Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/21/2019, 6:25 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.

Superior Livestock will hold their regular Every Other Week sale on DISH and online- starting at 8:00 AM Central time this morning- 28,800 expected to sell- details about the sale, how to watch and how to get a buyers number this AM available by clicking or tapping here. offered 596 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results. 

It was sharply higher for the yearlings on Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Steer yearlings were $7 to $9 higher than a week ago.  Click or tap here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report

Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick 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 20
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
   Thursday, March 21, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: Sales Records Were Obliterated at 2019 OYE Night of Stars Gilt Sale- Including Poland Gilt for $40,000

Records fell at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo's Night of Stars Gilt Sale on Wednesday evening- 115 lots that came from the OYE Gilt shows at the front end of the Expo sold for $545,000- that smashes the previous record by a wide margin. (We had reported earlier that the last couple of years- the total for the sale was around $400,000)

And the HIGHEST selling Poland China Gilt ANYWHERE in breed history was sold in the middle of the evening. Lot 72, owned by Hadley Cooper of Amber-Pocasset FFA, was the fifth Poland gilt chosen for the sale- and she brought $40,000 for her owner. Foote Farms was the breeder of the gilt- the Pedigree shows a Nailed It X Voodoo lineage. Cooper's gilt was the highest selling Poland gilt anywhere and was easily the highest selling gilt in the history of the Night of Stars Gile Sale at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. 

As has been the case in previous years- and especially this year- the bidders trumped the judges on the worth of more than one of the gilts picked for the sale. It re-enforces that if you are in the Gilt show in future years- if you get picked for the show- even towards the bottom- the right pedigree can earn you a very nice payday.

Now before the Hadley Cooper gilt stole the show- the Commercial Gilts had the high ground when it came to the most generous bids of the night- The Reserve Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt shown by Adison Thompson of Noble 4-H sold for $32,000 and two other Commercial Gilts sold in the twenties- Here's Adison steering her gilt around enroute to the $32K payday:

Click or tap here to read more about the Night of Gilts sale.  

Our thanks once again to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway for their sponsorship of our front to back coverage from the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo, the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show. 

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Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more.  In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Oklahoma Farm Show a don't-miss event. 
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Market Hogs Take Center Stage- Grand Drive at OYE Set for Tonight

It was actually the second day of showing on Wednesday in the Market Hog show at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo- but for the other three species- yesterday was opening day for the competition in Steers, Market Lambs and Wether Goats.

From Day One- here were the four breeds shown over in the hog barn(we will get Day Two posted in the Blue Green Gazette later this morning)


Champ- Kaylee Holt, Shattuck FFA
Reserve- Hallie Herrell,Minco 4-H

Champ- Jaylee Buck, Kiefer 4-H
Reserve- Cade Waggle, Ft. Gibson FFA

Champ- Macy Goodson, Wilson (Carter County)
Reserve- Summer Prince, Garber FFA

Champ- Caroline Hahn, Leedey FFA
Reserve- Greyson Garrett, Geary FFA

Day one results for the Steers includes:

Champ- Sadie Wynne, Newcastle 4-H
Reserve- Samantha Graves, Washngton Co 4-H

Champ- Lane Smith, Amber Pocasset 4-H
Reserve- Finley Yocham, Sapulpa FFA

Maine Anjou
Champ- Seth Tucker, Lindsay FFA
Reserve- Duke Williams, Cherokee FFA

Champ- Cooper Cummins Hollis FFA
Reserve- Kaid Reininger, Newcastle FFA

AND for the Market Lambs:

Hair Sheep
Champ- Bridger Arrington, Mulhall-Orlando 4-H
Reserve- Callen Oldenburg, Mulhall-Orlando FFA

Champ- Alec Anderson, Ringwood FFA
Reserve- Sayde Allen, Beckham County 4-H

Champ- Jack Thomas, Beckham County 4-H
Reserve- Kiley Reece, Walters FFA

Champ- Myka Elliott, El Reno 4-H
Reserve- Kayla Venable, Alex FFA

White Faced Crossbred
Champ- Cade Charmasson, Hennessey 4-H
Reserve- Shelby Harland, Mustang FFA

Champ- Kailen Urban, Mountain View- Gotebo FFA
Reserve- Riley Scott, Central High FFA

Champ- Shaylie Fletcher, Walters 4-H
Reserve Lydia Straka, Yukon FFA

Showing continues today- and ALL of the Champions will be gathered for the GRAND DRIVE this evening at the State Fair Arena- Scholarships are handed out starting at 5:30 PM and the Grand Drive celebration follows- that timing assuming the Market Steer Show is done by then- it was a LONG day yesterday for the Steer Show as it was after 8 before things were concluded in the Big House. 

Three Wildfire Initiative: EQIP Deadline March 29, 2019

Gary O'Neill, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Oklahoma reminds producers that Field Offices are currently taking applications for the Western Oklahoma Wildfire Recovery Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  

"Technical assistance is always free to all farmers and ranchers."
 stated O'Neill. "This initiative is set up to help with recovery efforts of the wildfires that burned parts of Woodward, Woods, Dewey, Ellis, Custer, Beaver, Harper, Roger Mills, Major and Harmon counties in 2017 and 2018."

These are voluntary programs to assist producers that have been affected by wildfire disasters accross western Oklahoma. Eligible landowners and operators in these counties need to apply at their local NRCS office by March 29, 2019 to be considered for the current ranking period.

Other programs are also available which offer financial assistance from NRCS, click or tap here to read the full article.

Four Per Capita Meat Supplies May Back Off Slightly in 2019- Which Could Be Supportive of Cattle Prices

The Livestock Market Information Center's Jim Robb tells me that when it comes to meat production- beef, pork and poultry- "we've added nearly eight pounds - and that's a big percentage increase." Although per capita meat consumption has been trending higher in recent years; 2019 may finally see a change.

Robb says that poultry production may slightly decline in 2019, while pork production may be leveling off this calendar year. Click or tap here and listen to Jim and I's full discussion on this change in per capita meat supplies and how that could help cattle prices in the days ahead. He explains that the drop in poultry could be further enhanced if there is trouble in planting corn acres in the next couple of months. 

Some of the member Land Grant Schools in the Delta have reported that now is the time that corn should be planted- and farmers can not get in the fields because they are muddy. Some of those acres could be forced over to soybeans. Higher corn prices could result- undoubtedly hurting beef, poultry, and pork - but the latter two will hurt more if fewer acres than expected end up being planted.


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Five National Pork Board and RIPE.IO Partner to Enhance Responsible Pig Farming Practices Through Blockchain

"The growing demand across the entire food supply chain - including end consumers - is to 'Know Your Food.' The platform generates powerful levels of transparency and trust by enabling collaboration and consensus of data and activities within food systems," said Raja Ramachandran, co-founder of

National Pork Board and Ripe Technology, Inc. have made an agreement to pilot blockchain technology use in the U.S. pork industry. This partnership will enable an ecosystem that will allow pork producers to monitor, evaluate and continuously improve their sustainability practices based on the We CareSM framework.

"Over the last 50 years, America's pig farmers have followed the We Care principles to produce a product that has become increasingly sustainable using 75 percent less land, 25 percent less water, and 7 percent less energy," said Dr. Brett Kaysen, assistant vice president of sustainability at the National Pork Board. 

These standards also serve as the pork industry's commitment to continuous improvement. Blockchain technology makes it possible to create shared, immutable trusted records that address critical food issues such as sustainability, quality, traceability, waste and fraud.

"We look forward to working with to use blockchain technology to record proof points through a system that can benchmark performance while increasing transparency of the entire pork value chain," expressed Dr. Kaysen.

Click or tap here to get more details on this partnership.

Six Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2019 Stakeholders Summit - Gene Editing, Meat Alternatives, and Blockchain To Be 'On The Table'

The Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2019 Stakeholders Summit themed, A Seat At The Table, will be held May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Discounted registration rates are available through April 1. Be sure to check the Summit website for registration and the most up-to-date Summit information.

Panelists include Jane Andrews, a retail nutrition consultant, Christine McCracken, executive director of animal protein, Rabobank and Andy Brudtkuhl, director of emerging technology, National Pork Board. Click or tap here to read more on these three experts who will bring their unique perspectives to the table to discuss gene editing, alternative proteins and blockchain technology.

Attendees will hear the latest updates in each area and have the opportunity to ask questions about what impacts each subject may have on their business. The panel will be moderated by 
Chuck Jolley, president of Jolley & Associates, a Kansas City-based marketing and public relations firm that concentrates on the food industry.

Loses to Nebraska Ag CLosing in on a BILLION Dollars

The losses up north of us in Nebraska are staggering- and the costs continue to trend higher.

According to an eight-page disaster declaration request filed by Nebraska officials, preliminary estimates put agriculture losses from the flooding and blizzard near the $1 billion mark. State officials on Wednesday said the numbers could continue to rise as more-detailed assessments are completed.

"Losses to agriculture, the major industry for the state of Nebraska, are already being felt, due to it being calving season," the request said. "Thousands of livestock have perished either due to extreme cold weather, blizzard conditions, or extreme flooding. The loss of water supplies in many areas has caused large concern for large cattle, swine and chicken operations. The farms and feedlots could not be accessed due to floodwater and drinking water for the animals had to be trucked in."

So far the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association has estimated feedlot and cow/calf operations have lost $400 million in livestock.

Increased transportation costs from infrastructure loss are hitting feedlots to the tune of about $1 million a day, the written request said. In addition, feedlots have lost about $36 million in feed supplies.

On the cropping side, state officials estimate a loss of about $440 million.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman said on Wednesday that crop estimates include the cost of removing debris from fields, lost supplies stored on the ground and stored grain losses, among other things.

Several groups in Nebraska are taking donations to help ag producers. Click here for the fund organized by the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association- they point folks who might have hay donations and the like to the Nebraska Dept of Ag who is coordinating that type of help. 

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