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Monday, December 4, 2023

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  • US Wheat Chair Michael Peters- There’s Nothing Magical About Farming Math

  • At Just a Month Away, Fourth Cattlemen’s Congress in OKC Expects Over 8,000 Entries

  • Wells Christmas Tree Farm Spreads Christmas Cheer Across the State

  • Biden-Harris Administration Expanding High-Speed Internet to Seminole County

  • Kim Anderson says 2024 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop is Forward Contracting for More than Current Market Price

  • USDA Makes Producer-Friendly Change to 2023 Notice of Loss Requirements for Two Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

  • Latest USDA Forecast: Smaller – but Still Significant – Farm Income Drop

US Wheat Chair Michael Peters- There’s Nothing Magical About Farming Math

Kitchen table math can be a chore this time of year, as U.S. wheat farmers shovel their crop production costs into calculators, hoping the numbers they scoop out next year will be magically heavier than those they tossed in this year.

But here’s a secret about the math of farming: it isn’t really magic.

“There’s a lot of work and a lot of luck involved in making a profit in our business,” is how U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Michael Peters put it. “The numbers are rarely where you need them to be or where you want them to be.”

An important thing for customers of U.S. wheat to keep in mind is that input costs and the prices farmers receive for their crops each year go a long way toward determining which crops farmers choose to plant the next year.

“The goals of a U.S. farmer are to help feed the world and to also feed our own families,” said Peters, who grows wheat and raises beef cattle in Oklahoma. “We make a lot of decisions each year based on market conditions and expenses. And those are two things that tend to go up and down a lot. They are never stagnant.”

Click here to read more about the reality of  production inputs and profits for farmers 

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At Just a Month Away, Fourth Cattlemen’s Congress in OKC Expects Over 8,000 Entries

As the 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress edges closer, I am visiting with the Executive Vice President of the show, Bray Haven, in this episode of Beef Buzz.

The show will run from December 30, 2023, through January 11, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

“It is really hard to believe we are rolling around on number four and that the people of Oklahoma and cattlemen across the country have embraced Cattlemen’s Congress like they have,” Haven said.

Haven said the deadline for entries has passed, but they are still taking a few late entries. Entries right now are near 8000, Haven said, and he projects that the entries will total close to 9000 by the time of the show.

“We are right around the same numbers we have been the past several years; right around that 8000-entry mark,” Haven said.

Click here to read more and listen to Bray Haven talk about the 2023 Cattlemen’s Congress

Wells Christmas Tree Farm Spreads Christmas Cheer Across the State

Farm Director, KC Sheperd is talking with Jesse Wells about his family’s Christmas Tree Farm. The Wells Christmas Tree Farm is located in Norman, Oklahoma, and offers Christmas tree cuttings, events, activities, photo opportunities, and shopping for the whole family.

Wells Christmas Tree Farm is currently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

“Out here at the farm, we have food trucks and live Christmas music,” Wells said. “We will have Santa Claus and (live) reindeer, and just all kinds of fun games, toys, and outdoor games for the kids to play.”

While they primarily grow pine trees at their farm, Wells said they also have a variety of trees from different states because some trees grow better in the environment up north.

“We have some of the most beautiful trees around, and we also bring trees in from the northern states,” Wells said.

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd visit with Jesse Wells, owner of Wells Christmas Tree Farm in Norman, OK
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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 daily report heard on several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk!

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Biden-Harris Administration Expanding High-Speed Internet to Seminole County

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Oklahoma State Director Kenneth Corn announced today nearly $15.2 million in grants and loans to connect thousands of rural residents, farmers and business owners across rural Seminole County to affordable high-speed internet through the ReConnect Program, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program is uniquely designed to fund the most difficult high-speed internet projects in the nation, which are the most rural, remote and unserved communities.

Connecting all communities across the United States to high-speed internet is a central part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to rebuild the economy from the bottom up and middle out by rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. This projected provided the Pottawatomie Telephone Company $7,590,406 in grant and $7,590,406 in loan. This project will serve Seminole Tribal Statistical Area and socially vulnerable communities in Seminole County.

“The President has made providing high-speed internet as one of the top priorities for USDA Rural Development to our rural and tribal communities in Oklahoma,” Corn said. “Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration we are now providing rural Oklahomans with an important lifeline to broadband services so they can conduct essential services such as healthcare, banking, educational services and more from the comfort of their home. More importantly by providing these resources many Oklahomans can stay in their rural communities, instead of feeling like they may be forced to move to bigger metro areas due to a gap in internet service.”

Click here to read more about high-speed internet coming to rural Oklahoma

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Kim Anderson says 2024 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop is Forward Contracting for More than Current Market Price

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest news in the crop markets. 

Anderson said wheat prices are around $5.70, up about 25 cents over the last week.

“If you go back a couple of weeks, we said that prices were going to be erratic over the holiday season and that is what we saw last week,” Anderson said. “Prices on wheat coming down, really no reason. There are just more sellers in the market than buyers. They came back up this week.”

Anderson said that corn prices are down to around $4.40 because the U.S. harvest was higher than expected. From late October to now, Anderson said the price of corn has continued to decline.

Anderson said that soybeans have been a bright spot, as many farmers’ crops turned out better than expected in yields. Soybean prices are up around $12.90, Anderson added.

Click here to read more and listen to Kim Anderson on SUNUP

USDA Makes Producer-Friendly Change to 2023 Notice of Loss Requirements for Two Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has waived certain notice of loss requirements for 2023 for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). In an effort to streamline assistance to support access to critical 2023 natural disaster recovery assistance, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is waiving the requirement to submit ELAP or LIP notices of loss within a pre-determined number of days for 2023. Instead, producers have the flexibility to submit 2023 notices of loss as soon as possible, once losses are realized, following a natural disaster event or no later than the established annual program application for payment deadlines for each program. FSA county committees are also being asked to re-evaluate 2023 ELAP and LIP late-filed notices of loss to determine if the waiver applies. 

“Our goal is to get producers into these disaster programs, and they are always encouraged to turn in an application if they believe they are eligible,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “Program improvements are only effective if we ensure producers have sufficient time and information needed to submit their application. The ELAP and LIP waivers we are announcing today, in response to historic disasters in 2023, improve efficiencies for producers and our staff, are responsive to feedback about confusion regarding program timelines and are intended to give our staff the time needed to deliver the right support to producers when they need it most. These waivers are also reflective of FSA’s efforts to integrate improvements and accessibility into our policy decisions. It’s critical that we increase awareness of these program flexibilities so all producers can participate.” 

Click here to read about USDA's changes to LRP

Latest USDA Forecast: Smaller – but Still Significant – Farm Income Drop

USDA’s most recent Farm Sector Income Forecast, released Nov. 30, projected a smaller – but still significant – drop in 2023 net farm income compared to August estimates. The $41.7 billion (23%) decline forecast in August was adjusted to a $31.8 billion (17%) drop for a total net farm income of $151 billion expected for 2023 (compared to $141 billion estimated in August). When adjusted for inflation, net farm income, a broad measure of farm profitability, is expected to decrease 20%, or $37.9 billion, from 2022. If realized, 2023 net farm income would be above the 2003-2022 average in inflation-adjusted dollars. The most significant factor influencing the revision is production expenses, estimated to increase 4%, or $14.9 billion, over 2022 compared to the 7%, or $29.5 billion, increase forecast in August’s report for a total of $443 billion across the farm economy. Even with this adjustment, production expenses remain forecast at their highest levels to date. Net farm income reflects income after expenses from production in the current year and is calculated by subtracting farm expenses from gross farm income.

Direct government payments are estimated to decrease by $3.5 billion, or 22%, between 2022 and 2023 to $12.1 billion. This marks the third consecutive annual decrease in government payments for producers since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and is lower than the $12.6 billion in payments forecast in February. Ad hoc and supplemental program payments, which include payments from the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), Quality Loss Adjustment Program and other farm bill designated-disaster programs, are expected to decrease from $11.5 billion to $6.41 billion, a 44% decline and less than the $7.4 billion in payments originally forecast in August under the category. Given the announcement of some limited additional funds to extend ERP to cover 2022 disaster losses, future estimations in this category will likely be revised upward.

Click here to read the full AFBF analysis on the farm income drop
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was down $1.56 and Select Beef was up 74 cents on Friday 12/01/2023.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards had 11,710 head on the yards as of 8 pm Sunday evening. The sale will start at 6:30 am this morning. We are expecting to start with at least 11,800.

Last Monday- November 27th- Compared to the previous week: "Feeder steers under 750 lbs. steady to 3.00 higher; few steers over 750 lbs. and feeder heifers 3.00-6.00 lower. Demand for feeder cattle moderate at best. Feeder cattle futures traded sharply lower today, following last Friday's sharp declines. Steer calves mostly steady. Heifer calves 4.00-8.00 higher. Several weaned calves available and demand very good for these. Moisture fell once again over the weekend with some areas seeing snow."

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Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 11/27/2023

Here's our regular feature that is a part of the Monday Daily Email- market commentary from Bob Rodenberger, a partner with Stockman Oklahoma Livestock Marketing.


Bob talks Fridays with our own KC Sheperd with his commentary and is posted on our website-click here for this past Friday's story featuring Rodenberger's comments



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Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Bob Rodenberger about the cattle markets of this past week.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 12/01/2023
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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Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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