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Friday, March 3, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Exceptional and Extreme Drought Categories at Standstill, While Remaining Categories Continue to Improve

  • Farm Strategy, LLC Utilizing Strong Genetic Traits to Increase Value of Grain

  • Biosecurity Measures to Consider for the Safety of Livestock at OYE

  • OALP accepting applications for Class XXI

  • Beef Has a Great Story to Tell When it Comes to Heart Health and Child Nutrition

  • Kim Anderson Sees Relatively Good Crop Prices for Next Marketing Year

  • Purebred Cattle Sales Coming Up- Express, Blackjack and Davis

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Exceptional and Extreme Drought Categories at Standstill, While Remaining Categories Continue to Improve

Exceptional drought is unchanged this week at 8.86 percent.

Extreme drought or worse is also unchanged from last week at 36.64 percent.

Severe drought or worse has improved slightly from last week’s percentage of 56.47 percent to this week’s 53.52 percent.

Moderate drought or worse has improved since last week and is now at 66.88 percent, down from last week’s 74.65 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are now at 77.15 percent, down from last week’s 80.78 percent.

According to the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook map, the majority of the state, aside from the panhandle, is leaning above a 40 to 50 percent chance of precipitation through March 11. The panhandle is sitting above a 50 to 60 percent chance of precipitation through March 11.

Click on the Oklahoma Drought Map above the drought summary to see this week's drought numbers.

Click here to read a national summary and see this week's charts
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Farm Strategy, LLC Utilizing Strong Genetic Traits to Increase Value of Grain

Farm Director, KC Sheperd, is visiting with the president of Farm Strategy, LLC, Andrew Hoelscher, about new genetic progress to increase the value of grain.

“We build ingredient-based supply chains,” Hoelscher said. “We connect end-user demand signals, and value propositions back down to the producer and manage the supply chain in between them.”

Farm Strategy is using the BX7 trait to cross into a set of varieties, Hoelscher said, which will increase the value of those varieties.

Regarding value in the marketplace, Hoelscher said it is important to remember that the value being created is in the consistency of the product, which includes the consistency of the delivery.

“If you are wanting to provide a consistent product to an end user, you have got to have a consistent supply chain,” Hoelscher said.

As for Farm Strategy’s role as a facilitator for the supply chain, Hoelscher said they are the ones who control the premium structure.

Click here to read more and listen to Andrew Hoelscher talk about Farm Strategy, LLC

Biosecurity Measures to Consider for the Safety of Livestock at OYE

As final preparations are made to bring your show animals to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, Dr. Rod Hall, State Veterinarian, offers some things to take into consideration:

Gilts and heifers begin moving into the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Tuesday for the Oklahoma Youth Expo. This is the culmination of months of searching for the “right” show animal, feeding, walking, fitting, and all the things that go into a successful exhibition season.

At this time it may be tempting for exhibitors, parents, advisors, and veterinarians to relax the standards of biosecurity since this is the show everyone has been pointing to. Please remember that livestock that are sick or have been sick in the past week should not be taken to places where they can expose other livestock. 

I know it’s heartbreaking for a young person to be told they can’t show an animal they’ve worked very hard to take to OYE, but we all have to work together to ensure the health and safety of animals and exhibitors to make sure we continue to have the ability to enjoy this event.

Click here to read more about OYE biosecurity from Dr. Hall
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OALP accepting applications for Class XXI

For more than 40 years, the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program has enhanced knowledge and leadership skills for Oklahomans involved in agriculture.

“OALP helps potential leaders develop a better understanding of the various systems of economics and government,” said Edmond Bonjour, OALP director since 2010. “Class members increase and use their knowledge and skills to solve problems and to explore opportunities for Oklahoma agriculture.”

OALP is comprised of up to 30 professionals from across the state who are engaged in production agriculture, agribusiness or some other agricultural sector. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and are chosen for the program based on their potential to be important agricultural leaders in Oklahoma. 

Applications are available on the OALP website and all application materials are due by May 1. Interviews will take place in June, and the first seminar will occur in August. OALP Class XXI graduation is slated for April 2025.

“Every new class brings a sense of excitement to the program. Each participant has a different perspective about agriculture, which enriches the leadership development that we provide,” Bonjour said.

Click here to read more about OALP or applying for Class XXI

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Beef Has a Great Story to Tell When it Comes to Heart Health and Child Nutrition

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with the executive director of nutrition research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Dr. Shalene McNeill, about beef nutrition.

“I think nutrition is more important than ever before, and I think Covid really helped illuminate and bring more attention on nutrition,” McNeill said. “People are wanting to cook at home more often, becoming even more health conscious, and we have great content and research that we can share with consumers in this current mindset that they are in about the way that beef nourishes them.”

As a registered dietitian and a mother, McNeill talked about how many children and teenagers are not getting all of the nutrients they need.

“What the research is beginning to show is that beef is such a critical nutrient as we have known for a long time for children and the growing years but adolescents- teenagers- just really have important nutrient gaps,” McNeill said. “They are not getting enough iron, they are not getting enough zinc, they are not getting enough choline. These are things that, for example, experts like the Dietary Guidelines Committee have brought to life that we have got to do a better job of closing these nutrition gaps, and beef can do that for our adolescents and teens, and we are starting to raise awareness on that with health professionals.”

A campaign, directed by NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, called “Beef in the Early Years,” is aimed at educating consumers and healthcare professionals about the guidelines that say infants starting around six months of age should be consuming iron-rich foods such as beef to help nourish them.

Click here to listen to Shalene McNeill talk about beef nutrition

Kim Anderson Sees Relatively Good Crop Prices for Next Marketing Year

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest information in the grain markets.

USDA has released estimates for the 2023-2024 marketing year. Regarding those estimates, Anderson said there were not any surprises.

“You look at production for wheat- 1.89 billion bushels was the estimate,” Anderson said. “1.89 billion bushels is what USDA came in with, and wheat produced 1.92 billion last year.”

As for the USDA’s price projections for wheat, Anderson said wheat is at $8.50 for the marketing year of 2023 through 2024. If you adjust that to Oklahoma, Anderson said it is at about eight dollars.

“Relatively good prices expected for the next marketing year,” Anderson said.

Right now, Anderson said weather is the big driving force for the markets.

“If you look at the impacts for what this report had on it and the weather, and the rain we have had, you see wheat, corn and bean prices all go down,” Anderson said.

Listen to Dr. Anderson's Comments and See the Full Lineup for This Weekend's SUNUP from OSU

Purebred Cattle Sales Coming Up


Express Ranches Annual Spring Bull Sale in Yukon, Oklahoma

Saturday, March 4:

Blackjack Farms, LLC 2023 Bull Sale in Seminole, Oklahoma

Davis Angus Value Genetics Bull & Female Sale in Foss, Oklahoma

For more information about all three sales, click here to view our calendar page and select a sale to view

More Stories For Your Weekend Reading

Selective livestock breeding and climate change: Can you breed the burps out of cows?
Livestock Show Preparation: Making Emergency Response Plans
U.S. Farmers Respond To Higher Wheat Prices By Planting More
Reflecting on the 2022-2023 OQBN Sale Season
Unique Scholarship provides Post-Graduate Degree Assistance while Honoring the Legacy of Richard Gebhart
Special Election Coming March 7- Ag Groups Voice Strong Oppositions to the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana (SQ820)
AFBF President Zippy Duvall Outlines Challenges and Opportunities to House Agriculture Committee
Frank Lucas Joins Letter Addressing USDA’s Failure to Detail Foreign Acquisition of U.S. Farmland
“Onward to Orlando” for 2024 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show
Scientists Find Gene Involved in Livestock Antimicrobial Resistance
Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Concludes International Travel Experience in Israel- A Full List  and Links to All Stories We Posted from Israel with Class XX
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 67 cents and Select Beef was up $1.15 on Thursday 03/02/2023.

Click on the Button below for the latest report from USDA Market News

Boxed Beef Report

Weekly Cattle Auction Reports

The buttons below allow you to check out the weekly Cattle Auctions in the region that we post on our website and here in our daily email update.


Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/27/2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market from Tuesday 02/21/2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 12/21/2020
Tulsa Auction Report from Monday 02/27/2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 02/28 and 03/01/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 03/02/2023
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..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 03/02/2023
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
Read  Cash Grains Report from 03/02/2023
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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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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