Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 8/30/2019, 5:48 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.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, August 29th.
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
   Friday, August 30, 2019
No Email Report on Monday- See You Next Tuesday, September 3rd! 

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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As African Swine Fever threatens the swine industry, Oklahoma stays on the forefront preparing for potential outbreak in the United States. 

While ASF has never been detected in the U.S. and prevention is the ultimate goal, the OK Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, OK Pork Council, swine industry veterinarians and managers, and other supporting State Agencies are working to formulate a plan to be prepared if an outbreak is detected. 

"ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs of all ages," said Dr. Rod Hall, Oklahoma State Veterinarian. "However, is not a threat to human health, is not a food safety issue and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans." 

Dr. Hall says this is a deadly disease that would have a significant impact to livestock producers, their communities and the economy if it makes its way to the U.S. There is no treatment or vaccine available for this disease.

Click or tap here to read more about the things Oklahoma is doing to prepare for the potential outbreak of ASF. 

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The global outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), a disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks, is growing, with new cases appearing throughout Southeast Asia and China. While there are no reported cases of ASF in the U.S., a grant recently awarded to the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), with active support from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), aims to start a dialogue between the two regions, sharing veterinary knowledge and ways to prevent the disease from further spreading.

The approximately $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Animal Service division will fund the multi-phase project, helping to build strategic partnerships, while increasing trade of U.S. pork to the region. The work will include swine health field projects, including collection and analysis of disease samples, which are valuable data for all participants and U.S. pork producers.

"Pork production is a global business and working with industry representatives from Vietnam on these projects will be mutually beneficial for all," said SHIC Executive Director Paul Sundberg, DVM, PhD, DACVPM. "The Swine Health Information Center looks forward to fulfilling the responsibilities of this grant from USDA and in the process deliver value to U.S. producers for the benefit of national herd health."

"NPPC, in partnership with SHIC, National Pork Board (NPB), American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), and USDA, is committed to reducing the risk of the U.S. swine herd contracting foreign animal diseases, including ASF. With ASF spreading throughout Asia, this project will represent an important tool to further open both communication and markets between our regions," said NPPC President David Herring, a pork producer in Lillington, N.C.

You can read more about the grant NPCC and SHIC received from the USDA for ASF, by clicking or tapping here.

Drought continues to hang on - primarily in the southwestern corner of Oklahoma - with the latest update actually adding a small amount of Extreme Drought into the mix. As you can see in the graphic, a small amount of RED can be seen - covering almost all of Tillman County and a good bit of Kiowa County as well. Counting Abnormally Dry conditions - we have actually seen some shrinking in the overall status of drought - just over eleven percentage points down from just a week ago. Last week, we stood right at fifty percent of the state with Abnormally Dry or Drought ratings painted across our state map - the latest Monitor shows the state at 38.24%. 

Actually drought conditions have declined from 24.24% down to 18.47% this week- and moderate drought also some showed some improvement- but the Extreme Drought rating is new, with 2.62 percent of Oklahoma in that next to worse rating for drought. One year ago as we were winding down August- just over 31% of the state had a Drought rating of Moderate Drought or more- versus the 18.47% rating this week.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker newsletter from State Climatologist Gary McManus, click here

On this week's episode of SUNUP, host Kurtis Hair and Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson discuss the stagnation of crop prices right now.   

"Let's start with corn - it's been running at a $.15/bu range," Anderson said. "It is in a slight down trend and it may be creating a sideways pattern, between $3.65/bu and $3.80/bu. And of course, wheat is tied to corn right now, it also established its trading range on August 13, as a $.10/bu range, from $4.00/bu and $4.10/bu and that is a sideways pattern."    

Anderson says soybeans started their trading range before the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released. Soybeans trend at $8.55/bu and $8.90/bu, which is a slight down trend. And cotton started its sideways trend on August 5th at $.57.5 and $.62. All the prices are low, and Anderson says they aren't moving much any time soon.    

"The one interesting thing I read last week is that Russia's price, they had a sale to Egypt, and it was about $.10/bu cheaper than it was a couple weeks ago," he said. "And it said it was because of relatively low U.S. prices. It is interesting that U.S. prices are leading the market right now. You look at Russian production, it's at 2.68 billion bushels, and it may be lowered a

You can watch his visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP - bu you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking here

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The debate within the beef cattle industry continues over what should animal ID requirements look like for producers. OSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist and Veterinarian Dr. Rosslyn Biggs says animal disease traceback is an important part of that conversation- with the side benefit of allowing producers to better manage their animals and know how they are performing further down the beef pipeline from their ranch operation.

I recently sat down with Dr. Biggs at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Services where she is serving as the Director for Continuing Education as well as holding the position as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist as well. One of the topics they discussed and is featured today in this Beef Buzz is Animal Disease Traceback- and one of the newest tools available for cattle producers to do a better job of tracking their animals.

Dr. Biggs says she recently had the chance to spend some time at Buffalo Feeders in northwest Oklahoma, where Tom Fanning is utilizing ultra high frequency ear tags to help track animals in his feedlot. Dr. Biggs says this newer technology will allow cattle producers the ability to scan those tags and gather information on those cattle more easily. She says the advantage versus low frequency tags that have been around for years is the opportunity to grab that information as a calf moves down a alleyway instead of having to get within a couple of feet to "wand" that animal. 

You can listen to the entire conversation between Biggs and I on Thursday's Beef Buzz - here.

Earlier this spring, devastating floods occurred, resulting in loss and damage to cattle operations. In the wake of the flooding, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation's 'Permanent Natural Disaster Relief Fund' provided a place for those who yearned to help cattlemen and do so with peace of mind knowing 100% of the donated funds would be distributed to ranchers directly affected by disaster.

The OCF is ready to distribute the funds received from across the country in support of flood relief efforts. Affected producers should fill out a simple application that will help the review committee equitably distribute the funds.

All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply. We ask that applications be returned by August 30, 2019.

Documentation should be attached to your completed application such as USDA-FSA Form 578,USDA-FSA program applications, receipts for veterinary care, receipts/estimates for fence repair, receipts for special feed purchase, pictures, etc. 

You can read more about how to apply for flood relief from the OCF, by clicking or tapping here

Superior Livestock Auction continued its summer auction run with the "Big Horn Classic" , broadcast live from the Holliday Inn Convention Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, August 19th-23rd. Cattle producers offered 208,800 head of calves, feeders and breeding stock from 31 states with cattle being sold on contract to deliver immediately through the end of February 2020. The auction kicked off daily with a live broadcast of Superior Sunrise at 7:30 a.m. followed by the auction starting at 8:00 a.m. Although there are many outside influences still effecting the industry, Superior's overall market remained unaffected during last week's Big Horn Classic offering. The most demand was seen in Superior program cattle and buyer participation was strong all week especially Thursday when regional cattle were selling.

Region 3/4/5/6 weaned calves and calves on cows were met with a weaker undertone, $4-$8 lower than Superior's last offering, but were still selling at a premium to commodity calves. Superior saw a very strong market on all classes of yearlings with a large crowd on hand. Program yearlings were again rewarded with a $15 to $25 premium over the non-program cattle. Region 1 & 2 weaned calves witnessed strong demand with prices on five weights selling in a range from $160 to $190 cwt depending largely on vac programs and value added programs. Six weight calves sold in a range from $150 to $165 cwt with program cattle again seeing a $15 to $20 premium.

You can review the top lots from each day of the sale, by jumping over to our website

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Blue & Gold Sausage Co. provides fundraising opportunities to more than 1,000 FFA chapters and community groups from around the state. The fundraising opportunity allows groups to sell quality products including: Blue & Gold Sausage, Chicken Tenderloin Fritters and Premium Thick Sliced Bacon. 

The Blue & Gold Sausage Company concept began in the early 1960's. As an agricultural education teacher in Jones, Oklahoma, Don Ramsey was constantly faced with the responsibility of raising money for his FFA chapter. To fund their ongoing projects, Mr. Ramsey began processing pigs raised by his FFA members and making breakfast sausage for the students to sell.

Started back in 1970- the Blue & Gold recipe for fundraising success is simple: Provide customers with products of unsurpassed quality and value. Doing so makes Blue & Gold products easy to sell, which ensures a successful fundraising campaign.

In honor of this milestone, Blue & Gold is hosting a 50th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day. The event will feature a Blue & Gold Recipe Cook-Off, food trucks, facility tours and entertainment the whole family can enjoy! The celebration is set for Saturday, August 31st from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn more at their website- click or tap here.

PlainsGrainsAND FINALLY- Plains Grains Says Stock a Fork in the 2019 HRW Wheat Harvest

Here is the latest Plains Grains Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest Summary, as of Thursday evening, August 29, 2019:

The 2019 HRW wheat harvest continues to rapidly wind down. All states are either complete (or are over 90% complete) and are now expected to finish within the next week. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming are now complete with harvest. South Dakota (with some rain delays) is now 97% complete, Montana (with some rain delays in the eastern 1/3 of the production area) is 90% complete, Washington is 92% complete, Oregon is 99% complete and Idaho is 91% complete. Additional samples this week have improved the overall unweighted average of test weight, thousand kernel weight and a slight increase in protein.

Mark Hodges and his team have gathered over 450 samples- and you can take a look at details on that by clicking or tapping here.

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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