Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/8/2019, 5:02 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 Ron Hays 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.
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 on Friday, April 5th.
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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Ron Hays, Senior Farm Director and Editor
Carson Horn, Associate Farm Director and Editor

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Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Monday,  April 8, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
Funk Companies Purchases Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, Our Website and This Daily Email

Word became public at the end of this past week that our radio network and digital properties have been acquired by the Funk Companies.  I am very pleased with this news and believe that this next chapter in my professional life will be the best one ever as the Funk name is associated with excellence at every level.  Mr. Funk has told me that one of his life goals early in his life included "owning cows" and he happens to own the premiere seedstock operation in the United States- Express Ranches. 

His love of young FFA and 4-H members has manifested itself in making the Oklahoma Youth Expo the world class event that it is- and he is hopeful that the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and the Oklahoma Farm Report can enhance our coverage of the OYE and the other youth events we report from to a whole new level- spreading the great story of these remarkable young men and women even better in the days to come.

"Radio Oklahoma Ag Network has been the trusted source for agricultural news and information in the State of Oklahoma and I am excited for our organization to be a part of this venture," said Bob Funk Sr.

Tim West, the former owner of the network and General Manager, will remain on with the company in his present role. I will also remain with the company in my present role as Farm Director, backed up by my Associate Farm Director Carson Horn and Dave Lanning, our market specialist.   

"It will be business as usual at the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network," West said, remarking on the sale, "but with the benefit of the involvement of Bob Funk Sr. and his enduring commitment to agriculture in Oklahoma."

Click here to read the full story on our website and to learn more about the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.

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Two USDA Announces Sign-Up Period for Updated Conservation Stewardship Program, View the Details

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this year is May 10, 2019USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019

"CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals," NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. "It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled."

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.  

Click or tap here to read about the changes.

Three AgDrone Pro Showcases Industry's Most Advanced Drone Scouting Technology at OKC Farm Show

Our own Carson Horn sat down with Cheyenne Laux of AgDrone Pro, an agricultural drone mapping and analytic service, at the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show.

AgDrone Pro uses military-grade drones and technology, capable of flying up to 360 ft. above your fields. With data driven results and personalized service, their agricultural scouting drones they deploy allow you to see data in terms canopy coverage, areas of stress in your crop and also allow you to track growth over multiple seasons.

"Instead of using the 'spray and pray' method - you got a thousand acres, so you buy a thousand acres worth of chemical, spray it and hope it works - now I can literally ground truth that and then treat specific trouble spots with the exact amount it needs, no more no less. So, now you're spending less on your treatment upfront saving you potentially thousands of dollars," Laux said, explaining the benefit of AgDrone Pro's services available to clients. 

Learn more about AgDrone Pro and how their services can help you on your farming operation, by clicking or tapping here to hear Carson's complete conversation with Laux. 

If you missed AgDrone Pro at the Oklahoma City Farm Show check out their website.

NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Green New Deal Only Helps Strengthen Beef Industry's Credibility
The US Senate's rejection of the Green New Deal, according to NCBA's Chief Lobbyist Colin Woodall, has given the beef industry the perfect opportunity to showcase just how sustainable it really is and expose the opposition's claims against it as being totally unfounded.

About two weeks ago, the Senate voted to consider the Green New Deal advanced by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The bill received not a single YES vote, with all but two Democratic Senators voting PRESENT - the other two voting NO along with all Republicans.

Woodall says this vote exposed the universal lack of confidence in this bill. It also, he says, has allowed the NCBA a platform to tell beef producers' story and the progress they've made in improving their sustainability. Along with that - the industry has made some inroads it seems with public opinion and policy, using Checkoff funded research to combat the claims of critics like those seen in the EAT Lancet report. In addition, the industry has been able to refute the widely unpopular 2015 WOTUS rule and is getting closer to winning the war on getting that rule revised.

Listen to my full conversation with Woodall to hear how NCBA is pushing back against the beef industry's detractors, on yesterday's Beef Buzz -
click here.

Sponsor Spotlight
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Stripe Rust Absent Across State This Season with Only Spotty Cases of Leaf Rust, Powdery Mildew

OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger released on Friday his latest wheat disease report for Oklahoma. According to him, there has been only slight changes in the presence of diseases since his last report with stripe rust appearing totally absent so far, and leaf rust and powdery mildew slow going at this point. However, with rain this past week and more in the forecast, leaf rust and powdery mildew likely will start to become more prevalent. In addition, Hunger says, scouting in Jagalene near Stillwater revealed stunted and yellowing spots heavily infested with aphids (both bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbug) as well as some 'new' leaf rust pustules up on higher leaves.

"I am puzzled at the lack of powdery mildew this year," he said. "It seems like we have had the late winter and spring weather that would facilitate powdery mildew, but it continues to be mostly absent."

A few reports of winter grain mites have also been shared with Hunger, but coming rains are expected to address those issues. Other diseases that have been lightly reported include some leaf spotting caused by Septoria (most likely) or Stagonospora.

For Hunger's full wheat disease report, click or tap here to jump to the original story on our website.

Six Introducing Bailee Nunes of the Collinsville FFA, Your 2019 Northeast Area Star in Ag Placement

We continue our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Finalists with this year's Northeast Area Star in Agriculture Placement, Bailee Nunes of the Collinsville FFA Chapter. Bailee is recognized for her work at a small animal veterinary clinic doing clinical assisting such as surgeries, boarding, and just about everything else. She's picked up surgery skills along the way, feeding, exercise, daily care, and medication responsibilites. Part of her responsibility is not only caring for the small animals, but their owners as well.

Bailee has always been an animal lover and aspires to be a veterinarian. Bailee started FFA her 8th grade year doing speeches and pigs. She decided to chase her dream of being a vet by getting into a clinic and growing from there. The next stop on her path after graduation is the west coast for a large animal internship.

You can hear our entire conversation and learn more about Bailee's experience in Ag Placement, by clicking over to our Blue-Green Gazette which features the stories of other Star Finalists we've spotlighted this week. Be sure to check in each day for the next few weeks as we continue to highlight these young achievers leading up to the 2019 Oklahoma FFA State Convention April 30 - May 1.

Seven Leading Farm, Conservation and Wildlife Groups Unite in Support of Protecting Conservation Funding

Having succeeded in protecting funding for the Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 140 leading farm, conservation and wildlife groups are once again joining together to protect those hard-fought conservation funds and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process.

Farm bill conservation programs, including the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), play a vital role in helping farmers, ranchers and landowners to keep their lands sustainable and profitable for generations to come.

Click or tap here to read the full article and see what some of these programs' leaders had to say about the funding decisions made in the 2018 Farm Bill.  They also wrote a letter April 2nd which called upon appropriators to respect the funding decisions made in the 2018 Farm Bill and reject any cuts to farm bill conservation funding through the appropriations process. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma 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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