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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $10.57 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon yesterday.
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Your Stack of Mail- the 2012 Census of Agriculture
Should Be in There
not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to
an opportunity to help shape farm programs, boost
rural services and grow your farm future. But for
producers across the country, that opportunity has
arrived or will arrive in the next few days. The
2012 Census of Agriculture, the only source of
consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for
every state and county in the nation, is currently
being mailed to millions of farmers and ranchers
across the United States.
every five years by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS), the Census provides detailed data
covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture.
It looks at land use and ownership, production
practices, expenditures and other factors that
affect the way farmers do business and succeed in
the 21st Century.
the way- you are required to respond. Everyone who
receives a Census form in the mail is required to
respond- even if you did not farm or ranch in
2012 Ag Census can be filled out on line. We
featured comments from Renee
Picanso with the National Ag Statistics
Service of the USDA about that method of
participating in the Ag Census on our Wednesday
morning farm and ranch news-
click here to take a listen.
click here for our webstory on
the Ag Census which has a link on over to the
AgCensus webpages that are a part of the USDA
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Back on 2012- Drought Costs Oklahomans $400
Million This Calendar Year
that was gathered by researchers at Oklahoma State
University helped paint a picture of the financial
cost that drought in 2012 has extracted from
Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers- as well as the
you tally everything up- Oklahoma absorbed more
than $400 million in losses in 2012 due to the
ongoing drought. The estimated $426,125,520 in
losses include crops and livestock, as well as two
new measures, wildfire property losses and
municipal costs. Combined with last year's $1.6
billion setback, the state has suffered more than
$2 billion in drought-related agricultural losses
"From the crops and livestock
perspectives, there were much lower impacts this
year that don't necessarily speak to the severity
of the drought," said Dave
Shideler, OSU Cooperative Extension
economist for economic development. "Conditions
were still very severe, and farmers and ranchers
will need to continue to be careful about the ways
they manage their land and herds."
Click here for this story
from November of this year- a story that
definitely qualifies as one that has shaped
Oklahoma Agriculture in a most significant way in
Breed Registrations Up Seven Percent Over a Year
Ago- Oklahoma's Express Ranches Leads the Way
herd inventory numbers remain somber this year;
down more than 1.9 million from 2011 to 2012,
according to recent numbers reported by CattleFax.
Breeders are faced with tough decisions and need
reliable solutions to keep their operations
Despite the downward industry
trends, the American Angus Association reports a
nearly 7% increase in registrations. A total of
315,007 animals were recorded during fiscal year
(FY) 2012, which began Oct. 1, 2011, and ended
Sept. 30, 2012.
is the fifth largest state in the US when it comes
to Angus registrations in the just concluded
Fiscal Year- and Express Ranches of
Yukon is the top individual breeder in
the country when it comes to registrations of
purebred Angus animals.
Click here for the full story to
get more on the top states when it comes to Angus
Breed registrations- as well as the rest of the
top ten breeders in the Angus breed this past
year- based on the number of animals registered.
Oklahoma Texas Cattle Conference Set for January
15 in Lawton
producers looking to pick up the latest
information about drought recovery and its
potential effects on their operations should
register now to attend the Jan. 15 Cattle Trails
Cow-Calf Conference in Lawton.
conference is a joint effort between the Oklahoma
Cooperative Extension Service and Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension Service, with the intent of
helping producers drive their operations toward
profit. Marty New, Comanche
County Extension director and agricultural
educator, said profit margins can be tight in the
best of times, and the last few years have been
anything but the "best of times" for most cattle
producers in drought-stricken
"Think of the conference as
one-stop shopping," he said. "The most up-to-date
information will be presented and participants
will have the opportunity to ask questions of and
interact with some of the region's premier
cattle-management experts, as well as other
producers who are in positions similar to them."
The Jan. 15 conference - which alternates between
Oklahoma and Texas each year - will take place
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comanche County
Fairgrounds' Great Plains Coliseum, located at 920
S. Sheridan in Lawton.
have got a great lineup of speakers- and we have
details about that in our webstory- click here to check it out.
Pacelle Drops his Bid for Board Seat of Tyson
to Meatingplace, the CEO of the Humane Society of
the United States, Wayne Pacelle,
has dropped his bid to be elected to the Board of
Directors of Tyson Foods.
received confirmation from a spokesman for Tyson,
Worth Sparkman. Pacelle,
confirming he is no longer seeking a seat on
Tyson's board, told Meatingplace the company's
dual-class stock structure was a barrier to his
election, and it became clear that the company
would not support his nomination.
had hoped that Tyson Foods would see the value,
given the prominence of animal rights issues in
our society, of having someone like me on its
board," Pacelle said by phone.
and the HSUS were using the campaign to get onto
the Tyson Board as leverage to promote forcing the
pork industry away from gestation crates and into
group housing. Pacelle and his organization
have decided that this is the proper way to raise
hogs in confinement- and have aggressively pushed
other companies into setting a date when they will
only source pork from animals produced by not
using gestation crates. Tyson is easily the
biggest target for the animal rights extremist
group that has not yet made this type of
said Tyson buys hogs from thousands of independent
hog farmers, and some use gestation stalls.
we support the right of farmers to choose the best
method for raising their hogs, we also support our
customers' right to choose the best product
specifications for their consumers and businesses.
The availability of pork from hogs born to
group-penned sows is currently very limited;
however, we will monitor this supply and, if
there's a sufficient increase over time, we'll
explore the possibility of using it to meet the
needs of those customers who want pork from hogs
raised this way," Sparkman said in the
Pacelle, in his blog on the HSUS
website, boasted in a December 20th review of 2012
regarding victories for animals that the battle is
going their way as "50 major companies have
announced plans to eliminate gestation crates from
their supply chains."
National Pork Producers Council disputes that
group housing is best for the well being of the
sows and the humans that care for the sows.
They have a fact sheet on a website called
porkcares.org that is entitled "Answers About
Gestation Crates-" click here to jump over there to read
their counterpoint on the value of gestation
crates for sows.
Cash Trade in Southern Plains Feedlots Ends Higher
Last Week- Ed Czerwein Offers His Weekly Analysis
this week's beef report with Ed Czerwien, USDA
Market News Office in Amarillo, Texas, the choice
cut market ended the week of December 22, 2012 at
$193.09 cwt, $1.60 lower than the previous week.
The total spot volume was 948 loads with the total
volume of all cuts at 7,014 loads.
general trend in the finished cattle trade was
$1.50 to $3.00 higher in light trade last week
with live deals mostly at $126 to $127 cwt.
Dressed deals were at $2.00 to $202 higher.
Click here for Ed's audio review
of this past week's cattle and beef trade across
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