Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/11/2019, 6:07 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 TODAY'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.

The Oklahoma National Stockyards had an estimated run of 7,500 head- Feeder steers called 3.00-7.00 higher, except 600-700 lbs. 2.00-3.00 lower. Feeder heifers 4.00- 8.00 higher. Steer calves steady to 5.00 higher but lighter weights not well tested. 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 1.00 higher. Slaughter bulls steady compared to last week. Click here for the complete sale report.  

At the Joplin Regional Stockyards- 4,222 head of cattle were reported- Steers were a mixed bag-  Feeder steers under 500 lbs steady to 4.00 higher, Over 500 lbs unevenly steady. For the full report that includes the PDF from USDA- Click or tap here.

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, June 10th.
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 11, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: Farmers Continue to Play Catch Up with Corn and Soybean Planting as Prevent Plant Dates Pass By

In its latest Crop Progress Report for the week ending June 9, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture indicated that the US corn and soybean crops are still behind the normal benchmark for this time of year. According to the report, producers have advanced the US corn crop planting from 67 percent a week ago, up to 83 percent. That is 16 percent short of the normal 99 percent achieved on average over the past five years. Nationwide, the US corn crop is 62 percent emerged, compared 93 percent both last year and for the five-year average. The US corn crop has a current condition of 9 poor to very poor, 32 fair and 59 percent good to excellent - 18 points lower than the good to excellent condition this time last year. The US soybean crop continues to run behind schedule in regard to its planting as well. At present, only 60 percent of the crop is planted versus 92 last year and 88 on average, though this is significantly higher than 39 percent as reported one week ago. Only 34 percent of the crop is emerged, barely half that of the average 73 percent and 81 percent last year.

To review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, June 10, 2019, click or tap here.

Meanwhile, across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 4 percent, down 39 points from the previous year and down 28 points from normal. Wheat's condition this week rates 9 poor to very poor, 28 fair and 63 percent good to excellent. Click here to review this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 30 fair, 46 good, and 12 excellent. Winter wheat headed is at 96 percent this week, compared to 98 last year and 99 the average. Coloring is at 49 percent, well behind 75 last year and 74 for the five-year average. Mature is at 2 percent, well behind 25 last year. Click here to review this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Kansas.

Finally, across Texas, winter wheat is 27 percent harvested, versus 55 percent last year and 42 the five-year average. Wheat's condition rates 5 percent poor to very poor, 27 fair and 68 percent good to excellent. Click here to review this week's complete Crop Progress Report for Texas.

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TwoLatest Wheat Harvest Report- Farmers Mostly Wait with 4% Complete as Fields Start to Dry Out

Harvest progressed in all areas of Southwest Oklahoma over the weekend, with combines moving Monday afternoon in some parts of South-central Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma. Heavy rains on Sunday hindered progress in many parts. Note from our top story above that the latest Crop Weather update for Oklahoma shows just 4% of the 2019 crop has been harvested, compared to 43% harvested at this point in 2018 and 32% harvested by this date on average. 

Pictures are starting to come in from harvest 2019- this one taken near Chattanooga by Talia Gammill- wheat flowing into the grain cart by the light of the moon as the American Flag stands watch!

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission's most comprehensive report of the slowly developing 2019 harvest can be read by clicking or tapping here- one community report that sticks out showing a significant part of the harvest is done in that area comes from Frederick:

"Harvest in this region has dodged the rains over the past week so producers in this region have been able to get a large amount of wheat cut in this area. As of today, they are reporting 60 percent in this region to be harvested. Test weights have ranged all over the board from at 58 to 64 lbs. per bushel. Currently it looks like the region will be coming in at a 59 to 60 lb. average for test weight on reports based from today. Yields on the wheat harvested have come in higher than projected for the region with many 40 bushel averages reported."

Lots of the Oklahoma wheat belt will be sunny today- but some locations have at least a chance of showers this evening and a more  widespread chance of rain on Thursday- but this forecast may be enough to get some harvest efforts rolling. 
KevinStittOklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Meets with Secretary Sonny at USDA 

Governor Kevin Stitt met on Monday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Washington, D.C. to discuss Oklahoma agriculture and how the state and federal government can work together to support our farmers and ranchers. 

"I was honored to meet with Secretary Perdue as we talked about ways to move Oklahoma forward and support our hard-working farmers and ranchers that are a staple for both our state and national economy," said Stitt. "I applaud Secretary Perdue and President Trump who have been champions for our farmers and ranchers across the country and key players in helping secure $3 billion in federal resources for our farmers who have experienced significant damage to their operations in the past few months. I also look forward to working with Secretary Perdue as our state works to become the number one location for future job opportunities related to rural Oklahoma and the ag-based economy." 

Of note- Governor Stitt also signaled that they spoke about funding from USDA to continue to control and work toward eradication of feral hogs. Invasive feral hogs cost Oklahoma farmers and ranchers significantly, causing damage to growing crops and forages, potentially carrying disease to livestock, and other risks. 

Secretary Perdue, when in Oklahoma last fall, had the chance to be briefed on some of the monitoring and control measures under way to get our arms around knocking down the wild hog population in the state. 

To read more about the conversation that Governor Stitt had at USDA on the National Mall in Washington, click or tap here.

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, talked in this week's issue of Cow Calf Corner about the outside factors impacting the cattle market. 

Cattle and beef markets have decreased from the April highs with uncertainty in a variety of factors weighing in on markets the past month, Peel said. The threat of additional tariffs in Mexico rattled many markets last week. And while that threat seems to have been removed, ongoing uncertainty about trade and the politics of trade continue to take a toll on agricultural and other markets.

Weather has also been a factor affecting the cattle and beef markets. With the ongoing flooding, forage and hay production has been limited in some regions. 

You can read more from Peel about the uncertainty of the markets over on our website - here

Four Industry Has Its Work Cut Out for Itself as Wildlife Service Weighs Listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Until recently, most of those concerned were under the impression the threat of adding the Lesser Prairie Chicken to the Endangered Species List, was laid to rest with conservation efforts in place that seem to be yielding positive results. However, the issue has reared its head once again with the US Fish & Wildlife Service engaging in a new status review of the species. Ethan Lane of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office works on such issues and says despite the obvious progress ongoing conservation efforts have made, litigious environmental groups have aggressively pursued the bird's relisting as an Endangered Species.

"In particular, on the Lesser Prairie Chicken, we're staring down the barrel of another listing decision in very short order. The species is rebounding. Back in 2014, I think there were about 17,000 birds on the ground. They're up to about 38,000 and some change now and growing," he said. "But, as always, with these species - it's neve that easy. They're always looking at that habitat quantification as well as the actual species count."

Lane hopes to successfully sway the Service's appreciation for the action that has been taken before it makes its decision expected to happen sometime in the coming months. However, he admits that despite the evidence, the industry is faced with some stiff competition on the other side comprised of litigious environmental groups that habitually seek to tie things up in the courts as a means of getting their way.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best, but it really comes down to what folks do at the ground level and being able to show our work and show that conservation product," Lane said. "We're hopeful the service will make the right call on this but they're always going to be balancing not just what's best for the species unfortunately, but whether or not the decision they make will hold up in court."

Listen to the full conversation between Lane and I about the cattle industry's bird problems, by clicking or tapping here.

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Five Joint Statement from USW and NAWG on New Discovery of GE Wheat Plants

The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are aware that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the discovery of genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants growing in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington State. APHIS has said that the GE wheat in question is resistant to glyphosate. 

APHIS has confirmed that there is no evidence suggesting that this wheat event, or any other GM wheat event has entered U.S. commercial supplies or entered the food supply. There is also no GE wheat varieties for sale or in commercial production in the United States at this time. Lastly, there is no health risk associated with glyphosate resistance events in wheat based on U.S. FDA evaluations. 

You can read the entire statement from the USW and NAWG regarding the APHIS investigation by clicking or tapping here

What is the perfect answer for landowners as far as conservation goes? Well, it has big bluestem grass, little bluestem and indiangrass. Some days a wild turkey or a whitetail deer is on or nearby it. 

Kim Biggs, energy businessman and landowner, was asked this question. The short answer that led to the perfect answer is the Wetlands Reserve Program of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

"I called the NRCS office and talked to Rusty," Biggs, of Summit Resources Management LLC, said of Rusty Peterson, USDA NRCS Resource Conservationist for Noble County. "He said, 'You ought to think about putting that in a Wetlands Reserve Program. I said, 'Man, that sounds perfect.' I wasn't a duck hunter, I hunted deer and turkey, but these last three years I've hunted ducks and it's a blast, I really enjoy it. I just kind of like coming up here and getting out of the City." 

The purpose of WRP is to restore, protect and enhance wetlands on eligible private or Tribal lands while maximizing wildlife habitat benefits. 

You can read more about the WRP program and how it helps the conservation by clicking or tapping here

Seven Prestigious World Food Prize Awarded to East-West Seed Founder Simon N. Groot

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President of the World Food Prize Foundation Kenneth M. Quinn announced Simon N. Groot as the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate. 

Known as the "Nobel Prize for Food," the 2019 World Food Prize honors the unique achievements of Simon Groot and his company East-West Seed (EWS) over the past four decades. Groot has successfully developed a dynamic, smallholder-centric tropical vegetable seed industry, starting in Southeast Asia and spreading throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

Groot has dedicated his life to improving the livelihoods of millions around the world, Quinn said. Groot and his company have developed an impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year, he added. 

You can read more about the 2019 World Food Prize winner Simon Groot over on our website - here

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