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Thursday, March 30, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Lankford Calls Biden’s Waters of the US "Absurd Climate Extremism"

  • R.A. Brown’s Tucker Brown Emphasizes Creating a Positive Image for Beef Consumers

  • Lucas Questions Financial Regulators on SVB Collapse

  • Pollinator Power: Three Reasons Bees, Butterflies, Bats And More Are Important To Your Ranch

  • Factors Affecting Calf Prices in 2021-2022 from Superior Livestock Auction Data

  • FAPC to Host an Artisan and Grain Workshop on May 17

  • CAB Insider: Seasonal Quality Grade Highs Likely Already Posted

  • Superior's Gulf Coast Classic Kicks Off This Morning

Lankford Calls Biden’s Waters of the US "Absurd Climate Extremism"

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today after voting to stand against the Biden Administration’s Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule. The Senate voted on a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval of the rule, which passed in a vote of 53 to 43.

“Oklahomans want clean, safe water. But President Biden’s new Waters of the United States rule is not about clean water; it’s all about federal control of almost every inch of Oklahoma so farmers, ranchers, and developers will have to play ‘Mother, May I?’ for months or years with Washington, DC, before they can operate on their own land. We can protect our water without giving near total control of our land to the Washington bureaucracy. This is absurd climate extremism and centralized control of private property. The Senate today affirmed this needs to stop.” 


In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized a rule that expanded the definition of WOTUS, creating confusion and burdensome red tape, especially for Oklahoma’s agriculture, construction, and energy industries. The Trump Administration released a proposed rule, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), to replace the 2015 WOTUS rule with a new one that provided much-needed predictability and certainty for farmers by establishing clear and reasonable definitions of what qualifies as a “Waters of the United States.” The NWPR was finalized in 2020.

Click here to read more about issues with Biden's WOTUS
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R.A. Brown’s Tucker Brown Emphasizes Creating a Positive Image for Beef Consumers

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am back visiting with beef advocate and sixth-generation cattle rancher from Throckmorton, Texas, Tucker Brown, about how he advocates for the beef industry by educating and entertaining consumers.

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.

Brown said he likes to keep his content lighthearted by utilizing a comedy strategy.

“My hope is that when they watch the video, they enjoy it, so it kind of builds a trust factor to my page or my face,” Brown said.

After each video, Brown said the goal is to teach someone something new.

“My hope is that it brings them to pages like NCBA’s or the Beef Checkoff’s page where it shows recipes, where it shows beef facts, where it shows how to cook the beef they are buying and that it is safe and that we are doing our best job to do that,” Brown said.

Click here to read more and listen to Tucker Brown talk about advocating for the cattle industry

Lucas Questions Financial Regulators on SVB Collapse

Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined his colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing on “The Federal Regulators’ Response to Recent Bank Failures”.

Lucas questioned the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Vice Chair for Supervision of the Federal Reserve on the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank. By guaranteeing uninsured deposits at both banks, the FDIC will place a special assessment on the banking sector to cover the losses.

Congressman Lucas pressed FDIC Chairman Gruenberg to ensure that the burden does not fall on community banks.

Lucas also questioned Federal Reserve Vice Chair Barr about the specific timeline of determining the systemic risk designation for both banks. It is imperative that Congress have insight into the sequence of events and criteria used for this designation.

Click here to  read more and watch Lucas' Q&A
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Pollinator Power: Three Reasons Bees, Butterflies, Bats And More Are Important To Your Ranch

Cattle. Sheep. Goats. When ranchers think about the creatures living on their land, their minds probably go to the livestock. But there’s a whole host of other species in residence — and how many are present could indicate the health of the landscape.

Pollinators — the insects and animals that carry pollen from one plant to another — are an integral part of our ecosystem. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 75% of the world’s flowering plants and about 35% of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.

But they’re important to ranchers with native grasslands, too. Will Moseley, an agriculture consultant for Noble Research Institute, shares three reasons why.

1. Where there’s pollinators, there’s biodiversity.

“If you’re interested in regenerative ranching, you’re interested in biodiversity,” Moseley says. “And pollinators are a good indicator of biodiversity.”

Simply put, biodiversity means resiliency.

“When we have more insects, many of those insects are going to be predators,” Moseley explains. “And those predators help control pests, naturally.”

Additionally, insects and pollinators are an important part of the food web.

Click here to read about why pollinators are important on your land

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Factors Affecting Calf Prices in 2021-2022 from Superior Livestock Auction Data

Weekly, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist Paul Beck offers his expertise on the beef cattle industry. This is a part of the weekly series known as the “Cow-Calf Corner.” Today, he talks about factors impacting calf prices.

There are some management and health programs that consistently increase sale price of beef calves. An analysis of calf sales through the Superior Livestock Auction by Kansas State University and Merck Animal Health looked at traits of load lots of calves that had impacted sales price. This analysis included 15,287 lots with over 2.5 million calves. The average lot contained 168 head and weighed an average of 559 pounds. The base average price was $1.81/pound.

As you may suspect, calf sex had a large impact on sale price. Steers brought premiums of $19.26/cwt over the base price and mixed lots of steers and heifers brought $4.90/cwt over the base. There were no bull calves in this analysis, intact bull calves are known to receive discounts of $5 to 7/cwt compared to steers with discounts often reaching over $20/cwt for intact bull calves. The presence of horns leads to an average discount of $3.57/cwt or about $20/head. Survey data of cow-calf producers in Oklahoma (Mulenga, Raper, and Peel; 2021) indicated that 71% of producers castrate their calves and 77% practice some form of horn management.

Click here to read more from Paul Beck on factors impacting calf prices

FAPC to host an artisan and grain workshop on May 17

Renee Albers-Nelson, baking and milling specialist with the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University, is set to host All You Knead to Know, an artisan and grain workshop, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17 at FAPC.

Anyone from a chef to a farmer, as well as bakers in small and large bakeries, will find interest in this specialized workshop just for the baking industry.

“It’s a mystery to a lot of people how to bake a loaf of bread at home,” Albers-Nelson said. “But, baking is an art and it’s important to understand the history of wheat flour.”

This hands-on workshop will allow participants to hear from guest speakers including Mike Schulte, Oklahoma Wheat Commission executive director; Gary Lowrance, retired director of product development and quality control with Shawnee Milling Company; and Bailey Norwood, OSU agricultural economics professor.

Andrea Graves, business planning and marketing specialist, said participants will gain knowledge about OSU’s Wheat Breeding Program, wheat flour milling and the variety of flavors in bread.

Click here to read more about FAPC's artisan and grain workshop coming up

CAB Insider: Seasonal Quality Grade Highs Likely Already Posted

In early March, the fed cattle market topped out at just over $165/cwt. before pulling back to an average around $164/cwt., where prices have become stagnant for a few weeks. Live cattle contract prices on the CME have been unsettled, to put it mildly. It is likely that the unrest surrounding financial institutions, coupled with resulting equity market volatility, generated concerns about consumer beef demand.

The April Live Cattle contract topped at $166/cwt. on March 7 then rapidly fell to $161.50/cwt. on March 15. Another week’s worth of trading saw the contract bounce up and down in a range around $162/cwt., a discount to the spot cash cattle market. A strong recovery beginning last Friday has brought the April contract up to $165/cwt., now over $1/cwt. premium to last week’s cash trade and certainly more reflective of the cattle supply tightening moving into the spring.

The direction of the fed cattle market is also reflective of carcass cutout values this March. The CAB cutout touched the year-to-date high of $295/cwt. at the first of the month and has lost only a few dollars through last week’s average quote of $292/cwt. The Choice cutout also saw a short term high of $282/cwt. at the beginning of March but has dropped a bit more than the CAB value, giving up $6/cwt. to average almost $277/cwt. last week.

The cutout price direction in March has been softer during the past two weeks than the same period in 2021 and 2022. However, the general March trend this year, as well as the past two, can be described as a pullback prior to when spring beef buying demand kicks in. April demand is yet to be unveiled but protein buyers should be taking advantage of the recent dip in price on certain beef cuts, especially those popular for grilling.

Click here to read the full version of the latest CAB Insider

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were lower- Choice Beef was down 34 cents and Select Beef was down $1.46 on Wednesday 03/29/2023.

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

Boxed Beef Report

OKC West in El Reno had 6,436 head on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

According to USDA Market News- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 2.00-5.00 higher. Feeder heifers traded 1.00-3.00 higher. Demand good for feeder cattle. 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.

Meanwhile- OKC West Manager Bill Barnhart adds these thoughts on the OKC West Facebook page- "The market remained very strong on stockers and feeders at the auction this week. Futures have rallied off last week’s lows to near contract highs to fuel the cash market. No fat trade as of yet this week but most feel prices will be sharply higher. Slaughter rates are good, 379,000, so far this week and live weights are down #21 from a year ago. Packers need to replenish inventory with grilling season just around the corner. Light runs are expected until the graze out cattle begin to show up in late April."

Click below for the complete closing report.

OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 03/28 and 03/29/2023
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.
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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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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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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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