Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/19/2020, 5:46 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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Boxed Beef Prices kept tumbling lower on Monday- Choice Beef was $19.37 lower at $415 while Select Beef fell $24.19 to $395.  Click here for the full report from USDA Market News. 

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 9,100 cattle on Monday- Compared to last week: Feeder steers 1.00 to 3.00 higher. Feeder heifers 2.00-6.00 higher under 850 lbs, over 1.00-2.00 lower. Steer calves mostly steady to firm. Heifer calves 1.00-4.00 higher. Click here for the full 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.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reported 5,499 cattle in their Monday sale- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves and yearlings steady. Click here for the complete 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
    Tuesday,  May 19, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In just a matter of a few weeks, U.S. corn farmers have gone from being behind schedule to ahead of the average as this week's USDA Crop Progress Report shows corn planting in the 18 major sates is now at 80 percent, or abut 10 percent ahead of the 5-year average. Iowa is at 96 percent planted, Nebraska stands at 91 percent and Illinois is at 83 percent, all ahead of the average. North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are the only states lagging below average.

In Oklahoma winter wheat headed reached 93 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Oklahoma corn farmers have planted 75 percent of their crop, up 23 points from the previous year and up 6 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 8 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 17 points from normal. Oklahoma winter wheat headed reached 93 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

In Kansas the winter wheat crop is rated 40 percent good to excellent (a 2-point improvement from last week) with 23 percent poor to very poor. Corn planted was 74 percent, ahead of 57 percent last year, and near the 72 percent average.
Soybeans planted was 37 percent, well ahead of 14 percent last year, and ahead of the 22 percent average.

In Texas, wheat harvest progressed in some areas of the state, while producers waited for fields to mature in other areas. Haying and grazing of winter wheat continued in areas of the Northern Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Winter wheat harvest was delayed by wet conditions in areas of the Southern Low Plains and South East Texas. Irrigated wheat in South Texas is expected to be harvested in the next two weeks.

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The Department of Justice (Department) issued a letter to today to the National Pork Producers Council, the nation's leading association of hog farmers, to address its proposed responses to challenges posed by COVID-19. The department will not challenge the proposed collaborative efforts of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address certain hardships facing hog farmers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter explains that the processing plant closures addressed in President Donald J. Trump's April 28, 2020, Executive Order have had impacts up and down the supply chain. One of those impacts, according to NPPC, is the tragic need to euthanize unmarketable hogs that could not be brought to market due to processing capacity challenges. The letter determines that the NPPC and its members may work at the direction of the USDA and state agriculture agencies to achieve humane and efficient euthanization of hogs that have grown too large to be processed and are thus unmarketable. The NPPC may also share general information with its members about best practices for depopulating unmarketable hogs.

"Today's letter addresses some of the challenges created for farmers when packing capacity shuts down," stated Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. "Meanwhile, we remain committed to vigorous enforcement of the antitrust laws to ensure that farmers and consumers see the benefits of competition. 

The response from the NPPC comes from
Howard "A.V." Roth,NPPC president and a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. "Appropriate collaboration across the industry and with state and federal government officials will minimize the number of pigs that must be euthanized and ensure that it is handled humanely, and that disposal is environmentally sound." You can read more from the NPPC statement by clicking here: 


Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about the feed and forage situation.

A large area of low-level drought is building in the west from western Kansas to northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Some of the worst drought areas are in Colorado and surrounding regions and in Oregon. Drought in south Texas has improved somewhat in recent weeks but some drought continues along the gulf coast from Texas to Florida. In the latest Drought Monitor map, 17.42 percent of the country is in some level of drought (D1-D4) with just 7.10 percent in D2 - D4 levels. Currently just 1.21 percent of D3 level drought exists and no D4 at this time. Another 16.89 percent of the country is abnormally dry (D0). This is a critical growth period and any expansion of drought conditions may have significant implications for pasture and hay production in the West.

The May 1 USDA hay stocks report shows that total hay stocks at the beginning of the hay marketing year are at 20.4 million tons, up 37.0 percent year over year. May 1 hay stocks were up year over year in nine of the top 10 states ranging from a 25.0 percent year over year increase in Kentucky to a 193.8 percent year over year increase in Missouri. Of the top ten states, only Montana was down 5.5 percent year over year. Regionally, the biggest concern is the southeast with total May 1 hay stocks down 22.8 percent year over year in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Hay stocks were down each of these states except Florida, which was even with last year.

To read more on the Forage Situation- click here for Dr. Peel's Analysis. 


Consumers are going to have enough beef for their Memorial Day cookout, said Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Woodall recently spoke with us, and his message was clear, the overall beef supply situation is quickly improving.

We are in a much more stabilized situation than a week ago, Woodall said. I do believe we will continue to see an increase in weekly harvest to help work through the backlog of fed cattle, Woodall said.

He credited President Trump's invoking the Defense Production Act as helping stabilize the beef packing plants' labor issues.

The NCBA executive assured consumers there is adequate supplies of beef available.

"We are producing meat every single day," Woodall said.

You can have an empty meat case one day yet full again the next day, so if your grocery store doesn't have the beef you're looking for, go back tomorrow and you'll probably find it, Woodall said.

In another encouraging sign, Woodall said there is discussion of a "fed cattle set aside" program to help producers forced to hold cattle waiting to be processed.

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Five Joint ODAFF-OCA Beef Processing Task Force Meets- Releases Names of Participants

The joint Task Force Established by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association to explore ways to establish packing/processing for beef in the state has jumped into action- have met a couple of times and has provided us with the lineup of beef industry players who have agreed to serve.

Click here for details of the Task Force- Here is a list of those who are engaged as this group gets up and running:

Blayne Arthur - co-chair - Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture

Michael Kelsey - co-chair - Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

Matt Boyer, Vinita - EyebrowB Ranch - Registered Hereford Cattle and Custom Beef

Nikki Callison, Ada - Callison Ranch Beef

Ron Degraffenreid, Shawnee - Co-Owner, Boomarang Diner

Tom Fanning, Buffalo - Manager, Buffalo Feeders

Cara Gerken, Kingfisher -Business Development Specialist for IMI Global, Inc.

Weston Givens, Arnett - Commercial cow/calf, yearling and feeding cattle

Erica Hering, Perkins - Owner Ralph's Packing Company

Jeremy Kinder, Faxon - Stocker cattle

Kate Miller, Oklahoma City - Meat Industry Consultant

Senator Casey Murdock, Felt - Commercial cow/calf Rancher

Kelli Payne, Mustang - General Manager, Oklahoma National Stockyards

John Pfeiffer, Orlando - Registered Angus, Immediate Past President American Angus Assn.

Chad Rogers, Holdenville - Commercial Cow/calf, Stocker and Feeder

Virginia Rogers, Pawnee - Commercial Cow/calf

Mike Weeks, Scipio - President, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

Robert York, Stonewall - President, National Livestock

The full Senate approved House Bill 3350 on Friday that gives a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.

State Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, was a co-author for the measure.

"It's been my goal for the past four years to secure a cost-of-living adjustment for our hard-working state retirees," Pederson said. "The last COLA was given in 2008, and inflation has rapidly risen over the past 12 years. Our state retirees dedicated their lives to serving the public, and it's time we take care of them. I'm thankful for the work my colleagues have done to make this a reality."

Retirement plans eligible for the COLA are the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, the Uniform Retirement System for Justices and Judges, the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System and the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.

Under the measure, those who have been retired five or more years as of July 1, 2020, will receive a four percent COLA, and those retired two to five years as of July 1, 2020, will receive a two percent COLA. No adjustment will be given to those retired less than two years as of July 1, 2020.

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For the past 14 years, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute have teamed up for the annual Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive. This year's event will be held on May 21-22 at all OBI centers and at three mobile sites. This year's event is themed "Give Local" and "BLOOD Unites Us."

Donors can give blood at any OBI building in the state this Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donors can also donate at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore on May from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reeves Park in Norman on May 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Lowe's North on Memorial OKC on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pulled Pork will be served to donors in appreciation for giving blood, along with a free vintage "Bacon" t-shirt and vouchers to Safari Joe's H2O Water Park or the Oklahoma Science Museum. All donors will also be entered into a raffle to win a smoker.

"Oklahoma Blood Institute urgently needs your help. COVID-19 has created the greatest challenge to our local blood supply we've ever faced." Billy Hendrix, OBI events manager said. "It is completely safe to donate during the pandemic and together with your donation we can rebuild the blood supply."

More information about the okPORK Pre-Memorial Day Blood Drive including location information and scheduling appointments can be found at

And Finally- OCA Saves Convention Plans With Move From Norman to Tulsa in July

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's (OCA) 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place on July 24 and 25 at a new location -- Marriot Tulsa Southern Hills Hotel in Tulsa, Okla.

"We are excited to host our most anticipated event of the year in Tulsa," said Mike Weeks, OCA President. "We believe OCA membership will enjoy the facility and are looking forward to getting out over the summer months."

The 2020 OCA Convention and Trade Show was originally set to happen in Norman, Okla. The location changed do to rules of the city of Norman surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Norman was unwilling to allow a convention sized gathering in their community until August first at the earliest.

Click or tap here to read more about the move and the plans for the 2020 Convention and Trade Show.
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