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Friday, March 6, 2020
Check Out Our Latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast- Spotlighting the Governor's Wheat Challenge- Available Here
Today's modern bakeries require high quality wheat, often referred to in the industry as "high functionality" wheat to reflect the needed flour properties. That was the key message delivered to the southern plains wheat industry by Hayden Wands, Vice President of Global Procurement and Commodities for Grupo Bimbo, the largest commercial bakery in the U.S.
I talked with Wands at the recent 2020 annual OGI conference in Edmond after his keynote presentation to the group.
Grupo Bimbo, with headquarters in Mexico, was founded in 1945 and about 20 years ago expanded into the U.S. market, buying such well-known brands as Sarah Lee and Mrs. Bairds.
Wands said efficiencies in the grain handling and baking industries have made it imperative to have high quality wheat.
We used to have 25-carload trains of wheat and now we are handling 100 carload trains with high speed loading and unloading, Wands said.
The technology on the baking side is even more dramatic where they have advanced from baking 70 loaves a minute to 150 loaves a minute.
This has moved the focus on value more than price.
It all has to do with the functionality and quality of the flour," Wands said.
And- you can take a look at some of the "Call to Actions" that Wands shared with the audience- saying we need to have farmers paid for producing not just bushels- but also the right quality wheat:
The vision of the Oklahoma Beef Council is to be a positive difference for Oklahoma's farming and ranching families and the greater beef community and its mission is to enhance beef demand by strengthening consumer trust and exceeding consumer expectations. To learn more, visit www.oklabeef.org. Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oklabeef for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.
On today's Beef Buzz, Ron Hays continues his discussion of beef demand with Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock economist. Dr. Peel has explained the difficulties of pinning down the exact definition of beef demand because there are so many different beef cuts developed from a single carcass. It's a very complex challenge, Peel said.
Today's discussion dives a little deeper into that complexity by expanding the impact of the international market.
We're seeing a lot of opportunity for growth internationally, Peel said. We're seeing specific cuts fabricated for specific markets, adding to the complexity.
Seasonal demand for various beef cuts has also changed. Holiday demand now occurs a month or more earlier due to a branded technology called "suspended fresh" which Peel explains as a state of almost frozen but not completely.
Establishing an exact definition of beef demand is a challenge, Peel said.
"Our ability to understand it is limited because we don't have all the data, at the wholesale or retail level," Peel said. This makes it difficult sometimes to spot the underlying factors when beef prices go up or down quickly.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in a bipartisan letter that was signed by 19 of their colleagues, expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools.
In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators objected to the Department's abrupt change to the methodology that determines which rural schools are eligible for funding through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program.
The change is being implemented without notice to Congress and after funding for fiscal year (FY) 2020 has already been appropriated.
"Since 2002, rural schools across the nation have relied on these additional flexible funds to purchase supplies and make technology upgrades; expand curricular offerings, such as in reading, physical education, music, and art; provide distance learning opportunities; fund transportation; and support professional development activities," the Senators wrote.
"Without any chance to prepare, this abrupt change in RLIS eligibility will force many rural school districts to forgo essential activities and services."
"The Department's decision has created a funding cliff for hundreds of rural, low-income schools that are already balancing tight budgets," the Senators continued. "REAP helps deliver an equitable and enriching education to thousands of students living in rural America. We strongly encourage you to rescind this new interpretation and to work with Congress to serve students in rural communities."
Many states have qualified for RLIS because the Department of Education has allowed school districts to measure poverty by the percentage of students receiving free lunch. Although free lunch data is an important measure of poverty for rural districts, this year, the Department decided that it will no longer allow states to use this data to determine eligibility for the RLIS program.
U.S Senator James Inhofe said, "While an arbitrary rule change might not seem like a big deal to bureaucrats here in Washington-hardworking Oklahomans feel the impact,"
Inhofe said. "For 17 years, the Department of Education through the Rural Education Achievement Program has sought to level the playing field for rural school systems across the country. This recent rule change will strip funds from half of our eligible schools to the tune of $1 million this year.
Oklahoma's rural schools are too important to our state's education and this cut will have a devastating impact on our students, teachers and educational staff -this decision must be reversed."
Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about what is going on in the Wheat Markets.
Dr. Anderson says if producers want to make it to the harvest finish line they must scout their fields and see if they need to put down nitrogen, or put down fungicide if needed. Producers will also need to check for broad leaf that might need to be sprayed as well. Dr. Anderson says while adding these products does an an additional expense, producers may not be able to afford NOT to do them in order to make a profit.
This week on SUNUP, we join you from the Port of Catoosa, where high school FFA students learned how the port connects Oklahoma to the world.
- Then, Dave Lalman explains how the new version of "Cow-culator" helps track and estimate the nutrition needs of the herd.
- In Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk explains why it is important to maintain nutritional requirements of cows between calving and breeding.
- In the Mesonet weather report, Wes Lee says temperatures are becoming more seasonal, allowing producers to work in the fields. Gary McManus explains why drought could expand in the near future.
- Finally, Kim Anderson describes how producers can manage inputs for their wheat crop and still make a profit.
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Micah Pope of Centrec Consulting Group and Steve Sonka of The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois have written an article on the benefits of on-farm digitial technologies.
Precision agriculture has become mainstream in commercial agriculture production, and many would agree that it is "the way we farm today." Utilization of technology varies from farmer to farmer, but the decision to invest in technology is commonly tied to the potential for increased efficiency and profitability.
However, over the last couple of years, we've observed an interesting paradox when visiting with farmers who use precision agriculture technologies. Often, we would ask: "What is the economic return from use of those technologies?" That question consistently yields a two-part response:
"Hmm, I don't really know..."
"But that's an interesting question!"
As part of a recent study entitled "Use of On-Farm Digital Technologies", we worked with a small group of farmers to develop an approach enabling them to respond to the "what is the economic return" question. The results of this pilot investigation reveal that farmers perceive the net benefits (or contribution to profits) of adopting technologies to be quite substantial, with an almost 10 to 1 benefit-cost ratio. This contrasts with the more conventional wisdom that technology adoption results in positive, but small, returns.
Oklahoma Drought conditions remain in place in southwestern Oklahoma and the far western Oklahoma Panhandle.
The latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor numbers show 14.37% across the state as abnormally dry, 4.66% in a moderate drought, 0.84% in Severe drought, 0% in Extreme droughts, and 0% in exeptional drought across the state.
Compared to a year ago Oklahoma showed 12.42% in abnormally dry conditions, 1.07% in moderate drought and 0% in severe, extreme or exceptional drought.
Its time once again for the Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale. The event takes place Friday, March 6 at the Ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma.
The sale is set to begin at 11:30 and will feature 509 Angus & 51 Hereford Bulls Sell.....featuring the Express Ranches NWSS Ch. Carload & Ch. Pen Bulls. They will be offering free delivery on bulls, and if you buy in volume on bulls you can save 5% or 10%. Pick up Sale-Day discounts will also apply.
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Blackjack Farms is having their annual LLC 2020 Blackjack and Friends Bull Sale on Saturday, March 7th at Noon at the Ranch near Seminole, OklahomaSale Guests will be: Pfeiffer Angus Farms and McFerran Farms
They will feature 85 Spring 2018 - Spring 2019 Bulls Sell
Angus, Simmental & SimAngus Bulls...Semen Tested & Fully Guaranteed!
All Angus Bulls genomic tested & BVD tested. Many calving-ease prospects sell.
Also selling 20 home-raised Angus & SimAngus commercial heifers, ready to bread!
To request your Blackjack sale book, contact the owners of the sale manager. Online at mcsauction.com
The Davis Angus Value Genetics Bull & Female Sale is also coming up Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:30 PM Clinton Livestock Auction in Clinton, Oklahoma. They will feature 80 Registered Angus Bulls and 75 - 80 Open Registered & Commercial Heifers. You can also bid online by clicking HERE.
For more information visit Davis Angus HERE:
|AND FINALLY- Cattlemen Get Key Priority Across the Finish Line as Governor Stitt Signs HB1048
On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law HB 1048 protecting groundwater rights for Oklahoma landowners. This bill has been a priority for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association this legislative session. The bill started last year in the House but was held over the summer working on consensus language to move through the Senate.
After the work over the summer, the measure passed overwhelmingly in the Senate as well as in the House for final approval- the Senatre vote 43 to 0 and the 2020 House vote was 91 to 2.
"This important bill is aimed at helping landowners know their rights regarding the groundwater in Eminent Domain actions," shared Michael Weeks, OCA President. Weeks added, "Too many times in Eminent Domain actions, the surface right is all that is really in the interest of the taking entity. However, by default, they often acquire the groundwater rights which could have been held by the landowner."
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