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Dr. Clint Roush to
Become 19th Member of Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame- Brett Carver, Randy
Davis and Quintus Herron Also to be Honored
Agriculture Awards will be presented during a special
ceremony hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and
Forestry at 2 p.m. March 30 in Senate Assembly Room 535 in the state
capitol. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Clint Roush
will be inducted as the 19th Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame
as he is awarded the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in
Agriculture. Roush carried what he learned about farming and ranching
into education and then to board service. His experience includes 14
years of teaching and consulting in agriculture finance, farm
financial planning, business management and strategic planning at
Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Also being honored next Wednesday is Dr. Brett Carver. Carver will
receive the Governor's Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture
Award. He is the Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture at Oklahoma
State University. He was nominated by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
for the work he has conducted as a wheat breeder and leader of the Wheat
Improvement Team at OSU.
will receive the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship
Award. He is President and CEO of Greenleaf Nursery Company with
locations in Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina. Greenleaf is one of
the largest wholesale container nurseries in the U.S.
And- the Governor's Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award will be
presented posthumously to Quintus
Herron of Idabel. He was a professional forester,
successful businessman and generous philanthropist who dedicated his
70-year career to transforming the timber industry in southeastern
More details about the careers of these four men is in our Top Ag
Story for this Tuesday morning- click
here to see more on these men that have given so much to Oklahoma
and US Agriculture.
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We Have Been Red Flagged
in 44 Counties With Extreme Fire Danger Today- Then More Freezing
If you live almost anywhere in Oklahoma- you are hearing the winds
blow this morning- and they will continue to provide EXTREME FIRE
DANGER through this evening.
with News9 in OKC has an excellent statewide map showing even areas
that have had ample moisture this spring need to be careful because
of fire danger today:
Oklahoma State Forester is saying this Tuesday morning "We are
urging people not to do any outdoor burning or other activity that
might spark a blaze through Wednesday. We also ask that you report
any fire or smoke you see to your nearest fire department. Time is of
the essence with the present and predicted fire danger as any new
fire will spread rapidly."
More on the Fire Dangers of today from ODAFF and the Oklahoma
Forestry Services is available
That's the first shoe to drop- now what about that second shoe???
The nine day
forecast, again courtesy of our man Jed, is worrisome
in that about the time we will start seeing what freeze damage has
occurred to winter wheat and canola as well as in our fruit tree
orchards(early next week), another bout of freezing temps may arrive:
If areas that are droughty get rains from that Easter storm being
predicted- they will more likely be able to handle a short bout of
cold- but there are lots of moving parts here- and plenty to watch
and have concerns about.
OSU's Jeff Edwards Weighs
in on Possible Freeze Injury to 2016 Wheat Crop
From his Blog, World of Wheat, Dr.
Jeff Edwards, who continues to serve as OSU Extension
Wheat Specialist for just a few more days, says that the temperatures
were cold enough, long enough that we could be dealing with freeze
However, he says wheat is a tough plant and every freeze event is
just a little different. Jeff has some excellent insights and
here is what he wrote on Monday:
Dr. Edwards offers a few points that he would encourage everyone to
freeze event is unique - the temperatures and time
durations we use regarding freeze injury are rules of thumb and are
not exact. I have seen instances where conventional wisdom would
indicate complete crop loss and we skate through with minimal damage.
take a few days to see how bad things are - Symptoms
may start to appear later this week and will likely be clearly
identifiable by the end of this week. Healthy wheat heads will remain
turgid with a green color. Damaged wheat heads will be bleached,
yellow, or brown and will easily break when pushed against. I
anticipate that we will not have any partial "blanking" of
wheat heads and that most wheat heads will either be okay or a
complete loss. This post from last year has some pictures showing
tell tale signs of freeze injury. The linked post also serves as a
reminder that while freeze is the concern of the day, the potential
worsening of drought conditions in NW Oklahoma has the potential to
do far more damage.
heads might not = % yield loss - It is still
relatively early in the growing season and there is still opportunity
for smaller (two nodes or less) wheat to produce additional tillers
and/or retain secondary tillers. Whether or not these tillers are
able to compensate for larger tillers that were lost due to freeze
will depend on moisture and weather. IF (and that is a big if)
weather conditions remain favorable, late emerging tillers in central
and northern Oklahoma might still have a shot at producing grain. It
will be tougher for more advanced wheat in southern Oklahoma to make
this type of recovery."
US Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack
Okays Using Checkoff Money to Build Demand for US Goods in Cuba
Even as President Obama met with and was lectured about the evils of
the US by Cuban
Dictator Raul Castro, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
was agreeing to an MOU with his Cuban counterpart, Minister of
Rodriguez Rollero. The deal between our two countries
indicates that we will be "sharing ideas and research between
the two countries."
news release offered no insights into what Cuba brings to the
table in the area of research.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says checkoff groups can
promote U.S. agriculture in Cuba. Secretary Vilsack announced in that
same release that USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and
Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct
authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba.
These groups, which are responsible for creating bonds with consumers
and businesses around the world, will be able to engage in
cooperative research and information exchanges with Cuba about
agricultural productivity, food security and sustainable natural
That means that checkoff monies can be used to develop a potential
market for US farmers and ranchers.
with Agri-Pulse has authored an excellent piece about how these
checkoff investments could really help lay the groundwork for selling
a lot of ag products into Cuba- you can read his webstory by clicking
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Derrell Peel Talks Cattle
on Feed and Spring Time's Impacts on Cattle Markets
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. Today, Dr. Peel looks at this past
Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed Report and Spring time impacts on the
"The latest Cattle on Feed report pegs March 1 feedlot
inventories at 10.77 million head, 101 percent of year ago levels.
February marketings and placements were both up year over year partly
because of an extra business day in February due to leap year.
Marketings were 105 percent of last year with daily average feedlot
marketings equal to year ago levels. Placements were 110 percent of
year ago levels, within a wide range of pre-report expectations. The
placement number is not as bearish as viewed by some. First, the
extra day in February allows more placements during the month.
Secondly, it was compared to a small 2015 value that was nearly five
percent under the five year average. Nevertheless, it was up and was
the first significant year over year increase in placements in two
years. Larger feeder cattle supplies mean that more cattle will be
coming to feedlots and increased year over year placements will
likely be the expectation for many months to come.
"Spring started officially last weekend but in numerous ways
spring came early and has been evident since February. Despite a
winter storm currently impacting the Northeast, unseasonably warm
temperatures have predominated across much of the country recently.
In Oklahoma many trees and plants broke dormancy in February and
wheat reached the first hollow stem stage two to three weeks early,
prompting large movements of feeder cattle to market in February
rather than the more typical early March pull-off date, These no
doubt contributed to the large February feedlot placements and may
partially offset some March placements."
Derrell has more on how he sees factors this spring impacting cattle
here to check out his complete analysis for this week.
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Wheat Ratings Slip in Latest Weekly Crop Progress- Kansas, Texas
The latest Crop Progress numbers are out- and the main crop to be
watching here in March is the hard red winter crop ratings in Texas,
Oklahoma and Kansas.
Areas that are getting drier by the day have pushed the Oklahoma wheat crop
ratings down by four percentage points in the good to excellent
readings- a week ago, the Oklahoma crop had a 67% good to excellent
rating- in the Monday afternoon report of this week, we have dropped
back to a 63% good to excellent rating.
here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather Update.
Our neighbors to the north and to the south have both improved by one
percentage point in that same good to excellent ranking.
Down south in
Texas, the wheat crop now stands at 47% good to
excellent- one percentage point up from a week ago- and five
percentage points improved from the report released on March 7th.
here to read the complete Texas Crop Weather Update as of March
neighbors in Kansas- the largest HRW wheat state- has
a crop currently rated 57% good to excellent- up one percentage point
from both one and two weeks ago.
For the latest Kansas report, click
Weekly Boxed Beef Prices
Push Solidly Higher In Latest Ed Czerwein Report
On a regular basis, Ed
Czerwein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market
News Office in Amarillo, Texas offers a review of the previous week's
boxed beef trade. Here is his report of weekly boxed beef trade for
the week ending March 19th. The daily spot Choice box beef cutout
ended the week last Friday at $231.81 which was $7.76 higher compared
to the previous Friday but at one point during the week- it had been
over $234. There were 557 loads sold for the week in the daily box
beef cutout which was nine percent of the total volume.
The Comprehensive or weekly average Choice cutout which includes all
types of sales including the daily spot cutout was $224.62, which was
$6.65 higher and likely the product of the grilling season rally.
more by clicking here- and be sure to listen to Ed's analysis of
the weekly wholesale trade.
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