Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/28/2018 5:42 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.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 620 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
November 28th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

OKC West had 7,500 cattle on hand for the Tuesday Calf Sale- compared to 2 weeks ago- Steer calves over 500 lbs sold 3.00-8.00
 higher, under 500 sharply higher with instances of up to 13.00 higher.  Heifer
 calves traded 2.00-4.00 higher. Click or tap here for the complete 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 reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday, November 27th.
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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Ron Hays, Senior Farm Director and Editor

Carson Horn, Associate Farm Director and Editor
Pam Arterburn, Calendar and Template Manager
Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story:
FAPC Shares Its Top Ten List of the Popular New Food Trends to Watch for in 2019

Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center this week, released its Top Ten List of the hottest food trends for the upcoming year. FAPC monitors these trends as they help the industry plan for new growth opportunities, regulatory changes or growing popularity in new flavor profiles. In most cases, consumers drive the trends and are looking for products and companies that are meeting their needs and lifestyles. Below are few of the top trends FAPC has identified for 2019.

#10 - Snap, crackle and puffed foods

Other than the typical French fries, consumers are craving more puffed, crispy and popped foods. In the coming year, pasta, seaweed and rice will be on the list of foods that food scientists will transform.

#9 - Less sugar and more flavors

Sugar is on the list of ingredients that will be drastically reduced in 2019. Instead, consumers are replacing sugar with naturally sweetened fruit, as well as root or vegetable derivatives such as honey, stevia, coconut sugar, agave syrup, corn syrup, rice syrup and birch sap.

#8 - Super powders

Smoothies, nutrition bars, soups, baked goods and more have room to incorporate powders. Maca root, cocoa and turmeric powder, among other herbs and roots, are being pursued for their healthy properties and flavors.

#7 - Convenience cooking

Subscription boxes filled with fresh produce are popping up at the doors of busy consumers across the nation. New technologies will continue to develop in 2019. These systems will allow consumers to order delivery or subscription services without the touch of a button; all consumers have to do is talk to their voice systems connected to mobile devices to order every item on their grocery list. All this saves time and money.

#6 - Buggy cuisines 

Chefs are looking for new ways to incorporate protein in dishes as food costs continue to rise. Insects are crawling to the top of the popularity list as a sensible choice for a protein substitute.

Check out the Top 5 New Food Trends for 2019, by clicking or tapping here to continue reading FAPC's list on our website.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards as a sponsor for our daily email. The eight Commission firms at the Stockyards make up the exchange- and they are committed to work hard to get you top dollar when you consign your cattle with them. They will present your cattle to the buyers gathered each Monday or Tuesday at one of the largest stocker and feeder cattle auctions in the world.
Click here for a complete list of the Commission firms that make up the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- still the best place to sell your cattle- and at the heart of Stockyards City, where you can go around the corner enjoy a great steak and shop for the very best in western wear.

Dr. Mindy Brashears, a professor of food microbiology and food safety in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources' Department of Animal and Food Sciences who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. government's highest food safety position, will participate in a confirmation hearing today at 9:30 a.m. CST.
The confirmation hearing, which can be viewed live, will be conducted by the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Brashears was nominated May 4 as the next United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Undersecretary for Food Safety, a position which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
If confirmed by the senate, Brashears will be responsible for oversight of policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is responsible for ensuring an ample supply of meat, poultry and processed eggs for the nation, and that those products are safe and correctly labeled and packaged.
A National Academy of Inventors fellow, Brashears, a worldwide expert in food safety issues both in pre-harvest and post-harvest environments, is also the director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech. Brashears also directs extensive research efforts into reducing the occurrences of pathogens in food and their resistance to drugs and other methods meant to reduce them.
Click here to read more about Brashers and her appointment by the President.


Associate Farm Director Carson Horn recently had the chance to catch up with Doug Goyings, vice chairman of the US Wheat Associates, who shared his thoughts on some of the recent political developments that have occurred in regard to the midterm elections. He explained how those events will affect the outcome of the next Farm Bill as well as the organization's own foreign marketing efforts on behalf of US wheat producers.

From his perspective, Goyings says getting a new Farm Bill passed is probably one the most crucial things for their organization right now since much of USWA's work is funded through the Farm Bill's Foreign Market Development program - which expired along with the 2014 Farm Bill earlier this year on September 30th. He says unless a new bill is written, USWA will receive no more funding to help the US wheat industry market its product internationally which will ultimately hurt producers' bottom lines and continue to do so as long as they go without new legislation. He points out that even an extension of the 2014 bill won't help the situation as the FMD funds are not a baseline issue.

"It'll be interesting to get it done by the end of the year," Goyings remarked about the prospect of passing a new Farm Bill. "Republicans have to stick together. They could pass it. The biggest thing is the work requirement which is already in the bill. They just need to put some teeth in it, so they can enforce it."

Goyings says it is imperative that Congress move quickly on this, as Russia (which is currently dominating the global wheat market) is expected to soon run out of exportable wheat. With Australia out of the running this year due to a short crop, he says the US is poised for an opportunity to capitalize on Russia's exit from the marketplace.
You can listen to Carson's complete conversation with Goyings, by clicking here.

The populist beef industry organization, R-CALF USA, currently has litigation against the United States Department of Agriculture and the Montana Beef Council - an action that has been expanded to additional beef councils across the heartland including Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. At the heart of the litigation is the money that's being handed over by state beef councils to the Federation of State Beef Councils. Chair of that group, Dawn Caldwell of Nebraska, explained to us recently, what this all really means for state Beef Councils.

"Right now, nothing has changed," she said. "The judge has not placed the injunction that Montana is experiencing on the other states. So, we are operating status quo."

She continued, "None of those states have anything wrong. The lawsuit is asking to validate federal oversight. All of those states have a Memorandum of Understanding in place - so each and every project they're doing even at their state level is being approved at the federal USDA level."

With that critical MOU in place, Caldwell is confident the councils will be able to maneuver their 50 cents through the system as they have been to continue to create beef demand. Caldwell argues that the work of the councils benefits all producers with the beef demand it creates. Especially right now, with beef demand at an all-time high.

"If we are not allowed to carry out that good work, then I get sad thinking about what could happen to beef demand and every producer. We want good market prices for our animals and beef demand is what brings that about for us," she said, reiterating that every dollar collected by the Beef Checkoff is allocated and brings value back to the producer that contributed it. "The benefit that comes from those dollars is incredible and to think that there is any question that these dollars cross paths makes me really sad."

Listen to Caldwell and I further discuss how the Federation of State Beef Councils in partnership with the USDA, creates consumer demand to help beef producers market their product, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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.

The Murray County Extension Center will host a "South Central Vegetable Growers Workshop" on the evening of Tuesday, December 4. Anyone interested in home or commercial vegetable gardening should consider attending this program. The group of speakers who will be presenting represent well over 100 years of experience and research knowledge in areas of gardening that are often challenging to new and veteran growers. This year the program theme is Integrated Pest Management, commonly referred to as IPM.

A registration fee of $10 can be paid when you arrive and covers an evening meal and materials. Please call in advance if you plan to attend. For further details including a full agenda, list of speaker and information on how to register, click over to the calendar page on our website.

With the ample summer forage most producers in Oklahoma had on hand this year, pregnant replacement heifers are coming into this fall and winter season with an excellent body condition score. Now, according to OSU's Glenn Selk, it is up to producers to make sure their heifers maintain that body condition on through the calving season and into next spring. By doing so, he says it will set your young cows up for long-term success.

According to Selk, "Research data sets have shown conclusively that young cows that calve in thin body condition but regain weight and condition going into the breeding season do not rebreed at the same rate as those that calve in good condition and maintain that condition into the breeding season."

Selk insists that producers should evaluate their supplement program and ensure it is adequate enough to keep the current body scores of cattle maintained through spring. Read more on how he suggests going about this and learn why body scores play such an important role in the health of your cows, by clicking here to read Selk's complete article from this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

Seven CLAAS Farmers Break 10-Hour Corn Harvesting Mark While Establishing Two World Records

Eight years since it was last set, Craig Stewart and sons Bob and Brad broke the 10-hour corn harvest record with a CLAAS LEXION combine. Recently, the Stewarts approached CLAAS with a proposition. They wanted to break the old 10-hour corn harvesting record set on October 10, 2010 by Jeff Gray who harvested 51,153 bushels - on a field of theirs near Farmer City, Illinois. After some research, it was discovered that Guinness recognizes harvesting records for 8 hours and 12 hours, not 10. Undeterred, the Stewarts decided to break both the 8- and 12-hour world records, as well as the old 10-hour mark that was established a decade ago.

At 8:52 a.m., on Wednesday, September 26, Bob pushed the CMOTION control lever forward on the CLAAS LEXION 760TT combine and 16-row header as the 12-hour countdown clock was started. The conditions were not ideal. After receiving more than half an inch of rain the night before, the corn coming into Tate and Lyle Grain Elevator in Parnell, Illinois, was at 17-18 percent moisture levels.

While Bob was driving the combine, his brother Brad managed the logistics of the record attempt. His job was to keep three grain carts and 10 trucks running at top speed to keep up with the nearly constant unloading of the CLAAS LEXION combine. "The machine is very impressive. It's incredibly reliable and just eats corn! Our biggest worry was having enough trucks so that we didn't keep the combine waiting." 

For each of the three records, the Stewarts were required to bring their combine to a full stop, unload any grain in the tank into a grain cart, and unload the grain cart into a waiting truck. The truck was sent to the elevator where the grain totals were tabulated. At the 8-hour mark, the combine had harvested an incredible 43,739.68 dry bushels of corn. At 10 hours, the total was 54,302.97 - more than 3,000 bushels greater than the record set 8 years earlier. At the end of 12 hours, the combine came to a complete stop and the lone remaining truck made its way to the elevator. The final result after 12 hours: 63,770.10 bushels. With that, the Stewarts had set their third record for the day. 

While the results are still being confirmed by Guinness, third-party witnesses and tabulations by the grain elevator show that new records have been set. Continue reading or for more information about CLAAS, 
click over to our website.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditOklahoma 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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