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Friday, June 14, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Moves Along With Great Progress, Now 75% Complete

  • This Week’s Oklahoma Drought Monitor Shows Minor Changes

  • 2023 WLAC Champion Jacob Massey Looks Back on His Year Marketing Cattle Across the Countryside

  • NCGA, AFBF and Coalition Partners File Lawsuit to Counter EPA’s Electric Vehicle Mandate

  • State Climatologist Gary McManus says Oklahoma is Moving Back into La Niña Pattern

  • WASDE and Crop Production Analysis from OSU’s Kim Anderson

  • American Meat Science Association Holding Annual Conference in OKC Starting Sunday

  • Early Voting Underway Today and Saturday for Oklahoma Primary Election

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Moves Along With Great Progress, Now 75% Complete

Below is the latest wheat harvest report released by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on June 13, 2024:

Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to move along in all areas of the state. Elevator locations reporting a lot of movement in all areas with many of the Southern and Central regions getting closer to the finish line. Great progress has also been made the last few days in North Central and Northeastern Oklahoma. Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling wheat harvest for the state 75% complete.

At the time of reporting, test weights were ranging from 58 to 64 lbs. per bushel for the most part. Most test weights are now ranging from 60lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel across the state. Proteins ranging from 9% to 13.5%, with an overall average of proteins being at 11.8% as of today. Yields being reported at 40 to 50 bushels per acre in most regions. Higher yields being reported on intensively managed wheat with some yields on a few fields being reported in the mid 60’s to low 70’s. The next Oklahoma Wheat Commission Harvest report will be published on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Click here to read the full harvest report with region-specific info from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission

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This Week’s Oklahoma Drought Monitor Shows Minor Changes

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

Severe drought or worse is now at 1.20 percent, down from last week’s 1.41 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is now at 15.79 percent, up from last week’s 14.51 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are now at 27.22, virtually unchanged from last week’s 27.23 percent.

According to the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook map, the majority of the state aside from the western half of the panhandle is standing at a “near normal” chance of precipitation through June 22nd. The western half of the panhandle is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through June 22nd.

Click here to read a national drought summary and access this week's charts and graphs

2023 WLAC Champion Jacob Massey Looks Back on His Year Marketing Cattle Across the Countryside

At the 2024 LMA Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in OKC, I had the chance to catch up with the 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Jacob Massey of Petersburg, Tennessee.

After being crowned champion at last year’s competition in Florida, Massey said he hit the ground running, traveling to a wide variety of livestock markets that make up the cattle industry landscape. Massey talked about how his title did not come overnight, as he has been competing in the WLAC competition for over a decade.

In his travels this year, Massey said he was able to play a role in marketing the livelihood of producers across the country. On Saturday’s competition at the OKC National Stockyards, Massey said 31 contestants will be in the same role, as the competition utilizes cattle consigned by actual producers.

“Everyone is welcome to come,” Massey said.

Massey added that seating will be limited at the sale ring on Saturday, but there will be live streaming available to watch at the Stockyards. To watch the contest from anywhere, tune-in to the livestream on the Livestock Marketing Association's YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@SellatAuction

By the way- this is the fifth time that the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship has been held in Oklahoma- the third time for the Oklahoma National Stockyards and one time each at the Tulsa Stockyards and OKC West in El Reno. The most recent stop in Oklahoma was in 2010.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with 2023 WLAC Champion Jacob Massey
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For our farmers who have either- always have had cotton on their farms- or those who have more recently have added the fiber crop to their operations- we have a daily report heard on several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk!

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NCGA, AFBF and Coalition Partners File Lawsuit Against EPA’s Electric Vehicle Mandate

The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation and six auto dealers representing 16 brands and collectively operating dozens of dealerships in major markets across the country joined the American Petroleum Institute today in filing a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s light-duty and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards for model years 2027-2032.

The groups said EPA exceeded its congressional authority with the regulation and rendered a decision that values one tool for fighting climate change over others.

“By approving tailpipe standards that focus exclusively on electric vehicles, EPA has ignored the proven benefits corn ethanol offers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combatting climate change,” Minnesota farmer and National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle said. “While it could take decades to get enough electric vehicles on the road to significantly lower GHG emissions, ethanol is a critical and effective climate solution that is available now. We have tried to make this case to EPA to no avail, and now we will make our case in court.” 

Click here to read more about the lawsuit challenging the EPA's light-duty and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards for model years 2027-2032

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State Climatologist Gary McManus says Oklahoma is Moving Back into La Niña Pattern

Farm Director KC Sheperd is talking with State Climatologist Gary McManus about the resurgence of La Niña and what to expect in the coming months.

While some may believe the state may have received more moisture than it did this time last year, McManus explained that may not be the case.

“Last year, we had really good rain from May through basically mid-July in Oklahoma and we had record rainfall in some cases,” McManus said. “When we look at this year, we have had pretty good moisture in all areas except northwest Oklahoma, so it kind of moves around as we go from season to season and year to year.”

As we move into the July through September period, McManus said La Niña is expected to develop. McManus added that according to the Climate Prediction Center, there is a 65 percent chance that La Niña will surface during that period.

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd talk with Gary McManus about La Niña

WASDE and Crop Production Analysis from OSU’s Kim Anderson

This week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest WASDE reportUSDA Crop Production, and an update on crop prices.

“U.S. wheat production was projected to be 1.88 million bushels compared to 1.81 last year an average of 1.89,” Anderson said. “World wheat production was projected to be 29.1 billion bushels, which is a near record. It was 28.9 last year and your average is 28 million.”

Winter wheat production for the U.S. is forecast at 1.29 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the May 1 forecast and up 4 percent from 2023. As of June 1, the United States yield is forecast at 51.4 bushels per acre, up 0.7 bushels from last month and up 0.8 bushels from last year’s average yield of 50.6 bushels per acre.

“You have really got average U.S. wheat, above average world wheat production and below average or right at average hard red winter wheat,” Anderson said. “The important numbers for wheat are the stocks to use ratios. If you look at U.S. wheat for ’24 and ’25, it is projected to be 39.4 percent. It was 37.5 last year and the average is 40.8.”

Click here to listen to Kim Anderson talk about the latest in the grain markets and to see the lineup for this week's OSU SUNUP

Reciprocal Meat Conference Coming to OKC- Starts Sunday

Farm Director KC Sheperd talked earlier this week with the Communications Resource Officer at the American Meat Science Association, Christi Calhoun, about the association’s role in advancing scientific knowledge in the meat industry. The Reciprocal Meat Conference will be held at the OMNI Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City on June 16-19. The conference, which celebrates its 77th anniversary, provides a platform for researchers, academics, and industry professionals to exchange information and learn about the latest developments in meat science.

“We are a professional society of about 2300 members associated with the meat industry in some way,” Calhoun said.

The Reciprocal Meat Conference will feature a lineup of dynamic speakers, Calhoun said, with expert views on many different facets of the industry. To see the lineup of speakers, click here.

Click here to read more and listen to KC and Christi talk about the American Meat Science Association's Meat Conference happening in downtown OKC

Early Voting for the Oklahoma Primary Underway Friday and Saturday

Early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, begins today for voters across the state! Early voting locations will be open Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting will also be available Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No excuse is needed to vote early, but you must vote at an early voting location in the county where you are registered to vote. A list of early voting locations is available on the State Election Board website.

Voters are reminded that Oklahoma has modified, closed primary elections. In order to participate in a political party’s primary election, you must be a registered voter of that political party – unless the party has chosen to open its primaries to Independent (unaffiliated) voters. There are three recognized political parties in Oklahoma: Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian.

For the 2024-2025 election years, the Democratic Party has chosen to open its primaries to Independent voters. The Republican and Libertarian parties have chosen to keep their primaries closed.

Click here for more information on early voting
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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 06/10/2024
Tulsa Stockyards for Monday 06/10/2024
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 06/10/2024
Oklahoma National Stockyards Replacement Cattle for Tuesday 06/11/2024
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 06/11 and 06/12/2024
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 06/13/2024
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 06/13/2024
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: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
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