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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Storms Roll Across North Central, South Central and Southeastern Oklahoma- A Deadly and Destructive Night
It was not a huge continuous line of storms that tore across Oklahoma yesterday afternoon and into the nighttime hours. But, where the storms boiled up- they were destructive- and in south central Oklahoma, deadly.
Tornadoes hit south central Oklahoma yesterday afternoon- and at least two deaths are being blamed on the storms- one in Garvin County and another in Johnston County. A lot of houses, barns and other outbuildings were destroyed in this line that stretched across several counties.
Included in this line of storms- the destruction of our Radio Oklahoma Ag Network radio affiliate KHKC in Atoka- all reported safe there but as you can see- lots of damage-
Further south- after dark, strong storms that included tornadoes tore across northeastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma- including communities like Hugo. Both of these lines of storms are in big beef cow country- and ranchers will be checking on herds today- and having to deal with debris in their fields- trying to round up insulation and more before their cattle graze and get it into their guts.
The problem in north central Oklahoma last night was hail. Several important winter wheat producing counties were pounded with hail as the storms roared through. Alfalfa, Grant and Kay Counties all had hail reports- as did the important Kansas wheat producing county- Sumner. With over 90% of the Oklahoma Wheat Crop now headed- hail is one of the biggest worries late in the life cycle of our wheat crop.
Here's a hunk of ice that fell from the skies in Kildare, where long time friend Don Schieber
farms- it's baseball size- and that's not good:
Schieber has a wheat field tour
planned for tomorrow morning- hopefully his wheat fields were spared.
Meanwhile, we have hotter weather for today predicted- then another dose of severe weather possible as early as Wednesday evening.
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|USDA Offers Winter Wheat Crop Prediction This Morning
A quick reminder that the USDA will be offering their first assessment of the 2016 winter wheat crop at 11:00 AM central time this morning- wheat industry folks will be comparing the USDA ideas with the numbers released last week by the wheat industry- where predictions of larger wheat crops than a year ago were seen in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
As a Reminder- the Oklahoma crop scouts predicted a 130 million bushel crop last week, while the Kansas crop has a 382 million bushel crop estimated from the Kansas Wheat Tour of last week.
Beyond the winter wheat crop numbers- Paul Georgy with Allendale says the trade has a focus on several keys in the USDA data to be rolled out this morning-
"The May USDA Supply and Demand crop report will be released today at 11:00 am CT. Trade estimates for 2015/16 ending stocks (in billion bushels) for wheat 0.981, corn 1.841, and soybeans 0.426.
"The average trade estimates for 2016/17 ending stocks for wheat 0.997, corn 2.294 and soybeans 0.405 billion bushels.
"The trade is looking for USDA to drop Argentina's soybeans by 3.30 mmt, and Brazil's corn production by 3.54 mmt.
"Planting progress was in line with trade expectations yesterday. The US farmers planted an additional 19% to achieve 64% of corn acres planted. Soybean plantings added 15% last week to make 23% complete. Spring wheat is 77% planted versus 51% average. Winter wheat conditions jumped 2% to 62% good to excellent. Pasture conditions rose 3% in the good to excellent category compared to 56% last year."
To take a look at the Crop Progress numbers at the state level- click here for Oklahoma's
update- click here for Kansas
. (as of early this morning- the Texas report was not online)
The national Crop Progress report from USDA is available here
|Feedlots Pull Cattle Forward- Helping Carcass Weights Drop in the Beef Pipeline- Derrell Peel Sees Fundamental Shift in Marketings
Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers a weekly 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. This week Dr. Peel looks at beef production thus far in 2016.
"Beef production for the year to date in 2016 is up 3.0 percent year over year. This increase is faster than expected as earlier expectations were for more of the annual increase in beef production to occur in the second half of the year. However, recent changes in beef production have implications for the timing and possibly for total beef production for 2016.
"Weekly beef production increased sharply beginning in March; the result of a jump in cattle slaughter. In the last eight weeks, total cattle slaughter has risen 3.3 percent year over year, with steer slaughter up 8.5 percent and beef cow slaughter up 6.2 percent. Heifer slaughter was still down, 3.9 percent, along with dairy cow slaughter, down 4.1 percent from the same period last year. Feedlots have not only marketed at a good pace, but have actively pulled cattle forward. This has reduced days on feed in feedlots and reduced carcass weights dramatically. Steers carcass weights dropped by 26 pounds from an early March peak of 896 pounds to 870 pounds in the most recent data week. The latest steer carcass weights are only 4 pounds heavier than the same date one year ago. This is the smallest year over year increase in weekly carcass weights since July 2014. Heifer carcass weights are down 29 pounds from 836 pounds in early March to 807 pounds in the latest data.
Read Dr. Peel's complete analysis here
|Ben Handcock Makes Last Hard Winter Wheat Tour Before Retirement
Nearly 80 participants from across the globe traveled through the Sunflower State May 2-5, for the 2016 Hard Winter Wheat Tour. It was the last tour for Ben Handcock, outgoing executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council, who has coordinated the event for 25 years. Handcock is set to retire in February 2017.
Farm broadcaster Jesse Harding, with the Nebraska Rural Radio Network, spoke with Handcock last week about his experience with the WQC and leading the popular tour. He has enjoyed planning the annual event and says it has been rewarding to watch it grow over the years.
"When we started doing the Hard Winter Wheat Tour we had 28 to 30 people on the tour in six or seven cars running around Kansas," he says. "Over the years it's built its way up to 80 to 90 people in 20-some cars."
The tour consists of six routes throughout the state of Kansas and gives participants first-hand experience and understanding of the quality of the year's wheat crop even before it is harvested.
"You can't take a course in this, I don't think," Handcock says. "You have to actually get out in the field and get your hands dirty. In two-and-a-half days I think you can learn more here than you could in a semester in college."
to listen to Harding's complete interview with Handcock, including more details on those funny stories.
|AFR Statement on HSUS National Ag Advisory Council
American Farmers and Ranchers released the following statement on Monday regarding the formation of the HSUS National Ag Advisory Council this past week:"We stand for a strong, united animal agriculture industry, producing food in a science-based, safe and humane manner. The concept of a national agriculture advisory council by HSUS, a group that does not support this concept, is incomprehensible and unnecessary. We believe HSUS has formed this council as another way to combat such issues nationwide, as Oklahoma's SQ777, right to farm, and to steer public opinion away from animal agriculture. HSUS, and other anti-animal agriculture groups, to form a number of minority splinter groups, each clamoring against SQ777,in a vain attempt to make it sound like the majority supports them, when in reality the opposite is true."Click here
for a link to read more about formation of the new HSUS National Ag Advisory Council.
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|TTIP Could Open the Door for Increased U.S. Beef Exports to Europe
There has been a lot of talk about trade agreements lately - specifically, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should also be on producers' radars.
TTIP is a bilateral trade deal that continues to evolve between the United States and the European Union.
"We see TTIP as a great opportunity to expand our presence in the European market, which up until lately has been fairly limited," Bacus says. "There is a lot of demand over there for high-quality U.S. beef, and we just want access to our consumers."
Bacus says that while creating market access is a high priority for the U.S., overcoming the EU's aversion to growth hormones used in beef cattle is going to be a challenge.
"We want to eliminate tariffs, all TRQs or quotas and export subsidies that put a lot of artificial barriers in to the volume and and the price of the product that we are sending into that market," he says. "Probably the biggest battle is going to be over the science-based standards - or the lack thereof - with the Europeans.
"I don't think it's any surprise that for the last few decades we've been fighting with Europe over the use of growth promotants or hormones that are a fundamental part of our production practices here in the U.S. They banned them in the European Union, and even though the WTO has stated that the U.S. is correct in its ability to use them, we still face a lot of restrictions on beef we can sell to the European market."
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|Dr. Raymond Sidwell Research Facility to Be Dedicated Friday at Lahoma Wheat Field Day
The life's work of the late Raymond Sidwell of Goltry is continuing to provide benefits to agricultural producers across the region, thanks to a new facility that bears his name at the Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' North Central Research Station.
"We can think of nothing more suitable than to have our new Dr. Raymond Sidwell Research Facility's grand opening be part of our May 13 Wheat Field Day, as Raymond worked diligently for decades to make the annual field day one of the premier agricultural events in the Southern Plains," said Tom Coon, OSU vice president for agricultural programs.
Sidwell served as senior station manager for the 143-acre experiment station, located in the heart of wheat production country near Lahoma, from June of 1980 until his passing in December of 2013.
"We invite everyone to join us as we honor Dr. Sidwell and showcase the importance of crop research being conducted through our statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system," Coon said. "Lahoma is situated on Highway 60 just west of Enid, for those who have never been to the experiment station. Signs will be posted."
There is no cost to attend the 2016 Wheat Field Day, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon. Lunch will be provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of several sponsors.
|This N That- Wholesale Boxed Beef Sees Big Volume, Cheaper Prices and Curt Pate Coming to El Reno
USDA Market News Reporter Ed Czerwein
out of the USDA Amarillo Market News office regularly reports on boxed beef and feedlot prices for us- this morning- we have his regular Monday afternoon boxed beef report for you- showing best volume in quite some time- but sharply lower prices- $7 per hundredweight.Click here
to hear his full report- and read his analysis as well.
This coming Thursday- OSU and the Oklahoma Beef Council are hosting another cattle handling seminar featuring Curt Pate.
Curt Pate, one of the nation's top experts in stockmanship and horsemanship, is returning to Oklahoma for a second straight year to lead a workshop for ranchers, farmers and students who want to sharpen their cattle handling skills.
"In addition to managing a small grazing operation in South Dakota, Curt Pate has spent more than 10 years sharing his expertise and experience with others across the industry," said Gant Mourer
, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension beef enhancement specialist. "This is a chance to learn from one of the best in the business how to decrease stress on your animals as well as you and your family."
You actually needed to RSVP as of last night- but you can check with either the Canadian County Extension office (call 405-262-0155) to see if they can add you to the dinner list- or email Gant Mourer
to offer a late RSVP.
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