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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.
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   
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
CropProgressFeatured Story:
Corn Plantings Jump Ahead of the Five Year Average- Winter Wheat Crop Slightly Better Shape Than Week Ago
Corn planting surged ahead of the five-year average last week according to a a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With thirteen percent of total corn acres planted by April 17, progress surpassed the five-year average for this point by four percentage points. Notably, it had remained inline with the average as recently as a week prior.

Texas corn plantings now stand at 49%. However, with the heavy rains since the weekend in large parts of Texas- there is concern that many of both the corn and grain sorghum acres may face replanting.

Oklahoma is not in the base weekly corn crop ratings nationally- however, the state report shows that 25% of the corn crop is now planted, up eight points from a week ago, but five percentage points under a year ago and sixteen points under the five year average.

The winter wheat crop improved by one percentage point in the good to excellent categories this week versus last, now standing at 57% of the crop in good to excellent condition. The Oklahoma crop is rated 56% good to excellent, an improvement of two percentage points versus a week ago- the Texas wheat crop of this week at 45% matches that of a week ago and the Kansas wheat crop condition slips one percentage point from a week ago to 49% good to excellent.

Click here for our complete overview of the Crop Progress Numbers- and links to the National Report and state reports for Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

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LPCIRanchers Invited to Apply for USDA Habitat and Rangeland Improvement Program

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma has opened a second round of signups for participation in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI). By providing technical and financial assistance for conservation practices, LPCI allows landowners to improve habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken and increase the productivity of grazing land.

LPCI is available in Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Texas, Roger Mills, Woodward and Woods Counties. Those interested in participating should apply at theirlocal USDA Service Center by April 29, 2016.

"Conserving and enhancing habitat benefits ranchers and the lesser prairie-chicken alike," said Steve Glasgow, NRCS Oklahoma State Resource Conservationist. "Conservation work provides better forage and grazing lands for livestock and can improve a producer's operation and management."

BeefBuzzCertified Angus Beef Board Chairman Says Sales Continue to Trend Higher This Fiscal Year  

It's a good time to be involved with Certified Angus Beef, says CAB Board Chairman John Pfeiffer. The branded beef program is on a record-breaking pace this year thanks to an expanding producer base growing more beef to meet CAB's 10 specific quality standards.

The Mulhall, Okla., rancher says the success of the program means more supply to meet the demands of consumers. Pfeiifer says that "where we once had three or four percent of the cattle being qualified to meet the ten standards of Certified Angus Beef, we've had some months now where thirty percent of the kill on a monthly basis has made the Certified Angus Beef standards."

Pfeiffer adds that sales continue to grow and that current trends suggest an increase of 100 million pounds of CAB may be sold this fiscal year.

Click here for this edition of the Beef Buzz, which features our visit with John Pfeiffer at the just concluded Oklahoma City Farm Show.

OpEdOp-Ed: OSHA's Expanded Poultry Inspections Outside Scope of Legal Limits

Like any employer, poultry processors are subject to inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the industry is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce. That commitment is demonstrated by the tremendous progress the poultry industry has made in reducing worker injury and illness rates, which have declined 81 percent in the last in the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2014 Injury and Illness Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation are concerned about OSHA's recent attempts to expand OSHA authority to conduct wall-to-wall inspections of poultry processing facilities whenever they receive notice of any accident or employee complaint. There are legal limits on when and how OSHA may inspect, and we believe those inspections should be conducted within the scope of the law.

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We are happy to have the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as a part of our great lineup of email sponsors. They do a tremendous job of representing cattle producers at the state capitol as well as in our nation's capitol. They seek to educate OCA members on the latest production techniques for maximum profitability and to communicate with the public on issues of importance to the beef industry.  Click here for their website to learn more about the OCA.  

PeelDerrell Peel Offers Review of 2016 Global Meat Production - Pork is the Global Meat Leader

According to the latest Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade publication, pork production is the number one meat with 2016 production forecast at 109.3 million metric tons (MMT), 42 percent of global meat production. 

Broiler meat ranks second with 2016 production forecast at 89.7 MMT, 34 percent of the global meat total. Beef production is forecast at 59.0 MMT in 2016, 23 percent of total meat production. 

Total meat production in 2016 is forecast to increase slightly year over year with a 1.0 percent increase in beef and a 1.1 percent increase in broiler production offsetting a 0.9 percent decrease in world pork production. Total meat exports are forecast to increase 3.6 percent with pork exports up 5.7 percent; broiler exports up 4.7 percent; and beef exports up 0.8 percent.

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BoxedBeefChoice Boxed Beef Trade Prices Jump Ten Dollars in Latest Reporting Week 

On a regular basis, Ed Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's boxed beef trade. Here is his report of weekly boxed beef trade for the week ending April 16th.

Czerwein reports that the "big item this week was the fact that most of the out front sales were priced higher than the average formula sales, which has not been the case for quite some time. The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last Friday at $225.13 which was $10.33 higher compared to previous week. There were 707 loads sold for the week in the daily box beef cutout which was about/almost 12% of the total volume."

Czerwein also details those out front sales he refers to- cow meat sales and more. Click here for his complete report.

RaintDayAnother Rainy Day as Rains Bring Flood Waters in Some Areas- Clearing by Second Half of the Week

There's more rain this morning in southern and central Oklahoma- stretching over into eastern counties as well- and this rainy pattern is giving us Flood Watch conditions.

There are nineteen Oklahoma counties from Oklahoma City south to the Red River where flood potential exists later today through early tomorrow morning.

There already are several flood warnings in southern Oklahoma.  For example, the East Cache Creek near Walters has got water almost five feet above flood stage. 

There is also the Washita River near Dickson, currently three feet above flood stage- and expected to rise to eight feet above flood stage levels by later today.

The National Weather Service says of flooding on the Washita- "At 35.0 feet...Flood depths up to 10 feet extend damages along the Washita River valley...from near Davis in Murray near Dickson in Carter the headwaters of Lake Texoma in Johnston County. Many homesteads could be flooded or isolated. Over 7 thousand acres of agricultural lands are covered."

The current nine day forecast shows rains today and tomorrow- then some clearing expected for the latter part of the week.  Courtesy of Jed Castles of News9 in OKC- here is the graphic of our weather expected in central and western counties of the state:

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