Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/22/2019, 7:04 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 21
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 22, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
Highly Infectious Swine Disease Found at OYE - OK Pork Council Advises on Limiting Spread of PED

After working overnight to deliver the results of test samples in a very quick turnaround, the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostics Lab in Stillwater confirmed Thursday morning the presence of PEDv at the Oklahoma Youth Expo happening this week at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. PEDv is a highly-infectious swine disease that is particularly harmful on young animals of 30lbs or less with a nearly 100 percent mortality rate. PEDv is not a human health risk and has no effect on food designated for human consumption. PEDv is thought to have gone undetected at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds for a few days now and most all swine animals that have been there is recent days are believed to have been exposed to the disease. We caught up with RoyLee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, for the latest information on this developing situation.

"This has probably been in the barns for a couple days. It takes a couple days to manifest and develop to the extent it has and it's really unfortunate, because we know we've tracked this home already in some cases," Lindsey said. "So, our biggest thing right now is how do we limit the spread of this as best we can."
Anyone that has been to OYE should assume they have been exposed to the disease and could potentially be carrying it on their clothing, vehicle, equipment or livestock. Lindsey is warning everyone to practice extreme caution as they travel back home to limit the spread of this disease. The Oklahoma Pork Council released a statement with more information about the proper precautions to take to manage your risk at home and around susceptible livestock.

Click or tap here to review that information, or to listen to our complete conversation with Lindsey.

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Two Grand Drive at OYE- and Getting Ready for Sale of Champions (PDF Link Below)

After thousands of market animals were appraised by the judges at the Oklahoma Youth Expo- the selection of the Grand Champions happened last night- it truly is a spectacle that is only truly appreciated when seen live and in person.  

From the Scholarships handed out- here's an earlier story that lists them- to the arrival of the stretch limo(enough to hold a couple of dozen kids) to the dropping of the trophies to be won to the actual selection of the four market species- it is all about the kids.

The winners in this livestock version of the Final Four include:

Grand Champion Barrow owned by Madilyn Norvell of Amber-Pocasset 4-H (Hamp Champ)

Grand Champion Market Goat- shown by Addyson Schneberger of Carnegie 4-H (Division Four Champ)

Grand Champion Market Lamb shown by Lydia Straka of Yukon FFA (Crossbred Champ)

And Finally- Grand Champion Market Steer shown by Cierra Collins of Tillman County 4-H (Champion Chianina)

The Reserve Grands Include:

Barrow- Ty Goss of Leedey FFA (Crossbred Champ)

Goat- Carson Maloney, Hooker FFA (Division 4 Reserve)

Lamb- Kailen Urban, Mountain View-Gotebo FFA (Natural Champ)

Steer- Sadie Wynn, Newcastle 4-H (Hereford Champion)

These and about two hundred more of the top market animals will be front and center as a part of the Sale of Champions that will be happening at 4:00 PM at State Fair Arena- 

Click or tap here for the PDF of the 2019 OYE Sale of Champions.

Three OFU Foundation Gathering Donations for Hard Hit Nebraskans

The Oklahoma Farmers Union Board of Directors will be sending donations to Nebraska farmers and ranchers hit hard by the recent floods and blizzards. 

"We know what it is like to suffer from natural disasters," said Scott Blubaugh, OFU Foundation president.  "Farmers and others have helped us recover from devastating wildfires in recent years and now it's our turn to help those in need."

Officials estimate losses from the storms will top $1 billion. Learn more on what's adding up this total, and how you can make donations by clicking or tapping here.

Four If Analysts Have it Right, USDA's March On Feed Report May Show First Inventory Decline in Years

This afternoon, the USDA will release its March 1 Cattle on Feed report and finally catch up from the reporting delays incurred earlier in the year by the partial government shutdown. Ahead of this report, we spoke with Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center to get his pre-report expectations. Like we've seen that past several months, Robb expects to find a dichotomy in the numbers that come out between placements of cattle from the Southern Plains compared to the northern part of cattle country due to the muddy conditions that have slowed the productivity of producers and feeders up north. Based on his calculations, Robb believes placements will be down as much as 3 percent year-over-year.

Marketings too, he says, should be slightly down compared to the previous year. Combined, he says this should add up to an on feed count that is roughly at 100 percent of last year's total at this time - making this the first time in several years the industry has not facilitated a significant year-over-year increase in the number of cattle on feed.

However, Robb's expectations are a bit more optimistic than that of some of his peers. The pre-report estimate currently shows an 8 percent drop from a year ago at 92 percent in terms of placements and puts marketings at 1.3 percent up over year ago levels with a total on feed number of 99 percent, down just one point year-over-year for March 1.

The USDA March 1 Cattle on Feed report is due for release at 2:00 p.m. CST today. In the meantime, you can listen to Robb and I discuss the industry's pre-report estimates, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five Dr. Clint Rusk Shares His Vision for the Future as Head of OSU's Animal and Food Science Dept.

Department of Animal and Food Sciences Head Dr. Clint Rusk sat down with me this week during the Oklahoma Youth Expo to talk about the state of the department and review a few of its most recent activities. You can listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

Rusk says one of the highlights of the projects currently underway is the department's new dairy facilities - complete with housing for employed students and a robotic milking parlor designed not only as a tool for education, but recruitment as well.

"We're certainly looking for the next group of students and we felt like the dairy facility - if built right - we could potentially have a place where bus loads of 3rd or 4th graders would come and see the robot milking cows and at the same time talk to them about the baby calves and where their milk comes from... just help them learn more about agriculture. And potentially, some of them might want to come to school there some day."

No tool is more effective at recruiting, though, than the exposure OSU receives at OYE where he and his team are able to interact with 4-H and FFA members - or potential students as Rusk sees them. 

For many farmers and ranchers, the farm bill's crop insurance program, including prevented planting coverage, serves as an important risk management tool protect against natural disasters like the floods pummeling through the Midwest

 "Disasters like this one not only mean damage to the crop but loss of buildings, equipment, and infrastructure," stated NAWG President and Lavon, Texas wheat farmer Ben Scholz

As growers work to pull through, NAWG calls for state and federal governments to use all resources available to help those impacted. Scholz insists Congress should focus on strengthening and improving crop insurance for the many American farmers and ranchers that are forced to rely on these programs.

"Whether a disaster looms over the horizon or hits without warning, crop insurance provides growers with a much-needed safety net to mitigate the effects," continued Scholz.

Click or tap here to read the full article.

Seven Cotton Acreage Continues Climb in Northern Texas Panhandle

Cotton acreage has almost tripled in the last five years in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said the largest expansions appear to be in Dallam, Hartley, Hansford, Moore, Ochiltree, Sherman, Carson and Gray counties

The cropping picture has changed as producers deal with declining irrigation capacities, variable weather and lower commodity prices. The more drought-tolerant cotton provides producers an opportunity to stretch irrigation capacities, allowing them to water both corn and cotton, Bell said.

At current commodity prices, however, the decision to plant cotton can be based more on economics. A producer can use the same amount of water typically used by a corn crop and produce four bales of cotton per acre, and thus yield a greater net profit per inch of water.

Dr. Bell talks about the many aspects of implementing more cotton as growers consider less grain acreage, click or tap here to read the full article, .
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