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And Ranch News

Friday, March 15, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Abnormally Dry or Worse Conditions See Jump in This Weeks Drought Monitor

  • Domestic Retail Demand for Beef Rises while Food Service Demand Slips

  • Supreme Commercial Breeding Gilt Shown by Kashan Young of Rogers County 4-H- Plus Thurs Purebred Results

  • Bayer Pilots Unique Generative AI Tool for Agriculture

  • Kim Anderson Explains Factors Supporting Lower Wheat Prices

  • Record Numbers Expected for Ag Mechanics Show at Oklahoma Youth Expo

  • A Message from Oklahoma State Executive Director Steve Kouplen

  • More stories for your weekend reading!

Abnormally Dry or Worse Conditions See Jump in This Weeks Oklahoma Drought Monitor

To view the latest Oklahoma drought map, CLICK HERE.

According to the latest Oklahoma drought monitor report, exceptional drought remains at zero percent, unchanged from the start of the calendar year.

Extreme drought or worse remains at zero percent, unchanged from the past 11 weeks.

Severe drought or worse is unchanged from the past four weeks at .19 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is now at 3.82 percent, slightly lower than last week’s 3.85 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are now at 45.16 percent, up from last week’s 34.61 percent.

According to the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook map, the southern quarter of the state is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through March 23rd. The remaining parts of the state can expect “near normal” precipitation through that March 23rd date.

Click here to read more about this week's drought monitor.

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Domestic Retail Demand for Beef Rises while Food Service Demand Slips

I am visiting with Kansas State University Extension Livestock Market Economist, Dr. Glynn Tonsor, about the latest Meat Demand Monitor released on February 29, 2024.

In a summary comparing February data to January data, Tonsor said demand was up for domestic retail for six of the evaluated products. Looking at food service, Tonsor said February demand for dinner meals away from home compared to January was lower in all eight categories.

“The typical person is concerned about their finances, and it is important to clarify that sentiment is not the same as bottom-line,” Tonsor said. “They tend to be very related, but you can have a break-even or get slightly ahead from an accounting perspective, but you still don’t’ feel comfortable, or you are not optimistic that things are going to get better, therefore your sentiment is going to be eroding.”

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Glynn Tonsor give his insight on the latest Meat Demand Monitor.

Supreme Commercial Breeding Gilt Shown by Kashan Young of Rogers County 4-H- Plus Thursday Purebred Results

Over 1,200 crossbred gilts were shown on Wednesday and Thursday to open the 2024 Oklahoma Youth Expo. Judges Troy Sloan of Missouri and Zach Schweke of Minnesota selected the dark cross gilts on Wednesday and finished with the light cross gilts on Thursday before the midday Supreme drive.

They agreed on the Dark Cross Champion as the Supreme Commercial Breeding Gilt of the 2024 OYE- Kashan Young of Rogers County 4-H(Pictured above) winning a three thousand dollar scholarship plus securing the leadoff spot for the Night of Stars Gilt Sale this coming Tuesday evening, March 19.

Click here for the Crossbred Breeding Gilt results.

After the Crossbreds were wrapped up- including selecting the 70 best females for the Tuesday Night of Stars Gilt Show- the first five Purebred breeds were shown Thursday afternoon.

Breed Champs named include:


Champion- Layne Allen, Canute 4-H

Reserve- Madelyn Gray, Vanoss FFA


Champion- Gabby Todd, Porter 4-H

Reserve- Neely Pritchard, Weatherford 4-H


Champion- Hudson Long, Dibble FFA

Reserve- Layken Abbott, Yale 4-H


Champion- Braxten Willis, Caney Valley FFA

Reserve- Devlynn Cartmell, Kremlin-Hillsdale FFA


Champion- Cason Catlin, Hinton FFA

Reserve- Macyn Olson, Oologah FFA

More from the Thursday Purebred show is available here.

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Bayer Pilots Unique Generative AI Tool for Agriculture

Bayer today announced the pilot of an expert GenAI system to benefit farmers and up-level agronomists in their daily work. The company has been using proprietary agronomic data to train a large language model (LLM) with years of internal data, insights from thousands of trials within its vast testing network, and centuries of aggregated experience from Bayer agronomists around the world.

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Click here to read more about Bayer's new generative AI tool for agriculture.

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Kim Anderson Explains Factors Supporting Lower Wheat Prices

This week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest in the crop markets.

“It is not news that wheat prices have been in a downtrend since late July when prices were around $8.40 in northern Oklahoma,” Anderson said. “Prices trended down into early November, hit $6, then moved by December 1st down to $5.40. They went back up over $6 for just a while by mid December, and they have been going down ever since until early this week when wheat prices hit $5.”

Now, Anderson said wheat prices are up around $5.40 to $5.50.

“It looks like they have been trading between that $5 and $5.50,” Anderson said. “We will have to break the $5.50 for it to move up. I would be surprised if it did.”

With stocks to use ratios for hard red winter wheat at an average, Anderson said many are wondering why wheat prices have been trending down.

“If you will look at exports, it might tell us something about what is going on in these markets,” Anderson said.

Exports are projected to be below average, Anderson said, and much of this is impacted by the Black Sea area.

Click here to read more about SUNUP this week and listen to Dr. Kim Anderson talk about the latest in the crop markets.

Record Numbers Expected for Ag Mechanics Show at Oklahoma Youth Expo

At the Oklahoma Youth Expo, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to visit with Scott Eisenhauer of P&K Equipment, who has been a major booster of the OYE’s Ag Mechanics contest. This Saturday, the fourth Ag Mechanics Contest will move into a larger venue on the OKC Fairgrounds(The Pavilion) and there are a record 318 entries for this year- up from 239 in 2023.

Eisenhauer said it is impressive to see the mechanical skills and abilities that the students in the contest are able to showcase.

“Young people with technical and mechanical skills are what we need to work in our dealerships,” Eisenhauer said. “It was a logical fit for us from the beginning that some of the students that will be having projects there might be potential candidates for our employees and our training programs and all those types of things. P&K is glad to be a partner from the beginning of the ag mechanics contest.”

Click here to learn more about the two-year college internship program offered by P&K.

A Message from Oklahoma State FSA Executive Director Steve Kouplen

Hello Oklahoma agriculture enthusiasts!

Recently, Oklahoma has experienced wildfires in the western part of the state. Although I pray this year has limited damage caused by wildfires, it never hurts to prepare. 

Ask your local FSA office about both the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). Both of these programs are resources for the producers negatively impacted by natural disasters. 

Before disaster strikes, here are some suggestions to prepare:

  • Document livestock diligently
  • Type, gender, weight, etc.
  • Save sales receipts of any animal sold due to injury from the natural disaster or lack of forage thereafter
  • Document property loss with photos and dates (burnt fence lines, equipment, etc.)

Consult with your FSA Office prior to making repairs to potentially receive cost share assistance for eligible losses on materials, services, labor, equipment and sales tax.

Happy farming! Steve Kouplen

More stories for your weekend reading!

AFR Members Attend National Farmers Union Convention in Salt Lake City
OSU Wheat Genetics Dominate Commercial Markets Despite Outdated Infrastructure
USDA Announces $40.5 Million in Grant Awards to Support Processing and Promotion of Domestic Organic Products
P&K Equipment Supplies Tractors to OSU Student Farm
Farm Bureau Continues to Help Fight Hunger Through Harvest for All Program
Purina Animal Nutrition is offering $20,000 in scholarships
OSU Cattlewomen’s Boot Camp Coming up June 10-12
Groundbreaking Agency Collaboration Speeds Wildfire Response
Exxon + Armando Alvarez Create Sustainable Silo Bag for Agriculture?
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 96 cents and Select Beef was up 65 cents on Thursday, 3/14/2024

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

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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.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 03/11/2024
Tulsa Stockyards for Monday March 11, 2024
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 03/11/2024
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market Report for 03/12/2024
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 03/12 and 03/13/2024
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 03/14/2024
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 3/14/2024
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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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
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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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