Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/15/2019, 6:21 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 March 14
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, March 15, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: 
Crop Insurance Deadlines Arrive- TODAY

Today, March 15th is a very important deadline for farmers across the country- and for Oklahoma there are two program decisions that need to be in place by close of business today.

The first is for spring planted row crops- today is the deadline for you to be enrolled for crop insurance for all spring planted row crops. You can leave it open ended by listing several crops as potentially being planted- then zero in on what you actually plant by communicating that to your crop insurance agent in a couple of months- but the enrollment paper work needs to be done today.

For wheat producers, who may be opting out of grain production and plan to graze, bale or chop their wheat acres this spring- today is the deadline to make that know to your crop insurance agent. If you have coverage on your wheat acres- and you decide by March 15 that you are not going to harvest for grain on certain fields- you can back out of crop insurance on those acres and save 60% of the premium. 

Scott Bulling with Superior Crop Insurance says farmers are infamous for waiting until the last minute - but to protect your production, the end of business today is your deadline. There is no more time to sign up for most of the spring planted crops we grow in Oklahoma. 

Bulling says if you are not sure you have made all the choices needed to be made- a call to your crop insurance agent is in order.

I talked with Bulling yesterday afternoon- you can click here to listen to Scott Bulling's comments on these important decisions that must be dealt with by end of the business day Today. 

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OK Farm Bureau's Steve Thompson Offers This Week's Highlights from the 2019 Legislative Session

This Thursday marked another important deadline in the Oklahoma Legislature this session, with all bills required to have flipped out of their chamber of origin and moved through committee. At the close of this week's session, our own Carson Horn caught up with Steve Thompson, assistant director of public policy for Oklahoma Farm Bureau, to discuss the recent activity at the State Capitol this week.

Thompson reports that the major highlights of this week would be the probability that if there were any lingering threat to the ag sales tax exemption this year, they've likely been put to bed. In addition, the measure put forth by Senate Ag Chair Casey Murdock that would limit the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission's ability to purchase land has also been stalled, perhaps even put into dormancy for the remainder of the session as concern over the vehicle's ability to pass the concept through has drained its momentum. Thompson says the bill, supported by OKFB and other ag groups, might still be revisited though perhaps next session.

With the deadline that has now elapsed, though, Thompson says now is a critical time to reevaluate the playing field and review the legislation that is still alive. Over the weekend recess, he says lawmakers and advocates will have the opportunity to analyze what is on the table and continue to develop the major priorities for this Legislature moving forward.

You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

Opening Show Day for the the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo was Thursday- and the first order of business was in Barn 6 where the huge performance arena is turned into a gauntlet that 4-H and FFA members run with their animals- yesterday into Saturday gilts and then next week- market barrows. 

Over 1,300 commercial gilts are in the midst of going thru that process now- with every animal entering at one end- but only the best of each class making it "up the hill" into the primary show ring where class winners are declared and eventually Champions are selected.

On Thursday- fifteen classes were judged in the Commercial Gilts- and two Division Champions were named- with another 8 classes still to be judged this morning and one more Division Winner picked- and following that- the Supreme Commercial Gilt will come from the three Division Champs. The best of the Commercial Gilts will stay around for a few more days- waiting for their turn to be offered for sale in the Night of Stars sale of Top Gilts- Commercial and Purebred- that will happen this coming Wednesday night. 

The best of the two Divisions named yesterday include:

Division One

Champion- Jackson Ketner- Central High FFA (Class 7)

Reserve- Kaleb Patchell- Wynnewood FFA (Class 8)

3rd- Adison Thompson- Noble FFA (Class 7)

4th- Grayson Hudson- Kiefer 4-H (Class 2)

Division Two

Champion- Hunter Green- Wellston FFA (Class 14)

Reserve- Gretchen Kraft- Alva FFA (Class 14)

3rd- Kacie Eshleman- Cherokee FFA (Class 11)

4th- Joey Gray- Broken Arrow FFA (Class 14)

AND- OYE exhibitors got a surprise as Governor Kevin Stitt came out to State Fair Park and took in some of the Commercial Gilt Show- congratulating some of the winners along the way- Here's the Governor with Hunter Green from Division 2- in the picture is the Governor's son Remington and Oklahoma State Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur. 

(Pic courtesy of Ag Youth)

We remind you that our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo is a service of ITC, Your Energy Superhighway.

BQA Program Highly Regarded as Producers' Most Important Tool to Ensure Quality Beef Production

Given the overwhelmingly positive response by consumers to the Beef Quality Assurance program and that more and more packers are demanding their suppliers adopt its practices - not to mention producers' own interest - Certified Angus Beef's Vice President of Production Mark McCully strongly encourages producers to acquire their BQA certification.

"It's a program that's been built by cattlemen for cattlemen and we've seen a tremendous improvement in the overall quality of beef. So, I think that's a really exciting success story," he said. "It's a great thing for us to point to as a brand and really highlight the great work cattlemen are doing."

While McCully agrees that the beef industry is and always has done a good job in producing beef responsibly, he contends that there is always room for improvement on every operation. Even if you're already certified, the program is constantly being updated with the latest information and McCully says it never hurts to have a refresher once in a while. According to him, it's good for the producer, good for the industry and consumers love it because it makes them more confident in the food they buy.

Listen to McCully and I talk more about the benefits of the BQA program, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five Ridge Hughbanks Shares On His National FFA Officer Experience and National Ag Day

Ridge Hughbanks phoned home and told me about his first three months of serving as a National officer of the FFA organization.  Last October, Ridge heard his name called and he ran to the National FFA Convention stage to become a part of the six person National FFA Officer team. Since then, i
t has been non stop! He believes his roots in rural Oklahoma have helped him be a better National Officer and he has really enjoyed the interaction with both ag industry and organization leaders.

You can listen to our whole conversation by clicking or tapping here.

Ridge says that he has been able to use his production agricultural roots in multiple meetings- "you know, I'm meeting with Microsoft and getting to talk about rural broadband as we increase opportunities for students in those dead areas that might not have access to rural internet and telecommunications and then in the next meeting- you are meeting with American Farm Bureau and you are talking about the pertinence of agricultural education in the classroom- knowing what production ag looks like- where your food comes from, but also being able to talk about the other specialty areas and niche areas that farmers find themselves in trying to turn a dollar." 

According to OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson, with a dollar now shaved off the KC July, prices in Oklahoma are down roughly $1.80 at about $4.30 for forward contracted wheat with an average basis across the state at a -20 cents. 

Given the current environment, Anderson advises against forward contracting at this point- remarking that there is still a lot that can happen between now and harvest. But, with First Hollow Stem arriving, many producers need to make their decision of whether or not to pull cattle off their wheat. Though many are probably still trying to decide what would be more financially beneficial at this point - either grazing it out or harvesting. Anderson's advice is to do what makes sense for you.

"Think of it like this, are you a cattleman or are you a wheat producer?" he said. "It boils down to what do you like to do and what does your pencil say you can do."

For more of Anderson's advice, watch his appearance on SUNUP this weekend- or listen to Kim's full report and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode right now, by clicking here.

Seven Arthur Knows She Has the Right Person For Director of the Food Safety Division at Okla. Dept of Ag

Scott Yates was recently named the Director of the Food Safety division at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry by Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur.

"I am pleased to announce Scott Yates as the new State Director of Food Safety," said Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur. "With his extensive experience and leadership abilities, I have complete confidence Scott is the right person to lead the division forward to the next level."

Click or tap here to read more on Yates and his path to being a leader in Food Safety Efforts.
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