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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. According to this week's report, the overall conditions remain on the positive side with continued progress in the development of the crops. Focusing on corn, the crop's good to excellent ratings declined this week at 55% good to excellent condition compared to 56% last week. This still looks a bit less desirable compared to last year's rating at this time of 68% good to excellent. Corn denting this week came in at 96% versus 93% last week, the five-year average at this time is 100%. Corn maturity came in at 73% this week versus 58% last week, the five-year average at this time is 92%. Corn harvested came in at 22% this week versus 15% last week, the five-year average at this time is 36%. The good to excellent ratings for soybeans this week came in a little higher 54% this week compared to 53% last week. Still behind last year's 66% good to excellent ratings. Soybean's dropping leaves this week came in at 85%, versus 72% last week, the five-year average at this time is 93%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 26%, versus 14% last week, the five-year average is 49%. Winter wheat planted this week came in at 65%, versus 52% last week, the five-year average at this time is 65%. Winter wheat emerged came in this week at 41%, versus 26% last week, the five-year average at this time is 40%. Pasture and range conditions this week nationally came in at 49% good to excellent, 30% fair and 21% poor to very poor.
Click here to review the full USDA Crop Progress Report for the week of September 30, 2019.
Winter Wheat Planting continues in the southern plains- Oklahoma has reached 69% planted, Texas 57% and Kansas 62%- all close with the average in their respective states.
Otherwise- State by State:
In Oklahoma, pasture and range condition this week in Oklahoma are reported at 8% poor to very poor, 35% fair and 57% good to excellent. Most spring crops continue to catch up in their development, though still way behind in some crops. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 9% poor to very poor, 27% fair, 64% good to excellent. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 17% good to excellent, 30% fair and 53% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
To sum up the current pasture and range condition here in the Southern Plains- here's the Good to Excellent Ratings for this week and the change from last week:
Oklahoma 57% -2%
Kansas 64% -4%
Texas 17% -2%
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Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs - two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs - for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs.
"These two programs provide income support to help producers manage the ups and downs in revenues and prices," said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). "USDA is here to support the economic stability of American agricultural producers by helping them maintain their competitive edge in times of economic stress. We encourage producers to consider enrolling in one of these programs."
Signup for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020, while signup for the 2019 crop year closes March 15, 2020. Producers who have not yet enrolled for 2019, can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office.
Click here to read more from FSA regarding the signups for ARC and PLC.
A new environmental study shows that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content.
The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. The Pork Checkoff, which funded the study, announced the findings Tuesday. The study found that North Carolina pig farmers have significantly increased feed efficiency over the past 17 years. Long-term, continuous improvement has resulted in trending reductions in nutrient content in manure lagoons at the farms.
Specifically, data gathered from the participating North Carolina pig farms showed a reduction of 35 percent to 78 percent in the nutrient content from hog finishers in primary lagoons, and a reduction of 17 percent to 68 percent in primary lagoons for sow farms. Also, the study showed a reduction of 22 percent to 54 percent in ammonia levels.
You can read more about the improved efficiency in pig farming, by clicking or tapping here.
Season Solario is part of the team from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that works with the National Beef Checkoff program. One of the strategies that is evolving for the beef digital marketing campaign is to "head them off at the pass," she says, referring to the use of targeted ads directed at those consumers searching for beef alternatives. She explained this concept in a recent conversation with me.
"We know that there is a lot of conversation with the beef industry about some of these alternative proteins hitting the marketplace. Particularly, some of these newer, what I would call substitutes that are trying to be beef. So, a lot of the things we've actually tried to do is intercept consumers when they're searching for information about these products."
For example, over the last few months, the Checkoff has been running a Google Search campaign. When a consumer types into Google something like "Impossible Ground Beef," then they are served up a Beef. It's What's For Dinner. ad and then directed back to Beef. It's What's For Dinner.com. Similarly, the Checkoff is also working with an online grocery delivery service called, Instacart. Through this partnership, the Checkoff has strategically placed beef ads where consumers are and have actually been able to measurably increase beef demand in this space.
You can listen to the conversation between Solario and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz - here.
The Oklahoma Pork Council is a producer organization representing the interests all of pork producers throughout Oklahoma.
Pork Famers in Oklahoma recognize our obligation to build and maintain the trust of customers and the public in our products and our practices. To promote confidence in what we do and how we do it, we affirm the following ethical principles: food safety, animal Safety, environment, public health, employee care and the communities in which we operate.
Click here to learn more about the Oklahoma Pork Council.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance's College Aggies Online (CAO) Scholarship Competition is in full swing. More than 300 students and 20 collegiate clubs are competing for $21,000 in scholarships as they communicate about agriculture and food online and at in-person events. To support students competing in this year's CAO competition, search for the hashtag #CAO19 on social media and like, comment and share the posts. So far, students have earned 2.3 million impressions on social media since the competition kicked off on September 16. CAO 2019 runs through November 16, 2019.
College Aggies Online helps students become confident and effective communicators on behalf of agriculture and has been doing so since 2009. The program would not be where it is today without the support of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the checkoff. DMI has sponsored the nine-week program since 2015, offering advice and feedback to help the students reach their full potential. This year Don Schindler, senior vice president of digital innovations at DMI, hosted a presentation for the students debunking the belief that telling your story is the best solution to bridging the gap between farmers and the public. "Telling your story has nothing to do with the consumer," said Schindler. "They don't relate, and therefore they don't care. What they do care about is why you're farming and how it benefits them."
As part of the club competition, student organizations have 10 challenge options available to them to earn points. In the "Undeniably Dairy" challenge, students are asked to partner with local dairy farmers and checkoffs to host campus booths and farm tours to engage with their peers about the dairy industry. The challenges create a fun atmosphere on college campuses for students to learn about dairy nutrition, animal care, sustainability and more.
Click here to learn how to get involved in this scholarship program.
The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday released its plan to change the Renewable Fuel Standard regarding small refinery exemptions. However, biofuels proponents don't approve of the changes. In a supplemental proposal regarding the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to ensure that the conventional renewable fuel standard is not eroded by small refinery exemptions.
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper remarked in a statement responding to the EPA's plan, that this action is a step backward, not a step forward.
"If the Oct. 4 announcement from EPA was a big step forward, today's supplemental proposal is a step backward. It falls short of delivering on President Trump's pledge to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard and leaves farmers, ethanol producers, and consumers with more questions than answers. It is baffling to us that the proposal sets the three-year average of exempted volume using the very same DOE recommendations that EPA blatantly ignored over and over. We are concerned that the volume of actual exemptions granted in 2020 could very well exceed the amount of projected exemptions from DOE, putting us right back into the quagmire where the 15-billion-gallon requirement is eroded and undermined. Simply put, this proposal is not what was promised by the administration just over a week ago and fails to answer President Trump's personal call for a stronger conventional biofuel requirement of more than 15 billion. It is our hope that President Trump will personally intervene again to get the RFS back on track and ensure his EPA honors the commitments that were made."
National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross agreed with Cooper, responding in a statement:
"While corn farmers appreciate the EPA's intent to follow Department of Energy recommendations on waivers going forward, the proposed rule fails to provide the assurance needed that EPA's practices for granting waivers will change going forward. Farmers have long been skeptical of the EPA's administration of the RFS. This proposal doesn't provide farmers confidence in EPA's ability to follow through and make this right. President Trump made a commitment to farmers and instructed the EPA to follow the law, but this proposal appears to come up short again."
Episode Seven Goes Live Today- Looking at the OSU Rural Renewal Initiative
We now have six episodes out, with the seventh coming later today as we take you on the Road to Rural Prosperity- exploring the idea of making Oklahoma Top Ten in every positive way you can imagine! Here are the links to our Episodes:
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|AND FINALLY- It's Day Three for the School Land Lease Auctions- Happening in Woodward at 10 AM
It's Day Three for one of the annual rituals of fall in Oklahoma- the live auction of about 20% of the total leases that are awarded to bidders of the land owned by the State of Oklahoma. The land is leased for five year contracts- and the third day of auctions in the 2019 series finds the action in Woodward, starting at 10 AM.
The Woodward auction covers leases found in Woodward, Major, Harper, Woods, Ellis, and Dewey Counties. The sale is happening at the High Plains Technology Center located at 3921 34th Street in Woodward, Oklahoma.
Click or tap here to learn more about the full lineup of lease auctions planned- and click here to listen to Carson's conversation from a few weeks back with the Acting Commissioner Brandt Vawter.
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