Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/29/2019, 5:23 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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Oklahoma National Stockyards had 11,400 cattle on hand on Monday- and prices were stronger for all classes- $2 to $7 Higher- click or tap here for the complete Mid Session Report as provided by USDA.

OKC West sold slaughter cows 4.00-6.00 higher and slaughter bulls 6.00-8.00 higher on Monday compared to the last sale - click or tap here for the full report from USDA.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had 7,334 on hand Monday- Compared to a light test last week, steers under 700 lbs steady, steers over 700 lbs and heifers (all weights) steady to 3.00 higher. Click or tap here for the complete USDA market news report from Joplin.

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, January 28th.
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
   Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Extreme cold temperatures and heavy snow will grip much of the eastern half of the country this week. As a result, OSU's Derrell Peel says beef markets will mostly be impacted by reduced feedlot performance and carcass weights; possible disruptions in movement of cattle to packing plants; and potential transportation delays of products through wholesale and retail markets. He says, too, that the residual impacts from production losses due to winter weather could last for several weeks. In his article for this week's Cow/Calf Corner, Peel warns producers of the numerous management challenges and increased production costs that are likely just ahead for them.

In the meantime though, while cattle country starts to freeze, it seems that the government shutdown is beginning to thaw with a three week continuing resolution signed last week. During this time, Peel says the USDA will be able to play a bit of catch up on its reporting. However, Peel says agricultural data has been severely disrupted and there is surely to be repercussions for this. Peel writes that "It is critical that these... reports resume quickly."

The Department of Agriculture did not supply more than 60 reports during the government shutdown and will supply much of that data next month. USDA announced Monday many reports, including final production reports for 2018 will be published on February 8th, the same date of the February World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. However, some of the data will never be available. For example, the January World Agriculture Supply and Demand report will never be published, but some of the data will be rolled into the February report. Peel joins many other market analysts who warn of a glut of data from USDA that could shock the market over the next few weeks as markets had previously relied on privately reported data during the shutdown, but USDA reports are often considered a benchmark in reporting.

Read Peel's complete commentary from this week's article, by clicking or tapping here.

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Noble Research Institute's governing body announced Monday the selection of Steven Rhines as the organization's new president and chief executive officer. The governing body voted unanimously to select Rhines at last week's regular January meeting. 

Rhines has been with Noble for almost two decades, most recently serving as its vice president, general counsel and director of public affairs.

Rusty Noble, chairman of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Board of Directors and grandson of the organization's founder, Lloyd Noble, stated that after a nationwide search, Rhines possessed all the qualities of leadership and agricultural knowledge the board was looking for in their ideal candidate. Noble also remarked on Rhines' repeated demonstration of his leadership ability and skillset to successfully accomplish complex tasks and initiatives during his tenure at the Institute.

Rhines becomes the ninth president in Noble's 74-year history replacing Bill Buckner, who retired after seven years at the end of 2018.

Rhines, a native of Antlers, Oklahoma, earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in 1994. Rhines joined Noble from the international law firm of Sidley Austin in 2001. 

Click here to jump to the original announcement to continue reading about Rhines and his credentials on our website.

One of the more embarrassing things that has been happening in the US Senate since Donald Trump became President- is the slow down allowed under Senate rules that is now going into its third year. 

Many Trump appointees have made it through the confirmation process- while a significant group has faced a long drawn out process.  That included three nominees that saw their nomination drug out over a lot of 2018- only to see the Senate refuse to vote this past December before going home for Christmas.

So- those three and others have to start over in the confirmation fight. However- Secretary Sonny Purdue has figured out a way to get these three appointees into the USDA in a job junior to that they have been appointed for- but it does allow them to start working in the areas they care deeply about.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of three highly-qualified individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. These positions do not require Senate confirmation. 

The three previously had been nominated by President Donald Trump for Senate-confirmed positions at USDA. While the Senate Agriculture Committee on a bipartisan basis favorably reported all three nominees, their nominations expired without receiving confirmation votes by the end of the 115th Congress in early January. The President has resubmitted their nominations to the Senate in the 116th Congress.

"At USDA, we've been engaged in fulfilling our mission without all of our players on the field, so we want to get these strong, qualified leaders in the game," Perdue said. 

Click or tap here to read more of the Secretary's comments about how, at least for these three, he has found a way to get around the slow confirmation process.

The partial federal government shutdown is now over - at least for three weeks while the President continues to negotiate with Congress on a long-term appropriations bill - but the date has come and gone for the January Cattle of Feed report, which at this point may just be scrapped by the US Department of Agriculture altogether. In the absence of this report, Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center like many other industry analysts, has shared some numbers he thinks the USDA would have published last Friday as the report was originally scheduled if not for the shutdown. Citing those numbers, Robb estimates that cattle placements for the period would have come in slightly above a year ago and marketings conversely down slightly with weights well in check.

"That leaves us with an on feed count of about two percent above one year ago... maybe a shade more," Robb said. "That's very much in line with the growth and supplies of calves and yearlings in the overall inventory numbers and down from the large year-over-year increases that we had in 2018."

Again, with the shutdown now temporarily resolved, it is likely USDA will not publish a January On Feed report. However, it is still within reason to believe that the department will still supply a Cattle Inventory report albeit later than the report's scheduled date of January 31st, this coming Thursday. Robb provided estimates for this report as well, though, predicting that this report will only show a fractional increase in the overall beef cow herd size of just two to three tenths of one percent, possibly a half a percent, year-over-year. This, of course, Robb says is an indication of moderating growth. It is his contention that this moderating trend will continue on to the point where next year, we will perhaps see either no growth in the herd at all or potentially even see a slight reduction in its size.

"That's our sense without a report just looking at the data that's available," he said, remarking on the significance of that information. "That's a very important report. It gives us a real gauge of the overall herd and gives us our best estimate of the size of the 2018 calf crop. That's a number that gets very important as look ahead to placements and how the cattle market will develop in 2019."

Listen to Robb share his beef industry analysis with us, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

In a recent conversation with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, OSU Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Misha Manuchehri discussed some of the weed related issues affecting area farmers this year and what tools are available in combatting them. Right now, given the amount of moisture that has accumulated since this past fall, Manuchehri says weeds across the state have been especially challenging. From her observations, farmers are seeing a lot of weeds from the mustard family, bushy wallflower has been prevalent as well and so have plants like Italian ryegrass and feral rye.

While synthetic auxens such as 2,4-D and dicamba are always effective tools for these characters, Manuchehri says they aren't as useful once weeds grow past that four-inch stage - which most farmers are probably past by now. With that in mind, Manuchehri suggests farmers consider tank mixing your auxens with another herbicide designed for targeting larger plants - something perhaps in the ALS product line.

In addition to these considerations, Manuchehri says now is a good time to conduct some routine maintenance on your equipment as well in preparation for spring weed management. Checking a few of these things off your list like recalibrating your sprayer for instance, she says, can help make your chemical spraying more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable.

You can listen to Carson's complete conversation with Manuchehri for more of her advice on weed control, by clicking or tapping here.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
will speak at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show February  1, 2019. Perdue will give his remarks at the Closing General Session of the event, being held this week at the New Orleans Convention Center. He will address the farm bill, trade and other issues affecting U.S. agriculture. The convention is the largest gathering of cattle industry professionals in the country, and the NCBA Trade Show will feature more than 350 exhibitors.

NCBA President and California cattleman Kevin Kester says the industry is honored to host Secretary Perdue at the convention. Noting the many issues facing agriculture today, Kester says "It's great that Secretary Perdue will share his thoughts and his agency's plans with us."

Our coverage from New Orleans and the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show will be powered by Corteva Agriscience, delivering solutions to help you manage weeds and brush- learn more by  clicking here for their website- www.RangeAndPasture.Com. 

Click here to read the full story on Secretary Perdue heading to the Big Easy to talk to cattlemen this coming Friday.

A recent study completed by Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences confirms round bale density leads to improved cattle nutrition and producer return on investment. In the study, New Holland Roll-Belt round balers produced the highest-density bales in all tests compared to three leading competitors.

According to the study, denser bales have greater total acid production and stay cooler through the fermentation process. This increases the whole-bale bunk life of round bales through reduced spoilage, allowing for the feeding of larger-diameter bales to the same number and size of cattle without waste. Penn State observed up to 25 more hours of bunk life due to higher bale density. In addition, the study also showed higher density equates to up to 39 percent fewer bales, resulting in less twine or net wrap used as well as plastic silage film, reduced labor, and less overall baling and bale-moving time in the field.

You can continue reading this article to learn more about Penn State's study, by clicking over to our website.

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