Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/25/2019, 6:06 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 148 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, June 26th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

The USDA reporter at the Oklahoma National Stockyards tells us that 7,300 cattle were on hand Monday- Feeder steers mostly 1.00-4.00 higher, instances of 6.00-7.00 higher. Feeder heifers 1.00- 4.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves not well tested on limited comparable sales- Click or tap here for the full report. 

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno, Monday, slaughter cows sold steady to 2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls 1.00-4.00 higher. Click here for the complete sale report. 

Joplin Regional had 10,718 cattle in a big run for their Monday sale- Compared to last week, steer calves unevenly steady, yearlings steers under 750 lbs steady to 2.00 higher, over 750 lbs 2.00 to 7.00 higher- Click or tap here for the 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 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 24th.
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 25, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Latest NASS numbers from USDA in the June 24th Crop Progress Report shows Texas is past the half way mark in the 2019 wheat harvest at 58% complete- Oklahoma takes a big leap forward with active harvest conditions that latter part of last week with harvest completion at 42% done- while Kansas wheat harvest continues to be a real struggle and the harvest done number for the Sunflower State at just 5%.

The weekly Crop Progress Report indicated that the US corn crop is now 96 percent planted versus the average trade guess this week of 95 percent. The corn crop is also 89 percent emerged this week, just below the trade's guess of 90 percent. Corn's crop conditions have declined since last week, now reported at 56 percent good to excellent and compared to 77 percent the same time last year, reflecting the abundant accumulation of moisture over the last few days. The situation across the Corn Belt can best be illustrated by Illinois, expected to log roughly 1.5 million prevent plant acres this year.

Meanwhile, the US soybean crop is now 85 percent planted, a little lower than the average trade guesses of 90 percent. Comparatively, 100 percent of the crop was planted this time last year and 94 percent of it was emerged. Historically, the crop has generally been at 97 percent planted around this time based on the five-year average. 

Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending on June 23, 2019.

Here in Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 43 percent, down 46 points from the previous year and down 35 points from normal. Wheat's condition this week rates 11 poor to very poor, 28 fair and 61 percent good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 28 fair, 43 good, and 13 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 92 percent, behind 97 last year. Mature was 47 percent, well behind 82 last year. Harvested was 5 percent, well behind 48 last year and 36 for the five-year average. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

Finally, in Texas, winter wheat this week is reportedly 58 percent harvested, behind 70 last year and 72 the average. Wheat's condition is 18 excellent, 41 good, 38 fair and 3 poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.

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Two Harvest Progress Ramps Up- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Harvest 47% Complete

Oklahoma wheat harvest continues from the Oklahoma Texas border to the Oklahoma Kansas border with combines also moving in the Panhandle regions.   Some minor cutting has taken place in the Afton and Miami regions, with little progress due to the continued moisture in that NE quadrant of the state. Since the last Wheat Commission Report the middle of last week- harvest has expanded dramatically with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission calling harvest 47 percent complete as of Monday afternoon, June 24th.   

The Wheat Commission goes location by location to provide wheat harvest info from local elevator operators and grain farmers- it shows most of the southwest pretty well done, while Enid and Pond Creek in the north 40 to 45% complete- Kingfisher up to 60% harvested- but the Kay and Noble County area remains water logged and  just ten percent harvested to date.

Click or tap here to jump to our website and review the complete report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- the hope to offer a further update this coming Wednesday afternoon.

We have seen several beautiful pics of wheat harvest up on social media in recent days- here's a really nice one we noticed on Twitter- posted by Regs from the Calumet area:

This week, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur is hosting a group of her peers from across the Midwestern region of the United States. This past Sunday, several heads of various state agriculture departments arrived in Oklahoma City for a four-day visit to tour Oklahoma's agricultural industry, meet with its leaders and come together to discuss pressing matters of policy. During a visit to Stockyards City outside of Downtown OKC on Monday, Secretary Arthur took a moment from the group to speak with us about this event organized by the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA).

"It's a great opportunity for us to really highlight our ag producers here in the state and the things we're very proud of from an ag perspective," Arthur said.

Arthur attests that her department's involvement with the association has been extremely beneficial for the state as an important resource to access meaningful connections and the collective experience and knowledge of its members that is often useful in navigating some of the more difficult challenges that arise.

You can listen to our complete conversation to hear Arthur talk more about the agenda she has prepared for this week, by clicking or tapping here.

The calendar may say it is summer - it really isn't acting like it in some places. In most places the short summer season hay production is off to a slow start, with the weather not allowing time for hay to be harvested without moisture damage. Here in Oklahoma, most of the state did not see their first 90 degree day until June 20th. Coupled with this - cattle producers are starting to feel the pressure of lower than normal beef demand as well. Dr. Derrel Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist says the unseasonably cool, wet weather we've had of late has done little to encourage folks to get outside and fire up the grill as they typically would.

According to Peel in his latest article, "After early beef buying in April for Memorial Day, boxed beef cutout values have weakened, averaging 3.8 percent lower year over year for the last six weeks. The daily boxed beef price last Friday was down 6.2 percent from the peak price in late April."
You can read more about the adverse weather and the impact it's having on domestic beef demand in his full article for this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, by clicking or tapping here.  

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There are a lot of things for cattle producers to be worried about here in 2019 but underlying it all is the need to ensure our security from the threat of foreign animal disease. While work continues on developing a nationwide comprehensive biosecurity plan, Dr. Corrine Bromfield, an extension veterinarian with the University of Missouri, says people from both the private and public sector have been working together to take matters into their own hands and have developed what is called a Secure Food Supply Plan.
"Secure Food Supply Plans are a voluntary program that different food entities have put together. Those plans are built on enhanced biosecurity and an enhanced understanding of where disease might be on a farm," she said.
There are resources available in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak ever does occur. This would naturally involve a stop-movement order from regulatory officials to keep animals from being transported and hopefully limit the potential exposure of infected animals to others. Action would also be taken to identify the source of the disease or virus and then extensive cleaning and disinfection would then be in order. If necessary, action would be taken to "stamp out" the disease or depopulate affected livestock to keep pathogens from reproducing and multiplying. 
You can listen to the whole conversation between Dr. Corrine Broomfield and I on yesterday's Beef Buzz - here.

SixPresident Trump Will Talk Trade with Chinese Premier Xi in Japan at the End of This Week

U.S. President Donald Trump will be off to the G-20 summit in Japan at the end of this week. He's scheduled to meet with China's President Xi Jinping face-to-face for a high-stakes discussion on trade, as well as other issues. While most officials don't expect a long-awaited breakthrough yet, it is possible that Trump could be talked into not putting new tariffs on even more Chinese imports. Media reports indicate that Trump has continually preached patience during high-profile negotiations with China, North Korea, Iran, and other nations. It's both for strategic reasons and as a way to smooth over any frustrations with the slow pace of progress.

Regarding potentially more tariffs against the Chinese- the next worry for agriculture has to do with tariffs against ag chemicals. The pesticide industry is asking the Trump administration to exempt its chemical imports from China from the potential $300 billion in new 25 percent tariffs the president is threatening to impose next month on Chinese goods.

CropLife America has filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative's Office. Those comments say the tariffs would hit a wide range of products that farmers rely on to do their jobs. Those products would include glyphosate, 2,4-D, atrazine, and dicamba.

The trade group contends "Many of the chemicals that would be subject to the proposal are just not available from American sources, and many others are not reasonably available from sources outside of China in the volumes we need and within a useful time period."

Clay Forst, Stuart Ranch sixth-generation rancher, was named as the Area IV Commisioner of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. However, when asked to speak during a Senate confirmation hearing to members of the Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, Forst turned and locked eyes with his two sons.
"My two sons right here are the reasons I want to continue to address conservation in our state," he said, "because I'm a sixth-generation rancher and without conservation we are not going to be able to pass this on to the next generation. The evidence is right there (pointing to his sons) why I want to be able to do this. So, I sure appreciate it."
Forst, who serves on the board of the Jefferson County Conservation District, will participate in his first Oklahoma Conservation Commission meeting on July 1 and will represent the Area IV Conservation Districts of: Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Deer Creek, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, North Caddo, North Fork of Red River, South Caddo, Stephens, Tillman, Upper Washita, Washita and West Caddo.

You can read more about the new Area IV Commissioner , by jumping over to our website.

KswheatCheck the Calendar- It's June 25th and Kansas Wheat Has JUST Issued Their First Harvest Report of the Year

It's a little hard to believe- but the very first Kansas Wheat Commission harvest report of the season was released yesterday afternoon- talking about the extremely slow startup for the 2019 harvest:

"Harvest got off to a slow, labored start in south central Kansas over the weekend. The normal excitement and anticipation for wheat harvest can hardly be found in the area, as farmers who are normally finished by late June hop into their combines to face the muddy, dreary conditions for the first time this year. Farmers, who are not typically folks who complain about rain, need some hot, dry weather to really get combines rolling."

Click or tap here to check out their Day One Wheat Harvest Report on the Kansas Wheat website.

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