Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 8/8/2019, 5:58 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.

Feeder steers sold mostly steady on Wednesday at OKC West in El Reno, with feeder heifers trading 2.00-3.00 higher. Click or tap here for the USDA report on all the yearling and calf trade for the week.  
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 Wednesday, August 7th.
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, August 8, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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One full year has elapsed since African Swine Fever first appeared in China. Twelve months later, the situation continues to develop with new outbreaks spreading throughout Asia as well as other parts of the world. Good fortune and extreme vigilance has kept the disease from cropping up in our own country. Still, the devastating impacts to the global pork industry that have been left in the disease's wake have been impossible to escape - some of which interpreted as positives for the domestic industry and potential export growth. Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, sat down this past week with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn during the 2019 Oklahoma Pork Congress to discuss those impacts and the current status of the ASF situation.

According to China's government, ASF has infected approximately 1.2 million hogs within its herd. It also claims to have the disease contained. However, Lindsey is skeptical of whether or not the Chinese government is being totally forthcoming in exactly what is happening on the ground there. Instead, he is paying closer attention to what analysts at Rabobank are speculating - who suggest that China has probably lost up to 50% of its swine herd to the disease. With no vaccine for the deadly virus and given the relentless spreading of the disease as observed in other affected nations, it is doubtful China actually does in fact have the disease under control. 

"So, there is a huge hole coming into the world's pork supply. China is the world's largest pork producer and by far the largest pork consumer. With the losses they've seen - you do the math - it's a significant amount of the world's pork supply," Lindsey said. "I think the disease is just endemic in China and this is a very hardy virus that is difficult to clean up and will survive in the environment for an extended period. So, it will be very difficult to repopulated and get production ramped back up. Most projections say they are four to five years from being able to replace and grow their herd back to where it was and that's assuming they get the disease under control now."

You can listen to the entire conversation between Roy Lee Lindsey and Carson Horn over on our website - here

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While enthusiastic about the varieties being developed and released through the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team at Oklahoma State University and the agronomic traits they offer, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Mike Schulte says producers have become interested in finding ways in which they can use the unique benefits of those OSU derived varieties and add value back to the producers growing them. To  that end, the Commission has engaged the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Ore. to test and conduct product development research on the different wheat varieties produced in Oklahoma and find ways to add value back to the producers.

Schulte explains the role of the WMC in this endeavor describing it as the crossroads of technical and international wheat trade for the global marketplace. Through its research, the WMC has helped the Commission develop two new niche product markets. One uses the Smith's Gold variety in a locally produced HRW pasta line, the other uses the Skydance variety in tortilla production. 

"Granted, that's just a small niche market. But as we see changes in the marketplace, we feel like we can take some of these things we're learning and try to capture value out of them for people that have specific uses," he said. "So, as we move forward, you're going to see us do more work on flavor profile studies. We know this is what chefs and the culinary industry is looking for. We really feel like we're in a unique position to capitalize on this."

Click or tap here to read more about the collaboration between the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Wheat Marketing Center.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report yesterday detailing observations from the Animal Rights National Conference, held July 25 through July 28 in Alexandria, Virginia. The event was organized by the Farm Animal Rights Movement and sponsored by Mercy for Animals, The Save Movement, Compassion Over Killing and The Humane League, along with other animal rights extremist groups.

Based on the report's details, Alliance president and CEO Kay Johnson Smith says animal rights extremists are becoming increasingly aggressive in their efforts to end animal agriculture. Similar to last year's conference, she said, speakers made it clear their vision is animal liberation, not promoting animal welfare.

A key theme of the conference was the desire to create a vegan world by 2026 to save the environment.

You can read more from Animal Agriculture Alliance's report on this year's Animal Rights National Conference, by clicking or tapping here

According to Katelyn McCullock, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, there will be several factors impacting cattle prices in the months to come. At the top of her list is the uncertainty of the corn and soybean market, especially the corn market. The question most pressing right now amid all that uncertainty is just exactly how many acres of corn are really out there?

"This has been a really interesting year in that we don't have a really clear picture of what feed grains really look like and it's pretty late in the season," McCullock said. "Typically by this time we have a very good idea of what corn acres are looking like and we might even be talking about yields. This year it still remains very much up in the air. It's highly variable."

The root of the issue of course is the fact that farmers across the Corn Belt got such a late start planting this year due to unforgiving weather complications. In fact, USDA-NASS intends to resurvey farmers as the previous acreage report released in June was simply seen as baseless as there was hardly any information available to collect at that time because of the planting delays. The results of that secondary survey will be released next week on August 12th so by then the industry should have a better handle on how many corn acres actually have been planted. What will remain unknown after that date however, is the total prevent planting number. With multiple potential outcomes regarding that number, McCullock says it still leaves a lot of uncertainty up in the air. One year ago, the US had planted 89 million acres of corn planted for grain. McCullock says the general thought is that the number this year will be at least a million acres short of that, but stands the potential of being significantly lower than that given how late planting actually was and how wet conditions were at the time it occurred. Either way, this information will have a profound impact on what cattle will have available to eat and how much it will cost to keep them fed - obviously a big driver in the overall cattle profitability picture going forward, she says. 

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

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Earlier this week, in support of the Trump Administration's Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an opportunity to apply for technical assistance for communities interested in revitalizing neighborhoods through development of local food systems. The assistance will be provided through the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program. 

Through Local Foods, Local Places, communities can get the help they need to make a difference in their heath, environment, and economy, particularly in Opportunity Zones and other disadvantaged areas.

LFLP partner communities work with a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts to set goals and identify local assets that can support the local food economy. Communities also develop an action plan and identify potential resources from the participating federal agencies to support implementation. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Communities with projects located in federal designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.

Click or tap here for more information regarding the EPA's Local Foods, Local Places program. 

In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk explains why proper vaccine storage is crucial to your cattle herd's protection from disease.

Selk says cow calf producers spend thousands of dollars on vaccines for calves, replacement heifers, and adult cows and bulls. Each vaccine can cost over $3.00 per head, and if stored improperly, can be rendered useless. Producers cannot afford to overlook the importance proper storage plays in their herd health, Selk added. 

"Most biological products should be stored under refrigeration at 35 to 45 F unless the nature of the product makes storing at a different temperature advisable. Read the insert or box label carefully to discover the recommended storage temperature," Selk advises. "If vaccines are not stored within this temperature range, efficacy to the calf can and will be reduced. Killed vaccines are especially susceptible to freezing temperatures. Freezing a killed vaccine will alter the adjuvant or delivery system of a killed vaccine. This, in turn, negatively affects the immune response to the antigen in the vaccine. Modified live viruses (MLV) are more stable but can be in-activated if they are repeatedly cycled above or below the required temperature range."

You can read more from Self regarding the proper storage of your vaccines, by clicking or tapping here

Working together every day to make the land and animals more efficient for the future generations is the other part of the Howard Cattle Co. legacy.

Steve and Jim Howard's great grandfather, Noah, purchased the first parcels of land and started running cattle in the area in the 1880s. In the 1970s, Steve and Jim's dad saw a greater potential to running stocker cattle instead of breeding cows and raising calves on the land, and the brothers, along with now the fifth generation, Steve's son Kade, and Jim's son-in-law T.J. Neble, have not looked back.

The Howards are continually seeking ways to keep their calves healthier and gain more efficiently. They found a product that will do both, with the Vita Charge® line of products from BioZyme®.

"Vita Charge has been important to us. It's helped us be able to run more cattle faster through the system without making any major changes and without spending a lot of money," Steve said. "As soon as we started using it, we saw our consumption go up. Cattle went to the bunks faster and would eat more. There in turn, I know they started gaining weight from day one, instead of setting there several days just trying to get back to pay weight." 

You can read more about BioZyme and how it has helped the Howard's operation, by jumping over to our website

RainAND FINALLY- How About a Little Rain?

The folks in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma have been treated to an inch of rain or so this morning- Mesonet Stations like Nowata, Miami and Vinita all checking in with the precipitation- Vinita has received the most with 1.29 inches.

And the even better news will be if the latest national seven day rainfall map comes true- much of Oklahoma may get at least some rainfall if this graphic is accurate:

Thanks to our long time friend Bryce Anderson of DTN for posting this on Twitter this morning and calling our attention to it. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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