Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/25/2018 5:38 AM

OK Farm Report banner

Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Facebook    View our videos on YouTube


     View my photos on flickr

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 Carson Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or tap 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 on Thursday, May 24th.
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.

Our Oklahoma Farm Report Team!!!!
Ron Hays, Senior Farm Director and Editor

Carson Horn, Associate Farm Director and Editor
Pam Arterburn, Calendar and Template Manager
Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, May 25, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:
Wheat Harvest Arrives- First Oklahoma Reports Come from Frederick

The first report of of wheat arriving at a grain elevator helps us kick off the 2018 Wheat Harvest Season in Oklahoma. That first load of wheat came in to Frederick- Mike Cassidy has reported that first load he has received tested 12.7 moisture, 62 pound test weight and 12% protein.

Cassidy tells Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission that east of Frederick where they got timely moisture during the spring season that the wheat looks a lot better- but west of the line where the moisture simply did not show up- a lot of fields have been abandoned and won't see a combine. 

Cassidy expects a lot of combines will be rolling in his area over the Memorial Day weekend- especially since the rains falling in central and north central Oklahoma have not happened in those counties along the Red River.

I checked with Jimmy Kinder of Walters last night after hearing this report- he thinks his wheat will be ready to go by the early part of this coming week- but he adds "I bet someone in the county will cut this weekend."  (Cotton County).

Mike Cassidy did indicate to Schulte that when harvest rolls- it will be quick in his area- the number of acres that will actually see a combine in 2018 is way below normal this year.

BY THE WAY- as wheat harvest kicks off in the southwest- the final two OSU Wheat Plot Field Days will be happening- Britt Hicks of Texas County Extension reminds us "OSU is hosting a wheat field day May 25 (THIS MORNING) at Dan Herald's farm in Hooker at 9:30 a.m.  The plot is located 3 miles east of Hooker on HWY 54 and .025 miles north on Mile 48.
"At this field day, Dr. David Marburger(OSU Small Grains Extension Specialist) will review the 32 varieties of wheat that were planted.  In addition, Dr. Bob Hunger (OSU Wheat Pathologist) will review the diseases that have been observed in wheat this year in Oklahoma."

The final OSU Wheat Plot Tour of the year comes this afternoon- in Balko- time for that one is 1:00 PM.

Our friend Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be among the other wheat industry folks in attendance. 

Sponsor Spotlight
As a premier John Deere dealer, P&K Equipment is your local expert source for John Deere equipment, parts, and service. The P&K network is 22-stores strong (11 in Oklahoma, 2 in Arkansas, 9 in Iowa), including the latest additions at Poteau, OK, and Fort Smith, AR, and has been in operation for more than 30 years. When you put the P&K team to work for you, you'll have a powerhouse of resources and inventory on your side.
And if you check us out on the web at, you'll have it all at your fingertips. New & used equipment (you can even request a quote, schedule service, or get a value for your trade!), current P&K promotions, service scheduling, online parts shopping, finance tools & so much more! Stop by and meet the team at P&K Equipment today- in stores or online. Because around here, John Deere starts with P&K. 

HempOklahoma Department of Agriculture Now Accepting Farmer Applications for New Hemp Pilot Program

Applications to participate in the new Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Pilot Program are now available through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

While independent producers may not directly apply, they can contract through Oklahoma universities and colleges with a plant science curriculum that are licensed by ODAFF to grow Industrial Hemp for research.

To participate in the pilot program, applications must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to planting or cultivating an industrial hemp crop. Those hoping to plant a crop in 2018, are encouraged to get their applications in within the next two weeks in order to meet the 30-day requirement prior the end of planting season. 

A separate license is required for each cultivation site. Application and inspection fees apply. For more information on how to participate in this pilot program, click here.
KimKim Anderson Says Bad Weather, Poor Crop Conditions Have Driven Wheat Prices Up Over $5.20

This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Dave Deeken again talking about some good news this week in the wheat markets ahead of harvest.

Anderson reports about a 50-cent increase in the Kansas City July contract this week, thanks to some improvement in the basis. Cash prices across Oklahoma range currently between $5.20 to $5.50.

Anderson says this is good news in the market is being driven by all the bad news in the field, citing inclement weather and expectations of low yield production and grain quality for this harvest.

Apparently, this situation is not only limited to Oklahoma and the Southern Plains. Rather, these dry and poor growing conditions have affected crops worldwide. Anderson explains that this is having a positive price impact here at home.

He believes farmers that actually will be harvesting their crops this year, will enjoy premiums well over the $5.30 range if they deliver high-quality grain to the elevator with 59lb.+ test weight and a minimum of 12 percent protein. On the other hand, he says discounts and dockage will cut deeply this year for subpar grain.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking here.
BUZZOklahoma Cattle Industry Leader Weston Givens Offers His Takeaways from Recent Consumer Panel

What are today's consumers thinking about when they are buying beef for their families? That topic was discussed earlier this month in a consumer focus group held in conjunction with the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef's recent meeting in Oklahoma City. President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Weston Givens of Arnett, Okla. had the chance to sit in on that focus group to get a glimpse of what is on the minds of those consumers who participated in the panel. We caught up with Givens afterwards to get his impression of the discussion that took place that day.

"One of the takeaways I got from it, was that there is so much misinformation out there and there is a level of distrust, especially among the female consumers," he said. "But, even the guys (on the panel) had concerns about hormones and antibiotics. So, just being able to educate those people and be out in front of them is so critical."

Givens emphasized how important it is in his opinion that not only producers, but everyone throughout the beef supply chain, to work at building a better relationship and trust with their consumers. He says one message in particular seemed to strike a common chord among all those that participated.

"All of them said, if you're willing to eat it - we'll eat it," he said. "I think we need to tell that story. We're all eating our own product. We're happy to eat it."

Listen to Givens and I discuss all that was seen and heard during the consumer panel, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Oklahoma City Farm Show
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2018- the dates are December 6th, 7th and 8th.  Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Show Folks at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here

DroughtSpotty Improvement Seen in Drought Conditions Across Oklahoma in One of State's Warmest Mays

Improvement where improvement has been made in the last 30 days, is easy to see in this week's Drought Monitor, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus. But just as glaring, are the areas in which no improvement was made in the condition of drought-stricken locations across the state.

Harper County fared the best, says McManus, with a 2-category reduction over the last two weeks, and now much of southwestern Oklahoma is also reduced from "Exceptional" to "Extreme" (or D4 to D3) drought. However, concerns are rising for the southeastern part of the state where rains have been absent for some time now. Nonetheless, even the driest parts of our state including Cimarron County, have received between a half-inch to 2.5 inches of rain in recent days.

Roughly a two to three percent drop was seen across the board this week compared to last with the Exceptional Drought area of Oklahoma falling to 14%; Extreme conditions fell to 31%; Severe down to 40%; Moderate to 45% and Abnormally dry conditions cover approximately 53% of the state, currently.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map or to read the latest edition of the Mesonet Ticker newsletter by McManus, click here.

usdaUSDA Encourages Everyone to Kick Off Grilling Season with Food Safety in Mind this Memorial Day

For many Americans, the summer grilling and travel season begins this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. While grilling can be a lot of fun, the danger of food illness is always lurking. Each year, as estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to foodborne illness. That's the last thing you want to spoil the fun. However, by taking a few precautionary measures, food poisoning can be easily avoided allowing you and yours to focus on good times and good food.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has stepped up this week with a list of things to keep in mind this summer as you fire up the grill, to keep food safe and prevent sickness.
According to FSIS, one of the major issues seen each year, are problems with improperly stored or refrigerated meats. A release by the agency says bacteria can grow rapidly in warm temperatures on raw meat. It recommends keeping perishable foods at 40 degrees or below prior to cooking to reduce bacterial growth. Foods that are held above 40°F for more than two hours should not be consumed. In hot weather (above 90°F), food should be discarded if it sits out for more than one hour.

If you are out and about away from home at one of your favorite outdoor grilling spots, this makes having a good cooler or ice chest handy a must. Other grilling essentials to keep a clean, safe cooking space include a food thermometer, paper towels or moist towelettes, two sets of cooking utensils - one set to handle raw items and the other for cooked foods, and clean plates or containers for cooked items. Never place cooked foods on the same plate or container that held raw meat or poultry.

Also, always remember to cook your beef, pork, lamb and veal to an internal temperature of 145°F with a three-minute rest time. Ground meats need to rise to 160°F and whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry should be heated to 165°F.

Once finished, make sure all leftovers are refrigerated or put on ice within two hours after cooking, or one hour if the temperature is above 90°F. Leftovers should be consumed within three to four days when refrigerated.

For more food safety tips suggested by FSIS, click over to our website.
Want to Have the Latest Energy News Delivered to Your Inbox Daily?

Award winning broadcast journalist Jerry Bohnen has spent years learning and understanding how to cover the energy business here in the southern plains- Click here to subscribe to his daily update of top Energy News.


SorghumAuden Aranda of Keyes, Okla. Selected to Join Sorghum Checkoff's Leadership Sorghum Class IV

Auden Aranda, of Keyes, Okla. was recently selected to join 13 others in participating in the fourth class of Leadership Sorghum, an exclusive professional development program sponsored by the Sorghum Checkoff and designed to develop the next generation of sorghum leaders and advocates.

"The success of any industry lies within its ability to create leaders," said Verity Ulibarri, Sorghum Checkoff Chairwoman. "With the growing population and demand for agricultural products, we need producers to promote our industry in a positive, well-informed way, and Leadership Sorghum serves this purpose."

We want to congratulate Aranda on this honor of being selected to this prestigious program and exciting learning opportunity. Aranda is the only Oklahoman chosen this year to participate. 

Through both hands-on and classroom-style education, participants will gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest groups interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. Leadership Sorghum also provides professional development training and networking opportunities. For more information about the Leadership Sorghum program, click here.

MemorialSee You Tuesday!

No Email Report on Monday as our country pauses and celebrates Memorial Day.

We will return with more great Agricultural Information on Tuesday morning- bright and early. 

I suspect we may get a few more wheat harvest sightings by then- in fact- as YOU harvest wheat this season- text me or email me or call me- the contact info is at the bottom of this email and we would love to hear from you.

Whatever your plan is this holiday weekend- stay safe.
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOERBOklahoma AgCredit,  the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock!

We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.   

God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  
phone: 405-473-6144



© 2008-2014 Oklahoma Farm Report
Email Ron   |    Newsletter Signup
Oklahoma Farm Report, 2401 Exchange Ave., Suite F, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact