Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/23/2018 6:14 AM

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OKC West Cow and Bull Turn- report not posted as Tuesday morning- 

Yearling Cattle traded higher on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- Feeder steers 1.00-4.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves had little comparable weight ranges to compare to last week but a sharply higher undertone noted. Estimated receipts were 7,000- click or tap here for the complete report. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards reported 5,728 on Monday- steers and heifers are traded mostly firm to 5.00 higher, spots up to 10.00 higher on weaned consignments. Click or tap here for the full report compiled by 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, October 22nd.
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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   Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Soybean Harvest Ramps Up Finally with Favorable Weather as Winter Wheat Planting Progresses Across the Southern Plains

After falling steadily behind schedule the last few weeks, some recent favorable weather conditions have helped the US soybean harvest ramp up its pace finally across the Midwest, while the progress of the US corn harvest remains ahead of its historical average rate of speed, according to the latest Crop Progress report for the week ending on October 21, 2018 and released by the United States Department of Agriculture on Monday, October 22, 2018.

The report indicates that both the US corn crop and soybean crop quality is unchanged from this past week at 68 and 66 percent good to excellent. Corn harvested is nearly halfway complete this week at 49 percent, ahead of last year by 12 points and the five-year average by 2 points. Meantime, the US soybean harvest has made some significant progress since last week, rising 15 points to 53 percent complete, but still behind the normal pace of 69 percent.

To review the complete USDA Crop Progress report for Monday, October 22, 2018 - click here.

Looking in on our three-state region -

Winter wheat planted in Oklahoma reached 75 percent, up 5 points from the previous year. Winter wheat emerged reached 62 percent, up 10 points from the previous year. Canola planted reached 60 percent, down 26 points from the previous year. Sorghum mature reached 78 percent, down 14 points from the previous year. Sorghum harvested reached 50 percent, down 3 points from the previous year. Cotton harvested reached 17 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma.

In Kansas, winter wheat planted was 67 percent, near 63 last year, but behind 80 for the five-year average. Emerged was 53 percent, ahead of 39 last year, but near 56 average. Corn harvested was 69 percent, ahead of 63 last year, but behind 75 average. Soybeans dropping leaves was 93 percent, near 96 last year and 94 average. Harvested was 23 percent, well behind 53 last year and 51 average. Sorghum harvested was 23 percent, near 22 last year, but behind 40 average.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Kansas.

And finally, across Texas, wet conditions across many areas of the state kept small grains producers from seeding remaining fields. Producers in areas of the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands considered replanting winter wheat due to excess moisture. Cotton conditions in the High Plains were declining. Producers across the state were waiting for dryer conditions to begin harvest.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Texas.

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NationalOfficerOklahoma National Officer Candidate Ridge Hughbanks Remains in the Hunt- Makes the 50% Cut Monday Night

There is no grand unveiling- no public announcement- as the field of candidates for National Office of the FFA is sliced in half.  
The process begins with over 40 candidates coming to Indianapolis much earlier than the thousands that will flood the streets by the middle of this week- Ridge Hughbanks of Alva FFA and the other candidates traveled to Indiana this past Friday- to be in place first thing Saturday morning for the initial rounds that the Nominating Committee used to rank the candidates- with the top 50% of those from each region advancing. 

The Committee uses a letter to inform each candidate of their fate. I got the chance to see the letter handed to Ridge- it reads in part- "Congratulations! Your performance in the national officer selection process has placed you in the top 50% of candidates in your region! You will be advancing to Phase II of the national officer selection process."

Those that gathered last night at one of the downtown Indy hotels were there as the candidates got their letters- opened them up and either celebrated or consoled their candidate.

We posted our latest story with Ridge Hughbanks at the end of this last week- as he prepared to head into the process- click or tap here to go back and take a listen to what he has done to this point to be ready for the multiple rounds of the selection- and why he wants to be part of the national officer team in the coming year.

The second and final cut of the officer selection will come Saturday afternoon in the final convention session- it will be a very public process- and the 23 candidates will be waiting to hear their name called- if it is- they will give a year of their life to travel and represent the Blue and Gold.  

By the way- here is the list of those that made the 50% cut- from all four regions:


At the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this week - National Star Finalist in Agriscience - Adrienne Blakey of the Stillwater FFA Chapter, will compete for top honors in this category. Before hitting the road to Indy, though, she sat down with us to talk about her project which she says focuses on answering the question of whether or not there's a connection between modern wheat breeding and the rise in gluten sensitivity that we've seen the past couple of decades.

Early results of that research has been encouraging that the only result in grain and nutritional quality have been positive, she says, but says it will take time for real definitive results to be compiled.

"For people with Celiac disease, it is something that should be avoided, but often times we're seeing a number of people who have self-diagnosed themselves as gluten sensitive or intolerant," she said. "While that's fine to make those personal decisions, when it becomes a problem and becomes media misinformation and begins to have a adverse effect on an entire industry - that's when it gets to be kind of concerning."

You can listen to our complete conversation to learn more about Blakey's research project 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.

We again this year, appreciate 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. Special thanks, too, to Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association for their support as well. 
Consumers Agree Modern Production Yields Quality Beef - It's Animal Welfare That Concerns Them

Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson currently serves as part of the Oklahoma State University Animal Science faculty as the Temple Grandin Professorship in Animal Behavior and Well-being. She believes up until now, beef producers and especially cow/calf producers, have gotten relatively the "kid-glove treatment" when it comes to animal wellbeing or animal welfare issues. But, in a recent interview, she says that may be changing in the days ahead.

"Really I think that they've been kind of immune to animal welfare issues that some of the other segments of the industry such as poultry and swine have faced for quite some time," she said. "So, it becomes a big concern for the industry, because on one hand, they are producing this safe, quality product- and the beef industry isn't really communicating very well to (consumers) about how their product is being raised and cared for and the consumer is like, 'we don't trust you because we consider you to be just like big ag and don't have animals' welfare at the front of the equation.'"

The challenge for producers, Salak-Johnson says, is to let consumers know they are taking proper care of their animals and to offer some transparency in how that is done.

"For the consumer, food safety and a quality product is important to them, but also what's really important to them is where and how that product ended up on their dinner table and I think that's the part of the narrative that the industry hasn't really focused a whole lot on," she said. "I don't think they are ensuring their consumer that they're doing the right thing. Yes, they have a quality product, but once again, the consumer today is much more concerned with animal welfare- regardless of what their definition of animal welfare is."

Listen to Salak-Johnson and I discuss her position on how effectively the beef industry is communicating with its consumer on animal welfare practices within the profession, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The Department of Agriculture says more than 130 cities have expressed interest in hosting USDA agencies that would move from Washington as part of a controversial reorganization plan.
USDA says 136 entities in 35 states are interested in becoming the new homes of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

In August, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that most ERS and NIFA personnel would be moving to outside the Washington area by the end of 2019 and invited interested parties to submit proposals. Perdue called the interest "overwhelming," adding that it is "gratifying" states are stepping forward to prove "not all wisdom resides in Washington, D.C."

The entities expressing interest include educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state development agencies, county development agencies, municipalities, and for-profit entities.

Find the complete list of interested parties and read more about this news, here.

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The USDA's Risk Management Agency's suggested window for canola planting in Oklahoma just came to a close recently. With last year's disappointing canola crop behind us, we wanted to reach out to Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University assistant professor and cropping systems specialist, for an update on this year's crop and his outlook on its projected success.

According to Lofton, this year's canola crop and the one prior are quite comparable in terms of acres planted. But, despite the limitations we've seen as far as expansion goes, Lofton says the growing season has gotten off to a great start with ample moisture and cool temperatures really promoting strong root development and well-established fields statewide.

While the crop is still vulnerable to unexpected warm snaps that might bring with them added complications, the thing Lofton advises growers to be watching out for this year is making sure they are keeping up with proper nitrogen management. He suggests looking into N-rich strips if you haven't already. Easy to implement and especially suited for a year like this - Lofton says this technique will significantly help farmers as heavy rains this fall will most likely deplete any nitrogen reserves in the soil that have already been put down.

You can listen to our complete conversation for more of Lofton's advice by clicking or tapping here.

Two teams of feed grain industry importers - from South America and China - are in Minneapolis this week for Export Exchange 2018 - a biennial educational and trade forum for U.S. feed grains that will host approximately 200 international buyers and end-users organized into 21 U.S. Grains Council. Upon completing this portion of the trip, both trade teams will head to the southern U.S. to meet with suppliers and exporters of U.S. corn, its co-products and sorghum.

In addition to networking opportunities, these attendees traveling to Export Exchange will be briefed on among other things the global supply and demand situation, transportation issues and challenges and will also be made aware of the importance of strong trade policy and market development to U.S. agriculture. 

While visiting Export Exchange and these respective states, individuals on the teams have opportunities to directly do business and make connections to facilitate future sales. After Export Exchange, the South American delegation will visit export facilities in New Orleans and an ethanol plant and corn and sorghum farms Texas. The Chinese delegation will visit corn and sorghum farms in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas as well as an ethanol plant, local elevators and transloading facilities.

The Council, in partnership with United Sorghum Checkoff Program, works in more than 50 countries and the European Union to market U.S. grains and their related products and build long-term demand from loyal customers. For more information on Export Exchange 2018, click here.

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Seven Peel Says Crop Harvest and Wheat Pasture Development, Hampered by Rain, is Impacting Beef Business

In this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel examined the unusual weather Oklahoma has experienced this fall and how it has impacted crop harvest and wheat pasture development in the state, relative to its influence on the beef cattle industry.

According to Peel, recent rains have made establishing wheat pastures across the state too wet, and therefore unsuitable at this time to allow cattle free-range for grazing. Doing so with the presence of excess moisture puts pastures at risk of substantial damage. Peel says the margins look strong enough to allow producers the time they need to let their pastures dry out before turning cattle out to graze. However, if delayed too long, profit margins could ware thin. Peel explains...

"For the first time in many years turnout for wheat grazing is likely to be delayed by excess moisture across many regions of the state," he writes. "Attempting to graze soggy wheat fields will damage the stand. Wheat stands will need some time to dry out and improve root development so cattle will not trample or pull up the wheat plants while grazing. This may delay the early start of grazing but the overall moisture situation implies that plenty of wheat pasture will be available later. Producers may, in fact, be looking to stock a bit heavier than usual with potential for better than average wheat forage production this winter. Stocker budgets for winter grazing still look quite favorable unless grazing delays stretch out too long and cut days available for winter grazing down excessively."

Click here to read Peel's complete article this week for more details of his analysis.
FakeMeatHappening Today- USDA and FDA Jointly Hold Session on Lab Grown Meat

At 7:30 AM Central this morning- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will kick-off a two-day public meeting on lab-grown meat regulation. 

There is a webcast of the session that is available- click or tap here to jump over to the FSIS part of the USDA website for the links that will take you to the live video feed. 

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