Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/16/2019, 6:34 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.

MarketLinksLet'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. offered 367 lots with 280 head actually selling Wednesday, May 15th. Click here to see their complete market results.

Feeder Steers Sold 3.00 to 6.00 Lower, Mostly 5.00 to 6.00 Lower. Feeder Heifers traded 5.00 to 7.00 Lower Wednesday at OKC West in El Reno, compared to last week's sales. Click or tap here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report. 

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 Wednesday, May 15th.
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
    Thursday,  May 16, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: OSU PASS Dept Head Jeff Edwards Introduces Oklahoma's New Wheat Specialist Amanda De Oliveira Silva

Dr. Jeff Edwards, head of the Plant & Soil Sciences Department at OSU, has been in a unique situation this year with his department absent a small grains specialist. A former small grains specialist himself, Edwards has done his best to juggle the duties of that job currently vacant and his own. Fortunately, though, Edwards shared with us that the role has finally been filled. Officially, Amanda De Oliveira Silva will assume the role as OSU's new Small Grains Specialist later this summer on August 31st.

"We couldn't be happier to hire Amanda De Oliveira Silva," Edwards remarked. "Amanda is a native of Brazil but actually her first trip to the US was as an intern for six months with our former Cropping Systems Specialist. So, she's familiar with Oklahoma. She's a good speaker and she knows how to communicate science, which is critical in this role. She is just a really solid plant physiologist and I think we hit a home run hiring her."

At present, De Oliveira Silva is finishing up her Ph.D. at Kansas State University. Prior to that, she earned her Master's degree from Perdue University. When she arrives in August, Edwards says she will have just enough time catch up to speed and get a few research studies designed before hitting the ground running, working with producers as they begin the fall planting season for the 2020 wheat crop.

You can hear Edwards and I discuss the department's new hire, this year's wheat crop and the boom in Oklahoma's cotton industry, by clicking or tapping here to hear our complete conversation.

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Cattlemen, beef industry stakeholders and state policymakers gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol Wednesday to celebrate Beef Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. During the event, OCA staff, members and leadership highlighted Oklahoma's No. 1 ag industry sector and expressed its appreciation to state lawmakers for their cooperation in what has been a significantly positive Legislative Session for the state's beef producers - serving 600 steak sandwiches to attendees featuring Oklahoma's new official State Steak, the ribeye. OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey took a moment to talk with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn about the event and the current state of the Oklahoma beef industry.

Kelsey says as producers come off the heels of a very productive Legislative Session and a wet, cool spring - generally attitudes are optimistic. He says the ample moisture this season has given the promise of good forage potential but adds that some warm weather is needed in order to rebuild hay supplies that were reportedly depleted over the winter. And while markets aren't exactly where producers would hope they would be, he says demand is strong.

"I think most of our folks are cautiously optimistic and excited about the summer," he said. "We're seeing a lot of young folks come in business. They're doing it a little different than how Grandad did it. But I think they're very creative. So, yeah, I think there is a lot of optimism out there. We raise the greatest tasting, most nutritious animal protein product in the world and we're very proud of that. Very optimistic about it right now."

You can listen to their complete conversation to hear more about the current state of the Oklahoma cattle industry and all that's been accomplished from a regulatory perspective this year, by clicking or tapping  over to our website.

The push continues by pork producers in the United States to make sure that the barrier that surrounds the hog production in this country is adequate to keep African Swine Fever from slipping in and causing chaos. Dan Kovich, DVM, is the Director, Science & Technology, for the National Pork Producers Council, talked with me about that ongoing battle- and told us at the annual Washington Watch of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting that "we are as an organization are working flat out to try to identify all possible vulnerabilities and figure out ways to fill them to make sure we are doing everything in our power to protect ourselves."

Kovich says nothing has changed in China, where they are having a "dickens of a time: in controlling the disease." The estimates from credible people of losses to the Chinese swine herd of as high as thirty percent show how lethal of a problem this disease is. 

As to why the pork industry is so worried here in the United States- thousands of miles from the raging infection in China- Dr. Kocich says "There's two big issues here- one is that it is very lethal- I mean it is pretty much 100% fatal- if you get it in a herd- you need to plan on losing that entire herd. The other problem is that we have no vaccine- it's a disease that globally people have been looking for that tool and have just not been able to find it to date- so those are the two things that make it such a nightmare for our industry."

Click or tap here to read more- as well as to have the opportunity to hear our conversation with Dr. Kovich.

Four Time to Turn Heat Up on Trade Talks with Japan, Bacus Says It's Been on the Backburner Too Long
There is a lot of frustration stemming from multiple fronts currently in the US agricultural industry, especially for the beef and cattle sector. A major source of that frustration relates to Japan and the waiting game it seems the US has found itself in in regard to negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the island nation since the Trump Administration pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. According to Kent Bacus, senior director of international trade and market access for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, other trade pact negotiations have consumed our government's attention and caused Japan to be placed on the backburner for the time being. He told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays this week during the Washington Watch event in DC hosted annually by the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, that Japan is our most important market and needs to be addressed as soon as possible before TPP competitors outpace us in their marketplace.

Bacus says the good news is that both countries are willing to come to the table and have those difficult conversations; both wanting increased access to each other's markets. However, serious talks likely won't happen until the US has tied up some loose ends with China and the USMCA.

"For the beef industry this is a big opportunity, but if we don't move soon then it's going to be hard for us to remain competitive in that market," he said. "We need the best deal possible, something that's going to benefit our producers in the long term. If we want to keep cattle and beef prices strong and really capitalize on the growth in beef demand in Asia - we've got to start with Japan and then we've got to move to a lot of other markets - because we're not the only people competing for these consumers."

Listen to Bacus talk more about the opportunities that lie in wait with Japan, plus his outlook on the performance of South Korea's market as well, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five NAWG Applauds FSA's Announcement to Extend CRP Contracts

Yesterday, the FSA announced that it will hold a continuous signup period for CRP beginning June 3, 2019 and offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. NAWG commends the Agency for recognizing the need to provide producers an option to extend contracts by allowing for one-year extensions to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less.

"CRP is an important conservation program option for many of our members and we appreciate that FSA is proactively taking steps to allow for contract extensions. This action is especially important if FSA will not hold a general sign-up before contracts expire this year," stated NAWG President and Lavon, TX farmer Ben Scholz. "We encourage USDA to move quickly implement the 2018 Farm Bill and to allow enrollment options for producers in all the conservation programs."

Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group.

You can see the rest of the article about CRP by clicking or tapping here
Six USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Welcome  Decision to Remove Anti-dumping Duties on Ethanol Imports from the United States

Organizations within the renewable fuels community welcomed a decision made by the European Commission that was announced yesterday. According to a release from the USGC, the Commission has opted to nix anti-dumping duties on imports of US ethanol.

The USGC stated in its release that the decision would increase access for US ethanol in Europe. Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer remarked that the USGC looks forward to working with the EU to fulfill the demand of their "environment and price-conscious consumers."

Craig Willis, Senior Vice President of Global Markets for Growth Energy added to Sleight's remarks, insisting that the removal of these "unjustified" duties would open critical new opportunities.

"It's a win-win for our EU trading partners, who will be better positioned to meet their environmental goals while holding down prices for European drivers," he said.

To read more about the European Commission's decision and what it means for the US ethanol industry - click here

Superior Livestock is hosting its regular every other week video auction today beginning at 8:00 AM  this morning. There are 16,000 head of cattle being offered - featuring 135 Holsteins, 6,550 yearling steers, 3,800 yearling heifers, 1,975 weaned calves, 3,300 calves on cows and 240 bred stock. 

You can tune in to watch the sale broadcast live from their studios at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Dish Network - Channel 997 or Direct TV(SLA-TV) - Channel 603 or by clicking over to

To view the sale catalog or for more information about when a certain lot might sell, click or tap here .


Also happening today, are two OSU Wheat Field Tours - one in Lamont and the other in Caldwell. 

The first stop is in Lamont at 9:00 a.m. The second tour will be conducted in Caldwell at noon. The Lamont tour is a replicated plot while the Caldwell tour features demo plots. Lunch will be provided at the Caldwell stop.

The 2019 OSU Wheat Field Tour consists of 32 stops across the state over the course of several weeks. For more information about this event, including a complete tour schedule, click over to the Calendar Page on our website.

For exact location information on the Lamont tour click here or for the Caldwell location, click here

BudgetAnd FINALLY- We Have a State Budget Deal with the House, The Governor AND the Senate

On Wednesday afternoon- Governor Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall, and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced a Fiscal Year 2020 budget deal. With the Senate now on board- this deal signals the end of the 2019 Legislative Session is very close. 

"This year's budget is historic. Holding firm to my commitment of no new taxes, we will put away $200 million more in savings while also increasing the state's investment in core services by more than five percent," said Gov. Stitt. "For the first time in state history, we will increase Oklahoma's savings account, in order to protect core services in the future, without the law forcing it. For the first time in state history, we will give Oklahoma teachers a pay raise for a second year in a row. For the first time in state history, we will fully fund the Reading Sufficiency Act while also putting an additional $74 million into the funding formula for local classroom needs.

"For the first time in state history, we will fully fund our roads and bridges, and we will also make the largest deposit into the Quick Action closing fund, helping Oklahoma compete for new jobs.

"Congratulations to the Legislature and leadership for their hard work; I am committed to helping carry it across the finish line as the Legislature works to send this fiscally responsible budget to my desk for signature." 

Read more by clicking or tapping here.
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditHerb's Herb Hemp Farm, 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!

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