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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.
price for canola was $7.55 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El
Reno 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 above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith 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
Conditions Remain Solid Despite Lower Farm
agricultural bankers in the seven-state Tenth
District reported solid credit conditions in the
second quarter of 2014, but longer-term concerns
about credit quality have begun to emerge,
according of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Kansas City's quarterly Survey of Agricultural
bankers reported very few past-due farm loans,
loan repayment rates have weakened since last
year, particularly in crop-producing regions.
Credit standards, however, were little changed and
bankers indicated funds were available to satisfy
a sharp rise in loan demand.
continued strength in the livestock sector, Tenth
District farm income remained well below year-ago
levels due to falling crop prices and poor winter
wheat yields. Most bankers surveyed acknowledged a
connection between the strength of the farm
economy and Main Street business activity in rural
communities. While half of survey respondents felt
a strong farm economy was supporting further
economic growth in their areas, 40 percent saw
signs of weakness in the farm economy that was
also dampening Main Street business
Cropland values generally
held at high levels while strong demand for
high-quality pasture pushed ranchland values
higher. Current trends in farmland values were
expected to continue for the rest of the growing
season with cropland values holding at high levels
and ranchland values rising further.
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Prepares for 30th Annual Range
30th Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA)
Range Round-Up is coming up Friday and Saturday
August 22 and 23. This year's event is being
partnered with Oklahoma Ford Dealers at the State
Fairgrounds Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m each night.
The annual event raises funds for charity. This
marks the 18th year the selected charity has been
the Children's Miracle Network. To date OCA has
donated more than $441,500.00 to the Children's
Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma City. OCA
Executive Vice President Michael
Kelsey said they like to call the event
fantastic group of people, doctors, folks that are
working with people who really need it and our
committee has had an opportunity to tour and go up
and see firsthand, its just a fantastic facility,"
Kelsey said. "It's such a great honor for us to be
able partner with them."
Annual OCA Range Round-Up will feature 12 teams
consisting of 16 ranches. This year's completing
ranches include: Alfalfa County Land & Cattle,
Cherokee, Okla; Buford Ranches, LLC, Welch, Okla.;
Davison & Sons Cattle Co., Arnett, Okla.;
Drummond Land & Cattle Co., Pawhuska, Okla;
Gray G Bar Ranch, Grainola, Okla.; Hall Ranch,
Comanche, Okla, Daube Cattle Co., Ardmore, Okla.;
Hitch Ranch, Guymon, Okla.; McCoy Ranch, Ada,
Okla.; Beebe Livestock, Ada, Okla.; Kelly Ranch,
Marlow, Okla.; Bearce Ranch, Marlow, Okla.;
Treadwell Land & Cattle Co., Frederick, Okla.;
McPhail Land & Cattle, Snyder, Okla.;
Sugarloaf Ranch, Duncan, Okla.; and 3C Cattle Co.,
Mill Creek, Okla. OCA Association Marketing
Spokesperson Dallas Henderson
said these cowboys will compete in events that
mirror many ranch activities.
six events that they will compete in from wild cow
milking, team branding, team penning, stray
gathering and a few others," Henderson said. "And
it's events they do every day on their ranches...
in gathering their cattle, going out and penning a
Click here to read more about the
OCA Range Roundup and how to get tickets.
Also be sure to watch Saturday's In the Field
segment with Kelsey, Henderson and I on
KWTV News9 during the Saturday morning news block
around 6:40 am.
Corn Growers Urge Farmers to Weigh in on WOTUS
National Corn Growers Association
is reminding farmers to submit their comments on
'Waters of the US'. proposal. NCGA has expressed
concern that this rule could significantly
expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and
creates more uncertainty as to what will be
subject to federal regulation.
many serious concerns regarding the impact the
proposed rule could have on U.S. farmers. NCGA's
concerns fall into four main areas:
Farmers will face tremendous uncertainty because
of the way the rule defines what is a tributary
and what is an adjacent water subject to the Clean
-- The proposed rule
represents a significant expansion of federal
Clean Water Act jurisdiction relative to anything
that has ever been covered in a previous
rulemaking and contradicts two U.S. Supreme Court
-- The vast numbers of
ditches that would be subject to federal
-- Farmers will be
required to obtain NPDES permits or face the
threat of citizen action suits challenging the use
of fertilizers and pesticides on or near drainage
features that are made jurisdictional.
NCGA is urging farmers to contact
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
in making sure EPA hears from America's farmers.
NCGA has a established a webpage to help farmers
begin the process by clicking here.
Says US Agriculture Can't Afford to Lose WOTUS
really a battle over a single word that lies at
the heart of the Clean Water Act that was passed
by Congress back in the 1970's. That single word
is "navigable" and its proven to be very
troublesome to a lot of regulators that want more
and more control. Basically it has been an ongoing
battle since the Clean Water was created in 1972,
what is the extent of the federal government's
authority over water?
There are have
been several attempts to remove the word navigable
out of the definition of the 'Clean Waters of the
US'. There was a legislative effort back 10 - 12
years ago. US Senator Jim Inhofe
of Oklahoma and others blocked that effort at that
time. In 2014 the effort has turned to regulating
it out of existence. National Cattlemen's
Beef Environmental Counsel Ashley
McDonald its simply a battle agriculture
can't afford to lose.
Missouri alone, nearly 80,000 additional stream
miles will be under the regulatory authority of
EPA and the Corps. Logic and commonsense tells us
that the surrounding land will also be regulated
more than ever before," McDonald said. "This
rule just continues this administration's
regulatory rampage and enough is enough. Farmers
and ranchers are not confused and are well aware
of this administration's blatant attempt to
control every drop of water and every piece of
private land in this country."
Click Here to read or listen to
Thursday's Beef Buzz with McDonald. NCBA and
Missouri Cattlemen are appearing this week at the
Missouri State Fair. Click Here to read about their
effort to educate producers and the public on
regulatory expansion of the federal government.
Holding On Across Oklahoma
continues to hold strong across Oklahoma after big
improvement a week ago. The latest US Drought
Monitor Map shows 2.25 percent of the state was in
exceptional drought (D4), 16.12 was in extreme
drought (D3), 48.39 was in severe drought, 71.08
was in moderate drought, 80.44 was abnormally dry
and 19.56 percent does not have a drought ranking.
In the weekly map from the National
Drought Mitigation Center there was some spread of
the abnormally dry area in central Oklahoma and
some intensification of drought to the southwest
of Oklahoma City from Custer County down to Garvin
County. There was also areas of severe drought
(D2) that dropped to moderate drought (D1) in the
northwest and the northeast.
weekly Oklahoma Climatological Survey Mesonet
Ticker, State Climatologist Gary McManus said this
phenomenon has become known at the National
Weather Center as the "Norman Bubble", where
Norman gets 9.8 inches of rain over the last 90
days while Oklahoma City receives 18 - 20 inches.
He said parts of Cotton County only received 7.4
inches over that same period.
Click here for your 7-day weather
for Sorghum Midge in Late-Blooming
Alert by Tom A. Royer, Oklahoma
State University Extension Entomologist
noted high populations of sorghum midge adults
actively swarming on some late blooming heads in
my sorghum plots at the Cimarron Research and
Extension Center in Perkins. Favorable climate and
abundant Johnson grass may allow them to become a
problem in late-planted sorghum this
Sorghum midge is a tiny fly,
measuring less than 1/32 inches long. It has a
reddish abdomen with one pair of grayish
transparent wings. The female fly lays eggs in
open florets and the maggots feed inside the
developing seed. The contents of the seed are
usually completely consumed. The lifecycle from
egg to adult is completed in 14-16 days. Heads
that have sorghum midge injury are referred as
"blasted". The adults live for one day, but one
female can lay 30-100 eggs.
control: Scouting is essential to achieve
effective control with an insecticide. Use a 10X
magnifying hand lens to aid in identification.
There are two ways to scout. One is to carefully
move to a plant without disturbing it, quickly put
a plastic bag over the head, and shake it
vigorously. Remove the bag and contents and look
for midges inside the plastic baggie. The other
way is through direct observation; without
disturbing the plant, look for small gnat-sized
flies that are moving about the head or are laying
eggs on flowers with extended anthers.
Click Here to learn more about
the Sorghum Midge and management
strategies from Tom Royer.
Approvals, Acceptance on Docket of Biotech
American Soybean Association
(ASA) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA)
teamed up in Washington this week to bring
together more than 100 farmers, researchers,
leaders of agricultural organizations and federal
officials to discuss the worldwide benefits of
agricultural biotechnology, focusing on
acceleration of government approval of biotech
seed for soybeans and other crops.
D.C. Biotechnology Roundtable is the latest in a
series of forums ISA has organized to help advance
a more science-based biotech approval process and
to reinforce the proven safety of agricultural
biotechnology, which farmers use to enhance the
yields and quality of soybeans and other
Go over to our website here to read
more about these latest biotech efforts to
make this important technology once available to
farmers around the world.
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