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Friday, June 2, 2023

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


  • Exceptional Drought Down to 2.7 Percent This Week In Oklahoma

  • Waiting to See If El Niño Brings More Moisture to Oklahoma in the Coming Year

  • Seeds For a Greater Future Planted at Cattlemen’s Conference

  • The Oklahoma AgCredit Board of Directors announce Bill Davis has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer

  • Kim Anderson Recommends Farmers Stagger Wheat Into Market

  • Secure Beef Supply-Is Your Operation Ready?

  • AFT Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Advance Agrivoltaics

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Exceptional Drought down to 2.7 Percent This Week In Oklahoma

According to the latest Oklahoma Drought Map, Exceptional drought has improved from last week, moving from 5.68 percent to this week’s 2.7 percent.

Extreme drought or worse has improved slightly, moving from last week’s 25.09 to 24.99 percent.

Severe drought or worse is unchanged from last week’s 43.18.

Severe drought or worse is unchanged from last week’s 43.18.

Moderate drought or worse conditions are also unchanged from last week’s 50.44 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions have worsened from last week, moving from last week’s 60.14 percent to this week’s 62.87 percent.

According to the 6-10-day precipitation outlook map, the majority of central and eastern Oklahoma is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through June 10. The panhandle and southwestern Oklahoma are leaning above a 40 to 50 percent chance of precipitation. The far northeast corner stands at a near-normal chance of precipitation.

Click here to read more to read a national drought summary and access this week's maps and charts
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Waiting to See If El Niño Brings More Moisture to Oklahoma in the Coming Year

Farm Director, KC Sheperd caught up with State Climatologist Gary McManus and talked about conditions in the state of Oklahoma as the state says, “goodbye” to La Niña.

Areas north and west of the I-44 corridor that have missed some good rains, McManus said, are finally seeing some moisture.

“We’ve had these long-term deficits and horrific drought conditions across that part of the state, and they are getting rainfall,” McManus said. “Now, it’s not always the greatest amount of rainfall in all areas due to the convective nature of the thunderstorms that we get. They don’t rain, you know, over a large uniform area. But there are a lot of places across northern and western Oklahoma getting, you know, four or five, six inches of rainfall just through May alone.”

McManus also talked about how those moisture deficits are impacting farmers and ranchers. Long-term impacts, McManus said, include ponds and stock tanks still needing more water to fill.

“By and large, the soil moisture has at least recovered to some degree, enough for planting and enough to get those plants to green up and to get the wheat crop back in shape,” McManus said. “But for those farm ponds and reservoirs, in a lot of cases, are still lacking that good rainfall.”

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd’s full conversation with State Climatologist Gary McManus

Seeds For a Greater Future Planted at Cattlemen’s Conference

At the recently completed Blueprint for The Future Cattlemen’s Conference, many key players in the seed stock and commercial cattle industry spoke about building success in the cattle industry.

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am featuring comments from Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Intern, Maci Carter’s interview with Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association, Jack Ward, about the two-day program.

Ward said he was impressed with the way the conference was put together.

“We have done a good job in U.S. beef production,” Ward said. “We produce more pounds of beef with fewer cows.”

The needle continues to move in terms of quality, Ward said, and in producing the kind of product that a consumer is willing to pay more for.

“I was very impressed with the very beginning of the conference when we had the folks from the Noble Foundation come and talk to us about the value of soil health, regenerative grazing, and the importance of that. I think that was brought to full fold over the last two or three years in terms of some of the areas that dealt with drought.”

Click here to read more and listen to Jack Ward talk about the recent Cattlemen’s Conference
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The Oklahoma AgCredit Board of Directors announce that Bill Davis has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer

Davis brings a wealth of credit and leadership experience to Oklahoma AgCredit. Since April 2022, Davis has offered agribusiness and farm business consulting services to agricultural financing institutions. Previously, Davis served as Executive Vice President of CoBank’s Farm Credit Banking Group since 2018. He was responsible for delivery to 22 affiliated Farm Credit associations with the banking services and products offered to Farm Credit partners by CoBank. Davis joined CoBank as Chief Credit Officer in 2017. CoBank is a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, including Oklahoma AgCredit.

Before CoBank, Davis was Chief Credit Officer for Farm Credit Services of America, the largest association in the Farm Credit System, where he also had roles as Senior Vice President – Credit and as Director of Credit Underwriting. Additionally, Davis served as Chief Credit Officer for Kansas-based Frontier Farm Credit and held senior credit positions at several Farm Credit institutions in Missouri earlier in his career.

“The Board of Directors welcomes the vast knowledge Mr. Davis has to offer Oklahoma AgCredit, both from his previous CoBank roles as well as his Farm Credit association experience,” said Board Chairman Gary Bledsoe. Acting CEO Steve Davenport is returning to his Chief Credit Officer responsibilities. The Board appreciates Davenport’s commitment to perform CEO duties in addition to his CCO role during April and May 2023 while the Board worked to identify the next CEO following the resignation of former CEO Patrick Zeka at the end of March 2023.

“We are eager for employees to begin working with Mr. Davis to continue providing excellent lending experiences to borrowers,” Bledsoe said. Davis shares that enthusiasm, saying “I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Oklahoma AgCredit through its next steps in delivering exceptional service and value to our members.”

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Kim Anderson Recommends Farmers Stagger Wheat Into Market

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about Oklahoma’s wheat harvest.

As the 2023 wheat harvest is underway, Anderson said the wheat is coming in looking relatively good.

“There are three problems with this harvest,” Anderson said. “One- production is well below average. Two- wheat prices have fallen off about $1.25 cents over the last week. Three- the farmers are selling this limited amount of wheat into a volatile market.”

Within 12 trading days, Anderson said $1.10 was lost, and it took 37 trading days to get that $1.10 back.

“In 11 trading days, we took $1.35 off of it,” Anderson said. “In 10 trading days, we added $1.60 back to that price, and then in ten trading days, we got back down to $7.25 where we are right now.”

Anderson said the best way to sell wheat in this volatile market is to stagger it into the market and sell it over time.

“Pick a day where you want to have all your wheat sold and set specific days you want to sell a certain percentage of it in that time,” Anderson said.

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

Secure Beef Supply-Is Your Operation Ready?

On today’s cow-calf corner, Rosslyn Biggs, DVM, OSU Extension State Beef Cattle Veterinarian, is talking about the value of a secure beef supply and biosecurity.

One of the greatest threats to United States’ agriculture is the potential introduction of foot and mouth disease (FMD). FMD is a highly contagious viral disease found in multiple countries around the world. Symptoms of FMD include a fever and blister like lesions on the mouth, udder and feet of cloven hooved animals. FMD occurs in both domestic livestock and wildlife.

Managed movement of livestock through permitting during an FMD outbreak would be essential in maintaining commerce activities and preserving animal welfare. The Secure Beef Supply Plan, a project funded by the USDA, focuses on these types of movement by encouraging individual producers to develop continuity of business plans now.

Producer participation in the Secure Beef Supply is voluntary. Cattle operations that choose to participate in the Secure Beef Supply Plan will be better prepared to request a movement permit once movement is allowed in an outbreak and may see benefits of reducing other disease outbreaks.

In a recent biosecurity survey by Oklahoma State University researchers, only 15.43% of Oklahoma cow-calf producers knew the recommendations of the Secure Beef Supply and had started any level of implementation on their operation.

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Biggs talk about the value of a secure beef supply and biosecurity

AFT Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Advance Agrivoltaics

American Farmland Trust (AFT) celebrated today’s introduction of the bipartisan Agrivoltaics Research and Demonstration Act of 2023. Introduced by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), the legislation would establish a framework for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to define and evaluate agrivoltaics to better incorporate the practice of pairing solar energy generation with agricultural production into USDA programs. It would also authorize USDA to create a network of research and demonstration sites. The bill’s introduction comes less than a week after AFT released its recommendations to Congress to advance a Smart Solar buildout in the upcoming Farm Bill that benefits rural communities and protects farmland and farm viability.  


“We applaud Senator Heinrich and Senator Braun for their forward-thinking leadership in introducing this bill,” said Tim Fink, Policy Director for American Farmland Trust. “As the essential transition toward renewable energy accelerates across the country, it must be done in a way that strengthens rural communities and minimizes the footprint on our most productive farmland. This legislation would help advance the potential for agrivoltaics to do both.”   

According to the Department of Energy, achieving the goal of a decarbonized electric sector by 2050 will require converting 10.4 million acres of land to solar energy generation. Farmland is often favored by solar developers, particularly high-quality farmland, because it is flat, sunny, cleared, and near energy infrastructure. In fact, recent AFT modeling revealed that 83% of new solar energy development is likely to take place on farmland if additional policy steps are not taken, with half of that on the nation’s best land for producing food and crops.  

Click here to read AFT's “smart solar principles” for policymakers, developers, and communities to follow

More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Mullin, Smith Introduce Bill to Protect Tribal Self-Governance in Meat Processing Operations
Listen to the Complete Presentation of Dr. Frank Mitloehner of UC-Davis at Cattlemen's Conference in Stillwater
Beltway Beef Podcast: Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Cattle Industry on WOTUS
Attorney General Gentner Drummond sues Biden administration over unlawful open-borders policies
Lucas Statement on Avoiding Default on Debt, Common-Sense Return to Fiscal Responsibility
RCalf's Bill Bullard Blasts USDA Over Proposal to Allow Beef from Paraguay into the US
ICYMI- OKFB’s Steve Thompson Discusses Wins for Rural Oklahoma from Legislative Session
NFU's Rob Larew- An Attack on Fairness for Farmers
Dairy Defined Podcast: Dairy’s Future Found in New Markets, New Leaders
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 60 cents and Select Beef was down 83 cents on Thursday 06/01/2023.

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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.

NOTE- Because of Memorial Day- there were no sales on Monday of this week at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- No Monday Cow and Bull Sale at OKC West, and No Monday sales at Joplin or Tulsa. The buttons below reflect the most recent sales of those markets- either last week or this week

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from May 22, 2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Replacement Cow and Bull Sale on 5/23/2023
Tulsa Stockyards Auction from Monday May 22, 2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 05/22/2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from  5/31/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 6/01/2023
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 06/01/2023
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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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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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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