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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, June 25, 2021
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update.
- Plains Grains Sees Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Two Thirds Done- Kansas Up to Thirty Percent Complete
- Growing Climate Solutions Act Passes U.S. Senate
- Congressman Frank Lucas Pleased that His Ramp Up Plan Finally Has Money to Invest Into Small Meat Processors
- OSU's Kim Anderson Comments On Wheat Harvest Progress And Higher Than Expected Yields
- Two Producers, Two Points Of View At The Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing On Cattle Prices
Persists Across Much Of The Western U.S. While Rain From Hurricane
Claudette Quenches The Midwest And South According To The Latest U.S.
Drought Monitor Update
- 2022 Commodity Classic Schedule Announced--Exhibitor Applications Being Accepted for Nearly Sold-Out Trade Show
Plains Grains Sees Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Two Thirds Done- Kansas Up to Thirty Percent Complete
During the wheat harvest season, Mark Hodges
and Plains Grains release a weekly HRW wheat harvest report- here is
the latest report from Hodges, as released on Thursday evening, June
"With very favorable harvest weather dominating (high temperatures and lower humidity) over the
past week the 2021 HRW wheat
harvest continues to pick up speed. As a result, harvest is now 2/3rds
complete in Oklahoma and nearing that point in Texas. Kansas is now
being called thirty percent done."
According to Hodges- "Oklahoma, (now
66% harvested) and is equal to the 5-year average of 66% harvested by
this date and continues
in northern/northwestern parts of
the state, along the Oklahoma/Kansas border and the Panhandle
region.Oklahoma continues to report very good yields and test weights
with wide ranges of protein, but generally 10.5% to 11.5% and an overall
“estimated” average of 11.1%. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are
moving across the northwest Oklahoma at this writing."
Use the button below to read more and jump to the link for the latest Kansas wheat harvest update.
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Growing Climate Solutions Act Passes U.S. Senate
the U.S. Senate passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation
that will help farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand and access
carbon markets, helping the environment and boosting farm income at the
legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and
Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), joined by U.S. Senators John Boozman
(R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and
co-sponsored by more than half the Senate, helps producers to generate
and sell carbon credits by setting up a third-party certification
process through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill also
creates an online resource for farmers looking to connect with those
experts and get more information and establishes an Advisory Council to
provide input to USDA and ensure the program remains effective and works
have always led the way on protecting our environment, and the Growing
Climate Solutions Act helps them get paid for their sustainable
practices through voluntary carbon credit markets,” said Senator Braun.
“Hoosiers and Americans want real-world solutions, and Growing Climate
Solutions is a bipartisan, common-sense, pro-jobs win that farmers,
industry leaders, and conservationists can all support.”
groups have praised the Senate for the passage of this measure. To see
their reactions, click on the organization in the list below.
Congressman Frank Lucas Pleased that His Ramp Up Plan Finally Has Money to Invest Into Small Meat Processors
It has been almost a year- but Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas
is very pleased that there are finally dollars available for a program
that he helped propose in July of last year, the Ramp Up Act, as it
became clear during the Pandemic that small meat processors were needed
to improve the resilience of the meat supply chain. Earlier this week,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $55.2 million in
competitive grant funding available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. The
new program is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
that was approved by Congress last December and signed into law by then
President Donald Trump.
are building capacity and increasing economic opportunity for small and
midsized meat and poultry processors and producers across the country.”
Secretary Tom Vilsack
said. “Through MPIRG, meat and poultry slaughter and processing
facilities can cover the costs for necessary improvements to achieve a
Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the
Poultry Products Inspection Act, or to operate under a state’s
Cooperative Interstate Shipment program.”
Ramp Up language was a part of the Appropriations bill that was called
the COVID-19 Relief Act before the change of Administrations.
Congressman Lucas stated, "The RAMP-UP Act gives small and medium sized
processors the tools they need to become federally inspected facilities,
expanding their customer base, while helping meet the demands of
For our farmers who have either- always have had cotton on their
farms- or those who have more recently have added the fiber crop to
their operations- we have a new daily report starting to be heard on
several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk- and we
appreciate the Oklahoma Cotton Council for their support in making this a
Click on the Button below to listen to our most recent report
OSU's Kim Anderson Comments On Wheat Harvest Progress And Higher Than Expected Yields
Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson
talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets. Dr. Anderson says
harvest is progressing relatively well and is approximately halfway
complete. This week Dr. Anderson is talking about wheat harvest progress
says the yields are good to excellent and test weights are mostly above
60 lbs. He says harvest has made its way to the Oklahoma/Kansas border
with some cutting up into central Kansas.
"Nearly 40 percent of the 2021 world wheat crop is harvested, and it is coming in above expectations," Anderson said.
The latest estimate is 29.2 billion bushels which is comparable to the 28.5 billion bushel record last year, he added.
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Two Producers, Two Points Of View At The Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing On Cattle Prices
Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held an official hearing on
market transparency and the need to fix the markets. Two cattle
producers, two market economists, and one social engineer were involved,
totaling five witnesses who presented to the senators. Several senators
“testified” as well, sharing their points of view during time they were
allocated for questions.
Of the two producers present, the first lead off witness was from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Justin Tupper, who said there has to be more cash market price discovery.
We need the government to step and help make that a reality, he added.
are losing our producers at an alarming rate,” Tupper said, “all the
while watching big corporate feeders and packers make record profits
with the threat of vertical integration hanging over our heads.”
The second cattle producer to testify was Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. He is also an original participant in U.S. Premium Beef.
Gardiner offers the viewpoint that this is all about economics – supply and demand.
we have too many cattle and too little processing capacity,” he said.
“We have a volatile market place created by outside, unavoidable
Gardiner believes the market place is solving the problem, but it will take time.
Drought Persists Across Much Of The Western U.S. While Oklahoma Remains Mostly Drought Free in Latest U.S. Drought Monitor
continue to remain above normal this week for much of the Western and
High Plains regions, while the Midwest and South received rainfall from
Hurricane Claudette, improving their drought conditions according to the
latest U.S. Drought Monitor update.
the South, in areas not affected by Claudette, rain was relatively
scarce. Temperatures were generally near normal in the eastern part of
the region, while the Texas Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma were warmer
Moderate drought developed near Woodward, Oklahoma, and slightly expanded in the northwest Texas Panhandle.
and severe drought continued in southwest Oklahoma, and conditions
ranging from abnormal dryness to exceptional drought (D4) continued
along the Texas/Mexico border.
the map continues to look decent as 75.77 percent of the state is
drought free. This compares to 63.26 percent three months ago and 43.25
percent one year ago.
2022 Commodity Classic Schedule Announced--Exhibitor Applications Being Accepted for Nearly Sold-Out Trade Show
for the 2022 Commodity Classic are well underway as America’s largest
farmer-led agricultural and educational experience returns to New
Orleans March 10-12, 2022.
“We’re excited for Commodity Classic to be back and in-person again in New Orleans,” said Gary Porter,
a Missouri farmer and co-chair of the 2022 Commodity Classic. “New
Orleans has historically been one of our most popular locations, so we
anticipate a record number of attendees who will be eager to experience
our host city, learn the latest farming technology, and gain strategies
to improve their operation.”
and housing for the 2022 Commodity Classic will open in mid-November
2021. Attendees can sign up now to receive email updates at
CommodityClassic.com. Watch social media for additional details.
The preliminary schedule for the 2022 Commodity Classic can be found online at https://commodityclassic.com/2022-schedule. The
schedule highlights tentative dates and times for the dozens of
educational sessions, presentations, and special events.
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Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices are unavailable as of early Friday morning as the USDA website is not responding.
I have placed the link where the report is normally available
below- so when they get it fixed- you can go there and see the most
Weekly Cattle Auction Reports
The buttons below allow you to check out the weekly Cattle Auctions in the region that we post on our website and here in our daily email update.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures - click below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Okla Cash Grain:
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
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