Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/3/2017 6:37 AM

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Let's Check the Markets!  
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 Friday, March 31st.
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
   Monday, April 3, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
KimAndersonDr. Kim Anderson Says USDA Acreage and Stocks Reports Neutral as Trade Had the Numbers Pegged 

Friday marked one of the most highly anticipated days of the year for commodity markets, with the USDA's scheduled release of the 2017 Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks reports. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn reached out to OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson, for his reaction to the numbers.
While Anderson believes the markets had a fair estimation of what to expect in these reports, he says the statistics relevant to soybeans may have come as a bit of a surprise, which is one segment of the industry that he suggests has room to move.
"There has been a move or talk of planting more soybeans and less corn," he said. "I think this report may change some of that. Because, I think we're going to have that soybean and corn price come more in line with the historical line."
For wheat, Anderson reports that the numbers were fairly comparable to estimates made of 46.2 million acres, with an actual 46.06 million reported. Stocks were slightly above expectations at 32 million bu. Anderson says price wise, the report was "equal to positive" for wheat.

Overall, though, Anderson says this report has only minimal if not neutral tones.
For a look of your own at these reports, or to listen to Carson and Anderson speak more in depth about them, click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight
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Click here for a complete list of the Commission firms that make up the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- still the best place to sell your cattle- and at the heart of Stockyards City, where you can go around the corner enjoy a great steak and shop for the very best in western wear.

 FrankLucasCongressman Frank Lucas Says the Contents of the Next Farm Bill at the Mercy of the Budget

In a phone interview this past week, I spoke with Oklahoma's 3rd District Congressman and former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas. He tells me he has been impressed with the aggressive nature in which current House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, has handled discussions in regards to crafting the 2018 Farm Bill in a timely, cost-efficient and effective manner.
"He's been very aggressive in the hearing schedule," Lucas said referring to Conaway. "Not only looking at what has gone on in the aftermath of the 2014 Farm Bill but discussing the health of rural American agriculture right now and laying the groundwork for a set of hearings about where we should go." 
While the process is still only in the planning phase, with the committee hearing testimonies regarding the efficaciousness of the current Farm Bill, there has been very little progress in actually putting pen to paper to outline what changes will in fact be included in the next edition of the legislation. Much of this hesitation is caused by reservations stemming from the budget, which has yet to be submitted to the committee. Until the committee's financial parameters are made known to them, there is little that can be promised. However, one thing that has come from these hearings, says Lucas, is the validation of safety net programs included in the current Farm Bill.
"I don't necessarily feel vindicated," he said about the assistance provided to producers through the crop insurance programs in the Farm Bill. "I'm just proud to know that we put together a package that we are able to help our neighbors get through the toughest of times." 
To read the full story or to listen to my Q&A session with the Congressman about a variety of subjects pertinent to the ag world, click here.
The Generosity Continues a Month After the Northwest Oklahoma Fires
I saw a great Facebook post from Ag Teacher Matt Boyer yesterday- and I just had to share it- as it reminds us how wonderful and generous so many in the world of agriculture are- Matt writes on Saturday "
Due to the generosity and compassion of numerous individuals here in Northeast Oklahoma, Claremore FFA delivered 2 trailer loads of feed and fencing supplies to Buffalo Feeders for the fire victims.

"Pulling in, we stood about 8th in line to unload behind a pickup from Texas, 5 from Michigan, the Quapaw FFA, 1 from Missouri and a man from NW Wisconsin with a bumper trailer loaded with corner post and milk replacer. The students helped grab a couple cases of water from his pickup and he stated he needed to get back to the dairy. He handed Tom a check for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association fire relief fund and headed back to Wisconsin.

"When they started unloading us, a gentleman from Southern Kansas was there to pickup fencing supplies we delivered on behalf of Bradley Criner and his crew. This gentlemen's ranch had been destroyed. The fire burned 3 of the family's homes including his parents, brother and his while also killing hundreds of cattle and destroying hundreds of miles of fence. As they offloaded us and placed directly onto his trailer, he began to cry and continued to thank me. I told him I was simply the driver and wished he had a bigger trailer to put more stuff on. It hurt driving away.

"The Claremore FFA students then got a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day operations of a modern cattle-feeding facility. Thanks to Mr. Tom Fanning for your words of inspiration and educational tour."

Ag Educators are worth so much more than every nickle we pay them- this is a life lesson that Matt's chapter has learned that will enrich their community for a lifetime!   

EQIPICYMI - Targeted EQIP Initiatives Now Available- Application Deadline is April 21st

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is inviting farmers and ranchers to visit their local NRCS field office and apply for participation in conservation initiatives designed to restore landscapes, improve wildlife habitat and increase energy efficiency. In order to participate in one of the four available programs through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, those interested must submit an application by April 21, 2017.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns. Producers must submit a complete program application, establish "farm records", and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. 

The programs available include the Joint Chief's Landscape Restoration Partnership; the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative; the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) for Monarch Butterfly; and the On-Farm Energy Initiative. For detailed descriptions of these programs and more information on how to apply to participate with NRCS, click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.

Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

 BUZZSet Yourself Up for the Best Chance at Preventing Herd Health Challenges with Bio-Mos by Alltech

Getting your calves off to a healthy start can improve productivity and profitability on the ranch. Brian Lawless, Alletech business manager, tells me that by considering calves' gastro-intestinal health, producers can prevent or better address animal health problems that my appear. And to do this, he suggests using Alltech's trademark technology Bio-Mos, derived from a specific strain of yeast that promotes animal performance.

"You really never know when a challenge is going to occur," he said, "so you really want to look at nutrition as your first line of prevention."

From this perspective, Lawless says, you can prepare your cattle with an established, healthy nutritional base, when challenges do occur. He insists that through the use of Bio-Mos in your herd health program, producers are setting themselves up for their best chance at success.

"The great thing about Bio-Mos is that it's been on the market for over 20 years and it's been put in 700 trials across all species," Lawless said. "You can't prevent everything, but what you can do is set yourself up for the best chance for that to happen."

Listen to Lawless outline the benefits of incorporating Bio-Mos into your herd health program with me, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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 HalClarkCimarron County's Hal Clark Recognized by Governor for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship

After experiencing the extreme drought conditions suffered through the 1950s in Oklahoma, cow/calf operator Hal Clark of Cimarron County, spent much of his life working to ensure other farmers avoided the practices that decades before, eventually led to Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. Earlier this week during Ag Day at the State Capitol, Clark, surrounded by his family and friends, was honored by Governor Mary Fallin who presented him with the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award. Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was there to get his reaction upon receiving his award. 

"Well I'm very honored," he said with humble astonishment. "I'm flattered to have even been listed. We just through the years have done what we thought was best for the environment and our local area."

His leadership in environmental stewardship quickly led him to a position on the Cimarron County Conservation District Board of Directors, which he remained active with for 17 years and contributed to the installment of many programs still in place today.

"That was quite an experience for being able to travel all around the state and learn what producers are doing all over the state and it was enlightening for me," Clark recalled. "It helped me go home with a lot of thoughts about what we could implement out there for our producers, both for grassland and crop producers."

To read more about Clark and his achievements, or to hear about them straight from the horse's mouth, you can click here and listen to Clark talk about his experiences with Carson after receiving his award, during Ag Day at the Capitol last week.
RainHelpMarch and Early April Rains Rescue Wheat, Canola and Pastures
Rains on Saturday April first and Sunday April second have helped increase rainfall totals of the last week to ten days- primarily in a fairly narrow line from Texas to Oklahoma in the middle part of Oklahoma- here's the graphic that shows your the rainfall pattern:

If you back up and grab the ten day rainfall totals from this morning backwards- it shows we have been blessed with rain in all 77 counties- from an inch in Kenton in Cimarron County to over five inches of rain in Ninnekah and in Oilton- here's the map that will mean a significant amount of drought reduction in the next Drought Monitor Report this coming Thursday:

We do have a chance of some more rain in the next twenty four hours or so- then come clearing weather that looks springlike- sunshine and sixties- here's a nine day outlook for central and western Oklahoma courtesy of Jed Castles of News9:

It will be getting windy by the end of the week- lots of 15 to 25 mile an hour winds in the outlook by Saturday through Monday.

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