Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/31/2016 6:40 AM

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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 on Tuesday, August 30th.
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
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
SQ777Featured Story:
A Look Under the Hood at the Possible Impact of State Question 777, if Approved By Oklahoma in November 

As the general election set for November 8th draws closer, Oklahoma State University Associate Professor Dr. Shannon Ferrell, has been closely studying the language of the proposed constitutional amendment, State Question 777, or Right to Farm, to attempt to predict what sort of impact it may have legally in Oklahoma, if passed.

Ferrell pointed out up front, that Oklahoma currently has on the books a Right to Farm statute, not to be confused with SQ777. He says the statute, which has been on the books in Oklahoma for a few years now, protects farmers and ranchers from nuisance claims (i.e., odors, sounds, etc.). State Question 777 however, will go beyond nuisance claims. If passed, it will in effect add language to the Oklahoma State Constitution. Yesterday's email included a story and interview with Dr. Ferrell on the Right to Farm Law - click here to jump to that story.

In regards to State Question 777, "we're adding language to the Oklahoma State Constitution that would basically prohibit the legislature from enacting any sort of statute," Ferrell said, "that would abridge the right of farmers and ranchers to make use of livestock practices and agricultural technologies."

Unlike similar amendments that have been passed in North Dakota and Missouri, SQ777 includes a phrase that allows interference on the rights it guarantees, only if a "compelling state interest" can be made. Ferrell regards a "compelling state interest" as a reason that basically outweighs the amendment for the greater good such as matters of public safety for instance. He says though that to do this, the legislature would have to ultimately prove that the interference would fix whatever the issue may be, and that it was being done in the least intrusive way to that constitutional right. 

Read more about SQ 777 and listen to Dr. Ferrell and Farm discuss the potential impact Right to Farm will have on Oklahoma if passed.

In addition- we have multiple links at the bottom of this story with Dr. Ferrell that can help you further investigate State Question 777- and coming in the month of September- we plan on putting a list of links on the left hand column of our email that will direct you to all of the players regarding SQ777.   

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MonsantoMonsanto Working to Eliminate 100 Million Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From U.S. Ag

Agriculture can play a significant role in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a recent scientific report. As part of Monsanto Company's commitment to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2021, the company commissioned third-party expert ICF International to examine the potential for reducing GHG emissions through agriculture in the United States. 

The resulting report titled, "Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture: Mitigation Potential for Crop Based Strategies," shows that widespread adoption of recommended practices could potentially result in more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions reductions in the United States alone. That's equal to the carbon absorption potential of more than 2.5 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

"This report shows promising results and helps confirm the significant impact farmers can make when they adopt and maintain the practices noted in the report," said Michael Lohuis, Ph.D., Lead Scientist for Environmental Strategy for Agriculture, Monsanto. "The carbon-smart practices mentioned, coupled with innovations like biotechnology and advanced breeding, are vital tools that can help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change. At Monsanto, we are committed to encouraging the use of innovative farming techniques and carbon smart practices that will help reduce emissions."

This report comes after Monsanto made its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2021. That commitment included the sharing of data and modeling results with the broader agriculture community in hopes of encouraging the adoption of best practices and reinforcing the role carbon neutral cropping systems can play in reducing GHG emissions.

The report focused on near-term strategies, including cover crops, conservation tillage and precision nutrient management.

Long-term strategies also can help reduce carbon emissions, but will require more research and time to scale-up. These strategies include ethanol production from corn stover and utilizing crop material left in the field after harvest.

Click here for a link to access the ICF report.
BeefBuzzActivists Say Consumers Want Antibiotic Free Products - But Are They Willing to Pay For It?

Today's producers seem to be under constant scrutiny of how they care for their livestock and their production practices in general. One issue that sticks out is certainly the use of antibiotics. According to Oklahoma State University Regents Professor Dr. Jayson Lusk, this issue in particular is a tough one that is not likely to go away anytime soon. 

"The answers aren't easy and it's not obvious how we want to do that and I would say it's wrapped up in an animal welfare issue, too," Lusk said. "A lot of the retailers out there want programs that never use antibiotics, what does that mean - are we not going to treat sick animals anymore. What does that mean for animal welfare?"

Dr. Lusk also brought up the trending topic of sustainability which he admittedly considered this to be a marketing ploy in years past, but he says, it has now been pushed onto the production side. He says the issue is gaining momentum and real questions are starting to arise about exactly how sustainable and responsible our production practices really are.

A major contribution that has allowed animal rights activists to progress their agenda, are retail groups that seem bow down to the wishes of these activist groups. He says it is becoming more and more common for retailers to agree to pledges to sell only cage free, gestation crate free, antibiotic free, etc. Whether or not these pledges ever actually materialize though, Dr. Lusk says remains to be seen. Ultimately though, he says it all comes down to what consumers are willing to pay. The practices proposed by retailers to producers in reality cost more to manage. He says, if retailers want these practices to be implemented, they should expect to pay for them.

"I think most producers are willing to adopt new practices if they can make a return doing it," Lusk said. "I think the real challenge for producers is if they're asked to adopt a more costly production practice that they can't be compensated for - it essentially acts as unfunded mandate."

Listen to Dr. Lusk discuss how animal welfare issues are affecting consumer demand in the marketplace during the latest Beef Buzz.
USFRAUS Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Announces 2016's Faces of Farming & Ranching Finalists

With enthusiastic farmers across the country, spanning beef, corn, cotton, dairy, pork, poultry and soybeans, excited to share the truth behind today's agriculture to consumers, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) announced Tuesday the finalists of its third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, a nationwide search to help put real faces on agriculture. The following farmers and ranchers were named finalists:   

Lauren Arbogast, Virginia.; Emily Buck, Ohio; Katie Roth, Wisconsin; Lauren Schwab, Ohio; Jeremy Brown, Texas; Paul Lanoue, Minnesota; Geoff Ruth, Nebraska; Joy Widerman, Pennsylvania.

Applications were received from dedicated farmers and ranchers from across the nation. Winners will share their stories and experiences about how food is grown and raised in the U.S. on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances, blog posts and more. This is the third class of Faces of Farming & Ranching that USFRA has sought to speak on behalf of the industry in this capacity.

"Farmers and ranchers care immensely about their animals, the environment, and their customers, and we need to share their stories in order to protect many of the tools and technologies that agriculture utilizes today," said Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chairwoman. "These incredible finalists make it their highest priority to provide a nutritious and sustainable food supply, which is the story we intend to share with today's consumer through this program."

Winners will be announced on November 9, 2016, during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City.

Click here to find a link for more information about each finalist.

Sponsor Spotlight
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To learn more about each of the varieties OGI represents, click here for their website.  You will find a "Seed Source" with a list of where seed for each variety can be purchased for the 2017 wheat planting season.

DEKALBDEKALB DiseaseShield Products to Debut This Growing Season Leading Industry In Corn Defense

Farmers face the risk of major yield loss from corn diseases in any given season, but they will have a new defense in 2017 with the debut of DEKALBĀ® Disease Shield™ corn products. Six new DEKALB Disease Shield products are being introduced that provide industry-leading protection against today's top corn diseases, along with exclusive genetics to maximize yield opportunity.

Developed through the brand's advanced breeding program, DEKALB Disease Shield corn provides a broad spectrum of enhanced protection against today's most common, yield-robbing corn diseases, including anthracnose stalk rot, gray leaf spot, Goss's wilt, northern corn leaf blight and, in limited geographies, southern rust.

DEKALB Disease Shield products span the 109 to 120 relative maturities for 2017 and will continue to expand in the coming years. 

"They not only offer great, season long disease tolerance, but also strong agronomics and elite genetics to help deliver the consistent yield performance farmers expect from the DEKALB brand," said Jared Webb, DEKALB product manager.

Click here to read more about the results from trial plots and to find a list of 2017 DEKALB Disease shield products available in the corn growing area.
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JohnDeereJohn Deere Rolls Out the Innovations at the Farm Progress Show

Several innovations have been announced by John Deere in conjunction with the Farm Progress Show this week in Boone, Iowa. 

For the rural lifestyle crowd- they have rolled out their new 2R Series of tractors- click here for details as well as a new addition to their 3R series- the 3025E- and you can learn more about it by clicking or tapping here.

For the Precision Ag devotee- farmers will be able to gain greater accuracy over their spray applications with John Deere ExactApply intelligent nozzle control system available on new John Deere 4-Series Sprayers. Starting with 2018 models, this latest application technology provides sprayer operators a comprehensive solution that maintains consistent droplet size and pattern through a wide range of speeds, while reducing the potential for overlaps, skips and drift.  Details on this announcement are available here.

Deere also announced a move to open their data platform and allow it to work with other software.  According to the release, "The John Deere Operations Center delivers value to farmers with tools and features that enable them to easily access farm information to better manage their operations. They are able to see what is happening, analyze performance and collaborate with partners to gain insights, increase profits, and direct their plans with more precision in the field.

"A new page, "More Tools", recently released within the Operations Center, provides information and links to solutions from other companies that are utilizing the John Deere open data platform. This powerful arrangement allows farmers to access the tools they need from many top Ag software providers while still keeping their data housed in a single location for simplicity and convenience."

Click here for more details on this effort by Deere to allow their customers more flexibility in handling data as they use a variety of software tools.

One other roll out from the John Deere folks- a new 8 row folding corn head- details on it can be read about by clicking or tapping here.

ExtensionExtension Helps Producers Avoid Unnecessary Costs With New Mineral Intake Tools
Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically. Today, Dr. Selk introduces some new tools developed by OSU Extension to help producers monitor their cattle's mineral intake.

"Proper mineral and vitamin nutrition contributes to strong immune systems, reproductive performance and calf or stocker cattle weight gain. Both over and under consumption of mineral supplements can cause issues, including unnecessary expense. Proper mineral consumption is especially critical when it contains medications such as chlortetracycline (CTC) or ionophores. Commercial mineral mixes have a target consumption rate included in the feeding directions.

"To assist in monitoring your cattle mineral intake, members of the Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Team (Dr. Chris Richards and Gant Mourer) have created two new tools. The first tool is a "Mineral consumption record" that can be downloaded and used to help producers keep track of the amount of minerals being fed in individual pastures. The second tool is a "Mineral intake calculator" that will assist the producer in determining the amount of mineral being consumed on a per head per day basis.

Click or tap here to learn more.

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