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The Noble Research Institute has been involved in pecan research since 1975, when the then called organization, The Samuel Roberts Foundation, acquired its Red River Farm. Over the past several years though,
Charles Rohla, Noble's pecan and specialty agriculture systems manager, says the pecan has made its way to the forefront of Noble's work. He sat down with me on Tuesday at the America Pecan Congress in Dallas to talk about the nut's role across
the Southern Plains and across the entire nation.
According to Rohla, the NRI's efforts in the pecan industry are completely cooperator driven and focused on providing the greatest impact back to producers.
"Our work that we're doing has impact to a grower eventually. Hopefully not a hundred years out, but within the next 10 or 20 years," he said, remarking on some of the key areas Noble's researchers are studying. "We're really focusing a lot on pecan scab.
One of our researchers has made huge discoveries over the last couple years. She contends that if we can ever identify the mating scab in the orchard - that would change the whole industry in how we manage."
In fact, Rohla says Noble's commitment to pecan research is so great, that an entire research team is being built to explore the pecan's full potential in relation to genetics and root systems and how they can impact overall production. This effort has
generated much excitement from Noble's research team and enjoys the full support of the organization's leadership and board, according to Rohla. Not only is Noble expanding its research efforts, it is also putting greater emphasis on its producer outreach
and education initiatives to help share their discoveries.
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ProFarmer Mideest Crop Tour Projects Decent Crops in Nebraska- Lots of Variability in Indiana
Day Two of the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour is in the books- and the info developed by the scouts on their routes in the east and the west have resulted in state estimates for Indiana and for Nebraska.
On the east side of the tour- Karen Braun with Reuters says Indiana is better than Ohio- but still not your normal Indiana by any stretch of the imagination- she tweets "Indiana
corn yield comes in at 161.46 bushels per acre, down 11% from last year's tour and down 8% from 3 year average. USDA has yield down 12% YOY. Pod counts on
soybeans at 923.94, down 30% from last year's tour and down 24% from 3 year average. USDA has yield down 15% YOY."
She adds "Corn ear populations were down 8% from last year in Indiana, and down 5% from the 3 year tour average. That is where the yields took a hit in Indiana. Grain lengths and kernels around were down much less comparatively."
Braun says on the western side of the tour that "Nebraska corn yield comes in at 172.55 bushels per acre, down 4% from last year's tour and up 3% over last 3 yrs. USDA has yield down 3% YOY. Pod counts on
soybeans at 1210.83, down 7% from last year's tour and close to the three year average. USDA has yield down 2% YOY."
Soybean pod counts are looking good in Nebraska- but Emily Carolan with Pioneer says that unfortunately- farmers also have a very healthy set of weeds in many fields. She says "The towering weeds that are still releasing seeds, farmers
in Nebraska will have a weed seed bank that torments them for years to come."
Carolan adds "Those out-of-control weeds, however, will be one of the biggest challenges to soybean yields this fall. This is an average to maybe a little below average bean crop,"
She offers a note of optimism on the Nebraska corn crop- it has few weed problems and the crop looks good- it's just immature for August 20th.
Bottom line from Day two- the Ag Pro website proclaims "In an unpredicted turn of events, Nebraska crops are expected to out-yield Indiana-by a margin of more than 10 bu. per acre on corn and nearly 300 soybean pods per 3x3 square."
Day three of the Tour is starting to roll very soon- Illinois on the east and Iowa and Minnesota on the west.
Earlier this spring, devastating floods occurred, resulting in loss and damage to cattle operations. In the wake of the flooding, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation activated its 'Permanent Natural Disaster Relief Fund' to alleviate some of the resulting pressure
of affected cattlemen.
The OCF announced this week it is ready to distribute the funds received from across the country in support of its flood relief efforts. Affected producers seeking assistance are asked to fill out a simple application that will help the review committee equitably
distribute the funds.
All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply by August 30, 2019. Documentation should be attached to your completed application such as USDA-FSA Form 578, USDA-FSA program applications, receipts for veterinary care, receipts/estimates for
fence repair, receipts for special feed purchase, pictures, etc.
"The healing process and recovery will take time, but we are excited to recognize the generosity of our supporters from across the country by distributing these funds," said Taylor Shackelford, OCF Coordinator.
You can read more about the distribution of funds or get the application for yourself,
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Since this past Christmas, the United States Department of Agriculture has been working to implement the programs and provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill. One provision the livestock industry is especially interested in seeing implemented, is Congress'
instructions to establish a Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank to mitigate the risk of a potential outbreak of this highly infectious disease on American soil. During the recent Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, I caught up with Allison
Rivera, executive director of government affairs for NCBA's DC office, to talk about the status of that project's implement at the USDA. According to her, progress on this project at the USDA has been slow though she and her peers within the
US livestock industry continue to pressure the department to get the ball rolling.
"It's one thing to pass a Farm Bill, but it's another to make sure USDA is implementing what Congress has asked for them to do," Rivera said, remarking on a recent visit with USDA leaders. "We're really trying to stress that, 'ok we're getting close to
the end of the year... what are we looking at before we get to the end of the year.' Because, you know, the longer we wait, we don't want to see the price per vaccine go up as we - for lack of a better word - drag our feet."
In the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress appropriated $5 million to this project, with instructions that some of that money be used for state preparedness. Rivera says NCBA is supportive of that but is also concerned that movement should be made on establishing
the vaccine bank and doing the most the USDA can with the funds available. She says the maximum value that can be extracted from those funds depreciates the longer it is not spent as the companies that make the vaccines leverage their prices as demand rises.
Given the time sensitivity of this project in that regard, Rivera says the collective livestock industry is working together to apply pressure on USDA officials to move forward with the bank's creation.
You can listen to the entire conversation between Rivera and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz -
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According to Allendale, Inc., July placements are expected 1.4% under last year at 1.718 million head in the upcoming USDA Cattle on Feed report. If realized, this will mark three months in a row of below last year placements. Concerns
over feedlot profitability, and more restrained supplies of replacement feeders are two important reasons. July placements supply a portion of the January through April finished cattle supply. Kansas State University estimates fed cattle finishing in that
period may run losses averaging $106 per head.
Allendale also anticipates a Marketing total in July of 6.6% over last year at 1.997 million. This would be the largest July marketing in eleven years.
Allendale estimates, Total Cattle on Feed as of August 1 will be 0.5% over last year at 11.143 million. This will be a record August 1 total since the current data-series started in 1996.
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This year's excessive rainfall has misled many to disregard drought as a threat, but the threat is ever present. With few exceptions, including this year, Oklahoma summers usually mean a decrease in precipitation and high temperatures, impacting both water
availability and water use. This is particularly the case for agricultural production dependent on irrigation where drought increases crop water needs while simultaneously reducing water available for irrigation.
Oklahoma relies on both groundwater aquifers and water supply reservoirs for irrigation and for this reason, research and drought management efforts are crucial. Oklahoma State University researchers are investigating how drought affects crop evapotranspiration
rates, as well as water supply reservoirs and groundwater aquifer levels in different climatic regions across Oklahoma.
Saleh Taghvaeian, Oklahoma State University associate professor and extension specialist in water resources, is working with Ph.D. student Kul Khand to determine how droughts, evapotranspiration (ET) and
climatic conditions interrelate. By understanding this, researchers are able to determine susceptibility to drought based on the specific climatic region of Oklahoma. "Water is a big issue right now because of our irregular climate. This year we are having
a lot of rainfall, which was expected, but not expected to this extent," Khand said. "We need to improve water management to combat highly variable climate conditions and this research helps do that."
You can read more about what Taghvaeian and Khand found with their research,
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In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Dr. Glenn Selk offers producers tips on how to know when to intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor.
With fall calving right around the corner, Selk says now is the time to put together a protocol for your family and hired hands to follow when they find a heifer or cow in labor. He says, one thing ranchers struggle with, is the amount of time to leave heifers
or cows alone before they begin to assist. Traditional text books, fact sheets and magazine articles say that "Stage II" of labor lasted two to four hours. However, recent research shows that Stage II is much shorter than previously thought. It lasts approximately
60 minutes in first calf heifers, and 30 minutes or less in mature cows, Selk added.
"In these studies, heifers that were in stage II of labor much more than one hour or cows that were in stage II much more than 30 minutes definitely needed assistance," Selk said. "Research information also shows that calves from prolonged deliveries are weaker
and more disease prone, even if born alive. In addition, cows or heifers with prolonged deliveries return to heat later and are less likely to be bred for the next calf crop. Consequently a good rule of thumb: 'If the heifer is not making significant progress
1 hour after the water bag or feet appear, examine the heifer to see if you can provide assistance. Mature cows should be watched for only 30 minutes before a rectal examine is conducted.' Make certain the cervix is completely dilated before pulling on the
chains. If you cannot safely deliver the calf yourself at this time, call your local large animal veterinarian immediately."
here to read more from Selk regarding assisting cows or heifers in labor.
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