Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/24/2020, 6:22 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.
Woodward Livestock sold cattle in their regular Thursday sale yesterday- 5,349 cattle were on hand- click here for details on their Thursday sale.
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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, April 24, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In a letter Thursday to Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House Coronavirus Task Force, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson called on the Federal government to address the building stress and challenges facing the nation's pork producers.

"Because of COVID-19, many of America's pork producers have no access to processing and have no choice but to depopulate their herds," wrote Peterson, calling on the Vice President to marshal a "robust Federal response to address this dire situation."
Specifically, Peterson urged the Vice President to direct the Task Force to: 

·Coordinate between all involved Federal, state, and local governments to provide urgent assistance to impacted farmers;

·Develop standards for humane euthanasia and disposal of impacted animals as well as outreach on existing financial and technical assistance resources available to producers;

·Provide flexibility to use all available state and Federal processing capacity to the maximum extent possible to minimize supply chain disruption; 

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 Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets weekly on SUNUP.

This week Dr. Anderson says the 2020 wheat crop price looks like it will be around $4.75 to $5.00 for wheat. He says prices are going to depend on how much wheat is produced, but the biggest deal will be the test weights and the protein. Anderson says if there is good test weights and protein there is the possibility of higher prices.

MEANWHILE- BIG doings for the 2020 Wheat Crop Tours that would be happening by now across the state.  Whole there has been no official announcement on the wheat crop tours after Mother's Day from OSU- they are signaling they will not occur here in 2020 with the announcement of the OSU Virtual Wheat Tours for this year's crop.

"This is the time when producers should be looking at how wheat varieties are performing in their areas and the OSU Wheat Field Day historically is one of the main sources of unbiased information wheat growers use to learn about those varieties," said Amanda de Oliveira Silva, OSU Extension small grains specialist. "People can't come in person this year so we're going virtual.

Silva said the OSU Virtual Wheat Field Day should be available online by the week of April 27. The online material will enable producers to view footage of about 40 wheat varieties and hear explanations of characteristics such as yield potential, disease resistance and tolerance to acid soils and lodging. The collection of electronic media is expected to keep growing with additional content submitted from across the state.

Click here to read more from OSU and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on this direction that has been forced by the shutdown of a lot of society this spring due to COVID-19.

Cattle producers are facing difficult decisions as they try to predict future market and demand equations during this uncertain time. Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, offers some thoughts on those challenges he is featured in our latest Beef Buzz- the comments being lifted from the latest Road to Rural Prosperity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to decide what to do tomorrow, let alone next year. Oklahoma cattle producers must make decisions today on what to do about calving season 2021 and beyond, Kelsey said.

As we look out into the future it's time to turn the bulls out for spring calving season next year, Kelsey said. Those decisions are being made now for calves that will come to market September of 2021.

AND- we remind you that you can check out Episode 30 of the Road to Rural Prosperity that features Michael and okPORK's Roy Lee Lindsey as they offer their insights into the beef and pork sectors as we navigate storms brought on by COVID-19.  Sharply lower prices, Pipeline disruptions as consumers buy more from retail and less from food service and even the mental/emotional stress found down on the farm and ranch- all addressed in this podcast. 

Both Michael and Roy Lee really did a great job of capturing this unique moment in our history- click here and take a listen- it's worth your time.

Abnormal. That's a good way to describe the past 7 days in terms of precipitation and temperature for the central and southern High Plains as reflected in this week's U.S. Drought Monitor map.

Cooler than normal temperatures, as much as 12 degrees below normal, including some freezing temperatures were common across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought expanded over parts of the Texas and Oklahoma

Panhandles and into southeast Colorado and southwest Kansas.

A new area of abnormally dry conditions popped up in several pockets in northern and southern Kansas.

Rains that fell Wednesday across the Plains drenched already wet areas but did help in the dry pockets. How much it helped is hard to show graphically as the data cutoff for the drought monitor maps is Tuesday morning. No doubt this week's rainstorms will be reflected in next week's map.

The stats for Oklahoma depict a worsening situation for the western region as an area of abnormally dry has snuck into Ellis and Roger Mills Counties. Combined with the Panhandle and Greer County, we now have almost 11 percent of Oklahoma covered in the abnormally dry shade of yellow. This compares to 4.53 percent last week. The moderate to severe drought percentage remains the same as last week. 

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging against payment limitations for cattle producers under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane issued the following statement:

"The economic damage to cattle producers across the country continues to mount due to the COVID-19 crisis. While we are extremely grateful to Congress, USDA and the Trump Administration for their work to keep the beef supply chain moving and deliver aid to our producers, we are concerned that the distribution of CARES Act funds to cattle producers could miss the mark.

"The low payment cap of $125,000 per commodity will prevent many operations, large and small, from receiving enough assistance to soften this blow. The proposed anticipated loss payment formula for cattle will also leave many producers, including a large percentage of the cow-calf sector, out in the cold. We do not believe this was USDA's intent, but recognize we are in uncharted territory for the cattle industry with this type of assistance. As such, we feel it is critical to continue providing feedback from our producers across the country to USDA. 

LATE NEWS ON THE CALL to Payment Caps Removed- Following NCBA's letter to USDA, members in both chambers of Congress sent a letter to President Trump, aligning with NCBA's request that payment caps be lifted to ensure all cattle producers can access the funds that will be needed to sustain their operations through the COVID-19 crisis. The bipartisan, bicameral effort was signed by more than 150 members of the House and Senate, and urgently requests the lifting of payment caps for the agricultural industries which continue to fight hard to feed Americans despite massive economic hardships.
NCBA's Lane said NCBA members are extremely thankful to members of the House and Senate who spearheaded support for the request.
"We're very thankful to the many elected officials on both sides of the aisle who have worked together with each other and with NCBA to make sure that America's cattle producers have what they need to keep feeding our nation during these challenging times, and we look forward to working in a bipartisan and cooperative way as we continue to move forward through this crisis."

Only Kendra Horn of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation signed onto one of the two letters from our state- Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts did sign the Senate Letter- but no one from the House Ag Committee leadership signed on- majority or minority.

Click here for the House Letter- and Click here for the Senate Letter.

Oklahoma Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Seth Byrd offers some ideas about the planting of cotton in Oklahoma as the opportunity to plant the 2002 crop is arriving. Here is a portion of his article that is a part of the latest Cotton Comments from Oklahoma State University. You can look at the latest update by clicking on the PDF at the bottom of this story.

"The first two to three weeks of the cotton season is a critical period to monitor growth and development of the crop. It's key to understand the interactions between environmental conditions, pest pressure and crop protection products, and how these factors impact the progress of the crop. Regardless of variety selection or area of the state, avoiding maturity delays is key to ensure an optimal fruiting window and fiber quality, as well as a timely harvest.   

"Two of the primary drivers behind the growth of cotton throughout the season are water and temperature. Development of the crop is often predicted or monitored through the use of heat units, referred to as DD60s for cotton. Daily heat unit accumulation in cotton is based on daily high and low temperatures, with a certain amounts of heat units required to get to major benchmarks in a crop's development, such as squaring, flowering and open boll. Heat units will be discussed in more detail in an upcoming fact sheet.    

Don't miss The 2nd Annual Southwest Rancher's Bull and Heifer Sale is happening on Saturday, April 25th at 12:30 at the Wheeler Farms Sale Facility. 

Address is 737 County Road 1360 in Chickasha, Oklahoma

They will be Featuring the Complete Dispersal of the Mock Angus Herd
  • Over 160 Head Sell
  • 80 Registered Angus Hereford Bulls
  • 55 Registered Angus Female Lots
  • 10 Open Replacement Heifers...EXAR Roundtable 0436B daughters from Brink Angus
  • The Mock Angus Complete Dispersal will include 45 female lots, consisting of Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred Cows and Heifers plus Open Heifers
To see the sale book, click here, or to contact the sale manager, Matt Sims, email or visit their website at:

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Great Plains Kubota, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, 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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