Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/4/2020, 4:51 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.
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
    Thursday,  June 4, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

I caught up with Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to disucss this weeks Wheat Commission report for June 3. Click on the listen link below to hear their complete converation about the way the 2020 Wheat harvest in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma wheat harvest continues throughout the state with harvest taking place on the Oklahoma/Texas border to regions as far North as Waukomis and Marshall. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is estimating harvest to be 8 percent complete, with some regions in Central Oklahoma around Okarche, Piedmont and Kingfisher to already be 20 percent harvested. In Southwest Oklahoma, around the Grandfield area, estimates are coming in with the crop to be 50 percent harvested and around Frederick, they are estimating 75 percent of the crop harvested with speculation that harvest will be over in this region by the weekend if dry weather continues.

Harvest around Grandfield and Frederick is moving faster due to lack of acres that will be cut because of the severe freeze damage. Overall, it is estimated it will be a few more days before combines start rolling in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma, with producer's hopeful they will be in the fields over the weekend. Harvest has also been slower to start in the Chickasha, Apache, Hinton, Rocky and Sentinel regions due to higher moisture with the wheat not quite ready. Producers are hopeful harvest will get rolling this afternoon and tomorrow. Low yield reports continue to come from most areas of Southwest Oklahoma. Reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre with the occasional report of a field making in the mid 30's. As harvest has progressed into the central part of Oklahoma, the reported yields are ranging from the low 30's to mid 40's, with some reports of fields yielding in the mid 50's to low 60's.

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The Oklahoma FFA has just announced their 2020 Stars Over Oklahoma winners- they include:

Star Farmer of Oklahoma- Raegan Klassen, Hydro-Eakley FFA
Ag Instructor- Chris Klassen

Star in AgriBusiness- Kale Miller, Stroud FFA
Ag Instructor- Jason Berna

Star in Agricultual Placement- Landri Chaplin, Weatherford FFA
Ag Instructor- Phillip Major

Star in AgriScience- Jentry Squires, Kingfisher FFA
Ag Instructor- Megan Thormodsgard

As AREA Stars, these four statewide winners won $500 scholarships- they receive an additional $1200 in Scholarships for being named State Stars and also receive a Governor's Trophy Plaque.

The latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity takes us to Weatherford, Oklahoma as I talk with State Representative Harold Wright about his 12 years in the Oklahoma State House- including the last four as Speaker Pro Tempore.

He offers his take on the 2020 Legislative Session and how challenging it was to write a budget in the middle of the Pandemic.

We also talk our shared passion- radio- and the lifetime that Wright has spent in the business. And- Harold offers great insights into rural Oklahoma and what's ahead for parts of the state outside of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

To hear the latest Road to Rural Prosperity,  
In a world filled with negative news Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock market economist offered some hope for livestock producers. In comments on the K-State Radio Network this week Peel said there are adequate supplies of feed stocks in most of the country.

The USDA is estimating May 1 hay stocks at 37 percent above year ago levels, he said, with the tightest area in the southeast U.S.

I think we are in pretty good shape, Peel said.

His optimism extends to the cost of buying feed where he expects prices to be steady to lower than a year ago.

In terms of the feed grains, ample supplies should hold prices down, Peel said.

We're projecting ending stocks for the end of the current crop year, which is August 31, at very high levels and even bigger stocks a year from now, he said.

The OSU economist said low feed costs are critical to helping cattle producers reduce the negative impact of the depressed cattle market this year.

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Summertime is almost here as the kiddos are out of school now and many parents are at home with their kiddos, wondering, "What do we do now?" Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

Today we are featuring Around The World Wednesday! Who loves watermelon?? Oklahoma farmers grow watermelons for us to enjoy and we even have the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival every year (sadly not this year due to Covid 19) to celebrate this yummy fruit....or is it a vegetable? Botanically, it appears to be a fruit and is eaten like a fruit, but the watermelon is a member of the cucumber family known as the Cucurbitaceae and are grown like a vegetable crop. In fact, Oklahoma declared it their State Vegetable in 2007. Either way, it is delicious!! Which country grows the most watermelons? China - They grow over 79 million tons of watermelons per year!

Melons are warm season crops that thrive in Oklahoma's long growing season. All kinds of melons grow in Oklahoma, but our watermelon crop is the most profitable. In 2015 Oklahoma produced 540,000 hundredweight of watermelon, adding about $7 million to our state's economy.

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Selk asks can we select cattle to reduce pinkeye incidence?

As a kid growing up on a farm/ranch in central Nebraska, one of my least favorite summertime chores was to help my dad treat cows, calves, or yearlings for eye infections. We tried the purple aerosol spray and powders squirted in the eye. We even glued canvas patches on infected eyes to aid in the healing of eye infections. Nothing seemed to be the silver bullet we were hoping to find. I often wondered if susceptibility to eye infections was passed from mother to offspring via some genetic component. Should we automatically cull replacement heifers from cows that had severe eye infections?

Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers. Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes. Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions. One of the culprits that initiates and spreads eye problems between herds and among herdmates is "Pinkeye" or more properly called Infectious Bovine Keratoconjnctivits. An excellent Oklahoma State University fact sheet about the prevention and treatment of "Pinkeye" is available online at: /Get/Do  Iowa State University animal scientists analyzed field data from ISU herds and cooperator herds in 2003 through 2005.

From Jayson Lusk's blog- details of a study that looks at how the California Proposition that mandated more space for laying hens impacted chicken producers and consumers far beyond the borders of California cold hard cash.

Dr. Lusk writes about the "Piecemeal Farm Regulation and the U.S. Commerce Clause" by Colin Carter, Aleks Schaefer, and Daniel Scheitrum."

In their research- they state"The food movement in America has generated piecemeal state laws that-in effect (and possibly by design)-influence how farms in other states operate."

A summary of their research states "Our results indicate that the policy had widespread effects across the U.S. In the months following implementation of AB 1437, wholesale egg prices in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and South Central U.S. experienced a dramatic increase. Since then, prices have continued to trade at a 7¢-10¢ premium over their former long-term equilibrium. AB 1437 has also increased the share of laying hens housed in California-compliant enclosures across the U.S and led to increased concentration of out-of-state firms shipping eggs to California. Between January 2015-December 2017, California hen housing requirements cost U.S. consumers almost $2.7 billion. The majority of these costs ($1.98 billion) were borne out of state."

Read more about the most populous state in the country and how they want to tell you how to farm- and why they are getting away with it- click or tap  here for the post from former OSU Ag Economist Dr. Jayson Lusk.

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