Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/16/2020, 4:59 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.

The Oklahoma National Stockyards had a busy Monday with 10,300 head on hand-  Compared to last Monday- Feeder steers and heifers steady to 3.00 higher, 600-700 lb steers 1.00-3.00 lower. Steer calves 3.00-5 00 lower but weights under 450 lbs not well tested. Heifer calves steady to 4.00 lower. Demand good to very good for feeder cattle; moderate for calves.  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.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reported 6,100 cattle on Monday- Compared to last week, steers and heifers sold steady to 5.00 lower with the exception of some yearling heifers trading 1.00 to 3.00 higher. Click here for the complete report.

Boxed Beef Prices continued the downhill slide on Monday- Choice Beef dropped $2 to $228 while Select Beef was off almost $5 to $214- click here for the full report from USDA Market News.

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, June 16, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission has released the Wheat Commission Harvest report for June 15, and says Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to move forward with great progress being made in the Southwest, Central and Northern regions of the state. Harvest is wrapped up in Southwest and South Central Oklahoma for the most part.   

Parts of North Central Oklahoma are also reporting to be 95 to 99% completed, with areas of Northern and Northwest Oklahoma 50% to 80% completed depending on location. In Northeast Oklahoma at Afton and Miami, producers are just getting into the fields. In the Panhandle region, producers continue working on dryland harvest, with the hopes they will start with irrigated wheat towards the middle or the end of the week. Test weights across the state are being reported as extremely positive with averages for all regions ranging from 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel.

Yields in Southwest Oklahoma varied all over the board from 15 bushels to 30 bushels per acre with a few higher yields noted. In parts of South Central Oklahoma around Apache and Hinton, the yields have been reported to be better. In some areas around Apache, yields were reported in the mid 40's to mid 50's depending on variety and field location.   Yield trends have been higher in Central, Northern and most parts of Northwest Oklahoma. A lot of wheat ranging from the mid 40's to mid 50's and several yields reported in the mid 60's also have been reported.   In Northeast Oklahoma as harvest begins, no yields have been reported but it looks like the test weights are going to remain strong with yields lower due to severe freeze damage. In the Panhandle region, decent yields are being reported on dryland wheat in the Eastern region of the Panhandle, with higher yields in the mid 40's being reported around Buffalo.

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The majority of the nation's corn crop is entering the summer months in great shape as 71 percent of the crop in the 18 major corn states is rated in the good to excellent category this week according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report. Approximately 24 percent is fair, and 5 percent is rated poor to very poor. At this time last year only 59 percent of the crop was considered good to excellent.

Oklahoma winter wheat acres harvested reached 40 percent as of the reporting deadline of June 14, up 27 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal.

Kansas wheat producers have harvested 9 percent of their crop, about in line with the 5-year average.The Kansas corn crop is rated 54 percent good to excellent (60 percent last week), 37 percent fair and 9 percent poor to very poor.     

Texas winter wheat harvest progressed rapidly and had reached the northern most tier of counties in the Northern High Plains. Winter wheat damage was reported from excess heat in some areas of the Southern Low Plains, however other areas were reporting slightly better than average yields.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue  issued the following statement on Secretary Perdue Statement on Dicamba Plaintiffs' Attack on EPA Order:

"USDA supports the actions taken by the EPA to respond responsibly to the decision of the Ninth Circuit regarding Dicamba. At a time when the security of the food supply chain is paramount, the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies seek to cripple American farmers and further limit their ability to feed, fuel, and clothe this nation and the world.

The Ninth Circuit should not allow plaintiffs' hostility against the American farmer to cloud the fact that the EPA's actions follow both legal precedent and common sense."

Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about how early drought planning will pay off.

Drought conditions have expanded rapidly in recent weeks across western and northern Oklahoma as well as much of the western half of the U.S. Though many regions do not yet face imminent actions, it is not too early to develop drought plans. The natural optimism of agricultural producers and the inevitable hope that rain will come "any day now" makes it tempting to postpone drought planning. It is better to have a plan that is ultimately not needed than wait until conditions force decisions at a time when alternatives are significantly reduced.

Drought-reduced pasture and/or hay production may lead to a need to reduce forage demands in cattle operations. Early cow culling may be a place to begin. Identify older or cows without a calf that are likely culling candidates and consider culling early. Cull cow prices are seasonally higher now than they will be later in the year or if significant regional culling occurs due to drought. Early pregnancy testing can help identify cows that could be culled early.

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Trade negotiations continue amid pandemic concerns and Kent Bacus, director of international trade and market access for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, provides an update on today's Beef Buzz.

We've continued to do the work and bring some relief to American beef producing families, Bacus said.

He pointed out one of the major trade issues with China is moving forward and that is a big positive note.

We've seen the further implementation of the Phase One deal with China and that has long-term benefits, Bacus said.

The NCBA official praised government officials and others for making sure the China deal, as well as trade agreements with other countries continue.

Bacus singled out the negotiations with the United Kingdom as something to keep an eye on the rest of this year

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is hosting two upcoming disaster loan webinars on CFAP, EIDL and PPP for Agriculture.

The Zoom trainings will be Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17. Both will start at 1 p.m.

Representatives from Kiamichi Tech, Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma SBDC will walk farmers and ranchers through the process and answer questions.

Registration link for Tuesday, June 16:

Registration link for Wednesday, June  17:

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The auction will take place online at Proceeds from the auction support OSU animal and food sciences students through scholarship, judging team and additional organizational support. In the growing wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, students need support now more than ever.

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