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We have a
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are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by
Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click
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around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$8.72 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in Yukon yesterday. The full listing of cash
canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be
found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
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 18,
General Sues Obama Administration Over Sue and
Settle Tactic with Lesser Prairie Chicken
Attorney General Scott Pruitt on
Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department
of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) alleging the FWS engaged in "sue and
settle" tactics when the agency agreed to settle a
lawsuit with a national environmental group over
the listing status of several animal species,
including the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
"Increasingly, federal agencies are
colluding with like-minded special interest groups
by using 'sue and settle' tactics to reach
'friendly settlements' of lawsuits filed by the
interest groups. These settlements, which often
impose tougher regulations and shorter timelines
than those imposed by Congress, are having a
crippling effect on the U.S. economy. Furthermore,
because these settlements are taking place without
public input, attorneys general are unable to
represent the respective interests of their
states, businesses, and citizens," Attorney
General Pruitt said.
Earth Guardians sued the FWS in 2010
alleging the agency had not met deadlines in
determining the listing status of 251 species,
including the lesser prairie chicken. The FWS
entered into a consent decree that mandated the
agency decide the listing status of those 251
species by September 30, 2015. For the lesser
prairie chicken, the FWS agreed to determine
whether to grant the lesser prairie chicken
threatened status under the Endangered Species Act
by March 31, 2014. A "threatened" listing would
restrict land use in the bird's five-state habitat
that includes Oklahoma.
more on the legal action brought by AG Pruitt
against the Obama Administration by clicking here.
Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor
of the daily email- They are excited to
announce changes coming to their spring farm show
held each April in Oklahoma City.
in 2005 as the Southern Plains Farm Show, the show
will now be billed the Oklahoma City Farm
Show. The name change is designed to
clearly communicate the show's location, and also
signifies the plans for a long term partnership
with the community and State Fair Park, a
world-class event site. The show continues as the
premier spring agricultural and ranching event for
the southern plains area, with over 300 exhibitors
featuring over 1000 product lines for three big
days. Click here to visit their new
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2014 Oklahoma City Farm Show! AND-
be watching tomorrow's email for a
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Oklahoma City Farm Show!!!
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2014- Victoria Chapman of Dickson FFA Shows
Supreme Champion Beef
hundred beef heifers paraded before Judges
John Rayfield and Chan
Phillips on Sunday and Monday at the 2014
Oklahoma Youth Expo. At the end of the day- there
was one Supreme Champion as the best female bovine
of all of the purebreds shown- and a Commercial
Champion Beef Heifer selected- for the commercial
division where 190 animals were seen by Dr.
In the Commercial Division,
the Champion Commercial Heifer was shown by
Gatlin Goodson of Shattuck 4-H,
earning a $1,500 scholarship. Picking up a
thousand dollar scholarship for her efforts,
Baylee Beck of Yukon FFA had the
reserve Champion Commercial
There were sixteen different
breeds that entered the show ring and competed at
the 2014 OYE- and judged the best of them all-
earning the Supreme Champion Heifer honors was
Victoria Chapman of the Dickson
FFA. Victoria had the Champion Hereford that
competed with the other breeds. She earned a one
thousand dollar sholarship for the Supreme
Champion win- that on top of the $2000 scholarship
she earned for having the Champion Hereford
The Reserve Supreme Champion
Heifer was shown by Edmond 4-Her Ryan
Callahan, receiving a $500 schoalrship as
his prize for having the second best purebred beef
heifer. His Angus Heifer was the breed Champion-
and he received a $2,000 scholarship for showing
the best Angus heifer at the 2014 OYE.
are expecting to get the complete Purebred Heifer
results first thing this morning- and we will be
posting them in our Blue Green Gazette section of
click here to jump there and check them our
when we get them online.
also posted an interview that we did with judge
John Rayfield- he's featured as our Beef Buzz
guest for today- click here for that story.
we posted a ton of pictures on Monday on our
Flickr Set for the 2014 OYE. Click here for that photo album
in cyberspace that already has almost 500
Multi-Media Platform of coverage about the 2014
Oklahoma Youth Expo is powered by Devon Energy as well as by the
Title Sponsor of the 2014 OYE- McDonald's.
Peel Explores the Important Role of Expectations
in the Beef Industry
S. Peel, Oklahoma State University
Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, writes
in the latest Cow-Calf
Cattle and beef prices are
at record levels in every industry sector, from
cow-calf to retail beef prices. These record
prices are obviously supported by a very unusual
set of supply and demand circumstances. So far in
2014, markets- especially fed cattle and wholesale
beef markets-have displayed unprecedented
volatility as industry participants try to sort
out these unusual market fundamentals in a very
dynamic market environment. Both producers and
consumers are reacting, not only to current record
prices, but also to their evolving expectations
for market conditions over the coming weeks,
months and years.
Much attention is
focused on the low cow herd inventory and the need
to rebuild. After many years of liquidation, the
result of a variety of factors impacting the beef
industry, the current situation reminds us that it
is the cow-calf sector that is primarily
responsible for supply in the beef industry. Until
cow-calf producers can and will expand the cow
herd, the industry's ability to maintain beef
production will be limited.
Click here to read more of this
Choice Boxed Beef Sets New All-Time
Czerwein of the USDA's Amarillo office
reports the daily spot choice boxed beef cutout
ended the week last Friday at $240.44 after
setting the new all-time record highs and was
$4.42 higher than the previous Friday. Prices
began to plateau out mid week, and actually
slipped a little on Friday. There were only 561
loads sold for the week in the daily boxed beef
cutout, which was eight percent of the total
volume. Daily cutout volume continues to be
subdued even more than normal.
comprehensive or average choice cutout which
includes all types of sales including formula
exports and out-front, was $230.74 which was $4.21
higher. The total reported boxed beef volume was
6,718 loads, which was 334 loads higher than last
week. Exports were at 777 loads
which was just a little better compared to the
can listen to Ed Czerwein's audio report or read
more of this story by clicking here.
Conditions Worsen, Take Toll on Weekly Crop
temperatures and high winds last week advanced
drought conditions across much of Oklahoma.
Weekend rains helped some areas, mainly in the
southeast. The majority of the state
remained in moderate to severe drought.
of Sunday, winter wheat was rated 71 percent fair
to poor. Eleven percent was rated very poor
with one percent in excellent condition.
Jointing had reached 14 percent, 16 percentage
points behind the previous year and the five-year
percent of the canola crop was listed in fair to
poor shape with only ten percent in good condition
and none rated as excellent. Click here for the USDA's latest
Oklahoma Crop Weather and Condition
Texas, winter wheat suffered freeze damage in the
Blacklands and 68-percent of the crop was listed
in fair to poor condition with 19 percent in very
poor condition. Click here for the full Texas
of western Kansas continues under severe drought
conditions. Forty-six percent of the wheat
crop is in fair condition, 32 is listed as good
and 20 percent is rated poor or very poor.
You can read the full Kansas report by clicking here.
Youth Expo Welcomes New 2014 Platinum Sponsor in
Services joins the Oklahoma Youth Expo as its most
recent platinum-level sponsor.
Mark Pruitt with J&L
says his company works with farmers, ranchers and
landowners every day and sponsoring the OYE, the
world's largest junior livestock show, was a
"These kids are a big part of
our future and taking over the family's land and
farms. And we really want to work hand-in hand
with OYE because it benefits these kids... Our
future is these kids and that's what we want to
J&L is a leading provider
of cutting-edge technology and expertise in
managing environmental by-products. Its ECO1
advanced land application system remotely
automates the application of drilling waste
constituents once thought to be unmanageable.
Pruitt says OYE pays dividends not just to
the participants themselves, but the much wider
community influenced by them.
can listen to my interview with Mark Pruitt or
read the rest of this story by clicking
Groups Partner to Provide Historic Landscape for
No Man's Land Museum
historical ecosystem of the Oklahoma Panhandle
will be better reflected in the landscaping of the
No Man's Land Museum at Goodwell thanks to a
partnership between the Cimarron County
Conservation District, the Texas County
Conservation District, the Beaver County
Conservation District, Oklahoma Panhandle State
University (OPSU), the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) and the No Man's Land
Historical Society. According to Cimarron County
Conservation District Chairman Hal
Clark, this project is designed to help
educate future generations on the unique
characteristics of the Panhandle region's
"This region is like no other
place on Earth," Clark said. "The grasslands of
the Panhandle region once extended like a great
ocean of vegetation as far as the eye could see.
Whether it was referred to as 'el Llano Estacado,'
the Great American Desert,' or 'No Man's land,'
this area and its native plant system was unique.
It's our hope that through this partnership, we
can give visitors to this facility at least an
idea of what kind of plants dominated the
landscape prior to plow-up."
planning and planting of native grasses and
through additional technical assistance related to
the area surrounding the museum at Goodwell, the
three Oklahoma Panhandle Conservation Districts
and NRCS are working in conjunction with the No
Man's Land Historical Society and OPSU to provide
a type of living history in the form of
landscaping on the facility grounds. By
incorporating native plant species into the area
surrounding the museum, they hope to not only add
to the aesthetic quality of the facility, but also
provide a new teaching tool to help visitors
better understand the ecosystem that is native to
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