Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/27/2018 6:28 AM

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Oklahoma National Stockyards saw almost everything across the board higher on Monday- 9,500 selling- 600-800 lb. feeder steers mostly steady to 4.00 higher. 600-700 lb. feeder heifers 2.00-3.00 higher, heavier weight steers over 800 lbs. 5.00 higher with a few sales up to 11.00 higher and heifers over 700 lbs. mostly 7.00 higher with a few sales up to 16.00 higher. Steer calves mostly 1.00-5.00 higher. Click or tap here for the full report from USDA.

OKC West sold slaughter cows 2.00-8.00 higher and slaughter bulls 2.00-3.00 higher on Monday compared to the last sale - click or tap here for details.

Joplin Regional Stockyards sold 9,990 cattle in a big run after the Thanksgiving Holiday- and prices were higher- steer calves and yearlings 2.00 to 5.00 higher- click or tap here for the complete report.

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, November 26th.
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 27, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Giving Tuesday- My Top Three- OALP, Oklahoma FFA and Oklahoma 4-H

On this #GivingTuesday- there are many good groups and causes that could use the resources you can give them. I have three that surface to the top for me.

One is the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program

I was a part of Class One- one of five individuals who was not a farmer or rancher who was selected. That group of thirty has set the tone for what the program is all about. Within their sphere of influence- they have made a difference and the OALP experience helped sharpen their skills in accomplishing great things. 

One member of Class One that we talked with in recent days is John Pfeiffer, serving this year as the President of the American Angus Association. I asked John why he invests his time in service- he spoke of his belief that you should give back to the industry. And he spoke of his Class One experience from the early 1980s and how it has taught him that (in this case) Angus breeders need to learn that their cattle operation does not stop at their front gate. "They have to learn that the industry does not stop at their front gate. And I think Ron when you and I went through that first Ag Leadership Program together, that was the big message I got- I kinda was living in a world that hey, everything was good where I was at- we have to learn that it doesn't stop at our gate and so we have to learn to take part in these other organizations and provide to help make things get better."

OALP is now up to Class 19- over 500 graduates like John Pfeiffer have had similar big picture lessons regarding service- You can support OALP by jumping on the Oklahoma State University Foundation website-  OSUGiving- and in the search box on the front page- type in either 21-35700 or "Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund" and follow the directions to submite your gift.  For alums- your gift will be matched by the Noble Research Institute up to a max of $20,000. 

Oklahoma FFA is another near and dear to my heart- Holly Blakey offered some comments to me via email last night about why FFA for Giving Tuesday- 

"Giving to Oklahoma FFA is investing in the future. It's promoting our agricultural values and a commitment to the next generation's involvement in our industry. Our students benefit from donations through incentives to excel in the many areas of competition or benefit from attending the premier leadership training Oklahoma FFA offers.

Holly provided this link- click here- to donate.

I also got some words of wisdom from Blayne Arthur of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation about why 4-H for Giving Tuesday- 

Blayne writes "The 4-H program in Oklahoma can truly change the trajectory of a child's life. There is a place for every child to succeed no matter their interest, skill set or demographic. 4-H has a place for everyone and encourages youth to succeed in all areas of their life. I believe the 4-H program is one of the best solutions to solving societal challenges that we have in our state.  4-H members are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities, two times more likely to be civically active, two times more likely to make healthier choices and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs."

Blayne and her team at the 4-H Founation have developed an excellent website- you can learn more about 4-H in Oklahoma by  clicking or tapping here to go there- and there is a section on how you can donate.

On our website- our top ag story of the morning features the comments from John Pfeiffer- click here for that.- and we have the full comments from Blayne and Holly that you can hear by clicking or tapping here.

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Two A Last Glimpse at Wheat's Condition as 2018 Harvest Season Wraps Up in USDA's Final Crop Report

The United States Department of Agriculture released its final Crop Progress Report for the year Monday, November 26, 2018. According to it, both the US corn and soybean harvests will soon be completely wrapped up for the year, as will the cotton and sorghum harvests this year. In addition, this report indicates that the planting season for winter wheat is nearly complete as well and offers one final glimpse at the condition of this year's wheat crop as the report goes on hiatus until next spring. To review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, November 26, 2018 - click here.

Taking one final look over our three-state region here in the Southern Plains -

Winter wheat planted in Oklahoma reached 95 percent, down 5 points from the previous year. Winter wheat emerged reached 87 percent, down 7 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal. Winter wheat's condition in Oklahoma this week rates 19 poor to very poor, 25 fair and 56 good to excellent. Canola planted reached 95 percent. Canola emerged reached 86 percent. Sorghum harvested reached 90 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 4 points from normal. Cotton harvested reached 71 percent, unchanged from the previous year but up 4 points from normal. Pasture and range condition rates at 18 poor to very poor, 39 fair and 43 good to excellent.

Click here to review the complete Crop Progress for Oklahoma this week.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 38 fair, 37 good, and 9 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 87 percent, behind 93 last year and 96 for the five-year average. Planted is at 96 percent complete, just under last year and the average of 100. Corn harvested was 94 percent, near 98 last year, and behind 99 average. Soybeans harvested was 92 percent, behind 97 both last year and average. Sorghum harvested was 83 percent, behind 93 last year and 95 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 33 fair, 50 good, and 5 excellent.

Click here to review the complete Crop Progress for Kansas this week.

Finally, in Texas, winter wheat planted is at 90 percent complete this week, under last year's 92 and the average of 91 percent. Emerged is at 80 percent, just under the average of 81 percent and slightly below last year's pace of 83 percent. Winter wheat's condition in Texas this week is rated 16 percent poor to very poor, 36 fair and 48 percent good to excellent. Corn harvest in Texas is 98 percent complete, on par with the average but below last year's pace by 1 point. Cotton harvest in Texas is at just 60 percent complete, behind last year's 70 and the average of 65. Sorghum harvest is nearly complete in Texas at 96 percent complete, equal to last year and ahead of normal by 3 points.

Click here to review the complete Crop Progress for Texas this week.

According to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, the beef cow herd is beginning to show signs that it is returning to more normal dynamics in the marketplace.

"The beef cattle industry has experienced some extraordinary dynamics in the past decade that provoked unprecedented volatility and record price levels," Peel explained in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter. "An aborted expansion attempt in the mid-2000s was followed by more herd liquidation through 2010; followed by even more drought-forced liquidation in 2011-2013 that pushed cow numbers two million head lower than anyone planned or the market needed. This provoked a dramatic market response to jump-start herd expansion and pushed the parameters of herd dynamics to extreme limits. Only now are herd dynamics beginning to return to normal levels."

Peel says that during the expansion, female retention was up, suggesting that less heifers and cull cows were being sent to slaughter. However, recently, the market has seen more and more females entering packing houses. This indicates that less cattle are being retained and that the rate of herd growth will begin to plateau on the production level. Peel continued, "Should the beef cow herd stabilize near current levels, as it appears now, we would expect to see the cattle slaughter mix return to long term average levels."

Click here to read Peel's complete analysis about the beef herd's slowing growth rate, in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

Dawn Caldwell is a cow/calf producer from Nebraska and currently serves as chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils. She spoke with us recently to talk about all that the Federation does to help promote beef and create beef demand.

"The Federation is the heart and soul of the state and national partnership of the Beef Checkoff," she explained. "When a producer turns in their one dollar when they've sold their animal - 50 cents of that goes directly to the Cattlemen's Beef Board, the federal purview. The other 50 cents of that dollar stays at the state level and the purview over that is them or their fellow producers - people from their state allocating that 50 cents out to create beef demand as they see best fit."

All those different State Beef Council, which typically collect that 50 cents that stays in state, come together to form the Federation of State Beef Councils. According to Caldwell, those funds that are collected are used in several ways. The funds that are sent to the Federation are combined and used for much larger projects that an individual state couldn't do alone. These are often large scale national or even international campaigns that promote US beef outside of the primary cattle producing states to major population centers like New York, St. Louis and Chicago for example. On the state level, state Beef Councils do different things - using their funds to invest in regional research projects, educational programs or localized promotional campaigns. At the end of the day, though, Caldwell says the priority, whether you're talking about the state of national level, is to build consumer demand for beef. She says the Checkoff has recently made a large investment in the technology sphere to give consumers better access to beef information and enable them to connect directly with the industry.

"One project happening right now, is 'Chuck,'" she said, explaining what the new artificial intelligence spokesman for beef does to help consumers educate themselves on beef. "'Chuck' knows beef. If someone has a smart speaker in their house or a smart phone or computer, just
 log onto Chuck on the website and you get to as Chuck all kinds of questions about beef, recipes, nutrition, etc."

Listen to Caldwell and I speak about what the Federation of State Beef Councils does and how its projects are helping to connect consumers with the industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Yesterday, the American Farmland Trust announced new commitments to combating climate change, including hiring renowned soil health expert Jennifer Moore-Kucera as the new director of its climate initiative and simultaneously announcing its commitment to support the US Climate Alliance's Natural and Working Lands Challenge and the Global Soil Health Challenge by California and France.

According to their release, under Moore-Kucera's leadership, AFT will support states in the US Climate Alliance in developing policies and programs to increase carbon sequestration and reduce GHG on farmland and ranchland to ensure agriculture realizes its potential as an essential element of state plans to combat climate change by 2020.

The initiative supports farmers and ranchers in adopting climate-smart farming practices on land they own and rent, encourages smart growth and protecting farmland to reduce transportation emissions and expands renewable energy siting.

Moore-Kucera formerly served as the West Region Soil Health team lead for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Division as well as co-director/Natural Resource Conservation Service liaison for the USDA-Northwest Climate Hub.

Click here to learn more about Moore-Kucera and AFT's commitment to combating climate change through its "farmer oriented initiative.

Our own Carson Horn spoke recently to Bayer's Westbred Business Lead Dr. Jeff Koscelny, to discuss the wheat line's growing presence here in Oklahoma. While the product is relatively new to our area, Koscelny says it is catching on as more and more growers are beginning to realize the brand's quality- building its reputation for advanced performance.

Koscelny says the brand has been developed with considerations focused on both quality and yield potential, in addition to a complete disease package to help farmers defend against things we're all too familiar with in these parts like Stripe and Leaf Rust and even Hessian Fly.

"We want our farmers to have good quality in the grain, but we want them to have the best yield they can possibly get, too. So, with the right management practices, our farmers are going to grow bushels that the market wants," he said. "The great thing about our program is that we have access to a broad array of products from all over the country and round the world. We're always looking for new sources of resistance and making sure we are picking the dynamics we need for a specific market."

Listen to Carson's complete conversation with Koscelny to learn more about the Westbred wheat line, by clicking over to our website.

Seven China's Trouble with Disease Could be Blessing in Disguise for Hog Industry as Market Pressure Rises

In a recent conversation, Christine McCracken of RaboAgrifinance explained just how much of an impact the Trump Administration's trade policies have had on the agricultural sector- as well as the blessing in disguise that has appeared for US pork producers surrounding China's unfortunate fall to African Swine Fever. According to McCracken, several commodities have suffered from the White House's game of hardball with many of our nation's international trading partners (China especially) in an attempt to coerce their cooperation in commerce. In particular, McCracken says the pork industry has been hit hardest by the economic fallout that has resulted.

However, given the issues the Chinese have at present with disease in their country targeting the pork industry there, McCracken says the US could actually benefit by stepping up to fulfill their pork supply needs in the future.

"We don't really know how many hogs have been lost to date. We do know that there's been now 59 confirmed cases in China and nearly every province in China with the exception of one large hog producing region," she said. "That's putting a lot of pressure on hog markets there and we think it will lead to some liquidation. So, it's a really tragic situation for them but it could be a big opportunity for US producers longer term."

While there are no definite answers as to when this expected market demand is supposed to show up, it still comes as welcome news for the US pork industry which just broke its slaughter record. If much more time elapses before product movement is seen, the industry will certainly begin feeling the pressures of increased competition with both beef and pork very soon.

Listen to McCracken answer more questions regarding the pork industry and her market outlook for 2018-2019, by clicking or tapping here.
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