Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/13/2020, 5:24 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.
Rain in the trade area kept OKC West receipts down this week- on Tuesday calf trade was higher and Wednesday saw steady to higher on yearlings- click here for the complete 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 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 from Wednesday February 12, 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, February 13, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson spoke last in Oklahoma City at an event from Future Horizons.

KC Sheperd sat down with Dr. Grandin to discuss the best cattle practices for producers to follow. Grandin says the first thing producers must do when working with cattle is calm down, "The first step in working with livestock is to stay calm. Because if you get the cattle all scared and excited, it takes 20 to 30 minutes for them to calm down. So the secret is to stay calm. One of the good things that has happened with all the emphasis that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has put on cattle handling, it's actually improved over the years. There's lots of stuff you can learn on low-stress stockmanship. The first step is to calm down because when you yell at cattle, it has intent. They know you are mad at them, so calm down."

Grandin said another thing producers can look for if they are having issues with their cattle is distractions that might be at their facilities, "Trucks parked along the chutes can make animals balk, a little piece of paper, a coat on a fence, get rid of those distractions. They tend to notice little things that we tend not to notice.

When working with cattle, Grandin reminds producers that being calm and going slower will actually get you faster results, "Slow is faster. When we gotta rush it, rush it, rush it, then they break equipment, and people get hurt, and cattle get hurt. The first step in doing really good stockmanship is to calm down yourself. Animals can get scared instantly, and it takes 20 minutes for them to calm down. So if you brought your cattle up into the corrals, and maybe they got a little too excited, take a 20-minute break and let them calm. They will be much easier to sort when they are calm."

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Guest Host AJ Griffin and Oklahoma State Senator Kim David of Porter talk about the current state of healthcare- especially rural healthcare in Oklahoma- and consider ways to work towards better outcomes for citizens that live outside of the two major metros in the state.

Senator David discusses how we can better fit Rural Healthcare to treat the whole patient, and get better health outcomes for our residents.  

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During his address at the Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. annual meeting Wednesday in Edmond, Dr. Brett Carver, Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University and holder of the Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture, said he wants wheat farmers to think of themselves as food producers. He contends that we are doing much more than just raising a grain crop- but rather we are producing food- using a crop that has fed mankind for centuries

Dr. Carver said he is focusing all of his research on bringing out the best qualities in wheat. "I know it's not easy to grow wheat," said Carver. "We're trying to put a biological insurance in that will allow wheat to withstand what Mother Nature throws at us." Carver said under the right climate conditions, wheat has the potential to produce 100 to 150 bushels to the acre.

One of the big challenges Carver faces today is finding solutions that meet the needs of both farmers and consumers.   In recent years there has been a lot of information about the gluten in today's varieties creating more issues with gluten intolerance than the older wheat varieties. Carver said that just isn't true.

At the OGI meeting Carver talked about the results of a new multi-year study that showed there is no increase in gluten. "Modern varieties have not increased gluten insensitivity," said Carver. 

To hear my complete Interview with Dr. Carver, click or tap here: 

On today's Beef Buzz, in recent years the issue of disease traceability has focused on animals over 18 months of age, but a recent Texas Cattle Feeder Association pilot project has included cattle of all ages, Ben Weinheimer with TCFA told us during the cattle industry convention last week in San Antonio. TCFA is the trade organization that represents feedlots in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

"It's been a priority for TCFA for many years in terms of being an advocate and a voice for the cattle industry to encourage improvements in the national animal ID system," Weinheimer said, "and for the past several years we have invested heavily in pilot projects that includes cattle from auction markets, cow herds, feedlots and packing plants in Texas and several other states that have been cooperating."
Weinheimer said they are combining their pilot project with a similar project in Kansas- the CattleTrace Project.

"Both of these pilot projects have demonstrated success," Weinheimer said. The new combined effort will be known as U.S. CattleTrace- learn more about it from their website- available here

Prior to the TCFA pilot projects, the USDA had emphasized tracking adult cattle (those over 18 months) but the TCFA believes it is important to have a traceability system that follows the animal from the ranch of origin all the way to the packing plant.


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American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) will host its 115th annual state convention at the Embassy Suites & Conference Center - Norman Feb. 14-16. This year's convention theme is "Focused in 2020."

"This year's convention theme speaks to our biggest goal for the new year and for the new decade," said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. "We intend to build on our strong foundation and focus our efforts on the future."

This year's three-day event features speakers like National Farmers Union Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew, Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Vice President Thomas Coon, and Southern Plains Climate Hub's Clay Pope. Governor Kevin Stitt will also address convention banquet guests. Convention attendees will learn about timely legislative issues, soil health and other topics, communication challenges for agriculture and much more.

The convention also entertains with the Kristyn Harris Trio and the Williamsons. Convention attendees will also hear from state winners of the annual AFR Speech Contest and will honor those cooperative members who have passed in the last calendar year. 

Members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) are arriving in Tampa, Florida, for the organization's winter meeting this week, where they will concentrate on drivers of global demand including trade relations with China, the weather and global trade policy developments before heading into business and strategy sessions focused on ways to keep markets open and grain flowing around the world.

"We are excited to be in Tampa as we come off a particularly challenging year for trade and begin to right our course to make something happen for U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, ethanol, distillers dried grains with solubles and other co-products," said USGC Chairman Darren Armstrong, a farmer from North Carolina. "We are looking forward to hearing from experts in their fields of policy and weather prediction to help us analyze what's happened recently and plan a strategy for success in the coming year."

Speakers will include Ambassador Craig Allen, president, U.S.-China Business Council; Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions; and Ken Levinson, executive director of the Washington International Trade Association. After each of their presentations, a panel of the Council's global staff will react to the presentations and set the stage for later discussions by attendees in topical committees known as Advisory Teams (A-Teams).

Periodically- OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson offers his perspectives on the grain market- and here's his latest article provided to the Oklahoma Farm Report:

Reports indicate that Russia will limit its wheat exports. At first, this restriction may seem to have the potential to support wheat prices. In reality, this reduction in exports may be more than offset by increased exports from other countries.

During the 2017/18 wheat marketing year, Russia's wheat production was 3.1 billion bushels, followed by 2.6 billion in 2018 and 2.7 billion bushels in 2019. Russia's wheat exports were 1.52 billion bushels during 2017/18, 1.32 billion in 2018/19, and are projected to be 1.25 billion bushels in 2019/20. Even without limits, lower production resulted in lower exports.

Russia's concern may be that its 2019/20 (July through June) wheat stock-to-use ratio is projected to be 11.3 percent. This implies that on July 1, 2020, Russia will have a 41-day supply of wheat in storage. A short 2020 wheat crop could result in significantly higher Russian wheat (bread) prices and potential unrest in Russia's population.

Russia's 2019/20 wheat exports are running about 13 percent (130 million bushels) below last year's export levels (July through mid-February). Some analysts are projecting 2019/20 marketing year Russian wheat exports to be 1.2 billion bushels compared to 1.3 billion bushels during 2018/19 and 1.5 billion bushels in 2017/18.

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