Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/26/2020, 6:15 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 take another dip lower- Choice Beef on Thursday was $1.43 lower at $208.26 while Select Beef is now below $2 a pound- dropping $1.26 to $199.93- 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 futuresclick 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
    Friday, June 26, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

It's a busy time in the Oklahoma legislature with Bills and legislation being introduced daily. I spoke with Senator James Lankford about the Justice act Legislation, a republican senate response to police reform. Lankford says some areas need reform in law enforcement, "There's this false binary choice that is out there that says you can stand with the police, or you can stand with communities of color, and that is just not true. You can stand with all Americans, equal justice under the law, and you can also stand with law enforcement."

Lankford says the bill has been brought up but faces resistance from the democrats who favor a bill from Nancy Pelosi. Still, he hopes there can be talks to bring police reform back up again in the future, "It's a frustrating thing when you walk through this process at times, and some people focus more on the message than actually trying to solve the problem."

Lankford says these issues about equality and race relations is not new to him, as it has been something he's worked on for years and years. Lankford being a man of faith says in his biblical world view, the scripture is pretty clear on race-relations, "If we're going to have his kingdom come, then we better start practicing and making sure we are connecting with every tribe, tongue, and nation, here on earth as well and trying to be able to interact and develop, not just friendly relationships, but friends."

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Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets weekly on SUNUP.

Wheat harvest is wrapping up across Oklahoma and Dr. Anderson says he has been surprised by the harvest weather we have had this year, and the protein and test weights, "Thats good heavy wheat.

 The Story is still out on protein, but the odds are that protein is going to be less than what it was last year." Anderson said there's always hope for higher prices, and wheat is showing some strength and some export demand that will keep our prices up, but he doesn't believe we will see a big price move. 

The latest report from Plains Grains on the 2020 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest is out- and shows Kansas close to halfway done with the 2020 Harvest while Oklahoma all but done at 98% complete. Here is a portion of the report released Thursday evening, June 15, 2020:

"Rain across central Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas slowed harvest of the 2020 HRW wheat crop this week. However, the return of dry sunny weather has allowed good harvest progress over the last few days. Kansas is now 45% complete with harvest in virtually all southern half of the state. Yields, while variable, have been generally good and in many cases above what was expected. Protein continues variable as well, mostly ranging from 10% to 12%.

"Oklahoma (98% complete) and Texas (91% complete) both are now in the final stages of harvest with mainly irrigated fields left to cut."

Click or tap here for the complete Plains Grains Harvest report for June 26th.


USDA's Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is also leveraging commercial document storage and e-signature solutions to enable producers to work with local service center staff to complete their applications from home.

"We are doing everything we can to serve our customers and make sure agricultural producers impacted by the pandemic can quickly and securely apply for this relief program," said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. "In addition to working with FSA staff through the phone, email and scheduled in-person appointments, we can now also take applications through the portal, which saves producers and our staff time."

Through the portal, producers with secure USDA login credentials-known as eAuthentication-can certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center. Producers who do not have an eAuthentication account can learn more and begin the enrollment process at Currently, the digital application is only available to sole proprietors or single-member business entities.

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Meat processing plants are major investments and can't be built overnight, yet the concept is being looked at by members of a task force, which is a joint effort between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

The task force was organized this spring to look at ways to fill the void created by the impacts of COVID-19 on the food supply chain.

John Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla., rancher and a veteran leader of the American Angus Assoc., is a member of the task force. Pfeiffer recently talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Editor Sam Knipp about some of the ideas being considered by the task force.

There was a meeting several weeks ago in Buffalo by a group interested in building a 6,000 head per day plant, Pfeiffer said.

Unfortunately, the logistics(and THE COST) of building a plant of that size overwhelmed the idea.

Looking at the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows a very "red" Colorado, which indicates a persistent and growing area of D3 Extreme Drought extending from central and southern Colorado into western Kansas, northern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Heavy rains this week helped alleviate some drought pain in central and south-central Oklahoma as well as northern Texas. However, many other drought-stricken areas did not get much relief. Because of the extremely dry conditions combined with high winds and hardened soils, extended periods of above normal precipitation are needed for drought improvement in many areas of the central and southern Plains.

Severe (D2) and extreme (D3) drought designations remain for many parts of the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles

Specifically, the Oklahoma map shows drought conditions worsening across the state as 56.75 percent of the state is considered abnormally dry or worse. Last week that number was 51 percent. The yellow shades of abnormally dry now extends all the way east to the
Arkansas border, enveloping all of Ottawa, Delaware, Cherokee and Adair Counties.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a range of nationwide flexibilities to ensure America's children receive the nutritious food they need throughout the upcoming school year. These waivers give states, schools, and childcare providers time to plan for how they will serve children in the fall, including allowing for new and innovative feeding options as the nation recovers from the coronavirus.   

"As the country re-opens and schools prepare for the fall, a one-size-fits-all approach to meal service simply won't cut it," said Secretary Sonny Perdue. "The flexibilities announced today give states, schools, and child care providers the certainty they need to operate the USDA child nutrition programs in ways that make sense given their local, on-the-ground situations and ensure America's children can count on meal service throughout the school year."

As fall nears, schools are considering many different learning models. This announcement empowers them to operate the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to best serve their students throughout the 2020-2021 school year. It also allows providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to tailor operations to serve the children in their care. USDA is providing flexibilities around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times, and parent/guardian pick-up of meals for kids across all three programs to address anticipated changes for the coming school year.

ThisNThatThis N That- Hogs and Pigs Numbers Hit Record, FFA Stars Podcast and Primary Voting Underway

The USDA released their quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on Thursday afternoon- the first report that shows the impact of the COVID 19 hog processing disruptions. The USDA says there were a record number of hogs and pigs in the U.S. on June 1st-

According to the Daily Livestock Report- the surprise was in the weights of pigs being weaned as COVID 19 hit in all its fury. "Surprisingly, the 120-179 pound category was 16.1 million head, an 11.8% increase from last year and well above pre-report estimates which expected a 5.2% increase. Likely, the hogs in this category would have been just weaned when the COVID-19 events started to unfold. Instead of euthanizing these hogs, producers may have switched to slow, no growth, maintenance rations to slow the hog's progression through the supply chain until slaughter capacity issues could be resolved."

This bulge in younger pigs may meanthat there is a  "backlog of hogs in the supply chain which could lead to larger than expected pork supplies in the third quarter. "

Breaking down the numbers in the report for the state of Oklahoma- total hog number in the state are up one percent from June first of a year ago- at 2.1 million head- making Oklahoma the 10th largest hog inventory in the US. Oklahoma has the sixth largest US breeding herd in the country- with 460,000 sows as of June first- with pigs per litter slightly higher in Oklahoma versus a year ago at 10.8 pigs per litter.


Just a quick reminder- take a listen to our latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast which features two of the four Oklahoma FFA Stars as announced at the start of the month. Our own KC Sheperd talked with Landri Chaplin of Weatherford FFA and Jentry Squires of Kingfisher FFA about their journey to the top of the FFA world- click here to jump over to our podcast on Soundcloud and wherever you get your Podcasts. 


Early in person voting is now available across Oklahoma ahead of next Tuesday's Primary Election.  Early in person voting is available today and Saturday.

We are watching a couple of our good incumbent friends in Oklahoma Senate Primaries- both Roland Pederson in District 10 and Larry Boggs in District 7 have Republican challengers here in June- they both have strong agricultural roots and have been supported strongly by the ag groups thru their PACs. 

Perhaps the craziest race is the GOP Fifth District Congressional race with nine candidates all running- hoping for a chance to take on Democratic Incumbent Kendra Horn in November(who is likely to win her primary). 

About the best any of these candidates can hope for is to survive and get into a runoff in August.

Statewide- both the Republicans and Democrats have primary elections for the US Senate Seat now held by James Inhofe- Inhofe is likely to advance to meet a yet to be determined Democratic challenger in November- and Incumbent Todd Hiett has a challenger in the his reelection bid for his seat on the Corporation Commission- Hiett is currently the Chairman of the OCC. 

Click here for a COMPLETE list by county of who and what exactly is on the ballot this coming Tuesday. 

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