invite you to listen to us on great radio stations
across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network
weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or
you are in an area where you can't hear it- click
here for this morning's Farm news
from Ron Hays on RON.
Let's Check the Markets!
Our Market Links are Presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau
on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS
Futures- and Jim Apel reports
on the next day's opening electronic futures trade- click
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 5:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$9.38 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in Yukon yesterday. The full listing of cash
canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be
found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, September 18,
Members Cautiously Optimistic About Recovery
Following Drought, Kelsey
rain in central Oklahoma in recent days, it may be
hard to recall that the western portion of the
state is still suffering from its worst drought
since the Dust Bowl. Lawmakers met yesterday at
the state capitol to discuss the issue and explore
what the state might be able to do to help both
farmers and ranchers- especially if drought does
executive vice president of the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association was invited to address
lawmakers during their interim study. Kelsey
gathered information from members using emails and
social media about how they were weathering the
drought and what plans they had for the future. He
presented that to the study committee. He spoke
with me after his presentation.
the response he got were not scientific, but they
were very educational and provided an anecdotal
view of the conditions encountered by cattle
"We asked them three questions:
How has the drought affected your input costs?
What changes have you made to your business
because of the drought, both temporary, short
term, as well as long term? And then we asked, "If
you reduced your operation because of the drought
or reduced the size of the operation, do you
anticipate rebuilding if weather patterns should
permit or become more normal?
"We got some
great input and I was able to share that with the
House agriculture committee this morning and was
very honored to do so.
costs have gone up. There is no question about
that. Feed, by far and away, was one of the most
drastic in terms of increase."
the estimates of additional feed costs ranged from
25 to 75 percent higher. He said producers were
also having to spend significant time hauling
water and the additional cost in time was
tremendous as well.
You can read more of
this story or listen to our conversation with
Michael by clicking
Enterprises has been proudly serving
agriculture across Oklahoma and around the world
since 1893. W.B. Johnston established the company
on a foundation of service and five generations of
the Johnson family have continued that legacy of
service. Johnston Enterprises is Oklahoma's
largest and oldest independent grain dealer. We're
proud of our long association with the Johnston
family. Click here for the Johnston
Enterprises website where you can learn more
about their seed and grain
are proud to have KIS
Futures as a regular sponsor
of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides
Oklahoma farmers & ranchers with futures &
options hedging services in the livestock and
grain markets- Click here for the free market quote
page they provide us for our
website or call them at 1-800-256-2555- and
their iPhone App, which provides all
electronic futures quotes is available at the App
Store- click here for the KIS Futures App
for your iPhone.
Executive Seeks Official Recognition for Crop's
agrees the appearance of winter canola as a viable
Southerns Plains crop has been successful.
Ron Sholar, executive director of
the Great Plains Canola Association, is seeking
ways to expand on that success.
explained 40,000 acres of winter canola were
planted in the Southern Plains in 2008. In
succeeding years, the acreage grew to 150,000
acres for a couple of years with the 2012 planting
season seeing more than 200,000 acres
"Planting for the 2013-14 season
is taking place now," Sholar said. "I believe we
will see 300,000 acres planted and that may be a
Sholar said he and
other winter canola executives are working with
the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
to begin listing planting and harvesting data in
its regular reports which cover other major crops
like winter wheat, corn, soybeans, grain sorghum
Click here to read more of this
Working with Agriculture Community to Promote
agriculture sector accounted for 475 deaths in
2012. With a fatality rate of 21.2 per 100,000
full-time equivalent workers, agriculture recorded
the highest fatality rate of any industry sector.
Additionally, 48,300 injuries were recorded in
2011, the last year for which statistics are
available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This sector employs more than 2 million people in
the United States.
The U.S. Department of
Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration is supporting the National
Education Center for Agricultural Safety's
National Farm Safety & Health Week, Sept.
15-21, by emphasizing the importance of worker
safety in the agricultural industry. The theme for
this year's National Farm Safety & Health Week
is "Working Together for Safety in Agriculture."
"By working together to protect
agricultural workers from job hazards and assuring
that workers have the right to safety training, we
can all make a positive impact on the lives of
agricultural workers," said Dr. David
Michaels, assistant secretary of labor
for occupational safety and health.
can read more by clicking here.
Meets with the EPA Over Spill Prevention
Friday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp
met with Karl Brooks, Regional Administrator of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
During their meeting, Congressman Huelskamp
advocated for much-needed regulatory relief for
farmers and ranchers. In particular, he raised the
specter of proposed Spill Prevention Control and
Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations and the
detrimental effects they will have on farms and
After pressure from Congressman
Huelskamp and other members of Congress, he was
pleased to learn that the EPA will not
retroactively enforce the new SPCC
"I am pleased to announce
that the EPA will not retroactively enforce the
new SPCC regulatory mandates they have proposed
for farmers and ranchers. This regulatory mandate
would have hurt farms of all sizes," Huelskamp
You can read the rest of
the article by clicking here.
Lab Offers Discounted Fall Beef Cattle Disease
B. Rezabek MPH, DVM; Pathologist,
Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory,
writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter:
The Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic
Laboratory (OADDL) remains actively involved in
disease surveillance for the cattle businesses of
Oklahoma. OADDL is the only veterinary laboratory
in the state accredited by American Assoc.
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and routinely
proficiency tested by USDA/National Veterinary
Services Laboratory for most cattle diseases in
the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
classification. As the time for fall herd checks,
pregnancy testing, and production sales
approaches, we wish to offer owners and
practitioners reduced rates for "herd survey" of
some important bovine diseases.
of 2013 has provided an escape from previous years
of severe drought and many producers may
contemplate retaining heifers or expanding herd
size. This is an opportune time to screen incoming
replacement animals or survey existing herds for
Bovine Virus Diarrhea Virus, Bovine Leukemia Virus
and Johne's Disease. These "chronic" or
debilitating diseases can affect over-all herd
health, production and annual profits.
OADDL is offering this screening panel at a 40%
discount! ELISA Panel for BVDV + BLV + Johne's =
more information, click here.
Biologist Discovers New Species of Native Bee from
new species of native bee from Oklahoma was
recently discovered by Dr. Victor H.
Gonzalez Betancourt, an assistant
professor and researcher in the Biology Department
at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in
The new bee, known from Ellis
and Blaine counties, was named
Anthidiummichenerorum after the
influential bee biologist Charles Duncan Michener
and his wife Mary from the University of Kansas.
The new Okie bee belongs to a group of solitary
bees commonly known as "wool carder bees" because
their cotton-like brood cells are made of plant
"Although most people think of bees
merely as honey bees, in reality there are more
than 20,000 bee species worldwide," Betancourt
said. "One-quarter of this diversity occurs in
North America, particularly in the western United
Like most bees, the new bee from
Oklahoma does not live in colonies nor does it
make honey. However, it plays an important role in
the pollination of wild and cultivated plants.
Betancourt said bees are the most important
pollinators of plants on the planet and their
greatest abundance and diversity is in
warm-temperate and dry areas.
can read more of this article on our web page.
Click here to go there.
N That- Calling Names, Big Iron and Heart of
America Farm Show Reminder
our comings and goings at the 2013 State Fair of
Oklahoma- we have seen lots of friends busily
representing agriculture in one way or another-
one of the judges with us this past Sunday at the
Dairy Max Homemade Ice Cream
Contest was Kirby Smith of the
ODAFF- she kept us in stitches on Sunday afternoon
as we tasted 16 different entries of homemade ice
cream- I am told she came up with the vanilla ice
cream quote of the century- saying that "vanilla
ice cream is the blue jeans of the dairy world."
at the state fair- good to see Dana
Bessinger, Ag Secretary Jim
Reese and Blayne Arthur
(also all of ODAFF fame) this week as well as
Mason Mungle handling PA chores
at the Dairy Show yesterday.
to Holly Carroll of the Oklahoma
Farm Bureau for a recent promotion by the Oklahoma
Farm Bureau folks (Vice President of Field
Services), and we also say congrats to
Andrea Hutchison who was chosen
as the Oklahoma Agricultural Women of the Year and
Katie Alexander from Weatherford
who was chosen as our Outstanding Youth in
Agriculture at the recent Diamond Hats Ball.
Wednesday- and that means a fresh set of closing
bids for Big Iron on their website. A total
of 502 items are set to be sold to the highest
bidder in this no reserve online auction process.
Click here for their website to
jump over to their website for the complete sale
order of how things will be closing.
Remember- you can call Mike Wolfe
at 580-320-2718 with Big Iron when you have
questions about how to best use their services to
buy or sell farm equipment and more.
Heart of Oklahoma Farm Show opens
this coming Friday morning- and we hope you will
come and say howdy to us on either Friday or
Saturday as we present an informational seminar on
both days. Special guest Gant
Mourer of OSU will be joining me as Gant
describes the latest value added opportunities for
cattle producers here in Oklahoma- we'll be
offering an overview of the latest issues that are
impacting farmers and ranchers around here.
(Issues like the Farm Bill, Animal Welfare
Battles, Drought and more)
seminars will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday and at
12 noon on Saturday. The Heart of America
Farm Show is being held at the Tulsa RV Ranch on
US 75 in Beggs, Oklahoma. Click here for their website to
learn more about the three day farm show.
Latest Word on the Farm Bill Puzzle- CBO Score on
Nutrition Bill as Rules Committee Set to
The Congressional Budget Office has
released the score for the nutrition bill promoted
by House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor. H.R. 3102 - the Nutrition Reform
and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 - would cut food
stamps and make other changes to federal nutrition
programs. According to the CBO, the bill would cut
39-billion dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program over 10 years.
summary projects, under its baseline, that SNAP
participation to decline from 48 million people in
an average month in fiscal year 20114 to 34
million in 2023. The CBO says the two provisions
with the largest budgetary effects would reduce
the number of waivers available for certain
childless adults who would otherwise be subject to
work requirements or time limits and restrict
categorical eligibility. A provision that would
change benefit levels for program participants
would have the third-largest budgetary effects.
Meanwhile, the House Rules Committee is
still on track to deal with this measure this
afternoon- with the possibility of debate and a
vote on Thursday. Click here for details from their
One move by Cantor and others in
the GOP Leadership that likely won't fly is their
idea of how long these nutrition measures will be
good for- they have included in HR 3102
authorization for three years- compared to the
five year window for the House "Farm Bill Farm
Bill" and the five year measure in the complete
farm bill that has passed the Senate.
Senator Chuck Grassley has his
eye on that difference- and says the
apparent House GOP attempt to permanently de-link
the farm and food parts of the farm bill by
changing to three years the reauthorization
schedule for food stamp policy won't succeed
in conference, and therefore is very unlikely to
be in there in the Conference
You can reach us at the following: