Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 6/23/2020, 6:16 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 Prices were HIGHER on Monday- Pennies higher- with Choiuce Beef up 34 cents to $214.06 while Select Beef was up 39 cents to $204.30- click here for the complete report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards reported 8,000 cattle on Monday- Compared to last week: Feeder steers were mixed. Steers under 800 lbs sold 1.00-3.00 lower; over 800 lbs steady to 2.00 higher. Steer calves 1.00-4.00 lower. 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.

Joplin Regional Stockyards Reports 5,500 head from their Monday sale- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves steady to 5.00 lower, yearlings steers steady, yearling heifers steady to weak. Click or tap 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 23, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The nation's cotton crop is struggling to get a good foothold as the growing season moves into the summer months according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

In the 15 major cotton states, which includes Oklahoma, the crop is rated 40 percent in the good to excellent category, down 3 points from last week and 10 points from a year ago. The Texas crop is showing the most challenges as only 23 percent is rated good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 40 percent poor to very poor.

The Oklahoma cotton crop is rated 31 percent good and no acres are in the excellent category this week. Most of the crop, at 68 percent, is considered fair.

Kansas wheat producers have harvested 25 percent of their crop, well ahead of just 4 percent at this time last year and 24 percent for the five-year average.

The Kansas corn crop is rated 54 percent good to excellent,36 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

For our neighbors to the south, wheat harvest is nearing completion at 85 percent. Harvest has progressed rapidly in the Northern High Plains region of Texas with only a few fields remaining in the Southern High Plains and Low Plains.

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NAWGNational Association of Wheat Growers Win Summary Judgement Against California Over Glyphosate

A federal judge on Monday permanently barred the state of California from requiring Monsanto and other chemical companies to put cancer warning labels on glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California's false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, welcomes this ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California.

U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb found the scientific evidence pointing to the carcinogenicity of glyphosate is too scant to warrant a warning and that forcing the company to include a warning on its label would be compelled speech in violation of the First Amendment. 

Two years ago Judge Shubb recognized that "virtually all ... government agencies and health organizations that have reviewed studies on have found there was no evidence that it caused cancer," and on that basis Judge Shubb found that it would be "misleading at best" to force parties to state on glyphosate-containing products that the products were "known to the state to cause cancer." 

Shortly after that ruling- our own Carson Horn(who was our Associate Farm Director at that time) talked with NAWG CEO Chandler Goule about the judges preliminary ruling- and why NAWG was engaged in this battle- we have included that audio Q&A in today's story on our website- click here to read more BUT also to listen to Chandler Goule in 2018.)

You can also click here to see the Summary Judging Ruling released on Monday by Judge Shubb.

 The recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that forced the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke its approval for dicamba-based chemicals such as Engenia, FeXapan, and Xtendimax has some producers racing the clock with their herbicide applications.

In Oklahoma, existing stocks of the three dicamba products may be applied to Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans through July 31, provided a producer or commercial applicator was in possession of them on June 3, the date the court's decision took effect.

"Producers are wondering what their options are if they haven't already purchased dicamba or need to make an application after July 31," said Todd Baughman, weed science program leader for Oklahoma State University's Institute for Agricultural Biosciences in Ardmore.

Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says Wheat Harvest Moves Ahead but is Hindered by Rain in Most Regions Over the Weekend.

What is left of Oklahoma wheat harvest has been at a standstill in most places since Thursday night due to rain showers in the North Central and Northwest regions of Oklahoma. Rains have come thru off and on in all these areas the past 5 days, with the exceptions of Northeast Oklahoma in the Afton and Miami regions.   Although they received light showers in parts of Northeast Oklahoma early this morning, producers were able to harvest in the Afton and Miami areas over the weekend. Many of the acres in this region have gone into soybeans and other summer crops, so wheat harvest started and was finished over a period of 3 days.   

Combines were also slowed in all regions of the Panhandle over the weekend due to light rains on Friday night, but combines are back rolling in the Central Panhandle and Western Panhandle regions today. Rains in the Eastern region of the Panhandle were heavier and producers will be at a standstill, although much of the wheat is already cut in this area.   Irrigated wheat in the central Panhandle around the Texhoma, Guymon and Hooker regions is ranging from the 60 bushels per acre to 90 bushels per acre depending on planting date, variety and location.   Some higher yields have been reported with intensive management, but the severe drought and late freezes seem to have had an impact on both the dryland and irrigated crops. Dryland wheat harvest has finished in that area and with yields not too favorable making in the mid teens to mid 20's. Proteins in the region from 11.9% to 14.9%. Test weights on all wheat even with lower yields is still favorable ranging from 60 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 95% completed.

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 the third quarter beef recovery- and here's a part of that commentary:

"Cattle slaughter continues to recover from COVID-19 disruptions in April and May. Estimated cattle slaughter for the week ending June 20, 2020 was 656 thousand head, 98.2 percent of year earlier levels. This is based on estimated slaughter. The latest actual slaughter data for the week ending June 6, 2020 shows weekly total cattle slaughter of 627.7 thousand head, 94.4 percent of the previous year.

"Steer and heifer carcass weights have been heavier year over year all year but the gap has widened considerably with the delays in marketing fed cattle since early April. For the year to date, steer and heifer carcass weights have averaged 27.4 pounds heavier year over year. However, for the first quarter of the year, carcass weights were up 20.4 pounds year over year, while average carcass weights in the ten weeks from April 1- June 6, were 36.7 pounds heavier year over year."

Click here for the full commentary written by Dr. Peel.

Meanwhile- we also featured Dr. Peel on the Monday Beef Buzz- as he offered his reaction to last Friday's Cattle on Feed Report. He said the report offered no surprises as it showed flat placement numbers and sharply lower marketings as compared to a year ago. 

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OSU's State Extension Beef Cattle Team is holding a second installment of educational Zoom series targeted to beef cattle producers and professionals with a focus on forage management to begin June 25. This is a free educational program scheduled every Thursday at 12:30 PM Central Time. The second series is focused on forage management.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is providing an additional $840 thousand to the 12 state members of the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF), expanding the $1.2 million that the agency already announced in August 2019. EPA's more than $2 million in funding is helping HTF states implement plans that accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients and improving water quality in the Mississippi River/Atchafalaya River Basin.

"By providing this new round of funding, EPA is further empowering our state partners to build on their ongoing efforts to update nutrient management plans, develop water quality trading programs and demonstrate best practices in high-priority watersheds," said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. "Recognizing and supporting efforts that are developed through state leadership is a key component of the Trump Administration's multi-pronged approach to reducing excess nutrients in our nation's waters."

Excess nutrients that make their way into our nation's surface waters can contribute to algae blooms, hypoxic zones and other water quality concerns. HTF provides direction and support for federal and state initiatives to improve water quality in local waterways and in the Gulf of Mexico. Today's funding announcement supports state strategies, which the HTF has recognized as a cornerstone for reducing nutrient loads to the Gulf and throughout the basin.

Gail Wilson
of Oklahoma State University's Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management has been named an OSU Regents professor, the most prestigious title attainable by university faculty.

Regents professors are those who have made important contributions to their discipline and who are recognized nationally and internationally for their prominence in research, teaching, Extension, outreach or leadership. Wilson was awarded the title by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents on June 19.

"I've known Gail for more than 25 years and can attest to her being a top-notch, groundbreaking researcher who puts mentoring others - be they fellow professional scientists or graduate and undergraduate students - front and center," said Nancy Johnson, director of Northern Arizona University's School of Earth and Sustainability, herself a Regents professor.

Wilson was one of the first female field ecologists in the Great Plains region. Her research focuses on plant community ecology, plant-soil microbe interactions and plant-animal interactions and employs a combination of experimental field and greenhouse studies.

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