Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/18/2020, 4:59 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.
OKC West in El Reno sold cows and bulls on Monday- Prices were steady to $3 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 here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma National Stockyards showed an estimate of 8,500 on Monday- higher prices of as much as $5 to $9 up for Steers weighing 600 to 800 pounds- to review the complete report- Click or Tap Here.

Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
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
   Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference is going on this week in Oklahoma City where they will be covering state and federal agricultural policy updates and organizational updates

Associate Farm Director KC Sheperd caught up with Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel to talk about what he thinks are the most important challenges affecting producers across the state. Moesel says one thing he wants to remind people of is the 2020 U.S. Census, "We're going to be putting a lot of emphasis on encouraging our county organizations to be involved in their communities, and to encourage everyone in rural Oklahoma to be counted."

Moesel said the Census is very important not only for state and federal funding, but also for representation in the state house and congress. He also said they would be talking about some bigger legislative issues that pertain to water that has been used in the oil well business and how to treat that water.

As far as international trade, Moesel said they are hopeful, "Its been nice to finally get to have some agreements done. Its very important to us for those trade deals to get cleared up, and for that trade to start turning into real dollars so it can start moving markets."

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Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website. For more information- call 405-235-4391.

Vegetables and fruits-many familiar and others a little more exotic- were seen on Monday by members of Class Nineteen of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program as the group begins the two weeks of travels designed to learn about the agricultural industry of Chile. The Class was given a personal guided tour around the 30 acres that make up Lo Valledor market on the edge of the capitol city of Santiago- one of the largest markets in the country.

Enrique Veloso Diaz, Director of Corporate Communications for the market, told me after the tour that the market was established in 1968- and draws up hundreds of different products that are sold to buyers of all sizes- many of which are small retail markets, restaurants and even individuals looking for fresh quality product at prices often well below what they find at retail.

You can hear my conversation with Enrique and see some additional pics from the Monday visit by clicking here

Back in 1987, Superior Livestock Auctions introduced Satellite video marketing to the nation's livestock industry, and today they are the largest cattle marketing network in North America. If you've always wanted to watch a Superior Livestock auction in Action, You are in luck. Superior will be doing a live broadcast from Embassy Suites on Thursday, Feb 20th, in Norman, Oklahoma.

The President of Superior Livestock Auction, Danny Jones. said they are off to a good start, "We had a had the best January we've had in several years. We're fortunate that people continue to find value and marketing their cattle the way we do it and more and more people turn that way. We've had a good, good start to this year, and 2019 was a considerably better year than 2018, so we're looking forward to continued growth."

This particular sale gives folks in Oklahoma, a chance to come to the sale and watch the process and see how superior does business. Jones says this is a time when consignees can see what's going on and be a part of the auction environment.

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.0 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.5 percent from 2019 (based on USDA's February 2020 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council's 39th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.

Upland cotton intentions are 12.8 million acres, down 5.6 percent from 2019, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 224,000 acres represent a 2.7 percent decline. The survey results were announced today at the NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Southwest growers intend to plant 7.6 million cotton acres, a 3.4 percent decline. Increases in cotton area are expected in Kansas and Oklahoma, while a decrease is expected in Texas. In Kansas, producers intend to plant 5.1 percent more cotton acres and reduce corn and soybean acreage. In Oklahoma, a 3.3 percent increase in cotton acreage is expected. Texas acreage is expected to decline by 4.2 percent while corn and wheat acreage is expected to increase.

Sponsor Spotlight

National Livestock was founded in 1932 in Oklahoma City. National's Marketing Division offers cattle for sale weekly at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. The Finance Division lends money to ranchers across several states for cattle production. The Grazing Division works with producers to place cattle for grazing on wheat or grass pastures. National also owns and operates other livestock marketing subsidiaries including Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma, OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma, and the nation's premier livestock video sale, Superior Livestock Auction. National offers customers many services custom made for today's producer. To learn more, click here for the website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

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 Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about the carcass weights resume uptrend.

Latest weekly steer carcass weights were 897 pounds, down four pounds from the prior week but 12 pounds heavier than the same week one year ago. Heifer carcass weights in the latest weekly data were 833 pounds, up one pound from the previous week and 13 pounds heavier than the same week last year. It appears that carcass weights have resumed a long term increasing trend after moderating the past three years.

Average steer carcass weights in 2019 were 879.0 pounds, down 1.5 pounds year over year. Heifer carcass weights in 2019 were 813.1, down 3.4 pounds from the previous year. Monthly steer carcass weights were lower year over year for the first nine months of 2019 before moving sharply higher at the end of the year. In fact, monthly steer carcass weights were lower year over year for 31 of 41 months from May 2016 through September 2019. Heifer carcass weights were lower 26 of 38 months from August 2016 through September 2019. However, steer and heifer carcass weights jumped sharply higher in November and December compared to the previous year and appear to have resumed the long-term trend of higher carcass weights.

Six Dr. Kelly Chamberlain Talks Peanut Smut 

A stubborn fungus found in Argentina peanut fields could devastate U.S. peanuts but research underway by Dr. Kelly Chamberlin, research biologist and acting research leader at the Wheat, Peanut and other Field Crops Research Unit for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Stillwater, is aimed at developing resistant varieties.

Chamberlin presented her research during the recent Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. annual meeting in Edmond.
She said a fungus called Peanut Smut has devastated the crop in Argentina.

"The U.S. peanut producers have become concerned this smut could spread (from imported peanuts) and impact the crop here," said Chamberlin .

Chamberlin said the smut affects the pod below the ground and is hidden from view until the plant is dug up. When the pods are broken open there is nothing there but fungus black spores.
This could reduce yields by as much as 75 percent.

The USDA scientist said there are no known fungicides that will stop the smut. The only cure is to develop resistant plants.

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The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma is proud to award five deserving, young agriculturalists with the Today's Agriculturalists Under 40 award for those who excel as ag educators, crop farmers, livestock producers, as an ag professional or as an agricultural business owner.

The 2020 recipients include, Brady Sidwell, Agriculture Business; Travis Bradshaw, Agriculture Educator; State Representative Trey Caldwell, Agriculture Professional; Cody Goodknight, Crop Farmer; and Kelsey Pfeiffer, Livestock Producer.

Today we want to highlight Brady Sidwell in Agriculture Business. Brady says he's excited to be honored to be able to help producers from the risk managment side with their business, "Its tough times in Agriculture, so we are getting more guys educated about these tools, and they may have heard them, and used them, but I think its imporant for everybody to have their own opinion and make sure they know about the tools that are available to them, and help protect their financial exposure."

The five recipients were recognized at the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma's Annual Banquet and Chalice Auction on February 13, 2020 at The Springs in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Great Plains Kubota, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Inc., 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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