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Harvest Waits as
Warm Moist Air Keeps Combines Idle
The stress level for wheat and canola farmers in
Oklahoma is rising as they wait on the wheat in their fields to have
a moisture levels low enough to allow harvest.
Storms last night made for a long evening in several north central
counties- with the report of a tornado in Garfield County, power out
this morning in the town of Carrier and a BNSF train derailment
there- that may have been caused by that tornado.
A lot of western Oklahoma had temps 90 degrees or better on
Wednesday- and for areas that can stay dry, have some wind and those
temps- the wheat will be ready quickly.
Since Monday morning- much of the winter wheat belt in Oklahoma has
not gotten all that much rain- as you can see from the Mesonet 3 day
Looking ahead- the chances of rain remain- and that means harvest
prospects are best in those pockets that are missed by the rain and
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Dr. Garey Fox of OSU
Picks Up Half Million Dollar Grant for Riparian Buffer Research
buffers have been installed adjacent to streams across Oklahoma, much
of the United States and abroad to prevent sediment, nutrient and
pesticide transport to streams from upslope land.
buffers primarily address the commonly observed and more easily
understood surface runoff process, effectiveness becomes an issue if
a pathway occurs through the subsurface. This subsurface pathway is
the topic of a new grant recently received by Oklahoma State
Fox, professor and Buchan Endowed Chair in OSU's Department
of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and director and Berry
Endowed Professor of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, will serve
as the lead researcher on the USDA AFRI Foundational Grant.
research will have wide reaching implications; the effectiveness of
conservation practices will be better understood and more
appropriately implemented, ensuring that funds utilized to prevent
nutrient transport are successful in providing long-term agricultural
sustainability," said Fox. "We know that preferential flow
is an important process in many riparian buffers that we are not
capable of accounting for at this time."
research will be conducted with a team of scientists and engineers
from OSU, the University of Florida and the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. The grant is worth $499,000 over the next three
design of conservation practices such as riparian buffers typically
focus on surface runoff with subsurface transport of nutrients
usually assumed to be insignificant. However, subsurface transport
can become important with preferential flow and can negate the
intended benefits of widely adopted riparian buffers.
research is needed on surface and subsurface pathways and techniques
to simulate these pathways.
project stems from previous seed grants that investigated subsurface
phosphorus movement in floodplains of streams in eastern Oklahoma.
These previous seed grants were provided by OWRC grants through both
the state and federal U.S. Geological Survey grant program,
administered by the Water Center.
"This is a perfect example of grants from the
Oklahoma Water Resources Center leading to even larger research
projects and greater impact," said Fox. "The Water Center's
seed grant program was crucial to our team establishing the
foundation for this prestigious USDA AFRI Foundational Grant."
JBS's Cameron Bruett Says
Defining Sustainability is Critical to Beef Industry
Sustainability in the beef industry continues to be a
hot topic among today's consumers. Cameron Bruett, head of corporate
affairs for JBS, says the problem lies in not having a clear and
consistent definition of sustainability as it relates to beef
Bruett is the immediate past president of the Global Roundtable for
Sustainable Beef, an initiative to make all aspects of the beef value
chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and
economically viable. He says the group has been working on defining
the term "sustainability" and then sharing it with the
marketplace "whether that be in the form of verified sustainable
beef or be that in the form of just marketing materials through NCBA
and companies like mine, so we have this common understanding of what
sustainability truly means."
Bruett says the answer doesn't lie in a certain production system or
"This is shorthand that marketers are using to attract primarily
millennial consumers," he says. "It doesn't necessarily
relate to sustainability.
"But in the absence of a well-understood, consumer-driven
message around sustainability, it serves as the de facto or the
When it comes to talking about antibiotic use in cattle, Bruett says
the industry has unfortunately shifted from talking about responsible
and judicious use to just "free or not free."
"My reticence is that the debate has shifted into an area that I
don't think is conducive to animal health and public health," he
says. "It's conducive to marketing; it's conducive to sales;
it's not conducive to the overall benefit of the industry from a
human or animal health perspective."
to more of Bruett's comments on sustainability in the beef industry
during the latest Beef Buzz.
DuPont Pioneer and John
Deere Help Growers to See More Green
Pioneer is offering an incentive for growers to try the Encirca
Yield Nitrogen Management Service this summer to enhance
their in-season nitrogen monitoring and management. The offer is free
for growers who have enabled JDLink Connect to their John Deere
Operations Center account in their newer model John Deere
agricultural equipment and have approved connectivity with Encirca
"We believe growers who try this no-risk offer will see value of
the data-driven insights from Encirca services and the John Deere
Operations Center to make more informed decisions about critical crop
inputs and equipment optimization," said Eric Boeck,
DuPont Pioneer marketing director for Encirca services. "Dynamic
management of their operation through the growing season can help
growers see more green at harvest through higher yields and lower
The promotion includes a free nitrogen evaluation by an Encirca
certified services agent of about 100 acres of a grower's cropland,
real-time computer monitoring of nitrogen levels on those acres
through the 2016 growing season, and a one-on-one review of nitrogen
plans with respect to final yields in the fall. Encirca services are
driven by strong agronomic expertise, proprietary soil analysis and
classifications, advanced crop modeling and an exclusive hyper-local
"John Deere is excited about this offer from Pioneer because it
helps expand the value of JDLink Connect and the John Deere
Operations Center beyond the convenience of data connectivity and the
value of job optimization solutions," said Kevin Very,
business solutions manager, John Deere. "When growers opt to
share their data with Encirca services and the John Deere Operations
Center, they open a whole new set of advanced management insights.
Encirca services enable such insights as variable rate fertilizer
prescriptions available as crops are being harvested. This means more
efficient deployment of equipment and labor."
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Top Chefs On Capitol Hill
To Urge Congress To Act Now To Reduce Food Waste
National food policy organization, Food Policy Action
Education Fund (FPA-EF) and its co-founder chef Tom Colicchio
were walking the halls of Congress Wednesday with our nation's top
chefs and food waste advocates for a day of action on Capitol Hill to
educate lawmakers on food waste reduction in the American food
system. Advocates used data and insights from Rethink Food Waste
Through Economics and Data's (ReFED) Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food
Waste, released in March, to push for common sense action that can be
taken now to address this urgent and very solvable problem.
"Food waste is a more than $200 billion dollar problem in
America. It hurts the economy, our environment and our people,"
said Colicchio, food advocate, FPA-EF co-founder and "Top
Chef" head judge. "As chefs, it's in our best interest to
make sure safe, edible product does not go unused. We are here to
help Congress understand that it's in our country's best interest to
do the same. I am happy that so many chefs and leading experts are
here with me today to help drive positive, bipartisan change."
A staggering 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. is never
eaten. This waste and loss imposes burdensome costs on our
environment, businesses, government and taxpayers. America spends
1.3% of its GDP growing, processing and transporting food that goes
to waste. Meanwhile, as more than 60 million tons of food is thrown
out, one in seven Americans is food insecure. FPA-EF views this
challenge as a call for America to do better and is working with
chefs and leading advocates across the country to help raise
awareness and promote food waste reduction.
Last year USDA/EPA issued a nationwide target to reduce U.S. food waste
by 50% in 2030. ReFED's Roadmap shows an achievable path to a 20%
reduction of food waste within a decade through 27 cost-effective,
feasible, and scalable solutions that could be implemented today to
generate thousands of new jobs, bolster the economy, and divert 13
million tons from landfills and on-farm losses.
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EPA, Army Corps of
Engineers Violate Law, Oppress Farmers Farm Bureau Tells Congress
Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have
violated their own regulations and effectively invented new ones in
enforcing the Clean Water Act, the American Farm Bureau Federation
senior director of congressional relations at AFBF, told the Senate
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife that the Army Corps'
novel interpretations of environmental law are threatening the very
livelihoods of ordinary, middle-class Americans who happen to farm
for a living.
"Based on what we see in California, it is clear that the
expansions in jurisdiction over land and water features on the farm
are already happening," Parrish told the subcommittee.
"Most ordinary farming activities conducted in areas under
jurisdiction will require permits if and when the Corps chooses to
demand them. And when they demand permits, delays and costs will
mount until most farmers simply give up. Congress needs to step in
and give farmers some real certainty so they can plan their farming
operations and protect the environment at the same time."
Parrish's testimony also included a detailed analysis of recent Army
Corps actions by Judy
Gallaway, an environmental scientist and California
Farm Bureau member who has consulted on numerous discussions between
local farmers and the Corps. The Army Corps interprets and executes
environmental regulations that are largely determined by the EPA.
here to read the numerous examples of EPA and Army Corps
mismanagement Parrish cited during the hearing and find a link to
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