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Friday, March 24, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • After Several Weeks of No Changes, Exceptional Drought Increases to 11 Percent in Oklahoma

  • Kim Anderson says with La Niña Gone, Higher Production This Summer May Follow

  • North America Continues to Satisfy Demand for Grain-Fed Beef Around the World

  • USDA Makes Grants Available to Help People in Rural Oklahoma Repair Their Homes Damaged by Severe Storms

  • Most of Western Oklahoma Left Out of Latest Rain Making System

  • Wildlife Watch: Abundant Ground-nesting Birds Sign of Healthy Grasslands

  • Russian Intervention Has Fueled Every Wheat Price Spike Since 2007

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

After Several Weeks of No Changes, Exceptional Drought Increases to 11 Percent in Oklahoma

After four weeks of no changes in the exceptional drought category, this week, exceptional drought has increased from 8.86 percent to 11.21 percent in Oklahoma.

Extreme drought or worse is still at 36.64 percent- the same as weeks before.

Severe drought or worse is virtually unchanged, moving from last week’s 50.58 percent to this week’s 50.12 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is unchanged from last week at 59.07 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are also the same as last week at 65.61 percent.

According to the 6-10 day precipitation outlook map, the northwest corner and the panhandle regions of Oklahoma stand at a near normal chance of precipitation through April 1. The southwest corner, up through central Oklahoma, and the northeast corner of the state are learning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation. As for the southeast corner, that part of the state is learning above a 40 to 50 percent chance of precipitation through April 1.

To view this week's Oklahoma Drought Map and Numbers, click the Oklahoma Drought Map above the story.

Click here to read a national drought summary and access this week's graphs and charts
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Kim Anderson says with La Niña Gone, Higher Production This Summer May Follow

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

Russia’s exports are backed up, Anderson said, and their ending stocks are projected to be relatively high as they are looking at an average crop following a record crop last year.

“Then you have got the Russia and Ukraine export agreement,” Anderson said. “It is due to be renewed. Russia said they are going to extend it for 60 days. The Ukraine wants 120. That had some little impacts on the market.”

Anderson said there is also some movement impacting markets going on in Brazil and Argentina.

Brazil is projected to have a big soybean crop, Anderson said, and for the first time, Brazil will be the number one exporter of corn compared to the United States.

“The big news is La Niña is dead,” Anderson said. “It came out this week. The weather forecasters are saying La Niña has moved over to a neutral position.”

In the next few months, Anderson said, we will move to El Nino, which means more precipitation and higher production.

Click here to listen to Kim Anderson and see the lineup for this week on SUNUP

North America Continues to Satisfy Demand for Grain-Fed Beef Around the World

At the recent International Livestock Congress in Houston, Texas,I had the chance to talk with the Executive Vice President of the Canadian Cattle Association, Dennis Laycraft.

“We actually have a great story in the North American cattle industry,” Laycraft said. “We are amongst the most efficient cattle producers in the world, which means we have the lowest greenhouse gas footprint in the world.”

Canada and the United States, Laycraft said, have been working together to ensure that animal agriculture is better understood in sustainability conversations.

“Attending meetings like this where we are sharing the best possible information, I think helps all of us when we engage in that bigger conversation,” Laycraft said.

Laycraft also talked about how the cattle industry in the U.S. and Canada is very similar in terms of genetics, feeding methods and more.

“We have been seeing cattle move back and forth for probably 150 years, so it is not surprising we would be very similar,” Laycraft said.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Dennis Laycraft talk about the high-quality of U.S. and Canadian Beef
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USDA Makes Grants Available to Help People in Rural Oklahoma Repair Their Homes Damaged by Severe Storms

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Oklahoma State Director Kenneth Corn announced today that the Biden-Harris Administration is making grants available to assist Rural Oklahomans in the repair of their homes damaged by severe weather in 2022 in select counties that were declared disasters by the President.

The homes must be located in presidentially declared disaster areas. People living in seven counties in Oklahoma are eligible for the funding.

“Oklahomans all too well know the destructive forces Mother Nature can bring to the Sooner State and unfortunately the increasingly negative impacts of climate change have made each successive year harder for Oklahoma families to recover from these powerful storms,” Corn said. “However, the Biden-Harris Administration has made it known they want to use the power of our federal government for good and ensure our rural neighborhoods in Oklahoma are able to afford the repairs so our neighbors in Oklahoma can live in safe and secure homes.”

The grants are being made available through supplemental disaster funding under the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program. Through this program, people may apply to receive grants of up to $40,675 directly from the USDA Oklahoma State Office to repair their homes.

Click here to read more about grants available to assist Rural Oklahomans in home damage repair

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Most of Western Oklahoma Left Out of Latest Rain Making System

There are still two or three good bands of rain falling across Oklahoma this morning as we finish writing our Friday email- one still in northeastern Oklahoma extending back down to the northside of the OKC metro- and a much bigger set of showers that stretch from just east of Lawton across south central Oklahoma and extend up to around McAlester.

The graphic above shows the rainfall that has covered from Grandfield in the southwest (7 tenths there) to Jay in the northeast not far from the Arkansas line with just over 4 inches of rain- almost all of that happening since 5 pm on Thursday.

While we will see some additional rainfall amounts pile up in south central Oklahoma and points east- much of western Oklahoma has gotten little or no rainfall from this latest system that has rolled in from the west coast. The Mesonet graphic above is linked to the 48 hour rainfall map on the website so you will have a chance to see real time totals on into the weekend.

The Drought Monitor story that is further up in the email shows how dry it is in the areas that did NOT get rainfall from the this current system- where drought drags on in Oklahoma- no relief was received and nothing is on the immediate horizon.

After this system moves out of Oklahoma- there are some small chances the next few days but nothing major over the next few days.

Wildlife Watch: Abundant Ground-nesting Birds Sign of Healthy Grasslands

Ground nesting bird populations are essential indicators of your ranch’s ecological health.

Ground-nesting birds serve as an important indicator of a healthy ranch, according to Alan Sparks, senior research associate at Noble Research Institute. Such birds belong to a diverse group, from shorebirds that nest on sandy and rocky areas along ponds and lakes, such as killdeer and sandpipers, to some species of waterfowl that tuck their nests away in deep vegetation.

But, when it comes to evaluating ranch management, not all ground-nesting birds are created equal. The presence and prevalence of grassland ground-nesting game birds, such as the northern bobwhite quail and wild turkey, are key clues about your land’s ecological health and diversity.

“I think using grassland birds is like a blanket indicator. If they’re functioning properly, then you can, in a general statement, say the ecosystem on your ranch is functioning properly, as well,” Sparks says.

Grassland ground-nesting birds, especially quail, can be good barometers for healthy land because they thrive in diverse native pastures. Quail coveys, or small flocks, prefer bunch grasses, such as little bluestem, big bluestem and Indiangrass to nest in, and they rear their young in the spaces between the bunches. They also need large forbs and brush to provide cover from predators. In addition to habitat requirements of quail, turkeys also need mature wooded areas near water, because the adult birds roost in trees.

Click here to read more about the role that ground nesting birds play in ecological health of the land

Russian Intervention Has Fueled Every Wheat Price Spike Since 2007

Once again, and tragically this time, Russian intervention is the underlying source of dramatic global wheat price volatility.

“…We are closely monitoring prices for the most essential social goods such as food, including bread,” said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin this week about its domestic wheat supply. “Russian grain is in good demand from abroad, and its price is increasing. That said, it is necessary to provide the necessary raw materials, first of all, to the domestic baking industry.”

The Prime Minister made this comment with specific reference to the hyper reaction of global wheat prices to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the immediate impacts of the widespread economic sanctions levied on Russia in response. Yet it spotlights the core tenants of Russia’s protectionist and heavy-handed wheat supply and price control policies. Russian intervention has been front and center since the country first entered the global wheat export trade.

Anyone who does not take the Prime Minister at his word on this sets themselves up for a very disappointing and expensive lesson. Defending Russian domestic supplies and keeping domestic prices low by withholding supplies from the world will always be their primary wheat policy weapon. And they deploy it without regard for the harm and expense it creates for anyone

Click here to read more about Russia's impact on wheat prices

Cribbs Red River Red Angus Production Sale Set for Saturday

The Cribbs Red River Red Angus Production Sale is happening on Saturday, March 25th at the Vernon Livestock Auction in Vernon, Texas.

Lunch will be served at noon with the sale to start at 1 PM.

They will be selling over 230 head- Cattle bred to successfully compete in today’s marketplace

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150 Red Angus Spring Cows

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BidPhone Number: 580-954-0606

Click here for the home page of their website- scroll down to the button on the website for the lives stream.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was up $1.48 and Select Beef was down 93 cents on Thursday 03/23/2023.

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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 03/20/2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market from Tuesday 03/21/2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 03/20/2023
Tulsa Auction Report from Monday 03/20/2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 03/21 and 03/22/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 03/23/2023
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 03/23/2023
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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.
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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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