Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/13/2019, 5:09 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 Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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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.

At OKC West in El Reno steer calves under 500 lbs sold steady, steers 500-600 lbs traded 2.00-3.00 higher and heifer calves were to lightly tested for an accurate trend - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. has 1393 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday November 13th 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 futures-click 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 Tuesday, November 12th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, November 13, 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 Crop Progress Report on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. According to this week's report, the overall conditions remain on the positive side with continued progress in the development of the crops. Focusing on corn, harvested came in at 66% this week versus 52% last week, the five-year average at this time is 85%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 85%, versus 75% last week, the five-year average is 92% at this time. Winter wheat planted this week came in at 92%, versus 89% last week, the five-year average at this time is 92%. Winter wheat emerged came in this week at 78%, versus 71% last week, the five-year average at this time is 81%.    

Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Tuesday November 12, 2019.   

Winter wheat planting continues in the Southern Plains- Oklahoma has reached 95% planted, Texas 82% and Kansas 96%- all close with the average or ahead of the average in their respective states. 

From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 11% poor to very poor, 44% fair and 45% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 13% poor to very poor, 30% fair, 57% good to excellent. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 17% good to excellent, 37% fair and 46% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

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Preparations are underway for the 2020 census in Oklahoma. I visited with Brent Kisling, Executive Director with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to talk about the importance of the census. We talked about the census on the sidelines of the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention, shortly after Kisling had told Oklahoma Farm Bureau members that they needed to engage in the effort to count every Oklahoman next year.

Back in 2010 Oklahoma had the second lowest response rates of all the states and Kisling says he hopes to turn that around this time, "We are going to be traveling the state sharing this message that whenever you get that postcard in the mail in March 2020, please turn around and submit the information. Its very important. It helps us with our federal funding, it helps us with our representation, helps us in economic development, but more than anything else, it's a moral obligation for us to count everybody we've got in this state."

Kisling says that Governor Kevin Stitt has placed the Department of Commerce in charge of leading the Oklahoma Census 2020 Complete Count Committee- in comments as the state kicked off this effort, Govenor Still says "With everyone's participation, I believe our state's population will exceed 4 million people."

Click here to read more from Kisling regarding the 2020 census and how Governor Stitt is handling it.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway of Texas released the following statements congratulating AFBF on this accomplishment and their century of dedication to farmers, ranchers, and rural America:

"The American Farm Bureau Federation has a longstanding tradition of advocacy on behalf of agriculture and rural America," Chairman Peterson said. "Their organization, founded by a grassroots movement, assures the voices of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities are heard in legislative matters in local and state governments, as well as in Washington, D.C. Because of AFBF's dedication to being vocal and reliable advocates for the agriculture community, we have introduced H. Res. 45 congratulating AFBF on a century of work on behalf of rural America."

"For 100 years, the American Farm Bureau Federation has been an unwavering voice and source of support for rural America," Ranking Member Conaway added. "I had the pleasure of working closely with Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall as we crafted the 2018 Farm Bill, and I could not be more grateful for the Farm Bureau's lasting commitment to serving America's farm and ranch families. Congratulations to all the men and women of the Farm Bureau, past, present, and future, on this remarkable milestone."

You can read more from Conaway and Peterson regarding the anniversary of AFBF, by jumping over to our website.

There's been some disappointment in the voices of producers across the southern great plains when it comes to wheat pasture. Planting wheat early, and then hoping to get it up to stand is the plan, but sometimes that doesn't always work out. As a result, there's not too many cattle out on wheat pasture as of yet. I sat down to talk wheat pasture and more with OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel at the end of this past week.

Dr. Peel tells Hays "Wheat pasture has been slower to develop than it looked like it was going to in September. There's a few cattle out, I think there's going to be more cattle out as time goes on, but it has frankly been slower." Peel goes on to say that he thought we would have a little earlier potential this year than we've had.

Producers are uneasy about the unknowns on the international markets. Beef markets were off a little bit this year, but hopefully 2020 will be a rebounding year. Peel reminds us that A fair amount of it is tied back to all the trade issues that we are caught up in right now. Be it our position with Japan and the TPP position that we have relative to TPP, getting the USMCA finalized, and getting some sort of an agreement in China. Peel adds "all of those things would help us remove uncertainty which does drag down markets."

You can listen to the entire conversation between Peel and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz - here

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released a new report, "The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit," showing how the emerging biodiesel industry relies on the combined values of the tax credit and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) credits to compete with petroleum diesel in the current market. The report was written by John Urbanchuk, managing partner of ABF Economics.

Kurt Kovarik, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs, comments, "The biodiesel industry's growth has been steady and sustainable over the past 15 years, with support from the biodiesel tax incentive and the RFS. The industry supports more than 65,000 jobs across the United States and $17 billion in economic activity. But at the moment, the RFS -- and the value of RINs -- is being undermined by waivers and flatlined volumes. On top of that, the nearly two-year lapse of the tax credit is compounding economic uncertainty for U.S. producers, endangering jobs and economic opportunities in many states.

"Nine biodiesel plants have already slashed production or closed up, laying off workers in Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Dozens more could be forced to do the same in the next few months due to the instability in federal policy. Congress needs to act now to restore the biodiesel tax incentive and help the industry reopen plants and rehire workers."

Click here to read more from NBB regarding the tax incentives of biodiesel. 

By Ethan Lane, Vice President, Government Affairs, NCBA

When the topic of sustainability comes up in conversation in cattle circles, it's common to see heads shaking. It's not a topic we like to discuss in our industry - primarily because it's so often raised with bad intentions and worse information. We bristle because we've been doing things right in our business for many generations and it's difficult to accept that outsiders have influence in how we're doing business.

Increasingly, though, that's exactly what's happening. In the case of sustainability, consumers have decided they ought to have a better understanding and perhaps even a say in how their food is produced.

Now, we don't have to like the fact that consumers and in many cases outside interest groups have turned a spotlight on beef production, but there is tremendous interest in how food is produced. You can probably trace the origins back to the rise of Food Network and celebrity chefs, but special interests also played a role in the attention that's paid to modern food production and the practices used to raise cattle and produce beef. The natural evolution of that interest was the conversation about sustainability and whether a product is viewed by consumers as "sustainable."

You can read more from Lane regarding sustainability, by clicking or tapping here

After a week off- we return with another "ROAD" trip across Oklahoma- as we search for ways to push towards excellence in our state. 

That journey today took us to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a conversation with their Director, JD Strong.  

We had a great visit about JD's journey to the point where he has arrived at what he considers to be his "dream job."  One fact that surfaced and frankly surprised me is that no general revenues from state coffers are used to fund this agency- it's funded by license fees for hunting and fishing here in the state. 

We talked about about the current population numbers of several of the key species managed by the Department- how Oklahoma is more and more becoming a destination for thousands of out of staters annually and the resulting economic impact generated- and how the agency is working with others in state government in things like Agri Tourism and in the control of Feral Swine.

Take a listen by clicking or tapping here- which takes you to our latest Podcast- our JD Strong Q&A is Episode 10.

Our feature sponsor of today's Road to Rural Prosperity is Public Service Company of Oklahoma- serving eastern and southwestern Oklahoma with Boundless Energy. 

Check out all of our previous Episodes, too.  Click or tap here to see the full list on Soundcloud- remember you can find the Road to Rural Prosperity on your favorite PODCAST platform!

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