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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 or tap 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 from Thursday, June 2, 2016.



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

   Friday, June 3, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

OWCFeatured Story:

Harvest Mostly at Dead Stop Because of Rains- Wheat Commission Calls Oklahoma 7% Done 


Each harvest season, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission releases wheat harvest reports as information becomes available about that year's wheat harvest. The latest report is out, as of Thursday afternoon, June 2nd, as provided by Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte:

"Harvest continues to be at a standstill in all regions of the state as of today. Scattered rains have passed thru the state each day since Tuesday morning."  Schulte says the wheat is ripe in much of the main body of the state- and as fields dry and they become firm enough to support the weight of a combine- we will be seeing harvest restart."

Schulte says the early word on quality of the wheat harvested to this point is very encouraging- "Early harvest reports from Southwest Oklahoma to Central Oklahoma showed favorable test weights and yields being reported. Test weights before the rains were ranging anywhere from 61 to 65lbs./bu, (78.5kg/hl-83.6kg/hl). Yields reported to be making in the mid 30's to mid 50's all over in this region, with many reports of 60 bushel wheat coming in at locations even in far Southwest Oklahoma by Grandfield."


"As of Thursday afternoon, some areas in Central Oklahoma today only have received 1/10th an inch of moisture so producers in this area are hopeful if they miss the predicted rains this evening that they might have a chance of getting back into the fields tomorrow.

"Based on reports from elevator managers and producers, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 7 percent harvested."

Click here for the complete report available from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.



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PGIPlains Grains Says Texas Wheat Crop Now 18 Percent Harvested- Oklahoma 8 Percent Complete 


On a weekly basis each Thursday evening from late May through July and often into August, Plains Grains issues a hard red winter wheat harvest update.  This is the second report of the season- and it finds that two states now have had enough harvest to show a percentage done.  According to June second report, Texas has 18% of the crop now harvest- and Oklahoma is 8% complete.


According to the commentary that is included in the full report that can be seen by clicking on the PDF file link at the bottom of this story, Mark Hodges with Plains Grains says "The 2016 HRW wheat harvest continues to sputter and is struggling to make significant progress because of  relentless rain events across Texas and Oklahoma. Wheat in central and northeast Texas has been ripe and ready to cut for 2 weeks, but other than sporadic cutting, moisture continues to keep combines out of fields.  Other than wheat cut in the coastal areas, wheat cut in west central region makes up a large percentage of the 18% harvested acres in Texas.  


"Further north into Oklahoma where much of the wheat has been ready to cut for several days, the quote on Thursday from an elevator manager in the western part of the state when asked about harvest progress was, "  a standstill". What wheat that has been delivered continues to have very good test weight and producers have been pleased with the yields. 


Click here to read more- and to have a chance to review from details from the PDF we have attached to our web story from Plains Grains.


JuneDairyIt's June Dairy Month- and We Talk With Susan Allen of DairyMAX About Honor the Harvest


With the arrival of June, it's time to celebrate the US Dairy Industry with June Dairy Month. Susan Allen with DairyMAX stopped by to visit with yours truly to talk about the Oklahoma Dairy Industry and a special emphasis called Honor the Harvest. 

Allen says that experts predict farmers will have to grow 70% more food by 2050 to feed the growing population. She adds that the dairy community is committed to being a leader in sustainability and has significantly and voluntarily decreased the resources needed to produce each gallon of milk. 

Allen says there are three important pillars to Honor the Harvest- Feed People, Feed Animals and Feed the Land. 


Click here to learn more about these pillars and to have a chance to hear our conversation with Susan about Honor the Harvest.


AND- be watching Saturday morning for our weekly TV segment seen on KWTV News9 called In the Field when Susan will be making her annual June Dairy Month appearance to talk about Oklahoma dairy producers and Honor the Harvest- It will air around 6:40 AM tomorrow morning- and we will be posting the video link later in the day on our website- OklahomaFarmReport.Com.


AtrazineEPA's Latest Statement on Atrazine Based on Old, Flawed Science- Triazine Network Tells EPA "Follow the Law"


An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft report on the herbicide atrazine is cause for alarm says the Triazine Network, a national coalition of farm organizations representing well over 30 agricultural crops in over 40 states. The group insists if EPA continues to use the same false logic or endpoints as noted in the preliminary risk assessment, it could lead to a de facto ban on atrazine. Farmers use the popular herbicide for weed control in growing the vast majority of corn, sorghum and sugarcane in the United States.

"EPA's flawed atrazine report is stomping science into the dirt and setting farmers up for significant economic hardship. We challenge this latest proposal and insist EPA abide by federal law that requires the agency to make determinations based on credible scientific evidence," said Triazine Network Chairman Gary Marshall. Marshall is executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. "Again and again, we must ask EPA to follow the law. A regulatory agency should not need to be reminded of that detail."

The Triazine Network asserts the federal agency discounted several high-quality studies and instead used studies EPA's own 2012 Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) deemed flawed. According to the latest report, EPA is recommending aquatic life level of concern (LOC) be set at 3.4 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day average. The EPA's current LOC for atrazine is 10 ppb, however a diverse universe of scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic life LOC at 25 ppb or greater. The proposed level cuts average field application rates down to 8 ounces (one cup) per acre. An acre is the size of a football field.

"At the proposed level, atrazine would be rendered useless in controlling weeds in a large portion of the Corn Belt, effectively eliminating the product," notes Marshall. "It sets a dangerous precedent when it comes to approving crop protection tools, puts farmers at a great economic disadvantage and would drastically set back conservation efforts. If EPA abandons the recommendations of their own Science Advisory Panels and more than 7,000 science-based studies in favor of activist agenda's and politics; they will have lost all credibility"


Read more from the Triazine Network on their concerns raised by EPA in this latest report on product that has been used by US agriculture for fifty years- click here for our web story..



In addition- the National Corn Growers issued a statement decrying the EPA report as well- their reaction is available here.





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BacteriaOSU Researchers Working on Bacteria to Break Down Lignin in Biofuel Production


The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on its head.

Babu Fathepure, associate professor in OSU's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, is leading a study to use bacteria, rather than fungi, to help in the bioconversion process.

Lignin is essentially the substance that holds cell walls together and provides toughness to the plant's exterior. However, lignin encases cellulose and hemicellulose, preventing these components from bioconversion into fermentable sugars needed to produce valuable biofuels.

While Fathpure and his collaborators Rolfe Prade, microbiology and molecular genetics, and Patricia Canaan, biochemistry and molecular biology, are not the first to look at bacteria, they are in an exclusive group.  "We are one of the only few researchers in the country interested in exploring the role of bacteria in lignin degradation," Fathepure said.  "Our research will answer some of the fundamental questions on how lignin is degraded in nature by bacteria and what genes and enzymes are needed for effective lignin degradation."


Click here to learn more about this cutting edge research underway at OSU.




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AndersonSUNUPKim Anderson Sees the Market Telling Farmers to Hold a Portion of their 2016 Wheat Harvest for Later in 2016


Current wheat price movement suggests strong support at recent levels- that's the word from OSU Extension Grain Market Economist

Dr. Kim Anderson. Anderson believes it is possible that we could see some further weakening of wheat prices as the 2016 winter wheat crop is harvested in the hard red winter wheat belt, but he expects that to be perhaps a ten to twenty cent decline. He does not anticipate a a major collapse of wheat prices from current levels.

From there, Anderson says that out in the future wheat futures suggest the market will pay farmers to store at least some of their 2016 crop. Dr. Anderson reports on this coming weekend's SUNUP, as produced by OSU Ag Communications, that globally, the wheat crop seems to be doing well- better than you might have expected just a few weeks ago. That good news would normally have been bad for wheat prices- but recent wheat price levels based on the Kansas City Board of Trade HRW futures has held up in the face of a possible bumper crop not just in the US- but in places like the Ukraine, Australia and Russia. 



Click here to hear all of Dr. Anderson's comments ahead of this weekend's SUNUP- as seen on OETA each Saturday and Sunday.



When you go to our web story featuring all of Dr. Anderson's thoughts on the grain markets this week- you also can take a look at a complete preview for the upcoming SUNUP show.  


PorkExpoWorld Pork Expo Ready to Kick Off Next Wednesday, June 8, in Des Moines


World Pork Expo offers innovation, networking and education as more than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from across the world convene June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Expo showcases the world's largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, national youth swine shows, open shows and sales, as well as tasty grilled pork and more. Producers, exhibitors and media from approximately 48 countries are expected to attend the 2016 event.

"For anyone interested in pork production, World Pork Expo offers a well-rounded experience. There are seminars where you can hear about the latest research, shop the trade show to see what's new, and network with fellow pork producers," says John Weber, NPPC president and pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. "Expo is a great place to re-charge your engine and return home with new ideas."


Click here for more details about the 2016 renewal of this marquee porcine event- set for next week in Iowa.



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