Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/2/2019, 5:48 AM

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Ahead of Independence Day this Thursday- the Oklahoma National Stockyards had 5,500 head of cattle for their Monday sale- All classes of feeder cattle and calves lightly tested. Feeder steers 2.00-4.00 higher. Feeder heifers 1.00-3.00 higher. Steer calves 2.00-5.00 higher.- Click or tap here for the complete market report from USDA.

OKC West Livestock Auction will be closed this week and will reopen Monday, July 8, 2019. 

The Joplin Regional Stockyards sold 5,985 on Monday- Compared to last Monday's sale, steers and heifers steady, except steer calves over 500 lbs steady to 3.00 higher and heifer calves under 500 lbs 2.00 to 4.00 lower- for the complete report from USDA- click or tap here.

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 Monday, July 1st.
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,  July 2, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story:
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calling State's 2019 Wheat Harvest 85 Percent Complete

According to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, harvest has continued to make great progress this past week with producers moving full speed ahead. In yesterday's report, the OWC says harvest has been completed in most all areas of Southwest Oklahoma, and in the Central regions. Even in the lower lying areas near Chickasha and El Reno, producers have made great strides. 

However, harvest has progressed slower in Northeast Oklahoma with the continued moisture over the past few weeks, but as of today wheat harvest is being called half way finished around the Afton and Miami areas. At the opposite end of the state in the far Northwest region of the Panhandle toward Boise City, harvest is reported halfway completed. Added up, the OWC is calling harvest as of July 1st, 85 percent completed.

The quality of the crop as well as yields continue to surprise farmers given all the moisture it has received during this harvest season with a statewide average on test weights ranging from 58 lb. to 59 lb. per bushel and protein averages in the 11.3 to 11.8 percent range. Protein quantities and qualities have been higher than expected and are trending higher in Oklahoma as harvest has progressed North. It is alos noted in the report that early evaluations on functionality characteristics from the USDA Hard Winter Wheat Quality Milling Lab in Manhattan, Kansas, are showing positive results on samples currently being tested from the Southern regions of Oklahoma. 
"I think we finally are catching up. USDA as of today has us at 72 percent," said Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. "Based on calls I have made with the elevator industry and producers across northern Oklahoma today, I think we're closer to 85 percent being complete in the state and I think if we get three or four more days, we'll be able to wrap this up. We've really made great progress over the last six or seven days."

Listen to my complete interview with Schutle and get location specific details on harvest, by clicking or tapping here.

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The United States Department of Agriculture in its weekly Crop Progress Report indicated that the US winter wheat crop is 30 percent harvested as of this week, well-behind 50 last year at this time and 18 percent below the average progress made over the past five years. Wheat's condition is slightly higher this week nationwide compared to last week, up 2 points to 63 percent good to excellent. The US corn crop meanwhile, is now 100 percent planted. The corn crop is also 94 percent emerged this week, versus 89 last week. 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. Meanwhile, the US soybean crop is now 92 percent planted compared to 99 percent last year. According to the USDA, 83 percent of the crop has emerged compared to 95 percent last year. At present, the crop is at 54 percent good to excellent condition. Last year, the crop was at 71 percent good to excellent condition by this time. Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending on June 30, 2019.

Here in Oklahoma, winter wheat harvested reached 72 percent, down 25 points from the previous year and down 20 points from normal. Wheat's condition this week rates 9 poor to very poor, 18 fair and 73 percent good to excellent. To view the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 29 fair, 41 good, and 14 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 98 percent. Mature was 76 percent, behind 95 last year. Harvested was 28 percent, well behind 68 last year and 61 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 81 percent harvested, ahead of 79 percent last year and behind the 82 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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Oklahoma producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.

Producers in 23 Oklahoma counties now have until July 15, 2019, to report acres they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather conditions. 

"Producers need to report prevented plant acres to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits," Scott Biggs, State Executive Director said. "In many areas of the state, excessive moisture has made it challenging for producers to get into their fields to plant and this deadline extension provides reporting flexibility."

Counties include Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Craig, Delaware, Garvin, Haskell, Kay, Le Flore, Lincoln, Mayes, McCurtain, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Rogers, Tillman, Tulsa and Wagoner. The new deadline coincides with the July 15, 2019, FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.

You can read more about the extended deadline for reporting prevent plant acres - here
In the latest Southern Plains Podcast, host Clay Pope visits with Ken Salisbury, a farmer/rancher and Conservation District Director from Vici, Oklahoma about the impact wildfire has had on his operation and what he sees as ways to reduce risk.

Although wildfires are a familiar sight, Salisbury says the fire events that hit western Oklahoma in the spring of 2018, were quite unusual. The fires that raged near him lasted nearly two weeks burning everything in their path. 

"I think people are going to have to start doing more controlled burning and try to get rid of some more of these trees," Salisbury said.

You can listen to their whole conversation to hear Salisbury's thoughts on why conservation practices such as controlled burning are so important - here

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In this week's edition of the Cow Calf Corner" newsletter, OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel talks about how carcass weights are lower this year despite the fact that yields have been reportedly higher thus far. 

"Total federally-inspected beef production was 12.1 billion pounds in the first 24 weeks of 2019," Peel said. "That is an average production of 502.4 million pounds per week - an amazing number if you think about it!"

Peel says cattle slaughter is up 1.3 percent year over year in the 24 weeks ended in mid-June. Steer slaughter is down 2.2 percent while heifer slaughter is up 7.9 percent. 

You can read more about how higher yields this year have been achieved with lower carcass weights in Peel's full article which can be found by clicking or tapping here.  

Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach signed a historic cooperative agreement yesterday that will move Lubbock's current cotton classing facility to campus.

The agreement between Texas Tech and the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cotton and Tobacco (C&T) Program will establish a new cotton classing facility north of Fourth Street on Texas Tech Parkway, across from the Rawls Golf Course. It will be the first collaboration on a cotton classing facility between the C&T Program and an institution of higher learning.

"When Texas Tech was established, its mission emphasized service and engagement with the agricultural industry in West Texas. That commitment continues today, and this agreement represents an opportunity to expand our service to the agricultural industry," Schovanec said. "The USDA's cotton classing facility will bring together agricultural and research communities in a collaborative partnership to strengthen the cotton industry that is so critical to West Texas and the state."

Click here to read more about this historic partnership between Texas Tech University and the USDA.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association announced yesterday that tickets are officially on sale for the 35th Anniversary OCA Ranch Rodeo. The event is scheduled for August 23 and 24 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

There will be 12 teams competing in five different events mirroring many of the activities of daily ranch life. The competition is fierce, but the cowboys do not take home much more than bumps and bragging rights. They participate with one goal: to support the Children's Hospital Foundation (CHF). 

"CHF has been the benefitting charity of the event since 1997 and in that time the OCA Ranch Rodeo has raised more than $500,000.00 for the Children's Hospital Foundation," said Tim Drummond, Chairman of the OCA Ranch Rodeo Committee. "When you purchase a ticket to the OCA Ranch Rodeo, you are supporting Oklahoma children and their families."

You can read more about who is competing and where to buy tickets, by jumping over to our website

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditthe 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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