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Friday, April 14, 2017
For farmers with canola in the ground this year, we're only about a month out from harvest. Before that gets underway, I wanted to get a feel for where we were at in the state as far as the condition of our canola crop. So, I invited Dr. Ron Sholar of the Great Plains Canola Association to our studios this week to find out what he's heard from farmers in the field.
According to him, the recent rains we've had has turned this year's crop around that has suffered losses throughout the dry winter months.
"A lot of good has occurred from this for the canola and the wheat of course," he said. "We are rounding the bend. Fields look good. The crop does not have the height or volume that we have seen in previous years, but the moisture is super beneficial."
Still, Sholar insists more rain and cooler temperatures would certainly help the crop recover more of its yield potential lost during the winter. At this point though, despite harsh environmental conditions and a relatively bad insect problem, Sholar expects this year's harvest will yield fairly average results.
"We're not talking about bin-busting yields this year, but some that growers are going to be proud of," he remarked. "The crop I would say looks like an average crop at this point."
We'd like to remind you that if interested in, OSU will begin its Spring Canola Tours across the state very soon. You can visit the calendar page on our website by clicking here
for schedule details.
Dr. Sholar joins me for our weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m. Be sure to catch him there. In the meantime though, you can listen to our off-camera interview, here
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Oklahoma's State Climatologist Gary McManus
illustrates in this week's drought monitor report, that over the last several days, there has been wide scale changes in drought condition across the Northwestern two-thirds of the state, as well as the Southeastern corner. Here's that latest map as released yesterday morning:
Chances of precipitation in the state over the next week look promising, particularly over the western half. Decent rainfall should follow a series of storms arriving early next week.
For more information on this week's drought monitor, check out the Oklahoma Mesonet website
This week on SUNUP - Dr. Kim Anderson starts his report with some bad news for wheat producers , buts works his way around to end on a positive note.
According to Anderson, there is currently a lot of moisture hanging around wheat producing areas across the globe.
"As we all know, rain makes grain," he quipped.
He explains that if these rains continue, this upcoming harvest may result in another year of record yields which would mean the low price of wheat would persist.
The good news though, foreign export demand for HRW has been exceptionally good, almost double the rate of last year. Anderson adds, too, that wheat acres are the fewest they have been since the early 20th century. This limitation will help to restrict our domestic production.
Anderson also says, that the market is in need of good milling quality wheat. If that is in fact what American producers have grown this year, they can rest assured there will be demand for it.
You can watch Dr. Anderson's report and the rest of the SUNUP line up tomorrow or Sunday - but you can hear Kim's comments early, right now, by clicking here
|Market Watcher Jim Robb Says 1Q Strength Just the Start to Solid Growth in Export Markets this Year
The beef industry has had a great start to 2017, underpinned by large numbers of exports and low imports. But while we have seen success here in the 1Q of the year, will the markets be able to keep up this pace as the year goes on? Jim Robb
of the Livestock Marketing Information Center offered me his point of view on the issue.
"The seasonal pattern is really for exports to grow as we move towards the summer months," he said. "If we stay on that pattern - it'll be very important, so we need to watch it closely."
In terms of world competition, Robb sees no reason why the US can't continue building year-over-year gains in exports as our major competitor Australia, remains softer in the market as they finish rebuilding their herd back from the impact of recent droughts. Prospects of increased trade signaled by China is also a wildcard sitting out there that could have very positive effects for the US. Cautiously though, Robb insists a little risk management in this situation could go a long way.
"Now, to have 20 percent year-over-year growth like we did in the 1Q, I don't think that's really sustainable," Robb interjected. "But to have solid year-over-year gains that are potentially double digit for the year seems very realistic."
Listen to Robb and I discuss the outlook of export markets in the coming months, on today's Beef Buzz - click here
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Superior Livestock announced earlier this week that it will be hosting its Spring Horse Auction on June 10th. This year's auction will also feature a few working stock dogs, aside from a great selection of elite horses.
The sale will be broadcast live from Superior Livestock's studio in the Fort Worth Stockyards, streamed on DISH CH 232 and the Superior Click To Bid website.
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Today, our featured District Star in Agriscience is from the Mooreland FFA Chapter representing the Northwest District, Hayes Maher, who during a stint working with the USDA, had the chance to conduct an experiment measuring the greenhouse gas emissions produced by cattle, compared to their rate of weight gain.
Maher says his experiment taught him much more than he had initially expected to find out. He says he learned a great deal about animal nutrition and the inner workings of animal biology. He says, too, he now has a greater understanding of the environmental impacts animal production has as well.
"The first thing we did was split 14 Red Angus heifers into two groups of seven and then I separated on into a high protein diet and the one into a low protein diet," Maher explained. "I then released them to a machine that measured their greenhouse gas emissions.
"Based off the number from my experiment, we concluded that the amount of protein that an animal receives does not affect the amount of the greenhouse gases that they emit," he resolved.
Maher has been heavily involved in the FFA since the 8th grade and plans to attend OSU after graduation and to pursue a career as an ag-engineer.
You can read more about Maher and his experiences as a member of the FFA, or listen to my interview with him, by clicking here.
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|Well Said on Fox News- Why is it Called Good Friday????
As many of my long time readers of this daily communication to each of you may recall- I will offer a word or two of reflection or encouragement in my emails just ahead of days like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. It's my deepest desire that for anyone reading this- that you understand that there is Hope in the world
- and you can have that Hope as a part of your life. As I thought about what to write this morning- I happened across an excellent online piece from of all places, Fox News. It sums up much of what I wanted to share this morning:
"On a dark Friday two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Powerful members of the religious, political, and military communities colluded to strip him naked, mock him publicly, and crucify him. Yet two millennia later, Christians-who believe that Jesus is the Son of God-celebrate that dark day by calling it Good Friday.
"Why on earth would Christians refer to this day as "good" Friday?
"It's called Good Friday because even while powerful men were conspiring to kill the Son of God, God himself was acting to save the world from itself, once and for all. Even while the world's authorities were conspiring to perpetrate history's greatest evil, God was working to bring about history's greatest good."
You can read more of this great review of what God was up to with His Son, Jesus, some 2000 years ago, by clicking or tapping here
for Bruce Ashford
's take on the Goodness of this Friday.
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if I can help you with your questions about this life changing event.Happy Easter!
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