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The Monday Oklahoma National Stockyards
trade featured 9,500 cattle- Feeder steers and heifers trading mostly 1.00- 4.00 higher. Steer calves lightly tested with a higher undertone noted. Click or tap here for the complete report.
The actual count for Monday at Joplin Regional Stockyards was 7,608- steer and heifer calves unevenly steady, yearling steers under 800 lbs and yearling heifers under 700 lbs steady, heavier weights steady to 3.00 higher. Click here for the USDA report from Joplin.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Wheat Harvest in Oklahoma Nearly Halfway Complete, As US Corn and Soybean Crops Progress Nicely
According to the USDA Crop Progress report released Monday, June 11, 2018 the US corn crop is now 94 percent emerged, ahead of both the year before and the average by 1 and 2 points, respectively. Corn's condition across the US rates this week 4 poor to very poor, 19 fair and 77 good to excellent. Meanwhile, soybean planting in the US is 93 percent complete for this season, ahead last year by 2 points and the average by 8 points. The US soybean crop is reported this week at 83 percent emerged, above year prior by 9 points and well ahead of the average of 69 by 14 points. The US soybean crop condition this week rates 4 poor to very poor, 22 fair and 74 good to excellent. Nationwide, winter wheat's condition is rated currently at 35 percent poor to very poor, 27 fair and 38 good to excellent with 91 percent of the crop headed and as of this week 14 percent harvested.
You can view the complete US Crop Progress report issued this week by the USDA, by clicking here
Checking in on our three-state region in the Southern Plains - In Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 49 percent, up 1 point from the previous year. It was a huge jump from the 7% harvested number of a week ago. Wheat's condition this week in Oklahoma rates 62 percent poor to very poor, 30 fair and 8 percent good to excellent.
NASS played catch up with the wheat industry reports of harvest in their Monday report- very close to the 51% harvested number reported by Plains Grains at the end of this past week. With so much uncertainty on the number of acres that will actually be combined for grain- the harvest percentage is much tougher to gauge this year versus recent years.
to view the complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma.
In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 15 percent very poor, 32 poor, 37 fair, 15 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 80 percent, near 82 last year, but ahead of 67 for the five-year average. Mature was 29 percent, equal to last year. Harvested was 2 percent, near 3 last year, and equal to average.
to view the complete Crop Progress report for Kansas.
Finally, in Texas, winter wheat's condition is rated this week at 34 percent very poor, 27 poor, 24 fair and 15 percent good to excellent with 58 percent of the crop harvested so far, higher than the average by 18 points but below last year's rating at this time by 12 points.
Click here for a look at the complete Crop Progress report for Texas this week.
Oklahoma and Kansas both saw minor improvement in the quality of their respective wheat crops this week, while the Texas crop again declined. Oklahoma's crop improved by 1 point from last week, moving the dial from 63 percent poor to very poor to 62 percent this week. The Kansas crop also improved, but by 2 percentage points from 49 percent last week to 47 percent poor to very poor this week. And in Texas, the crop's condition fell again from 58 percent poor to very poor last week to 61 percent this week.
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American Farm Bureau Weighs In on Issues Surrounding WOTUS Rule and Its Impact on Ag Producers
We reported yesterday morning on the Oklahoma Farm Report, that the American Farm Bureau Federation had joined with a broad coalition of other farm and business groups, to file a brief in support of 13 states challenging the EPA's 2015 "Waters of the United States" rule before a federal district court in North Dakota.
The brief explained how EPA surreptitiously expanded its Clean Water Act regulatory authority via the overreaching WOTUS rule that seized jurisdiction over small and isolated land and water features - and thereby breaking the law. The coalition argued that the rule is unconstitutionally vague and gives "malleable discretion" to bureaucrats to make their own determinations.
Last week, a federal district court in Georgia ruled to suspend the flawed 'Waters of the United States' rule from taking effect in 11 more states that challenged its legality - bring the total number of federal stays of the rule to 24 states all together.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall stated that, "While the ruling was a clear validation of many concerns that Farm Bureau has expressed about the rule, we need to continue to work diligently to support the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to formally repeal the rule." He continued to say, "The illegal rule is overbroad, vague and confusing, and it goes far beyond the intent of Congress when it passed the Clean Water Act."
AFBF has concluded that this overreaching rule has caused confusion and created a situation where farmers and ranchers would need to hire a team of lawyers and consultants to perform many ordinary farming practices on their land.
In his statement, Duvall called on the EPA to repeal and replace the WOTUS rule with a clear-cut, well-defined alternative that provides clean water but also allows farmers and ranchers the unencumbered ability to manage their operations as needed and through the lens of responsible stewardship.
Dairy Producers Take Center Stage in Dairy Month Celebrations - Part of 'Undeniably Devoted' Project Featuring Annual Blood Drive
The "Passion for Pints" Blood Drive is happening this week - an annual event coordinated by the regional dairy council, DairyMAX, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Everyone is invited and encouraged to roll out now through Friday to support our dairy producers and help replenish our state's blood bank. Visit any OBI donor site to participate and get a free t-shirt as a thank you for your support.
This year, the event coincides with the DairyMax initiative dubbed, "Undeniably Devoted," an extension of last year's promotion called "Undeniably Dairy." With June the host of National Dairy Month, DairyMax is leading the region in a month-long celebration of all things dairy.
Recognizing the gap that exists today between modern consumers and farmers, DairyMax has developed the "Undeniably Devoted" project with producers in the spotlight - a strategy organizers hope will help in building community connections to local farmers and raising the profile of dairy products and the nutritional benefits they offer.
The Meyer Family of M6 Dairy out of Okarche, Okla. is one example - being featured in a series of social media posts through DairyMax and the Undeniably Devoted campaign, including videos, that give a glimpse into the Meyer's operation and their everyday lives as dairy producers.
Susan Allen, a dairy advocate with DairyMAX, says this campaign will show consumers just how committed producers are to providing their customers the best quality products they can.
Allen dropped by our studios recently to talk about this initiative. You can continue reading to learn more or listen to my complete conversation with Allen, by clicking or tapping over to our website.
Strength of US Beef Exports Stands Out Among Overall Impressive Worldwide Beef Trade this Year
Worldwide, beef trade this year has been rather impressive, according to Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, who filled in for OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel this week in regard to the latest edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.
For April, Robb says the US has lead the way in tonnage of beef sold compared to a year ago. In terms of value, he says the US remained the top exporter of beef and variety meats and posted a 20% dollar-value increase compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, foreign markets for beef industry products continue to grow as well, especially in Asia.
In a recently published report detailing US monthly meat and poultry trade data for April, US beef exports during April were calculated at 16% above 2017's and the largest ever for that month, at 254 million pounds. At the same time, US beef imports declined year-over-year by 6%.
Robb asserts that demand has been a major factor in the current marketplace for beef, helping to mitigate the price of beef in the face of larger supplies looming in the months ahead, that the industry will have to absorb. Robb says robust export strength has acted as a cushion for beef prices so far this year, but now the question remains of whether or not that situation will continue to hold much longer as the aforementioned larger supplies begin to destabilize the current momentum of the beef trade. Robb consults the last WASDE report to help make that determination.
"In the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) issued last month by the USDA, their forecast was for U.S. beef exports in 2018 to be 3.03 billion pounds, 6% above 2017's," he writes. "That would be the first time for foreign sales to exceed 3 billion pounds. Year-to-date trends are on the path to reach that level."
Unfortunately, things are more complicated than they seem, as the WASDE report can only take into account current known factors. A variety of potential socio-political outcomes could easily disrupt patterns we see now and change the course of things - new tariffs, currency fluctuation, etc. With nothing labeled under certainty, it all becomes a matter of wait and see. Click here to read the complete article published in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.
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Putting the Smack-Down on Flies - Gregg Hanzlicek on Industry's Billion Dollar Problem of Fly Control
According to Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of the production animal field investigations unit of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University, fly control isn't just about managing parasite populations. He says it has a real financial impact on producers' bottom lines making it an issue of dollars and cents. In a recent interview, he explained how producers can approach this problem that costs ranchers industry-wide a billion dollars annually on their own operation.
During the summer months especially, cattle may be infested with a variety of external parasitic flies such as Horseflies and Face flies. But topping producers' most wanted list are Horn flies. Hanzlicek insists the tool most consider the front line of defense, insecticidal ear tags, is in fact the best weapon in fighting all three of these species.
"It's been shown that each one of those flies feeds anywhere from 20 to 40 times a day," he said. "Just that irritation alone has a huge negative impact on the production of these cows."
While ear tags are typically the most effective at managing fly populations, producers must stay on top of the buildup of resistance in their localized fly populations. One way of controlling that aspect, says Hanzlicek, are highly effective pass-through products that targets flies once they have left the animal and lays its eggs in fresh manure. If you find yourself in a situation where you are not comfortable deciding what action to take if the basic measures aren't showing results, Hanzlicek encourages you to seek the professional advice of your local veterinarian to make recommendations for your specific operations.
"That's probably one of our better controls for Horn flies," Hanzlicek said. "So, it's important we talk about it. It's important we try to control these external parasites."
Listen to Hanzlicek and I discuss the importance of fly control this summer and the negative impact it can have on your operation if left unmanaged, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.
OSU Entomologists Encourage Folks to Check Regularly and Guard Against Ticks this Summer
An article this week from OSU's Entomology department, is being circulated to raise awareness about the increased risk of tick bites during the summer months. While ticks are active year-round, OSU Entomologist Justin Talley says ticks will become especially aggressive over the next few months.
If you're going to be outdoors in areas where ticks are likely to be, Talley strongly encourages that you apply repellant especially around the ankles, up to the knees and around the waistline. The most effective tick repellants are products with at least 25 percent DEET.
Some natural, plant-based products, such as citrus oil and lemon grass oil, will work as repellants, too. Although these options are less effective than DEET.
In Oklahoma, pay close attention to ensure that if a tick is found on your person, be sure it is neither an American dog tick or a lone star tick - both of which are linked to tick-borne pathogens such as tularemia, ehrlichiosis and Spotted Fever Group rickettsiosis, which includes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
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|USDA Report Preview- WASDE Out at 11 AM This Morning
No big surprises are expected from USDA this morning when we get the regular monthly WASDE report from Uncle Sam- we will also get a revised winter wheat crop production number based on June first data as well- it should be very close to what reality will be for the southern plains wheat crop here in 2018- how many acres USDA believes will be harvested will be a real key.
For the WASDE Report- Allendale offers this:
"Average trade estimates for today's USDA Supply and Demand report have been released by Reuters. 2017/18 corn ending stocks are estimated at 2.166 billion bushels, soybeans .522, and wheat 1.079. 2018/19 corn ending stocks are estimated at 1.663 billion bushels, soybeans .417, and wheat .958. The report is due today at 11:00 AM."
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