Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/8/2017 6:57 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.

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OKC West sold cows 2.00 to 3.00 higher and bulls sold steady to 1.00 higher on Monday - click or tap here for details.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reported steady to higher prices on Steers and Heifers under 700 pounds on Monday- CLICK HERE for details

Oklahoma National Stockyards ended up higher on both yearling and stocker cattle on Monday- Steady to $4 Higher- click or tap here to see the report from USDA. 

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 August 7, 2017.
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, August 8, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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In the latest crop progress report released Monday, August 7, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rated the US corn crop condition at 60 percent good to excellent down 1 from a week ago, up 1 in the fair category at 27 percent and unchanged at 13 percent poor to very poor. The US soybean condition is rated 60 percent good to excellent up 1 from a week ago, unchanged at 28 percent fair and falling by 1 point at 12 percent poor to very poor. Nationally, winter wheat harvest has reached 94 percent complete, ahead of this time last year by 1 and ahead of the average by 2 points. Pasture and rangeland for the US rates have slipped again slightly since last week, now at 9 percent very poor, 15 poor, 32 fair, 38 good and 6 excellent. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.

According to the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma corn dough reached 53 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal. Corn dented reached 6 percent, down 13 points from normal. Sorghum headed reached 63 percent, up 4 points from the previous year and up 7 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 33 percent, up 11 points from normal. Cotton squaring reached 95 percent, up 3 points from the previous year and up 7 points from normal. Cotton setting bolls reached 43 percent, down 5 points from normal. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Kansas, corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 31 fair, 44 good, and 10 excellent. Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 8 poor, 31 fair, 53 good, and 7 excellent. Sorghum headed was 44 percent, behind 63 last year, and near 46 average. Coloring was 2 percent, behind 8 last year, and near 5 average. Cotton condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 30 fair, 61 good, and 3 excellent. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, cotton and corn harvest is underway is some areas while weather forecasts this week cause producers concerns. Corn's condition in Texas is rated 69 percent good to excellent, 28 fair, and 4 poor to very poor. Cotton's condition in Texas is currently 45 percent good to excellent, 36 fair, and 19 poor to very poor. Sorghum condition in the state has improved since last week now rated 69 percent good to excellent, 23 percent fair and 8 percent poor to very poor. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

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PeanutsOPC's Ron Sholar Helps Oklahoma Farmers Working for Peanuts, Search for More Contracts

This past week, Ron Sholar of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission stopped by our studios to discuss the peanut crop in Oklahoma so far this year.

According to him, peanuts planted in Oklahoma are looking great right now. Not only are they looking great, but there are quite a bit of them as well, with planted acres almost 50 percent above last year.

"We have twice as many acres as we had in '15, which would be about 50 percent more than we had in '16, so that's really good news," Sholar shared. "We see peanuts in fields where they have not been in a number of years."

Sholar says Oklahoma farmers would be happy to grow even more though, if there were only more contracts available. He explains there is no other way to market peanuts, so farmers are at the mercy of the contract.

"That continues to be our concern," he said. "Getting more contracts for our growers. We would grow more if more contracts were available."
Sholar says it is his wish to see Oklahoma reclaim its former glory as the primary producing state for Spanish peanuts, as it once was.
You can learn more about this year's crop and how the Oklahoma Peanut Commission is helping market peanuts here in the state, by clicking here.

Dr. Derrell Peel compares this year's slaughter numbers in the cattle industry with those of the previous year, in his article for this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

According to him, 2017 continues to see slaughter numbers rise, but Peel says it is at a much slower pace than what was observed a year ago.

"Total cattle slaughter is up 5.9 percent year over year for the year to date. This follows a 6.4 percent year over year increase in 2016. However," he writes, "steer slaughter is growing more slowly in 2017 and is up 3.5 percent so far this year compared to 2016. The year to date increase is declining as weekly steer slaughter has averaged just 1.1 percent year over year increases since late April. Steer slaughter peaked seasonally in June and will trend lower week to week for the remainder of the year. On July 1, the number of steers in feedlots was 1.4 percent above last year and is projected to keep steer slaughter growth relatively low for the remainder of the year. Total annual steer slaughter may be limited to less than a two percent year over year increase in 2017."
The important thing to remember is that the steer population makes up more than half of the cattle headed for slaughter. Looking further into the breakdown, heifer and cow slaughter is actually up compared to year ago levels. This suggests a slower pace of heifer retention in 2017. However, average steer to heifer slaughter ratios are still very large compared to historical averages, says Peel.
Read the complete article up on our website for more of Dr. Peel's cattle industry insights.

The Oklahoma Pork Council recently hosted Dr. Patrick Webb of the National Pork Board, to assist in a tabletop exercise with other livestock and emergency management leaders in Oklahoma. The exercise was designed to help prepare important parties integral to the control and containment efforts of the state, should they ever be faced with a breakout of Foot & Mouth Disease or another infectious animal disease. I had the chance to speak with him during his visit to Oklahoma for this training.

"The diseases we're talking about are diseases that we don't have in the United States, but have international and domestic repercussions if you get them," Webb said. "If we were to get those, it would disrupt the flow of pork and pork products. So, we need to plan ahead and we need to make sure we have the resources and the infrastructure in place to help mitigate those diseases even though we don't have them - because there would be such dire economic and production impacts to the industry. It's important to be prepared now."

Webb says it is imperative to get as many people from the different segments that an event like this might affect, together and to formulate a plan of action. He admits, though, that situations such as these never go to plan, and you'll have to most likely think on your feet. But he says better to have at least had something planned should as disease breakout, God forbid, ever happen. Then people may at least have an idea of what they're supposed to be doing.

"When we get folks here and train them, a lot of times they walk out of here going, 'Hey I didn't even know I was going to be involved in this,'" Webb remarked. "It becomes that local response that's imperative to have, and a lot of people at the local level or outside of agriculture don't even know they're going to be playing until they come to a training like this."

Click here to read more about Dr. Webb's exercise, or listen to our conversation in its entirety.

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The US Meat Export Federation, yesterday, reported that U.S. pork and beef exports in June confirmed a strong first half of the year for red meat exports.

USMEF says exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production.

According to USMEF's report, June beef exports were the largest of 2017, reaching 109,554 metric tons - up 11 percent year-over-year and the largest June total since 2011. Export value increased 10 percent to $602.5 million. For January through June, beef exports were up 12 percent in volume and 15 percent in value compared to the first half of last year.

Meanwhile, pork exports totaled 200,220 metric tons in June, up six percent year-over-year and the largest June volume on record, valued at $527.1 million, up four percent. This pushed the first-half total to 1.25 million metric tons, valued at $3.21 billion, up 13 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Exports accounted for 27 percent of total pork production in June.

"In this time of large red meat production, the upward trend in per-head export value and in the percentage of production exported is especially critical to the industry," said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. "These metrics confirm that we're not simply exporting more red meat because more is available - those exports are also generating excellent returns. It was also gratifying to see that the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June due to an expansion of exports, knowing that the red meat industry made another solid contribution toward that effort."

For more highlights, or to view the complete report from the USMEF, click over to our website.
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Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with State Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver during the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association Convention last week, to talk about this year's performance of some of the newer and more popular varieties of wheat currently available through the research of the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team.

According to Carver, Bentley surprised his team this year, not showing the yield superiority they have come to expect over the last several years since Bentley was first released. He claims leaf rust is to blame.

"We did not expect that kind of leaf rust invasion," Carver admitted about this year's harsh encounter with the plant disease. "The length of exposure to the disease and also the severity of it was just unprecedented."

For those planning to sow Bentley this upcoming planting season, Carver says that you will have the same yield superiority as always, but warns another leaf rust event like this year's could be severely damaging and advises producers to consider a fungicide application.
In addition, Carver says Bentley also had a spike this year in a trait seen before in trials, but never to the extent that it was seen out in the countryside this year. Unsure of exactly what the cause is, Carver addressed Bentley's darkening heads. While some may have found it alarming this past season, Carver calms worries assuring that Bentley's own pigmentation has a little to do with dark heads, be of darker coloration to begin with.
But he says the plants this year were responding to some unknown environmental causation. Carver says he has his theories but can't say for sure what the problem is here. Nonetheless, he says it's more common than one would think and advises producers not to worry about it as much.
If you're looking for something new though to plant, Carver suggests one of the new releases. Smith's Gold he says is of exceptional quality and has outstanding baking characteristics too. Lone rider, also, wowed Carver and his team with exceptionally high yields.
Find out what else is coming down the pipeline. Read more or listen to Carson's full length discussion with Dr. Carver from last week's convention, by clicking or tapping here.
AdamAg Community Mourns the Loss of Friend and Colleague, Adam McClung, of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association
Over the weekend, our friends and neighbors in Arkansas lost well-known agricultural advocate, Adam McClung, executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association. Adam succumbed to a severe bacterial infection Sunday evening. He is survived by his wife Chantel and young daughter Maggie-Blaire.

Adam spent a year with the Oklahoma Beef Council before he took the reins of the Arkansas Cattlemen. And he's known and loved by so many in our state and across the US.  Daren Williams, who has been in the middle of beef advocacy for the Beef Industry with the Masters in Beef Advocacy Program, offered his condolences on social media- " Such a huge loss for the Beef family. Adam was one of the most gracious and thoughtful people I have had the pleasure of working with. More than a business colleague, he was a good friend. He will be missed."

Our friend Tammi Didlot- who has been active with the Cattlewomen in Oklahoma and nationally wrote yesterday about an encounter with Adam at last month's Summer Cattle Industry Meeting in Denver- "The cattle industry lost a remarkable young man last evening. Adam McClung was known for his wit, his smile, & his passion for this industry; but the thing that he was most passionate about was his family. His daughter and wife meant the whole world to him. In Denver this summer at the conference, I hugged his neck and asked how his beautiful baby girl was and with a huge smile he said she's my world."

I first met Adam when he joined Heather Buckmaster on the staff of the Oklahoma Beef Council- but our more recent connection is Carson Horn.

Carson joined our team just over a year ago and came to us by way of the ACA, where he worked under Adam as Director of Communications for four years after graduating from OSU. 
"I was deeply saddened to hear of Adam's passing. Adam took a chance on me, giving me my first job out of college. I will be forever grateful for that opportunity, during which time I would know Adam as a mentor, who helped me to grow professionally, and as a friend, who welcomed me into his home and family in a state where I had none. He will be sorely missed, and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family and the members and the staff of the ACA, who he served diligently."

An education memorial fund has been set up in memory of Adam for his daughter, Maggie Blair. Make checks to "Maggie Blair Education Fund" in memory of Adam McClung. They can be mailed to Peoples Bank, Maggie Blair Education Fund, 20409 Arch Street, Little Rock, AR 72206.

RainfallRainfall Coming???  Looks Like It
We got into a Twitter Conversation last night and rain came up (or in the case of some friends from Major County- the lack of it)

It does appear that we have rain on the way for much of the state- and for one farmer in the Walters area- it sounds like he has already grabbed his August allotment.  Jimmy Kinder tweeted us last night "Yesterday I had 5" rain. The cloud would not move. No hay down but we were harvesting grain sorghum." 

Jimmy's comment came in response to my tweet offering a bit of RURAL TRUTH- "#RuralTruth The better the hay on the ground- the greater the chance for unexpected rain- and lots of it!"

Well anyway- back to the seven day outlook- it appears rain is headed our way:

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