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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap-Two
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Flag Fire Warnings in Nine Eastern Oklahoma
Counties- Lots of Danger in the West as
National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag
Warning for counties in both eastern Oklahoma as
well as the western tier of Arkansas- those
counties include Delaware, Cherokee, Adair,
Craig, Ottawa, Sequoyah, LeFlore, Mayes and
Haskell in Oklahoma- the counties in Arkansas
include Benton, Sebastin, Washington, Carroll,
Madison, Crawford and Franklin.
states that "STRONG SOUTH WINDS WILL DEVELOP EARLY
THIS MORNING AND PERSIST THE DAY BEFORE DECREASING
AFTER SUNSET. FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL WORSEN
AS TEMPERATURES WARM, WITH FIRE BEHAVIOR BECOMING
INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL FALL INTO THE LOW 20
STRONG WINDS GUSTING 40 TO 50
MPH WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY."
after 8 am this morning, a summary of the fire
problems of yesterday will be provided by the
ODAFF- that along with a look ahead at today for
all of the state- strong gusty winds will be
blowing much of the day- depleting top soil
moisture and raising the fire danger in the
majority of the counties of the state. As we write
this a little before 6 AM- there is no Red Flag
warning in central or western Oklahoma- but wind
advisories are out- gusts over 40 mph are in the
mix for today for the state.
Click here for that Fire Blog
from the Forestry Services pages of the ODAFF
Promotes Voluntary Grain Reserve as Better Farm
Bill Plan- Designed to Hold Down Price
Farmers Union (NFU) unveiled Phase II of its study
on the Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS) at a
press conference during the organization's 110th
Anniversary Convention in La Vista, Neb. In a
nutshell, this is a voluntary grain reserve that
is designed to take out the highs and lows of the
"Farmers are entering a
potentially dangerous period when it comes to the
farm safety net," said NFU President Roger
Johnson. "In Washington, we are seeing 'cut first,
ask questions later' attitude which will cause
harm to the farm safety net and take away some of
the protections that family farmers and ranchers
need. Unfortunately, around the country these past
few years we are seeing more severe weather,
meaning we need more of a safety net, not less.
MDIS would help provide farmers and ranchers with
protection similar to what they receive now at a
significantly lower cost to taxpayers."
would provide a significant cost savings to
taxpayers while maintaining current levels of
income for farmers and ranchers," said Johnson.
"It would also help reduce the wild price swings
that cause harm to so many. Reduced price
volatility will benefit farmers and ranchers, the
hungry, ethanol producers, and many others. MDIS
would benefit so many Americans and should be
implemented in the next farm bill."
can read a lot more about this proposal from the
NFU- as well as hear some comments from NFU
President Roger Johnson- just click here for our coverage of
this farm policy proposalcoming out of the
110th Annual Convention of the National Farmers
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which is the protein found in wheat, rye and
barley, has gotten a bad rap of late. Celebrities
from Oprah Winfrey, to Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel
Weisz and Victoria Beckham have all been linked to
a gluten-free lifestyle which is touted as being
the miracle cure from to everything from thick
thighs to ADHD.
But there are many voices
in the scientific and agricultural communities
that are saying, "Not so fast."
Fasano, the medical director of the University of
Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore,
Maryland, says a gluten-free diet does indeed help
a genuine health problem, celiac disease. He says
a little less than one percent of Americans suffer
from this problem, however. Other Americans, maybe
six to seven percent, may have a sensitivity to
gluten which may cause a variety of gastric
Despite these facts, a large
number of Americans have come to believe that
wheat gluten is somehow bad or dangerous. Dr.
Brett Carver of Oklahoma State University has come
to call this misperception
"Right now there seems to be
this fad or trend that the human population thinks
that gluten is harmful to us. There is some truth
to that, but I think this is the classic case
where the truth has become stretched a little bit
and now we cannot tell the difference between fact
and fantasy," Carver says.
You can read more about "glutenoia"
and hear Dr. Carver's full interview with us
by clicking here.
and Progress for the Week Ending March 4, 2012
storm system early in the week brought high winds
but little precipitation to Oklahoma.
of wheat and other fall planted crops continued to
be rated mostly good. Eleven percent of winter
wheat was in excellent condition with 51 percent
rated good. Twenty-nine percent was in fair
condition and nine percent only poor to very
was mostly in good shape with 60 percent rated in
that category. Only five percent was rated
excellent. Twenty-seven percent was in fair
condition with eight percent in poor condition or
wheat conditions last week showed only seven
percent in the excellent category with 43 percent
listed as good, 38 percent fair and 12 percent in
poor or very poor condition.
wheat showed 10 percent excellent, 23 percent
good, 28 percent fair and 39 percent in the poor
to very poor categories.
Click here for the complete Crop
Weather Update for the state of Oklahoma- our
first "weekly" report of the 2012 growing season.
Beef Prices Stall Out, But Finished Cattle End
to Ed Czerwien, USDA Market News Office in
Amarillo, Texas, last week choice boxed beef
prices stalled out, ending steady to weak for the
week ending Friday, March 2, 2012. Choice ended at
$198.07 cwt which was .50 to .75 lower than it
traded for most of last week. The choice select
spread ended the week at $4.27. The total movement
was 7, 200 load of all cuts, trimmings and grinds.
The finished cattle trade saw record highs
with most live cattle money at the $130 cwt mark,
mostly $2.00 higher than the previous week. The
Southern Plains all traded at $130, with the
Northern live trade also at $130 with a few sales
at $130.50. Dressed sales in the North came in at
$205 to $206.
The average live weight of
finished cattle from the Texas Panhandle was 1,238
pounds, which was up 6 pounds from the previous
Click here to listen to Ed Czerwien's
full analysis of last week's beef trade.
Cattle Comfortable Increases Quality, Profits
cattle are profitable cattle. That's the word from
feeders who see gains in production when they take
steps to help cattle adjust to their new
environment upon arrival.
Dale Moore of
Cattlemen's Choice Feedyard in Gage, Oklahoma,
says it's vitally important to get cattle off to
the right start.
"We acclimate them to
their new home because that's where they're going
to spend a lot of their time. And we make sure
they see all four corners of their pen and know
where the water's at, know where the bunks are at
and just make sure they're
Less stress means more
success. It can improve everything from immune
response to implant success says Anne Burkholder
of Will Feed Inc., of Cozad, Nebraska.
You can catch the video interview
with Dale Moore and Ann Burkholder by clicking
AQUAmax Corn Hybrids Offer Yield Advantage in
from actual on-farm trials in 2011 show Optimum
AQUAmaxTM corn hybrids from DuPont business
Pioneer Hi-Bred provide a yield advantage for
growers over competitive hybrids in water-limited
environments as well as under more favorable
evaluations of the Optimum AQUAmax hybrids also
are providing Pioneer corn breeders with an
improved understanding of why these products
perform better in drought conditions, giving
researchers greater confidence as they move
forward to develop still better products for
at a news briefing at the Commodity Classic this
past sweek in Nashville, Jeff Schussler, Pioneer
senior research manager, said these research
results show that Pioneer breeders have selected
positive native traits to develop Optimum AQUAmax
very rewarding to see large-scale, on-farm field
testing validate the performance of Optimum
AQUAmax hybrids," Schussler says. "And we have
begun to gather a solid understanding of the
mechanisms of drought tolerance within these
hybrids as we advance development of future
Optimum AQUAmax hybrids."
You can hear the full news briefing
with Jeff Schussler or read more by clicking
Peel Talks Drought and Herd Rebuilding in
producers in the Southern Plains are still in a
holding pattern to see what they will be able to
do this spring. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State
University Extension Livestock Marketing
Specialist, says there are several factors that
will determine whether and to what extent herd
rebuilding will begin this year.
is, of course, whether drought conditions renew
this spring. At the current time, much of Oklahoma
has good soil moisture conditions. Temperatures
are generally above normal and things will begin
to green up soon with these conditions. However,
typical strong winds are common and fire danger is
running high as soil and vegetation dry out
quickly. The next month will be critical in
determining the potential for spring forage
The next level of consideration is
what forage growth will occur assuming that
drought is not a limiting factor. The amount of
forage damage from the drought last year is yet to
be determined in many cases and will depend on a
variety of factors including the location, type of
forage and condition of the range or pasture going
into the drought. There are indications however
that there is significant death loss in forage,
particularly farther west and in native pastures.
The amount of forage production in 2012 is likely
to be significantly reduced for one to three years
and careful management will be needed to ensure
recovery of pastures. Stocking rates will be
sharply reduced and stocking seasons need to be
carefully managed to avoid additional damage to
pastures and ranges.
You can read Derrell Peel's full
analysis by clicking here.
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