Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/20/2018 5:53 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 feeder steers 5.00 to 7.00 higher and feeder heifers traded mostly 3.00 to 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, September 19th.
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,  September 20, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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OSU Launches Four New Wheat Varieties: Showdown, Green Hammer, Baker's Ann and Skydance

The Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has released four new hard red winter wheat varieties: Showdown, Green Hammer, Baker's Ann and Skydance. This is the first time the OSU Wheat Improvement Team has released four varieties at the same time.

Brett Carver, OSU wheat breeder, said the recent bounty reflects the breeding program's maturity and its ability to use many of its products in a multitude of ways, both in the field and beyond the mill.

All four varieties bring some unique qualities to the table, reflecting the best characteristics of their parent genetic traits, that wheat growers from each corner of the state will find appealing for their individual operations. These include a range desirable aspects from high yield potential to pest and disease resistance and drought tolerance to superior baking quality.

Seed for all four varieties will be available in limited quantities this fall and in wider distribution in 2019 to current members of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., a farmer nonprofit that distributes pedigreed seed to producers in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

To watch a brief video clip of Dr. Carver talking about these new varieties or for more information about other wheat varieties developed by OSU, click here.

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LMIC's Jim Robb Predicts Friday's Cattle on Feed Report Placements Will Draw Significant Attention

USDA is set to release its monthly Cattle on Feed report this Friday and like so many of these reports in recent months, according to Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Robb, all eyes on this report will be focused on the number of placements recorded during August up to September 1st.

"I think that is the crux of the story," Robb said. "We have placements up 6.6 percent year-over-year. A month or two ago, we would not have anticipated that."

Robb says the industry has been aggressively placing cattle over the past three or four months. While this is an extremely large figure, Robb says the numbers still fall short compared to those during August of 2011, noting that the current calf crop on tap is very similar to the one producers raised in 2010-11 in terms of total quantity of animals coming into the marketplace. On the other side of things, Robb says marketings show that feedlots have remained very current as well, very much in line with what the trade observed last year, which Robb described as "superb." He expects that trend to continue this year. Overall, he estimates those numbers together leave an on-feed inventory of up five to six percent from a year ago for this report. 

"This is a report that I think will get a lot of attention," he said. "I think maybe the pre-report estimates will have a pretty wide range reflecting the uncertainty from analysts."

Listen to Robb share his pre-report predictions for the upcoming USDA Cattle on Feed report, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The record-setting and still-rising floodwaters of Hurricane Florence are wreaking havoc on hog farms in the Carolinas. The North Carolina Pork Council issued an updated advisory, yesterday, offering a factual account of the impact Hurricane Florence is having on North Carolina hog farms.

On-farm assessments and aerial surveys have determined that flood waters have reached portions of farms in at least three locations. Animals in these locations were moved in advance of the storm or are continuing to receive attention from farmers, according to the advisory. It notes, too, that in many locations, trucks have been able to continue to move animals in response to the flooding.

Forecasts call for the flooding to persist up to several days. That has given cause to expect that more farms will fall to the affected area. Thus far, there are no reported breaches of treatment lagoons and no reported instances of lagoon contents spilling out. NCPC also pointed out in its advisory, instances of inaccurate reporting from the media, which can potentially leave pork producers vulnerable to activist agendas.

"We urge caution, especially in a breaking news environment where initial information is often inaccurate," NCPC stated. "It is precisely in these first hours and days that activists with an agenda seek to exploit the media - or the media simply gets it wrong."

Read more about the status of the hurricane situation and how it is impacting hog producers in affected areas, by clicking or tapping here.

During the month of September, the Oklahoma Beef Council is challenging producers in the state who either want to receive their BQA training for the first time or to refresh their BQA knowledge to take part in the new online Beef Quality Assurance training program. To encourage people to take part in this challenge, the OBC will enter all participants who complete their online training by September 30th into a drawing for several prizes including ballcaps, four $100 cash prizes and one grand prize of $500.

Executive Director of the OBC, Heather Buckmaster, says BQA training is mutually beneficial for the producer and the consumer as it helps producers capture more value in the market for their cattle and reflects a positive public image that instills consumer confidence in meat quality.

I talked with Buckmaster about this new online BQA certification opportunity- you can hear our visit on that and check out the details of how to take part in it by clicking or tapping here.

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Cathy Hirshman of Piedmont, Okla. nearly made a clean sweep of the board at DairyMax's Cow to Cone Homemade Ice Cream Contest this year at the Oklahoma State Fair, taking home three of the top prizes. Overall, seventeen total entries were made. The entries were divvied into three categories: vanilla, fruit and mix-ins. The top three winners were named in each category, plus an additional prize for People's Choice was awarded also. Our own Carson Horn served as a judge for this year's contest, joined also by local dairy producer Angie Meyer, DairyMax's Amanda HornBryan Painter of the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture and contributor to The Oklahoman, Melba Lovelace.

Hirshman's "Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream" recipe won the Vanilla category and her orange-flavored "Fuzzy Navel Ice Cream" recipe took top honors in the Fruit division. First Place in the Mix-In class went to 
Lacy Amen of Oklahoma City, Okla. for her "German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream" recipe, anecdotally a favorite among the participating judges.

The People's Choice Award went to Hirshman though, as well, for her "The Perfect Storm Ice Cream" recipe made with salted caramel, dark chocolate and toasted pecans.

For a peek at the winning recipes this year, click here and learn how to make your favorite award-winning ice cream.

Though progress has been made by the Federal Communications Commission to remove barriers for infrastructure investment, the rural-urban digital divide persists. That according to a release this week from CoBank. A report from the organization's Knowledge Exchange Division report highlights persisting challenges such as the high cost to entry, tax and legal implications, and even the lack of investment incentives that continue to stand in the way of meaningful progress towards widespread rural-broadband access.

Doran Dennis, regional vice president of electric distribution for CoBank says the standard model of providing broadband to rural customers changes daily in response to the various challenges that arise. He says the task has and continues to require out of the box thinking in order to sort through these issues. As progress is being made, though, the report cites ongoing research that validates the economic impact broadband access will have on rural America.

However, it is feared that customer-generated revenue may not cover the costs of building an entire network, which has kept many cooperatives from entering the market. Even so, there still may be a net benefit. For example, the net economic impact to society as a whole in Indiana is 4:1 benefit to cost. While things are going slower than one would hope, Dennis says the trend of broadband access in rural America is going in the right direction, but argues those already involved could stand to do more.

Get more insight into this report by clicking here to check out more highlights or review the complete brief for yourself.

Seven Congressional Leaders Question Why Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Seeks to Move USDA's Agencies

In response to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue's unprecedented plans to relocate two key USDA agencies, leaders of Congress have reached out to enquire about the motives and feasibility of this action. An article from the American Statistical Association suggests that the USDA's leadership "seemingly made this decision without consulting Congress or the USDA's partners and stakeholders." The ASA also claimed that Perdue is attempting to "rush through the move," now that Congress is asking questions.
Leaders from both the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the House of Representative agriculture appropriators among others, have expressed their concerns, even opposition, regarding the move.
ASA President Lisa LaVange praised the eight US senators and representatives who have so far spoken up, calling the move "illogical and counterproductive." ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein agreed with LaVange and has called for more in Congress to investigate the relocation and realignment.
Learn more about this issue and the concerns being raised, by clicking here.
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