Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/28/2020, 5:32 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.

OKC West in El Reno reported just over 7,000 cattle in their trade this week- Feeder steers traded 2.00-6.00 higher with most advances being seen on heavier weight cattle. Feeder heifers sold 2.00-4.00 higher. Demand good to very good. Click here for the complete report from USDA Market News. 

Boxed Beef Keeps Dropping- Choice Beef Down $7.72 to $377.77 while Select Beef fell $9.82 to $350 on Wednesday- Click here for the complete report. 

To take a look at the Oklahoma Hay report for the week ending May 21st, click here: 
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
    Thursday. May 28, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In the latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity, Legendary State FFA Advisor, Jack Staats talks with Host Ron Hays about his lifelong career in agriculture

Jack Staats has proudly proclaimed "Here by the Owl" at State FFA Conventions since 2008- and did so at the Chapter Level for over thirty years before that- Jack is retiring from his role as State FFA Advisor and the Program Manager of Ag Education in Oklahoma. His teaching career started in 1973 and he has seen Oklahoma FFA rise in popularity and in importance across Oklahoma- reminding us that Oklahoma FFA has the most members of any state based on the per capita state population.

He and Ron talk about his life in Ag Education and caring about the FFA members he has been around. Today's Podcast is sponsored by BancFirst- Loyal to Oklahoma and You.

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Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

"We know Oklahoma producers are facing a tough time now, and we are making every effort to provide much needed support as quickly as possible," said Scott Biggs, state executive director for FSA in Oklahoma. "FSA is available over the phone and virtually to walk you through the application process, whether it's the first time you've worked with FSA, or if you know us quite well."

Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020. Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion for vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities. 

Farm Bureau Webinar Featuring Congerssman Frank Lucas Latest Resource on CFAP

There have already been several webinars and online presentations regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program- othewise known as CFAP. The most recent one came on Wednesday when the Oklahoma Farm Bureau hosted Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas to offer a political perspective on the implementation and rules of the CFAP that was authorized in the CARES Act by Congress.

Congressman Lucas recently had some one on one time with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and what he learned there is a part of what was shared on Wednesday. He explained the answer that got from Perdue when it came to the large difference in money being paid out for cattle marketed before April 16 and those cattle marketed after April 16- the Secretary telling the former Chairman of the House Ag Committee that it was all about the amount of money that was provided by Congress- specifically what the Democrats in the House were willing to offer in the CARES Act- $16 Billion.  Perdue says the Administration asked for $50 billion and so they had to make the decision to front load the help to those animals sold before April 16- hoping that Congress will offer more money to get closer to that full amount the Trump Administration believes was and is needed. 

You can watch the complete presentation by clicking on the PLAY button in the box below. 

Congressman Frank Lucas talks Coronavirus Assistance Program for farmers
Congressman Frank Lucas talks Coronavirus Assistance Program for farmers

There are other presentations that may prove to be helpful as well- click or tap here for our web story that includes links to the OSU and Oklahoma FSA Webinar as well as the Kansas version of the CFAP overview as well. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that the department is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure (PDF, 252 KB) in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

"These investments will bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones and upgrade water handling systems that are decades old. These investments create jobs and improve public health and safety for our rural neighbors," Brand said. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives."

Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.

Below is Oklahoma's loan and grant.  

* In Terlton, Okla., Pawnee County Rural Water District #2 will use a $1.7 million loan and a $597,000 grant to rehabilitate wells and bring the water treatment plant up to Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality standards. These improvements will enable the district to reduce the amount of water it is required to purchase. This will help lower operating expenses and increase the efficiency and sustainability of the system. The district provides water to 2,174 rural residents.

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments headed to farmers and ranchers are designed to reflect actual losses for beef producers. The cattle industry put together a task force directed by Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU livestock market economist, to look at the losses in the early days of the pandemic. Radio Oklahoma Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Dr. Peel about the CFAP payments matching the actual losses for producers.

Producers who sold feeder cattle during this period, their payments are going to be close, Peel said.

For fed cattle sold between Jan. 15 and April 15, the numbers are also going to be close, Peel said, but it doesn't cover what has happened since then.

On the cow/calf level, Peel said he is still trying to figure out all the pieces of the calculations.

For cow/calf producers with fall calves it's a wait and see what happens situation, Peel said, as there is a reasonable chance that market could be fairly strong this fall. It all depends on where the economy lands after we get this virus under control.

Through a series of articles Farm Bureau calls The State, the American Farm Bureau Federation's Advocacy and Political Affairs team is providing analysis related to "the state of" various aspects of the 2020 campaign season, including the race for the White House and key elections around the country. Randy Dwyer is the director of grassroots program development for AFBF and writes the following:

Everything was trucking along just as it should for the constitutionally mandated, decennial event that literally and figuratively counts every American. Then, like every other activity across the country, COVID-19 forced the U.S. census to a screeching halt in March. Now the Census Bureau is waiting for Congress to respond to its request for a three-month extension.

An extension would allow the Census Bureau to complete its job, but it will create a domino effect of missed deadlines in 2021 and 2022. The original timeline had the count being completed by the end of July, with the final figures submitted to the president by Dec. 31, 2020, and shared with states the following April. The requested extension moves the original July deadline toward the end of October. In turn, the president would receive final figures in April 2021 and states would get their numbers States rely on census-provided population data for many things, including reapportioning congressional and state legislative districts. If states begin receiving their population figures at the end of July 2021, it'll create havoc for off-year election states like Virginia and New Jersey. In addition, 17 states won't have the data in time to meet statutory requirements to complete their in-state redistricting maps.

The report from Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte is short and sweet- 

"Oklahoma has taken in a few sample loads of wheat around the Oklahoma/Texas state line in Grandfield, with some reports of wheat also being harvested around the Lone Wolf area May 21st-23rd.  No test weights or yields have been reported, and harvest has been at a standstill due to rain and heavy moisture in this region. 

"Producers are hopeful to start getting back into the fields on Friday if we miss predicted rains on Thursday.   The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will plan on starting a harvest report Monday, June 1st, if weather allows producers to get in the field.

"You can follow weekly harvest reports published by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC) on the OWC Facebook page or at the OWC website located at"

We will be posting Mike's updates as they are available and will also have reports across the entire hard red winter wheat belt from Mark Hodges and Plains Grains in the days to come. 

By the way- Mike is a darn good photographer- and here is one of his shots that I really like from Memorial Day weekend- fully ripe wheat that will hopefully have a combine in the middle of it soon:

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