Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/3/2019, 6:04 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 or tap 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 slaughter cows, breakers and boners sold unevenly steady, lean cows sold 2.00-4.00 lower and slaughter bulls sold mostly 1.00 lower - click here to review to the complete sale report from the USDA. 

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards- Monday saw 8,100 on hand- 
Compared to last week: Feeder steers 1.00 to 3.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 1.00 higher. Steer calves 4.00-8.00 higher. Heifer
calves steady to 1.00 lower. Click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market News. has 1189 head of cattle on their showlist for the December, 4th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reported 6,154 cattle on Monday-  Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves 3.00 to 7.00 higher, yearlings steady to 3.00 lower. Click here for the full report from USDA Market News.

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, December 2nd.
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,  December 3, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:

The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Monday, December 2, 2019. According to this week's report, harvest of the corn crop remains well behind the five-year average but still there was continued harvest progress. Focusing on corn, harvested came in at 89% this week versus 84% last week, the five-year average at this time is 98%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 96%, versus 94% last week, the five-year average is 99% at this time. Harvest of the 2019 Cotton crop is just ahead of the five year average at 83% versus 78% last year, the five-year average at this time is 81%   

That corn harvest number implies 1.4 billion bushels of wet corn is standing out in the fields- mostly in the northern plains under snow pack conditions.  Arlan Suderman with INTL FC Stone posted this graphic on Twitter- showing the scope of the problem farmers are facing in the northern plains:

In the southern plains- the 2020 winter wheat crop is struggling- with Oklahoma's crop called 45% good to excellent, Kansas 46% good to excellent and Texas at 29% good to excellent-with 28% of the Texas crop actually called poor to very poor. The Oklahoma good to excellent number is down 7 points from a week ago, the Texas number off 2 points while the Kansas crop actually improves by 2 points.   

Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, December 2, 2019.              

From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 9% poor to very poor, 36% fair and 55% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 14% poor to very poor, 29% 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 15% good to excellent, 40% fair and 45% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

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Greg Hanes took over the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion board five months ago. Hanes left his job at the U.S. Meat Export Federation, a longtime contractor of the CBB.

Hanes says his experience with USMEF has helped him in his new role as the new top hired hand of the dollar head beef checkoff, "I've been in my current role now for almost five months, so still kind of figuring things out. I've gotten a pretty good feel of what we are doing, and I think having been a contractor with the checkout through U.S. Meat Export Federation, I was there for 18 years so I have a pretty good feel for what the Checkoff can do, and what it can't do. This really gives me an opportunity to work on what we are doing to promote beef, not just internationally but domestic activity as well. For me, this is super exciting to be able to represent the cattle producers here globally, and especially in the United States."

The Checkoff has been around for 34 years now and having worked with big contractors like USMEF, Hanes says you really get a proper perspective and education on how the Checkoff protects those dollars as they invest them, and sets performance expectations. Hanes thinks that is something that a lot of the producers don't understand, "Having worked as a contractor, I was very aware of that because there are lots of restrictions. You have to be able to verify and show what you are using. You have to have results. The operating committee is made up of all producers around the country makes these funding decisions, and if they don't, you are doing a good job; you won't get your funding. So its a very competitive process. The process is transparent, but there are a lot of checks and balances in there, which I don't think most people realize."

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

For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the choice should be clear and simple when it comes to implementing blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Just follow the law. That was the Renewable Fuels Association's message in comments submitted Friday to EPA responding to the agency's supplemental proposal for 2020 renewable volume obligations.

RFA's comments highlight the fact that the Clean Air Act requires EPA to "ensure" that the RFS volumes specified by Congress are fully enforced. By issuing dozens of small refinery exemptions and refusing to reallocate the lost volume, EPA has failed to comply with this legal obligation in recent years.

"The congressional intent is indisputable and unambiguous, and the law is clear," according to RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. "Unfortunately, the EPA has forsaken the law in recent years by failing to ensure the congressionally directed renewable fuel volume requirements are enforced. EPA issued 85 retroactive small refinery exemptions for the 2016-2018 compliance years, undercutting the statutory renewable fuel volumes by a total of 4.04 billion gallons."

Click here to read more from RFA regarding the EPA waivers on the Renewable Fuels Standard. 

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 Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks weather and it's impact on crops and cattle.

"A major winter storm disrupted Thanksgiving travel last week and will have a variety of impacts for some time.  The latest snow and cold hampers an already difficult crop harvest.  Though frozen conditions may increase access to muddy fields, deep snow in some areas will add additional delays to corn harvest and may further impact crop quality. On November 25, 84 percent of corn harvest was completed; well behind the average of 96 percent for the date.  Corn harvest was 68 percent complete in South Dakota, 57 percent in Wisconsin, 56 percent in Michigan and just 30 percent in North Dakota.  Many of these areas have been hit by significant snow and blizzard conditions in this latest storm.

"Winter weather often impacts cattle production, reducing production and increasing costs for ranches and feedlots.  Severe weather inevitably means management challenges and higher costs for producers but may also have market impacts if poor conditions are widespread enough.  The current blast of winter weather impacts a wide swath of cattle feedlots from Colorado, across parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas, part of Iowa and across Minnesota.  It appears that the major cattle feeding areas in Kansas and Texas missed the bulk of this storm. 

You can read more from Peel in his weekly analysis in the "Cow Calf Corner", by jumping over to our website

Sponsor Spotlight
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at Hispanic Serving Institutions, 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities, and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

"We are excited to build upon the more than 20 years of success of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program to offer additional opportunities to empower faculty and staff from our partner institutions to holistically develop the next generation of agriculture," said OPPE Director Mike Beatty.

The purpose of these fellowships is to connect participants to USDA and other federal resources while focusing on student development. Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.

Click here to read more from the USDA regarding the fellowships for minorities. 

Midwest Dairy is a part of the National Milk Checkoff Program that represents the dairy farmers in a ten-state area, including Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and eastern Oklahoma. They work very closely with the National program, as well as developing their own programs that producers can use within their region. They have been active with Oklahoma schools with their collaborative program, Fuel up to Play 60 that provides nutrition education and research to child health and wellness.

Molly Pelzer, the Midwest Dairy CEO, says they are looking at fulfilling the vision and mission to bring dairy to life and give consumers an excellent dairy experience. What is an excellent dairy experience? Pelzer says, "We want consumers to choose dairy at least three times a day. Whether it's that cold glass of milk with a meal or a snack, or that wonderful pull of cheese on a cheese pizza, or anything they choose to have for dairy, that's what an excellent dairy experience is, and that's what we talk to consumers about."

With all of the dairy alternatives out now, sometimes it's hard to find the real milk in the milk section of the grocery store. They have been working on a dairy aisle reinvention program, and Pelzer says their work in retail is essential, "We want to help consumers slow down as they come to the dairy case and see all the wonderful options that they have and to be able to choose dairy with confidence."

You can listen to the whole conversation between Pelzer and Sheperd, by clicking or tapping here

Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn., was named Champion at the 2020 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Eastern Regional Qualifying Event. Farmers Livestock Exchange, Inc. in Winchester, Va., hosted the second of three WLAC qualifying events on Monday, November 18. A total of 30 contestants competed for a top ten placing, granting them a spot in the 2020 WLAC Semi-Finals at Dickson Regional Livestock Center, Inc. in Dickson, Tenn.

Massey, a three-time qualifying event champion, started selling cattle at a young age and said that he picked up his chant from being around livestock sales. Massey's father was also an auctioneer, and Massey said, "Auctioneering came natural from being around Dad. You could say that it is in my blood."

Also qualifying for the next round of the WLAC next June is Jeremy Miller of Fairland, Okla.

Click here to read more from LMA regarding the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. 

AHAMND FINALLY- Another #GiveAHam Story to Share 

Word comes from one of those who were challenged by OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey about her response to the #GiveAHam challenge.

Kelli Payne is the General Manager of the Oklahoma National Stockyards and she dropped us a note yesterday after we wrote about the developing story of generosity being spread this holiday season across our state and country. 

Kelli writes "
"My nominees were 3J Farms, Blanchard, Ballou Farms Meat Market in Elgin, and Monte Tucker.  They all grow proteins and I wanted to showcase local producers in hopes of also boosting some sales for them.  3J also offers lamb!

"Of course, I went with hamburger and will donate to our rescue mission in Stockyards City."
What's your #GiveAHam story?  Let us know and we will be glad to share with our email family.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Pork CouncilOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Inc.the 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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