Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/13/2018 6:15 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Carson Horn on RON.

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The Cow and Bull Sale at OKC West was not reported on Monday by USDA due to inclement weather- 454 head were on hand for the sale.

Sharply lower at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday with 9,000 cattle on hand- Feeder steers traded 6.00-8.00 lower. Feeder heifers 7.00-11.00 lower. Steer calves sold 4.00-9.00 lower on limited comparable receipts. Heifer calves 6.00-9.00 lower. Click or tap here for the full report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had just over 3,000 head for their Monday sale- snow limited the receipts- and prices were cheaper- calves sold 2.00-6.00 lower and yearlings were too lightly tested for a market trend, the undertone was weak- click or tap here for the full report from 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 last reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, November 9th.
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
   Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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There are few people in the business with more experience than Mary Kay Thatcher, when it comes to agricultural policy. Before moving to work with Syngenta, Thatcher, had a long stint with the American Farm Bureau where she covered just about every policy issue that related back to agriculture. In her current role, she says this remains the same although perhaps a bit more technical on certain matters. Like many of her peers, much of Thatcher's time these days has been spent working with leaders on Capitol Hill to ensure the next Farm Bill is written with producers' best interests in mind. During the recent 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City, we had the chance to speak with her about her views of the post-election political landscape and how it will impact ag policy moving forward.

Unfortunately, Thatcher has a bit of a pessimistic outlook on the ability of Congressional leaders to get along over the course of the next couple years, especially now since the midterms altered the balance of power. Specifically, she worries this might get in the way of a smooth process to pass the next Farm Bill- though she was never really sure about getting it done in the first place before the elections either. She says we are probably in store for more of the same now that the Democrats control the House. Bottom line, according to Thatcher, if House Ag Chair Mike Conaway and Speaker Paul Ryan hope to pass a Farm Bill during the Lame Duck session, they will have to abandon their hopes of achieving SNAP reform.

You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping over to our website, for more of Thatcher's insights into the current political climate in DC.

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During the 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City held this past week, our own Carson Horn had the chance to catch up with Dan Atkisson, the newly appointed chairman of the National Sorghum Producers from Stockton, Kansas. According to Atkisson, like many of their counterparts in the grain industry, sorghum producers, too, are dealing with the same economic strife in the marketplace that stems primarily from the upheaval caused by the ongoing trade war between the US and China. But, thanks to the Trump Administration's aggressive trade policy, Atkisson says sorghum producers are exploring new trade relationships and opportunities with other markets around the world, including places Saudi Arabia and Spain.

Atkisson made it clear that he and the NSP back the President and his tough stance on China, believing that the Administration's goal to ultimately force China's hand at correcting its unfair trade practices, is worth the fight. At the same time though, he stressed the importance of keeping sorghum producers' resulting hardships in the spotlight as well as encouragement for the Administration to work swiftly at resolving this issue.

In addition, Atkisson says NSP is also paying close attention to the progress of the Farm Bill. Unlike Mary Kay Thatcher to a certain degree (mentioned above), Atkisson is a bit more optimistic in his outlook regarding the Farm Bill. He says he is confident that the four principle negotiators will work together to finalize the legislation before the year's end, citing the current House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson's remarks that he doesn't want the Farm Bill on his desk, when he takes over as chairman at the start of the new year.

Hear more about these issues and others from Atkisson's lens as a sorghum producer, by clicking here to listen to his full conversation with Horn.

Steer Slaughter Falls Below 2017 Levels, Despite Increased Head in Quarterly Feedlot Inventories

According to OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel, "steer slaughter continues to run below year ago levels despite the fact that the quarterly feedlot inventories have shown more steers on feed in 2018 compared to last year. For the year to date, steer slaughter is about one percent below last year but in the last four weeks has averaged very close to year ago levels. Steer slaughter has averaged 51.6 percent of total cattle slaughter so far this year, down from 52.9 percent of total cattle slaughter in 2017."

Peel says that as heifer and cow slaughter return to normal levels, steer slaughter will move closer to the long-term average of 50.6 percent of total slaughter.

According to Peel "heifer slaughter so far this year is averaging about seven percent above year ago levels with smaller year over year increases in recent weeks pulling the year to date total down to a smaller increase. Total cow slaughter is up 7.3 percent year to date with beef cow slaughter up 10.5 percent year over year as beef cow culling returns to long term average levels. Dairy cow slaughter has moved higher as months of poor dairy economics have pushed the dairy sector to reduce cow numbers somewhat. Dairy cow slaughter is currently up 4.3 percent year over year for the year to date. Cow slaughter is averaging 18.9 percent of total cattle slaughter so far in 2018 compared to a long-term average of 17.7 percent of total slaughter."

Click here to review more of Peel's analysis of this situation in the beef industry, by reading his complete article included in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

The winners of the National Wheat Foundation's National Wheat Yield Contest was announced yesterday. In the announcement, Phillip Gross of Adams County, Washington was named the High Yield Winner with his high-performing entry of irrigated Winter Wheat that yielded 202.53 Bu/A with LCS. According to Foundation Board President Wayne Hurst, Phillip's entry topped the 200 bu/ac level for the first time ever in the Contest.

The contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The NWF received a record-breaking 318 total entries this year.

One Oklahoma entry placed near the top of the Winter Wheat Dryland category- Jesse Green of Lincoln County placed second in the national winter wheat dryland category growing a Westbred variety and hitting a yield of 112.69 bushels per acre.

The national winners attending the 2019 Commodity Classic will be recognized during a reception celebrating the Contest and its winners. The 2019 Classic will be held in Orlando, Florida from February 28th - March 2nd. To view this year's National winners per category, 
click here to jump to the original announcement on the NWF website.

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Animal Rights Activists Stoop to Exploiting Religious Beliefs and Manipulating Data to Further Cause

Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance says the beef industry has several challenges out in front of it when it comes to attacks by animal rights extremists. She spoke about these issues with us during the recent 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.

"The main issues we're seeing around beef are environmentally driven. So, when we see these campaigns about greenhouse gas emissions and the inputs required, usually beef and dairy are the ones that are primarily attacked because they are a larger animal and they live for a longer life cycle which means more inputs," Thompson-Weeman said. "They do have greenhouse gas emissions associated with them, but the data they're basing that off to say that is flawed. The comparison for cows goes all the way back to what these cows are eating. Where as for cars, they are just considering tailpipe emissions, not the whole process of making a car and inputs and all those types of things."

Essentially, Thompson-Weeman says activists are presenting an exaggerated picture of what the beef industry's role is in the overall emission of greenhouse gasses in an attempt to influence the public's perception. Another tactic being used by activist groups like the Humane Society of the United States, is to use religion as a means of pressuring consumers.

"Activist groups have been using religion to support their messaging for over a decade now," she said. "HSUS actually sent one of their staff members to Seminary to come back and lead their (theological) efforts. There was even a session at the Animal Rights National Conference this past year, completely on religion. So, we continue to keep an eye on that issue."

Listen to Hannah Thompson-Weeman and Ron Hays discuss the latest strategies by activists to influence a negative public perception of the beef industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

In an effort to make consumers aware of the continuous improvement that the US pork industry is making to its collective antibiotic stewardship, US pork producers are banding together to adopt the global One Health initiative with organizations including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of US Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18). A release from the National Pork Board states that America's 60,000 pig farmers remain committed to using antibiotics responsibly as they take steps each day on doing what's right for the health of people, pigs and the planet.

"Using antibiotics responsibly, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, is a part of daily life on pig farms and has been for many years," said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. "When it comes to keeping our pigs healthy, we continue to use many management strategies on our farms, including biosecurity measures, vaccinations, housing management, and more, to maintain the health and well-being of the pigs in our care."

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, directed by the CDC, is an annual observance to raise the awareness of antibiotic resistance risks and the importance for all sectors - human and animal health and the environment - to responsibly use antibiotics. More than 300 organizations observe Antibiotic Awareness Week, including federal agencies, health departments, professional societies, corporations and advocacy groups.

You can follow US Antibiotics Awareness Week on social media using #USAAW18 and #BeAntibioticsAware. To learn more about the pork industry's antibiotic stewardship initiative, click here to read the full story.

Seven Six Down, Two to Go - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Wraps Up Its 2108 Fall Gathering Meetings

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will wrap up this year's cycle of Fall Gathering meetings with its last two events for this week. One will take place this evening at 6:30 p.m. in Seminole at Blackjack Farms, followed by the final meeting in Perkins on Thursday at the Payne County Stockyards, also at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Gatherings provide OCA members an opportunity to fellowship with area cattlemen in a casual atmosphere while gaining tips on how to protect our livelihood and enhance production practices. In an effort to recruit new OCA members, those planning to attend are encouraged to invite friends, family and neighbors.

For more information or to RSVP for one of these remaining meetings, click here.

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