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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.



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 - 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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   Friday, April 15, 2016

For April 15 tax filers- you get til Monday April 18th- so put it off for another day or so!!! 



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

OutlawFeatured Story:

Texas A&M's Joe Outlaw Says It's Already as Bad as the Late 1990s- and Could Get Worse



The House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing April 14, on the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers. 

The Committee heard from four witnesses, including the President of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall, NFU's Roger Johnson, USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson and the Co-Director of the Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, Dr. Joe Outlaw.

The comments by Outlaw really jumped out at me and we feature them this morning for you. In the case of the AFPC, Dr. Outlaw says that the current dataset they have developed from talking and looking at the projected financial condition at the end of 2016 and 2020 for 63 representative crop farms located in 20 states has things looking grim.

He told the Committee "The results for feedgrain and oilseed farms, as well as, wheat and cotton farms are the worst (in terms of the highest percentage of farms in the poor  category) since the late 1990s."

Outlaw offers several observations and conclusions, including a impassioned plea for the members of the House Ag Committee to defend and protect Crop Insurance and the Farm Safety Net tools from the 2014 Farm Law. You can listen to his full testimony and his response to the first question of the day from Subcommittee Chair Rick Crawford by clicking here.

There's a lot of meat there- and well worth your eight minutes to hear from Dr. Outlaw has to say.


You can also read more about the growing financial stress in farm country- Click here for the House Ag Committee's News Release- including a link to their YouTube of the Hearing.



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OKCFarmSHowScott Daily Horse Training Sessions a Familiar Part of the Oklahoma City Farm Show 

Day two of the Oklahoma City Farm Show begins at 9:00 AM THIS morning- and there will be two opportunities to observe the horse training talents of Scott Daily, who calls Ark City, Kansas home- at 1 AM and again at 2 PM . Daily will also offer two clinics on Saturday on the final day of the Farm Show.

For the last half dozen years, Farm Show attendees have had the chance to watch Scott each April- and he emphasizes to those who watch his efforts that working with a horse varies from animal to animal, as they all have different temperament. He told me that it is important that you gain the confidence of the horse and that "a horse demands respect just as much as a person demand respect." He adds that you "need to pay attention to where you are with the horse and where you are around and on the horse" in order to avoid getting into trouble with a animal that weighs a lot more than you do.

Click here to listen to our complete visit that we had with him just before the Thursday afternoon session.

AND- come out and say howdy to us either today or tomorrow- we are in the COX building and you can register to win the Priefert Round Pen that Scott Daily is using- we will draw the winner shortly after the Saturday afternoon horse training session- you don't have to be present to win!


DroughtA Portion of Northwest Oklahoma Slips Into Severe Drought, but Rain May be Riding to the Rescue 


Oklahoma's drought conditions did not expand in area this past week - but the area in drought saw some worsening. The state has now added some severe drought pockets to its map as of Thursday morning. According to Gary McManus, State Climatologist.



"We now have two areas of D2 in the state, and that's the first time we've seen "Severe" drought indicated on the OK Drought Monitor map since Oct. 27, 2015," McManus said. "It's still only five percent of the state, but 'tis enough. And we have 26 percent of the state in D1 and 36 percent in D0 or "Abnormally Dry" conditions." 



A week ago, 31.3 percent of the state was in moderate drought (D1), while the latest drought number for Oklahoma is 31.9 percent. However, a portion of that has gone downhill and includes five percent of the statewide land mass in the second tier of drought- Severe Drought (D2). 

Read more about the state's weather outlook and view a graphic of the latest Drought Monitor.

In our bottom story- we have the outlook for this weekend in graphic form- rainy days are ahead!


WheatOSU's Kim Anderson Says 2016 Wheat Crop Needs Both Quality and Quantity


OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson has been on the road in southwest Oklahoma this week and says most of the producers in that area are relatively satisfied with their 2016 wheat crop so far.

Anderson tells SUNUP host Dave Deken that while farmers are mainly looking for quantity this harvest, elevators are hoping for both quantity - and quality - wheat. He says strong test weights and increased protein levels would allow elevators to blend with the lower test weight wheat from the last few years and get it out into the food market.


Listen to Anderson's wheat harvest outlook.

AND- we also have the full lineup for this weekend's SUNUP that will be seen on OETA!



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BeefBeef Moves Away from TV Ads and Increases Online Promotion


Checkoff-funded consumer market research shows us that the key generation for beef marketing - millennials - practically live on their computer devices. They tell us that they get virtually all of their information online, then use that information to draw conclusions and make important decisions about agriculture and the food they eat.

They use social-media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to get beef recipes and information about beef and the beef industry, the research shows. In addition, they share their thoughts about beef and beef production through these platforms. And they look online for what their fellow consumers are saying about beef, then look online elsewhere to see if the information is scientifically sound. Perhaps, most important for beef producers, they look to social media for quick and convenient recipe ideas to feed their families and help them thrive.

While challenging, all of these interests translate to tremendous opportunities for the Beef Checkoff Program, because millennials are a growing influence with growing families, who will make beef-buying decisions for the next 40-plus years. In short, the checkoff is constantly adjusting its beef promotion and education programs to fit the millennial bill.




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BeefBuzzU.S. Trade Representative Froman Says TPP is Crucial to Beef's Global Market Access


As National Cattlemen's Beef Association members wrap up their annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. this week, ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a high priority for the beef industry. 

While in the nation's capital, cattlemen heard from Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, who says the 12-country trade agreement could increase annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion.

Froman encouraged NCBA members to continue pushing for a vote this Congressional session, although if it happens, it will most likely be during the lame-duck session following the November general election.




InTheFieldThis N That- In the Field Reminder and Rain Coming and Coming



Saturday mornings- we regularly feature a guest talking about issues and events that are important to rural Oklahoma- this week, I am excited to have the Executive Director of the OERB, Mindy Stitt, joining me for In the Field.


We will talk about the work of the OERB dating back to 1994- and how that has been a positive for the environment of thousands of farms and ranches involved in one of the OERB well cleanups.


Mindy joins me at 6:40 AM tomorrow morning on News9, KWTV during their Morning News block.


Earlier this week- we featured Mindy in a off camera audio interview- click here to listen and read to that webstory.





They are talking a foot of SNOW in the Denver area by the end of the weekend- and we have the chance for four and five inches of rainfall in western Oklahoma- so much that some farmers we talked to yesterday at the OKC Farm Show were a little concerned about "too much" rain.   


Anyway- it's not just Sunday- but Jed Castles is now showing rain chances in central and western Oklahoma ALL of next week:



And for our friends in Eastern Oklahoma- click here for the latest weather blog by Alan Crone from the News on 6, who talks about a fabulous Friday- and the potential for wet conditions after that. 



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