Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/14/2017 6:48 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 Ron Hays on RON.
Let's Check the Markets! has a total of 4,763 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday March 15th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here. 
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 Monday, March 13th.
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
   Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
WildfiresFeatured Story:
Fresh Worries About Well Being of Cattle That Survived the Wildfires of Last Week- and Great News from Joplin  
Thousands of cattle died in the fire storm that swept across Oklahoma, Kansas and the northeastern corner of the Texas Panhandle last week- and now it appears that there are fresh health worries with the cattle that survived the fires initially. Cattle feeder Tom Fanning is the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Northwest District Vice President- and he has been talking to ranchers that are now dealing with respiratory problems resulting from smoke inhalation- and with feet problems with hooves that were damaged by intense heat as they attempted to outrun the fire.

Some of these animals are treatable- others may have to be put down.

Fanning tells me that as a result- "we're going to have several more days of cattle losses that are a result of the fire." He adds that a lot of calves have been orphaned- and those calves are having to be fed by bottle.

Click or tap here for this morning's Beef Buzz that features audio from our conversation with Tom.

MEANWHILE- the tried and true fundraiser at a local auction barn is to have someone donate a calf- and then sell that calf over and over to raise money for a worthy cause- the Oklahoma National Stockyards has done that each December for Steaks for Troops with great success.

Yesterday- that worked really well at the Joplin Regional Stockyards where they sold and resold a calf multiple times- and raised over $24,000 to help ranchers hit by the wildfire. Joplin says they will split the money fifty fifty between the Oklahoma and Kansas relief funds.

There will be a similar calf auction at 12 noon tomorrow during the weekly sale at OKC West in El Reno.  Proceeds to go to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation wildfire relief efforts- and Cherokee Sale barn is also planning this style of fundraiser on March 29th.

The Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards has invited their customers this week and next week to donate- they are funneling the gifts they take in to the OCF relief fund as well.

One other note from our Tom Fanning conversation- he told us that OCA and the Farm Service Administration are planning some meetings for early next week in the affected counties- details to come.

More info on how you can help- giving cash, hay or in other ways can be found on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association website

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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. 
OYEOYE- Evan Sims Wins Supreme Purebred Beef Heifer- Shyann McWirther Grand Champion Swine Showman 
We have a couple of stories this morning posted about happenings at the Oklahoma Youth Expo- including a look at the sheep and swine showmanship contests and the Beef Heifer Results.

First- we salute Shyann McWhirter of Maysville FFA who won the Grand Championship in Swine Showmanship while Braden Burns of Kingfisher FFA was the Grand Champion Showman in the Sheep Showmanship contest.

Click here for more on those contests- and a quick interview with Tyler Norvell about the show transitioning from the breeding animals to the market animals yesterday and today.

Our second story we point you to showcases the Supreme Beef Heifer selection held yesterday evening.

The top polled Hereford was the Supreme Champion Purebred Beef Heifer- shown by Evan Sims of Oklahoma County 4-H.

Click or tap here to check the complete list of breed champions and the top selections in the Beef Heifer Influence categories as well.

Our coverage of the 2017 OYE is powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway!

We continue to add pictures to our 2017 OYE album- pics are being taken this year by yours truly as well as by our own Carson Horn and our intern from this past summer and fall- Kalee Horn.

About a year ago, Joe Neal Hampton became President and CEO of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. Since that time, Hampton and his team have launched a membership campaign to build the association's presence in the state. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, caught up with Hampton in San Antonio recently during the Commodity Classic to find out how that campaign is going.

"We have just been trying to get the organization going again," Hampton said, explaining that the organization's only members at the time he took over were basically just the board members. "We're up over 150 now. Our goal is to increase membership certainly much more than 150."

Hampton is also turning his attentions to policy matters, specifically related to the Farm Bill currently. He says his organization is very supportive of the federal crop insurance programs and is also excited about the air of change at the Environmental Protection Agency under the leadership of Oklahoma's own Scott Pruitt.

"We're going to get rid of some of these crazy regulations that's been coming down the pipeline," he concluded.

You can keep reading the full story or listen to Horn and Hampton speaking at the 2017 Commodity Classic on other topics regarding Oklahoma wheat growers, by clicking or tapping here.

According to the latest crop weather report, Oklahoma averaged less than an inch of precipitation, resulting in a continuation of dry warm weather. Drought conditions were rated 74 percent moderate, up 1 point from last week, with most of the increase occurring in the same areas as the fires. Winter wheat jointing reached 22 percent, up 3 points from normal. Canola blooming reached 4 percent, unchanged from normal. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 7 percent very poor, 16 poor, 37 fair, 38 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 5 percent, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 2. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, winter wheat condition was rated 75 percent fair to good with some producers reporting their wheat fields were jointing. Wheat in South Texas is entering the heading stage. Meanwhile, cotton, corn and sorghum is being planted in some regions, delayed in parts by rain. Some of the corn and sorghum already planted has been reported emerging. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

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BuzzMaintaining Proper Leg and Foot Structure in Your Herd Can Benefit Cattle's Longevity and Productivity

Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Bob Weaber and I talked recently about the importance of proper leg and foot structure in your cow herd. He told me that maintaining this trait in your cattle herd, although very important and beneficial, is often times overlooked when we are prioritizing our trait selection.

"We only have so much selection pressure that we can apply," Weaber said. "And that selection pressure gets diluted the more traits that we try and include in our selection objectives and unfortunately sometimes some of the things that are really important, fundamental things, maybe get overlooked a little bit."

If you're uncomfortable with how to evaluate structural correctness in the way cattle stand on their feet, don't worry - you're not the only one. Weaber says he believes most producers don't usually consider factors such as appropriate angulation, foot size and shape uniformity and are just simply unfamiliar with it genetically speaking. However, help is on the way. Weaber says selection tools are being developed for beef cattle, much like those used in the dairy business, to help producers fit this genetic trait into the balance... literally.

Listen in to Dr. Weaber and I speak about the importance of leg and feet structure and what is being done to help producers maintain this trait in their herds, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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In his latest article featured in the weekly newsletter, Cow/Calf Corner - OSU Extension Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel highlights the increasing importance of the role in which global trade is playing in the meat markets.

"The increased role of trade in the last decade for beef, pork and poultry highlights the importance of trade to all the meat markets," Peel writes. "While trade of the meats individually is the focus of each industry, it is apparent that all meat sectors are increasingly affected by the trade of each meat. This is especially the case when trade policies that will affect all meats are considered. Changes or disruptions in trade of individual meats often has impacts on other meats in various international markets and has impacts on domestic meat supplies, consumption and prices in U.S. markets."

Peel reports that with lower meat imports in recent years and continued strong exports, net meat exports have exceeded double-digit levels since 2008, averaging 12.0 percent from 2008-2016 with exports averaging 16.1 percent and imports averaging 4.1 percent of production.

He projects that here in 2017, net meat exports will approach 12 percent of production, assuming no unexpected changes or disruptions.

It's important to note, according to Peel's calculations - participants of the NAFTA agreement, accounted for more than 30 percent of total domestic meat exports in the US, considering Peel's disclaimer that "Any number of disease incidents or political changes in the U.S. or globally could impact this forecast."
Take a look at Peel's complete analysis of the impact global trade has on today's meat markets, by clicking or tapping here.

Oklahoma is among six states selected to take part in Stronger Economies Together Phase Seven, a proven, highly interactive program that promotes rural economic development.

"The basic format is that community and county residents and leaders in a regional program work together to identify and understand their strengths and weaknesses with the help of OK-SET professionals drawn from key state and federal agencies, land-grant university Extension programs and other public and private organizations," said Dave Shideler, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension community development specialist.

In addition to building cooperating partnerships, benefits include the ability to access U.S. Department of Agriculture set-aside funds for regional projects.

OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources administers the SET program in Oklahoma through one of its two state agencies, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

"It's no secret that creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, are increasingly ineffective," Shideler said. "SET is a way to reach the needed critical mass of knowledge, talents, skills and resources to effectively develop and enact a successful plan of action."

Click here to continue reading the full story on the OK-SET program administered by DASNR.
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