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Friday, March 31, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Cattlemen’s Conference This May to Offer a Blueprint for the Future

  • Oklahoma Drought Map Shows Mixed Bag- Exceptional and Extreme Worse- Other Categories Improving

  • Brady Sidwell Emphasizes Importance of Risk Management for Ag Producers

  • Lankford Pushes to Protect Oklahoma Farmland from Foreign Nationals

  • Griswold Cattle's Grass to Grid Bull Sale Set for Today

  • Ag Groups React to Senate Disapproval Vote on WOTUS

  • The Biggest Factor Impacting Prices Between Now and Wheat Harvest is Weather, says Kim Anderson

  • Dairy Fueling the Field

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Cattlemen’s Conference This May to Offer a Blueprint for the Future

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, Dr. Mark Johnson about the upcoming Cattlemen’s Conference set to take place on May 24-25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Cattlemen’s Conference is a type conference based around building and crafting the right kind of cattle. Thirty Five years ago, cattle industry leaders came together and held the Blue Print for the Right Kind of Cattle Conference, focused on building cattle that fit the industry at that given time. Today, the industry has evolved and therefore, our cattle need to do the same.

“It really led us to where we are today to do the best job we could to make improvement in cattle and increase profit potential in beef production,” Johnson said. “We needed to be using EPDs and genetic values for the traits that we could measure objectively.”

The topics to be discussed at the Cattlemen’s Conference, Johnson said, will be broad in scope.

“We are going to address pasture management, dealing with drought, and making our soil plants and beef production systems sustainable long-term,” Johnson said. “We are going to take a look at current trends in the meat packing industry. We are going to take a look at some data that we are collecting right now in terms of what is going on nationally in terms of carcass size and carcass specifications that we get into right now.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Dr. Mark Johnson about the upcoming Cattlemen’s Congress
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Oklahoma Drought Map Shows a Mixed Bag This Week- Exceptional and Extreme Slightly Worse- Other Categories Slightly Better

According to the latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor report, Exceptional drought in the state has increased from 11.2 percent to 12.8 percent since last week.

Extreme drought or worse has increased slightly from 36.6 percent to 37.3 percent.

Severe drought or worse has decreased from 50.1 percent to 48.5 percent.

Moderate drought or worse has decreased from 59.07 percent to 53.6 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions have also decreased from 65.6 percent to 60.3 percent.

According to the 6-10-day precipitation outlook map, roughly the southeast half of the state is leaning above a 40 to 50 percent chance of precipitation through April 8. Central Oklahoma and further west, including the panhandle and that southwest region is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through April 8.

To see the latest Oklahoma drought stats, click the Oklahoma drought map above the story.

Click here to read a national drought summary and access this week's graphs and charts

Brady Sidwell Emphasizes Importance of Risk Management for Ag Producers

At the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Spring Seminar, a panel of remarkable speakers came out and had the chance to educate guests on many topics relevant to today’s cattle industry, from operational diversification to protecting your profits.

Associate Farm Editor Reagan Calk had the chance to catch up with Brady Sidwell with Sidwell Strategies, after his presentation, where he talked about the importance of risk management.

With factors such as weather extremes and grain price movements impacting the markets, Sidwell said he does not see any relief for that volatility in those markets happening any time soon.

“Macro forces have been a big factor in commodity markets and cattle markets as of late with everything going on in the banking sector and around the world and geopolitics,” Sidwell said. “For quite some time, we are going to see all these factors continue to influence, and weather extremes continue to influence the cattle market volatility.”

As China has emerged as one of the largest beef importers from the U.S. market, Sidwell said things are becoming more challenging.

“President Xi just came off the national congress and was appointed into an unprecedented third term as president of the country as consolidated power, and then, of course, just getting back from Russia here a week ago,” Sidwell said. “It is clear between partnerships there and potential for some kind of Taiwan aggression, that the border and the emergence of China and kind of the counter to western allies are getting trickier.”

Click here to read more and listen to Brady Sidwell talk about risk management
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Lankford Pushes to Protect Oklahoma Farmland from Foreign Nationals

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the bipartisan Security and Oversight of International Landholdings (SOIL) Act, along with Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), in order to provide oversight and transparency of purchases of US agricultural land that threaten national security. On the heels of a successful rejection of allowing more marijuana growth in the state, Lankford continues to respond to concerns from Oklahomans about the multiple recent purchases of Oklahoma agricultural land by foreign entities.

“Our state overwhelming rejected ‘legalizing’ recreational marijuana earlier this month because we have seen firsthand how foreign criminal organizations exploit vulnerabilities in our law to destroy our families and communities for their profit,” said Lankford. “Every region of Oklahoma is concerned about foreign nationals buying up farmland. Our loose oversight has allowed transnational criminal organizations to partner with Chinese nationals to buy land and businesses throughout Oklahoma. This is a national security issue and a human rights issue. We need to know who is buying our land, how they are using it, and if any criminal activity is occurring.”

Oklahoma has over 7,000 licensed marijuana grows. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) believes that 2,000 of those farms have a Chinese connection. The marijuana market in Oklahoma has ushered in other serious crimes like human trafficking, forced labor, and money laundering.

“While there’s no question America has some of the best farmland in the world, it’s doubtful China is buying it up to plant more wheat and potatoes,” said Risch. “The SOIL Act will introduce stricter measures and oversight to prevent bad actors, like China and Russia, from purchasing our agricultural land—particularly land near US military installations.”

Click here to read more about efforts to protect Oklahoma's land from foreign ownership

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Griswold Cattle Grass to Grid Bull and Female Sale Happens TODAY in Stillwater

Griswold Cattle Company Grass to Grid Bull Sale is TODAY-

Friday- March 31, 2023 at 1:00 PM

The sale is being held at the GRISWOLD CATTLE SALE FACILITY located at 9313 East 6th Avenue in Stillwater, Oklahoma

(Located 7 miles east of the Highways 177 and 51 junction)

Selling 160 Bulls

Angus, SimAngus and MaineAngus

For more information- call John Griswold 405-780-3300

Click here for the Grass to Grid sales information on the Griswold Cattle website- including a link to the Sale Book, videos and Sale Order.

Ag Groups React to Senate Disapproval Vote on WOTUS

In response to the U.S. Senate passing a resolution to stop the Biden administration’s latest Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, several ag groups have released reactions to this action.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented Thursday on the Senate passage of a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval of the 2023 Waters of the U.S. Rule.

“AFBF applauds Senators for coming together to repeal the 2023 WOTUS rule. Today’s bipartisan vote under the Congressional Review Act follows a similar effort in the House earlier this month. A majority of Congress has now told EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers that this overreaching rule will lead to more uncertainty for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“Farmers and ranchers are committed to protecting the land and water they rely on to grow food for America’s families. Unfortunately, the 2023 WOTUS threatens the progress made to responsibly manage natural resources. We urge President Biden to recognize the concerns from members of both parties and rescind this troubled rule.”

NASDA applauds bipartisan passage of WOTUS CRA
NCBA Grateful for Senate Passage of Resolution to Stop WOTUS Rule

The Biggest Factor Impacting Prices Between Now and Wheat Harvest is Weather, says Kim Anderson

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 and prices. 

“If you have been watching crop prices lately, you have probably been pretty bored,” Anderson said. “However, we have had enough moving in the prices to make some farmers nervous.”

Anderson said harvest delivery of wheat in northern Oklahoma around the Medford and Pond Creek area is around $8.00 to $8.20 per bushel. Southern Oklahoma around Snyder, Anderson said, is around $7.90, and the panhandle is around $8.20 to $8.25 per bushel.

Corn can be forward contracted in northern Oklahoma around the Medford and Pond Creek area for around $5.50 per bushel, Anderson said, and in southern Oklahoma around Weatherford, corn is forward contracting for $5.90 per bushel. In the panhandle, it is around $6.30.

Soybeans can be forward contracted in most of Oklahoma for around $12.20, Anderson said, and in the panhandle area for about $11.90.

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

Dairy Fueling the Field

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Foundationally, the NIL policies comprise three elements known as “right of publicity” which include name – used to identify and address someone, image- photographs, imagery or videos of someone and likeness – the students’ identity as an athlete that makes them marketable. Already utilizing and seeing success with similar sports partnerships such as Olympic athletes, Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL ambassadors and as the official nutrition partner of the Dallas Cowboys- expanding into college athletes to promote Built w/ Chocolate Milk and other sports nutrition messaging was a natural fit for Dairy MAX.

College athletes present a unique marketing opportunity for Dairy MAX. They are health-conscious, making them the perfect fit to share the many nutritional and recovery benefits of dairy, but are also diverse in many ways, including gender, sport, background, and channels where they share information. This diversity presents more opportunities to partner with female athletes and reach other sports outside of football. Collegiate athletes are also at the perfect age to capture the attention of the Gen Z audience (ages 11-26).

Click here to read more about Dairy MAX partnering with college athletes

More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Oklahoma Forestry Services Urges Caution During High Fire Danger
Sorghum Checkoff Taps Into Google’s Expertise to Grow Consumer Awareness and Drive Demand
New H-2A Wage Rate Calculations Will Hurt Farmers
Lucas Praises Passage of Lower Energy Costs Act
Continuing to Pave the Way for Corn as an Industrial Feedstock
Unwanted pesticide disposal events set for McAlester and Kingfisher
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were lower- Choice Beef was down $1.09 and Select Beef was down 44 cents on Thursday 03/30/2023.

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

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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 03/27/2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market from Tuesday 03/28/2023
Tulsa Auction Report from Monday 03/27/2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 03/27/2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 03/28 and 03/29/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 03/30/2023
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 03/30/2023
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 03/30/2023
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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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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