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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Derrell Peel: COF Suggests Higher Cattle Prices, Lower Carcass Weights, and Less Beef Production

  • Oklahoma Wheat Crop in Slightly Better Shape Than a Year Ago

  • Todd Lamb Discusses SQ 820 Vote on March 7 and Pressure to Save Oklahoma from Repercussions of Recreational Marijuana

  • OSU Wheat Research Aims to Provide Oklahoma Wheat Growers with Best Tools for Success

  • Red Cedar Water Conservation Bill Passes Subcommittee

  • Dr. Amy Hagerman Shares Survey Results on What Oklahoma Producers Really Think About Climate Change

  • NACD Releases 2023 Farm Bill Recommendations

  • Livestock show preparation: Biosecurity to prevent/reduce the spread of disease

Derrell Peel: Higher Cattle Prices, Lower Carcass Weights, and Less Beef Production

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist, Derrell Peel, talking about the latest Cattle on Feed Report issued by the USDA.

This latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report showed that placements in the month of January were down four percent from last year, Peel said, and marketings in January were at 104 percent, up four percent from last year.

“That gives us an on-feed number for February first that is down four percent on a year-over-year basis,” Peel said.

Although slaughter numbers are about even with a year ago, Peel said those numbers are predicted to drop.

“We are still working our way through these last supplies of cattle in the feedlot,” Peel said. “In general, this cattle on feed report was pretty well anticipated. I would say if anything, the marketings number is maybe just a tick lower than some people expected. It is kind of on the lower end of the range of estimates. So, maybe you treat this report as slightly bullish, but in general, it was pretty well anticipated.”

Click here to read more and listen to Derrell Peel talk about the latest Cattle on Feed Report

Oklahoma Wheat Crop in Slightly Better Shape Than a Year Earlier

The 2023 Oklahoma winter wheat crop is ending February in better condition than the 2022 crop was facing. The USDA’s Crop Condition report released on Monday afternoon for Oklahoma shows the 2023 crop in 36% good to excellent condition(only one percent rated excellent) and is called 41% in poor to very poor condition. The 2022 crop at the end of last February was rated 11% in good to excellent and 55% poor to very poor. Wheat pasture grazing stands at 63% here in 2023 versus 66% in 2022.

In contrast- the Kansas crop condition ratings show a worse crop this year versus 12 months ago. Kansas wheat is 19% good to excellent and 51% poor to very poor- the 2022 crop last winter stood at 37% good to excellent and 28% poor to very poor.

Read more from the End of February Crop Condition Reports for Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas
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Todd Lamb Discusses SQ 820 Vote on March 7 and Concerns About Repercussions of Recreational Marijuana

At the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference, Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk, had the chance to visit with former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, Todd Lamb, about State Question 820, the Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative.

Oklahoma SQ 820 is on the ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated state statute on March 7, 2023. A “no” vote opposes legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use in Oklahoma.

“Four years ago, the state of Oklahoma passed a state question that allowed medicinal use of marijuana, and that is arguably out of control in a lot of areas,” Lamb said. “Oklahoma is starting to get that under control now with some more regulation.”

SQ 820 permits smoking marijuana around children, Lamb said, by saying that it is not child endangerment. It also prohibits considering marijuana addiction in child custody and visitation cases, Lamb added.

“It also does not establish a maximum THC level, which is problematic because that increases the addiction rate in Oklahoma,” Lamb said. “You talk to a lot of healthcare professionals and mental health professionals, and they say marijuana is a gateway drug.”

There is a lot of pressure for Oklahoma to “get this right,” Lamb said because the nation is likely to follow in the same direction.

Click here to read more and listen to Todd Lamb talk about SQ 820

OSU Wheat Research Aims to Provide Oklahoma Wheat Growers with Best Tools for Success

At the OGI Wheat Meeting, Farm Director, KC Sheperd, caught up with OSU’s Dr. Brett Carver about the latest wheat research and tools to aid wheat producers in choosing a variety that sets them up for success.

Dr. Carver leads the OSU Wheat Improvement Team and conducts the wheat breeding and genetics research program. His work in wheat variety development continues a long tradition at OSU that began in the mid-1940s by Dr. A.M. Schlehuber, and continued by Dr. E.L. Smith from 1966 to 1998.

“We are in a good position,” Carver said. “I think, as far as new varieties coming out, whether it is next year or the next ten or 15 years, I think we are in a very good position.”

Yield and quality-wise, Carver said he feels very confident, which has encouraged him to try new things.

Click here to read more and listen to Brett Carver talk about OSU wheat research and development
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Red Cedar Water Conservation Bill Passes Subcommittee

Rep. Mike Dobrinski, R-Okeene, today advanced a bill out of subcommittee that would establish a pilot program to address the problem of the red cedar infestation throughout the state, beginning with a concentration on the North Canadian Watershed.

House Bill 2239 passed the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Natural Resources.

“This has been a problem for a long time,” Dobrinski said. “It’s only been addressed minimally to this point, and now is the time to take action.”

Dobrinski said it would take a large investment of time and money to deal with the problem statewide, but “Getting started in the right place and showing everyone a return on investment is very important.”

Other lawmakers expressed a desire to see the program broadened to include additional parts of the state and said the solution is long overdue.

Dobrinski agreed, pointing to studies going back at least 30 years that showed what would happen if the spread of the invasive species was not curbed.

“You can drive through western and northwestern Oklahoma today and see they were correct,” Dobrinski said. “Water is depleting, and there is nothing more that should get our attention than the threat on our water supply.”

Click here to read more about addressing Oklahoma's Red Cedar problem

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Dr. Amy Hagerman Shares Survey Results on What Oklahoma Producers Really Think About Climate Change

At the 85th Annual OACD State Meeting, Farm Director, KC Sheperd, sat down with Extension Specialist for Agriculture and Food Policy, Amy Hagerman. Prior to her presentation, Hagerman talks to Sheperd about a Climate Informed Agriculture Survey conducted recently, presented in partnership with OSU Extension, USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, and USDA NRCS.

As a significant amount of funding has come down the pipeline for climate-smart agriculture, Hagerman said there has been a lot of interest in using those funds for programs regarding adaptation to climate change.

“The Southern Plains Climate Hub approached me to work together with them, with NRCS, with the districts in the state, to try to get a handle among their people- these front-line workers in conservation, of their perspectives of climate change, of adaptation programs and how we can best utilize these funds that are coming to do the most good for Oklahomans,” Hagerman said.

A survey was recently implemented at each of the five area conservation district meetings, Hagerman said, and individuals at these meetings had the chance to share what they have experienced with these programs. The survey, aimed at advocating for conservation, was very specific to the individuals questioned.

Most individuals were concerned with how to best adapt and respond to environmental/climate changes seen in Oklahoma, Hagerman said, and to continue improvement into the future.

Click here to read more and listen to Amy Hagerman about the climate-informed agriculture survey

NACD Releases 2023 Farm Bill Recommendations

Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) released policy recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill. Over the last year, NACD’s Farm Bill Task Force has convened more than a dozen times to review USDA conservation programs and consider policies to strengthen support for voluntary, locally led conservation efforts. The recommendations were recently approved by NACD’s Board by Directors at NACD’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

NACD’s most important priority is for Congress to keep conservation investments provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in farm bill conservation programs. The 2023 Farm Bill provides Congress with an important opportunity to integrate IRA conservation funding into the conservation title to administer these investments over a longer period of time, make bipartisan decisions on the exact funding allocations within the title, and eliminate administrative and management redundancies. This request is critical to addressing the high unmet demand for NRCS conservation programs, which are currently only able to serve about one in every three eligible producers.

To support locally led conservation efforts, the recommendations also push back against one-size-fits-all policies, the addition of national carve-outs within programs, and limitations on conservation practices. NACD also calls on Congress to provide strong support for historically underserved producers, tribes, and the development of our nation’s conservation workforce

Click here to read more about the NACD's 2023 Farm Bill Reccommendations

Livestock show preparation: Biosecurity to prevent/reduce the spread of disease

Spring livestock shows are quickly approaching with summer junior nationals and fall fairs not far behind. Biosecurity should be a priority for exhibitors and their teams before, during and after the show to maintain the health and welfare of the animals shown as well as the herd at home.

Biosecurity is the development and implementation of management procedures to reduce or prevent unwanted diseases from entering the herd or population, as well as limit or prevent the spread of disease within the operation.

“Biosecurity is important at the livestock show because we’re bringing animals from multiple different operations to a single event,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, director of continuing education and beef cattle extension specialist. “We have the chance, although it’s small if we’ve prepared our animals correctly, for the transmission of disease.”

It is important to develop biosecurity plans that are specific to the individual operation and developed in partnership with everyone involved in the care of show animals. These written plans should be reviewed regularly and updated as needed.

Good biosecurity relies upon good animal husbandry and attention to detail. Daily assessments of all animals are necessary. An animal’s attitude, behavior, feed and water intake, fecal output and overall appearance should be noted. Changes in clinical signs and treatments should be documented.

Youth exhibitors should also be taught the value of preventative measures and appropriate animal health and nutrition interventions.

Click here to read more from Dr. Biggs on livestock show preparation
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.06 and Select Beef was up $2.17 on Monday 02/27/2023.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 8,200 head on Monday, February 27th.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers 2.00-5.00 higher. Steer calves mostly steady. Heifer calves

3.00-5.00 higher, 400-500 lbs. up to 15.00 higher. Demand is good. Quality is above average.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/27/2023

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 11,730 head for Monday, February 27th.

Compared to last week feeder steers traded steady to 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers traded steady to 4.00 higher. Supply was moderate with

very good demand.

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 02/27/2023
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market Report from 02/27/2023 Cows were $2 to $3 Higher
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
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Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
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