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The Oklahoma National Stockyards held their regular Monday Feeder/Stocker Auction- 5,700 was the estimate on hand- Compared to last week: Feeder steers traded steady to 1.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 3.00 higher. Steer calves traded steady to 1.00 higher. Heifer calves 400-500 lbs. 1.00-3.00 higher, 500-600 lbs. 7.00-8.00 higher. Click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market News.
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures
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for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM- this report for the close on Monday, November 25th.
The Joplin Regional Stockyards had their regular Monday sale- plus a special Feeder Cattle run on Monday as well- 13,045 head were sold. Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves 3.00 to 5.00 lower, yearling steers evenly steady, yearling heifers steady to 3.00 higher. Demand moderate to good, supply heavy. A Yearling Special was highlighted along with the regular feeder cattle sale- Click here for full details.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Monday, November 25, 2019. According to this week's report, harvest of the corn crop remains well behind the five year average but still there was continued harvest progress. Focusing on corn, harvested came in at 84% this week versus 76% last week, the five-year average at this time is 96%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 94%, versus 91% last week, the five-year average is 97% at this time. Harvest of the 2019 Cotton crop is just ahead of the five year average at 78% versus 68% last year, the five-year average at this time is 74%In the southern plains- the 2020 winter wheat crop is struggling- with Oklahoma's crop called 52% good to excellent, Kansas 43% good to excellent and Texas at 31% good to excellent-with 28% of the Texas crop actually called poor to very poor. The three southern plains hard red winter wheat states are in worse condition compared to the national good to excellent number of 52%.Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, November 25, 2019.
From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 12% poor to very poor, 45% fair and 43% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 12% poor to very poor, 31% fair, 57% good to excellent. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 16% good to excellent, 37% fair and 47% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
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Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. This week- Dr. Peel dives into the Placement numbers from the latest Cattle on Feed Report.
Dr. Peel says "The latest USDA Cattle on feed report pegs November 1 feedlot inventories at 11.83 million head in feedlots with a capacity of 1000 head or more. This is 101.2 percent of last year and up 4.8 percent from October as feedlot inventories increase to a seasonal peak. After two months of year over year decreases in cattle on feed totals, large October placements pushed November 1 inventories back above year earlier levels. Annual average feedlot inventories (twelve month moving average) peaked in August but there is a chance that strong placements in the next few months could push to a higher average total. In other words, feedlot inventories are close but may not yet be quite at a cyclical peak.
"October placements were 110.2 percent of one year ago, a bit lower than the average of a wide range of pre-report estimates. Several factors contributed to the relatively large October placement number including the fact that the number was compared to a small 2018 value; indications of general delays in feeder cattle marketing this fall; and additional August and September delays related to the August packing plant fire. October marketings were 99.4 percent of last year, in line with pre-report expectations. Total placements in the six months from May to October were down 0.4 percent year over year while six-month total marketings were up 0.5 percent."
It's a good time to be a part of the American Angus breed family. Demand is good, and the acceptance rate has been trending up. The acceptance rate is the number of cattle that qualify for the Certified Angus Beef Program. Mark McCully, the CEO of the American Angus Association, told me that genetics is playing a real key, "I think we point to the improvement that we've seen in percent choice, percent prime. Definitely in the Certified Angus beef acceptance rates. Literally 15 years ago that we were under 15%, and today we're over 35%."
McCully says that kind of advancement and improvement speaks volumes to the power of the tools they have, and the adoption of those tools. He also believes that the Certified Angus Beef program has given cattle producers a goal to shoot for that allows them to sell their cattle for a premium, "We've always said Certified Angus Beef is probably one of those great agriculture success stories. Because I think it's taken a model of let's focus on the end of our supply chain, let's focus on the true demand, let's focus on the consumer, and then lets back up and create a product that is truly pulled through the system."
As McCully leads the Angus Association, he says he is incredibly optimistic, "I think we've one, woke up as an industry and we realize we have to engage in this conversation around how we produce our cattle and how we raise our food. I think consumers are, there's positive messages and facts that are getting through to them. So I'm incredibly optimistic."
You can listen to the entire conversation between McCully and I on Monday's Beef Buzz - click or tap here.
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA's supplemental proposed rule for the 2020 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
Rather than addressing the impact of waived renewable fuel gallons based on exemptions actually granted by EPA, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers. By using DOE recommendations, not actual waived gallons, EPA's proposal to redistribute any future waived gallons is half of what President Trump previously committed to farm-state Senators.
"EPA's proposal does not ensure sufficiently accurate projections for waived gallons and, therefore, will continue to shortchange the RFS when waivers are granted," NCGA President Kevin Ross wrote. "Farmers are once again asking EPA to uphold the law and the integrity of the RFS."
Click or tap here to read more from Ross regarding the refinery waivers.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2019- the dates are December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
Dr. Liz Wagstrom is one of the most knowledgeable people in the United States when it comes to African Swine Fever. I caught up with Wagstrom to talk about the worry producers are feeling. "We're really concerned. It's our top priority, and we have done a lot of things to try and protect the United States from this Virus. Working closely with customs and border protection, and we were really thrilled last week, we had a senate bill pass by unanimous consent, and it would authorize 600 new inspectors at Customs, as well as 60 new K9 teams."
Wagstrom continues to say that they have a companion bill working through the house, and she expects it to pass without any controversy, and if that goes off without a hitch, that will get us one step closer to being fully staffed at Customs. They are also working on the protection for those producers who may have to go into foreign countries, and the care they can take coming back into the U.S. Wagstrom also says it's important that if the disease were to get in the country, they could identify it quickly, "Working with USDA to make sure all the laboratories are capable of doing ASF (African Swine Fever) testing, and that we have the right samples that can be easily collected"
We've recently had several state coordinated exercises. The State of Oklahoma participated, and Wagstrom says Oklahoman did well, "Oklahoma did play. It's in the top 14 hog states. What was really good is they had 20 production sites, where they actually sent state veterinarians out, collected samples at those sites, then came back and worked on what depopulation plan and a disposal plan would look like. I think what we learned is that we are better prepared than we would have been a year ago. We still have things we need to work on. One is that consistency between states, so if there's s stop movement, what does that mean in-between states? If animal movements need to be permitted, what are the requirements to get a permit to move, so we need that consistency."
You can listen to the whole conversation between Wagstrom and I regarding AFS, by jumping over to our website.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the appointment of 40 members to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. Thirty-nine members will serve three-year terms and one appointee will serve the remaining one-year portion of a vacant position. Two Oklahoma beef cattle producers are among those being appointed to the board- Jason Hitch of Guymon has been appointed for the first time and Jean Lam of Pauls Valley has been reappointed for a second three year term. In addition, Cheryl DeVuyst of Morrison has been appointed to serve one year to fill out a vacant position.
Hitch is taking the seat that Chuck Coffee has termed out on while DeVuyst is filling the last year of the seat vacated at the start of 2019 by Blayne Arthur when she accepted the position of Oklahoma Secretary of Ag in the Stitt Administration- she then resigned from the CBB.
Newly appointed members are:
* William Aubrey Blackmon, Houston, Ark.
* Jody Rogers, Yuma, Colo.
* Dwain Johnson, Archer, Fla.
* Trish Dowton, Ellis, Idaho
* Justin Rahn, Mount Carroll, Ill.
* Norman D. Voyles Jr., Martinsville, Ind.
* Ross Havens, Wiota, Iowa
* Jenni Peters, Bellevue, Iowa
* Byron Lehman, Newton, Kan.
* Amy Langvardt, Alta Vista, Kan.
* Shane Wiseman, Winchester, Ky.
* Jeri L. Hanson, Comfrey, Minn.
* Tammy Bartholomew, Archie, Mo.
* Bill McLaren, Pacific, Mo.
* Lynda Joyce Grande, Columbus, Mont.
* Torri Ortiz Lienemann, Princeton, Neb.
* Herbert B. Rhodes, Omaha, Neb.
* Rich Brown, Maryland, N.Y.
* Mary J. Graner, Huff, N.D.
* Kathryn Sautter, Tiro, Ohio
* Jean Lam, Pauls Valley, Okla.
* Jason Hitch, Guymon, Okla.
* Cheryl DeVuyst, Morrison, Okla. (1-year term)
* Katharine Jackson, Myrtle Creek, Ore.
* Diane M. Hoover, Lebanon, Pa.
* Cory Eich, Canova, S.D.
* Celeste D. Blackburn, Jefferson City, Tenn.
* Claudia Scott Wright, Richmond, Texas
* Seth A. Denbow, Weatherford, Texas
* Anne Ilse Anderson, Austin, Texas
* Debbie Gill, College Station, Texas
* Brian Malaer, Harwood, Texas
* William H. McDonald, Blacksburg, Va.
* Daphne R. Holterman, Watertown, Wis.
* Marty Stingley, Ellensburg, Wash., Northwest Unit
* Bill Lipscomb, Prattville, Ala., Southeast Unit
* Danny C. Bentley, Thomaston, Ga., Southeast Unit
* Mike Echeverria, Bakersfield, Calif., Southwest Unit
* Cathy Jauch, Plymouth, Calif., Southwest Unit
* Dana Ehrlich, Newton, Mass., ImporterFs
Click here to read more about the appointees to the Cattlemen's Beef Board.
Special Ranger John Bradshaw of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is seeking information on 78 yearling steers stolen from a ranch in Jefferson County, Oklahoma. The cattle went missing between 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 6:30 a.m. Nov. 25.
According to Bradshaw, the mixed-breed steers weigh approximately 600 pounds and carry a 7 brand on the left hip. They were stolen from cattle pens off FM 89, south of Ringling.
Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
All information is kept confidential, and tips may be provided anonymously.
You can read more from TSCRA regarding the stolen Jefferson County cattle, by clicking or tapping here.
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