Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/30/2016 6:56 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 futuresclick 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 as of Thursday afternoon- December 29.
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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Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News 
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, December 30, 2016
 Happy New Year!!!!! 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Bye2016Featured Story:
Bye Bye 2016!
 It's the final market trading day of the old year.  Ag Futures and the Stock Markets will be trading for a full, normal trading session today through this afternoon.  And that will be it for 2016.

There will be a three day holiday as Uncle Sam, state and local governments, banks and the markets will celebrate New Year's by not opening up on Monday, January second.

For our stocker and feed cattle auction markets, there will be a sale in Joplin next Monday, January second.

First sales for the other auctions reported by USDA and that we cover on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network include:

January 3- McAlester Union Stockyards

January 4- OKC West, Southern Oklahoma Livestock in Ada and Dodge City, Kansas.

January 5- Woodward, Apache and Pratt, Kansas

January 9- Oklahoma National Stockyards and Tulsa

We will take a day off from publishing this email- but you will be able to hear our radio reports across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network on Monday.

The email returns for 2017- starting Tuesday, January 3rd!

I pray that you have had a good 2016- and that God will bless you abundantly in 2017!

Sponsor Spotlight

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We are the state's largest agricultural lending cooperative, serving 60 Oklahoma Counties.  To learn more about Oklahoma AgCredit, click here for our website or call 866-245-3633.

RedFlagRed Flag Warnings for Central and Western Oklahoma as the Final Hours of 2016 Wind Down  

When Windy and Drought Conditions mix- you get fire danger- and right now through midday tomorrow- we have it in spades across a bunch of Oklahoma Counties.

A Red Flag Warning is now in effect for the following counties- Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Kay, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Garfield, Noble, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties.

Here's a map courtesy of Jed Castles from News9 on the extreme nature of the fire danger in these final days of 2016:

Be careful in these areas of highest fire danger!

DroughtOklahoma Remains Stuck in Drought Over Three Quarters of the State as the Curtain on 2016 Comes Down

Compare the start of 2016 to the end of 2016- and across Oklahoma you will see no drought last January versus a state almost totally covered with the colors of drought as we come to the end of December. The final Drought Monitor of 2016, seen below,. shows only five percent of the state not in at least an abnormally dry or worse rating as of December 27th. The extreme southwest corner of Oklahoma is not in drought or even abnormally dry- counties like Jackson, Harmon, Kiowa and Tillman are usually scrambling for enough moisture but as we end 2016- they are okay.

According to State Climatologist Gary McManus, "The amount of total drought (D1-D4) stayed about the same, but we did see an expansion of D2 (Severe Drought) of about 3.5 percent, and I think that was a bit conservative of an expansion due to the Holiday. My guess is that next week we will see an even larger expansion of drought of different intensity across the state."

Click or tap here to read more- and catch up on Gary's latest Mesonet Ticker.

OYE2016172016 OYE Was Great- Tyler Norvell Expects 2017 OYE Will Continue the Tradition
As 2016 comes to a close, I looked back to last March and looked ahead to March 2017 with the Executive Director Tyler Norvell of the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Norvell says that despite the lackluster economy, the 2016 OYE was a great success, with close to two million dollars in prize money, scholarships and auction premiums invested back into the young people who show the animals. Over seven thousand 4-H and FFA students showed more than 13,000 animals last March in Oklahoma City.

And it appears, again despite the economy, the nominations of animals for the 2017 OYE are just as large as last year, with 22,000 nominations paid for in November and December for the upcoming show in March. Norvell says that he expects when the show arrives and the animals are hauled to State Fair Park- there will be around 13,000 animals again at the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to our conversation about the world's largest junior livestock show!

AND- be watching Saturday morning as Tyler and I talk OYE on my final In the Field segment for 2016- it will air on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City around 6:40 AM.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are happy to have the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as a part of our great lineup of email sponsors. They do a tremendous job of representing cattle producers at the state capitol as well as in our nation's capitol. They seek to educate OCA members on the latest production techniques for maximum profitability and to communicate with the public on issues of importance to the beef industry.  Click here for their website to learn more about the OCA.  

TrumpPresident Elect Trump Still Looking for Ag Secretary
It's amazing that we still do not have a nominee by President Elect Donald Trump for his Secretary of Agriculture. 

Latest talk has three names floating.  Agri-Pulse reports "Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado was scheduled to talk to Trump about the job on Thursday at the president-elect's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call.

"Trump on Wednesday also interviewed Elsa Murano, an ex-USDA official and former president of Texas A&M University whose name surfaced last week as a potential boss at USDA. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will meet on Friday with Reince Preibus, Trump's designated chief of staff, and Steve Bannon, who will be his chief White House strategist."

The Trump Transition team has been divided over who will be the best choice- and while a nominee could still come today or even on New Year's Eve- it now seems like the early days of 2017 will be when we will learn who will move into the office now occupied by Tom Vilsack- the only cabinet official who has stayed all eight years in the service of Barack Obama.

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 AFRWomenAFR Women Beat Their Goal in 2016 Drive Away Hunger Campaign  
Donations to the 2016 AFR Women's Cooperative Drive Away Hunger campaign will provide approximately 129,000 meals for hungry Oklahomans.

"We had a goal of 50,000 meals," Suzanne Gilbert, AFR Women's Cooperative chair, said. "The fact we almost tripled our goal is a great testament to the generosity of our members."

Throughout 2016, AFR members, youth, agents and local volunteers gathered donations during county and statewide events.   Members were asked to bring nonperishable canned goods to county annual meetings, county fairs, and other local events. Youth at the annual leadership summit played a major role in meeting the Women's Cooperative goal.

The donations were collected and distributed to local and county food banks with cooperation from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Read more by clicking here.

YFR2017Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Get Ready for Phoenix

Three Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers members are heading to Phoenix next weekend to compete nationally during the American Farm Bureau Federation's 98th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.

Isaac Fisher, Comanche County, will compete for the YF&R Achievement Award. Fisher concentrates on raising stocker cattle and growing wheat and cotton near the southwest Oklahoma town of Chattanooga. He also runs a custom haying business swathing and baling hay for fellow farmers and ranchers in the area.

Rachel Pickens, Payne County, will represent OKFB YF&R in the competition for the YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award. Known as the "Oklahoma Land Lady," Rachel is a successful realtor in Payne County. In 2010, she opened an agritourism venue, which also serves as an educational field trip destination for approximately 2,000 people per year. Pickens also helps with the Kicking Childhood Hunger Committee, which is designed to raise money to help with food insecurity in Payne County.

Jennifer Howard, Jackson County, will discuss a variety of agricultural issues during the AFBF YF&R Discussion Meet. Howard and her husband, Brent, are active in OKFB YF&R and are serving their second year of their three-year term as state vice chairs. Howard works for Dow AgroSciences as an ActiveSense pilot specialist in the Urban Pest Management business.

Best of luck to these YF&R members who will represent Oklahoma proudly in Phoenix next weekend.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsStillwater Milling Company, Oklahoma AgCreditthe Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!



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