Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/12/2017 4:17 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.
MarketLinksLet'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 2,655 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, July 12th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
OKC West sold 2,500 head of steer and heifer calves Tuesday, trading steady to $5 higher - click or tap here for a look at the July 11th sale results. 
Also from our website- the Monday sale results from the Oklahoma National Stockyards and the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

Day three of Week in the Rockies in Breckenridge, Colorado is today starting at 9 AM Central- click or tap here for info. 

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, July 11th.
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 12, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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The National Pork Producers Council, joined more than a dozen other production agriculture groups yesterday in signing a letter that was sent to President Donald Trump's administration.
Recently, the White House has tossed around the idea of placing restrictions on the importation of aluminum and steel.
The correspondence from the ag groups cautioned the administration that such action, could potentially spark a trade war, with affected nations retaliating with tariffs of their own - ones that would most likely impact US agricultural products.
The groups pointed out in the letter that many of the countries exporting aluminum and steel to America are the same nations importing large quantities of US agricultural goods.
Critics of the proposed restrictions on steel and aluminum imports say that the US would be setting a slippery precedent, that other countries will mimic in the future as a way to circumvent existing trade agreements.
You can read more about the NPPC's involvement with this letter, and even read said letter for yourself, by clicking here.

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. 

SummerMeetingLatest National Beef Quality Audit Results to be Released at the 2017 Summer Cattle Industry Business Meeting 

More than 700 cattle industry leaders are gathering at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver this week to help create direction for industry programs. The meeting runs through Saturday morning.

The event includes sessions of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Cattlemen's Beef Board, American National CattleWomen and National Cattlemen's Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.S. cattle producers for the 2018 fiscal year, which for NCBA and the Cattlemen's Beef Board begins October first.

The true highlight of the 2017 Summer Business Meeting will come Thursday morning as the results from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit are unveiled. About every five years since 1991 the NBQA has delivered a set of guideposts and measurements for cattle producers and others to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply.

The Cattlemen's Beef Board has a pair of Oklahoma cattlemen in their leadership ranks. The 2017 Chairman of the CBB is Brett Morris of Ninekah, while Chuck Coffey serves this year as the Secretary-Treasurer.

Click or tap here for more of our preview on the 2017 Summer Meeting- we are headed for Denver and will be reporting on what's on the mind of cattle producers as they meet over the next couple of days.
BUZZThe US Beef Industry's New Norm - Staying Ahead of the Curve in Value-Added Management

In today's market, if you are not using the best management practices in your cattle operation, then you are falling behind. Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Specialist Gant Mourer told me that in response to the decline in cattle prices, the majority of producers have implemented some form of value-added program to their ranching business in order to capture the highest possible premiums for their cattle. He says this strategy has actually become the new norm.

"Really all it boils down to, is quality genetics and quality management - that's all value-added really is," Mourer said. "These well-managed cattle have become the norm and if you're not managing your cattle to this standard, you're actually receiving a discount."

Depending on how you look at it, this premium or discount, could cost you up to $10 or $12 a head, he says. More often than not though, Mourer insists most producers are typically managing their cattle with, if nothing else, a VAC45 program. He believes you can add as much or as little value as you want through the various programs that could potentially be implemented on your place, but suggests you start by evaluating your existing management style and decide what programs fit best with your current operation.

"With these programs, we're simply identifying those calves that have been managed well," he said. "That could be a genetics program, nutrition, vaccinations... whatever. A lot of producers are already doing that."

Listen to Mourer explain the value-added landscape of the beef business with me, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Each year, the American Angus Association offers young producers between the ages of 25-45 an opportunity to meet and mingle with other like-minded leaders of the industry and a chance to become more involved with the people linked by the breed organization that as the slogan says, "means business."

Two hand-picked producers from Oklahoma, Jordan Davis-Cook of Cordell and Jeremy Leister of Stillwater, joined 18 other producers from across the country, on this five day tour known as the Beef Leaders Institute, for a complete pasture-to-plate experience that explores the quality genetics, performance programs, genomic technology of the Angus breed and much more.

"BLI is designed to provide Angus producers the opportunity to see all sectors of the beef industry after cattle leave their farms," said Caitlyn Brandt, event coordinator for the American Angus Association. "Participants go home with knowledge and information that provides better insight into making production decisions on their operations."

"As a young producer, to continue your education in the industry you have to have some forward-thinking and be able to go outside the box of your comfort zone and learn and see how you can make your industry better," Leister said. "I think going through some off-the-farm experience puts perspective into young producers, or anybody's, mind."
Click here to learn more about the BLI, who else participated in this year's class, and find out how to apply for your chance to be selected for the next class in 2018.

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!

NobleFieldDayNoble Research Institute to Host Field Day to Demonstrate the Shared Benefits of Prescribed Burning

Prescribed fires are an essential tool in resource management, that provides balance to ecosystems, cleansing them of invasive plant species and organic build up that if not properly managed, can become quite hazardous.

However, prescribed burns must be conducted in a safe and proper manner, which requires planning.

For landowners and others interested in learning how to safely and successfully implement prescribed fires on property they manage, the Noble Research Institute is partnering with some of the state's leading environmental groups to host a Prescribed Fire Field Day. The event is scheduled for July 13th in Marietta, Oklahoma. Registration is $20 and includes lunch.

Attendees will learn from prescribed burn specialists each part of a written burn plan, and even have the chance to participate in a small demonstration burn, weather permitting.
For more information about the event, including location details and how to register, click here.
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In Tuesday's email, you may recall a story we included covering the dicamba debate going on among some of our neighboring states. We sourced this particular story from the agrochemical advocacy group, CropLife America. Earlier this week, CLA expressed the opinion that the state governments of Missouri and Arkansas acted too hastily in their decisions to temporarily ban the selling and use of dicamba on crops that have traits that offer tolerance of the chemical. The two states enacted their respective bans after hundreds of reported cases of the chemical's misuse, resulting in dicamba drift disputes. CLA claims the chemical to be safe for use and says these state governments should reinstate the use of dicamba as they continue to investigate issues of dicamba drift within their borders.
In our email report yesterday, we incorrectly said that dicamba had been used to treat dicamba tolerant soybeans and cotton for decades.  The fact is that dicamba is an ag chemical that has been on the market for years- but tolerant soybean and cotton varieties are a technology that have only recently come onto the market.
In judging the situation, one could possibly excuse ten, twelve cases of dicamba drift - chalk it up to not properly following label directions. But with as many cases being reported as there have been, authorities believe there to be reasonable evidence that legal action was necessary to put a stay on the use of the chemical in question until the problem can be resolved.
"Based on feedback and research, the Department of Agriculture is going to hit the pause button on all dicamba products," Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said in a statement."I've asked the makers of these approved, post emergent products and farmers to work with us to determine how we can expeditiously allow applications to resume this growing season."
Arkansas preceded Missouri in their ban of Dicamba. Governor Asa Hutchinson worries that farmers who are growing dicamba-tolerant crops will have weed issues they can't address in the latter part of the growing season.
"I know the Plant Board also shares my concern that this action is being taken in the middle of a growing season, but the volume of complaints do justify emergency action."
Over 600 complaints about dicamba drift damage have been filed by Arkansas farmers through Tuesday July 11th.

Whether it's standing in the field or baled as hay, your forages, although seemingly innocent, can in some cases pose a significant danger to your cattle.

In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk dedicates his article to alerting producers of the invisible killer in ordinary plants like forage sorghum.

"Heat stressed plants can occasionally accumulate dangerous concentrations of nitrates," Selk writes. "These high nitrate plants, can cause abortion in pregnant cattle, or death if consumed in great enough quantities. Nitrates do not dissipate from suncured hay, and therefore, once the hay is cut the nitrate levels remain constant."

To prevent an unintentional accident from happening, Selk advises producers to test their hay fields before they cut them for hay.

"Testing the forage before cutting gives the producer an additional option of waiting and allowing for the nitrate to lower in concentration before harvesting the hay," Selk states. "The major sources of nitrate toxicity in Oklahoma will be summer annual sorghum type plants, including sudan hybrids, sorgo-sudans, sorghum-sudans, millets, and Johnsongrass."

For Dr. Selk's tips on avoiding nitrate poisoning in your herd, check out his full article, by clicking over to our website.
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, American Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, Oklahoma 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!

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