Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 6/21/2019, 5:53 AM

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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, June 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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Friday, June 21, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: RMA Announces Change to Haying and Grazing Date for Prevented Planting Acres Planted to a Cover Crop

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres can hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year. The Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of excess rainfall this spring. RMA says silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage and hay on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed the announcement, stating farmers "are in need of options and common-sense flexibility."  The Farm Service Agency will also extend the deadline to report prevented planting acres in select counties, and USDA will hold special sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to provide cost-share assistance in the planting of cover crops on impacted land.

You can read the whole announcement, by jumping over to our website

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall reacted to the statement released by the RMA in a statement released yesterday. 

"Our farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring will now have the opportunity to hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage and baleage," Duvall said. "This is an incredibly important change to ensure livestock producers have the necessary feed to properly care for their animals throughout the rest of this year."

Duvall says the relief is much appreciated by the producers affected by the recent disasters. 

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston also had nothing but good things to say about the change made by the RMA. 

"When disaster strikes, it is good to know that livestock producers have strong allies in Washington," Houston said. "Today's move by USDA will provide much-needed relief for hardworking farmers and ranchers trying to recover from this year's planting season. NCBA worked closely with both USDA and Congress to get this change across the finish line."

Houston says Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey and RMA Administrator Martin Barbe deserve thanks for helping push this along. The efforts of U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Angie Craig (D-MN), and Senators John Thune (R-SD), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) also need to be noted. 

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Two USDA Announces Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

Funding from the Department of Agriculture will help landowners control feral hogs. USDA Thursday announced $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. The 2018 Farm Bill included the new pilot program to help address the threat feral swine pose to agriculture.

Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components, including feral swine removal by APHIS, restoration efforts supported by NRCS, and assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through partnership agreements with non-federal partners. Applications are being accepted through August 19, 2019 for select states. Eligible states include Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. APHIS has determined these states have among the highest feral swine population densities and associated damages.

You can read the whole announcement of the pilot program by the USDA, by clicking or tapping here.

The National Pork Producers Council president David Herring issued a statement following the announcement made by the USDA regarding feral hogs. 

"We thank USDA for implementing this important Farm Bill program to reduce feral swine populations," Herring saud. "Wild pigs are difficult to control and when in close proximity to domestic production, they are almost impossible to control." 

ALSO commenting on the rollout of the pilot program was Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, who's district has a lot of wild hogs.

"Included in the 2018 Farm Bill was a critical program intended to dramatically benefit the well-being of Western Oklahomans. Feral swine pose as an aggressive threat to Oklahoma's agriculture, human and animal health, and ecosystems.

"In coordination with NRCS and APHIS, state and local leaders and landowners in Kay, Cotton, Tillman, Jackson, and Harmon County will begin addressing and hopefully reducing the damage and disease caused by one of the most destructive and invasive species in the United States. I commend the work done so far by many Western Oklahomans to eradicate this threat and look forward to the leadership Oklahoma will have in further addressing this issue."

Three Plains Grains Agrees with Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Oklahoma Wheat Harvest at 25% Complete

The latest 2019 wheat harvest report was released on Thursday evening by Plains Grains- showing limited progress over the last week in three southern states of the hard red winter wheat belt. Here's the text of the report:

"While the 2019 HRW wheat harvest continues in Texas 42% (up 10% from last week), Oklahoma 25% (up 7% from last week) and Kansas (no real gains from last week), rain continues to remain the key problem thoughout all three states. Rain ranging from showers to squall lines accompanied by heavy rains training over the same area for long-periods of time have kept combines from running in east Texas, most of Oklahoma and Kansas. The Texas increase was principally due harvest progress this week in areas of southwest and west central parts of the state. The Oklahoma harvest also moved further west (and extended northward to some extent) this week accounting for much of the 7% increase in harvested acres.

"Texas and Oklahoma are both reporting an overall average protein of 11% with test weights still above 58 lb/bu (76.4 kg/hl ). Yields are still being reported as very good and well above both state's long-term averages. Both states are still reporting being 10 days to 2 weeks behind normal harvest dates. Oklahoma is reporting higher protein as harvest has moved northward and is optimistic, as is Kansas, protein content will continue the upward trend as harvest continues.'

To review the complete report- including the results of the quality testing for the first samples of the season submitted to the lab in Manhattan, Kansas-click or tap here.

Four Kim Anderson Says Wheat Prices on the Slide, Advises Producers Be Ready to Sell by September

Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins SUNUP host Lyndall Stout this weekend for his weekly update on the grain markets. According to him, as harvest has moved north, wheat prices have moved south with the trade backing off its recent rally by roughly 20 cents over the past week. Anderson says this move in the marketplace is in reaction to the strength of corn prices currently, now at a five-year record high of around $4.50. 

The good news is, reports show that wheat is starting to be fed, which could potentially drive up the prices. Also Australia is in jeopardy of its third straight poor crop due to dry conditions.

Anderson is advising producers to sell their wheat before the end of September. He says that is historically when the price drops off. 

You can hear all of Anderson's comments now and see what else is on the lineup for this weekend's episode, by clicking or tapping here

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Five NCBA's Scott Yager Touts Livestock Producers' Regulatory Relief from Superfund Law Under FARM Act

A little over a year ago, President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidate Appropriations Act of 2018 that included a title called The Fair Agriculture Reporting Act or FARM Act.

The FARM Act exempted the reporting of air emissions from animal waste at a farm as required by CERCLA and Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency also suggested to exempt farmers from reporting under EPRCA. Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says the exemptions from these laws means producers will no longer be required to report the odor of manure to the Coast Guard. 

"So, we were basically able to get a buy one, get one free... This is a whole lot of alphabet soup, but it means less regulatory burden on producers," Yager said. "You can spend more time managing your operation instead of filling out paperwork."

You can listen to the whole conversation between Yager and I on yesterday's Beef Buzz - here

In the latest issue of the Cotton Comments newsletter published by the OSU Southwest Oklahoma Research and Extension Center included details the current situation regarding Oklahoma's 2019 cotton crop. 

According to the newsletter as of June 20th the 2019 cotton crop has to be planted for Crop Insurance Purposes. An estimate of the cotton acres is a third to a half the acres intended to be planted was not planted due to the poor planting conditions with the North Central and North East areas getting hit the hardest. The crop condition thus far is anywhere from pinhead squaring to just planted. The critical time for Thirps control is from emergence to 4th truleaf.

Click over to the website for OSU's control recommendations and to review the complete newsletter.

Seven Senators Peters, Wicker Urge FAA to Include Broad Rural Representation on Drone Advisory Committee

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include representatives from rural America, including agriculture, forestry, and rangeland stakeholders, on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). In their letter to Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell the Senators emphasized the importance of ensuring broad rural representation. 

The FAA's Drone Advisory Committee is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. Currently there are no direct representatives of rural America or the agricultural community on the advisory committee.

"On May 8, 2019, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on New Entrants in the National Airspace, in which Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, testified. Mr. Merkle stated, "(I)n the composition of the Drone Advisory Committee, we support having a wide range of users, manufacturers, and operators." However, "it is really up to the Congress and the Secretary how that is composed.

You can read more about the Senators letter to the FAA, by clicking or tapping here

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