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NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Beef Industry is Losing
Money Every Day Until TPP is Ratified
Trans-Pacific Partnership isn't "Obama Trade" as some
presidential candidates have termed it - it's "U.S. Cattle
Trade" - says Colin
Woodall, vice president of governmental affairs with
National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
"We just need to make sure Congress understands that every day
they fail to act, it's money out of our pocket as an industry,"
Woodall says TPP is under fire from some legislators because of voter
perception. NCBA members recently spoke with their members of
Congress during the spring legislative conference and found that
several were concerned about voting on TPP before the November
"We had some folks that really didn't know what the benefits
were of TPP, and then a lot of them that were just on the fence and
probably wouldn't make a decision until after the election because
they were concerned that this could be something that would sway
their election results," he says. "Typically trade would
have received a little bit more of a positive response."
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Corn Planting Well
Ahead of Five Year Average- Wheat Crop Ratings Improve Versus a Week
Corn planting surged even further ahead of the
five-year average last week according to a report released today by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 30 percent of total corn acres planted by
April 24, progress surpassed the five-year average for this point by
14 percentage points, ten percentage points further
ahead of the average than this time one week ago.
Progress surpassed the five-year average by 50 percentage points in
Missouri, with Iowa and Minnesota both more than 30 percentage points
planted over the five-year average as well. Only Texas lagged behind
the five-year average by more than five points.
The southern plains wheat crop
improved in condition versus a week ago,
with the Texas wheat crop now at 48% good to excellent, up three
percentage points from a week ago, the Kansas crop rated at 53% in
good to excellent shap- up four percentage points from last week and
the Oklahoma wheat crop stands at 59% good to excellent- which is
three percentage points better than last week.
Wheat heading in Kansas is now at 23%, up from the 15% five year
average, while Oklahoma is now 57% headed, behind a year ago by six
points and ahead of the five year average by five percentage points.
In Texas, the wheat is now at 50% in the heading stage, seven points
under a year ago and two points behind that five year average.
here for our overview of the Crop Progress and Condition reports-
we have links to the National Crop Progress Report and the state
reports for Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas in this story found on
Farm Lending Activity
Remains Robust According to Ag Finance Databook
Farm income remained suppressed in the first quarter
of 2016, keeping farm lending activity high, according to the Federal
Reserve's Agricultural Finance Databook.
Although non-real estate farm loan volumes declined modestly from a
year ago, the number of loans originated increased slightly and the
volume of loans remained near record highs. Large loans used to
finance operating expenses remained the primary driver of demand for
non-real estate loans.
Returns at agricultural banks generally remained strong, but
delinquency rates on farm loans ticked up and loan repayment rates
dipped, as persistently weak profit margins in the farm sector
continued to intensify the challenge of maintaining adequate cash
USDA Seeks Wetlands Project
Partners in Oklahoma
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
in Oklahoma is seeking eligible conservation partners to assist with
wetland protection and improvement on private and Tribal agricultural
lands. Nationwide, $15 million is available for the Wetland Reserve
Enhancement Partnership (WREP).
WREP is one way state and local governments, non-governmental
organizations and Tribal governments collaborate with NRCS to
increase the number of voluntary conservation projects for targeted,
high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement. Local
and regional WREP partners match federal funding and technical
assistance to increase the assistance they can provide to eligible
private landowners interested in enrolling their agricultural land
into conservation wetland easements. WREP is a special enrollment
option under USDA's Agricultural Conservation Easement
Proposals must be submitted to the NRCS state office in Stillwater,
Okla. by May 16, 2016. More information is available on the NRCS Agricultural
Conservation Easement Program webpage.
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Oklahoma FFA Convention
Kicks Off This Morning in Downtown OKC
The opening General Session of the 90th Oklahoma FFA
Convention begins at 10:00 AM this morning- and the Career Show opens
at the same time- thousands of FFA members from all 77 counties will
be gathering today and tomorrow for the annual gathering of the Blue
There is a special gift that every chapter in Oklahoma
will receive as they check in at this year's convention- the brand
new autobiography, Making
Things Better, Wes Watkins Legacy of Leadership, that
details the life of former Congressman Wes Watkins, who served as
State FFA President in 1958-59 and who has dedicated his life in
Watkins will be at the Career Show, offering greetings
to FFA members- it will be an unique chance for the current members
of the organization to interact with one of the great citizens of the
state of Oklahoma- Wes Watkins.
A highlight of today's program will be the State
Finals in Prepared Public Speaking- it happens after lunch at 1:00
The Oklahoma FFA website has lots more about the state
convention- click here to jump there.
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Ed Czerwein Says Beef Cutout
Prices Are Lower After Previous Week's Rally
a regular basis, Ed Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Market News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous
week's boxed beef trade. Here is his report of weekly boxed beef
trade for the week ending April 23.
The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week last Friday at
$220.31, which was $4.82 lower compared to the previous Friday. There
were 786 loads sold for the week in the daily box beef cutout, which
was about 12 percent of the total volume.
The comprehensive or weekly average Choice cutout, which includes all
types of sales including the daily spot cutout was $218.22 which was
only $.45 lower.
There were 6,524 total loads sold, which was 478 loads higher than
the previous week. The formula sales were at 3,192
loads, which was 39 loads higher than last week and it was about 49
percent of the total loads sold this week.
Dates to Mark on Your
Calendar- Curt Pate on May 11, Right to Farm Fundraiser June 11 and
Wheat Field Days Now till Mid May
one of the nation's top experts in stockmanship and horsemanship, is
returning to Oklahoma for a second straight year to lead a workshop
for ranchers, farmers and students who want to sharpen their cattle
handling skills. Free and open to the public will take place
Thursday, May 12 at Denny-Crump Rodeo Arena, 215 N. Country Club in
El Reno, Oklahoma.
The event is funded by the Beef Checkoff and the Oklahoma Beef
The first session, set to begin at 5 p.m., will focus
on working cattle on horseback. The second session will start at 7
p.m. and will explore working cattle on foot. Dinner will be served
between sessions at 6:30 p.m. Each workshop will include a
question-and-answer period, during which participants will have a
chance to discuss a variety of issues with Pate. Participants
may attend one or both sessions. To RSVP, contact the Canadian
County Extension office at 405-262-0155, by May 9.
Farmers & Ranchers LEAD program
is sponsoring a Poker Run and Red Dirt concert, June 11, at Medicine
Park, Okla., to raise funds in support of State Question 777, right
A poker run typically attracts enthusiasts on
motorcycles, antique vehicles and other unique modes of transportation,
who must visit various checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each
one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.
The entry fee for motorcycles is $10 for one playing hand or $10 per
passenger hand, plus one additional hand. For all other vehicles the
fee is $10 for one hand, $20 for a family which includes two playing
hands. This is a family friendly event so all vehicles are welcome to
attend and participate in the poker run.
Wheat field day tours
are now underway- with over two dozen locations set to have tours
between now and mid May- today, you can see how the varieties
are doing in southwestern Oklahoma- Field Tour stops are planned in
Walters, Altus and Greer County- check with your local Extension
office for the exact location of the plots and the times of the tour.
More tour stops will be happening later this week and
over the next couple of weeks as well- click here for
the April-May calendar on our website to see where wheat field
tours are planned.
Weather Threat This
Afternoon Could Bring Hail, High Winds and More Across the Region
The weather teams of News9 in OKC and News on 6 in Tulsa are
coordinating their efforts in watching and reporting on the storm
system that is expected to develop this afternoon- Jed Castles has a
couple of graphics with the latest word that storms could get cranked
up in western and central parts of Oklahoma by 2 or 3 pm.
As for the greatest risks-
and for the timing of the storms that will be tracking across the
There could be some more tweaking of the data mid morning- be
watching for that from News9, News on 6 or the weather pros in your
With over fifty
percent of the Oklahoma wheat crop now headed- when you say the word
hail- you have got my attention.
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