Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/30/2020, 6:18 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 here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets! 

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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.
OKC West had a two day total of 11,781 head of cattle- on Wednesday yearlings saw steers called steady to $2 higher whilte heifers were $3 to $5 higher- calves were not well tested on Tuesday- currently the written report from USDA is messed up but will likely be fixed later this morning- click here to check on it from time to time- if you want to listen to the market report via the ODAFF market news line- call 405-621-5533 and select option 11.

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.

Another all time record for USDA's Wholesale Boxed Beef trade- Wednesday afternoon- Choice Beef jumped another $26.56 to $357.38 while select beef was reported %19.03 higher at $339.91.  Click here for the full report from USDA Market News. 

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
   Thursday, April 30, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

I traveled to Stillwater to talk with Dr. Bailey Norwood, The Barry Pollard, MD / P&K Equipment Professor of Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Bailey joined the OSU faculty in 2003 was awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2015.

Dr. Norwood currently teaches three classes in the Ag Economics Department. Dr. Norwood and Hays go in depth into two of them- including a relatively new class he is teaching on Supply Chain Management in Agribusiness- Supply Chain is a hot topic in these days of market disruption because of COVID-19- he explains the concept of Supply Chain using the example of toilet paper as well as beef and pork, explaining that today's supply chain is very specific in how it operates- and when Black Swan events like the one that has developed with the coronavirus pandemic- it has been very difficult for big companies to suddenly shift supplies from one type of market to another.

He believes that OSU is one of the leaders in teaching the concept of Supply Chain in the agricultural arena- and he says that one of the most important things that he believes his students can gain from the course is to simply put the phrase "Supply Chain" into their vocabulary.

To hear the full podcast, click here: 

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President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) to extend much-needed federal support to the U.S. pork production system. By triggering the DPA, the federal government will prioritize the continuity of pork processing plant operations. The following statement may be attributed to Howard "A.V." Roth, NPPC president and a producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin.

"We are thankful for the support extended by our federal, state and local government leaders. As we all work together to protect workers and the nation's food supply, we need uniform and consistent solutions and all available resources to address this unprecedented crisis. We thank President Trump for taking this step.

"We must safely stabilize the current plant capacity challenge and overcome other major hurdles facing the nation's pork production system, one that employs 550,000 workers and generates $23 billion in personal income across rural America. Hog values have plummeted to virtually zero and hog farmers are facing liquidation of their farms and other assets without immediate relief, including expanded financial aid without payment limitations. 

President Trump's order, under the Defense Production Act, to keep the meat processing plants open will not immediately fill the retail meat counters. That's the assessment today from Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock economist.

Peel said early in the pandemic phase, consumers purchased large quantities of food, including meat, causing some temporary shortages. What we're experiencing now is different, he said.

"This time I think we're actually going to see disruptions in the flow of product to the grocery stores," Peel said.

"In the last three weeks we've produced about 300 million pounds less beef than a year ago," Peel said.

Closing meat plants has created problems throughout the entire meat industry.

Feedlots are hanging onto animals longer since they can't be processed, backing up the whole system, Peel said.

The OSU economist optimistically added, there is hope things will improve, but it will take a while.

"I think it's possible we will see in the next week or two, the worse of the health impacts at these plants," Peel said.

Today, the Oklahoma Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee approved the appointment of Gary Crawley of Pittsburg County and the community of Savanna to serve as a member of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to serve a 5-year term ending June 30, 2025. It will now go to the Senate Floor and then to Governor J. Kevin Stitt, who nominated Crawley, for signature.

Crawley will begin serving as the Area V Commissioner at the July Commission meeting.

"The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) is excited that Governor Stitt's nomination of Gary Crawley moved through the Senate Agriculture Committee," said Trey Lam, Executive Director of the OCC. "Gary's experience serving the people of Oklahoma through many leadership positions in different agriculture organizations will make him a valuable addition to the Conservation Commission. Not only does Gary have a great deal of knowledge on agriculture issues, but his service on the Pittsburg County Conservation District Board and participation in the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District's Leadership Training Class makes him an excellent fit to serve on the Conservation Commission. I look forward to working with Gary to conserve, protect and restore Oklahoma's soil and water."

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Zoetis released a suite of new genetic testing and decision-making tools designed specifically for commercial cow-calf operations. INHERIT Select™ is the latest genomic test to offer Genomic Expected Progeny Differences (GEPDs) providing commercial cow-calf producers with genetic insights to make critical replacement female selection and breeding decisions.

INHERIT Select is an innovative, multi-breed genomic test that provides predictions for commercial crossbred females spanning eight major breeds including Angus, Red Angus, Simmental, South Devon, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Charolais and Limousin. The test delivers GEPDs and percentile rankings for 16 traits as well as sire parentage and breed composition.

"We're excited to bring another genomic tool to the industry to support commercial producers," says Jason Osterstock, Vice President of Global Genetics with Zoetis. "We know that genetic improvement strategies and genomic data are increasingly important as we strive to efficiently produce quality beef, and with INHERIT Select commercial cow-calf producers are empowered to pursue that goal."

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many businesses and schools have closed down to practice social distancing. Many parents are at home with their kiddos, wondering, "What do we do now?" Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

Today we are featuring Ag Around the World Wednesday! Ag in the classroom is continuing the theme of Bees and featuring a video one of the awesome Ag in the Classroom teachers made with her own bees.

Students will have the opportunity to look over the different types of bees, bees wax products, complete patterns of hexagons to understand what a honeycomb looks like, and you can even watch bees hatch before your very eyes!

According to media reports, the largest beef processing plant owned by Tyson is closed today for deep cleaning and hopes to reopen on Monday.

The Lincoln Star Journal writes "Facing growing public scrutiny over an outbreak of COVID-19 at its Dakota City beef plant, Tyson Fresh Meats said late Wednesday it will shut down the 4,300-employee facility for four days, beginning Friday.

"Tyson officials said the halt in production will provide time for a deep cleaning of the entire plant, the meat giant's largest beef processing facility.

"The temporary closure of metro Sioux City's largest employer comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Last week, the spike landed the metro area at the top of the list of U.S. cities with the highest daily growth rate, with cases doubling every day or so."

As we mentioned in the headline- this is one of the legacy beef packing plants up in the midwest- plant operations began in February 1966, the same year Iowa Beef Packers moved its headquarters to Dakota City from Denison, Iowa, where the company was founded in 1961. Later, the name was changed to Iowa Beef Processors and then simply to IBP before Tyson Meats bought the company at the start of this century- renaming the plant in 2003. 

It is the largest beef processing plant in the country to be shut down to date due to coronavirus. 

Previously, Tyson has had to halt beef processing in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Pasco, Washington due to the virus outbreak.

They continue to operate on a limited basis in Joslin, Illinois where health officials yesterday said said an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Tyson beef processing plant has been linked to 92 confirmed cases, and two workers have died, according to local media reports. Joslin is in the Quad Cities area near Davenport, Iowa.


Some positive news up north in Canada-  Cargill on Wednesday announced a decision, in conjunction with the Alberta Health Services and Occupational, Health and Safety, to resume operations at its High River, Alberta, beef plant with one shift beginning May 4.  

During the plant's 14-day temporary closure, the company said it implemented additional safety measures including reducing the likelihood of carpooling, limiting access to the plant to two people per car sitting in the front and back seat, providing buses retrofitted with protective barriers between seats, adding more barriers in bathrooms, reassigned lockers for spacing, and conducting an extensive COVID-19 sanitation process. 

There are media reports that say the Union that represents workers at the plant oppose the reopening and hope to stop the planned May 4th restart. 

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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