Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/11/2020, 5:11 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.

Wholesale Boxed Beef Trade may be reaching its peak- on Friday, Choice Beef advanced a paltry $2.34 to $460.88- Select Beef rises just 42 cents to $449.99. Click here for the Friday afternoon report from USDA Maket 

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
   Monday, May 11, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Usually farmers and the general public would be invited to the annual OSU Extension Wheat Field Day at Lahoma, just west of Enid, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the field day was converted to a "virtual tour." Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd viewed the demonstration plots firsthand as ROAN was invited to help share the story of those presenting. Sheperd talked to several of the OSU specialists, including Dr.Amanda Silva, OSU Extension small grains specialist.

"I am very excited about the trials here," Silva said. "A lot of the varieties are looking good and they are showing good disease resistance and standability."

Standability is a key factor this spring as the crop has been hit with strong winds.

She singled out the OSU varieties for showing high nitrogen efficiency and disease resistance.

Even though there was no official public field day at Lahoma, the OSU specialists have devised a unique, high tech method to view the plots in person.

This is  the first of several exclusive interviews we will be sharing this week from the event. To listen to the complete Interview with Amanda Silva, click here: 

To see all of our pictures of the test Plots, click here

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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today approved $1.2 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

"This is a new, innovative approach to provide critical support to American farmers and families, and USDA moved as expeditiously as federal procurement rules allow to stand up the program and solicit offers," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "We were pleased to see the abundance of interest from both food distributors and non-profit organizations. Within days, the Farmers to Families Food Box Program will begin distributing surplus food, while safeguarding food safety techniques, to communities across the country where it's needed most."

A full list of approved suppliers will be posted on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program website at 5 p.m. ET, Friday, May 8, 2020. Approved suppliers may increase the number of non-profit organizations or Government entities (e.g., school food authority, Indian tribe) they will provide boxes to within their service area but must ensure the non-profit has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President
Zippy Duvall:

"We applaud the USDA for its quick action and flexibility in finding a way to get food from America's farms to the dinner tables of those who need it most. These food purchases will help the hungry while providing income to farmers and ranchers who have seen some markets for their food disappear during the COVID-19 pandemic."

A common theme being discussed among beef producers today is the need to restrict or eliminate meat imports from other countries. This idea is especially rampant on social media. During his appearance on a recent Oklahoma Farm Bureau webinar, Bart Fischer, Ag Economics professor and Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A & M University, said this is a bad idea.

Fischer, who also has served as chief economist for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, said the U.S. has worked hard to increased trade with other countries.

Part of his role as chief economist included advising the ag committee on trade issues.

"The reality on trade in beef is that over the last 10 years we have exported $15 billion more than we imported," Fischer said.

We have spent years working on export promotion, Fischer said. The problem is if we start erecting barriers to imports in our country, it doesn't take long before other countries do the same.

"It is really alarming to me," Fischer said, "when I hear these things because we are effectively putting billions of dollars at risk."

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week following President Trump's Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"President Trump took decisive action last week to ensure America's meatpacking facilities reopen in a safe way to ensure America's producers and ranchers will be able to bring their product to market," said Secretary Perdue. "I want to thank the patriotic and heroic meatpacking facility workers who are returning to work this week so the millions of Americans who depend on them for food security can continue to do so."

The following major meatpacking facilities are resuming operations across the United States this week:

* Tyson Perry, IA (pork)
* Tyson Waterloo, IA (pork)
* Tyson Logansport, IN (pork)
* Tyson Robards, KY (poultry)
* Tyson Portland, ME (further processor)
* Tyson Pasco, WA (beef)
* Tyson Dakota City, NE (beef)
* Aurora Packing, Aurora, IL (beef)
* JBS Green Bay, WI (beef)
* JBS Worthington, MN (pork)
* Smithfield Monmouth, IL (pork)
* Smithfield Sioux Falls, SD (pork)
* Indiana Packers, IN (pork)
* Jennie-O Turkey Store, Wilmar, MN (poultry)

PriceDiscoveryAs Wholesale Beef Price Doubles- Cattle Industry Grapples With Price Discovery

This past Friday, Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices hit $460 per hundred, according to USDA Market News. As the coronavirus pandemic panic began in March, prices were around $230 for Choice beef, while cattle prices were around a dollar a pound and have languished in the reality of too many cattle and not enough processing plant capacity.

There are a half million cattle or more now backed up in the cattle-beef pipeline because of COVID-19 taking several key beef processing plants offline. Cassie Fish with 
The Beef says that we might get back close to a normal slaughter number in another week or so but the damage is done- and will take much of the rest of the year to get things sorted out- especially with carcass weights now thirty pounds above the levels seen last year at this time. 

Along these lines- NCBA President-Elect Jerry Bohn of Kansas has released a statement in response to a letter from Dr. Stephen R. Koontz of Colorado State University providing additional context and clarity regarding his work on cattle markets and the use of that research in conjunction with the 30-14 proposal for mandated cash trade for live cattle:

"NCBA has been working closely with Dr. Stephen R. Koontz to develop solutions that address our concerns with the decline in negotiated cash markets and lack of price discovery. Recently there have been calls for marketing mandates with Dr. Koontz's research being used to support those proposals," said Bohn.

"NCBA is committed to finding an industry-led solution, backed by current research and data, to increase the amount of negotiated cash trade in the industry. NCBA's Live Cattle Marketing Committee Working Group has been hard at work crafting industry-led solutions on the best methods to increase cash market activity without causing financial harm to the industry."

The letter that Bohn refers to can be read in full here- and basically lays out the premise by Dr. Koontz that we need more cattle priced in the cash market- but that a federal government mandate will only cost cattle producers millions and perhaps billions of dollars in the days ahead. 

Click here to read more about Dr. Koontz's work and where he suggests that the industry point their attention to- even as cattle producers look for answers that will help them survive.

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Five OSU Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger Seeing a Variety of Disease Issues Late in the 2020 Wheat Growing Season

As the need arises- OSU's Dr. Bob Hunger releases the latest on wheat diseases happening to the crop- here is his latest word- emailed out on Saturday.

"This past week was quite cool across Oklahoma (mid 60s F in Stillwater today) and central Oklahoma received needed rain. Unfortunately, western OK and the panhandle were not as fortunate and remain dry. Wheat around Stillwater this week was as far along as the milk to soft dough stage; wheat today at Lahoma in north-central OK ranged considerably but was as far along as approaching full kernel but watery.

"Stripe rust has fairly well shut down across the state as indicated by turning to the telial spore stage, and although this cool weather with rainfall and dew in central OK will favor stripe rust, I doubt if we will stay sufficiently cool and wet for stripe rust to pick up again across Oklahoma (plus, northwestern OK and the panhandle remain dry). However, leaf rust has started to become more prevalent over this past week and likely will continue to increase in areas where there is rainfall or dew formation."

Click or tap here to  read more from Dr. Hunger- and we have a link at the bottom of the  story for the PDF of his report that includes all the latest pictures he has from a multitude of sources. 

Alltech has announced the keynote speaker lineup to be featured in the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience when the digital program launches on May 18, 2020. The virtual experience offers attendees on-demand insights that transcend culture and industry, presenting innovation-driven solutions for overcoming challenges in agriculture, business and our everyday lives.

Cady Coleman, former NASA astronaut and Air Force Colonel, will launch the virtual experience with a streaming presentation on Monday, May 18. Coleman spent a total of 180 days on the International Space Station, taking "working remotely" to another frontier. A chemist with a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, Coleman is a pioneer in the research of materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid physics. She is passionate about the importance of inclusion, collaboration and innovation in problem-solving. She will present a captivating discussion of life in space, resilience and staying connected from any realm.

The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience will also feature David McWilliams, economist and adjunct professor of global economics at Trinity School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. McWilliams has dedicated his career to making economics accessible, adding a bit of humor and historical context. Ranked among the most influential economists in the world, McWilliams examines operational risk, human behavior and successfully adapting to shifting markets. He will share his insights on how business decisions will be made amid global disruption. 

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked 24 senators, who sent a letter calling on President Trump to reject oil-backed efforts to eliminate the biofuels industry under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Led by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the senators wrote that waiving the RFS would "exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment."

"We're grateful to our champions who are standing shoulder to shoulder with rural communities confronting a wave of biofuel plant closures, farm bankruptcies, and demand destruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "The oil industry's transparent attempts to capitalize on the current health crisis to steal markets from farmers and biofuel producers threatens to dash hopes of an economic recovery in America's farm belt. ?Our lawmakers and governors have made it clear that any move to further weaken biofuel markets is a non-starter, and we urge the administration to swiftly reject oil-backed attacks on the RFS.

"Now, more than ever, we need leaders to stand up for rural America and deliver the urgent relief our industry needs to protect biofuel jobs and their vital role in the agricultural supply chain - from producing animal feed for livestock operations to carbon dioxide for meatpackers and municipal water treatment."

CattleSaleSutphin Cattle Company Selling 20 Herd Bulls Tuesday at 1 PM at Oklahoma National Stockyards

Sutphin Cattle Company will offer 20 Bulls on Tuesday, May 12th 
at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards- Sale will start promptly at 1 PM on Tuesday.

They will be offering 20 Bulls... 2 year olds & Yearling Heifer Bulls in the following breds:
Red Angus
Sim Angus

1 stop shop for 5 breeds of Bulls!
All Bulls are trich & fertility tested!
Herd Semen for Sale

For more information- Dave Lawson 405-823-2148

We also have more contact information on our Auction Page for this sale- available here. 

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