Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/9/2019, 6:01 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.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets! 

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and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has 
94 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, April 10th sale of finished cattle -  click here to jump to the website.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards- 6,400 were reported with Yearlings called mixed- $1 higher to $2 Lower with 
Steer calves steady to 1.00 higher- click or tap here for the complete report.

OKC West sold slaughter cows 1.00 to 4.00 higher and slaughter bulls 3.00 higher compared to the last sale - click or tap here for the full report from USDA.

At the Joplin Regional Stockyards- just over 5,900 were being sold- 
steers under 800 lbs 2.00 to 5.00 higher, over 800 lbs steady to 3.00 higher- click here for the complete report from the USDA reporter on site.

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 Monday, April 8th.
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, April 9, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
US Wheat Crop Shows First Signs of Heading as Corn Planting Gets Underway, According to USDA

The USDA gave industry stakeholders its first look at the 2019 US corn crop in it's second Crop Progress Report for the year, in addition to the US winter wheat crop's first signs of heading. On Monday, April 08, 2019, the USDA Crop Progress indicated that the corn planting has officially started with 2 percent complete nationwide at this early juncture in the season, on par with the same time last year and the five-year average. The US winter wheat crop meanwhile is reportedly at 3 percent headed, same as the previous year and behind the average by 1 point with a condition rating of 9 poor to very poor, 31 fair and 60 percent good to excellent - a four-point improvement from last week and doubly better than last year at this time.

Click here to review the complete US Crop Progress Report release by the USDA on Monday, April 08, 2019.

Across the Southern Plains -

Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing reached 56 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but down 11 points from normal. Wheat's condition in Oklahoma this week rates 4 poor to very poor, 20 fair and 76 percent good to excellent.
To review Oklahoma's complete crop progress report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, according to limited information, winter wheat's condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 34 fair, 47 good and 11 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 11 percent, behind last year by 2 points and well behind 35 the average. This week, wheat is 15 percent headed, well ahead of normal which is typically not even on the chart at this time. To review this week's complete crop progress report for Kansas, click here.

Finally, across Texas this week, the state's wheat crop is rated 19 poor to very poor, 34 fair and 47 percent good to excellent. Wheat headed this week reached 16 percent, double what it was a week ago and just ahead of the previous year by 1 point but lagging the average by 2 points. To review this week's complete crop progress report for Texas, click here.

By the way- the wheat numbers this year versus last year are incredible- Here's the April 2018 versus April 2019 comparisons:

State         Good-Excellent2019         Good-Excellent2018

Oklahoma             76%                               9%
Kansas                  58%                              10%(GOOD)
Texas                     47%                              15%

State          Poor-VeryPoor2019        Poor-VeryPoor2018

Oklahoma              4%                                 46%
Kansas                  8%                                 47%
Texas                    19%                                59%

A lot can happen between now and when the combines pull into the fields- but for now- WOW!  

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During the Oklahoma City Farm Show last week, our own Carson Horn caught up with Herbert Suehring, the "Herb" in Herb's Herbs - Oklahoma's largest and oldest family-owned greenhouse operation and a pioneer in the state's emerging hemp industry. According to Herb, the potential opportunity hemp production offers local farmers is "phenomenal," with potentially up to $100,000 an acre return. Despite the lucrative potential hemp offers, Suehring says many farmers are hesitant to get involved because of the legal hoops they must jump through first.

However, for those willing to do it, his advice is to hurry if they hope to make this year's planting window during the first half of June as the process takes about 30 days to complete.

Once it is in the ground though, Suehring says it is a relatively easy crop to grow, one of the most attractive aspects of it. With a little nitrogen and proper spacing, he says hemp grows "like a weed."

Click or tap here to jump to the original story on our website to read more or to hear Carson's full conversation with Herb.

According to OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, adverse weather has likely slowed the rate of cattle finishing but suggests that slaughter totals across classes mostly reflect underlying herd dynamics. In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, he explains how the impact of winter weather is reflected in carcass weights currently, which have slid on a seasonal decline well below year ago levels. In the latest weekly data, steer carcass weights are 12 pounds below one year ago; heifer carcasses are down 11 pounds; and cow carcasses are 18 pounds lighter year over year.

Peel says as is often the case, "...adverse weather is largely a management headache with significant economic impacts mostly borne by individual operations. However, there are no doubt some market level impacts given the lengthy and widespread period of poor cattle production conditions experienced this winter."

At the same time, though, reduced beef production appears to be supporting boxed beef prices. Fed cattle prices have likely been supported as well, though the weather impacts have not been as obvious as some had expected. Peel adds that fed cattle prices may have peaked seasonally but continued weather impacts and the onset of summer beef demand should provide continued support for a few more weeks and possibly another chance for a spring price peak.

Click here for more of Peel's insights into the current herd dynamics and how the market is being impacted by the resulting effects of winter weather.

The American Simmental Association recently launched an expansive new project that pairs actual carcass record with genomic data on sire identified calves. This carcass expansion project aims to boost total carcass records and train genomic panels to more accurately predict carcass traits. The five-year project is open to seedstock members and their commercial customers that have sim-genetic influence. For the genomics component, the association places to pay genotyping costs associated with the use of tissue sampling units provided by Allflex. The information gathered through this program will develop better and more accurate EPDs that will lead to better consumer products. Scott Holt, Allflex North American Marketing Manager says the project will significantly enhance the breed's genomic efforts.

"Our ability now to get that carcass information through genomic is a really exciting phase in our industry," he said. "Where as a non-enhanced EPD may have an accuracy rate of 30-40 percent... we can improve that possibly by 10 to 20 percent by adding carcass information to that EPD foundation."

Listen to our full discussion over this new project in greater detail with Holt and other stakeholders, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

According to a new study from Crossroads Consulting commissioned by the City of Oklahoma City, replacing the famous Jim Norick Arena - known as "The Big House" - at State Fair Park would provide an economic boost to the metro of more than $230 million a year in direct spending and more than $400 million a year in total economic impact. Additionally, Crossroads said a new coliseum would generate 10 percent more direct spending than the existing facility and create an extra 370 total jobs a year. 

Over the last three years, State Fair Park has averaged a total attendance of more than 2.15 million visitors annually. The park's visitors generated more economic impact than the Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark combined over that time.

In January 2017, an architectural firm was commissioned to create plans for a modern coliseum with more than 4,700 fixed seats, 2,600 retractable seats and premium amenities such as suites, box seating and club opportunities. Construction is expected to cost $95 million, and plans call for keeping the Norick Arena open during the process to minimize disruption.

Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. President & CEO Tim O'Toole stated that the need to replace the Norick arena has been obvious for some time and hopes voters will keep in mind the value this project would bring to OKC when they consider the next MAPS proposal that would fund its construction.

Click here to read the full story on our website.

We continue our coverage this week of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists with your Southeast Area Star in Agriscience, Natalee Richarson of the Latta FFA Chapter. Natalee's project tested acidity levels on different animal teeth in order to see what plants in their diet do to their teeth. In her continuation project she's tested fluoride on them to show the protection it can have.

Based on her findings, Natalee would recommend investing in treating with fluoride to the cattle industry or utilizing a natural option like neem oil.

Natalee is very involved with the Lata FFA Chapter including speeches, Agriscience, CDEs like Mead ID, and anything else they'll offer. After graduating she intends to go to Oklahoma State University majoring in Biotechnology with a Pre-Vet option.

You can learn more about Natalee and her Agriscience project, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website - be sure to check out all the finalists we've featured so far while you're there.

This week, all 107 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety study reports that were submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as part of the substance authorization process in the European Union (EU) were released and are now accessible on Bayer's dedicated transparency platform. In doing so, the company delivers on its commitment to more transparency, including its crop protection safety studies following the acquisition of Monsanto. Many of these and other similar studies were submitted to and evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during its own risk assessment of glyphosate.

This new addition to the Bayer Transparency platform follows last December's publication of more than 300 glyphosate safety study summaries submitted under the EU substance authorization process for plant protection products. Access has now been enabled to all the related in-depth glyphosate safety studies to which Bayer wholly owns the rights.

Due to legal restrictions, Bayer cannot release the glyphosate studies conducted and owned by third parties. For more information, click or tap here to review the full story on our website.

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