Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 12/9/2019, 5:38 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 futures- click here for the report posted on Friday afternoon, December 6th.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, December 6th.
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
   Monday, December 9, 2019 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Strong demand from China bolstered U.S. pork exports in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Export Federation (USMEF), while October beef exports were below the very high totals posted a year ago.

October pork exports increased 8.5% year-over-year to 225,376 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 10% to $592 million. January-October export volume was 5% ahead of last year's pace at 2.13 million mt, while value increased 3% to $5.48 billion.

Pork export value averaged $48.13 per head slaughtered in October, up 4% from a year ago. For January through October, the per-head average was down 1% to $51.12. October exports accounted for 24% of total U.S. pork production and 20.9% for muscle cuts only, up from 23.6% and 20.7%, respectively, a year ago. January-October exports accounted for 26% of total pork production and 22.6% for muscle cuts, both up slightly year-over-year.

You can read more about the U.S. pork demand in China, by clicking or tapping here

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The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation have filed a legal challenge to California's Proposition 12, which imposes animal housing standards that reach outside of California's borders to farms across the United States and beyond.

"Proposition 12 revolves around a set of arbitrary standards that lack any scientific, technical or agricultural basis, and will only serve to inflict further harm on U.S. hog farmers," said Jen Sorenson, NPPC vice president. "California represents approximately 15% of the U.S. pork market, and Proposition 12 will force hog farmers who want to sell pork into the populous state to switch to alternative housing systems, at a significant cost to their business. U.S. pork producers are already fighting to expand market opportunities overseas. We shouldn't have to fight to preserve our domestic market too," she added.

"This law was sold to California voters as a solution to improve animal welfare and food safety, but it has nothing to do with food safety, and many animals will suffer more injury and illness under its arbitrary rules," said AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen. "The best way to protect animal well-being is to allow farmers to make farm-specific and animal-specific decisions on animal care. Prop 12 will deny them that ability while driving up their costs. The hardest hit will be family farms, especially smaller independent farms. That means Prop 12 will also lead to fewer family farms and greater consolidation in the pork industry," she said.

Click here to read more about the NPPC and AFBF and their stance on Prop 12 in California. 

The 2019 U.S. soybean crop has been one that many growers likely won't soon forget. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) March intentions survey, U.S. farmers intended to seed 34.244 million hectares to soybeans in 2019, down 5.1% from 2018. However, adverse weather conditions prompted many farmers to push the limits of their equipment and manpower to get soybean seeds into saturated field conditions within the typical planting window, thus preventing these planting expectations from being met. According to USDA's weekly Crop Progress reports, sowings lagged behind the normal pace in each of the eleven reporting weeks. By late May, just 29% of the crop had been planted, compared to 74% the previous year.

Weather was the limiting factor in farmers' ability to plant summer crops in 2019 as many areas received nearly double their typical rainfall totals during the typical planting window of April through June. The following map highlights the pockets of excessive moisture during that period with pockets of light blue indicating moisture levels at 130% to 150% of normal while the purple regions indicate moisture levels of 150% to 200% of normal. These areas overlay with many of the key soybean production areas. To put this into perspective, the following states are shown with their respective rankings in terms of 2018 soybean production: Missouri (7th), Illinois (1st), Indiana (4th) and Ohio (6th), along with adjoining areas in Iowa (2nd), Nebraska (5th), South Dakota (8th) and southern Minnesota (3rd). As a result of the wet conditions at plantings, USDA's latest estimate of the actual soybean area released in October fell short of the March intentions by 9.6% at 30.941 million hectares.

Not only were farmers delayed getting much of the crop into the ground on time, once plants emerged, the perceived condition ratings of the 2019 U.S. soybeans were well below recent years. The key metric followed by the U.S. market is the portion of the crop rated to be perceived in either 'Good' or 'Excellent' (G/E) condition. The initial reading for the 2019 crop came in at 54% G/E on June 23rd. This compared with 73% G/E in 2018 and was the lowest rating for the week since 53% was reported in 2012. The following chart shows 2019 ratings on the black line and highlights the considerable disparity in condition ratings for soybeans between the 2019 crop and recent years.

To read more about the 2019 soybean crop, click here. (By the way- this analysis was prepared by Rob Hatchett with Doane Advisory Services)

Earlier in 2019, a book was released that refutes some of the anti-agriculture rhetoric called "What Would Jesus Eat?" the biblical case for eating meat. Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Vice President of Communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, says this is a book that offers a strong defense for Christians who want to eat meat without feeling guilty, "Its actually a really interesting thing that activist groups are doing that a lot of people are surprised by, is targeting the faith-based community. Groups like HSUS and PITA actually have faith outreach people on staff who have been trained in this area, and their whole role is to go to faith-based organizations and large denominations and try to convince them to put policies in place that are negative to large scale animal agriculture or discouraging meat consumption in general."

Weeman goes onto say that your religion can be something sensitive, and people don't feel comfortable talking about it, so they wanted to help people have an excellent resource to have those kinds of conversations, "So the book "What Would Jesus Really Eat? The biblical case for eating meat did come out earlier this year, and it does look at meat consumption from several different angles that all have that base in theology. It actually includes a chapter from a swine veterinarian as well as a hog farmer, and it gives a really good perspective on what is a really interesting issue." 

Weeman says so far it's going really well and they have gotten some really great reactions, "Its a quick read and a very interesting read. Especially if you are interested in either these topics, you know faith or meat production."

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

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The holidays are upon us, and while they can be stressful for some, for others they can be downright debilitating, intensifying depression and anxiety. Couple that with today's farm economy crisis, and the feelings of stress and isolation can increase dramatically, leading to depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Plains Cotton Growers, and experts at Texas Tech have teamed up to provide information about how to get help and have hope. PCCA has created a page on their website called "Farm Stress - Help and Hope" with resources and facts about mental health crisis. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, 91% believe that financial stress or fear of losing the family farm impacts mental health.

"Every day, farmers and their families deal with factors that are beyond their control, which impact their finances, relationships, and many other aspects of their operation," PCG CEO Steve Verett said. "We urge anyone struggling with stress, depression, or suicidal thoughts to seek help, and encourage everyone to check on their family members, friends and neighbors to offer support and help during these trying times." 

You can read more from Plains Cotton Growers regarding the resources that are available, by jumping over to our website

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Seven Trump Deadline on Tariffs Nears- Chinese Official Says Hopeful For Good Result as Soon as Possible 

That December 15th deadline is being watched very closely- as President Trump has not backed off that date to add on more tariffs on really major electronic items coming out of China- like iPhones and more. 

Wall Street is desperately looking for every morsel of news as the 15th comes closer. 

Meanwhile the morning dose of China comes from Bloomberg in an article that says "China hopes trade talks with the U.S. can produce satisfactory results as soon as possible, according to a Ministry of Commerce official.

"We hope that the two sides will advance the negotiations and consultations in accordance with the principles of equality and mutual respect, take into account each other's core concerns and achieve satisfactory results as soon as possible," Assistant Minister of Commerce Ren Hongbin told reporters Monday in Beijing. Ren is not involved in the talks with the U.S. and was speaking at a press conference about developing high-quality trade."

We also heard at the end of this past week that the two sides are still trying to figure out how large the Chinese commitment should be when it comes to promising to buy US farm goods.

And so it goes- the Phase One China-US Two Step.

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