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Says Cattle on Feed Numbers Bearish News to
U.S. has the largest number of cattle on feed
since the start of the year. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture released the
latest cattle on feed numbers Friday estimating
10.8 million head, as of April first. Tom
Leffler of Leffler Commodities said this
report looks to be a market mover when the futures
market reopens Monday morning.
is the largest on feed for 2015 and the third
smallest April on feed number of the past ten
years," Leffler said.
included 7.46 million steers and steer calves, up
5 percent from the previous year. This group
accounted for 69 percent of the total inventory.
Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.34
million head, down 10 percent from 2014. Leffler
said Nebraska was up two percent, Kansas was up
one percent and Texas down one percent versus a
Placements in feedlots
during March totaled 1.81 million, slightly above
2014. Net placements were 1.74 million head.
Leffler said this is where we are going to see a
bit of negativeness from the cattle on feed
"This is the largest placement
number of the past five months, it is also the
fifth lowest March placement of the past ten
years," Leffler said.
"This leads to
the question, are we backing up some heavy cattle
in our feedyard and we're not maybe as current as
we should be," Leffler said.
Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith interviewed
Leffler after the report came out Friday
afternoon. Leffler also addresses the latest
cold storage report from USDA. Click to tap here to listen to
the full interview.
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Rains Help the 2015 Wheat Crop- and the Attitudes
of Wheat Growers- Jeff
2015 Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop has
responded to recent rain as well as the overcast,
cooler days- and Dr. Jeff
Edwards, OSU Extension Small Grains
Specialist, says "It's amazing what a little bit
of rain will do for the wheat as well as the
believes some of the better wheat in the state in
2015 may be produced in south central and parts of
southwestern Oklahoma. Timely rains from Chickasha
to Apache to Walters has the crop in those
locations looking very good. All three of these
communities had wheat field tours this past week-
conducted by Dr. Edwards and other members of the
OSU Wheat Improvement
Specialist is more concerned about the
central(I-40 and north), north central and north
western parts of the state- saying drought had
already done significant damage to the 2015 crop-
and that while the rains of this month will help
salvage some productive capacity of the crop- they
will not fully restore most wheat fields in these
areas before the combines roll at the end of May
and the first half of the month of
Dr. Edwards is also
concerned about a likely explosion of strip rust
across much of the wheat belt in Oklahoma this
growing season. He believes that the crop in
southwestern Oklahoma is far enough along that the
crop can finish below much damage will result- but
he is less convinced that will be the case points
Our full interview with Dr. Edwards
regarding the 2015 Oklahoma Wheat Crop is
available here- we talked with Jeff at this
past Friday's Chickasha Wheat Field Day in Grady
Bill Emerges From House, Senate
Friday applauded members of the House Ways
and Means Committee who voted to advance
the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and
Accountability Act of 2015 out of committee
Thursday evening and urged Congress to quickly
pass the bill. TPA passed by a bi-partisan
vote of 25 to 13.
Cattlemen's Beef Association President
and Chugwater, Wyo. cattleman Philip
Ellis issued the following statement upon
passage: "We appreciate the House Ways and
Means Committee's efforts to pass this legislation
following Senate passage last evening. As we have
repeatedly stated, trade is critical to the
success and future profitability of our industry
and TPA is critical to negotiating future free
trade agreements. Cattlemen urge swift passage of
this legislation by the full House and
National Corn Growers Association
Friday applauded the effort. In a statement,
NCGA president Chip Bowling, a
farmer from Newburg, Maryland said, "Trade
Promotion Authority will help the U.S. to reach
major international trade agreements that support
American farmers, businesses, and rural
communities. It's time to act. We urge the Senate
and House to bring this legislation to a floor
vote as soon as possible."
passage by the House Ways and Means Committee
and the Senate Finance Committee that would grant
trade promotion authority to President Barack
Obama, the American Soybean
Association (ASA) is calling on both
chambers to pass the bill and give the
administration what it needs to forge ahead with
key trade agreements around the
"Agreements like the
Trans-Pacific Partnership and
others that expand market access are of vast
importance to American soybean farmers as we look
to maintain our position at the vanguard of the
world's agricultural trade, however we can't
conclude agreements without trade promotion
authority. That's always been step one," said
Wade Cowan, ASA president and a
soybean farmer from Brownfield,
and Congress Await WTO Final Ruling for COOL
Before Repeal Begins
the 2014 Farm Bill debate, Texas Congressman
Randy Neugebauer wanted to
basically eliminate Country of Origin Labeling
(COOL) for fresh meats. But Senate Democrats
involved in the process, especially Senator Debbie
Stabenow, former Senate Agriculture Committee
Chairwoman, refused to allow Country of Origin
Labeling to be touched during the 2014 Farm Bill
negotiations. Democrats wanted to wait on the
World Trade Organization (WTO) for their final
ruling on whether COOL is trade distorting or
not. National Cattlemen's Beef
Association Vice President of Government Affairs
Colin Woodall said that moment is about to arrive.
"We know that the WTO is going to be
issuing their next decision on the Canadian and
Mexican lawsuit here probably in about two or
three weeks," Woodall said. "We just need to see
how the Administration will handle that and
whether they will truly back off and let Congress
Assuming the WTO does issue
a final ruling calling the COOL legislation trade
distorting, Woodall said he believes Congress will
step up and fix it.
I featured Woodall
on the Beef Buzz. Click or tap here to have the
opportunity to hear about the outlook for COOL.
All Out- Oklahoma FFA Secretary Gatlin Squires
Finds True Beauty of FFA
individuals are born to wear the blue jacket. In
being the son and grandson of agricultural
education teachers, Gatlin
Squires knew at a young age that he would
also wear the blue FFA coat one day.
"So, growing up FFA was basically a
way of life for me," Squires said. "It was
instilled in me at a very early age."
As an eighth grader, he joined the
organization in Noble. In his sophomore year, he
moved to Kingfisher where he joined the FFA
organization. He began to participate in many
career development events where he learned to
speak extemporaneously, evaluate livestock as well
as run a meeting with proper parliamentary
procedure. As he began to grow within the jacket,
grow within the organization and grow older, he
realized how much more FFA was than what he
initially thought and began to see the true beauty
of the organization.
"The true beauty
of FFA and the organization honestly for me is the
family sense," said. "Obviously, I grew up in a
FFA family where it was a passion that was shared
by everybody in my family."
FFA experience, he has found while members come
from all different backgrounds, everyone shares
this common thread of passion and enthusiasm for
the FFA organization.
the Oklahoma FFA Secretary, Squires is getting
ready for the 2015 Oklahoma State FFA Convention
in Oklahoma City. Squires is being
featured in April and May as one of the voices in an Oklahoma
FFA radio campaign to raise awareness for the
young men and ladies who wear the Blue and Gold
jacket in the state of Oklahoma. The Campaign is
being sponsored by SandRidge Energy, the Power of
Us. Click here to learn more about
the SandRidge story.
Once again in
2015, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma
Farm Report.com will be offering extensive
coverage of the 2015 State FFA Convention in
downtown Oklahoma City. The Theme of the 2015
Convention is "Go All Out" and details about the
many aspects of the 2015 Convention can be
accessed by clicking here.
can hear the full conversation that I had with
Gatlin Squires by clicking or tapping
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to USDA- Open Up Enrollment and Add Acres to CRP
Senior Senator, Jim Inhofe, was
among a bipartisan group of senators calling on
the Department of Agriculture to
increase signup efforts in the
Conservation Reserve Program
(CRP) to keep enrollment near acreage caps
established in the 2014 farm bill.
is a Farm Service Agency (FSA)
program created in 1985 that gives farmers a
yearly payment - usually as part of 10-15 year
contracts - if they agree to take certain
environmentally sensitive land from production.
Enrollment in the program peaked at 37 million
acres in 2007, but has dropped to its current
enrollment of 24.29 million acres.
nationwide CRP acreage cap for fiscal year 2015 is
26 million acres, a figure established in the 2014
farm bill. More than 1.9 million acres enrolled in
CRP contracts expire on Sept. 30, the end of FY
2015, so unless a large number of acres are
enrolled by then, the lawmakers say enrollment may
be nearly 3.6 million acres under the enrolled
acreage cap at the end of this fiscal
Click here to read more about the
outlook for acres enrolled in CRP for 2015.
N That- Right to Farm, Rain and FooDS Survey Turns
Two Years Old
have been told that the House Leadership has
accepted the Senate amendments that altered HJR
1012- the Right to Farm Legislation- and now will
vote on the measure as the Senate amended it this
week. A floor vote on RIght to Farm could
happen Tuesday or Wednesday.
would expect the second House floor vote to be
similar to what was seen a few weeks ago when 90
House members voted in favor of Right to Farm.
If that is the case- the Resolution will
have been adopted- and that will mean that the
Oklahoma Attorney General will oversee the writing
of what will show up on the ballot in November
will be lots of organizing by the ag groups within
the state in the weeks ahead as they line up to
battle HSUS, the Sierra Club and others who have
expressed opposition to Right to Farm.
has covered the entire state- with only a couple
of Mesonet stations reporting no rainfall over the
last 24 hours- as of Monday morning here at 5:30
AM. The largest rainfall amounts that have
been officially recorded are 2.01 inches in Erick
and 1.92 inches of rainfall at Fort Cobb.
is expected over a lot of the state through the
day today and into tonight and tomorrow morning.
The rainfall totals are expected the pile up-
making this system another significant drought
denting rainfall event.
Click here for the realtime Mesonet
Rainfall totals- this is the for the 2 day
totals which will reflect everything that fell on
Jayson Lusk has headed up an effort to
track the attitudes of consumers over the last two
years- and his FooDS survey has just celebrated
its two year birthday.
cornerstone of the survey is what Dr. Lusk has
called the "Willingness-to-pay" (WTP) for two
beef, chicken and pork products, in addition to
two non-meat items, has been calculated each month
since the beginning of FooDS. The WTP for each
product in each month is reported as an index
value set relative to May 2013- the price in May
2013 being called the baseline or a score of 100.
For example, the WTP index for steak in April 2015
was 126.44, meaning WTP in April 2015 was (126.44
- 100 = 26.44) 26.44% higher than in May 2013. WTP
for steak and chicken breast were at their highest
in April 2015. The Willingness to pay for beef,
pork, and chicken have generally been higher this
year compared to last.
have details of the two year summary on our
website- click here to take a
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