Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/10/2019, 6:10 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!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards- a HUGE run of 16,000 was estimated- 
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and steer calves steady to 3.00 higher on improved quality from last week. Feeder heifers and heifer calves steady to 4.00 lower. Click or tap here for the details of the market from USDA Market News

At OKC West in El Reno slaughter cows sold 4.00-7.00 lower, slaughter bulls mostly 3.00-8.00 lower - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 11,973 on Monday- Compared to last Monday, steer and heifer calves and yearlings steady. Demand moderate to good, supply heavy- click or tap here for the details from the USDA Market News.

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 for Monday December 9th markets.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Monday, December 9th.
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 10, 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 final Crop Progress Report on Monday, December 9, 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 92% this week versus 89% last week, the five-year average at this time is 100%. Harvest of the 2019 Cotton crop is just ahead of the five year average at 89% versus 83% last year, the five-year average at this time is 86% 

Analysts say that there are still almost a billion bushels of production that may be left out in the fields- some of that may be harvested- much likely will not. North Dakota has just 43 percent of its 2019 corn harvest complete.     

Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, December 2, 2019.  The next regularly scheduled weekly Crop Progress report will come April 6, 2019                 

From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 12% poor to very poor, 50% fair and 38% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 17% good to excellent, 38% fair and 45% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Kansas did not release a report this week- their last report of the season came last Monday. 

Sponsor Spotlight

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The National Livestock Companies are pleased to announce their support, once again, for the All American Beef Battalion. On Monday, December 16th, the Oklahoma National Stockyards will auction a calf for the benefit of the All American Beef Battalion. The sale will take place at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the sale arena of the Stockyards.

This is the 9th year for the National Livestock companies to be involved in supporting the All American Beef Battalion. With the 2018 auction bringing in more than $49,000, contributors to this event have raised over $428,000 from the annual auction of a donated calf.     

Robert York, CEO of National Livestock Credit Corporation says a lot of people have helped make this a success- "Many organizations and individuals have joined together for this worthy cause each year. The efforts of many have made this successful and we thank all our partners and friends for their help. Through these auctions, approximately 42,800 troops have been fed an American ribeye steak upon their return home from deployment."

Anyone may support this effort by calling 800-310-0220 and speaking with Debbie Wedel.

Learn more by clicking or tapping here.

On Monday, the 374th day since the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was finalized and signed, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway led a group of 159 Republican members in sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging immediate consideration and passage of this vital trade agreement.

Oklahoma Congressmen Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Kevin Hern are among the GOP lawmakers who signed this letter.

"The undersigned Republican Members strongly urge you to ensure that the House of Representatives takes up and passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year.

"With just two weeks remaining, the House has so far squandered the first session of the 116th Congress.

"Rather than working together to pass bipartisan measures that could be signed into law, House Democrats have instead obsessed over a partisan impeachment process of which the sole purpose is to overturn the decision of voters in the 2016 election. The little remaining time has largely been consumed by passing partisan messaging bills that have no chance of enactment, even in the case where common ground could easily have been found."

You can read more from Conaway and his peers regarding the voting of USMCA, by clicking or tapping here. A full list of the lawmakers who signed the letter are in our webstory as well. 

LATEBREAKING- A deal to allow the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to move forward seemed imminent Monday, with anonymous sources telling the Associated Press a deal was reached. President Donald Trump told reporters Monday afternoon there were "a lot of strides over the last 24 hours" with unions, adding "if they put it up for a vote, it'll pass." Fox Business News first reported an agreement between Trump and Mexico, along with House Democrats, and that it could be finalized and ready for action before the House of Representatives adjourns for the year. However, details reportedly still need to be finalized, and implementing legislation must be submitted to Congress. Additionally, the House of Representatives will need to schedule a vote on the agreement.

Stay tuned....

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 imports and exports in 2019.

"Beef exports were down 9.0 percent in October compared to last year, contributing to a 4.2 percent year over year decrease in beef exports for the first ten months of 2019. This follows three years of double-digit year over year growth in total beef exports in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Beef exports are down for the year to date in four of the top five U.S. beef export markets. Total beef imports were up 2.7 percent year over year in October and are up 0.7 percent for the year to date.

"Beef exports to Japan, the largest U.S. beef export destination, were down 23.5 percent in October and are down 10.6 percent year over year so far in 2019. The U.S. has been at a significant tariff disadvantage in Japan after withdrawing from the TPP agreement. The impacts of the CP-TPP, which took effect this year without the U.S. have become increasingly apparent in recent months as beef exports to Japan have decreased year over year for the last eight months. The bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and Japan, recently ratified in Japan, is scheduled to begin in 2020 and will hopefully, erase most of the tariff disadvantage the U.S. currently faces and will stop the erosion of beef market share in Japan. Japan represents 26.7 percent of U.S. beef exports for the year to date in 2019."

Click here to read more from Peel regarding the import and export beef markets for 2019. 

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

Jara Settles, General Counsel for the Livestock Marketing Association, sat down with me to talk about ELD's and hours of service.

The current hours of service for all commodity services is 11 hours, and after that time, you are required to rest 10 consecutive hours. However, with cattle being born all over the country, sometimes bringing those cattle back across to the feeding sector can take longer than 11 hours. Settles says the current regulatory framework doesn't work for livestock haulers, "We've been working with our partner organizations over the last several years to try to find some flexibility in those areas. Its truly a balancing act between animal welfare, economics, and maintaining safety. I think by working with our neighboring trade organizations, we are trying to walk that fine line."

Settles says concerning where we are in the electronic logging device context, the livestock haulers are currently exempt from ELD's, (Electronic logging devices) "That's happened through the appropriations process with the fiscal year 19 appropriations package. That continues to be the rule, we're cautiously optimistic that the 2020 appropriations package will also contain a delay for those livestock haulers."

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

The program has been finalized for the upcoming "Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic," a producer conference open to growers throughout the Midwest who are interested in industrial hemp production. The hemp classic is a two-day event, which will be held on January 15th and 16th, 2020 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, located at 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055.

The Missouri Hemp Association LLC, who is building upon the success of their sold-out conference in July of 2019, is organizing the conference. The program includes Midwest growers, hemp processors, legal experts, academia, genetics experts, and more. Current event sponsors include Kimitech, AgTeamPro,, and CertisUSA.

"We had a great turnout and a great program in July, and we wanted to make this conference even bigger and better," said Bill Cook, MHA Executive Director. "We are bringing in speakers from across North America to help our Midwest farmers succeed in the 2020 growing season."

You can read more about the conference and learn how to register, by clicking or tapping here

American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) wrapped up its annual fall speech contest series Saturday Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater.

This marks the 75th year of the AFR Speech Contest. Each year, the contest encourages young Oklahomans to hone their public speaking ability through district contests. All students, grades fourth through 12th, are eligible to compete.

The event has gone through many changes over the years, but has always maintained its central agricultural theme. Varying by grade level, this year's speech categories are AFR/OFU, Ag Advocacy and Policy, Agribusiness, Natural Resources, and Science.

Nearly 500 students competed in AFR district speech contests this fall, resulting in 130 finalists advancing to the state contest. At the state level, the top three competitors in each category receive cash awards.

Click here to jump to our website to review the list of winners at this year's AFR speech contest. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma 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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