Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 5/22/2020, 5:33 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.

Choice Boxed Beef went a little lower again on Thursday- off $2.23 to $401.81- click here for the full afternoon report for Thursday from USDA Market News 

Woodward Livestock had a big run of over 7,900 head- Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher, 800-850 lbs 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 5.00 higher. Click here for the full report from USDA Market News. 

From earlier in the week- here are the links to the Auction Reports we normally follow- click on the name of the market to see the complete report:

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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, May 22, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

This N That- Memorial Holiday Reminder, New State FFA Advisor and Audio Correction from Thurs

In the latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity, US Senator James Lankford and I talk about challenges in two of the key industries found in Rural Oklahoma- Agriculture and Oil and Natural Gas.

Lankford described the help coming out of the CARES act and the PPP- and what might be ahead in a few weeks from the US Senate- dismissing the HEROES Act as a partisan wish list from the Democrats in the House.

Lankford praised on the essential workers who continue to sustain much-needed services in Oklahoma. Lankford thanked farmers and ranchers for their work to continue to put food on the table during the COVID-19 outbreak. Lankford also discussed the need for the U-S to remain energy independent as we move into the next phases of reopening America.

The Senator offers some interesting insights from his conversation with the officials at the Seaboard plant in Guymon- saying that they have been able to stay up and running(albeit at 60% of normal capacity) in the face of COVID 19 challenges. 

He also offers insights on when the Senate will pull together a fourth phase of federal help for the economy- signalling it will be a few weeks as they gather facts of where help (and how much help) is really needed- knowing that we are talking about borrowed dollars that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back. 

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Agricultural producers wanting insight into eligibility requirements and other aspects of the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program should register now to attend one of two webinars on May 26.

Jointly hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma State University Extension, the webinars will give farmers and ranchers an opportunity to hear from experts and ask questions before contacting their FSA county office about enrollment. Agricultural producers of eligible commodities will be able to apply for CFAP at their FSA county office from May 26 to Aug. 28.

"This is a complicated program, especially for producers who may not have applied for an FSA program before," said Amy Hagerman, OSU Extension agricultural and food policy specialist. "There is some flexibility in the timing of submitting documents, and producers may be asked to repay any overages due to inaccuracies in the application or documentation. Taking part in the webinars can help put a producer in the best possible position right from the start."

Online registration is available through the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and each CFAP webinar has its own preregistration link. The first webinar will take place at 2 p.m. and the second webinar at 6 p.m. Registered participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. There is no cost to participate.

Two of the nation's major farm groups, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and American Farm Bureau, were asked to participate in the Coronavirus Food Assistance program announcement this week at the White House. NCBA President Marty Smith represented his group and later  he and I spoke. 

Like a lot of government programs, it is rather confusing, Smith said, as his group spent a great deal of time deciphering exactly what the government program provides.

For all cattle producers there are funds available on a per head basis, Smith said.

There is also money available for specific losses between Jan. 1 and April 15. If cattle producers had sales during that time, they have the option of getting compensation for direct losses. If they did not sell any cattle during that time there will be some payment on a per head basis, Smith said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement (The Agreement), which entered into force on February 14, 2020. Recent actions described below build upon the actions announced by USDA and USTR on February 25, March 10, and March 24. These are difficult times for both our countries. It is important that we each continue to work to make our agreement a success. Because of this continued progress due to the Agreement:

* U.S. blueberries and California Hass avocados can now be exported to China. This new market access will provide California avocado growers and blueberry growers from around the United States with new opportunities to market their products to Chinese consumers in the coming years. In 2019, China imported a record volume of fresh fruits and vegetables exceeding $8.6 billion.   

* U.S. barley for processing, along with the forage products Timothy hay, alfalfa hay pellets and cubes, and almond meal pellets and cubes can now be exported to China. In 2019, China imported $1.5 billion of barley used as feed and for malt beverage production, and a record $500 million of forage products.

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Drought conditions continue to creep across Oklahoma as 16.6 percent of the state is now listed in the moderate drought or worse category. That is more than a 10 percent jump from last week (6.49 percent). Almost 28 percent of the state is in the yellow shade of abnormally dry or worse (D0-D4) which is several points worse than last week.

In addition to the expanding drought in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles, west Texas and southwest Oklahoma did not receive any needed rain and conditions continued to deteriorate.

Portions of western Oklahoma have had the winter wheat crop destroyed and we're hearing many fields in western and southwestern Kansas are being plowed under.

Rain is in the near-term forecast. Over the next 5-7 days, the Plains states will remain in an active weather pattern with the best chances of precipitation forecasted for parts of Nebraska, Kansas Oklahoma and Texas.

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 talks about the price of wheat, and the fact that we have seen about a 15 cent increase in price over a couple of days, Russia announced that they were lowering their 2020 production on 2.84 billion down to 2.8 billion. Anderson says if you look at Russia and wheat, in 2015 their baseline was somewhere around 2 billion bushes. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 they averaged 2.8 billion bushels and had one year at 3.1 billion bushels. Dr. Anderson says this is important because they had that step up in production and he thinks they've stabilized, "And now as the world demand for wheat grows. I think we could pick up a little bit more in that market now."

The Hall-Coyote Hills Ranch ANNUAL LIM-Flex & Limousin Production sale is coming up Saturday, at 1pm, at the ranch in Chattanooga, Oklahoma. 

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ThisNThatThis N That- Memorial Holiday Reminder, New State FFA Advisor and Audio Correction from Thurs

The 2020 Memorial Day Holiday has arrived- which means banks and markets and government offices all are off on Monday- 

We will be having our regular radio updates on many of our great radio stations across the region but our email will take one day off- our next update of farm and ranch news will be Tuesday morning, May 26th.


Our State FFA Advisor since 2007 is retiring- Jack Staats is leaving CareerTech and will be heading to Alva to teach young men and ladies how to be Ag Teachers at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Spolier Alert- we will be sharing a great conversation we had this week with Mr. Staats next week on a Podcast that we all know and love)

With Jack boxing up his office in Stillwater- that leaves a spot to be filled- and the word came on Thursday that our next State FFA Advisor and Program Manager for Ag Education in the state will be Scott Nemecek.

Nemecek brings 35 years of professional experience to Oklahoma CareerTech and Oklahoma FFA. He taught agricultural education and was the FFA adviser at both Perry and Owasso Public Schools. He is leaving the Owasso program(one of the best in the nation) in the capable hands of his partner in the department- Jonathan Holloway.

"Agricultural Education and the FFA in Oklahoma have a long, storied history of success," Nemecek said. "There are many individuals and groups whose continual support and effort make this program such an important opportunity for our students. I am humbled and blessed to be named to this position as we all strive together to build upon past successes and look toward a greater future for current and future FFA members across our great state".

Our Congrats to Scott- and I look forward to working with him as he takes on his new duties. 


We posted a story yesterday featuring audio with Robin Reid of Kansas State on some of the details of the CFAP program- and it appears we have a glitch with the audio.

That has been fixed- it is well worth your time to listen so click here to jump over to our updated story with Robin offered an explanation of the funding for CFAP and which commodities get what once signup begins next Tuesday.

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