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Creek Fire Now 90% Contained- The Latest on Hay Needs, Pasture
Listings and Cash Donations
continue to mop-up and suppress hotspots aided by some snowfall on
the fire Sunday morning. By mid-afternoon, much of the snow had
melted with fuels drying out. The Anderson Creek Fire is 90%
contained across Oklahoma and Kansas with updated mapping of the
fire's perimeter expected today. Containment is now 85% for the
portion of the fire in Woods County, OK. Kansas officials are
reporting the fire to be 81% contained in Barber County and 90%
contained in Comanche County.
More details on the work to finish containment are available
We got word late yesterday afternoon from Joe Shirley in
Alva that there is a fresh need for hay again- contact the Woods
County Extension Office or call 580-829-3037 if you have hay
that you can donate.
The folks at Oklahoma
Farm Bureau have set up a listing service on short
term pasture that could be leased by ranchers- our thanks to Todd Honer for
giving us the heads up on this service from OKFB- If you have some
extra acres you would like to make available for rent, call or text
Todd at (405) 205-0090 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once they get some listings, the
organization will be posting on their website that information.
Cash donations are also welcome- the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Foundation has a way for you to help in that regard-
and they will be working with the local folks in Woods County to
identify needs for that money going forward.
One reminder for ranchers in the middle of this nightmare- or for
future reference when you get caught in something similar- take time
to document your losses of buildings, animals, fence, etc. And, check
in with the Farm Service Agency because there are some programs that
can offer help- but to make sure you are eligible- you may need to
make contact with the appropriate agencies before starting repairs or
Another friend at this time of need should also be your insurance
agent- they can help navigate any hoops to jump through as you work
on getting back on your feet.
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Derrell Peel on
the Business of Cow- Calf Producers- Selling Their Forage Through
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension
Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the
beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series
known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by
Dr. Peel and Dr.
Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel looks at the business
that cow calf producers are really in- raising and selling their
forage through their calves.
"The economic basis for cow-calf production is growing grass and
using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest
component of annual cow costs in cow-calf operations. Total feed cost
includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental
feed. Producers can minimize annual feed costs by managing for
maximum grazing; with minimal use of hay and supplemental feed to
seasonally overcome lack of forage quantity and/or quality. Oklahoma
data shows that hay production per beef cow has increased over time,
more than doubling over the past 30 years. It appears that hay
feeding periods have been extended and improper hay storage and
feeding has increased hay waste. In many cases it is feasible to
reduce annual cow costs by at least $100-$150/cow with a combination
of better grazing management and reduced hay use."
Read more from Dr. Peel by clicking
Wheat Crop Ratings Stand
Pat in the Latest Crop Weather Reports
There was not a lot of change in the wheat crop ratings in the
southern plains from the Crop Weather Updates released on Monday afternoon
for the states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
Crop Weather Update shows 63% of the state's wheat crop in good to
excellent shape, even with the report of one week ago. Likewise, the
winter canola crop is also rated the same this week as it was a week
ago at 63% in good to excellent condition. You can review the
complete report, which includes a rundown on top soil and sub soil
moisture ratings by
The largest HRW state, Kansas,
slipped one percentage point this week versus last with a good to
excellent rating of 56%, with 37% of the crop in Fair
More details on Kansas are available
Finally, the wheat crop in Texas
improved one rating point this week versus last with 48% of the crop
now in good to excellent condition- 42% of the crop remains in Fair
They are active in planting corn in the state of Texas- you can read
about that and the other weekly crop details by clicking
Dr. Margaret Riley
on the Reality of Antimicrobials- When Antibiotics are Used,
Resistance is Being Selected
At the recent Bayer Agvocacy gathering in New Orleans, we caught up
with one of the leading experts in the world of antibiotic
Margaret Riley. After receiving her Ph.D. at Harvard
University in 1991, Dr. Riley joined the faculty at Yale University,
where she remained for 15 years while developing an internationally
renowned research program in antimicrobial drug discovery. Today, she
is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of
At this Conference, she told participants that it is wrong to point
fingers at animal agriculture for causing antibiotic resistance
without also pointing fingers at the human side of the equation as
Here logic for that statement is what we feature in today's edition
of the Beef Buzz- which is available
If you are involved with animal agriculture- take the time to listen
to her comments- she has a fresh perspective in dealing with this
tough issue without just saying no no no no.
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State Question 777- Anti
777 Crowd Meets in Tulsa- Proponents Gather in Stillwater
There continues to be "educational" meetings on State
Question 777- seven months ahead of the November general election
when "Right to Farm" will be on the ballot.
The Vote No folks held a "non partisan informational
meeting" on State Question 777 in Tulsa last night- they just
forgot to invite anyone who supported the State Question to speak.
News on 6 reporter
Annie Chang tweeted during her coverage of the
meeting at the All Souls Unitarian Church that while it was billed as
a non partisan meeting, "panelists are against Right to
About a hundred people were at the meeting- earlier in the day, Chang
did talk to a supporter- John
Collison of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau who spoke to her
about the need to protect future generations of farmers and ranchers
from overegulation and out of state interests who have anti
agricultural agendas. She also interviewed John Sulton
who is a part owner in Scissortail Farms in Tulsa- they grow lettuce
hydroponically- and he told Chang about 777 "I think it sounds
great on the surface in the name, but it stops there. We really
believe in food safety and putting a lot of practices in that; a lot
of people have put a lot of thought and time into, and continue
to." He goes on to say that he believes regulation can be
a good thing- he does not differentiate between state and federal
As you probably know- SQ777 only deals with possible bills that would
be considered in the future by the Oklahoma legislature- it has
nothing to do with federal oversight of food safety- or of the
You can see the Annie Chang piece from the News on 6 by clicking
Meanwhile- in Stillwater, a district meeting of the Oklahoma
Cattlemen had a positive vibe to it when it came to State Question
777- OCA Executive VP Michael
Kelsey gave us a thumbnail of what the message was
about 777 last night and at all of their District Meetings across the
state- "We are sharing that 777 is a positive long-term move for
Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma consumers, specifically for our
kids and grandkids. We are also sharing that the message of the
opponents paints cattle producers negatively therefore it is vitally
important we help share our positive message by promoting and
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Beef Cutout Prices Lower-
Beef Export Volume Jumps Higher- Ed Czerwein Explains
On a regular basis, Ed
Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market
News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's
boxed beef trade. Here is his report of weekly boxed beef trade for
the week ending March 26th.
The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last Friday at
$224.36 which was $7.45 lower compared to the previous Friday but
about 10 dollars lower in the last six working days. It is likely
that ham sales that are important Easter week cut into beef demand.
There were 620 loads sold for the week in the daily box beef cutout
which was about/almost 10% of the total volume. Last year at this
time we were around $250 then climbed to $265 right before Memorial
day but had a couple of minor setbacks during the spring rally.
One of the real positives from Ed Czerwein's report this week- Beef
exports. "Exports as reported on the Boxed Beef report represent
primarily muscle cuts and were a whopping 1010 loads which was 532
loads higher and the largest we had been for a while. 176 loads were
sold to our NAFTA Neighbors and 834 loads were shipped
Read more and listen to Ed's report by clicking
This N That- NAWG CEO,
Backyard Poultry Confab and Governor Fallin Issues Emergency
At the recommendation of the man who now holds the job, the National
Association of Wheat Growers is changing direction on the type of
person who is their top hired hand. Jim Palmer has
been their CEO since 2013- and he is leaving as of the end of May- and
he indicates in a statement released by NAWG that the organization
needs some different skills than what he brings to the table.
"I have decided not to renew my contract because I believe now
is a great time for NAWG to have a CEO with different skill sets than
mine. I have strongly recommended to our Executive Committee that
they seek someone with proven agriculture policy success as its top
Read more about this job opening in DC by clicking
This coming Saturday- April 2nd, the Northwest Oklahoma Backyard Poultry Conference
in Enid will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo
Center, located at 111 West Purdue on the Garfield County
Fairgrounds, on the north side of Enid. Cost is $10 per person and
youth 15 years or younger are admitted free of charge.
"Extension is excited to be able to offer this
opportunity," said Dana
Zook, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension
area livestock specialist headquartered in Enid. "Think of it as
one-stop shopping, time management made easy wherein you can access
everything you need to know to either get started or enhance an
existing poultry operation."
More info on this event is available
Fallin issued an executive order on Monday
declaring a state of emergency for Woods County- this because of the
Anderson Creek fire that we updated you on in our top story above.
Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency
purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of
resources to local jurisdictions.
The executive order is in effect for 30 days, and could be amended to
include additional counties if needed.
A federal disaster declaration is also being pursued for both Woods
County as well as Barber and Comanche Counties in Kansas.
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