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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Row Crops Coming On Strong Across the Plains, Sorghum Harvest Begins in Texas
The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report rates 19 percent of the national corn crop in excellent condition, 57 percent in good condition, 19 percent fair and 5 percent percent poor to very poor. National soybean conditions include 14 percent excellent, 57 percent good, 22 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor. Allendale reports this morning that in both the case of the corn and the soybean crop- the crop ratings were evidence of a great crop- and that is pressuring prices.
The national grain sorghum is 11 percent excellent, 57 percent good, 29 percent fair and 3 percent poor. National cotton conditions include 9 percent excellent, 45 percent good, 36 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here. In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma corn silk reached 62 percent, down 11 points from the previous year and down 10 points from normal. Sorghum headed reached 30 percent, down 2 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 2 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 1 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 95 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Soybeans blooming reached 16 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Cotton squaring reached 43 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.Texas row crops continued to make progress statewide. Mature corn reached 32 percent last week. That's 13 points higher than this time last year. Sorghum harvest has started in some parts of the state and is 25 percent complete. Across the state, it was 76 percent headed, which is 6 points higher than the five-year average. Soybeans were 50 percent bloomed, and cotton was right on par with the five-year average rate of open bolls at 5 percent.Click here for the full Texas report.In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Kansas winter wheat harvested was 98 percent, near 95 last year and the five-year average of 97. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 25 fair, 58 good, and 11 excellent. Corn silking was 63 percent, near 59 both last year and average. Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 33 fair, 54 good, and 6 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 38 percent, ahead of 28 last year, and near 34 average. Setting pods was 5 percent, equal to last year, and near 4 average. Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 23 fair, 66 good, and 9 excellent. Sorghum headed was 13 percent, ahead of 2 last year and 5 average. Coloring was 1 percent, near 0 both last year and average.Click here for the Kansas report.
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|Ag Labor and Border Security Require Balanced Approach
For farmers and ranchers, immigration reform must balance agriculture's need for a dependable supply of agricultural labor with enhanced security at our nation's border. A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights those issues, but with political debate ramping up and no practical solutions on the horizon, farmers say important areas of U.S. food production are at risk.
Farmers and ranchers know that you cannot address immigration reform without tackling the issue of border security, said AFBF President Zippy Duvall, who recently saw the delicate balance between the two issues during a tour of agriculture and border security efforts in Arizona.
Across the nation, farmers and ranchers are experiencing a labor crisis. Reliable and skilled farm workers are harder to come by with each harvest season. And, without an efficient and legal way for a dependable supply of farm workers to enter the country, more U.S. crops are being left to rot in the field. That means consumers will be less able to enjoy American-grown products, according to the video.
"Our country's going need to make up its mind. We're either going to import our agricultural labor or we'll have to import our food. Most Americans would opt for food grown on our own soil by American farmers. To keep that option viable, we must act soon," Duvall said.
to read more about immigration reform and watch AFBF's video.
|On the Road - Dr. Darrell Peel Reports Finding Good Crop and Pasture Conditions
Each week Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. This week Dr. Peel talks about his observations on recent roadtrips throughout the heart of America.
"For the past week I have been traveling, first for meetings, then for vacation. However, a market analyst is never completely on vacation when there is a chance to observe agricultural conditions. A week ago, we traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the last bit of wheat harvest was finishing. Pastures appeared very green for that area for mid-July. Into southeastern Colorado, wheat harvest was well underway and producers were reporting record winter wheat yields. With excellent moisture conditions, even volunteer wheat and grow back after late grazing was producing good wheat yields. Pasture conditions have been very good and cattle gains were excellent through winter and spring. Like the Oklahoma Panhandle, the semi-arid region of southeastern Colorado looked very green for mid-July.
"After a couple of days in Denver, we headed east on Interstate 70 where wheat harvest was not really started but the wheat looked very good. Last week Colorado reported 33 percent of wheat harvested in the state compared to 46 percent for the five-year average. Pasture conditions again looked very good with Colorado reporting 71 percent of pastures in good to excellent condition, up from 60 percent one year ago. We traveled the entire length of Kansas west to east on I-70 to Kansas City. As more corn appeared, it also looked in very good condition with the state reporting 67 percent of corn in good to excellent condition. In western Kansas, the majority of the corn is not yet or just beginning tasseling. In eastern Kansas and across Missouri on I-70 more of the corn is tasseling and with no signs of stress on corn or soybeans. Last week 71 percent of Missouri corn and 65 percent of soybeans were reported in good to excellent condition.
to read more about Dr. Peel's travel observations.
|AFR Urges Action to Help Dairy Farmers From Agriculture Secretary Vilsack
In response to the troubling economic situation facing U.S. dairy farmers, American Farmers & Ranchers invited the Oklahoma congressional delegation Monday to sign on to a letter of support urging USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to take immediate action.
"Oklahoma dairy farmers are facing a mounting crisis and while they are doing their best to squeeze every penny possible out of their milk checks," Terry Detrick, AFR president, said. "Nationally the price of milk has dropped far below their average costs of production. We hope you will join a bipartisan call for strong USDA support for our dairy farmers who are suffering."
While the current problems in the dairy industry raise questions about the Farm Bill dairy program, this letter does not advocate opening the Farm Bill. Rather it focuses on options already available to the Secretary in the near term to provide relief.
The letter of support highlighted the current struggles of dairy farmers, including a 40 percent decrease in farm milk prices since 2014.
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|A World of Opportunity - USMEF's Phil Seng on Emerging Markets in Asia
Over the next 15 years, Asia will be home to approximately 65 percent of the world's middle class, according to Phil Seng and he says this is a market in which the U.S. beef industry needs to be involved.In revisiting last week's conversation with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President/CEO, Seng says eastern markets such as Vietnam, Taiwan and China offer a world of opportunity. He points out that although a lot of leg work has already been put into these markets, there is still some work to be done."The Chinese market is a very vexing market, it has been closed since 2003," Seng said. "We've had to go through all kinds of steps now to even get close to getting that market open. It looks like the major hurdle at this point and time is traceability."Despite these setbacks, Seng remains positive that U.S. beef will soon be flooding these markets with the help of the current administration."This administration is very focused on having progress with China," Seng said. "Having our government committed to getting it done is very encouraging."Listen to Seng talk more on emerging beef markets during the most recent Beef Buzz.
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|Winter Canola Schools Scheduled for August in Lahoma and Weatherford
Southern Plains producers who are interested in learning how to maximize canola crop productivity should plan now to attend one of two early August winter canola schools taking place in Lahoma on Aug. 2, and Weatherford on Aug. 4."Many wheat producers have experienced significant value and benefits by growing winter canola as part of their crop rotation, taking advantage of solid canola prices while also helping to clean up their wheat fields without taking on undue management costs," said Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University Cooperative System cropping systems specialist. Lofton added it is important for producers to stay abreast of the latest information as ongoing research and grower experiences continue to refine the region's production of winter canola. There is no charge to attend either of the canola schools, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to the noon hour. Programs will be the same for both events. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Dekalb Seeds.Click here
to find more details and registration information for both schools.
|From Cleveland- Farm and Ranch Interests a Part of the Party
Farmers and agriculture groups all fear anti-trade talk at this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. They are also are looking for the presumptive nominee to keep pushing for reform of the regulatory agenda in D.C. Donald Trump has come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and threatened to impose high tariffs on China.
Regarding trade- Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence has brought some optimism back into the Ag sector. Pence is an outspoken supporter of the TPP and the other trade deals. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway has offered to advise the Trump Campaign on farm policy, but they haven't responded.
Conaway will be joined by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts at the Great American Farm Luncheon on Wednesday. It's an event organized by agribusiness interests at the Republican National Convention. Roberts hopes that Trump will keep up his criticism of President Obama on regulations, saying "our candidate has hit that one out of the park."
Senator Roberts spoke yesterday afternoon to the convention- saying "The Obama-Clinton administration has made their (farmers') job nearly impossible with regulation. They actually feel ruled, not governed. We need a champion for rural and small town America who lift the yoke of regulation and we have one," Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence."
|ICYMI- Market Report From Week in the Rockies and Mike Schulte In the Field on Wheat Harvest
This past week- Superior Livestock sold over 260,000 cattle during the five days of their Week in the Rockies event- it's like an annual meeting for the Superior Livestock family and the sales include cattle from all across the country.
According to Superior officials- "Competitive and active buying was seen on both the bid-lines and over the Internet, revealing a very aggressive market despite the instability the market saw."
Click here for details about last week's sale- and we've got information about their next big sale- this coming Friday- live from Billings, Montana- It's their Big Sky Roundup- Click Here for complete details about the July 22nd sale.
This past Saturday- we had the chance to review the 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest for the state of Oklahoma with the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Mike Schulte. Mike was our guest for our In the Field segment, as seen on KWTV, News9 and you can go back and watch our conversation by clicking here.
Mike believes that the 2016 crop will likely be larger than the latest USDA estimate of 132 million bushels- and with a lot of wheat still being stored on the ground, there seems to be evidence out across the country that he's right. Already, USDA has called the yield for 2016 a record at 40 bushels per acre- and that might well be pushed a little higher in the August Crop Production report from Uncle Sam.
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