Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/10/2017 5:27 AM

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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, July 7th.
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, July 10, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
SigWomanAgFeatured Story:

As part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University are recognizing and honoring the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry. The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of 14 industry professionals. This week Francie Kucera Tolle of Grant County is featured this week as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.

Whether it's climbing into a combine to harvest the wheat or walking into a congressional meeting to discuss farm policy, Francie Kucera Tolle remains focused on one goal-"It's the legacy of it."

Rather than a legacy of how Tolle will be remembered, this is one centered on how others will value and appreciate agriculture as a result of her family's stewardship.

Having been born on a family farm and now farming with her husband Chuck, Tolle knows the importance of agriculture. She has been a resident in Grant County her entire life and laughed as she reminisced growing up on a farm with her three sisters.

"My dad brought a bottle calf home one time and we thought it was the greatest thing ever and asked for a few more. The next day we had 30 bottle calves and would be mauled when we got to barn," said Tolle. "A year later we wanted some feeder pigs and my dad brought home a whole truck load. Next, we thought we would like some sheep and our dad said, 'Really?' We changed our minds pretty quick."

Tolle spoke about the daily life lessons that were learned among the cattle and in the wheat fields. The greatest of these was work ethic and faith. 

Continue reading Francie's story about her life and influence in Oklahoma's agriculture, by clicking or tapping here.

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Last week, I invited our friend Trey Lam, executive director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, to our studios to sit down and catch us up to speed on what's been going on at his office.

The conservation community here in Oklahoma has been very busy as of late. Lam spoke on several of the projects currently on-going. One of the largest projects they have in the works, has been a statewide push to reduce the pollution in our streams and waterways, and have actually had great success improving our state's water quality. He says this project wouldn't be possible without the help of the agricultural community and farmers and ranchers like you.

"We've been highly successful in Oklahoma in cleaning up our streams just based on non-point source pollution control by agricultural producers," Lam said. "The effects we're having in the rural areas by agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers, are cleaning up the water for our urban citizens."

The OCC continues their mission in this respect, as stewards of our state's water resources, with fixing a network of over 2,000 small flood control dams throughout the state, backed by both state and federal funding.

But in a recent collaboration with the rest of the Oklahoma Conservation Partners and the Regional Food Bank, the OCC is participating in a pilot project aimed at proving an integrated system that will improve soil health for farmers and allow them to be able to help feed hungry people in need. Four farmers in Oklahoma are enlisted already, who have offered a portion of their land to be planted in fruiting cover crops. Once ripe, the Regional Food Bank will organize volunteers to glean these fruits and vegetables and then distribute the food locally.

"To me, it's a return to the real conservation ethic of stewardship," Lam confided. "We're there to take care of the natural resources that God gave us, not to degrade them, but to restore them and utilize them for the benefit of society and this is just an extension of that. Once we prove that it works, I think there'll be a lot of people that jump on board."

Lam appeared as my guest this past weekend on our In the Field segment on KWTV News 9 in the Oklahoma City area. But you can listen to our complete off-camera interview, by clicking here, to learn more about the recent activities of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

NobleStoryNoble Research Institute Suggests First-Calf Cows Can Benefit from Weaning Calves Early  

Dr. Robert Wells, Livestock Consultant at the Noble Research Institute, recently penned an article outlining the benefits of weaning calves early, on first-calf cows.

Wells says weaning early can become particularly important during the summer months, when a cow's job can become intensely stressful, as she tries to maintain body condition, while lactating to feed her calf, perhaps gestating her second calf, and foraging with diminished resources throughout the season as the summer heat bakes.

Attempting to maintain all these physiological functions can weaken cows and their future performance. By weaning calves early, this takes the stress off of first-time calving cows as they adjust to this new stage of life.

"Early weaning of the first-calf cow can help improve body condition score going into winter and subsequently calving season of the second calf. Additionally, it can help improve calving rates and lower dystocia percentages of the second calf," Wells writes.

"A cow that is not nutritionally deprived will have a better chance of carrying a calf to term. Additionally, if she is in adequate body condition at calving, she should have the necessary energy reserves to complete the birthing process unassisted."

To read more about Well's advice on the advantages of weaning calves early and how to properly manage early-weaned calves, click or tap here to read his full article on our website. 

BUZZAnimal Scientist Dr. Bob Weaber Calls Genomics a 'Game Changer' for the Beef Cattle Industry

Animal Scientist Dr. Bob Weaber is just back from the Beef Improvement Seminar, where the future of genomics, as it relates to the beef cattle industry, was the main topic of discussion. Genomics, although a relatively new technology that has become available, has benefitted dairy producers already allowing them to quickly improve their dairy animals. Weaber spoke with me about genomics and the opportunity cow/calf producers have to implement genomics into their own operations to improve record keeping and assist with breeding decisions.

"If you don't get on the bus and adopt technology, you're not just standing still, you're relatively moving backwards," Weaber said. "If your competitors adopt a technology and uses a technology to accelerate genetic improvement, that has consequences for your business."

One question Weaber believes to be important for producers to consider when introducing genomics into their decision making, is how to strategically position themselves to maintain or potentially improve their competitive position. Whatever the answer, Weaber says it will certainly require adoption and effective utilization.

"It's one thing to genotype a bunch of animals, but it's a whole other thing to actually use that information in an effective way to make selection and improvement," he said, "which really changes the way you should think about replacement selection as a seedstock producer."

Listen to Dr. Weaber and I discuss the benefits of using genomics as a resource for decision making in the management of your herd, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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USMEFUS Red Meat Exports Continue to Exhibit Strong Momentum During May 2017 According to USMEF

U.S. pork and beef exports posted a strong May performance, increasing significantly from the previous month and from year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. These numbers continue a trend seen throughout the first half of the year, showing unprecedented strength that has managed to sustain itself despite typical market pressures.

Pork exports in May, climbed 11 percent year-over-year to the fourth-largest monthly volume on record. Pork export value was $583.2 million, up 16 percent. For January through May, exports increased 14 percent from a year ago in volume and 18 percent in value.

May beef exports totaled were up 6 percent from a year ago, valued at $582.6 million, up 9 percent. For January through May, beef exports were up 12 percent in volume and 16 percent in value compared to the same period last year. 

"The U.S. is not just moving more meat internationally because we have more available. Our products are commanding solid prices and winning back market share in many key destinations, even with a strong U.S. dollar and many trade barriers still in place," said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. "But our competitors are working every day to reverse this trend, so we must aggressively expand and defend our international customer base."

Pork exports to leading volume market Mexico showed no signs of slowing from their torrid pace, while other Central and South American countries as well as Asian markets like China and Korea, compete for US pork supplies.

Asian markets including Japan, Korea and Taiwan have maintained strong demand for beef, especially for chilled beef products.

For more highlights from the report compiled by the USMEF or to view it in its entirety, click or tap here.
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More than 300 educators attended this year's Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom's state conference, "Fruits, Nuts, Veggies and MORE," this past weekend at the Moore Norman Technology Center.

Attendees had the opportunity to spend the whole day immersed in agriculturally based learning sessions, for ideas that could be taken and adapted to classroom curriculum throughout the state.

Teachers chose from 19 workshops led by experienced teachers from across the state and heard from keynote speaker, Holly Blakey, executive director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.

Teachers in attendance came from all backgrounds, some with experiences on the farm, some without having ever set foot on a farm. The important thing the event organizers wanted to accomplish was to expose everyone there to agriculture and show the importance of why our children should have the opportunity to connect with and understand our industry.

"We want teachers to leave with an excitement about agriculture and know that teaching about agriculture is accessible to them, whether they are in a rural or urban setting," said Melody Aufill, AITC coordinator.

AITC has an outstanding website that showcases 300 lessons and activities. It is updated on a monthly basis to highlight agricultural activities that pertain to each specific month. Additionally, teachers can sign up for the newsletter to be updated on contests, conferences, free professional development and trips that occur throughout the year.  Click or tap here to jump over to our website, for more on the success of this year's conference and to find out more about all the AITC has to offer.

The 2017 Oklahoma Crops Conference kicks off with the first of four conferences, happening in Ardmore today. The other meetings are scheduled for El Reno, July 13; Alva, July 17 and Afton, July 20. Each meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 3 p.m. A donor-sponsored lunch will be provided free of charge to participants.

Today's event will take place at OSU's Institute for Agricultural Biosciences. The El Reno event will take place at the OSU Cooperative Extension Conference Center. The Afton event will take place at the Leonard Family Farms operation. The Alva meeting will be held at the Northwest Technology Center.

Topics will include timely and relevant information about important regional production systems, encompassing pasture, wheat, soybean, sorghum, corn, canola, sesame, cropping systems, no-till and cover crops, among others.

Participants were asked to RSVP to event, so if you haven't already and plan to attend one of the upcoming meetings, be sure to do so as soon as possible. For further details on the conferences, or for registration information, click here.
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