Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/27/2019, 6:20 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.

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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 Thursday afternoon, December 26th 
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, December 26th.
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
   Friday, December 27, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

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

Decision deadlines are approaching under the 2018 Farm Bill. This article covers deadlines and lists considerations when choosing between the commodity title alternatives of Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) is an insurance product that is available if PLC is chosen. SCO considerations also are described in this article. (The graphic above offers the timeline of the decisions ahead)

Important Deadlines

There are six deadlines under the 2018 Farm Bill (see Table 1). By March 15, 2020, decisions concerning ARC and PLC will need to be made, with those choices being in effect for the 2019 and 2020 program years. More detail on these choices is provided below. Also, by March 15th, FSA farms must be enrolled for the 2019 program year.

By June 30, 2020, farms must be enrolled for the 2020 year. The commodity title choices concerning ARC and PLC cannot be changed for the 2020 program year.

You can review more important deadlines for the 2020 year in the Farm Bill, by jumping over to our website

This article, by the way, is from FarmDoc of the University of Illinois- Dr. Gary Schnitkey is one of the experts in the country among his Land Grant Peers when it comes to what decisions have to be dealt with by producers in the 2018 farm law- 

Here's a video Dr. Schnitkey is featured in that we have included in our webstory found on OklahomaFarmReport.Com

The ARC/PLC Decision in December 2019
The ARC/PLC Decision in December 2019

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Drought Conditions continue a slow expansion in western parts of Oklahoma, based on the latest Drought Monitor Map that is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Moderate Drought or worse (D1 to D3) now stands at 18% versus 13.85% a week ago and 11% three months ago. There was no drought reported in Oklahoma back at the start of 2019. When you include Abnormally Dry ratings with the Drought Stats- you have 39.1% of the state covered versus 36.1% a week ago.

The worse drought in Oklahoma is D2- Severe Drought and it currently is found in Tillman County in the southwestern corner of Oklahoma- as well as in the westernmost county in the state- Cimarron County. Those conditions represent 3.64% of the state's land mass- and is the same number reported a week ago. 

Click on the map below for more info about the current drought conditions in this last report issued in 2019 

I recently caught up with longtime lobbyist of the National Cattlemen's beef association, now turned Chief Executive Officer Colin Woodall to talk about his new role as the top hired hand of the cattle producers organization.

In September, it was announced that Colin Woodall would be the new Chief Executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, leaving his position with NCBA in Washington and moving to Denver. At the time of the move, Woodall, a Texas native and Texas A&M grad, said he was "thankful for the opportunity to lead NCBA." Since taking over, he's taken on the role of being an advocate for the organization and the beef business. Woodall says, "You know we just aren't going to tolerate the ridiculousness of the detractors out there, whether those detractors are cattle producers, whether those detractors are uninformed consumers, or whether those detractors are activist groups. So we have taken a more pointed approach. We're going to call that out, we're going to call it out publicly, and we're going to set the record straight." Woodall says they've received a lot of positive responses from their membership, encouraging them to do the right thing. He goes on to say that they are going to continue to be more pointed than they have been in the past.

Several populist groups have criticized NCBA- claiming they use checkoff funds for policy work. Woodall calls this is a point of attack, "Just because they don't know how it works. The firewall is a robust system that is in place to make sure that checkoff dollars are never ever used for NCBA's policy activities. We audit that internally. We have external auditors that look at that, and USDA audits that, and every time it comes back that they say we are always using the dollars appropriately." Woodall adds that he will put up their track record against anybody's claims any day of the week because it's something they are proud of and something they take very seriously. It's important to him as the new CEO to make sure they are always in compliance.

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

U.S. Custom Harvesters is a company based in Turon, Kansas. They are a member's based organization that has around 400 harvester members and a little over 200 associate members. U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is a non-profit association of professional harvesters (combine, forage, hay, and cotton), all serving the needs of the American farmer.

Director Raph Jolliffe says the goal is to make harvesting easier for farmers by freeing up their time and resources, "Harvesting is a very labor-intensive time of the year, very equipment intensive-capital intensive time of the year. So if you are in the market, you can hire a harvester. Now you've taken all the extra equipment out of the shed, all the money off the banknote, and you don't have all the headache of harvest time. You've got somebody else that comes in, gets the job accomplished for you. Meanwhile, you are busy doing other chores that need to be accomplished while harvesting is happening and you don't lack on family time, and the rest of the operations around the farm that need to take place at the same time."

The harvesting season is dependent on the weather, with 70% of U.S Custom Harvesters being a part of the grain harvest, Jolliffe says sometimes they have to wait on the crops, "You know, it is very weather-driven industry. You usually hope that Mother Nature will cooperate with you. This year everyone was late getting crops in the ground as far as their spring crops are concerned. There was a question on whether or not they would even get in the ground, but we've been pretty fortunate."

Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Sheperd and Jolliffe regarding U.S. Custom Harvesters outlook for 2020.

Sponsor Spotlight

Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April. 
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Tulsa City Farm Show. 
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 23-24-25, 2020.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2020 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here

The 2020 Cattlemen's Industry Convention opening session will be treated to a bit of Oklahoma excellence as Anna Kelsey of Tecumseh FFA will be singing the National Anthem after winning the Anthem Contest earlier this fall.

Sponsored by Norbrook, Anna won the 2020 NCBA National Anthem Contest- she will sing the National Anthem at the Opening General Session as well as the PBR Event at the Annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio in February, 2020.

You can read more about Anna and her accomplishments, by clicking or tapping here

The Arizona National Livestock Show is the largest livestock show in the Southwest, an annual Phoenix tradition since 1948.  Organizers of the event say that their goal to support the youth of our industry and share our passion for the livestock and agriculture sectors with the population as a whole.

Exhibitors travel from more than 30 states for the annual show, bringing nearly 2,500 head of the nation's best cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and swine for competition, while 50 Champion Animals will sell at the Junior Market Sale of Champions. Premium awards paid to junior and open exhibitors yearly total more than $90,000.

Oklahoma youth are once again involved in the Junior Livestock Show in Phoenix- we will be watching and will report back to you how they are doing in this final show of 2019.

Click here for more info about the Arizona National Livestock Show 

Seven 2020 Cotton Beltwide Confrence Happening in Austin, Texas Early January

The National Cotton Council and its cooperating partners welcome all to the 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences January 8 through 10 (Wednesday through Friday) at the JW Marriott Hotel, Austin, TX. 

Three days of individual reports, panel discussions, hands on workshops and seminars are designed to provide attendees with information they need to help producers make key cotton production/marketing-related decisions. 

A dynamic program, along with the opportunity to network with peers from across the Cotton Belt, separate this conference from all others in agriculture. This conference will be educational, as well as enjoyable. 

Lots of details are available on the webpages developed for the Beltwide- click or tap here to check it out.

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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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