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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Soybeans Continue to Gain Popularity in Oklahoma for Their Operational Diversity and Versatility

  • Spring and Summer Oklahoma Agritourism Opportunities Kick Off Including Tulip Farms, Farmers Markets, and More

  • NCBA’s Advocate of the Year, Tucker Brown, Shares why Advocacy is Critical to the Future of the Beef Industry

  • Drought and Pasture Management 2023 with OSU’s Mark Johnson

  • Sign Up For the Oklahoma Beef Passport

  • Southern Plains Perspective Blog Talks Impacts of Changing Climate

  • New Report Links National Security and Global Hunger

Soybeans Continue to Gain Popularity in Oklahoma for Their Operational Diversity and Versatility

I got the chance to visit with the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Soybean Board, Rick Reimer, talking about soybean success throughout Oklahoma.

For years, Reimer said northeast Oklahoma held the greatest soybean producing counties in the state.

“For the last five years, none of those have been the number one county,” Reimer said.

Kay County was the number one in soybeans most recently, with the next three or four top-producing countries being in the surrounding area. Contrary to popular belief, Reimer said dryland soybeans have been successful in northcentral Oklahoma.

“Some of the guys that try it tell me that not only do they yield as a cash crop, but it is almost worth growing alternating soybeans with wheat just to clean up their fields,” Reimer said.

In a year with adequate moisture, Reimer said soybeans can be double-cropped behind wheat, which works extremely well.

“We call it the ‘miracle crop of many uses,’” Reimer said. “If you crush 100 pounds of soybeans, you get 80 pounds of meal and 20 pounds of oil. For a long time, oil was sort of a biproduct, but now, the number of things you can make from the oil are just incredible, so it is almost the primary product of soybean crush.”

Click here to read more and listen to Rick Reimer talk about the soybean industry in Oklahoma
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Spring and Summer Oklahoma Agritourism Opportunities Kick Off Including Tulip Farms, Farmers Markets, and More

There is an abundance of agritourism opportunities across the state of Oklahoma to take advantage of this Spring and Summer. Associate Farm Editor Reagan Calk caught up with the Agritourism and Farmers Market Coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Ag, Micaela Halverson, and talked about some fun venues in Oklahoma and what they have to offer.

Oklahoma has a few U-Pick tulip farms, Halverson said, which are listed on the Oklahoma Agritourism website.

“You can go pick your own tulips and create a bouquet to take home,” Halverson said.

There are a few different locations to pick tulips in the state, including Flowers Farms in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Tulips in Harrah, Tea and Country Estate in Enid, and Platter Flats Pumpkin Patch in Calera.

Aside from U-Pick tulip farms, Halverson said there are more U-Pick opportunities in the state ranging from strawberries and blueberries to blackberries and peaches, depending on the season.

“Following us on social media at ‘oklahomaagritourism’ either on Instagram or Facebook is going to be the best way to know when each season is and once those products are ready for the customers to go out and pick,” Halverson said. “We like to go out and share each farm’s individual Facebook post so that people can follow them.”

Click here to read more and listen to Miceala Halverson talk about Oklahoma Agritourism

NCBA’s Advocate of the Year, Tucker Brown, Shares why Advocacy is Critical to the Future of the Beef Industry

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with beef advocate and sixth-generation cattle rancher from Throckmorton, Texas, Tucker Brown.

Brown is active in his family’s operation, the R.A. Brown Ranch, and is on the Leadership Development Committee at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Because of his great advocacy work throughout 2022, Brown was recognized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as Advocate of the Year.

“NCBA has done a really good job of trying to create and build the next group of advocates to get the word out to our consumers to build that trust back that we may have lost over the years,” Brown said.

The Masters of Beef Advocacy program, Brown said, helps train ranchers and farmers how to communicate an effective message to consumers.

“I have had success through social media and through working through Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers, so that is where I spend most of my time and had my most success of sharing that story,” Brown said.

Part of the Masters of Beef Advocacy program that Brown found to be most valuable was learning to put himself in the shoes of the consumer.

“Research that NCBA and others have done tells us that the consumer trusts the rancher,” Brown said.

Along with that trust, Brown said, it is important to know how to communicate with the consumer and be relatable.

Click here to read more and listen to Tucker Brown talk about advocating for the beef industry
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Drought and Pasture Management 2023 with OSU’s Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner” published electronically by Dr. Peel, Mark Johnson, and Paul Beck. Today, Johnson is talking about managing your operation in drought.

At the conclusion of a winter of feeding cows, this time of year we, (and the cows), look forward to green grass. Parts of Oklahoma have received some much needed rain over the past few weeks and yet a majority of the state remains in various degrees of drought. Moisture over the next few weeks will be critical to help warm season grass pastures (native or improved grasses) get off and running for the summer. Regardless of your current moisture situation, proper range management is critical now and over the next couple of months. We need to resist the temptation caused by green grass, hold off on grazing pressure and manage our grazing eco-system of soil, plants and cattle for optimum, long-term benefit. Following is our management plan for the OSU Purebred Beef warm season grass pastures this spring. 

Apply Herbicides for Weed Control Early:

Drought stress (past and present) makes the timely application of herbicides critical in order to give the desired plant species the competitive advantage. 

Click here to read more from Mark Johnson on managing your operation in drought

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Southern Plains Perspective Blog Talks Impacts of Changing Climate

Hack, cough, and sneeze…allergy season is getting longer (thank you changing climate).

The headline that was in my inbox earlier this week pretty well sums up this entire blog. 

“Allergy season is ‘earlier, longer and worse’ in these US cities, report finds.”

If droughts, floods, cold snaps, and heat stress weren’t enough, now it seems we get to deal with a longer, more intense allergy season.  The good news just keeps on coming, doesn’t it?

The story focuses on a report that analyzed the temperature data for 203 U.S. cities and determined that the freeze-free has season lengthened by more than two weeks (15 days) on average since 1970.  This means that for the millions of Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies to pollen and mold, climate change is bringing an earlier, longer, and overall worse allergy season. This mirrors an earlier report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said climate change will potentially lead to shifts in precipitation patterns, more frost-free days, warmer seasonal air temperatures, and more carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. These changes can affect when the pollen season starts and ends and how long it lasts each year, how much pollen plants create and how much is in the air, how pollen affects our health (the “allergenicity” of pollen), how much pollen we’re exposed to, and our risk of experiencing allergy symptoms.

Click here to read the full latest Southern Plains Perspective blog post

New Report Links National Security and Global Hunger

Global hunger and malnutrition pose significant threats to U.S. national security, underscoring the need to invest in international agricultural research and development, according to a new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation.

The report, authored by researchers from Texas A&M University, examines how global food insecurity is linked to numerous geopolitical risks, including immigration, radicalization, terrorist threats, environmental degradation, and lost economic opportunity. Increasing investments in agricultural development and innovation would help mitigate these risks by enabling developing countries to improve their crop yields and better feed themselves.

“Agriculture is the main profession practiced by the world’s poorest people, so making investments in improving farm productivity in developing countries would go a long way toward addressing the root causes of many national security risks,” said Dr. Edwin Price, lead author of the report and professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics’ Conflict and Development Program at Texas A&M University. “Alleviating hunger and improving agricultural livelihoods means that people are less likely to immigrate, turn toward criminal activity, or fall prey to radicalized groups.”

Click here to read more about the impacts of global food security

Bank Failures and the Rural Economy, with NCGA Lead Economist Krista Swanson

Instability at some high-profile financial institutions is on growers’ minds. Should we be worried?

The Silicon Valley Bank collapse, and the sudden perception that there’s instability in the banking system, has a lot of us thinking back to 2008 and the financial crisis that spurred the Great Recession.

And, whether it’s the war in Ukraine, lingering supply-side issues from COVID-19, or high-interest rates, we are all feeling the effects of the world economy a little more acutely this year.

So are we staring down another financial crisis, or just feeling a little economic speed bump?

For some perspectives on those questions, and what it means for corn growers, we’re joined in this episode by Krista Swanson, the National Corn Growers Association’s lead economist.

She provides some much-needed context, and an informed take on what the farm economy might have in store for us over the next few years.

Click here to access the full podcast episode on bank failures and the rural economy
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 27 cents and Select Beef was up 64 cents on Tuesday 03/28/2023.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards had a final count of 6,053 head on Monda, March 27, 2023.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers 3.00-5.00 higher with exception of 600 weight cattle suitable for grazing up to 12.00-16.00 higher. Steer calves steady to 4.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 1.00 higher. Heifer calves 6.00-8.00 higher. Demand good to very good. Quality average.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 03/27/2023

OKC West in El Reno had a calf run of 1,500 head for March 28, 2023.

Compared to last week: Steer calves traded mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Heifer calves sold 6.00-9.00 higher from last weeks softer heifer market. Demand moderate to good especially for long weaned cattle more suitable for grazing.

Wednesday 03/29/23

Expecting 4,000 head total.

1,500 Feeder Heifers at 9:00 AM

2,500 Feeder Steers at 12:00 PM

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

OKC West in El Reno Calf Market Report from 03/28/2023
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Since the legalization of Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma with State Question 788- criminals have flocked to the state to set up illegal grow houses because of cheap permits, cheap land and lax rules allowing them to get into the business of growing marijuana in Oklahoma- supposedly for the in state Medical Marijuana market.

Ron Hays talks with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward about how these enterprises have invaded Oklahoma- the magnitude of the current problem and how the state is pushing back on thousands of bad people who have set up shop in the state- with the hope to reduce the number of these operations dramatically in the days to come. It's a huge problem all across rural Oklahoma but Woodward believes progress is being made to reign in these illegal marijuana farms.

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