Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/4/2019, 5:05 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.

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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. has 412 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, June 5th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

Oklahoma National Stockyards- 10,600 was the Monday estimated run- and 
Compared to two week's ago: Feeder steers 4.00-7.00 lower with instances of 9.00 lower. Feeder heifers 3.00-8.00 lower. Steer and heifer calves too lightly tested for an accurate market trend, however a much lower undertone is noted. Click or tap here for the complete report from Oklahoma City.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Monday, slaughter cows mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls mostly 1.00 higher compared to last week. Click here for the complete sale report. 

Joplin Regional Stockyards has just over 6,900 for their first Monday run of June- and lower prices- 
compared to two weeks ago, steers under 500 lbs and heifer calves steady to 5.00 lower, steer calves over 500 lbs 6.00 to 10.00 lower, yearlings 4.00 to 8.00 lower. Click or tap here for their complete report from USDA.

Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or 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, June 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, June 4, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: Little Progress Made in Planting US Corn, Soybean Crops as Unrelenting Rains Inundate Corn Belt

The weekly Crop Progress report released Monday, June 03, 2019 by the US Department of Agriculture shows little progress in planting the nation's corn and soybean crops as unrelenting rains continue to inundate much of the corn belt. Corn plantings across the nation increased to 67 percent, compared to 58 percent a week ago and the five-year average of 96 percent. Just 39 percent of estimated soybean acres have been planted, compared to 29 percent last week, and the five-year average of 79 percent. Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and South Dakota have yet to plant 20 percent of estimated soybean acres. The National Weather Service says another three inches of rain could fall over parts of the Western corn belt this week, adding more moisture to saturated and flooded fields. Meanwhile, a Farm Journal poll shows nearly one-third of corn farmers will file for prevent plant payments on some of their farmland in 2019. The poll found less than half, 45 percent, do not plan to file for prevent plant payment. However, 21 percent remain undecided. The poll asked 1,017 growers regarding their prevent plant intentions.

Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending on June 2, 2019.

Across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 1 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 7 points from normal. Wheat's condition in Oklahoma this week rates 9 poor to very poor, 27 fair and 64 good to excellent.

To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 30 fair, 47 good, and 10 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 95 percent, equal to last year, and near 97 for the five-year average. Coloring was 16 percent, well behind 43 last year and 48 average. 

To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Finally, across Texas, winter wheat harvested reached 22 percent, trailing both last year's 33 percent and the five-year average of 25 percent. Wheat's condition this week is 64 percent good to excellent, 30 fair and 6 poor to very poor.

To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

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Two Wheat Harvest Continues in SW Oklahoma - Early Results Show Test Weights 58-63 lbs., 35-60 bpa

Harvest continues in parts of Southwest Oklahoma in places that have dodged the rain long enough to get something out of the field. The harvesting continued Friday afternoon into Saturday afternoon. When the heavy dew lifted the farmers were met with anywhere from .10" of rain to 1.5" of rain. 

Small amounts of wheat have been taken to Grandfield, Frederick, Altus, Tipton and Lawton areas with test weights from 58 to 63 lbs./acre. Yields have ranged anywhere from 35 to 60 bushels per acre with one report of 70 bushels per acre. There has not been enough wheat harvested to get a good read on the protein of this year's crop. 

According to Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte, farmers and harvest crews are hoping the fields will dry out enough to get some wheat cut before rain returns Wednesday and Thursday. Producers across the state are still concerned about the outlook for wheat harvest though when looking at the next 48 hr. precipitation outlook. If the rain stays light, there looks to be a 5-day window to harvest. 

You can read more about the current wheat harvest report in Oklahoma - here

Three US Dept. of Agriculture Announces Availability of $12.5 million in Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA announced yesterday its investment of up to $12.5 million to help support the adoption of innovative conservation practices on agricultural lands. USDA's Natural Resources Conservations Service is accepting proposals through July 30, 2019, for national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). 

"Conservation Innovation Grants enable partners to co-invest with NRCS on the next generation of agricultural conservation solutions," NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. "Conservation Innovation Grants have helped spur new tools and technologies to conserve natural resources, build resilience in their operations, and improve their bottom lines, and we're excited to see what these proposals will offer."

CIG support the development and field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of conservation technologies, practices, and systems and approaches. 

The 2019 CIG priorities are the following; increasing the pace and scale of conservation adoption, water quality, pollinator habitat and urban agriculture. 

You can read more about how to apply for one of these grants by clicking or tapping here

Four STUDY: New Survey Examines Consumers' Understanding of the Environmental Impact of Chicken Production

A new survey unveiled by the National Chicken Council shows knowledge of the environmental impact of chicken among consumers is low. 

The research sought to find how deeply consumers understand sustainable food practices as it relates to broiler chicken production, an industry the National Chicken Council says maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints in animal agriculture. 

According to survey results, only half of survey participants, or 51 percent,  are moderately knowledgeable about chicken's impact on the environment, while three-quarters, or 71 percent, are moderately knowledgeable about how chicken is produced. 

While most are familiar with topics related to animal welfare and processing, knowledge related to sustainability topics in the industry like water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and water impact is limited. In addition, when it comes to factors driving purchase decisions today, the environmental impact of chicken is as important as animal welfare. However, 82 percent of respondents say taste, while 65 percent say price, are the top drivers of purchase decisions.

You can read more about the survey from the National Chicken Council on our website - here

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Five Casey's General Store Accelerate E15 Store Openings Thanks to Approval of Year-Round E15 Sales

Midwest convenience store chain Casey's General Stores and Growth Energy Monday announced the retailer will expand E15 offerings to more than 60 new sites this summer, including two locations here in Oklahoma.

A Casey's spokesperson says, "we are expanding E15 at a faster pace to stay ahead of our competition," due to a rule change announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency's in Iowa that now allows for the year-round sale of E15.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the move from Casey's, adding that conversations with other retailers show "they will soon be joined by others who've been waiting for this day." 

Founded in 1952 in Des Moines, Iowa, Casey's General Stores has grown to include more than 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states in the Midwest and the South. E15 is currently sold at more than 1,800 stations in 31 states across the nation.

You can read more about the transition by clicking or tapping here

Six 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. 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 transition the fast food giant from using frozen to fresh beef.

"Lopez Foods led the way for the fresh beef program for McDonald's," Lopez said. "We're very proud of that. It is a wonderful product and we're very excited about it."

McDonald's made a request to develop a fresh beef program that could accommodate its current supply chain. Lopez said his company began targeting the Quarter Pounder patty first. It took many years to perfect the chain to supply McDonald's with fresh patties with out putting food safety, taste and quality in jeopardy, Lopez said. 

Lopez says that while delivering a better product has certainly helped drive consumer demand, another important component in successful marketing has been making sure to share the industry's story of sustainability. This, he says, has become an important issue to consumers in recent years as they have become more aware of where their food comes from. He adds that if the industry is not vocal about its own sustainable efforts, critics will fill that void with their own rhetoric.

Listen to Lopez talk about the new patties at McDonald's and the importance of transparency, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Seven Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc. Invites Talented Vocalists to Enter Its National Anthem Singing Contest

The OCA has opened entries for their first ever National Anthem Singing Contest. The contest will determine the singer of the National Anthem at the Friday night performance of the OCA Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 23, 2019. 

The deadline for entry into the contest is July 1. Three finalists will be chosen by July 15. Online voting will chose the winner. The winner will be announced August 1. Interested individuals must fill out an online entry form and submit a video of them performing the National Anthem. 

You can read more about the contest and how to enter over on our website

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock 
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