Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/2/2018 5:45 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, November 1st.
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
   Friday, November 2, 2018

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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US Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue stopped in at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards Wednesday afternoon during his visit this week to Oklahoma for the Farm Production and Conservation Leadership Summit that took place in Norman, Okla. On the sidelines, he took a moment to speak with us about his visit.

"I think it is important to really see agriculture in action and that's what you see at the Oklahoma City Stockyard. Most people have no idea the amount of economic transactions that go through this place," Perdue said. "Thirteen-thousand head of cattle run through here - $13 million just clicking through. That's economic activity that goes to producers, growers, the processors and down to our consumers' table - keeping us well-fed."

At the stockyards, Perdue met local 4-H and FFA members, who he praised for their inspiring work ethic and dedication to the ag industry and agricultural education. The Secretary also touched on the Farm Bill, acknowledging the slow progress being made. However, he is confident that once the midterm elections have passed, policy leaders will buckle down and get the bill passed before the end of the year.

Hear the Secretary's thoughts on these subjects and more, by clicking over the original story on our website to listen to our complete conversation.

AND- we have a bonus from the Wednesday afternoon event- Secretary Purdue and the 4-H and FFA members were treated to an explanation of the auction process that goes on each week in the sale ring at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- and then 2012 World Livestock Auction Champion Bailey Ballou showed his skill by auctioning off the Secretary- don't worry- no money was exchanged but a lot of laughs were had- here's the video that we have posted on our You Tube Channel:

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue at Oklahoma National Stockyards, Okla City
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue at Oklahoma National Stockyards, Okla City

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After collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders in the ag and scientific communities, the EPA announced yesterday its decision to extend the registration of dicamba for two years for "over-the-top" use in controlling weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. The announcement by the EPA stated that the agency understands the value that dicamba has to American farmers as an effective tool for weed management.

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler remarked that the extension will provide certainty to all stakeholders who use dicamba for the upcoming growing season. While an extension will be granted, farmers will find that new restrictions have been added to the product label. The statement indicates that these label changes have been added to ensure that dicamba products can continue to be "used effectively while addressing potential concerns to surrounding crops and plants."

Among others changes, the new dicamba product labels will dictate that only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top; that over-the-top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and cotton 60 days after planting is prohibited; that over-the-top applications for cotton will be limited to just two applications; and that applications will be allowed only from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset.

The registration for all dicamba products will automatically expire on December 20, 2020, unless EPA further extends it. Learn more about the new restrictions placed on dicamba-based herbicides and EPA's decision to extend its registration, by clicking here. 

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded this action by the EPA, issuing a statement praising Wheeler.

"This represents the conclusion of a very thorough scientific review, in conjunction with stakeholders, involving site visits and careful consideration of facts," Perdue stated. "Producers who use this weed control method should review the label, understand why changes have been made, and ensure that all requirements of the label are met when the 2019 use season begins."

Zombie WOTUS Rises from the Dead in Carolina Court Case- NCBA Fighting to Return It to the Grave

A couple of months ago, the Waters of the US rule that was established by the Obama Administration came back to life - at least in several states including Oklahoma. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, hoping to draw attention to the problems of WOTUS being resurrected, put out a videa on Halloween called "Zombie WOTUS." Scott Yager, environmental counsel for NCBA, explained the situation.

"'Zombie WOTUS' is the result of a South Carolina court ruling that brought the WOTUS rule back into existence for 22 different states across the country. So, we all thought WOTUS was dead, right. President Trump signed an executive order in 2017 to get rid of the 2015 Obama era WOTUS rule - but what most people don't realize is that it is still going through the administrative process."

Click or tap the PLAYBOX in the window below to watch the video 'Zombie WOTUS' released this Halloween by NCBA.

Help NCBA Fight Zombie WOTUS This Halloween!
Help NCBA Fight Zombie WOTUS This Halloween!

Yager continues to explain that both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, those entities with authority over WOTUS, must complete a rule-making process to the letter of the law in order to fully replace the old rule with an updated version - one that will withstand a legal challenge in court. That process has been in the works for some time now and is still ongoing. Yager reports that currently the new language being considered for the replacement rule is being reviewed by the Justice Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget and the EPA's and Army Corps' sister agencies which all have a voice in the process. Until they are all satisfied with the language and a consensus can be made, the rule will remain in stasis.

Based on the reports he has heard from the EPA, Yager is expecting to see the final rule be made public within a month's time or less. In the meantime, groups like NCBA are making their arguments in other court districts attempting to overturn the South Carolina ruling.

Listen to Yager offer more insight into this situation, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Four This Week on SUNUP Kim Anderson says Global Wheat Market about to Get a Lot More Competitive

Although Russia continues to command the global wheat market, the US is starting to become a bit more competitive as foreign nations are beginning to flirt with the idea of purchasing American wheat. According to OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson, Egypt is currently toying with the notion, though Russia is likely to steal that deal once again with readily available high protein wheat that can be shipped at a cheaper expense.

In his latest interview this week with the SUNUP crew, Anderson says this is a good sign nonetheless as Russia will eventually run out of wheat to export sometime in mid to late February 2019, making room for the US to step up to supply the world's wheat demand. However, with harvest underway in the Southern Hemisphere, major wheat players like Argentina and Australia will soon be entering the market as well - which will replace some of the pressure that's alleviated after Russia exits the marketplace.

You can hear Kim address this scenario in his latest analysis of the wheat market tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- or tap here to hear his comments right now.

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Senator James Lankford attended a luncheon in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, hosted by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue during his visit to Oklahoma this week. According to Lankford, having a Cabinet-level official like Secretary Perdue in Oklahoma, is very significant for the state. He says opportunities like this one allow local producers to voice their concerns directly to the Secretary and him the chance to address those questions as well.

"It's always a gain to have the Secretary of Agriculture, especially someone who has such a passion for our state that mirrors his state in Georgia and also understands what we do and how we do it," Lankford said. "To be able to come in and hear the issues is a big difference then just reading about it from DC or in talking with other bureaucrats in DC. It's a good chance to actually talk with producers here."

We spoke with Lankford about what priorities he has stacked up on his agenda for the next couple months. Obviously, the Farm Bill was one of those, but budget reform was also high up on his list. He says there is a lot to be done in just a month and a half before Congress ends for the year but believes it can all get done. Listen to Senator Lankford and I discuss the issues that are important to him, by clicking or tapping here.

Six Drought Hangs on by a Thread in OK as One of the Wettest Octobers on Record Comes and Goes

As a result of one of the wettest August-October periods on record, nearly all drought across the state has been eradicated- all with the exception of just a sliver of dryness hanging out in the northeastern corner of the state where significant deficits there have continued since October 2017.

As you can see from the map below, less than two percent of the state remains in drought condition.

Looking ahead, the outlook for November will likely facilitate total drought removal in Oklahoma, and we shouldn't expect at this point any new developments of drought across the rest of the state.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor map or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker report from State Climatologist Gary McManus, click here.

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SevenThis Weekend- American Angus Association Convention Celebrates Forty Years of Certified Angus Beef

Columbus, Ohio, will host the 2018 National Angus Convention and Trade Show Nov. 3-5. This year's Angus Convention is special as it will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Certified Angus Beef.

Many of the attendees will have a chance to go and tour the Certified Angus Beef headquarters in Wooster, Ohio- and to check out their world class culinary center that has been built to advance recipe development and more.

And- at the annual business meeting of the Breed on Monday- it is expected that Oklahoma Angus Breeder John Pfeiffer, Jr of Mulhall will officially be installed as the next President of the American Angus Association. 

We will be in Columbus covering the annual meeting- and will have reports from the convention in our Monday email.

In the meantime- click or tap here for the Convention website to learn more about the 2018 activities. 

HempBonusComing Monday in Our Email- Industrial Hemp Arrives in Oklahoma

On Thursday afternoon- we drove to Guthrie and checked out the first fruits of one of the operations that is licensed under the new Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Law that was passed by the Legislature this past spring. 

Our story and interviews will be featured on Monday- but thought I might leave you with a couple of pics from the event- one of a hemp plant grown in the greenhouses of Guthrie Greenhouses- and the second of hemp plants being dried down before processing begins. 

This is some of the first industrial hemp that has been grown in Oklahoma- and these folks hope it's the first of many harvests to come.
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