Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/16/2019, 6:13 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.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards- 5,600 was the estimate for Monday- with Yearling Steers selling $1 to $2 higher while Steer and heifer calves were selling with a higher undertone on limited offerings- click or tap here for the complete USDA report from Monday April 15.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, Slaughter cows sold steady to 5.00 higher. Slaughter bulls mostly steady compared to last week. Click here for the complete sale report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reports 5,158 from their Monday sale- 
steer calves steady. heifer calves 2.00 to 4.00 higher, yearlings steers steady to 3.00 higher, yearling heifers steady. Click or tap here for their complete report from USDA. has 
0 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
April 17th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website.

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 April 15.
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 16, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
US Corn Crop Planting Reported for First Time This Spring- Winter Wheat Crop Remains 60% Good to Excellent This Week

According to the USDA National Crop Progress Report, we are starting to get numbers on the planting of the 2019 corn, cotton and sorghum crops. The US Corn crop, which may be a difficult one to get in the ground this spring, is three percent planted versus the five year average of five percent- Texas has just over half of their corn crop in the ground, while up in the midwest, Indiana is only one of the "I" states started yet- with one percent in the ground according to this week's report. Kansas and Missouri both have six percent of their corn planted versus a five year average of 14% and 15% respectively. 

Nationally- 7% of the cotton crop is planted- in line with the five year average- and that includes a three percent planted in Oklahoma and 11% planted in Texas.

For the full USDA Crop Progress Report, click or tap here.

From a state-by-state perspective, Winter wheat jointing in Oklahoma reached 65 percent, down 7 points from the previous year and down 19 points from normal. The wheat crop condition stands at 74% good to excellent this week- off two points from a week ago. Besides the cotton crop number we mentioned above, Oklahoma has 12% of the expected corn crop planted and 2% of the grain sorghum crop in the ground.

For Oklahoma's Crop Progress Report, click or tap here.

Kansas winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 31 fair, 49 good, and 10 excellent(Good to excellent number is 1% better than a week ago). Winter wheat jointed was 26 percent, ahead of 21 last year, but well behind 46 for the five-year average. Corn planted was 6 percent, near 5 last year, but behind 14 average.

For Kansas' Crop Progress Report, click or tap here.

Regarding the Texas wheat crop- our neighbors to the south in the Northern Low Plains, the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau were in the heading stage. Wheat in South Texas was turning color. Texas winter wheat showed 51 percent Good-Excellent, 35 Fair, and 14 Poor-Very Poor.(Good to excellent number is up 4 points this week versus last)

For Texas' Crop Progress Report, click or tap here.

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Two Continuing Impacts of Winter Weather Will Help Support Fed Prices For Some Time Yet Says Dr. Peel

"With generally good summer forage prospects, stocker cattle demand remains strong with spring calf price peaks continuing into mid-April.

"Seven to eight-weight feeder steer prices have increased seasonally from the February low into April and typically increase seasonally to a summer peak in July before declining in the second half of the year.

"Continuing impacts of winter weather will help support fed prices for some time yet and may provide an opportunity to push to higher seasonal peaks. If it happens, that would likely occur the next two or three weeks.

"The seasonal increase in beef production may be tempered somewhat in the coming weeks by lower carcass weights and other lingering impacts of severe weather this winter and spring."

Read more from OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel by clicking or tapping here.

A resolution that would put an immediate halt to the reduction of county extension staff pending the release of certain information, was filed at the State Capital this past week. The House Concurrent Resolution 1003 was introduced Wednesday in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by State Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, and carried in the State Senate by Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer. The resolution calls on the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents and the Extension Service to halt their current plans to reduce the number of extension agents in Oklahoma counties until the Board can provide the Governor, House Speaker, Senate President Pro Tempore and the Secretary of Agriculture with information on its decision to scale back on county extension staff. In a release from his office, Hardin cites his concern over the impact a reduction in staff would have on the local communities affected.

"County extension programs are valuable services to their communities and a huge economic boost that is difficult to measure," Hardin states. "Extension service is an investment in our children's future and a valuable resource for our farmers and ranchers with a large economic impact on our state."

While the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits the Legislature from telling the Board of Regents where to spend the money appropriated each year, Simpson insists that given the vital service Cooperative Extension delivers in "forwarding research to support and grow our state's agriculture industry," further consideration is warranted in this matter.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service serves all 77 counties in the state, providing research-based knowledge to Oklahomans and government agencies that regulate Oklahoma's food and agriculture industry which has a $42 billion annual impact on the state's economy.
In the wake of significant budget cuts, though, leaders have planned to reduce its professional extension staff assigned to county offices as a way to cope with the effects of a tighter financial resources, while remaining committed to maintaining a presence in every county.

Click here to read the original story posted yesterday to our website.

Four Mark McCully Says There Has Always Been Three Keys to CAB Success- Taste, Flavor and Juiciness

Certified Angus Beef is arguably the gold standard when it comes to branded beef programs. However, Mark McCully, vice president of production at CAB, admitted that at one time there was some discussion about whether or not to lower the brand's standards enough in order to get more cattle into the CAB program and meet consumers' growing demand for the product. In the end though, he says the decision was made to stay the course and looking at how things turned out today - it has paid off.

Even since that critical decision was made though, the consumer has continued to evolve and over time has changed. Today, consumers are seeking more information about their food, wanting to know how it was produced, where it came from, etc. McCully says this is of course something that CAB takes seriously and assumes responsibility for when marketing to their consumer base. However, he says key to the brand's success still stands on its foundation and can not be divorced from it.

"The one thing we consistently hear though, is that the consumer is not willing to back up on taste, flavor and juiciness. They still want those things. We have to keep the foundation of this great thing we've created," he said. "But now we have to add those additional assurances - all things we know are truly happening and so we take on a little more responsibility to help communicate that story and continue to elevate that trust and assure the consumer that product, those cattle, were handled in an way that aligns with their values."

Listen to McCully speak about consumer priorities and how CAB works to meet those on on our second of two Beef Buzz  feats with him-  click or tap here.

You can also go back and hear part one of our convo with Mark- click or tap here for our earlier story highlighting the increase in the number of cattle qualifying for Certified Angus Beef in recent years.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Five FCC Announces 5G Effort to Boost Rural Communities and Businesses

The Rural & Agriculture Council of America (RACA) applauds today's announcement by The White House and FCC to invest in improving next generation connectivity and access for rural Americans. Under the FCC's 5G Fast Plan, President Trump and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announced the largest commercial spectrum auction in FCC history, freeing up more airwaves for the private sector to enhance their quality of service and lay the foundation for networks of the future.

RACA Vice President Chris Skorupa issued the following statement: 

"Their announcement of a $20.4 billion 'Rural Digital Opportunity Fund' will help underserved areas' access to broadband over the next 10 years through a series of incentives intended to stimulate private sector competition and investment in much-needed broadband infrastructure".

"These efforts demonstrate that private sector competition, not government nationalization of networks, is the best path forward to stimulating local economies and bridging the digital divide in rural communities across America."

Six National Assoc. Conservation Districts Touts the Certainty Revised WOTUS Rule Offers Landowners

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule redefining waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Through the proposed rule, the agencies clarify the definition of jurisdictional waters designated under the CWA.

Consistent with comments submitted in previous rulemakings to define WOTUS, NACD's comments emphasize the need for the agencies to enhance coordination with local conservation districts when making local determinations for which waters may be jurisdictional. 

Read remarks from NACD President Tim Palmer in the full article, here.

Meet Your 2019 Southwest Area Star in Agribusiness, Reagan Stephens of the Weatherford FFA Chapter

On Monday, we featured Reagan Stephens of the Weatherford FFA Chapter, part of our continuing coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists. Reagan is our first contestant to feature in the Agribusiness category and represents the Southwest Area. Reagan is recognized for her achievements in owning and operating her small business, Eclectic Equine, LLC. which offers boarding and horseback riding lessons.

The genesis of Reagan's venture began with just two students, who she offered free riding lessons to in exchange for their help in caring for the horses. Since then, her enterprise has grown to include 12 students and two boarding horses.

During her FFA career, she has excelled in areas of public speaking and veterinary science, winning Reserve Champion in both at the national contests. This year, she is trying her hand extemporaneous public speaking. After high school, Reagan plans to pursue a degree in biology with the ultimate goal of specializing in equine surgery and working at a veterinary clinic.

You can hear our entire conversation to learn more about Reagan and her equine business by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website. Be sure to check back each day as we continue to feature your 2019 Star Award Finalists.

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