Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/28/2020, 5:05 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.
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.
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
    Friday,  February 28, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In our newest episode, I sit down with Ag Educator Travis Bradshaw- talking about how his career path has recently taken him to Elgin just north of Lawton after many years in north central Oklahoma in the small community of Burlington. Bradshaw explains what led him into the teaching profession- how Ag Education has changed and how the students he has taught have inspired him over and over.

The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma awarded 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, and Travis Bradshaw was one of the recipients. 

Bradshaw says this award isn't just for him, but for all the Ag teachers in Oklahoma, "Year-round our Ag teachers are committed to the Livestock Industry. So they are helping students day in and day out.

Whether its selecting livestock, whether its feeding, whether its transporting those animals to stock-shows, working with them day to day on showmanship skills. Its helping that student to develop those skills of responsibility, of nutrition, of herdsmanship, all those things. Its a critical part of our job, and its not easy, so I really do accept this award on behalf of my fellow Ag Teachers,"

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Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talk about how the the Coronovirus and how it is starting to impact the prices in the grain markets.

This week on SUNUP, we learn about the process of liquidating farm assets from 
Rodney Jones, then JC Hobbs has information about the tax implications of selling farm equipment and land.

- Next, Dr. Rosslyn Biggs explains what producers can do to rehabilitate cold stressed calves.

- In Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk talks about the change in nutritional needs of cows after giving birth.

Derrell Peel says coronavirus impacts on beef and livestock markets will come in waves.

- In the Mesonet weather report, Wes Lee shows us how soil temperatures compare to normal. Gary McManus says the recent rains are helping the drought across the state.

Josh Lofton takes us through the sorghum research results from last year's crop.

To hear SUNUP with Dr. Anderson, click here: 

The Von Baer's were plant breeders in Germany and made their way to Chile after War World II- and eventually established the seed breeding company Semillas Baer in 1956.

Erik Von Baer continues with the company today as the Managing Director and lead Breeder of the company. Von Baer greeted Class XIX of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program to their company just east of Temuco in south Chile- and explained their efforts in helping spend up the breeding process in several varieties important to Chile and other South American companies by being able to product two crops a year with his winter nursery concept- grow one crop in the southern hemisphere- harvest the seed and then immediately ship the seed to the northern hemisphere and again plant and harvest- effectively halving the time it takes to develop a new variety in crops like wheat, durum wheat, oats, canola and lupine.

Von Baer says the most important crop for his company is wheat- both hard and soft wheat as well durums. The sales of hard and soft wheat he has developed over the years varies on the prices of the two types of wheat- he encourages producers to switch from one to another based on what the premium or discount is hard wheat versus soft wheat. The advantage with soft wheat, he says, is that if there is not enough of a price premium for hard wheat- he encourages his customers to plant and produce a soft wheat as it has greater yield potential. Von Baer says he believes in in direct contact with his wheat seed customers to get feedback of what they need in new seed varieties.

You can see our pictures from around Temuco and more from our Chile travels in the OALP to Chile Album on Flickr- available here.

The international travel to Chile is the Capstone experience for the Class Nineteen Members of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, a two year program that was established in 1982- based on a public-private partnership of Oklahoma State University and groups and individuals involved in agriculture. Over 500 graduates of the program have made a difference in rural life and production agriculture locally and nationally,

To learn more about the program- and to find our how you or someone you know can apply to be a part of Class XX- click or tap here.

In today's Beef Buzz, I talk with Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches in Yukon, Oklahoma Callahan talks about the abundance of useful data available for buyers of new herd bulls.

All the cattle at Express Ranches have genomically-enhanced EPD's, Callahan said.

Callahan said they begin testing young bulls at around three months of age.

"It's like that bull has already sired a calf crop," Callahan said. "This gives the buyer more confidence in that bull."

The data also includes bio-economic indexes, which include things like carcass weight, rib eye and marbling, calving ease, and weaning growth.

The vast amount of data available can be mind-boggling. Callahan recommends merely looking at the individual EPDS.

"We've tried to boil this down, so it's easy to use by commercial cattlemen," Callahan said.

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One of the world's leading veterinarians and emerging zoonotic disease experts calls PenCheck® a potential game changer in the fight against African swine fever.

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It takes courage and conviction to talk about climate change to a group of farmers who may be inclined to think it doesn't exist. Brad Carl, External Affairs and Climate Specialist for the Nature Conservancy, has an abundance of courage as he addressed the issue of climate change during the recent annual meeting of the Oklahoma Assoc. of Conservation Districts.

Climate change is a very heated, decisive topic, Carl said.   He believes if we can separate science from politics, farmers want to talk about the changes and the impacts going on now.

Carl said it doesn't matter what you call it, climate change, or global warming; there are changes happening, and figuring out how it impacts them is explicitly something farmers are willing to hear.

To keep the "fist clenching" at a minimum, Carl focuses on what we know and what are some of the solutions

For example, when we were hit with heavy rains last year, this forced us to look at better flood plain management and recovery.

Carl said he is confident farmers can adjust and adapt to the changing environment.

"Farmers are resilient and innovative. We can get through this, but we have to have that conversation."

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The National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Wheat Foundation wrapped up the 2020 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers, and that includes Oklahoman Keef Felty.

NAWG President and Lavon, Texas farmer Ben Scholz has passed the gavel down to Vice President Dave Milligan, a farmer from Michigan.

Washington farmer Nicole Berg moved up the ranks of leadership becoming NAWG's new Vice President.
Brent Cheyne, wheat farmer from Klamath Falls, Oregon becomes NAWG's new Treasurer.

Oklahoma wheat farmer Keeff Felty will serve as NAWG's new Secretary. Ben Scholz will continue to serve on the executive committee in the role of Past President. 

"Ben's tenure as President will have a lasting mark on the Association and we appreciate all of the hard work that he did to lead NAWG during the past fiscal year which had a heavy trade agenda," stated NAWG CEO and NWF Executive Director Chandler Goule.

"We are excited for Dave Milligan to take over as NAWG's next President. Dave is the first wheat farmer from Michigan to be elected to this post."

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