Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 10/14/2016 6:52 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 Thursday, October 13th.
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, October 14, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
DronesFeatured Story:
Advancements in Precision Agriculture Incorporating Drones into Modern Production Practices

It is a phrase that sounds lifted straight from a science-fiction novel, "swarm intelligence," but it is in fact real technology that could potentially bring you food grown by drones.

Advancements in precision agriculture suggest that in the coming future, drones will help farmers to map weeds in their field, and improve crop yields. This is the promise of a research project funded by ECHORD++ called 'SAGA: Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications'. SAGA will be presented at the forthcoming Maker Fair held in Rome from October 14-16.

The project will deliver a swarm of drones programmed to monitor a field and precisely map the presence of weeds among the crops through on-board machine vision. Additionally, drones attract each other at weed infested areas, allowing them to only inspect those areas accurately. This is similar to swarms of bees that forage the most profitable flower patches. In this way, the planning of weed control activities can be limited to high-priority areas, hence generating savings while increasing productivity.

"The application of swarm robotics to precision agriculture represents a paradigm shift with a tremendous potential impact" says Dr. Vito Trianni, SAGA project coordinator and researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR). "As the price of robotics hardware lowers and the miniaturization and abilities of robots increase, we will soon be able to automate solutions at the individual plant level. This needs to be accompanied by the ability to work in large groups, so as to efficiently cover big fields and work in synergy. Swarm robotics offers solutions to such a problem."

Click here to continue reading about the evolution of drones being used in agricultural applications.

Sponsor Spotlight
It's great to welcome the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards as a new sponsor for our daily email.  The eight Commission firms at the Stockyards make up the exchange- and they are committed to work hard to get you top dollar when you consign your cattle with them.  They will present your cattle to the buyers gathered each Monday or Tuesday at one of the largest stocker and feeder cattle auctions in the world.
Click here for a complete list of the Commission firms that make up the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- still the best place to sell your cattle- and at the heart of Stockyards City, where you can go around the corner enjoy a great steak and shop for the very best in western wear. 

AndersonKim Anderson Sees Bigger Stocks Giving Us Low Wheat Prices for Awhile

Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks wheat prices with SUNUP's Lyndall Stout this week - and analyzes the latest Supply and Demand reports, comparing current stock-to-use ratios and prices with those of comparable years from the 1980s and 1990s. 

Ending stocks for wheat totals 1,138,000,000 bushels - a 38 million bushel or 3.5 percent increase for all wheat. For HRW though, ending stocks increased 9.7 percent to 601 million bushels. That's the highest since 1986-87, according to Dr. Anderson. He says stocks-to-use ratios look slightly better than ending stocks, coming out at 50 percent, roughly the same as last year. That is the highest since 1985 when the stocks-to-use ratio was 97 percent. Dr. Anderson says the lowest ratio ever was in 1995 at 16 percent when the price was at $4.55/bushel. Currently though, prices have ranged between $2.70 - $2.85. Since June 1st, prices have averaged at $3.10/bushel, reflecting prices similar to those in the mid-1980s.

Although these numbers tell a dismal tale, Dr. Anderson rationalizes that prices must stay low for now to discourage planting of more wheat acres while wheat inventories remain high. However, his expectations are that the markets will raise prices to encourage producers to add nitrogen to their crops and produce a milling quality product.

You can watch Dr. Anderson visit with Lyndall Stout tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP - or click here to listen to Kim's comments right now. 
SQ777Following 777- Tulsa Says Consider the Consequences and Oklahoma Farmers Care Cries Foul

Earlier this week, the Tulsa City Council called on their citizens to think about what State Question 777 could mean to the city's water supply, and according to a report by Emory Bryan of the News on 6, "the original wording of the resolution asked people to vote against it - that's been changed to just ask voters to consider the consequences."

Bryan talked with City Councilor Anna America who contends there are unintended consequences with the State Question. America worries that the most recent Zoning Code updates that Tulsa implemented last year could be null and void if State Question 777 passes.  Click here for the complete story on the City of Tulsa's and their action on SQ777.

The expected non stop advertising on the merits of SQ777 has begun- and the group advocating a yes vote, Oklahoma Farmers Care, has a beef with the Oklahoma Stewardship Council and their point person, Drew Edmondson.

Oklahoma Farmers Care released a news statement yesterday after the Stewardship Council's TV ad opposing 777 quotes Tom Buchanan of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association raising questions about the Right to Farm Amendment.

Within that statement from the coalition that supports the state question- Tom Buchanan offers this rebuttal "critics of the measure have twisted my words in another attempt to mislead voters. They will continue to use lies and deceit to fool Oklahomans." 

It's interesting that the two groups that are opposing State Question 777 and already buying lots of media have coordinated their tag line on their media messages- "Oklahomans take all the risk, Outsiders get all the rewards."

DiamondHatsTime Running Out to Get Tickets to the Diamond Hats Gala - Join in the Fun to Support Youth at OYE

Melissa Eisenhauer, Oklahoma Youth Expo show manager and member of the Diamond Hats officer team this year, joined me this week to talk about the upcoming Diamond Hats Gala. This is the tenth gala in the group's 12-year history, according to Eisenhauer, and she says people will not want to miss this year's event.

"The gala is coming up October 22 at the Embassy Suites in Norman and we're just really excited about it," Eisenhauer said. "Neil McCoy, CMA recording artist, is going to be there as our entertainment for the evening and Neil is a really fun time. We'll also have silent and live auctions and a great dinner. So anyone who would like to purchase a ticket, we would love them to come out."

The Diamond Hats started as a group of women who came together in an effort to support the young people involved with the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Their fund raising efforts from this event, along with others throughout the year go directly to that cause, according to Eisenhauer.

Tickets to the gala are still available and can be purchased by either visiting the website at or Eisenhauer encourages those interested to simply call the OYE office to arrange for reserved tickets by dialing (405) 235-0404.

Click here to listen to my full conversation with Melissa Eisenhauer. She will also be my guest during the weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.

Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

BeefBuzzThree Things to Consider Before Buying Those Females to Add to Your Herd

For cattle producers looking to add females to their beef cattle herds, there are several things to consider before making that purchase, according to Robert Wells of the Noble Foundation. 

"First off, I want you to think about the health program of that female where you are buying her from," Wells said. "Next you need to think about where you are buying her from."

Wells says he highly discourages producers from buying females one-by-one from a weekly sale barn. He says in many cases you would just be buying someone else's problem.

"Finally, you need to think about other issues like phenotype issues," Wells said. "Is she going to fit my operation, does she have the right genetics for my environment, is she too big for the grass I have or her and the management I'm going to use for her?"

Another important factor, especially with today's economy, is getting the right sized female. Wells insists a female within the 1,200 lb. range will be the most productive and will wean calves at the appropriate size to be profitable to the producer. He says the number one thing to do though as you make your final purchasing decisions is to find the females that will work best in the environment and the management you expect her to work under.

Listen to Wells offer his suggested considerations for producers looking to add females to their herds during the latest Beef Buzz.
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FFAMore than 60,000 Expected to Crowd Into Downtown Indy for 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo

The 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will celebrate its first year of a nine-year commitment in Indianapolis beginning October 19. More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expected at this year's event, which runs through October 22.

"FFA members transform their purpose into action by making their voices heard and by educating others on the importance of agriculture and growing our resources every day," 2015-16 National FFA President Taylor McNeel, a student at Southern Arkansas University, said. "During the convention and expo, we can learn from one another how we can continue to grow leaders, strengthen agriculture and build our communities."

The convention and expo will kick off with the National FFA Band leading a grand march down Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis on Wed., Oct. 19. The march will end at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and usher in the start of the opening session. Eight general sessions will be held in the fieldhouse. On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, the eighth general session will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium where American FFA Degrees, the highest degree for an FFA member, will be bestowed upon more than 3,000 members.

Coverage of the 2016 National FFA Covention is being sponsored on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and on the BlueGreen Gazette by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway. 

Click here to read more about the 89th annual National FFA Convention.
FirefightersOklahoma Forestry Services Award $200,00 in Rural Fire Department Grants

Oklahoma Forestry Services announces this year's recipients of the Rural Fire Defense 80/20 Reimbursement Grants. The grants, which provide funding for equipment purchases and fire station construction, are available through an application process to rural fire departments which serve communities with populations of less than 10,000.

A total of $200,000 was available for the program this year and departments were eligible to receive up to $30,000 for fire department construction and up to $20,000 for fire equipment purchases. The grants provide reimbursement of up to 80 percent of the total amount of projects, with fire departments receiving reimbursement after the purchase or constructions costs have been paid. Of the 108 volunteer fire departments that applied for the grants, 18 departments were selected to receive them.

"The number of departments applying for grants is indicative of the great need for equipment and station construction by our rural fire departments," said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services. "These departments are the first line of defense for their communities and we only wish we had more funding to offer them."

The grants are authorized by Governor Mary Fallin, funded by the Oklahoma Legislature and administered by the Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry. Oklahoma's Rural Fire Coordinators grade the applications and select the recipients.

Click here for a complete list of departments that were awarded grants this year.
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