Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/25/2020, 5:59 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 had just over 7,500 head during their sales this week- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 2.00-3.00 higher, heifers mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Demand good- Click here for the full report from USDA Market News.

Boxed Beef Prices headed lower on Wednesday- Choice Beef was down $2.12 to $209.69 while Select Beef was also lower- off $1.88 to $201.69.   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
  Thursday, June 25, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity celebrates two of the Oklahoma FFA Stars of 2020.

Because of COVID 19, the 2020 Oklahoma State FFA Convention was not held in downtown Oklahoma City this spring- and it was early June until the Oklahoma FFA was able to name their 2020 Stars in the four traditional categories.

In this week's Road to Rural Prosperity- we introduce you to two of them- the 2020 Star in Agriscience, Jentry Squires of Kingfisher FFA and the 2020 Star in Ag Placement, Landri Chaplin of Weatherford FFA. KC Sheperd zoomed with them to give you a chance to learn about their award winning programs- and their love for the Blue and Gold. A future Podcast will feature our other two stars.

Today's Podcast is powered by OPRSC- the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center.

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Oklahoma took a major step towards meeting the workforce void in the meat processing industry this week when the Oklahoma Career Technology Center and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture announced new educational programs to train potential industry workers.

Sec. of Agriculture Blayne Arthur talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the new educational venture.

The curriculum Career Tech is offering certainly fills a void with our work force, Arthur said.

Career Tech plans to offer multi-level, customizable, online courses to provide students with the certification that aligns with the American Meat Science Association, while still supporting industry need.

Arthur said there are many meat producers who want to sell locally but can't get a processing date this year or 2021 due to the lack of processing capacity.

 HarvestOklahoma Wheat Harvest Starts Back Up in Northern Oklahoma and is 96% complete Across the State

The latest Harvest Report from Mike Schulte at the Oklahoma Wheat Commission for June 24, 2020 shows Combines have started moving again yesterday afternoon in the wheat that remains left to be harvested in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma.   Harvest also continues in the Panhandle regions on the irrigated wheat. All other regions of the state for the most part is completed, and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling wheat harvest 96% finished.   

Due to rain, some test weights have dropped a little in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma but the average is still coming in at 60 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel in this region. Test weight averages across the state have been extremely favorable in all regions, with most of the crop coming in at 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel.   Yields in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma continue to range from the mid 40 to mid-60 bushels per acres depending on variety and location.

Click here for the latest report from the Wheat Commission as the state quickly gets to the end of what has been a very speedy harvest season.

AND- we share with you from the Wheat Commission's Facebook page an incredible shot of FIVE Combines rolling across a wheat field near Baker, Oklahoma(So- who out there knows where Baker, Oklahoma is?).  Thanks to the Wheat Commission and Anthony Adams for sharing this pic!

 KSWheatMeanwhile- Kansas Wheat Farmers Back in the Fields After Last Weekend's Rains- Actively Harvesting

The rains that were seen in Oklahoma this past weekend were also happening up in Kansas- and impacted harvest in the biggest wheat growing state in the country- from the Day 8 harvest report from Kansas Wheat- here are three location updates as posted yesterday afternoon:

Rusty Morehead from Progressive Ag in Wellington in Sumner County, reports that harvest started back up again on Tuesday, after they received from 1 to 5" of rain across their region over the weekend. He said test weight has dropped a little, but it's still above 60 pounds per bushel. He estimates that harvest will be nearly complete before the next forecasted rain this weekend.

Troy Presley from CoMark Equity Alliance LLC in Cheney in Sedgwick County, reports they their area started harvesting again Tuesday, after 1.25-2.5" of rain over the weekend. He said they are about 80% complete. Test weights went down about 1 point, but remain above 60 pounds per bushel.

Calvin Williamson, who farms in Ford and Clark counties, reports that he received about 2" of rain over the weekend. His yields have averaged 60-70 bushels per acre, which is quite a bit higher than he expected. Williamson estimates that he will be finished with harvest in 2-3 days. The varieties T-158 and TAM114 are performing well. Test weights are 60-62 pounds per bushel, and protein is highly variable, ranging from below 10% to more than 12%.

The Kansas Wheat folks do not offer a percentage complete in their daily reports- but we will get an educated guess on that tonight from Mark Hodges and Plains Grains- that harvest report will be in the email update tomorrow morning.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall was one of the Ag Leaders that offered testimony on Wednesday to the Senate Ag Committee on Carbon Credits for farmers. "Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, and other members of the committee, I want to begin my testimony by thanking you for everything you've done to help America's farmers and ranchers get through such a difficult time, with the market disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic coming on top of an already-distressed farm economy.

"Keeping our farmers and ranchers in production is vital to our food security and our national security, as the members of this committee know. Thank you for supporting measures to assist farm businesses.

"At the same time farmers and ranchers work hard to keep food on our plates, they continue to make great strides in sustainability-which brings me to the topic of today's hearing.

I would like to provide just a snapshot of agriculture's leadership in sustainable farming practices."

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor also submitted comments to the record for the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which aims to accelerate innovations in climate-friendly farming.

"With many states and localities increasingly exploring public policy options to lower carbon emissions, the use of biofuels can immediately contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reduce harmful air toxics, and provide affordable solutions to consumers and lawmakers alike," wrote Skor. "These benefits are significantly attributed to innovations in agricultural practices like reduced tillage, use of cover crops, and continued ethanol plant innovation."

The lack of meat processing facilities in Oklahoma has become a growing concern for ranchers and consumers. Mulhall, Okla., rancher John Pfeiffer, a veteran leader of the American Angus Assoc., and other ag groups, is a member of a joint task force looking at expanding processing in Oklahoma.

Pfeiffer recently talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Editor Sam Knipp about the work of the task force, which is a joint effort between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

Here in Oklahoma we can kill only 800 cattle per week, Pfeiffer. We have a lot of small custom plants but no major slaughter plants in the state.

Pfeiffer said the reason we don't have more meat processing capacity in Oklahoma is because only recently has it been where we've seen the need for more packing plants.

There have been no economic signals justifying it until recently, Pfeiffer said.

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued the following statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19:

"The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission."

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Summertime is here and the kiddos are out of school with many parents are at home with their kiddos, wondering, "What do we do now?" Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

Today we are featuring Ag Around the World Wednesday with Pigs! Did you know China produces the largest number of pigs in the world? The U.S. ranks 3rd in overall pork production. Pigs are known to be in the top 10 smartest animals in the world. They get a bad wrap for constantly rolling in the mud, but they actually do that to keep cool. Pigs are unable to sweat like we do! Pork provides protein, B-vitamins and thiamin to our diets. Pork has three times as much thiamin as any other food. Thiamin changes carbohydrates into energy and promotes a healthy appetite. Pigs also have an anatomy that is very similar to humans, so pig heart valves have been used to replace damaged human heart valves. Hogs can also run a 7-minute mile!!

There are 377 breeds of pigs around the world. In Oklahoma the most common breeds are Duroc, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Poland and Spot. Duroc pigs are mostly red but can be yellow or golden yellow. They are medium in length with droopy ears. Yorkshire hogs are white. Hampshire hogs are black with a white belt. Poland hogs are black and have droopy ears. Spots are white, with black spots. 

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC) will hold an election to fill the District V board seat opening on Tuesday, June 30 at 1 p.m. in the West Seminar Room at Pioneer Technology Center, located at 2101 N. Ash in Ponca City.

District V consists of all counties east of the western boundary lines of Kay, Noble, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Grady, Stephens and Jefferson counties.

All wheat producers within District V boundaries who are actively engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat and have paid a check-off fee and left that fee with the Commission for the current year are eligible to vote. It will be the responsibility of the producers to prove their eligibility to vote by providing a dated grain elevator receipt including, the producer's name and amount of wheat sold and a driver's license or some other form of identification.

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