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Friday, November 20, 2015
Talking Mood of the Ship, State Beef Checkoff,
State Question 777 and Lots More with OCA's Michael Kelsey
top hired hand of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Michael Kelsey,
believes that cattle producers remain upbeat- even in the face of
high volatility in the cattle market in the second half of 2015.
Kelsey and his OCA team have engaged with cattle producers in three
corners of the state thus far this month as the organization has held
their fall gatherings in Poteau, Fort Gibson and Elgin. The final
Fall Gathering planned by the OCA is this coming Monday evening in
Kelsey says the state is in much better shape than a year ago- when
it comes to drought conditions- and that has been a major factor in
the improved attitude for many cattlemen. At this time in 2014-
Oklahoma still had over 60% of the state in some level of drought
conditions- this year that number is 16%. Last year, Kelsey remembers
that many producers worried that they would not have the forage to
carry heifers they had retained through the winter- hampering their
plans to rebuild their beef cow herds. He says that it appears most
of those heifers were saved for herd rebuilding and that the
intentions being expressed this year is to hold even more females and
keep the rebuilding effort moving ahead.
He also points out that hay supplies are tremendous this year- and
that gives beef producers a lot of confidence as they prepare for
You can hear our full conversation with Michael about industry
expectations and challenges- click
or tap here.
If you are in
the Oklahoma City TV viewing area- tune in tomorrow morning at 6:40
AM to see and hear our In the Field visit with Kelsey.
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NCBA Prepares for Long
Litigation Fight to Stop WOTUS
A court injunction has prevented the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from
implementing the "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. The
rule was set to take effect at the end of August. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association
has tried to get a legislative fix for WOTUS, but it hasn't worked
out. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall
said they are now left to a solution through the courts.
"We tried to get Congress to act, to send this rule back to EPA,"
Woodall said. "The House did their job, the Senate failed to
their job. So, really Congress is out of the equation."
Congress could address the rule with some defunding language. Woodall
said that's a short-term fix to prevent EPA from doing any enforcement,
but that doesn't fix the problem. He said ultimately it will be up to
the courts to send this rule back to EPA.
"That's a five to six year process and our concern is how many
producers will be caught in this before we can actually get the final
court decision," Woodall said.
I caught up with Woodall at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri last week. We talked about the
temporary nationwide stay preventing implementation of WOTUS in all
50 states and how much longer that could last. Click
or tap here to listen to the interview.
USDA Funding Expands Broadband
Access with 12 Projects in Oklahoma
USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Brandon McBride
Wednesday announced that nearly six million Americans who live and
work in rural areas now have access to new or improved high-speed
internet service, thanks to USDA funding provided in the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Oklahoma will receive more than $51
million dollars in funding for 12 projects with The Pine Telephone Company,
Communications, Inc., Pioneer Long Distance, Inc., @Link Services,
Telephone Company, Mid-America Telephone, Inc., Wyandotte Telephone Company,
Communication Systems, Inc.
"I am proud to announce today that all of the active projects
USDA has financed through the Recovery Act are now providing
broadband service in rural areas nationwide," McBride said.
"In 2009, the Obama Administration pushed for, and Congress provided
USDA with, an unprecedented level of funding and five years to
connect rural areas to high-speed networks. Bringing broadband to
these areas is having a tremendous impact on rural communities. This
access means more jobs, better education and a higher quality of
life. The economic viability of rural America, like all of America,
depends on access to broadband."
Two hundred fifty-four Recovery Act broadband projects financed by
USDA's Rural Utilities Service totaling $2.9 billion are providing
broadband service in 44 states and American Samoa. Click
here to read more about these broadband projects.
OSU's Kim Anderson Says
Record World Wheat Production Pushes Wheat Prices to Bottom
Wheat farmers have produced another record breaking
crop for the third consecutive year. With the 2015 global wheat
harvest nearly complete, Oklahoma
State University Grain Marketing Specialist Kim Anderson
said world wheat production will total over 26.9 billion bushels.
While harvest continues in Australia, Argentina and South Africa, he
said for the most part this crop has been accounted for. He said its
expected global wheat ending stocks will total 8.4 billion bushels.
U.S. wheat production fell below average this year at 2.05 billion
bushels. Anderson said that's short of the average of 2.13 billion
bushels. With massive world wheat production and lack of export
demand, he said domestic ending stocks are projected to total 911
million bushels. That compares with an average of 690 million
Wheat prices around Oklahoma have dropped below $4 a bushel for the
first time since October 2009. Prices around the state are ranging
from $3.95 to $4.20. Anderson said when prices are low and stocks are
excessive, there's just no demand and there's no reason for prices to
go up. He thinks wheat prices are near the bottom now.
SUNUP Host Lyndall
Stout asks Anderson about the price outlook for the
next couple of months. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview and find the SUNUP
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Southern Plains Producing
Best Yields in Five Years, Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Weighs in
on Cotton Industry Challenges
Cotton growers across southwest Oklahoma and the High
Plains of Texas are harvesting their best cotton crop since 2010.
After dealing with four consecutive years of drought, Plains Cotton Growers
Executive Vice President Steve
Verett said having a larger yielding crop this year
was desperately needed.
"The drought since 2011 has really taken a toll on much of our
infrastructure, certainly our ginning infrastructure," Verett
said. "We were at the point that we could lose some of it, if we
didn't have this volume of cotton."
Some farmers are reporting good quality and above average yields in
Oklahoma and in the High Plains of Texas. This year, the bigger
challenge has been the price farmers get paid for their crop. Verett
said that's going to make it a very tight year to break-even on
growing cotton. Farmers have seen added expenses in trying to control
pigweed. He said that's added costs of at least $30 an acre.
I caught up with Verett at the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting in Kansas City, Missouri last week. We also talk about
some the policy challenges with the 2014 Farm Bill and the recent
attacks to cut crop insurance funding. Click
or tap here to read more or listen to the interview.
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Cattle on Feed Numbers
Coming Later Today- Placements Expected to Be Well Under Year Ago
Nelson with Allendale has provided us with his expectations
for this afternoon's November Cattle on Feed Report to be released by
USDA at 2:00 PM central time.
Nelson believes we have smaller placements coming- but on feed
numbers are still slightly above one year ago.
"October Placements are expected to be 5.9% smaller than last
year at 2.228 million head. This is the second smallest October
placement since the current data-series started in 1996. USDA's
cattle feeding margin suggests a $515 per head loss on outgoing
cattle ($174 breakevens vs. $133 sales). This would be eleven months
in a row of losses. Live cattle rose from $121 at the start of the
month up to $138 at the end. Corn averaged $3.76 in Western Kansas in
October ($3.73 in September, $3.52 in October 2014). October
placements supply the March through August slaughter period.
"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 3.3% lower than October
2014. 2015 had one less weekday and one more Saturday than 2014. Our
1.629 million head estimate is the smallest October figure in the
current data-series back to 1996.
"Total Cattle on Feed as of November 1 is 1.8% larger than last
year. That is a decline from the October 1 total of +2.3%. "
We plan on having Tom
Leffler weigh in on what the numbers say once they
are released by Uncle Sam- that reaction will be available later this
afternoon on our website and will be featured in our Monday daily
This N That- Kay County
Soil Health Meeting, GE Salmon Ok and Superior Auction Day
No till and Soil
Health are being spotlighted today in Kay County- a
tour of several farms kicks off the event at 9 AM- they will be
leaving Kay County Electric Coop in Blackwell at that time-
then back by midday for lunch and to hear from Steve Alspach,
NRCS State Soil Scientist and no-till and cover crop producer Jimmy Emmons,
have got them here.
After conducting a thorough and rigorous regulatory review, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage Salmon
for commercial marketing.
In response to FDA's approval of AquAdvantage Salmon, Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood
issued the following statement:
"BIO commends the FDA for taking this very important step in the
right direction for the advancement of animal biotechnology
innovation. The development of AquAdvantage Salmon is based on more
than two decades of scientific research, making it the most studied
line of Atlantic salmon. The agency found that AquAdvantage Salmon is
not materially different from other Atlantic salmon and is just as
safe and nutritious as non-GE salmon. AquAdvantage Salmon can be
grown in contained facilities close to population centers, thus
bringing fresh seafood to consumers with a reduced environmental
More details are available
Yesterday- the Superior Livestock folks sold about 4400 Replacement
females- with open replacement heifers holding steady compared to
their October sale- bred heifers saw price pressure- and were steady
to about $200 a head less than that sale of about four weeks ago. Sale
details are here.
Meanwhile- it is sale day for the regular every other week auction of
calves and yearlings at Superior- 24,500 head will be selling-
starting at 8:00 AM central time.
or tap here to see more details and get the link for the Superior
Click to Bid online bidding page.
As always- you can call Superior at 1-800-422-2117 for more
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