Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/28/2017 6:21 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 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. The Department of Ag is NOT reporting Cash Grain Bids this week- the will be back the afternoon of January 2nd.
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
   Thursday, December 28, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
EPAReportFeatured Story:
From the Web- EPA: "Roundup Not Carcinogenic" - Main Stream Media Silent
According to the website- "WattsUpWithThat"- On December 18, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a paper titled "Revised Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential" as part of a larger release of its latest findings on glyphosate, the main active ingredient in the world's most used weed killer, Monsanto's Roundup.
The revised issue paper was part of a larger timed release of a number of EPA statements on the 18th December.

The finding?

"For cancer descriptors, the available data and weight-of-evidence clearly do not support the descriptors "carcinogenic to humans", "likely to be carcinogenic to humans", or "inadequate information to assess carcinogenic potential". For the "suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential" descriptor, considerations could be looked at in isolation; however, following a thorough integrative weight-of-evidence evaluation of the available data, the database would not support this cancer descriptor. The strongest support is for "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans".

The reaction of the American press was astonishing - almost complete silence. The major "Newspaper of Record" for the United States, The NY Times, did not mention the report at all - not a single line, anywhere in the paper. Of major US papers, based on a search for mention of the report in each of the following, these papers and news outlets did not mention the new finding: NY Times, Washington Post, Portland Tribune, Seattle Times, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, UPI and CNN.

Click here to jump to this website for more of what he found on the his story- and click here for the full report as released by the EPA.

Click or tap here for the EPA release that summarizes the full report and says simply- ROUNDUP does not cause cancer.

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PeelOSU Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel Expects Slightly Bigger Beef Cow Number as of January First 
The annual U.S. cattle inventory numbers in the January report are eagerly anticipated, not only to confirm what happened to the nation's beef cow herd in 2017 but for indications of what lies ahead in 2018.

Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist, said America's beef cow herd began its recent expansion in 2014, growing 0.75 percent followed by more significant growth in 2015 of 2.95 percent and in 2016 at 3.46 percent. Peel is once again featured on the Beef Buzz- as he talks with me about what the next Beef Cow number may look like.

"From the January 2014 low of 29.1 million head, the herd has expanded by 2.1 million head to the January 2017 level of 31.2 million head," he said. "There are numerous indicators beef cow herd expansion continued in 2017 but we won't know for sure until the cattle inventory report issued by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in late January."

Peel believes there is little doubt herd expansion continued in 2017, albeit at a slower pace than 2016. The jump in heifer and beef cow slaughter both reflect a return to more typical relative slaughter rates.

"I'm currently estimating the 2018 beef cow herd will be up 1.5 to 2 percent over January 2017," he said. "Expansion rates above or below this level are possible, though expansion above 2.5 percent is difficult to reconcile with current numbers."

Click or tap here to read more about what Peel considers important in figuring out what the Beef Cow Number may end up being- and to listen to his comments on our latest Beef Buzz!

Superior Livestock to be on DIRECTV in 2018 With Announcement of RFD's Cowboy Channel Added to Lineup  
The Cowboy Channel, the first 24-hour television network totally dedicated to western sports and the western lifestyle, announced the launch on DIRECTV channel 603- as of yesterday. With this announcement, The Cowboy Channel is now distributed by all major MSOs including DISH channel 232.

Superior's regular video auctions and many of their special seedstock sales have been on the Channel 232 of DISH for the last several years- but for those of us who are DIRECTV subscribers- we have been left to watching Superior on the ClickToBid webpage- now with the Bellringer Sale- DIRECTV subscribers can join in the fun.

Click or tap here to read more about the Cowboy Channel and how it has continued to grow and develop.
OFBYFROFB Young Farmers & Ranchers High Achievers Head to Music City Next Week to Represent Oklahoma at AFBF Convention

Three members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program will represent Oklahoma in national YF&R contests at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The winner of this year's Oklahoma YF&R Achievement Award, Chad Selman of Tulsa County will compete to win the AFBF YF&R Achievement Award. The award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farm or ranch and have honed their leadership abilities to superiority. Participants are involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. 

Brent Howard of Jackson County Farm Bureau will compete in the AFBF YF&R Discussion Meet, after winning the state competition at the annual meeting in November. The discussion meet event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems. 

Stephens County Farm Bureau's Dell Farris will represent Oklahoma in the AFBF YF&R Excellence in Agriculture award competition. He was named the 2017 OKFB YF&R Excellence in Agriculture winner at the OKFB Annual Meeting in November. The award spotlights young Farm Bureau members who are agricultural enthusiasts but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture enterprise in the past three years.

Click or tap here to read about all three of these state winners- ready to represent Oklahoma next weekend in Music City.

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SelkGlenn Selk Says No Surprise Here- Body Condition Scores Matter in Your Beef Cow Herd
Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Derrell Peel and Dr. Selk. Today, Dr. Selk looks at the importance of body condition scores in your beef cow herd- especially when calving time nears.

"For at least three decades, beef cattle scientists have studied body condition of cows and its impact on productivity. Cows in better body condition at calving time and breeding nearly always seem to out-perform counter parts that are in thinner body condition. However, some things do change. Some examples include cattle type changes, selection methods change, drought impacts on feed availability and prices. We therefore question whether the research would give the same answers in more modern times."

Well- the short answer this morning is YEP!  Click or tap here to review Glenn's latest review of the current research looking at the value of a higher Body Condition Score for a beef cow nearing the end of her pregnancy. 

As Dr. Selk says- "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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CalendarCheck the Calendar- January Starting to Look Busy for Farmers and Ranchers
We continue to add things going on in the early days of 2018- everything from the American Farm Bureau Convention and IDEA Trade Show to day long events for Canola, Cotton and Beef Producers.

Click or tap here to jump to the January listings of our calendar- found on our website- OklahomaFarmReport.Com.

AND- if you are responsible for an event- don't be shy- PLEASE let us know about your event- give us details- provide a news release with info and we will be glad to add it to the lineup.  Email me by clicking here- and we will get the process started.

ArcticAirArctic Air Coming- and the End of 2017 and the Early Days of 2018 Look Nasty Cold
The actual air temps and the wind chills have been awful to our north- The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing (both in Minnesota) set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning. International Falls - the self-proclaimed "Nation's Icebox" - plunged to 37 degrees below zero, breaking the old record of 32 below set in 1924. Hibbing bottomed out at 28 below, breaking the old record of 27 below set in 1964.

We have not fully tasted the arctic temps yet- but our weather gurus all agree they are coming by Saturday- and will mean the end of 2017 and the early days of 2018 will remain below freezing for several days.

Here is the nine day outlook from our friend Jed Castles who posted this graphic on Twitter this morning:

The folks at K-State have some tips for livestock producers as we deal with these cold conditions- click or tap here to check their info out- obviously just being cold is not nearly as bad as cold and damp.

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