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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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Cash price for canola was
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elevator in Yukon Thursday. The full listing of cash
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Projections Include Decline in Beef Supply, Rising
Prices in 2013
and women gathered at the 2013 Cattle Industry
Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef
Association (NCBA) Trade Show to hear CattleFax
market analysts' projections for the year ahead.
Creighton University Professor Emeritus
Art Douglas told the audience
that there is a chance some regions of the United
States will see a return to more normal
precipitation patterns during the upcoming spring
and summer growing season. That was welcome news
to participants, many of whom have been enduring
an ongoing, multi-year drought which has affected
more than 70 percent of cattle country.
(I spoke at length with CattleFax CEO
Randy Blach after the
presentation. You can listen to our
conversation by clicking here.)
precipitation returns to near-normal levels for
the 2013 growing season, CattleFax predicts
farmers in the U.S. will plant a record number of
acres in both corn and soybeans. CattleFax Grain
Market Analyst Chad Spearman told
the audience that would lead to lower feed grain
prices this year.
"If we see anything close
to trend line yields, we'll see relief on the
supply side and the result will be price relief,
particularly in the second-half of 2013," said
Spearman, who added that the additional moisture
will help mitigate hay prices after harvest begins
"With a little help from
Mother Nature, we will be in much better shape
with regard to hay supply and prices during the
second half of the year," he said.
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to Release New Long-Term Agricultural
U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will
release new 10-year agricultural projections on
Feb. 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's
Agricultural Projections to 2022 will be posted to
the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website
at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and
PDF formats. Projections data will be available as
Excel spreadsheets here.
USDA publishes the
projections each year in February. The projections
are developed by interagency committees in USDA,
with the Economic Research Service (ERS) having
the lead role in the preparation of the report.
The new projections cover crop and livestock
commodities, agricultural trade and aggregate
indicators, such as farm income and food prices,
through 2022. The projections do not represent a
USDA forecast, but a conditional, long-run
scenario based on specific assumptions about farm
policy (including extension of current farm law
through 2022), weather, the economy and
international developments. Normal weather is
assumed throughout the projection
Click here for a link to the
background and back issues of the USDA's
Cotton Acres Could Fall 27 Percent, Based on NCC
Planting Intentions Survey
cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million
acres of cotton this spring, down 26.8 percent
from 2012, according to the National Cotton
Council's 30th Annual Early Season Planting
intentions are 8.81 million acres, down 27.0
percent from 2012, while extra-long staple (ELS)
intentions of 203,000 acres represent a 15.0
percent decline. The survey results were announced
today at the NCC's 2013 Annual Meeting being held
February 8-10 in Memphis.
producers, in responding to the NCC
request, indicated that they will reduce acres by
12% in 2013 to 267,000 acres, while Texas
producers expect to plant 25 percent
fewer acres, dropping below five million acres
planted in 2013 to 4.9 million acres.
Assuming slightly above-average
abandonment in the Southwest region due to the dry
conditions and all other states set at historical
averages, total upland and ELS harvested area
would be 7.65 million acres, which is 15.2 percent
below planted area. Applying state-level yield
assumptions to projected harvested acres generates
a cotton crop of 12.86 million bales, compared
with 2012's total production of 17.01 million
You can read more of this story on
our webpage by clicking here.
Corn Yield Growth Dependent on Adoption of New
plant population density will be critical to
growing yields in U.S. corn production, but
increasing this density will be dependent on the
economics farmers face as they seek to increase
yields, according to a new report released today
by researchers at the Rabobank International Food
& Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR)
group. The report, titled "Crowding The Fields,"
finds it likely we'll see one to two years of
stagnant plant population growth due to high input
costs and dry soils in the U.S.
yield growth in U.S. is reaching a key milestone
as the trend of increasing plant population per
acre is challenged by limitations of the current
production processes," notes Sterling
Liddell, vice president with the Rabobank
Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory
group. "We know the confines of current equipment
and production techniques will eventually
challenge the ability of U.S. farmers to sustain
historic yield growth trends. Trends our global
population is demanding. "
The report finds
the key areas where future problems are becoming
measurable in more dense plant populations
include: a lack of adequate precision in planting
equipment, fertilization practices which can
encourage non-uniform plant growth, and
insufficient spacing for root systems to develop.
Each of these factors alone present serious
challenges to long term growth in the corn yield
curve. However, taken together, these obstacles
are capable of severely restricting yield growth
potential over the long term.
You can read more by clicking
Climate Change Adaptation Plan Open for Public
order to fulfill its mission of providing
leadership on food, agriculture, natural
resources, rural development, nutrition, and
related issues, USDA focuses on the future. The
Department recognizes the significance of global
climate change and how potential impacts such as
more frequent or severe weather events can affect
our programs and operations.
coordinate USDA's sustainability efforts and build
on past success, USDA has prepared its 2012
Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that
underscores strategies and goals to save taxpayer
dollars, reduce carbon emissions, cut waste and
save energy. As part of this effort, this
year they have also prepared a Climate Change
Adaptation Plan that outlines how the Department
will address the impacts of climate change on its
key mission areas such as agricultural production,
food security, rural development, and forestry and
natural resources conservation. The plan is
available and open for a 60-day public comment
encourages the public to review the document and
provide comments by April 8, 2013.
Click here for more.
May be a Blessing In Disguise for Cattle Producers
Donnell Brown Believes
Brown from the RA Brown Ranch near
Throckmorton, Texas, spoke to attendees at the
Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Florida.
He and his family know firsthand about
surviving hard times-the ranch has been in
business since 1895 and continues to be a leader
in raising top-quality commercial cattle and
registered quarter horses. The ranch has received
both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Cattle Business of the Century Award and the
American Quarter Horse Association / Bayer Best
Remuda Award. The ranch utilizes some 40,000 acres
in Texas and Colorado.
presentation, I asked him what was the biggest
concern right now facing his
"The easy answer to that is
surviving this drought. We don't know when this
drought is going to end. I'm hoping it's sooner
instead of later. That's the biggest challenge
where we are. On our ranch today, 70 percent of it
we cannot use today because we're out of water. We
are absolutely out of water on 70 percent of the
ranch. And that creates a huge challenge.
But, he says, those producers who can
survive the drought and those who enter the
business after it, the profit potential will
be enormous, especially for cow-calf
You can read more or listen to our
full conversation by clicking here.
N That- Rainfall Mostly a Miss But Hoping for
Snow, Superior Market Recap and Altus Production
rain making system that arrived in Oklahoma over
this past weekend brought very little rain into
much of Oklahoma and offered a lot of
disappointment to the northwestern two thirds of
the state. The heaviest amounts of rain reported
by the Oklahoma Mesonet were all in the
southeastern most counties- Lane
with .93 inches of rain and
Clayton with .85 inches were the
West of Interstate
35, the one rainfall amount that jumped over the
half inch mark was found in
Ringling with .61 inches of
is a fast moving system aimed at northwestern
Oklahoma that could deliver three to six inches of
snow tonight into early Tuesday morning- we have a
graphic on that potential snowfall as well as the
rainfall graphic from this past weekend- click here to take a
producers from 22 states consigned 34,000
stockers, feeders and bred stock to the
Superior Livestock satellite
video auction that occurred this past
The market on yearling steers
was $4-$6 lower than last sale in all classes.
Yearling heifers were $3-$5 lower. Light calves
were $10-$15 lower while the heavy calves were
have details on several of the top lots- click here to read more about
some of the sales that helped establish the trends
on Friday in the Superior Livestock Sale.
Jackson County Winter Ag
Conference is set for tomorrow- February
12 in Altus at the Southwest Technology Center.
Registration starts at 8 AM and the all day
program will wrap up around 4:30 pm.
is quite a lineup of OSU Extension folks that are
on the program for 2013- from production to market
outlook- it's all going to be covered. Click here for the speaker lineup and
agenda- looks like Gary
Strickland- the County Ag Educator in
Jackson County- has pulled an outstanding program
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