Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/6/2017 5:44 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 1,240 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
September 6th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
Steer and heifer calves lightly tested with higher undertones noted compared to previous week at OKC West 
Tuesday, - click or tap here for a look at the September 
5th sale results. 

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, September 5th.
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, September 6, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
CropWxCrops Continue Trend of Slower Than Normal Rate of Progress in This Week's USDA Crop Progress Report 

In the latest crop progress report released Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rated the US corn crop condition down slightly from a week ago, now at 61 percent good to excellent, 26 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor. The US soybean condition unchanged from last week, rated still at 61 percent good to excellent, 28 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.

According to the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma corn dough reached 93 percent, down 2 points from normal. Corn dent reached 83 percent, up 1 point from normal. Corn mature reached 27 percent, down 13 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 63 percent, up 2 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 27 percent, up 4 points from normal. Sorghum harvested reached 3 percent, down 4 points from normal. Cotton setting bolls reached 89 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Cotton bolls opening reached 8 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 13 points from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 90 percent good to fair. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report,click here.

In Kansas winter wheat planted was 1 percent, equal to both last year and the five-year average. Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 30 fair, 42 good, and 12 excellent. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 33 fair, 49 good, and 9 excellent. Cotton condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 41 fair, 46 good, and 5 excellent. Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 34 fair, 53 good, and 4 excellent. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, field preparations for wheat neared completion in areas of the Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau, while significant damage was also being reported to cotton unharvested prior to the passing of Hurricane Harvey in the Upper Coast and South Central Texas. Corn's condition in Texas has remained unchanged since last week, still rated at 79 percent good to excellent, 18 fair, and 3 poor to very poor.  Cotton's condition in Texas is currently 59 percent good to excellent, 28 fair, and 13 poor to very poor. Sorghum condition in the state has remained unchanged since last week still rated 78 percent good to excellent, 18 percent fair and 4 percent poor to very poor. Pasture and range conditions have improved this week, rated at 51 percent good to excellent statewide, 37 fair and 12 percent poor to very poor. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

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Oklahoma accumulated more than double the amount of precipitation it typically does this past month, than it typically does in August. This build up of soil moisture coupled with the cooler than normal temperatures has resulted in prolific, early forage growth around the state.

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, described in his article in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, the unique opportunity this presents for stocker producers to take advantage of.

"Early planted wheat along with other forages may add 30 or more days to the front end of winter grazing. At the same time, expectations for 2018 wheat prices are dismal enough that some producers are beginning fall grazing with an intent or high likelihood of grazing out wheat next spring. A full graze-out adds another 75 or so days to the winter dual-purpose grazing period. Together, these conditions suggest the possibility of 220 or more days of grazing compared to a more typical 120 day winter grazing period," Peel writes.

However, grazing cattle this long could potentially allow them to get too big for typical sized stockers. Peel suggests either purchasing lighter weight cattle or consider running two sets of stockers, between October to January and February to May for graze-out.

Drawing calculations from season price patterns and expectations, Peel believes there is opportunity for producers to potentially, "manage risk on winter stockers and protect reasonable return possibilities."
For more on Dr. Peel's analysis of the potential opportunity to graze winter stockers early this year, click or tap here, to read his full article in this week's Cow/Calf Corner.

Over the Labor Day weekend, President Donald Trump nominated Bill Northey, Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, to join the USDA's leadership team as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation.

This nomination was met with welcoming sentiments from the ag community. Members of the National Association of Corn Growers offered the former president and chairman of their organization, congratulations on the new appointment, and praised him as a longtime friend and advocate of farmers.

"We congratulate him on this well-deserved appointment, and we urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm him," said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. "His roots in production agriculture run deep. He will give farmers and ranchers a senior-level voice on important issues such as risk management and conservation programs, especially as we craft the next farm bill."

In his new role at USDA, Northey will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Northey is a fourth-generation farmer who grows corn and soybeans near Spirit Lake, Iowa. You can learn more about him, and get NCGA's perspective on the nomination, by clicking here.

When it comes to Animal Disease Traceability (ADT), National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons, says there is currently one level of the system in place here in the US that applies to cattle 18 months of age and older, that require cattle be ID'd for interstate movement. She told me that, while the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is not saying whether or not they will actually implement an expansion of this rule, to include cattle under the current age requirement, they are at least considering what a Phase II of the rule would look like, if it were put in place.

"Now, they've put out a 2017 ADT assessment report, which did show some progress in their traceability assessment requirements," Dr. Simmons said, explaining how these reports will help determine the best method and time in which to introduce the 26 million head of cattle under 18 months of age into the system. "However, there still are some gaps, and these gaps are of some concern to us, to introduce this many cattle into a program that is not yet as fine-tuned as it could be."

The matter of available resources is also concerning, she says, underscoring the fact that the available program dollars are shrinking. This begs the question of whether or not this is the right time to introduce such a large amount of cattle into the system? Furthermore, can this all be done at the speed of commerce, and what impact will it have on the effectiveness of the system once implemented?

"One would like to be able to find the traceback in an efficient time, ideally 48 hours - not weeks or months," she said. "That means you have to have the infrastructure in place in all these different segments to move these cattle efficiently."

Listen to Dr. Kathy Simmons of NCBA and I discuss the viability of implementing a Phase II to the ADT system already in place, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

ONE NOTE- after this story was posted on Twitter- we got a response from Oklahoma State Vet Dr. Rod Hall- who commented "Implementation of electronic IDs and recording is more important than Phase 2 right now." 

No disagreement here.

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As of September 1st, the enrollment period for the Margin Protection Program - for dairy producers - is officially open, according to an announcement issued by the USDA Farm Service Agency this week.

This year, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, has chosen to make the program more flexible for producers, who can enroll for coverage in 2018, but also this time, have the option to opt out of the program as well.

"Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018," said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Rob Johansson. "The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of MPP-Dairy program participants."

This program is on a volunteer-basis sanctioned under the 2014 Farm Bill, designed to help alleviate the financial pressure of dairy production when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.

Producers have from now until December 15, 2017 to select the level of coverage, or not, that best suits their operation for the 2018 calendar year. Dairy operations enrolling in the program must meet conservation compliance provisions and cannot participate in the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance Program.
The USDA offers an app, to help dairy producers understand which level of coverage might best fit their needs. To learn more about this program and its enrollment process, click or tap here.
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With more data available on sire prospects than ever before, the folks at Certified Angus Beef, have developed guidelines for breeders and bull buyers who wish to use the Targeting the Brand logo.

This logo, says Kara Lee, Certified Angus Beef production brand manager, can be an essential tool for identifying quality genetics and attracting buyers searching for the best genetics.

"The Targeting the Brand logo is an identifying mark that allows bull buyers to easily identify those bulls that can help them achieve the goals that they're trying to reach in their herd in terms of carcass quality, "said Lee. "We know that today's bull buyer, they're balancing a lot of different traits when they're going through their selection criteria, and so the Targeting the Brand mark is really a way for registered Angus breeders to more easily help their commercial cattlemen who are coming to buy bulls more easily identify those bulls that can really fit in their herd."

The logo is free for use by any registered breeders whose bulls meet CAB's qualifying requirement of at least an average Marbling E-P-D and dollar-G (grid, $G) value. Less than one in four Angus bulls meet this threshold, according to Lee.

The logo and insert pages can be downloaded at for use in your sale catalog, to promote your sale, your cattle and the CAB brand.

To read the original article, or to watch a video clip featuring Kara Lee, Certified Angus Beef production brand manager, talking about the logo that can help both registered breeders and commercial cattlemen who want to target high-quality beef production, click or tap over to our website here.

ThisNThatThis N That- Happy Birthday Lew, Correction From Tuesday and Progress But No Miracles in NAFTA Talks

I noticed on Facebook that our friend Joey Meibergen offered birthday wishes to his "Pops" and we wanted to do the same- Happy 86th Birthday to Lew Meibergen, a member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame who was inducted in 2010.

Click or tap here to jump back to our story and interview with Lew as he was introduced as the 13th member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame at the State Capitol.


In Yesterday's email- we got Karen Krehbiel Dodson's name right- but misfired in a paragraph at the bottom of the story saluting her as an Oklahoma Ag Woman of Significance- while her daughter Brittany is planning her wedding day this coming year- Karen is already married to Terry.

Here's a link to our story on the website of Karen being honored by the ODAFF and how she and Brittany so represent all that is great about Oklahoma agriculture.


Finally- a link to a story from the latest NAFTA talks that were held in Mexico- sources say progress was made but nothing accomplished as of yet.

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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