Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/26/2019, 6:21 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 on Thursday, April 25th.
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, April 26, 2019
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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The planting window for the 2019 industrial hemp crop is rapidly approaching. Producers seriously interested in growing a crop this year will soon be able to start planting within a few weeks, starting May 20th when Oklahoma enters into its long-day season. As we near this critical time period, we caught up with Jesse Tischauser of Herb's Herbs, Oklahoma's oldest and largest family-owned greenhouse operation and pioneer in the state's industrial hemp industry. We were there for Herb's Herbs' first industrial hemp harvest last year, the same crop that has launched the hemp business here in Oklahoma. Today, they are positioned and ready to help source growers' needs, providing clones to licensed farmers that are ready to go in the ground.

"It's definitely time to fish or cut the bait," Tischauser said. "We're about four weeks away from that key timeframe. May 20th will be the first day we can start planting outdoors."
If you are serious about trying your hand at growing an industrial hemp crop this year but are a little late in the game, Tischauser says not to worry. There is still time to make it happen and they plenty of room on their delivery schedule to fill orders. He says once a grower has obtained the necessary documentation stipulated under the current industrial hemp pilot program, they can contact him and his staff at Herb's Herbs to place their order of startup clones. Regardless your level of enthusiasm, Tischauser recommends starting out small, planting anywhere from half an acre to at most maybe five or ten.

"This season is going to be all about getting started with that learning process," he said. "Because, in the big scheme of things, we've all got experience but we're all still beginners and learning."

Continue reading about what to expect when growing your first hemp crop or listen to Tischauser explain the process in his own words, by clicking here for the full story and interview.

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Grain prices continue to decline as offers for forward contracting wheat at harvest delivery fell below $4.00 this week. The most producers can hope to forward contract their wheat for at the present time is somewhere between $3.95 and $3.97. This week on SUNUP, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout to compare the current market to how it looked back in February of this year.

According to Anderson, the forward contract price in February was about $4.90. Since then, prices have dropped roughly a dollar. Anderson says previous expectations for what the Russians had coming into the year in terms of exportable wheat were overly optimistic. Near the end of last year, the trade anticipated that Russia would exhaust its supplies by January or February of this year and give the US and opportunity to command more of the market. Fast-forward to today and Russia is still marketing wheat with what looks to be yet another massive crop coming down the pipeline.

Anderson says the combined impact of the Black Sea Region's growing influence and increased production by Third World importers, has essentially caused a fundamental change in the dynamics of the global wheat market and has given way to the rise of competition against the US. As producers look ahead, Anderson says quality will be the determining factor that dictates any future price improvement.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's complete comments and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode right now, by clicking or tapping here.

Three Angus Association President John Pfeiffer Shares Experience Attending the World Angus Secretariat

Since taking over as President of the American Angus Association this past fall, Oklahoma angus producer John Pfeiffer has had the opportunity to travel quite a bit, tending to business on behalf of the association. In a recent conversation, he highlighted one of his most recent trips to South America where in the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo, he attended the World Angus Secretariat, a biennial event established in 1969 to facilitate the sharing of information between the various Angus Societies/Associations of the world. According to Pfeiffer, he had the chance to visit with angus breeders from 17 different countries around the world and was immersed in the South American approach to agriculture.

"It was a great experience. It was my first time in South America to see how they do agriculture different than we do and the way in which they raise beef," Pfeiffer said. "I guess the neat thing about it for me was to see a country whose whole economy is based upon agriculture and how well they appreciate agriculture and how thoughtful they are about having ag in their community and country."

During his time spent south of the border, Pfeiffer says he learned a lot about the shared challenges and goals between him and his fellow US angus producers and those stakeholders in the breed who reside outside of the US. Pfeiffer says he discovered that genetically, the herd on an international scale is really very similar - with many of the same bulls we use here in the US being used all over the world. Production, however, is where he says many foreign producers can learn something from the US.

Listen to Pfeiffer share his full experience in South America - plus, hear his update on the progress of this year's Certified Angus Beef sales by clicking here to jump to yesterday's Beef Buzz.

Four Biodiesel Companies Highlight Jobs that Depend on the Biodiesel Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board and several of its member companies highlighted the people behind their industry who are currently being impacted by the uncertainty over the future of the biodiesel tax incentive, releasing yesterday several photos of industry workers. Leaders of the companies that participated in the campaign also remarked on the ways in which their employees and stakeholders are being impacted and what effect the fate of the tax incentive could have on them.

Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs with the National Biodiesel Board, stated, "Because the biodiesel tax incentive has been expired for sixteen months, many companies are facing a very uncertain future. It is urgent that Congress act immediately to provide the biodiesel industry certainty for 2018 and 2019."

Kovarik adds that many companies have essentially priced their products at a loss for more than a year. The economic pressure of these losses while waiting on Congress to act, he says, is now threatening the future of the industry and putting jobs at stake.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. The biodiesel sector is responsible for more than 60,000 jobs across the United States and pays $3.8 billion in workers' wages and benefits. Click here to read the complete story for more details.


Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have one of the premiere businesses in the cattle business partner with us in helping bring you our daily Farm and Ranch News Email- National Livestock Credit Corporation.  National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company.  

They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Five Got Chemicals? Oklahoma Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program Coming Up May 21, Pittsburgh County

ODAFF will be hosting its next disposal program coming up next month. The program is a service designed to remove unusable pesticides from storage and reduce the potential threat to public health and the environment.

Those eligible to participate free of charge include applicators, homeowners, farmers, and ranchers. No pre-registration required with exception of dealers. There is no cost for the first 2,000 pounds of pesticides brought in by a participant.

This event will be hosted at the Pittsburgh County Fairgrounds on May 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

For more information on how to participate or to pre-register click over to our website for the full story.


Kellen Allison of the Waynoka FFA Chapter, your 2019 Northwest Area Star in Ag Production, was our latest to feature in our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists. Kellen has demonstrated an impressive acumen in beef production for a producer his age. Since inheriting 10 pairs from his grandfather, he has since grown his herd to now include 130 cows and close to 300 stockers every year. In addition, he is actively working towards his long-term goal to establish a 15,000 head feed yard in the Waynoka area and hopes to continue to grow his own cow/calf operation to 800+ head.

Kellen says his operation has taught him a lot about how to keenly manage an agribusiness - from balancing a checkbook, to taking out loans, figuring interest rates, break evens points and how to effectively hedge cattle.

Aside from his ranching operation, Kellen also serves as his local FFA Chapter President and also participates in livestock judging, speeches and community service activities.

You can read more about Kellen and his operation or hear my entire conversation with him and other finalists we've featured, by clicking or tapping over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

Eight Coming Up NEXT Weekend - Hall-Coyote Hills Production Sale, LeForce Hereford Dispersal Sale

Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch - Annual Lim-Flex & Limousin Production Sale will happen next weekend. The Sale starts on Saturday morning, May 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the ranch in Chattanooga. Featured at this years sale is 120 head as 75 lots including 5 Fancy Show Heifer Prospects by Aviator, Air Force One and TASF Crown Royal, 30 Fall-Calving Cow/Calf Pairs, many with show heifer prospects at side. All are eligible for 2020 Texas Limousin Shoot-Out, 15 Spring-Calving Cow/Calf Pairs, 15 Fall-Bred Lim-Flex Heifers, 10 Breeding-Age Lim-Flex Bulls.

For more information or to request a sale catalog click to the calendar page on our website.


Also coming up NEXT weekend is LeForce Herefords is hosting a Complete Dispersal Sale on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Enid Livestock Market. Be to sure arrive early for your chance to bid on over 600 head of fall pairs, spring pairs, open heifers, herd sires, spring yearling bulls, fall yearling bulls and embryos and semen.

Check them out online to see some of the top performing Hereford cattle up for auction next Saturday. LeForce Herefords has been serving up quality Hereford genetics since 1893. For more information click over to the calendar page on our website.

FFAThis Weekend- and Next Week- Lots of FFA to Cover

Oklahoma FFA members have been busy over the last few weeks pushing for a chance to make the State level in Speech Contests and Team events- also know as the State Interscholastics.  A lot will be decided tomorrow in Stillwater on the campus of Oklahoma State- as the State Speech Contest gets underway- there are 11 categories with 10 speakers in each of those divisions. 

What is amazing to me is that each year- several FFA members qualify at the state level to speak in more than one of the categories-giving them multiple chances to end up on stage in Oklahoma City at the State Convention for the Prepared State Speech Finals (on Tuesday afternoon) There are six of the divisions that will advance one speaker to Tuesday of next week for the State Prepared Speech Finals.

Among those who have qualified in multiple topics/categories- Bree Kisling of Chisholm will actually be speaking THREE times tomorrow in Stillwater- two of the times in prepared areas and the third in Extemp. Bree is competing in Agribusiness and Animal Science.

The other speakers who also have qualified in multiple categories:

Gabby Barber, Lawton (AgriBiz, Ag Policy)

Landri Chaplin, Weatherford (AgriBiz, Plant)

Jentry Squires, Kingfisher (Ag Policy, Plant)

Cade Jenlink, Timberlake (Ag Policy, Ag Science)

Lara Hays, Sequoyah ( Ag Policy, Natural Resources)

Kayli Hasselbring, Owasso (Plant, Ag Policy)

Lexie Evers, Edmond (8-9-10th, Plant)

Rio Bonham, Madill (Plant, Extemp)

Emily Cordell, Guthrie (Extemp, Ag Science)

Hunter McConnell, Owasso (Extemp, Ag Science)

Hailey Suntken, Sequoyah (Ag Science, 9th)

Caleb Home, Morrison (Creed, 8-9-10th)

Click or tap here for the PDF for the complete speaking order for the contests that happen tomorrow at OSU.

Also happening tomorrow are the Parli Pro and the Conduct of Meetings contests- Coalgate, Kingfisher and Mustang have teams in both divisions- click or tap here for the lineup of the seven teams in both divisions. 

Of course- next week is the 93rd Annual Convention of the Oklahoma FFA- click here for a look at the highlights of the 2019 convention happening Tuesday and Wednesday in downtown Oklahoma City. 

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