Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/15/2017 7:38 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-the sale starts at 10 AM this morning- click here for more details.
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, March 14th.
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
   Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OYEHelpsFeatured Story:
OYE Announces Plan to Help Wildfire Impacted Families with Youth Who Show Livestock
The staff and Board of the Oklahoma Youth Expo wanted to help. In looking for ideas of how to help those families hit hard by the wildfires of a week ago, the OYE was approached by State Senator Eddie Fields, whose family shows at the event. Senator Fields told them that he and his family had decided they wanted to donate one of the their show steers to the Show if they would be willing to auction it off on Friday during the Sale of Champions with the money going to families that lost some or all of their ranch during the wildfires of this month.

Tyler Norvell tells me that OYE is really excited about the prospects of raising money with this calf for those families- they accepted the Fields family offer and that he immediately got on the phone and received a $10,000 challenge from four energy companies in the state- match the money with other donations and the $10,000 would be given to the fundraiser. The companies who offered the "seed" money include Devon, Chesapeake, Newfield and Cimarex. After OYE announced the plan on Tuesday evening, just ahead of the annual Legislative and Celebrity Showmanship Contest, the Coalition of Surface and Mineral Owners in Oklahoma pledged to match the $10,000.

Norvell says of how the proceeds will be used once collected- "take it in- take requests from the students and families that were affected by the wildfires that show at OYE and distribute that money amongst them." He adds that financial burden in the days ahead will be enormous among the families that have lost cattle, outbuildings, farm equipment, fences and more from these fires- the money raised will make sure that family members who want to show this next year at OYE and local livestock shows will be able to withouy draining resources needed to rebuild their ranches and lives.

If you want to help and add to the bid for the donated steer, contact Tyler Norvell by emailing him at - or you can call me at 405-473-6144 and I will get your pledge to the OYE officials. Norvell says no contribution is too larger or too small- all will help to make a difference.

Our full story and our interview with Tyler on this can be read by clicking here.


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ReliefOklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Urges Producers to Attend FSA Relief Meetings and Apply for NAP Assistance Before Deadline TODAY! 

Producers affected by the fires in Northwest Oklahoma can learn about how to apply and become eligible for disaster assistance, federal programs that producers will be eligible for relative to the wildfire and how to apply for the available funds through the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, at fire relief meetings being hosted by the OCF and FSA.

The OCF is encouraging producers to attend one of the two meetings either in Buffalo, March 20, at 10 a.m. at the Harper County Fairgrounds, or in Beaver, March 24, at 10 a.m. at the Beaver County Fairgrounds. Lunch will be provided following the meetings.

The OCF is also urging affected producers to speak to their FSA office as soon as possible about applying for NAP (Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) before the deadline expires - which is TODAY!

The deadline cannot be extended BUT if producers call their FSA by the deadline they can request to be put on signup register which will establish an appointment for them in the future to finalize the document application in the FSA office.

For more information about NAP or to contact your local FSA office about attending one of the aforementioned meetings, click or tap here.
OsbornState Representative Leslie Osborn Wins Legislative Showmanship at 2017 OYE
Tuesday night was a great night at the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo as about one hundred state lawmakers came and spent time learning the ins and outs of showing a calf, hog, lamb or a goat from one of the 4-H or FFA members involved with the show. Tyler Norvell, Executive Director of the OYE, says the Legislative event has grown and grown- starting with a dozen lawmakers just a few years ago to last night when about two thirds of the state legislature made time to be a part of the evening, even with the State House adjourned for the rest of this week.

Each lawmaker and other dignitaries and supporters of the young people were matched up with a 4-H or FFA member and competed in one of the four classes of livestock. For the lawmakers, it was them being matched up with a youth from their home district when possible.

Winning the friendly competition of the evening was State Representative Leslie Osborn, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Not showing but showing up to enjoy getting to talk to OYE supporters were both the Oklahoma Speaker of the House, Charles McCall of Atoka and the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin.

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to Norvell's comments about this remarkable evening.

We remind you that our coverage of the OYE is powered by the folks at ITC, your Energy Superhighway.

By the way- we have our complete Flickr album of all pics to date- over 1,100 of them!- click here for that.

We also have set up a Legislative Night Album that you can access by clicking or tapping here- pics of almost every lawmaker and their student plus a lot more fun shots!

Yesterday, the Chicago-based firm Allendale, Inc. released the results of its 28th annual Producer Acreage Survey.

According to the respondents of the survey, Allendale is estimating that US grain and oilseed producers will increase their soybean acres to the highest level ever, while corn and wheat will be lowered.

Soybean planting intentions are seen at 88.825 million acres, the largest ever. Allendale's production estimate would be 166 million under last year's record. Higher acreage, but a return to normal weather and trend yields would suggest lower production.

Meanwhile, corn planting intentions are down from previous years at just over 90 million acres. Estimates for wheat acres are expected to be considerably lower as well at less than 46 million acres - the smallest recorded acreage since 1919.
For the complete details of Allendale's projections for intended crop acreages this year, or to watch a clip about these estimates, check out the full story by clicking here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Click here for more details about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows.

A couple weeks ago while covering the 2017 Commodity Classic, our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, bumped into Bruce Schmoll, a corn and soybean farmer from Minnesota, currently serving as Chairman of the US Meat Export Federation. They got to talking and Carson found out that Schmoll had some very interesting thoughts when it comes to cooperation between the grain and livestock industries in agriculture.

"It's amazing how many oilseed and feed grain farmers just don't connect the dots currently on what added value the livestock industry offers them," Schmoll said. "I keep telling a lot of our growers that we would much rather see added value shipped out through processed pork, beef and lamb, then having to ship our raw products down the river."

Schmoll insists everybody involved stands to gain from this model. He says some of the commodity groups already understand and promote this idea, pointing out that up to 16 percent of USMEF's budget actually comes from corn and soybean producers.

"I think overall," he proposed, "it sends a strong message on what these leaders in these industries - how they recognize the value of what USMEF is doing and the value of the livestock industry."

You can listen to Carson interview Schmoll at the Commodity Classic, as they talk about exporting corn through beef and more, by clicking or tapping here.
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With the next breeding season just a few weeks away, Dr. Glenn Selk reminded producers in his latest column included in the Cow/Calf Corner weekly newsletter, to begin scheduling pre-breeding soundness tests for their bulls.

He writes that it is important to allow sufficient time to replace questionable bulls, suggesting that soundness evaluations be conducted up to 60 days in advance and no less than 30.

"Any bull meeting all minimum standards for the physical exam, scrotal size and semen quality will be classed as a 'satisfactory' potential breeder," he states. "Many bulls that fail any minimum standard will be given a rating of 'classification deferred.' This rating indicates that the bull will need another test to confirm status. Mature bulls (that were listed as classification deferred) should be retested after four to six weeks. Mature bulls will be classified as unsatisfactory potential breeders if they fail subsequent tests. Young bulls that are just reaching puberty may be rated as 'classification deferred,' and then later meet all of the minimum standards. Therefore caution should be exercised when making culling decisions based on just one breeding soundness exam."

Your veterinarian should be able to conduct an external and internal examination of your bulls, as well as a semen evaluation. Selk recommends you also instruct your vet to do a Trich test as well to avoid spreading any reproductive disease in your herd.
For more of Dr. Selk's tips on scheduling a comprehensive soundness examination for your bulls, or to watch an informational video on the subject, click here.
WildfireNotesWildfire Notes- 63% Contained, OKC West Relief Auction Midday Today with Woodward Planned for Friday
We will get another Fire Status Report in a couple of more hours- but the Tuesday report showed us at 63% containment of the fires that make up the NW Oklahoma Complex.

Details of that report are available here.


OKC West in El Reno will be selling and hopefully reselling a donated calf at noon today to raise money for those impacted by the wildfires of last week. Earlier this week- a similar fundraising effort raised $24,000 at the Joplin Market.

You can call the market at 405-262-8800 if your want to add your bucks to the effort. OKC West will direct the money to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Wildfire Relief Efforts.

The Woodward Livestock Market is also planning a fundraiser during their regular sale on Thursday of this week- according to an email from OCA- "There will be at least 4 calves auctioned, along with 8 tons of feed and some vet supplies auctioned all to benefit the ranchers affected by the wildfires"
Jerry Nine says he'd like to use the funds to personally help out some of his customers then send the remaining to the OCF Fire Relief Fund.

You can call Woodward if you have questions at 580-256-5547.

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