Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/3/2018 5:25 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 Carson Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets! 

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and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.

During Wednesday's sale of finished cattle on the - 2,982 head of cattle were offered with 413 sales reported at a weighted average price of $122.40. Click here to see their complete market results.

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 Wednesday, May 2nd. 
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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StarWinnersFeatured Story:
Stars Over Oklahoma Part One- Congrats to JaLeigh Oldenburg and Jesse Rader!

Even with storm clouds gathering over the state Wednesday- and delivering some much needed rainfall- the Stars were bright on day two of the Oklahoma FFA Convention- yours truly once again had the honor of talking to all of the Area Stars- many of you have commented that you have enjoyed the audio conversations we featured in April of the Area Stars in all four categories- those twenty became the FOUR on Tuesday afternoon- as Oklahoma named their four top SAE programs in the state- including JaLeigh Oldenburg as your 2018 Star Farmer of Oklahoma- and Jesse Rader as your 2018 Star Agribusinessman of Oklahoma. 

JaLeigh Oldenburg of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter was named Oklahoma's 2018 State Star Farmer for her success in managing a purebred sheep flock. Her SAE was recognized as the top agricultural production program among the 794 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree this year. 
Oldenburg said her father's passion for the Southdown sheep breed was the inspiration to start her own breeding business. She currently manages a flock of 135 registered breeding ewes and 10 rams.
Oldenburg is the fourth woman to win this award since its inception in 1939.

Click or tap here to read more, to hear our full conversation with JaLeigh and to see the video produced by Austin Moore of Oklahoma Career Tech- in fact- you can check out the video right here-

Oologah FFA member Jesse Rader was named the State Star in Agribusiness for his success in operating a honeybee business for his supervised agricultural experience. 

Aside from beekeeping, Rader's farming operation includes beef and dairy cattle, poultry, produce and pecans.

Rader plans to attend Rogers State University for two years after which he will transfer to Oklahoma State University to finish his undergraduate degree as well as a graduate degree in animal science on the path to a career in animal reproduction.

To see the video produced on Rader- and to read more and to hear the audio- click or tap here.

StarsPart2Stars Over Oklahoma- Part Deux- Meet Riley Bingham and Hannah Williams

Riley Bingham of the Vinita FFA Chapter received the 2018 State Star in Agriscience Award in recognition of his scientific achievements researching the effects of weather extremes on different building materials and structures to determine the most effective and efficient construction strategy to stand up against Oklahoma's harsh weather environment. 

Bingham's interest in research stems from his supervised agricultural experience working for his father's construction company. After working for his father, Bingham developed his own business doing small projects and decided to look into common problems in construction.

After graduation, Bingham plans to attend OSU to study architectural engineering.

Click or tap here to read, listen or view more of our feature story on Riley as your 2018 Star in Agriscience.


Finally- we salute Hannah Williams of the Elmore City - Purnell FFA Chapter was recognized as the State Star in Agricultural Placement for the year. Hannah found her passion for agriculture through her involvement in FFA and her work at the Blue Daisy Flowers and Gifts. 

Throughout her employment with the Blue Daisy, Williams gained knowledge about the floral industry as well as experiences in agriculture as a whole.

After graduating second in her class, Williams plans to earn an agribusiness degree with a minor in horticulture from OSU. 

Click or tap here to read more- to listen to our earlier conversation with the dynamic young lady- or to watch the video featuring her as your 2018 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement.

BY THE WAY- we say a HUGE Thank You to the American Farmers & Ranchers for their sponsorship of our audio series featuring all twenty Area Stars in April- Visit the AFR website by clicking or tapping here to learn more on how AFR supports the young people of Oklahoma, and how AFR can provide you with quality insurance for your home, auto, farm, and life.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have one of the premiere businesses in the cattle business partner with us in helping bring you our daily Farm and Ranch News Email- National Livestock Credit Corporation.  National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company.  They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

USRSBUS Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Host Insightful Consumer Panel Discussion During OKC Meeting

The 2018 U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) is hosting its General Assembly Meeting this week in Downtown Oklahoma City. The event attracted stakeholders from across the beef value chain intent on advancing, supporting and communicating the continuous improvement efforts being made to raise the bar on sustainability in US beef production.

During Wednesday's program, a consumer panel focus group consisting of a number of Oklahoma City area beef consumers generated a lot of eye-opening discussion as participants opened up about their personal purchasing habits, preferences and concerns when it comes to the US beef industry.

Among the topics discussed, several highlights include consumer panelists saying they would generally opt to purchase conventional beef at a lower price than more costly organic beef products; most agreed beef would be their preference when presented with other entrée options; and while most understood the necessity of antibiotic use in beef production - the use of growth hormones struck a common chord with participants who were either outwardly hostile or suspicious of its use. We pulled the final question of the session out that pertained to antibiotic and growth hormone use and featured it as a stand alone story- click or tap here to check that out. (By the way- as you listen- please do not harm yourself as you beat your head repeatedly against the wall as mistruths are uttered by the panelists who believe the "old wives tales" about especially growth hormones!)

You can ALSO listen to the entire panel discussion from the USRSB event, by clicking or tapping here. 

KimEconomist Kim Anderson Reacts to '18 Wheat Crop Estimates, Says Success Lies with Test Weight

Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson offered his reaction in regard to estimates on Oklahoma's 2018 wheat crop released during the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association's annual meeting this week which pegged the 2018 crop pretty low compared to normal at just around  58 to 62 million bushels total - nearly 40 million short compared to crops over the last decade. But Anderson argues that the more concerning question right now is what this crop will have in regard to quality - protein and test weight. 

Anderson spoke to the collective worry of elevator manager across Oklahoma who say this year's short crop may potentially be conducive to developing good protein - which leaves test weight as the wildcard this year. 

"Protein without test weight is not a quality of milling product," Anderson remarked. "They are concerned about how they are going to market this crop when it comes in. From here on out, we need to hope the wheat comes in with test weight and with protein."

In the meantime, faced with prices below the break even point, farmers are turning toward the siren song of cotton right now in droves hoping to capture some of the commodity's current profitability. But Anderson advises producers to be cautious in making that decision pointing out that cotton requires a higher investment, has more risk associated with it and is completely dependent on good weather conditions.

Click here to listen to Anderson's reaction to the numbers released this week at the OGFA meeting. 

KsWheatDay Two of the Kansas Wheat Crop Tour Shows 11 Bushel Drop in Potential Versus Year Ago

On Wednesday, 87 people on the Wheat Quality Council's 2018 winter wheat tour in 21 cars made their way from Colby to Wichita, Kansas, stopping in wheat fields along six different routes. One route included a trip to northern Oklahoma as well. On that southern route- Chris Kirby and Don Atkinson representing the Oklahoma Wheat Commission traveled along- they talked about what they saw on that journey in a conversation that we have captured- that Q&A can be heard by clicking on the story link below

Wednesday's 21 cars of wheat tour scouts made 284 stops at wheat fields across western, central and southern Kansas, and into northern counties in Oklahoma. 

Scouts reported seeing some disease pressure, mostly in the early stages, including some reports of stripe rust, leaf rust, barley yellow dwarf and wheat streak mosaic virus. Tuesday's theme of short plants and wheat that is consistently 2-3 weeks behind schedule continued. 

The calculated yield from all cars was 35.2 bushels per acre, but at the Wednesday evening wrap-up meeting, tour scouts again talked about the wheat being behind schedule and very small. Head size has already been determined, and heads will be small this year, affecting final yields. For day two- the year-ago average was 46.9 bushels per acre and the five year average for the routes is 39.7. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to Chris and Don discuss what they saw on the southern route of day two.

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OKFARMRANCHFUNDOklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation Announces Wildfire Distribution Plan, Fund Matching Program

The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation announced this week a newly created matching program for its relief fund organized to help victims of the recent wildfires in northwest Oklahoma. The Foundation also selected two additional worthy causes to begin distributing the donations that the organization has collected so far.

According to a release, The foundation will match donations up to $1,000 from each 4-H club and FFA chapter that raises funds to be donated to Oklahoma rural volunteer fire departments located in areas affected by recent wildfires in Oklahoma. 

In addition, the foundation will contribute $500 to families of 4-H and FFA members who lost homes to wildfires and will also donate $40,000 to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association to help offset the cost of new fencing and other needed supplies. 

For more information on this program including instructions on how to make your own donation- or to apply for assistance, click here. 

SoilRangeNational Soil and Range Contest Returns to Oklahoma City, Scholarships to be Awarded Tonight

Over 900 students and sponsors from across the country have converged on Oklahoma City this week for the 67th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). Qualifying teams from over 30 states will challenge their knowledge of soil and plant science, land management and natural resources conservation in the field. Oklahoma has several teams of its own participating. 

After two days of practice runs, the official contest takes place today in the El Reno area- it appears that the Mesonet site in El Reno missed the heaviest rains- reporting seven tenths of an inch of rain from the storms overnight. 

Contest winners will be announced this evening during a banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The OSU Department of Plant and Soil Science will offer a $1,500 scholarship to the top-scoring individual in the land judging contest and a $1,500 scholarship to the top-scoring individual in the homesite evaluation contest and an additional $1,500 sponsored by OSU. 

Click here to learn more about this annual event held each year right here in Oklahoma.

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AgEconBarometerAg Economy Barometer Declines for Second Consecutive Month Amid Looming Trade War Concerns

The latest measure of producer mindset dipped lower in April. The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to 125 last month, which was ten points lower than a month earlier and 15 points below its February reading. Organizers say the sharp drop in the ag producer sentiment index was attributable to producers' weakening perceptions of current conditions in the production agriculture sector, along with a decline in their expectations for future economic conditions.

Respondents indicated they are becoming more pessimistic about agricultural trade, citing the declining price expectations for soybeans.

Soybean prices are particularly vulnerable to disruptions in trade with China, as China's share of U.S. soybean exports is approximately 30 percent. The monthly index surveys 400 producers from across the United States.

A measure greater than 100 indicates positive sentiment by producers regarding the ag economy, while a measure under 100 suggests the opposite.

Click here to read more.

FFAPrezCongrats to Cole Eschete of Rock Creek FFA- Chosen as State FFA President for the Coming Year

As the 2018 Oklahoma FFA saw the curtain fall on their annual state convention last night in Oklahoma City as storms were rolling in outside- it was all smiles for Cole Eschete of Rock Creek FFA- he won the election to become the 2018-19 Oklahoma State FFA President.

Our own Carson Horn was there- he talked with Cole last night- and we will be sharing that conversation today on our Blue Green Website- and we will feature it tomorrow in the email- Carson had internet/electrical challenges as many did as he left the convention and thus the slight delay in getting that to you.

Joining Cole on the 2018-19 Officer team will be the following FFA Members:

Secretary- Madelyn Gerken- Kingfisher

Reporter- Jake Landrum, Mannford

Northeast VP- Kenzie Cannady, Adair

Central VP- Makala Parson, Luther

Southeast VP- Drew Hardaway, Battiest

Southwest VP- Emily Kirk, Chattanooga

Northwest VP- Shadelyn Nettles, Alva

PrayersNational Day of Prayer- Asking for Your Prayers

I don't believe in coincidences. 

Several months back- our friend Matt Muller gave me a call- and asked if I would consider coming to Altus the first Thursday in May and be the speaker at the Altus Community Day of Prayer breakfast- I knew that I had the FFA convention that we would be covering- but felt that small voice saying- you are supposed to- so I said yes.

So- in and around multiple events of the week- around the first major outbreak of storms this season and several other landmines we have been navigating- here we are in Altus ready to head to the 6 AM Prayer breakfast.

The theme of the National Day of Prayer is Unity- I hope you will have a chance to participate in an event around this day set aside by Christians to call on God's provision and grace for our country and for us all as we try to be salt and light in a gracious way in this really ugly at times society.

I hope to contrast the concept of Unity from two perspectives- the perspectives of those who are Pharisees and the One who is our Lord. 

I don't believe in coincidences- Matt was supposed to ask me- I was supposed to accept- and I pray that those who were God intends to be there all show up- in middle of an early morning rainstorm right here in Altus.

I will appreciate your prayer if you choose to do so. MORE IMPORTANT- I ask that you pray for our country- for our Leaders- and for our very dark world that needs a Savior.  
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