Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/25/2019, 7:02 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, January 24th.
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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, January 25, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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The members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association came together this week to form policy on the various industry and political issues that have materialized this year. Given the wide range of topics that have garnered the attention of the livestock and greater agricultural industry, the meeting fostered a lively discussion.

According to OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey, three key issues rose to the top. One, pertaining to a bill that would allow municipalities to levy ad valorem taxes; another on the heated debate over animal ID and disease traceability; and finally one regarding private property rights.

This meeting was purposefully scheduled to precede both the Oklahoma Legislative Session and the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention that kicks off in New Orleans this next week. Members were able to set policy on issues that will be addressed during both, positioning them ahead of the curve as decision makers begin the process to sort out these issues and how they will be handled. You can read more or listen to our complete discussion to hear Kelsey in his own words describe the work that was accomplished at this year's meeting, by clicking here.

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According to OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson, wheat markets have barely moved in a narrow 11 cent range for weeks now. He contends the only way to break from this sideways price pattern is for foreign export demand to build in the global market. Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen until Black Sea Region suppliers run out of exportable wheat. Recent reports, though, suggest that both Russia and Ukraine are nearing their limits. The expectation now is that these countries will exhaust their export supplies by March.

However, new complications have arisen with large crops anticipated in India and Pakistan, which begin their harvests in the March period. In addition, Australia and Argentina have just finished their harvest seasons. Australia came in below its average crop size at 625 million bushels. Argentina has offset Australia's loss in production though, coming in above its average with 700 million bushels. Given these developments, it seems the US could face increased competition by the time foreign export demand begins to swell.

"So, there is the possibility that demand may not pick up until we get a lot closer to harvest," Anderson said. "Then we should see some price increases."

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking here.

Three Wheat Commissioners Report Generally Good Wheat Crop Conditions in OK Despite Soggy Weather

The commissioners of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission gathered in Stillwater, Oklahoma this week for their January Board Meeting. Prior to the commencement of the meeting, our own Carson Horn sat down to speak with the commissioners - who together - painted a picture of the current condition of Oklahoma's wheat crop. Their consensus is that the copious amount of moisture in the state have been a challenge, but overall the crop looks good.

Carson visited with Chairman David Gammill and board members Don Schieber and Michael Peters

Several of the commissioners reported a significant number of farmers in their areas that planted late in the season, which has also contributed to the short stands. In addition, many farmers increased their planting rates to compensate for a lack of viable tillers. The one worry they share is that despite the ample moisture now, fields are still at risk of drying up later in the season when moisture is truly necessary.

Click here to read more or listen to the Commissioners themselves report on the current condition of the wheat crop across the state.

Globally, the cattle industry is accused of playing a significant role in the overall contribution of greenhouse gas emissions and in the potential of climate change. But, Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California Davis says that the greenhouse gases that are associated with bovine really offers both good and bad news. He claims that while the methane produced by livestock is the most potent of the gases in question, it simply does not stick around all that long of time compared to the other gases created by the use of fossil fuels. He explained this in a recent conversation with Iowa Farm Broadcaster Ken Root.

"There's CO2 and then there's methane and then there's nitrous oxide. The big one for agriculture is methane and methane is depicted as the really bad gas because it's about 28 times more potent - meaning more heat-trapping than CO2," Mitloehner said. "But, the three greenhouse gases are not created equal. CO2 and nitrous oxide, they have a lifetime of 1000 years. Once you put them into the air, they stay there forever pretty much. But methane is different."

According to Mitloehner, the lifespan for methane is only 10 years - a micro-fraction in time compared to the other two gases. To put things into perspective, Mitloehner explains that if an operation has a certain amount of livestock and never increases that number over the generations as that operation is passed down, then the methane levels produced should never really increase but stay constant. Therefore, producers are not advancing global warming. In fact, Mitloehner says the US herd is actually scaled back more than it ever has been which means the industry's methane production has indeed been reduced over time.

"So, even though it is true methane is potent and it is an important greenhouse gas - everything that is produced is destroyed. It's a process called oxidation," he said. "If this is something we can get broad agreement on, it would be a complete change in the way that we view the significance of methane."

Listen to Mitloehner as he debunks the myth that the US ag industry has a greenhouse gas emission problem, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five AFR/OFU Unveils Its "New Day, New Vision" Theme for Upcoming Convention Set for Feb. 15-17

"New Day, New Vision" is the theme adopted for the 114th annual convention of the AFR/OFU Feb. 15-17, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman, Okla. Terry Detrick, AFR/OFU president, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm, is expecting a large crowd at this year's event.

On the docket for this year's voting delegates, is the election of a new president to lead the AFR/OFU Cooperative, plus three board positions to be decided as well. Voting delegates will also vote on a large slate of policy issues during the business session. In addition, this year's agenda includes the AFR Women's Council Blood Drive and a special youth leadership session.

Several distinguished speakers will also be featured at this year's convention including Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, Scott Biggs, state director, Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, USDA, Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Neil Alldredge, senior vice president, corporate affairs for National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and many more.

For more information on this event, including a complete list of speakers, the full meeting schedule and instructions on how to register, just click over to our website.

Six Organizer Jimmy Emmons Highlights Soil Health Education Opportunities at Upcoming OACD Meeting

Next month, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts will host its annual State Meeting in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Embassy Suites near the OU Medical Center on February 24-25th. For the third year now, this meeting will feature an extra day of programming focused on soil health development. This full-day event will take place on Tuesday, February 26th.

In anticipation of this event, we sat down recently with Dewey County farmer and conservationist, Jimmy Emmons, who will retire this year as president of the OACD, to talk about what will be on tap this year's soil health event. According to him, there will be a full lineup of expert speakers talking on a variety of subjects that no-till farmers of all levels will enjoy hearing from - including a particular focus on the newest no-till practices, flood irrigation, cover crops and regenerative agriculture.

You can find more details about this upcoming meeting and the soil health seminar, including a full schedule and registration information, by clicking over to our website. Plus, you can listen to Emmons and I talk more in depth about this year's program.

Seven Deadline to Apply for Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture Set for February 22
The Oklahoma Dept. of Ag is seeking nominations for the 2019 Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture. The award, established in 1998, was created to recognize those who have helped lead the industry while demonstrating exemplary personal values and pursuing agricultural achievements in Oklahoma. The individual, by receiving the award, is inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.
ODAFF will accept nominations through Feb. 22. The award winner will be announced at a recognition ceremony on April 2, 2019, at the state Capitol as part of the state's annual Oklahoma Ag Day celebration.
The recipient will be selected by a committee of representatives from agricultural commodity organizations and farm and ranch organizations. For more information or to review the nomination forms and bios of previous recipients of the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture, click here.

By the way- you may have figured out that this year will be a change back to the old days when there was only one award- in recent years- there has been multiple awards given by the state of Oklahoma- here in 2019- we are back to a single award that will be presented this spring.

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