Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 10/4/2018 6:53 AM

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OKC West sold just over 11,000 this week- yearlings were higher on Wednesday- click or tap here to read the full report from USDA Market News offered 358 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.

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, October 3rd.
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, October 4, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story:
Ag Groups Offer Thumbs Up to Kevin Stitt in the 2018 Governor's Race

It was not unexpected- but several Ag Groups, including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association offered their endorsement for Kevin Stitt in his effort to become the next Governor of the state of Oklahoma. 

Stitt, stopped by the Tulsa State Fair to appear in a public announcement on Wednesday afternoon at the Tulsa State Fair with leaders representing the three groups.  

"I am honored to have the strong and diverse support of leaders from our hard-working agriculture community," said Kevin Stitt. "Agriculture is an economic mainstay in Oklahoma, and, as governor, I will fight to protect the agriculturists, farmers, and ranchers that play a vital role in driving economic opportunity and job growth in Oklahoma."

The groups endorsing Kevin Stitt are the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's OK Ag Fund, Oklahoma Cattleman's Association, and the Oklahoma Pork Council. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to the complete announcement.

You can also watch the announcement by clicking on the video box here:

Oklahoma Ag Groups Support Kevin Stitt for Governor
Oklahoma Ag Groups Support Kevin Stitt for Governor

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Two Baylor Bonham Repeats- Showing Grand Champion Steer for the Third Time at Tulsa State Fair

As a 13 year old 4-Her- Baylor Bonham of Newcastle showed the Grand Champion Steer at the Tulsa State Fair- he had several high placings in the years following- then in 2017- he took top Steer honors again.  Last night at the 2018 edition of the Tulsa State Fair Night of Champions- Baylor Bonham of Newcastle FFA saw his steer selected yet again.

Bonham will lead his Steer into the Sale Ring this afternoon shortly after five pm to kick off the 2018 Tulsa State Fair Sale of top market show animals- 147 animals have been selected to be a part of the 2018 sale.

The Grand Champion Market Barrow will sell second- and he is owned by Jacie Cantrell of Ripley 4-H.

Johnna Stottlemyre of Luther FFA had her Market Lamb called the best of the show- winning Grand Champion Market Lamb Honors- while the Grand Champion Market Goat was show by young Addy Schneberger of Carnegie 4-H.

The fifth Grand Champion that will be brought into the sale ring this afternoon is the pen of Broilers- shown by Landon Harmon of Perry FFA.

A Look at Trump's new NAFTA from a Livestock Perspective with Extension Economist Glynn Tonsor

From a livestock industry perspective, the new NAFTA deal that has been trumpeted recently by the Trump Administration, or the US, Mexico, Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) as it will now be known, gives US dairy producers more access into the Canadian market. For the rest of the livestock industry- not much has changed from the old NAFTA agreement, according to Extension Livestock Market Economist Glynn Tonsor who says that's a good thing.

"Importantly, I have not seen anything that is specific to bovine, beef, hogs or pork that just leaves me speculating that they were massively changed from the past NAFTA agreement," Tonsor said. "If that is the case, that would be a good thing in my opinion because Canada, the US and Mexico have very intertwined supply chains."

Tonsor says live and feeder cattle alike cross both the Canadian and Mexico border into the US frequently, with several core economic reasons behind that interconnection of supply chains that exists. This fact is the foundation from which the livestock industry's major concerns about renegotiating the trade pact first stemmed. Tonsor says the prospect that seems to have been laid on the table, one that for all intents and purposes leaves basically all of the agricultural sector untouched, is a very big deal. Setting live animal trade aside, meat export transactions under this treaty alone will account anywhere from one quarter up to half of total US meat exports.

"At face value it appears, specifically for beef and swine, the market will not be drastically impacted compared to what the old NAFTA was," he surmised. "So, there's been lots of trade uncertainty. This is not done by any means, but it is a step in my eyes in the right direction of resolving some of that trade uncertainty."

Listen to Tonsor's full analysis of the new USMCA trade agreement, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

It's that time of year again when decisions about weaning the spring-born calves have to be made. Is it better to sell them directly at weaning, or should they be held for a period of time in some type of preconditioning program? 
According to Jason Bradley, an economist with the Noble Research Institute, many reports show a cow-calf operation can gain value by preconditioning its calves before marketing. Bradley composed an article recently on that subject, looking at what the current preconditioning outlook shows us and a couple of other items to consider when deciding whether preconditioning is right for you.

Before coming to your conclusion, Bradley says there are two things you must first consider when thinking about preconditioning- the value of gain and the cost of gain. The VoG is the value added to the animal with every pound it gains, while the CoG is what it costs you, the producer, to put that pound of weight on.

By making some assumptions based on those two considerations, Bradley says we can come up with an idea of what price a producer can expect to get for their cattle at weaning and after preconditioning. But, there are also other things to consider when preconditioning calves. He says a producer should also think about how preconditioning is going to take a lot more of your time; how weaning is a stressful period for cattle and requires you to be ready for any health issues that may arise; how not having the facilities to handle this process could prevent you from preconditioning. In addition, he says if you do think preconditioning is for you, make sure you evaluate the VoG and CoG using your operation's information.

Click here to jump to our website to read Bradley's complete article for more of his expert tips on weaning and preconditioning calves this fall.

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Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc. Celebrates 27 Years Serving Up Its Steak Sandwich at Tulsa State Fair

For 27 years, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has served up its ribeye steak sandwich at the Tulsa State Fair- a favorite food among fair-goers. 

OCA has experimented with other foods, like hamburgers, but nothing has ever come close in popularity to the steak sandwich in the more than two decades it's been served. Not only is it tasty, it's also a much healthier alternative to many of the traditional, fried fair foods you'll find. In fact, this year it has been named the "Best Value" fair food at the Tulsa State Fair- an honor it's been bestowed many times before.

We were on location, yesterday, at the Tulsa State Fair and stopped by the OCA's Beef Tent to speak with OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey about this milestone and the sandwich's success all these many years. You can listen to our complete conversation from Wednesday or continue reading about it, by clicking here.

The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program will again offer grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues. According to a release from the National Corn Growers Association, these grants will be awarded to researchers focusing on six priority areas (amelioration, best management, biological controls, breeding, testing and transgenic) and are designed by southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region.

NCGA Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team Chair Charles Ring states that these grants can help improve the tools available for aflatoxin control and deliver real results in a timely and efficient manner that farmers can see in their fields.

While corn farmers in southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges may present themselves in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress. Thus, the benefits of such research, are truly national in scope. Pre-proposals from principal investigators, co-principal investigators and collaborators not exceeding the $100,000 per year limit will be accepted until October 23.

For more information about the review process, evaluation criteria and program, click here.

Seven Commercial and Hobby Pecan Farmers Invited to Attend Pecan Harvest Workshop Oct. 18 and 25

On average, Oklahoma produces about 17 million pounds of pecans per year. Harvesting early in the season helps eliminate wildlife depredation. Lessons like this will be offered at an upcoming event for Pecan orchard managers, as well as hobby pecan farmers. Anyone with an interest in the pecan business is encouraged to register today for one of two Pecan Harvest Field Days being hosted by the Noble Research Institute where they will have the opportunity to learn more about pecan harvesting. Each workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to see the process of preparing the orchard floor for harvest and observe pecan harvesting in action.

The field days are slated 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Noble Research Institute Red River Farm in Burneyville and Oct. 25 at the Cimarron Valley Research Station in Perkins. Both field days are free to attend, but registration is required.

Those interested in attending can find more details on the schedule and how to register by clicking over to our website.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Pork Councilthe 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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