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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Farmer Tour Crop Scouts Finding Really Good Corn and Soybean Crops in
the Midwest- BUT Probably No Records
Day three of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour found crop scouts in the mud
and sampling fields in western Iowa and across Illinois. Both legs of
the tour reported seeing a really good crop- but maybe not quite at
record levels as has been suggested in the USDA August Crop Production
report from earlier in the month.
The eastern leg scouts came up with an estimated Illinois corn crop
of 193.5 bushels per acre- short of the 200 bushels per acre
predicted by USDA- it is a much bigger Illinois crop than in 2015,
when the state average ended up being 171.64 bushels per acre.
There will not be a total for all of Iowa until this evening- but the
scouts saw an "ok" crop in northwest and west central Iowa-
but did find a much better corn crop in southwest Iowa versus 2015. Chris Clayton
with DTN tweeted on southwest Iowa "SW Iowa results are
impressive. SW Iowa pulled an average 191.87 in district that tour
averaged 169 over last 3 years." Again, the western leg, led by Chip Flory,
reported seeing a really good crop- but likely not quite as good as
what USDA was projecting in their 2016 August Crop Production Report
here for our webstory that features a couple of audio reports
from farm broadcast colleagues on the tour- and links to the actual
numbers as compiled by the scouts from Day Three.
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Endangered Species Act
Broken - Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Recovery
The Center for Biological Diversity, along with other
radical environmental groups, threatened to sue the Department of
Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday to force action on
417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming
from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and
without stakeholders at the table.
Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National
Cattlemens Beef Association Federal Lands, said the behavior of
these groups has hampered species recovery by placing arbitrary
listing-decision deadlines that leave no time for sound research and
"This is precisely why the Endangered Species Act is
broken," said Lane. "Groups like the Center for Biological
Diversity are attempting to force their agenda on FWS through
litigation abuse. Substantive ESA reform is needed now to allow FWS
the autonomy necessary to prioritize species conservation according
to need, rather than political agenda."
During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed, the Act has a
recovery rate of less than two percent and has over 2,000 domestic
"Attention should be placed on creating real recovery goals and
delisting species when they are no longer considered endangered,
rather than overwhelming the agency with paperwork," said Lane.
Show Swine Will Require
New Electronic ID in Oklahoma Effective This December
December 1, 2016, changes to the way
show swine are identified will be made. A USDA ruling states that
official identification must mark an animal when an official test has
been performed on it. In the past, ear notching was an acceptable
form of identification. However, with stricter requirements due to
the Animal Disease Traceability rule, show pigs in Oklahoma must be
identified with an electronic ear tag at the time of testing, or time
of showing if it is from a Validated/Qualified Herd shown by a family
This will not affect pigs to be shown at the Tulsa State Fair this
fall. The new ID tags will be required though when testing begins for
winter jackpots, spring county shows and the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Those pigs will require an electronic ID tag with numbers beginning
with 840. Test charts must have the 15 digit 840 number as well as
the ear notches listed for ID.
Exhibitors nominating pigs for OYE 2017 and Tulsa State Fair 2017
will be supplied with tags that will meet this ID requirement. For
pigs not being nominated, they can be tagged with official tags that
the owner purchases, that the veterinarian has in stock and uses, or
in some cases that the ag program purchases. It is very important to
provide current address information for exhibitors as Premises ID
Numbers will be assigned, or a PIN may be put on the test chart.
Please properly restrain the pigs when tagging them and get the tag
in the proper position in the ear. Remember, the point of
properly identifying livestock is to be able to trace them in case of
a disease outbreak or other necessary reason.
here for a link to more information about ordering
electronic ear tags.
to Help Offset Market Volatility to Be Implemented By CME Group in
Live Cattle Contracts
Lots of concerns are being raised by beef producers
these days over the volatility being observed in recent market
activity. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group has met with
members of the cattle industry to discuss possible solutions to this
situation that has producers at a disadvantage. In response, the CME
has announced some changes being implemented for live cattle
contracts in an effort to offset the volatility. K-State Extension
Beef Specialist Dr.
Glynn Tonsor believes these changes will have a
positive impact for cattle producers.
Three changes to live cattle futures contracts have been announced -
two of which Tonsor says address important technicalities in futures
trading. The first change, is CME's intention to place a
"seasonal discount" of $1.50 on the October contract only for
deliveries to Worthing, South Dakota, according to Tonsor. The second
he says is to create equality in the specifications of deliveries.
Instead of a 55/45 split, the delivery mix will change to 60 percent
Choice and 40 percent Select. This is scheduled to start with the
October 2017 contract.
"Basically, the stated goal here is to better align delivery
values with cash market prices - keep regional differences a little
more in line with what we'd expect," Tonsor said, adding also,
"Effectively, that's basically just trying to get the specs in
line with what we actually observe in live cattle."
The third change, calls for a short-term pause in deferred live
contracts beyond the fall of 2017. Tonsor says, for now, the CME has
stated that they do not plan to list or make available any of the
contracts after October 2017. He says this is due to concerns about
the inner workings of the cash market. Tonsor asserts that the CME is
working with several segments of the industry in an effort to try and
understand all the aspects of liquidity transparency of the fed
cattle market; an issue markets have wrestled with for a long
"There's a lot of things on the table here," Tonsor said.
"A lot more unanswered questions than there are answers at the
moment, I think can be a fair statement.
"I think it's an effort to get this contract, which is basically
a price risk management tool, to get them better in line with what we
think real value of animals are...And I think that's good."
to Dr. Tonsor explain CME's changes to live cattle futures trading in
further detail during the latest Beef Buzz.
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Noble Foundation Releases
New "Ag Tool" Line of Apps to Help Producers Crunch Numbers
With continuous technology advancements, production agriculture
is more efficient and mobile than ever before.
As part of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's focus on advancing
agriculture, the organization has released a new app called "Ag
Tools." The app will provide agricultural producers and land managers
with calculators and utilities to help crunch numbers and gain
information when making management decisions. Calculation topics
include beef cattle, grazing, wildlife and fisheries, pecan trees,
sprayer calibration, and fertilization.
"We wanted to create an app that would provide more information
for farmers and ranchers, giving them the ability to make
better-informed management decisions out in the field,"
Nichols, Noble Foundation livestock consultant.
"We chose the calculators that best fit the common situations
producers encounter on a daily basis."
Calculators currently available in the app
are Body Condition Score Change, Breeding
Season, Calving Season, Frame Score, Lime
Application, Pond Fish Stocking, Pearson Square Ration
Balancing, Value of Gain. More calculators will be added in
The app is available for free download through the Apple and Android
app stores. The calculators are also available in a desktop version -
here for a link to download it.
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Oklahoma Beef Council
Names Winners of the 2016 Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Awards
The Oklahoma Beef Council recently announced the
winners of the 2016 Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
Clark of the Clark Ranch of Ada, Oklahoma was
named Producer of the Year and Dr. Robert Wells of the
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation was named Educator of the Year. The
Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is a program designed
to help maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by
focusing producers' attention to daily production practices that
influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef
products. Every year the Oklahoma Beef Council recognizes those that
demonstrate outstanding BQA principles on their farms and ranches or
those have dedicated their time and effort to ensure the success of
the state's BQA program.
The 2016 winner of the BQA Educator of the Year, Dr. Robert Wells of
the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. According to Tom Fanning,
chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council and a feedyard manager from
May, Oklahoma, "BQA training would not happen without the
initiative and dedication of Oklahoma trainers such as Dr.
Wells. We are fortunate to have him and his
leadership as part of our BQA team."
The winner of the Oklahoma BQA Producer of the Year, Bill Clark of
Clark Ranch in Ada, Oklahoma which is predominately a commercial
cow-calf ranch consisting of commercial angus cows. The Clark Ranch
leads by example with BQA principles and practices woven into nearly everything
they do. According to Bill, "We manage our ranch based upon BQA
principles because it is the right thing to do for our cattle, it is
the right thing to do for the ranch and ultimately it is the right to
do for the consumer of the beef we produce."
here for a link to lo learn more about the Oklahoma Beef Quality
Reflect With Me- What is
this Daily Email Really All About?
It's hard to
believe- but we have been with Griffin Communications for ten years-
and for that entire time- we have been doing a daily email update of
the latest farm and ranch news.
For those of you that have been along for the ride most of that time-
I suspect that you understand that this is a daily dose of what I see
across the farm and ranch scene as being interesting- especially for
our part of the agricultural world- and what I think might matter to
It has never been intended to be a dry, totally impartial update of
information delivered in a third party sense. In the early days, I
did the whole thing- kept the templates up to date to rotate our
sponsors- wrote the news stories or took news releases and posted
those to our website- and then rewrote and or edited for space the
various releases and news stories from our web into this email.
These days- thank goodness- I have some really good help with some of
that- but I still do the story selection and lineup- and I add the
final stories and add my insights early in the morning before we do a
final save and hit the send button- going out to almost 5,000 email
addresses and then being posted on our website and on our App.
Understand- I have through the years expressed my
viewpoint of news stories- have offered analysis of how a story may
impact Oklahoma agriculture and I will from time to time get on my
soapbox about a story or subject or event.
You don't have to agree with me- and you can get mad if you
want. If I moved your cheese on a subject- let me know by emailing me- I am always interested in
what you are thinking about on issues or things we report on. If you
want to offer an attaboy- that's okay, too.
We have great management- starting at the top with David Griffin-
and we have wonderful sponsors who make this daily update available
to you. BUT- my opinions are mine- and don't reflect the
position of those sponsors or of our staff and management of Griffin
My intention is to offer you information and insights that I hope and
pray will help you be more successful now and in the future.
With that said- two observations this morning- yesterday, I mentioned
AFR Board member Terry
Peach as one of the current leaders of that
organization that might be someone that ends up being President of
that group with the current President Terry Detrick saying he will step
down next February to run for a newly created board seat on their
Board of Directors. Mr. Peach has let me know that he
appreciates my confidence in him- but he has no interest in being
President- he does plan on running for reelection to the AFR board in
There are several really good leaders within that group that could do
a great job as President- they will have big shoes to fill as Terry
Detrick has done a really good job- and I suspect that the 2017 AFR
meeting may rival some of the old barn burner kind of meetings held
by the Oklahoma Farmers Union when they had contested elections in
years gone by.
observation on this Thursday before I hit the SEND
button- I noticed a certain candidate for senate in north central
Oklahoma lost his interest in agriculture after losing in the RUNOFF
on Tuesday to a
wheat farmer from Burlington- that unsuccessful
candidate unsubscribed from our newsletter on Wednesday. Hopefully in
the time that he did read our daily updates- he learned about why
agriculture is an important part of that Senate District- and the
rest of Oklahoma as well. I would daresay you might call it a CORE
part of who and what Oklahoma is.
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