Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/15/2018 5:40 AM

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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.
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, June 14th.
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 15, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
PlainsGrainsFeatured Story:
Plains Grains Reports Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 81% Done- Texas 69% and Kansas 19% Complete

The latest harvest report from Plains Grains has been released- showing hard red winter wheat harvest now well into Kansas- with many fields in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas being bypassed by the combine in 2018- instead being harvested by cattle or by hay bailer. Here is the text of the report, as released Thursday evening, June 14, 2018.

"Harvesting of the 2018 HRW wheat crop continues to swiftly move northward as abundant sunshome and hot temperatures have been the rule across most of the central and southern Great Plains where wheat has matured rapidly over the last month. Limited rain events, localized in nature, have done little to slow progress of cutting. 

"Harvesting (at least on a limited basis) has been reported in north central Kansas within one county of the Nebraska state line. Wheat within the entire length of the central corridor of Kansas has ripened at an accelerated pace over the last 4 weeks due to limited moisture and very high temperatures relative to normal. Kansas in now estimated to be 19% compete with harvest (the majority of that in that central corridor and southern 1/3 of the state). Harvest in western and northwestern Kansas has not yet begun or only on a very limited basis.

"Harvest is rapidly winding down in central Texas (over 90% complete in central and north Texas with northwest Texas (High Plains) still just over 50% complete). As a state- Plains Grains is calling Texas 69% complete.

"Oklahoma is now 81% complete (with the southern half of Oklahoma now over 90% complete, the northern half 60% complete and the far northwest (and Panhandle) just over 40% complete. Earlier in the week- the Oklahoma Wheat Commission had pegged Oklahoma 77% harvested on a state wide basis.

Click here to read more and to check out additional resources from Plains Grains.

DroughtADrought Creeps Up Across Southeast Oklahoma as Panhandle Anticipates Heavy Rain Event Next Week

Oklahoma's Panhandle can expect a significant rain event in the coming days, that according to State Climatologist Gary McManus, thanks to convergence of tropical storm systems passing over the High Plains.

McManus adds that the rest of the state should benefit from these heavy rains as well to some degree. This moisture will arrive just in time to suppress drought that continues to leach into these affected areas.

In addition, McManus says southeastern Oklahoma now has a large portion of moderate drought painted across it, and much of the eastern half now has at least "abnormally dry" conditions, while the "exceptional drought" area has shrunk even more in the northwest. This week the Drought Monitor indicates some moderate changes in drought ratings this week compared to last. The most dramatic change is seen in the "abnormally dry" category climbing to 80 percent this week, up from 68 percent. Moderate drought ticked up 4 points from last week to 50 percent. Severe drought ratcheted down in the current report by 5 points to 35 percent. Extreme drought is down this week, too, as is exceptional drought at 23 percent and 2 percent respectively.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor or to review McManus' latest edition of the Mesonet Tickerclick here.

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VoteNoOklahoma Farm Bureau Joins Statewide Business, Medical, Faith and Community Coalition Opposing SQ 788

In just a couple weeks, Oklahomans will be asked to cast their vote regarding State Question 788, which would amend Oklahoma state statutes to legalize medical marijuana. In accordance with the organization's grassroot policy guidelines, which opposes the legalization of marijuana, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors has opted to endorse a 'NO Vote' on this particular measure.
OKFB released a statement, yesterday, announcing its decision to adopt this position and join with a group in opposition to SQ-788, comprised of statewide business, medical, faith and community leaders called the SQ 788 is Not Medical Coalition.
"After deep consideration of our grassroots policy and the language of the state question, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board voted to oppose State Question 788," said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. "We have tremendous concerns about the impact of the measure on our state, especially in rural areas."
Voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots on June 26, 2018.
You can read more about the SQ 788 ballot title and OKFB's stance on it, by
clicking here.
KIMForeign Wheat Crop Expectations Slipping - Kim Anderson Betting this Sustains $5.00 Wheat in Oklahoma
Combines are continuing to roll across Oklahoma as harvest in the state reaches the downhill slide. Meanwhile, the price of wheat has managed to stay well above $5.00 a bushel. This week on SUNUP - OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout again, to discuss what he sees going on in the markets that have sustained this price level and what advice he has for farmers looking to take advantage of it.

Anderson rationalizes that the reason why markets are holding strong, is part and parcel with lowered expectations for many of the major foreign crops in Europe and Australia due to withering dry conditions much like what farmers have experienced here in Oklahoma this season.

As for a protein premium this year, Anderson says farmers can expect to see 20 to 30 cents folded in with the current basis - however, traders he's spoken to do not believe these prices will last very long as good protein wheat has been steadily coming in. But, Anderson says if Russia and Australia's crops turn out to be a bust this year, farmers are likely to enjoy relatively higher prices with or without a protein premium.

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.

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AFRAFR President Terry Detrick Talks on Farm Bill's Unique Importance to Oklahoma Farmers This Year

Passing a Farm Bill into law on time this year, would be "quite the accomplishment," in Terry Detrick's mind. As President of American Farmers & Ranchers, Detrick is very aware of the plight many farmers in Oklahoma have faced this year as a result of harsh drought conditions, low commodity prices and political-economic uncertainty. He knows, because he himself is a farmer that works the land, too, with his son on their property in Ames, Okla.

Detrick said in a recent interview that he has been encouraged by the recent action this week by the Senate Ag Committee which passed its version of a 2018 Farm Bill through committee and sent it to the floor to be considered by the full Senate, hopefully before the July Fourth recess. After reviewing the proposed legislation, Detrick says the bill is more or less the same thing we've had - with a few improvements where they were needed. Given how smoothly that process went and with the expectation that the House will roll out its version before long, Detrick is cautiously optimistic that a final Farm Bill will arrive before the September 30th expiration of the current bill. Detrick says that would make a world of difference to producers and their creditors in "drastic" need of some certainty.

"This year, we're in the heart of the drought," he said. "This Farm Bill will likely be the difference between someone being able to put down a crop or having to liquidate."

Click here to listen to Detrick offer his thoughts on the Senate's Farm Bill proposal headed to the Senate Floor and get an update on his wheat crop this year as well.

NCBANCBA Gives Senate Farm Bill a Thumbs Up Hopeful for Speedy Process of Approval Moving Forward

The US Senate's version of a 2018 Farm Bill was deliberately crafted to be a bipartisan bill - "a boring bill," as described by some in the Washington, DC Beltway. Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office says, though, there are some things in that measure, passed out of committee Wednesday, that are very positive for the cattle industry. She talked us about those provisions in the bill and the path forward to getting the bill approved by Congress before September 30th when the current Farm Bill expires.

One of the main things in the bill that Rivera says she and the NCBA were pleased to see included was permanent authorization of a Foot & Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank.

"We were a little disappointed not to see any funding attached to it but happy to see permanent authorization. That shows support for the bank," she said. "As well as a little bit of an increase in funding for EQIP and some flexibility on haying and grazing on CRP lands during times of emergencies like we're seeing with the wildfires and the drought across the country."

In less than three hours, the Senate's markup meeting of the bill on Wednesday concluded its business, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell present who assured the bill would be made a priority and considered by the full Senate before the July Fourth recess. In the meantime, Rivera encourages cattle producers and NCBA members to stay in contact with their Congressmen and continue pushing for speedy ratification process.

"The hope is that the House will bring up the bill again next week," she said. "At the end of the day, the Senate is moving. We want to see that momentum continue and get to conference committee to work out some of those kinks. Obviously, there's a lot of differences between the two bills - one being bipartisan, the other not as much. So, there's still some work to do."

Listen to Rivera and I discuss the Senate's version of the 2018 Farm Bill and the path forward to getting it approved into law, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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PecansPecans Breaking Out of the Pie Shell- A Video Update on the Original Supernut

As you may recall- yours truly is a part of the American Pecan Council- we were asked as the Council was taking shape to serve as the Alternate Public Member for the Council- which is funded by a Federal Marketing Order.  I am told that several of the Federal Marketing Orders that are similar to the Checkoff Programs have a board member as a part of their governing body that have nothing to do with the production or marketing of that crop- and with the recommendation of Mike Spradling- who is a Board Member of the Pecan Council- we landed as an Appointee to the American Pecan Council. 

The Council is just a couple of years old- it is the newest Federal Marketing Order/Checkoff in operation in US Agriculture- and the Pecan Council has just rolled out the start of their effort to tell the story of Pecans to the American consumer- click or tap here for our story from earlier this spring as they roll out was getting ready to happen-

And- the agency that has been executing the campaign for the American Pecan Council, Weber Shandwick, has put together a "results" video of the rollout- take a look- it's pretty impressive:

Pecans - Not Just Pie - Sizzle Video
Pecans - Not Just Pie - Sizzle Video

BY THE WAY- the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Pecan Growers is underway today- way up in the northeastern corner of our state- click here to learn more about their meeting- the American Pecan folks will be in attendance telling producers more about their investment in this marketing campaign.

ELAPUSDA Reopens Application Period for Okla. Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

Since June 4th, the USDA is accepting applications for disaster assistance from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybee, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. This assistance can help producers recover from any lost grazing days because of wildfire or other natural disasters through its LIP and ELAP programs, which were modified in February of this year by Congress to eliminate its former funding cap.

Producers are eligible for assistance through ELAP, for lost grazing days, even if the wildfire occurred before the start of the grazing period, which is April 1 or April 15, depending on the county. Producers who suffered 2017 wildfire grass losses are strongly encouraged to submit an ELAP application. Those who have already submitted ELAP applications for 2017 or 2018 losses, and have received decisions on those applications, do not need to file again. Producers can reapply if they have additional losses to report or if their application was disapproved because it was filed late.

Producers interested in ELAP should contact their local USDA service center. Click here to locate your local service center or to learn more about the ELAP program.

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