Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/10/2019, 6:03 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.
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At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, steer and heifer calves were too lightly tested for an accurate trend with a higher undertone noted. Click 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, July 9th.
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, July 10, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story:
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Reports the 2019 Harvest is Nearing the Finish Line at 96% Complete

The Oklahoma Wheat harvest is in the final stretch and has wrapped up in most places, according to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. In its final harvest report for this season issued Tuesday, the OWC stated that producers are still having challenges in parts of North Central Oklahoma along the I-35 corridor around Tonkawa, Ponca City, Blackwell and Braman areas due to heavy moisture this past week. Producers are also reportedly wrapping up in the Panhandle regions with most areas hopeful to finish by the end of the week.

"While it has been an extremely challenging year across the state to get harvest completed, most areas had favorable yields, with satisfactory test weights, and decent protein levels," said Mike Schulte, OWC executive director. "The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling this 2019 harvest to be 96 percent complete."

Based on reports from elevator managers and producers, test weights will be in the 58 lb. to 59 lb. per bushel range. The crop was later to maturity in many parts and allowed several producers to get part of the crop harvested before some of the test weights were impacted. The state was also fortunate to have more favorable conditions in parts of Southern and Western Oklahoma where many locations had 59 lb. to 60 lb. per bushel test weight averages. Yields across the state also have been favorable with several reports of wheat making in the mid 40's to mid 50's. Protein quantities and qualities have been higher than expected and have trended higher in Oklahoma as harvest progressed North. While proteins have ranged all over the board, kernel size and protein quality has been favorable. The Oklahoma protein average for the state is being reported in a range of 11.1 to 11.5 percent for this 2019 crop.

To review the complete report from the OWC or for location specific details, click here to jump to the complete story on our website.

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Vesicular Stomatitis continues to spread, according to a follow-up release from Oklahoma State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall issued Tuesday morning. Apparently, it has been confirmed that new premises and new counties in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado have now been affected. The State Veterinarian's Office first alerted the public about the spread of the disease last week. Both horses and livestock are susceptible to this viral disease.

Stakeholders are asked to please be aware that horses and livestock traveling to affected counties will need to be examined by a veterinarian and have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within five days of returning to Oklahoma. Horses and livestock being imported into Oklahoma must meet the same requirements.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry is requesting that anyone who discovers suspicious lesions on their livestock to contact and report it with the State Veterinarian's Office. To review the most current situation report or for more information about the disease and past outbreaks,
click here.

Governor Kevin Stitt has announced that the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) named A. Brandt Vawter as the acting-Secretary of the Land Office. In his new role, Vawter will oversee the more than 750,000 acres of land in Oklahoma that the Commission owns and manages for the sole purpose of generating revenue to support public education.
"I am pleased with the Commission's selection of Mr. Vawter as the acting-Secretary of the Land Office," said Gov. Stitt. "Vawter's rich history in the energy sector and knowledge of Oklahoma lands will be a valuable asset to the CLO."

Vawter fills the position held since 2011 by Harry Birdwell.
Prior to joining the CLO, Vawter was the founder and CEO of Monticello Investments, LLC, a Midcontinent non-operated oil and gas company, and Monticello Real Estate, LLC an Oklahoma City residential real estate company. Vawter has stepped away from his business in order to serve in this new role.

Several agricultural groups had the opportunity to visit with Vawter this past week to discuss the agricultural aspects of the land owned and leased by the School Land Commission.  Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association was one of those who met with the Acting Secretary and came away impressed with him.  Kelsey told me that Vawter seems to understand the importance of working closely with the ag community as the Commission strives to maintain and lease the land it holds primarily in the western half of the state,

Click over to the full story on our website to learn more about Vawter and his credentials.

Dr. Matt Spangler of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is working in collaboration with other researchers in the development of a web-based solution to enable cattle producers to make better bull buying decisions for their commercial cow operations. Spangler's team has dubbed the product, still in development and scheduled for release in 2020, iGENDEC which stands for internet genetic decisions. Spangler says this tool will allow producers to combine a large amount of data that will generate information that can be used to make the most economical decision when it comes to buying a bull.

"Producers often face the problem of obtaining best bulls for their operation given the setting," he said. "The best is a relative concept. So, it's possible that a less desirable bull could become the preferred choice over the 'better' bull if the cost differential is large enough."

Spangler clarifies that the impetus for this project is not the belief that currently available selection indexes are so inherently flawed that they are of little value - it is quite the opposite. He insists that they are extremely useful tools. But he does believe the way in which they are used to arrive at a final decision can be improved. He hopes to accomplish that task through this new selection decision tool which will give producers the opportunity to develop their own indexes specific to their operation and one that is geared toward selecting for the most return on investment.

"We really want to encourage people to contemplate bull buying decisions as the capital investment that they actually are," he said. "Our goal is to enable those decisions to help alleviate what I consider the cumbersome if not the near impossible task of combining all partial solutions into one optimized decision."

Learn more about the development of this new Sire Selection Tool by hearing Spangler talk more on the subject, by clicking over to our website to listen to our latest Beef Buzz.

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With the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) in effect for something over two years now, Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator Bob LeValley thought it a good time to review the federal mandate in this week's edition of the "Cow Calf Corner" newsletter. You'll remember that this act regulates how cattle producers utilize medicated feeds that contained medically important antibiotics.

To refresh your memory, the Veterinary Feed Directive requires a VFD from a licensed veterinarian for medically important antibiotics in or on feed. LeValley explains that this necessitates a Veterinary-Client -Patient-Relationship be established in advance to obtain the medicated feed for treatment. The VFD does not apply to medicated feeds that do not contain medically important antibiotics.

"When using a VFD feed, the producer is required to maintain a copy of the signed VFD from the veterinarian for two years," LeValley writes. "Cattle owners do not have flexibility in how the medicated VFD feed is used; it can only be used as labeled and prescribed in the VFD. The VFD should also specify an 'Expiration Date.' This is the last day the VFD feed can be fed, not the date the drug becomes ineffective. If a producer cannot complete the therapy before the expiration date, the veterinarian should be contacted to obtain a new VFD."

Beef producers can learn more about the VFD, by clicking or tapping here to read LeValley's full article on our website.

Starting a ranch from scratch isn't easy, but Greg Brown, a first-generation rancher from Idaho, and his family did it in a decade with Angus cattle, focusing on genetic merit. According to him in a recent conversation with the folks at Certified Angus Beef, the Angus breed possesses both functionality and quality without sacrificing the maternal characteristics that make great mama cows. But just because the Angus breed has all that wrapped up in one package, Brown says does not mean you don't have to be extremely selective. He contends the genetic selections you make for your herd will have lasting impacts for your business and your bottom line.

"You have to be extremely selective. When we go to a bull sale, we are selecting genetics that will affect our boys and their children, and their children. I see the cost of a bull to be fairly insignificant when you look at the female he produces. And how do you put a pencil to a good female who can produce 10-12 calves in her lifetime, and then produce more good females?"

Read more or watch a short video-clip featuring first-generation Idaho rancher Greg Brown share his views on how genetic selection has a long-term impact on the cow herd, by clicking or tapping here.

Seven Oklahoma State University to Host Its "Big 3" Field Days Junior Livestock Judging Camp July 16-18

The "Big 3" Field Days is coming up next week. During the three-day event, Oklahoma junior livestock judgers of all experience levels will gather in Stillwater to hone their livestock evaluation skills.

The OSU Animal Science Dept. will again host the Field Days this year, July 16-18th at the OSU Animal Science Arena with the Sheep Field Day being held on Tuesday, the Beef Field Day on Wednesday, and the Swine Field Day on Thursday.

Trophies will be presented to the first through third place teams in each division each day. Plaques will be presented to the top five individuals in each division each day. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the senior sweepstakes winner in both of the 4-H and FFA divisions. Click here for more information.

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, 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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