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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 for Friday, 4/15/16.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, April 18, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
RainFeatured Story:
Weekend of Rain Washes Away At Least Some of the Oklahoma Drought  

Oklahoma had a weekend of almost non stop precipitation. The abundant rainfall has gone a long way to washing away the abnormally dry to moderate drought (and even pockets of severe drought) in Oklahoma. Rainfall totals in excess of four inches were seen in the southeast, southwest and even extreme northwest parts of the state.

The winner in the total rainfall derby is Tipton, with just over six inches of rainfall, with Medicine Park and Ringling both over five inches of rain- and Pauls Valley just below the five inch threshold at 4.96 inches of rain.

The Mesonet 3 Day Rainfall Map is seen below. As of five am, only eight Mesonet stations across Oklahoma have had less than an inch of rain since last Friday morning.

Perhaps one of the remarkable numbers on the map above is Boise City, with 4.56 inches of rain.  Not far from there, @jerodmcdaniel on Twitter posted an amazing video from the flooding on TeePee Creek north of Texhoma- click here for our webstory that includes that video.

We mentioned drought relief in the headline- click here for last Thursday's Drought Monitor to remind you where the Drought and Abnormally Dry ratings were- the Drought Monitor Map will look a lot different this coming Thursday- I can hear our State Climatologist Gary McManus offering an AMEN to that!

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NACDNACD Urges Senate Leaders to Support Federal Lands Invasive Species Control, Prevention and Management Act

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted a letter to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell, the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (respectively), urging them to bring up and pass favorably out of committee, S. 2240, the Federal Lands Invasive Species Control, Prevention and Management Act.

Current federal invasive species management lacks effective interagency communication and often results in contradictory recommendations and practices which impede the ability of conservation districts to implement effective invasive species control on the local level. The proposed bill would facilitate greater collaboration and cooperation between and across agencies and entities and help alleviate undue barriers to the work of fighting invasive species locally, state-wide, regionally and at the national level. 

Proper management is critical to the success and overall health of both private and public land. Invasive species push out native species, add undue stress to the ecosystems, and harm local communities' economic and human health. In 2005, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that invasive species cost the U.S. more than $120 billion a year. Combined with the Bureau of Land Management's report that invasive plants have been spreading across public lands at a rate of 4,600 acres a day, only adds to need or a change in the federal government's invasive species management practices.

BeefBuzzAmbassador Michael Froman Continues TPP Discussion

While most current presidential candidates are opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, several sectors of the agricultural industry believe it is the key to leveling the playing field with countries like Australia, who has a bilateral trade agreement with Japan and pays significantly less tariff than the U.S.

U.S. Ambassador Michael Froman says that there is not a specific timetable in place to present TPP to Congress, but work is being done to ensure the legislation is ready when the window of opportunity opens.

Froman serves as the U.S. Trade Representative and says that although other countries are interested in joining the partnership, the focus remains on ratification among the original 12 countries - the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam - before inviting others to the table.
Listen to Ambassador Froman's comments during this edition of the Beef Buzz.

This wraps up our spotlighting of the Froman comments made last week in a news teleconference hosted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association during their Spring Legislative Conference. Click here for our original story on the Froman teleconference and his full remarks and Q&A with reporters.

SorghumNational Sorghum Producers Call on EPA to Postpone Chlorpyrifos Meeting

National Sorghum Producers and more than 40 other agricultural associations called on the Environmental Protection Agency to postpone a three-day meeting that starts tomorrow (April 19-21, 2016) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) scheduled to review potential risks to human health from chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient in Lorsban. 

According to a Federal Register notice, the meeting will review if study data, based primarily on studies by Columbia University, are sufficient for a new model of determining potential health risks to humans. 

In the letter, the groups called the meeting a rushed attempt to "fundamentally alter its process for evaluating potential risk and regulation of pesticides."

Read the full letter sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Sponsor Spotlight

Midwest Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated in their 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  

Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2016- the dates are December 8th, 9th and 10th.  Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.

NeonicsTop 5 Reasons Why Maryland's Neonic Ban is a Bad Idea

Bayer Crop Science's Jeff Donald recently wrote an op-ed in opposition of a bill banning the use of neonics in Maryland. 

"We're disappointed that the Maryland legislature chose not to stand up for sound science and the rights of Maryland's homeowners to self-protect their lawns and gardens from destructive pests," Donald said in his editorial. 

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HungerWheat Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger on Disease Status of Oklahoma Wheat Crop- Anticipates Rains Washed Away Aphids

Oklahoma State University's Dr. Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology has released his latest wheat disease findings- released via email on Saturday, April 16th.

"I had limited trips outside of Stillwater this past week, and only was able to contact one County Educator before writing this today. Wheat around Stillwater is mostly at various stages of head emergence. I did see a few anthers on scattered heads, but not many. By contrast, Aaron Henson (County Educator; Tillman County in south-central OK) indicated wheat in his area is mostly at flowering.

"During this past week, I had several calls about spraying wheat with a fungicide. Although rust (stripe and leaf rust) didn't appear to increase this past week, conditions reverted to being more favorable for stripe rust development with rainfall, increased dews, and favorable temperature. With more rains and cool temps in the forecast, stripe rust could "reactivate" again, and leaf rust will start to come into the picture. Wheat is now at the point where it will quickly move past the stage (the start of flowering) where it can be sprayed with most fungicides."

Click here to read more from Dr. Hunger as he also offers his thoughts on aphids and the weekend rains- and other possible issues from a disease perspective that may still offer problems for this 2016 crop.

THisNthatThis N That: Congrats to Round Pen Winner, FFA Closing In and Chinese Cotton Sales Coming
Congrats to Tammy Neher of Blanchard- her name drawn from about a thousand entries that we received over the three days of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  
Tammy has won the Priefert Round Pen that was used at this year's show by Horse Trainer Scott Daily.   
Thanks for all of you that registered- and I deeply appreciate the dozens of comments we received during this year's Farm Show about how much you read our daily email- and the value that you believe it delivers.  
We have done this daily communication with you since the summer of 2008- and it amazes me how many times we hear from folks like yourself about how much you enjoy it. All I can say- Thanks and we are honored that what we produce daily matters.


We are literally a week away from the 90th Annual Oklahoma FFA Convention that happens in downtown Oklahoma City next week. 

Ahead of that- we wish the hundreds of Oklahoma FFA members who are competing this coming Friday and Saturday in the State Interscholastics and CDE Contests the very best- those events are in Stillwater.


China will begin sales of cotton stockpiles next month, and the auctions will continue through August. Chinese officials announced last week total sales will not exceed two million metric tons. China plans to gradually reduce stockpiles to a "reasonable" level and prices are expected to be more attractive than in auctions last year.

China tried to sell one million tons of cotton last year but fell far short, selling only 63,000 some tons because buyers considered the asking price too high. China will sell most of the cotton to domestic buyers, but the sale will likely impact global prices by reducing foreign cotton demand from Chinese buyers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China ended up with about 60 percent of the world's cotton stockpiles after it introduced a program in March of 2011 that buys domestic cotton at a set price above those set by the global market.

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