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Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
cash price for Canola is $12.57 per bushel-
New Crop contracts for Canola are now available at
$12.76 per bushel- delivered to local
participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap-Two
Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all
three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on
Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's
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
Tuesday, March 20,
Steer Goes for a Record Sale Price as 2012
Oklahoma Youth Expo
was a night for a record at the top end of the
2012 Sale of Champions, while the champions right
under that record sold for slightly less money
than in recent years. The record was for the Grand
Champion Market Steer, which was bought by a
consortium of buyers for $60,000. That eclipsed
the previous record of $53,000 that was paid in
2009. The 2012 Grand Steer is owned and was
shown by Logan Davis of Newcastle
was a long list of buyers for the animal at the
top of the sale- including Governor Mary Fallin,
Teners Western Wear, Bank of Western Oklahoma,
Chain Ranches, Robyn Promotions and Printing,
McAfee & Taft Law Firm, Bob Moore Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge, Express Ranches, Premium Beef,
Wynn Feeds and Natural Selection for
Grand Champion Barrow and the Grand Champion Lamb
both were sold for $17,500 when their turns came-
the top hog shown by Cheyenne
Gaff of Timberlake FFA- the barrow bought
by Central States Trailers and Chesapeake
Energy. The Top Lamb was shown by
Tyler Rhodes of Indiahoma FFA and
bought by Touchstone Energy and the Daily
Oklahoman. The sale price in 2012 was down for
both of these Champs- with the Lamb bringing
$21,000 a year ago and the Barrow $20,000.
Grand Champion Meat Goat was sold for $11,500-
shown by Braden Shovanec of
Garber FFA and purchased by McDonalds, Farm
Credit, P&K and Industrial Ignition.
Click here for our full story on the
Sale of Champions- we have details of the
Reserve Grand Champion sales results and
we wrapped up our taking of photos at the 2012
OYE- over a thousand all told have been posted- go and take a look by clicking
here- we got shots pretty much every day from
March 9 through the 19th.
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Cotton Specialist Guardedly Optimistic Following
way you slice it, last year was a disaster for
cotton producers in southwest Oklahoma says Dr.
Randy Bowman, director of OSU's Southwest Research
and Extension Center near Altus.
heat and drought destroyed well over three
quarters of the Oklahoma crop. The state only
produced about 70,000 bales off of 70,000 standing
acres. Approximately 415,000 acres had originally
"That is the lowest
production and the smallest acreage harvested in
the state of Oklahoma since 1894," Boman said. "It
was an absolute killer. Thank goodness we had a
great crop insurance program."
insurance may have softened the blow to farmers,
it did nothing for those who make a living off of
serving the farmer.
You can read more of our
interview with Dr. Randy Boman or listen to it by
and Progress for the Week Ending March 18,
temperatures were felt throughout the state with
average temperatures in the 60s and average highs
in the upper 70s.
of all small grains and canola were ahead of
normal, aided by the abnormally warm temperatures.
Wheatjointing was 53
percent complete by Sunday, 17 points ahead of
last year, and 22 points ahead of the five-year
average. Fourteen percent of the wheat crop was
rated excellent, 56 percent was good, 23 percent
was in fair condition, and seven percent was
listed in poor or very poor
percent of the canola crop was reported in good
shape with nine percent showing to be in excellent
condition. Thirty percent was in fair condition,
and only 6 percent was in the poor or very poor
wheat conditions last week showed 46 percent to be
in good shape, 35 percent in fair shape, 11
percent in poor or very poor condition and only
eight percent showing to be in excellent
percent of the Texas wheat crop was in fair
condition, 24 percent was good, ten percent was in
excellent shape, and the remaining 38 percent was
in poor or very poor condition.
Click here for the complete Crop
Weather Update for the state of
Pastures Require Special Care This Spring
experts with The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
in Ardmore have words of wisdom for farmers and
ranchers following last year's historic drought -
be careful with your pastures.
record-setting drought rivaled the long maligned
dry spells of the mid-1950s and even the Dust Bowl
period. Agricultural producers across the southern
portion of the United States - 14 states in all -
experienced varying degrees of drought conditions
with Oklahoma and Texas receiving the brunt of the
heat and lack of precipitation.
recent rainfall, ramifications of the drought are
still being felt throughout the Southern Great
Plains as farmers and ranchers prepare for the
2012 forage production season. The hot, dry summer
left many pastures severely damaged and thin from
overgrazing, meaning producers should take extra
precautions this spring.
Click here to read more about
managing drought-damaged pastures.
Cattle and Boxed Beef Prices Drop Again, Ed
the second week in a row, the choice cut market
dropped again, losing $4.00 reports Ed Czerwien of
the USDA Market News Office in Amarillo,
Texas. The choice cut market ended the
week at $189.91 cwt. Volume was higher by
nearly 200 loads.
packers also cleaned up more inventory than the
previous week, but at much lower prices. The
finished cattle trade ended the week lower also
with Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma all selling at
$126 cwt. The average live weight last week was up
seven pounds from the previous week.
You can listen to Ed Czerwien's
full analysis by clicking here.
10 Students Named in AFR Ag Achievement Contest
from across the state were named the top 10
students of the American Farmers and Ranchers
(AFR) Ag Achievement Contest, preceding the
selection of grand champion animals at the
Oklahoma Youth Expo. The contest recognizes
Oklahoma youth who have an interest in livestock,
excel in showmanship skills and have knowledge of
the livestock industry to include production,
management, processing and end product
utilization. It is the only contest in the state
which recognizes all facets of livestock
projects.There's more information about the
Oklahoma Youth Expo on our website, just click
here to go there.
The top 10 students, in order of
placing, were, Tanner Allread, Union City; Trent
Boles, Asher; Barrett Powell, Ringwood; Annie Jo
Gilbert, Choctaw; Katie Lippoldt, Kingfisher; K.C.
Barnes, Hulbert; Kacey Rogers, Canton; Denton
Lowe, Amber-Poccassett; Tylen Layton, Copan and
Cassi Allread, Union City.
goal is to stimulate excellence and a quest for
knowledge that will result in the development of
leadership skills applicable to the livestock
industry. Over 40 high school 4-H & FFA
members exhibiting breeding and/or market beef,
sheep or swine at OYE participated in the
Totals Pile Up- and an OBI Performance Sale
totals continue to pile up this morning in eastern
Oklahoma- there are locations in the northeast
with more than five inches of rain according to
the Mesonet. Our western most counties in
the Panhandle got left out again- but the most of
the body of the state got at least some rainfall
to many many locations with over an inch of
folks we talked to last night at the OYE Sale of
Champions indicated that they had actually gotten
enough rain to get some runoff and pond water as a
result. We have been watching Lake Altus Lugert- and it has
moved slowly up from around 19% of capacity before
the rain began to 19.52% as of 6 AM this
have updated my Mesonet rainfall link to give you
a 2 day total- we will do a snapshot when the
system moves on out- so we can remember this
precipitation as we begin Spring 2012- but for now
click here for a realtime 2 day
window of rain across the
up this Thursday is the 2012 OBI Performance
Tested Bull Sale- at the Test Station on Highway
51 west of Stillwater. They will be selling
143 Angus, 36 Hereford and 10 Simmental bulls from
this winter's test. Click here for more details about
the OBI Test Station Sale coming at noon this
Thursday, March 22.
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