Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/23/2019, 6:20 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. 
had a total of 461 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, April 24th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday- 7,600 were on hand- Feeder steers and heifers mostly steady to 4.00 higher. 500-600 lb. steer calves 1.00-2.00 lower, lightweights lightly tested with a much higher undertone noted. Click or tap here for the complete report as compiled by USDA.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, slaughter cows 2.00-3.00 higher. Slaughter bulls 2.00-4.00 higher compared to last week. Click here for the complete sale report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had receipts of just over 5,200 on Monday- feeders sold steady to 3.00 higher, except heifers under 550 lbs sold steady to 2.00 lower. Click or tap here for the complete sales report as compiled by USDA.

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 April 22.
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, April 23, 2019

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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The USDA gave us our first introduction to the US soybean crop this year in its latest Crop Progress Report, released yesterday. At present, USDA reports that producers are only 6 percent of the way completed with the planting of the US corn crop this week. Nationally, the US soybean crop is at just one percent complete, behind last year and the five-year average of 2 percent. In addition, the US winter wheat crop as of this week is just 9 percent headed, half that of normal and 3 points behind last year's progress at this time. From an agronomic standpoint, the crop is doing rather well with a good to excellent rating currently of 62 percent - 30 percent of the crop is rated fair and a mere 8 percent of the entire crop is rated poor to very poor. This is a starkly better situation that producers were in last year when the crop only had a 31 percent good to excellent rating. To see the complete US Crop Progress Report, released on Monday, April 22, 2019, click here.

Looking at conditions across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing this week reached 82 percent, up 4 points from the previous year but down 8 points from normal. Winter wheat headed reached 11 percent, down 11 points from the previous year and down 26 points from normal. Wheat's condition this week in Oklahoma rates 6 percent poor to very poor, 24 fair and 70 percent good to excellent. Compare that to last year at this time when Oklahoma's wheat crop rated 64 percent poor to very poor and just 8 percent good to excellent. Summer crops in Oklahoma continue to go into the ground too, while pasture and range conditions this week rate 58 percent good to excellent, 34 fair and 8 percent poor to very poor. This is also a large improvement compare to conditions seen last year at this time when pasture and rangeland rated 34 poor to very poor and 24 percent good to excellent.

Click here to review this week's Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.

Based off limited available information, winter wheat's condition in Kansas this week rates 3 percent very poor, 8 poor, 32 fair, 47 good, and 10 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 44 percent, ahead of 33 last year, but behind 61 for the five-year average.

Click here to review this week's Crop Progress Report for Kansas.

Finally, across Texas, recent rains have reportedly impacted crops both positively and negatively depending on where you look. Winter wheat in Texas is currently 41 percent headed, behind last year by 13 points and just 9 points behind the five-year average. Wheat's condition in Texas this week rates 52 good to excellent, 37 fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

Click here to review this week's Crop Progress Report for Texas.

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Two American Farm Bureau Leads 135 Farm Groups in Asking President Trump, Congress to Give Farmers Disaster Relief

Farm groups and agriculture lenders are urging lawmakers to pass disaster aid. More than 135 farm groups and banks last week penned a letter urging President Trump and Congress to "put aside political differences and supply urgently needed relief."

The organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, highlighted the "unprecedented destruction" in the letter from 2018 and 2019. Farmers and ranchers are especially anxious for relief because the disasters have come on top of an ongoing downturn in farm income. In response, many banks have tightened credit, placing some growers in jeopardy of not receiving critical funds needed to plant this year's crops without some form of federal relief.

Estimated agriculture losses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina alone total nearly $5.5 billion. Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri currently estimate losses at more than $3 billion. Father, the groups say droughts have devastated the Southwest, and wildfires have done the same in the West. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico encountered its own humanitarian crisis from hurricanes Irma and Maria. For many farmers, the groups say, these events have meant near complete losses.

For more details, read the complete story on our website by clicking or tapping here.

Greg Hanes is currently the VP for international marketing with the US Meat Export Federation. However, come June, Hanes will transition into a new role with the Cattlemen's Beef Board just recently announced as Chief Executive Officer. During the Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association meeting, we had the chance to chat about some of the successes of the US beef industry in the international market space, from his perspective as the point man behind the USMEF's international strategy. Experience that will come in very handy once he assumes his new role at the CBB, leading the Checkoff's efforts.

According to him, every foreign market is different, each with their own unique preferences. He says it is the USMEF's job to find the right cuts that fit into their individual cooking styles and meet the appropriate price points - then educate consumers on the quality and consistency that US products have over the competition to drive and sustain sales. Korea is a prime example of that kind of work. Just a few years ago, consumers there protested the introduction of US beef into their marketplace. Today, Korea is one of our biggest bright spots in the international marketplace.

Hanes says this feat was nothing less than phenomenal. You can hear Hanes explain how USMEF and the US beef industry was able to accomplish this complete turnaround in consumer attitudes there, by listening to our full conversation, featured on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Governor Stitt Signs Two More Bills Impacting Agriculture

House Bill 2301 has been signed by Governor Kevin Stitt, (authored by Rep Caldwell and Senator Murdock) and it amends current law- adding language that will allow the Oklahoma State Veterinarian shall have the power in times of a foreign animal disease outbreak to stop the movement of livestock within Oklahoma- the language that has been added reads "Issue stop movement orders for all livestock in the state to determine the precise location of a foreign animal disease in accordance with foreign animal disease response plans."  

It also puts the State Vet in charge of the training curriculum when it comes to emergency management involving livestock- "Any person providing training for the emergency management of livestock or other animals for any circumstance, including, but not limited to, disease, natural disaster, fire or other event, shall obtain approval from the State Veterinarian. The State Veterinarian shall review all curriculum and may require changes to the curriculum prior to approval of the person providing the training."

The measure takes effect November first. 

The second bill in the latest batches of bills signed by the Governor directly related to Agriculture is HB 2155- and it simply codifies what is the norm for commercial hog operations in the state- the prohibition of feeding garbage to swine. 

House authors are Hasenbeck and Pfeiffer with the Senator carrying the water on this measure being Senator Howard. 

The Language reads "No person shall feed garbage to swine. B. For the purpose of this section, "garbage" means putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of foods, including fish, poultry or animal carcasses or parts."

Personal table scraps by an individual are excluded from this measure- and can be shared with your personal piggies.

This also takes effect November first.

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 Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

Five Current Herd Dynamics Become Clearer in Dr. Peel's Breakdown of April's Record Feedlot Inventory

The latest USDA-NASS Cattle on Feed report pegged April 1 feedlot inventories at 11.96 million head, 102 percent of last year and a record April level for the data series, which started in 1996.  According to OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel, the twelve-month moving average of feedlot inventories is just slightly less than the record annual moving average in January 2007, meaning that the average level of feedlot inventories the past year is just shy of a record level. In his analysis of the report published in this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Peel explained how regional differences in on-feed inventories were obviously pronounced and likely reflect the impacts of prolonged harsh weather experienced during the winter.

Based on the data of this report, Peel suggests that the bulk of the recent placements will be marketed mid-year and beyond. Peel also gleaned from this report's gender breakdown of the total feedlot inventory, an indication that heifer retention has slowed significantly through 2018 coming into 2019. Taking this information and considering the fact that the start of summer grilling season has started to percolate some demand, Peel says weather reduced carcass weights have helped pushed fed cattle prices higher and if sustained, could potentially challenge and maybe replace the March peaks. FYI - late last week live fed cattle prices were $130/cwt. with the Choice boxed beef cutout finishing the week near $234/cwt.

For more of Peel's insights into this report and how markets might be affected by it in the coming months, click over to our website to read the complete article.

Six Introducing Aubrey Layton of the Vinita FFA Chapter, Your 2019 Northeast Area Star in Ag Production

It is the beginning of the end of our coverage of the 2019 FFA Star Finalists this week. We started our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists for Ag Production Monday with Aubrey Layton of the Vinita FFA Chapter, representing the Northeast Area. Aubrey is recognized for her achievements in raising show pigs, a project she's worked on since she was about 10 years old. Aubrey started her herd with the help of her father and currently has about 10 sows consisting mostly of durocs and yorks.

Over time, Aubrey's responsibility related to the care of her animals has instilled in her valuable time management skills. She has also picked up some hard-earned tricks of the trade, too, especially when it comes to things like effective marketing and how to broker a deal when selling her hogs.

Layton's involvement with the FFA has also exposed her to opportunities that have allowed her to develop other talents through showing and judging livestock and public speaking events. Aubrey has also learned some practical skills as part of her chapter's catering team that prepares and serves food at local events.

Learn more about Aubrey and all that her experiences in the FFA has taught her, by visiting the Blue-Green Gazette on our website to continue reading or to listen to our complete conversation. Be sure to check in each day this week as we continue our coverage of this year's Star Finalists in Ag Production.

SevenThis N That- Rains Won't Stop Canola Folks Today, Conservation Day at the Capitol and CASNR Tour Signup Deadline Nears

It's a rainy day across Oklahoma- and overnight- Dr. Josh Lofton offered this update on the Spring Canola Field Tour stops in Lahoma and Pond Creek set for today. "We have been watching the forecasts and the rain chances and are still planning on holding the tours as planned. As long as it is not actively raining, we will be holding the tours in the field. The plots are in a good shape and the canola looks very productive this year and we would like to highlight them. At the Lahoma location, if we are not able to view the plots, we will try to meet at the station headquarters. Forecasts look more promising for the afternoon and should be able to hold the Lamont tours without any issue. Attendees should plan on staying on the E/W road at the Lamont location as it is a gravel road and should be easily passable.
If we are able to make it to the field at both locations, since we are expecting fairly widespread rainfall, participants will want to make sure they are prepared for the conditions. A light raincoat and rubber boats are recommended.

Conservation Day is scheduled for TODAY- Tuesday, April 23 at the state Capitol. 

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts are hosting an Awards Ceremony that will begin at 8:30 a.m. in room 535. The day will also feature informational booths in the 4th floor rotunda.


You can join the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the CASNR Alumni Board for the 2019 Access Tour, May 15-16.
The destination this year is Altus, Oklahoma. There are several great tours in development including Mangum Brick Company, Museum of the Western Prairie, Lugert Dam and more.
The bus tour will leave Stillwater at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 and will return Thursday, May 16 by 7 p.m. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, April 24. Hotel accommodations are at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Resort Arts & Conference Center.
With your registration fee of only $40, all expenses of the 2-day tour are covered -- transportation from Stillwater, hotel accommodations, meals, snacks and activities. If you prefer a single occupancy hotel room, your registration fee is $80.
Registration for the 2019 Access Tour is due by Wednesday, April 24- that's tomorrow!  Click or tap here for more info and registration details. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Herb's Herb Hemp Farmthe 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!

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