Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/20/2019, 5:52 AM
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At the Oklahoma National Stockyards, extremely hot weather and the uncertain markets meant the fewest number of cattle we have seen for a non holiday week in a long time- 2,382 cattle were on hand- Feeder steers and heifers sold 4.00-6.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves not well tested. Click or tap here for the full USDA Market News report.

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

OKC West sold slaughter cows steady to 1.00 lower and slaughter bulls 1.00 to 2.00 higher on a much lighter test Monday compared to the last sale - click or tap here for the full report from the USDA. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards had just 1,749 cattle on Monday- HOT and HUMID plus the market issues kept the numbers way down- 
Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves steady on a limited test, yearling steers 1.00 to 2.00 higher, yearling heifers steady. Click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market News. has 426 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, August 21st 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 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, August 19th.
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, August 20, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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The USDA released its latest Crop Progress Report for this week on Monday, August 19, 2019. According to the report, corn silking nationally came in at 95% versus 90% last week.The US corn crop good to excellent ratings came in unchanged at 56% in line with the trade guess. Last year at this time, corn was at 71% good to excellent condition. Soybeans blooming, nationally, came in at 90% versus 82% last week. Setting pods came in at 68% versus 54% last week. The US soybean crop is rated at 53% good to excellent condition, down  from last week by 1 point. That's nearly ten points below last year's crop condition at this time last year when it was 67% good to excellent.

Pasture and range conditions remain at 54% good to excellent nationally. 
Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week of August 19, 2019.

Across the Southern Plains, pasture and range conditions continue to show signs of deterioration as well. 

In Oklahoma, pasture and range condition this week in Oklahoma are reported at 10% poor to very poor, 40% fair and 50% good to excellent. Most of our spring planted crops are behind normal development- but continue to be looking pretty good, based on the latest crop condition ratings. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 8% poor to very poor, 27% fair, 65% 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 24% good to excellent, 35% fair and 41% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

To sum up the current pasture and range condition here in the Southern Plains- here's the Good to Excellent Ratings for this week and the change from last week:

Oklahoma    50%     -5%
Kansas        65%    +-0%
Texas           24%      -6%

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Two ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour Confirming Immaturity of the 2019 Corn and Soybean Crops
The 2019 ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour is rolling- and while the Nebraska corn fields looked pretty good- South Dakota in the west and Ohio and eastern Indiana on the east tour were simply a case where the scouts rolling through the countryside confirmed what the story has been all season- the corn and soybean crops- delayed by weather in being planted- have grown but are predictably very immature. 

On the eastern tour- they started in Columbus, Ohio and made it to just outside of Indianapolis on the first day.  Brian Grete of ProFarmer is leading the Eastern Leg for the group- and he writes after the first day "When the results from all 12 routes were tabulated, the Ohio corn yield came in at 154.35 bu. per acre, down 14.0% from last year's Tour. USDA's Aug. 1 corn yield for Ohio was 160 bu. per acre, down 14.4% from last year. So... the percent change we found on Crop Tour was comparable to the percent change USDA indicated with its August estimate.

"The question is how much of the yield potential we measured this year, is left by the time the crop is harvested. It's going to take multiple extra weeks on the growing season for the corn crop to realize its remaining potential. It's also going to take some late-season rains. And it's probably going to take some luck."

The eastern leg's take on the soybean crop is about the same- Grete writes about his route "Soybean pod counts in a 3'x3' square were also highly variable along my route, ranging from 43.2 to 1,477. The average pod count on my route was 970. That was better than the all-sample average of 764.01 for Ohio, which was down an eye-popping 38.8%. USDA's August yield estimate for Ohio was 48 bu. per acre, down 17.2% from last year. Because we don't calculate a yield, the comparisons aren't 100%. But our numbers suggest USDA was high with its August yield estimate for the state. Like with corn, the Ohio soybean crop is going to need extra weeks and water to fully finish."

Grete offers this corn crop bottom line about his Day One- "We came into Crop Tour knowing crop maturity was well behind normal. Even with that in mind, it was startling to see just have far behind the crop is - in virtually every field."  As for Soybeans- "most had disappointing pod counts...many of the fields were still flowering, which opens the possibility of the crop adding some pods late. But for pods to develop and fill, conditions need to be near-ideal and the growing season must be extended."

On the western leg- Emily Carolan writes for ProFarmer a review of her day in South Dakota and a small part of Nebraska- Here's part of her take on South Dakota corn- "I don't want to revolve around prevent plant acres but when you are sitting at the top of a hill and you look down on miles and miles of South Dakota crop ground to only find one corn field in your sight- you know there are A LOT of prevent plant acres in that spot of the state.  Where there was a crop, it honestly looked pretty good from the outside looking in. When you went passed the headlands and walked 35 paces in the corn fields, the variability showed and also ear counts were down. We were down nearly 9% on total ears counted when compared to average and this is such a huge part of our yield calculation that when you're off that much, it's no wonder we found a crop that was 20 bushels less than what we scouted last year.

Two states were predicted by the scouts after the first day- both South Dakota and Ohio came in around 154 bushels per acre for their corn crops- about 25 bushels an acre less than was seen a year ago by scouts. Pod counts for soybeans were also well below the year ago numbers. 

I watch Twitter for the ProFarmer tour- the hashtag is #PFTour19

Oklahoma State University Extension Plant Nutritionist Dr. Brian Arnall offered producers some key points to keep in mind this year as they begin to think about the 2019-2020 growing season, during the recent joint-meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission held in El Reno this past week. Arnall sat down with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to share some of his advice for growers.

One of the things Arnall has recently studied is sulfur's role in protein production. While it has always been understood that sulfur is a critical component to producing protein content in wheat, Arnall explained that it is becoming clear that the scientific community actually knows less about its function in growing wheat than previously thought. This realization came about, he says, when it was discovered that too much sulfur can actually lead to reduced productivity. 

"While we've always thought a little bit of sulfur is good, we're now finding out too much sulfur can be bad," Arnall said. "So, as we go forward, if you're making sulfur applications, we really need to be cautious with making sure you have a good soil sample and know the soil texture because what we've seen is too much sulfur - even as much as just 15 to 20 lbs. more than it needs - can reduce yield and reduce protein. Going forward into next year, you need to keep that in mind."

You can read more from Arnall, including some tips for producers as they go into the upcoming crop season, by jumping over to our website

Vesicular Stomatitis is continuing to spread, according to State Veterinarian Rod Hall. To date, 117 cases have been found since the last report issued one week ago. As of last Friday, there have been 783 affected premises in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Of those, 414 premises have been released from quarantine, leaving 369 reported cases still active. The latest reports indicate Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming have found new cases in the last week. 

Here in Oklahoma, a horse found with the viral disease in Tillman County was released as two weeks passed with no other animals becoming symptomatic. Samples on two other premises involving cattle are still awaiting results. The State Veterinarian's Office is asking livestock owners to be aware of the situation and the rules adherent to it. 

The rules say: Livestock or horses traveling from a County that has had VSV diagnosed within the past 30 days (30) days or a county that contains a premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection dated within five (5) days of entry containing the following statement: "All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis."

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The United States Department of Agriculture is proposing the cattle industry transition to an electronic identification system to monitor livestock more efficiently and enhance its traceback capability in regard to animal disease purposes. In concert with that, Dr. James Mitchell, along with Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University, have been conducting research looking at cattle producers' and buyers' willingness to adopt a cattle traceability system.

"USDA program designers are really concerned about increasing our response time in preventing disease losses, but as we know those in the cattle industry - we're most interested in making money," Mitchell said. "So, you have kind of this conflicting story here of trying to make an effective traceability program - but also trying to incentivize people to use this program because for a traceability program to be effective, you need high enrollment at the animal level and the producer level."

The incentives being discussed, is of course in reference to prices. Mitchell says the department's current work is considering what premiums would be feasible in driving participation in the program which will ultimately align the industry's traceability system. But Mitchell points out that while premiums might be the incentive that boosts this program, the thing that stands in its way is unsurprisingly the cost factor. This dilemma has been a key component of the research Mitchell and Tonsor have conducted.

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

For this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel discussed the role in which disasters are playing in the current markets.

"Markets are the primary means that the production and consumption of products are coordinated in the U.S. economy," Peel writes. "Normally markets ensure that supply and demand are in equilibrium, or close to it, at all times and respond to changing conditions through countless small adjustments made constantly by producers and consumers.

"Market adjustments are typically very subtle and commonly overlooked. A freely-operating market economy moves through time much as driving a car depends on a constant stream of tiny adjustments rather than violent swings of the steering wheel to the right and left."

Peel says, the recent fire at the Tyson beef plant in Finney County, Kansas is an example of a large shock that disrupts the balance of supply and demand. 

Click or tap here to read more from Peel regarding the role disasters play in the market. 

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Board will meet to discuss a possible fee increase for brand registration in the state to meet increased costs associated with the state brand registry's administration. The committee opened a period for public comment on the proposal last month. That comment period which began on July 22nd, will close this coming Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. 

The OCA Board will convene for a special meeting on Aug. 24 to consider the increase. If approved by the board, the proposal  would increase the brand registration and renewal registration fees from $20 to $40. In Oklahoma, brand registrations occur every five years (years ending in '0' and '5').

OCA President Mike Weeks provided some perspective for considering the fee increase. "The brand fee has not been modified in well over 20 years. We all know that fixed cost expenses like postage, staffing and printing have dramatically increased in that time period. We need to have a reasonable fee that allows for documentation of brands and the administration of the registration and renewal process. With that in mind, the OCA Board is asking for comments from those that use brands regarding this proposed fee increase," shared Weeks.

Click or tap here to submit your own comment on the matter. You can also read more about the proposal by the OCA Board, by clicking or tapping here

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