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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 Thursday 6/23/16.



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

   Friday, June 24, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 






-- This N That: Oklahoma Teacher Lisa Storm Wins National AITC Honor, Oklahoma FFA Members in Costa Rica and a Cold Front?!?

SenateGMOFeatured Story:

Too Late to Avert Vermont Law Implementation - Senate Ag Leadership Rolls Out GMO Labeling Compromise


U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled a new bipartisan proposal Thursday to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have access to the information they want.

"Unless we act now, Vermont law denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace is the law of the land," said Chairman Roberts. "Our marketplace - both consumers and producers - needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce." 


Key provisions of the bipartisan proposal include: 


Pre-emption: immediately prohibits states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered. 


National Uniform Standard: the U.S. Department of Agriculture establishes through rulemaking a uniform national disclosure standard for human food that is or may be bioengineered. 


Disclosure: requires mandatory disclosure with several options, including text on package, a symbol, or a link to a website (QR code or similar technology); small food manufacturers will be allowed to use websites or telephone numbers to satisfy disclosure requirements; very small manufacturers and restaurants are exempted. 


Meat: foods where meat, poultry, and egg products are the main ingredient are exempted. The legislation prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from considering any food product derived from an animal to be bioengineered solely because the animal may have eaten bioengineered feed. 



Click here to read more about the proposed labeling compromise and find a link to the full legislative text.



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Several national agricultural organizations applauded the efforts of the U.S. Senate Thursday to preempt state food labeling laws and to prevent a patchwork of differing standards between states.


"The introduction of this solution comes at a critical time when Congress must act to restore sanity to America's food labeling laws," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. "GMOs are perfectly safe and America's farmers rely on this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought. Important food safety and labeling decisions should be made by qualified policymakers, not political activists and campaigns. Yet, despite the scientific evidence, Vermont will place into effect a costly, confusing mandatory labeling legislation, and other states will follow in rapid succession.


Click here to read NCGA's complete statement.



"We've seen time and time again that regardless of the repeated proven safety of GMOs, consumers react negatively when presented with a product containing a warning label," said ASA First Vice President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill. . "If consumers panic and run from these products based on false stigmatization, companies are forced to reformulate away from this safe and affordable technology. Not only would this result in food more expensive food for consumers, but prices for soybean producers would fall sharply."


Click here to read ASA's full statement.



The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives also issued a statement applauding the legislation.


"The bipartisan agreement reached today by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow is a solution to the issue of GMO food labeling that America's farmer co-ops and their producer-owners strongly supports. The package is also a victory for consumers across the country, who will have more information about how their food was produced than ever before."


Click here to read NCFC's complete statement.


ConowayHouse Ag Chair Conaway, American Farm Bureau Federation Promise to Study Senate GMO Labeling Plan


House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued a statement in response to the Senate's recently reached deal regarding the labeling of products of biotechnology.

I applaud the tireless efforts of Chairman Roberts to find an agreement on biotechnology labeling. It is important to note that nearly one year ago, 275 House members voted on a bill to establish a voluntary nation-wide program that would give consumers access to information about their food, protect advancements in food production and innovation, and end the patchwork of state laws threatening interstate commerce. 



Unfortunately, due to Senator Stabenow dragging this process out for months, Congress will not be able to act before Vermont's mandatory labeling law goes into effect on July 1. Although the House acted in a timely manner, I have just received the text of the this agreement and will need time to review the language and the varied impacts, be they positive or negative, before stating my support or opposition.


American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also issued  a statement after the GMO labeling legislation was introduced.

"There are no - and never have been any- documented health risks from genetically engineered food in the marketplace. The American Farm Bureau Federation continues to oppose mandatory food labels that are not necessary for health or safety reasons. We also oppose a patchwork of state-by-state labeling rules. We are reviewing this legislative proposal, and over the next few days will determine how it fits with our policy. We will also assess its impact on farmers' abilities to use modern agricultural technology to produce more, high-quality food.

"We appreciate Chairman Roberts' diligence in taking action prior to the Vermont law's going into effect. This deal clearly seeks to prevent a 50-state mismatched quilt of differing labeling standards. But the mandatory feature holds significant potential to contribute to confusion and unnecessary alarm. Regardless of the outcome, we continue to believe a national, voluntary standard remains the best approach. Our board will deliver a decision soon."


BeefBuzzUSDA Report Friday - Jim Robb Anticipates Increased Cattle Placements and Marketings 


Both the monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report is due out this afternoon- as well as the quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report- both to be released after the markets have closed for the week at 2:00 PM central.  For the Cattle on Feed Report, Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, anticipates strong numbers in both the placement and marketings columns.

"Marketings should be up 4 to 5 percent from a year ago. We have one more day, but that's still a good marketing rate," he says. "Placements we have up about 9 percent year-over-year - that's in the range of the pre-report estimate."

Robb says a lot of cattle coming off wheat graze-out programs in the Southern Plains created a placement bulge last month. He also says very modest placement numbers in May 2015 combined with a large 2015 calf crop are contributing to the increase in placements.

Robb anticipates the overall cattle on feed inventory should be up about 2 percent from a year ago.

In addition to the Cattle on Feed report, the USDA Hogs and Pigs report will be released June 24 as well. Robb expects a fairly neutral report. 

"We expect the overall hog and pig inventory and most of the categories to be up a rather modest 1 to 2 percent year-over-year - pushing mostly toward 1 percent year-to-year increases," he says. 

Overall, Robb says beef is a little better positioned in the retail case this year compared to last year. "I think that will continue to be a bit of the story as we move through the summer months," he says.

You can hear Jim Robb's comments on both of these reports by clicking or tapping here.



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AndersonNow is a Good Time to Take a Look at This Year's Wheat Discounts - Kim Anderson Explains


With most of the 2016 Oklahoma wheat crop in the bin, OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says producers are mostly likely keeping a close eye on prices and wondering how those prices are going to change between now and the end of the year.


Since 2008, June wheat prices have averaged right around $6/bushel. Anderson says with current prices well below $5/bushel, many producers are left in the red after factoring in production costs.


With already low prices, Anderson says the test weight, dockage and foreign material discounts applied at the elevator are an even bigger concern this year.


Current dockage discounts can get pretty heavy - starting at $.05 for anything above 1 percent, $.07 for 1.3 percent, $.09 for 1.6 percent, $.12 for 2 percent and it goes up from there.


Anderson says the big discount is foreign material, including rye and other non-wheat material that's about the same size and weight as wheat. He says over 1 percent is a $.12 discount, 2 percent is $.24 and over 3 percent is a whopping $.50 discount.


For producers struggling with discounts this year, Anderson says now is the time to make changes to avoid issues in the future.


"As you're planning the '17 crop, look at which fields had the dockage, look at which fields had that foreign material - that rye - and then find out what you can do to alleviate those problems because these discounts are not going to go away," he says. "And in my opinion, over time, they're going to get worse."


Click here to listen to Anderson's comments that will be a part of SUNUP this weekend, and be sure to catch the show 

this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. or Sunday at 6 a.m. on the statewide OETA network of stations.


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OCA2016 Legislative Session Had Its Positives for Cattle Producers- Michael Kelsey of OCA Offers a Review



Although most of the 2016 Oklahoma legislative session was overshadowed by budget woes, Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, says overall, the cattle industry was pretty successful in several areas.

Legislators updated cattle theft fines and penalties, which Kelsey says is "a good step in the right direction" towards deterring criminal activity.

A new measure passed this session better defines a "burn ban" in the state and sets up a protocol for prescribed fire during a burn ban.

Kelsey says a bill declaring water as a compelling state interest and codifying it in state law should help with Right to Farm - SQ 777.

"We've all along said water is a compelling state interest; now we have law that says that," he says. "So that should really sweep that off the table, if you will, and kind of make it a non-issue regarding Right to Farm." 


Michael will be my guest on In the Field tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 6:40 a.m. on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area.

You can also  click here to listen to our off camera interview interview where we talked about the legislative session in review- and also previewed the OCA annual meeting coming up in July- to be held this year at the Embassy Suites in Norman (or if you prefer- far south Moore!) 



OhioRainCorn Farmers in Northwest Ohio Say Just in Time Rains Worth a Billion


They had not had a rain in northwest Ohio since planting corn in mid to late May- until Wednesday and Thursday morning- and that was a good enough rain for those farmers in that eastern part of the corn belt that they have declared it not a million dollar rain- but rather a BILLION dollar rain. Our colleague Ty Higgins of the Ohio Ag Network has a video they have produced that gives you a feel of how things are looking- thought you might enjoy it this Friday morning-




ThisNThatThis N That: Oklahoma Teacher Lisa Storm Wins National AITC Honor, Oklahoma FFA Members in Costa Rica and a Cold Front?!?


The National Ag in the Classroom Conference has just wrapped up in the Phoenix area- and a past Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year has won national honors. Lisa Storm, who was honored as the 2014 Oklahoma Ag Teacher of the Year, has been named as one of the seven National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award Winners for 2016! She is a third grade teacher at Heritage Elementary in Kingfisher. Congrats Lisa!!!!




Oklahoma was well represented on a recent trip to Costa Rica, where a group of 50 National FFA award winners toured agricultural sites and compared the industries in Central America and the United States.


Oklahoma FFA members participating in the trip included Reighly Blakley of Oologah; Baylea Block of Harrah; Kaylee Brunker of Stillwater; Jacob Cammack of Edmond; Dakota Crissman of Pauls Valley; Bayli Hyde of Burlington; and Kohl Murray of Perkins. 


Click here to read more about their Costa Rican travel seminar.



The latest nine day forecast is out from our buddy Jed Castles of News9- and he has found chances of rain by the end of this coming weekend- and a COLD front by this time next week- think mid 80s as a day time high for the first of July!

Here's his picture of what is ahead for your consideration- even as folks in parts of northern Oklahoma have been stormed on overnight and are getting rain this morning.

Have a good weekend!


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