Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/29/2019, 6:22 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 Carson Horn on RON.

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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday- 7,100 were reported- it was a mixed bag on yearlings but sharply up on the calf trade- click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market news. has 433 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, October 30th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump the website. 

At OKC West in El Reno slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-5.00 lower, while slaughter bulls sold 3.00-4.00 lower - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. 
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 Monday, October 28th.
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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Monday, October 28, 2019. According to this week's report, the overall conditions remain on the positive side with continued progress in the development of the crops. Focusing on corn, the crop's good to excellent ratings improved this week at 58% good to excellent condition compared to 56% last week. This still looks a bit less desirable compared to last year's rating at this time of 68% good to excellent. Corn maturity came in at 93% this week versus 86% last week, the five-year average at this time is 99%. Corn harvested came in at 41% this week versus 30% last week, the five-year average at this time is 61%. Soybean's dropping leaves this week came in at 97%, versus 94% last week, the five-year average at this time is 99%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 62%, versus 46% last week, the five-year average is 78% at this time. Winter wheat planted this week came in at 85%, versus 77% last week, the five-year average at this time is 82%. Winter wheat emerged came in this week at 63%, versus 53% last week, the five-year average at this time is 64%. Pasture and range conditions this week nationally came in at 45% good to excellent, 30% fair and 25% poor to very poor.    

Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, October 28, 2019.  

Winter wheat planting continues in the Southern Plains- Oklahoma has reached 89% planted, Texas 74% and Kansas 88%- all close with the average or ahead of the average in their respective states. 

From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 6% poor to very poor, 38% fair and 56% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 10% poor to very poor, 30% fair, 60% good to excellent. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 17% good to excellent, 33% fair and 50% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

To sum up the current pasture and range condition here in the Southern Plains- here's the Good to Excellent Ratings for this week and the change from last week:

Oklahoma     56%     +4%
Kansas          60%     -2%
Texas             17%     -1%

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Two Brooklan Light Advances- Bree Kisling and Hunter McConnell Ready to Speak Tomorrow

It was all smiles last night for Garber FFA member Brooklan Light who got the letter of her dreams- telling her that she had made the first cut in the National FFA Officer Selection Process- she continues as one of the final 25 candidates seeking the opportunity to be a member of the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to our quick conversation with Brooklan after she got her letter.  By the way- for our out of state readers-  our story has the list of all 25 candidates who have advanced- and yes, Texas and Kansas also made the cut. 

MEANWHILE- today will be a day where thousands of FFA members will arrive to participate in the National Convention the balance of the week- and that includes Oklahoma's two national speech champions who will start their quest to win a National Title on Wednesday.

Click or tap here to read about Bree Kisling- and listen to our conversation with her this past week at the National Workout that Oklahoma FFA has each year in advance of the trip to the National Convention. 

We did not have the chance to listen to Hunter McConnell of Owasso last week in Stillwater- but look forward to listening to Hunter tomorrow in the National Preliminaries of the Extemp Speech Contest- also happening tomorrow. 

Our coverage of the 2019 National FFA Convention is powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway- and is also supported by the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni.

For highlights thru the day- check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds- our post on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Facebook page about Brooklan last night has reached over 13,000 people and continues to climb! 

In this week's edition of the "Cow Calf Corner" newsletter, Dr. Derrell Peel talks about the October USDA Cattle on Feed Report, and how it affects producers.

According to Peel, the October USDA Cattle on Feed report contained no big surprises with the feedlot inventory on October 1 at 11.3 million head which is down 1.1 percent from one year ago. This is the second consecutive month of year over year decline in feedlot totals. Placements in September were 102.0 percent of last year while September marketings were 101.1 percent of one year ago. September 2019 had one more business day compared to last year. The twelve month moving average feedlot inventory reached 11.6 million head in August and has dropped slightly in the past two months. It is possible, Peel writes, that feedlot inventories have peaked cyclically although there is still a chance that average feedlot totals could push slightly higher into early 2020.

"The quarterly cattle on feed numbers for October 1 showed that the number of steers on feed was 6.9 million head, down 3.1 percent year over year," Peel said. "The number of heifers on feed was 4.4 million head, 2.3 percent higher year over year compared to October 1, 2018. Over the last 20 years, heifers have represented an average of 36.7 percent of feedlot inventories. On October 1, 2019, heifers represented 39.1 of feedlot inventories; the highest percentage in more than 18 years."

Click here to read more from Peel on the October cattle on feed numbers. 

Having worked in both the public and private sector, Oklahoma State University's College of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. Rosslyn Biggs has a lot of perspective on the subject of animal disease traceability and the question of animal ID. In a recent conversation with me, she explained that for producers, it is important they understand they are not the only ones interested nor impacted by animal ID. Dr. Biggs says it goes well beyond the farm or ranch gate.

"We've got multiple segments of the industry that are impacted by animal disease traceability. Multiple facets that we've got to consider," she said, including things like the investment in technology and consumer demands. "We have to pay attention to where our export markets are guiding us to, to maintain those should we have an animal disease incursion occur here in the US. We need to be able to respond quickly and know where those animals are, where they've been and what they've been exposed to - to try and stamp out disease as quickly as we can and rebound from that both domestically and internationally."

Dr. Biggs says it comes as little surprise to see the USDA putting a hold on its announced plans to replace metal tags with electronic IDs, a decision outlined in a recent statement issued by the agency. However, she explains that the interest is still very much there and validated for a variety of reasons.

You can listen to the entire conversation between Biggs and I on Monday's Beef Buzz - here

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A bill introduced Monday would address deceptive labeling practices in alternative protein products, such as plant-based imitators of meat. Republican Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas, along with New York Democrat Anthony Brindisi, introduced the Real Marketing Edible Artificial Truthfully, or Real MEAT Act. The legislation would codify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, reinforce existing misbranding provisions to eliminate consumer confusion, and enhance enforcement measures available to the Department of Agriculture if the Food and Drug Administration fails to take appropriate action.

Marshall says alternative protein products "have confused many consumers with misleading packaging and creative names for products."

Brindisi says the bill is "about safety and transparency." The National Cattlemen's Beef Association applauded introduction of the legislation.

NCBA President Jennifer Houston says a growing number of fake meat products are "clearly trying to mislead consumers" about what they're trying to get them to buy, adding "consumers need to be protected from deceptive marketing practices."

You can read more from NCBA regarding the Real Meat Act, by clicking or tapping here

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association President Mike Weeks also released a statement after the announcement. 

"OCA is very excited to see this bill introduction and fully supports its passage. OCA worked our own bill through the Oklahoma Legislature last year that establishes provisions for the use of meat terms like 'beef' for only meat from cattle products. A federal definition though would be much more beneficial establishing law and rule to be consistent and thorough. OCA is appreciative of NCBA leading the way on this important issue."

On Monday, Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), and Liz Cheney (R-WY) introduced H.R. 4773, the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act. Ranchers and stakeholders across the country continue to show their support for the legislation which would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training. Here's what they're saying:

American Farm Bureau Federation, Scott VanderWal, Vice President:

"Livestock producers are not immune from a tough farm economy. Producers need every tool at their disposal to manage risk and have the market intel available to optimize their ability to weather economic volatility. The Livestock Risk Management and Education Act will help land-grant universities partner with producer associations to make sure more producers have market and risk management information they can trust to make vital business decisions."

Oklahoma State University, Thomas G. Coon, Vice President & Dean, Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources:

"Oklahoma cattle producers are facing a great deal of uncertainty in market conditions and production constraints. In these times, farmers and ranchers can benefit from risk management tools that rely on futures markets to offset those conditions. Oklahoma State University Extension assists crop producers in using futures markets to manage risks, and would benefit from resources to extend that expertise to livestock producers as well."

Click here to read more from others regarding the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act. 

The 2019 edition of the Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions will wrap up today, with the Stillwater auction.

The Stillwater auction covers leases found in Payne, Pawnee, Logan and Noble Counties. The sale is happening at the Payne County Expo Center starting at 10 AM.

Click or tap here to learn more about the lease auctions - and click here to listen to Carson's conversation from a few weeks back with the Acting Commissioner Brandt Vawter.
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