Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/27/2018 5:28 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 or tap here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.
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Slaughter Cows and Bulls Trade Higher on Light Test at OKC West on Monday- click here for the report.

Yearling Cattle Lower as Heavy Rains Hamper Movement- Keep Oklahoma National Receipts Low for Final Feeder Auction of February- Click or tap here to review the USDA Market News Report.

Click or tap here for the Joplin Regional Stockyards Report for Monday- they also had reduced receipts due to muddy conditions from rains in recent days.

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 futuresclick 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 for Monday February 26, 2018
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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   Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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OALP Travels in Central America Cover Everything from Screworms to the Panama Canal to Lots of Hectares of Tobacco

Class 18 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program is in their final days of traveling in Central America- and they have seen and learned about a lot of things- including two stops that are tremendously important to US farmers and ranchers. 

When they first arrived in Panama- they immediately had the chance to experience one of the greatest engineering feats our country ever participated in- the Panama Canal.  Countless tons of agricultural goods from the US have gone thru these locks- helping us be competitive in the global marketplace:

The next day- they had a chance to see the facility that keeps screwworms away from the US Livestock industry.  Edmond Bonjour- the Director of the OALP writes on the stop at COPEG- "The OALP visited COPEG, the Panama/US Commission for the Eradication and Prevention of Screwworms in Pacora. Screwworms can kill livestock, wildlife, pets, and humans if they infest a wound. Screwworms were eradicated from the southwestern US in 1982. This facility produces 20 million sterile male flies each week and releases about 14 million each week in eastern Panama and 20 nautical miles into Colombia to contain the screwworms to South America. They use Cobalt 60 to sterilize the males. This programs estimates that it saves US livestock producers $1 billion from loss."

Paul Jackson, who serves on the OALP Advisory Board and is the Secretary for American Farmers & Ranchers, worked for Congressman Wes Watkins back when the US was at war with screwworms- he writes "Remember vividly having to treat livestock for screwworms while growing up. Got to work on funding for the barrier during my D.C. stint later."  He calls it- and I agree- one of the most important stops that any OALP Class has made over the years- here is a picture that Edmond took of the larvae hatching in the facility (Like Paul- I remember having to treat sheep and even some calves after a cut or wound got these awful things in them) 

One other picture from their journey thus far I thot I might share with you- I grew up in the Burley Tobacco belt of central Kentucky- the small 150 acre farm that my dad bought had about 3 1/2 acres of tobacco- and that was an almost full time job caring for that crop from starting the seed in a bed to setting it into the field, keeping weeds out, harvesting and hanging the tobacco plants into a curing barn and then stripping the leaves off and then sorting those leaves into the different qualities from the plant and then hauling the tied hands of tobacco to the warehouse where they were auctioned off- this picture of the tobacco crop growing in Nicaragua brings a flood of memories back to this farm boy:

Class XVIII of OALP wraps up their international travel experience later this week- they are now in Costa Rica. 

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RFSWarAg Groups Call on President Trump to Stand Firm for the Renewable Fuel Standard

The battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard is heating up.  On Monday, it was reported that President Donald Trump was meeting with several of his cabinet officials- including EPA's Scott Pruitt and USDA's Sonny Perdue in advance of a planned meeting for later today with several lawmakers looking at ways to address the complaints of the oil industry over the RFS.  Read more about this development as reported by Bloomberg by clicking here.

As that meeting was happening- the National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sorghum Producers, the American Soybean Association, the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau, sent a letter to President Trump calling on the President to maintain the integrity of the RFS.

The letter calls out Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his efforts to discredit the value of the Renewable Fuel Standard and his championing of a bankrupt refiner in Philadelphia where he made an appearance last week. Cruz and other lawmakers are expected to be in a meeting with the President about the RFS- and the letter written by the six ag groups is an effort to weigh in on the charges made by Senator Cruz. The Tuesday meeting is an effort to bring together key lawmakers and Cabinet members to discuss escalating tensions over the RFS between oil industry and ethanol industry interests.

The letter says "The recent bankruptcy claims of an East Coast refiner are not reflective of the state of the refining industry, but rather the hallmark of poor business decisions and a willingness to put investor returns before refinery jobs. Despite the claims of adverse impacts from Renewable Identification Number (RIN) costs, last November, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners. The failings of one company should not be used as an excuse for undermining a law that serves hundreds of ethanol and biodiesel plants, tens of thousands of renewable fuel plant workers, and millions of farmers who rely upon the strong market demand created by the RFS."

Click here to read more- and to see the letter as sent to the President.

OYEEntriesOYE Entries Hit All Time Record High- 19,477 Entered for 2018 Edition of the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show

As the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo nears, the entry deadline has come and gone- and a total of 19,477 animals have been entered for the four species that will once again be shown at State Fair Park. OYE officials tell the Oklahoma Farm Report that this is over a thousand more entries than were submitted in 2017 and is an all time record high for what has been known for many years as the world's largest junior livestock show. 

Here is the breakdown of the entries by species and by either market animal or breeding animal:

Steers- 723

Heifers- 1,865

Barrows- 5,851

Gilts- 5,760

Market Lamb- 1,760

Ewes- 1,228

Market Goat- 1,060

Does- 1,230

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Over 3/4 of Oklahoma Wheat Remains in Poor to Very Poor Condition- but Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Improves in February

The final monthly crop weather update of the winter season shows that for both the Oklahoma and Kansas winter wheat crops that there was little difference in the condition of the winter wheat from the end of January to the end of February. However, in Oklahoma, there was a substantial improvement in the topsoil and subsoil moisture ratings from January 28th to February 25th- offering hope that in at least some parts of Oklahoma- improvement may come in the next few weeks in crop and pasture ratings. 

Topsoil moisture in Oklahoma was rated 83% sort to very short at the end of January- here at the end of February the rains of the last 7 to 10 days have improved that number to 50% short to ver short. The rains have soaked in well- with Subsoil ratings at the end of January at 93% short to very short- improving by the 25th of February to 73% short to very short.

The Oklahoma winter wheat crop is rated, as of February 25th, 4% good, 18% fair and 78% poor to very poor. That's a tiny one percent better in the "Fair" category compared to the end of January. In Kansas the crop is rated 1% excellent, 11% good, 39% fair and 49% poor to very poor, as of February 25th. The Kansas rating is actually a couple of percentage points down in the good category with those points slipping into the Fair rating. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to review the complete reports from both states- weekly crop ratings will start NEXT Monday- March 5th.

BayerRDBayer's Head of Global R&D Adrian Percy Believes Agriculture is in a Golden Age of Technology and Innovation

Attendees at the 2018 Bayer AgVocacy Forum in Anaheim, Calif. were welcomed Sunday by Adrian Percy, global head of research & development, Bayer Crop Science, who opened the conference with a springboard discussion on the critical nature of fostering a sustainable food supply to continue feeding a growing population and future generations. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn is there on location covering the event and had the opportunity to speak with Percy on how Bayer is working to lead the industry towards further innovation and technological advancement to achieve true and continued sustainability in agriculture. 

Percy believes new technology and innovation are the lifeblood of any industry, and he says agriculture is no different. Technologies like sensors and aerial imaging let growers diagnose disease outbreaks before they are visible to the naked eye. Artificial intelligence lets growers who encounter an unknown weed go from in-field photo, to identification, to management plan in a matter of minutes. Soon, Percy says predictive analytics will be so ingrained in how farmers grow crops that companies will be able to offer something unheard-of since humans started growing food: more predictable outcomes.

"The science is there," Percy said. "We're in a golden age for agriculture."

Read more- and listen to the conversation that Carson had with Adrian by clicking or tapping here.

PorkDelegatesThree Oklahomans Appointed by Secretary Sonny Perdue to National Pork Producers Delegate Body

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of 157 producers and 6 importers to the 2018 National Pork Producers Delegate Body. The members appointed to serve a one-year term included three producers from Oklahoma: Dottie King, Calvin, Okla.; Robbie Woods, Enid, Okla.; and Paris Robinson, Holdenville, Okla. 

Besides these three Oklahoma producers- we have the names of the other 160 total appointees- tap or click here to review the complete list.

The National Pork Board and the Delegate Body were established under the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985.

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PeelCOFDrought in the Southern Plains Contributed to Larger Than Expected Placements in Feb. Cattle on Feed Report

 We combine the written analysis of Dr. Derrell Peel that comes out on Monday with our latest edition of the Beef Buzz, which comes from the interview that Dr. Peel did with yours truly after the release of the report on Friday. 

Dr. Peel writes "Drought conditions in the Southern Plains likely contributed to larger than expected feedlot placements in the latest Cattle on Feed report. Total January placements were 104.4 percent of last year, with Texas up 11.1 percent year over year and Oklahoma up 30.6 percent from one year ago. Feedlots placed 8.6 percent more cattle in the September to January period compared to one year ago. Total feedlot marketings in January were 106.1 percent of one year ago. The February 1 on-feed total was 107.9 percent of last year. 

"Limited winter grazing numbers and early movement of wheat pasture cattle to feedlots means that little of the normal March run of wheat pasture cattle will be seen this year in the Southern Plains."

Read more of the Peel Analysis about drought and the cattle on feed report- plus hear Dr. Peel and I talk about the USDA numbers by clicking or tapping here. 

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