Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 7/24/2019, 5:13 AM
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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. has 378 head on their showlist for the Wednesday, July 24th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno steer and heifer calves were too lightly tested for an accurate trend. Click here for the complete sale report. 
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 on Tuesday, July 23rd.
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, July 24, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Oklahoma State University recently announced the results of its 2018-19 wheat variety trials from around Oklahoma have been fully collected, with the exception of two locations due to weather-related complications. Although the results have been collected a bit later than normal, the data still provides tremendous perspective on the performance of these varieties this year. Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays this week to discuss the results of this year's trials.

"Overall, I think just looking at the information this year from the variety trials and just hearing the yield reports from across the state, certainly there are a lot of good things out there coming from our public wheat research program at Oklahoma State University," Schulte remarked. "There were several areas where we topped the trials in many locations this year. In others, we were in at least the top five or ten."

Most impressive among all the varieties tried this year was Baker's Ann. Named for OSU's First Cowgirl, Ann Hargis, this breakout variety topped 100 bpa in the Goodwell trial located in Oklahoma's Panhandle. Shulte says this is remarkable considering the trial was not irrigated after planting. 

Schulte advises producers to review not only this year's results, but rather consult the data collected over the last three years as conditions in Oklahoma can change drastically each year. This will give you a broader scope of information to help you make your decision. 

You can listen to the whole conversation between Schulte and I regarding the results of the Oklahoma State University wheat variety trials, by clicking or tapping here. 

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In less than two weeks, stakeholders of the Oklahoma pork industry will gather in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2019 Oklahoma Pork Congress. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK), to preview the agenda of this year's event.  

"It should be a wonderful event again this year," Lindsey said. "We're really excited about the program."

The day before this year's Congress, okPork will host its annual golf tournament Thursday, August 1st at the Westwood Park Golf Course near the Norman Embassy Suites where the Congress will be held. On Friday, August 2nd, the Congress will kick-off with National Pork Board CEO Bill Even who will present the Board's new strategic plan or the Pork Checkoff, and Maria Zieba, director of international affairs and trade for the National Pork Producers Council, who will discuss the current trade situation. 

During the formal business session of the Congress, there will be two elections taking place. One, to fill three open seats on the Oklahoma Pork Council Board; the other to elect delegates to the Pork Act meeting that will take place at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Missouri this coming march. 

Click or tap here to listen to the whole conversation between Roy Lee and Carson regarding the upcoming Oklahoma Pork Congress.

Last Saturday evening, Charlie Swanson of Roosevelt, Okla. was named Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's (OCA) Cattleman of the Year. The award is the highest honor that the OCA bestows upon a member and was designed to recognize OCA members who have made significant contributions to the OCA and to the Oklahoma beef industry. 

"Charlie Swanson is one of the most involved and passionate members of the OCA. He spent two -years leading this association as President and served as the Southwest District Vice President prior to his presidential term," said Mike Weeks, OCA President. "Charlie believes that the membership is the backbone of the organization and, still today, is always working to add young families to the OCA so the organization will continue to be of value for many generations to come."

If you look at Charlie's career, it reveals his talent for working with people and enthusiasm to help others. Throughout his career, Charlie worked as a Vocational Agriculture Instructor, and OSU County Extension Agent and he eventually moved into banking with agriculture related duties. Lastly, he managed Farmer's Cooperatives in Southwest Oklahoma. While he changed jobs throughout his career, he always invested in building his farming and ranching operation. 

You can read more about the OCA Cattleman of the Year Charlie Swanson, by clicking or tapping here

Growth Energy, the nation's largest ethanol association, launched a new ad campaign that featured a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer talking directly to President Trump. The ad is asking the president to ensure that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the devastating impact some of its policies are having on family farms. The farmer in the ad spotlight is Scott Henry of Longview Farms in Nevada. He asks the president to continue to listen to rural America. 

"President Trump has been our greatest champion for ethanol, for family farms, for rural America," Henry says in the ad. "The unelected bureaucrats in the EPA are rigging the system for oil companies directly on the backs of family farmers." 

Henry accuses the EPA of undermining the administration. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the new ads "put a face to the farm crisis across the country and give a voice to those in rural communities who are most impacted by the EPA's failure to follow the law." She says EPA's recent 2020 RVO proposal failed to account for the 2.6 billion gallons of American biofuel lost because of the indefensibly high number of refinery exemptions granted in recent years. 

"We're at a critical junction," Skor says. "The president has an important decision to make: is he going to let EPA continue down this destructive path, or is he going to stand up for the hardworking farmers he vowed to protect?" 

The ads will run in primetime on Fox News in Washington, D.C., and in other states across the country. Click or tap here to read the original story on our website.

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The July 1 inventory of steers over 500 pounds was 14.7 million head, up 1.4 percent year over year. The inventory of other (not for replacement) heifers over 500 pounds was 7.9 million head, up 5.3 percent from one year ago. Total steer and heifer calves under 500 pounds was 28.1 million head, down 0.7 percent year over year. With an estimated total July 1 feedlot inventory of 13.6 million head, these inventory estimates lead to an estimated feeder supply outside of feedlots of 37.1 million head, up slightly by 0.3 percent compared to last year. The inventory report, according to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, was well anticipated and contained no surprises. In a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, he remarked that the stable cow and calf crop numbers in this report suggest that beef production will show little to no growth moving toward 2020. He says current production and price levels should be able to be sustained until there is a change in the market that provokes a new direction in cattle inventories.

"I think that's what's different about this cycle compared to cycles historically," he said. "Normally, the cattle industry has expanded to the point where it was too much and then we would be forced into some sort of liquidation phase in terms of numbers and driven by prices dropping significantly. I don't think we're set up that way at this point."

If the demand stays the same, Peel says we can maintain the levels we are at currently. However, if something happens to weaken the beef demand and lower beef and cattle prices, we could see the liquidation of cattle inventories. On the flip side, if the trade disputes are resolved we could see herd expansions and new growth in beef and cattle markets at some point. 

You can listen to the whole conversation between Peel and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz - here

The members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association welcomed the president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and owner/operator of East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Jennifer Houston, during the association's annual convention held this past week in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to Houston's keynote address to OCA members during the convention's General Session, she sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to visit about some of the most pressing issues she and the NCBA team are tackling right now. Chief among those issues, she says, is moving the USMCA Agreement across the finish line and advancing the US trade agenda. 

"The No. 1 thing we're working on is working toward ratification of the USMCA, or the new NAFTA as people call it. It's so important to beef producers because of what exports mean to us," she said, pointing out that both Canada and Mexico account for 70 of the $300 attributed to one head of exported beef. "It is important we get this one under our belts and get it ratified so we can move on to working on bilaterals and have a little more credibility with Japan, China, the UK and even the EU."

Mexico's General Congress has already ratified the trade pact and Canada's Parliament is currently in the process of doing so. Houston expects President Trump to send the agreement to Congress sometime in September after the August recess to begin the ratification process. Houston says once the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement is ratified it will offer a tremendous boost to the agricultural economy. 

You can listen to whole conversation between Jennifer and Carson, by jumping over to our website

In October of 2019, okPORK and the department of Animal and Food Science at Oklahoma State University will team up to offer the first Pork Industry Group special problems course. This eight-week course will feature all the different careers related to pork production in Oklahoma. It will also feature a tour of a sow farm and a tour of the Seaboard Pork Processing Plant in Guymon, Okla

"The need for new leadership in all sectors of hog production is weighing heavily on the pork industry here in Oklahoma," Nikki Snider, okPORK Director of Marketing said. "We want to help the industry fill those leadership roles and know there are top-quality students at OSU who can bring value to the industry. We just need to let them know about these opportunities in depth and introduce them to current leaders in the industry." 

Each weekly session will have two hours of presentations from pig farmers, allied industry companies, swine veterinarians and others related to pork production. There will be a one hour social session after or the students to meet the speakers. The course will be open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in the College of Agriculture at OSU. Applications are due by September 9th. 

You can read more about the course and learn how to apply, by clicking or tapping here

MushroomsAND Finally- We Have a Mushroom Tale to Tell- Our Friend Terry Rescues a Damsel in Distress and Gets Written Up

We have known Janice Person for a bunch of years- she is one of those early pioneers when it comes to social media and blogging- she worked for Monsanto for a bunch of years- especially on the cotton side of things and is known in the blogging world as JP Loves Cotton

She stayed with the company as it was sold and now is a part of the Bayer Crop Science family.  

A few months back- we were checking out Twitter on a Saturday night when I saw a "HELP ME" post from Janice- who was in northeastern Oklahoma- and had car trouble- we traded messages- she was asking if anybody knew anybody in or near Miami, Oklahoma- well, since I did- I started sending a few messages to our farm friends in that neck of the woods and Terry Jurgenmeyer got back to me- LONG STORY SHORT- Terry was able to help Janice with her car and as she waited for repairs on the following Monday- gave her the grand tour of JM Mushrooms.  

I had forgotten about the encounter- but got a notification from Facebook yesterday that I had been mentioned by Janice- she had posted not one, but two blogs on her Mushroom Tour- and had thanked me for getting her in contact with Terry on that Saturday night. 

Janice- on her Facebook page- writes "
The summer started with a road trip to Oklahoma that turned up a bit of a problem that left me stranded "in the middle of nowhere." That led to a really unique adventure though.... visiting a mushroom farm!

"There are two posts on the blog today about it because I asked way too many questions for just one."

So- if you want to have a virtual tour of one of the agricultural treasures of northeastern Oklahoma- JM Mushroom Farms- here are the Links:

and Part Two:

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