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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices - as
reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $5.73 per bushel- (per
Oklahoma Dept of Ag).
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom
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Wednesday, April 1,
Plantings Report is Bearish for Corn and Bullish
for Soybeans- Tom Leffler talks with Leslie
are in the driver's seat in gaining acres across
the U.S. The 2015 Prospective Plantings Report
released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture showed a record number of soybean
acres will be planted in the U.S. this year, while
corn, wheat and cotton acres are shrinking.
Tom Leffler of Leffler
Commodities said the report held a few surprises.
"Overall the numbers came in line with
what they (traders) were expecting, but not quite
to the extreme they expected, so it ended up being
a little bit negative for the corn and wheat and
positive for soybeans," Leffler
U.S. corn growers intend to
plant 89.199 million acres in 2015. That was down
two percent or almost 1.4 million acres from last
year, but higher than trade expectations. Leffler
said the trade was looking for that number to be
below 89 million and if it was closer to 88
million that would have been more positive for
corn trading in the futures market.
U.S. soybean acres were pegged at
84.635 million acres. If realized, this would be a
record number of soybean acres. That was 934,000
more acres than last year. Leffler said that was
lower than expectations as traders were looking
for 86 million acres, so the lower number was
positive for soybean prices.
acres in the U.S. declined. The all - wheat
acreage was estimated at 55.367 million acres.
That was down three percent over last year or
almost 1.5 million acres. Winter wheat acres came
in at 40.751 million acres. Leffler said Kansas
was down 200,000 acres, Oklahoma was up 100,000,
Texas was down 100,000, and Colorado was down
250,000 acres. Spring wheat was projected at
12.969 million acres, down 56,000 from a year ago.
Leffler said the wheat projections came in lower
than trade estimates.
released the Quarterly Grain Stock report. Corn
stocks totaled 7.74 billion bushels, up 11 percent
or 737 million bushels more than a year ago.
On-farm corn stocks were up 13 percent from a year
ago, and off-farm stocks were up 7 percent.
Leffler said the corn grain stocks number came in
at the top end of trader's estimates, so that was
negative for the corn market.
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listen to the full interview with Tom
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Soybean and Sorghum Acres Anticipated for Oklahoma
This Spring- Canola Acres Off
it comes to spring planted crops- soybeans
are king in Oklahoma in 2015- with
farmers expected to plant 450,000 acres this
spring- up 23% from a year ago.
plantings are also expected to rise in Oklahoma
this spring, hitting 410,000 acres- eleven percent
higher than the planted number of 2014.
and cotton acres will also increase this year over
2014- in fact the 8% increase in cotton acres to
260,000 acres is the only increase in cotton acres
in any cotton belt state recorded by USDA in this
most disappointing number coming from USDA when it
comes to Oklahoma acreage was the cutback in
Winter Canola Acres- canola
acreage is 54% of last year's drought ravaged
crop- standing at just 145,000 acres compared to
270,000 acres planted the fall before. The drought
ravaged canola and wheat crop harvested last June
shoved many producers away from canola- at least
for this growing season.
Oklahoma, the 2015 Prospective Plantings Report
was not a surprise in the two major commodities
that occupy 85% of our cropped/hayed acres in the
state. Right at half of the acres mentioned in the
March 31st report released by USDA for Oklahoma
are planted to winter wheat- 5.4 million acres,
which is up two percent from the 2014 crop that
was planted in the fall of 2013. Another 3.1
million acres is expected to be hayed in 2015 in
Oklahoma- 14% less than that of a year ago.
In the case of winter wheat- Oklahoma has
the third most planted acres of any state- only
behind Kansas with 9.4 million acres and Texas
with 5.9 million acres.
More on the
Oklahoma angle from this much anticipated report
is available here- and we have more
details from the national report as well and
commentary from Rich Nelson from Allendale.
Why is the Right to Farm and Ranch Resolution a
Written By Tom Buchanan, Oklahoma
"Oklahoma is a
rural, agricultural state with a multi-billion
dollar agriculture industry. It would seem logical
for agricultural producers to have the right to
produce food and fiber using the latest
research-proven techniques. That is why Oklahoma
Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm group,
supports HJR 1012, co-authored by State Rep.
Scott Biggs and State Sen.
resolution, which has already passed in the
Oklahoma House, would place on the 2016 general
election ballot a proposal to amend the Oklahoma
Constitution guaranteeing the right to engage in
certain farming and ranching practices.
"Makes good, common sense, right? As
Will Rogers once said, "If sense was so common,
everyone would have it."
resolution would make it more difficult for
outside interests to come into Oklahoma in an
attempt to dictate agricultural production
practices. This is not an issue of water use and
regulation as certain urban and municipal
Click here to read more on HJR
1012 from Tom Buchanan.
Research Finds Beef Demand is
into the recession, things didn't look so good for
beef demand. But everyone can now breathe a sigh
of relief, says new research from Oklahoma
State University. OSU animal scientist
Deb VanOverbeke recently
co-authored research on consumer trends in the
"Really, when we
started looking at it, spending is back to
pre-recession levels, you see the impact of that
price and convenience and eating satisfaction are
still important contributors to buying beef
product," VanOverbeke said. "You still see demand
for steaks. You even have lower-income households
that are making more meals with meat. Although
that may be ground beef, but it's still using
meat. And you still see a great demand for beef
product, even with the recession that we've been
Millennials-those who are 18
to 34-years old, consume more beef than those over
35. That's encouraging.
they don't know how to cook and what to do,"
VanOverbeke said. "But you see them using it more,
cooking in-home meals with meat, as well as eating
meat more in restaurants, no matter whether it's
full-service or whether it's a quick-service, or
whether it's the booming burger value chains that
are out there. And so, the fact that millennials
are eating more beef than the other groups, and
that they're willing to pay for steaks and ground
beef and any cut, is huge for the beef
The research also pointed to
a growing trend toward higher demand for branded
beef products. Click here to read more or to
watch this video news release from CAB and
the American Angus Association.
Interest in Producing Sustainable
The U.S. cattle industry
has a great sustainability story to tell. A key
player in helping measure sustainability and tell
the story is Kim
Stackhouse-Lawson. She is the Director of
Sustainability Research for the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association. Stackhouse-Lawson
said while the cattle industry has done a good job
in improving its environmental footprint in recent
years, there is still some improvements that can
be made. Not just for the beef industry but across
the entire food chain that lies at the end of the
"Forty percent of the
food agriculture produces is wasted,"
Stackhouse-Lawson said. "Only 20 percent of beef
is wasted, but if we could reduce consumer food
waste by half, we could improve the sustainability
of beef 10 percent overnight. So it is absolutely
the full chain working together to create more
There are lots of
critics of beef production. Stackhouse-Lawson said
unfortunately in the sustainability space, it is
so complex there isn't a easy way to combat those
negative messages. In talking with critics, she
recommends walking them through the value chain
and explain beef production and how it contributes
more than just beef. For instance, beef production
provides open space for wildlife habitat, which
sequesters carbon and provides clean
U.S. beef sustainability study was supported by
the dollar per head beef checkoff. Click here to read more or
have the opportunity to listen to this Beef Buzz
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Provide $332 Million to Protect and Restore
Agricultural Lands, Grasslands and
Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced
that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making
available $332 million in financial and technical
assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement
Program (ACEP). USDA's Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept
ACEP applications to help productive farm and
ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect
the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands,
home to diverse wildlife and plant
"USDA helps farmers, ranchers,
private forest landowners and partners to achieve
their conservation goals using our technical
expertise, Farm Bill funding and sound
conservation planning," Vilsack said.
"Conservation easements are an important tool to
help these landowners and partners voluntarily
provide long-term protection of our nation's
farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for
The 2014 Farm Bill
consolidated three previous conservation easement
programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse
agricultural landowners to fully benefit from
conservation initiatives. NRCS easement programs
have been a critical tool in recent years for
advancing landscape-scale private lands
conservation. In FY 2014, NRCS used $328 million
in ACEP funding to enroll an estimated 145,000
acres of farmland, grassland, and wetlands through
485 new easements.
applications may be submitted at any time to NRCS;
however, applications for the current funding
round must be submitted on or before May 15,
2015. Click here to read more about
N That- Soaking Wet Vs Hot and Dry; Ag Day at the
Capitol and Rest in Peace Russell
We have a wide range of weather
conditions this morning- after storms developed in
the Texas Panhandle and moved into Oklahoma and
also developed around Shawnee and camped out for
awhile last night in that area.
out of Texas provided little rain north of I-40
into Oklahoma- but scattered areas got some nice
rainfall amounts in the southwestern quarter of
the state. For example, Tipton's Mesonet
station recorded an inch of rain- and Weatherford
and Hinton each picked up about 2/3 of an
inch. The Rainfall map for the state is available here.
and points east into the OKC metro also did well
in storms that came in after 10 PM- El Reno
clocked 1.39 inches of rain.
that developed around Shawnee dumped over two
inches of rain into the Shawnee gauge while
Bowlegs got the cow on a flat rock treatment- 5.85
inches of rain which prompted flood warnings in
Meanwhile- the northwest and
northcentral counties were left standing at the
altar- no moisture to speak of- and Red Flag
warnings for today until 8:00 PM tonight. Click here for the details on the
Red Flag warning from 3 PM to 8 Pm today for
Ellis, Woods, Roger Mills, Woodward and Harper
Counties- there is also a similar warning for
Texas and Cimarron Counties in the Panhandle- from
1 PM to 8 PM with humidity as low as 8% in those
counties and several in the Texas Panhandle.
A quick reminder
that Ag Day at the State Capitol
is happening today- NO FOOLING- on this First of
April. There will be lots of school kids being
honored for their work over the last year for Ag
in the Classroom Competition- and Joe
Mayer will be inducted into the Oklahoma
Ag Hall of Fame this afternoon at 2 PM in special
ceremonies that will also include several other
awards that are being handed out for the first
Click here to read our earlier
story on Joe Mayer as the 18th Member of the
Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
Pierson, long time Oklahoma Television
and Radio Broadcaster died yesterday at the age of
103. Ken Root, who worked with
Russell for several years at WKY Radio and KTVY,
Channel 4 in OKC, tells us that services to
celebrate the life of this legendary broadcaster
will be held first of next week- we'll provide
details as they are announced.
more on Russell later in the week- but I remember
being in awe of this man during my early days
first in Kansas and then after 1977 as I moved to
Oklahoma and begin building an agricultural
network in the state.
I have known few
people who have a better command of the English
language than Russell- especially those who get
behind a microphone.
Pray for his family as
Russell is now home with the love of his life,
Wednesday- and that means the Big
Iron folks will be busy closing out this
week's auction items - all 634 items
consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM
Click Here for the complete
rundown of what is being sold on this no
reserve online sale this week.
you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike
Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you
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