Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/18/2020, 6:02 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 about 10,500 this week- Feeder steers under 900 lbs sold steady to mostly 2.00 higher over 900 lbs fully 3.00-5.00 higher. Feeder heifers traded 3.00-5.00 higher. Demand good to very good for all classes especially feeder cattle. 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.

For the Boxed Beef Trade- we are NOT down the mountain yet- Choice Beef Fell almost $10 on Wednesday to just under $218- 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
    Thursday,  June 18, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

For John Riles, president of Midwest Farm Shows, cancelling the spring Oklahoma City Farm Show was not an option in March when the pandemic closed events around the country. When I spoke with Riles said it was a challenge, but they found a workable solution.

We made the tough call and looked for dates to reschedule the show, Riles said. We really didn't want to cancel it, so we picked the June (18-20) dates, he said.

We're pretty excited to have the show and the State Fair Park has been a great partner, Riles said.

Riles praised the new Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park and the many options available for booth layout.

This is a great facility with over 200,000 square feet so it gives us the space to safely modify the layout with a lot of open space, he said.

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 HarvestOklahoma Wheat Harvest Racing to the Finish Line- Wheat Commission Calls Harvest Ninety Percent (Yep- 90%)Complete

Oklahoma Wheat harvest has moved forward at full speed with great progress being made in the North Central and Northwest regions of the state. Harvest in Southwest, South Central and Central, Oklahoma is for the most part complete, with a few producers still cutting in these regions. When all regions of the state are considered- the Oklahoma Wheat Commission believes we have 90% of the state's wheat harvest now complete. 
Around the Bison, Enid, Helena, Goltry regions, we are calling this area 95% complete. In the Medford, Deer Creek, Blackwell regions, harvest is approximately 90% complete. In the Northwest, around Cherokee, Burlington and Alva, harvest is 90% to 95% complete. In the Shattuck and Buffalo regions, harvest is 85% complete.
Moving across the Panhandle producers have started cutting irrigated wheat in the Hooker region as well as in the Boise City area. Harvest is 70 to 75% complete in Hooker and is approximately 50% complete in Boise City.    
In Northeast, Oklahoma, by Afton and Miami, harvest is just getting started and is approximately 5% complete. 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. Several higher test weights are coming in around 65 lbs. to 66 lbs. as harvest has progressed North. In Northern Oklahoma, wheat is ranging from the mid 40's to mid 60's, with locations reporting much higher yields on fields that had intensive management practices.    
The dryland wheat around Shattuck has not yielded as high but has remained steady with quality, while in the Buffalo regions, better yields are being reported in the high 30's to mid 50's. The dryland wheat in the western parts of the Panhandle, from Texhoma to Hooker, has not been as favorable, with several dryland fields not being harvested, and what has been harvested on the dryland was making in the mid teens to mid 20's due to drought.  
The irrigated wheat in the Panhandle around Texhoma and Hooker is reporting good test weights and favorable yields making 100 bushels to 150 bushels per acre depending on variety and location. As you move farther west, where producers have had much more severe drought conditions, the irrigated wheat will most likely not yield that high but no yields have been reported in Cimarron county on irrigated wheat as of today. Proteins across the state have ranged from 8.0% to as high as 15.5%. Producers are seeing higher proteins in parts of Northern Oklahoma due to increased nitrogen rates, but in other places we have also seen lower proteins due to the environment of this growing season.  
Click or tap here for the full region by region rundown from this latest report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

A coalition of national grower trade associations that represents farmers, ranchers, and their families nationwide is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reject an NGO call to invalidate EPA's dicamba existing stocks order for three dicamba products whose registrations were immediately vacated by the court earlier this month.

American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, and National Sorghum Producers have filed an amicus brief supporting EPA's position against the NGO petition that seeks to invalidate EPA's dicamba existing stocks order and hold the agency in contempt, citing the catastrophic consequences that could result if the NGO's request is granted. Click on this LINK to read the full brief or click on the PDF file link below to download it.

The grower coalition's brief, filed June 16, makes a case for farmers caught in a highly frustrating and costly situation amid prime planting season and the narrow weed-control window: "Neither a midseason cancellation nor a vacatur unplants a seed, retroactively tills a field, or clears a storehouse of products purchased for lawful use under the prior registration."

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler is announcing the appointment of thirty-three members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

"One of my priorities for EPA has been to restore trust for our agency among agricultural stakeholders and rural communities," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "President Trump has been clear about the Administration's commitment to agriculture and rural America, and as part of that commitment, I am excited to reinstate the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee in 2020 with full membership. This committee will provide valuable input on how EPA's decisions impact rural America, and I look forward to receiving the committee's recommendations."

To build a broad and balanced representation of perspectives for the FRRCC, EPA selected 33 members to represent a variety of relevant sectors from across the U.S., including agricultural stakeholders and allied industries; academia; state, local, and tribal government; and nongovernmental organizations.

The new FRRCC members and their affiliations are:
*John R. H. Collison - BlackOak Farms and Oklahoma Rural Association; Edmond, OK
*Jimmy W. Kinder - Kinder Farms and Oklahoma Farm Bureau; Walters, OK

Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University Extension livestock market economist, is worried that beef demand has dropped to recession-era levels. Tonsor, a well-respected expert on beef demand issues, examined the latest demand numbers and offered this summary for today's Beef Buzz.

Domestic beef demand for April (latest month for available data) was down 17 percent compared to year ago levels, Tonsor said. This is parallel to what we saw in the great recession in 2008-09, he said.

In August of 2008 beef demand was down 16 percent, so it doesn't surprise me in what we found in the April numbers, Tonsor said.

Tonsor said consumers tend to weaken beef demand when macroeconomic activity declines.

The K-State economist said current market realities indicate we will have problems the rest of the summer.

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The new AgBoost Marketplace will allow ranchers the ability to market live animals along with the data that has been collected on those animals to interested buyers. Product and service providers may also list and sell products to potential customers.

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) today questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Lucas asked Chairman Powell about the Federal Reserve's ongoing efforts to support our nation's rural economies, households, and businesses through the Fed's various lending facilities.

Recently, the Federal Reserve Board expanded its Municipal Liquidity Facility to help state and local governments better manage cash flow pressures in order to continue to serve households and businesses in their communities. The MLF was established under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, with approval of the Treasury Secretary. It will offer up to $500 billion in lending to states and municipalities to help manage cash flow stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

To watch the Q&A with Congressman Lucas, click here: 

Allendale Insider has provided the following for the coming Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage reports.

May placements are expected 0.2% under last year at 2.060 million head. It would be the lowest May placement in four years. It would still make for five months in a row of below last year placements. These five months have placed 10.5% fewer cattle than last year, 1.025 million head. May placements supply a portion of the November through February finished cattle supply. Kansas State University estimates fed cattle breakevens for that time at $108 - $111 per cwt.

Allendale anticipates a Marketing total in May 24.3% under last year at 1.567 million. There were two less weekdays in May 2020 than 2019 but one more Saturday.

Total Cattle on Feed as of June 1 is 1.0% under last year at 11.617 million. This is the lowest June 1 total in two years.

Allendale projects a 580 million lb. total pork stock level for the end of May. The five-year average is 622 million lbs. Our estimate represents a decrease of 35 million lb. from the previous month. It would be the largest May drawdown in five years. The five-year average month to month change for May is a 15 million lb. decrease.

To see all the Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage numbers, click here:  
Superior Livestock Video Auction Rolls With the Tallgrass Auction Today! 

The  Superior Livestock Video Auction  Tallgrass Auction is taking place today, Thursday, June 18. The auction will start at 10 AM Central.

Superior is originating the Tallgrass Sale at the Springhill Suites in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Producers can watch the auction live on DISH NETWORK - CHANNEL 997 or by going to

Over 9,600 have been consigned for the Tallgrass Sale.


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