Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/5/2019, 6:31 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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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc. has 
300 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
March 6th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, the sale had very limited receipts. A total of 88 cows and bulls sold. Many areas of the trading region received a winter mix over the weekend limiting cattle movement. A price trend was not be reported. 
Joplin had just 731 head of cattle on Monday- Wind Chills well BELOW Zero curtailed receipts- no trends as a result- click or tap here for the limited report from USDA.

Oklahoma National Stockyards also had limited receipts on hand Monday due to the extreme cold weather- 2,163 were at the market- All classes of feeder cattle and calves were to lightly tested for an accurate market test but a steady undertone was noted. 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 March 4, 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, March 5, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story:
Wheat Holding Up Reasonably Well this Winter, Only Marginal Deterioration Noted in Crop Report

USDA gave us our first look at the current wheat crop and pasture conditions since the winter reporting hiatus began, releasing yesterday its first round of weekly state progress reports. Compared side-by-side with the last report published November 25, 2018, the information this week suggests that the Southern Plains has seen only minor deterioration in the condition of wheat fields over the last few months.

In Oklahoma, winter wheat's condition fell just 3 points from its last reported good to excellent score of 56 in November to 53 this week, with 36 percent of the crop scored in fair condition (up from 25 percent in November) and at only 11 percent poor to very poor (down from 19 in the last report). Currently, 47 percent of the state's wheat crop has been grazed, same as this time last year. Pasture and range conditions for this week rate currently at 18 percent poor to very poor, 44 fair and 38 percent good to excellent. This is only a slight adjustment down from last year's 43 percent good to excellent rating, though the poor to very poor rating remains unchanged.

Click here for a complete look at this week's USDA Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.

Likewise, both Kansas and Texas saw slight declines in the quality of their wheat crops - more so in Texas which added 10 points to its overall poor to very poor rating since November and dropped 12 points from its good to excellent score down to 36 percent.

Click here for a complete look at this week's USDA Crop Progress Reports for both Kansas and Texas.

USDA's first national crop progress report for 2019 is not scheduled for release until Monday, April 1st. Check back each week for the latest reports as we follow the progress of this year's crop.

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Last week, the US Senate approved the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the 14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Geoff Cooper, RFA chief executive officer, relayed his renewed optimism in the EPA's leadership during the 2019 Commodity Classic held this past week in Orlando while speaking with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn. With Wheeler now officially in a place of authority at the EPA, Cooper says he is hopeful that some real progress will be made on completing a long awaited rule that would grant consumers year-round access to E15 fuel blends and breakdown the barrier that has held back the renewable fuels industry's growth potential.

"We're looking forward to continuing to work with Administrator Wheeler. We have found Mr. Wheeler more open, more transparent, more willing to have conversations with our industry and hear our concerns and opinions on things than certainly his predecessor was," Cooper said, adding that Pruitt did "an enormous amount of damage" to the renewable fuels industry by letting numerous refineries out of their RFS obligations. "We're hoping, with Administrator Wheeler now officially in the saddle that we're going to have somebody at EPA we can work with and get the RFS back on track."

Currently, two-thirds of the nation are legally not permitted to offer E15 fuels for purchase between June 1 through September 15, the busiest driving period of the year. Cooper characterized this as a major barrier that has significantly hindered continued growth in the industry, despite the massive consumer demand that has accumulated both domestically and internationally. Wheeler recently doubled down that his agency will make good on President Trump's promise to ethanol producers and have a final rule completed by that June 1st deadline.

Hear Cooper and Horn discuss these issues and others concerning the renewable fuels industry, by clicking or tapping here.

There's a New Expert in Town and His Name is Chuck- NCBA Formally Launches Chuck Knows Beef

This past Friday, the beef industry formally launched its new digital beef expert, Chuck Knows Beef, an artificial intelligence platform designed to educate and inform consumers about all things beef. Behind this roll out, is NCBA's Alisa Harrison who spoke with us recently about how Chuck works and what he can do.

Like iPhone's Siri for example, Chuck can interact verbally with consumers via computer, smartphone or smartspeaker to answer any beef related questions - anything from nutritional information, instructions for preparation and even queries regarding beef production.
Chuck underwent a "soft launch" last year in October to allow time for fine tuning. Chuck was formally launched this last week and Harrison says feedback from both consumers and producers has been largely positive. The platform is very progressive and cutting-edge, as the beef industry is the first commodity to use AI technology to reach customers in this way. But, Harrison asserts that today's consumer, particularly the industry's target demographic the Millennial generation, wants and is consuming and seeking information in this manner.

"It really is the wave of the future, it's the way people want information and we're proud we are the first commodity promotion board out there to have this kind of technology out there for consumers," she remarked. "We hope its going to sell more beef and make customers a lot more confident in cooking beef."

Listen to Harrison and I talk more about Chuck Knows Beef on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The Oklahoma Beef Council released their longest video yet from the day on the ranch with Steven Adams. It shows Steven enjoying the cattle, the wide open spaces, a little basketball pick up game and a great tasting steak. 

I would call this a Mini Movie about that day- take a look- I am sure you will enjoy it as we enjoy Steven's adventure from this past fall. 

Steven Adams is a full-time pro basketball player, and a rancher for the day.
Steven Adams is a full-time pro basketball player, and a rancher for the day.

It's being enjoyed on several social media platforms- including YouTube and Facebook.

One of the early comments about the video found on YouTube is in all caps- shouting this message- "THIS MAN IS AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE FOR THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA !"  

As Steven says- "Beef, it's what's for Dinna."

Sponsor Spotlight

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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 Update on the Cattle Cycle:     What's Next?

"The January 1, 2019 inventory of all cattle and calves in the U.S. grew to 94.76 million, head, up 0.5 percent from one year ago. This puts the number of cattle in the country just slightly higher than 2009 levels. The beef cow herd on January 1, 2019 is nearly equal to the 2009 level. 

"Beef replacement heifers as a percent of the beef cow herd on January 1, 2019 was 18.7 percent. This ratio is down from 19.4 percent one year ago as heifer retention moves closer to levels consistent with zero herd growth.

According to Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, "it appears that herd expansion is nearly over although the level of beef replacement heifers is large enough to support a minimal level of additional herd expansion in 2019."

Future market conditions, good or bad, could prompt additional expansion or liquidation in 2020 and beyond. Click or tap here to read Dr. Peel's economic analysis and advice to producers for the coming year.

This Friday, the OCA Ranch Rodeo Committee will present $30,000 to the Children's Hospital Foundation (CHF). The event has affectionately been called, "Cowboys Helping Kids" because of the long-standing relationship with CHF. 

"The Oklahoma Ford Dealers have been the presenting sponsor since the inception of the event," said Tim Drummond, OCA Ranch Rodeo Chairman. "Without their generous support, we would not have been able to help near as many Oklahoma children who are needing medical help."

More than $500,000 have been donated in the 21 years that CHF has been the benefitting charity of the OCA Ranch Rodeo. Read more about the teams and events of the rodeo, plus how and where to attend by clicking or tapping here

SevenNFU Meeting in the Pacific Northwest- Scott Blubaugh Leads AFR-OFU Delegation 

More than 450 farmers are wrapping up the National Farmers Union 117th Anniversary Convention in Washington State. The event celebrates farm families and is used to set NFU's policy direction for the coming year.
The Convention concludes later today as attendees have used the event to discuss current agriculture events, including the state of the farm economy, international trade disruptions, extreme consolidation in the agricultural sector, climate change and sustainability, and the success of the next generation of family farmers.

With the challenges of the current farm economy in mind, NFU President Roger Johnson says,  "This year's policy deliberations will be especially important." Keynote remarks were delivered by Andrew Winston, a globally recognized expert on helping businesses thrive and create a more sustainable world, and Bill Northey, USDA's Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Also addressing the group was Soil Health Guru Jimmy Emmons from Leedey, Ok. 

As you can see here- Northey took time on Monday to talk to the Oklahoma delegation over breakfast.  

Newly elected President of the AFR-OFU, Scott Blubaugh of Kay County, led the delegation out to the Pacific Northwest for the annual gathering. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater 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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