Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/31/2017 6:14 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 1,515 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, November 1st sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
OKC West sold slaughter cows 2.00 to 3.00 Lower and bulls only lightly tested on Monday
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A GREAT start to the week at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Feeders and Stockers- Feeder steers trading 2.00-9.00 higher on an early test. Feeder heifers 3.00-8.00 higher on a light test. Steer calves mostly 7.00-12.00 higher. Heifer calves under 500 lbs trading 6.00-9.00 higher, over 500 lbs steady to 3.00 higher.- Click here for details.
Joplin also saw higher prices- steer and heifer calves and yearlings 1.00 to 5.00 higher- click or tap here for their market report.  
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 Monday, October 30th.
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,  October 31, 2017
Trick or Treat!!! 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Jump to Our Market Links and we have HIGHER Feeder and Stocker Prices reported from Oklahoma City and Joplin- plus the Cow Trade at OKC West, Cash Grain and More 

Featured Story:

Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association joined me over the weekend on my 'In the Field' segment on KWTV-News9, to talk about exactly how the proposed Oklahoma State Beef Checkoff referendum came about, and how the voting process deciding its outcome actually works.

In case you missed the segment featuring mine and Kelsey's discussion on Saturday, you can click here to watch it.

"Title II of state law is very clear on how this process for a commodity to work through to achieve a state checkoff is conducted," Kelsey began. "In that process, a petition is required for signatures of ten percent of the producers of the particular commodity and an organization has to carry that petition process forward."

The OCA did just that earlier this year, and on June 14th, was granted authorization from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to carry out a referendum in which eligible producers in the state could vote on whether or not to approve the establishment of a state beef checkoff program.

As the responsible party for conducting the referendum, OCA must shoulder the costs associated with it. Obviously, the printing and distribution of ballots, fees, etc. But, this also includes the acquisition of a third-party auditor to collect and count the ballots, which will eventually be turned over to ODAFF.

Cattle producers in Oklahoma, regardless of age, will have the opportunity to vote in the referendum at any county extension office in the state during their regular business hours TOMORROW- Wednesday, November 1st, if they have not already submitted a mail-in absentee ballot.

For further reading and to hear all of Kelsey's off-camera comments on the matter, jump over to a previous story by clicking here.

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CropWxCorn and Soybean Harvest Moving Along Very Quickly According to Latest Crop Progress Report

In the latest crop progress report released Monday, October 30, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rated the US corn crop condition unchanged from a week ago, at 66 percent good to excellent, 23 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. Corn is 54 percent harvested across the nation, up from 38 percent a week ago and still well behind the average of 72 percent. The US soybean crop has reach 83 percent harvested, up from 70 percent last week and just behind the average of 84. Pasture and rangeland for the US rates have declined some this week, rated now at 9 percent very poor, 16 poor, 35 fair, 35 good and 5 excellent. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.

According to the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma winter wheat planted reached 83 percent, down 8 points from normal. Winter wheat emerged reached 70 percent, down 5 points from normal. Canola planted reached 95 percent, down 3 points from normal. Canola emerged reached 77 percent, down 8 points from normal. Corn harvested reached 84 percent, down 7 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 95 percent, down 2 points from normal. Sorghum harvested reached 59 percent, down 12 points from normal. Cotton harvested reached 32 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 82 percent fair to good. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 8 poor, 33 fair, 48 good, and 7 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 84 percent, behind 91 last year and 93 for the five-year average. Emerged was 57 percent, behind 73 last year and 75 average. Corn harvested was 78 percent, behind 92 last year and 89 average. Sorghum mature was 95 percent, near 98 last year, and equal to average. Harvested was 44 percent, well behind 69 last year, and behind 60 average. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, winter wheat planted is rated this week at 79 percent complete, compared to 74 last year and 77 the average. Winter wheat emerged has reached 65 percent, behind last year by 4 and the average by 3. Currently, corn harvested is up 5 points this week from last at 88 percent complete, on par with the average. Cotton harvested is at 37 percent, ahead of the average by 2. Cotton's condition is rated 46 good to excellent, 36 fair, 18 poor to very poor. Sorghum in the state has reached 97 percent mature, ahead of last year and the average by 3. Meanwhile, 82 percent of the state's sorghum crop has been harvested, ahead of the average by 4. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.
BUZZTrump's Trade Rhetoric Keeping Ag Industry on Edge, Fearing Loss of Its Strong  Position in the Export Markets

The latest numbers compiled by the US Meat Export Federation shows the continued success in the export markets for both US beef and pork. According to the October report, beef exports this year from January to August are up by ten percent in volume at 823,000 mt. and 16 percent in value at $4.65 billion compared to the first eight months of 2016. Thad Lively, senior vice president for the USMEF, says with these numbers in mind, the attitudes of USMEF members going into their annual strategy meeting in Tucson, Arizona this week should be very positive. But, he also knows there will be an air of uncertainty about the future there as well.

"No question about it, there's going to be a lot of talk that relates directly back to the Trump Administration's trade agenda," Lively said. "We've heard a lot of talk from the President on the possibility of pulling out of NAFTA. I'm sure members are going to want to know where we're headed on trade."

Understandably, Lively says the White House's rhetoric has made people nervous, wondering if an exit from one of the most lucrative trade deals for American agriculture could truly come to pass. This has in turned spurred those in the trade industry to start thinking about what options are available if the Administration seriously considers taking such action. So, while trade conditions are currently performing exceptionally well, Lively says the overall momentum of US trade is on a slow trend of diminishment as long as uncertainty remains regarding the future of NAFTA and other agreements like KORUS and promised bilateral deals in lieu of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"We see our position in the Japanese market in particular falling behind as a result of the negotiations that Japan has had with our leading competitors, Australia and the EU," he said. "I think there are a lot of questions about the future and where we're going to go especially in this whole area of market access. I'm sure that will be at the top of a lot of people's minds."

Listen to Lively and I discuss the export market's exceptional performance this year and concerns over how to maintain that momentum, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

I caught up with Owasso FFA Advisor Jonathon Holloway during the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this past week. Holloway was named the National Association of Agricultural Educators' Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Holloway says receiving the award is very humbling but insists there are many ag-ed teachers throughout the state and nation that will never received the recognition they truly deserve for a job well done in their own local programs.

For twelve years, Holloway has instructed student in agricultural education. He got his start in Calera, Oklahoma working under longtime veteran Gerald Parks, as a student teacher and then alongside him for two years after graduating college. From there, he moved to Owasso where he says he's had the opportunity to learn from his long-serving teaching partner there, Mr. Scott Nemecek.

"I feel very humbled by that honor," Holloway said. "People say time flies when you're having fun and I guess that's what's happened. I've been very blessed to have two great teaching partner which I would credit all of my success to."

Frist as a student and now as a teacher, Holloway has seen the FFA change with the times to meet trends within the industry and society. But, while the organization is constantly evolving, he says it has never lost its moral compass.

"We make sure we don't get too far from our roots, making sure we don't lose touch with our foundation in agriculture," Holloway said. "Without the 1.2 percent of our population that's directly involved with production agriculture - we wouldn't be able to eat. We have to recognize our role in that."
Special thanks to ITC, the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association for their sponsorship of this year's National FFA Convention coverage.
Click over to the Blue/Green Gazette on our website, to read more about Holloway and listen to our complete conversation.

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Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website. For more information- call 405-235-4391.

This is no time to be looking a gift horse in the mouth, says Dr. Derrell Peel about the performance of feeder cattle markets, currently.

Peel's article in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter examines the current situation of the cattle market, which Peel believes can be very lucrative for producers from all segments of the beef industry, that take advantage while the getting is good.

"Calf prices have dropped very little this fall from summer levels...much less than the normal seasonal decline. Oklahoma calf prices this October are about 27 percent higher than this time last year," writes Peel. "Cow-calf producers are selling weaned calves for $150 to $200 per head more than last year."

In addition, heavy feeder cattle prices have not declined seasonally this fall as normal, but rather have increased.

According to Peel, an increase in heavy feeder price relative to stocker price is a signal to stocker producers to put more weight on cattle in the country.

Right now, Peel says the markets are suggesting a rare margin opportunity for winter grazing.

"Stocker producers, and cow-calf producers with potential to retain weaned calves as stockers, should pencil out the opportunities depending on beginning weight and expected timing and weight of later sales," he advises, crediting strong demand for making this opportunity possible in the first place. "Demand is strong in both domestic and international markets, with year to date exports up over 14 percent. Strong demand is the key to allowing all sectors of the industry to have decent margins simultaneously and will be the key as beef production continues to grow in 2018."
Click here to read Peel's full analysis of the current market situation allowing all segments of the beef industry to turn a profit right now.
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WorkshopRegister Now for the 2017 OSU Crop Insurance Workshop Featuring Info from Ag Lenders, Educators and Agents

Trent Milacek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area agricultural economist, released information regarding the 2017 Crop Insurance Workshop being hosted by OSU on Nov. 3 in Enid, describing it as a one-stop shop for agricultural producers seeking crop insurance information.
"Our primary areas of focus this year are farm policy, price outlooks, tax law impacts and crop insurance products," he said. "However, a key benefit of the workshop is the opportunity to interact with official speakers and fellow participants. Those conversations can be as valuable as the official sessions."
A four-state collaboration by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Colorado State University, Kansas State University and OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the workshop will take place at Enid's Autry Technology Center, located at 1201 W. Willow Rd.

The cost is $120 to register. The workshop's on-site registration will kick off at 8 a.m. with donuts and coffee. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature presentations by several speakers including ag lenders, educators, crop insurance agents and marketing consultants.
For a complete line up of speakers slated to present at the workshop, or more information on how to get registered, click or tap here.

SchoolLandOklahoma School Land Lease Auction Series Wraps Up Today with Final Shawnee Area Locations Up for Grabs

The Commissioners of the Oklahoma Land Office will be hosting their final school land lease auction for the year, in Shawnee today.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center and feature tracks of land throughout Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Cleveland and Garvin counties.

An agricultural lease is usually for a five-year lease term. The lease can be used for crop production, grazing, hunting, recreation or a combination of these uses.

Minimum bids are listed for each tract. Detailed lists are available from the CLO at (405) 521-4000 or 1-888-355-2637. The information is also available on line by clicking here.


For a look at this year's brochure, click here.


While you're at it, get a head start on next month and check out the calendar page on our website to see what's happening this November on the ag scene.

HalloweenWhat's the Best Halloween Costume for Someone in Farming or Ranching???

I have seen several costumes that are pretty fun on Social Media- including this one of the farmer John Deeres.

But- the one described on Twitter I saw yesterday is both funny but only if you did not have crops harmed by the ag chemical most in the spotlight this year- Dicamba.

The tweet says :

I think I'm just going to be dicamba for Halloween. I'll wear a long label, scare farmers, and drift from party to party!

Be safe on this October 31st.
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