Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/22/2017 6:35 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 21st.
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
   Friday, September 22, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Cotton2017Featured Story:
Oklahoma Poised to Produce Its Biggest Cotton Crop Since the 1930s- We Talk Cotton With Randy Boman  
Oklahoma has had a million bale cotton crop before- but not since the Dust Bowl era. USDA has predicted in their September Crop Report that Oklahoma will be knocking on the door of a million bale crop this fall with a prediction of 980,000 bales to be produced on about 550,000 acres. Oklahoma State University Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Randy Boman says that you have to go back to 1933 to find a bigger production number for Oklahoma- that year the state produced 1.3 million bales on 2.6 million acres.

I talked with Boman about the status of the 2017 crop on the sidelines of the Carnegie Farmers Gin Fall Harvest Cotton Tour on Thursday- held on the Merlin Schantz farm in southern Blaine County.

Dr. Boman told Hays that cotton acreage in Oklahoma has grown a lot in those traditional southwest Oklahoma counties in the last couple of years after the drought conditions experienced in the 2010- 2013 era- but that we have also seen interest in cotton grow in southeast Oklahoma, the Panhandle and north central Oklahoma. That has brought a lot of farmers into cotton production who are having to learn that cotton is a different animal compared to the grain crops they grow- Boman saying "cotton is not a grain crop- it's a beast of it's own- it is a perennial plant that actually believes it is going to be there next year- and so it behaves differently than a lot of other broad leaf crops."

He urges farmers that have included cotton in their production mix(or are thinking about it) to put January 17, 2018 on their calendar- that will be the "Cotton Day" at the Red River Crops Conference that rotates between Oklahoma and Texas annually- in 2018 that meeting will be in Altus and Dr. Boman says that will be the best cotton production meeting you can attend that will be held in Oklahoma ahead of the 2018 growing season- Dr. Boman says save the date.

You can read more and hear our complete conversation with Dr. Boman by clicking or tapping here.

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In June of this year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rescind the agency's controversial Waters of the United States rule, put in place during the Obama administration in 2015 that has been strongly challenged by the rural community. Pursuant of that directive, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule to rescind the 2015 WOTUS rule and restore it to pre-2015 language.

This is the first step, in a two-step process to change the existing rule. The next step will be to define what constitutes a "water of the US."

Taking advantage of an open comment period for the public to weigh in on this matter, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan this week urged the EPA and the Corps to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. Buchanan made his statements on behalf of the entire organization, backed by the 470 OKFB members that submitted their own comments and signed petitions in support of the rule's repeal.

"Oklahoma doesn't need additional murky regulations from the EPA and the Corps, creating misunderstanding and uncertainty," Buchanan said in OKFB comments. "Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers are the best stewards of their land and water; their livelihoods depend on it."

The EPA's final decision on the fate of the WOTUS rule will be heavily influenced by the comments gathered during this period. The comment period will remain open through Wednesday, Sept. 27 at midnight. To submit your own comment, or to read the full remarks submitted by Buchanan, click or tap here.

After 13 years, US beef is finally being allowed, officially, back into China's marketplace, thanks to the Trump administration's efforts in negotiating the deal, earlier this year. Although, it has been several months now since that deal went through, US Meat Export Federation Senior Vice President for the Asia-Pacific Joel Haggard told me that we are still in the very early stages of developing that market.

"We're just at the stage now where some sea shipments are starting to arrive and clear," Haggard said. "The volumes are still small but we see some positive momentum. The quality of the product has been very good."

He reports that some early air-chilled shipments of prime beef were warmly received, although it was priced fairly high. But, Haggard says the quality was excellent, and insists US exporters achieved making the all-important first impression. He says that plays into the objective currently at hand, which is to begin building awareness of US beef in the key areas of China. The USMEF is kicking that task off with a bang, this next week.

"We wanted to stage an event for all our exporters to meet the qualified Chinese importers. So, we put together our own trade show and we're calling these the US Beef Roadshows," Haggard explained, outlining the show schedule which begins September 25th and runs through the 29th with stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. "These roadshows are designed to show off the product and hopefully bring greater awareness to the importers."

Listen to Joel Haggard and I talk about the USMEF's upcoming beef roadshows, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

SUNUPUS Not as Competitive in the World Wheat Market as It Once Was, Reports OSU's Dr. Kim Anderson

According to OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson, world wheat production has increased nearly 5 billion bushels over the last decade, with current production at a record 27.3 billion bushels this year. The majority of this global increase in production comes from the former Soviet Union countries - Russia and Ukraine, which is up 46 percent. China, India and the European Union have all seen significant increases of their own as well, thanks to these countries' adoption of new technology and improved management practices. Only Argentina and the United States have declined in wheat production, Anderson says.

The issue, though, lies not just with production - but yield. On average, Anderson says the world yield average was 42 bushels per acre 10 years ago. Today, it has increased 20 percent to 50 bpa. The US has gone from 42 bpa to 47, an increase of 12 percent. Oklahoma's average yield, however, has dropped nearly 14 percent during this time, from 33 to 28 bpa.

If you look at harvested acres, though, the world has increased by three percent, while the US and Oklahoma have lowered harvest acres by six and 18 percent, respectively. Anderson says the increase in yield is what is boosting production.

At least in the short term, though, Anderson says there is some good news. With both Argentina and Australia reeling from unfavorable weather conditions and their harvest season quickly approaching, Anderson anticipates the price of wheat will soon begin to improve.

You can watch his visit with host Dave Deeken tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- or you can hear Kim's comments right now and find out what else is on the line-up for this week's episode, by clicking or tapping here.

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I had the honor of judging the "Cow to Cone" ice cream contest, sponsored by the folks at DairyMax, at the Oklahoma State Fair this past week. I took the opportunity to speak with one of my fellow judges - a dairy producer from Pauls Valley named Debbie Arthur.

Arthur and her family rise each and every morning, including holidays and birthdays, to tend to their herd of 100 cows, milking them three times a day.

It's just something everyday that we have to get up and do," she said. "We're passionate about it and I enjoy it."

What she enjoys even more, though... taste-testing and judging ice cream contests.

"It gets milk out in front of the public," Arthur said, explaining why DairyMax got involved to help promote the contest. "Not just milk, but milk products - everybody enjoys ice cream and it's important that we make sure everybody is consuming their dairy products."

Arthur says one of her passions is teaching folks about the dairy industry. She often volunteers her time, and cows, to educating elementary school students about where their milk and other dairy foods come from.

"We go over all the foods that maybe over the course of that day they'll consume, that are related to the dairy foods group," she said.

She believes her work is important to ensuring children grow up being ag-literate and understanding the importance of a dairy inclusive diet.

Listent to Debbie Arthur and I speak about her passion for Oklahoma's Dairy Industry, by clicking over to our website.
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Alta Seeds announced, yesterday, its new lineup of Aphix™ grain sorghum hybrids featuring superior performance and the highest level of sugarcane aphid tolerance.

In addition to leading pest tolerance, these Alta Seeds hybrids offer other high performance attributes such as top end yield potential, strong drought tolerance and adaptability across a wide range of conditions.

"The new Aphix lineup exemplifies our dedication to developing solutions with cutting-edge traits and genetics for sorghum growers," said Dr. Ben Beyer, Advanta Seeds USA Sorghum Breeding Lead. "Every season we select new hybrids with strong tolerance to aphid pressure compared to existing commercial and competitor's products. Alta Seeds will continue to expand the lineup to help growers prevent damage in their fields from this and other damaging pests."

Sugarcane aphid infestations can cause up to 100 percent crop loss if left uncontrolled. Selecting a tolerant hybrid is the first step of an insect pest management plan to prevent crop losses from this relatively new, but damaging, sorghum pest.

For more information on Alta's new lineup of grain sorghum hybrids, or for more advice from the Sorghum Checkoff on preventing sugarcane aphid related crop loss, check out Alta's complete release, by tapping here.
TNTThis N That - FAPC's Tailgating Tips, Chapman Angus Sale, and Welcome to Fall Y'All 

Football season is here, and many fans are holding tailgate parties to cheer on their favorite teams. To ensure football fans fully enjoy their favorite tailgate treats all season long, the FAPC Center at OSU offered a few of its food safety tips to keep in mind.

"Roughly one out of six people get sick from foodborne illness," said Ravi Jadeja, FAPC food safety specialist. "Following simple, safe food-handling procedures can keep many people from getting sick. With tailgating season upon us, it is important to remember proper food-handling and cooking techniques so your tailgate does not sideline your guests."

Click here for FAPC's complete list of tailgating tips, or text FAPC to 80802 to download the free FAPC Connect app for more information on food safety.


Don't forget - Chapman Angus Ranch is hosting its 1st Fall Production Sale this Saturday, September 23rd(TOMORROW) at 12 Noon in Elmore City, Oklahoma.

They will be offering 125 Registered Angus Lots including Fall and Spring Pairs, Bred and Open Heifers and 25 Registered Angus Bulls.
A sale day catalog can be found on the MCS website. For directions and details, click onto our calendar page, here.

Jed Castles with News9 has a "welcome to Fall" Nine Day Forecast for our consideration- it includes a chance for much needed rain early this coming week and temps that look a little more like early fall for the state-

Jed's forecast stands for central and western Oklahoma- our Griffin colleague Alan Crone has got things covered in northeastern Oklahoma from his vantage point at News on 6 in Tulsa- and he writes "Our main feature of interest will continue to be the pattern change next week that will bring fall-like weather back to the state along with some good rain chances for northeastern Oklahoma." 

You can read his Friday morning weather blog by clicking here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyOklahoma 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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