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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 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.  The most recent report from the Department is for last Wednesday, 12-23.

Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- 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, December 28, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
WeatherWelcome to Oklahoma Weather- Blizzards, Snow, Sleet, Ice, Rain, Floods and More


 The weather folks around the country have been naming winter storms for the last couple of years- and they are calling the storm we are currently in the middle of Goliath- and it definitely is a BIG one.


The status of Interstate 40 tells the tale in our region pretty well- Closed in parts of New Mexico, much of the Texas Panhandle- especially in the eastern parts of the Texas Panhandle across the state line into Oklahoma- and then an icy mess from Clinton and Weatherford into El Reno and Yukon- and then being mentioned in the Flood warnings of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.   


The number of folks without power is huge- Jed Castles with News9 tweeted in the 5 AM hour that almost 140,000 Oklahomans are without power this morning- 47,000 for OG&E, 49,000 for PSO(Tulsa region) and about 39,000 for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Coops. If you are trying to travel this morning- watch out for downed power lines as the sustained northerly winds and sleet and ice are causing massive worries.  


Snow and sleet continues in some of western Oklahoma this morning- more so in Central and Eastern parts of the state- here is a snowfall map just posted by News9 in Oklahoma City this morning.



In eastern Oklahoma- the worry is FLOODING- Twenty three Oklahoma counties and seven Arkansas counties that fall under the Tulsa National Weather Service office are in a Flood warning til the early morning Tuesday- and that means a lot of ranchers are moving cattle around trying to keep them out of dangerous flood waters.  


Dr. Ron Elliot emailed us overnight about the rainfall totals in the east- and pointed out that the Tahlequah rainfall of 11.58 inches as of early this morning is more than the total December rainfall for that Mesonet location for the last four years COMBINED (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).  


And- earlier this morning- we saw a graphic from the Tulsa NWS showing the disaster floating down the Illinois River- the expected crest earlier this morning was expected to be 29 feet- that is 16 feet ABOVE flood stage. Truly historic in the worst kind of way.


If you want to follow precipitation totals for the state- here is the link to the 3 day rainfall totals- keep in mind much of the moisture that has fallen in the west is of the frozen kind- so it is not counted until it thaws.  


Our TV stations, News9 in OKC and News on 6 in Tulsa are good sources to keep checking as they are both going wall to wall to track Goliath and the damage coming out of the storm, frozen or floating.




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SelkTipsGlenn Selk Offers Ideas on Feed Needs of Beef Cows As Storm Rages and Moves On  

Dr. Glenn Selk says cattle producers have a major challenge with the storm we are facing right now- as your cattle need much higher levels of energy because of the cold and wet conditions they are facing.

Dr. Selk tells us that the major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy. To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated. For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower critical temperature is considered to be 32 degrees F. In general, researchers have used the rule of thumb that cows' energy requirements increase 1% for each degree the wind chill is below the 32 degree lower critical temperature.

The problem really becomes when you add cold weather to wet conditions- exactly what we are facing this morning.

For each degree under 59 degrees- you have to figure two percent more feed to offset the energy being lost by the cow or steer.

Earlier this morning- the wind chill in McAlester was 28- which means a 31 degree difference between 59 and 28- thus a 62% increase in the amount of feed needed to offset the energy being lost by that bovine.

Dr. Selk says you probably can't increase feed levels that much instantly- so you will need to feed more than normal for several days after the cold and wet weather event to help the animal recover lost body condition from Goliath.

For more on Dr. Selk's calculations- dry and cold or wet and cold-
click here to read more about energy requirements of beef cattle.

 USDAUSDA 2015 Results: Building a Stronger Rural America through Partnership, Progress and Promise

This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in their communities. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a list of USDA's top achievements in 2015, demonstrating USDA's efforts to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to tables domestically and abroad, build critical infrastructure in America's rural areas, conserve our nation's natural resources through long-lasting partnerships, and continuously work toward improving the lives of all Americans.

"Since 2009, USDA has focused significant and targeted investments in America's rural communities to bring transformative change. Last year, those investments blossomed across the United States with substantial results in the burgeoning bio-economy, an exploding local and regional food system, unparalleled investments in renewable energy, improved nutrition interventions for young people, historic partnerships in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, and major contributions in rural infrastructure, among some. Even with challenges in 2015, including an unprecedented animal disease outbreak and lower commodity prices, America's rural communities have proven once again that we are a nation of makers, creators and innovators, and our economy and security are stronger because of it. As we look to 2016, USDA will continue to seek out new and innovative ways to expand opportunity for America's farming families and rural communities," said Vilsack.

USDA invites all Americans to take a look back at 2015 through our archived In Case You Missed It series. Posted weekly, the In Case You Missed It report tells the stories of rural Americans who are working to meet ever-changing challenges, paving the way to empower future leaders to meet the world's growing food, fuel and fiber needs, and continuously adapting and evolving to ensure American agriculture remains a leader throughout the world.

Here is a list of USDA's top outcomes in 2015 that cover trade, nutrition, climate change, global food security, conservation, energy, food safety, rural development, research and civil rights.  Click here for the full report.

FarmAssureInsurance Exec Explains How Free Market System Would be Impossible Without Insurance

Insurance is an indispensable tool in today's agricultural world, but how many people know the story behind insurance?  Taylor Millard, vice president of claims for FarmAssure, recently wrote a paper detailing the history of the insurance industry.  In it (an excerpt of which appears below), he makes a strong case that our successful free market system would not be possible without insurance.
"Imagine the port of London in the early 1700s where merchants were purchasing and shipping goods all over the world. If the ship on which a merchant's goods were being transported sunk to the bottom of the ocean, all was lost. Notwithstanding inherent value, accounting for the perils of 16th century maritime voyages drove up the price of goods to levels beyond the purchasing power of consumers.

"For this reason, a group of visionaries at Lloyds Coffee House began to absorb the risk and insure the cargo and ships. For a fee or premium, a merchant could buy a policy for that cargo to protect against loss at sea. This was a fundamental shift in international trade and made Great Britain and newly minted trading partner, America, wealthy nations. This paradigm shift allowed the creation of the merchant class and when conservatively navigated, the conditions for individuals to amass wealth."
You can read more of Taylor's story or listen to his recent conversation with Radio Oklahoma's Jim Apel by clicking here.

US Hog Herd at Record Levels as 2015 Wraps Up

Two years after Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed 7 million piglets and drove up pork prices, hog farmers have rebuilt their herds. The quarterly USDA Hogs and Pigs report released on Wednesday says there are a record 68.3 million hogs on the farm, "the highest inventory of all hogs and pigs since quarterly U.S. estimates began in 1988." The hog census counted 62.3 million head being fed for slaughter, also the highest quarterly total since 1988.

Farmers are slowing down herd expansion in the face of softening hog prices. They say fewer sows will give birth from December through February than same period a year earlier. The fall pig crop, at 30.3 million head, was 1 percent smaller than fall 2014.

Other key findings in the report were

Of the 68.3 million hogs and pigs, 62.3 million were market hogs, while 6.00 million were kept for breeding.

From September through November 2015, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned a record high average of 10.53 pigs per litter.

U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.84 million sows farrow between December 2015 and February 2016, and 2.85 million sows farrow between March and May 2016. 

You can hear comments from both Dr. Ron Plain of the University of Missouri and Steve Meyer with EMI Analytics in an audio overview of the report by clicking here.

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AFBFVideoVideo Highlights California Farmer's Struggles With Federal Regulators on Water Issues

A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights the struggles a California farm family has encountered with federal water regulations. The video also illustrates how the climate regarding water regulations will likely become much worse and encompass the entire nation under the widely-reviled Waters of the U.S. rule.

As the enforcer of water regulations, the Army Corps of Engineers has told fourth-generation tree, vine and wheat grower John Duarte, a member of Farm Bureau in California, that he broke the law simply by plowing his land in rural Tehama County, California. Experts say that under the EPA's WOTUS rule, the same type of regulatory enforcement could become commonplace, threatening farmers across the nation. EPA has said that farmers have no need to worry about the rule because normal farming is exempt from regulation, but what's happening to the Duarte family shows how the EPA and the Corps work around that exemption.

"The Corps and EPA aren't trying to micromanage farmers. They're trying to stop farmers," Duarte said. "They're trying to turn our farm land into habitat preservation. They're simply trying to chase us off of our land."

Duarte decided to take his case to court, which was met by a counter-suit from the U.S. Justice Department, seeking millions of dollars in penalties, basically for plowing his field, according to Tony Francois, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing Duarte.  Click here to watch the AFBF video
or for additional information about the Duarte case. 

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OALPOklahoma Ag Leadership Alums Can be Matched by Noble Foundation With Contribution Before January First

If you are an alum of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program- I wanted to put my OALP Advisory Board hat on for a moment and remind you of how you are able to double your money that you give to the Program through the generosity of the Noble Foundation.  The Noble Challenge, which has helped to fund OALP for many years is back for 2015- and the Noble folks are offering a match up to $20,000 for every dollar contributed by an Alum to the program. 

Traditionally we see a lot of the match come in these last few days of December- but DO NOT put it off- we need your support NOW and it needs to be in by midnight, December 31st.. 

It has been my personal goal in recent years to see at least half of our alums give something back to the program.  Whether you give a little or a lot- your support is part of what makes OALP one of the best Leadership development programs in agriculture.

How do you give??? Well, we asked OALP Director Edmond Bonjour to explain that to us- and here are his suggestions:

"Checks made payable to OSU Foundation/OALP can be sent to Edmond Bonjour, 127 Noble Research Center, Stillwater, OK 74078 and must be postmarked by Dec. 31.  Donations can be given with credit card by calling the OSU Foundation at 1-800-622-4678 and designate your gift for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund 21-35700 or online at where you will have to: 1) click on the "Give" button, 2) click the orange "Search here", 3) type 21-35700 or Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund in the search box, 4) click the orange "GIVE" after the name and description of the fund, and 5) enter the amount and other billing information.  We appreciate your support!"

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