Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/22/2018 4:05 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 Friday, October 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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, October 22, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

OneFeatured Story: Oklahoma State's DASNR and CASNR Honor Three Alums and Three Champions on Campus Friday

The 2018 DASNR Honors Celebration was held this past Friday evening in the Student Union Ballroom on the Campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Three Distinguished Alumni and three DASNR Champions were honored. Recognized as 2018 CASNR Distinguished Alumni are Charlotte Kirk Baer, Frederick Drummond and Gregory Schultz. The 2018 DASNR Champions are Brad Parker, Gene Rainbolt and JD Waggoner.

I am honored to say that I was in the first group of DASNR Champions selected back in 2011, and I had the chance to attend the 2018 ceremonies on Friday- and I talked with one of the 2018 DASNR Champions ahead of that evening's  ceremony. Gene Rainbolt is the Chairman Emeritus of BancFirst, one of the largest Ag Lenders in the state of Oklahoma. Rainbolt graduated from the University of Oklahoma- but has discovered the value of the College of Agriculture and especially the Ag Economics Department within CASNR. Rainbolt told me that the Ag Economics Department is very important to BancFirst, as nine of their Bank Presidents are graduates of the Department.

Click or tap here to here our conversation with Mr. Rainbolt. And you can click or tap here to read information on all six of the 2018 Honorees. 

One other picture I wanted to share with you from Friday- one of my favorite cattle producers is Frederick Drummond- and he was one of the Alums honored Friday evening- thot many of you would enjoy a pic from this Osage County producer!

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At the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis - Oklahoma continues the tradition of placing finalists into the Star Competition. Oklahoma has two Star Finalists for 2018. One of them is a National Star Finalist in Agribusiness - Brady Womack of the Morris FFA Chapter, who sat down with us to talk about his business before he hit the road to Indianapolis this week.

Womack started his business, B5 Enterprises Show Supplies, from the ground up in 2012 with a $12,000 bank loan and a trailer to sell his initial inventory out of. Since then, he has watched his business grow from one trailer to now six and employs his own sales team to help spread the work load. Today, Womack's business has a presence at 300 junior livestock shows a year, attending between three and five show each weekend between December and March. He credits his experiences through the FFA with helping him to develop some of the practical skills that have proved necessary in successfully operating his business.

You can listen to our complete conversation to learn more about Womack's business venture and entrepreneurship by clicking or tapping over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

As we bring you coverage from Indy this week, be sure to keep in mind that we will be updating our FLICKR account with pictures of those student competitors from Oklahoma at convention that you won't find anywhere else. Check it out throughout the week, here.

Special thanks again this year, too, to our friends at ITC Great Plains for stepping up to sponsor our coverage of the National FFA Convention. Learn more about them, by clicking here.

One final Convention Note- the first bit of news that we will be able to relay from Indy comes tonight- as the National Officer Candidates in the running for the six national officer slots will be cut in half- we will be posting that on Social Media this evening and will have that in our email tomorrow morning- Ridge Hughbanks is the National Officer candidate from Oklahoma- here's our story from the end of this past week with Ridge.


A 2015 rule that expands the federal government's control over private land nationwide should be vacated in its entirety, according to a coalition challenging the rule. Attorneys made the argument against the Waters of the U.S. Rule in papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The American Farm Bureau Federation and others, including the state of Texas, are suing to do away with the WOTUS rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Plaintiffs say the rule is illegal for a host of reasons, including that it disregards statutory and Supreme Court requirements that federally regulated "waters" be at least closely connected to "navigable" waterbodies. The current filings in Texas mark the third time a federal district court has been asked to strike the 2015 rule.

Federal courts in North Dakota and Georgia are also currently considering similar claims. The rule has been temporarily blocked in dozens of states pending the outcome of the litigation.

Click or tap here for the original story to learn more details.

Cattlewoman Brenda Schulz, who ranches near Grant in southeastern Oklahoma's Choctaw County, was named last week by the Oklahoma Ag Dept. as a Significant Woman in Agriculture. Schulz has witnessed/experienced agriculture from a lot of different geographical viewpoints before landing in Oklahoma in 1984.

Not only did she grow up in North Dakota, she studied animal science at the University of Minnesota and worked with a veterinarian in Colorado where she met her husband Curt. They married in 1983 and a year later moved to Choctaw County, where his parents farmed and ranched and started building their own beef cow herd while also raising corn and soybeans.

Today, 34 years after settling down in Choctaw County, they raise Angus cattle, corn, small grains, hay and pecans on 1,500 acres along the banks and in the bottoms of the Red River, south of Grant. Her daughter's family is helping these days in managing the operation.

You can read all about Schulz's story and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture, by clicking here to jump to her complete profile provided by ODAFF.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have one of the premiere businesses in the cattle business partner with us in helping bring you our daily Farm and Ranch News Email- National Livestock Credit Corporation.  National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company.  They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week during a ceremony in Washington, DC that "U.S. cotton is free-after more than 100 years-of the devastating pink bollworm," which has cost U.S. producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses.

Perdue credited the industry's rigorous control and regulatory activities carried out by USDA and its partners for the pest's elimination from all cotton-producing areas in the continental United States. In light of this news, USDA is lifting the domestic quarantine for pink bollworm and relieving restrictions on the domestic and international movement of U.S. cotton.

The pink bollworm was first detected in the United States in Hearne, Texas, in 1917 and by the mid-1950s, the pest had spread to surrounding states and eventually reached California in 1963. Eradication of pink bollworm has taken years of committed research and carefully planned strategic management by cotton producers.

NCC President/CEO Gary Adams, welcomed this news stating that the NCC appreciated the industry's united effort to complete this monumental task. Click here to read the complete statement released by the NCC on this matter for more information about the pink bollworm.

After having several organizational meetings in 2017, the Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association held what they billed as their first annual convention over this past weekend at the Best Western Saddleback in Oklahoma City.

We spent some time at their meeting on Saturday morning, with about forty in attendance- and they heard speakers offer personal stories about private property rights, regulatory nightmares and more. 

Their headline speaker of the day was the longtime Chief Executive Officer of the group, Bill Bullard.  

I started our conversation with Bullard, asking him to explain his stand that is articulated in a Opinion Piece the group released this past week, available here.

In that article- Bullard writes "Despite his October 12 article's title, Contentious Battle Continues Over the Beef Checkoff, Drovers Editor Greg Henderson devotes considerable ink to fanning the flames for desperate souls trying to fabricate relationships between R-CALF USA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)."

Bullard told me that there absolutely no link between R-Calf and HSUS.

We also discussed the R-Calf push for Mandatory COOL, while at the same time wanting nothing to do with a Mandatory Animal ID. And, we talked extensively about the Lawsuit that continues in a Montana Federal Court- brought by R-Calf against the Montana Beef Council.  

He says his group and cattle producers on both sides of this contentious litigation wait on the Great Falls District Court to decide on the R-Calf request to add another 14 State Beef Councils to the litigation, which could radically alter how the Beef Checkoff does business- at both the state Beef Council level as well as at the Federal of Beef Councils level.

You can listen to the entire conversation that we recorded with Bullard on Saturday morning- click or tap here- and whether you agree with his positions or not- it will be worth your time to listen to his arguments on these issues- if Bullard and R-Calf prevail in the Beef Checkoff case- it turns the dollar a head beef checkoff totally onto its head.

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Seven OSU Hosts Free Herbicide Symptomology Clinic for Producers Dealing with Increased Weed Pressure

Winter wheat growers are already facing weed pressure this season. According to OSU, in fact, producers are seeing both summer and winter annuals popping up in their fields. Extension services points to the abundance of recent moisture and elevated temperatures into October as major causes of the current weed pressure.

Luckily, for producers who already have planted a crop and have weeds emerging, there are some herbicide options available. Just be sure to pay close attention to product labeling and application timing as wet and cool conditions may contribute to increased crop injury.

Discussion on best weed management practices in small grains and further professional advice including pesticide application technology demonstrations will be offered to producers, Extension personnel, herbicide company representatives, crop consultants and other stakeholders from across the agriculture industry at the upcoming 
2018 OSU Herbicide Symptomology Clinic scheduled for Oct. 26 in Stillwater. The clinic begins at 9 a.m., with coffee and donuts served at 8:30 a.m. The clinic is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.

For more information about this clinic or weed control practices in general, click here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Pork Council, 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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