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FedCattleExchange.Com sold 2,195 on Wednesday- Weighted Average Price was $133.35, up $4.96 from a week ago. Pens of cattle from Nebraska sold as high as $136.00- click here for a look at the sale results for 3/22/17
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Forecast- A Sonny Day in Our Nation's Capitol
Agricultural groups have been waiting on this for months- and today is the day for Senator Pat Roberts
of Kansas to gavel open the Confirmation Hearing for former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Perdue's home state newspaper says in their Thursday morning preview of the hearing
- "Perdue's confirmation hearing to be secretary of agriculture is expected to be nothing short of a love fest."
These folks, like so many watching these proceedings, see little chance of Perdue getting derailed- but it doesn't mean an instant confirmation by the end of the day- "Senate committees tend to wait at least a week after an official's confirmation hearing before moving to advance the nomination. That means it might be April until Perdue sees an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.
In looking at the Google results this morning on the Sonny Show- I thought it was fascinating that Cosmopolitan
had a lengthy article on the confirmation and who they say Sonny Perdue is. So- among the pop ads for Loreal Paints (not sure if they are eye liner or lip gloss), you can read their take for yourself by clicking here.
One other curious note on the process- one group that is all super gung ho on Sonny Perdue is R-Calf USA
- the populist group that likes the GIPSA Rule and likes COOL even more- they are opening beating the drum for Perdue- and for him to be joined at USDA by Charles Herbster
of Nebraska as the Deputy Secretary- click here for their Wednesday evening release
sent to us via email.
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|Noble Foundation Leads in New Initiative on Cover Crops
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation launched a national cover crop initiative today during a special press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The $6.6 million research initiative, made possible by a $2.2 million grant from FFAR, will promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops across the United States.
Cover crop is a term applied to a number of plant species that farmers, ranchers and landowners may plant to help manage soil erosion and fertility, preserve moisture content, and control weeds and diseases. "Cover crops play a significant role in sustainable agriculture practices," said Bill Buckner
, Noble Foundation president and chief executive officer. "The Noble Foundation has been a leader in developing forages (grazeable plants for livestock) and new cover crop varieties since the 1950s. It's only fitting to help further research advancement in this area at the national level, which is made possible through the FFAR grant and our team of collaborators."Click or tap here to read more
about the collaboration that Noble is entering into- and how they hope to make cover crops a bigger part of farming than ever before.
|OSU Extension to Help With Fire Ant Inspections of Donated Hay
Fire ants can easily attack and kill small livestock such as chickens and ground-nesting wildlife, making efforts to keep them in check of vital importance. Claude Bess
, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service director for the state's Southeast District, said this is putting a bit of a crimp in the plans of some southern Oklahoma farmers and ranchers who want to help out their fellow producers in Woodward, Harper and Beaver counties - and parts of the Oklahoma panhandle and Kansas - who were affected by the March 7 wildfires.
"The massive wildfires have caused a shortage of forage to sustain surviving livestock," Bess said. "They want to be good neighbors. They have hay to send to affected areas but their operations are located in a current quarantine zone."
Oklahoma counties in the quarantine area include Leflore, McCurtain, Pushmataha, Choctaw, Bryan, Atoka, Coal, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Murray, Garvin, Carter, Love, Stephens, Jefferson, Comanche, Cotton, Tillman and Jackson counties.
"In an effort to assist farmers and ranchers in determining if their hay is free of the Red Imported Fire Ant - sometimes referenced as RIFA in documents - and can be legally shipped, our county Extension agricultural educators have been trained to help detect the presence of the ants," Bess said.Click or tap here
to read more about the efforts by Extension to keep fire ants from moving to wildfire affected areas in northwest Oklahoma.
|Congrats to Carol Cowan, a Woman of Significance in Oklahoma Agriculture
The Oklahoma Department of Ag continues to release feature stories on ladies they have identified as Women of Significance in Oklahoma Agriculture.
The latest lady so honored- Carol Cowan
of Watonga. She and her hubby Rodney farm and ranch and have been active in several organizations.
Carol is a grad of the OALP- and was the FIRST EVER "Farm Mom of the Year" a few years back- this the award that has been developed by Monsanto.
You can read Bryan Painter's
story about Carol and her involvement on the farm by clicking or tapping here
. We also slipped a link into the story to a story we wrote a half dozen years ago when Carol was wrapping up her year as Farm Mom of the Year.Congrats Carol!!!
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|Rain and High Fire Danger in the Weather Mix? Probably...
The nine day forecast for central and western Oklahoma- courtesy of Jed Castles
of News9- suggests a couple of shots of rain and storms in central and western Oklahoma-
Notice those wind speeds the next couple of days- gusts to 40- which means until rain shows up- fire danger is a definite part of the mix. That's true in central/western areas of Oklahoma as well as in eastern Oklahoma- Allan Crone
with News on 6 talks about that and his latest take on rainfall ahead in his morning blog- which you can read here
Meanwhile- Bryce Anderson
with DTN stuck on Twitter the latest national seven day rainfall map- and there are some decent precip amounts being shown for our fair state:
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|Per Allendale- Placements and Marketings Will Be Up From Year Ago in Friday Report
Rich Nelson of Allendale is offering his view of what the USDA will be releasing on Friday afternoon in their latest Cattle on Feed report.
According to Rich- "February Placements are expected to be 2.7% larger than last year at 1.756 million head. This would be the largest February placement in fifteen years. It comes on top of last year's February which ran 10.3% over February 2015. This marks four months in a row of higher than last year placements. Finished live cattle prices traded from $119 - $125 in February. That was over the $118 - $122 in January. February placements supply the August through November period.
"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 3.0% larger than February 2016 at 1.639 million. This was the largest February marketing in five years. There was a 4.8% decrease due to the calendar adjustment this month.
"Total Cattle on Feed as of March 1 is 0.7% over last year at 10.847 million. The February 1 total was 0.7% over one year ago."
|Superior Livestock Selling Cattle Today
It's the next regular every other Thursday video auction for Superior Livestock- starting at 8:00AM this morning central time.
This morning- the sale will feature 31,350 head- including 10,000 Yearling Steers, 5,600 Yearling Hefers and 13, 150 weaned calves.
As always- the sale will be n DISH Network Channel 232 and on Superior Click to Bid.Com
More details about today's sale can be seen here.
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