Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/16/2018 7:30 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 futuresclick or tap 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 on Thursday, March 15th.
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, March 16, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
PruittScott Pruitt in Town- We Talk Exclusively With the EPA Administrator on WOTUS, RFS and More

Back in Oklahoma- the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, spent time on Thursday evening at the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo. At OYE, he met with Oklahoma Ag organization leaders and businessmen- then offered greetings and an exhortation to 4-H and FFA members and families gathered for the Grand Championship drive in Norick Arena at State Fair Park.

Ahead of his public appearance, Mr. Pruitt sat down with me for an exclusive conversation about several issues that EPA is working on that impact our farm and ranch community. 

Pruitt tells me that WOTUS efforts are on track- that he expects the Obama era rule to be finally banished in the next month of so- and that the substitute rule that his team has been working on will be officially released shortly after that. He says that this new WOTUS rule will say both what a navigable water is and what it is not. Pruitt is hopeful that farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders will find a greater level of certainty in the redone rule- and that they will see regional flexibility as another positive. Pruitt says that it is his goal to have the substitute rule in place by the end of the year- and he says EPA is committed to making sure this rule will be one that will satisfy the letter and spirit of the Clean Water Act. 

Click or tap here to read more and to listen to our complete conversation with EPA's Scott Pruitt.

AND- you can also take a listen to the brief remarks- five minutes worth- that Administrator Pruitt offered to the FFA and 4-H members and families just ahead of the Grand Champion Drive. Click here for those comments.  I saw some complaints on social media about Pruitt being at OYE- but take a listen- I think he did a wonderful job in a short amount of time of encouraging and challenging the young people who were listening.

DroughtArea in Exceptional Drought Conditions in Oklahoma Doubles Since Last Week, Expected to Grow

Drought continues to expand, with exceptional drought (the worst category) spreading across far northwestern Oklahoma, nearly doubling in size in one week, according to the latest Drought Monitor report.

Current weather reports suggest these conditions may continue to worsen with little chance of rain in the forecast over this next month. April is also expected to bring above average temperatures across all of Oklahoma. This will translate into increased evaporation of what little moisture may be left in the ground after nearly six months without significant precipitation in some areas, and will also heighten the already substantial threat of fire danger.

Currently, 48 percent of Oklahoma is in moderate drought conditions; 42 percent in severe conditions; 35 percent in extreme conditions and just over 8 percent under exceptionally dry conditions - mostly concentrated among the western half of the state.

Click here to view a larger image of the current Drought Monitor, or to read this week's report from State Climatologist Gary McManus.

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BUZZDrought puts Ranchers in Tricky Situation Managing Feed this Spring - Derrell Peel Offers His Advice

Areas in Oklahoma that have received rain recently have managed to bust out of the drought conditions that have choked the land for months now. However, there is still a large portion of the state still under those dry conditions which continue to worsen every day without precipitation. It is a situation that according to Extension Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel, is becoming increasing more concerning to producers across the state. He told me that if this pattern of dryness doesn't break soon, farmers and ranchers in these areas may be in a situation that forces them to make some tough decisions.

"I think an early onset drought is a particularly big challenge for producers," he said. "We certainly experienced that in 2011 in the Southern Plains when we had a similar situation. There is a couple of reasons for that."

One, he says, is just the timing. As producers come out of winter with depleted forage supplies, they typically are relying on new forage growth around this time to see them through. Without that early spring growth, Peel says the management situation can turn very severe very quickly. The other challenge, he adds, is that a lot of these spring-calving cow herds with calves on the ground, are at their highest point of nutritional requirements for the year while the producer is trying to scrimp and stretch their remaining feed inventory. Holding back could potentially negatively impact your herd with subsequent reproductive performance issues.

"It's just a really tricky time when you have to deal with a drought in the first half of the year," Peel sympathized. "If you can hang on until those calves get a little bit older, your best bet probably for these spring calving herds, will be looking at early weaning. Get those calves out of there and reduce the cows' nutritional requirements then it may be more feasible to kind of limp them along and get by until things hopefully improve at some point."

Listen to Derrell Peel offer his advice to producers on how to weather drought conditions this spring - click here.
WheatPics2018 Winter Wheat Crop in Pictures- From Good to Really Really Bad

We have several stories today in our email about the latest on the Drought Monitor- Derrell Peel's take on what dryness could mean to beef cow operators- and our next story down is with Kim Anderson on wheat crop potential with the drought starring us in the face.

Well- let's look at how bad or how "ok" things are right now.

At the REALLY REALLY Bad end of the spectrum- here are a couple of pics from Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatology Service- showing how bad wheat is looking near Forgan and near Gate in northwestern Oklahoma

The first is more dead than alive and this second picture is poor- but not yet dead- contrast that to where we have received some rain in central Oklahoma- I took this shot in Canadian County two days ago- it's kinda short- has not been grazed- but looks healthy right now:

Can those first two fields make a crop??? Not likely.  Can this bottom pic make a crop?  If it gets timely drinks of water- yes it can. 

SUNUPLong-Term Forecasts Do Not Bode Well for Wheat or Summer Crops in Oklahoma Says Kim Anderson  

Now, halfway through March, OSU Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says the state's wheat crop is starting to green up. Despite some improvement seen in this week's crop progress report, Anderson says Oklahoma's crop, along with those in Kansas and Texas, are still of relatively poor condition.

With roughly only a few months left before combines begin rolling in Oklahoma, Anderson says there is still some time for conditions to improve. But looking at weather forecasts - the chances are rather unlikely. According to Anderson, the 90 day forecast calls for above average temperatures and below average moisture. 

This forecast does not bode well for neither wheat, or any potential summer crops that might be planted, which will require some moisture to get crops in the ground and to keep them growing. If some timely rains do occur before harvest, though, Anderson says it lends one positive aspect for wheat. He says that while yields will still probably be on the low end, protein and test weight should be relatively good, which given the current glut of low quality wheat - this could help to potentially move product a little faster.

Listen to Anderson's full remarks with SUNUP host Dave Deeken, right now, by clicking or tapping here.

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SteerSlappingTHE Picture from OYE- Tenly Mefford Slaps Her Own Steer- Declaring it the 2018 Grand Champion!

As they say on Social Media- OMG!

Judge Paul Clapp told the huge crowd to watch and don't clap right away as they waited for his decision as to which Steer would be named the Grand Champion Steer for the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo- the final decision to be made for the 2018 show. 

He went up and down the line one last time- stopped at the very end of the line and talked for a moment with young Tenly Mefford of Tillman County for a moment- then he took the halter as she was escorted away- she made her way back towards "Beast" (the name of her steer) and approached the rear of the steer carefully and BANG- gently slapped her own steer to declare it the Grand Champion of the 2018 OYE!!!!

WOW- what a memory for Tenly and for all of us last night at OYE!!!  

By the way- thanks to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway for sponsoring all of our coverage at the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo. 

We are still working on all of our stories from yesterday- they will be posted as available- two things we do have for you right now- click or tap here for the Sale of Champions downloadable PDF- the Sale begins at 4 PM today in the Norick Arena at State Fair Park.

AND- we have been updating pictures from yesterday- we have most of them now there and you can take a look at our Flickr Album and download any of interest to you- NO Charge- by clicking or tapping here. 

GrandsOYEOur Grand Champions Selected- OYE Sale of Champions Lineup Set- Here's the Link

The Grand Champion Drive of the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo offered an exclaimation mark to the ten day run of the "world's Largest Junior Livestock Show. What remains is the 2018 edition of the Sale of Champions, with a total of 213 animals lined up and ready to sold at 4:00 PM Friday afternoon.

CLICK HERE for the Sale of Champions PDF to view or download.

The Grand Champions selected by the judges of the market show at the 2018 OYE include:

Grand Champion Steer- Tenly Mefford, Tillman County 4-H
Reserve Grand Steer- Tommy Glover, Elgin 4-H

Grand Chanpion Barrow- Kennedy Edwards, Maysville 4-H
Reserve Grand Barrow- Ty Goss, Leedey FFA

Grand Champion Market Lamb- Payton Harris, Morrison FFA
Reserve Grand Lamb- Kailen Urban, Mountain View-Gotebo FFA

Grand Champion Market Goat- Bree Taylor, Kingfisher FFA
Reserve Grand Goat- Kinlee Cundiff, Allen FFA

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Pollard19th Annual Pollard Farms "Performance Genetics" Bull Sale this Saturday in Waukomis

If you are in the market for a bull that performs, you won't want to miss out on the 19th Annual Pollard Farms "Performance Genetics" Bull SaleBarry and Roxanne Pollard invite you to join them tomorrow, Saturday, March 17th at the ranch in Waukomis, Oklahoma to be a part of this event.

The sale kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and this year features 100 Home-Raised Registered Angus Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 bulls.....selling with genomically enhanced EPD's for increased reliability. Also selling are 40 select, Grass Ready registered Angus females.

Contact Sale Manager Matt C. Sims at 405-641-6081 or visit for more information.

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