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Let's Check the Markets!
Finished cattle prices
dropped lower Wednesday on FedCattleExchange.com - 457 cattle were sold with the weighted average price this week at $123.00. Click here to see their complete market results.
OKC West in El Reno reported demand was light for all classes on Wednesday compared to a week ago, with 24 percent supply of feeder steers above 600 lbs. - click here for the full report from the Wednesday Sale.
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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Feeder Cattle Recap:
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte Ready to Close the Books on this Year's Harvest
With really only the Panhandle region of the state left to combine, most Oklahoma farmers are just about ready to close the book on this year's wheat harvest. I caught up with Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte, to talk about this year's harvest, in review.
"Much of what we kind of faced last year in Southwest Oklahoma really happened in regions down there this year. We were a week and a half earlier than normal," he said. "People began cutting on the 17th of May. Then right when they started cutting we got rain. It kept them out of the field for four to five days."
The last USDA crop progress report rated Oklahoma at 77% complete with harvest. But according to Schulte, based on his observations from the field, he believes we're actually much further along than that.
"From the Oklahoma/Texas line to the Oklahoma/Kansas line, I would say really, harvest is complete in most regions," Schulte reported. "The majority of harvest is now taking place in the Panhandle region of the state. So, I'm calling the harvest, 88 to 90 percent complete right now."
As far as his predictions go for how this crop may actually turn out at the end of the day, Schulte has kept in close contact with producers and elevator managers this month - from he's seen and heard, he thinks this season has been fairly good to farmers overall.
"I think the statewide average actually on test weight is going to be 60 lb./bu. So, test weight, we are excited about that number," he said. "We're not as high as we would have liked to be on protein levels, but we're hopeful that the quality of this crop is going to be great."
To hear what else Schulte has to say about this year's crop, listen to our complete conversation by clicking here.
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The 2017 Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference will be taking place this coming August, the 3rd and 4th, and you are invited to attend!
Located this year at the Moore Norman Technology Center, in Oklahoma City, the conference will feature two headlining speakers, Pamela Ronald, a distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis; and
Lauren Nelson, who was crowned Miss America 2007.
Four educational tracks will be available for attendees to take advantage of, including: Agricultural production, alternative enterprises, business and finance, and beginning farmer.
There also will be exhibits providing helpful resources designed to enhance attendees' farming or small business efforts as well as a mini mall, where vendors will be selling Made in Oklahoma products.
Concurrent post-conference workshops on Quicken record-keeping software and the Beef Quality Assurance Program will be offered, as well.
"This conference has something for everyone," said Sara Siems, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension assistant specialist and conference coordinator, "So, I would encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture or small business to consider attending this event."
For more information about this conference and including how to register, click here.
|OKC West Livestock Auction is Sporting a New Sale Day Schedule this Spring and so Far - Folks Love It
This spring, El Reno livestock market, OKC West, rolled out a new weekly sale schedule to compensate for larger inventories and to increase customer and employee satisfaction. OKC West general manager, Bill Barnhart
, sat down with me to talk about the sale barn's break from tradition, and according to him, it has been working out great.
"Over the last two or three years, we've had a lot of success - a lot of growth in our business," Barnhart said. "So, what we've done, for multiple reasons, is we've gone to a three-day sale."
Cows are sold on Monday; stocker cattle on Tuesday; and feeders are pushed through on Wednesday, says Barnhart. Before this schedule, Barnhart says it was not uncommon for a regular sale to go on into the night as late as 11 o'clock or even midnight. He insists this new schedule accommodates more buyers, more sellers and is easier on the employees of the sale barn as well.
"It just makes sense," Barnhart asserted. "It's a little more expensive to doing it that way, but it's worth it for the customers and our employees."
Listen to our full conversation discussing the success of OKC West's new sale day schedule, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
National Association of Wheat Growers President David Schemm remarked that, "Modernizing NAFTA is an excellent opportunity to improve domestic and export marketability of U.S. crops," yesterday, in response to USTR Lighthizer's testimony before the Senate Finance Committee where he defended President Trump's budget request for his respective office for FY18.
However, Schemm warned, on record, that NAWG would be strongly opposed to any policies that may jeopardize the current standing of US interests and gains made in the ag sector, related to NAFTA.
These emotions were spurred by Lighthizer's rousing testimony, asserting that he would "get tough" when it came, not just to NAFTA renegotiations, but to enforcing trade policies as well.
Schemm's statement seemed to convey his trust, or at least optimistic expectations for Lighthizer as our new USTR, and as a man that will get things done, and ultimately bring results to the table.
"NAWG welcomes opportunities to improve trade for U.S. wheat farmers, including efforts to make sure our competitors like China are playing by the rules set by the WTO and by creating new markets such as increasing access to Cuba," he said. "NAWG is looking forward to working with the Senate Finance Committee on creating new trade opportunities for our wheat farmers and improving relationships with our current global partners."
To read Schemm's full testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee in regards to USTR Lighthizer's testimony, click or tap here
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th. Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
|Brace Yourself for Big On Feed Numbers in This Week's Cattle on Feed Report
Allendale is thinking that this Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed Report could show quite an influx of yearlings into our US Feedlots- and that means more cattle on feed as of June first than we have seen in awhile.Allendale writes "May Placements are expected to be 14.0% larger than last year at 2.180 million head. This would be the largest April placement in twelve years (2005). May placements supply the November through February slaughter period.
"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 8.1% larger than May 2016 at 2.042 million. This was the largest April marketing in nine years. This was artificially adjusted higher due to one more weekday than last year.
"Total Cattle on Feed as of June 1 is 2.5% over last year at 11.071 million. This is the largest June 1 total in five years."
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If you're going to be on the front line, you better be good. That's what Cattleman Sam Hands
of Garden City, Kansas says about Angus cattle and their keepers.
"The consumer is the one that says yay or nay as to our product," Hands said. "Our product will never be produced as efficiently as the pork and poultry, but it is the most highly sought after, most flavorful protein package out there and we want to make sure it stays at the forefront of the consumer at the meat counter."
To do that, Hands says "think lobster" - as in lobster tail.
"If you had to be looking for fish product for a dinner tonight, or a party for the weekend, yeah, we think about lobster tail because that is the ultimate goal," he remarked. "At the same time, we want to make sure when they're looking at, say, other red meat or red meat proteins, that there's no question in their mind they're going to go for a beef cut that will add that extra value and flavor to their meal, and have a successful and very well enjoyed evening."
It's all about differentiated quality, making decisions about cattle to get the best results and the most efficient returns.
"We want to make sure that we're going to realize all the potential market that is there," Hands insisted. "We're shooting for all the Prime we can get. We certainly want to make Certified Angus Beef and we've been fortunate to make those adjustment changes in our breeding programing."
Continue reading this story, or watch a video clip featuring Sam Hands speak about how producers must keep aiming for improvement in their cattle herd, by clicking over to our website.
|Superior's Tallgrass Yearling Sale is This Morning- Featuring Cattle from the Osage and Flint Hills
Just over 16,000 yearlings will be offered this morning- starting at 9:00 AM on Superior Click to Bid as Superior Livestock is hosting their annual Tallgrass Yearling Auction.
The sale is one of their "on location" sales with the sale originating from the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia, Kansas.
Most of the consignments come from Kansas and Oklahoma.
Click here to jump over to the info page on the Tallgrass Sale that starts at 9 AM this morning.
|President Trump Tours Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids
I think it's safe to say that our current President has talked more about and actually has engaged more with the farming and ranching community than any other recent President- going back to least Ike. Yesterday, President Trump singled out the agricultural studies program at Kirkwood Community College as an example of his plans for equipping Americans to find better jobs and better lives.
"I now know more about farming than I ever thought I would," Trump joked Wednesday to a crowd of about 250 after a short tour of the Cedar Rapids-based campus.
Flanked by tractors, a combine and a large American flag in the maintenance room of the college's Diesel Ag Technology program, Trump extolled the greatness of the American farmer and the dignity of the American worker.
"That's why it's so important to support schools like Kirkwood, which are helping to train those people in the technology that will make American agriculture greater and more productive than ever before," Trump said.
Read more about the President's look at Precision Ag by clicking here
for the full story from the Des Moines Register's website.
Click on the play button in the video box below to see Trump's complete remarks after touring the Kirkwood program.
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