Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/17/2019, 6:43 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 or tap here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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Another large run was happening at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday- their final Feeder Auction of the year- 10,500 were on hand- Feeder steers 600-700 lbs. 1.00-2.00 lower, heavier weights trading 1.00-4.00 higher. Steer Calves were steady to $2 lower.  Click or tap here for the full report from USDA Market News. 

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

In the final cow and bull sale of 2019 for OKC West- 657 were on hand- Slaughter cows sold unevenly steady. Slaughter bulls mostly steady to 2.00 lower. Click here for details of the Monday trade.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had a Monday run of 5,354- steer calves and yearlings steady, heifer calves steady to 2.00 higher. Click or tap here for the report from USDA Market News.

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 on Monday afternoon, December 16th.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Monday afternoon, December 16th.
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
    Tuesday,  December 17, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

For the ninth year- the folks at the Oklahoma National Stockyards stopped their final sale of the year and did a special fundraiser for the All American Beef Battalion (SteaksForTroops.Com) that was founded by Bill Broady from western Kansas- The 670 pound calf was sold 20 times and then additional dollars were pledged as well midday in the sale arena- and then the calf was actually sold to raise more money for the AABB- $3.05 a pound!  Robert York of National Livestock let us know last night that the final number is $49,000 for the second year in a row. 

Ahead of the Monday afternoon fundraiser, I talked with Broady, who returned to watch the sale in 2019 after being unable to attend last December. Click or tap here to hear our complete conversation that covers the founding of the AABB and why this is one of the passions of Bill Broady's life. Broady told me that AABB has fed close to a half million troops and families coming back from deployment with Steak Feeds in 26 states since the inception of this dream he had over a decade ago.

Sponsor Spotlight
Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. 

We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company's long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services.

Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about how the cattle market is having a strong finish to 2019.

"Sharply higher carcass weights recently have boosted beef production; though another round of winter weather currently hitting parts of cattle feeding country may temper that in the last few weeks of the year. After spending much of the year below year ago levels on a weekly basis, carcass weights moved sharply higher in October and November, not only approaching seasonal peaks but higher year over year compared to the same period last year. Steer carcass weights likely peaked in mid-November at 212 pounds, though weights have dropped only one pound from that level in the most recent two weeks of data. In 2018, steer carcass weights peaked one week earlier at 904 pounds. Steer carcass weights have averaged 7.5 pounds higher year over year for the past eight weeks of data, For the year to date, steer carcass weights are still down year over year but are now down just 2.7 pounds compared to last year.

"Heifer carcass weights likely peaked at 742 pounds the third week of November and have dropped two pounds since then. One year ago, heifer carcass weights peaked the last week of November at 838 pounds. Heifer carcass weights have been higher year over year for the past seven weeks but have averaged 4.0 pounds below year ago levels for the year to date."

Read more from Dr. Peel by clicking or tapping here.

A breeze sways the marestail weeds and pushes past the bunchy little bluestem, side-oats grama and switchgrass.

Nathan Hart, business director for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, stands near the pointed tips of a yucca and on top of the dry High Plains soil.

Hart is thinking about the question of, "What does this weather, soil and climate network project called the Tribal Soil Climate Analysis Network (TSCAN) mean to your tribes?" He was standing just a few feet from the unit that was being installed this past summer only about five miles from the Oklahoma-Texas state line near Reydon in Roger Mills County.

"We are on the far western side of our Cheyenne and Arapaho original Reservation, on an allotment called the Ora Woods Allotment," he said of the tribe's farthest west property in Oklahoma. "This combines both our heritage and the future. We do have a focus on our youth. We understand the importance of Sciences and Mathematics. That's what we want to encourage our youth to move towards. So with this particular project we want to get our youth involved so they understand what we're doing out here with all the data that is being collected and how that is being used. Maybe it will encourage some of our youth to move into these various fields in an area with the weather or soil science."

Read more of this feature piece by clicking here on how cutting edge conservation efforts are making a difference in protecting and improving the soil on these tribal lands.

From the early days of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, who represent feedlots in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, have been involved with the Roundtable. Vice President for TCFA Ben Weinheimer, who serves as chair of the group, tells us the reason TCFA decided to become part of the USRSB, "Well, I think we all know that we have a tremendous amount to be proud of in the beef industry. We definitely know where the global leader and sustainable, responsible beef production, and so it just made sense for us to be involved in this effort. And really be able to communicate all the good things that are cattle producers do to care for the environment, care for their people, be part of their communities, and produce the best beef in the world."

Weinheimer says detractors within the cattle business sometimes are critical about being in the same room with groups like the World Wildlife Fund. Weinheimer sees it as an opportunity to tell the beef production story. "You know I think it's like a lot of things that you have a tendency to be concerned about something if you don't understand it. What we've been able to do within the round table is to engage with some of these organizations that maybe have historically been on opposite sides of the table, but instead, we've brought them to the table. We've given them an opportunity to really learn about U.S. beef production and what we do."

Read more and listen to our conversation with Ben Weinheimer by clicking or tapping here. 

Sponsor Spotlight
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. 

Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

Five Virginia Farmer Sets Corn Yield World Record for the Fourth Time With a 2019 Yield of 616 Bushels Per Acre

This year, corn growers hit new highs in the National Corn Growers Association 2019 National Corn Yield Contest with David Hula setting the highest yield on record at 616.20 bushels per acre. With his irrigated corn yield of 616.20 bushels per acre (bpa), the Charles City, Virginia farmer won the National Corn Growers Association's 2019 National Corn Yield Contest, but also set his fourth world record for the crop.

Despite adverse growing conditions that impacted most farmers, improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques, and innovative growing practices allowed corn growers to achieve many impressive yields across all categories again this year.

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 55th year and remains NCGA's most popular program for members.

The 27 winners in 9 production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 167 bushels per acre in 2019. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 616.1953 bushels per acre.

As far as the Oklahoma winners were concerned- top irrigated yield was grown by Austin Sage of Texline with the variety Pioneer P1828A- Austin's yield per acre was 296.2262.

Not far behind the was the top non irrigated entry from Gayla Ledbetter in Okmulgee- the variety was  DEKALB DKC67-44RIB  and her yield was 247.8519 bushels per acre. 

Read more abut the 2019 contest by clicking or tapping here- and we have a link in our story that will let you see details of both the national and state winners.

According to a news release from his official Senate website, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) unveiled legislation on Monday morning to "revitalize independent family farm agriculture and ensure a level playing field for all farmers and ranchers. The Farm System Reform Act of 2019 would, among other things, strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to crack down on the monopolistic practices of multi-national meatpackers and corporate integrators, place a moratorium on large industrial animal operations, sometimes referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements."

Senator Booker is the former Mayor of Newark- and has never lived in a rural setting or been engaged in farming or ranching. His home town of Harrington Park, NJ is just a few miles from New York City and Newark- he left the east coast to play football at Stanford University- came back to the Ivy League to attend Law School- then moved to Newark and became a Community Organizer before getting into politics. He has proposed more than one major structural change to modern production agriculture- including major reform of commodity checkoff programs, reforming the EQIP Program to redirect Federal dollars to small farm operations and to declare an indefinite moratorium on acquisitions and mergers in the food and agriculture sector.

This latest piece of legislation would basically eliminate much of modern animal agriculture by 2040 if it became law- and would likely raise food prices dramatically as it restructures almost every aspect of farming in this country. 

Read more about his proposal by clicking or tapping here

Seven OALP Grads Reminded of Noble Match Opportunity as 2019 Heads for the Finish Line

The Noble Foundation has been supporting the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program since it's very early days- and they continue the tradition of offering a match to Grads of the Program (over 500 since Class One)- for each dollar, an alum of the OALP gives to support the program- Noble will match up to $20,000.  The Director of the Program, Dr. Edmond Bonjour has asked us to remind you how easy it is to step up and give in these final days of 2019:

Edmond writes "You may send your donation by check made payable to OSU Foundation/OALP to 127 Noble Research Center, Stillwater, OK 74078-3033.  Credit cards may be used for your contribution by calling the OSU Foundation at 800-622-4678 and designate your gift for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund 21-35700 or online at where you will: 1) click the search button next to the "Give" button, 2) type 21-35700 in the search box, 3) click the orange "Give" after the name and description for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund, and 4) enter the amount and other billing information.  We greatly appreciate your support to help keep the OALP a viable program for agricultural leaders!"

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