Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/20/2018, 6:03 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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The OKC West Livestock Auction will be closed this week for Thanksgiving

Oklahoma National Stockyards had estimated receipts of 7,500- yearlings were $1 to $4 higher- Calf trade was $1 to $7 higher- click here for the complete report from USDA.

Joplin Regional Stockyards also sold cattle this Thanksgiving Holiday Week on Monday- 6,410 sold- calves were mixed- yearlings not fully tested but higher undertone noted- click or tap here for the full report as filed by USDA.

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, November 19th.
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,  November 20, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Monday, November 19, 2018. According to the report, both the US corn and soybean harvests have arrived at the homestretch for this year, while cotton and sorghum harvest continued to make moderate progress this week. To view the complete USDA Crop Progress Report released on Monday, November 19, 2018, click here.

Across our three-state region here in the Southern Plains -

Winter wheat planted in Oklahoma reached 92 percent, down 4 points from the previous year. Winter wheat emerged reached 81 percent, down 8 points from the previous year and down 12 points from normal. Winter wheat's condition in Oklahoma this week rates, 16 percent poor to very poor, 32 fair and 52 percent good to excellent. Cotton harvested reached 51 percent, down 7 points from the previous year and down 7 points from normal. Pasture and range condition was rated at 16 percent poor to very poor, 40 fair and 44 percent good to excellent.

 Click here, to review this week's complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma.

Winter wheat condition in Kansas this week rated 3 percent very poor, 14 poor, 40 fair, 34 good, and 9 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 95 percent, near 99 both last year and for the five-year average. Emerged was 81 percent, behind 89 last year and 93 average. Corn harvested was 92 percent, near 96 last year, and behind 97 average. Soybeans harvested was 81 percent, behind 94 both last year and average. Sorghum harvested was 71 percent, behind 85 last year and 89 average. 

 Click here, to review this week's complete Crop Progress report for Kansas.

And in Texas, winter wheat planted is rated this week at 85 percent complete compared to 90 percent last year and 89 the average. Winter wheat emerged is 72 percent this week, behind 79 last year and 77 the average. Winter wheat's condition this week rates, 9 poor to very poor, 35 fair and 56 good to excellent. Cotton harvest in Texas is at 47 percent complete this week, behind 65 last year and 56 the average. Sorghum harvest is at 93 percent complete this week, behind 94 last year but ahead of the average by 2 points.

 Click here, to review this week's complete Crop Progress report for Texas.

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Beef Demand will Play Key Role in 2019 as US Beef Production Continues to Grow, Says Derrell Peel

According to OSU's Derrell Peel, beef production is slowing, but is forecast to increase 1.5-2.0 percent year over year in 2019 to 27.5 billion pounds. This follows a projected 3.3 percent year over year increase in 2018 beef production to a record level of 27.0 billion pounds. As such, Peel contends that beef demand will continue to play a key role in moving growing beef supplies through beef markets during 2019.

Through 2018, total beef production has increased 14.2 percent (3.4 billion pounds) since the recent 2015 low. Peel says strong beef demand has supported prices and margins at all levels of the beef and cattle industry as beef production expanded. Continued strong beef demand will be critical in 2019 as beef production pushes to new record levels.

"Beef markets have largely been a case of 'so far, so good' in 2018," Peel remarked. "I'm cautiously optimistic that this will continue in 2019 but the risks to beef demand will be higher in the coming year."

Click here to read Peel's complete analysis of the beef demand projections for 2019 in his article included in this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

Back to Work - NCBA's Colin Woodall Offers Fake Meat, WOTUS Brief as Dust Settles on Midterms

Beyond the impact that the midterm elections have had on the path moving forward for agricultural policy, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is paying close attention to many other issues as well. For instance, one matter being closely monitored, according to Colin Woodall of NCBA's DC Office, is the issue of which federal agency has rightful claim to the regulatory authority of lab-grown protein products.

"I do believe there is going to be a role for both agencies," Woodall said referring to the US Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration. "FDA historically has been on that looks at new technologies and improves them. I think they can play that role here. They can look at the new technology - approve it if they want to. But, once it's commercialized; once it's on the market, then USDA needs to have that authority, because these companies are saying it is meat. If they want to play in the meat space, they need to be regulated like us."

Woodall commended the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, for his staunch support of the meat industry in this debate. Woodall says Perdue has taken his frustration all the way to the White House to ensure that the concerns held by those represented by NCBA are heard by authorities at the highest level.

"Secretary Perdue has been great on this," Woodall said. "We know he has our backs and he is going to do everything he can to make sure that when it comes to fake meat, that there is a level playing field out there."

Listen to Woodall and I discuss some of the issues NCBA is monitoring in DC, like fake meat and the WOTUS rule, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

During the OKFB Convention this weekend, we had the chance to speak briefly with Oklahoma's new First District Congressman Kevin Hern from the Tulsa area.

It has been a long time since this District elected someone like Hern, who comes from an agricultural background. Prior to getting into the fast food franchise business, Hern was a contract pork producer for Tyson in the Arkansas hills.

He explained how working in agriculture and living in rural America helped him develop a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the values many of you, our readers and listeners across rural Oklahoma, share.

Click here to hear our complete conversation with Hern as he describes how he hopes to bring some of those same values with him to Washington DC with the hope of putting this nation back on track.

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FiveOklahoma Pecan Farmer Mike Spradling Hits the Big Apple- Starring in the Super American Pecan-A-Thon

Oklahoma Pecan Producer Mike Spradling was in New York City this past week representing pecan farmers from around the country at what the Pecan industry is calling a Pecan- A-Thon.  

They are asking consumers to go beyond the Pecan Pie this holiday season and use pecans in at least one other dish- and they have lots of ideas about what that dish could be.

According to the American Pecan Council- "To celebrate and showcase the true versatility of America's native nut, we've partnered with award-winning recipe website to host a first-of-its-kind online variety show. Pairing actress and comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey (of comedic TV hits "The Goldbergs" and "Reno 911!") alongside American pecan growers(that's Mike!) and top food and lifestyle social influencers, the Pecan-A-Thon will entertain, inform and inspire consumers to incorporate American Pecans into their holiday festivities.
"You can go on line THIS MORNING, November 20 at 10 a.m. CT on to see The Original Supernut like you've never seen it before."  No- we are talking about the pecans- not Mike. BUT- Mike will be a featured part of this event that will be switched on this morning and will be available on the American Pecan website and the Epicurious website as well.

We talked yesterday afternoon with Spradling about this effort-click or tap here to jump to our Top Ag Story which includes the interview that you can listen to- the Pecan-A-Thon follows up on the brand launch of earlier this year by the Pecan industry. 

It's the result of money collected from Pecan producers and processors under a Federal Marketing Order established a couple of years ago for pecans. 

You may remember that I have mentioned before that I was asked to serve on the National Council as their Public Member- something that FMOs have- the Public member is someone not directly associated with the industry to offer an outside perspective back to those involved- I guess you might say I am looking at the Pecan Forest- while the others on the council are more focused on the trees.  

I have covered checkoff programs for decades as a farm broadcaster and ag journalist- so it has been fascinating to see the inside perspective of starting this Marketing Order up from scratch. 

This program has generated a lot of excitement within the Pecan industry- as they hope to get on a more level playing field with other tree nuts who are heavily promoted here in the US. 

Oklahoma is a significant player in Pecans- especially with our many stands of native pecan trees.  The hope is that more demand for pecans will mean more dollars for those land owners that have stands of pecan trees on their farms and ranches. 

This week, Shelbie Cooper of Madill, Okla. was recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture, by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Although she did not come from an agricultural background, Cooper grew up participating in 4-H and FFA, judging and showing livestock. Aside from a short-term job at an agricultural manufacturing company, Shelbie Cooper has worked full time in production agriculture since she married her high school sweetheart 11 years ago.

Shelbie and her husband, Seth Cooper, run a 103-head cow-calf and hay operation on about 730 acres. They also do custom hay baling. The Coopers also own a cattle transportation business, Cooper Ranch and Trucking LLC. Seth drives one truck, and the business employs two other drivers, hauling primarily cows and feeder cattle. Shelbie does all of the paperwork for the trucking business. Cooper is also the Marshall County Junior Livestock Association secretary, where she serves young agriculturalists in her "free" time.

Learn more about Cooper's life and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture, by clicking over to our website to read ODAFF's complete profile on her.

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. This week, the state winners for the 2018 Contest were named. The top winners from Oklahoma this year featured Jesse Green of Lincoln, OK who placed first in the state with his Dryland WestBred Winter Wheat; Don Schieber of Tulsa, OK placed second with his Dryland Winter Wheat by OGI; and Adam Steinert of Garfield, OK placed third in the state with his Dryland WestBred Winter Wheat.

The contest recognizes winners for each state (those submitted) in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Overall, 82 growers from 23 states participated in this year's competition nationwide.

The state winners attending the 2019 Commodity Classic will be recognized during a reception celebrating the Contest and its winners. To view the complete list of this year's State Winners,
click here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditOklahoma Pork Council, 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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