Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/21/2018 5:27 AM

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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 Thursday, September 20th.
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
   Friday, September 21, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story:
NCBA Chief Vet Kathy Simmons Says Farm Bill Funding Critical to Realizing Secure Beef Supply Plan

During the ongoing process to craft the next Farm Bill that will replace the existing legislation expiring in September of this year, one request stemming from the livestock industry has been that appropriations be set aside in this new bill to fund work necessary to catch the US up to speed on the biosecurity of our nation's animal-based food supply. Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinary officer for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association explained recently the status of those negotiations.

This request for increased biosecurity is of course multifaceted, but the largest and certainly the most talked about aspect of it, is the creation of a dedicated vaccine bank that would store a sustainable supply of vaccines to use in counteracting a widespread epidemic in livestock populations in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak - such as the highly infectious and potentially catastrophic prospect of Foot & Mouth Disease occurring, for example.

"That's something we've all been working on for many years prior to coming into this Farm Bill," Dr. Simmons said. "We all realize that when we ask for a project of this magnitude we have to have planning for both before, during and after the process of the Farm Bill."

In planning for this project, USDA has conducted research to determine the most effective and versatile vaccine that should be stocked to fight the most threatening strains of diseases, like FMD. It's also planned for managed movement of infected livestock, including the coordination of quarantine zones and working with stakeholders and state and federal authorities. All of which has been assembled under what has become known as the 'Secure Beef Supply Plan' - which ensures continuity of business for non-infected product to move to the consumer.

"As we find out what the funding levels will be - we will be able then to work with USDA and others to try to make this a reality and certainly be one step closer to protecting ourselves against foreign animal and transboundary diseases," she said.

Listen to Dr. Simmons and I discuss this matter in length, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Two  Kim Anderson Says Grain Markets are Slow, But Thinks They May Have Found a Bottom 

With little action taking place in the grain markets this week, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says that judging from the recent price patterns in futures trade, it is likely that the grain markets have finally reached a bottom. 

Anderson says the volatility that has been seen in markets lately has been due to the uncertainty surrounding crops in Russia and Ukraine. It is still unknown at this time whether or not Russia's government will cap exports this year, plus there are rumors beginning to circulate as well concerning the quality of Russian wheat, known to have suffered sprout damage this past growing season. If so, it is possible that Ukraine could move to capture some of that. However, it is also possible that Ukraine could be backing off its exports as well by as much as 50 million bu. this year. These prospects bode well for the US export business.

In the meantime, Anderson says we will have to wait to see how harvest unfolds in Argentina and Australia in order to determine a firmer outlook on markets moving forward. Those countries will begin to harvest during the next couple months. Expectations right now are that Argentina will have a very average crop this year, while Australia's is expected to come in well below average.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode by clicking here.


Despite significant reduction in recent weeks, drought continues to plague parts of the state. In fact, some areas in the state's are seeing conditions beginning to intensify. However, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus, drought that currently exists in the state is expected to either improve or disappear by the end of December. By the look of the latest weather forecasts, it seems we'll get a jump start towards that goal with some heavy fall rains expected this weekend.

Right now, though, 47% of the state is under "Abnormally Dry" conditions, up from 39% last week. All other drought categories have stalled since last week with Moderate Drought still at 17%, Severe Drought at 6% and Extreme Drought again this week just under 1%.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker, click here.

It is true that the practice is growing in popularity but cover crop acreage in the United States remains low. Despite this growing willingness, however, the industry faces barriers to making cover crops a prominent business segment. 

A new study found that 89 percent of agricultural retailers have offered cover crop products and services in the past two years, and 94 percent say they want to expand these offerings in the future. Still, the products and services offered account for less than five percent of total revenue for these businesses. Nonetheless, a majority of retailers say these services are a way in which they can diversify their businesses and are seeking ways in which to promote them. The hard part though is finding sufficient evidence to convince farmers of cover crop benefits in their region.

The study recommends engaging with possible trade and industry collaborators to increase customer demand. More importantly though, providing farmers more solid answers on the economics of cover crops and how to manage them for local conditions would help significantly.

ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock says that "the adoption of cover crops will continue at a slower rate until farmers can see the true value in the practice. Our retailer members appreciate the survey results and any subsequent findings to work with their customers in making the best decisions for their operations and the environment."

Click here to learn more about this study and the profile of the cover crop business in today's ag sector.

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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

For Dairy MAX, the start of the school year is a very important and busy time. One of the organization's most successful programs has been its interaction with school children and their parents and teachers. Throughout the year, but especially now, Dairy MAX reminds us all that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and there's research to back that up. Starting your mornings off right with a balanced, nutritious meal will set the tone for the rest of the day. For kids at their desk, being hungry until lunch is a distraction and can cause a loss of focus and hinders their learning.

Making dairy products, like milk or yogurt, part of your daily routine will help you consume nine essential nutrients that will see you and your kids through the morning doldrums. Lessons like this and others are being shared in schools all around the state and beyond, thanks to the efforts of Dairy MAX.

Our own Carson Horn spoke recently to Amanda Horn, who works with Dairy MAX, about their school outreach programs and others that promote the dairy industry on behalf of farmers and producers. You can listen to their complete conversation and learn how a glass of milk in the morning or a grilled cheese for lunch, can set you up for success. Click here to hear that conversation and learn more about all the Dairy MAX does on behalf of farmers.

This week, the EPA updated its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program website to increase transparency surrounding the program. The updated website includes new data and information for both stakeholders and the public.

The data will provide important information for renewable fuel producers, fuel refiners, importers, and marketers that can be used as they make business and compliance decisions. In posting the data, EPA will ensure the protection of confidential business information.

Moving forward, EPA intends to coordinate small refinery hardship decisions with website updates such that the recipients of waivers and the broader market receive the same information at the same time. The Agency will also update information on RIN prices and trading volumes on a monthly basis.

Click here to read the original statement from the EPA about this initiative to increase transparency regarding the RFS and the agency's issuance of small refinery waivers for more information.

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Seven Stakeholders Invited to Take Part in Rural Economic Outlook Conference Set for October 17 at OSU

Coming up next month on October 17th, we will have the honor of moderating discussion, along with SUNUP's Lyndall Stout, at the Rural Economic Outlook Conference this year, being hosted by OSU. Join us to hear valuable insight and expectations regarding the rural economy from a line-up of expert guest speakers, including among others Nathan Kauffman, an economist and vice president of the Omaha branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, and James MacDonald, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief of the USDA Economic Research Service's Structure, Technology and Productivity branch.

The 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. conference will take place at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. Registration cost is $50 per participant if pre-registering through Oct. 10 and $75 thereafter.

Anyone seeking additional information about the Oct. 17 Rural Economic Outlook Conference at OSU, including instructions on how to register, should click over to the calendar page on our website for more details.

PoultryHappening This Morning- a Community Meeting on Poultry Operations in Northeast Oklahoma

The resentment over the growth of poultry operations and fears they might cause more water contamination in northeast Oklahoma has the attention of U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin.

He plans to hold a community meeting for Second district residents THIS MORNING, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kansas High School.

"I have heard from a number of Oklahomans about the influx of chicken farms in their communities," said Mullin.  "As a U.S. Representative, I do not have influence over matters at the state and local level, but this issue is of growing concern for many Oklahomans and their families.  A community meeting on the topic with local and state officials will help everyone be informed."

County Commissioners and Jim Reese, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture will join Rep. Mullin at the meeting. The Representative also intends to stream it live on Congressman Mullin's Facebook page.
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