Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/2/2019, 5:05 AM

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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.
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 Friday November 29th.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Wednesday, November 27th.
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
    Monday,  December 2, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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The following analysis is provided by Dr. Todd Hubbs of the University of Illinois via their FarmDoc website:

"The 2019 crop year will live long in the memory. A record amount of prevent plant acres, delayed harvest, and considerable dismay over USDA reports compounded the uncertainty associated with the trade war.   Speculation about the acreage levels in 2020 is already underway. Current market conditions support acreage increases in corn and soybeans in 2020. It appears only the magnitude of those increases is in doubt.

"A variety of surveys and projections by industry analysts place 2020 corn acreage close to 94 million acres. Soybean acreage projections come in around 84 million acres. Prospects for 2020 crop acreage levels begin with expectations about planted acreage for principal crops. In 2019, acreage planted in principal field crops fell to 309.3 million acres, down 10.3 million acres from the previous year. A record level of prevent plant acreage led to this dramatic drop. At 19.6 million acres of prevent plant acres, this crop year eclipsed the previous record acreage total of 2011 by almost 10 million acres. Corn prevent plant came in at 11.4 million acres while soybean prevent plant sits at 4.5 million acres. Among major field crops, acreage increases for corn, barley, and oats materialized in 2019 despite the tough planting conditions. Other field crops acreage fell from the previous year. Soybean acreage dropped by 12.5 million acres in 2019 under the complex prevent plant decisions that occurred in the spring months.

"Any analysis of principal crop acreage requires considering 2019 as an anomaly. The possibility of seeing massive prevent plant acreage in successive years seems remote. In the four years leading into 2019, principal crop acreage averaged 318.9 million acres. An expectation of principal crop acreage near this level seems reasonable for 2020. As we move into 2020, the prospect of significant adjustments in crop acreage increasingly focuses on soybean acreage, while acreage changes among other crops may be in the form of acreage adjustments instead of acreage losses. The environment across most field crops point to total planted acreage of principal crops near 319 million acres in 2020.

Click here to read more from Hubbs regarding the 2020 corn and soybeans planted acres. 

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I caught up with Ethan Lane, the new Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual convention. Lane's been busy working on several things in Washington, D.C, that would benefit cattle producers.

One of the things that Lane has taken an interest in is a letter that was put together by several members of Congress concerning Avian predators. For example, in our part of the world, the predators of greatest interest are black buzzards. Lane says, "The bipartisan letter that was sent to the department of interior is really a positive sign. Dozens of members of Congress, senators, bicameral, bipartisan, voicing their support with producers for some kind of movement on this issue."

Lane reminds us that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is not the endangered species act. It is a multi-country treaty for managing these migrating birds, but Lane says its working too well, "We have 4.6 million black vultures and climbing in this country. And anyone who has them on their operation knows that they have a lot more than they need. You know when you get into the calving season, and you see these predators really start to have an impact on producers' bottom lines, we need to make sure they have the flexibility to take enough of those birds to manage the population down to a healthy point."

You can listen to the entire conversation between Lane and I regarding buzzards at the lesser prairie chicken on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here

In his weekly visit with SUNUP host Dave Deken this past weekend, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson talks about cotton prices and what to expect as we move forward.    

"I think they are going to stay in the neighborhood of where they are," Anderson said. "They were up in the seventies and eighties, and with the massive cotton crop that we are getting in this year and around the world, they dropped down into the fifties, but they are back up in the sixties now."

Anderson says there are markets for the cotton being produced this year. China is the big cotton buyer for the U.S., and there is word that the first phase of the agreement is going to be signed in the near future, he added.    

"We have to watch out on the soybean, cotton and pork markets, it may be a case with China where you sell the rumor and buy the fact," he said. "When we get that agreement, and people expect higher prices. They will hit the market with their commodities, and it will actually drive prices down."   

You can hear Kim's full analysis, by clicking or tapping here.

Tulsa is set once-again to host Oklahoma's largest indoor farm show December 12, 13, & 14. The annual event brings area farmers and ranchers to the River Spirit Expo to view the latest in agricultural & ranching technology. This year's Official Show Sponsor, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, along with more than 370 exhibitors will feature thousands of agricultural products, ranching equipment, and services, making the Tulsa Farm Show one of the country's premier agricultural events and the largest show of its kind under one roof.

Show Manager, Scott Guttormson commented, "We are excited to have the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as the Official Sponsor of the Tulsa Farm Show this year. They have been an active participant and supporter of the show for many years. Having them more closely involved with will allow us to better serve the areas farmers and ranchers."

Craig Cameron, renowned natural horse trainer, will provide daily horsemanship seminars and interact with attendees throughout the show. Craig's entertaining and interactive demonstrations have been a Tulsa Farm Show favorite for the past 24 years.

Livestock management is also a key focus of the show and cattle producers can see the new products put to the test in side-by-side demonstrations. More than ten brands of cattle chutes will be demonstrated with live animals and moderated by experienced livestock industry experts. The demos will occur twice daily in the SW corner of the River Spirit Expo, adjacent to the Behlen Country exhibit.

You can read more about the exhibitors that will be set up in Tulsa at the Tulsa Farm Show from December 12 through December 14 at the River Spirit Expo, by clicking or tapping here

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Efficiency is always important when it comes to farming. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network's KC Sheperd sat down with Dan Bihlmeyer, VP of Sales and Marketing at Vive Crop Protection, to talk about what Vive is doing to help farmers be more efficient.

Bihlmeyer explains Vive to us, "What we're all about is a unique delivery system in a jug we call Allosperse. Allosperse is built on nanochemistry, so doing really small things with chemical particles. We take trusted, crop protective active ingredients, and we make them now have different properties. So the same insecticidal properties that they add, or fungicidal properties, but we give additional components to that active to make it do neat things."

So what does this mean for producers? Time savings. Bihlmeyer says, "One of the key things we talk about is fertilizer compatibility. A grower can apply his fungicide, his insecticide, and our Vive products with liquid fertilizer in a spray tank, and not have to make multiple trips across the field." Bihlmeyer goes onto say the focus at Vive is to add value and convenience to a grower. To save them trips, to make them more money and essentially increase their yields.

Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Bihlmeyer and Sheperd regarding Vive and their new products. 

The United States will be able to nearly triple its annual duty-free exports of beef to the European Union (EU) over the next seven years under a new agreement signed today at the White House.

American ranchers will be guaranteed a bigger share of Europe's beef market, with annual duty-free exports expected to grow from $150 million to $420 million when the agreement is fully implemented.

"American ranchers produce the best beef in the world. Thanks to President Trump's leadership, this new agreement ensures that American ranchers can sell more of that beef to Europe," said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who signed the agreement with the Honorable Jani Raappana of Finland, representing the Presidency of the EU, and Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis of the Delegation of the EU.

The USMEF's Dan Halstrom was quick to praise the agreement- "Approval by the European Parliament keeps this agreement on track for implementation in early 2020, which is outstanding news for the U.S. beef industry and our customers in Europe. Lack of capacity in the duty-free quota has been a source of frustration on both sides of the Atlantic, and a U.S.-specific share of the quota will help ensure that U.S. beef can enter the European market 52 weeks per year, without delay or interruption.

"The European Union is one of the highest value destinations in the world for U.S. beef, and consistent access will not only benefit U.S. producers and exporters, but also European importers and their clientele. USMEF thanks USTR and USDA for negotiating this agreement and securing its approval, which will bolster the U.S. industry's efforts to expand the European customer base for U.S. beef."

To read more about the announcement from the USTR- click or tap here. 
Seven Last Day for Discounted Registration for 2019 OSU Winter Crops School

Deadline for the early bird registration for the OSU Winter Crops School has arrived, after TODAY, December 2nd, the cost will go from $125 to $200. In all we will be offering 11.5 CCA CEUs and 3 ODAFF CEU's. 

Among the speakers who will be a part of the Crops School- Dr. John Holman and Dr. Vipan Kumar of K-State, Leonard Lauriault of New Mexico State and Dr. Brendan Kelly of Texas A&M.  Of course, there are a great group of the OSU Plant and Soil Science team that will be teaching, too.

OSU will be hosting a graduate student poster competition on the first day of the meeting. This is provide the students with a chance to interact with attendees and a chance to see the research that is happening. At this point the students are competing for the honor a being the best.

Also for those about to take the CCA Exam. Dr. Beatrix Haggard will be leading a CCA EXAM Prep session the afternoon of the 18th.

For details- click or tap here- there is a PDF that shows times of each presentation and speakers involved- plus the link to register.

GiveAHamAn Update on #GiveAHam

This past week- the Oklahoma Pork Council started the ball rolling in Oklahoma for the 2019 #GiveAHam campaign. okPork President Cathy Vaughn kicked off the challenges and the giving of a ham by challenging Governor Kevin Stitt and okPork Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey to give a ham and challenge at least one other person.

The Governor has given his ham- and challenged Lt Governor Matt Pinnell- and he challenged Oklahoma Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur who has given her ham and challenged  Representative Dell KerbsSenator Casey MurdockOklahoma 4-HOklahoma FFA Association, and the Oklahoma State FFA Officer Team !! 

On the other side of this pedigree- we find the lineup handed off to Roy Lee Lindsey- who challenged Joe Popplewell(former President of okPork and Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Catltlemen.

Michael's response involved yours truly as he challenged OCA President Mike Weeks, new NCBA CEO Colin Woodall, Oklahoma National Stockyards GM Kelly Payne and yours truly- Ron Hays. 

I have seen OCA President Weeks has responded and like Michael, is giving hamburger to the charity of his choice. 

I have challenged a couple of the leaders in Oklahoma Agriculture- the President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Rodd Moesel and the President of the American Farmers and Ranchers, Scott Blublaugh.

Both of these gentlemen have quickly moved on their response like the tremendous leaders that they are- Rodd giving a ham to a neighbor in need and challenging OSU Dean of the Division of Ag Tom Coon to #GIveAHam and also challenged Thad Doye, OFB Executive Director. 

Scott Blubaugh bought a ham from his local grocer and donated it to the New Emergency Resource Agency of Ponca City. and then challenged Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, Glen MulreadyRandy Gilbert and wife Suzanne and all American Farmers & Ranchers Agents to #GiveAHam.

You might ALSO remember that I opened it up to any and all readers of our daily email to take the initiative to buy and #GiveAHam.  I have had one reader respond thus far- Keith Kisling and his wife Marlene bought a ham locally and gave it to a neighbor!!!  Thanks Keith!!!

It's not too late for you to jump on board- be a part of #GiveAHam this week!!!

If you are so inclined- please let me know who you gave a ham to and who you are challenging!
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