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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

It's Primary Election Day in Oklahoma- VOTE!!!!!!!!

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 

  • Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Nears Completion- 87% in the Bin

  • Harvest in Southern Plains States Well Ahead of Last Year’s Progress

  • Technology Enhanced Cattle Marketing is a Win-Win for Producers and Consumers

  • The North American Cattle Trade with Dr. Derrell Peel

  • Primary Election Day has Arrived

  • Rancher Resilience Grant Available

  • USDA Recognizes National Pollinator Week

  • Bayer to Deliver Ten Blockbusters in Ten Years

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Nears Completion- Now 87% in the Bin

Below is the latest wheat harvest report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, released on Monday, June 17, 2024:

Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to move along in all areas of the state. Minor cutting continues in parts of Southwest Oklahoma down by Walters, Altus and Duke where rain hindered harvest in select areas. Elevator locations reporting a lot of movement over the weekend from South Central to North Central Oklahoma, progress has also been made in Northeast Oklahoma. In the Panhandle producers have made good progress with dryland harvest and are hoping to start in irrigated wheat over the next couple of days. Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling wheat harvest for the state 87% 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 80’s.

Click here to read the full harvest report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission

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Harvest in Southern Plains States Well Ahead of Last Year’s Progress

In the United States, winter wheat harvested reached 27 percent, up 14 percentage points from the previous year and up 13 points from the five-year average.

Oklahoma's winter wheat harvested reached 83 percent, up 35 points from the previous week and up 46 points from normal (Last year was 40 percent).

In Kansas, mature winter wheat was 76 percent, well ahead of 36 percent last year and 38 percent average. Harvested was 28 percent, well ahead of 6 percent last year and 8 percent average.

In Texas, winter wheat harvested reached 63 percent, up 16 points from the previous week, and 8 points from normal(Last year’s harvest was at 62 percent during this time). 

Click here to read crop progress summaries for the U.S., Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas- and to access this week's reports

Technology Enhanced Cattle Marketing is a Win-Win for Producers and Consumers

At the 2024 LMA Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in OKC over the weekend, I had the chance to talk with former WLAC champion Charly Cummings about marketing different types of beef cattle, technology in the cattle marketing industry, and more.

After winning the championship, Cummings said he had the chance to travel the county to meet individuals from different sale barns and producers from all over.

“It is just a family,” Cummings said. “Everybody has the same goals in mind.”

Cummings said he started with Superior Livestock Auctions in 2011 soon after he was awarded WLAC champion. In his time with Superior, Cummins noted the unique value of the group and the growth that has occurred over the years- especially technology-wise.

“Today, we can do everything electronically,” Cummings said. “I can consign a load of cattle in about 30 to 45 seconds just right off of my phone, whereas back in the day, we had to sign them up, we had to take the video with the video camera on our shoulder, and we are doing that with our iPhones now.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Charly Cummings about livestock marketing and more
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The North American Cattle Trade with Dr. 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 the cattle trade in North America.

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. make up the bulk of the North American cattle industry and consists of 116.1 million head, with the U.S. representing 75.1 percent (87.16 million head); Mexico with 15.4 percent (17.8 million head) and Canada with 9.5 percent (11.1 million head). Cattle trade between these three countries is part of the increasingly integrated cattle and beef market on the continent. 

Total annual U.S. imports of cattle has averaged 1.93 million head in the past decade with an average of 1.16 million head from Mexico (60.5 percent) and Canada averaging 0.764 million head (39.5 percent). In the first four months of 2024, cattle imports were 762,450 head, up 17.1 percent year over year. Cattle imports from Mexico were up 17.3 percent and imports from Canada were up 16.8 percent over one year ago. Cattle imports from January-April consisted mostly of feeder cattle (69.9 percent) with 90 percent of those from Mexico.  Cattle imports from Mexico are almost entirely feeder cattle (99.4 percent), with just a few breeding and slaughter cattle. Feeder cattle make up just 18.9 percent of cattle imports from Canada. In addition, cattle imports from Canada include 60 percent fed cattle for slaughter and 19.6 percent slaughter cows and bulls. 

Click here to read more from Dr. Peel on the North American Cattle Trade

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Primary Election Day Has Arrived

It's election day- with the polls open at 7 AM- closing at 7 PM.

Oklahoma’s primaries are closed, meaning you must vote in the party’s primary in which you are registered, except that Independent voters may vote in the Democratic primary.

There’s plenty on the ballot, from the state wide Corporation Commission race to Congressional and State House and Senate seats down to numerous local offices up for grabs.

Our friends at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have done a great job in pulling together a document that shows the statewide, Congressional and Legislative races for 2024. Click here for this very useful tool as voters head for the polls today- and a BIG shoutout to OCA Summer Intern Annabella Aitken for putting this together!

One political action committee did make some formal endorsements for today- here's that announcement from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Ag PAC:

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Ag PAC political action committee has endorsed five congressional candidates ahead of Oklahoma’s primary election on Tuesday, June 18.

The state Ag PAC board – a group of Farm Bureau members selected by their respective OKFB districts – met in late May to discuss candidates based on feedback gathered from county and districtwide PAC meetings throughout the month of May.

The PAC has endorsed the following candidates for United States Congress:

Kevin Hern – U.S. House District 1

Josh Brecheen – U.S. House District 2

Frank Lucas – U.S. House District 3

Tom Cole – U.S. House District 4

Stephanie Bice – U.S. House District 5

Rancher Resilience Grant Available

This grant is designed to support cattle producers’ attendance at impactful educational events. It is made possible by a partnership between the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Cargill Protein and is administered by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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USDA Recognizes National Pollinator Week

During the week of June 17-23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recognizing and celebrating National Pollinator Week. Pollinator species, such as bees, other insects, birds and bats play a critical role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States.

“Our nation’s farmers depend on a vibrant ecosystem to feed and fuel communities, and pollinators are an important part of that ecosystem,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This week and every week, it is critically important that we protect pollinators and their habitats. Healthy pollinator populations are essential to the continued success and well-being of agricultural producers, rural America and the entire U.S. economy because without them, many of our nation’s crops wouldn’t be able to produce as many fruits, nuts or vegetables.”

USDA supports the critical role pollinators play in our food system through research, data collections, diagnostic services, pollinator health monitoring, pollinator habitat enhancement programs, pollinator health grants, and financial assistance programs. As part of USDA’s commitment, USDA established a Pollinator Subcommittee earlier this year that will identify annual USDA strategic pollinator priorities and will make pollinator health-related recommendations to strengthen USDA pollinator research efforts in support of USDA’s Science and Research Strategy.

Click here to learn more about USDA pollinator work

Bayer to Deliver Ten Blockbusters in Ten Years

Bayer aims to launch ten blockbuster products in the next ten years to support farmers worldwide, the company announced at its 2024 Crop Science innovation update in Chicago. Each blockbuster is expected to contribute more than 500 million euros of the over 32-billion-euros peak sales potential in the R&D pipeline – unparalleled across the global agricultural industry. Farmers will benefit from new technologies that will help them produce more while restoring nature through innovations that power regenerative agriculture.

Bayer is on its way to scale regenerative agriculture on more than 400 million acres globally by the middle of the next decade. The company considers regenerative agriculture as an outcome-based production model, with improving soil health as a key component, leading to increased resilience. Other key aspects include increased productivity; adaption and mitigation of climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; increased carbon sequestration in the soil; maintaining, preserving or restoring on-farm biodiversity; conserving water resources through improved water retention, reduction in water run-off, as well as improved social and economic well-being of farmers and their communities. In addition, Bayer is capitalizing on the opportunity to double its accessible market to more than 200 billion euros, driven by global market growth and investments into ag-adjacent spaces like biofuels, crop fertility, as well as digital platforms and marketplaces.

“Agriculture needs to change for the better, there’s no relying on what has been working in the past. We deliver a combination of unmatched innovation that goes hand in hand with key regenerative practices to help address two of the biggest challenges of our time: ensuring food security for a growing population and fighting climate change,” said Frank Terhorst, Head of Strategy and Sustainability at Bayer’s Crop Science Division.

Click here to read more about Bayer's plan to Deliver Ten Blockbusters in Ten Years
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 58 cents and Select Beef was up $1.01 on Monday 06/17/2024.

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

Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 4,000 head on Monday after the 10,000 head that were sold on Saturday at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

On Monday- according to USDA Market News- Compared to last week: Steers and heifers 4.00-9.00 higher with instances of up to 15.00 higher. Demand very good. Quality average. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (47% Steers, 49% Heifers, 4% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lb.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 06/17/2024

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 6,645 head for Monday, June 17, 2024

Compared to last week feeder steer calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with yearling steers selling 2.00-8.00 higher. Feeder heifer calves sold 8.00-15.00 higher with yearling heifers selling steady

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

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 06/17/2024
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market Report from 6/17/2024- Cows and Bulls were $2 to $4 Higher
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 06/17/2024
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.
Read  Cash Grains Report from 06/17/2024
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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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.

Listen to Episode 86 with Ron Hays talking with one of the legends in the Beef Cattle Business- Bob Drake of Davis, Oklahoma
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