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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 for Wednesday 6/15/16.



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.


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The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.


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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

   Thursday, June 16, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

WheatFeatured Story:

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Edges Forward- Wheat Commission Now Says State is 68 Percent Complete 


On a regular basis, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is releasing harvest reports for the 2016 crop. The latest report is out, as of midday Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling the state of Oklahoma to be 68% complete with harvest as of today.

Executive Director Mike Schulte offers a breakdown of the state by regions in today's report:

"Wheat harvest has been put on hold in most parts of Southwest Oklahoma over the past few days with the rains that were received on Monday. In some parts of this region producers are hoping they may get back in the field later this afternoon. In other places from the Frederick, Chattanooga and Walters area it will most likely be Friday before the ground will allow producers back in the field. Areas from Lawton east to Chickasha and Maysville it will still be much longer before combines are back in the fields on the lower lying areas especially. In many areas of this region flooding has damaged the crop to the extent it will not be harvested. It is anticipated that harvest will begin for some producers in the Hinton area this afternoon and continue to move North, where harvest continues to take place in the Bison, Enid, Goltry, Cherokee, Burlington and Alva areas. Producers are also moving full speed ahead in the Ponca City, Blackwell Regions. 

"Rains in far Northwest Oklahoma from Shattuck to May and into the Panhandle have slowed harvest from progressing, although some harvest has been taking place in Buffalo. We had some early reports of dryland wheat being harvested before the rains this week in Hooker. Around Boise City they are estimating dryland wheat harvest will really get rolling on Monday, although some cutting is predicted for this weekend. Harvest in Northeast Oklahoma has been slowed by the rains this past week up around Afton and Miami with nothing new reported in that region since Monday.

Southwest, OK 

In Southwest Oklahoma yields have been ranging from the mid 30's to the mid 50's with reports from the Walters and Chattanooga area up into Altus and Lone Wolf that yields will not be as high as predicted earlier. Abandonment in the lower lying areas of this region into Apache, Lawton and Maysville will also be a factor in bringing total bushel amounts down from Southwest Oklahoma. No reports or changes on test weights from this region since before the rains. Depending on the rains and how they fell before Monday test weights in this area were reported in the ranges of 58 to 59 lbs./bu. (76.3-77.6 kg/hl), with a lot of the wheat that was harvested prior to the rains at 60 lbs./bu. (78.9 kg/hl). 

Central, OK 

In Central Oklahoma harvest continues to progress almost to the point of completion North of El Reno into Okarche and Kingfisher. Yields in this region reported to be making in the mid 40's to the mid 50's, with higher yields in the mid 60's reported out around the Greenfield, Hydro and Hinton areas. Test weights for the region still being reported at 61 to 62lbs./bu. (80.2-81.5 kg/hl) for the most part.

North Central, OK 

In North Central Oklahoma harvest continues to progress with some areas facing slower starts the past couple days because of the higher humidity. Test weights in the region, as of today, are averaging 60 to 62 lbs./bu. (78.9-81.5 kg/hl) for the most part. Yields in this region are all over the board from the mid 40's to the mid 60's, with higher yields in the 70's to 80's on dryland wheat, if followed by soybean or alfalfa rotations. 

Protein reports from all over the state are ranging anywhere from 9% to 12.5%. Proteins look to be doing better in the North Central and Panhandle regions of the state. 

Northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle   

In the Northwest and Panhandle regions of the state harvest was just beginning around the Shattuck and May areas before the rains on Monday. Some harvesting has been taking place in Buffalo on wheat that was heavily grazed. Some minor harvest began on dryland wheat in Hooker, with some early reports on dryland wheat making from the mid 30's to as high as the mid 60's. An early protein test from Hooker Equity showed protein to be averaging 12.5%.

Northeast, OK 

In Northeast Oklahoma harvest has been slowed by the rains earlier in the week and has been for the most part at a standstill. Test weights on the wheat in this region weighing anywhere from 61 to 62lbs/bu. (80.2-81.5 kg/hl) with yields from this area reported to be making in the mid 40's to mid 50's. No protein was reported from this region.



Click here to find wheat harvest progress percentages for specific locations around the state.



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LuskWillingness to Pay By Consumers Slips Lower for Third Straight Month for Steak and Chicken Breast in OSU Food Demand Survey


Monthly, Dr. Jason Lusk and his team at Oklahoma State University in the Ag Economics Department release the Food Demand Survey, the results from polling consumers nationally on what they are willing to pay for several different meat items found in the grocery store or supermarket. Consumers also are asked about concerns they have about food safety and production practices they have read or heard about. Dr. Lusk will also ask "ad hoc" questions that differ from month to month about a variety of subjects. 



In his blog, Jayson Lusk offers the following observations about the latest survey, released on June 15, 2016:

"In terms of the monthly tracking portion of the survey, willingness-to-pay (WTP) decreased for all food products in June compared to May. This is the third month in a row that WTP has fallen for steak, chicken breast, and chicken wing, and the fourth month in a row that WTP has fallen for pork chops and deli ham. 

"There was a sizable increased in awareness of GMOs in the news this month, as was also the case for battery cages and beta-agonists. The largest percent increase in concern was for bird flu and farm animal welfare. The largest percent decrease in concern was for cancer and meat consumption, antibiotics, and E. coli. 

"Several new ad hoc questions were added this month.

"First, I followed up on some questions I'd previously asked in response to some research conducted by Marc Bellemare at University of Minnesota on food safety and farmers markets. In particular, participants were asked: "Have you or anyone in your household bought and eaten food from a farmers market in the past two weeks?"

"Approximately 67% of participants stated they have not purchased food from a farmer's market in the past two weeks. Less than one third of participants stated they have purchased food from a farmer's market in the past two weeks. 2.31% of participants stated they did not know if they have purchased food from a farmer's market in the past two weeks.

"Here comes the interesting part. The people who shopped or ate at farmers markets were much more likely (20% vs. 2.5%) to say they had food poisoning in the past two weeks than people who did not eat or buy food at a farmers market. I'm surprised the difference is so large, but the results are perfectly in line with Marc's research. 

"There are other demographic differences as well. People who shopped or ate at farmers markets were more likely to be male (55.6% vs. 26%), to be on SNAP - aka food stamps - (24.1% vs. 14.5%), not be from the Midwest (90% vs. 80%), to have higher incomes ($91,167 vs.$67,607), be younger (39 vs. 20 years of age), and be more liberal (3.4 vs. 2.9 on a 1 to 5 scale) on average than are people who did not shop at farmers markets. 


Click here to read Dr. Lusk's full observations and find links to his blog and the latest survey..


SesameSesaco's Jared Johnson Says It's Not Too Late for Sesame in Oklahoma


For farmers looking for a late season spring crop, sesame may be the answer. Jared Johnson, Sesaco field tech representative, says the spring rains have made this a good year to take advantage of double crop opportunities.

For those worried that it's getting too late to plant sesame, Johnson says there's still time.

"We still have up until July 4 in the northern parts of the state and up until July 20 in the southern parts," he says. "Don't be afraid to check into sesame this year. With the conditions like they are, were setting up for a really good year."

As summer approaches and the days get warmer, Johnson says sesame's drought and heat tolerance make it a great choice for this part of the country.

"Sesame is a very drought tolerant crop, and you really can't get it too hot," he says. "It will take all the heat units you can throw at it."

Johnson says Sesaco is currently offering double crop contracts to producers in Oklahoma and north Texas. Contracts are offered on an acre basis with conveniently located seed dealers and delivery points. 

With current sesame prices at $0.32/lb. for dry land and $0.35/lb. for irrigated, Johnson says double crop fields average around 600 to 800 lbs. and primary crop fields go up to 1,000 lbs.

"You're looking anywhere from $320 to $200 an acre gross," he says. "Sesame is a pretty low-input crop. We try to do everything we can to keep costs around $80 an acre - that's with seed, chemical and fertilizer."

To learn more about growing sesame on your farm, contact Johnson at (405) 531-7840 or or visit the website at

Listen to Johnson talk more about the benefits of sesame. 


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Tonsor uses an example of a 550 lb. steer sold on Sept. 14 in Salina, Kan. is projected to bring $156/cwt.

"That is basically reflecting the September feeder cattle contract was trading $144/cwt and was projecting a basis of positive 12 bucks," he says. "So the math is basis plus futures gives you the cash price."

Stocker operators can use to make purchasing decisions. Using the same example, Tonsor now looks at putting 200 lbs. on the steer and selling him in mid-March or waiting to buy the steer in October, putting on the 200 lbs. and selling him in April.

He says in the first scenario, the value of gain is projected to be $54/cwt based on the futures market, but in the second scenario, value of gain is projected to be $72/cwt.

"Those are both projections on what you pay in October and what you get in April, but I'm trying to give some credence to the fact that if you're a stocker operator, there's some clear signals to wait," Tonsor says. "It also kind of tells me there may be some incentives in the market to pull down those September prices relative to October and November as we get closer to that because the September ones are at a premium."





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DairyDairy Farmers Turning to Genetics to Improve Profit Margins


Tough conditions in the dairy industry are prompting U.S. dairy farmers to rely increasingly on genetics to improve their profit margins, according to a new research report from CoBank.

Milk prices are down 40 percent from their highs in late 2014, and lower slaughter prices have also hurt the industry. As a result, many American dairy farms are currently operating at or below break-even margins.

"Producers are left with two ways to bolster margins - increase milk productivity or obtain higher premiums for bull calf sales," said Trevor Amen, animal protein economist with CoBank and author of the report. "Recent advances in genetics make both of these possible, and at a much more affordable cost than in years past."

Farmers have a number of genetic tools at their disposal including sexed semen, genomic testing, in vitro fertilization, estrus synchronization techniques and management software technology. In addition, some dairy producers are crossbreeding dairy cows with proven beef sires to add value to the bull calf crop, enabling the capture of market premiums in the beef market.

"These strategies can provide much-needed advantages for dairies," Amen said.

Amen notes that while genetic advancements and breeding programs can offer dairy producers distinct advantages, breeding programs should be customized for each farm, and may not work for all dairy producers.

"The objective should be to continue to improve production efficiencies and add value to both the dairy and beef cattle supply chains," concludes Amen.

Until recently the effects of falling milk prices were somewhat muted by record high cattle prices, Amen said. Record-high beef cattle prices boosted dairy producer's margins by as much as one-third in mid-2015 through the sale of cull cows and bull calves. Now, calf and cull cow sales are responsible for less than 10 percent of margins.


Click here for a link to a video synopsis of the report, "Dairies Use Genetics to Manage Through Beef Price Decline."


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NationalStuffNationally- No WOTUS in 16, GMO Labeling and FSA Loan Woes


A federal court order shows arguments on the merits of a lawsuit against the Waters of the U.S. rule will likely be scheduled beyond February of next year. A court order this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati appears to keep the stay in place blocking the rule through that time. The federal court blocked the rule when implemented last August and numerous legal challenges to the law were consolidated by the three-judge panel earlier this year. The petitioners in the case, including agriculture interest groups, states and other industries, will be required to file briefs on the merits by September 30th, 2016. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are required to respond by November, 30th of this year.

The implementation of WOTUS won't happen in 2016.


The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee continues to negotiate a legislative deal on GMO labeling before the Vermont law goes into effect next month. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says negotiations are ongoing this week with the committee's ranking member Debbie Stabenow, according to Politico. However, as the negotiations continue, two sets of groups remain dug in on each side of on-package language versus QR codes.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food initially supported only voluntary labeling, but is now open to a legislative deal that would make GMO disclosure mandatory if other disclosure methods, like QR codes, 1-800 numbers and websites, could be used. The Center for Food Safety, the Organic Consumers Association, Food Democracy Now and other advocacy groups are standing firm that on-package language, as will be required in Vermont.


For the second year in a row, USDA's Farm Service Agency says its $2.65-billion operating loan program will likely run out of funds before the end of the fiscal year. USDA officials say the funds will likely run dry by the end of June, around three months before next year's program starts on October first. Cash-strapped farmers and cautious banks have turned to the program amid the global grains downturn.

These FSA loan guarantees and direct loans are typically considered loans of last resort, but an increasing number of agriculture lenders have turned to the program. The recent rebound in crop prices has not cooled demand. USDA data shows that at the end of May, applications for operating loans were up 23 percent and funding obligation had climbed 19 percent. USDA officials and banking experts estimate the backlog of applications could total as much as $650 million by October.


CarsonHornCarson Horn Joins the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Family as Associate Director of Farm Programming


It's official!  We have rescued this native Okie from Little Rock and brought him home to join our team here at RON.  Carson Horn did a great job the last few years at the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association- redesigning their magazine,growing their trade show at their annual convention and more- and we are proud that we have been able to bring his talents and smile back to Oklahoma.

Carson is from Yukon- an Ag Communications Grad from Oklahoma State and was active in FFA growing up, a leader in the OSU Ag Student Council and the President of the OSU Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity his Senior year in Stillwater.

He picked up national honors earlier this year from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association for his efforts in Public Relations and Communications for Arkansas Cattlemen- and I believe he will do a bang up job in the days ahead in all the ways we try to get farm and ranch information out to the ag community across the state and region.

Click here for our news release on Carson joining us- and be looking for his smiling face at meetings around the state in the weeks and months ahead.



HomeworkYour Homework- Learn More About the Vet Feed Directive Coming 1/1/17

In recognition that some of you may be heading to Ardmore this afternoon for their seminar on the Veterinary Feed Directive issue- details are here- I wanted to share a great article to read about the VFD and how cattle producers and others in the livestock business can get their arms around this change in the way we do things as of January first of 2017.

The new antibiotics use guidelines will be fully enacted by January 1, 2017, but cattle farmers, ranchers and feedyard managers have already begun implementing these changes, many of them going above and beyond what is required by law, working with veterinary health professionals, regulatory officials and the general public to ensure healthy animals and safe beef.

Brandi Buzzard has written this piece for the website FactsAboutBeef.Com and you can learn her Five Fast Facts about the New FDA Antibiotics Guidelines by clicking or tapping here.

BTW- we will be in Ardmore for this Seminar- learning from this great set of speakers- we'll be getting interviews to share details with you in the days ahead.


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