Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/1/2020, 6:33 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.

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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.

Boxed Beef Trade continued to climb into the rarified air of all time record levels on Thursday- Choice Beef was up another $10 to $367.56 while select was also up $10 to $350.16.  Click here for the complete report from USDA Market news. 

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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Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, May 1, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In a world where COVID-19 is the current reality- that means assessing the size of the hard red winter wheat crop in the southern plains will be totally different than has ever been seen. I sat down Thursday afternoon with Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mike Schulte, to talk about the 2020 crop and the plans that the Commission and other wheat industry stakeholders have put together to allow wheat farmers and the trade to learn about conditions related to the 2020 crop.

About the crop- Schulte says that while there has been freeze damage in southwestern parts of Oklahoma because of the below thirty two degree - there is still some really good wheat in central, north central and northwestern parts of the state. He expressed worry about the western half of the Panhandle, as dry conditions have blown up into drought and likely sinking much hope for the dryland crop in that area. Schulte believes "I'm hopeful that we are going to have an average crop in the state but it's really going to be a challenge for those producers in southwest and south central Oklahoma."

What is average? Well, over the last ten years, the average production in Oklahoma has been 101 million bushels- top production over the decade coming in 2012 when Oklahoma farmers had 154 million bushels that came out of their fields while the low water mark was 47.6 million bushels in 2014 when everything that could go wrong with a wheat crop did.

Click here for our complete story which includes our conversation with Schulte- and it has lots of information about the virtual wheat tours now online to view, plus the upcoming Wheat Crop Assessment session on May 5th- which replaces the annual Crop Assessment that has been happening for decades at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association. 

There will be a ZOOM session for that next Tuesday- click here to register for that meeting that will start at 9 AM.

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National also owns and operates other livestock marketing subsidiaries including Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma, OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma, and the nation's premier livestock video sale, Superior Livestock Auction. National offers customers many services custom made for today's producer. To learn more, click here for the website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Looking at the rain starved Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding region on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map and concern grows as the areas of abnormally dry and severe drought expands.

Temperatures across the High Plains were generally warmer than normal last week with departures of 2 to 6 inches above normal. Much of the region received less than 0.5 inches of precipitation.

Moderate and severe drought (D1 and D2) expanded over eastern Colorado. This area has not received timely spring rains. Across the entire High Plains region, local drought experts are discussing the emerging dryness and are closely monitoring the situation as planting begins and the need for moisture increases.

Three House Ag Committee Chair Calls for Task Force to Protect Workers and Move to Reopen Processing Plants

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson held a media event and issued a statement on Thursday supporting the creation of local task forces to provide a framework to reopen meatpacking facilities in a way that protects worker health and safety and begins to reduce the backup of hogs for processing in Minnesota and nationwide. 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is convening such a task force to determine the steps necessary to keep workers safe and get plants like JBS' Worthington back online, according to the statement. The governor's office will work with representatives from the JBS facility, local leaders from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

"First, we've got to have testing done broadly enough to know exactly the scale of the infections. Second, workers need masks, faceshields and other PPE, as well as a plan that keeps them a safe distance apart from each other. Our USDA meat inspectors need to be provided with the PPEs necessary to keep them safe and healthy as well. Finally, the plants need to run at a scale and a speed that accounts for the reduced workforce levels we'll have as we get started. Only after workers are confident those needs are met can plants reopen safely, Peterson said.

The JBS Worthington plant, which closed April 20, plans to reopen only to euthanize hogs that area farmers cannot market due to multiple slaughterhouse closures.

Click here for the full news release from Chairman Peterson. 

Click here for a US map that shows where meat processing plants are currently either closed, have closed and reopened or have reported COVID-19 cases but remain in operation at some level. 

The American Soybean Association (ASA) COVID-19 Task Force conducted a survey in April regarding the effects of COVID-19 on soy growers, their operations, employees, and families. Stress reported by the 86 farmer respondents from across the soy-producing states was high. ASA, state soybean affiliates, and the United Soybean Board (USB) want to help.

This May, during Mental Health Month, ASA is launching a proactive communications campaign to combat #FarmStress and offer #SoyHelp. Help comes in many forms and from many sources, and ASA has researched a range of options that will be shared both nationally and by state soybean affiliates:

1. National mental health resources, including suicide hotlines and crisis centers

2. Agriculture-specific resources for farmers and farm families, both national and state

3. COVID-19-specific resources for stress and other concerns, both national and state

"Stress levels have crept up out there in farm communities for some time now," said Kevin Scott, soybean farmer from South Dakota and chair of the ASA C-19 Task Force. "As farmers, we are all faced with varying levels of anxiety resulting from a host of concerns - the coronavirus pandemic, weather issues, 

Sponsor Spotlight

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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 tells SUNUP that Oklahoma producers planted more winter wheat for the 2020 crop last fall compared to a year earlier- and are expected to plant more cotton and corn acres in the state this spring. He anticipates a wheat harvest of about the same number of bushels that we harvested a year ago- he calls the current expectations that he has in the 100 to 110 million bushel range- the crop being hurt in many locations by the mid April freeze as well as localized hail.

As far as prices for the 2020 wheat that will be produced- he expects best prices for wheat farmers to sell into may come in the June, July and August time period

Besides the comments from Dr. Anderson- click or tap here for a rundown on the SUNUP show for this Saturday and Sunday(the rundown and a chance to hear Dr. Anderson's comments!)

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Partners With OK Foods for Donation Event in LeFlore County today

With the donation of nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken from OK Foods, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is organizing a food distribution to families in need. Each vehicle will be given a 40-pound box of frozen chicken products.

If you, or someone you know is in need, you can stop by the LeFlore County Fairgrounds from Noon until food is fully dispersed. The fairgrounds are located at: 
1509 S. Broadway Street
Poteau, OK 74953

As the driver moves the vehicle into the receiving area, they will be asked to open their trunks, preferably without leaving their vehicle. Volunteers will place the donated product in the trunks of a vehicle and will never hand the product directly to anyone. Adequate trunk space must be available for the product to be placed in the trunk. All individuals who attend will have the responsibility to guarantee this. Failure to abide by this process may result in the driver being excused from the line without receiving product.

This event is made possible with the assistance of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, City of Poteau, Poteau Police Department, Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Charities, and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

Today is the day for the Express Ranches State Bull Offering. 

The Sale will be held at Noon at the Ranch, at 2202 N 11th Street in Yukon, Oklahoma. 

They will be selling over 600 head. 

175 Angus Bulls
15 Angus Show Heifers
30 Angus Fall Bred Heifers
150 Angus Pairs
60 Angus Yearling Heifers (AI'D ONE TIME)
25 Hereford Pairs and Bred Heifers
30 Commercial Fall Bred Heifers

Also featuring....37 Bulls from Oklahoma State University (27 Angus - 7 Hereford - 3 Simmental)

You can bid online at

For more information or a Sale Book, Contact the Ranch
800-664-3977 or 405-350-0044
Bob Funk, Owner
Jarold Callahan, President

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Great Plains Kubota, Stillwater Milling Company, Oklahoma Cotton CouncilNational 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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