Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/5/2020, 5:01 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.

Boxed Beef Trade on Thursday found Choice Beef down another $23.64 to $272.26- click here for the complete 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
   Friday, June 5, 2020 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received over 86,000 applications for this important relief program. "The coronavirus has hurt America's farmers, ranchers, and producers, and these payments directed by President Trump will help this critical industry weather the current pandemic so they can continue to plant and harvest a safe, nutritious, and affordable crop for the American people," said Secretary Perdue. "We have tools and resources available to help producers understand the program and enable them to work with Farm Service Agency staff to complete applications as smoothly and efficiently as possible and get payments into the pockets of our patriotic farmers."   

In the first six days of the application period, FSA has already made payments to more than 35,000 producers. Out of the gate, the top five states for CFAP payments are Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and South Dakota. USDA has released data on application progress and program payments and will release further updates each Monday at 2:00pm ET. The report can be viewed at

FSA will accept applications through August 28, 2020. Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion in 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.

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Oklahoma cattle producers are concerned about the continuing market impacts of the pandemic and the world revolving around them said Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, during a conversation we were having. 

Kelsey, who has been on the road in recent days visiting with cattle producers, said they are facing many difficult decisions as they try to predict future market and demand equations during this uncertain time. At the top of the list of their concerns is the April 15 date connected with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments.

That date is really problematic, Kelsey said. This is probably the most frequently commented issue by producers, he said.

Oklahoma Congressmen Frank Lucas and Tom Cole have asked USDA Sec. Perdue to review the April 15 date.

Three Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Advances Quickly- Now Called 21% Complete by Plains Grains- Texas 35% Done

The latest report from Plains Grains and Mark Hodges on the 2020 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest is out- and shows significant progress since last Thursday. Here is a portion of the report released Thursday evening, June 4, 2020:

"The 2020 HRW wheat harvest made significant progress in the southern plains just prior to fast moving rain showers moving through north central Texas and western/southwestern Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon and evening. General precipitation amounts were less than 1/2", but enough to shut harvesting down in almost all areas.

"Prior to the rain, harvest was active from central Texas northward through Oklahoma to within 60 miles of the Kansas southern border. Sunshine with temperatures approaching 100 degrees are predicted Friday through at least Monday in much of western Oklahoma and far southern Kansas. If that forecast holds test cutting is predicted to begin on Oklahoma/Kansas border by Sunday.

"Oklahoma is now estimated at 21% complete with harvest. Oklahoma has seen lots of variability in harvest reports with the spring freeze in far southwest Oklahoma causing yields ranging from 10 bu/ac (.67 tons/ha) to 25 bu/ac (1.7 tons/ha) with 58 lb/bu (74.4 kg/hl) to 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) being common. The areas that either didn't have as cold temperatures or were in a different stage of growth when the freeze event happened are reporting 30 bu/ac (2.0 tons/ha) - 40 bu/ac (2.7 tons/ha) yields. Test weights across those areas are generally above 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) and protein reports ranging between 11% to 12%. Areas further north in central Oklahoma (not affected with freeze damage/drought) are reporting very good yields 60 bu/ac (4.0 tons/ha) plus and test weights ranging from 60 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl) to 64 lb/bu (79.7 kg/hl) being common."

Click here for more harvest details- including the Plains Grains take on Texas.

Cimarron County in the far western Oklahoma Panhandle is now mostly colored red for extreme drought (D-3) according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.

This should come as no surprise as we have been watching the red zone slowly creep out of Colorado into Kansas and now Oklahoma where conditions have become extremely dry as a result of low precipitation and high evaporative demand.

Just as alarming is severe drought creeping into a small area northwest of Oklahoma City where short-term precipitation deficits have worsened in Dewey, Blaine and Kingfisher Counties.

The percentage of Oklahoma covered in abnormally dry or worse now stands at almost 30 percent, about 3 points worse than last week and more than double the amount just three months ago.

This week's Oklahoma drought map stands in stark contrast to one year ago when no areas of the state were experiencing dry conditions.


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Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets weekly on SUNUP.

Oklahoma's Wheat Harvest is quickly crossing the state. Dr. Anderson says the early reports are looking relatively good. He said the reports in Southern Oklahoma are showing some lower yields there with quite a bit of wheat being cut for hay, or being put up for hay, but that the test weights are good. Dr. Anderson says he thinks with more warm, dry weather the harvest is likely to move across the state pretty quickly.

This week on SUNUP, Damona Doye explains OSU Extension's plan for reopening county offices across the state.

- Then, in Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk talks about factors that lead to pinkeye in cattle.

- Derrell Peel says meat processing is starting to move back toward normal, but it has a long road ahead.

- Justin Talley has information about the Asian Longhorned tick and Dr. Barry Whitworth explains how it impacts livestock.

To help farmers and ranchers overcome barriers to participating in voluntary carbon markets, the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act, introduced today, would establish a USDA certification program for the private parties that farmers work with to generate and sell their carbon credits.

Demand for carbon offsets has grown significantly, but the process is confusing and cumbersome, limiting farmers', ranchers' and foresters' participation. Often, farmers who want to participate have to hire private parties to help them adopt the right conservation practices and verify that certain processes and protocols were followed in implementing those practices.

Introduced by Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the bill creates an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to be financially rewarded for the voluntary, sustainable steps they're taking, said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than five million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Farmers to Families Food Box Program was designed to put American farmers and distributors of all sizes back to work while supporting over-burdened food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need, and the program is doing just that," said Secretary Perdue. "It's encouraging to see the passion with which farmers, distributors and non-profits have gone above and beyond to make this program work in support of the American people. Although a momentous milestone, this is only the beginning for the program, and with continued support we expect up to 40 million boxes will be delivered throughout the country by June 30th."

"Since our launch of the Farmers to Families Food Box, 5 million boxes have been successfully delivered to Americans most in need all across the country. Through this innovative program small and regional distributors are bringing back their workforce to procure food directly from our American farmers and ranchers. Fresh food is getting to those in need, even in the hardest to reach places, through partnerships with food banks, non-profits and faith-based communities," said Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump.

Dicamba AND FINALLY- The Dicamba Debacle- USDA's Perdue Weighs In

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (located in- you guessed it- San Francisco) issued a decision Wednesday vacating the registrations of three dicamba herbicides, XtendiMax (Bayer), Engenia (BASF) and FeXapan (Corteva). According to DTN- the ruling does not appear to include Syngenta's Tavium dicamba herbicide.

The ruling has enormous implications for farmers this summer, given that roughly 60 million acres of dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans were slated for 2020 planting, with the expectation that farmers could use dicamba over the top for weed control.

EPA is only saying they are studying the decision and will respond- and the companies are vowing to appeal and vigorously defend their technology and products.

On Thursday evening- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue jumped in with this statement:

"Producers need all the tools in their toolbox to produce the world's food, fuel, and fiber, and USDA re-affirms its support for EPA's science-based process for assessing and managing ecological risks, balanced against the agricultural and societal benefits of crop protection tools. USDA stands ready to assist its federal partners in meeting that goal. Farmers across America have spent hard earned money on previously allowed crop protection tools. I encourage the EPA to use any available flexibilities to allow the continued use of already purchased dicamba products, which are a critical tool for American farmers to combat weeds resistant to many other herbicides, in fields that are already planted. Unfortunately, the Ninth Circuit has chosen to eliminate one of those tools."

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