Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/29/2019, 6:27 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.
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 last reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, July 25th.
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
   Monday, July 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Congressman Frank Lucas Says Rehab of Earthen Dams Built in the Late 1940s and 50s Offers Protection of Property and Lives for Decades Ahead

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas grew up in western Oklahoma where hot dry weather can dominate the landscape, until storms rolling off the eastern slopes of the Rockies can bring extreme rains and flooding with little or no notice. Lucas says Oklahoma was at the forefront of the drive in the 1940s and 1950s to address those floods with what came to be known as the Upstream Flood Control Watershed Program.

And he told me that his home county- Roger Mills County- was one of those areas hit hard by the rains and resulting floods back in the 1930s and that resulted in the the push by the early 1940s to make this program a reality. "In my own home community, the flood of 1934 that wiped out many of the people up and down the Washita River from central Roger Mills County on down to Hammon and then on down river- motivated my banker, a gentleman by the name of Red Males, he was the banker from 1924 to 1989...he was one of the first national activists who helped persuade Congress to build these small earthern dams to help protect property downstream." 

When Frank Lucas graduated from OSU and got started in the farming and ranching business in the 1980s- Red Males was still around and was an influence on Frank's life. When Congressman Lucas captured the Sixth District Congressional Seat that was vacated by Glenn English in 1994, he understood the value of conservation and the value of the Upstream Dams that numbered in the thousands by the time he got to Washington. There are over 11,000 dams across the United States in 47 states- but Oklahoma has the most of any state of these earthen dams- 1,207 to be exact. 

You can read more about Red Males legacy in the Conservation efforts in Oklahoma- and how Congressman Lucas has used his time in Washington pushing for the work needed to extend the useful life of these dams that have saved millions of dollars of property damage from ever occurring- and has saved lives along the way as well. 

Click or tap here for our Frank Lucas conversation and story about the Upstream Flood Control Watershed Program.

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Vesicular Stomatitis continues to spread, according to Oklahoma State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall. In addition to over 200 affected premises in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, Wyoming has now reported a case identified just a couple of days ago. Dr. Hall says the disease is "knocking on Oklahoma's door" with nearest case of VSV in Wichita Falls, Texas. Hall's office is requesting that everyone continues to be alert and report any suspicious or potential symptoms.

VSV is seen in horses more often than other livestock but in cloven hoofed animals it mimics Foot and Mouth Disease. Livestock owners should be vigilant in looking for symptoms in cloven hoofed livestock as well as in horses.

Hall also asks that stakeholders be aware of the rules of transporting livestock and horses under the current situation.
More information about the rules of transportation, the disease and the locations in which VSV has been discovered, can be found on our website,
click here.

Domestic beef demand continues to maintain its recent strength, even as the US beef cattle herd expanding. Chuck Coffey, a beef producer from Davis, Okla. and chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board, says a lot of the Beef Checkoff dollars being invested domestically to promote beef are being used to target mothers from the Millennial Generation. In a recent conversation at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention, he explained why that has become the focus of the Checkoff's strategic plan and the tactics being used to reach that particular demographic.

"That's the largest percentage of our population and those are our next generations - we want them to understand we have a very sustainable product that's very nutritious and one of the most preferred proteins in the world," Coffey said. "So, we try to create things that are innovative and new for this newer Millennial generation to have an easier time fixing and preparing beef."

Here in the digital age of information, though, traditional means of marketing are simply not as effective as they once were. The target demographic is now one that has grown up around computers and modern technology, paying less attention to print and basic television, opting instead to gather information digitally via social media, the internet and with the added convenience in many cases through the use of their smartphone. In addition, today's consumers are also more socially conscious, wanting to know more specific aspects about the products they buy - things like where and how it is produced. To meet all these consumer wants, Coffey says the Checkoff has invested in programs such as 'Chuck Knows Beef,' an artificial intelligence bot that can engage with consumers interactively in variety of ways and teach or share with them desired information from how beef is produced to how to prepare and cook it. Not only does this system deliver consumers the information they are asking for, it does it in an extremely cost-efficient way, allowing the Checkoff a fiscally responsible option to effectively carry out its business.

Listen to our full discussion over the Beef Checkoff's domestic strategic plan by clicking or tapping here.

Cattle producers in Oklahoma and across the Southern Plains have sustained significant losses over the past few years to devastating wildfires that have reminded us of how intense and unpredictable Mother Nature's fury can be. In addition, producers and land managers have also worked tirelessly in the battle against ever-encroaching invasive plant species like the Eastern Redcedar. During the recent Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention in Norman, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with Seth Coffey, a consultant with the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association and volunteer firefighter, to discuss how prescribed burning can help mitigate both the risk of uncontrollable wildfires and the spread of undesirable vegetation.

According to Coffey, prescribed burns mimic nature and can be used as a natural tool to keep invasive plant species at bay. Additionally, prescribed burning also helps reduce the fuel load of a given area that will help prevent any potential wildfires from getting out of control.

While burning has traditionally been thought of as a seasonal activity, Coffey says there is a push to get people to burn throughout the year. Doing so cuts down on the amount of smoke and air pollution that can result from multiple fires burning at once. In addition, spreading out fires are not only safer, they are more effective in some cases too.

You can continue reading or listen to their complete conversation to learn more about how to effectively conduct a prescribed burn on your land, by
clicking or tapping here.

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One of the most common calls the Noble Research Institute gets during late summer is in regard to pond management - specifically with questions about why landowners' ponds are full of dead fish. People are typically worried the water has been poisoned and is unsafe. The vast majority of time, though, the fish kill is a result of low dissolved oxygen levels in the pond.

An article by the folks at Noble states that there are several reasons this phenomenon happens in summer. For example, warm water physically cannot hold as much dissolved oxygen as cold water. So the maximum potential for dissolved oxygen is lower during the summer than other times of year. Second, there are plants growing during the summer that are less abundant during the rest of the year. This creates a high demand for oxygen at during the night. If the plants and animals use more oxygen during the night than is available, a fish kill occurs. Another common reason among others for a fish kill due to low oxygen is when aquatic plants die, either naturally or due to human intervention.

The best way to mitigate fish kills associated with dissolved oxygen levels, according to Noble, is to reduce the causes of low dissolved oxygen. Noble has provided a list of steps you can take to do just that. Click here to review that list and to learn more about this natural phenomenon.

Six American Farm Bureau Federation Says Family Farmer Relief Act Will Help Farmers Stay in Business

Last week, the House passed the bipartisan Family Farmer Relief Act, originally introduced and pushed by Rep. Antonio Delgado (R-N.Y.), Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Reps. TJ Cox (D-Calif.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall remarked on the impact the legislation will have for American farm families after the House announced the bill's passage.

"America's farmers and ranchers applaud today's House passage of the Family Farmer Relief Act. After several consecutive years of a trying farm economy, updating Chapter 12 bankruptcy eligibility to the current scale and credit needs of U.S. agriculture is a necessity. Today's action will ultimately help family farmers and ranchers avoid extremely difficult bankruptcy proceedings, giving them a better chance to get back on their feet and keep farming."

The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 recognizes bankruptcy rates among American farmers are at decade-high levels in some portions of the country and strengthens the bankruptcy code to allow more farms to reorganize their debt. In addition, it would alter the definition of "family farmer" under Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code and raise the operating debt cap from $3.3 million to $10 million.

Read the complete statement issued by AFBF President Zippy Duvall by clicking over to our website.

Seven ICYMI: Pork Act Delegate Elections to Take Place in Conjunction with Oklahoma Pork Congress in Norman

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 02, 2019, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Pork Congress and Annual Meeting which will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. All Oklahoma pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of Oklahoma and has met all other requirements may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. 

You can read more about who is eligible to be a delegate, by clicking or tapping here

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