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Friday, April 5, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Midwest Shows Looks Back on 20 Years of Producing the Oklahoma City Farm Show

  • Parts of State See Relief in This Week’s Drought Monitor, While Dry Conditions Linger in Others

  • Beef Checkoff Strategy to Boost Domestic Beef Demand Proves Effective

  • Oklahoma’s Digital Promise Plan Approved

  • Staying Ahead of Cotton Disease with BASF’s Kenny Melton

  • OSU’s Kim Anderson Discusses USDA Planted Acreage Estimates and Latest Market Prices

  • Cantrell-Grissom Cattle Co. Bull & Female Production Sale – 04/06/2024 – Seminole, Oklahoma

  • More stories for your weekend reading!

Midwest Shows Looks Back on 20 Years of Producing the Oklahoma City Farm Show

At the Oklahoma City Farm Show, I had the chance to talk with one of the founders of Midwest Shows, John Riles, about his experience producing the OKC Farm Show for the past 20 years.

In addition to the OKC Farm Show and the Tulsa Farm Show, Midwest Shows also holds farm trade shows in states such as Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois. Riles said one of his favorite parts of traveling to produce different farm shows across the Midwest is hearing from farmers and ranchers in different regions.

“It is fun to experience the different environments and what people are interested in,” Riles said. “They are talking about droughts in different places and different reasons- one for raising crops, and the other is for feeding cattle and that sort of thing. It is a fun experience to travel both markets.”

The technology at this year’s OKC Farm Show is impressive and Riles talked about how he has the chance to see technology such as drones grow in the agriculture industry.

“Now you can see how they have adapted some of these drones, and the size of these drones is a little intimidating,” Riles said.

The Oklahoma City Farm Show continues today and tomorrow- Show hours at 9 AM to 5 PM today and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and John Riles talk about the OKC Farm Show.
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Parts of State See Relief in This Week’s Drought Monitor, While Dry Conditions Linger in Others

To view the latest Oklahoma drought map, CLICK HERE.

According to the latest Oklahoma drought monitor report, exceptional and extreme drought remains at zero percent, unchanged from the start of the calendar year.

Severe drought or worse is now at zero percent, improved from last week’s .19 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is now at 8.47 percent, improved slightly from last week’s 8.83 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are now at 37.86 percent, up from last week’s 33.76 percent.

All aspects of drought in the state are much better shape than one year ago- at this time in 2023- over 53% of Oklahoma was in Moderate Droought or Worse. Thirty eight percent was in extreme drought or worse and 15% was in exceptional drought.

Click here to read more about this week's drought monitor.

Beef Checkoff Strategy to Boost Domestic Beef Demand Proves Effective

I am talking with the CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board, Greg Hanes, about the domestic strategy for building demand for U.S beef.

To listen to Part 1 of my conversation with Greg Hanes talking about the use of Beef Checkoff dollars, CLICK HERE.

Herd liquidation over the last several years has meant tighter beef supplies ahead, which is detrimental to international beef demand. The herd liquidation has not only impacted international markets, but also domestic markets.

Hanes said the domestic marketing strategy for U.S. consumers includes finding ways to encourage them to include beef in their meal plans.

“I think now there is probably more options here for the consumers in the U.S. just with ground beef and other items we have available that are not as expensive as your traditional meal meats,” Hanes said. “There has been a lot of educational work on those, like showing how to prepare all of these dishes, how to buy it, cook it, and all of that.”

Building demand for beef is not a one-year job, Hanes said, as the effort is decades in the making. This long-term approach ensures the sustainability of the beef industry, and the continuous supply of the protein consumers want.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Greg Hanes talk about boosting domestic beef demand on our latest Beef Buzz.
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For our farmers who have either- always have had cotton on their farms- or those who have more recently have added the fiber crop to their operations- we have a daily report heard on several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk!

Click on the Button below to listen to our most recent report
Click here for our Latest Cotton Talk- Hosted by KC Sheperd

The latest news from the Oklahoma State Capitol is available daily on the Radio Oklahoma News Network.

Click on the blue button to hear our RON Team report.

Click here for the latest report from the State Capitol on RON

Oklahoma’s Digital Promise Plan Approved

The Oklahoma Broadband Office (OBO) is moving quickly on several fronts to ensure successful integration of high-speed internet service throughout the state. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently approved the state’s DE Plan to fulfill Oklahoma’s Digital Promise.

While other programs administered by the OBO expand broadband infrastructure, this plan focuses on ensuring Oklahomans of all walks of life have the resources and digital education needed to take full advantage of the benefits of high-speed internet.

The plan will be initially used by the OBO to apply for grant funds from NTIA, including the recently announced Capacity Grant. Awarded funds will be used to narrow the digital divide by encouraging and facilitating partnerships, offering targeted grants to communities and organizations, and by supporting communities’ digital planning and programming.

Among the communities served will be aging Individuals, veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, rural residents, incarcerated individuals, those with low incomes, and individuals with language barriers.

The plan can be viewed here.

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network weekdays-

if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click below for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays and KC Sheperd on RON.
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Staying Ahead of Cotton Disease with BASF’s Kenny Melton

Farm Director KC Sheperd is talking with BASF’s Western Region Agronomic Manager, Kenny Melton, about planting disease-resistant cotton varieties and products that can boost cotton production and mitigate disease.

Melton first discussed the main diseases cotton producers need to be aware of during the growing season, emphasizing the importance of planning and being aware of past issues in specific fields. As producers look into what varieties of cotton they will be planting this year, Melton said it is critical to consider past issues in those fields because diseases typically recur in the same fields.

Another issue Melton discussed is bacterial blight in cotton. While bacterial blight may not be an issue every year, more humid conditions can support development.

“Actually, all of the FiberMax, say, one of our new ones, is actually resistant to bacterial blight, so we have got a good portfolio in terms of handling that disease,” Melton said.

Regarding root-knot nematodes, Melton said they typically occur at the same time as Verticillium wilt. For those impacted areas, Melton said it is best to dig up the roots and not just pull them out of the ground.

Melton said BASF offers a prime seed treatment with enhanced rates of some key fungicides to offer some protection against particular diseases.

To learn more about BASF, CLICK HERE.

Click here to read more and listen to KC and Kenny Milton talk about staying ahead of cotton disease.

OSU’s Kim Anderson Discusses USDA Planted Acreage Estimates and Latest Market Prices

This week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the USDA’s Prospective Plantings release and the crop prices.

“Those numbers set the foundation for the ’24 and ’25 marketing year for all of the crops,” Anderson said. “When we get the planted acres estimate, that limits the top side of production and it also sets a boundary for the bottom side, so it is a starting point. It is a starting point we have to have.”

Compared to the 2023 report, Anderson said the estimated acreage for corn in Oklahoma was slightly lower. For soybeans, Anderson said the estimates were higher.

Hard red winter wheat saw an increase in planted acres in the U.S. and in Oklahoma, Anderson added. Cotton saw an increase in estimated planted acreage as well.

Anderson said the numbers in the Prospective Plantings report did not have much of an impact on prices.

“Really no movement at all in the crop prices,” Anderson said.

Watch SUNUP:

Saturday at 7:30 a.m. & Sunday at 6 a.m. on OETA (PBS)


Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Anderson talk about planted acreage estimates and latest market prices

Cantrell-Grissom Cattle Co. Bull & Female Production Sale Set for Saturday April 6th in Seminole, Ok

Cantrell-Grissom Cattle Co. is hosting a bull and female production sale! The sale will take place Saturday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Blackjack Farms Sale Facility in Seminole, Oklahoma.

The sale will consist of 75 Yearling Registered Black Angus Bulls, 15 – 18-Month-Old Registered Black Angus Bulls, 12 – 2-Year- Old Charlais Bulls and 70-Pen Commercial Replacement Heifers.

Click here for the sale catalog

Click here for the sale videos

Bid Online: LiveAuctions.TV

Matt Sims Cell/Text 405.641.6081



More stories for your weekend reading!

ALO -Blessings of the Field Fundraiser Set for April 10th in OKC
Ohio has been added to the List of HPAI in Dairy States- Here is the APHIS Page to Read More
US Wheat Associates- New USDA Report Estimates Less Wheat Planting, More Ending Stocks
Register for the Upcoming Rancher’s Thursday Webinar Series Focusing on Management of Beef on Dairy Crossbreds in Beef Production
Certified Angus Beef  Insider: Carcass Weights Buoy Production
USDA Makes $1.5 Billion Available to Help Farmers Advance Conservation and Climate-Smart Agriculture
National Sorghum Producers 2024 Yield Contest Open for Entry
Let's Check The Markets!
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Today's First Look:
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101  
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were lower- Choice Beef was down $4.15 and Select Beef was down 87 cents on Thursday, 4/4/2024.

Click on the Button below for the latest report from USDA Market News

Boxed Beef Report

Weekly Cattle Auction Reports

The buttons below allow you to check out the weekly Cattle Auctions in the region that we post on our website and here in our daily email update.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 04/01/2024
Tulsa Stockyards for Monday 04/01/2024
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 04/01/2024
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cow and Bull Market Report for 04/02/2024
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 04/02 and 04/03/2024
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 04/01/2024
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 4/4/24
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
Read  Cash Grains Report from 4/4/24
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
Click to Listen to Our Weekday Wrap with KC
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
Read Report
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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Podcasts From Oklahoma Farm Report and More

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The second is our daily Beef Buzz with Ron Haysavailable here on the Apple Podcast Platform

Periodically- we offer interviews on our Ag Perspectives Podcast series- this podcast is available here.

Ron has also has a series of podcasts from interviews with newsmakers at the Cattlemen's Congress- Click here or you can find them on your favorite Podcast platform- look for them by searching for Cattlemen's Congress Conversations.

We are making plans to jump back into regular installments of what has been called the Road to Rural Prosperity- a new name and fresh content is in the works- for now- click on the blue button below for one of our favorites that is a timeless classic.

Listen to Episode 86 with Ron Hays talking with one of the legends in the Beef Cattle Business- Bob Drake of Davis, Oklahoma
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