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Let's Check the Markets!
Today's First Look:
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.
We 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 futures- click here for the
report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain
Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for
canola was $9.22 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in El Reno Tuesday. 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.
Our Daily Market Wrapup
from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
The National Daily Feeder
& Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
The National Daily
Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
Finally, here is
the Daily Volume and
Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Oklahoma's Latest Farm and
Your Update from Ron Hays of
Call for Widespread Heavy Rains Across Oklahoma
forecasters are calling for good chances of from two to three inches
of rain across the entire state of Oklahoma between now and next
Associate State Climatologist Gary
McManus says these seven-day rain forecasts have been
notoriously inaccurate so far this year, but this one appears
different. He says the forecast is calling for a slow-moving
upper-level storm to set up over the Four Corners area which will
pump Gulf moisture into the region. That will interact with surface
and mid-level features producing heavy rains.
It has been a long time since many areas of the region have received
significant rainfall. The Oklahoma Mesonet reports it has been 214
days since Slapout has had a quarter-inch of rain in a single day.
Kenton is not much better at 201. And some of the central Oklahoma
stations are above the 40- to 50-day range as well, with Shawnee up
to 55 days.
You can read
more of this story and see the Mesonet forecast maps by clicking here.
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More Important than Politics, US Wheat President says
unrest in the Black Sea region is concerning for wheat farmers.
Ukraine is one of the world's top wheat exporters in the world, so
what happens in Ukraine, could dramatically change the outlook in the
US. US Wheat Associates President Alan Tracy says so far the
political unrest in Ukraine has had little impact on the global wheat
"I think it has been a little overblown so far, Ron, 'cause most
of Ukraine's wheat is winter wheat," Tracy said. "About 90
percent of it is winter wheat, so it was planted before all this
stuff started, so it's still going to come off and its still going to
going to go somewhere."
For more on
this story or to listen to my interview with Alan Tracy click here.
Grows Despite Smaller Cattle Numbers
cattle herd is concerning for many, especially those in the beef
business. Without product its hard to meet the demands of consumers.
I interviewed John
Stika, President of Certified Angus Beef at the
recent Stakeholders Summit of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Stika
says surprisingly the smaller numbers has worked to their
"While there has been fewer cattle, more of them have been
targeted to that high quality Certified Angus Beef end point, so we
see it in the percent choice and we see it in the percent prime as it
has grown over the last several years and Certifified Angus has grown
right along with that in terms that percentage of carcasses that hit
our specifications," Stika said.
Click here to read
more or to listen to today's Beef Buzz with John Stika.
Growers Applaud Vetter's USTR Confirmation
The growers of
the American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded today's Senate
Finance Committee confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural
Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative
(USTR). ASA worked extensively with Vetter in her former role as
Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ASA President Ray Gaesser,
a farmer from Corning, Iowa, released the following statement.
"Right now, agriculture is among the brightest spots in our
nation's global trade portfolio. Last year we exported more than $141
billion in agricultural products-the largest share of that in the
form of soybeans. This contributes to a positive agricultural trade
balance of $31 billion and millions of jobs here at home," said
Gaesser. "The job for which Ms. Vetter was confirmed today is to
ensure that the success of the partnerships between American
agriculture and our foreign customers continues to grow and
strengthen. As we work to remove trade barriers worldwide as well as
negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
with Europe and on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with Pacific
Rim countries, Ms. Vetter's knowledge and experience, not only of
international trade but also the specific needs of our industry, are
extremely powerful assets. ASA congratulates Ms. Vetter on a
well-deserved confirmation, and we call on the full Senate to confirm
her as quickly as possible so that we may continue our cooperation to
advance the important role of U.S. soy on the global stage."
30th Symposium Examines the Future of the Food Chain
From antibiotic-free meats to healthy bees, anticipating the future
of the food chain is one of the keys to successfully feeding a
rapidly growing world population, delegates learned during the
closing session of Alltech's 30th Annual Alltech International
Symposium. The three-day event explored the curiosity-invoking theme
of "What If?" in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 18-21.
Speaking to more than 2,000 delegates from 60 countries, Dr. Mark
Lyons discussed global consumer trends and scientific innovations
that will shape the future of the food chain. Lyons is vice president
of corporate affairs of Alltech and has been based out of Beijing
since 2012 as part of the company's "China Now" initiative.
Click to read more
about the Alltech Symposium.
of Moisture Impacts Wheat Forage Production
Oklahoma State University Small Grains Extension Specialist reports
in his latest World of Wheat blog on the results of this year's
winter wheat forage study:
As was the case across most of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University's
wheat plots were sown into dry topsoil in late September. Soils in
southwest and northwest Oklahoma were extremely dry due to multiple
years of drought, and wheat pasture was short in these areas of the
state. Summer rainfall provided ample subsoil moisture in the central
part of the state, but topsoil was largely dry through September.
Rains fell across much of the state in October and provided the fuel
needed to build wheat pasture. Unfortunately, these October rains
would be the only significant rainfall events most of the Oklahoma wheat
crop would receive.
Fall forage production by winter wheat at Stillwater and Chickasha
averaged 3,240 and 2,580 pounds per acre, respectively. There was a
large group of varieties at Stillwater and Chickasha that produced
statistically equivalent forage yield, and producers are encouraged
to consider two and three year averages when available.
Click here to read
more of this story or for the results of this year's
Reappointed Oklahoma Wheat Commissioner for Southwest Oklahoma by
Governor Mary Fallin
has reappointed David
Gammill to an additional five year term with the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC). Gammill, a wheat producer from
Chattanooga, will represent District IV, which includes Caddo,
Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, and Tillman
"We are excited that David Gammill has been appointed to another
term with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission board," said Mike Schulte,
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. "His
knowledge and experience with wheat production as a farmer and his
active roles held with the OWC Board and U.S. Wheat Associates Board
will continue to make him a valuable leader for the wheat industry on
both state and national levels."
Gammills' responsibilities as a member of the commission include
working with the other members to develop and oversee the
implementation of policy and programs, approve budget expenditures,
direct the funding of research, market development and public
education, represent district producer interests, and promote
Oklahoma wheat. Gammill is active at Ahpeatone Baptist Church, is a
member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and has served on the Walters Coop
Elevator Board. Gammill, along with fellow Commissioner Don Schieber
(as well as yours truly), were a part of Class One of the Oklahoma Ag
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