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Let's Check the Markets!
Stocker Cattle and Calves Trended $4 to $7 higher on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City- Click here for their complete report for 2/27
FedCattleExchange.com has a total of 4,813 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday March 1st sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Okla Cash Grain:
Feeder Cattle Recap:
Slaughter Cattle Recap:
TCFA Feedlot Recap:
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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
USDA Provides Assistance to 48 Counties in Oklahoma Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Forty-eight Oklahoma counties have been designated by the USDA Farm Service Agency as primary natural disaster areas affected by severe drought conditions recently.
In order to assist producers recoup the cost of damages and losses incurred by the extreme weather, the affected counties are made eligible for FSA's emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Counties eligible for these assistance loans include:
Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Canadian, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cimarron, Cleveland, Coal, Creek, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grday, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Kingfisher, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Texas, Tulsa, Wagoner, Woods and Woodward.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Craig, Custer, Delaware, Grant, Harper, Kay, Major, Marshall, Mayes, Nowata, Stephens and Washington.
Learn how to apply for this loan and perhaps other government emergency loans you are eligible for, by clicking or tapping here.
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Despite unseasonably warm, dry weather during the month of February, wheat crops remain in good to fair condition throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. According to Crop Weather reports from the USDA small grain crops are doing surprisingly well considering the unusually harsh weather conditions.
Spotty showers throughout the last month most likely kept conditions from falling blow current ratings.
The mild temperatures from one of the hottest February's on record, have been good for calving and some early fieldwork. Fertilizer application and weed management have begun in many areas. Topsoil moisture rated 21 percent very short, 34 short, 45 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 21 percent very short, 35 short, 44 adequate, and 0 surplus.
For a look at the complete Crop Weather reports for Oklahoma and Kansas, click here
|USDA's Latest Cattle on Feed Report Reveals Implications of Heavyweight Feedlot Placements
The US Department of Agriculture released the most recent Cattle on Feed report, last Friday afternoon. I reached out to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist, for his analysis of the report. He says on the whole, the report was well anticipated with no surprises in any of the numbers.
In summary, January feedlot placements were 111.3 percent of last year while marketings were 110.2 percent of one year ago. The February 1 on-feed total was 10.8 million head, 100.7 percent of last year.
However, according to Peel, this month's report did reveal some interesting implications regarding heavier-weight cattle.
"The increase in heavy-weight feedlot placements in recent years was no doubt heavily motivated by high feedlot cost of gain over much of the period. However, even with sharply lower feed costs in 2017, there are several reasons that placement weights may not decline much in the coming months. Feedlots generally prefer to feed older, heavier cattle which is more possible with growing cattle numbers. Continued changes in cattle genetics, feeding management and feeding technology allow cattle to be fed efficiently to heavier weights. Placement of heavier animals in feedlots may also be contributing to the increase in the Choice grading percent in recent years. Nevertheless, slaughter and carcass weights will likely increase more slowly or plateau in coming years, in part because of demand limitations for ever larger carcasses."
To read Peel's complete analysis of the recent Cattle on Feed report, or to listen to him breakdown the numbers on yesterday's Beef Buzz, click here
John Butler of the Beef Marketing Group and chairman of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, spoke with me during the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference last week, where it was announced several groups representing the different segments of the beef supply chain, will cooperate in a two-year long pilot project, the Integrity Beef Program, designed to identify potential efficiencies in the process that brings beef from the farm to the table. We talked about what benefits he hopes will come as a result of this project.
"First of all, we're really excited that we have the chance to connect, to participate with the Integrity Beef Program," Butler said. "We'll learn about the genetic piece of it, but certainly from an animal health standpoint, those cattle come to us with some history, with some information that should allow us to do a better job in our piece of the supply chain managing those cattle through the feeding phase and making a more efficient product for the packer."
Not only will this project serve as a catalyst for innovation in creating more sustainability in the beef supply chain through each individual segment, it will also develop stronger relationships, cooperation and trust between the segments, which have been known to have held some animosity, according to Butler.
"Traditionally, yeah, there has been," Butler agreed "because they don't see things with a common vision and I think what we're seeing now is that changing to where we're looking at this as partners and truly like a supply chain. This opportunity is driving some of these barriers to be broken down and allowing us to get more transparent and more trusting from segment to segment."
to read more, or to listen to my full interview with Butler about this opportunity to participate in the pilot program.
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When the U.S. Meat Export Federation, contractor to the beef checkoff, is making plans to increase the movement of U.S. beef into export markets, they keep a "3-D" strategy in mind: 1) Develop, 2) Displace and 3) Defend. That is, Develop new markets and new sectors in existing markets, Displace the competition, and Defend the U.S. market share against aggressive competition by other beef exporters worldwide.
Developing a new market for U.S. beef is not an overnight endeavor. Consider Central America: The region is home to many countries at various stages of development, yet the initial strategy in each country is to bring buyers and sellers together. Your beef checkoff is supporting this effort through the annual Latin American Buyer Showcase, which brings hundreds of buyers and sellers together. Once those initial relationships have been established the growing pool of loyal beef users makes the product visible to other players, especially among those in the hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) sectors, and the impetus for them to also purchase U.S. beef grows stronger.
Initially, many accounts in these target markets have been conservative with their U.S. beef orders. However, through educational seminars and workshops on alternative beef cuts, importers began diversifying their U.S. beef portfolios, adding brisket, top blade, flap steak and sirloin. Some importers have also begun to explore further opportunities with U.S. beef at retail - through both traditional and online purveyors.
to continue reading this story about the 3D Strategy incorporated into USMEF's strategy to market beef worldwide.
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|White House Appointment of Ag Champion Ray Starling Applauded by Industry Groups
Yesterday, the White House announced the appointment of Ray Starling
to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Aid, filling a position left vacant for most of the Obama administration. Starling currently serves as chief of staff for Senator Thom Tillis
, of North Carolina.
"By picking a true champion of American agriculture to serve in this key advisory role, President Trump
is sending a clear signal of his commitment to reverse unnecessary regulations inhibiting pork producers and all U.S. farmers from doing what they do best: supplying the world with the most nutritious, affordable and abundant food available," said John Weber
, president of the National Pork Producers Council. Click here
to see his full statement regarding Starling's appointment.
, NCBA's senior vice president of government affairs, joined Weber in his praise regarding Starling's selection, calling it great news not just for agricultural producers, but for the entire American economy. To read his complete statement, click here
|Mike Thralls and Ben Pollard Inducted Into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame
He was loved by so many folks- we lost our friend Mike Thralls
two years ago this month after a tough battle with cancer. The long time conservation leader served 17 years as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Our final on the record conversation with Mike
was shortly before he retired from the Commission in September of 2014. We talked that day about what had been accomplished over the years- and where he saw the conservation movement going in the days ahead.Last night- his legacy was remembered
- as he and the Assistant Director of the Commission for many years, Ben Pollard
, were inducted together into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame- Mike's wife, Donna accepted the award on behalf of their family on Monday evening at the 79th Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. Here's a picture from last night with Donna Thralls and Ben Pollard and their awards:
Other awards handed out last night included:
2017 Legislative Award- State Rep Leslie Osborn
Outstanding Cooperator- Dustin Donley
Outstanding District Director- Kenneth Salisbury
of Dewey County
Outstanding District- Blaine County
In addition to Thralls and Pollard, District Director Mike Rooker
of Shawnee County was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
|High Winds and High Fire Danger Arrive on Final Day of February
Temperatures will be close to record levels this afternoon- winds could top fifty miles a hour and there is a whole bunch of dry vegetable here at the end of winter- and that combo could mean HUGE fire danger problems in our western counties of the state- and really the fire danger is very real across virtually all 77 counties on this final day of February- Courtesy of Lacey Swope of News9- here is the graphic that tells us how bad it could be before the end of the day:
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