Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/16/2019, 6:24 AM

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The Superior Livestock Week in the Rockies saw Cattle producers offering 202,300 head of calves, yearlings and breeding stock from 24 states. Click here for highlights from this past week's sale.

Higher money for yearlings reported from Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- 8,200 were on hand- Feeder steers and heifers steady to 4.00 higher with instances of 6.00 higher- click or tap here for the complete report provided by USDA Market News.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, slaughter cows sold mostly steady. Bulls sold unevenly steady.  Click here for the complete sale report. 

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had just over five thousand head selling on Monday- steers steady, except 800 weighs 5.00 to 10.00 higher- click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market News.

Today's First Look
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc. has 144 head on their showlist for the Wednesday, July 17th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

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, July 15th.
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, July 16, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest weekly Crop Progress Report on Monday, July 15, 2019. Corn's condition is rated 58% good to excellent, 30% fair and 12% poor to very poor while the soybean crop has a 54% good to excellent rating versus 69% good to excellent this time last year.

What strikes me are two of the developmental mile markers that USDA reports on for these crops. The silking stage for corn is normally 42% by this date- a year ago, we stood at 59% but this year we are at just 17%.

Likewise, the soybean blooming number is way behind the fie year average and the year ago numbers- Average blooming is 49%- a year ago we had a fast developing crop with 62% at blooming while the number here in 2019 is 22%. 

These crops are behind the development curve as lots of heat is arriving

The maroon is an Excessive Heat Watch(which is effect from Wednesday thru Saturday) while the orange in Oklahoma and Texas is indicating a Heat Advisory for today and tomorrow. Heat Index values for us will likely rise into triple digits. Click here for the National Weather Service Map that offers details for all of the colors you are seeing here. 

 Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending on July 14, 2019.    

In Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested has reached 98%, down 2 points from the previous year and on pace with the average. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat mature is 98%. Wheat harvested is 81%, well behind 98% last year and 95% for the five-year average. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here

Finally in Texas, winter wheat's condition is rated 59% good to excellent, 38% fair and 3% poor to very poor. Wheat harvested is at 97% this week, compared to 94% last year and near 97% on average. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here

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With the Ogallala Aquifer being an invaluable resource for communities throughout the eight states it lies, studies to keep the water levels steady are continuing in the South Plains in the hopes of delivering more tools and technology to help with conservation in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Lubbock, Texas studies several possibilities in their research regarding the aquifer, including the idea that the aquifer may not be able to be used in the future. 

"We have storms where you get a lot of rain that comes very quickly," said Robert Lascano, research leader at the Lubbock USDA. "The soil doesn't have the physical properties to absorb that so a lot of it runs off. So we look at ways we can take that water from the rainfall and try to store as much as we can, and minimize the amount of runoff."

Steve Evett, Research Soil Scientist for the USDA in Bushland, said they have changed several practices while researching ways to cut down on the aquifer's use including switching impact sprinklers on center pivot pipes to using drops, low pressure applicators, and now low-elevation spray application. Now, the focus is on irrigation management.

You can read more about the possibility of the Ogallala aquifer being unusable in the future - here

Draft horse teams from Express Ranches in Yukon turned in a dominant showing among a national field of competitors, recently winning six out of eight events in the Percheron category at the Midwest Draft Horse Classic Show & Pull in Indiana, the event has announced. 

"We marked this event on our calendar a year ago, and we had a really good show," said Josh Minshull, general manager of Yukon-based Express Clydesdales. "It was crazy, probably the most important show we'll attend this year, other than the 6-Horse Hitch World Finals in Oklahoma City this September 13-15 at the Oklahoma State Fair."

The categories Express won include Classic Cart, Youth Cart, Ladies Cart, Unicorn, Youth Team and Men's Cart. Express captured second in the Six Horse Hitch competition on Friday night and won it on Saturday night. Drivers were Minshull, his daughter, Dayona Minshull, Janine Regier and Loren Mast.

You can read more about Express Ranches dominating performance, by clicking or tapping here

In this week's edition of the "Cow Calf Corner" newsletter, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel examines the contributing factors that he believes are indicative of the cattle and beef markets' current struggle to find direction this summer.

According to Peel, uncertainty continues to plague cattle markets with broader trade and political uncertainty augmented by unknown and evolving feed market conditions. At the same time, heavy feeder cattle prices have abandoned any sense of a seasonal pattern with weaker prices thus far this summer. Likewise, boxed beef cutout values had an early spring peak and have dropped seasonally since. In summary, Peel lists trade and global conditions, feed market conditions, and summer demand conditions as the major contributing factors to rising uncertainty and an overall lack of direction in the cattle and beef markets.

"Beef markets are trying to sort out a number domestic and international market issues," Peel writes. "The latest beef trade data was better with May exports about equal to last year; although imports continue to grow year over year so far this year. However, domestic beef markets continue to struggle under relatively poor summer grilling weather thus far and struggling macroeconomic conditions. Ample supplies of meat are weighing more heavily on the market as well. In particular, large pork supplies and the failure of anticipated Chinese demand for pork to materialize is pushing pork wholesale values lower adding to beef wholesale price pressure."

Click here to read Peel's complete analysis of the current state of the beef market and its lack of direction.

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Chief Executive Officer of the populist cattle group R-CALF USA, Bill Bullard, was in Oklahoma this past week. During his visit, Bullard spoke to a couple of meetings in the state organized by the Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association. One of the messages he had for cattle producers at his presentations is that American producers need Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) to return as part of the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He shared his perspective on this issue with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays in an interview recorded during his visit.

"We were elated when the Trump Administration first announced we were going to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement recognizing that the United States was being harmed by that agreement. We were very disappointed when the proposal came out that did absolutely nothing to change any of the provisions affecting the trade of cattle and beef," Bullard said. "We were hoping the Trump Administration would part or take some of the provisions that they've used now for the textile industry and auto industry and recognize the importance of making things in America. We thought they would apply that to beef, but they didn't."

Bullard says they are opposing the agreement and even asking congress to hold off their support until COOL for beef and pork is in the USMCA. 

You can listen to the whole conversation between Bullard and I on Monday's Beef Buzz - here

On July 11, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry program, Ag in the Classroom, held their statewide summer conference for educators at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee. 

At this year's conference, Teach'n Outside the Barn, educators had the opportunity to attend workshop sessions, hear from keynote speakers, network with other teachers and learn from the AITC teacher of the year, Christie Puckett and the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture award winner, Johnnie Keel

"During this conference, teachers whom have previously taught AITC curriculum share their experiments and classroom presentations with other teachers from across the state to demonstrate how they are used in actual classrooms," said Audrey Harmon, AITC state coordinator. "The department provides free resources for these teachers to take home and use in their classrooms for all age and curriculum levels."

You can read more about this year's AITC conference, by clicking or tapping here

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would transfer jurisdiction for agricultural guest workers from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture. The bill comes as the labor Department Monday opened a comment period on proposed rulemaking changes to the program. The changes "strengthen protections" for workers.

Meanwhile, the Agricultural Guest Worker Reform Initiative, or AGRI Act, introduced by Arkansas Republican Rick Crawford, would transfer the program to USDA which is "better equipped" to address the need for temporary workers and will make the program more accessible to farmers. The legislation would also allow employers to offer market-based contracts and wages, and increase the security of the program by requiring workers to return to their country of origin for one month following every 10 months of labor in the United States. By returning, workers payroll taxes will be refundable at the U.S. consulate in their home country. The legislation also requires the Department of Homeland Security to provide guest workers with a traceable, biometric ID card. The National Council of Farmers Cooperatives (NCFC) CEO Chuck Conner issued a statement regarding the H-2A Visa Program Rule Making. 

"While this new rule is welcome, a permanent solution to the labor crisis faced by agriculture is congressional action to address both current and future needs of the sector. NCFC will continue to work with policy makers and other stakeholders to find a path forward for such a solution."

You can read the whole statement from Conner, by clicking or tapping here

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditthe 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!

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