Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/28/2017 6:39 AM

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Let's Check the Markets!  
The weekly feeder and stocker cattle auction at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday saw yearling prices jump two to five dollars higher, while stocker calf prices were mostly steady.  Click here for the USDA auction report from Oklahoma City for 3/27/17.
has a total of 3,963 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday March 28th 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 27th.
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 28, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

-- Oklahoma National Stockyards Sees Feeder Cattle Jump $2 to $5 Higher in their Monday Sale
WheatDayFeatured Story:
Today- Wheat Day at the Capitol and Tomorrow- Ag Day at the Capitol (Plus More Events to Note)  
The reorganized Oklahoma Wheat Growers have decided to cast bread on the legislative waters today at the Oklahoma State Capitol- as wheat producers arrive at the Capitol this morning- will be meeting with Oklahoma State Secretary of Ag Jim Reese and Senate and House Ag Leadership- then will be busy delivering a home made baked loaf of bread to every state lawmaker before the day is out.

Details of the day are outlined here.

Tomorrow is Ag Day at the State Capitol- and as is the tradition- Ag in the Classroom will be celebrated. In the afternoon, Virgil Jurgensmeyer will be honored with the Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award- signifying that Jurgensmeyer is being inducted into the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.

There are three other award winners to be celebrated tomorrow afternoon as well- click or tap here to read about all four of these special people in a preview of the awards that we posted a few days ago.


Oklahoma Farm Bureau has embarked on their 2017 Congressional Action Tour- and one of the highlights of their meetings in Washington will be a face to face session with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt- Oklahoma's former AG.

John Collison tells us that they have about 60 Farm Bureau members who are on the trip this week- and they hope to have a lot of impact during their Congressional visits to the Oklahoma delegation.

Also in DC- the Spring Legislative Conference of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is up and rolling- several Oklahoma cattlemen are in Washington for that- and they too will meet with the EPA Administrator on Thursday.

Click here for the NCBA's agenda for their meeting that goes thru Thursday evening.

We will be in Stillwater tomorrow afternoon for one of the year's most exciting days for me- my chance to meet and interview all 20 of the District Star Candidates for the Oklahoma FFA here in 2017- the five district stars in four categories will be there- they are being judged to see who will be the state Star in each category for 2017- and after the judges finish with them- I get my turn to visit with each of them- learning more about their project that earned them Star Status and how FFA has influenced their life.

It's a fast paced afternoon- but one that always is so rewarding- the winner in each category will be announced on stage at the State Convention in early May- and we are honored to be producing the Stars Over Oklahoma Pageant saluting the top four in the entire state during that session in OKC. 

I have been doing the Stars program since the 1980s- and have met some of the greatest FFA members in our state over the years!

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According to the latest crop weather report, Oklahoma spring storms brought some rainfall to the Southeastern and East Central districts, as drought conditions continued to advance across the state last week. Winter wheat jointing reached 47 percent, down 1 point from normal. Canola blooming reached 29 percent, up 9 points from normal. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Kansas, large portions of the state received measurable rainfall, however much of the farmland remained drier than normal. Winter wheat condition rated 7 percent very poor, 18 poor, 37 fair, 36 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 17 percent, behind 29 last year, and near the five-year average of 18. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

Meanwhile, Texas reported precipitation in the Northeastern part of the state fluctuated between a quarter of an inch and 2.5 inches with most other areas receiving less than a quarter of an inch of rainfall. Winter wheat was rated 72 percent fair to good. Some wheat fields in the Southern Low Plains showed signs of moisture stress, but the dry conditions extended to most of the Northern parts of the state. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.
BUZZUnexpected Strong Demand Keeping Pace with Growing Supply Setting Up Sideways Trend for 2017  

During the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Cattle Industry Convention earlier this year, the CattleFax organization predicted that the cattle and beef markets had hit their highs for the year. Since then though, the markets have continued to climb and according to Oklahoma State University Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, this came as quite the surprise to market watchers like himself.

"We were expecting some seasonal strength in cattle markets and beef markets this spring. We've certainly seen that and really a little more than was expected."

Peel has observed that fed cattle prices have jumped rather dramatically since settling to a low in February. He believes this to be indicative of predictable seasonal strength, but it indeed has surpassed expectations. As the industry continues to grow its supplies, demand both domestically and internationally seem to be keeping pace. Peel says this trend looks as though it may continue throughout the end of the year, peaking off some over the summer.

"That generally has a lot of folks worried about the supply impacts," he said. "But what I think we're seeing here is that the demand is growing to keep up with that and that's keeping 2017 really set up to be kind of a sideways year."

Listen to Dr. Derrell Peel rationalize the unexpected strength in the cattle and beef markets this year to me, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

If you've used dicamba herbicides in the past to suppress and control weed populations in your fields, you probably remember them being volatile and hitting much of the time off-target. About two years ago, Monsanto released a low-volatility dicamba product to use in tandem with their Round-Up Ready cotton. However, without federal and state approval of the chemistry, the dicamba product has been out of reach for farmers' use - until now...

With intentions to plant more acres in cotton growing across the region, our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with, Ty Witten, of Monsanto during the Commodity Classic a few weeks ago in San Antonio, to talk about the recent updates to the regulatory status of XtendiMax® with VaporGrip™ technology, here in Oklahoma.

"We had an EPA registration at the end of this last year that we were really excited about," Witten said. "After that federal registration happened, we went through the state approval process and we're excited to say that the state of Oklahoma is having that product available for use."

Witten adds that there's already been great adoption of Monsanto's Bollgard® II Xtendflex® cotton since its release two years ago. He's excited that farmers will now be able to get the full benefit of the technology to manage weeds with the added availability of XtendiMax and hopes the use of Bollgard increases now that both products are on the market.

Learn more about Monsanto's XtendiMax with VaporGrip technology and listen in on Carson's conversation with Witten, by clicking or tapping here.

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Yesterday, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, along with leaders within the beef industry, appealed to President Donald Trump, in a letter urging him to speak with China's President Xi Jinping at their upcoming meeting scheduled for next month, about restoring the US beef industry's access to his countries markets.

Each year the US beef industry is denied access, beef producers are out roughly $2.6 billion. Negotiations have so far fallen short to reopen China's doors, since the Asian country last hinted it would be willing to find a way to do so last fall, almost 13 years after shutting American beef out.

"We believe that access to the large and growing Chinese beef market is essential to the future health of the U.S. beef industry," read the letter, which was signed by NCBA's CEO, Kendal Frazier. "We understand that you have many important issues to discuss with President Xi, but we strongly encourage you to take this important opportunity to convey the urgent need for China to reopen its market to U.S. beef."
To read the original article, or to view the letter sent to President Trump for yourself, click here.
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Earlier this month, it was announced the Beef Checkoff's Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program, reached 10,000 graduates! This group welcomes beef and dairy producers - along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community - to help lead the way in advocating for the industry and all of agriculture. After completing the program, MBA grads are equipped to have engaging conversations with consumers, both online and in person, and are encouraged to participate in advocacy campaigns.

The Top of the Class program, which is a next-level training program for advocates wanting to strengthen their advocacy skills was added in 2014. MBA Top of the Class graduates are regularly tapped for media interviews, speaking engagements and other advocacy opportunities on the national level. The Top of the Class program has trained 24 graduates to date and is accepting applications for the next session, to be held May 23-24, 2017.

Building on the initial success of the program, which celebrated 5,000 graduates in the first five years, the Checkoff developed and released a brand new set of lessons in 2015. Since the launch of MBA 2.0 the graduation rate has accelerated to approximately 1,500 graduates per year. To accompany the new courses, MBA program staff developed an interactive "Mobile Conversation Guide" app for iPhone and Android in 2016, giving MBA graduates access to information from the courses at their fingertips.

Click here to continue reading about the Beef Checkoff's Masters of Beef Advocacy program and the celebration surrounding this great accomplishment.
RainfallWrite It Down- Jed Castles Says All 77 Counties Will Get Rain in the System Bearing Down on Oklahoma Right Now

Rain is headed our way- and it may be enough to help reduce the 80% moderate to severe drought ratings currently blanketed over Oklahoma.

Jed Castles with News9 has posted a couple of graphics that are showing rainfall- not just today and tomorrow- but also later in the week:

Rain enters from the west in a matter of hours- and by tomorrow night- this is what we may be seeing.

As for the NINE Day Forecast:

Alan Crone with the News on 6 is also eyeballing this weather pattern- which he calls a very active system that will be sweeping down the plains and giving our state a good soaking- click or tap here for Alan's Tuesday morning blog for this take from an Eastern Oklahoma perspective.

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