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Continues Extreme- Woodward County Fire Burns With No Containment
It's not quite sunrise as we ship this email out to you- and the
winds continue to roar- but have changed from a southwesterly
direction to coming from the northwest- and that may well be a
problem with the big Woodward fire that sprang up yesterday
In response to this fire- Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched
multiple aircraft, including two single engine air tankers (SEATs),
and two CL-415 (Super Scoopers), firefighting task forces and its
Incident Management Team on Tuesday afternoon. Structures have been
lost in this complex of fires. Oklahoma Forestry Services is working
in unified command with Woodward Fire Department. The latest word we
are hearing is that it has burned about 27,500 acres to this point-
and it currently has not been contained at all.
More details from the Forestry Service available
here- and in our webstory, we have the video of that crazy rescue
of a Woodward County worker from his grader as fire rolls across his
As we write this- that fire continues- and it's not the only blaze
out there, according to this map provided by Jed Castles of
For today- there is a Red Flag Warning for EXTREME FIRE DANGER in a
total of 53 of the 77 Oklahoma Counties.
In the Tulsa weather service office territory- fourteen counties are
here for details and the list.
In the Norman weather service office area- there are 39 counties
here for that list.
Wind gusts as they ramp up could reach 35 to 40 miles per hour.
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Wheat Crop Conditions
Slips in HRW Country
The latest Crop Weather Updates were released twenty four hours later
than normal- so we are talking about conditions from the end of the
weekend here on this Wednesday morning.
The theme that could be seen in the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Crop
Weather Updates was the continuing slippage of the winter wheat crop
conditions in the three states.
In Kansas and Texas, the wheat crop slipped one percentage point in
the good to excellent ratings from a week earlier, while the Oklahoma
wheat crop slipped two percentage points from the good-excellent
The Texas crop now sits at 47% good to excellent and 42% in fair shape.
The Kansas crop is at 55% good to excellent and 37% in fair
condition, while the Oklahoma crop slips two points to a 61% good to
excellent rating, with 35% of the crop currently called fair.
The crop in all three states is facing dryness issues and at least
some freeze damage.
To review the complete crop weather reports for the three states,
click on the name of the state below to see their report released on
If you would like to review the national crop progress report
released on Tuesday- click
Farm Bureau Cheers Bill
to Allow Development of Rules for Aquifer Storage and Recovery
The Oklahoma House Environmental Law Committee today approved SB 1219
to allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to create and implement
rules for aquifer storage and recovery. Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Buchanan issued the statement below in response.
"Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thankful today for the vision of the
House Environmental Law Committee in passing SB 1219.
"SB 1219 is the first big step toward allowing aquifer storage
and recovery in Oklahoma. The legislation will allow Oklahoma to
begin restoring valuable aquifers, and ultimately will help prepare
our state for future devastating droughts.
"Our farmers in western Oklahoma rely on groundwater to produce
food and fiber for the world. For years, OKFB has studied and
discussed methods to develop our state's water supply. We believe
aquifer storage and recovery is an excellent and viable opportunity
to move Oklahoma's water supply forward.
"As the state's largest general farm organization, we urge state
representatives to support Oklahoma agriculture by approving SB
Noble Foundation Doing
Research on Extended Grazing Season for Beef Cows
A little over a year ago, the Noble
Foundation undertook a Foundation-wide research
initiative called Forage 365 with the main objective to develop
forages and grazing systems that provide grazeable forage year-round.
Within this initiative, there are several projects taking place
across the Foundation. They range from basic research in plant
nutrient uptake to applied research involving cow-calf and stocker
As part of this initiative, an applied cow-calf research project
began in October 2015 to evaluate fall and winter forage systems with
the main objective of extending the grazing season and reducing feed
costs associated with fall and winter supplementation. This project
involves a cow herd of 90 mature Angus-cross cows assigned to one of
In our webstory, available
here, on this research, we look at some of the early findings of
this on going research project that Noble has undertaken.
According to James
Rogers, this will be a multi year study that Noble
will be doing- and they have already learned that Mother Nature often
will change your plans and dictates how you must respond as a
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K-State's Feeder Cattle Risk
Management Tool Identifies Real Value of Added Pounds to that Feeder
Cattle producers concerned about profitability this year may be
interested in Kansas State University's updated Feeder Cattle Risk
Management Tool, which we spotlight on our Radio Oklahoma Network Beef Buzz,
heard on radio stations across the region.
Tonsor, associate professor of agricultural economics
at KSU, says the index helps producers who are planning to sell
calves or yearlings determine their alternative approaches to
mitigating price risk. It can be used to compare expected selling
prices using Livestock Risk Protection insurance, CME feeder cattle
futures, CME feeder cattle options and other strategies. To learn
more about your options with Livestock Risk Protection, check with
your local livestock insurance agent.
Read more- and take a listen to the comments of Dr. Tonsor on this
edition of the Beef Buzz by clicking
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Feedlot Trade New
Report Offered by Ed Czerwein
Starting this week- we are going to be posting a pair of reports from
USDA market news reporter Ed
Czerwein of Amarillo, Texas. We have been
posting his weekly boxed beef trade report for quite some time-
giving you some insight into the wholesale boxed beef trade and what
is going on, price wise, with the various components of the beef
carcass. Our report that we posted from Ed on Monday of this week is available
The new report that Ed has developed that we plan on sharing with you
on Tuesdays on our website with a link to it on Wednesdays here in
the email is a weekly feedlot trade report. The report will provide
an overview of the movement and pricing of cattle across the entire
central part of the US- from Iowa-Minnesota down to Oklahoma-Texas.
In his first report that he furnished us with yesterday, Czerwein
says "the finished cattle trade live prices were $1 to $3 lower
with the biggest declines midweek when the CME plummeted.
"The weekly weighted average cash steer price for the five
areas, which include Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa
feeding areas, was about $2.30 lower at $133.83 compared to $136.12
the previous week. The five area total cash volume was 70,000 head
compared to 51,000 the previous week. The three biggest states for
cash volume were Nebraska at 28,000 head, Kansas at 18,000 head and
Iowa/Minnesota at 15,000 head. All three together totaled 87 percent
of the cash volume.
"Five area formula sales totaled 146,000 head, with Texas at
62,000 head and Kansas at 40,000 head. The five area formula price
was $220.10 compared to $220.60 the previous week."
For the full report on the feedlot trade for this latest week- click
Superior Offers Select
Females Thursday and Big 45,000 Head Offering Friday
Livestock Auction has a pair of sales to remind you
about this week- on Thursday afternoon, they will have one of their
Select Female Replacement Cow Sales, with approximately 2,800 females
being offered on DISH Network and via SuperiorClickToBid.Com.
Included in the mix are replacement heifers, first calf heifer pairs,
Cow Calf Pairs and Bred Heifers.
Then on Friday, it's a big sale coming in the regular every other
weekly sales- 45,000 to be offered starting at 8:00 AM Central time.
The lineup will include:
1400 Holsteins, Jerseys
11,700 Yearling Steers
7,400 Yearling Heifers
11,500 Weaned Calves
12,100 Calves on Cows
900 Bred Stock & Weigh Cows
For more information, click
here for our calendar listing of this week's Superior Sale- or
give them a call at 11-800-422-2117.
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