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At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher, slaughter bulls sold 2.00 to 3.00 lower. Click or tap here for the complete Monday sale report delayed due to inclement weather. (No report from he Tuesday Calf Sale as of yet)
From Monday- we do have the Feeder/Stocker Auction reports from the Oklahoma National Stockyards- click or tap here- as well as the Joplin Regional Stockyards- click or tap here.
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.
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Feeder Cattle Recap:
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
|So Much Water...It's Unbelievable!
Oklahoma's Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur rode along with Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday afternoon- taking a Helicopter survey of flooding that stretches from southwestern Oklahoma up into central parts of the state, north central areas and then eastward into Green Country.
Her comment to me- "There is so much water- It's unbelievable." Here's a few of the pics shared by Blayne:
Further south in the Mangum and Hobart areas:
Finally- courtesy of Joe Neal Hampton, Exec Director of the Oklahoma Feed and Grain Association- what a good looking wheat crop looks like AFTER six inches of rain:
Before the rains- this is one of those fields that qualified to be a part of the 88% rated in good to excellent shape- now it may be be fodder for some hungry armyworms.
In southwestern Oklahoma- not as much rain in Mangum as further north- but they did get hit with a tornado- and the damage included the Mangum FFA Ag Barn- apparently some hogs were in the barn and were killed.
Here's the link to the story about damage in Mangum from News9 in Oklahoma City.
Is Agriculture Feeding the World or Destroying It? Dr. Frank Mitloehner Discusses Ag, Climate Change
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist at the University of California-Davis, was a featured presenter at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference earlier this week. During his presentation, Mitloehner discussed the truth about agricultural emissions. Alltech blog contributor, Victoria Robin, remarked in an article over Mitloehner's address, that his message was clear: "agriculture and farmers are the solution, not the problem, and it is our duty to educate the masses with the truth about agricultural emissions."
To paraphrase Mitloehner's argument - the population is expected to triple by 2050 and farmers are needed to feed our rapidly growing world. But with the spread of misinformation and false claims about agriculture - specifically livestock - being the biggest cause of climate change, how will farmers feed the masses when the food they provide is under attack? While Mitloehner does indeed believe climate change is happening, he also believes animal agriculture to be unjustly carrying the weight of unfounded accusations regarding its contribution to the issue.
"Fossil fuels are the main contribution to man-made climate change," said Dr. Mitloehner, noting that fossil fuels in the United States produce 11 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. "Animal and plant agriculture in the United States, on the other hand, produce only 1.1 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. This stream of misinformation has spiraled so out of control, that people are directing their frustrations toward the wrong culprit."
Unfortunately, the real threat to climate change - fossil fuels - is overshadowed by the media's war on livestock. According to Mitloehner, methane produced by livestock is vastly different from the greenhouse gases created by fossil fuels. He says emissions from livestock are part of a natural cycle that keeps the environment balanced while fossil fuel emissions make no positive contribution to the environment. In addition, he says the livestock industry has worked for decades now to reduce its carbon footprint and has done so rather successfully.
Mitloehner also contends that livestock production is one of the most efficient ways to produce sustenance for our growing global population, as livestock can thrive on "marginal lands" that are other wise unproductive. For these reasons and others, Mitloehner says it is up to the industry to advocate for itself and promote its role in the solution to reversing the effects of climate change. Click here
to read more about Mitloehner's presentation during the Alltech conference on our website.
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Senate Approves State Budget 37-11 with $3.1 Million Earmarked for Rural Infrastructure, Resources
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the state budget, which includes huge investments in public school classrooms, a teacher and state employee pay raise, as well as significant investments in criminal justice reforms all while saving $200 million. The Fiscal Year 2020 budget bill, House Bill 2765, passed on a 37-11 vote.
"Overall, this is a great budget that makes significant investments in critical services while saving $200 million to help when the inevitable economic downturn hits in the future. I want to thank the Senate appropriations subcommittee chairs who did a tremendous job in delving into the numbers to help us come up with a great budget deal," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Roger Thompson, R-Okemah.
The budget now goes to Governor Kevin Stitt's desk for consideration.
In regard to rural Oklahoma, the FY'2020 budget includes $500,000 to fund a public-private partnership to maintain clean water in Northeast Oklahoma and areas with high poultry density; $1.1 million for wildfire mitigation and additional resources for rural fire fighters; and $1.5 million to improve rural flood control dams.
More of the budget's details can be found in the original announcement published to our website. Review the budget's full list of highlights included in that announcement, here.
| OSU's Market Watcher Derrell Peel Optimistic Stability will Return to Cattle Markets this Summer
We caught up with OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel this week to talk about the current status of the cattle market. According to Peel, this spring's cattle market, especially the slaughter cattle and wholesale boxed beef trade, peaked a few weeks ago. However, since that time, he says the market has been in a seasonal downturn. As we move into summer though, he believes we see some stability start to return to the market as we near the third quarter.
Peel says that looking over the past several weeks, prices have come to a lull somewhat. Although prices have buoyed some since last week, he says that is simply some residual effects that have resulted from the clean up of recent weather impacts. While this may be short lived, he believes that if markets follow typical seasonal patterns, stakeholders can likely expect some sense of stability as we work through the summer months.
"Lightweight calves typically slide in the second half of the year - so probably sideways and then lower in the fall," he says. "The big feeder cattle generally grind their way to a seasonal peak in about July and August. So, call it sideways to slightly higher as we move through the second quarter and get towards the third quarter."
For Peel's full cattle market analysis and his outlook for this summer, click here to jump to yesterday's Beef Buzz.
Growth Energy Applauds House Biofuels Caucus Letter to EPA in Support of E15 Year-Round
Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, thanked members of the House Biofuels Caucus. The Caucus sent a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Andrew Wheeler in support of year-round sales of E15 fuel.
The letter calls on the EPA to finish lifting the outdated restrictions on the blend of biofuel. They want the decision to be made before this year's summer driving season.
"We are grateful for the continued support of champions on both sides of aisle who are fighting for a strong rule that will ensure more biofuels reach consumers at the pump," said Skor. "The rural economy is at a breaking point, and it's vital that EPA act by June 1 to uphold the president's commitment to farm families and allow retailers to keep more homegrown fuel on the market this summer."
You can read the full list of signers of the letter over on our website - here.
The vision of the Oklahoma Beef Council is to be a positive difference for Oklahoma's farming and ranching families and the greater beef community and its mission is to enhance beef demand by strengthening consumer trust and exceeding consumer expectations. To learn more, visit www.oklabeef.org. Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oklabeef for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.
| FAPC Reminds You Grill Masters Out There to Keep Food Safety in Mind this Memorial Day Weekend
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, so is summer and that means many Oklahomans will be firing up their grill.
According to the USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service, foodborne illness peaks throughout the summer months. Harmful bacteria growing faster in warmer, more humid weather is the culprit of this.
"Food safety isn't just for food manufacturing plants; it is important for consumers to be mindful of food safety in the home, as well as preparing meals away from the home," said Ravi Jadeja, food safety specialist for Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. "Using good food-handling practices and cooking foods to proper temperatures are just a couple of reminders to reduce the risk of foodborne illness."
To see a full list of FAPC's suggestions to fight off foodborne illness - click here.
Allendale Estimates Upcoming USDA Report to Show a 2.8 Percent Increase in Total Cattle on Feed
Yesterday, in anticipation of the upcoming USDA Cattle on Feed report, Allendale, Inc. shared its estimates for total Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage as its analysts believe will be recorded in the April report.
Based on those numbers - Allendale expects April placements will come in 12.9% over last year at 1.914 million head. This would be a record placement for any previous April since the current data-series began in 1996. If realized, this would mark three months in a row of above last year placements.
Allendale also anticipates a Marketing total in April at 6.4% over last year for a total of 1.918 million and Total Cattle on Feed as of May 1 is 2.8% over last year at 11.886 million. This would be the largest April marketing in eleven years and a record for May 1 number since the data-series started in 1996.
To review Allendale's estimates for yourself, click over to our website to check out the original release issued Tuesday.
In celebration of "May Beef Month," the Oklahoma Beef Council has kicked off the month with a digital billboard campaign in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and supplementing the digital billboards in with a mobile ad campaign targeting consumers with ads designed to drive them to the OBC website for recipes. Additionally, the OBC is funding an online campaign in Oklahoma targeting older millennial consumers with video advertising on Youtube and Google search advertising.
"Personally, I like to think every day is Beef Day in Oklahoma, but May is the month we celebrate Beef Month," said Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the OBC. "And, it is a great way to kick off the start of the grilling season and as we look forward to Memorial Day."
Buckmaster says the great thing about this digital marketing campaign is the OBC only pays if people watch the videos or if they click to see recipes and information. Learn more about this Checkoff funded campaign by listening to our latest edition of Checking In on the Beef Checkoff - click or tap here.
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