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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $9.61 per bushel- based
on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El Reno
yesterday. The full listing of cash canola bids at
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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National Daily Slaughter Cattle
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here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, June 18,
Kong Market Reopens for U.S. Beef, Expanding
Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced
that the United States and Hong Kong have agreed
on new terms and conditions that pave the way for
expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to
"This is great news for
American ranchers and beef companies," said
Vilsack. "Hong Kong is already the fourth largest
market for U.S. beef and beef product exports,
with sales there reaching a historic high of $823
million in 2013. We look forward to expanded
opportunities there for the U.S. beef industry now
that all trade restrictions are lifted," Vilsack
Under the new terms, Hong Kong
will permit the import of the full range of U.S.
beef and beef products, consistent with access
prior to December 2003. The new terms are
effective this week. Previously, only deboned beef
from all cattle and certain bone-in beef from
cattle less than 30 months of age could be shipped
from the United States to Hong Kong. Earlier this
year, Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador and Sri Lanka also
lifted their longstanding restrictions to provide
full access for U.S. beef and beef products.
is not being said by USDA is the importance of
Hong Kong as the unofficial BACK DOOR into the
world's most populous country, China. Many
of the loads of beef that will be sold to Hong
Kong may well be consumed in China- giving us a
presence in the country that has frustrated the US
beef industry with their reluctance to accept US
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Near Term Outlook for Cattle Markets
you look higher prices for our beef and cattle
prices, box beef trade has been moving higher,
feedlot prices stronger, yearling prices on the
upside, calf prices also higher on the southern
plans. K-State Livestock Market Economist
Glynn Tonsor says says there is
some optimism out there in cattle country pushing
the market higher.
"The main drivers
underneath all of that is growing optimism within
the cattle industry that we're going to have a
decent corn crop, coupled with we already know
that supplies are tight but every signal we get
reaffirms it and I think there is growing belief
that demand is stable," Tonsor
That strong consumer demand is
being bid into cattle prices - calves, yearling or
feedlot cattle. Tonsor says right now the beef
demand equation is a pleasant surprise.
"I think its important for our listens
to recognize among the many things that trade does
is that it allows us to send different products to
the highest valued market, not just the whole
carcass," Tonsor said. "The reason that is
important as people are concerned that as we
reduce what's available that people will step away
from purchasing and that is probably the case for
Tonsor is known for
his careful tracking of feedlot profitability -
red or black ink. He says right now there is a lot
of black ink flowing across the southern
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listen to Glynn Tonsor.
Ag Committee Chairlady Stabenow Applauds USDA for
Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition
and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department
of Agriculture for moving forward with a new
vaccine expected to help combat the porcine
epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed
millions of pigs and devastated pork producers
across the country. USDA announced that it has
issued a conditional license for the first vaccine
to treat PEDv to aid in control of the virus.
These licenses are issued for controlling diseases
in animals based on an expectation of efficacy.
Stabenow, alongside Sen. Kay Hagan, urged USDA
Sec. Tom Vilsack in March to dedicate funding to
help develop a vaccine, and for other measures
that provide relief to affected
"I applaud USDA for their
continued commitment to combatting the spread of
this deadly virus, which has impacted pork
producers in Michigan and across the country,"
Stabenow said. "The unmitigated spread of this
virus not only threatens pork producers, but also
has serious implications for the economy as
consumers and businesses will all feel the impact
of diminishing swine herds. USDA's efforts to help
control the spread of the virus will go a long way
in stabilizing the potential fallout for consumers
and businesses and I'm pleased they have been
aggressive and committed to finding a
The unmitigated spread of PEDv
poses a serious threat to the agricultural economy
as the pork industry supports nearly 550,000 jobs
across the country and contributes $34.5 billion
to the U.S. economy.
Weather Leaves Available Nutrients In
impact of weather has been severe for Oklahoma's
winter crops. The state's wheat and canola crops
have battled drought, freeze damage and just
recently the state has seen widespread rains. With
that combination, Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor of Precision Nutrient
Management Brian Arnall says
these crops hasn't maximized the use of fertilizer
and soil nutrients.
"For the big part
of what we've seen with the crop going to harvest
is there has not been a big use of the nutrients
put in the ground," Arnall said. "The pre-plant
had some response across locations, much of the
top dress never made it into the crop much less
made it into the soil."
"If the summer
crop is on a failed piece of wheat ground or
failed canola ground we're likely doing well on
nutrients, however if you have coming in after
summer crop after summer crop or you aren't going
into failed grounds, with this current moisture
there's a lot of guys are starting to see a lot of
definicencies, " Arnall said.
read or to listen to more with Brian Arnall Click Here.
Quail Forever Chapter in Oklahoma's Beaver &
quail hunters from Oklahoma's Texas and Beaver
Counties have formed the newest Quail Forever
chapter in the state. Named the
Homesteader Quail Forever Chapter
- honoring one of the last areas in Oklahoma to be
homesteaded - the group will work to improve
upland habitat for bobwhite and scaled quail in
the Oklahoma Panhandle.
long been considered one of the premier quail
states in the country; however, in recent years,
mainly due to upland habitat loss and drought,
Oklahoma's quail population has fallen
significantly. This is reflected in the quail
harvest totals: quail harvest dropped from more
than 1 million a decade ago to 109,000 in 2011,
and hunter numbers have declined in correlation
with the quail population, from 120,000 a quarter
century ago to just 17,000
Pheasants Forever launched Quail
Forever in August of 2005 to address the
continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and
the subsequent quail population decline. Quail
Forever chapters promote local, state, and federal
conservation programs which help landowners
protect environmentally sensitive acres for quail
and other wildlife. Quail Forever also employs
Pheasants Forever's unique model of empowering
local chapters with 100 percent control of the
chapters' locally-raised funds to complete habitat
and youth education projects in the chapters' own
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newest Quail Forever Chapter.
Recommends Using "Oklahoma Gold" or "Oklahoma
Super Gold" for Replacement
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
replacement heifers have been (or soon will be)
weaned and will be at a very critical growing
period. It is important that they grow at about
1.5 pounds per day from weaning until the start of
the breeding season. Central and Eastern Oklahoma
has been fortunate to receive spring rains and in
some cases will produce adequate forage quantity
for the cow herd and the replacement heifers.
Currently summer pastures are green, growing, and
adequate in protein content. However, warm season
pastures such as native grass or bermudagrass can
be expected to be declining in forage quality in
the hot, dry days of July, August, and September.
Also these grasses will be reaching plant maturity
which accelerates the decline in protein content.
Therefore, the young heifers must
receive supplemental protein to continue to grow
at the necessary pace of 1.5 pounds per head per
day going into their first breeding season. An
economical solution would be to give these heifers
1.5 to 2 pounds per head per day of the protein
supplement called Oklahoma Gold. This is an
OSU-developed protein supplement scheme that
consists of a high protein (38% - 45%) pellet that
contains the label-recommended dosage of one of
the ionophores. Ionophores are feed additives
(monensin or lasalocid) that improve feed
utilization, inhibit coccidiosis, and enhance the
onset of puberty in growing heifers.
For more about
protein supplements for heifer Click Here.
N That - Big Iron Auction, Ag in the Classroom
Rolls Into the Panhandle and Cattle on Feed
Preview for Friday
are 314 items up for sale in this week's Big Iron
auction. You can find full details of each
item and view numerous pictures by clicking here. Items begin
closing today at 10 a.m. and continue until
everything is gone.
you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike
Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you
the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email by
Ag in the Classroom team is out in No Man's Land
showing off Oklahoma agriculture to teachers from
down state. Dana Bessinger leads
the AITC effort and she offers an overview of what
these 44 teachers saw yesterday in Day One of
their Panhandle tour.
first stop was the Beaver County Fairgrounds where
we were met by Loren Sizelove and
Liz McBee, OSU Extension
educators. Dr. Pauline Hodges
visited with the group about the Dust Bowl days.
The teachers were mesmerized by her. She is Mark
Hodges's mom. Next we headed to the Beaver River
and saw a science experiment done by the NRCS with
the invasive Salt Cedar.
was in Hooker. We made a visit to G÷Ag Pioneer
Seed where we saw amazing technology and
irrigation. The Grewell's were harvesting wheat
and we were up close in the field.
On down the
road Robert Bergner hopped on the
bus and gave us a tour of Hitch I Feedlot.
Kochenower gave us a tour of the
Panhandle Research Station and we ended the day
making ice cream in a bag on the beautiful campus
along the way we had plenty of cold water provided
by Chisholm Trail Farm Credit. "
Dana- and as they say- the wheels on the bus go
round and round- and we are hopeful that she will
find wifi this evening to give us a day two
Nelson with Allendale has dropped us a
note on the upcoming Cattle on Feed report- due
out this Friday afternoon- and he offers his
group's take on this latest bovine
Placements are expected to be 7.9% lower than last
year. USDA's cattle feeding margin ended the month
with $146 per head profits on outgoing cattle.
While there are still profits on outgoing cattle,
feedlots are showing resistance against high
priced feeders. These are penciling losses of $150
to $250 per head. Corn averaged $4.97 in Western
Kansas in May ($5.02 in April, $6.98 in May 2013).
May placements help supply the October through
January slaughter period.
anticipates a Marketing total 8.1% lower than May
2013. There was a 3.7% calendar day adjustment
this month. This would be the smallest May
Marketing in the current data that goes back to
1996. The bulge in Marketings expected in June and
July is now in question. Either feedlots are
holding market ready numbers back or USDA's winter
placement data was incorrect.
Cattle on Feed as of June 1 now totals 1.1% under
report will be released at 2:00 PM central time on
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