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Let's Check the Markets!
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes
where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
We 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 Futures
for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:
Cash price for
canola was $4.82 per bushel- based on delivery to the Hillsdale
elevator 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.
Feeder Cattle Recap:
Slaughter Cattle Recap:
TCFA Feedlot Recap:
Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tonsor Offers Feedlot Cattle Profitability Forecast, Analyzes Cattle on Feed Report
Feeders will continue to see losses for the next
several months. That's according to Kansas State University Livestock
. He periodically
figures the expected outcome of feeding cattle in the Southern Plains,
especially in Kansas. As of September 10th, Tonsor said the projected
close-outs or net returns through May of 2016 were $100 to up to $300
losses. The worst month is projected to be November with losses of $292
per head. Since September 10th, the cattle markets have fallen at least
$5/cwt in most of those months. That's roughly $60 to $70 per head of
losses to add onto the September 10 figures.
"All of those negative numbers that range
from $100 to almost $300, to be fair here, you would have to add another
$60 to $70 losses to them at that point in time of projections," Tonsor
All of these projections are all based on a
cash strategy. Tonsor said it assumes no hedging at
the time of placement and feed prices are based on current local prices
for corn. While that may not match anyone's marketing strategy, he said
it does pick up the profitability trends of the industry. Tonsor said
projections for the second half of 2015 into 2016 have been projected to
have bad close out returns and they continue to get worse.
Tonsor adds in today's Beef Buzz that he
thinks that last week's Cattle on Feed report did offer a small ray of
hope that with smaller placements compared to what the trade was
expecting- numbers of market ready cattle will be smaller in the first
quarter of 2016.
Click or tap here
to listen to Glynn's take on the flow of red ink and how the industry deals with that going forward.
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Fall Armyworm Invasion Underway- Check Fields Until the First Killing Frost- Dr. Tom Royer
Armyworms continue to invade pastures and crops in Oklahoma, with OSU Extension Entomologist
Dr. Tom Royer calling it a
"huge year for fall armyworms in pastures, sorghum, and now wheat and
canola." Royer wrote in an Extension release last week that "Fall
armyworms have been very active this summer and fall. As wheat planting
progresses, producers need to check fields regularly after seedling
emergence. Scout for fall armyworms by examining plants in several (5 or
more) locations in the field. Fall armyworms are most active in the
morning or late afternoon.
"Look for "window paned" leaves and count
all sizes of larvae. Examine plants along the field margin as well as in
the interior, because they sometimes move in from road ditches and
weedy areas. The suggested treatment threshold is 2 - 3 larvae per
linear foot of row in wheat with active feeding. We won't get relief
from fall armyworms until we get a killing frost, so keep vigilant!"
Royer, in a Wednesday evening email- added
to those comments by saying armyworms have been found in newly planted
canola- so scout those fields as well and if you find one caterpiller
per foot row in canola- that's the the threshold to use as justification
to spray. He adds that "we don't have a positive ID on the caterpillars
in canola but they are either beet armyworm or fall armyworm."
If you have discovered armyworms in your
fields at those threshold levels- OSU has a newly updated Fact Sheet on
dealing with pests in winter wheat-
to go grab Fact Sheet CR-7194 for their recommendations.
Scientists to Study Molecules Affecting Plant Development
The Noble Foundation
Michigan State University
(MSU) recently received a four-year, $3 million grant from the
National Science Foundation
The grant will enable
, Ph.D., principal investigator, and co-principal investigators,
, Ph.D., and
Patrick X. Zhao
, Ph.D. (all with the Noble Foundation), and
, Ph.D. (MSU),
to identify and study targeted molecules, small signaling peptides
(SSPs), in a model legume species, Medicago truncatula, as well as
alfalfa, a commercially significant crop.
"We want to understand how these
under-studied molecules affect plant development, especially root growth
and nodulation," Scheible said. "Currently, all we know is that a few
such peptides are key components in signaling pathways that manage the
internal developmental decisions plants make."
Noble Foundation researchers further expect
that SSPs, which are encoded by many, often poorly marked genes, may
also control plant metabolism, plant-microbe interactions and nutrient
stress tolerance. This grant will enable this exploration.
to read more about how this research will increase understanding of important genes.
Are the Bulls Ready for the Fall Breeding Season?
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter.
The fall breeding season is about two months
away. If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is
running out. Contact your local large animal veterinarian and make
arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding
soundness exam. Late summer high temperatures may reduce bull fertility
for several weeks after the weather has moderated. In addition, ask your
veterinarian about the need for a trichomoniasis test. Trichomoniasis
is a reproductive disease of cattle that will result in a large
percentage of open cows at preg checking time. If the bulls' feet need
to be trimmed, this would be an excellent opportunity to get that done
Bulls that do not pass a breeding soundness
exam will need to be replaced before the start of breeding. Purchase
the replacement from a production sale or nearby seedstock producer as
soon as possible. It is advantageous to move the bull to his new
environment several weeks before breeding. If the bull has been
consuming a high energy, grain-based diet, this will give you time to
gradually reduce the grain and increase the forage intake. The rumen
will take some time to adjust to the forage-based diet that he will
consume during the breeding season. A very sudden, steep decline in
energy intake could cause a decrease in bull fertility. Therefore a
gradual change over several weeks will produce more positive
to read more about keeping bulls.
McDaniel's Guernseys Connecting with Consumers at Oklahoma State Fair
Oklahoma State Fair
opportunity for livestock producers to show their best stock. It also
provides a gateway for consumers to meet local producers and buy
products directly from the farm.
Oklahoma City brought three of the six dairy cattle breeds in showing
Guernseys, Milking Shorthorn and Jersey cattle. In showing at the fair,
said they feel
it's important that consumers know where their milk comes from. During
their time at the fair, they are often asked if they sell milk off the
farm. She said having more direct consumer sales has helped their farm
mitigate the effects of drought and volatile hay prices.
McDaniel's Guernseys like to show off their
cattle and they have eight youth that are involved in 4-H and FFA.
Everett said they have youth from four to 16 years of age that are
caring for and showing their cattle. Annually McDaniel's Guernseys will
also show their cattle at the Cleveland County Fair and the Sooner Dairy
Show. The Centennial Farm was established by John McDaniel's family in
Our Leslie Smith interviewed Lisa Everett at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Click or tap here
to listen to the interview.
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Conference to Spur Innovation in Ranching Industry
When most people
think about innovators, they think about technological advances in the
industrial sector. The ranching industry has a group of innovators that
are making headlines. This group of people are out in front making
changes in their day- to- day operations, introducing new ranching
methods and procedures and creating new ways to do business.
One such example is Blooming Grove, Texas ranchers Gary and Sue Price. These stewardship-award winning ranchers are making history for the way they are guiding ranch management into the future.
The Prices are just one of several agriculture industry innovators that will be featured at the upcoming 6th
National Conference on Grazing Lands Dec. 13-16, 2015
, at the Hyatt Regency DFW near
. Hosted by the
National Grazing Lands Coalition, the conference brings together people
who are passionate about innovation and the exchange of ideas, as well
as information on grazing land environmental and economic practices and
Click here to read more
on the upcoming 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands.
This N That- Superior Sale Friday, Pollard Sale 18 Coming This Saturday and Heart of America Farm Show Underway
The regular every other Friday sales schedule for
Superior Video Livestock Auction is back up and running- with their next sale tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM central time.
Over 26,000 head of cattle will be offered-
including 4,250 yearling steers, 3,750 yearling heifers, 10,300 weaned
calves and 3,800 calves on cows.
You can call Superior at 1-800-422-2117 for more information or jump over to the Superior website
for this listing about this Friday's sale.
The 18th annual
Female Production Sale is set to roll at high noon this coming Saturday- September 26th at the Farm , Waukomis, Oklahoma.
Barry and Roxanne
have over 170
head that will be selling as 111 Angus lots- Donor Dams, Donor
Prospects, Fall Yearling Heifers, Spring Heifer Calves, Fall Pairs and
Heavy Breds and Spring Pairs and Bred Females.
Click here for their website
where the sale catalog and videos of the offering can be found- or call the ranch for more information at 1-580-758-1464.
Today is Day One of the 2015 edition of the
Heart of America Farm Show
being held at the Tulsa RV Ranch near Beggs. This is the third annual
Heart of America Farm and Home Show- and the number of exhibitors
continues to grow- and it looks like great weather is on tap for the
three day event.
Steve Schiffner, co host of the Radio
Oklahoma Hook and Hunt Show heard Saturday mornings will be manning our
booth today- I will be around during the day on Friday- and hope you
will stop in and say howdy- and on Saturday, Steve will be back along
with our own Leslie Smith.
Click here for their website
to learn more about this year's show- admission is free.
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