Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/21/2019, 6:00 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 Monday, May 20th.
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 21, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Multiple tornado touchdowns yesterday that are still happening early this morning- with one number reported overnight of at least 20 twisters in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas reported- that number continues to be in limbo.

We have heard only limited reports of hail through all of the storms that have moved through to this point- and if that is true- that's a blessing.

The problem with this storm is amount of rain that has piled up across central, north central and northeastern Oklahoma. 

One community that we are very worried about this morning is Stillwater- the National Weather Service reported a few minutes ago "A serious flash flooding situation is ongoing in Stillwater. Many roads are impassable, with water rescues being performed from homes."  

Here's the latest Mesonet snapshot of rainfall- we have picked up the two day rainfall map- you can click on the map to get a realtime update as well.

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We will have the complete Crop Progress numbers summarized in our next story- but I wanted you to consider the 2019 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop Number released on Monday afternoon as the HIGH RISK weather rolled in across Oklahoma wheat fields. 

In the Monday report- the 2019 Oklahoma Wheat Crop was rated 88% Good to Excellent, 9% fair and 3% poor to very poor.  

That is an unbelievable number as we are just (at least we were) days away from harvest in southwestern Oklahoma ahead of the rainfall amounts that are likely causing a significant amount of damage to the crop- as well as knocking out many of the fields of spring planted crops planted thus far. 

For the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Report- click or tap here. 

Northcentral Oklahoma farmer Bill Steinert posted a picture on Facebook last night taken before dark of the rising water on his place- and it is typical of what we are hearing from others:

Time will tell how much damage may be happening- and it is still hard for anyone in Oklahoma to turn down rain anytime or anyplace- but not an easy morning to be reporting the latest farm and ranch news.

Two Corn and Soybean Planting Numbers Nationally Continue to Lag Normal BADLY with More Rain in the Forecast

The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report for the week ending May 19, 2019 on Monday. The report indicates that nationally, some moderate progress was made in both corn and soybean planting which has continued to lag behind its normal planting rate due to persistently wet conditions. Click or tap here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, May 20, 2019.

In Oklahoma, winter wheat headed reached 95 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Wheat's condition rates this week 88 percent good to excellent, 9 fair and 3 poor to very poor. For Oklahoma's complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 30 fair, 46 good, and 14 excellent. Headed was 61 percent, behind 67 last year, and well behind 83 for the five-year average. For Kansas' complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

Finally, across Texas, wheat was progressing in the Plains and changing colors in the Cross Timbers. Wheat harvest was active in South Texas and areas of South Central Texas, but only a few producers had begun combining in the Blacklands. Wheat was drying down in the Edwards Plateau. The winter wheat crop in Texas this week is 95 percent headed, ahead of last year by 4 and the average by 1. As of this report, 8 percent of the Texas crop is harvested, normal but behind last year by 3 points. Wheat's condition rates 22 excellent, 39 good, 31 fair, 6 poor and 2 percent very poor. For Texas' complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.

Pasture and range conditions in the Southern Plains saw mostly positive increases across the board this week compared to last. Oklahoma's good to excellent rating climbed by 13 points since last week and Texas saw a 3-point increase in its ratings. Kansas had a 1-point decline in its good to excellent rating this week, but also had a 1-point decrease in its poor to very poor rating, creating a neutral gain of 2 points in the fair category. Nationwide, pasture and range conditions are generally better than last year, with a 20-point lead on in its good to excellent rating. Currently, conditions across the US rate 66 good to excellent, 28 fair and 6 percent poor to very poor.

Three Hay Season Starts with Smallest Inventory Since '12 Drought as Industry Looks to Rebuild Supplies

According to the latest Crop Production report from USDA-NASS, the 2019 hay crop year is starting off with the smallest hay inventory since the drought of 2012. Total hay production in 2018 was 123.6 million tons, down 3.6 percent year over year and down 9.1 percent over the previous ten-year period. 2018 alfalfa hay production was down 5.7 percent year over year and was 14.7 percent lower than the previous ten-year average. Other hay production was 2.0 percent lower year over year and was down 4.4 percent from the 2008-2017 average.

While stocks are currently depleted, OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel remarked in his most recent edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter that, "With mostly excellent moisture conditions nationwide currently, the prospects to rebuild hay supplies in 2019 around the country are very good."

Peel says given wheat's good condition right now and the market's low prices and the current hay situation, utilizing wheat for hay has become an attractive option for some producers. From his own observations, Peel says a significant number of wheat acres in Oklahoma are being grazed out and substantial acres have already been cut for hay. He adds that while good moisture ensures hay and pasture growth, continued wet conditions could impact hay quality. Read Peel's complete run down on the current hay situation, by clicking here.

Four Japan Lifts 30-Month Rule on US Beef Imports, Creates Room for Potential $200M in Additional Value
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Friday that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan's longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for up to potentially $200 million in expanded annual sales to the United States' top global beef market. Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Washington, DC office calls this news a refreshing delight for US beef producers who are starting to feel pressure from foreign competitors enjoying their advantages over the US as members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Their advantage over the US may be short lived though, says Woodall, if the Trump Administration works quickly to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Japan. The island nation's action in lifting its age restriction on cattle used for beef imports to its market, sends a positive signal those discussions may happen soon.

"We do believe it is very promising because if there was any sort of malice there, we would never have seen this lifting of the age ban," he said. "So, the fact that we have seen that means they are confident in what we do as an industry here in the US. I think that bodes well for our chances of success in getting a very quick deal done."

Listen to Woodall speak more about the positive implications this action has for the US beef industry, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five State Wheat Breeder Brett Carver Showcases OSU's Latest Varieties, Plus a Peak at What's to Come

The newest wheat varieties developed by the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team were showcased at the recent Lahoma Wheat Field Day, hosted by OSU Extension. Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team Leader and State Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver was on deck during the event, highlighting the new varieties' unique traits and the work being done to add even more varieties to OSU's already extensive portfolio.

The four varieties launched in 2018 you'll remember included Showdown, Green Hammer, Baker's Ann and Skydance. Grouped in terms of similarity into pairs, Carver says the first two, Showdown and Green Hammer, are more broadly adapted varieties while Baker's Ann and Skydance were bred to be targeted and quality-focused while not compromising yield potential.

According to Carver, Green Hammer differs from Showdown, possessing a more enhanced disease resistance package with particular regard to Leaf rust resistance. Likewise, Baker's Ann is different from Skydance, possessing impressive resistance to Stripe rust. Strong in the field, Baker's Ann is also strong in the mill with excellent doughing qualities. In addition, Baker's Ann is recognized for its grazability as an early maturing variety.

As Carver continues to promote these new varieties, he's also keeping one eye on the future. He offered us a glimpse at what is still working its way through the pipeline. To find out what experiments Carver is most excited about, listen to our full conversation or continue reading this article by clicking over to our website.

Six Ag Organizations Call for USMCA Ratification now that 232 Tariffs Lifted

The Mexican government published an official notice that Mexico has removed its retaliatory duties on U.S. pork. Canada's Department of Finance announced that Canada will immediately eliminate the 10 percent tariff that Canada imposed on prepared beef items from the United States. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom says restoring duty-free access to the Mexican and Canadian markets is a tremendous breakthrough for the U.S. red meat industry.

"USMEF thanks President Trump and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer for reaching an agreement with Mexico and Canada on steel and aluminum tariffs," Halstrom stated. "We're also grateful for Mexico and Canada's lifting of retaliatory duties on U.S. red meat."

He says this will remove a significant obstacle for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMEF says they're hoping that all three countries will ratify the new North American trade agreement as soon as possible.

The organization, Farmers for Free Trade, released a statement as well, calling for Congressional support USMCA's passage.

"Importantly, eliminating the tariffs removes a roadblock to passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which modernizes and bolsters NAFTA," the group said. "With these tariffs removed Congress should not delay consideration of USMCA any longer."

The annual Oklahoma Pork Council Memorial Day Blood Drive is set to be hosted Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 25th. okPork has been teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for 13 years for this annual event. 

There will be three mobile drives located at: Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore, Oklahoma, Cabela's in northern OKC and at the Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Oklahoma. A menu of pork carnitas and pork burgers will be served to donors in appreciation for giving blood along with a free "Go Pig or Go Home" t-shirt. 

"We urgently need people to give before and during Memorial Day weekend. The lives of patients could easily be in jeopardy without help before this first summer holiday," said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. 

Blood donations historically drop around holidays, OBI said. However, the risk of emergencies actually increase. 

For a complete list of donation centers and information about how you can participate, click here.

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