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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Oklahoma’s Good to Excellent Winter Wheat Conditions Fall Again; Down 8 Points from Last Week

  • Ag Day at the Capital Kicks Off TODAY at 9am

  • Introducing Grace Wright of the Stratford FFA Chapter, Your 2024 Central Area Star in Ag Placement

  • Carcass Weights, Quality Grade and Yield Grade with Derrell Peel

  • King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management Sustains Heritage Through Education, Innovation and Outreach

  • Statewide Beef Advocate Contest Draws Students across the State

  • Agriculture Emissions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

  • OKFB Members Elevate Voice of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma’s Good to Excellent Winter Wheat Conditions Fall Again; Down 8 Points from Last Week

In this week's crop progress report, winter wheat headed reached 11 percent, up 2 percentage points from the previous year and up 4 points from the five-year average. Winter wheat conditions rated 55 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor. Last week’s conditions rated 56 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.

Oklahoma winter wheat conditions rated 60 percent good to excellent, 30 percent fair and 10 poor to very poor. Last week’s conditions rated 68 percent good to excellent, 24 percent fair and 8 percent poor to very poor. Mid April ratings a year ago were dramatically lower as we were only at 13% good to excellent and 53% poor to very poor.

Meanwhile, Kansas winter wheat slipped six points lower in the good to excellent category to 42% this week. Texas actually improved in their winter wheat ratings this week by four points to 48% good to excellent. Both Kansas and Texas are more than 30 points better in the good to excellent ratings versus this time in 2023.

All three states are ahead in crop development compared to this point in 2023.

Pasture and range conditions in Oklahoma rated 42 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 18 percent poor to very poor. Last week’s conditions rated 39 percent good to excellent, 42 percent fair and 19 percent poor to very poor. 

Click here to read more about this week's crop progress report.

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Ag Day at the Capital kicks off TODAY at 9am

Ag Day at the Capital Kicks off this morning at 9am.

This is always an excellent opportunity to get a great look at the many aspects of agriculture in our state.

Several vendors will be on hand at the event on the Second Floor Rotunda. There will be some tasty samples of Oklahoma products as well as the Oklahoma Cattlewomen and the Oklahoma Beef Council who will be promoting beef with their tasty samples!

The annual event celebrates agriculture’s impact on Oklahoma while highlighting the many commodities grown across the state.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau, AFR, & OCA members, along with other agriculture organizations and Made in Oklahoma producers, will be sharing the story of agriculture at their booths in the rotunda of the Capitol with guests and legislators.

Ag in the Classroom will also be on hand to celebrate the Ag in the Classroom Teach of the year and the youth Contest Winners!

Introducing Grace Wright of the Stratford FFA Chapter, Your 2024 Central Area Star in Ag Placement

This week, our coverage of the 2024 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists concludes with Agribusiness competitor Grace Wright of the Stratford FFA chapter representing the Central Area.

Farm Director KC Sheperd interviewed all 18 Star finalists recently in Stillwater after they were judged in their respective areas- and you can hear KC talk with Grace by clicking on the Blue Button at the bottom of this story.

“I started working for a fruit and vegetable stand when I was about 13 years old, and I have worked there for the past five summers,” Wright said. “We do anything from planting and irrigating to picking and selling.”

Wright said she has definitely developed a “green thumb” by learning to care for all of the plants while working with fruits and vegetables. Another great part of the job Wright mentioned was having the chance to taste the fruits of her labor, literally!

After graduating from high school, Wright said she plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in agricultural communications so she can continue to advocate for the agricultural industry through her writing, photography, and more.

Our coverage of the Stars and the 2024 State FFA Convention is powered by Hilliary Communications.

Click here to read more and listen to KC and Grace Wright talk about her achievement as a Central Area Star in Ag.
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Carcass Weights, Quality Grade and Yield Grade with Derrell Peel

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner,” published electronically by Dr. Peel and Mark Johnson. Today, Dr. Peel talks about carcass weights, quality grade and yield grade.

Fed carcass weights are impacted both by long term trends and current market conditions. Carcass weights have trended heavier for over 60 years with steer carcass weights increasing by an average of 4.0 pounds per year, up over 240 pounds from 660 pounds in the 1960s to over 900 pounds in recent years. Heifer carcass weights have increased by an average of 4.5 pounds per year over the same period.

Increased Prime/Choice percentage and increased Y4/5 percentage are 66 percent correlated, meaning that they tend to move together. However, the increase in Y4/5 percentage in the past year has not been associated with an increase in the Prime/Choice percentage of feedlot cattle. Feedlots will continue to have incentives to push cattle weights, aided and abetted by packers who are also seeking additional pounds of beef as cattle numbers continue to tighten. Steer and heifer carcass weights will likely average heavier in 2024.

Click here to read more about Dr. Peel's analysis of carcass weights, quality grade and yield grade.

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King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management Sustains Ranching Heritage Through Education, Innovation and Outreach

I am talking with Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. Machen is the institute’s executive director and served the institute for many years before taking on this position.

The impact of King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management stretches from coast to coast, sustaining ranching heritage through education, innovation, and outreach.

“We were founded in 2003 when the King Ranch turned 150 years old,” Machen said. “The family at the time has always been very philanthropic, and the family said they could see the need for professional ranch management for the larger and more complex ranches.”

“Last year was our 20th anniversary, and we have 53 alumni scattered across the country,” Machen said. Some of them manage ranches, some of them work in government agencies, some of them work in lending institutions, so we are very proud of the alumni, and we have a great 20-year heritage behind us.”

Machen said part of the program consists of graduate student training, and the other part is outreach and education. All but one of the outreach and education lectureships are available online, so anyone can participate.

To visit the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management to find out more, CLICK HERE!

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Rick Machen talk about King Ranch Institiute and their impact through education.

Statewide Beef Advocate Contest Draws Students across the State

The Beef Advocate contest was held this past Friday at OKC West Stockyards. The contest is a statewide competition open to Oklahoma youth from grades 5th – 12th at OKC West Stockyards in conjunction with the commercial cattle grading scholarship contest.

The students were judged in several categories:

1. Media—The contestant will participate in a mock media interview. The interviewer will ask pre-determined questions and have the option to ask follow-up questions. A panel of judges will observe the interaction for knowledge, articulation, poise, and the contestant’s ability to explain beef production and present the beef community in a positive manner.

2. Peer—A staged conversation between a contestant and his/her peer that includes beef production and/or nutrition. A panel of judges will observe each contestant’s ability to relay to their peers appropriate and accurate information regarding the beef community and beef nutrition.

In the Senior Division, First place went to Bridger Arrington, an 11th grader at Mulhall Orlando FFA. Second place went to Allison Schneeberger, an 11th grader at Newkirk FFA, and third place went to Baylee Weatherford, a Senior at Vallient FFA.

Raylynn Parsons, a 7th grader at Valliant FFA, was first in the Junior Division. 2nd Place went to Berkley McKay, an 8th grader at Mulhall Orlando FFA, and 3rd place went to Jamie Parsons, a 5th grader from Vallient 4H.

Agriculture Emissions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

America’s farmers and ranchers are leading the way in greenhouse gas emission reduction through voluntary conservation efforts and market-based incentives.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022. The report shows American agriculture reduced emissions by almost 2% from 2021 to 2022, the largest decrease of any economic sector.

American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the data in the latest Market Intel, noting, “U.S. agriculture represents just under 10% of total U.S. emissions when compared to other economic sectors… By EPA’s own methodology, emissions from agriculture totaled 634 million metric tons in CO2 equivalents, or 9.99% of all U.S. emissions, during 2022. This represents a decrease of 1.8%, or 12 million metric tons, from 2021… 2022 marks the lowest U.S. agricultural greenhouse gas emissions since 2012.”

“The latest numbers demonstrate farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to growing the food and fiber America’s families rely on while improving the land, air and water, a benefit to the farm and the climate,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “The drop in agricultural emissions highlights the success and importance of voluntary and market-based programs that support farmer efforts in sustainable agriculture practices.

The latest numbers should also serve as inspiration to lawmakers who can build on this progress by passing a farm bill, which not only provides a safety net for farmers, but also helps them meet sustainability goals.”

Click here to read more about the results from the latest Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report.

OKFB Members Elevate Voice of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

More than 50 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members traveled to Washington, D.C., April 8-12 to advocate for agriculture and learn about the latest national issues facing the industry during OKFB’s 2024 Washington, D.C., Summit fly-in.

The trip included congressional briefings, industry updates, group activities and time to tour the sights of our nation’s capital, allowing Oklahoma farmers and ranchers an opportunity to share their perspectives with officials and industry representatives who craft laws and oversee regulations impacting agriculture.

Lankford shared with Farm Bureau members his position on immigration and border security, the wars in Ukraine and Israel, and the progress he has seen on the farm bill. Mullin visited about budgetary appropriations and earmarks, government shutdowns and the challenges that follow, and tribal relations.

AFBF’s Dave Salmonson and John Walt Boatwright shared the work the national farm organization is doing to provide relief for labor pressures facing farmers and ranchers, efforts to spur the Biden Administration to work toward new trade agreements and an update on the Environmental Protection Agency’s strategies and maneuvers on restricting pesticide usage related to the Endangered Species Act along with the agency’s recent ruling restricting the use of over-the-top dicamba.

Click here to read more about OKFB members in Washington D.C.
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was up 31 cents and Select Beef was down $4.20 on Monday, 4/15/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 7,200 head on Monday, April 15, 2024.

Compared to last week: Steers over 700lbs and heifers over 650lbs steady. Steers under 700lbs and heifers under 650lbs 3.00-7.00 lower. Quality average. Demand moderate.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 04/15/2024

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 6,151 head for Monday April 15, 2024.

Compared to last week feeder steers under 625 lbs. sold 2.00-12.00 lower with heavier weights steady to 3.00 higher. Feeder heifers under 550 lbs. sold 4.00-12.00 higher with some three weight and light four weight heifers up to 20.00 higher. Heavier weights sold steady to 3.00 lower. Supply was moderate with very good demand. 

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

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 04/15/2024
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market Report for 04/15/2024- Cows were $1 to $3 Lower
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..
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