Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/26/2020, 5:03 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.

Going into the Memorial Day weekend- Choice Boxed Beef Prices slipped about the four dollar a pound mark- down $5.07 to $396.74 while Select Beef dropped $8.35 to $374.18- 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.
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 26, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Agricultural producers received some welcome news this week when the USDA announced details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). But like most government programs it is very complex. Dr. Amy Hagerman, Assistant Professor in Agriculture and Food Policy at Oklahoma State University explained some of the detail when we spoke on Friday.

Hagerman said producers can begin signing up for the program virtually at their local FSA offices right after the Memorial Day holiday. However, there is a ton of information the producers need to wade through before the actual enrollment can begin.

The complexity of the program starts with the definition of who and what commodity is eligible, and includes the timing of when losses occurred, Hagerman said.

Hagerman said "unpriced inventory" will be particularly important to define.

The USDA calculations on what is a qualified loss is very specific.

The weeks of Jan. 16 and April 6 were used as bookends to define the loss period.

Hagerman said this is the first week when the loss period begins and the last week the period ends. Overall loss period is from Jan. 15 to April 15.

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As Americans were firing up their grills for Memorial Day, Beef. It's What's For Dinner. highlights the hard-working beef farmers and ranchers who make grilling season possible in a new video.

The video, which has been released this Memorial Day weekend, takes consumers on a journey through a hard day of work raising beef, from dawn to dusk - all in 30 seconds. As the day's work comes to a close, the Utesch family, of the Triple U Ranch in Iowa, gathers together to savor some delicious real beef burgers. The video then ends with the Barthle family, of the Barthle Brother's Ranch in Florida, on horseback, as the video proudly proclaims: "Summer Grilling Season Brought To You By Beef Farmers and Ranchers."

In addition to showcasing life on the ranch, the video highlights the commonality of families gathering around the dinner table in an effort to help consumers feel connected with the farmers and ranchers who raise the high-quality, delicious beef they know and love.

BY THE WAY- you may remember that we talked about the United We Steak Campaign with Alisa Harrison in a recent Beef Buzz- click here to jump back to that episode and hear her explanation about the marketing effort now underway.

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that the latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report confirmed with actual numbers what was playing out in the backup of market ready cattle because of the COVID 19 debacle. The report shows a huge dropoff in the placements of cattle into feedlots as well as the marketings of cattle out of feedlots to the processing plants. He says "no surprises in this report- but it refects the unique situation that we find ourselves in at this time"

Dr. Peel and I talked after the report was released on Friday afternoon, May 22nd, just ahead of the three day Memorial Day Holiday. The first opportunity for the cattle futures market to respond to the USDA numbers will be Tuesday morning, May 26th.

The May USDA Cattle on Feed Report showed a drop of five percent for the total number of cattle on feed as of May 1, 2020 compared to May 1, 2019. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on May 1, 2020.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.43 million head, 22 percent below 2019. Placements were the second lowest for April since the series began in 1996. Net placements were 1.36 million head.

During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 295,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 180,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 315,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 392,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 180,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head.

To hear more from Dr. Peel about the cattle on feed report, click here: 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America's farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what folks are saying about USDA's efforts to assist farmers and families during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Ivanka Trump: "In addition to the much-needed relief - the $16 billion that will go to farmers and ranchers to help support them through this difficult time - this Farmers to Family Food Box program is just an amazing initiative... It helps the small distributors. It helps the small farmers who were prioritized in the bids. And of course, it helps those in need. So we're very excited about this program... And thank you, Secretary, for the hard work of your team in standing up this program so rapidly. We think that it will be extraordinarily successful for our small farmers and, of course, those in need."

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall: "We want to thank Secretary Perdue for his hard work, and his staff has done an excellent job putting this program together. And we want to thank Congress for thinking about agriculture too and delivering it to your desk for you to sign.So, many thanks for helping the people that feed the American people, and we look forward to continuing to work with you, Mr. Trump. We appreciate."

National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern: "USDA's plan will provide relief to many farmers, and we appreciate the department's adjustments to payment limits, an issue which we raised prior to the department finalizing this package."

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Ross: "This assistance is a first step to getting farmers, and our customers, back on solid footing... NCGA thanks the Administration for their quick action to develop and implement this important program and address the challenges currently facing farmers."

Marty Smith, President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association: "Your executive order a few weeks ago directed toward the packers - we're starting to see the impact of that. We're getting beef, pork back online and getting the products back on the shelf. You know, America's farmers and ranchers continue to work around the clock to feed the public, to feed all of our nation, to feed a lot part of the - a large part of the world. What you've done with that and what we're doing with this - with this current program enables us to stay in business and continue to do that. Again, we thank you for that. We thank your administration. Working with Secretary Perdue has just been a great way for us to all move forward."

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Amanda Radke, a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, South Dakota, and blogger for Beef Magazine, tackled the issue of animal rights activists during her presentation this week on the virtual ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference. Radke said the activists are using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to attack the agriculture animal industry.

"These bad actors have been busy chipping away at our freedom to own and use livestock and animals in food, medicine, research and more," Radke said.

These groups claim only plant-based producers who supposedly are more climate friendly, should be allowed anything in the stimulus package, she said.

Radke said when the stock market dived early in the crisis, the groups purchased stocks in high end clothing companies with the hope to have the leverage to ban wool and fur in the future.

While Oklahoma State University Extension county offices have adopted social distancing safeguards, their ability to help process soil samples has remained largely unhindered by the COVID-19 mandates.

Extension personnel have gotten creative.

"I get at least three to four phone calls a day asking if we are still taking samples and inquiring about our procedures given the pandemic," Oklahoma County Extension Director LaDonna Hines said. "Our office set up a drop box where soil samples and accompanying information are deposited, allowing contactless delivery."

It is impossible to provide an accurate fertilizer recommendation without an accurate, timely soil test, which is why many Oklahomans in rural and urban settings rely on OSU Extension to take the guesswork out of their crop, pasture, gardening or lawncare needs. Apply too little and soil and plants suffer; too much and runoff can occur, possibly leading to environmental problems.

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) and checkoff partner Pizza Hut are joining forces to give away half a million pizzas to Class of 2020 high school graduates.

"We are so excited to partner with Pizza Hut to help high school seniors and their families celebrate this special milestone in their lives," said Marilyn Hershey, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer and chair of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff. "This is a shining example of what we accomplish when dairy farmers and importers build relationships with a company such as Pizza Hut through our checkoff."

To claim a free pizza, visit, sign into your Hut Rewards account and a coupon for a one-topping medium pizza will be deposited into your account while supplies last. Coupons will be valid for online redemption through June 4 (The program is paused right now, but will resume on May 26).

To read more about the Dairy/Pizza Hut Partnership, click here: 
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