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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $9.11 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
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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National Daily Slaughter Cattle
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here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Friday, May 2,
Sanders: Mother Nature Deals 2014 Canola
Crop a Disappointing
Nature has dealt wheat and canola producers alike
a tough hand this year. Worsening drought
conditions and a late freeze have taken their toll
on this year's production.
Sanders of the Great Plains Canola
Association brought attendees at this year's
meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association
up to date on the status of this year's canola
"We've got canola fields out there
that are short. We've got canola fields that are
still trying to flower and still trying to put on
pods. It's been windy. It's getting warmer. I'm a
little concerned in the upcoming days about our
temperatures getting as hot as they're going to
get. It's going to be tough. It's going to be a
He told me he's seen canola
that doesn't look too bad and other fields that
don't look too good. He said producers are going
to have to make some tough calls as to whether
their crop is worth harvesting or not.
new canola producers are getting a little
discouraged, he said, but others are taking this
year with a grain of salt.
"I've had a lot
of guys tell me, 'This is not the canola's fault.
This is weather conditions.' And if the wheat is
not going to be very good or doesn't look good,
then the canola is not as good either."
said it is hard to tell, at this point, how many
acres will actually be harvested, but it will
probably be much lower than originally
Click here to listen to my
interview with Heath
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State FFA President has High Hopes for 2014-2015
Oklahoma FFA Association wrapped up its 88th
annual Convention in Oklahoma City with the naming
of the 2014-2015 officer team. Topping the list as
president was Garrett Reed of the
Locust Grove FFA Chapter. Reed is a student at
Oklahoma State University and has served as the
Northeast District Vice President on the 2013-2014
State Officer Team.
I spoke with Reed at
the convention and he will also appear with me on
this Saturday's "In the Field" segment on News 9
about 6:40 a.m.
Reed began showing animals
and then joined FFA in his freshman year in high
school. An early success in speaking led him
deeper into the organization.
it really sparked an interest in me to really get
involved as much as I could. From that point on I
really decided I really wanted to try and go to
every livestock judging course, judging contest I
could and speech contests and put as much as I
could into this organization. I really loved a lot
of the friends I made through it and just wanted
to have a great time with it."
You can read
more of this story and listen to my full
conversation with Garrett Reed by clicking here.
Examines Economic Factors, Regulatory Burdens
Plaguing the Livestock
Rick Crawford, Chairman of the
House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on
Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, on
Wednesday held a public hearing to review the
state of the livestock industry. Members heard
from two panels of witnesses that ranged from the
Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to an array of experts representing
the animal agriculture industry. Together, they
highlighted issues, such as regulatory burdens,
feed costs, drought, animal disease, and trade,
that are impacting this sector of the agricultural
Glauber, chief economist for the USDA,
testified first, giving an overview of the state
of the livestock industry. He commented on the
roll out of the livestock disaster programs under
the 2014 Farm Bill and was questioned about the
economic costs of COOL which was mandated by the
can read more of this story and listen to Dr.
Glauber's testimony (and his Q&A with Chairman
Crawford)by clicking here. You will
also find links to all of the testimony provided
by the committees witnesses.
in yesterday's Beef Buzz- we featured the opening
remarks of Congressman Jim Costa
of California and his disdain over the one year
old COOL rule put into place by the Obama
Administration last May. Click here to hear his
News from Wheat Tour Rather Limited, Kim Anderson
news coming out of this year's wheat tour is,
unfortunately, rather limited says Oklahoma State
University Extension Grain Marketing Specialist
Kim Anderson in his preview of
this week's SUNUP program.
"That good news
would be that some producers are going to harvest
some wheat. Wheat is a very resilient plant and it
is going to produce a head and a kernel or two.
You look at the Oklahoma crop tour and it came in
from 66-and-a-half to 70-and-a-half million
bushels. You've got to go back to 1957 to get
below that when it was 43 million
He said Kansas is also expecting
fewer bushels on fewer acres and Texas is in the
worst shape of all.
You can listen to more
of Kim Anderson's analysis and read the lineup for
this week's SUNUP program by clicking here.
Announces New Landmark Conservation
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
yesterday that applications are now being accepted
for new, landmark conservation initiatives created
by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide
up to $386 million to help farmers restore
wetlands, protect working agriculture lands,
support outdoor recreation activities, and boost
Vilsack made the announcement
at Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania. The
farm's owners participate in the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service's Conservation
Stewardship Program, have worked to encourage
pollinator health through planting practices, and
used USDA program support to construct a high
"By protecting working lands and
wetlands, we're able to strengthen agricultural
operations, sustain the nation's food supply and
protect habitat for a variety of wildlife,"
Vilsack said. "In addition, we're providing states
and tribal governments a tool to expand access to
private lands for hunting, fishing, hiking and
other recreational activities, which helps boost
wildlife-related businesses and grows the
Click here for more.
Commission Chief Encourages Participation in 2014
Junior Wheat Show
Schulte, executive director of the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission, manned the commission's
booth at the career show during the 2014 Oklahoma
State FFA Convention in downtown Oklahoma City. In
addition to passing out samples of bread made with
Oklahoma wheat, he spent his time encouraging
students to participate in this year's Junior
The purpose of the show is to
encourage the production of wheat with superior
market qualities. In line with this, Schulte told
me the parameters for this year's show have been
changed. He said that the emphasis of judging is
moving away from the visual appearance of the
sample to the milling and baking aspects of the
"The reason we are doing that is
because we are trying to educate the producers
that that is what our foreign and domestic buyers
are wanting so we are going to have a different
score sheet this coming year. Traditionally, in
the past, we have taken the top 10 samples out of
the 4-H and FFA for milling and bake tests to go
on, but this year we're going to be doing the top
says $16,000 worth of scholarships are up for
grabs in the competition.
To read the rest
of this story, please click here.
N That- Oklahoma Wheat Crop in Historic Territory,
Kansas Crop Well Off Normal, Hall Coyote Hills and
our top story in the daily email was about the
estimated size of the Oklahoma Wheat Crop- wheat
industry officials came up with an estimate of
66.5 million bushels of wheat that will be
harvested this year- that means since it is an
estimate- there are quite a few wheat industry
folks who see an even smaller crop than the
average of all of the guesses.
we should land on the 66.5 million bushel level-
that would mean this year's crop will be
the smallest since the 43 million bushel drought
crop of 1957.
on yields per acre- the 2014 estimate of 18.5
bushels per acre has not been seen since 1967 in
thanks for Dr. Kim Anderson for
digging through his files at work to find these
historic production numbers in short order
other Oklahoma Wheat Crop update- click here for the latest BLOG
entry from state wheat specialist Dr. Jeff
Edwards on what he is seeing as he
continues with the wheat plot tours across the
Oklahoma wheat belt.
Wheat Quality Council 2014 Hard Winter Wheat Tour
wrapped up on May 1. Crop scouts estimated
production for the Kansas crop at 260.6 million
bushels. This is the lowest tour estimate since
1996. The average yield, calculated from 587
stops, was 33.2 bushels per acre.
Click here for more details from
the Kansas tour- that wrapped up with their final
reports in Kansas City yesterday afternoon.
Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch Limousine
& Lim-Flex Production Sale will be happening
tomorrow- Saturday. May 3 at 1:00 pm at the Ranch
near Chattanooga, Oklahoma.
will be offering a great set of cattle- a total of
180 lots to be sold.
Click here for full details about
their annual spring production sale. AT this link-
they now have final updated production data on the
animals to be sold- and videos of them as
National Agricultural Statistics Service will
release the final results of the 2012
Census of Agriculture today at 11:00 AM
central time via live webcast. Click here to watch- and we have
been advised by the Oklahoma Department of Ag that
they will released an overview of the Oklahoma
data this afternoon as well.
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