Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/29/2020, 6:28 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. has 417 head of cattle on their showlist for their upcoming Wednesday, January 29th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

At OKC West in El Reno steer and heifer calves traded sharply lower on limited comparable offerings - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. 
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon, Tuesday January 28th.

Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- from Tuesday afternoon, January 28, 2020.
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
   Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Leadoff speaker for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association policy meeting this year in Midwest city was Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

After his comments with the cattle producers, I had the chance to talk to him about upcoming initiatives for 2020. One of the first being his health care proposal, "I'll be announcing later on this week our health care proposal which I'm really excited about it. Because as you know, there's a ballot initiative coming out this summer, called state question 802, that is a wrong way to expand health. It's not going to deliver health care to rural Oklahoma like my plan will, so I'm so excited to roll that out. We'll also be talking about agency accountability, how we're going to manage state agencies because my job as the CEO of the state, is to continue to deliver great services. Continue to be top 10 in roads and bridges, continuing to be top 10 in public safety. So, all those things I'm going to continue to drive forward this next year.

Stitt added that the gaming compact is something that is at the front of his mind as well, "We've got to negotiate a fair deal for Oklahoma. Oklahomans are with me on this issue, no contract goes on forever. That's what the other side's trying to say; I don't blame them, they've got the best deal in the country. So they're trying to tell everybody they go on forever. That's just simply not the case. So I'm going to continue to fight that battle, Oklahomans are with me on it. 88% of the money we get from the casino industry goes to education, and I need Oklahomans to support us on that."

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Two OCA Members Affirm Relationship with US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

About 150 members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association gathered at the Reed Center in Midwest City on Tuesday- reviewing a multitude of bills that may impact rural Oklahoma in the upcoming legislative session that starts next week in Oklahoma City. 

One potential bill that garnered a lot of discussion was a measure that may be offered by State Rep Ty Burns of Morrison- a measure that would help create an Oklahoma Certified Beef standard. The language that OCA was looking at stated that to define Oklahoma Certified Beef "for any bovine product to be officially defined and or sold as 'Oklahoma Certified Beef' the bovine in question must be Bred, Born, Raised and Slaughtered within the state borders of the state of Oklahoma."

Producers at the meeting seemed to be intrigued by the measure- but pointed out the shortcomings of the language- especially since there is no commercial sized processing facility in Oklahoma at this time. Producers voted to instruct their lobbying team to work with the lawmaker and consider ways to establish this type of branding under current rules and protocol that would be administered by the Oklahoma Department of Ag. 

A resolution that would change OCA policy was proposed by Andrea Hutchison, who helped establish the Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association (over a falling out regarding OCA's involvement with the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef)- Hutchison calling on OCA to cut ties with the US Roundtable.  

During the course of the discussion- it was pointed out that the OCA has no ties to the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef- but does pay dues to be a part of the US Roundtable- and most who spoke seemed satisfied with that arrangement. 

The resolution that called on the OCA to sever ties with both the Global and US Roundtables for Sustainable Beef was soundly defeated- the chair counting five yes votes and declared it defeated when most of the room said "Nay" in a voice vote- based on the number of people in the room at that point- it appeared to us that over a hundred voting nay. 

By the way- we have been reporting for years about Andi's worries about those outside of the beef industry dictating to cattle producers how to run their operations- an example is a 2010 story that we did with her when she was focusing on HSUS- click here to jump back to that report.

USDA will release their January First Cattle Inventory report this coming Friday, January 31st. One of the key parts of that report each year is the size of the US Beef Cow Herd.

I talked with Dr. Derrell Peel, Livestock market economist at OSU, about what he is expecting to see in the report, "We'll be doing two things; We'll be confirming sort of what happened last year. If we look at the year to year comparison, specifically in the beef cow herd, because that's going to determine the supply of cattle coming at us as we think ahead in the coming months. The other thing is, we'll be looking at that replacement heifer category because that's going to give us an idea of kind of what intentions are for the coming year. I do expect that replacement heifer number to be down - indicating that we are not retaining very many heifers that would support expansion.

Now again, I don't feel at this point that we're in a significant herd liquidation. There would be a range of opinions about that, that it might be a little bigger than that, but it looks to me like we're just kind of in a station-keeping mode here right now, with these herd numbers. At a plateau and probably maintaining that at least for this year 2020."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term.

"This is the first opportunity for general sign up since 2016, and we want producers and private landowners to know that we have just one month remaining," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "It is critical that they make their final determinations and submit offers very soon to take advantage of this popular conservation program."

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as "covers"), which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

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If you have had an opportunity to visit the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina, or even seen photographs of the property, it is easy to be mesmerized by the landscaping.

Gardening enthusiasts can learn more about horticulture at the Biltmore when Bill Quade, senior horticulture manager for the estate, is in Oklahoma in February to present two lectures. The Oklahoma Horticultural Society is hosting the two presentations, said Lou Anella, director of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.

"We're excited to have Bill here to share his knowledge of horticulture with us," Anella said. "He has been instrumental in many projects and growth at the Biltmore, which receives about 1.5 million guests annually. He enjoys the challenge of maintaining the estate's historical design intent while meeting the needs of the 21st century."

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist talks about how lengthy, difficult births adversely affect newborn calves.

Calves born after a prolonged, difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake. Calves failing to receive adequate colostrum in a timely manner are more prone to diseases such as scours, and respiratory diseases later in life. Calves that are born to a prolonged stage 2 of parturition very often suffer from severe respiratory acidosis. Stage 2 is defined as the period of labor from first appearance of the water bag until the calf is completely expelled and on the ground.   

The acidosis occurs as the umbilical cord is pinched off at the pelvic rim during delivery. Therefore the flow of oxygen from mother to calf and the return of carbon dioxide from calf to mother is impaired. The buildup of carbon dioxide and its byproduct lactic acid, in the blood of the newborn causes the blood pH of the calf to be lowered and therefore the calf suffers from acidosis. Severe acidosis and low blood oxygen may cause damage to major organs of the calf including the brain. Some ranchers may have observed calves that seem to be abnormal in behavior and are often called "dummy" calves.

For years, Monsanto and BASF have been blaming alleged crop damage from the weed killer dicamba on other factors, including weather, other pesticides and applicator misuse.

But on the first day of a civil trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in Cape Girardeau on Monday, internal company documents presented in opening arguments showed that both companies were warned about the herbicide's potential to damage other crops. Documents also showed the companies prepared for complaints about the weed killer prior to the new genetically modified crop systems being released.

German agribusiness companies Bayer and BASF face allegations in a civil lawsuit that they created circumstances that damaged millions of acres of crops by dicamba in order to increase profits from a set of new dicamba-related products offered for sale beginning in 2015.

A trial of the lawsuit, originally filed in November 2016 by southeastern Missouri peach farmer Bill Bader, began Monday and is expected to last two to three weeks. 

Each year since 2015, farmers across the Midwest and South have filed an increasing number of complaints about dicamba-related damage to their crops.

The lawsuit alleges that the companies released the dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton seeds and accompanying herbicides knowing that it would likely drift and damage non-tolerant seeds in order to make farmers buy the companies' systems. Bader Farms is seeking relief for $20.9 million in damages, as well as punitive damages for Monsanto and BASF.

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