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Friday, November 13, 2015
National Wheat Grower President Brett Blankenship
Believes Wheat Action Plan WIll Keep the Crop From Becoming
The leaders of the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) and
National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) announced a joint effort
to develop a comprehensive business plan to revitalize the U.S. wheat
industry. The National Wheat Action Plan will be a collaborative
effort developed with strategic input from key stakeholders across
the industry. This effort will serve as a catalyst to increase public
and private research, and improve wheat productivity and farmer
"The wheat industry is not keeping pace with other crops. As a
wheat grower-leader, I want to see the industry flourish not decline.
Reinvigorating the wheat industry will come from increased
productivity and profitability," said NAWG President Brett Blankenship,
wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash. "This strategic plan will
provide us with the insight and analysis we need to move the U.S.
wheat industry forward in a stronger direction."
Blankenship told me Thursday morning that the wheat industry is
facing decreased profitability in comparison to other crops, a lack
of significant productivity gains, increased global competition and
negative consumer sentiment regarding the healthfulness of
wheat-based products. He says it has been a twenty year slide in the
number of acres being grown in the United States that is planted to
We talked with Blankenship on Thursday here in Kansas
City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting-
you can read more about the Wheat Action Plan and hear our
conversation with Brett as he describes what the plan is and where he
hopes it will take the wheat industry by clicking
or tapping here.
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Olivia Westfahl of Okeene
FFA Named Grand Champion at 2015 Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show
Olivia Westfahl, daughter of Ron and Tracy Westfahl,
has been named the overall grand champion award showing her Ruby Lee
variety in the 2015 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Westfahl
placed 1st in production and milling and 6th in baking, earning her
the title of 1st place among the FFA, FFA champion, and overall grand
champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Westfahl is from the
Okeene FFA chapter.
Chance Bedwell, son of Steve and Susan
Bedwell, recently placed 1st overall in the 4-H division
while showing his Ruby Lee variety at the 2015 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA
Junior Wheat Show. Bedwell placed 1st in production and milling, 7th
in the bake contest, earning him the title of 1st place among
the 4-H and 4-H champion overall. Bedwell is a
member of the Okeene 4-H club. Westfahl and Bedwell accepted their
awards at a recognition banquet held at the Oklahoma State University
Alumni Center last night.
We have more details by clicking
or tapping here on the results from the 2015 Junior Wheat Show-
an event put on by Oklahoma State- with scholarships funded by
the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
When you jump over to our story- you will see the full
placings for both 4-H and FFA from the 2015 show.
OSU Ag Economist Kim
Anderson Says Market Bottom Intact After Being Tested Following
November WASDE Report
upcoming weekend edition of SUNUP, as produced by the OSU Ag
Communications Department, Oklahoma State University Extension
Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says there is a
silver lining in the black cloud that was the latest USDA World
Supply and Demand Report released earlier this week. Anderson says
the report was bearish, in that it showed higher stocks for wheat,
corn and soybeans- and that prices responded in all three commodities
by dropped after the report was released on Tuesday.
However, Dr. Anderson says the good news after that price drop was
recorded is that long term support levels for wheat, corn and
soybeans held. Wheat did not drop below the $4.60 support level-
basis December- corn also held at support of $3.60 and Soybeans at
support of $8.60. The takeaway from support holding at these levels
is that the report of larger than expected stocks did not break
through the current market bottom- and Anderson concludes that
"it will now take something spectacular to push prices
You can read more- and more importantly listen to
Kim Anderson's comments on current market conditions by clicking
or tapping here.
When you jump over to our story- you will also see the
complete lineup for this weekend's SUNUP as can be seen on OETA.
Building Awareness with Cattle Producers After Midyear Launch of
Here's day two of our conversation with Dr. Nevil Speer
with AgriClear about the on line cattle marketing platform and how
things have gone in getting up and running earlier this year.
Dr. Speer calls the rollout a success and believes
that they will find more and more cattlemen willing to investigate
this innovative way to buy and sell cattle.
here for the Thursday Beef Buzz and hear the second part of our
visit with the former Western Kentucky University professor as well
talk about the rollout as well as what the future may hold for
You can also
click here for the Wednesday Beef Buzz- which was part one of the
conversation that we had with Nevil.
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US Department of Energy
Funds Sorghum Research on Drought Tolerance and Nitrogen Usage
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a
second major investment into sorghum research. Drought tolerance and
nitrogen usage and their microbiological interactions with sorghum
plants will be the focus of the two projects funded.
Thirteen institutions have teamed up for the two projects. The
University of California, Berkeley, will lead the $12.3 million
effort on drought tolerance, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
will lead the $13.5 million effort on nitrogen usage.
"The DOE has shown incredible vision in their commitment to
sorghum," said Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust.
"Sorghum producers need innovative and longer-term investments
in their crop, and DOE has been a great partner in this."
This announcement marks the second time in the past six months the
DOE has committed to investing significantly in sorghum, bringing the
agency's total commitment to the crop during this time to $55.8
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Showing Three Patches of Moderate Drought in Oklahoma
The latest US Drought Monitor shows that we have just
over 16% of Oklahoma now in Moderate Drought- the lowest level of
drought measured by the National Drought Mitigation Center. That's up
from 13% a week ago- but we are in much better shape heading into
winter than we were at this time last year- at this point in
November, 2014- we had 64.6% of Oklahoma in Moderate to Exceptional
There are three patches of drought in this latest map
released on Thursday morning. The smallest patch is in
southeastern Oklahoma- and it includes portions of McCurtain and
The second patch is in southwestern Oklahoma and
includes all of Tillman County- a large part of Jackson County and
much of Kiowa County as well.
The third and largest brown patch which signifies
Moderate Drought stretches from the Kansas line in eastern Woods
County- all of Alfalfa County and the majority of Grant County- and
from there it extends south and ends in northern Oklahoma County.
Just over half of the state is in either the Moderate
Drought designation or in what is called Abnormally Dry- that number
is down slightly from a week ago while a year ago that number stood
Thank You NAFB
yours truly was honored by the National Association of Farm
Broadcasting- as I was inducted into the professional group's Hall of
It's one of
those high water marks for what I do every day in telling you the
latest farm and ranch news- and hopefully empower you to be more
successful in your agricultural endeavors- whatever they may be.
Names from the
past that are a part of this Hall of Fame include some great folks
connected back to Oklahoma radio and TV- Russell Pierson,
and Ken Root.
Wayne Liles was
on KWTV, News9 for many years- and it's humbling to think that we
have, in a very small way, followed in his footsteps on News9 with
our Saturday morning In the Field report.
I have been a
part of the organization that honored myself and also North Dakota
Farm Broadcaster Mike
Hergert for 42 years- it has helped me sharpen my
skills and strive to be the very best reporter that I can be.
My thanks to David Griffin, Tim West
and Griffin Communications for the chance to be a part of their
family in recent years- and to use a platform like this email to
reach out and offer you information day after day.
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