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with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
cash price for Canola is $12.80 per bushel-
New Crop contracts for Canola are now available at
$13.10 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
Conditions Favor High Quality Wheat Crop Going
Into the Home Stretch
the exception of areas still dealing with drought
and near drought conditions, the 2012 winter wheat
crop across the Southern Plains is in uniformly
good shape. Mark Hodges, the
director of Plains Grains, says reports from all
over indicate harvest time will begin very early
"We're two to three weeks ahead
of development in Oklahoma, but that's also true
in Texas, it's true in Kansas. The guys in
Nebraska say they're at least two weeks ahead.
Colorado says they're two to three weeks ahead.
The whole region is well above their average plant
development stage for this point."
say mild temperatures played a big part in the
rapid development of this year's crop and look
favorable into harvest.
you'll look at the long-term forecast for the next
10 to 20 days, we're projected to stay cool which
is perfect for grain fill. We're supposed to be
under 85 degrees and what we really need is plenty
of moisture in profile and which in a lot of
places or most places have that, and sunshine.
It's looking good right now."
in central Oklahoma could be happening by Mid-May,
about as early as Hodges has ever seen in his
You can hear our full interview with
Mark Hodges and read more about 2012 crop
conditions by clicking here.
Mark will join us as our Saturday morning guest on
our In the Field segment as seen
on KWTV, News9 in the Oklahoma City TV
market. Our segment airs around 6:40
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new GAO study says the government can save over $1
billion each year in crop insurance costs by
limiting premium subsidies on individual farmers
or reducing subsidies for all farmers.
Senator Tom Coburn, who
requested the study, agreed with the report and
thinks the reforms called for by the GAO would not
only save money, but would encourage new
"This report shows that Congress
could cap premium subsidies at $40,000 and save
taxpayers $1 billion. High premium subsidies have
hurt small and beginning farmers because the
subsidies themselves have distorted the market.
For instance, high subsidies have artificially
increased the value of land and have created other
barriers to entry and expansion. I applaud GAO for
providing Congress with yet another way to save
taxpayer dollars and reform government," Coburn
Click here to read more about the GAO
study that could have an effect on the 2012 farm
the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma
Congressman Frank Lucas has
quickly pushed back on the Coburn requested study-
saying "I do not support the repeated attacks on
an actuarial sound risk management program that
serves as a good example of a public-private
partnership where producers pay for coverage. This
proposal would discourage participation in the
crop insurance program and as a result endanger
its integrity." Click here for the full statement
released by the House Ag Committee Chair, who
says that farmers in all parts of the country that
he has heard from have agreed on the importance of
maintaining crop insurance.
have weighed in as well- including the American
Soybean Association. Their President,
Steve Wellman, opposes the
potential cuts. He says it doesn't make sense to
make changes to a program that has been successful
and critical to farming operations. Wellman says
farmers are willing to do their fair share to help
reduce spending - and are doing that in other
areas - like eliminating direct
the group that represents private crop insurance
companies, National Crop Insurance
Services, claims that beginning farmers
would actually be hurt by cutting supports for
crop insurance as proposed by GAO- saying this
would hurt their ability to "secure essential
loans" for their operations. Click here for their response to
Senator Coburn and the GAO.
Feedyard Owner Finds Blogging Rewarding
Burkholder, a.k.a. Feed Yard Foodie,
Nebraska feedyard owner and past checkoff-funded
Beef Quality Assurance award winner, continues to
communicate with consumers via her blog site. She
now contributes to BlogHer, a site reaching
millions of women who likely make food decisions
for their families.
Burkholder believes in
being proactive and in establishing a relationship
with her readers. Something must be working
because her readers are constantly asking where
they can buy "Burkholder beef."
" I think
that that's a testament to what people are looking
for. You know, I use antibiotics when my animals
get sick; I use growth promotants so that I can
reduce my environmental footprint and have
efficiently producing animals. I use all of those
things and yet people still want to buy my beef
because it's my beef and they know me. Can you
imagine what would happen to demand for beef if
everybody would reach out and start to tell their
Burkholder's blog site, which you can find by clicking
here, has had tens of thousands of hits in
less than a year. Her "Hard work, trust and
faith," entry has drawn 12,000 hits just in the
last month due to the media frenzy surrounding
Lean, Finely Textured Beef.
Please click here to catch today's
Beef Buzz about Anne and her blog that is growing
Says Grain Markets a Little Surprising on WASDE
Report- Check His Weekly SUNUP Analysis
Kim Anderson, OSU's grain marketing
specialist says with the exception of corn, grain
stocks in the recent WASDE report were right about
where analysts had pegged them to be. Trade
estimates had corn at 721 million bushels, but it
came in at 801 million bushels. Wheat and soybeans
were right on targets.
So, how did the
"Probably not according to
expectations," Anderson said. "Corn, the day of
the report, really didn't do much. It was down 25
cents the next as you'd expect it to be. Beans
were slightly higher, as expected. Wheat down 21
cents and with the report coming out at
expectations, that was kind of a
Anderson says the short-term
surprises will continue, but overall, he thinks
his prediction of prices at harvest time will hold
"We don't have a clue where prices
are going. We have an idea of the ranges. I've
been predicting a cash price at harvest of $5.75 I
still think that's going to be relatively close
for central Oklahoma."
analysis can be seen on this weekend's SUNUP on
OETA- and we have the full lineup on this
Saturday's show at the link below- check it out
and enjoy SUNUP from the OSU Division of
You can hear more of Dr. Anderson's
evaluation of the WASDE report and where prices
are headed by clicking here.
Call for Stronger Conservation Measures in New
new Environmental Working Group report examines
water pollution from farm runoff and details how
treating the problem after the fact is
increasingly expensive, difficult and, if current
trends continue, ultimately unsustainable.
Water that runs off poorly managed fields
that have been treated with chemical fertilizers
and manure carries nitrogen and phosphorus. These
two pollutants set off a cascade of harmful
consequences, threatening the drinking water used
by millions of Americans.
"Access to clean
and healthy drinking water is a critical issue for
Americans and the rest of the planet. The only
solution to preserve clean water is to tackle the
problem of polluted agricultural runoff at the
source," said EWG senior scientist Olga Naidenko
PhD, lead author of the report.
Read more about the new EWG
report by clicking here.
Crawley Elected to OFB Board of Directors
County rancher Gary Crawley has
been selected to serve on the Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Board of Directors representing District 5.
Crawley replaces Larry Boggs, Wilburton, who
recently resigned to run for the state senate.
operates a commercial cow/calf herd with stocker
cattle in partnership with his son, Gary Gene,
has been actively involved in Farm Bureau for many
years, serving the last 15 years on the Pittsburg
County Farm Bureau board of directors. Crawley
follows in the footsteps of his father, Junior,
who served 35 years on the same Pittsburg County
Bureau is a good organization that is focused on
improving the quality of life in rural Oklahoma,"
Savanna rancher recently retired from a long and
distinguished career with the USDA's Farm Service
Agency, working primarily in the farm commodity
and loan program areas.
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Agricultural Education from Oklahoma State
University. He and his wife, Wilma, have two
children and two
R Ranch On Line Bull Sale Today- Griswold Sale
are quite a few live auctions that also put their
sale on line in real time- but we have a different
approach to tell you about this morning from the
Rock'n R Ranch of Plainville,
Kansas is holding a two day "on line only" auction
of 124 fall yearling and yearling Angus and Red
the online information that you can access by clicking here, the Hrabe family
says "We at, Rock'n R Angus have seen a need to
branch out and welcome the technology to expand
our seedstock marketing. This will allow us to
broaden our customer base and expand our Angus
genetics. Unfortunately, we all can not be
at more than one place at a time, and this sale
feature allows us to do just that. For this
type of sale to work, we must reassure the
customer that the type of sire you need and want
is what you get. Rock'n R stands behind
these bulls being offered. The cattle
market being volatile as it is, a buyer needs to
be assured the investment he makes in his sires is
worth the money spent. Rock'n R confirms
these bulls offered will do just that for
can go and read up on how the sale works- see
videos of the bulls, register to bid and be a part
of this auction up through 7 PM central time
Friday evening. Click here and check out the next
generation of on line sales of seedstock.
little closer to home- we want to remind you about
the Griswold annual Grass to Grid
Bull Sale that is scheduled for Saturday, April
14, in Follett, Texas. The sale will be at the
Jeff Bourquin sale facility in
Selling over 200 Bulls, featuring
GCC Genetics including:
SimAngus, Simmental and Mainetainers.
more information, call John
Griswold at 405-780-3300 or click here for the full catalog
to check out these outstanding cattle- videos of
the bulls are also available there.
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