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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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cash price for Canola is $11.60 per bushel-
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two
Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all
three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on
Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch
-- Agreement on Commodity Title Remains Key
Sticking Point in Hurry Up Farm Bill
-- GOP Rural Lawmakers Talking Fugitive Dust
and Other Harmful Regs
-- Oklahoma Crop Weather Update - Wheat
and Canola in Fair Condition
-- Oklahoma Cattle Producers Prepare for
Another Dry Winter
-- Beef Industry in 2012 Holds Both
Opportunities and Challenges
-- Beef Buzzing this Week-
talking Drought and GIPSA
-- We Got Pictures of Wheat and Cotton!
AND No-Till Seminar Deadline
on Commodity Title Remains Key Sticking Point in
Hurry Up Farm Bill
clock continues to tick on the 2012 Farm Bill
Process as four key Ag Committee leaders and their
staffs are trying to pull together a Commodity
Title to liking of all four lawmakers. House Ag
Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking
Minority Member Pat Roberts of the Senate Ag
Committee were both in Amarillo, Texas Monday
morning, speaking to the 2011 Convention of the
Texas Cattle Feeders Association. After they spoke
at the opening general session- they bolted for
the airport and a flight back to Washington. Lucas
and Roberts are two of the four key lawmakers who
are trying to assemble a complete Farm Bill
proposal to offer up to the so called Super
Committee- the body that is trying to develop a
$1.2 trillion plan to attack the current Federal
We talked with
Congressman Lucas just before the start of the
morning session- he tells us that while time is
short- one of the Super Committee members have
told him that they have not yet gotten to
agriculture in their deficit reduction efforts.
that the sticking point is the Commodity Title-
and that the challenge he sees is to develop a
safety net- minus the Direct Payment- that will be
fair and equitable to all commodities and all
regions of the country.
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Lucas and Senator
Roberts Also Talk Fugitive Dust and Other Harmful
the presentation by first Senator Pat Roberts and
then Congressman Lucas at the TCFA meeting on
Monday morning in Amarillo- the cattle feeder
audience was invited to serve up some questions
for the lawmakers.
they both spent some time addressing the
development of the 2012 Farm Bill in an effort to
attach it to the Select Committee on Deficit
Reducation's body of work that will face an up or
down vote in Congress later this year with no
debate- the audience of cattle feeders were
clearly more interested in regulations that impact
farmers and ranchers. Among the regulations that
both lawmakers addressed was the GIPSA rule on
marketing of livestock, Rural Dust, the definition
of Navigable waters, COOL, Animal ID and
Click here for our story that has the
explanation by Senator Roberts about Fugitive
Dust- truly vintage Pat
Crop Weather Update -
Wheat and Canola in Fair
the latest Crop Weather Update, the focus was on
our fall seeded crops- "Several rains during the
past month have benefited the wheat, rye and
canola planted, although emergence has been behind
normal due to the late planting. The condition of
wheat and rye was rated mostly good to fair and
canola was rated mostly fair. Additional rainfall
is needed to replenish the huge deficit of subsoil
moisture, as the state was still in a severe to
exceptional drought as of the October 25th Drought
our fall-planted crops- "Planting of most small
grains and canola were winding down this past
week. The condition of wheat, rye and canola
already emerged was rated mostly good to fair.
Wheat planting reached 90 percent complete, up 8
points from the previous week and 68 percent was
emerged. Canola planting was virtually complete by
Sunday and 87 percent of canola had emerged.
harvest of row crops continued, with most crops
behind the five-year average. Corn harvest was
virtually complete by Sunday. Sorghum coloring was
93 percent complete by the end of the week.
Seventy-seven percent of sorghum had matured, and
37 percent was harvested by Sunday, 11 points
behind normal. Soybeans mature reached 70 percent
complete by week's end, and 37 percent of soybeans
had been harvested, 10 points behind normal.
Eighty-nine percent of peanuts had matured by
Sunday and 68 percent were dug. Almost half of the
peanuts had been combined by week's end, nine
points behind the five-year average. Cotton plants
opening bolls reached 92 percent complete and 27
percent of cotton had been harvested by week's
hay supplies continued to be a major concern for
producers while little hay was cut this past week.
Third cuttings of alfalfa were 71 percent
complete, and 17 percent of the state had
completed a fourth cutting, compared to a
five-year average of 100 percent. A second cutting
of other hay was 57 percent complete by Sunday, 29
points behind normal.
Click here for the complete Crop
Weather Update as of Monday, October 31,
Cattle Producers Prepare for Another Dry
last 30 days has brought significant rainfall to
parts of Oklahoma. Much of the central and south
central parts of the state have received very
timely rains with respect to wheat production.
Winter wheat planting is about on track compared
to normal at this time of the year. Some was dry
planted earlier and some is just now being
wheat emergence is below normal for this date and
last week, 42 percent of the Oklahoma wheat crop
was rated fair with 32 percent good and 4 percent
excellent. According to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma
State University Extension Livestock Marketing
Specialist, this confirms that the wheat crop is
late and will result in little grazing potential
for the remainder of 2011.
on winter weather and additional moisture, there
may be limited grazing potential after January 1.
All of this is to say that winter wheat will
provide little fall forage. To the extent that any
wheat grazing potential develops through the
winter, the wheat is likely to be used mostly for
cows rather than for stockers.
Industry in 2012 Holds Both Opportunities and
future of the beef industry is filled with both
opportunities and challenges due to the 2011
drought in the Southern Plains, high price of
grains, volatility in the commodity markets and
fewer dollars available for research and
education. According to Steve Swigert, Ag
Consultant at the Noble Foundation, the
consolidation of the industry will continue with
more beef produced by fewer producers and with
chains will continue to be more and more prevalent
and, in general, the beef industry will have fewer
participants. We are already seeing this trend as
the largest 10 percent of the cow-calf producers
raise 54 percent of the cows, the largest 2
percent of the feedyard ownership groups feed 86
percent of the fed cattle and the three largest
packers harvest 82 percent of the fed
the second half of 2011, drought conditions have
caused historic reductions in cow numbers across
Oklahoma and Texas, and there is practically zero
stocker grazing expected due to the lack of wheat.
Even though relocation to northern grass has kept
some cows in production, many went to
Click here for more from Steve
Swigert on the 2012 beef industry.
Buzzing this Week- talking Drought and
first two Beef Buzz shows of the week hit a couple
of familiar topics- and we wanted to link you to
both of them so you could hear these updates.
our Monday Beef Buzz featured Scott Dewald of the
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- and we talked
the impact of drought on Scott's members at the
OCA- both short term but very importantly as well-
long term. Click here for that Monday Beef Buzz
with Scott Dewald.
Tuesday Beef Buzz spins out of the Q&A session
from the opening general session of the Texas
Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo on Monday.
One of the questions raised to Senator Pat Roberts
of Kansas and Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas at
that meeting had to do with the marketing rule
changes proposed by USDA last June known as
GIPSA. Senator Roberts had little nice to
say- and you can hear his comments as well as the
thoughts of Frank Lucas on our Tueday Beef Buzz.
Click here for that show.
Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on many of
our great radio stations that are a part of the
Radio Oklahoma Network- and we archive previous
Beef Buzz reports on our website as well.
Got Pictures- Cotton and Wheat- AND No-Till
Seminar Deadline Today
on the road back from the TCFA on Monday
afternoon- grabbed several pictures that you may
want to check out- first we saw multiple irrigated
cotton fields ready for harvest and looking really
pretty good. Click here to see one such cotton
field off of Hext Road which is west of Sayre.
also updated our wheat picture set with two stops-
one just barely emerging wheat field at the edge
of Canute- as well as a field that was a little
more developed into a mostly green carpet
look. Click here for those wheat
pictures- and we have a link on both stories
that takes you to our Flickr account and more
pictures up yonder in cyberspace. Our 2012
WheatWatch is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma
on the Plains will be hosting an Agriculture's
Innovative Minds Symposium on November 15 - 17,
2011 in Nebraska City, Neb. The three day
symposium will be focusing on holistic management
and helping producers that have been questioning
their decision-making skills in 2011.
The deadline to register for the symposium
is today- Tuesday, November 1. This
workshop will enable producers to better arrive at
those important day-to-day decisions and ensure
that their operation is on the right path. Click here for more information on
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