Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/25/2020, 4:49 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 Reported 219 Head for the Cow and Bull turn on Monday- Click here for the complete report from USDA Market News.

Justin Lewis of KIS futures was on the road on Monday- and no report is available today.

Oklahoma National Stockyards saw outside economic worries steming from the Coronavirus hit prices on Monday- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 6.00-10.00 lower. Feeder heifers trading mostly 7.00-9.00 lower. Steer calves 6.00-16.00 lower. Heifer calves 6.00-10.00 lower- click here for the complete report from USDA Market News.
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 25, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The Chuck and Ruth Coffey family of Springer have been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. The prestigious award, named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is given in 20 states.

In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, ITC Holdings Corp., Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Enel North America Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Coffeys were announced as this year's recipient at the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts' Annual Meeting. The Carter County cattle ranchers will receive $10,000 and a crystal award

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Two Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class Members Find Wheat and Cattle Country in Temuco, Chile

As Class 19 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program has traveled south from the Santiago area to now Temuco- a more familiar agriculture has appeared- recently harvested wheat fields(the class just missed wheat harvest around here) and pastures with beef cattle grazing.

Chile raises about half of the wheat that they consume- and most of that wheat is grown around this city of 250,000- and the beef cattle population is slightly smaller than we have in the state of Oklahoma.

OALP gained a lot of perspective on Monday about the agriculture in the region as they interacted with Andreas Kobrich, the Manager of the Society for Agricultural Development in Temuco- this group has been around for just over a hundred years, has several hundred farmers as members- and is best known for an annual farm show that they have produced since they were organized.

Ironically, the wheat farmers in this part of Chile are direct competitors to wheat farmers in Oklahoma- both raise hard wheat for bread making- but here's a twist- these farmers blame the low prices they get on the foreign wheat- saying that millers buy their domestic wheat- and then turn around pay more for that wheat from overseas. 

Like farmers all over the world- Kobrich says they are mostly optimistic- saying last year was not the best year- but thinking this coming season will be better- and he adds they love their land and want to pass it down to their sons and daughters.

Read more about the OALP travels in Chile by clicking or tapping here.

You can take a look at all of our pictures to date from the travels here in South America by clicking here for our FLICKR album- and if you are interested in checking out being a part of Class Twenty of the program- applications are open and details are available here..

Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the appointment of Anita L. Holloway to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and Jimmy D. Harrel to the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanical Colleges. Both positions require Senate confirmation.

"I am thrilled to appoint two strong leaders and proud Oklahomans to the OU and OSU A&M Board of Regents," said Gov. Stitt. "Anita is an accomplished accountant and business leader who will bring her professional expertise and passion for OU to the table to support the university's vision. Jimmy is a successful businessman, agriculture leader and OSU alum who will bring his wealth of experience and commitment to Oklahoma's students to support the OSU A&M Board of Regents. I have full faith they will serve our universities and state well as we continue to move the needle toward becoming a Top Ten state.   

Jimmy D. Harrel is filling the seat of Lou Watkins, whose term ends April 4, 2020. Harrel will serve an eight year term beginning April 5, 2020 and expiring April 4, 2028.

"I am very excited and humbled that Governor Stitt would ask me to serve on the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents," said Jimmy Harrel. "I look forward to working with the Governor and the A&M Regents to improve higher education and make sure students are ready for their careers. I, along with many of my immediate family members, now my grandson, attended Oklahoma State and it holds a dear place in my heart.

In today's Beef Buzz, I talked with Dr. Kent Anderson, Director of Technical Services for Zoetis Animal Genetics, about the explosion of genetic information for cattle during the past decade.

"We think that in 2020 in the beef seedstock world, we will cross the one million mark for those that have been high density 50,000 marker tested," said Anderson. "This is good news for commercial cow-calf producers because they can buy bulls with more accurate genomic enhanced EPDs."

Anderson said it's like the bull having a first calf crop on the ground with all the genetic data before he becomes a parent.

Anderson said commercial cow/calf producers would benefit by soon having the same genetic data once only available to the seed stock producers.

The animal geneticist added this would allow commercial producers to quickly and easily pinpoint profitable animals.

To hear my complete interview with Kent Anderson, click here: 

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When a wind farm or poultry farm moves into an area, often the best source for accurate information comes from the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the people charged with protecting the natural resources. That was the key message arising from a panel discussion Monday at the annual meeting of the OACD.

The panel focused on protecting private property rights when the "not In My Back Yard" movement surfaces. The panel, moderated by Trey Lam, executive director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, included representatives from the wind and renewable resources, oil and gas industries, and poultry processing industry.

Sam Knipp talked with Lam following the panel discussion.
Conservation districts are across the state, and they are often approached by both sides of the issue when an energy or agriculture-related business wants to build or expand in the area, Lam said.
The lack of accurate information is a significant concern, Lam said.
"With social media, people can say almost anything, and so we get a lot of misinformation," said Lam.

"We would really like for our conservation districts to tell that story of how it will impact the community, the water, and soil concerns," said Lam.
Lam said the districts could help to provide the information before it becomes too late.

To hear more from Trey Lam, click here: 

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 Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about the Regional Cattle on Feed Breakdown.

The latest USDA cattle on feed report shows that feedlot inventories totaled 11.928 million head on February 1, up 2.2 percent year over year and the highest total for the month since 2008. January marketings were 101.1 percent of last year, close to pre-report expectations. Placements in January were 99.4 percent of one year ago. The placement number was smaller than expected and will be viewed as somewhat bullish.

January placements consisted of 2.4 percent more cattle weighing less than 700 pounds compared to last year, offset by a year over year 2.8 percent decrease in placements weighing more than 700 pounds. However, over the past five months, placements of heavy cattle have been substantially larger than lightweight cattle. Since September, placements of cattle weighing more than 700 pounds are up 5.9 percent year over year compared to a 2.7 percent year over year increase in lightweight placements. In fact, placements of cattle weighing 900-999 pounds are up 7.6 percent over the five months and placements over 1000 pounds are up 8.5 percent compared to last year.

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

With the Oklahoma Youth Expo coming up in March, Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd asked Dr. Grandin about best practices for getting your livestock ready for the show ring. Grandin said it's essential to start training your livestock when they are young, and to expose them to new things they may see at the show, before the actual show, "Animals get scared when you introduce novelty. If the animal has never heard an auctioneer, never seen a flag, then you take him into a show, you've got all kinds of strange people there and noise that he doesn't have at home. So let's get your animal accustomed to flags, bikes, and balloons before you go to the sale."

Grandin says one of the best ways to train your animal to tolerate new things is to decorate your pasture fence with flags or other things they may come in contact with at a livestock event, "Let your Steer Walk up to those things. Let him voluntarily approach the flags. New things are the scariest and most attractive. They are attractive when the animal can voluntarily go approach, and they are scary when you shove it in their face."

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