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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update.
- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 55% Complete
- Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Hot, Dry Weather Hurting Corn, Soybean Crops But Pushing Wheat Harvest Forward
OSU's Derrell Peel Believes Feedlots Are Only a Few Weeks Away From Being Current on Fed Cattle Supplies
- NASDA Submits Comments To USDA On Preparing Our Food System For The Future
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Issues USDA Proclamation Recognizing National Pollinator Week
- AFR Pushes for Later Dicamba Application Deadline
- Dr. Derrell Peel Says Beef Imports Lower in 2021
- New Southern Plains Podcast with Victor Murphy of the Nation Weather Service
- Witness List Released for Wednesday Senate Ag Committee Hearing on Cattle Markets
- Check Out the Monday Auction Market Details for Oklahoma National OKC West and Joplin in the lower Part of the Email
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 55% Complete
Oklahoma Wheat harvest continues to
move along in all regions of the state. While producers are wrapping up
in most parts of Southern and Central Oklahoma, great strides have also
been made in Northern Oklahoma this past week until rains came thru
early Monday morning. Light showers also moved across the
state in most regions, with cooler temperatures and light precipitation
even in parts of Southern Oklahoma. (Lows for today were ranging from 56
degrees to 62 degrees in the Oklahoma wheat belt, certainly unusual and
could even break records for this time of year.)
Overall crop quality continues to be
favorable with test weight and yield reports. Statewide test weight
averages are extremely favorable with most reporting 60 lbs./bu. and
above. A few lighter test weights have been reported in the Blackwell,
Braman region on the I-35 corridor, and on some of the dry-land wheat in
In the Panhandle the lighter test
weights have been due to crop stress with drought depending on location.
Lighter test weights in these regions reported as low as 56 lbs./bu.
although those instances are far and few between. Yields in
most all regions have been favorable ranging from the mid 30’s to mid
60’s depending on variety, location and management plans. Some producers
with intensive management programs are reporting yields in the mid 70’s
to mid 80’s in parts of Northern Oklahoma.
According to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- we have reached 55% of the crop harvested.
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Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Hot, Dry Weather Hurting Corn, Soybean Crops But Pushing Wheat Harvest Forward
The extreme heat and drier weather
took a toll on the nation's corn and soybean crops during the past week
as both dropped several points in overall condition according to the
latest USDA Crop Progress Report.
On the reverse side, the hot weather was good for winter wheat harvest and heat loving cotton and sorghum crops.
For the state of Oklahoma, winter
wheat harvested reached 50 percent, down 29 points from the previous
year and down 16 points from normal.
The Kansas Crop is now 13%
harvested- that's the first number that NASS has assigned the Kansas
harvest this year- and the Texas crop is now 58% harvested- both of our
neighboring states are well behind their normal harvest pace as well.
Where things get really concerning
is in the midwest with the 2021 corn crop. The national corn crop good
to excellent reading was 65 percent this week- down three points from
last week- but when you go state by state- that's where the worry
Compared to two weeks ago- here are a few of the key states- including the "I" states:
Illinois 64% (down 10 points)
Indiana 70% (down 3 points)
Ohio 76% (steady with 2 weeks ago)
Iowa 56% (down 21 points)
Kansas 71% (down 5 points)
Nebraska 83% (down 1 point) Lots of irrigated corn in both Ks and Neb
North Dakota 39% (down 3 points)
South Dakota 34% (down 12 points)
Traditionally- July is the critical
month for the US corn crop- but June is not being very helpful in
setting the crop up for success here in 2021.
OSU's Derrell Peel Believes Feedlots Are Only a Few Weeks Away From Being Current on Fed Cattle Supplies
It could be just a matter of a few weeks before we finally see feedlots current with fed cattle supplies, said Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock market economist.
Peel and I talked at the end of this past week, and he said we are getting close to being current on feedlot supplies.
The marketings in the last two Cattle on Feed reports have been very impressive, he said.
within a few weeks of getting things where packing capacity is not
binding in the short run and let markets get back to behaving the way we
expect, Peel said.
For our farmers who have either- always have had cotton on their
farms- or those who have more recently have added the fiber crop to
their operations- we have a new daily report starting to be heard on
several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk- and we
appreciate the Oklahoma Cotton Council for their support in making this a
Click on the Button below to listen to our most recent report
NASDA Submits Comments To USDA On Preparing Our Food System For The Future
Today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture expressed its recommendations for
a resilient, diverse and secure food supply system. Specifically, NASDA
commented that investing in public-private partnerships, local food
processing infrastructure and the industry’s labor force is critical to
ensuring our food system is built to handle future challenges.
“We’re grateful USDA opened this conversation on how we can continue to build up our food supply system,” NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn
said. “Our state agriculture department leaders managed to overcome
remarkable supply and demand obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
through it, they earned new perspectives on what federal resources
support farmers and communities best, and where our food system still
remains vulnerable to new disruptions.”
In NASDA’s comments, Glenn shared the organization’s Food Security Toolkit,
a report on state food security programs which found highly successful
programs are supported by federal grants and led by public and private
provided adequate resources, state agriculture departments can
incomparably implement federal programs by forming influential
partnerships that address unique food security needs of neighborhoods
across the country,” Glenn said.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Issues USDA Proclamation Recognizing National Pollinator Week
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
issued a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclamation to
recognize the designation of the week of June 21 – 27, 2021 as National
species, such as birds, bats, bees, and other insects, play an
important role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United
States. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $18 billion in value
to agricultural crops annually and are critical to ensuring our diets
are plentiful with fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
health of these agricultural contributors is critical to the vitality
and sustainability of U.S. agriculture, food security, and our nation’s
overall economy. Pollinators are also essential for healthy, biodiverse
ecosystems across public and private lands, including our agricultural
lands and our National Forests and grasslands,” said Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I applaud pollinator conservation efforts
happening across our nation. I recognize we have a lot more work to do
to protect these important agricultural contributors and creating
awareness about the importance of pollinators is a continued step to
ensuring pollinators thrive.”
AFR Pushes for Later Dicamba Application Deadline
Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Cooperative is requesting a 30-day
extension on the 2021 dicamba application deadline. The current
application cut-off dates set by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) are June 30 for soybeans and July 30 for cotton.
EPA set the new nationwide cutoff dates for dicamba application last
fall, without knowledge of future weather patterns or planting
conditions. Now, several states are pushing to expand those application
deadlines to accommodate late planting caused by either drought or heavy
late spring rainfall, depending on the region. This combination of
delayed planting and pre-set application deadlines has caused dicamba to
be virtually unusable.
“This is absolutely not the right year to implement new dicamba application cut-off dates,” said AFR President Scott Blubaugh.
“Much of the country is experiencing significant drought; the remaining
crop production regions have experienced heavy rainfall. Both have
played a part in delaying planting of the 2021 soybean and cotton crops.
Because of this planting delay, the new EPA deadlines will prevent or
severely limit the use of dicamba. Preventing the use of this technology
unnecessarily handicaps Oklahoma’s farmers and will certainly reduce
their ability to produce a viable crop. It is clear that applying
arbitrary deadlines in this year of extremes is a recipe for food
insecurity and market instability that could be easily avoided.”
Dr. Derrell Peel Says Beef Imports Lower in 2021
Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel,
Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist,
offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis
is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published
electronically by Dr. Peel and Mark Johnson. Today, Dr. Peel talks about beef imports being lower for 2021.
imports were up 1.5 percent year over year in April but are down 7.0
percent for the January to April period compared to last year. Year to
date beef imports are down 4.0 percent compared to the same period in
2019. Table 1 shows a summary of beef imports in recent years and for
the year to date in 2021. U.S. beef imports are projected to decrease in
2021 by 10-13 percent year over year, which will put total beef imports
below the 2015 - 2019 average.
2020, beef imports spiked to the highest level since 2015 due the
supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic.
beef trade continues to grow. Total beef imports by major world
importers is expected to increase in 2021 along with increases in total
beef exports by major world exporters. U.S. beef exports and imports
take place in the context of a much larger and growing global beef
New Southern Plains Podcast with Victor Murphy of the Nation Weather Service
A new episode of the Southern Plains Podcast is up!
this special edition of the podcast you can listen to Clay Pope talk
with Victor Murphy of the Nation Weather Service about the weather
outlook in Oklahoma and Texas.
You can check it out on their blog or listen to it here.
Witness List Released for Wednesday Senate Ag Committee Hearing on Cattle Markets
Chairlady Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member John Boozman of
the US Senate Ag Committee will be holding a hearing on cattle market
transparency on Wednesday afternoon- and the witness list is now
Those who will present and take questions from the Senators include
Justin Tupper, USCA Vice President, South Dakota
Mark Gardiner, Gardiner Ranch, Ashland, kansas
Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Livestock Market Economist,
Kansas State University
Dr. Dustin AherinVice President
RaboResearch Animal Protein Analyst
Dr. Mary K. Hendrickson, Associate Professor
Division of Applied Social Sciences University of Missouri
The hearing will be live online at 1:30 pm Central Time on Wednesday June 23rd- click the button below for the link
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Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices continue to go sharply lower- Choice Beef dropped $2.08 while Select Beef fell another $2.15 on Monday June 21st.
Click on the Button below for the latest report from USDA Market News
Oklahoma National Stockyards had 8,750 head of cattle on Monday June 21st.
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers 1.00 - 3.00 lower.
Lightly tested steer and heifer calves unevenly steady. Demand moderate
to good. Rain moved through the area today bringing much cooler
for the complete closing report.
The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 5,723 head of cattle on Monday June 21st.
Compared to last week, feeder steers traded 2.00 - 5.00 higher.
Feeder heifers traded 3.00 - 8.00 higher, with the most advance on the
heavier weights. Supply moderate with very good demand.
Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures - click below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Okla Cash Grain:
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
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