Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/30/2020, 5:49 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.

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 9,300 cattle on Monday- Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 4.00 higher. Feeder heifers 4.00-7.00 higher. Demand good for feeder cattle. Steer and heifer calves steady to 4.00 higher. Click here for the full report from USDA Market News. 

Boxed Beef Prices- Choice and Select were higher on Monday- Choice up $1.19 to $208- 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 had a big end of June run of 10,700 head on Monday- Compared to last week, steer calves steady, heifer calves steady to 3.00 higher, yearling steers steady to 3.00 higher, yearling heifers steady. Click here for their complete 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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   Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The nation's corn and soybean crops continue to look great according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

In the 18 major corn growing states the crop is rated 73 percent in the good to excellent category, up 1 percent from last week. The remainder of the crop is rated 22 percent fair and 5 percent in the poor to very poor condition.

One year ago, only 56 percent of the corn was rated good to excellent.

Iowa and Illinois both have 75 percent of their crop in the good to excellent category and Nebraska has 76 percent.

The soybean crop is rated at 71 percent in the good to excellent category, 24 percent fair and 5 percent is rated poor to very poor.

One year ago, only 54 percent of the nation's soybeans were rated good to excellent.

Kentucky's soybean crop this week is rated at 86 percent good to excellent while Iowa has 83 percent of their crop in that category.

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For the First time in 114 years, the Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to COVID 19 concerns. Associate Farm Director KC Sheperd spoke with State Fair Spokesman Scott Munz, who said it was a sad announcement, but one that had to happen, "It was something we agonized over for a couple of months now, and unfortunately the facts supported cancellation. The emotion made it difficult, but it really wasn't practical to think we could do a fair with social distancing. We don't want to be the ones spreading the virus, so we felt canceling the event was the best thing to mitigate the spread of the virus."

Munz said they spoke to several resources and connections, along with being in constant communication with all of the fair partners to try to come up with the best solution. He said he knows some fairs are still going on with abbreviated plans.

Still, he thought it would be tough to enforce some of those restrictions that had to be put in place since they have always tried to make the fair bigger and better from year to year, "We really have tried to increase the attendance over the past years, and enhance our brand, So we felt like if we were to do a fair just for the sake of doing it, we would be letting down some of our people because they would say, well where's Disney? Where're the extreme bulls?"

For the first time in their 65 year history, the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days will NOT happen in 2020. In the best interest of our visitors, exhibitors, partners and staff, Farm Progress has made the difficult decision to cancel both shows in 2020 due to rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Show management had confirmed earlier that the two shows would be operated differently with physical distancing a requirement, along with other health and safety changes to the events.

While state and local officials had expressed support for both shows, Don Tourte, Senior Vice President, Farm Progress said that in a very short time it became apparent that the situation across the US had rapidly changed.

"We have been working with officials in Iowa and Nebraska for our shows, and we appreciate the support they expressed for us to hold the events," Tourte says. "They are critical partners to us, and we are all disappointed to not host the events this year, but feel confident that this is the right decision for our community."

WheatFinal Wheat Commission Harvest Report of 2020 Shows Crop 99% Harvested- Plus We Check Kansas

Here's the final report of 2020 from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission:

"Wheat harvest has been completed in most all regions of the state, with a few combines finishing up in parts of the Panhandle as well as Northern Oklahoma. This has been one of the fastest wheat harvest considering completion that we have seen in some time. The weather in all regions was favorable once machines started rolling in Southwest Oklahoma and allowed progress to move extremely fast from border to border.   

"The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling wheat harvest 99% finished and this will be the final harvest report for the 2020 season. 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 Southwest and South Central Oklahoma varied with much of the wheat having low yields ( ranging from the mid teens to high 20's,) due to excessive freeze damage that took place on April 15th. Yields were much better in central Oklahoma, with several reports in the mid 40's to high 50's."

To read the rest of this final report from Mike Schulte and the Wheat Commission- Click Here. 


Meanwhile- here is the latest from the Kansas Wheat Alliance- "This is day 11 of the Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.

"According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending June 28, 2020, Kansas wheat condition rated 7% very poor, 13% poor, 34% fair, 39% good and 7% excellent. Winter wheat mature was 90%, well ahead of 68% last year. Harvested was 47%, well ahead of 21% last year, but near 51% for the five-year average."

The Kansas report has several local uodates from their state- click or tap here to read them all. 

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 having plenty of beef for Independence Day.

In anticipation of July 4, estimated beef production for the week ending June 27 was 562.3 million pounds, up 5.3 percent year over year. This was based on estimated weekly slaughter of 680,000 head, 1.5 percent over year ago levels and includes an estimated Saturday slaughter of 82,000 head, up 39 percent year over year. The large Saturday slaughter was scheduled for last week since the holiday this week is on Saturday. The actual slaughter and beef production data for the week ending June 13, confirmed that beef production exceeded year ago production levels by 0.7 percent, the first year over year weekly beef production increase since the first week of April.

After the disappointing shortages and high beef prices during Memorial Day, the improved beef situation for this grilling holiday is a great relief. Grocery stores should be well stocked in time for July 4 and retail prices are adjusting down rapidly. For individual stores, it may depend on their particular supply arrangements. Retail price adjustments are following rapid decreases in wholesale beef prices. Choice boxed beef prices increased from a pre-COVID-199 level of $208.14/cwt. on March 13 to a daily peak of $475.39 on April 12 and back to $207.17/cwt. last Friday, June 26.

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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2020 Oklahoma City Farm Show. 
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2020- the dates are December 10th, 11th, and 12th.  
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2020 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here

In the Latest Southern Plains Perspective blog they talk about Things that are old are new again-Carbon sequestration, carbon verification and the Oklahoma Carbon Program.

History has a way of repeating itself and old ideas have a way of coming back into vogue. I was reminded of that earlier this month when I saw a news article about the proposed Growing Climate Solutions Act that was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.

This act directs USDA to create a program that would help the agriculture sector gain access to revenue from greenhouse gas offset credit markets by establishing USDA-certified protocols for farmers, ranch and forest owners seeking to develop projects that can generate offset credits under existing programs.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the Trump administration's replacement for the Obama era WOTUS rule went into effect June 22. The Trump administration repealed WOTUS in September of 2019.
Scott Yager, Chief Environmental Counsel of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talks about what that means for farmers, ranchers and other landowners.

It's a done deal, Yager said.

This is the point where people can start complying with the new law, Yager said.

The Trump rule is now law in every state except Colorado.

Go out there and enjoy the new Trump water rule, Yager said.

Yager said the biggest difference between the old rule and the new law is getting rid of ephemeral features. Those are the features that only convey water during or after a rain or snowmelt; that was categorically regulated under the Obama administrations rule.

The latest US Wheat Associates Wheat Letter features an Article written by Shelbi Knisley, USW Director of Trade Policy on the The Future of Plant Breeding Depends on Sound Science-Based Policy. Knisley says, New breeding technologies are forecast to offer many promises for consumers, producers and the environment. Plant Breeding Innovations (PBI) is a term defined by 
the International Seed Federation as, "the constantly evolving ideas and practices which enhance the field of plant breeding. Today's innovations in plant breeding are developed using sophisticated science and technologies including cell biology, gene mapping and marker-assisted breeding."


Unlike GMOs, gene editing technologies such as CRISPR and TALENs represent a breeding method in which precise changes are made to an organism's genome, changes that many of which may also occur naturally in nature. These technologies do not require insertion of a "foreign" gene into the plant variety being developed.

Gene editing and other PBIs show excellent potential to improve food safety and affordability. Calyxt is a commercial organization that has developed a gene edited soybean offering the health benefits of zero trans-fat and reduced saturated fat oil. The company is also developing a high fiber wheat variety that could help many consumers meet recommended dietary fiber needs. Gene editing can also assist in reducing food waste. Intrexon (now known as Precigen) used this technology to create non-browning lettuce, which would extend its shelf life.


Its Election Day! With social distancing and safety protocols in place ahead of the statewide primary on Tuesday, the State Election Board offers these tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters before they head to the polls today. 


Study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. View your sample ballot using the State Election Board's OK Voter Portal at You can also use the portal to find your polling place and track the status of your absentee ballot. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, some polling places may have changed. Voters are strongly encouraged to verify their voting location before heading to the polls.


Oklahoma has closed primaries; however, recognized parties may open their primaries to Independent voters. For the 2020 and 2021 election years, the Democratic Party has elected to open its primaries to Independents. The Republican and Libertarian parties have chosen to keep their primaries closed.
If you are an Independent voter and would like to vote a Democratic ballot, please be sure to let the poll worker know when you check in.

To Read about the State Questions on today's ballot click here: 

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