Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/15/2017 6:06 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 Thursday, September 14th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Friday,  September 15, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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BUZZTexans Share Their Success Story as Oklahomans Consider Establishing Their Own State Checkoff 

The National US Beef Checkoff has been around since the late 1980s, collecting a dollar a head on cattle sold to fund efforts pertaining to promotion, education and research. This fall, Oklahoma cattle producers will vote on whether or not to approve a secondary state beef checkoff program, to collect an additional dollar on cattle sold in the state to enhance those same purposes here in Oklahoma. Texas cattle producers approved their own secondary checkoff back in 2014 and according to Texas Beef Council Executive Vice President Richard Wortham, they have found great success with the new program as he explained to me, recently.

"With the additional state dollar, it has given us the opportunity to do things that we could have only dreamed about, four or five years ago," Wortham said. "We've enhanced our advertising, specifically as it relates to television ads in Texas."

This year, Wortham says the promotional budget is focused on digital TV, radio, print and billboard advertising. Another program being funded with this additional money, is what the Texas Beef Council calls its MD Outreach project. TBC began the project in the Dallas and Houston areas, employing knowledgeable representatives with ties to the medical community to engage physicians and educate them on the health and nutritional benefits of beef. Wortham says this project has steadily changed the minds of physicians who once limited beef in their patients' diets, to now recommending more. At the end of the day, Wortham insists the program has been highly successful and believes producers see the value in it, based on producers' right to opt out of the program.

"The good news is, refunds are running well below what we projected when the program started," he said. "With no historical data to go off of, we budgeted 20 percent. Right now, it's running less than five percent, which has been very encouraging."

If approved, Oklahoma's secondary beef checkoff program will also be refundable. The actual voting will begin on November 1st of this year, at your local county extension office. Any beef producer that would be required to pay the checkoff, regardless of age, is eligible to vote. Producers can also request a ballot in the mail from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association between October 2-20. Learn more about OCA's proposed State Beef Checkoff program in an earlier interview with OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey, by clicking here. For further information, click over to

Listen to Wortham and I discuss the success of the Texas State Beef Checkoff program, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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KimKim Anderson Says Two Years to Clear Wheat Stocks But Only One Year to Clear Feed Grain Stocks

This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout again, talking commodity ending stocks and expectations on wheat harvest soon to begin across the Southern hemisphere.

According to Anderson, wheat ending stocks are projected at a record 9.7 billion bushels, above the five-year average of 8 billion bushels. For corn, ending stocks are under record levels but still well above the average of 7.6 billion bushels at 8 billion, currently. Soybeans have exceeded record levels at 3.6 billion bushels, above the average of 2.7 billion.

Anderson predicts it will take two years of a short crop to use these ending stocks up. For feed grain, perhaps only one bad year will correct the situation. 

Focusing just on wheat, Anderson reports that approximately 90 percent of the Northern hemisphere is essentially complete with harvest.

However, harvest will soon begin in Australia, Argentina and South Africa. And to each their own set of problems. Australia's crop is suffering from drought related issues, likely to cost farmers there about 30 to 35 percent of their crop compared to the previous year. Argentina's crop is above average there, but in contrast to Australia, the South American country is reeling from too much moisture, with production expectations on the decline.

For more of Anderson's insights and advice for wheat producers storing grains still, you can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- or you can hear his comments right now by clicking or tapping here.

I had the chance to speak with Cathy Calhoun, during the American Pecan Council's board meeting in Ardmore, this week. Calhoun works for Weber Shandwick, the creative company hired by the Council to handle their marketing efforts as they get their endeavors off the ground. Calhoun helped me understand the unique qualities intrinsic to pecans, that makes her and her team excited to be a part of this undertaking spearheaded by the leaders of the American pecan industry.

"We've been lucky enough to get to help - frame (the pecan industry's) message, focused on health, heritage and taste - so, that we can tell the story in a focused way to really get some impact in the marketplace, and frankly," she said, "drive some awareness that we hope is going to drive a lot of demand for American pecans."

With an increasingly more health conscious consumer base, Calhoun suggests that the strategy her agency has collaborated with the Council on, will lean heavily on the nutritional value found in pecans. She points out that pecans are very popular as a pie filling, and while that is definitely something their plan seeks to protect, she says they also want to open consumers' minds up to other pecan options as well - particularly healthy snacking.

"If you look at what's happening with almonds and walnuts, they've really taken that on and seen a lot of people looking at them very differently and our story is just as compelling if not better," Calhoun asserted. "We love pie, but we want to drive other usages, especially in snacking and things that are a little more health oriented."

Calhoun insists she and her team are eager to work and grow with the American Pecan Council, now working to establish a physical office of operation. In the meantime, though, she is encouraging pecan lovers to visit their new website, at
To read more or to listen in on my complete conversation with Calhoun, click or tap here for the full story up on our website.

Word arrived, yesterday, that the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board's Operating Committee had approved a proposed $38 million budget for FY18.

The $38 million dollars will be invested to support programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in the coming - still pending USDA approval.

Fourteen total "Authorization Requests" - or proposals - brought by seven contractors were approved at the committee's meeting that took place this week in Denver.

In addition to the budget, the committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

Stacy McClintock, a cow-calf producer from Kansas whom has served on the committee for three years now, attested that the decisions made this year regarding the budget were much more difficult to make than they have ever have been before.

The seven contractors had originally brought forth a total of $45 million worth of funding requests to the Operating Committee's consideration. Unfortunately, that was about $7 million more than what was available in the CBB budget.

"They are all good programs, and we hate for any of them to get cut, but with the amount of resources we had to work with, we had to make cuts," said Beef Board Chairman Brett Morris, a cattle producer from Oklahoma. "I think the whole committee came through in agreement. Bottom line, we had a great task to accomplish, and we got there. I think the beef industry is in good shape because of it."

Click here to find out the exact break up of how this total budget will be allocated to appropriate the requested funds for each proposal, considered and approved by the CBB's Operating Committee, this week.

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Europe's Court of Justice ruled, Wednesday, EU member state governments cannot ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops in the absence of scientific evidence of risk to human health.

The American Soybean Association welcomed the news, calling the court's ruling a victory for GMOs, which they claim are unfairly made unavailable to farmers there, who are subject to precautionary principles that unfounded in science-based research.

"Unfortunately for the last 20 years, this unscientific approach has given rise to an equally unscientific patchwork of restrictions or prohibitions on EU imports and cultivation of biotech crops by member states, even after those products have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority, not to mention countless other food safety and global health agencies," ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill. in a statement made after the court's ruling. "We are happy to see this ruling and hope it will lead to similar science-based stances on genetic engineering in Europe in the years to come."
For Moore's complete remarks on the EJC's ruling made in favor of GMO crops, click here to read the full release issued by ASA.
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A purchase of 5 million metric tons of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles, or DDGS, was pledged by the members of a trade team hailing from Taiwan, taking part in a goodwill mission visiting the US.

The US Grains Council announced the intended purchase of these commodities, yesterday, as well as an additional pledge to buy soybeans and wheat between 2018 and 2019.

The two groups signed letters of intent in Washington, D.C. at a signing ceremony, after touring the farms of some of USGC's leadership.

The Taiwanese delegation was also honored this week in Washington at a reception with government officials and representatives of the agriculture industry, sponsored jointly by the Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the North American Export Grain Association and the National Grain and Feed Association.

Following the events in D.C., corn members of the Goodwill Mission will travel to Iowa, Indiana and Missouri to sign letters of intent with those states' governors, tour farms and elevators and meet with local producers, agriculture groups and policymakers. 

The Goodwill Mission has been organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs every other year since 1998 and allows Taiwanese participants to gain familiarity with U.S. coarse grains' yield, production and quality. Taiwan is the fifth largest market for U.S. corn and is the third largest buyer of U.S. barley.

To learn more about Taiwan's Goodwill Tour and its commitment to make future purchases of US commodities, click or tap here.
ThisNThatThis N That- YF&R Hosts Junior Livestock Judging, Pollard Farms Performance Sale Happening and MIO Joins Us In the Field
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers hosted more than 1,000 agriculture students during their annual State Fair livestock judging contest Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

FFA and 4-H members in junior and senior categories judged eight categories of livestock with two classes of questions.

"Our YF&R committee loves providing this chance for our state's agriculture students to hone their livestock judging skills," said Travis Schnaithman, OKFB state YF&R Chairman. "Many of our committee members grew up judging livestock, and we know the decision-making and reasoning skills students learn through the contest."

High individual overall was the top Senior FFA Indivl- Jacob Bedell of El Reno FFA. The El Reno FFA and Kingfisher FFA teams in the Senior Division were tied in most total points of the 2017 contest, with El Reno winning the tie breaker to claim first place in the Senior FFA Division.

Click here for more details of the winners- teams and individuals from Thursday.

The 20th Annual Pollard Farms Performance Sale is set for this Saturday, September 16th at High Noon at the ranch in Waukomis, Oklahoma.
Dr. Barry and Roxanne Pollard have a tremendous set of Angus females that will offer you genetics that are among the best in the Angus breed
210 head will sell as 140 registered Angus lots- including Fall Yearling Heifers, Spring Heifer Calves, Fall Pairs, Spring Pairs, Donor Dams and More.
You can find a complete catalog and videos on the Pollard Farms Website by clicking here or call the ranch 1- 580-758-1464


Our guest tomorrow morning for our In the Field segment that will be seen on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City TV market will be Julie Sears of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture- Julie works closely with the Made in Oklahoma program for ODAFF and she and I will be talking about the beautiful Made in Oklahoma Store that is open for business during the 2017 State Fair of Oklahoma- inside the brand new Bennett Building.

In the Field is seen Saturday mornings around 6:40 AM with the interview to be posted on the News9 App and website later in the morning.

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