Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/30/2019, 6:21 AM

OK Farm Report banner

Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Facebook    View our videos on YouTube


     View my photos on flickr

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 1,684 cattle on their showlist for the
January 30th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here. 

OKC West saw calf trade stronger yesterday- Steer Calves $1 to $3 higher and Heifers $6 to $9 up- click here for the details on the Calf Sales.

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, January 29th.
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.

Our Oklahoma Farm Report Team!!!!
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, January 30, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story: Cattle Industry Convention Jumps Into Gear- We Talk to Colin Woodall About Fake Meat, Trade and More

Welcome to chilly New Orleans- I know, not as cold as Chicago(thank God) but still a southern cold gets all the way to your bones somehow- the temp this morning is in the 30s and the rest of the week we are expecting highs into the upper 40s and low 50s.

No problem for the thousands of cattle producers expected to be here- the problem may be for those north of I-70 from Kansas City eastward to Ohio as well as the eastern seaboard- travel has gotten tough- especially if they were trying to fly through Chicago to come this direction. 

We have also heard some reports of cattlemen staying home to make sure their operation stays ahead of this extremely cold conditions being reported in the rural areas from Nebraska and Missouri to Iowa and Minnesota and Illinois and Michigan.

For those that are here- it will be an exciting week. One of the traditional interviews we reach out and grab early on once we arrive at one of these meetings is with long time friend- the lead lobbyist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall. 

Woodall talked with me about the regulation of Fake Meat, Trade Issues including the talks this week between the US and China, ELDs and the Hours of Service issue in hauling livestock, implementation of the 2018 Farm Law, the public comment period coming on WOTUS 2.0, the soon to be front burner issue of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and a look at how Secretary Sonny Perdue finally got some help coming through the front door of USDA by naming three nominees for Senior USDA posts blocked from final confirmation in 2018 as Deputy Secretaries while they wait for a more senior post within the department. 

You can hear our complete conversation with Colin- right after he had briefed the NCBA Board on Tuesday afternoon by clicking or tapping here.

We will be mentioning more than once all week of our sponsor for our 2019 coverage- Corteva Agriscience.  They have a new Pasture product they are unveiling- and we will get a peak at that later today just ahead of the opening of the Trade Show- more to come from those folks and many others.

Sponsor Spotlight
Oklahoma AgCredit supports agriculture and rural Oklahomans with reliable, consistent credit today and tomorrow.
A proud member of the Farm Credit System, Oklahoma AgCredit offers loans and financial services to farmers, ranchers and country home owners. Whether you're looking for land, a country home, livestock, or equipment, Oklahoma AgCredit can help with long-term fixed rates or short-term loans for running your agricultural operation.
With 17 locations serving 60 counties, we're locals, too. Find an office near you to talk to a lender who understands agriculture. Financing rural Oklahoma. Equal housing lender, NMLSR ID# 809962. Call us today at 866-245-3633 or go to

CBB Chair Joan Ruskamp Excited to Unveil Beef Board's Latest Endeavors in Producer Communications at Cattle Industry Convention

Cattle rancher Joan Ruskamp of southern Nebraska currently serves as Chairwoman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board - the governing body of the Beef Checkoff. She arrived this week in New Orleans for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention, where this year she will rotate out of that leadership role and into an advisory capacity as the board's Immediate Past Chair. Before she does that, though, there are still several CBB meetings she will facilitate this week. In a quick conversation, she shared with us how excited she was to unveil this week at convention during those meetings - some of the CBB's latest work in improving and advancing the Checkoff's Producer Communications efforts.

In her opinion, Ruskamp admits that this was one area in the program that's been lacking. However, she says the CBB recognized this and came together to refocus its attention on better informing both contributing producers and the consuming public.

Ruskamp says she has come to understand why people might be skeptical, admitting that she has had the advantage of being so closely involved with the Checkoff as a board member for the last six years - an opportunity that many producers don't ever get. Knowing this has helped her realize the importance of sharing the Checkoff's record of continued success in driving consumer demand on behalf of the American beef producer.

Click here to read more or to hear Ruskamp talk more about the CBB's activities for this week. And be sure to stay tuned this week for more news and updates from the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention from New Orleans, powered by Corteva Agriscience, delivering solutions to help you manage weeds and brush- learn more by clicking here for their website- www.RangeAndPasture.Com.

The 2019 Cattle Industry Convention kicks off this week in New Orleans and one of the topics that will be on everyone's mind is animal disease traceability. It was an issue heavily discussed by the members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association this past week at the organization's Winter Policy Meeting in Oklahoma City. OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey told us recently this is an issue that not only his membership feels strongly about, but one that the entire cattle industry has or is quickly forming an opinion on.

"Animal traceability was also a big issue we talked about, really from two different perspectives," he said. "Obviously, the disease surveillance is vitally important - but we also had some great discussion on it as a theft deterrent. We still have a problem with cattle rustlers and we need to figure out how we as an industry can approach this."

Kelsey says the topic has gained significant traction this year. Some factions of the industry, he explained, see value in a national ID system in regard to the potential for greater market and value-added export programs. Others are concerned about the implications it might have in terms of keeping data secure and private while also limiting liability, managing the system efficiently, etc.

"All those questions still need to be answered. But, overall, what I heard from our membership is this is an important issue that we want to define and it not be defined for us by a government entity or someone else who may not know our business," he said. "So, we've got to be at the table and make this work for us before something happens where now we have to play catch up - that's not a good scenario to be in and so we're going to be proactive about this."

Listen to Kelsey offer his standpoint on the issue of animal ID and disease traceability from the perspective of the OCA and its members, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

A six-year cooperative study of quail on two western Oklahoma wildlife management areas has confirmed that weather and habitat influence sizable fluctuations in the number of birds each year. This finding was among several important results that are detailed in the report that was recently released by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station in the Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University.

Notable findings from this long-term study revealed some interesting observations on the birds' survival strategies through genetic mixing and the impact certain environmental factors and agricultural practices have on quail habitat as well.
This cooperative study between OSU and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation was established in 2011 due to concerns about declining quail populations in the state and was broadly intended to document the fowl's survival habits and the effects of human activities in and around their habitat.

To review the report briefing on findings resulting from the full study, click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight

The vision of the Oklahoma Beef Council is to be a positive difference for Oklahoma's farming and ranching families and the greater beef community and its mission is to enhance beef demand by strengthening consumer trust and exceeding consumer expectations.  To learn more, visit  Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.  

Five National Sorghum Producers to Host Free Risk Management Workshops for Producers in February

National Sorghum Producers will hold two free half-day risk management workshops for producers of all crops Feb. 5 in Garden City, Kansas, and Feb. 6 in Perryton, Texas.

The workshops, made possible by a grant from USDA Risk Management Agency, are designed to assist producers in mitigating production and marketing risk during extreme market volatility through training on crop insurance strategies and whole farm revenue protection.

John Duff, NSP strategic business director, highly recommends all producers take advantage of this opportunity, remarking that the tools and knowledge provided in the workshops will help producers in multiple situations that they might find themselves in during these uncertain economic times.

More detailed information about each day's agenda and the experts scheduled to speak can be found on our website, here.

Six Making a Difference One Student at a Time- Give FFA Day Helps Fund Future Student Leaders

In just a few weeks, the National FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA Week to raise public awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. As part of the weeklong celebration, the organization will encourage members, supporters and others to share reasons to give to the organization on Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Give FFA Day!

Give FFA Day is an annual 24-hour campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members. Last year, the National FFA Foundation raised more than $161,000 in one day. This year's goal is to raise $200,000.

Members and supporters are being urged to share why they support FFA on social media, by using #GiveFFADAy and set up their own fundraisers. More information about the nationwide event can be found by jumping to the original article on our website's Blue-Green Gazette page.

SevenBits and Pieces- US and China Talking This Week, January Grain Reports Coming in February and Better Temps Coming

The folks at Allendale provide us a succinct update on the talks announced by the Trump Administration for this week between the US and Chinese officials who were coming into Washington.

Trade negotiations between the US and China resume today. "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expects 'significant progress' with one month left before President Donald Trump ratchets up tariffs but cautioned against a solution this week." (Politico) The US case against Chinese tech company Huawei is expected to loom over the talks.

Oil World suggests the US may begin to see more soybean exports due to crop damage in South America. "South American soybean export supplies will be smaller in calendar year 2019," Oil World said in a report. "The United States should benefit and raise exports beyond expectations in March/August 2019."

MEANWHILE- we know USDA's plan to provide a "catch up" for some of the reports lost during the partial government shutdown- the NASS reports that should have been released January 11th will be coming February 8th- with the WASDE that day taking into account some of the factors that would have been talked about in January.

Included in those January come February reports- the Winter Wheat/Canola Seedings report(of  interest in the southern Great Plains) as well as the final 2018 Crop Production numbers.

Still no word on what Uncle Sam is planning when it comes to the cattle reports- especially what the timeline is on the Cattle Inventory report that is scheduled for release tomorrow. 

FINALLY- we mentioned frigid conditions in a lot of places at the top of this email- a nicer set of temps to contemplate this morning is out there for this Sunday- according to Lacey Swope of News9 in Oklahoma City(via Twitter)- check this out- the only problem is the wind and gotta worry about fires....

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Pork Councilthe 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock!
We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.   

God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  
phone: 405-473-6144


© 2008-2014 Oklahoma Farm Report
Email Ron   |    Newsletter Signup
Oklahoma Farm Report, 2401 Exchange Ave., Suite F, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact