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Friday, May 5, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Oklahoma Drought Monitor Reflects Significant Improvements After Recent Rains

  • NCBA Hopes to See Pullback on Significant Nexus in Supreme Court’s WOTUS Ruling

  • Pros and Cons of Pre-Planting Nitrogen for Winter Wheat with Brian Arnall

  • Ron's Friday This N That- Wheat Commission, State Capitol and FFA Kudos

  • The Rainfall Story of This Week- Followup Rains Across the Middle of the State- Not Much in the North

  • Emergency Drought Commission Meeting Coming up May 8th 10am

  • Noble County Tractor, Inc. Liquidation Auction in Perry, OK Tomorrow

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Oklahoma Drought Monitor Reflects Significant Improvements After Rains of a Week Ago

According to the latest Oklahoma Drought Map, Exceptional Drought has decreased significantly from last week’s 20.62 percent- now at 10.09 percent this week.

Extreme Drought or worse levels have decreased from 43.19 percent last week to 33.47 this week.

Severe Drought or worse saw some slight improvement, moving from last week’s 49.87 percent to 48.9 percent this week.

Moderate drought or worse is now at 52.47 percent, improving from last week’s 54.07 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions have improved since last week, moving from last week’s 64.52 percent to 59.42 percent this week.

According to the 6 to 10-Day Precipitation Outlook Map, the northeast corner of the state, along with most of the panhandle region spilling over into western Oklahoma, is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through May 13. The far western edge of the panhandle is standing at a “near normal” chance of rain. The rest of the state is leaning above a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain through that May 13 date.

To view Oklahoma's drought numbers for this week, click the Oklahoma Drought Map above the story.

Click here to read a national drought summary and see this week's graphs and charts
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NCBA Hopes to See Pullback on Significant Nexus in Supreme Court’s WOTUS Ruling

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am featuring comments from Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk’s visit with the Chief Council at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Mary-Thomas Hart. In today’s Beef Buzz, Hart talks about the Waters of the U.S. rule.

“We have had a couple of different court opinions across the country that have granted preliminary injunctions, so the first was in the southern district of Texas where we got a preliminary injunction for Texas and Idaho, and that was followed shortly after by a much larger preliminary injunction in North Dakota that granted a PI, or expanded that PI to cover 24 additional states,” Hart said. “Up to 26 states, or over half of the country, is currently protected from the implementation of the Biden administration’s WOTUS definition.”

As for the states that do not have a preliminary injunction, Hart said having the PI is dependent on where the government in those states stands. All 26 states who received the PI, Hart said, have a Republican attorney general who filed.

“If you are in a state with a Democratic-led attorney general or a Democratic-led state government, your state was less likely to file and ask for that preliminary injunction because they might be more okay with the Biden rule,” Hart said.

Hart said NCBA continues to engage with those Democratic-led states, to ensure the producers and state governments have the resources they need.

Click here to read more and listen to Mary-Thomas Hart talk about the latest on WOTUS.

Pros and Cons of Pre-Planting Nitrogen for Winter Wheat with Brian Arnall

I had the opportunity to talk with Precision Nutrient Management Extension Specialist for Oklahoma State University, Brian Arnall, about nitrogen application on winter wheat crops.

Arnall talked about the value of in-season nitrogen management so the environment can “play out” a little bit.

“On the forage side, we need that nitrogen to create the biomass, but on the grain-only side, we have seen for many ears that we are not getting any return on that pre-plant, versus something later season,” Arnall said. “We thought earlier we needed it for early vigor, we thought we needed it for tiller management and tiller production. All of these things we thought we needed early nitrogen for on our grain only crop isn’t playing that way.”

While on the forage side, that nitrogen is needed to create biomass, Arnall said on the grain-only side, there have not been any returns on the pre-planting of nitrogen versus the early season.

“It takes rain to grow grain and forage in Oklahoma- we all know that,” Arnall said. “When our nitrogen fertilizer goes into the soil, it turns into a mobile nutrient nitrate, so if we have a lot of rains, it is going to create leaching, it is going to create water movement below the root system. Early nitrogen on a good grain or forage year is likely to be lost due to leaching.”

Click here to read more and listen to Brian Arnall talk about utilizing nitrogen for winter wheat crops
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Ron's Friday This and That

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC) held their District III election, in El Reno on May 3rd.   District III on the OWC board consist of Beckham, Blaine, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Kingfisher, Roger Mills and Washita counties. Two candidates were nominated by the group to be submitted to Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur, for consideration of appointment.

Those individuals were Michael Peters from Okarche, OK, and Lindsey Von Tungeln-Vise, from El Reno, OK.


The individual appointed once selected will serve on the board beginning July 1, 2023, for a 5 year term that will end on June 31, 2028.


Like Yogi Berra would say- "It's like deja vu all over again." That's our Capitol Report this week- We checked in with OKFB Vice President for Public Policy Steve Thompson yesterday and he reports that the efforts to get an Education funding deal that all parties will live with got no further down the road this week- adding "they are nowhere near a deal."

He did say that they should know a lot more about theAg Community's hopes to get HB 2053 up for a final House vote on this coming Monday.

With the first week of May now in the books- time is starting to get short.


Congrats to Oklahoma FFA members across the state for another great convention- their second held in Tulsa.

Three Chapters deserve a tip of the hat(Among many I am sure):

Edmond- WOW- They will be a super sized part of our folks competing this coming fall in Indianapolis at the national convention- their members winning the State Prepared Speech Contest- Extemp, Parli Pro, Conduct of Meetings and Ag Tech and Mechanics.

Silo- this southeastern Oklahoma Chapter grabbed two State Championships- Entomology and Turfgrass- Silo FFA had the most students qualify for the State Speech Contest of any school in the State and they have their first ever State Officer in Kayla Poling!

Stillwater- Last fall, they dominated the National Agriscience Fair in Indy- this past week- they crushed it at the State Agriscience Fair- picking up the Sweepstakes Championship. And the Cherry on top- Abigail Burton was named State Star in Agriscience.

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network weekdays-

if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click below for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays and KC Sheperd on RON.
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The Rainfall Story of This Week- Followup Rains Across the Middle of the State- Not Much in the North

The map above shows you where we have had rainfall across Oklahoma this week- and is an early predictor to what we might see in next week's Drought Monitor.

With very little rain the northern areas of the state- and not much predicted between now and Tuesday- it's unlikely that we will get much additional reduction in extreme or exceptional drought when the next Monitor is released.

The band of rain shown across the middle of the state could help n those counties to roll back drought just a bit more as as our soil moisture profile getting rebuilt a bit- and ponds in the heavier rainfall areas getting some water back in them.

The forecast for this coming week suggests we might get more rainfall- especially as we get to Wednesday and Thusday.

Keep those prayers up for rain!

Emergency Drought Commission Meeting Coming up May 8th 10am

The Oklahoma Emergency Drought Commission will meet on May 8 at 10:00 Am at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Building in the board room. There will be an opportunity for public comment.

Oklahoma’s Emergency Drought Commission, enabled through passage of Enrolled House Bill 1923 in 2013, provides funding for drought mitigation and related projects in Oklahoma in conjunction with a formal gubernatorial drought declaration. The Emergency Drought Commission consists of the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. 

The Emergency Drought Commission shall determine the expenditures to be made from the Emergency Drought Relief Fund, totaling up to three million dollars as appropriated by House Bill 2959, and shall determine the appropriate agency to expend the funds. The activities of the Emergency Drought Commission shall continue until it is determined by the Governor that a drought emergency no longer exists in the state. Specific assistance projects are limited to the affected counties and must be approved by the Oklahoma Emergency Drought Commission. The Emergency Drought Commission also serves as a permanent drought advisory panel to the Governor and appropriate state agencies.

Click here to see the full agenda and more infomration

Noble County Tractor, Inc. Liquidation Auction in Perry, OK Tomorrow

Noble County Tractors officially closed their doors on March 31st this year after 75 years of service and have commissioned Pickens Auctions to liquidate the remaining assets. The assets include Prime Perry, OK, commercial real estate, parts, shop tools, equipment, trucks, and trailers.

One of the items included in the auction will be a 1959 Edsel with only 62,000 original miles that Richard sold brand new and purchased back from the original owner years later. Another item included in the offering is a 1949 GMC truck with 44,000 original miles. Gregg Pickens says "We are truly honored to auction the real estate and assets of Noble County Tractor, Inc."

The sale will be tomorrow- Saturday May 6th at 9 AM at the business location- 629 Elm Street in Perry.

For Auction Info, click here.
Read more about Noble County Tractor and Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Richard and Wally Randall.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 43 cents and Select Beef was up 37 cents on Thursday 05/04/2023.

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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 May 1, 2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market from Tuesday 05/02/2023
Tulsa Auction Report from Monday 05/01/2023  Feeders Sharply Higher
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday May 1, 2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 05/02 andd 05/03/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday May 4, 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 05/04/2023
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: 
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