Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/14/2020, 5:48 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 Prices - Choice and Select- fell for the first time in weeks- Wednesday afternoon- Choice Beef retreated $9.40 to $465.99 while Select Beef dropped $13.73 to $437.24.  Click here for the full Boxed Beef Report from the USDA Market News folks. 

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.

The Tuesday and Wednesday totals from OKC West show 12,647 cattle this week- 
Feeder steers sold 1.00-3.00 higher. Feeder heifers 6.00-9.00 higher. Demand good to very good. Quality average to attractive. Steer calves sold 2.00-4.00 higher on limited offerings. Click or tap here for the complete report as compiled by 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, May 14, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers interested in participating may register in advance for webinar at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We encourage participants to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, answers will be posted at

USDA is hosting this webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins. Producers who are new to participating in FSA programs are especially encouraged to join the webinar. More details about CFAP direct payments will be announced soon

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

The Oklahoma Senate passed three beef-related bills back-to-back with unanimous votes May 12. The Legislature has resumed activity following the Covid-19 recess, but only to pass the SFY2021 budget and hear a select number of bills. All three beef bills were selected for the limited docket.

"The Legislature's decision to include three beef bills in a very limited docket, and senators' unanimous approval, shows how urgent cattle industry issues are right now," said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. "I commend legislative leadership for recognizing the strain on Oklahoma's cattle producers and prioritizing legislation that may give them additional marketing options in the future."

Blubaugh also voiced recognition and gratitude for the lawmakers that authored the bills and pushed for the legislation to be heard.

The following is a statement of NCFC President Chuck Conner on the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

"As the House of Representatives considers additional legislation to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, NCFC is pleased that the draft of the HEROES Act, H.R. 6800, contains provisions targeted to agriculture.

"The food and agriculture value chain has been strained to the breaking point by this pandemic and thousands of producers across the country are facing catastrophic losses through no fault of their own. This is particularly true for livestock, dairy and specialty crop producers and the provisions in the HEROES Act will help provide a lifeline to them in this time of dire need."

NPPC's Howard "A.V" Roth said, "U.S. pork producers are facing an unprecedented financial and animal welfare crisis," said Howard "A.V." Roth, NPPC president and a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. "These provisions represent a critical lifeline for hog farmers struggling to weather this storm. We urge Congress to come together quickly on final legislation that includes these provisions."

Research at Oklahoma State University's Lahoma wheat test fields show it is beneficial to top-dress wheat in early spring with an application of nitrogen. Dr. Tom Royer, OSU Extension entomologist went one step further and added a tank mixed insecticide to the nitrogen application. During the recent OSU wheat field day at Lahoma Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd talked with Royer about his research.

Royer said he was skeptical about the extra application because he didn't think it was necessary.

That's one of the things we think about with integrated pest management is that you don't make a pesticide application if you don't have a need for it, Royer said.

However, the data shows it really does pay, Royer said. One reason it is beneficial is it saves a trip by combining the top-dressing application.

The jury is still out on exactly why it is so beneficial beyond the efficiency saving trip, and more research is needed, he said.

Robust consumer research is underway by the cattle industry, trying to understand buying habits and how best to meet their needs said Alisa Harrison, senior vice president of global marketing and research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Harrison said beef checkoff dollars are being used now to track their beef consumption trends to help boost current and future beef consumer campaigns.

We've got some new research in the field now trying to figure out if consumers will continue stockpiling beef, Harrison said.

We've seen strong, positive attitudes towards beef, she said.

"The good news is the confidence in safety of beef remains high."

Harrison said they are getting ready to launch a major campaign for the Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the traditional outdoor cooking season.

The tag line is called "united we steak" as it was originally scheduled to celebrate the Olympics, Harrison said. It's time to unite the country and we think people will want to get out, even in small groups, she added.

Sponsor Spotlight

Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company's long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services.

Ranchers are invited to a series of free webinars to discuss cattle production, management and marketing tips with other professionals in the field.

The lunchtime series launches this afternoon 12:30 p.m. May 14 with a teleconference through the Zoom online portal. Kellie Raper, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist, is scheduled to lead the conversation about topics such as Oklahoma Quality Beef Network VAC-45 program health and management influence on calf prices. VAC-45 refers to verification programs centered on calf health and management around the time of weaning.

Those steps have been shown to improve performance and health of calves during and after the stressful weaning period. Typically, such programs include vaccinations and a minimum 45-day weaning prior to marketing.

Registration for the Zoom webinars is now open, hosted by the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The series is scheduled to continue May 14, 21 and 28, and June 4, 11 and 18. All events are expected to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Other guest speakers will include Rosslyn Biggs, beef cattle Extension specialist; Paul Beck, Extension livestock specialist; David Lalman, Extension beef cattle specialist; Bill Barnhart, from the Oklahoma City West Livestock Market; David Cantrell, rancher and Extension educator; and Jeff Robe, OQBN coordinator.

To read more about the Webinars, click here: 

Rural communication operators are taking on significant business and financial risks to help their communities remain connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many operators are providing free service, setting up free Wi-Fi hot spots and taking other extraordinary measures to ensure people living across rural America have access to critical services, remote learning and employment opportunities.

According to a new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange division, the cash flow and debt risks these rural operators are absorbing to support their communities today could limit their ability to invest in networks to bridge the digital divide tomorrow.

"These rural operators are going above and beyond to help their communities in ways they've never envisioned and it's truly admirable," said Jeff Johnston, lead communications economist with CoBank. "But it's important for the rest of us to recognize the sacrifices being made by these companies come at a cost and have a finite lifetime."

Many rural operators have signed the Federal Communications Commission's Keep Americans Connected Pledge, committing they will not cancel service for anyone who cannot pay their bill, will waive late fees for late payments, and will make their Wi-Fi hot spots available to anyone who needs them for 60 days. The pledge, initially set to expire in mid-May, has been extended through June 30. 

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. This national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are addressing challenges faced by America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $145,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors Farm Credit, John Deere, Bayer Crop Science, Country Financial, Farm Bureau Financial Services and Farm Bureau Bank.

Launched in 2015 as the first national competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, the Challenge continues to identify the next ag entrepreneurs to watch and supports innovation essential to Farm Bureau member businesses and communities. For this seventh year of the competition, Farm Bureau is seeking entrepreneurs who are addressing both traditional challenges farmers and rural communities face - like the 2020 Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, Dana Mohr with HydroSideSystems, who developed an automated irrigation system - as well as business owners tackling new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In light of the impacts Farm Bureau members are experiencing from COVID-19, solutions from entrepreneurs are needed more than ever to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities," said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. "We're very interested to see how entrepreneurs will use startup funds provided by the Challenge to help support farms and ranches and grow the rural economy."

JackAnd Finally- A Tip of the Hat to Jack Staats, Stationed by the Owl

During the shortened 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo, one of those that I had the opportunity to talk with several times up to the point where the OYE was stopped on that Sunday afternoon/evening was State FFA Advisor Jack Staats- one of the conversations was exactly what the fate might be of the 2020 State Convention- we both agreed it was not looking good for that or for many other events that are "normal" for the spring and even the summer in the world of ag. 

Jack, like so many that we interacted with, had a sadness about him, as he understood how hard the decisions that were being made would hurt the young people he cares so much about. 

Jack is retiring from his role as State Advisory of the FFA in June.

It was not about Jack or the other adults as we talked- it was about the young men and women.

That was the case this past Tuesday evening when Jack offered his State Advisor remarks on the YouTube Virtual Awards Ceremony of the Oklahoma FFA- sad that he was having to make his final remarks as the State Advisor in this way instead of in person- sad for the young people being impacted by doing State FFA business this way instead of the way we were expecting it to happen here in 2020.

He spoke of gratitude for himself- of the opportunity to have been able to intersect the lives of so many Blue and Gold jacketed members- and challenged them to say "thank you" to the many people around them who have helped them achieve much and thrive as they live out their lives today in the Blue and Gold jacket- and in the days to come when they take that jacket off. 

Below is the video from Tuesday night- I would encourage you to jump to about the 17 minute mark and listen to Jack Staats with his remarks.

On a personal note- being a cheerleader for the Oklahoma FFA for many years- knowing and working with Jack has been remarkable.  I have watched him encourage and care about every FFA member he has known- I have watched him interact with adults who support the FFA and I have watched him on the National level be a honest and sometimes blunt advocate for Ag Education and the FFA.

Thanks Jack- I know we will continue to see you around- he mentions his future plans on the video- watch the video- and I think one of these days I might even convince Jack that he needs to jump onto the wonderful world of Twitter!!!  Ha!

Oklahoma FFA Virtual Awards Ceremony- go to the 17 Minute Mark to Watch Jack Staats Remarks
Oklahoma FFA Virtual Awards Ceremony- go to the 17 Minute Mark to Watch Jack Staats Remarks

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