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Agricultural Groups Urge Congress to Support Trans-Pacific
At least 225 of the nation's agricultural companies
and associations are calling on Congress to vote on - and pass - the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement that will
open markets and decrease tariffs for American
National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Tracy Brunner
said cattle producers cannot wait any longer to level the playing
"Japan is our largest export market and our Japanese customers
demand high quality U.S. beef," Brunner said. "However, due
to the Australia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, U.S. beef
faces a tariff that is 11 percent higher than Australian beef, our
leading competitor. That tax alone makes our beef less competitive
and gives Australia's beef producers a significant advantage that has
allowed them to capture over $100 million in additional beef sales at
the expense of U.S. producers."
more about NCBA's stance on TPP.
The National Association of Wheat Growers and 17 state
wheat organizations joined the coalition to voice support for the
"TPP will directly benefit U.S. wheat farmers by opening markets
for their exports, and improving their competitiveness in the global
market," said NAWG President Gordon Stoner, a Montana wheat
grower. "Every day of inaction on TPP means that U.S. wheat
farmers are missing out on new economic opportunities, and without
enactment, our farmers are at a competitive disadvantage to countries
that already have bilateral agreements in place with other countries
participating in the TPP."
The National Pork Producers Council has also expressed
support for the TPP. NPPC believes the deal could be the biggest
commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers and could help
create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to exports.
more about NPPC's push to remove export barriers.
We have links to the letter signed by the 225 ag groups on all of
these stories from cattle, wheat and pork interests- go to one of
those stories and click on the link to the letter there.
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Wheat Crop Conditions
Slip Again in Latest Crop Weather Updates Issued Monday PM
In Mid March- the Oklahoma
Wheat Crop was rated in 67% good to excellent shape-
yesterday afternoon when the latest crop rating number was released
by NASS- the Oklahoma crop is now rated at 54% in good to excellent
shape, which is seven percentage points down from just one week ago.
This number does not reflect any stabilization of the crop because of
the Sunday- early Monday rains which will help many producers.
The latest Crop Weather update for Oklahoma shows the winter Canola
crop improving in this latest report- up three percentage points from
a week ago- now at 65% in good to excellent shape.
The complete report for this week is available
Our neighbor north- Kansas- has a wheat crop dropping in its ratings
as well- a week ago, the Kansas
wheat crop was 55% in good to excellent shape while
the number released on Monday afternoon was 50% good to excellent.
week's report shows a fast developing Kansas crop with 60% of the
crop now jointing or beyond- versus the five year average of 41%.
Finally in Texas-
the wheat crop is 45% in good to excellent shape and
44% in fair condition- the good to excellent ratings are off two
percentage points from a week ago. The crop is now 20% headed in
Texas, above normal for this time of year.
Texas farmers have been busy putting several crops in, with 46% of
the corn crop planted and 40% of the milo crop now in the ground-
this in south Texas up into the Blacklands area.
here to read the full Texas Crop Weather Update.
Richard Thorpe Elected New President
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association named Richard Thorpe
its new president during the closing session of the 139th annual
Cattle Raisers Convention, April 10.
The Winters, Texas rancher was first elected a TSCRA director in
March 2006. He most recently served as the first vice president
alongside Pete Bonds, Saginaw, Texas.
"TSCRA has been critical to the strength and stability of the
cattle industry for well over a century," Thorpe said. "It
is truly an honor to serve and lead this organization in my new role
as president. Also, I appreciate Pete for his leadership and
commitment to TSCRA. Most importantly, I thank my family for always
supporting me. I look forward to all that's ahead for this incredible
Predicted Rainfall Could
Mean an End to Oklahoma Wildfire Season
Oklahoma sometimes receives a lot of moisture from El Nino during the
winter and spring seasons, but that is not the case so far in 2016.
Rather, the state has experienced very limited rainfall, as there has
been a dominant ridge of high pressure over the western United States.
While the dry air and frequent strong winds have
resulted in an active fire season, especially over the past
Carlson, Oklahoma State University fire
meteorologist, said relief could be on the way.
Carlson said rainfall amounts are expected to increase
in the next two weeks. Combined with the added humidity, this
forecasted weather pattern will help to reduce wildfires across the
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OSU's Derrell Peel Talks
Climate and Cattle in His Weekly Analysis
In this week's beef cattle industry analysis, Oklahoma
State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel
looks at current climatic conditions in Oklahoma and what that means
for cattle producers.
Peel said that although a good portion of Oklahoma
received rain over the weekend, the driest areas of the northwest and
the Panhandle of Oklahoma did not receive much, if any,
precipitation. Current forecasts indicate a chance of more rain in
the driest areas in the coming week, which could mean a good jump-start
for warm season pasture and hay growth.
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Beef Cutout Prices
Continue Decline - Ed Czerwein Gives Weekly Recap
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 April 9.
"The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last
Friday at $214.80, which was $4.31 lower compared to the previous
Friday but about $20 lower in the last three weeks. There were 849
loads sold for the week in the daily box beef cutout which was about
13 percent of the total volume. Early grilling season rallies have
usually been more dependent on weather to continue, just like we saw
in that setback in 2014."
Ed goes on to recap the various parts of the beef carcass- saying
some of the uncertain weather in major population areas making the
recent pre grilling season rally less solid- so, there has been some
backing up of prices.
here to read his full report- and listen to his comments as well.
This N That, SERIOUS Rain
in the Forecast Mix, Tom Buchanan Testifies and Countdown to OKC Farm
Wow- the current seven map rain map nationally has a huge amount of
red and purple splashed across the drought areas of Kansas, Oklahoma
and Texas- we are talking MULTIPLE inches of rainfall predicted over
the next seven days. Apparently, the best chance for this heavy
downpour is this weekend.
Here's the map, courtesy of my DTN Weatherman friend Bryce Anderson:
The President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Tom Buchanan,
will be taking a seat in front of a Senate Subcommittee early this
afternoon in our nation's Capitol.
The hearing, entitled American Small Business's Perspectives on
Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Actions, will investigate
the impact of EPA regulations on small business in America.
"EPA's burdensome regulations have drastically affected many
Oklahoma farmers and ranchers," Buchanan said. "Our
country's decision makers must understand the impact of these
regulations on agriculture in Oklahoma and across the nation. I'm
honored to represent Oklahoma farmers and ranchers by testifying
before the EPW subcommittee."
More details are available
Thursday is coming- and that is the opening day of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show
at State Fair Park in OKC.
This year's show will have a nice set of outdoor exhibits- and
exhibits in four of the buildings here in 2016.
The Radio Oklahoma Ag Network will once again be in the Cox Building-
and we once again will be taking entries for the Prefiert
Round Pen that will be used by horse trainer Scott Daily. We
will give the pen away on Saturday afternoon- you do not have to be
present to win- but you do need to be where we can reach you and
notify if we draw your name, as the pen must be picked up that
afternoon or early on Sunday morning.
Details about the 2016 show can be seen on their website- available here.
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