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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
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from Ron Hays on RON.
Check the Markets!
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
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$8.93 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
Thursday, March 20,
Day of Showing at OYE Set to Begin- Results from
Market Barrow Show and More
are down to the final day of competition at the
2014 Oklahoma Youth Expo- and we have posted the
Market Barrow Breed Results on our website at the
Blue Green Gazette- and we will have results from
the other species later this morning.
Click here for the Barrow results
of the seven breeds that have been shown in the
market barrow division. In all three
traditional species- we are pretty much down
to the Crossbreds being shown today in advance of
the Grand Champion Drive which begins at 6:00 PM
in the Jim Norrick Arena at State Fair Park.
Ahead of the limo arriving and bringing in the
young people who will be showing for Grand
Champion in the lamb, goat, barrow and steer
shows- there will be a long list of young people
lined up to walk to the center of the arena, shake
hands with the sponsor of their scholarship and
have their moment under the bright lights.
Scholarships that add up into six figures will be
handed out starting at 5:30 PM. This will include
the introduction of the Academic All State
Awards of the top Seniors showing at this
year's Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Sale of Champions is set for Friday afternoon at
4:00 PM- again on the floor of the Norrick Arena
at State Fair Park.
plan on extensive coverage of all of the action
today and tomorrow- and we thank our sponsors for
being with us as an integral part of our coverage
of the 2014 OYE. Our reports are being
powered by Devon Energy and by the Title
Sponsor of the 2014 OYE, McDonald's.
continue to take photos that represent a great
slice of all of the Oklahoma Youth Expo- and we
are up to just short of one thousand pictures in
our Flickr set- click here to go and check them
out. Our thanks to Meg
Drake, a young lady from Kansas who has
worked for Drive Magazine and is currently a Grad
Student in Ag Communications at Oklahoma State
University for taking our photos on both Sunday
and Wednesday! She did a great job!
new sponsor for 2014 for our daily email is a long
time supporter and advertiser as heard on the
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- Stillwater
Milling Company. At the heart of
the Stillwater Milling business are A&M Feeds-
and for almost a century Stillwater Milling has
been providing ranchers with a high quality feed
at the lowest achievable price consistent with
high quality ingredients. A&M Feed can be
found at dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and
Texas. Click here to learn more about
Stillwater Milling Company!
Midwest Farm Shows is our
longest running sponsor of the daily email-
and they are excited to announce changes
coming to their spring farm show held each April
in Oklahoma City.
Launched in 2005 as the Southern Plains Farm
Show, the show will now be billed the
Oklahoma City Farm Show
. The name
change is designed to clearly communicate the
show's location, and also signifies the plans for
a long term partnership with the community and
State Fair Park, a world-class event site. The
show continues as the premier spring agricultural
and ranching event for the southern plains area,
with over 300 exhibitors featuring over 1000
product lines for three big days. Click here to visit their new
and make plans to be a part of the
2014 Oklahoma City Farm Show! If you
have a horse
that you would like
to consider training
at this year's OKC Farm Show- Email ME
or call me at 405-841-3675
Sees Good Chances for El Nino to Bring Relief to
of the featured speakers at the recent "Surviving
the Elements" symposium presented at the National
Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum was historical
Browning-Garriss. She and her fellow
presenters tackled land and water issues facing
the western United States.
She spoke with
me and said, unfortunately, the drought many parts
of the state have been experiencing for the last
several years is not going away any time soon. It
may be punctuated with temporary breaks when an El
Nino condition appears in the Pacific, but the
ongoing drought is a factor of the climate
producing drier conditions. That fact, she says,
is not necessarily so dire.
like the dry spell you had in the 50s. It didn't
go away. Instead, people learned to cope with it
and be productive with it, but they had to adjust
how they went about doing things."
Browning-Garriss says she has been telling people
that for the next 15-20 years "Oklahoma has a new
normal and it's one that people in the 50s made a
profit from with a lot less technology and
The good news, she says, is
that this drought, like that of the 1950s, should
be interspersed with rain events.
Click here to listen to my
interview or to read more of this
Brings Students and Legislators Together; Board
Chairman Sees Great Things on the
state legislators took the opportunity Tuesday
night to get into the show ring and get their
boots dirty alongside the youthful exhibitors at
this year's Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair
Bob Funk, chairman
of the board of OYE and owner of Express Personnel
and Express Ranches, told me it was a wonderful
opportunity for both the students and
"We're certainly proud of our
legislators and proud of the people who serve our
state, serve our country. Of course we appreciate
the fact that they are willing to come out and see
what these young people really are made of. And
we're so proud of the young people of Oklahoma.
They are our future leaders and we would like to
encourage them to be involved in the political
process as well. By meeting the legislators that
gives them an opportunity to see what they are
really like and to, hopefully, push them on
towards leadership in our state."
been a tireless supporter and promoter of OYE
since its inception in 2002. He said it has been
amazing to watch the show grow over the years and
continue to gather momentum.
Click here to read more or to
listen to our
Is Single Most Effective U.S. Policy on GHG
Reduction/Climate Change, Dinneen
the White House, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) hosted an event on
the topic of climate change. Various technology
companies, scientists, and other climate experts
met to discuss the possible impacts of climate
change and announce data-driven technologies to
build products and services to better prepare our
Nation for those impacts.
this event, which included John Podesta, Counselor
to the President, among others, Bob
Dinneen, President and CEO of the
Renewable Fuels Association, highlights the
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a vital piece of
any plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
and curb future climate change:
meeting is about finding successful ways to
address climate change, including the use of data
to help limit future impacts. That makes sense and
the effort should be applauded. But it should be
noted that the single most effective program this
nation has for reducing GHG emissions is the RFS.
Last year alone, the use of biofuels like ethanol
and the RFS reduced CO2-equivalent GHG emissions
from transportation by 37.9 million metric tons.
That's akin to removing 7.9 million cars from the
road for an entire year."
Click here for more from Bob
Media - The Global Language for
years ago, you never dreamed of putting a picture
of your breakfast on the Internet, or sharing your
musings while you sit in traffic. And you couldn't
show the world videos of the funny tricks
performed by your children or your dog.
Now you can, courtesy of social media
outlets such as Facebook (founded in February
2004), YouTube (February 2005) and Twitter (March
2006), to name a few.
It didn't take long
for the social media phenomenon to sweep around
the world, and while it is a global tool, it has
local applications, making it ideal for an
organization like the U.S. Meat Export Federation
(USMEF) that supports U.S. beef, pork and lamb
exports around the world, but tailors the message
to each individual market.
is insanely popular and is incredibly powerful -
and cost-effective - if used properly," said
Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice
president of global marketing and
can read more of this story by clicking here.
Generosity Supports Students with Construction of
New OSU Equine Center
State University students and Oklahoma horse
enthusiasts will soon reap the benefits of a new
state-of-the-art equine teaching center, thanks to
Linda Cline's passion for equine
students and desire to honor her late husband.
Cline has made a significant contribution
toward construction of the multi-million-dollar
OSU Charlie Cline Memorial Equine Teaching Center,
which will replace the current animal science
equine facility on campus. The current building
was constructed in the 1980s and no longer lends
itself to today's "best teaching practices"
encouraged by equine industry leaders.
new equine center will include a teaching barn
with stalls for foaling mares, an indoor arena,
classrooms, feed and tack rooms, a wash rack and
treatment area. The center will also provide space
for classes, clinics, 4-H programs and other
outreach opportunities that serve Oklahoma's
expansive equine industry.
"We will be
able to teach in classrooms and then step right
outside to work with the horses in our labs," said
Steven Cooper, OSU animal science
can read more of this story by clicking here.
N That- Cattle on Feed, Peanut Expo and Farm Bill
USDA's Cattle on Feed report is
due out tomorrow- March 21st and February
placements are expected to be 7.9% higher than
last year, according to analysts at Allendale. The
report will be released by USDA at 2 PM central
time on Friday.
Profits on outgoing
cattle during February were pegged at $191 per
head. That is the highest profit since April
2010. Those profits were driven
in large measure due to significantly lower
average February corn prices of $4.53 in western
Kansas. The price the previous month had been
$4.54 and the price in 2013 a whopping
September through January
placements averaged 5% over the previous year's
figure, so it is uncertain what February's 7.9%
projection will mean in relation to the
corresponding late summer to early fall slaughter
Allendale is projecting a 4%
lower marketings total in February compared with
February of 2013 and the total cattle on feed
number as of March 1st is expected to come in 1.2%
lower than last year.
producers from across the state will gather
Friday, March 21 for the 2014 Oklahoma
Peanut Expo at Quartz Mountain Resort
near Lone Wolf. The annual event, a collaborative
effort of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, Oklahoma
State University, USDA/ARS and Peanut Sheller
interests in the Southwest, has become the state's
premier industry meeting drawing participants from
across the southern U.S. peanut belt.
Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas
will be on hand- and there will be details about
the hoped for new peanut variety (OL'e Spanish
peanut) that may soon be available to
you have last minute questions about the 2014
Oklahoma Peanut Expo- contact our friend
Mike Kubicek with the Oklahoma
Peanut Commission, at 405-275-5994.
National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled 49
education meetings in 15 Cotton Belt states to
provide its members with a greater understanding
of The Agricultural Act of 2014.
President/CEO Mark Lange said,
"This new five-year comprehensive farm law
includes fundamental changes in cotton's safety
net, a greater reliance on crop insurance
products, and will be implemented over the 2014
and 2015 crops. As with previous farm laws, some
of this legislation's provisions are complex, and
the Council wants to provide our members with the
insight necessary for them to plan accordingly.
All producers, cotton industry firms and
agribusinesses are encouraged to attend any of
these important meetings."
of those meetings is today in
Altus at the Oklahoma Cotton Cooperative
Association- while another of these meetings in
our immediate neck of the woods is on Friday March
21st (tomorrow) at the Raymond Frye
Complex in Wellington, Kansas. (just
north of the Oklahoma state line in the I-35
NCC has linked on their website a good overview
put together by USDA's Farm Service Agency about
provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014- click here to check that out.
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