-415 (Super Scoopers), providing aerial suppression.

It's not the only fire that the Oklahoma Forestry Services has been tracking and fighting this week.  Eight other fires are listed in their latest news release- all of which seem to be under control or are out.

Click here for that full list and additional details from the massive fire in north of Woodward.



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DroughtLevelsDrought Levels Jump Fifty Percent Over the Last Week- Now 31% of State in Moderate Drought  


With little or no rainfall since this past week- the Drought Monitor march to devour the entire state map with drought continues forward- and we jump from 19% of Oklahoma in Moderate Drought a week ago to 31% of the state now in the D1 level of drought- with another 40% called Abnormally Dry. 

A picture tells the story well:

The hope is that the rainfall that is being forecast for the latter part of the upcoming weekend will materialize- that will slow the spread of drought for a few days- and will help with the status of our wheat crop- the subject of our next story just below!


WheatCropOklahoma Wheat Crop Nears Tipping Point Because of Very Dry Conditions- Mike Schulte Offers Update


It boils down to needing rain- and needing it now. That was the relatively simple message that Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte delivered to us yesterday when he stopped by our studios and offices in northwest Oklahoma City.

While the opinion of the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows a wheat crop still in sixty one percent in good to excellent condition as of Monday-Tuesday of this week- that means little unless rain stops the stress on the wheat in most fields in our state.

Schulte is my guest on TV on Saturday morning- and offers that warning during my In the Field Segment that will be seen on KWTV News9 about 6:40 AM on Saturday- you can also hear our off camera conversation by clicking here.


FarmakisSurvey Shows Low Commodity Prices Driving Decision Making by Most Farmers


A new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research and commissioned by J.L.Farmakis, Inc. shows the extent to which growers are reacting to low commodity prices. Farmers shared the changes they are making to survive the downturn and signaled dramatic shifts in their plans for 2016.

Among the findings of the Farmer Speaks Study are:

Half of the farmers surveyed are seeking off-farm employment
74% will switch to generics or change brands of crop protection products
No new equipment purchases will be made by 37% of the farmers
Reduced traits in seeds and changes in fertilizer practices were significant.
Increased attention to marketing aims to raise revenue through better prices

More details are on our website by clicking here- and there is a link where you can go and receive a PDF of the complete report free of charge.


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KimAndersonOSU's Kim Anderson Says Every Penny Will Count During 2016 Wheat Harvest


As wheat prices continue to fall, OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says farmers should focus on managing production and quality to lessen the blow of this below cost of production prices this harvest.

Anderson tells SUNUP Hostess Lyndall Stout the July Kansas City contract is currently around $4.70 and the basis is fluctuating from -$.74 to -$.60 across the state. He says wheat growers who can increase 30 bushel average yields by 10 percent - three bushels - can expect a $.40 increase in price, based on a $4 forward contract price for harvest delivered wheat.

Anderson also says that while improvements in wheat quality will not increase price, they can reduce discounts, which start to add up and eat away at already marginal profits. The most important discounts to consider are test weight, dockage and foreign material.

Click here for more- including a chance to hear Dr. Anderson's comments that will be seen on SUNUP this weekend. We also have the details of the lineup for SUNUP that can be watched on OETA Saturday morning.


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AnsleyOSU Welcomes Jim Ansley as New NREM Department Head 

Jim Ansley wears many hats. Sometimes it's a Denver Broncos hat. Sometimes it's a bicycle helmet and other times he puts on his Titleist hat and goes golfing. His most recent hat, however, is America's Brightest Orange and displays three letters across the front - OSU.

Ansley joins the Oklahoma State University family from an off-campus research and Extension center in the Texas A&M system to become the head of OSU's Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. After 32 years of range research in Texas, Ansley is excited to see what Oklahoma is all about.

The Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department is one of the newest departments within the OSU Division of Ag family- and is a vital part of matching up a large part of the rangeland resources out across Oklahoma with the functions and missions of the state's Land Grant.

Click here to read more about Jim Ansley and what may be ahead for OSU's NREM.


AuctionsOn The Auction Block- Superior at 8 AM, McAlester Stock Cow Sale Sat. at Noon and Choctaw County Land and Cattle Bull and Female Sale Tomorrow as Well

It will be a full day of selling cattle for the Superior Video Livestock Auction team- with 45,000 head to be offered, starting at 8:00 AM central time this morning.

A half hour before that- tune into Superior Sunrise at 7:30 AM.

The sale will include:

1400 Holsteins, Jerseys

11,700 Yearling Steers
7,400 Yearling Heifers

11,500 Weaned Calves
12,100 Calves on Cows

900 Bred Stock & Weigh Cows

More on the sale is available here.


The McAlester Stockyards will be holding one of their Special Cow & Bull Sales on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12 Noon. 

They will be offering 900 head of some great looking replacement females- click here to learn more.

You can also call Julie Grant and the folks at McAlester for more information at 918-423-2834.


It's their first production sale at the Choctaw County Land and Cattle Company- and the quality of the cattle to be offered- bulls and females- looks outstanding.

They will be selling 70 head of range ready 18-month-old Angus and SimAngus bulls and a select group of Angus and SimAngus females. The auction starts at 1:00 p.m., but the picnic starts at 11:00 a.m.-barbecued brisket and all the trimmings along with some terrific deserts. The cattle will be in pens next to their new sale barn so you can see them from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and before the auction begins on Saturday.

Click here for the their brand new website which has all the details of the sale and the animals being offered at this ranch in Boswell, Oklahoma.


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