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And Ranch News

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 

  • For Many in Oklahoma Wheat Country- We Wait


  • Applications Now Open for Fall 2024 Activate Oklahoma Rural Development Cohort

  • Strategic Crossbreeding Yields Opportunity to Improve Genetics Utilizing Multiple Beef Breeds

  • Bolen, Burtrum Reappointed to State Board of Agriculture

  • Gene Editing in Beef Cattle with OSU’s Mark Johnson

  • Red Dirt Agronomy Podcast Presents the Magic of Grain, Crops, and Grazing in Northeast Oklahoma

  • USDA Proposes Next Steps to Promote Fairer Poultry Markets, Protect Producers, and Enhance Transparency

  • FFA Leadership Conference Underway in Washington, D.C.

For Many in Oklahoma Wheat Country- We Wait

Our friend Allen Entz of Hydro shared this picture with us last night- the email subject was "HARVEST"

The message with the picture showing lots of sky and a line of equipment that needs to be busy with 2024 wheat harvest was short and sweet:

Allen writes:

The cow pastures look great, but for the wheat we wait!

We are sitting on go, just watching the clouds every day."

For Hydro and a lot of other communities from southern Oklahoma to well into Kansas- once the ground dries enough to support a combine- they will roll- as they are all sitting on GO!

Thanks Allen!

Applications Now Open for Fall 2024 Activate Oklahoma Rural Development Cohort

Applications are now open for Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s fall 2024 Oklahoma Grassroots Rural and Ag Business Accelerators Activate Oklahoma cohort.

The Activate Oklahoma rural innovation pipeline provides resources and assistance for innovative rural Oklahoma businesses that have an innovation or product that will bring economic opportunities to rural Oklahoma.

Activate Oklahoma cohort members will have the opportunity to participate in multiple training sessions that begin in September. The trainings include boot camps that connect entrepreneurs with Oklahoma-focused business resources and curriculum to grow and expand their businesses. Additional training will follow the initial boot camps to provide a well-rounded experience for innovators.

Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for an opportunity to receive equity investment from the program’s partnering organizations. The Activate Oklahoma pipeline will also prepare innovators for additional funding opportunities such as grants, loans and creative funding mechanisms.

Click here for more information about the Oklahoma Grassroots Rural & Ag Business Accelerators program

Sponsor Spotlight


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One of the newest additions to the National Family is Dakota Moss- and Livestock Risk Services.

National also owns and operates other livestock marketing subsidiaries including Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma, OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma, and the nation’s premier livestock video sale, Superior Livestock Auction. National offers customers many services custom made for today’s producer. To learn more, click here for the website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Strategic Crossbreeding Yields Opportunity to Improve Genetics Utilizing Multiple Beef Breeds

On this episode of Beef Buzz, I am back talking with Bob Weaber of Kansas State University about strategic crossbreeding in beef cattle operations. Whether a producer’s herd is large or small, Weaber emphasized there is a great opportunity to improve genetics by utilizing multiple breeds.

To listen to part one of the conversation with Bob Weaber talking about heterosis, click here!

“In some cases, the sophistication comes in the planning and physical organization of the ranch,” Weaber said.

As every ranch is different in terms of size, build, and number of head, Weaber said strategic crossbreeding is all about thinking through managing breeding pastures effectively. Through focused coordination, Weaber said an operation can zero in on desired traits.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Bob Weaber about intentional crossbreeding

Bolen, Burtrum Reappointed to State Board of Agriculture

The Oklahoma State Senate approved and confirmed the reappointment of Brent Bolen and Clay Burtrum as members of the State Board of Agriculture last Wednesday. Bolen and Burtrum have served on the State Board of Agriculture since 2020 following an appointment by Governor Kevin Stitt and confirmation by the Oklahoma Senate.

They will each serve a new four-year term.

“I’m very glad to know Brent Bolen and Clay Burtrum are set to serve another term on the State Board of Agriculture,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. “These gentlemen have represented the state exceptionally well and have brought a valuable perspective to the Board. I look forward to continuing our work to strengthen Oklahoma agriculture.”

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is governed by the State Board of Agriculture. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor with approval of the Oklahoma Senate.

Click here to read comments from Bolen and Burtrum regarding their reappointments 
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Gene Editing in Beef Cattle 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 gene editing technology.

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is a powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. These “intended alterations” accomplished through editing are another potential tool in the tool box of cattle breeders. This technology is primarily useful for simply inherited traits (influenced at one locus of the genome).

CRISPR technology has many potential applications that facilitate sustainability, animal welfare and efficiency. These include:

–      The opportunity to repair deleterious genetic conditions

–      The opportunity to introduce naturally occurring useful alleles into breed germplasm. Specifically, to potentially bring a useful gene from one breed to another breed.

Click here to read more about gene editing technology from OSU's Mark Johnson

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The Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program knows this is a hard time for farmers and ranchers. We want you to know we are still open, and we are still here for you. The Ag Mediation program is a free service that provides mediation to agriculture producers who may need help with ag-related disputes.

At Oklahoma Ag Mediation, we have been helping people in agriculture resolve conflicts since 1987. We know firsthand about working together to resolve conflicts, so you don’t have to go through the court systems. Let our professional mediators help you. Mediation is allowed for lease issues, farmer/neighbor disputes, family farm transitions, and more. These services are available at no cost for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers in all 77 counties. For more information, you can go to ok.gov/mediation, or give us a call at 800 248 5465.

Red Dirt Agronomy Podcast Presents the Magic of Grain, Crops, and Grazing in Northeast Oklahoma

The Red Dirt Agronomy Podcast produces new episodes close to every other week that focus on what is happening in the world of crops, soils, and whatever else Oklahoma producers should be thinking about when it comes to getting the most out of their land. The show’s hosts, Brian Arnall Ph.D., Dave Deken, Jason Warren Ph.D. and Josh Lofton Ph.D grew up in Oklahoma and understand what it is like to work hard to grow crops in the red dirt.

On this featured episode, the group had the privilege of visiting the Rendell Farm in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, where they sat down with Brian Pugh, the OSU Northeast Area Agronomist. Brian’s insights into forage management and wheat production were truly enlightening.

Brian Pugh talks about his Graze 365 program in Perkins, Oklahoma, where he focuses on growing forage to meet a cow’s dry matter intake requirements and nutritional requirements.

Also featured is Dr. Amanda Silva, OSU Extension Small Grain Specialist, who offers a comprehensive wrap-up of the 2024 wheat season. Dr. Silva shares her insights from her extensive travels across the state, discussing the challenges and successes of this year’s crop. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that shaped the wheat harvest and what lessons can be learned for future growing seasons!

Click here to listen to the Red Dirt Agronomy Podcast on the Magic of Grain, Crops, and Grazing in Northeast Oklahoma

USDA Proposes Next Steps to Promote Fairer Poultry Markets, Protect Producers, and Enhance Transparency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced next steps it is proposing to address the many, complex competition issues in agricultural markets and create a fairer playing field for poultry growers and farmers. USDA is proposing the rule Poultry Grower Payment Systems and Capital Improvement Systems, to address a range of abuses that have occurred in relation to grower ranking (commonly known as “tournament”) payment systems and additional capital investment requirements that poultry companies commonly ask of their contract growers for broiler chicken. This rule is the third in a suite of Packers and Stockyards Act rules that USDA has undertaken to create fairer markets, which ultimately can lead to lower grocery prices for hardworking families. USDA is also announcing new publicly available cattle market transparency tools. These and previous actions are intended to enhance transparency, stop retaliation and discrimination, reduce costs, and support market fairness in a range of circumstances, furthering the Department’s efforts as part of President Biden’s historic Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.

“Under the direction of President Biden, USDA has sought to utilize every tool at its disposal to uphold fair competition, protect producers, lower costs for consumers, and combat unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As part of this effort, USDA committed to issuing new, stronger rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act, to provide greater clarity and strengthen enforcement under the Act. And, by continuing to provide more market transparency tools, we are also continuing to pull back the curtain to ensure every producer has access to the market information they need. With these actions, USDA is holding steadfast to this commitment, and is building ever more momentum towards delivering the fairer markets that those who raise America’s livestock and poultry deserve.”

Click here to read more about the USDA Promoting Fairer Poultry Markets to Protect Producers, and Enhance Transparency

FFA Leadership Conference Underway in Washington, D.C.

For more than 50 years, thousands of FFA members from across the country have converged in our nation’s capital each summer to engage with legislators, hone civic engagement and leadership skills, and create community impact projects to take back to their cities and towns. 

The National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) will take place from June 4-July 20 at the Omni Shoreham, with six, week-long sessions for FFA members to choose from. More than 1,700 FFA members from across the country are expected to attend the 2024 conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year, only behind the National FFA Convention & Expo which draws more than 70,000 attendees. 

FFA members will spend the week under the guidance of agricultural and leadership professionals, facilitators, and FFA staff who will guide them through workshops, seminars, and small group activities, with the goal of leaving feeling equipped and empowered to impact their local communities and beyond. Students will also visit national landmarks such as the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, and the U.S. Capitol. Each day of the conference focuses on a different principle taught through the context of our nation’s capital: exploration, encouragement, advocacy and service. 

Click here to read more about the National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.28 and Select Beef was up 77 cents on Tuesday 06/04/2024.

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OKC West in El Reno had 1,500 calves on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Compared to last week: Steer and heifer calves sold steady to firm. Demand good to very good.

For the Yearling Sale on Wednesday- 06/05/24

Expecting 6,300 head

2,200 Feeder Heifers @ 9:00

4,100 Feeder Steers @ 12:00

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OKC West Calf Sale on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

On Tuesdays, Ron Hays gets the latest market commentary from Ben Hale of Western Livestock Auctions.


This commentary is posted on our website-click here for this Tuesday's story featuring Hale's comments.



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Listen to Ron Hays talk with Ben Hale about the cattle markets
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 06/04/2024
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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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: 
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Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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Ron has also has a series of podcasts from interviews with newsmakers at the Cattlemen's Congress- Click here or you can find them on your favorite Podcast platform- look for them by searching for Cattlemen's Congress Conversations.

We are making plans to jump back into regular installments of what has been called the Road to Rural Prosperity- a new name and fresh content is in the works- for now- click on the blue button below for one of our favorites that is a timeless classic.

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