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Monday, February 26, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Scott Blubaugh Highlights Hot Topics Discussed at 119th AFR Convention

  • Derrell Peel- Cattle on Feed Numbers Even With Year Ago - Smaller Numbers Ahead

  • OSU’s Scott Senseman Emphasizes Value of OSU Field Days and Improvements to University Ag Facilities

  • Jackie McGolden of Fairview Named 2024 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

  • Firestone Ag Helps Farmers Make the Most Out of Their Tire Investment

  • Gain a New View of Your Pastures’ Forage Potential

  • OPSU Performance Bull Sale Coming Up February 27th

  • Pic of the Week- FFA Day at the State Capitol

Scott Blubaugh Highlights Hot Topics Discussed at 119th AFR Convention

On Saturday, February 24, at the 2024 American Farmers and Ranchers convention held in Norman, Oklahoma, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to talk with AFR President Scott Blubaugh about topics discussed at this year’s convention.

Blubaugh said topics of conversation in policy meetings included a focus on agricultural markets, enforcing anti-monopoly and trust laws, farm bill, and more.

“We are a general farm organization, so our policy book is rather thick, and we touch a lot on different issues throughout the state,” Blubaugh said.

One issue Blubaugh said he foresees to be discussed heavily at the state level this year is water.

“We are running out of water in the Ogallala Aquafer, and we are seeing many of our farmers out in the Panhandle there that rely on that aquifer; those wells are drying up at least around the edges of the aquifer,” Blubaugh said. “They are having to change their cropping patterns and raise different crops that require less water than corn does.”

Blubaugh is especially proud of an announcement that has come from the National Farmers Union- they are planning their National Convention in 2025 in Oklahoma City. The dates that have been announced are March 9-11, 2025.

Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Scott Blubaugh about the 2024 AFR Convention

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Derrell Peel- Cattle on Feed Numbers Even With Year Ago Inventory- Smaller Numbers Ahead

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel believes the February USDA Cattle on Feed Report is an indicator of smaller feedlot inventories ahead for the foreseeable future.

I talked with Dr. Peel on Friday afternoon after the release of that report.

According to USDA- The total number of cattle on feed as of February first was basically even with a year ago- 40,000 head larger. Placements were seven percent less than a year ago (versus a pre report guess of 12% under last year) and the marketings were 100% of a year ago.

Dr. Peel says “Starting last fall, we had three or four months of big placements that pulled the numbers back above year ago levels but that was a short term thing- I think that was a function of drought conditions and high prices that encouraged people to sell but the fact of the matter is the tighter numbers and the overall inventory situation says that these feedlot inventories are going to come down and we are starting to see that now.”

Peel adds that we have arrived at a point where “I think we are here now where we will see these numbers tighten up appreciably” and he believes “we are liable to pull down these feedlot inventories down a million head in the next few months.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Dr. Derrell Peel talk about the report and what it may mean to the start of rebuilding the US Beef Cow Herd

OSU’s Scott Senseman Emphasizes Value of OSU Field Days and Improvements to University Ag Facilities

At the OCIA/OGI Meeting in Oklahoma City, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to talk with Dr. Scott Senseman, associate vice president of research for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Senseman and Sheperd talk about upcoming OSU field days and more.

“It is a real chance for any producer to come and really talk with other producers, but also the key investigators that are really getting down to the key aspects of what it is that they are finding hot off the press,” Senseman said. “From our standpoint, it is a great opportunity to share information, gather together…”

These field events are not only for wheat, Senseman said, as multiple crops are covered. Senseman said along with producers and OSU researchers, these events are also a great place for state leadership to come and see what is going on with agriculture across the state.

Looking into 2024, Senseman said he is most excited about the New Frontiers Ag Hall building, which he believes will foster a collaborative spirit in both students and faculty. Secondly, Senseman said he is looking forward to enhancing programs for wheat improvements through a new agronomy farm.

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Scott Senseman talk about OSU field days and improvements for the agricultural college.
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Jackie McGolden of Fairview Named 2024 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is excited to announce Mrs. Jackie McGolden as the 2024 Teacher of the Year.

“After watching Jackie interact with her students through the years, it is evident her passion for teaching about agriculture is not limited to one day or even one thematic unit, but she infuses agriculture into every part of the year,” said State AITC Coordinator, Melody Blosser. “Her students have hands-on opportunities with production agriculture on a regular basis.

McGolden has taught at Fairview Public Schools for 25 years and has been a teacher for 38 years.

“Last summer, a past student told her younger brother he would be in my class next year,” McGolden said. “She couldn’t wait to tell her brother that I would soon be his teacher and he would get to visit the Sale Barn. This interaction made me wonder how past students viewed me, and then I realized that is exactly how I want to be viewed.”

Click here to read more about Mrs. Jackie McGolden winning 2024 Teacher of the Year.

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Firestone Ag Helps Farmers Make the Most Out of Their Tire Investment

On February 14th, a Fuel Savings Field Clinic was hosted by Firestone Ag in Enid, Oklahoma. The clinic discussed a variety of topics for farmers, including how to spend less time in the field, maximizing tire traction, how to cut fuel costs, and more. Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to visit with Firestone Ag Field Engineer Austin Fischer about the highlights from the clinic.

“What we are trying to do is to create these opportunities to interact directly with producers,” Fischer said.

The biggest way that agricultural producers can focus on saving money when it comes to tires is to keep the proper inflation pressure in the tire. To do this, Fischer said the producer must know what their axle loads are.

“That can be very difficult on the farm because, for the same tractor, you can use it for planting, you can use it to side-dress, you can use it to spray, or you can use it in running a grain cart,” Fischer said. “There are so many applications that we can use the tractor for that can make that difficult.”

Ideally, Fischer said a producer would know the weights that each implement applies on the tractor. This may not always be feasible, Fischer added, so setting the tire pressures according to the maximum weight that the tractor sees is another option.

Click here to read more and listen to KC and  Austin Fischer talk about the highlights from the Fuel Savings Field Clinic. 

Gain a New View of Your Pastures’ Forage Potential

Noble Research Institute regenerative ranching advisors Will Moseley and Steve Swaffar say a grazing exclosure – a small, fenced area inside a grazing unit that livestock cannot access that gives the rancher a direct view of what and how much was grazed around it – is perhaps the simplest method to help see the potential of our land’s production.  

Here, Swaffar and Moseley offer several ways to use an exclosure as a powerful assessment of your grazing potential:  

1. Potential forage production and animal consumption: At the end of the grazing event, measure the amount of forage standing in the exclosure against what’s left outside, and you’ll have a quick assessment of what your animals consumed. 

2. What your livestock actually eat: Count and note the number and types of plant species within the grazing exclosure, and compare that observation with what you see outside the exclosure after a grazing event. 

3. Regrowth potential in grazing versus haying: If one of your goals is to reduce fuel inputs and tractor time by allowing livestock to harvest more of what you grow rather than taking it for hay, a grazing exclosure could quantify varying rates of regrowth.

4. Compare the grazing habits of different livestock: Use an exclosure to help observe the differences in grazing patterns and preferences between species and classes of livestock in similar pasture conditions.  

Click here to read more about Noble Research Institute's insight on how to gain an understanding of your pastures' forage potential.

OPSU Performance Bull Sale Coming Up February 27th

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University's 72nd Annual Performance Bull Sale is coming up on February 27th in Goodwell, Oklahoma. There will be 54 performance tested bulls for sale, and of those bulls, 46 are registered Angus and 8 are registered Red Angus.

Click here for the sale catalog.

For more information:

Dr. Crystal Tolle – Assistant Professor of Animal Science/Bull Test Supervisor at 580.349.1507 or 580.273.5060.

Denton Ward – OPSU Farm Manager at 307.575.3276

Matt C Sims Auction, Inc. at 405.641.6081

Click here to access the bull test packet and OAA letter

Pic of the Week- FFA Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol

It was as great day at the State Capitol this past week for FFA day during National FFA week- the Governor, Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur and several lawmakers invested their time in interacting with FFA members from several chapters.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 82 cents and Select Beef was up 50 cents on Friday 2/23/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 10,146 head number of cattle at the yards on Sunday evening as of 9 PM. Today's sale will start at 6:30 AM with at 10,500 to 11,000 head.

On Monday, February 19th- Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold fully steady. Steer and heifer calves that are weaned with multiple rounds of shots sold mostly 2.00-5.00 higher compared to last week's sharply higher market. Demand remains good, very good for grazing cattle suitable for the Osage and Flint Hills.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/19/2024

Here's our regular feature that is a part of the Monday Daily Email- market commentary from Bob Rodenberger, a partner with Stockman Oklahoma Livestock Marketing.


Bob talks Fridays with our own KC Sheperd with his commentary and is posted on our website-click here for this past Friday's story featuring Rodenberger's comments



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Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Bob Rodenberger about the cattle markets from the past week
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 02/22/2024 All Classes of Feeder and Stockers Higher Last Thursday
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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