Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 5/8/2019, 6:27 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.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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has a total of 863 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, May 8th sale of finished cattle - details will be available after noon today by clicking here

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday steers and heifers traded to a steady undertone on limited receipts compared to last week. Click or tap here for the complete sale report. 

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 Tuesday, May 7th.
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
    Wednesday,  May 8, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Farmers growing a dual-purpose crop in Oklahoma are now eligible to take advantage of a Dual Use Option under the Annual Forage insurance program, announced yesterday, by USDA's Risk Management Agency.

According to the RMA, this change "recognizes a practice that farmers and ranchers have used for years in certain parts of the country" and allows producers who select this option can insure their small grains crop with both an Annual Forage Policy for grazing and a multi-peril Small Grains Policy for grain.

The Dual Use Option is ideal for producers who plant a small grain by October 15, 2019, to use as a grazing crop over the winter and to harvest for grain the next summer. The option is available in counties where RMA considers "grain/graze" a good farming practice in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

The Annual Forage pilot program is a private product maintained by AgForce and provides coverage to acreage that is planted each year and used as forage or fodder by livestock.

The changes described were approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors on April 23, 2019. Producers interested in Annual Forage should visit our website by clicking here to access additional information about how to participate in this program.

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US soy growers were taken aback this week after the Trump Administration confirmed their fears of plans to impose heavier tariffs on China in response to the Asian nation's "back-pedaling on prior commitments" during talks in Beijing last week. A release from the American Soybean Association described the tariffs set to take effect this Friday, May 10th, as potentially a worse case scenario for soy farmers.

"This is a predicament for soy growers," said ASA President Davie Stephens. "We understand that Mr. Trump and his Administration have broad goals they want to achieve for our country, but farmers are in a desperate situation. We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions."

China has purchased only 5 million metric tons (MMT) of its 20 MMT 'good faith' promise, and the original March 1 deadline for concluding negotiations has come and gone. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to follow through on the President's threats and increase the tariff rate on Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of goods. ASA is urging the Administration to belay its threats and instead conclude negotiations with China as quickly as possible, calling the ongoing uncertainty of the current situation "unacceptable to U.S. farmers."

"Our patience is wearing thin as prices remain low and the tariff dispute drags on," Stephens said. "The financial and emotional toll on U.S. soybean farmers cannot be ignored."

Read the complete story on our website for more details on China's commitments and threats being made by the Trump Administration, by clicking here.

This week we learned from Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, how to best prepare for next years' calf crop now.

Do you know what caused the death loss on your farm or ranch? How old were your calves when they died? How old were the cows when they gave birth? These are the types of questions Selk says you need to be asking yourself.

"Now is perhaps the best time to make a few notes on what to change for next year," Selk said. Notes can remind you of what happened so you know what to fix for the years to come. 

Read the whole story about what to do before next year over at our website by clicking or tapping here.

No longer is it acceptable to stand idly by in the ag and food industry while antagonists of the industry speak out against animal-based production and diets. It has become the responsibility of all industry participants to push back on this rhetoric and share the story of the good work that is being done to feed the world. According to John Patrick Lopez, chief operating officer of the Oklahoma City-based McDonald's beef supplier Lopez Foods, that task extends throughout the supply chain, including his own business. The most powerful defense against that negative rhetoric he says is the industry's own efforts to increase its sustainability.

"If we don't tell our story, someone else will tell it for us and as a result," Lopez said, explaining the importance of getting out in front of the issues and promoting transparency within the industry. "We need to make sure the consumer understands that we are trying to be good stewards of the land and the animals we raise. We also need to be honest from a quality standpoint. We can't have consumers not feeling good about the products we provide as an industry. Sustainability is no longer just about using less water, less electricity, recycling... it's much bigger and we need to be mindful of it."

Most importantly, Lopez says this message needs to be delivered in a positive, proactive way that clearly expresses the industry's pursuit and commitment to continuous improvement.

Listen to my full conversation with Lopez to hear him share more about his views on the importance of sustainability and transparency in the agriculture industry from his perspective as a part of the beef supply chain, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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A new study that analyzed rural sector benefits derived from overseas sales, shows access to international export markets for U.S. grains supported nearly $38 billion in business sales in the U.S. economy during 2016 beyond the value of the products themselves. These benefits are the result of strong trade policy and robust in-country market development for grains and grains products, according to the report.
The analysis, conducted by Informa Agribusiness Consulting and commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association, found a total economic impact of U.S. grains exports of $55 billion that year, supporting 271,000 jobs directly or indirectly and a GDP of $19 billion over what would have occurred without such exports. Breaking down those numbers, this study showed every $1 of grain exports supported an additional $2.20 in business sales. Every job directly created by the export of grain and grain products supported an additional 3.9 jobs in the United States that extend well beyond the agricultural industry into other sectors.
The study examined the economic contributions to each state and 52 congressional districts from exports of corn, barley, sorghum, ethanol, distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and meal as well as the corn equivalent of meat on the U.S. economy. The new study is an update to similar research done with 2014 and 2015 data, showing similar results.
To view an interactive map of the study results and the full report, click or tap here.

This Friday, May 10th, the Lahoma Wheat Field Day will take place. There will be numerous industry experts present from OSU to hear from and ask questions. These experts will provide science-based insights to the upcoming year.

A wide range of information about crop varieties, markets and best management practices will be featured at the Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' Wheat Field Day.

"This highly popular annual wheat field day is an excellent opportunity for growers to evaluate wheat varieties in the replicated performance trial, compare them to others and what they have growing, and even get new ideas about wheat varieties they may want to try in the future," said Jeff Edwards, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

There is no pre-registration required. You can read more about what will be covered and who exactly will be there by clicking or tapping here.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will hold an election to fill its District IV opening on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Cotton County Electric Community Center. District IV consists of Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Tillman counties. All wheat producers within District IV boundaries who are actively engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat and have paid a check-off fee and left that fee with the Commission for the current year are eligible and encouraged to vote. Producers participating in the election must prove their eligibility to vote by providing a dated grain elevator receipt including the producer's name and amount of wheat sold and a driver's license or some other form of identification.

Candidates wishing to run in the election must be at least 25 years old, a resident of Oklahoma, engaged in growing wheat in the state for at least five years and must derive a substantial portion of his/her income from growing wheat.

The Commission's vacancy meeting, which is open to the public will begin at noon, and the election will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, read the full story by clicking here.

 RainfallLotta Rain and Damage to Survey This Morning Across Oklahoma

It's still raining as we send our Wednesday morning email- but we caught this snapshot a few minutes ago of the rainfall totals as recorded by the Oklahoma Mesonet- HUGE totals in southwestern Oklahoma in and around some of the tornado action seen after dark last night.

If you want to see this graphic in realtime- and to be able to do the interactive things with it- like see which station is reporting which amount -click or tap here for the 24 Hour Rainfall map of the Oklahoma Mesonet.

There is damage north of Hobart from a tornado that apparently stayed on the ground for almost 19 miles- from north of Hobart up to almost Cordell. 

Officials and those who live in that area are waiting for daylight to arrive to start getting a feel for how much damage may be out there. 

In Northern Oklahoma- Alva Schools are not running buses while Burlington schools have closed for today after the heavy rains in that area. 

Erick wins the water lottery in this graphic above- they have received 6.05 inches from these storms that roared in from the Texas Panhandle.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Herb'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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