Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/29/2019, 5:12 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!  

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At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, there were not enough receipts recorded to compare trade with last week. Click or tap here for the 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 futures-click 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 Tuesday, May 28th.
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
    Wednesday,  May 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: USDA Ready to Help State Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Recent Flooding, Tornadoes

Impacts can be felt across Oklahoma and neighboring states from the recent extreme weather events that have occurred. The important thing is that the USDA has disaster assistance programs already in place. 

Under the USDA umbrella there are three main agencies that deal directly with the disaster relief. Those agencies are the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

FSA offers many programs to help producers recover from losses. These programs cover things like livestock, honeybees, fish and trees. 

The NRCS provides farmers and ranchers with technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other programs. These programs help producers recover from storms and better prepare them for future storms. 

If you have coverage through the federal crop insurance you should contact your agent within 72 hours of the damage. Producers that have crops that are no insurable are eligible for compensation if they purchased coverage through FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. 

To read more about the programs that are offered by FSA, NRCS and RMA - click here

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The Midwest, on the tail end of a two-week inundation of rainfall, remains flooded and saturated, stalling planting progress that is already well behind average. The Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress report, released Tuesday, reports that as of May 26, the 18 top producing states reached 58 percent completion of corn plantings, compared to the five-year average of 90 percent. Indiana, Ohio and South Dakota have planted less than 30 percent of their respective corn crops. Meanwhile, just 29 percent of the nation's soybean crop is planted, compared to 74 percent last year, and the five-year average of 66 percent. Many states have planted less than 20 percent of their intended soybean acres, including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and South Dakota. Just 32 percent of the nation's corn crop has emerged, along with just 11 percent of soybeans. Forecasters from the website Weather2020 suggest more wet conditions will continue through June, when the jet stream normally lifts and weakens weather systems across the corn belt, further hampering planting.

Click here to view the complete USDA Crop Progress Report release Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, winter wheat headed reached 96 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 3 points from normal. Wheat's condition in Oklahoma this week rates 4 percent poor to very poor, 23 fair and 73 percent good to excellent. To view the Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 33 fair, 45 good, and 10 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 84 percent, near 86 last year, and behind 93 for the five-year average. Coloring was 7 percent. To view the Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

And across Texas, the state's wheat harvest is well underway this week with 11 percent of its crop now harvested, slightly behind last year's pace of 19 percent for this time and 13 percent on average. To view the Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Untimely wet weather seems to be a recurring theme in this year's wheat crop. The season began with heavy rains that forced farmers in Oklahoma to either reseed their fields or plant late. Now as harvest quickly approaches, the rainy weather has returned threatening yet another delay in this crop's progress. To talk about the current conditions of Oklahoma's wheat crop, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn reached out to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service's Southwest Area Agronomist Heath Sanders.

According to Sanders, many fields are very wet in his area, though not to the extent that fields in northcentral Oklahoma and other areas are right now. From what he has observed, there has been a sharp rise in the amount of wheat that has turned white - due to extended periods of standing water on the ground.

The best wheat Sanders has seen is in far south Oklahoma. There, he says fields are rapidly maturing. Though, again, wet conditions are keeping harvesters out of the field. If rains hold off, though, Sanders says harvesters might be able to get in the field within the next 7 to 10 days as the ground dries out.

Hear more of what Sanders has to say about Oklahoma's wheat crop currently, by clicking or tapping here.

Lot of views already for a very well done video from Corteva Agriscience- and it includes some comments and pics from southwestern Oklahoma and the Muller family from Martha, Oklahoma. 

Corteva writes in their description of the video- "Corteva Agriscience™ brings you a farming documentary with interviews of devoted farmers from across the country.

"Some people were just born to be farmers; farmers need flexibility, willingness, a good attitude and maybe even a little bit of faith to succeed. Meet farmers from across the US and hear about the diverse challenges and ongoing rewards of being in the farming industry. From issues of agricultural technology and harvest time to unpredictable weather and working as a family, see the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve success in farming. You have to love the land to be a farmer and if you take care of the soil, it will take care of you. "

To learn more about what Corteva is showing in this 8 minute video- click or tap here.

What Makes a Farmer? A Farming Documentary | Corteva Agriscience™
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Five USDA Reports Highest May 1 Inventory of Cattle on Feed Since '96 - Derrell Peel Shares His Analysis

Just before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, the United States Department of Agriculture released its May 1st, 2019 Cattle on Feed report. According to it, cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.8 million head on May 1, 2019. The inventory was 2 percent above May 1, 2018. This is the highest May 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.84 million head, 9 percent above 2018. Net placements were 1.78 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 355,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 250,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 447,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 495,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 210,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.93 million head, 7 percent above 2018.

"Those number were pretty close to expectations. Actually, the average trade guess for placements were bigger than that," said Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel in an interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays after the report's release. "So, this is within the range, on the friendly side. So, that's probably the best news in this."

Peel cites the many severe weather disruptions that have happened lately as one of the largest contributions to the significantly larger placements in April, compared to a year ago. He says it also shows that the herd is continuing to grow here in 2019. He expounded on how the weather has impacted the movement of cattle in his article included in this week's Cow/Calf Corner. Check out that full report and hear Peel share his complete analysis of the numbers in this month's USDA Cattle on Feed Report, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Six CAB's Paul Dykstra talks About What Sets Premium Quality Cattle Above the Average

The importance of quality beef will always be something that is in front of every rancher when they go to the rail with their cattle. 

"In the past decade we have seen the percentage of Choice carcasses go from around 55% to currently just under 75% with an additional 8% of Prime carcasses today which not so long ago was 2-3% for a number of years," said Paul Dykstra, Beef Cattle Specialist with the Certified Angus Beef brand.

Cattle have become increasingly higher quality over the years. However, Dykstra eluded to the fact that just having high quality animals is not the only thing that impacts prices at the rail. Your timing is also important to the price you will receive. 

You can read more about what Dykstra had to say about the increase in quality beef by clicking or tapping here

Seven Alfalfa County Farmer Hope Pjesky Offers a Producer's Perspective on Free Trade, Tariffs, USMCA

Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the organization Farmers for Free Trade last week, held a joint news conference to highlight the importance of free trade and to promote the passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA). Local farmer, Hope Pjesky of Alfalfa County, was invited to speak during the conference to share how low commodity prices and trade disruptions with key markets compounded by tariffs, have impacted her family's operation and livelihood. She visited with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn after the event to talk more about her experience with the current strenuous economic situation.

"It's added a great deal of uncertainty to the markets and one thing you figure out pretty quickly as a farmer is that any excuse the markets can have to make prices go down - and uncertainty is one of the good ones - they'll take it," Pjesky said. "I'm not an economist but I think there's been a lot of things related to trade specifically with Canada and Mexico that have impacted our markets."

Pjesky asserts that the USMCA's ratification would help alleviate much of the uncertainty that exists, not just for agricultural producers but for all those connected and supported by the industry. To help people understand that fact and the importance of free trade, Pjesky says it is up to the farmers and ranchers themselves to spread the message and share their stories.

"I am a 100 percent believer in true free trade," she said. "I think that hopefully it will end up good, but there's a lot of pain in the process right now."

Listen to more of Pjesky's thoughts on free trade and the USMCA, by clicking or tapping over to our website to hear her full conversation with Carson.

HayHay Donations Needed- And Help for Displaced Animals Also Available in Eastern Oklahoma

Hay donations are needed to assist Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as this statewide flooding disaster continues to unfold. These donations are currently being accepted at the Muskogee Fairgrounds, located at 1444 S Cherokee St. in Muskogee.

For questions or more information, please contact Rowdy Fewel at 918-261-6800. Rowdy is the Vice President of the Muskogee County Cattlemen's Association.

ALSO- the Oklahoma Department of Ag has posted this update on help for those needing it with animals-

"A Large Animal Shelter is set up at the Muskogee Roundup Club, 2942 S Cherokee Drive in Muskogee. A small animal shelter utilizing equipment from Humane Society of Tulsa is set up in conjunction with an American Red Cross human shelter at Bacone College Warrior Gym, 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee. A small animal shelter is set up at Tulsa Animal Welfare and is being staffed by TAW and OKMRC volunteers. 
Persons requiring assistance with animals are asked to call 405-283-3884 or Dr. Rod Hall at 580-257-0254."

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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