Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/30/2018 6:11 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.

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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 
113 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
October 31st sale of finished cattle -  click here to jump to the website.

OKC West sold slaughter cows sold 2.00-5.00 lower and slaughter bulls unevenly steady 
compared to a week ago - click here for the full report from USDA.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards- midsession estimate is 11,800 for Monday- Feeder steers uneven with those over 800 lbs steady to 4.00 higher; under 800 lbs 2.00-3.00 lower. Feeder heifers 2.00-3.00 higher. USDA says best demand was for yearlings over 800 pounds- the complete report can be read by clicking or tapping here.

At the Joplin Regional Stockyards- 5,527 on hand Monday- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves steady to 5.00 lower, with the decline on the un-weaned calves, yearlings steady to 3.00 higher. Click or tap here for the complete 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 29th.
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 30, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Oklahoma voters will face a variety of decisions next week as they head to the polls on Nov. 6, to collectively decide who will be the state's next governor, state officials, state senators and state representatives, as well as the outcome of five state questions. To help you make these tough decisions, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has provided a variety of resources to aid you at the ballot box.

Included in these resources is useful general information about the election that will help you confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, and view your sample ballot using the Oklahoma State Election Board's online voter tool. OKFB has even made it easy to request an absentee ballot - as long as you do it before Oct. 31st. The OKFB Voter's Guide also has information about this year's State questions that will be included on the ballot and how they will impact rural Oklahoma and agriculture. Plus, you can also review a comprehensive list of those candidates in each race that OKFB's political action committee, OKAgFund, has endorsed this year. Review all this information and download and print your own guide to help keep things straight at the polls, by clicking here.

Keep in mind, early voting will be held at county election board offices on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Secretary Sonny Perdue Talks Trade, Farm Bill, MFP Tariff Payments and More at FFA Convention

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited FFA members during the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this past week, to highlight the national ag-centric youth organization and its impact in communities across the country. He spoke briefly with Farm Broadcaster Tom Brand of Brownfield Ag News, about some of the more pressing issues that his team at the United States Department of Agriculture is working on currently to help farmers through the challenging economic times they are facing. Overall, the Secretary says, "things are going well" at USDA.

Among the many issues covered in Brand's conversation with the Secretary, Perdue addressed several topical issues like the progress being made on getting the next Farm Bill passed, the expected time frame for the next round of payments to farmers hurt by tariffs through the Market Facilitation Program and the ongoing trade dispute with China - which he believes will ultimately be resolved once China realizes the inroads the US is making with other nations and that President Trump and his administration is serious about playing fairly on the world marketplace.

Regarding the Farm Bill, Perdue says the House and Senate are still working to resolve their differences in opinions when it comes to nutrition work requirements. He insists that the Administration wants to empower able-bodied citizens to break their dependence on government subsidy and help them prepare themselves for proper employment. Perdue stated, "In this environment, we have more jobs available and people to fill them," he said. "We want to help these people to get back into the workplace and to get back going for their families. There's dignity there and their families are going to be better off." Perdue says he is optimistic that the Farm Bill will be completed before the end of the year.

Listen to the complete conversation between Brand and Perdue, by clicking or tapping here. Special thanks to our sponsors of this year's National FFA Convention coverage at ITC - Your Energy Super Highway and the Oklahoma FFA and Oklahoma FFA Alumni Associations.

Consumers Sending Market Clear Message: They Want High-Quality Beef and are Willing to Pay for It

Randy Blach is the chief executive officer at the cattle industry's analytics arm, CattleFax. He spoke to Angus producers in the Certified Angus Beef family at their recent conference in Hawaii about how beef demand has turned around in this country and where he believes the US cattle industry is headed when it comes to producing high-quality US beef that consumers are requesting.

"Today, 20 percent of all the beef that will be fed and harvested in the US this year will be Certified Angus Beef or higher," he said, citing evidence of consumers' preference for high-end beef in the market spreads. "All you have to do is look at the spreads. The spreads have held together very well. The Choice/Select spread is at $10 again this year. That's where it averaged over the last 15 years. So, even though the grade has improved 25 percent - again going from 55 percent Choice and Prime to 80 percent Choice and Prime - the spreads tell us that's what the market wanted... People are willing to pay more for that type of eating experience."

While Blach admits there has been some erosion seen into the Prime spread over the past year where supplies have increased, he says to him, he see it as an opportunity for end-users to experience the eating quality of Prime beef. Regardless, the story that is being told at the meat case is one of growing success in the beef industry. According to Blach, beef accounts for $60 billion of increased spending by the consumer. Pork and poultry combined, he says, only totals $53 billion in increased spending.

"What we're seeing is from our lows back in 2013 and 2014, we're eating about four more pounds of beef per person in the US, but we're also willing to pay more for that," he said. "So, what we've seen is a $60 billion increase in beef spending from the lows in 1998 - that's a seven percent increase in overall spending market share against all the proteins." 

Listen to Randy Blach of CattleFax discuss the market's growing demand for high-quality beef, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule yesterday, exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms. The National Pork Producers immediately released a statement praising the move by the EPA. The rule is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure.

NPPC President Jim Heimerl remarked in his statement about the common sense this measure brings to the industry and that it was approved in a bipartisan fashion because "it was unnecessary and impractical for farmers to waste their time and resources alerting government agencies that there are livestock on farms."

The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM, Act fixed a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 EPA rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites. The appeals court ruling would have forced tens of thousands of livestock farmers to "guesstimate" and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center and subjected them to citizen lawsuits from activist groups.

The pork industry is working together currently on achieving a goal recently announced that it will strive to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2025. Click here to jump to the original story to learn more about this project and the new rule announced by the EPA.

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In his article included in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel checked in on the progress of Oklahoma's wheat pasture situation in the wake of extended wet weather and the impact it will have on the state's beef industry. According to him, there is a lot of wheat currently- some ready to graze. With all the moisture we have received, too, he says there should be an abundant amount of wheat pasture very soon. However, it is still very wet with standing water in fields in some areas which has caused some plots to turn a bit yellow due to a lack of sun. But, with a few days of sunshine, Peel is confident fields will dry and "the wheat pasture will be off to the races." The recent favorable weather has jump started feeder markets also, at least for stocker calves, he says.

"Oklahoma auction prices for four-weight steers were higher by $9-11/cwt. last week. Prices for steers 550 pounds and up were mostly steady with the previous week," Peel wrote. "Auction volume jumped sharply last week, up 27 percent from the same week last year. This follows the two middle weeks of October when Oklahoma auction volume was down 34 percent from the same two weeks one year ago. Total combined Oklahoma auction volume last week was up 83 percent over the prior week."

With ample wheat pasture virtually assured at this point, Peel speculates that producers may stock wheat pastures a bit heavier than usual leading to additional stocker demand in the coming weeks.   

Click here to read Peel's complete article in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter for more of his insights into the Oklahoma's cattle market.

Six Latest Crop Report Shows Wet Weather Patterns in Corn Belt Presenting Challenges for Harvesters

As of this week, the United States Department of Agriculture will no longer include crop condition ratings in its weekly Crop Progress Reports for the remainder of the year for corn and soybeans. In USDA's latest report, released on Monday, October 29, 2018 the US corn harvest seems to be keeping up with its historic pace while bean harvest has fallen back a bit behind schedule. Wet weather has subsided some across the Corn Belt but is expected to fall back into a wet pattern over the long-term giving farmers only limited opportunities to harvest their grain.

To review the complete USDA Crop Progress report for Monday, October 29, 2018 - click here.

Meanwhile, winter wheat planted in Oklahoma reached 78 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 10 points from normal. Winter wheat emerged reached 68 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 5 points from normal. Sorghum harvested reached 60 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 6 points from normal. Cotton bolls opening reached 95 percent, down 2 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Cotton harvested reached 23 percent, down 8 points from the previous year and down 4 points from normal.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma.

In Kansas, winter wheat's condition rated 3 percent very poor, 15 poor, 40 fair, 36 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 76 percent, behind 82 last year and 89 for the five-year average. Emerged was 62 percent, ahead of 55 last year, but behind 70 average. Corn harvested was 76 percent, equal to last year, and behind 84 average. Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 32 fair, 43 good, and 10 excellent.  Harvested was 42 percent, well behind 71 last year and 70 average.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Kansas.

And in Texas, winter wheat was emerging in the Northern High Plains though excessive rains caused some producers to consider reseeding fields in areas where erosion and drowning had caused poor stand potential. Winter wheat seedings remained at a standstill due to wet conditions in the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, East Texas, the Edwards Plateau and South Texas. Drier conditions in the Lower Valley enabled wheat seeding to progress. Some producers began harvesting cotton in the Northern Plains, while others in the Northern Low Plains and the Southern High Plains were spraying defoliant. 

 Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Texas.

Seven From the Calendar: School Land Auctions, Superior Sale, Unwanted Pesticides Drop-Off, OCA Fall Board Meeting

Coming up over the next couple weeks, lots of things going on in rural Oklahoma. Take a look below for some of the upcoming events we're highlighting and be sure to click over to the Calendar Page on our website for more events like these that you might be interested in attending.

First up, the last of the Oklahoma School Land Auctions will be held today for properties in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, and Canadian Counties. The auction site will be located at the Gordon Cooper Tech Center at 1 John C. Bruton Blvd. in Shawnee, OK. Click here for more details.


ODAFF is hosting another Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Event today between 8:00 and 1:00 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. Stop by to drop-off your unwanted pesticides and chemicals and click here for more information.


Superior Livestock Auction will be hosting its next video sale, Thursday, November 1st. Things kick-off on DISH Network Ch. 232, DIRECT TV Ch. 603 or on at 7:30 a.m. CDT and features over 22,000 head of cattle up for sale. Click here for more information on how to participate.


On Friday, November 2nd, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will host its Fall Board Meeting at the Beach House in Bristow, Okla. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow lunch. RSVP and find more information by clicking here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Pork Council, the 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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