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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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  • Jimmy Taylor Emphasizes the Value of Producer’s Dollars for the Beef Checkoff

  • From 9,400 Down to 3,200 Licenses- Medical Marijuana Invasion is on the Run

  • Bayer Carbon Program to Help Growers Earn Income While Improving Their Soils

  • Two Oklahomans Qualify as Top Ten Semifinalists at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifier

  • 2023 School Garden Contest Results Announced

  • Two Oklahomans Qualify as Top Ten Semifinalists at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifier

  • AMVAC Prepares to Launch Cotton Herbicide Featuring Quick Control of Broadleaf and Grass

  • Weaning Weight Versus Reproductive Efficiency with OSU’s Mark Johnson

Jimmy Taylor Emphasizes the Value of Producer’s Dollars for the Beef Checkoff

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with Oklahoma rancher and Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board, Jimmy Taylor.

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board is responsible for collecting and investing the dollar/head at beef checkoff. Taylor has been Chairman of the board for nearly a year.

Taylor said his favorite part of Beef Checkoff leadership has been the people.

“We have got 101 board members, and they are all volunteers,” Taylor said. “When we have meetings, they have hay to bale back home, and they have cattle to work, but they are willing to set that aside and give it their own time to help the industry and try to figure out how to promote and have research programs and educate consumers and health professionals about beef…”

Aside from the volunteers who sacrifice valuable time for the well-being of the beef industry, Taylor said the staff does a great job with the resources and limited funding they have available.

Click here to read more and listen to Jimmy Taylor talk about his time on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board

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From 9,400 Down to 3,200 Grow Licenses- Medical Marijuana Invasion is on the Run

Oklahoma's medical marijuana program has seen a "drastic reduction" in the number of criminal organizations that operate illegal farms in the state, officials announced in a press conference on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority said the registrations from growers are down from 9,400 in 2021 to 3,200 today.

"We can account for 1,000 of those grows that we physically touched and served search warrants on and shut down," officials said.

Once known as the "Wild West of Weed", the agencies said Oklahoma is now getting attention for some of the most "effective enforcement practices in the country."

The OBN created full-time Marijuana Enforcement Teams across the state and said those agents had made more than 200 arrests, seized over 700,000 pounds of black market-bound marijuana, and produced evidence to indict and arrest individuals involved in these "criminal" organizations, the agencies said.

News on 6 in Tulsa has a great story on the battle being waged by state officials- click on the Blue Button below to check it out.

State Agencies Have Taken the Fight to the Country Over Illegal Production of Medical Marijuana- Read More

Bayer Carbon Program to Help Growers Earn Income While Improving Their Soils

At the recent National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City, Associate Farm Editor Reagan Calk had the chance to visit with Bayer Director of Communications Brian Leake about Bayer’s carbon program.

“Our Bayer Carbon program is really a program that we have designed to help growers adopt some of these regenerative ag practices,” Leake said. “Whether it is cover crops, no-till, strip-till, things like that- we want to encourage farmers to adopt these practices that will ultimately help sequester carbon…”

Participating in Bayer’s carbon program not only helps farmers financially, Leake said, but also creates healthier soil for their crops and future yields.

“We pay growers on a per-practice adoption basis, per acre,” Leake said. “It is a flat rate, and it is based on the adoption of, whether they are deciding to for the first time to implement cover crops, no-till or strip-till.”

Leake said the program also offers partnerships with different companies with an interest in identifying growers that are growing products in a particular way.

Click here to read more and listen to Reagan Calk talk with Brian Leake about Bayer’s Carbon Program
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2023 School Garden Contest Results Announced

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Team are excited to announce the 2023 Statewide School Garden Contest results!

Congratulations to the following category winners:

Best Overall School Garden:

Positive Tomorrow School

Best Startup Garden:

Maysville Elementary School

Best Education Based Garden:

Eugene Field Elementary

Best Harvest Partnership School Garden:

Redbud Farm School

Best Community Collaboration School Garden:

Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary

To learn more about these schools and their gardens, click here.

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Two Oklahomans Qualify as Top Ten Semifinalists at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifier

After a day of competitive bid-calling in Paris, Kentucky, 10 more auctioneers have advanced to the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The qualifiers, led by Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio, will next compete in the semifinals, to be held at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in June.

The bid-caller from the Buckeye state said it was both exciting and humbling to win, especially with such tough competition. But even if he hadn’t come out on top, it’s still a great time.

“The competition is always exciting,” Mitchell said, adding that he understands why it’s such a popular event for spectators both in-person and online. “They say the people that have the best chant are cattle auctioneers because of the rhythmic ability and moving fast and repetition. I think it’s so popular with people because it’s a very pleasing sound to hear. The people like to hear the speed, the rhythm and try to keep up with that.”

Neil Bouray, Webber, Kansas, was named runner-up. Completing the Top 10 and semi-finalist qualifiers for June are: Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Justin Dodson, Welch, Oklahoma; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Oklahoma; Ben Morgan, Union, West Virginia; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kansas; and Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Virginia. Kyle Nisly, Montezuma, Georgia, was named high score rookie.

In addition to Dodson and Miller- Dakota Davis of Waukomis and Dustin Smith of Jay have also qualified to be in the field of 30 that will compete next June in Oklahoma City as LMA meets for their annual convention.

Click here to read more about the competition

AMVAC Prepares to Launch Cotton Herbicide Featuring Quick Control of Broadleaf and Grass

Farm Director, KC Sheperd, recently had the chance to talk with AMVAC Marketing Manager, Mark Foster, and talk about new products that can help cotton production and a few other crops.

“We are American-based, and our head office is in California,” Foster said. “We have four manufacturing plants located here in the U.S., and are happily and proudly U.S. owned and operated.”

A new product called Zalo, Foster said, is pending approval from the EPA. This brand-new herbicide, with a combination of two modes of action, will be available for cotton use, soybean use, and canola use for glufosinate-tolerant cotton.

Zalo will feature both broadleaf and grass control with a quick speed-to-kill.

“Our registration that is still pending is anywhere from emergence through two weeks before bloom, so it is a very wide application for a cotton grower to utilize,” Foster said. “As mentioned, many cotton growers also grow soybeans, so the same product can be used on both, pending they are both glufosinate tolerant."

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd talk with Mark Foster about new AMVAC products

Weaning Weight Versus Reproductive Efficiency with OSU’s Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner,” published electronically by Dr. Peel, Mark Johnson, and Paul Beck. Today, Johnson talks about weaning weight and reproductive efficiency.

Economic analysis of cow-calf operations shows a strong relationship between Profitability and both Percent Calf Crop Weaned per Exposed Female, and Pounds Weaned per Exposed Female. This “economic analysis” discussion often leads to a debate of what has more value to the profit potential of a commercial cow-calf operation that sells calves at weaning. Is it reproductive efficiency in the form of a higher Percent Calf Crop Weaned? Or is it the Weaning Weight of the calves? This week we take a look at the value of an extra 50 pounds of Weaning Weight versus an extra 5% Calf Crop Weaned per Exposed Female relative to current market values. 

Click here to read the full article from Mark Johnson on weaning weight and reproductive efficiency

AFBF Disappointed in USMCA Dairy Report

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the report released by a dispute settlement panel established under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement regarding Canada’s dairy tariff-rate quota allocation measures.

“AFBF is disappointed in the findings released by the dispute panel. We believe Canada’s TRQ policies put America’s hardworking dairy farmers at a disadvantage and don’t live up to the spirit of agreements put in place under USMCA.

“Canada has long been a strong trading partner for American farmers and ranchers, but that relationship relies on both sides playing fair. We encourage USTR Ambassador Tai and Secretary Vilsack to continue to fight to ensure our dairy farmers have access to a level playing field and Canadian consumers have access to a variety of choices at the supermarket.”

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was up 92 cents and Select Beef was down $1.45 on Tuesday 11/28/2023.

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

Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had a final count of 5,738 head on Monday November 27th.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers under 750 lbs. steady to 3.00 higher; few steers over 750 lbs. and feeder heifers 3.00-6.00 lower.

Demand for feeder cattle moderate at best. Feeder cattle futures traded sharply lower today, following last Friday's sharp declines. Steer

calves mostly steady. Heifer calves 4.00-8.00 higher. Several weaned calves available and demand very good for these. Moisture fell once

again over the weekend with some areas seeing snow. Northwestern Oklahoma saw up to 8 3/4 inches of snow.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 11/27/23

OKC West in El Reno had a total calf run of 4,500 head on Tuesday, November 28.

OKC West will sell yearlings today.

Compared to the last sale two week's ago: Steer calves that were long weaned and under 550 lbs sold mostly steady, heifer calves traded 1.00-3.00 higher under 550 lbs. Un-weaned and remainder of the calves traded 3.00-6.00 lower. Demand for light weight calves suitable for grazing wheat remains good, fleshy un-weaned calves sold with light to moderate demand. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (53% Steers, 43% Heifers, 4% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 23%.

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

OKC West in El Reno Calf Market Report from 111/28/2023
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 11/28/2023
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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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