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here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $7.28 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
Grain report- linked above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom
Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
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
Thursday, September 18,
Finds Growing Disapproval of WOTUS, But Fight
comment period for the 'Waters of the US' proposal
from the Environmental Protection Agency and US
Army Corps of Engineers will be open for one more
month til the 20th of October. The National
Cattlemen's Beef Association continues to let EPA
know that they need to ditch the rule. NCBA Vice
President of Government Affairs Colin
Woodall said efforts to fight the rule
made two significant strides this past week.
"The passage by the House of
Representatives of HR5088, where they went in and
basically said to EPA you are going to stop this
process and go back to the drawing board," Woodall
said. "That passed overwhelmingly on the House
side. We received all of the Republicans who voted
yes and we had 35 democrats who voted yes. So that
was a strong bipartisan signal to EPA that they
have kind of gotten this wrong."
the weekend the National Association of State
Departments of Agriculture, the heads of the all
of the state departments of agriculture also came
out and took a position against the WOTUS rule.
"So it just continues to help show
there is not a lot of support in the countryside
for what EPA is doing and politically that
continues to turn the heat up on them," Woodall
Click here to read or to listen
to my interview with Woodall about the continuing
war of words over WOTUS.
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Farmers Encouraged to Safeguard Export
the soybean and corn harvest hits full stride in
much of the nation's growing regions, the
farmer-leaders of the American Soybean
Association remind farmers to do their
part by taking extra care to keep biotech traits
that are not yet approved in key export markets
out of normal grain marketing channels. For those
soybean farmers that also produce corn, this
includes keeping biotech corn traits that are not
yet approved in China, such as MIR 162 and
Duracade, out of normal commodity streams so that
U.S. soybean shipments to China aren't at risk of
rejection due to the presence of unapproved corn
"China is U.S. soy's biggest
customer, buying more U.S. soybeans than all other
foreign customers combined," said ASA President
and Corning, Iowa, farmer Ray
Gaesser. "With a record U.S. soybean crop
ready for harvest, we need to ensure that U.S. soy
exports aren't disrupted. Farmers growing biotech
corn traits that aren't yet approved in China need
to follow stewardship agreements carefully, ensure
thorough equipment clean-out, and only market
their grain in approved domestic
In the current marketing
year, China has imported nearly one-third of all
U.S. soybeans produced and U.S. soybean exports to
China total over $14 billion.
National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has been
working with Syngenta and reminds farmers about
the need to keep Duracade technology out of export
channels. Click here to read more
about what's at stake.
Customers Commit to Buy $2.3 Billion of U.S.
from China at the second-annual,
soy-checkoff-funded U.S. Global Trade
Exchange have agreed to buy $2.3 billion
of U.S. soy totaling 176 million bushels of U.S.
soybeans, marking the second consecutive year that
the gathering has generated significant export
sales for U.S. soybean farmers in their own
"This is very exciting news
for U.S. soybean farmers," says Jim
Call, soybean farmer from Minnesota and
United Soybean Board (USB) chairman. "This shows
that we continue to meet the needs of our
international customers, and they've certainly
The event - where
foreign buyers gather in the heart of the American
Soybean Belt to make deals and learn about U.S.
soy - is co-sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export
Council (USSEC), the Midwest Shippers Association
and the American Soybean Association (ASA). It
continues through Thursday, Sept.
"This week is really a great
example of the whole picture of U.S. soy's work
with our export partners," says Randy
Mann, USSEC chairman and soybean farmer
from Kentucky. "Of course the new sales are a boon
for farmers, but we're also laying groundwork for
future sales by helping our current and
prospective customers learn more about the
sustainability and quality advantage of American
Click here to read more about the
U.S. Global Trade Exchange event.
Checkoff Working Group Moving Forward
dairy producer Scott George is a
past president of the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association. For the past three
years he has served as a representative for NCBA
in the beef checkoff enhancement working group.
During that time the groups has been working on
coming up with a consensus and industry wide
support for a referendum for a second dollar for
the beef checkoff. Other groups have a different
agenda. They want to reform the beef checkoff as
they don't like NCBA being the primary contractor
and they want to end that particular relationship
between NCBA and the Cattlemen's Beef Board.
Recently one of the groups the National Farmers
Union announced they are pulling out of the
negotiations. Even with one less member George
said the group can continue moving forward.
"I can tell that the working group is
still planning on meeting," George said. "They are
going to go forward and look and see where the
groups are. I felt like it was almost a betrayal
for these groups to decide to go public. I would
have expected they would have come instead to the
private group and say you know we are not going to
participate any longer, but that's their decision.
I respect their right to make that decision."
The National Farmers Union and several
other groups that agree with their position have
called on US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to make
major reforms to the beef checkoff and force that
on the industry. Click here to read or to listen
to his comments on why that will be challenge
for Secretary Vilsack.
Committee Examines Projects to Reduce Dependency
on Food Stamps
Frank Lucas held a public hearing to
review the implementation of state pilot projects
under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
SNAP is designed primarily to increase the food
purchasing power of eligible low-income households
to help them buy a nutritional, low-cost diet. One
of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new
Employment and Training pilot projects. They allow
for up to ten states to develop and test methods
to help adults secure employment and job training
and reduce their dependency on SNAP. On August 25,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released
the Request for Applications and Request for
Proposals for the pilot projects setting in motion
the next phase of implementation.
is important to maintain an open line of
communication with USDA as it implements the
Agricultural Act of 2014. Today's hearing was a
part of that process and I appreciate Secretary
Vilsack's participation and commend his efforts to
date. The work pilot projects are a response to a
need to help struggling Americans find employment
and earn higher wages so they are no longer
dependent on federal food assistance. I was
encouraged to hear the Secretary is focused on a
broad range of projects to help determine the best
strategies states can use to help Americans get
back to work and off of SNAP. I am hopeful we will
soon see a positive outcome as a result of these
projects," said Chairman Frank Lucas.
"The work pilot programs discussed
today are an example of the bipartisan,
cooperative work the Agriculture Committee does so
well. We authorized these pilot projects because
we value work and we want to put people back to
work. Keeping a close eye on farm bill
implementation is a top Committee priority and I
welcomed the opportunity to learn more about
USDA's efforts to implement the SNAP work pilot
programs," said Ranking Member Collin
Click here to read the full
opening comments from House Ag Chairman Lucas.
Competition Will Impact Southern Plains Cattle
by rail is getting drastically more expensive.
Last year rail car use cost $400. Late this summer
the cost sky rocketed to more than $3 - thousand
dollars. AgResource Company President Dan
Basse said there is a real logistical jam
due to the rising energy production in the United
States, particularly in North
"North Dakota now producing a
million barrels of crude oil a day and that
competing with agriculture in terms of rail car
availability," Basse said. "It's going to pressure
basis levels to the farmer because the grain
farmer is always the one who bears the weight of
all this and unfortunately there is going to be
mounds of gold, corn stored across the ground, if
indeed the producer doesn't think about his
storage options and availability toward the
harvest time frame."
Cattle feeders in
the midwest will benefit. Basse said the cattle
producers located closer to corn are going to be
at an advantage because they are going to have
cheaper basis levels and the availability of that
"If you are at a situation
where you are in North Texas or maybe New Mexico
where you rail in a lot of corn, that rail
availability will be diminished and of course
basis will be to you somewhat higher," Basse
Click here to read more (or to
watch the video) about Basse's outlook
for cattle producers.
N That- Heart of American Starts 3 Day Run, Odile
Cometh as Does Cattle on
second annual Heart of America Farm
Show kicks off this morning at 9:00
AM- the show runs today, Friday and Saturday from
9 am to 5 pm each day.
lot's of stuff going on- for a complete schedule,
check out their website here. We plan
on hanging out at the Heart of America Farm Show
on Friday and Leslie Smith will
be at our booth on Saturday!
does appear that the leftovers from Pacific
Hurricane Odile will be making a trip through
Oklahoma this coming Saturday- it will be an in
and out kind of a visit so- the rainfall amounts
probably won't be historic- but Travis
Meyer (you can follow him on Twitter here- he calls himself
news0n6wxguy) provides us a great
map showing a lot of the state- including much of
our wheat and canola belt will get
next regular Cattle on Feed report is out on
Friday afternoon at 2 pm central time- after the
markets are done for the week. According
to Rich Nelson of Allendale, this
report could be historically significant.
Placements are expected to be 5.2% lower than last
year. This would be the lowest August placement
since the history of the current data series
(1996). USDA's cattle feeding margin ended the
month with a $105 per head profit on outgoing
cattle (10 months in a row). Corn averaged $3.97
in Western Kansas in July ($4.16 in July, $6.27 in
August 2013). August placements supply the January
through April slaughter period.
anticipates a Marketing total 1.1% lower than
August 2013. There was after a 4% increase due to
the calendar day adjustment for this particular
Cattle on Feed as of September 1 now totals 2.6%
under last year. That is a decrease over the
August 1 total of 1.9% under last
plan on having Tom Leffler to
provide us with some Friday afternoon "after the
report" analysis of these September
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