Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/10/2018 6:08 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!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.
During Wednesday's sale of finished cattle on the - 2,456 head of cattle were offered with no sales reported. Click here to see their complete market results.

OKC West in El Reno had 11,517 in total receipts this week- on Wednesday as they sold yearlings- Feeder steers traded 2.00-4.00 lower. Click here for the complete Market News Report.

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 9th.
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
   Thursday, May 10, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

KislingFeatured Story:
Keith Kisling of Burlington Becomes the Twenty First Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame

It was a standing room only crowd at the State Capitol as the four Excellence in Ag Awards were celebrated by the Oklahoma Ag Community- over the next few days in our email- we will spotlight each of the winners- starting this morning with  our newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame- Keith Kisling.

Everyone was listening to Burlington High School vocational-agriculture teacher Keith Kisling.

Including, Kisling himself.

It was the early 1970s, Kisling was 28 years old and still pretty fresh out of Oklahoma State University.

"When I was teaching I was telling the kids that there's just not very many young farmers coming back and the potential to farm is going to be pretty big," he said. "Not only did I convince them to come back, but I convinced myself and that's when we got started."

On Wednesday, Keith Kisling of Burlington, received the Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award during a special ceremony hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives at the state Capitol.

After the award ceremony- we talked with Kisling about the award and what it means to him and to the members of his family. 

This is the highest award given by the Governor to honor distinguished Oklahoma agriculture producers. The prestigious award honors leaders in the agriculture industry who exemplify personal values, performance, and achievement. Recipients are recognized for having high standards of conduct, leadership, innovation, and accomplishments in agriculture and as serving as a role model for Oklahoma agriculture's young people. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to be able to listen to our conversation with Kisling.

Tomorrow Morning- we will spotlight Jimmy Kinder.

Sponsor Spotlight

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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. 

OKCWest$59,000 Raised to Help Wildfire Victims at Special Rollover Sale Hosted by OKC West Livestock

For the second year in a row, the folks at OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno hosted a special sale that benefitted producers in northwest Oklahoma who fell victim to damaging wildfires. The first sale last year was a great success and this year proved again that the rural community never abandons their own in tough times.

The sale raised just under $59,000 yesterday, after selling and reselling multiple times over, three donated calves. I had the chance to speak with one of the generous donors - 15-year-old Blake Henrichs of Okarche, the eldest of three brothers who went in together to donate a heifer to the cause. Blake spoke to me over the phone Wednesday after the sale, on behalf of his brothers Jake (13) and Kade (9).

"Whenever the pictures and the numbers started rolling in from western Oklahoma, how much the cattlemen had lost, it really touched our hearts," Blake said recalling the feelings that prompted he and his brothers' generous actions. "I really felt like we need to do something for them, because as cattlemen, we work together and we take care of each other."

With the donation of their heifer, the Henrich brothers helped to raise $18,000 of the total pot - all of which will go to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation for 100 percent distribution back to affected producers, regardless of them being an OCA member or not.

OCA's Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey commended the three boys, the other donors who participated in the sale, OKC West's crew and the whole rural community for coming together in this time of need. He says it is amazing to see the industry jump in and watch cattlemen helping cattlemen.

Listen to that complete interview with our young guest Blake, and hear Kelsey's reaction to the generosity witnessed at Wednesday's sale, by clicking here.

MarburgerWheat Crop "Average at Best" Says OSU Specialist Dave Marburger, as Farmers Begin Baling Out

I snagged a few minutes with our State Small Grains Specialist Dr. Dave Marburger, yesterday during a stop on the 2018 OSU Wheat Tour at our friend Don Schieber's farm in Kildare, to get his thoughts on this year's crop based on what he has seen so far, now about halfway through this year's tour series. According to Marburger, the outlying factor that remains to be seen at this time, is just exactly how many acres will actually be harvested this year.

Last week, Oklahoma's wheat industry gathered to calculate an internal estimate of what this year's crop might produce - pegging it somewhere between 58 and 60 million bushels total production with an average 25 bpa yield in most fields. The industry estimated that approximately 2.3 to 2.4 million acres would be harvested in Oklahoma this year. However, Marburger fears that since those numbers were announced, there have already been some major developments that could affect the final outcome and how it compares to early estimates.

"Over the past seven to ten days since those estimates came out, there's been a lot of wheat that's been put down that's going to be baled up," he said, "so, we're going to see if that 2.4 million number holds up."

Even if the industry's estimates are realized, Marburger says this will still be the lowest number of acres harvested in Oklahoma since 1913.

You can listen to that entire interview by clicking here, to hear more of Marburger's thoughts on this wheat crop and its performance as we near harvest season.

BUZZPersistent Drought Tightening Its Grip on Beef Cattle Producers Across the Southern Great Plains

A large portion of the Southern Great Plains stretching across Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle remains under the tightening grip of a strong drought with little opportunity in the forecast to break the dry pattern any time soon. Oklahoma State University Extension Cattle Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel tells us that the impact of this drought is beginning to significantly impact beef producers and their decisions moving forward. While most were counting on forage growth to ramp up around this time, the prospects of that happening are becoming less and less likely.

"In terms of the broader drought, I think we're at the critical time now. There's not an expectation of a lot of forage growth," Peel said. "The next four to six weeks I think is very critical in that country. That's when we expect to see forage growth take off."

Peel reports that approximately 53.5 million acres are under D3 and D4 drought conditions, the two worse categories on the National Drought Monitor scale. He says that with warmer weather on the way, that drought area could expand in the next few weeks if additional moisture fails to arrive. Some producers have already started forming a contingency plan if this happens - which would include moving herds to greener pastures outside the affected area, increased culling and early weaning of calves. Peel predicts this activity could potentially be felt down the road in regional cow and feeder markets. Further, he says stocker operations will have no guarantee that there will even be available pasture for them, later on.

"So, we're looking at the potential to impact quite a large number of animals as we through May and into June and beyond if it continues dry," he concluded.

Listen to Peel and I discuss the impact current drought conditions across the Southern Great Plains is having on our regional beef cattle industry, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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MotherBeefStill Looking for That Last Minute Mother's Day Gift? How About Celebrating with Beef This Year?!

The Oklahoma Beef Council wants you to celebrate Mother's Day with beef this year.

OBC's latest newsletter described how it is helping consumers celebrate this year with some Beef. It's What's For Dinner. digital Mother's Day Cards and a collection of beef recipes designed just for Mothers Day and to "make momma happy."

The Beef Council is also expecting to experience increased holiday search traffic on the internet in the coming days. To take advantage of that, OBC has invested in an additional search campaign component through Google Search Advertising that will drive web-surfers to the Beef. It's Whats for Dinner website where they will be sure to find proven-to-please, nutritious recipe options. 

To choose your own digital Mother's Day card, which can be shared and passed around among your friends and community - visit the 
Beef. It's Whats for Dinner Facebook page or website. Click here for links that will take you to both - AND DON'T FORGET! Mother's Day is this coming Sunday!

AmarilloAmarillo Getting Its First US Public Veterinary School in 40 Years Thanks to New Construction Accord

The Amarillo City Council, this week, approved an amendment to a 2016 agreement between the Texas Tech University System and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation to fund up to $69 million to ensure the construction of the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, Texas. 

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson says Amarillo recognizes the return that will come from this investment to the community through its enhanced opportunity for the education of future generations. AEDC Board Chairman Brian Heinrich, echoed Nelson's remarks, saying that the school will provide local and regional communities with decades of economic growth.

Along with addressing the critical shortage of rural veterinarians, the TTU SVM will be the only veterinary school in the country co-located with a pharmacy school and medical school on the same campus, thus expanding opportunities to combine research efforts impacting both human and animal health. 

Already, the TTU's Health Sciences Center Amarillo campus generates more than $166 million in annual economic impact in the region. Once the veterinary school is established, that number is estimated to exceed $242 million annually - which will make it Amarillo's eighth largest employer.

For more information, click over to our website to read the full story.

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FarmlandTrustAmerican Farmland Trust Releases Most Comprehensive Assessment on Loss of Farmland Ever Done

A report from American Farmland trust released Wednesday finds that between 1992 and 2012, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost, equal to all the farmland in Iowa. 

The "Farms Under Threat: The State of America's Farmland" report, according to American Farmland Trust, shows the loss of farmland "is serious" and "will accelerate" unless action is taken. 

The report found that of the 31 million acres lost in that time, 11 million of those acres were among the best farmland in the nation. The data found that 62 percent of all development between 1992 and 2012 occurred on farmland, and expanding urban areas accounted for 59 percent of the loss. 

An American Farmland Trust spokesperson says action is needed now "because the lost farmland is irretrievable." The organization further states that allowing large-scale farmland loss to continue "imperils our ability to feed our growing population." It also challenges the nation's economic prosperity.

Click here to read more about this report on our website.
HorseHerpesHorse Owners Be Aware- Texas Horse Tested Positive for Equine Herpes- Competed Last Month at State Fair Park

The State of Oklahoma is home to countless horse owners and many large national equine events. Due to the potentially serious consequences, news of an Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy incident has generated questions, particularly in the barrel racing industry.

According to Dr. Michael Herrin, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry has been notified that a horse from Texas has tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 "A" strain or wild type strain). 

"This horse competed recently at the Better Barrel Races World Finals in Oklahoma City April 26 to 29th and also a barrel racing event in Taylor, Texas on May 5," Herrin said. "We do not know when or where this horse may have first started shedding virus, but out of an abundance of caution we want to make horse owners, event managers, and veterinarians aware of this situation."

Click or tap here to read more.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, American Farmers & RanchersLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOERB, Oklahoma AgCredit,  the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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