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At the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City on Monday- Compared to the last sale two weeks ago: Feeder steers and heifers 3.00-7.00 higher. 500-600 lb. steer calves 2.00-7.00 higher with the heifer calves 1.00-5.00 higher. Click or tap here for the complete report.
Joplin Regional Stockyards sold over 10,000 head- and compared to 2 weeks ago- steer and heifer calves steady to 5.00 higher, yearlings steady to 3.00 higher. Click here for more details.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
According to the USDA Crop Progress Report for this week, released Monday, June 04, 2018 - the US corn crop is rated at 78 percent good to excellent, 19 fair and 3 percent poor to very poor. Corn planted has reached 97 percent complete and emerged is slightly above average at 86 percent. Meanwhile, the US wheat harvest continues this week in the Southern Plains with this year's harvest reported at 5 percent complete, just 1 point ahead of the average but 4 points behind last year.
Click here for a look at this week's complete US Crop Progress Report.
In Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 7 percent, down 2 points from normal. Wheat's condition rates this week at 11 percent good to excellent, 26 fair and 63 poor to very poor. The NASS harvest number is well under the Plains Grains Harvest figure for Oklahoma of 15% that was released last Friday morning- the percent done number this year will be especially hard to figure given the number of acres baled for hay- and otherwise abandoned. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will offered their take on harvest later today in a report that will feature comments from grain elevators across the region here at at the start of the week.
Click here for a look at this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.
In Kansas, winter wheat condition rates 16 percent very poor, 33 poor, 35 fair, 15 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 96 percent, near 99 last year and 97 for the five-year average.
Click here for a look at this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Kansas.
Finally, in Texas, wheat harvest continued in the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands and South Central Texas. Hot temperatures were rapidly ripening wheat in the Northern High Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Wheat harvest this week in Texas is at 35 percent complete, ahead of normal by 11 points and below last year by 18 points. Winter wheat's condition in Texas rates this week at 16 percent good to excellent, 26 fair and 58 percent poor to very poor.
Click here for a look at this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Texas.
Oklahoma's wheat crop was no worse for wear this week compared to last, while the crop in both Kansas and Texas saw some deterioration in its conditions in this week's report. Oklahoma's crop so no change from last week, still at 63 percent poor to very poor. The Kansas crop meanwhile declined by 1 percentage point from 48 percent last week to 49 percent poor to very poor this week. And in Texas, the crop's condition fell from 54 percent poor to very poor last week to 58 percent this week.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
OSU's Department of Animal Sciences Rededicated as the Department of Animal & Food Sciences
Later this summer, as of July 1, the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, will officially be rededicated as the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
The name change was decided upon with input from faculty, staff, students and alumni of the department. The new name is more inclusive and reflects the growing demand for food science professionals in Oklahoma's ag industry.
"As careers in food science continue to increase, it's creating a significant demand for food science graduates," said Clint Rusk, head of the newly renamed department,. "Having the food science disciplines recognized in the department's name will draw more attention to the major we offer here at Oklahoma State and recognize the contributions of the food scientists in our department."
CASNR has offered an undergraduate degree program in food science through this department with options in industry, meat, safety and science, since 2007.
The department has undergone several name changes since the founding of Oklahoma A&M College in 1890, including most recently in 1977 when the unit became the Department of Animal Science.
Read the original announcement from DASNR on our website, here.
EPA Petitioned to Revise Renewable Fuel Obligations as It Fails to Comply with Existing Mandate
A coalition of biofuels and agriculture groups are demanding the Environmental Protection Agency account for lost volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The coalition says the volumes, or gallons in question, were lost to hardship waivers granted to refiners by the EPA, which is estimated at more than one billion gallons of the 15-billion-gallon target.
National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes says the lost volumes "are having a negative effect on the nation's corn growers" at a time when net farm income is projected to hit its lowest point in 12 years.
The petition filed by the coalition included the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and National Farmers Union.
The group also filed suit in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the same issue. However, the petitioners at the same time requested that the court stay proceedings for a period of time.
Click here to read more about this story on our website.
Enhanced BVDv Control Could Potentially Add Up to $24/Head in Net Value to the US Beef Industry
According to OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel, the beef industry would significantly benefit from an increased effort to control BVDv which would add to the overall value of cattle at market.
"Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus (BVDv) disease is one of the contributing disease agents in Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). BVDv is an immunosuppressive disease that increases the morbidity and virulence of other respiratory disease agents," explained Peel in his article this week for the Cow/Calf Corner. "Eliminating or greatly reducing BVDv would not stop BRD from impacting the cattle industry but unique characteristics of BVDv enhance the impacts of the disease and also contribute to a level of control that is less than economically optimal for the industry."
While BVDv is enough of a challenge on its own when it infects average livestock, the real threat are those animals that are prone to the disease and are persistently infected (PI) with it. This creates an issue for stockers and feeders, as a hotspot in herds that continuously exposes other animals to the BVD virus and represents a constant reservoir of the disease throughout the industry.
While BVDv is not typically monitored among cow/calf operations, Peel suggests that if producers at this level of production were to identify and treat symptomatic animals during this life stage, it could have a significant impact on the industry by stopping the spread of these PI animals from the source. Over time, this practice would also help reduce the impact this disease has on herds that are not generally recognized and attributed to BVDv, such as lower calving percentages (abortions and failure to breed); lower weaning weights; and increase pre-weaning calf mortality.
"Recent research at Oklahoma State University shows that the net value of enhanced BVDv control in the beef industry may be as much as $24/head," Peel writes. "However, there are no widely used market mechanisms for the stocker and feedlot sectors, who are the primary beneficiaries of enhanced BVDv control, to provide better incentives to the cow-calf sector to find and eliminate PI cattle before they leave the ranch. For the vast majority of cow-calf operations that are not infected, the cost of testing to ensure PI-free status is a net cost that is not compensated. PI-free premiums can help but are not regularly used. PI infected cow-calf herds will benefit directly over time from eliminating the disease but will incur significant initial costs to detect and depopulate PI animals. An indemnity program to pay for eliminating PI animals might increase incentives for better BVDv control in cow-calf herds. Moreover, unless enhanced BVDv control is implemented as a comprehensive effort, even a reduced number of PI animals will significantly compromise the value of BVDv control at the stocker and feedlot level. It will take a coordinated industry effort to realize the value of enhanced BVDv control in beef industry. Nevertheless, it appears the value is there."
Click here to read the full analysis by Peel in this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
Animal Agriculture Alliance Highly Concerned by Animal Rights Activist Organization's Extreme Activity
The Animal Agriculture Alliance, was appalled by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, an extreme animal rights group. As part of its "Animal Liberation Conference," Direct Action Everywhere spearheaded a protest during which hundreds of activists descended upon a California farm. A release from the AAA described how the activists unlawfully entered a barn and stole animals. Ultimately, dozens of activists were arrested for trespassing on the farm.
Ringleaders of this stunt are now calling upon activists across the country to receive training in order to conduct copycat protests on other farms - a practice that is becoming all too common. According to the AAA, Direct Action Everywhere has conducted several self-proclaimed "open rescues," in which they trespass on farms and remove animals. The Alliance has expressed great concern for this unlawful behavior and activists' complete disregard for farmers' private property rights and the safety of livestock.
Unauthorized visitors to barns can introduce disease threats and frighten animals, potentially causing injury. Removing animals from their controlled environment also exposes them to potential diseases which could lead to death. Despite activists' claims to the contrary, biosecurity is of the utmost importance on farms and established protocols need to be followed. By entering barns and handling animals without prior authorization and appropriate oversight, these extremists are putting the health and safety of livestock and poultry at risk in order to get attention for their cause.
Recognizing that agriculture and food production is a critical component of our national security and the rise of extreme activism, the Alliance is calling on business owners to strengthen the security measures on their operations and work with local law enforcement to prevent these unlawful "visits" from occurring.
For more information on farm security or details about this incident, click here
Rancher Donnell Brown Shares His Three Tips for Success - Learn About Them In Person at Upcoming Texoma Cattlemen's Conference
As described on the RA Brown Ranch website, Donnell Brown is the "Head Honcho" of the Throckmorton, Texas based ranching operation. He and his wife, Kelli, were for many years involved in the speakers' circuit, talking to producers and youth in agriculture. However, they took time out for several years to focus on raising their family, but now since their nest is empty, Brown has triumphantly returned to the podium and has found himself very much in demand as an orator that consistently brings a positive message to producers - inspiring them to proactively move the industry forward and constantly strive for self-improvement. I caught up with Brown, during the recent Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth. You'll have your own chance to catch up with Brown, by attending the upcoming Texoma Cattlemen's Conference, Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Ardmore Convention Center.
Brown talked to producers in attendance about strategies and tactics they can implement on their operations to essentially do a better job at what they do, be more efficient and profitable and more successful. To help producers achieve this goal, he has distilled his entire philosophy as it relates to ranch management down to three rules.
"Rule No. 1," he said. "Select the cow that fits your environment. The cow is the factory and if she's not running at peak efficiency, then she's probably costing too much money." He continued, "Rule No. 2 - select the bull that best compliments the cow to produce the calf that best fits your market. So, with this we have to think a little deeper..."
Brown says at this point, a producer must consider their operation's marketing plan, what the strengths and weaknesses are in their cows and what characteristics should a bull possess to best blend with your cows to produce the calf that fits your market.
"Rule No. 3 - select the breeding system that best fits your management," he concluded. "As we look a different management, some people want to be intensely managed - those high metabolism people that want to be going and doing something; can't sit still. They can do more things that are intensive in management but have opportunity for increased return. There are other people that love the lifestyle of ranching but don't want it to be an intensive burden on the work load. I believe it is important to fit the management to your personality and your strengths, so you can enjoy your business."
Listen to our full conversation with Brown as he offers his top three tips to ranch managers, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.
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|As a Company Name- Monsanto Effectively Disappears Tomorrow as Bayer Swallows Them Whole
Bayer plans to complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June, 7(Tomorrow), following the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory authorities. "The acquisition of Monsanto is a strategic milestone in strengthening our portfolio of leading businesses in health and nutrition. We will double the size of our agriculture business and create a leading innovation engine in agriculture, positioning us to better serve our customers and unlock the long-term growth potential in the sector," said Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG.
The closure comes two years after Bayer announced the intention to acquire Monsanto. As part of the $63 billion agreement, Bayer will remain the company name, and Monsanto will no longer be a company name, according to Bayer. The acquired products will retain their brand names and become part of the Bayer portfolio, and Bayer will become the sole shareholder of Monsanto on June 7th.
According to the conditional approval from the United States Department of Justice, the integration of Monsanto into Bayer can take place as soon as the government required divestments to BASF have been completed. Bayer expects moving its assets required to be sold to BASF, including the Liberty Link brand, to BASF in approximately two months.
You can read more by clicking here for the news release on the website that has been in place to chronicle the acquisition for the last couple of years now as Bayer swallows up the company that changed farming around the world with its product Roundup- and the resulting farming systems that were developed with Roundup Ready traits added to multiple crops.
Roundup is the brand name for Glyphosate- and it is a chemical that has been celebrated and has been vilified.
I remember attending a meeting in 2010 down in Miami that looked at the issues that were developing with weed resistance- and one of the presenters at that meeting- the first ever Pan America Weed Resistance Conference- was Dr. Stephen Powles of the University of Western Australia. Dr. Powles was a huge fan of Glyphosate, but offered a gloomy outlook regarding its eventual fate as a useful herbicide. Powles told the gathering that it is unlikely that most people in the room will ever see as good of a herbicide as Glyphosate again in their lifetime- it truly is a "one year in a hundred years" kind of a product.
You can travel back in time with us today and listen to his comments about the chemical that made Monsanto a multi billion dollar company- and where he saw global agriculture going as the reality of resistance to Roundup was becoming a big deal. Click or tap here for that report from 2010.
What's your take on Monsanto and Roundup? Drop me an email if you care to weigh in as Bayer erases the name of Monsanto from the corporate books this week.
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