Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/14/2019, 6:00 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!  

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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 OKC West in El Reno feeder steers sold steady to 2.00 higher, feeder heifers traded steady to 2.00 lower - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. offered 1393 head of cattle with 0 head actually selling - click here to jump to the website. 
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick 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 Wednesday, November 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Thursday,  November 14, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Calls Out FDA Over Lack of Enforcement of Rules Over Fake Milk

One of the first newsmakers that spoke to the nation's farm broadcast journalists in Kansas City this week at the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention was Obama era Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack now serves as the President and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council- and he was asked about the dairy industry's pushback against plant based beverages- and their being named milk.

Being a former federal administrator, Vilsack gives FDA no slack in their claims they don't have the manpower and resources to enforce a rule that is currently on the books that actually prohibits products like soy milk, almond milk and cashew milk to use the term "milk."

Vilsack calls the wording widely adopted by the plant based beverages is deceptive and harmful to consumers- as these products do not have the nutritional profile that can be found in cow's milk. 

Click or tap here to jump over to our website for a chance to hear Vilsack's comments on this subject as he spoke with NAFB Farm Broadcasters about fake milk

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USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program. CSP, the nation's largest conservation program in terms of participating land, is designed to help farmers have more robust conservation activities. The rule - now available on the Federal Register - takes effect upon publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

"We're excited to roll out an updated Conservation Stewardship Program," NRCS Chief Matt Lohr said. "We know the program is important to American farmers and ranchers, especially those who want to build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations."

The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. NRCS invites comments on this interim rule through January 13, 2020. Electronic comments must be submitted through offsite link image     under Docket ID NRCS-2019-0020. All written comments received will be publicly available on offsite link image 

You can read more about the comment period and how to apply for CSP, by clicking or tapping here

I caught up with Dr. Dan Moser, the President of Angus Genetics to talk genomics in today's Beef Buzz. There's a lot of exciting things going on in the whole arena of genomics. And it seems like we are just moving faster and faster all of the time. Moser says as the technology becomes more powerful and also more affordable that we are seeing more and more utilization in genomics, "It is really becoming, for a lot of our members, the standard operating procedure. Genomic testing along with data collection and all of the other things they do."

Some of the important things that are helping Angus breeders and their customers are some of these dollar value signs. They have released a couple, and more are coming. Moser says "We've just updated Angus Dollar values. We've had these, basically EPD's for profit. They combine traits together to help producers, whether seed stock breeders or commercial producers make selections about which bulls might fit their breeding program. Those have been around since 2004, but we just recently updated them this year."

Dollar B is the terminal Sire index that has been around that the industry knows very well. They have a new maternal number that Moser thinks is going a better job describing cow efficiently called Dollar M, or Dollar Maternal. Moser added, "We are also working on a combined index that puts those two together and weights them so that producers that not 

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

For American farmers, the writing is on the wall: climate crisis is no longer a distant threat, it is here. From record-breaking floods across the Midwest to intense land-falling hurricanes on our coasts to historic droughts in California, farmers across the country have been on the frontlines of extreme weather due to climate change. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has been helping farmers adopt climate-smart practices for decades, and today released a new report of policy and practice recommendations based on the latest climate science: Agriculture and Climate Change: Policy Imperatives and Opportunities to Help Producers Meet the Challenge.

"Agriculture can help lead the way in reversing the cataclysmic disruptions of climate change, but only if we understand how innovative agricultural systems can sequester greenhouse gases (GHG) to create resilience and productivity," said Dr. Mark Schonbeck, Research Associate with the Organic Farming Research Foundation and one of the paper's principal authors. "This position paper presents the latest research on those processes, and uses it to build practical policy recommendations detailing how legislators and advocates can encourage adoption of management-intensive rotational grazing, agroforestry, and other systems that enhance natural cycles."

The NSAC paper finds that while progress has been made on increasing overall soil carbon (which has positive effects on soil quality and could result in increased productivity, agricultural resilience, and yield stability, especially on carbon-depleted soils), overall the U.S. agricultural production sector has increased its GHG emissions and climate impact over the past few decades. The main driver of this increase has been the increasing use of liquid manure storage lagoons found on livestock CAFOs, which emit far more GHG (primarily methane) than dry-stacked or composted manure.

You can read more from NSAC regarding the latest climate science and what it means for sustainable agriculture, by jumping over to our website

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In this week's edition of the "Cow Calf Corner" newsletter, Dr. Glenn Selk explains why you need to plan for spring calving now.

"Someone once said "that Success occurs when Opportunity meets with Preparation". Planning and preparing ahead for next spring's calving season can help increase the chances of success," Selk said. "There are several key preparation steps that would be good to conduct in November or December to insure success in February, March, and April.

"Before calving season starts do a walk-through of pens, chutes, and calving stalls. Make sure that all are clean, dry, strong, safe, and functioning correctly.   Check the gates and the squeeze panels to make certain that they are ready for use."

Click here to read more from Selk regarding the upcoming spring calving season. 

Estimating grazeable acreage as well as forage availability is vital to understanding the carrying capacity of a ranch and accurately setting a proper stocking rate. Mapping software, such as ArcGIS, is a tool commonly used to estimate grazeable acreage for cattle, with minimal technical expertise required. With this tool, managers can use aerial imagery of their ranch to determine grazeable acreage quickly by subtracting wooded areas and large water features from the total acreage of the ranch.

However, when using this technique, it is important to consider all the factors that may limit grazeability. What a manager describes as grazeable acres when evaluating an aerial image may not always be graze-worthy or even accessible to cattle on the ground, as a multi-year Noble grazing study has shown.

Using aerial imagery to identify acres suitable for grazing is a practical tool for most managers, but it is important to realize its limitations. Just like determining forage availability, the accuracy in assessing grazeable acreage will depend on the manager's familiarity with the ranch.

Click here to read more the Noble Research Institute regarding the accuracy needed in estimating grazable acres. 

Ahead of tagging and bleeding all of your OYE hogs. Dr. Rod Hall, Oklahoma State Veterinarian, offers some advice to avoid infections and lost tags this year.

"All pigs that are tested after December 1, 2019 must have an electronic 840 tag applied when they are tested. Make sure when you order tags that they are electronic 840 tags. 840 is the first three numbers of official USDA tags. Tags that begin with numbers that are not 840 are not official tags. As official USDA Identification, the 840 tags must not be removed. In the past we have allowed non electronic 840 tags to be used but this year we will not allow them. If you have or someone wants to use non electronic 840 tags they cannot be used and electronic tags must be acquired and used. Do not combine OYE and 840 tags. Hogs that are nominated for OYE must have the 840 tag applied before or at bleeding and the OYE tag can be applied just prior to the show but the 840 must stay in until the hog is slaughtered or dies."

There are three things that cause problems with tag retention.

1.      Improper Placement - it's best to place the tag in the lower portion of the ear as close to the head as possible without putting pressure on the lower cartilage rib and with the thicker numbered button inside the ear.

2.      Improper applicator for the tag used - different tags require different applicators. Look further down this message for recommendations.

3.      Infection - infection causes itching and tags start to get hung up on fence anywhere where the animal rubs. Disinfection of the tags and ear prior to application will prevent some of this.

You can read more from Dr. Hall by, clicking or tapping here

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