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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $11.16 per bushel- based
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yesterday. The full listing of cash canola bids at
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
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here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, May 2,
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch
-- Tyler Schnaithman, Chance Imhoff, and
Carson Vinyard Are the Stars Over Oklahoma at
2013 Oklahoma FFA Convention (Jump
-- Steven Verkony of Byng to Lead State
FFA Officer Team in Coming Year (Jump to Story
-- Oklahoma Wheat Crop Estimate Down 45
Percent from Last Year (Jump to Story
-- Panhandle Wheat Harvest Could be 90
Percent Below Average, Kochenower Says (Jump to Story
-- Weed-Free Certification an Option for
Wheat Crop Damaged by Recent Freeze (Jump to Story
-- Environmental Working Group Asserts
Taxpayers Pay Too Much for Crop Insurance Programs
(Jump to Story
-- This N That- Superior Sale This Week
a BIG One, Nasty Day for National Range & Land
Judging and How Cold Tomorrow Morning? (Jump to
Schnaithman, Chance Imhoff, and Carson Vinyard Are
the Stars Over Oklahoma at 2013 Oklahoma FFA
outstanding FFA members were recognized yesterday
for their achievements at the FFA State
Schnaithman was honored as the state's
Star Farmer, Chance Imhoff was
named the winner of the Star Agribusiness Award,
and Carson Vinyard received the
Star Placement Award. Click on the
award-winners' names below to read more about
them, to listen to an audio interview and to see a
video feature about them.
FFA member Tyler Schnaithman began
his custom hay bailing business with his brother
at an early age, and has grown his operation that
now includes farming 925 acres of cropland, a herd
of 50 heifers, and flock of 35 ewes.
supervised agricultural experience project was
rated the best agricultural production program
among the 715 FFA members who received the State
FFA Degree during the 87th State FFA Convention on
FFA member Chance Imhoff used his
knowledge of the goat industry, his background in
agriculture and his drive for success in the show
ring to build his unique business, Chance's
Clipping LLC. Imhoff produces and
distributes videos on how to successfully show
goats. His DVDs have sold in two countries
and 34 states.
roots run deep in Altus FFA member Carson Vinyard who
continues to carry on the family business.
Vinyard has assumed many responsibilities
including managing some of the operation's
employees and improving the efficiency of their
is the lifeblood of our operation. In the
past few years, irrigation has been very limited
in southwestern Oklahoma, however, in our
operation, we have been able to expand in our
cattle operation, we have been able to implement
more acres in no-till, more acres in drip
irrigation. We have been able to improve our
irrigation so when the drought does pass and we do
start experiencing adequate rainfall and good
crops again, we will be prepared and won't have to
be scrambling to get ahead."
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Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma
City. The attention now turns to the
Tulsa Farm Show. The
dates are December 12-14,
2013. Click here for the Tulsa Farm Show
website for more details about this
tremendous farm show at Tulsa's Expo
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Verkony of Byng to Lead State FFA Officer Team in
Vekony, member of the Byng FFA Chapter,
will lead the more than 24,000 members of the
Oklahoma FFA Association for 2013-14. Members
elected the 18-year-old to his presidential
position during the 87th Oklahoma FFA Convention
on May 1. He is the son of Kent and DeeAnn
"Considering I have already been
blessed this past year with the gift of time,
another year is the greatest blessing anyone
wearing the jacket could ever ask for," said
Vekony, who is an animal science and agricultural
education major at Oklahoma State University.
Seven additional FFA members will join
Vekony on the 2013-2014 Oklahoma FFA officer team:
Tyler Schnaithman, Garber FFA,
secretary; Josh Haven, Cheyenne
FFA, reporter; Garret Reed,
Locust Grove FFA, northeast district vice
president; Lawson Thompson, Deer
Creek-Lamont FFA, northwest district vice
president; Allison Christian,
Duncan FFA, central district vice president;
Desiree Masterson, Spiro FFA,
southeast district vice president; and
Bray Haven, Cheyenne FFA,
southwest district vice president.
Eighteen-year-olds Bray and Josh Haven of
Cheyenne are the first set of twins to serve
together as Oklahoma FFA officers. Bray is the
older of the two- being born four minutes ahead of
younger brother Josh.
Click here for our story on the
State officers and a chance to see their first
official group photo.
Wheat Crop Estimate Down 45 Percent from Last
of this year's wheat crop can be summed up in a
single word: dismal. Attendees at the annual
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association Annual Meeting
at the Oklahoma City Marriott heard the sobering
report from representatives of nine different
areas of the state.
All totaled, Oklahoma
producers are expected to harvest 85,583,000
bushels of wheat this year. That's a 45 percent
drop from last year's harvest of 154.8 million
This estimate is based on 3.362
million acres harvested with an annual yield of
25.45 bushels per acre
Oklahoma Grain and
Feed Association members polled after the report
session estimated the size of the 2013 crop at
88.022 million bushels based on 3.46 million acres
and a yield of 25.44 bushels per acre.
can hear an interview with Kim
Metcalf who surveyed the North Central
East Region and read more of this story including
a breakdown of the numbers by region by clicking here.
Wheat Harvest Could be 90 Percent Below Average,
this year's wheat harvest may turn in a dismal
performance statewide, Rick
Kochenower says in the Panhandle it will
be even worse. He has toured area and reported on
the crop's condition at the 2013 Oklahoma Grain
and Feed Association Annual Meeting.
spoke with me at the meeting and didn't express a
lot of optimism about the four counties he
reported on: Harper, Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas
"Between drought and the late
freezes we had here in April, it's basically...
I'm hoping. I know I reported two million bushels
today, I think I was being way overly optimistic.
"I toured Cimarron County yesterday and I
think 95 percent of it won't be cut. If it doesn't
rain in the next three weeks, the only thing we'll
be cutting will be irrigated and some of it's got
freeze injury on it.
"There's kind of a
dividing line along Highway 54 which runs kind of
northeast to southwest through the Panhandle and
west of that line it's all drought driven. East of
that line it's more freeze-injury driven where
we're going to lose our yield."
can listen to our conversation or read more of
this story by clicking
Certification an Option for Wheat Crop Damaged by
freezes throughout the state may have some
Oklahoma wheat producers opting to bale their
fields for hay. The low temperatures that hit late
in the season have damaged some of the wheat crop
to the point that cutting for hay can be a better
option over grain harvest. Producers looking to
bale their crop can pursue weed-free certification
through Oklahoma's certified weed-free forage and
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and
Forestry has developed a certification process for
forage and mulch products. Hay and grain fields
can be inspected and once a field passes this
inspection, bales from the field can be labeled as
"certified weed-free" and will be issued a transit
certificate. The certified status can be listed on
the ODAFF Hay Directory for prospective buyers.
Details about the agency's weed-free program are
available at http://www.oda.state.ok.us/cps-weedfree.htm.
This year, ODAFF has been contacted by
several pipeline construction contractors in
search of a list of weed-free forage producers.
State and federal agencies require certified
weed-free mulch for highway, right-of-way,
restoration and reclamation projects. These
contractors intend to purchase as much local
weed-free forage as possible; promising news for
Oklahoma producers in need of a market for baled
Click here to read
Working Group Asserts Taxpayers Pay Too Much for
Crop Insurance Programs
following is a news release distributed by the
Environmental Working Group:
analysis commissioned by the Environmental Working
Group debunks the myth that federally-subsidized
crop insurance will save taxpayers money and
protect farmers from crippling losses when natural
The study, by agricultural
economist Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University,
has concluded that during last year's drought,
crop insurance payouts will exceed $16 billion,
almost 50 percent more than 2011.
insurance as it is currently structured and
marketed is a bloated, taxpayer-funded income
support program that in many cases allows growers,
particularly the industrial-scale operations that
have been enjoying record profits, to make more
money from insurance payouts than they would from
a healthy harvest," Babcock writes.
Click here to read
N That- Superior Sale This Week a BIG One, Nasty
Day for National Range & Land Judging and How
Cold Tomorrow Morning?
Friday's Superior Video Auction
is going to be a really BIG show (our apologies to
Ed Sullivan) as Jim Odle and his
team will be offering over 42,000 head with the
live sale set to begin at 8 AM central time.
have a great group of Florida calves that will be
offered- 8,000 weaned calves are on the sale
docket, along with 12,000 calves on cows- and
1,700 bred heifers, bred cows and cow/calf
pairs. Click here for the Superior Video
website- or call them at 1-800-422-2117 to find
out exactly when specific lots of cattle will be
is proud to be able to bring the auction to
is the day for the 2013 National Land and
Range Judging contest- and it's cold,
windy and wet- after practice day was
beautiful. Oh well, there was never a
promise that the quest for a national championship
would be easy- Contestants will be headed out to
the contest site south of Oklahoma City- 32 states
are represented and the winners will be presented
with their awards this evening at the National
Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- looking
forward to celebrating with them!
just how cold could it be early Friday
morning? Well, the
latest overnight "lows" map found on the Oklahoma
Mesonet shows that no- one in the main body of the
state will be below freezing- will get down to
around 33 degrees in the northwest but that's
it. Click here to take a look.
However- the National Weather Service has a
"freeze watch" for much of the state of Oklahoma
out of the Norman, Oklahoma office- it reads as it
pertains to temperatures overnight- "
28 TO 32 DEGREES...BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY
PERSIST UP TO 6 HOURS THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY
MORNING." CLick here for the watch to see
exactly what is covered by this NWS update.
northeastern Oklahoma- the NWS in Tulsa says that
temperatures will be approaching freezing levels-
but seem to be discounting the prospects in Green
Country a hard freeze.
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