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Cash price for canola was
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Tuesday, August 20,
Markets Move Past Summer Lows, Demand
S. Peel, Oklahoma State University
Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, says
cattle markets and boxed beef appear to have moved
past the summer lows. He writes in the latest
Cow-Calf newsletter and tells me in this
edition of the Beef Buzz that wholesale beef, fed
cattle and feeder cattle markets are all generally
moving in the same direction, rare for this time
of year, and certainly not all in harmony yet. The
Choice boxed beef cutout has increased about
$8/cwt. in the past two weeks. The beef demand
index for the second quarter showed a continued
slow improvement in beef demand year over year.
Stronger beef exports have also helped beef values
this summer. Domestic beef demand remains a
concern this fall as wholesale values are expected
to push back to record levels on sharply lower
beef production in the fourth
Fed cattle have traded
sideways most of the summer but have finally shown
indications of moving higher. Fed price
improvement has been limited so far and will
likely remain limited as feedlot supplies will
remain relatively large through September based on
large placements of heavy feeders earlier. Fed
prices will likely continue a slow grind higher
through the third quarter. Decreased placements
and fewer lightweight placements since May will
lead to sharply falling feedlot supplies in the
fourth quarter which should help push fed prices
into the upper $120s by year
markets have been on a nearly three month run
after spring weakness halted with lows in May.
Feeder prices have been helped by significant
improvement in forage conditions in many areas and
ever stronger prospects for sharply lower corn
prices in the next crop year.
Click here to read more from
Derrell or to listen to the latest Beef Buzz.
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Helps Oklahoma Crops, Insufficient in
rains continued across much of Oklahoma last week,
improving drought conditions and storing more soil
moisture for fall planting.
crops benefited and made significant progress over
the past week. Corn in the dough stage was 82
percent complete by the end of the week, and 48
percent was in the dent stage Twenty-one percent
of the crop was mature by Sunday, 16 points behind
normal. Sorghum heading was 69 percent complete by
week's end, and 26 percent was coloring. Soybean
blooming was 62 percent complete by Sunday, and 31
percent of plants were setting pods, 18 points
behind the five-year average. Peanuts pegging was
96 percent complete by the end of the week and 69
percent of plants were setting pods. Cotton
squaring was 95 percent complete by the end of the
week, and 72 percent of the crop was setting
bolls. A small portion of cotton had bolls opening
by Sunday. You can read the full Oklahoma
Crop Weather report by clicking here.
received rains last week as well, but they were
insufficient to improve drought conditions.
Failed dryland corn and sorghum crops are being
reported in areas eluded by the rains, and where
hail or wind damage has occurred.
condition declined and rated 10 percent very poor,
20 poor, 39 fair, 28 good, and 3 excellent.
Sorghum condition declined to 6 percent very
poor, 15 poor, 43 fair, 34 good, and 2 excellent.
Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10
poor, 46 fair, 39 good, and 2 excellent.
Click here for the full Kansas
for the full national
Crop Weather and Condition report.
We Keep Our Eye on the Corn Crop
U.S. corn crop continued to make steady progress
toward full maturity last week while remaining in
good condition, according to a U.S. Department of
Agriculture report released today. The percentage
of the corn crop doughing increased by 20 points
last week, yet progress still lags behind the
five-year average by 13 points. Reports also
indicate that the crop condition remains nearly
unchanged from the previous week with 61 percent
of the crop forecast to be in good-to-excellent
condition. Last year at this time, only 23 percent
of the crop still fared as well.
the summer passes, we are pleased to see that the
crop condition across the country remains strong,"
said NCGA President Pam Johnson,
a grower in Floyd, Iowa. "Despite wet, cool
conditions this spring and, for some, this summer,
farmers forged ahead to plant a near-record number
of corn acres. Should favorable weather continue
to fuel growth and maintain quality, U.S. corn
farmers could produce a record crop in
Currently, 87 percent of all
corn acres are forecast to be in fair-to-excellent
condition, with only 13 percent rated in poor or
very poor condition. The crop condition forecast
remained largely unchanged from a week prior, with
only three percentage points falling out of the
good and excellent rankings. This stands in stark
contrast to condition forecasts at this time in
2012, which fell continuously as high temperatures
and dry conditions hit large portions of the Corn
This week's corn denting reports
indicated that 11 percent of the crop had reached
that stage of maturity by August 18, a six point
increase from the previous week. This trails the
five-year average of 30 percent by 19 points. The
slight delay in maturation is to be expected given
planting delays this spring.
indicate that the silking stage has largely come
to completion across the country.
view the full US Crop Progress report released on
Monday afternoon- click here.
Playing a Part in This Year's Cooler, Wetter
Summer, Climatologist Says
are enjoying an unusually cool and wet summer and
historical climatologist Evelyn Browning
Garriss says she knows why. Speaking to
attendees at the recent International Leadership
Alumni Conference in Oklahoma City, Garriss says
recent volcanoes are playing a part. She spoke
with me after her presentation.
you have a volcano large enough that it enters the
upper atmosphere where it's quiet, this is the
upper stratosphere, the ash and debris lingers and
it can block out incoming sunlight. And it gathers
moisture that forms thick clouds."
a volcano in the Philippines in 1991 gathered
clouds that were ten miles thick and were the size
of Montana. Those clouds cool the atmosphere and
ultimately rain out.
"What we've had happen
is that in 2011 we had two large volcanoes and the
debris blew up in the polar air masses and that's
what we've seen coming down south this year. And
then in June we had another large volcano blow.
And so we've had wetter conditions in Midwest.
That's been due a lot to the volcanically-cooled
air where the sunlight's been blocked for up to
two years. And all that ash is wet and it's
Click here to listen to our
conversation or to read more of this
Bill Provision Could Nullify Oklahoma Agricultural
Laws, HSUS Claims
Humane Society of the United States has
distributed the following press release modified
to target specific
Oklahoma's laws banning
horsemeat for human consumption and many other
states' agriculture laws are at risk of annulment
unless Congress rejects a highly destructive
provision adopted by the U.S. House of
Representatives in its Farm Bill. The Senate
version of the Farm Bill does not contain such a
provision, and a House-Senate conference committee
will soon work to negotiate a final
The provision in the
House bill from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, could not
only wipe out numerous state animal protection
laws on puppy mills, farm animal confinement,
shark finning, horse slaughter, and even dog meat,
but also a wide range of other laws related to
food safety, environmental protection, worker
safety, labeling and more. Among the
laws in Oklahoma threatened by the King
--Ban possession of
horsemeat for sale for human consumption (63 OKLA.
STAT. ANN. § 1-1135-1139)
liquid swine waste management systems from being
located certain distances from occupied residences
(2 Okl.St.Ann. § 20-21)
Click here to read more.
Congratulates Six States for Nearly 100% of
Schools Meeting New Meal Standards
following editorial was posted by Dr.
Janey Thornton, Food, Nutrition and
Consumer Services Deputy Under
As we continue to combat
childhood obesity in America, I am proud to say
that this Back to School season our school
cafeterias are at the heart of offering great
nutrition for our kids. Students and schools are
embracing the healthier lunches offered through
the National School Lunch Program that, together
with the healthier breakfasts offered through the
School Breakfast Program beginning this school
year and the recently announced "Smart Snacks in
School" nutrition standards that kick in next
year, continue our children on the path towards
future health and happiness.
So how are
school cafeterias faring with all the meal updates
across the nation? Like I said, they are putting
their hearts into it.
Nowhere is this more
evident than in Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado, where all
or nearly all school cafeterias are now serving
meals that meet the new standards. Kudos to
can read the rest of this article by clicking here.
N That- Pro Farmer Crop Tour and Express Ranches
Getting Ready for their Big Event
Pro Farmer Corn and Soybean Crop Tour started on
Monday- and according to their website- the early
routes they follow across Ohio were a bit
disappointing. "We've seen some pretty good crops,
but they haven't been great so far," said Pro
Farmer senior market analyst Brian
Grete. "As we move west, it's getting
drier. We just passed some gentlemen that were
working up a winter wheat field and they were
kicking up a lot of dust.
have to see how it shakes out when all is done.
I'm not disappointed; that's the wrong word to
use. I guess it just hasn't been as big as what
was advertised, at least on the route we've taken
western leg of the tour started in South Dakota-
and our friend Chip Floury says
that everything in that state is about as
expected- pod fill for soybeans is a point of
concern- as is what an early frost might do to
both the corn and soybeans.
Click here for one of several
reports they have on the Pro Farmer website- and
if you are a Tweet kind of guy or gal- you can
follow them at #pftour13.
Ranches are gearing up for their 2013
edition of The Big Event- a two day lineup of
tremendous Angus genetics to add to your
herd. This is their annual female sale- and
on day one- this coming Friday, August 23rd- they
will offer approximately 150 Fall calving mature
females. Then Saturday morning- the Big
Event features donor cows, fall calving
2-year-olds, bred heifers, fall opens, heifer calf
splits with spring calving cows and, as always,
show heifer prospects that are eligible for the
Express Scholarship program that has paid out over
$3 million in scholarships to youth across the
United States and Canada.
more information- click here- or call Express
Ranches at 1-800-664-3977.
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