Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/5/2017 6:33 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 Carson Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  
OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 2,093 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, July 5th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
OKC West is closed this week in observance of the July 4th holiday - click or tap here for a look at recent sale reports.
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, July 3rd.
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
   Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
DicambaFeatured Story:
Arkansas Likely to Ban Use of Dicamba for Remainder of Growing Season Before the Week is Out
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has acted on a couple of proposed emergency rules he received through channels regarding the use of dicamba herbicide. In the first action, he's sending a proposal on "Banning the Sale and Use of Dicamba" to the Legislative Council for review. If given the go-ahead, that measure would put a 120-day moratorium on any further use of dicamba over the top of row crops. Click here to read the Governor's letter on his response to the request made by the State Board of Ag.

The only dicamba herbicide currently allowed for use in Arkansas from April through September is BASF's Engenia. There is an exemption written into the governor's proposal for using the product on pastureland. Hutchinson expresses concern about banning the product during the growing season, but he also says the number of complaints justifies the action.

Through the end of last week- over 500 complaints have been filed by Arkansas farmers regarding drift of Dicamba.

AgWeb reports that dicamba drift complaints also continue to mount in Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards as a sponsor for our daily email.  The eight Commission firms at the Stockyards make up the exchange- and they are committed to work hard to get you top dollar when you consign your cattle with them.  They will present your cattle to the buyers gathered each Monday or Tuesday at one of the largest stocker and feeder cattle auctions in the world.
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.

USGCChinese Trade Team Visits Texas and Kansas This Week, Shows Interest in Purchasing US Sorghum

Everyone is fixated on the fact that US beef is now set to  begin entering China, and while that is fantastic news, the US Grains Council is working to make sure we keep and maintain existing markets in the Asian nation as well. This week the USGC, along with the United Sorghum Checkoff folks, is hosting a trade team from China, showing them around points of interest and making introductions throughout Texas and Kansas.

This group is unique as those attending are the next generation of sorghum buyers from China. Eventually, they will be coming into the official buying roles of their predecessors.

The USGC says this is all part of their strategy - to make those connections now and build relationships with our potential trading partners early.

"The grain buyers on this team exemplify the future of U.S.-Chinese trade," said Bryan Lohmar, U.S. Grains Council  director in China. "Facilitating their face-to-face discussions with U.S. sorghum farmers and grain traders is part of the Council's continuous efforts to improve the understanding of grain sorghum as a valuable feed ingredient."

China is an influential market for U.S. sorghum and the top buyer of that grain so far this marketing year, purchasing 3.38 million tons from September to April. Chinese purchases represent 77 percent of all U.S. sorghum exports in 2016/2017, further emphasizing the need to continue interfacing with Chinese grain buyers.
You can learn more about this trade team's visit to the Midwest, or find out more about USGC's work in China, by clicking here.
BUZZChina's "Grey Market" Likely to Cause Confusion as US Beef Industry Begins the Exporting Process  

As the industry has focused on US beef's triumphant return into the Chinese market, one thing being widely overlooked, is the fact that beef produced in America has actually been entering China through its backdoor, or the "Grey Market" if you will, for many years. Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Economist Dr. Derrell Peel told me in a recent conversation, that because of this movement that has taken place under the radar, beef exports going into that country will have to be gradually readjusted overtime, in order to fully understand the level of market saturation happening there, now that the official deal has been done.

"It's just important for people to keep in mind that we not just look at the numbers associated with China, as we go from here forward and start seeing monthly export totals," Peel said. "One of the things that may happen is these unofficial flows that have been transshipped to other countries, may now convert to direct flows into China. So, they'll show up, or some portion of them, as exports to China."

The fact remains, though at this point, we truly don't know how it will all eventually play out. Peel says we must wait and see. But, at the same time, he also says it will be important to take a comprehensive look across several markets as we evaluate what is really going on in the Chinese market, as it is likely to take some time before this market finds a permanent foothold.

"I think it's going to be a work in progress, somewhat tentative in the early stages," he said. "I'm very optimistic this could be a hugely important market for the US beef industry over time, but I don't think it jumps to that immediately."

Listen to Peel and I speak about the effects China's "Grey Market" will have on US beef exports now that an official trade deal has been struck, on Monday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Knowing and understanding the characteristics of quality see is the first step to ensuring the success of your crop. Whether you're planting wheat, sorghum, canola, corn - whatever - this is one aspect you should not overlook come planting season.

James Locke, Soils and Crops Consultant at the Noble Research Institute came up with a few tips for farmers, on how to identify the components that make up good, quality seed.
Three of the most important aspects Locke says to take into consideration: seed viability, varietal purity and seed purity.
The viability of seed will determine the rate of germination and ultimately get your crop off to the right start. Locke informs us that all commercially sold seed is tested and regulated by the government, both state and nationally, to ensure a minimum standard of viability is met. But he says only half of the story is told through those tests. Additional testing is also conducted to determine seed vigor as well.
Beyond that, farmers must look at the purity of their seed. Your region, or typical growing conditions, etc. will be impacted by the varietal you choose. Furthermore, the seed purity, meaning the amount of clean seed, or how much weed seeds have been left unsifted, can also impact your crop.
If much weed seed is mixed in, obviously, you are introducing weeds into your fields to compete with your crop.

So, how does one make sure they are able to meet these criteria for quality seed? The easiest way is to plant certified seed, says Locke. Certified seed is the progeny of breeder, foundation or registered seed classes, and has passed necessary inspections to meet state and federal seed law requirements.
For more advice from Locke on how to identify quality seed and ensure the best performance out of your crop, click or tap 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!

Over the past few months, we have brought you stories on several women, deemed significant to Oklahoma's agriculture industry by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

ODAFF is continuing its recognition of women around the state, from all 77 counties in fact, but is now asking for nominations to be submitted.

A panel of judges will review all submitted nominees and choose those women that have made a significant contribution to the state's ag industry, in all respects of the vocation.

"Our hope is to continue telling the stories of the countless women who give selflessly to this industry but don't always receive an award," said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. "This has been such a fun project for all of us in agriculture, learning of and reading the stories of these women and their contributions. We thank all of you who have sent in nominations."

One honoree is recognized each week on ODAFF's social media with a detailed biography of her "ag story." Additionally, a press release acknowledging her selection is submitted to area newspapers. Generally, we include these stories on our weekly website and email content for our readers to view.
For more information about this honor for Oklahoma's women in ag or how to make a nomination - or to read the bios on those women recognized so far, click or tap here.
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The following op-ed piece was authored by Steve Dittmer, Executive Vice President of the Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, and included in the latest AFF Sentinel newsletter on June 30th, 2017.

"It is no secret that those folks who wanted to see ABC News thoroughly discredited and punished for their attack on Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and lean finely texture beef (LFTB) will be disappointed that the case has been settled out of court, in the 18th day of the trial expected to last two months. The parties have agreed not to disclose terms of the settlement, frustrating us even more.

"Jim Avila, thanking the jury in the BPI vs. ABC News case, smugly told them, "I wish they had had the chance to hear my side of the story," according to the Sioux City Journal. "It's important to note we're not retracting anything or apologizing for anything," (BPI Claims Settlement with ABC `vindicates' Dunes Firm's Beef Product, 2/28/17).

"That arrogant attitude, when one knows the facts, saw how Avila behaved in researching and reporting the story and his imperious method of cherry picking his data and slanting his reportage, will certainly rankle the industry. Avila was the 'reporter' at ABC during the BPI episode and now is, perhaps fittingly, at CNN, which has already this month fired three reporters and retracted a significant story. We would also note that these reporters were not green interns or twenty or thirty-something youngsters. Part of the problem with network news and Congress in general, is that very important judgment calls are being made by young men and women who, through no fault of their own, simply have not had the life and work experience to have developed the judgment and wisdom of a decade or two of experience. "
To continue reading this op-ed piece, you can click over to our website here.

Each year the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Women Leadership Committee awards three $500 scholarships to nursing students in Oklahoma.

The deadline for this year's scholarships are fast approaching - scheduled to be due by July 15th.

The WLC understands the important role nurses and healthcare professionals play in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents across our state, and especially rural residents. With the cost of education increasing yearly, the committee is proud to provide three students with scholarship funds to help pursue their dreams in nursing.

Full details are available in the application, you can click here to access a link with more information.
JulyRainsThe Rains of July Helping Some of the Drier Parts of Oklahoma

The rains of July have helped some of the drier parts of Oklahoma- and heavy rains continue to fall in the southern counties of the state- especially east of I-35.

As of 6 am this morning- here are the rainfall totals back to the Saturday morning, July first for Oklahoma:

According to Alan Crone with the News on 6-  "temps and humidity will slowly climb for the next few days with morning lows in the 70s and highs in the upper 80s today and lower 90s Friday into the weekend."

He say we are a few days away from having the summertime ridge of high pressure slide over Oklahoma and bringing with it summer dominance across the state.

Alan does expect another chance of rain and storms to slide in by the weekend- click or tap here for his complete weather blog for this Wednesday morning.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyOklahoma AgCreditthe Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock 
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