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with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $9.82 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 above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith 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
Friday, June 20,
Hodges Says About 75% of Oklahoma Wheat Crop
the on-going drought, Oklahoma wheat farmers won't
have the yields they like to see, but on the
bright side this crop has been above average in
terms of quality- at least before the continuing
rains have lowered test weights. Coming up this
weekend on the Saturday morning News9 KWTV
newscst, Mark Hodges of
Plains Grain will join us during our In the Field
segment to talk about the latest on the 2014 wheat
year is going to be the bakers crop," Hodges said.
"Obviously the yield wasn't there for the producer
or the yield is not going to be there for the
flour millers, so it's going to be challenging for
them, but it does bake a good loaf of bread."
Hodges says the test weights have been
good, even after the rains the test weights have
remained in the upper 50's. Protein is averaging
well over 14 percent, which is great, but this
crop has small kernal crop which will be a
challenge for millers making flour.
miller is going to have a challenge with those
smaller kernals," Hodges said. "If they try to
blend it with previous crops or lower protein from
some other state with it you're talking about
larger kernals, so now you are talking about
trying to blend two significantly different sizes
of kernals and trying to extract the maximize
amount of flour yield out of that."
Click Here to read or to listen
to the full interview with Mark Hodges about
harvest in the HRW wheat belt.
Thursday night- Hodges released the latest Plains
Grains Harvest report- we have details of it
on our website- click here for more details of
harvest to date.
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Subcommittee Examines Impact of EPA Water
a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing Thursday
on the applicability of the Clean Water Act on ag
practices - Ag Undersecretary for Natural
Resources and Environment Robert
Bonnie maintained conservation practices
under the interpretative rule are still
voluntary(Click here to see his full
testimony). However - Subcommittee Chair
Glenn Thompson said the standards
have gone from voluntary to compulsory. Thompson
says if farmers and ranchers don't want to face
the consequences - fees and interruptions - of the
Clean Water Act - it is compulsory.
Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson
says his experience with his constituents is that
the Army Corps of Engineers has gone off the
reservation. Bonnie says it's clear the Waters of
the U.S. issue has been a deep concern for
agriculture - but he says the number of exemptions
has been increased through a voluntary basis - so
the hope is it will be accepted as the opportunity
it is. Click here for the House Ag
Subcommittee's release on the hearing.
groups testifying Thursday are not buying what
USDA and EPA are selling. American Farm Bureau
Federation Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs
Don Parrish told lawmakers the
EPA isn't content with regulating just water -
they want to control land use - too. Parrish says
the agency's overreach ignores the will of
Congress and courts - and compounds farmers'
problems by calling into question dozens of
exemptions for basic farming techniques.
cattle producer Andy Fabin told
the subcommittee as a farmer - his willingness to
implement voluntary conservation practices has
been greatly diminished - despite his desire to
improve and protect the waters on his farm. If the
interpretive rule remains in place - Fabin says
farmers and ranchers across the U.S. will slow
their adoption of conservation practices. While
EPA, the Corps and NRCS would have him believe the
activities that take place on his farm are
exempted, the cattle producer says that is simply
not true. Click here for more of his
comments as he represented the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association at the
Click here for the archived
webcast of the entire hearing.
Rancher Zach Pogue talks about EPA's Clean
Pogue provided his perspective in this
week's National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Beltway Beef Newsletter on EPA's Clean Water Act
Pogue told the
readers of the Newsleter that "I am a 5th
generation rancher from Velma, OK. We operate a
cow-calf and stocker operation, with the majority
of the stockers being run on wheat pasture. Our
cowherd is Hereford x Angus cross, and we have
recently begun using Red Angus bulls on some black
baldy cows. We have two 60 day calving seasons,
Feb-March and Sep-Oct. Prescribed burning,
rotational grazing, and brush control are staples
of our operation.
"How will EPA's
proposed definition of "waters of the United
States" affect you? EPA's proposed rule will
give them the ability to regulate my entire
operation. There is not anything that we do or any
part of our property that would not fall under the
expanded scope of the Clean Water Act. It would
exponentially increase our operating expenses.
Additionally, it would open our family up to
liabilities & fines that would have been
unthinkable in the past. The Obama administration
has allowed and in some cases pushed an expansion
of government oversight that is unconstitutional
and threatens to ruin our personal freedom as
citizens of the United States of
"Moving forward, will you be
more like or less likely to implement conservation
practices? We have always been very active
in using conservation practices in our operation.
I feel like God has placed us here to be good
stewards of the land and the best caretakers of
His creation that we can be. That will not change,
no matter what new regulations are put in place.
Industry Aims Toward Sustainable Food System
Innovation Center for U.S Dairy®,
established under the leadership of dairy farmers,
today announced the publication of the 2013 U.S.
Dairy Sustainability Report. In the report, the
Innovation Center outlines its progress to
measure, communicate and improve the social,
environmental and economic performance of the
dairy industry. This progress has helped
strengthen dairy's role in a sustainable food
"Together, we can meet the
challenge to provide nourishing dairy foods and
beverages to a growing population while facing a
changing climate and finite natural resources,"
said Tom Gallagher, CEO of the Innovation Center
and Dairy Management Inc.™, the nonprofit
organization that manages the dairy checkoff. "We
are building partnerships, sharing knowledge and
taking collective action to develop innovative,
sustainable solutions that will help us meet this
challenge efficiently and responsibly."
more information on the 2013 U.S. Dairy
Sustainability Report Click Here.
Weighs Producer Options For Marketing Calves
a strong cattle market, what should producers do
with their weanling? Hang on to them, market them
quickly, K-State Livestock Market Economist
Glynn Tonsor says producers will
have several decisions to make. In the current
situation, he believes there is more than one good
historically high feeder cattle prices are setting
up the typical cow-calf producer around the
country and especially those that have decent
pasture conditions, so their cost situation is
improving to have a historically high year in
2014," Tonsor said. "And a lot of producers who
typically just sell at weaning, a fall weaning
crop, will be tempted to do so since they have
historically high calf prices and they will have a
better than they have in the past."
Before making that decision, Tonsor
encourages producers to also consider their other
options by comparing that option to background
that steer and keeping it all the way through the
feedyard. There are some resources available
through OSU, to determine what backgrounding is
worth by going to the agmanager.info
and beefbasis.com. He says
this resource will allow producers to project what
the market is expecting the value of gain to be
for putting additional pounds on.
provide producer with another option with feeding
calves after weaning. Read or listen to the
Beef Buzz by Clicking Here.
Vaccine Technology Helps Build BRD Immunity in
Respiratory Disease - known as BRD - is the
leading cause of death in beef calves 3 weeks of
age or older. A recent multi-university
survey of 61 veterinarians in six states provides
insights into practitioners' experiences with BRD
in nursing calves. Dr. Terry
Engelken - an associate professor at Iowa
State University College of Veterinary Medicine -
was involved with the survey and says a key risk
factor identified was inadequate
that interferes with a calf standing up rapidly
and nursing aggressively can have a negative
impact on the amount of colostrum it receives and
how well that colostrum is absorbed," Engelken.
"We know from extensive research and practical
experience as well calves that don't receive
enough colostrum run a higher risk of developing
calf scours early in life and that can be followed
by BRD when they are out on pasture."
More than 85-percent of the
veterinarians who responded to the survey
recommend vaccination of nursing calves to prevent
BRD or to shorten the duration of outbreaks. Merck
Animal Health beef cattle technical services
manager Brent Meyer says new technology is
available to meet this need.
Animal Health recently introduced "Once PMH IN",
it is the only internasal vaccine to deliver dual
bacterial pneumonia protection in healthy beef and
dairy cattle," Meyer said. "Internasal
administration is easy to use and easy on calves
as it can be given to calves as young as one week
Click Here to read more about the
latest BRD vaccine from Merck Animal Health.
N That- Superior Tallgrass Yearling Auction,
Celebrate the Life of Dr. Tot and the Latest
morning, the Superior Livestock
folks have a special Tallgrass yearling sale
originating out of Emporia, Kansas- and can be
seen there in person or you can participate online
at SuperiorClicktoBid.Com beginning
at 9:00 AM.
12,000 yearlings from the region will be offered-
and you can learn more by
clicking here or calling Superior at
remind you that this coming Monday afternoon,
friends of Dr. Robert Totusek
have planned a Celebration of his life- starting
at 2:30 at the National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Tot was the head of the Animal Science Department
at Oklahoma State for many years- and was a
powerful figure in the Animal Agriculture
community for decades here in Oklahoma and across
in Oklahoma retreated slightly in the latest US
Drought Monitor report- According to Gary
McManus with the Oklahoma Climatological
Survey, "We didn't get a ton of rain before the
Tuesday morning cutoff, but what we did get helped
make improvements in several areas of the state.
Still looking good over in far eastern Oklahoma,
but we still have problems building across far
percentage of the state covered by D3-D4 drought
dropped from 53.24% to 48.47%, so good news there,
and losing that strip of D4 in Ellis County and
down in Roger Mills and Beckham counties dropped
the D4 amount alone to 14.48%."
Click here to see the latest
Drought Monitor map- released yesterday
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