Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/16/2018 6:33 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.

MarketLinksLet'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. offered 488 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.

OKC West sold feeder steers steady to 2.00 lower and feeder heifers 3.00 - 4.00 higher on Wednesday compared to last week's sale - click or tap here for the complete report from the USDA found on our website.

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, August 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
   Thursday, August 16, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, has become the first beef processor to license the Progressive Beef™ program, a cattle management and sustainability program for feedlot operators.

The Progressive Beef program, focused on cattle care, food safety and environmental sustainability, helps heighten accountability and transparency through a verification system that involves USDA-approved auditors. The feedyards certified in the program are verified twice per year and play a key role in the path of continuous improvement in the industry.

With the license, Tyson Fresh Meats is differentiating itself from its competitors by offering customers a beef program that creates a higher confidence level for consumers. Steve Stouffer, president of Tyson Fresh Meats, says he sees the company's participation as an opportunity to lead the industry in more quickly adopting these "proven best production practices," as believes the program will help Tyson's customers answer questions from consumers. Currently, more than one million head of cattle are cared for annually through the program at certified feedyards, primarily located in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

For more information on this program and how it will help retailers and foodservice operators differentiate their beef program, click here.

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It's a little early to be getting grass fever but the cooler, wetter conditions of late are beginning to green up pastures here across the Southern Plains. Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel told us this fact may be behind the stronger calf prices that are being seen in our regional markets. Peel talked recently about the opportunities he sees playing out this fall in the cattle industry for stockers and cow/calf producers.

"If you look across the board from light to heavy weight prices right now in Oklahoma, and I think in the Southern Plains generally, are running about four to five percent above this time last year," Peel said. "That's pretty remarkable given that we know there's ample supplies of feeder cattle out there and a bigger calf crop - a bunch of which will come to town here in the fall during our fall calf run."

From a cow/calf producer's perspective, Peel says the market typically experiences a steady four to five percent decline in price beginning in August down to an October low. Certainly, he says, there is enough supply pressure for that to happen this year. However, if the physical conditions play out and good wheat pastures are established - this could spur increased demand for stocker cattle. If that happens, then depending on how the price relationship between stockers and feeders holds out through the fall, Peel says there could be an opportunity to profit this year in the stocker sector - which may entice cow/calf producers to retain ownership of their calves until they reach a heavier weight past weaning. According to Peel, his early observations of the current physical and market conditions seem pretty attractive, enough for him to predict many producers getting on board with this strategy when the time to make decisions arrives.

"Right now, the volume of gain is quite a bit higher than the feedlot cost of gain, which is a way saying there's plenty of cattle out there. Feedlots can buy what they want which is typically bigger feeder cattle and they're willing to let the stocker industry have the additional value of gain to put on those lighter weight cattle," he said. "So, I think there may be a real opportunity here."

Listen to Derrell Peel and I discuss the potential opportunities for this fall taking shape in the stocker markets, on yesterday's Beef Buzz- click here.

According to a report from OSU, sugarcane aphids have recently been discovered in sorghum fields in 10 counties from Kiowa County north to Grant County, but none have been reported at treatable levels so far.

Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Tom Royer, who has played a pivotal role combating the incursion of aphids, says Oklahoma is seeing the benefit of producers taking the appropriate recommended steps offered several years ago when the problem with sugarcane aphids jumping crops initially hit the state.

While treatment is not currently necessary, Royer insists producers still need to be scouting their sorghum fields. He suggests starting at the edge of a field, taking both an upper and lower leaf of a plant. Look at both simultaneously and determine whether or not both of them combined have 50 aphids or more, or less than 50 aphids. Examine three plants in a row. Take about five steps and repeat the process across the entire sampling area.

Sampling sheets designed specifically for Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas are available on OSU's website, here, to help you document your findings while scouting. The goal of sampling is not to necessarily determine how many aphids might be infesting a field but rather whether or not a field's treatment threshold has been reached. For more information, click over to our website.

This week's episode of our new ongoing conversation, 
Checking In on the Beef Checkoff,  features our recent visit with Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, who visited with us about the new look of the Oklahoma Beef Council's website that was launched earlier this spring along with some of its new features.

"Our website brings together both the story of ranching and provides information for producers and consumers wanting to know more about the Beef Checkoff," she said. "So, we're really excited about the new look of it."

The new site features an entire page dedicated to beef recipes and cooking tips, which has quickly become the site's most popular feature. However, other parts of the site include information on how beef is raised and produced as well as a section just for producers with relevant Checkoff information and downloadable forms for cattle sale reporting. 

For more stories about what your Beef Checkoff is doing or to listen to Buckmaster and I speak about the Checkoff's new website format, click here. You can click here to see the site for yourself.

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Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Oklahoma City Farm Show
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2018- the dates are December 6th, 7th and 8th.  Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here

FiveFarm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Offers $145K in Startup Funds for Entrepreneurs, Applications Now Available

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, this week opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture.

This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall says startup funds provided through the Challenge will help entrepreneurs working in food and agriculture take their businesses to the next level.

Ten semifinalist teams will be announced on November. 9 and awarded $10,000. The final four teams, selected from the ten semifinalist teams, will be announced in December and will receive an additional $5,000 and have all expenses paid to compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF's 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans in January 2019.  Entrepreneurs must be Farm Bureau members to compete. Learn more by clicking here to jump to the original article.

SixContinuous Improvement Evident as 191 Poultry Facilities Recognized by Industry for Safety Performance

During the 2018 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 191 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. Among the facilities named were three from Oklahoma including Stillwell Hatchery, receiving the Award of Distinction; Heavener Hatchery, receiving the Award of Honor; and Sweetwater Farm Hatchery of Rose, Okla., receiving the Award of Merit.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts. Fifty-eight facilities received the highest level of recognition, "Award of Distinction." The other categories included "Award of Honor" and "Award of Merit."

Based on the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the poultry slaughter and processing OSHA total recordable illness and injury rate for 2016 was 4.2 cases per 100 fulltime workers. The 2016 rate represents an outstanding 82 percent improvement from 1994.

For more information about this award and a complete list of winners, click here.

SevenAngus Breeders From More Than 30 States Headed to Yukon for Express Ranches Big Event Sale This Weekend

Seedstock producers from more than thirty states are headed to Yukon, Oklahoma for the 2018 version of "The Big Event" being held Friday and Saturday at Express Ranches on the northside of Yukon. Express Ranch is the largest Seedstock cattle operation in the country- and their annual production sale held in August is all about females- with 222 fall bred Angus females to sell on Friday afternoon- then the traditional Big Event happens Saturday, starting at 11am, as approximately 350 Females will sell- including Donor Cows, fall and spring open heifer calves, 54 Show Heifers and 50 spring calving cows with calves by side. 

Yesterday afternoon, I talked with the President of Express Ranches, Jarold Callahan. about the 2018 Big Event- and Jarold says that this year's lineup of females features an offering of the best that the Angus breed can offer- young productive heifers and cows bred to some of the very best Bulls in the Angus breed. 

We discussed how Genomics EPDs are a vital part of the selection process in a modern seedstock operation- allowing a cattle producer to come to sale like the one being held by Express this weekend and buying with confidence the genetics they need to improve their cattle herd. 

Click or tap here to jump over to our story to listen to our visit with Jarold- and you can also click here for the Express Website where they have a ton of information on the females being offered tomorrow and Saturday at the Ranch in Yukon. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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