Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 8/5/2016 6:24 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  
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 - click or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices - as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture for Thursday, August 4.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, August 5, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
FarmBabeFeatured Story:
Social Media AGvocate, Farm Babe, Opens Up About Life as a Facebook Sensation

You have probably heard of Michelle Miller, or perhaps you know her by her alter-ego as the Facebook sensation, Farm Babe. Miller's Facebook page, boasting well over 31,000 Likes, has served as her platform for advocating and educating about agriculture. Growing up as an involved 4-H member is Wisconsin, Miller ultimately decided to move away from her rural surroundings and spent the next 12 years in LA and Chicago working in the fashion industry. She admits during her time in the big city, she became swept up in the organic and GMO-Free rhetoric commonly heard today. However, after meeting a fifth-generation farmer from Iowa five years ago and moving to his family farm, Miller became enlightened to the safe and proud practices of American agriculture. She has since become an advocate for agriculture, sharing her experiences on the farm with anyone who will listen.

I ran into Miller at the Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Conference and asked what she learned being on the farm that changed her perspective on GMOs and animal agriculture health methods.

"There's so many great things going on with GMOs," Miller said, "and it's unfortunate because the science is sound. Scientists and farmers get it but there's so much money and loud things being said on the other side of things that are usually funded by the organic industry."

Miller says that traditional agriculture has and is making great environmentally conscious strides to advance the industry including the growing adoption of no-till practices that reduces erosion and improves soil health and the elimination of harmful insecticides and herbicides by utilizing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, that allow farmers to produce more on less land while conserving resources. She argues that the influence of the organic sector is really pushing production in the opposite direction that its consumer base wants. The crops they choose to use require more pesticides, more herbicides, more resources - which means worse effects on the environment. She says many of the same things are true in animal agriculture as well.

Click here to read more about Miller and listen to more of what she had to say about her experiences advocating for agriculture.

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AndersonOklahoma Corn Crop Looks Good, So the Price May Not - Kim Anderson Explains

As producers prepare for corn harvest across the state, OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says prices "are in the tank." He says the low prices are a result of ending stocks over 2 billion bushels and world stocks at 8.2 billion bushels.

"That's well above the 1.3 billion bushel U.S. average and the 6.8 world average ending stocks," Anderson says. 

Corn production is projected at over 15 billion bushels, and Anderson says the high ending stocks combined with projected high yield means low corn prices.

Corn basis around the state ranges from -$0.65 to -$0.60, meaning a $2.70 price on the December contract. Basis in the Panhandle is at -$0.30 for $3 to $3.05/bushel for harvest delivered corn.

Looking at the state's sorghum crop, Anderson says the basis is -$1.10 for a delivered price of $2.25. The Panhandle basis is at -$0.70 for a $2.65 delivered price.

Oklahoma soybean production is projected at over 4 billion bushels, which could set a new record. Anderson says the basis is around -$0.80 around the state bidding off the November contract price of $9.60/bushel for harvest delivered soybeans. 

Click here to listen to Anderson's comments - including a 2017 wheat forecast - that will be a part of SUNUP this weekend, and be sure to catch the program this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. on the statewide OETA network of stations.
WomenProgram Launched to Recognize Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry (ODAFF), in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, launched their program Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture on Thursday morning at the Statewide Women in Ag and Small Business Conference. Deputy Commissioner Betty Thompson made the announcement to ladies gathered at the Conference.

The initiative is designed to honor and recognize the numerous women in agriculture across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the industry ranging from producers to educators, leaders to entrepreneurs, veterinarians to board members and many more.

"Our hope is to tell the stories of the countless women who give selflessly to this industry but don't always receive an award," said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. "We want to find the hidden inspirational women and give them the recognition they deserve. Giving one woman of the year award is great, but it leaves out so many other worthy women."

One honoree will be selected each week and recognized on ODAFF's social media with a detailed biography and her "ag story." Additionally, a press release acknowledging her selection will be submitted to area newspapers.

BeefBuzzImproving Your Bottom Line Starts with Improving the Efficiency of Your Cattle

Dr. Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, recently spoke on the issue of reproductive efficiency at the 2016 Beef Improvement Symposium. Dr. Lalman drew from a large pool of data and statistics of the US beef industry and concluded that there is a significant divide in performance of the country.

"There's a fairly dramatic difference say from the northern tier of the country to the southern tier of the country in reproduction or fertility," Lalman said.

He gave some examples of his findings explaining that in the North, pregnancy rates in cattle averaged 96 percent, which he said was very impressive. On the other hand, the South came in at 90 percent; a significant difference according to Lalman. Furthermore, he found that Northern cattle had a weaning rate of 88 to 90 percent and Southern cattle capping at 83 percent.

"There's a lot of opportunity to improve just from an animal health standpoint and a fertility or reproduction standpoint," Lalman said.

Dr. Lalman says if producers improve these two factors in their cattle, it should increase the economic wellbeing of their operation. He says producers could also look into improving their weaning weights, but suggests rather than try to do that, which would be very difficult and costly to do for an already well-managed operation, he recommends considering options to reduce input costs.

"It's going to be more productive I think to focus a little more on reducing costs than it will be on increasing revenue," Lalman said. "If it's not working anyway, why would you pour a tremendous amount of resources trying to force it to happen?"

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PlainsGrains2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Almost Complete- Plains Grains

Plains Grains continues to follow the 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat harvest in the northern belt of the HRW belt. Mark Hodges, Executive Director for Plains Grains, says that with about two thirds of the samples he hopes to have submitted from the 2016 in and tested, protein levels for the 2016 have landed at 11.1 percent, down from the higher than normal 12.3 percent seen in 2015. Test weights have stayed good from south to north- and have averaged 60.1 pounds per bushel.

According to the latest report released on Thursday evening, August 4th, "The 2016 HRW harvest is winding down or complete in almost all production areas. Harvest progress continues to be well ahead of the normal average for this date. Warmer than normal climatic conditions have prevailed during the last half of the production cycle in all areas. Over the last 7 days harvest weather has been favorable in all areas still cutting with very few exceptions. Montana is now 75% complete with HRW harvest with areas in the northwest (just east of the mountains) and north central parts of the state lagging slightly behind in maturity due to higher moisture conditions during the final stages of crop development."

To read the complete Plains Grains update- click here .

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WheatBefore You Plant Your Wheat This Fall, Consider These Crop Health Risks

Before planting wheat this fall, be sure to keep a few considerations in mind.

Planting date: Much of the winter wheat in Oklahoma is sown with the intent of being used as a dual-purpose crop. In such a system, wheat is grazed by cattle during the late fall through early spring and then harvested for grain in early summer. In a grain-only system, wheat is generally planted in October, but in a dual-purpose system wheat is planted in early to mid-September to maximize forage production.

Mite-transmitted virus diseases: These include wheat streak mosaic (WSM), wheat mosaic (formerly called high plains disease), and Triticum mosaic (TrM). All are transmitted by wheat curl mite (WCMs). WCMs and these viruses survive in crops such as wheat and corn, as well as many grassy weeds and volunteer wheat. 

Aphid/barley yellow dwarf (BYD) complex: Viruses that cause BYD are transmitted by many cereal-feeding aphids. BYD infections that occur in the fall are the most severe because virus has a longer time to damage plants as compared to infections that occur in the spring. Several steps can be taken to help manage BYD. 

Hessian fly: Hessian fly infestations occur in the fall and spring. Fall infestations arise from over-summering pupae that emerge when climate conditions become favorable.

Root and foot rots: These include several diseases caused by fungi such as dryland (Fusarium) root rot, Rhizoctonia root rot (sharp eyespot), common root rot, take-all, and eyespot (strawbreaker). Be aware that in the late spring of 2016, several samples of wheat were received that were diagnosed as being affected by take all and other root rots. This could indicate a greater incidence of wheat root rots in 2017, but the incidence and severity of root rots is highly dependent on weather conditions so it is impossible to predict their incidence and severity this early.

Seed treatments: There are several excellent reasons to plant seed wheat treated with an insecticide/fungicide seed treatment, including control of bunts and smuts, enhanced seedling emergence, controlling fall foliar diseases and more.

Click here to read more about each of these considerations.
VilsackWill Tom Vilsack Be a Part of a Hillary Clinton White House?

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack did not make the cut to become Hillary Clinton's running mate, but he stands a good chance at a top post within her administration, should Clinton be elected in November. Politico reports Vilsack is "very much in the conversation" to become Clinton's Chief of Staff, if her campaign makes it to the White House. The only question, according to a Politico expert, is whether or not Vilsack would be interested in going back to a staffer role.

Vilsack is very much a cheerleader for the Clinton campaign, even after falling short of being her choice for Vice President.  He may not become her Chief of Staff either. Political insiders say most people see Chief of Staff as a choice between Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, and Tom Nides, Clinton's deputy secretary of state for management.

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