Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/29/2019, 6:14 AM
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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, April 26th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, April 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: Rust Sweeping Into Oklahoma Wheat Fields- Dr. Bob Hunger Offered an Update Over the Weekend

According to Dr. Bob Hunger on Saturday in his latest Wheat Disease Report, "Reports of rust activity definitely were on the upswing this past week in Oklahoma. At the field day yesterday(Friday) at Chickasha in central OK, I saw only sparse stripe rust, but I also heard reports that sounded to me as though rust (both stripe and leaf rust) will be making a strong appearance in Oklahoma."

Lance Embry (WestBred/Monsanto) indicated he had recently been in central Texas and saw severe stripe and leaf rust, with a slight edge to the stripe rust. Heath Sanders (SW OK Area Extn Agronomy Spclt) indicated that earlier in the week he saw some stripe rust and tan spot in Tillman County (SW OK), but that overall the leaves looked pretty good. This is consistent with what Gary Strickland observed in southwestern OK last week, where he indicated,
"I was in several fields yesterday. Most fields are boot (some are a little later yet) to heading (some fields have just started blooming). I found incidence of both stripe and leaf rust. However, in only 2-3 fields was it heavy enough (combined with a good yield potenetial, 45+ bushels) and had advanced up the plant that I felt like spraying was an immediate need. In most other fields while I would find both species low on the plant or mid-way in the plant but it was typically very low severity. So, in the end both species were present but I think stripe rust was probably more prevalent. But overall, severity is not high for either rust species.   I found no powdery mildew. Septoria and a little tan spot were present but the Septoria is still the predominant disease that I am seeing. In nearly all cases it remains low on the plant. In one field it had advanced mid-way up the plant and caused a lot of yellowing of the lower leaf canopy but again that has just been in one case."

Strickland concludes "With high field moisture present and humid canopy conditions existing I am telling producers to keep a close eye on their field because conditions are right for the disease to spread quickly."

Click or tap here for Dr. Hunger's full report.

I suspect that we will hear more tomorrow about how much concern is out there regarding a late season push when it comes to disease in Oklahoma wheat fields- that when we have the annual Wheat Crop Estimates come together in the wrap up session of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association Annual Meeting. 

Details on Day One of that meeting can be read here- day two details- Tuesday- can be read here.

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Two AFBF Calls on Congress to Expedite Passage of Rural Electric Co-op Bill

Legislation entitled "Revitalizing Under-developed Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act (H.R. 2147, S. 1032)" was recently introduced in the US Congress. If passed, the bill would ensure that electric cooperatives will not jeopardize their tax-exempt status when they accept government grants for activities like expanding broadband or restoring power after storms and disasters.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, on Friday, issued a statement regarding the proposed legislation and called upon Congressional leaders to hasten its passage. Duvall remarked that this would help to cement local electric cooperatives' ability to reliably provide rural citizens with power and high-speed internet.

We encourage lawmakers to act quickly on this important measure to allow rural electric cooperatives to continue their critical work without risking their tax-exempt status," Duvall said.

This bill comes as a response to an unintended consequence of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has made it more difficult for cooperatives to meet the tax-exempt test. Click here to read Duvall's complete statement for more details on this issue.

Three Emerging Segment in Beef Pipeline Gains Importance - Rabo Analyst Don Close Explains Grow Yards

A new and emerging segment is gaining prominence in the beef industry. Much like stocker or backgrounding operations, the evolving segment Rabo AgriFinance's Don Close has dubber, "grow yards," is on the rise.

The difference between grow yards and stocker operations, according to Close, is that grow yards are concentrating more on the 600-700 wt. cattle, whereas stockers typically prefer 400-500 wts. Close says that this new segment has the potential to disrupt the marketplace, especially for stockers who will start to see increased competition for available livestock. However, this could mean new marketing opportunities for producers on the cow/calf level.

In addition, as more cattle are diverted off the farm and out of the feedlot via grow yards, Close says this also creates more room for herd expansion as well. It also gives the high labor, low cost operators an opportunity to break into the business. And, given that operators in this segment generally do more regional business, Close contends that growth in this sector may also help advance the beef industry's traceability agenda, too.

Close and I had the chance earlier this year to speak in depth about this topic. You can listen to that complete conversation, by clicking or tapping here.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 392 on Friday- setting the stage for Oklahoma to have very specific rules on what cell based meat products can be called at retail in Oklahoma once they reach the market place sometime in the future. The bill patterns a law that was put into place a year ago in Missouri. At that time, MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering predicted more states will follow the lead of Missouri.

"This isn't a Missouri issue. This is about protecting the integrity of the products that farm and ranch families throughout the country work hard to raise each and every day," Deering says. "I never imagined we would be fighting over what is and isn't meat. It seems silly. However, this is very real and I cannot stress enough the importance of this issue. We are beyond pleased to see this priority legislation cross the finish-line."

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Michael Kelsey, feels the same as Deering does about the Oklahoma version about the measure- we alked with him over the weekend and got his take on why cattle producers in the state are pleased to have this proactive measure in place.

You can listen to our complete conversation with Michael Kelsey by clicking or tapping here.

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Five Introducing Rio Bonham of the Madill FFA Chapter, Your 2019 Southeast Area Star in Ag Production

We wrapped up our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists this past Friday with Rio Bonham of the Madill FFA Chapter, your Southeast Area Star in Ag Production. Rio runs a small cow/calf operation with red angus cattle from his family's ranch in Wyoming and integrated a black angus bull to increase marketability in this area. Bonham says his ranching operation has taught him many valuable lessons that have become the foundation of his management strategy. Rio's herd is up to nine head these days, having started originally with just three.

He also loves participating in public speaking contests, FFA's environmental science career development events and tries to take as many other opportunities to get involved as he can. Serving as Madill FFA Chapter president, he says he like to encourage younger members.

This fall Rio will go to OSU and major in Agricultural Engineering with the Environmental Life Science focus, hoping to eventually improve his local water shed to help both neighboring producers and the environment.

You can hear my complete conversation with Rio and all of this year's Star Award Finalists, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website. Good luck to all those we've had the chance to feature this past month. Check back after the 2019 Oklahoma State FFA Convention as we highlight the winners of this year's contest.

Six Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association to Host Fire Suppression Training School in Woodward, OK

The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association and others are set to host a "Fire suppression through prescribed fire" training school May 11 at Woodward, Okla. The event will focus on the use of prescribed fire to reduce wildfire danger.
Over the last three years, record-breaking wildfires have plagued the Southern Plains. This training school is designed to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities better manage their risk of potential wildfires.
The wildfire fuel suppression training school will last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodward Fire Station. Those in attendance will learn how to effectively control fuel load and how to use targeted "black line" burns around communities and structures when conditions permit.
The training school is free to the public with a meal provided. Anyone attending is requested to RSVP by May 4th. For more information about this event or for instructions on how to RSVP, click here.

Seven Final Deadline to Enter Cattle for National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference Coming May 15

The final deadline to enter cattle The National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference is coming up May 15th. The show and conference will be held June 17-21, 2019 in Lebanon, Tennessee. NJSS participants must be members of the American Junior Shorthorn Association.

In addition to the livestock show, participants can also sign up as to compete as individuals or on a team in a variety of contests including arts & crafts, cattleman's written test, graphic design, livestock judging, photography, poster, showmanship, speech, extemporaneous speech, beef cook-off, herdsman quiz bowl, team fitting and team salesmanship.

The show schedule begins Friday, June 21, with a Purebred Bred & Owned Show, ShorthornPlus Bred & Owned Show, Purebred Bred & Owned Bull Show, ShorthornPlus Owned Female Show, ShorthornPlus Steer Show and Purebred Steer Show. On Saturday, June 22, the Purebred Owned Show will take place.

The theme for this year's event is "Strumming a Shorthorn Tune." As part of this year's musical motif, AJSA will welcome the popular country band Confederate Railroad to perform a live concert for exhibitors in attendance. For more information about this event and how to submit your own entry, click here.
FFASpeechHunter McConnell of Owasso Wins State FFA Exemp Contest While Caleb Horne of Morrison Takes Top Honors in Creed

Oklahoma State University once again hosted the State FFA 2019 Career Developments Events of the Oklahoma FFA on Friday and Saturday in Stillwater. Six of the winners from the events in Stillwater will have one more challenge in front of them- the State Prepared Public Speech Finals held during the 2019 Oklahoma State FFA Convention. The Finals will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Two State Speech winners named Friday night have already punched their ticket to represent Oklahoma FFA at the National Convention in October- State FFA Creed Winner is Caleb Horne of Morrison FFA, while the Extemp State Winner for 2019 is Hunter McConnell of the Owasso FFA.

The winners of the six speech divisions will compete for the State Title in Prepared Public Speaking, with the overall winner earning the right to represent Oklahoma at the National contest held this coming October at the 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The Six Finalists in that Prepared Public Speech contest include:

Agricultural Business- Marshall Clune, Edmond FFA

Agricultural Policy- Pace Mittelstaedt, Amber-Pocasset FFA

Agricultural Science- Cade Jenlink, Timberlake FFA

Animal Science- Bree Kisling, Chisholm FFA

Natural Resources- Tanner Taylor, Adair FFA

Plant Sciences- Jentry Squires, Kingfisher FFA

We will be spotlighting the Teams that came out on top over the weekend in the State CDEs- in the meantime- click or tap here to dig into the results as posted on the Oklahoma State University website.

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