Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/11/2020, 4:59 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 had over 8,000 head on hand for the calf and yearling sales this week- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 1.00-2.00 higher. Feeder heifers traded fully steady. Demand moderate to good- click here for the complete sale info from USDA Market News.

To see the latest Oklahoma Hay Report you can 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.

Choice Boxed Beef was $10.94 lower on Wednesday at $236 per hundred- click here for the complete report from USDA

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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Ron Hays, Senior Farm Director and Editor

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Sam Knipp, Farm Editor

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Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Thursday, June 11, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity takes us A Little South of the Red River where we find KC Sheperd talking with Deborah Clark, a rancher from North Texas, who tells her "On average, we're producing between a 100 and 120 pounds of beef per acre. Our neighbors', and the county average is somewhere between 40 and 50. That's a telling number."

Deborah explains the way that she and her husband Emry Birdwell operate their 14,000 acre ranch- they will move their herd multiple times a day to allow them to eat the very best grass and to allow that grass to not be overgrazed.

Deborah and Emry have been featured in a documentary series called the Carbon Cowboys, A new documentary series of short films about ground-breaking farmers who have invented a new way to graze their animals.

To hear our Latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast Click here: 

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Wheat Oklahoma Wheat Commission is Calling Oklahoma 41% Harvested- Going Border to Border

Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to move forward with great progress being made in the Southwest and Central regions of the state.   Parts of South Central Oklahoma have been moving slower due to the grain being ready but greener straw. Producers have been getting a good start in other parts of North Central and Northwest Oklahoma, but in some areas around Helena and Goltry, farmers have been dealing with greener and tougher straw that is still not ready to cut, even though the grain is ready.   

Producers have had to contend with extremely high winds Tuesday and Wednesday which was making it difficult for cutting, also with major concerns for fire. In some places, elevators stopped taking grain because fire danger was too high, and local communities had concerns rural fire departments would not be able to keep up if large fires got started. We did see an increase on fires reported yesterday in all regions of the central and western parts of the state.

Test weights continue to be phenomenal across the state with some areas in Northwest Oklahoma reporting averages at 64 lbs. to 65 lbs. per bushel. Yields being reported in central and northern regions of the state are trending higher, with several reports of most fields at least making in the mid 40's and many fields making in the mid 50's to mid 60's, depending on variety, planting date and production practices.

Proteins across the state are ranging across the board from 8.5% to as high as 15.5%. It is to early for a statewide assessment, but indications are showing we could have a number in the range of 10.8% to 11.2% for a statewide average.

Based on assessments statewide the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling Oklahoma 41% harvested this Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Mike Schulte and his staff have details from locations from the Oklahoma Wheat Belt- click here to read those updates in their complete report from late yesterday afternoon.

The Oklahoma City Farm Show is the premier spring agricultural and ranching event for the southern plains area, with hundreds of exhibitors featuring over 1,000 product lines for three big days. The Agriculture and ranching event returns to the State Fair Park June 18-19-20, 2020

Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Oklahoma City Farm Show a don't-miss event.

Plan your visit with the Interactive Floor Plan to review companies and products represented at the show.

The latest U.S. meat export numbers are surprisingly good said Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation as he recently spoke via Zoom with Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

With all things considered, the results were fairly solid, Halstrom said.

On the beef side exports were down only about 6 percent globally, he said. Sales to Japan kept the market strong as they increased beef purchases 30 percent compared to a year ago and pork increased 28 percent, Halstrom said.

He credits the trade agreement with Japan as the main reason for the good sales.

Another bright spot for beef and pork is China.

We basically saw our numbers double for beef sales to China, Halstrom said.

Again, he points to the trade agreement with China as the main reason for the healthy export volume.

New analysis released by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today projects a drastic drop in 2020 revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with impacts persisting into 2021.

The latest analysis projects a $59 per acre average revenue decline for the 2019 corn crop and an $89 per acre average revenue decline for 2020, compared to pre-COVID-19 projections. If realized, the 2020 crop year revenue would be the lowest corn revenues since 2006. Residual impacts from COVID-19 on corn prices are very likely to persist into 2021 and possibly beyond.

The analysis was conducted by Dr. Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois using projections for 2019, 2020, and 2021 for pre-COVID and post-COVID scenarios. It follows previous analysis built on market numbers to date, along with estimates of state-level impacts, conducted as part of NCGA's efforts to better understand the economic impact of the global pandemic on the corn industry and work to create solutions to help corn farmers and their customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website. For more information- call 405-235-4391.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, and Subcommittee Chairs Jim Costa of California, Stacey E. Plaskett of the Virgin Islands and Filemon Vela of Texas relayed concerns with the implementation of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Highlighting the continued loss in both value and demand for agricultural products related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Members detailed the following concerns in the letter:

* CFAP does not include commodities under contract, even though several of the most impacted crops are typically grown under contract, including potatoes and malting barley.

* USDA chose to cover livestock sales between January 15th and April 15th when COVID-19-related livestock market declines did not begin until February 2020 and some of the lowest market prices persisted well beyond April 15th, effectively arbitrarily picking winners and losers based solely on when livestock was sold without regard to actual market conditions.

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15, 2020. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2020.

"I encourage America's farmers, ranchers and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their county committee," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "There's an increasing need for diverse representation, including underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and minority farmers and ranchers."

Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program, and reside in the LAA that is up for election this year, may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others, and organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.

The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the swift action by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow farmers who have already purchased dicamba products to use existing stock this season.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals prohibited the use of three dicamba products, effectively taking them off the market as of June 3, 2020. AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote a letter to the EPA requesting farmers be allowed to use dicamba this season.

The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

"Farmers across the country invested in dicamba-resistant seeds based on the EPA's previous approval. Millions of acres of crops have already been planted and there's no turning back. The clarity provided by the EPA provides certainty for farmers who were left wondering how they would protect their crops and stock America's pantries."

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