Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/5/2020, 6:21 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 Ron Hays 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.
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 around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture as of Tuesday, February 4th
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, February 5, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Chuck Coffey is a fifth-generation rancher who grew up on a ranch in the hill country of Harper, Texas. He proudly earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in range science from Texas A&M University and now has three children, all of whom attend Oklahoma State University. Coffey currently serves as Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

I visited with Chuck Coffey at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. This is Coffeys last meeting as the chairman, and he says the thing he appreciates the most is the people, "The thing I'm going to take with me is all the people I've gotten to know, on this board. We're a 99 member board, so I know people from all over the country in every state in the Union if you will, and just getting to know them, and what kind of operations are in different parts of the country, that's been great. The biggest takeaway for me is that it's been very humbling to serve like I have and to get elected into the officer role, and just to be able to give back to the industry and truly understand what the check-off does for us as cattle producers."

This year the check-off saw good results from the return on investment study and Coffey says he wants producers to know they are getting a good return on their investment with the check-off, "Over the last five years, and cattlemen's beef board had an $11.91 return on investment, which was up a little bit from the previous five years to that. We would have liked to have seen more obviously, but the thing that thrills me the most is we still have good demand, even in the face of record supplies of beef, pork, and poultry, beef demand still remains pretty good right now."

ANCWTammi Didlot and Ruth Coffey Honored by American National Cattlewomen

At the American National Cattlewomen meetings here in San Antonio- a pair of Oklahoma Cattlewomen were honored on Tuesday afternoon

Tammi Didlot- former President of the ANCW, was awarded the Beef Educator of the Year award by the cattle women.

Right after Tammi was called to the stage for her award, Ruth Coffey was pulled into the spotlight- winning the Beef Promoter of the Year award.

Here's a pic of Tammi and Ruth after they were recognized for years of service to the beef cattle industry.


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The largest annual gathering of the beef industry is now undersay in San Antonio, where more than 9,000 cattle producers, industry partners, and stakeholders gathered for the first day of the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show on Wednesday.

The event, which continues through February 7, provides a platform for education, policy development, and networking.

"This week is about serving America's cattlemen and women," NCBA President Jennifer Houston said. "Our goal is to fill the convention with opportunities that add value to our attendees by delivering critical information about the state of our industry, as well as providing a platform to discuss important issues impacting individual ranchers."

As the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention ramped up- I talked with President Houston about her year as the volunteer leader of the group- and the attitude of ranchers across the coutnry that she has interacted with over the last year. She says that while markets were a roller coaster in 2019- that it seems that we have generally gotten past the turmoil of the Tyson Plant Fire from last August- and that with the recent trade deals now coming together- there are high hopes for 2020.

Click or tap here for read more- and to listen to our conversation with Tennessee cattle woman and President of the NCBA, Jennifer Houston.

Our Coverage of the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention is being powered by DuraCor Herbicide by Corteva Agriscience.

There was a sharp rise in agricultural producer sentiment in January as the Purdue University rose 17 points from December to a reading of 167. Although the Index of Current Conditions was essentially unchanged, up one point to a reading of 142, the Index of Future Expectations jumped significantly, up 24 points since December to a reading of 179. The sentiment improvement took place as the Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China was being discussed and signed in mid-January. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on a mid-month survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers and was conducted from January 13-17, 2020.

"The Phase One Trade Agreement has largely been considered a win for U.S. exporters, although few details are available regarding how the additional $200 billion in purchases by China will be distributed over the next two years and how much impact it will have on the U.S. farm sector," said James Mintert the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture.

One topic that was not directly addressed in the Phase One agreement was the soybean trade dispute. Despite that, producers remain optimistic about the dispute's resolution. In January, 69 percent of those surveyed felt that the soybean trade dispute would be settled soon, up from 54 percent in December, and 80 percent felt that the outcome will be favorable to U.S. agriculture, up from 72 percent in December.

The USDA's Cattle Inventory report came out last Friday afternoon, and we heard some comments from OSU Economist, Dr. Derrell Peel, as to what those numbers meant. But we also wanted to share with you some additional information from Katelyn McCullock, the Director of the Livestock Information Center in Denver, Colorado.

She says the number that really jumps out at her from the report is the beef-heifer replacement number, "Beef heifers held for replacement were down 2%, and that was probably the biggest divergence from what the pre-reports were suggesting. The pre-report estimates suggested replacement heifers for beef cows would probably down closer to three and a half percent, so quite a few more heifers held back for replacement than what the consensus was. That other heifer number, those heifers that were placed into feedlots, increased eight-tenths of a percent. That's a little bit less than probably what the pre-reports were showing they were thinking was up closer to 2%."

McCullock said, going forward, what that number means for beef cow herds is that we are definitely not expanding anymore, "This report shows maybe more of a moderate, meandering decline in the overall beef cow herd. Over the next several years, that heifer number suggests that there are still probably a fairly high number of replacements out there. So if we do get the demand from China or any export market, this inventory level could turn around actually fairly quickly at this point."

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The clock is ticking... March 16 is THE LAST day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year.

If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your election for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program and to sign your annual enrollment contract, you should call and make your appointment now.

Many of you are gearing up to head to the field for spring planting, but I cannot stress enough the importance of not letting this deadline get lost in the hectic day-to-day obligations of farm life. If you fail to enroll for 2019 ARC or PLC, you will be ineligible to receive a payment for the 2019 crop year.

ARC and PLC provide financial protections to farmers from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are vital economic safety nets for most American farms. These programs cover 20 commodities produced in the U.S.

John Deere held its 7th annual Develop with Deere Conference last week in St. Louis, bringing together nearly 700 Deere dealers, software companies, ag service providers and others from 13 countries to share ideas and learn about the latest digital tools and applications in agriculture. The theme for this year's conference was connecting people, equipment, technology and insights.

Kayla Reynolds, digital business development manager for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), said this year's conference put more emphasis on connected software and application demonstrations than previous conferences. "We had a record 123 companies attend with more than 40 demonstrations and on-boarding sessions, which helps attending dealers, ag service providers and others see how these applications could work for their customers," Reynolds said.

Dealers and other attendees at the conference bolster their skills and knowledge by attending educational sessions and networking with their peers to better meet the demands of their tech-savvy customers who continue rapidly adopting new technology on their farms.

Dr. Glenn Selk says despite our best efforts at bull selection and heifer development, cows or heifers occasionally need assistance at calving time. Every baby calf has a certain degree of respiratory acidosis. Acidosis is the result of the deprivation of oxygen and the accumulation of carbon dioxide that results from the passage of the calf through the birth canal. 

The excess of carbon dioxide results in a build-up of lactic acid (therefore the acidosis.) In order to correct the lack of oxygen and the excess of carbon dioxide and its by-products, the healthy calf will pant vigorously shortly after birth. Some calves, however, may be sluggish and slow to begin this corrective process.

It is imperative that the newborn calf begins to breathe as soon as possible. To stimulate the initiation of the respiratory process, a few ideas may help. First, manually clear the mouth and nasal passages of fluids and mucus. Traditionally, compromised calves were held up by their hind legs to allow fluid to drain from the airways, but now many veterinarians and animal scientists don't recommend this. Most of the fluid that drains from an upside-down calf is stomach fluid, important to health. Holding the calf by its hind legs also puts pressure on the diaphragm from abdominal organs, interfering with normal breathing. It's better to use a suction bulb to clear the airways.

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