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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
cash price for Canola is $12.87 per bushel-
New Crop contracts for Canola are now available at
$13.31 per bushel- delivered to local
participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap-Two
Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all
three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on
Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's
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
Report Positive for Markets, Could Signal Shift In
Market Leadership, Economists
recently-released World Agricultural Supply and
Demand Estimates was friendly for markets in the
short term, analysts say, but it could also be
signaling a long term shift.
WASDE report was largely unchanged on the corn and
feed grain side and was generally viewed as
neutral, but on the soybean side, supply estimates
were reduced and U.S. exports increased to help
make up for smaller South American crops,
according to American Farm Bureau Federation
Economist Todd Davis.
"We are looking at a
situation where soybeans, rather than corn, could
very well become the market leader in the U.S.
grain and oilseed complex," Davis said.
"Typically, corn prices usually help drive the
market prices for the other grain and oilseed
commodities, but given what we now know, soybeans
are ready to move to the forefront." Click here to read more of the AFBF
take on the WASDE report.
stocks and demand in the United States remain
stable according to a report issued by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. While potential for
change in the May report was noted, the agency
found that, at present, the previous estimates
require no revision.
This news follows
reports indicating that seven percent of the U.S.
corn crop had already been planted as of Sunday.
This indicates progress significantly ahead of the
five-year average as only two percent of the crop
would normally be planted at that time.
"Coupled with prior reports that farmers
plan to plant significantly more acres to corn
this year, the outlook for America's supply is
very positive," said National Corn Growers
Association President Garry Niemeyer. To read more from the NCGA, please
Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities
talks about the WASDE report's impact on markets.
Click hear to listen.
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the 2012 OSU Canola Field Tours- Two Words-
the 2012 Oklahoma State University Extension
Canola Field Tour halfway complete, two words sum
up what was being talked about at the sixth stop
of thirteen Tuesday evening east of El Reno-
"Tremendous Potential." More than one of the OSU
and industry officials who made most or all of the
first six stops echoed that opinion to us as we
talked with them in Canadian County on
Canola Special Project Director Mark Boyles used
the word tremendous in his description saying
"it's been excellent fall growth, it's been
excellent spring growth, it's been cool, it has
rained every little bit" as he was looking at a
field of canola just north of old Route 66, which
is easily two weeks ahead of normal crop
development. He says that the fields seen in
Canadian County are not unlike that he saw in
Burlington and Okeene earlier on Tuesday, telling
us that if everything holds together for a few
more weeks- we could be looking at many fields
producing fifty to sixty bushels per acre. Even
with higher input costs than wheat, a strong yield
at twice the per bushel price of wheat is catching
the attention of wheat farmers throughout the
southern Great Plains.
demonstration plots in Canadian County is on land
that Jerry Lingo is farming this year. The
wheat/canola farmer is in his second year of
growing canola and is delighted with the potential
of the 2012 crop. He has a total of about 400
acres of canola this year, and expects to swath
the crop, placing it into windrows by early May,
with the combine to follow a week or so
Click here to read more from our Top
Ag Story this morning- it includes our
CanolaTV feature with Mark Boyles on the 2012
crop- CanolaTV is a service of PCOM- Producers
Cooperative Oil Mill.
you prefer to jump straight to our Winter Canola
TV channel on Youtube- click here. You can see
this latest video- plus our previous CanolaTV
segments from both this year and last.
you can also jump straight to our set of photos of
2012 canola here in the state- here's the link to our FLICKR
State Study Shows Opponents Are Wrong On
Antibiotics Use; FDA Prohibits
study conducted by Kansas State University shows
that opponents of antibiotics use in livestock
production wildly overestimate the amount given to
food animals, but that hasn't stopped the FDA from
weighing in on the
Using data from a
2006 U.S. Department of Agriculture swine survey
and a 2009 survey of swine veterinarians, KSU
found that annually about 1.6 million pounds of
antibiotics are used in pork production for growth
promotion/nutritional efficiency and disease
prevention. A 2001 report, "Hogging It," from the
Union of Concerned Scientists claimed that 10.3
million pounds a year are used.
also belies the claim made by opponents of modern
livestock production and some members of Congress
- and repeated by much of the media - that 80
percent of all antibiotics sold are used to
promote growth in livestock. (That figure always
has been at best a guess because there is no
reliable data on human uses of antibiotics.)
groups and lawmakers have pushed a theory that
antibiotics use in food animals is leading to
treatment failures in people who develop
antibiotic-resistant illnesses. Numerous
peer-reviewed risk assessments have shown a
"negligible" risk to human health of antibiotics
use in livestock production.
findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
has now prohibited the use of cephalosporins, a
class of antimicrobial drugs, in cattle, swine,
chickens and turkeys. The FDA says this action is
aimed at preserving the effectiveness of these
drugs for treating disease in humans - reducing
the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain
Click here to read more.
Coalition Outline Recommendations for 2012 Farm
Bill Livestock Title Provisions
National Farmers Union (NFU) and five other
livestock industry organizations sent a letter to
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
Agriculture Committee leadership that outlines
recommended provisions for the Livestock and
Research and Related Matters Titles in the 2012
"The programs in the Livestock
Title are too important to U.S. family farmers and
ranchers to be left out," said NFU President Roger
Johnson. "In order to ensure we have a robust,
productive livestock industry in our country, we
must protect our producers by supporting the
programs described in the letter."
outlined in the letter, reauthorizing the
Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs is vital.
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) compensates
ranchers at a rate of 75 percent market value for
livestock mortality caused by disasters. The
Livestock Forage Program (LFP) assists ranchers
who graze livestock on qualifying drought-or
fire-affected pastureland. The Emergency Livestock
Assistance Program (ELAP) compensates producers
for disaster losses not covered under other
disaster programs. These programs have been of
critical importance to producers across the nation
in recent years.
Read more about livestock industry
recommendations for the new farm bill by clicking
Says, Fear Not the Ides of March: KORUS Highlights
Opportunities for U.S. Beef Producers
the Korean-U.S. trade agreement begins taking
effect, it represents a step to lowering trade
barriers to U.S. beef around the world.
Kent Bacus, the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association's director of legislative
affairs, wrote the following opinion
piece hailing the welcome developments:
not one who typically quotes Shakespearean
literature but one thing I remember from high
school is Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, where the
soothsayer utters these ominous words to Caesar:
"Beware the Ides of March." Historically, there's
actually nothing ominous about the definition of
Ides. It was used in the Roman calendar to denote
the fifteenth day of March, May, July and October.
For years, I've used that quote to remind my
friends and colleagues of my ability to quote some
of the great literary minds and not just Larry the
Cable Guy. But in 2012, the Ides of March took on
a brand new meaning.
March 15, 2012, marked
the implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade
Agreement (KORUS). National Cattlemen's Beef
Association President J.D. Alexander said KORUS
"may very well be the most monumental bilateral
trade pact our industry has ever witnessed." As
the fourth largest export market for U.S. beef in
2011, Korean consumers purchased $646 million of
U.S. beef and that is with the massive 40 percent
tariff in place. Over the next 15 years, that
tariff will be repealed at 2.67 percent per year.
Some predict that U.S. beef sales in Korea could
exceed $1 billion once fully implemented. The
bottom line is our producers will be able to sell
more U.S. beef at a more competitive price to
Korean consumers. Truly, this is a great
opportunity for U.S. beef and a positive step
forward in opening and expanding market access for
U.S. beef around the world.
You can read more of Kent Bacus's
thoughts on the opportunities free trade offers
U.S. beef producers by clicking here.
Dewald Named Master Agronomists by OSU's Division
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
pair of agronomists has recently been honored by
the Oklahoma State University's Division of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Alfalfa County's Doug McMurtrey has been named a
2012 Master Agronomist and Chester "Chet" Dewald
of Woodward has been honored posthumously as a
is a cow-calf producer as well as a farmer. He
grows wheat, grain sorghum, soybeans, alfalfa and
cover crops. He has been a cooperating partner
with division scientists and OSU Cooperative
Extension specialists and educators for 13 years.
McMurtrey has been county leader in the adoption
of no-till practices. You can read more about him by
long career resulted in five separate patents for
chaffy grass seed-handling equipment that is now
manufactured and used worldwide. He began working
with Stauffer Chemical Company in Mountain View,
California, in 1959. In 1968, he became the
company's technical director in Mexico. After four
years he returned to Oklahoma and established a
farm and became an agronomist with the USDA in
Woodward. Dewald made significant contributions
toward the development of native grasses and the
USDA named an improved variety of bluestem "Chet"
in his honor after his death in 2002. Click here to read more about Chet
Master Agronomist award was initiated in 1947 and
recognizes Oklahoma agriculturists who actively
participate in agronomic education programs and
contribute valuable public service through their
efforts in soil conservation, range management or
Debuts Program to Give Farmers First-Hand Look at
this spring, farmers will have an opportunity to
participate in Monsanto's new, on-farm trial
program being introduced as Ground Breakers. The
new program will give farmers first-hand
experience with pipeline products under
Breakers allows farmers to obtain a better
understanding of product benefits and an
opportunity to give us feedback on the product,"
said Matt Kirkpatrick, Monsanto Corn Traits
Marketing Manager. "A farmer will now have a
chance to see how products will perform on their
own farm in large-scale trials in addition to plot
trials prior to commercial
season, Monsanto will be piloting the Ground
Breakers program with its new drought-tolerant
corn system, Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids.
Approximately 250 growers throughout the Western
Great Plains region will have the opportunity to
plant DroughtGard Hybrids on their farm. These
hybrids are part of a comprehensive
drought-tolerant system to mitigate yield loss
caused by drought stress.
More information about Monsanto's
Ground Breakers program is available by clicking
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