Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/12/2019, 6:18 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.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, feeder steers and heifers traded mostly steady on limited comparable offerings. Click here for the complete sale report. has 633 head on their showlist for the Wednesday, June 12th sale, click here to jump to the website. 
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 Tuesday, June 11th.
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, June 12, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: State's Cattle Industry Hit Hard by Recent Flood- OCA's Michael Kelsey Says Relief Efforts Underway

Over the last several years Oklahoma's beef cattle industry has been faced with some kind of major disruption stemming from a natural disaster. In the past, those disasters have been in the form of wildfires. However, this year flooding has been the culprit of the disaster. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey to talk about the extent of the impact from the flooding. 

"Flooding is so much different than wildfires. With wildfires, it burns and then it leaves you to assess what you need to get done - the fences you've lost, etc.," Kesley said. "Flooding is completely different. We still have some folks who just haven't been able to get back in."

Many fields in the affected areas are still reportedly underwater. While there is no official death losses recorded as of now. Many producers have reported significant losses so far. Kelsey says that fences will be a major concern when they as waters recede. Producers are also concerned about their hay supplies that may be underwater or unable to be reached. 

You can listen to my whole conversation with Michael Kelsey, by clicking or tapping here to go over to our website. 

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Two Oklahoma Wheat Crop Pegged at 111 Million Bushels by USDA in June Crop Production Report
USDA increased the projected size of the 2019 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop by 6 million bushels compared to their May 2019 projection. They also upped the projection of bushels per acre by two bushels per acre. 

The June 2019 Oklahoma Wheat Crop Estimate is for a 111 million bushel crop, based on three million harvested acres and a 37 bushel per acre yield. This is 58% larger than last year, which was one of the worst crops in recent history. 

The 2019 crop is facing strong headwinds as harvest is way behind normal. So far, just four percent of the crop has been harvested. 

You can read more about the updated USDA projection for Oklahoma wheat by clicking or tapping here

Oklahoma is less than two weeks into its 2019 wheat harvest season since it first began at the end of May. During that time, harvesters have been slowly working their way across the southwestern region of the state as weather has permitted. Though weather still threatens to delay harvest progress, Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte says harvest has reached central Oklahoma as of Tuesday afternoon. He sat down with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to discuss the latest reports that have come in from the field and from the elevators across the state on the quality of the wheat that has been harvested so far.

According to Schulte, early reports indicate that wheat this year does not possess the level of protein the industry would have hoped. Where protein is lacking though, test weights and yields make up for that and have proven to be better than expected. Oklahoma has averaged test weights of 59-60 lb./bu. and yields averaging about 35 to 45 bpa with some instances of as much as 50, 60, even 70 bpa.

Regardless of what has been reported, Schulte says it is simply too early to make any definitive calls on this crop. Nonetheless, Schulte says he shares in producers and elevator managers' excitement at these positive results however early - but is also cautiously hoping for rains to refrain for the next few days to allow harvesters a chance to get into their fields.

You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping over to our website.

Of course- Mother Nature had to get a word in AFTER Mike and Carson talked on Tuesday afternoon- here's the Mesonet Map of Rainfall after they sat down and recorded- sending combines back to the sidelines:

Yesterday, the North American Meat Institute today joined more than 950 organizations representing the U.S. food and agriculture industries to urge Congress to swiftly ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 

In a letter sent to Congress, these groups called upon them to support the ratification of USMCA. The letter reiterates that USMCA will benefit the U.S. agricultural and food industry and provide consumers with a more abundant supply of food at affordable prices. 

Over the last 25 years, U.S. food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have more than quadrupled under NAFTA - growing from $9 billion in 1993 to nearly $40 billion in 2018 and helping to support more than 900,000 American jobs in food and agriculture and related sectors of the economy. USMCA builds on the success of the NAFTA agreement, makes improvements to further enhance U.S. food and agricultural exports to our neighbors, and would deliver an additional $2.2 billion in U.S. economic activity.

You can read more about the push for the ratification of USMCA by clicking or tapping here

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Five Government Cracks Down on Sue and Settle Tactics Employed by Environmental Activist Groups

Sue and Settle is a tactic that environmental groups have used to coerce government agencies to get what they want when it comes to various regulations. Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, about how he thinks we are nearing the end of the sue and settle era. 

"It's not dead, but it may be on life support," Lane said. "This administration has been really proactive on the sue and settle issue."

Many of the groups that choose to employ this tactic are often enable to do so through government funds granted under the Equal Acts of Justice Act (EAJA), Lane said. Congress and the Administration recognized the conflict of interest, and have since required federal agencies to establish public databases itemizing their EAJA payouts. 

Listen to the full conversation between Lane and I about the sue and settle tactic, by clicking or tapping here

Six Producers Have to Think About Water Needs of Fall Calves Being Weaned During the Summer Months

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers advice on weaning calves in the hot summer months in this week's Cow Calf Corner.

Many cow/calf operations that have have fall-born calves, wean those calved during the month of June, Selk said. Weaning during the summer is stressful enough to calves, therefore management strategies that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized. 

"Fenceline Weaning" is one of those strategies that should be implemented. Researchers in California did a study comparing fenceline weaning and totally separate weaning. The calves that endured fenceline weaning gained 110 pounds and the calved that endured total separation gained 84 pounds. 

You can read more from this week's Cow Calf Corner Newsletter over on our website - here.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday evening that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state's request for disaster assistance for seven more Oklahoma counties impacted by flooding, tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds.
The disaster assistance benefits individuals and business owners affected by severe storms that have occurred since May 7 in Delaware, Kay, Mayes, Okmulgee, Payne, Pottawatomie, and Sequoyah counties.
Canadian, Creek, Logan, Muskogee, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington counties have already been approved for Individual Assistance.
I know- it's not even mid June- but the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has just put out their dates for their annual August Area Meetings that start in early August.

We have just added them to our calendar- click or tap here to check out the full schedule and make plans to be at the one closest to you. 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer  announced Tuesday the appointment of 140 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade.

We have all the names of all the appointees linked on our website- click here for that story that has the full details. 

The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee provides advice and information to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on the administration of trade policy, including enforcement of existing trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements. The Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees offer technical advice and information about specific commodities and products.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, 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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