Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/24/2019, 6:08 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.
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 Friday, June 21st.
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
   Monday, June 24, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country's largest conservation programs. FSA's 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to August 23.

"Agricultural producers with expiring CRP contracts have set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health for at least a decade," said U.S. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey.  "We want to make sure they - and their neighbors who may not have a CRP contract - know they have opportunities within CRP to continue their valuable contribution to our country's conservation successes."

FSA stopped accepting offers last fall for the CRP continuous signup when the 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the program this past December. This year's CRP continuous signup includes such practices as grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others.

You can read more about how to re-enroll in CRP or to enroll for the first time, by jumping over to our website

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Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website. For more information- call 405-235-4391.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement that formally outlines how the departments will transfer ownership and operational responsibility for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from DHS' Science and Technology Directorate to USDA. 

When completed, NBAF will be a biosafety level-4 laboratory in Manhattan, Kansas, for the study of diseases that threaten both U.S. agriculture and public health. Under the terms of the memorandum, DHS retains responsibility for completing construction of the facility, while USDA will assume responsibility for all operational planning and operation of the facility. 

"It's a real honor for USDA to have the operational stewardship of NBAF. We look forward to working with Members of Congress, our private sector partners, and our academic partners in this area as we take over operations. USDA will make this a facility that America can be proud of," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

You can read more about the transfer of NBAF to USDA, by clicking or tapping here

Emily Dornan is a first-generation dairy farmer who along with her husband and children run a dairy operation out of Carny, Okla. contracted with Highland Dairies. Dornan recently volunteered to represent her chosen industry at a blood drive hosted by DairyMax in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. During that event promoting June Dairy Month, she took a moment to sit down with us to talk about her life as a dairy producer and why the industry and the products it produces are essential to a healthy, nutritional diet. 

"Being a dairy farmer has opened a lot of opportunities for our family that if we had a 9 to 5 job we would have never been able to do," Dornan said. "Our kids are with us 24-7. It's just something I feel like has been a big thing for our family and we wouldn't change it."

The Dornan's operation consists of 200 head of cattle with about 150 cows currently being milked. The two primary laborers are Dornan and her husband, with two other farm hands employed year-round. Their parlor is described by Dornan as an "average dairy barn" with the capability of milking 11 cows on each side. 

You can read more about Dornan and her life as a dairy farmer or listen to our whole conversation, by heading over to our website

The National Corn Growers Association started airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump's commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand.

The ad features NCGA First Vice President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross who recently appeared at an ethanol plant with President Trump. Ross thanked the President for delivering on this promise but cautioned, "The EPA's oil refinery waivers threaten to undo your good works."

Since early 2018, EPA has granted 53 RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs), totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. As a result of these waivers, ethanol consumption declined for the first time in 20 years and USDA's most recent WASDE projects a 155 million bushel decline in corn going to ethanol production in the 2018/2019 marketing year.

You can read more about the NCGA's new campaign and watch the advertisement for yourself, by clicking or tapping here

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have one of the premiere businesses in the cattle business partner with us in helping bring you our daily Farm and Ranch News Email- National Livestock Credit Corporation.  National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company.  They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.    

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevent plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year. The decision announced this week by the USDA's Risk Management Agency will allow producers, only in 2019, to begin their work in their fields as early as September 1st. Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office says that is great news for cattle producers.

"This will help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring which unfortunately hasn't just hit the Midwest but has (extended) as far south as our friends in Oklahoma," she said. "So, we realize it's a large group of states negatively affected by all this rainfall."

Rivera says it was speculated that RMA would be making this move. However, the decision was made easier for the RMA thanks to the encouragement of many of our Congressional leaders as well as the outpouring of requests from rural communities across the nation. 

You can hear more about RMA's decision by listening to last Friday's Beef Buzz - here

With the abundance of rain Oklahoma has received over the last several weeks, farmers and ranchers around the state are likely dealing with moldy hay and spoiled feed. 

Hay can be unfit for livestock due to excessive moisture while baling or exposure to the elements, such as excessive rain or flooding. Molds present in the feed may contain mycotoxins, which can cause significant health issues," said Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist. "While only some molds produce mycotoxins, these are visually unable to be differentiated, and the presence of mycotoxins is difficult to assess."

Adverse weather conditions during or post baling can allow mold growth. Hay with 14 to 15 percent moisture is subject to mold. Hiney said it is important for producers to carefully monitor animal performance when weather conditions have increased the likelihood of spoiled or moldy forage. 

You can read more about the precautions you can take for moldy hay, by clicking or tapping here

While the traditional burning season for the Southern Great Plains goes from December to April, more and more land managers are conducting prescribed burns during the growing season in order to achieve their pasture management and forage goals. The main goal of prescribed burning is to control brush, improve habitat for wildlife and improve forage quality. 

In order to successfully burn during the growing-season your stocking rate needs to be correct for the land. Proper stocking rate is the most important management decision a producer can make. It impacts the livestock production as well as operation economics and wildlife habitat. 

You can read more from the Noble Research Institute on stocking rates for growing-season burns, by jumping over to our website

RainfallAhead of This Afternoon's  Crop Progress Report- Weekend Rains Heavy in Eastern Oklahoma North into Kansas, Missouri and Illinois

Two maps to share with you this morning- one state and one that covers the midwest and more- 

First- the Oklahoma Mesonet rainfall map that captures rainfall back to Friday morning shows VERY HEAVY rain in eastern parts of Oklahoma- with more modest totals in the winter wheat belt-and that rain that fell in the wheat harvest zones came Sunday- so we did have some drying weather(albeit with high humidity) at the end of last week into the first half of the weekend in wheat country.

From Twitter- Kirk Hinz with BAM Weather out of Indiana has offered up a weekend rainfall map that shows lots of issues for Kansas Wheat and anyone trying to finish soybean (and perhaps late corn) planting in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. 

We offer these up ahead of the Monday reports- USDA's weekly Crop Progress that is out this afternoon as well as a likely Oklahoma Wheat Commission Wheat Harvest Report as well. 

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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