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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Wet Conditions Cause Delays in Harvest Though Crop
Progress Reports Still Looking Good
The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop
progress report rates 74 percent of the US Corn Crop as being in good
to excellent condition- down 1 from a week ago, 19 percent fair and 7
percent poor to very poor. National soybean conditions remain unchanged
from a week ago in the good to excellent ratings- still at 73 percent
while soybeans are 20 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.
The national grain sorghum condition is up 1 percentage point from a
week ago at 66 percent good to excellent, 28 percent fair and 6
percent poor to very poor. National cotton conditions are holding in
the good to excellent ratings- steady at 48 percent, 37 percent fair,
12 percent poor and 4 percent very poor. For the complete USDA Crop
Progress report, click here.
In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma corn
dough reached 90 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 7
points from normal. Corn dented reached 68 percent, down 15 points
from the previous year and down 21 points from normal. Corn mature
reached 38 percent, up 11 points from the previous year but down 7
points from normal. Sorghum headed reached 95 percent, up 2 points
from the previous year but up 8 points from normal. Sorghum coloring
reached 56 percent, down 14 points from the previous year and down 3
points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 27 percent, up 5 points
from the previous year and up 5 points from normal. Sorghum harvested
reached 9 percent, up 5 points from the previous year but up 3 points
from normal. Soybeans blooming reached 83 percent, down 5 points from
the previous year and down 8 points from normal. Soybeans setting
pods reached 70 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and up
1 point from normal. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 10 percent, up
8 points from the previous year and up 9 points from normal. Cotton
setting bolls reached 90 percent, down 6 points from the previous
year and unchanged from normal. Cotton bolls opening reached 11
percent, down 2 points from the previous year but down 10 points from
here for the full Oklahoma report.
Corn, sorghum and cotton harvest were delayed but ongoing in areas
of Texas this
past week. Corn harvest was 57 percent complete, 1 point higher than
last week and 1 point higher than normal. Mature corn reached 66
percent, on par with normal. Sorghum harvest was 49 percent complete,
just 2 points higher than last week and 11 points below normal.
Across the state, sorghum was 76 percent mature, which is 3 points
higher than the five-year average. Soybeans were 96 percent setting
pods, which is 3 points higher than the 5-year average. Soybeans
dropping leaves were at 48 percent, 15 points lower than normal.
Cotton harvest was at 7 percent, 2 points lower than normal. Cotton
bolls opened were at 28 percent, just 1 point under the 5-year
here for the full Texas report.
In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Kansas corn
condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 11
excellent. Corn dough was 94 percent, near 96 last year, and near the
five-year average of 97. Dented was 80 percent, near 77 last year and
78 average. Mature was 26 percent, near 28 last year, and behind 34
average. Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 26
fair, 55 good, and 14 excellent. Soybean condition rated 1 percent
very poor, 4 poor, 26 fair, 55 good, and 14 excellent. Setting pods
was 90 percent, near 88 both last year and average. Dropping leaves
was 5 percent, near 9 both last year and average. Sorghum condition
rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15
excellent. Sorghum coloring was 69 percent, ahead of 61 last year,
and well ahead of 46 average. Mature was 9 percent, near 7 last year,
and 6 average.
here for the Kansas report.
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Crops and Falling Prices Crashes Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy
After months of increases in producer sentiment toward
the U.S. agricultural economy, the August reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy
Barometer showed that declining commodity prices are
weighing on the minds of producers.
Producer sentiment declined sharply to 95 - a 17-point drop from the
July reading. The barometer is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S.
agricultural producers and includes measures of sentiment toward
current conditions and future expectations.
The Index of Current Conditions fell from 93 in July to 80 in August,
while the Index of Future Expectations dropped to 102 from July's
"This was in sharp contrast to July when farmers' optimism about
future prospects pushed the barometer up, despite their concerns
about current economic conditions," said Jim Mintert,
the barometer's principal investigator and director of Purdue's Center
for Commericial Agriculture. "Farmer sentiment in late spring
and early summer was buoyed by a spring rally in key commodity
prices, but near-ideal growing conditions for corn and soybeans this
summer helped push yield prospects up and crop prices down
Read more from this latest report on this barometer by clicking
or tapping here.
May Have Best Chance in Years to Get Head Start Establishing Wheat
Pastures for Fall
With no other good alternatives out there right now,
there stands to be a lot of potential interest for grazing wheat
pastures this year, according to Extension Livestock Market
Derrell Peel. He recently said that with fresh rains
across the wheat belt and soil temperatures down in Oklahoma, farmers
probably have the best opportunity they've had in several years to
plant their wheat early. For producers who want to get a head start
in establishing fall wheat pasture, he says now is the time to get it
in the ground.
To ensure you get the most pounds of forage in your pasture, Peel
says farmers will need to make some early considerations.
"If you're growing forage for winter grazing you're going to
plant earlier - there are some agronomic tradeoffs - it's really a
different crop, and so dual purpose wheat in that sense is different
than grain only," Peel said. "So that affects how we're
going to do it for this winter and again it may affect how we set
ourselves up to be ready for next spring depending on whether we do
in fact want to harvest that grain or go ahead and graze out the
to Dr. Peel offer his advice to farmers about establishing wheat
pastures this fall during the latest Beef Buzz.
Million Awarded to State Firefighters Association for Volunteer
Firefighter Recruiting Campaign
State Firefighters Association (OSFA) has been awarded $2.1
million in federal funding to implement a statewide volunteer
firefighter recruitment and retention campaign.
"We are excited to accept this grant and assist our local fire
departments find, train, and outfit volunteer firefighters all over
this great state," said OSFA President Mike Duncan.
"As a Captain on a volunteer fire department, I can say this
will go a long way toward reinforcing Oklahoma's volunteer fire
service and making certain that our communities are better served and
This award is a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response
(SAFER) Grant; a FEMA administered, Department of Homeland Security
program designed to increase the number of "front-line"
first responders in local communities.
The OSFA will use this SAFER Grant to partner with numerous
organizations to help identify potential candidates and work with
local departments to recruit volunteer firefighters. In addition, the
OSFA will coordinate and conduct more than $1,000,000 worth of fire
and emergency services training. This grant also provides funding
that will help us equip many of Oklahoma's volunteer first responders
with life-saving personal protective gear over the next four years.
here to read more about efforts to recruit and retain volunteer
firefighters in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Ag Groups Host
Sporting Clays Shoot to Support the SQ777 Vote YES Campaign
agriculture groups are hosting a sporting clays shoot to help support
the vote yes campaign for SQ777, known as, Oklahoma's Right to Farm.
The sporting clays shoot will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at
Silverleaf Shooting Sports located near Guthrie, Okla.
"The proceeds from the shoot will benefitOklahoma Farmers
Care to support the SQ777 Vote Yes Campaign," said Jimmy Kinder,
Treasurer of Oklahoma Farmers Care. "Oklahoma Agriculture groups
are united in supporting SQ777 because agriculture is the lifeblood
of Oklahoma's economy and a deeply held part of Oklahoma's
Registration for event will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at
noon. A mandatory Safety Meeting for all shooters starts at 12:30
p.m. and shooting begins promptly at 1 p.m.
Individuals or teams of four may participate. Entering early is
encouraged. On-site entry is available for an additional cost. Awards
will be given to the top individual and top team.
here for a link to more information on the sporting clays shoot
to support SQ777.
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Ranchers Say Their Holistic Operation Helps Make Them More Relatable
The Jaeger family knows that without optimum health in
all aspects of their operation, there is no sustainability. They want
those outside agriculture to know it, too.
"We think it's important to have transparency in what we're
doing and how we're producing to the consumer," Titus Jaeger said,
"and we believe that it's imperative to handle our livestock in
a low stress environment and to follow the protocols and guidelines
that are set out by the beef quality assurance."
Studies show that two of the Jaegers' operational goals are closely
related: producing the best beef and low-stress cattle
"I think when you want high-quality beef that includes taking
really great care of the cattle and really great care of the land that
you're on. They all work together," Erika Jaeger said.
"The word holistic really defines what we're looking for."
That means looking at the entire business, from genetics and
marketing to animal and soil health. They've made improvements with a
comprehensive grazing plan the last two years.
the video featuring the Jaeger family of Ingalls, Kansas.
Stewardship Council Plans Kick Off Rally in Oklahoma City Tonight for
Those Opposed to State Question 777
One of two groups formed to oppose State Question 777, the Right to
Farm State Constitutional Amendment proposal that is on the ballot
this November, is planning a series of local meetings across Oklahoma
to drum up support for a "NO" vote on the measure. The Oklahoma Stewardship Council,
funded in part by the Humane
Society of the US, has announced a dozen meetings
across the state in September.
The first of their meetings is planned for tonight, Wednesday,
September 7th at St. Paul's Cathedral on NW 7th Street in downtown
Oklahoma City. According to the group, "State Question 777 is a
dangerous amendment that could devastate Oklahoma's family farms,
take away your voting rights and harm animals. We're working to stop
this harmful measure. But to be successful, Oklahomans like you need
to get involved. Please join us at our Kick-Off rally to help defeat
or tap here to read more about the meetings planned by the
Stewardship Council- and we have multiple links in our story to help
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Jed's Nine Day Shows Two Shots of
Fall and Two Shots of Rain
By the start of the State Fair of Oklahoma- we could see highs in the
70s- overnights into the 50s and of course- some rain.
Here is the latest Nine Day Forecast for central and western Oklahoma
from our friend Jed
Castles from News9 in Oklahoma City:
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link- right here- over to
Alan Crone's weather blog for this morning which is
all you need to know about weather from an eastern Oklahoma point of
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