Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/10/2020, 6:24 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.

Here are our links to our Auction Markets in the region from this week- including the Woodward market of yesterday- which actually traded higher!

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 yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
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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   Friday, April 10, 2020 

Happy Easter- Be Sure and Hide the Eggs Six Feet Apart! AND- Check Out Easter's HOPE in Our Last Story Below
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Rich Nelson is the Chief Strategist at Allendale, and Associate farm director KC Sheperd spoke with Nelson about the latest supply and demand numbers from USDA.

Nelson says the news is not great right now due to the concerns around the Coronavirus, "Corn side went from 1.892 billion bushels last month to 2.092 billion bushes and the key ingredient to this increase in corn was the 375 million bushel drop that they had plugged in for corn and ethanol, of course, this is from the virus and economy concerns around the ethanol situation."

Nelson said when he looks at the latest export numbers, they look very good for today for both old crops and new crops, "Almost 1.9 million tons for the old crop situation and that actually was the 3rd highest for this specific week in history, so that is great news. New Crop numbers are quite strong too. China was a buyer of a little bit of old crop and a good portion of the new crop today too."

Nelson says the export situation is still concerning right now because the corn and soybeans are still a bit under what USDA has for the current export numbers.

Producers are facing severe challenges right now with falling prices and labor shortages. Nelson says there are several things to consider, "One big key ingredient still lacking is the May rainfall. So hopefully, we will have an excess supply of moisture combined with cooler weather that will give us some slow planting to get the crops in the field."

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Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities.

"Spring is the season when most producers have the biggest need for capital, and many may have or are considering putting commodities under loan. Extending the commodity loan maturity affords farmers more time to market their commodity and repay their loan at a later time," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "We are extremely pleased that USDA can offer these marketing flexibilities at this critical time for the agriculture industry and the nation."

Effective immediately, producers of eligible commodities now have up to 12 months to repay their commodity loans. The maturity extension applies to nonrecourse loans for crop years 2018, 2019 and 2020. Eligible open loans must in good standing with a maturity date of March 31, 2020, or later or new crop year (2019 or 2020) loans requested by September 30, 2020. All new loans requested by September 30, 2020, will have a maturity date 12 months following the date of approval.

The maturity extension for current, active loans will be automatically extended an additional 3 months. Loans that matured March 31 have already been automatically extended by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). Producers who prefer a nine-month loan will need to contact their local FSA county office. Loans requested after September 30, 2020, will have a term of nine months.

On SUNUP this weekend- Dr. Kim Anderson talks about the 2020 Wheat Harvest now underway in India and how COVID-19 is impacting the harvest. Dr. Anderson says that harvest crews in that country are having to deal with checkpoints where sanitizing crews are checking the workers and cleaning the equipment.

By the time that the hard red winter wheat harvest is nearing the Red River in southwestern Oklahoma around June 1st, 25% of the 2020 wheat harvest will be completed globally. At this point, it's too early to say- but custom harvest crews may face checkpoints of their own in the southern plains- not unlike the situation that they faced a few years ago when the state of Oklahoma was inspecting harvest equipment coming up from Texas in areas that had scab. Crews should be able to move- but there could be extra rules and inspections to deal with in the 2020 harvest season.

This week on SUNUP, we learn about the role of OSU Extension during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can check out the details of this weekend's show and have a chance to hear Dr. Anderson's comments by clicking or tapping here. 

A close look at the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows severe drought is expanding in the northwest Oklahoma Panhandle. Cimarron County is now almost entirely engulfed in moderate to severe drought. The severe drought is starting to slowly creep into Texas County as about one-third of that county is now rated abnormally dry to severe drought.

The photo accompanying this story was shot in Cimarron County.

There continues to be a small pocket of abnormally dry in Greer County, but this area has decreased during the past several weeks.

Statewide, the total landmass in severe drought has expanded from less than 1 percent last week to 2.27 percent this week. Three months ago, the total area in severe drought was 3.64 percent and the total area rated abnormally dry was 23.74 percent, compared to 4.53 percent today.

There is no extreme or exceptional drought anywhere in Oklahoma today.

Looking ahead to the next 7 days, the National Weather Service precipitation map does not show much relief for the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Elsewhere, drought-related conditions deteriorated in southwestern Kansas, south-central Colorado and along the Gulf Coast region.


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The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit partner each year to honor teachers from around the country for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach countless topics.

This year, Christie Puckett, a third through sixth grade science teacher from Maysville, Oklahoma and seven other teachers from across the country have been selected as the 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award winners. Puckett, who has taught at Maysville Public Schools for her entire 34-year teaching career, has pursued Ag in the Classroom in many ways, including by attending countless workshops, tours and conferences across the state and nation.

She is recognized for her use of the school garden in regard to helping her students study the origins of the fruits and vegetables grown in it. This allows students to 'travel' to different stations in the garden to learn about that particular region of the world in which the crop is grown, the way land forms, water bodies in that area and the climate specific to it.

"I have such a heart for the town I was born and raised in," Puckett said. "So, it comes as no surprise that Maysville is where God planted me to teach for the last 34 years. It is primarily a farming town, and I love the sense of unity agriculture brings to our community."
Although her accomplishments clearly speak to her dedication, it truly does all start in the classroom. Puckett has incorporated agricultural lessons into her classes since she began teaching.

"Christie has a deep passion for teaching agricultural literacy to her students," said Audrey Harmon, Oklahoma AITC state coordinator. "When teaching kindergarten, she loved 'The Little Red Hen' lesson and focused not only on the moral of the story, but also the life cycle of wheat."

John Deere, in collaboration with the UAW, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, announced today it is producing protective face shields at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois. Deere employees will initially produce 25,000 face shields to meet the immediate needs of health-care workers in several of its U.S. manufacturing communities.

Deere, in collaboration with the UAW, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, has joined a number of organizations and companies across the country to produce protective face shields for health-care workers in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.   
  • Employees started production on Wednesday, April 8, at the John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois. The factory manufactures planting equipment and precision ag solutions for a global customer base.
  • Deere expects to produce 25,000 face shields in the initial stages of production and has ordered materials and supplies to produce an additional 200,000 face shields.
  • The first 25,000 protective face shields will be delivered to 16 U.S. Deere factories in eight states as well as the company's U.S. Deere-Hitachi factory for local distribution. The initial run will help meet the immediate needs of health-care workers in those communities.

Materials and supplies are on order to produce an additional 200,000 face shields. The company is using an open-source design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the project and leveraging expertise, skills and innovation of its employee base.   

Bits  Bits and Pieces- Markets Off, Farm Bureau ZOOM and Secretary Sonny Tweet

Markets are generally closed today for Good Friday- and the overnight electronic Ag Futures trade resumes Sunday evening. 

USDA is not closed today- and we will have wholesale boxed beef trade details later today as normal.


Oklahoma Farm Bureau has scheduled a follow-up Zoom call to provide an update on the latest rules and information surrounding the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and how it applies to farmers and ranchers.
The meeting is set for Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

Details on the ZOOM conference are available here. 

Secretary Sonny Perdue says he is working on it- how to split up the $9.5 billion from the CARES Act that was earmarked to help farmers and ranchers cope with market fallout from COVID-19

He tweeted yesterday "At the direction of @realDonaldTrump, @USDA is using all financial resources we have been given to develop a program that will include direct payments to farmers & ranchers hurt by COVID-19 & other procurement methods to help solidify the supply chain from producers to consumers."

Earlier the President said on Twitter- I have directed @SecretarySonny to expedite help to our farmers, especially to the smaller farmers who are hurting right now. I expect Secretary Purdue to use all of the funds and authorities at his disposal to make sure that our food supply is stable, strong, and safe, We will always be there for our Great Farmers, Cattlemen, Ranchers, and Producers!"

At a webinar last night- Dr. Glynn Tonsor of K-State said that he thinks most of the "asks" by the various agricultural groups will be in by today or tomorrow- and USDA will then have to decide how much assistance can be delivered to a lot of areas of the ag economy that has been mugged by the Pandemic. 

EasterEaster Weekend Has Arrived- and With It- HOPE!!!

If you are familiar with the Easter timeline- last night was the night that Jesus hosted his Disciples in what we know as the Last Supper- and later the betrayal by Judas.  

Today- what we call Good Friday was anything but for those Disciples as Jesus was arrested late last night- then was quickly tried and condemned to death- nailed to a cross and dying on that cross later this afternoon. 

Saturday was a day of shock and total despair- but then came early Sunday morning. 

That's where I would like to pick up the story and share the words of Max Lucado with you:

"The women who buried Jesus on Friday returned to visit him early Sunday morning.  They brought spices and perfumes to anoint the body.  What they found is the substance of Easter hope:  no stone in front of the grave, no body within the grave.  They found an angel, clothed in white, seated on the stone.   "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay" (Mt. 28:6 NKJV).

"When they did, they saw the first signs of the resurrection:  a vacant slab, an abandoned burial cloth, a folded shroud, and a beaming angel.  And, could we examine the empty grave with them, we'd find something else.  Languishing in the corner, in the dust, doomed to be sealed and buried forever...your stack of  I can'ts.

"God buried your  I can'ts  in the grave of Christ.  Every last one of them.  You say you can't forgive someone?  You can't, but with Christ you can.  Can't survive the struggle?  You can't, but with Christ you can.  Can't hang on any longer?  Turn to Christ for help.  "God's power is very great for us who believe.  That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead" (Eph. 1:19-20 NCV).  The same steely, burly force that raised Christ from the dead will turn your "I can'ts" into "I cans":  "I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me the strength" (Phil. 4:13 NCV).

"With Christ you can face the struggles of Friday.  Set your mind on the joy that awaits you.

"With Christ you can endure the silence of Saturday.  Be patient.  Christ will come.

"With Christ you can celebrate on Sunday.  The same power that defeated His death will give you life.  Have you asked for it? Have you asked God to help you?"

This will be a different Easter Sunday morning than any of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes- but God has not changed- He is still willing to give you His free gift- I would invite you to check out an online celebration of the Easter miracle- if you don't have a church home- google and one close to you will pop up. 

Jan and I will be celebrating by participating with a couple of church families that we love(digitally)- our church home here in Oklahoma can be found here- we invite you to find out about God's gift for you by joining us Sunday morning at 9:45- or email me if you want to talk about it. 

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