Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 5/7/2019, 6:14 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 Carson Horn on RON.
Let's Check the Markets!  

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Lower Yearling and Calf Prices reported Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- 5,000 estimated on hand Monday- click or tap here for the complete report from USDA.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, slaughter cows sell steady to 2.00 lower and bulls sell steady to 3.00 higher, the receipts were thin this week compared to last. Click or tap here for the complete sale report. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards had 3,208 at their Monday sale-  steers and heifers 3.00 to 7.00 lower. Click or tap here for the full report on our website from the USDA.

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 Monday, May 6th.
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
   Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: Situation Grows Critical as Planting Window Narrows and Another Week of Little Progress Passes

The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress report on Monday for the week ending on May 5, 2019. According to the report, the US corn crop is still well-behind its normal planting progress for this time. In addition, the US soybean crop has made little progress in the past week, putting it further behind its normal rate of planting progress as well. Meanwhile, the US HRW wheat crop continues to outshine last year's crop in terms of condition but has yet to achieve its normal rate of growth development. As of this week, the US corn crop is 23 percent planted, up from 15 percent last week and still trailing the five-year average of 46 percent. Planting of the US soybean crop remains unimpressive this week, up just 3 percent from last week, now at 6 percent complete and behind the average of 14 percent. Very little progress has occurred from Illinois, east. Producers are hopeful rains can be dodged over the next week with the situation becoming critical as the planting window continues to narrow. At present, the US HRW wheat crop remains in relatively good condition, rated this week at just 8 percent poor to very, 28 fair and 64 percent good to excellent.

Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, May 06, 2019.

Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing reached 96 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but on par with normal. Winter wheat headed reached 64 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and behind the average by 19 points. Wheat's condition this week declined by 5 points compared to last week with the crop now only 74 percent good to excellent, 22 fair and 4 poor to very poor, up 2 points from the last report. Pasture and range conditions have moderate some since last week dropping its good to excellent rating from 64 percent last week to 51 this week, 32 fair and adding marginally to the bottom of the scale at 7 percent poor to very poor this week.

For Oklahoma's complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

In Kansas, limited information indicates that winter wheat's condition improved slightly this week subtracting one point from the end of the scale which now has 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 32 fair, 47 good, and 11 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 80 percent, ahead of 71 last year, but behind 87 for the five-year average. Headed was 14 percent, near 17 last year, and well behind 41 average. This report offers its first indication of pasture and range conditions, rating this week 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 31 fair, 52 good, and 13 excellent.

For Kansas' complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

Finally, in Texas, winter wheat fields are progressing on the High Plains but sustained hail damage in areas of the Southern Low Plains. Winter wheat headed in Texas this week reached 77 percent, up 4 points from last year and above the average by 1 point. Wheat's condition in Texas has improved since last week, up 2 points to 63 percent good to excellent, 29 fair and 8 percent poor to very poor. Pasture and range in Texas this week rates 13 excellent, 47 good, 31 fair and 9 percent poor to very poor - a slight moderation though a positive move up from 10 percent poor to very poor last week.

For Texas' complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

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Two Kansas City Remains in the Hunt to Be the Home of Relocated USDA Agencies- If They Move From Washington
The Department of Agriculture is eying the Kansas City metro, Purdue University and Research Triangle Park to relocate two department agencies. USDA announced the three finalists Friday as relocation spots for the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The controversial move "will help ensure USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government," and allows USDA to be closer to the agency's stakeholders, according to agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. However, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says the proposal would result in the loss of skilled staff and bring the potential for politicization of the nonpartisan research agencies.

The Coalition says its "deeply disappointed" USDA is pressing forward with the plan, adding that the lack of cost-benefit analysis from USDA is concerning regarding the alleged benefits. USDA plans to release a cost-benefit analysis when announcing the final site.

Click here to read more about this story on our website.

Extra OSU's Derrell Peel Compares the Intricate Relationship Between Beef Demand and the Price of Cattle

In short, the U.S. cattle and beef industry is extremely complex regarding the way in which it actually works, the economics of it all. In fact, according to OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel, beef markets are getting ever more complex and that trend is likely to continue, if not accelerate. In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Peel attempts to decipher the intricate relationship between beef demand and the price of cattle to offer readers a better understanding of the dynamics at play in today's market and how they influence each other.

Peel asserts in his article that "there are complicated and intricate dynamics of time and space in these multi-sector vertical market relationships; all of which contribute to making the cattle and beef industry a very complex set of markets." Things get even more complex, he says, when you realize that the beef market isn't just competing with itself, it's competing with all the other protein markets and other outside forces as well.

For example, socio-economic events and consumer/industry developments have had historical influence on the fluctuation of the beef market - things like the 2008-2010 recession; impacts of record high prices in 2014-2015; increasing exports and impacts in specific beef markets; the impact of increasing carcass size; demand for bone-in versus boneless beef products; fresh versus frozen products and the use of deep chill technology; labor and trucking constraints - just to name a few...

"When the vast array of horizontal beef product markets is considered along with the complex set of vertical cattle and beef production sectors, all of which operate in complicated dimensions of time and space," Peel writes, "there can be little doubt that the U.S. cattle and beef industry is one of, if not, the most complex set of markets on the planet."

For more of Peel's insights into this mind-boggling exercise we call the beef market, click here to read his complete article published this week to our website.

We had the chance to catch up with Ridge Hughbanks, Oklahoma's second National FFA Officer to serve in the last two years, during the Oklahoma State FFA Convention this past week. Hughbanks is roughly half way through his stint as a National Officer, and is also about half way through his tour of State FFA Conventions. Oklahoma's convention was his fourth stop on a list of nine total. In the coming days, he says he'll begin what he is calling his "East Coast Tour."

According to Hughbanks, his first six months have been mostly occupied by prep work for the latter six months of his officer year, developing messaging for the keynote addresses and workshops he'll be putting on in the months ahead. He says he is very excited about the chance to have more interaction with FFA members and inspire them to find their unique purpose.

Based on our previous conversations with Hughbanks, we know he is passionate about the agriculture industry. One aspect of that, though, has grown on him since taking office - that being the underserved demand for agricultural educators. Currently, there is a shortage of professionals in this vocation but a growing need also. Hughbanks has taken up the mantle to advocate for this cause and says he has joined the FFA organization is encouraging current members to follow their pursuits in agriculture as ag-ed instructors.

In addition, Hughbanks is also using his small-town roots to appeal to and inspire members with traditional rural backgrounds. He hopes that through his example, students from small, rural America will know and understand the potential they have to become leaders in their communities, to set their goals high and not underestimate themselves.

You can hear all about Hughbanks' experience so far as a National FFA Officer and the causes he's chosen to support, by clicking or tapping over the Blue-Green Gazette on our website to listen to our full conversation.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Five OKC-Based Processor Behind McDonald's Non-Frozen Beef Menu Brings Chain Some Fresh Sizzle

Oklahoma City based processor, Lopez Foods, is one of five providers across the United States that supplies McDonald's its beef. It is a relationship that has been ongoing for decades. John Patrick Lopez of Lopez Foods, recently sat down with us to discuss the company's role as a supplier to a major restaurant chain and how it helped McDonald's pivot from using frozen beef patties to fresh beef patties in its hamburger product line. According to Lopez, Lopez Foods originally began supplying McDonald's with fresh beef patties back in 1968. He explained that as the company grew, it eventually switched its order in 1971 from fresh to frozen beef patties to compensate for emerging logistical challenges. Over the past few years, though, McDonald's has been working with Lopez Foods to make the switch back to fresh patties. Since then, Lopez says customers have already noticed the difference.

The company worked for several years to perfect its fresh beef patty, developing it in a way that would not jeopardize neither taste, quality or safety. In the end, Lopez says they delivered a patty that when cooked to their exact specifications is better, hotter and juicier. The product was first sold in test markets before its official debut in 2018. Immediately, he says, consumers noticed the difference and since then sales have shown increased consumer enthusiasm.

"That's when we knew we had a home run," he said. "It is a wonderful product and we're very excited about it."

Listen to Lopez explain in more detail how this fresh beef product was developed on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Six Checking in on the Beef Checkoff - OK Leading the Nation in the Masters of Beef Advocacy Program

It's been a busy spring this year for the Oklahoma Beef Council. Just recently, the OBC interacted with consumers at the OKC Memorial Marathon, which attracts over 75,000 people. While there, Heather Buckmaster, OBC executive director, said they had the perfect opportunity to engage, share beef recipes and nutritional information with a key segment of Oklahoma's food and health involved consumers. They also had the chance to promote Team Beef, a Checkoff funded program that recruits athletes to represent the beef industry and share their message about how beef fuels their sport.

In addition, the OBC presented at this year's OK FFA State Convention, giving away $6,000 in prize money for its Master's of Beef Advocacy Program. According to Buckmaster, the OK FFA Association not only met its goal to get 750 students to obtain their MBA certification, but surpassed it. In total, Buckmaster says more than 1,000 students actually qualified - making Oklahoma the leading state in the nation. The MBA program is also a Checkoff funded program, designed to equip beef producers, industry allies and our youth with the information they need to be advocates for the beef industry.

You can learn more about these Checkoff funded programs and others, or find more stories about what your Beef Checkoff has been up to lately, by clicking or tapping here.

Seven NRCS Announces Changes to Strengthen Technical Input in Conservation Programs

On Monday, NRCS published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to make the existing regulations consistent with the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The changes included a change to the State Technical Committees. Those committees will have a membership increase. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to NRCS programs, including enabling representatives from the State Cooperative Extension Service and land grant universities to serve on the state committee that assists NRCS in guiding locally led conservation.

"NRCS is committed to efficiently and effectively implementing the Farm Bill and delivering on our promise to America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners," NRCS Chief Matthew Lohrsaid

You can read the rest of the changes by the USDA and provide comments to them by clicking or tapping here to visit our website. 

RainfallAnd FINALLY- The Current Rainfall Predictions Not Good for Planting Progress 2019

In rolling through Twitter this morning- our farm broadcast friend turned DTN Weather Guru Bryce Anderson had his latest graphics up this morning- and the one that is VERY relevant to the numbers we reported in our top story in this morning's email is the rainfall outlook for the next few days- a HUGE amount of rain in the southeast- including as much as four to six inches of rain in far southeastern Oklahoma- Brent Bolen in McCurtain County and his neighbors may have to trade for an airboat if this keeps up.

Further north- parts of the midwest will stay wet and that means limited opportunity to plant corn and soybeans in that part of the world. In and around the rain- planters will be rolling- but it appears unlikely that you will get 25% of the US corn crop planted this week.

Here's that graphic I am referencing:


You may notice that Oklahoma will be getting a decent amount of precip as well.
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