Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/18/2018 5:37 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.

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OKC West sold cows on Monday for mostly steady money compared to a week ago- click here for the full report from USDA.

It was a HAPPENING Market on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- Feeder steers and heifers are trading 3.00- 6.00 higher. 500-600 lb. calves 2.00-5.00 higher, lighter calves not tested. Demand good to very good.- Click or tap here for all the details of the Monday sale at Stockyards City.

Joplin Regional Stockyards was also a market with solid gains for both calves and yearlings- over 4,800 were sold- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves steady to 4.00 higher, yearlings 3.00 to 5.00 higher. Click here for the complete report from USDA.

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 Monday, September 17th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story:
Winter Wheat Planting Continues at Normal Pace in Southern Plains as Crop Conditions Hold Steady

The latest USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, September 17, 2018 showed only marginal adjustments in the condition of the soybean crop this week, with corn conditions holding steady while harvest continues to advance.

Click or tap here to review more of the highlights from the latest USDA Crop Progress report as released on Tuesday September 17, 2018.

In Oklahoma,
winter wheat planted reached 12 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal. Corn harvested reached 21 percent, down 7 points from the previous year. Sorghum harvested reached 12 percent, down 4 points from the previous year click here to review the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress Numbers. 

According to this week's Kansas Crop Progress report-
winter wheat planted was 6 percent, equal to last year, and near 7 for the five-year average. Emerged was 1 percent. Corn harvested was 16 percent, near 18 last year, and equal to average. Sorghum harvested was 3 percent, near 4 last year, and equal to average click or tap here to check out the entire report on Kansas crop conditions as of September 17th. 

In Texas- s
ome winter wheat fields in the Northern High Plains began to sprout. Small grain seedings continued in the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands and South Texas. Producers in areas affected by the previous week's heavy rains were waiting for their fields to dry to start harvesting cotton. Many fields had been defoliated prior to the rain, which may cause a decrease in cotton quality. Corn harvest began in the Northern High Plains and soybean harvest was expected to start soonClick or tap here to read the latest Texas Crop report released this week. 

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OSU Extension Economist Dr. Derrell Peel reported this week that anecdotal indications are that many producers are preparing to plant winter wheat soon, when environmental conditions are right. Predicated on the promising potential of future prospects suggested by September 11 USDA-NASS Crop Progress report, Peel contends that a recent market scenario playing out that has resulted in an uptick in the price of steers gives reason to believe that producers could be presented with a profitable opportunity to graze cattle on fall wheat pasture this coming season.

"Budgets for winter grazing appear to pencil out quite attractively at this point," Peel stated. "Feeder futures have remained remarkably strong, with March feeder futures trading near $153/cwt. at the end of last week. With normal basis, these contract levels offer an opportunity to price spring cattle above projected breakevens for winter grazing."

While the market for wheat pasture is always difficult to determine, Peel advises that wheat pasture owners can budget the breakeven cost of providing wheat pasture based on seeding and fertilizer adjustments needed for grazing as well as expected loss of wheat yield to grazing.

Click here for more of Peel's advice about how to take advantage of this potential opportunity, in his full article for this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter. 

The National FFA Organization shared some exciting news yesterday, about one detail in particular regarding the upcoming 91st Annual National FFA Convention & Expo, scheduled for Oct. 24-27.

According to National FFA, the reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks, will perform during an exclusive concert for FFA members at this year's convention in Indianapolis. The National FFA Convention & Expo remains one of the largest student conventions in the world, annually drawing more than 65,000 attendees. Garth will take the stage Oct. 24 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"Love the FFA and its mission. I have always wanted to play this gig. This isn't going to be a concert, this is going to be a party! I bet there is not going to be a kid there who is half as excited as I am to be there," said Brooks. 

Garth is an Oklahoma native and was made an honorary member of his hometown's FFA chapter, the Yukon FFA Chapter, after rising to stardom in the music industry. He has in the past supported local members with a benefit concert in the early 90s.

To purchase a ticket for the concert, you must be a registered attendee at this year's convention. Tickets will only be sold through the National FFA Organization's private concert on Ticketmaster's website. For more information about this once in a lifetime opportunity, click over to our Blue-Green Gazette.

Be sure to stay tuned this fall as we bring you coverage of the convention on location- all possible thanks to our sponsors at  ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway.

The Oklahoma State Fair is in full swing and 4-H and FFA members from across the state have flocked to Oklahoma City to take part in the various competitions and to proudly exhibit their livestock projects. While the fair is always a major attraction for these kids and their families, they themselves and their livestock are a major draw for their urban neighbors, curious about their way of life and agriculture in general. The industry has deep roots in the State Fair's foundations and it is a tradition that endures. Over the weekend, our own Carson Horn had the chance to sit down with the State Fair's Gina Burchfiel, who talked about those traditions and the role agriculture plays in making the fair a success.

"Agriculture has been part of the fair since it first came around and so we want to keep that tradition here," Burchfiel said. "One of the ways we do that is certainly through the livestock shows. But, I think the livestock shows are just one arm of the wheel of what we try to do here at the fair. It relates to people how farmers work with their animals in real life situations and how animals fit into the farm to market message- and then we tie that in to some other areas like our AgTropolis exhibit where again in a more relaxed and noncompetitive environment the public can learn that agriculture isn't just about what ends up on your plate at the end of the day but that it touches every aspect our lives."

While much of agriculture's presence at the fair hasn't changed much over the  years, there are a lot of new things that have either evolved or been added such as stock dog trials and skill-a-thons that offer kids with other talents a chance to shine in a non-traditional competitive setting. The fair has started to promote events like these in recent years and Burchfiel says they are starting to catch on. But, one new addition that has exploded- is the Made in Oklahoma Store located in the Bennett Event Center that features over 50 locally made products from participating vendors in the Made in Oklahoma program overseen by the Oklahoma Dept. of Ag.

"The Made in Oklahoma Store, I always phrase it as a labor of love project between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma State Fair," she said. "It sprouts from vendors who are part of the Made in Oklahoma program at the Dept. of Agriculture. Sale are already ahead of last year, so people are finding it and showing their appreciation of the Oklahoma vendors by making their purchases there. So, I encourage everyone to come check it out and stop by the barns and just see what all the fair has to offer."

Keep reading about all the fair has to offer this year and how agriculture plays a key role in that lineup, or listen to Carson's complete conversation with Burchfiel to hear it for yourself, by clicking here.

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Oklahoma Beef Council Update
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Producers will be entered to win prizes including ball caps and four ($100) winners and one grand prize winner of $500.00.  Don't wait until last minute, but sign-up today at the BQA website and complete your certification by 9/30/2018 to be entered to win.  
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Wheat has had a difficult time holding gains over the past month, forming a downward stair-stepping action that has lost nearly $1.15 in 30 days.

Market factors include a meeting between the Russian Ag Ministry and exporters which resulted in rumored export curbs being denied. That sent markets in a tailspin and KC contracts traded through the 50-, 100- and 200-day moving averages. 

While the market looks oversold, we could have another 15-20 cents before some key support levels are reached. Though the Russians have been quick to deny potential export curbs, we believe truth lies somewhere within these statements and that some restriction is forthcoming. The question remains when and how much. 

Talking about that and more, Brady Sidwell, Principal of Sidwell Strategies in Enid, joins podcast host Don Atkinson this week on WheatSquared. Listen to this week's episode, here.

Six Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater Denounces Escalation in Trade Tensions

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued a statement Monday expressing his opposition of the continued escalation of trade tensions with China as a result of the Trump administration's plan to move forward with $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods.

The release states that the administration's extreme use of tariffs hurts our nation's access to global markets and threatens many of the 1.3 million good-paying equipment manufacturing jobs our industry supports." Later this week, AEM will be hosting a town hall meeting of sorts at the Terex AWP's Genie Showroom, in Redmond, Washington - the third stop in a series of meetings, part of the organization's
I Make America Town Hall Tour. Focusing on trade and trade policy, the town hall will be livestreamed and will feature expert panelists discussing how tariffs and similar trade policy tactics impact the equipment manufacturing industry.

This meeting follows a letter, co-signed by AEM among other manufacturing groups, that was sent last week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Trump Administration to reconsider its strategy in dealing with China's unfair trade practices. To date $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods have already been put into effect by the Trump administration. Click here to read the complete statement from AEM President Dennis Slater.

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Word comes from northwest Arkansas that Tyson CEO Tom Hayes is headed out- at the end of this month- and that he will be replaced by Noel White, 60, a seasoned Tyson executive who leads the beef, pork and international divisions. 

It's an unexpected change that some analysts say signals that the move to install Hayes as CEO a couple of years ago which started Tyson down the road to what he liked to call a "modern food company" is being revised- one analyst that follows the Tyson stock says "One would be tempted to interpret this move as a reversion of power to the commodity processor side of the business."

White has worked in the food industry for three decades and has been at Tyson since its 2001 acquisition of meatpacker IBP Inc. He was also Tyson's chief operations officer and president of the poultry division. He's a native of Des Moines, Iowa, the biggest U.S. hog state.

He becomes CEO September 30th.  To read more- click or tap here.

YOU MAY RECALL- we had the chance at the Summer Cattle Industry Meetings in Denver to sit down and do an exclusive Q&A with Tom Hayes- if you want to do back and review what he was said just a few weeks back- click or tap here to go and take a listen.


Longtime lobbyist for the National Corn Growers Association, Jon Doggett, is now officially the new chief executive officer of the group. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization's 61-year history. The change is effective immediately.

Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since August 1st and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization's 11-person Washington, DC office and led its public policy efforts since joining NCGA in July of 2002.

Read more about NCGA's decision to promote from within by clicking or tapping here.

For my money- it's a really smart move.


Recognized for his excellence in Cooperative Extension programming, Dwayne Elmore has been named the recipient of the 2018 Southern Region Excellence in Extension award. He will be presented the award during the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting in New Orleans in November.

Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist and Bollenbach Chair in wildlife biology, has a dual Extension and research appointment. His primary focus areas are wildlife habitat management, prescribed fire, wildlife damage management, grouse conservation and youth education. He has been at OSU for more than a dozen years.

Click or tap here to read more about his work at our Land Grant- and about this honor he will be receiving later this fall. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, the 2018 State Fair of Oklahoma, 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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