Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/26/2019, 6:32 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.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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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. has 
287 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
February 27th sale of finished cattle -  click here to jump to the website.


Oklahoma National Stockyards had a run of 8,000 head on Monday- Yearling Steers were Steady to $3 higher and Steer Calves came in Steady to $1 higher- click or tap here for the complete report. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards sold 6,873 head of cattle on Monday- prices were mostly steady- some heavier calves were Steady to $3 higher. Click or tap here for the complete report. 

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 February 25, 2019
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, February 26, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

During the recent OSU All Crops Conference we had the chance to speak with Ohio State University's John Fulton who presented on precision agriculture and how new technology is being used to increase productivity and maximize cost-savings and efficiency. To fully take advantage of these tools that exist today, Fulton insists that every farmer who is willing to invest in the technology should develop their own individual digital strategy.

Fulton says a farmer needs to know what technology they need or should be using, what sort of data their system is collecting, where that information is being stored and how it can be shared - and with whom they want to share it with to gain new insight into all that their data can reveal in the decision-making process.

While some folks may be able to handle all that themselves, some of us out there may be slow to adopt... though nonetheless eager to do so. In this instance, Futlon strongly recommends seeking the help and advice of a trusted advisor that can help them manage, organize and leverage your data to generate solutions that can be implemented in your operation and hopefully create more cost and operational efficiency.

For more expert tips and ideas on how you can implement precision agriculture technology on your operation to expand your own productivity and profitability, click over to our website to hear that complete interview.

Sponsor Spotlight

Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. 

We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company's long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services. 

Two January On Feed Report Is Finally Here And Placements Were Lower Than Expected

Dr. Derrell Peel analyzes the late USDA Cattle on Feed report for January 2019 that finally showed up here in February. 

"The December 2018 feedlot placements were lower than pre-report expectations issued by analysts in January. However, the report is not likely to have much bullish impact as the information is well out of date at this point. The February Cattle on Feed report is due to be issued on March 8 and the March report on schedule on March 22."

A couple of the more notable statistics observed include this being the first year over year decrease in quarterly steer feedlot inventories since April 2017, and this year is the twelfth consecutive quarter of year over year increases in heifers on feed since January, 2016. 

Click or tap here to read Peel's full analysis of the January on Feed and his comments on the long-awaited annual Cattle report to be released on February 28.
Three No Hikes Yet, But Soybean Producers Disappointed 90 Day Window Brought No Tariff Conclusion

After nearly three months of negotiations,President Trump and Chinese President Xi could not reach a conclusion and bring to an end tariffs imposed on soy growers by China since July 2018, a measure that would have brought great relief to soy growers. 

While the American Soybean Association is pleased that the Administration has announced that negotiations have been positive and will continue past Trump's imposed 90 day window, soy growers continue to urge the Administration to rescind the tariffs and instead make soybeans a part of reducing our trade deficit with China.

Thankfully, we have yet to see the tariff hikes Davie Stephens, grower and ASA President, expected. To read more on the government-government negotiations and the implications of not restoring the China market, click or tap here for the full article.

Four Dan Thomson Reinforces Stance on Judicious Antibiotic Use, Cites Very Real Threat of Resistance

Dr. Dan Thomson is Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, well-know for his work in the areas of animal welfare, cattle herd health management and beef cattle production. In a recent discussion regarding the use of antibiotics in the beef and production ag industry, Thomson maintained that antibiotics are and should remain a valued tool in modern production. However, he also expressed one concern in relation to antibiotic use, that of course being a common fear shared within the industry - antibiotic resistance.

"My concern is actually more about the buildup of resistance on the farm," he said. "We've got to understand these are medical tools. They aren't just something like a vaccine. When we use them we create resistance... it's plain and simple. We want to keep them working so that when our animals do get sick, they remain effective."

In order to do that and keep antibiotics viable well into the future, Thomson says producers must practice "judicious use" of antibiotics - and furthermore - work with their veterinarian to properly manage and prevent disease in herds. As the industry continues to wrap its arms around this concept, Thomson says the "preventative" health measures will be key in any herd health program that practices responsible antibiotic stewardship. Thomson says that while producers must take responsibility upon themselves to sustainably use antibiotics, he says too that the burden is most certainly shared with the manufacturers of these products - who he says are taking more proactive roles in properly managing how these products are being used. He says moving forward, the industry will rely heavily to solve any issues that do inevitably arise.

Listen to Dr. Thomson address his concerns regarding antibiotic use and the threat of resistance, on yesterday's Beef Buzz -
click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

Five Aquifer Depletion And Potential Impacts On Long-term Irrigated Agricultural Productivity

The increased competition for the use of water from aquifers may negatively affect future agricultural practices in drier regions of the United States, suggests the latest paper released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). The paper, Aquifer Depletion and Potential Impacts on Long-term Irrigated Agricultural Productivity, reviews the causes and consequences of groundwater depletion-Earth's most extracted raw material-with a focus on impacts to agriculture as the largest sector of groundwater use. 

"There is no silver bullet to address groundwater depletion and its consequences. It requires a unique approach to be developed for each situation," stresses John Tracy,  director of the Texas Water Resource Institute and task force chair for the CAST paper. "We must be prepared to address this problem over the long haul and avoid promoting policies that focus on quick fixes that will ultimately fail." 

The CAST publication provides both an outline of current federal and state policies targeting groundwater depletion and suggestions for future mitigation. Executive Vice President of CAST Kent Schescke states the purpose of this publication is to provide accurate, science-based information in order to build effective policies in the agriculture industry.

Read highlights from the paper here, or download the full issue paper by clicking or tapping here

SixWhat a Difference a Year Makes- Wheat Crop 78% Poor to Very Poor a Year Ago- 38% Good to Excellent This Year

We are almost ready to start the weekly Crop Weather Updates for the 2019 growing season- but yesterday afternoon- we had the February report of crop conditions for several states- including Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

In each case- topsoil and subsoil moisture is in much better shape than a year ago- and so is the 2019 wheat crop compared to the 2018 crop. 

A year ago- the Kansas crop was 49% poor to very poor- this year it's 9% poor to very poor. The Good to Excellent ratings a year ago in Kansas was 12%- this year is 51%.

Oklahoma is even more dramatic- at this point in 2018- the wheat crop was AWFUL- 78% in poor to very poor shape while 4% was in good shape- none in excellent condition. The 2019 wheat crop is 10% in poor to very poor condition and 38% in good to excellent condition.  The majority of the Oklahoma crop is called fair- 52% and the worry is that with so many acres planted so late- they could go south in a hurry.

Kansas did not report pasture and range conditions- Oklahoma does and those numbers are amazing as well- 48% of the pasture ratings were poor to very poor a year ago- this year 44% are in good to excellent condition- a total flip flop. That tells me that once the weather starts to move into spring- we should be able to get a lot of green grass fairly early in the growing season- and with the way we are burning through hay here in the later part of the season- we will need it.

More on the Oklahoma crop report for February is available here.

More on the Kansas numbers are available here.

Texas has already started their weekly reports- click or tap here for their report released yesterday afternoon.

Weekly reports for most states- including Oklahoma and Kansas- resume next Monday.

The Quartermaster Creek Spring Bull Sale will be happening Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:30 At the Ranch. The address to put into your phone or GPS is 19564 E. 840 Road, Leedey, Oklahoma 73654

-100 Two-year-old bulls sired by leading Al sires, rugged and ready for service!
- 70 Open yearling heifers carrying QC genetics.

Click here for their website- and you can click here to open up the sale book for tomorrow's sale.

For more information- you can call Mike Switzer- his Cell number is   580-445-8275 Home: 580-488-3889

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditHerb's Herb Hemp Farm, 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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