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Commission Reports Limited Cutting to Date as Rains Frustrate Farmers
Rain storms halting
wheat harvest in many of the areas where it has happened in a limited
way as the 2016 harvest season attempts to take off.
Wheat Commission issued their first official wheat harvest
report of the season- and it speaks of the potential and the fears
As for the potential- we
have a really pretty good crop out in the fields- ""Test
weights on the wheat being harvested in all locations reported from
Southwest to Central Oklahoma are ranging anywhere from 61 to
65lbs./bu, (78.5kg/hl-83.6kg/hl). With many reports coming in above
the 63 lbs./bu, (81.0kg/hl). Yields on wheat harvested coming into
locations in Southwest Oklahoma yesterday were reported 35-50 bushels
per acre with some yield reports coming in as high as 60 bushels per
acre. Yields on wheat in central Oklahoma around the Kingfisher and
Okarche area also coming in with favorable reports making anywhere
from the mid 30's to the mid 50's with reports favoring the higher
yields of the mid 40's to the mid 50's."
As to the fears- everyone remembers 2015 and the
extended amount of time before many farmers were able to get into
their fields with a combine- all because of the storms of a year ago.
What is happening weather wise last week and this week is very
reminiscent of twelve months ago- and that is so frustrating for
those that see the crop waiting
and can't roll into their field and grab it.
here for the complete Oklahoma Wheat Commission report from
Two of our farmer friends who are in southwestern
Oklahoma offered updates- Jimmy
Kinder of Walters tells us in an email "still
not movement here. Sprinkling rain and high humidity continue to
of Altus was able to cut a few acres out ahead of more rains later
Rain chances remain in the forecast the balance of the
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Crop Ratings Comparable to Year Ago While Texas Wheat Harvest Now 11%
The latest U.S.
Department of Agriculture crop progress report has corn planting 94
percent complete nationally. That's up 8 percent over last week and
still right on par with the five-year average. USDA reported 78
percent of the crop has emerged in the top 18 states that plant 93
percent of the nation's corn acres. Emergence made an 18 point leap
this week and is currently just 3 points lower than last year.
For the first time this season-
USDA has offered us a rating on the condition of the corn crop-
and it is not unlike the numbers of a year ago- 72% of the US Corn
crop is rated good to excellent this week versus 74% good to
excellent at this point a year ago.
Soybean planting has reached 73 percent. That's a gain
of 17 points over last week and seven points ahead of average. For
the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.
In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, the Oklahoma wheat
crop condition rated 56 percent good and 9 percent excellent
condition, 29 percent fair and only 6 percent percent poor to very
poor. Winter wheat headed is now 100 percent complete. Sixty-nine
percent of the state's canola crop is rated good or excellent. Corn
emerged reached 76 percent, down 6 points from the five-year average.
Sorghum planted reached 42 percent, down 14 points from the previous
year. Soybeans seeded reached 42 percent, up 18 points from the
previous year and up 3 points from normal. Soybeans emerged reached
22 percent, which is consistent with the five-year average.
the full Oklahoma report.
Winter wheat harvest is underway in Texas, with 11
percent of the crop harvested. That's 3
points higher than last year but 6 points lower than the five-year
average. Forty-seven percent of the wheat crop is rated in the good
to excellent condition, with 41 percent of the crop in fair condition
and 12 percent in poor to very poor condition. Corn planting is nearing
the five-year average at 93 percent, which is 12 percent higher than
this time last year. Corn emergence is up 13 points over last week
but is still eight points lower than the five-year average. Sorghum
was 73 percent planted, soybeans were 68 percent, cotton was 44
percent done and peanuts were 78 percent planted. Click
the full Texas report.
wheat crop rated 60 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and
only 8 percent poor to very poor condition. Winter wheat coloring was
41 percent, ahead of 28 last year and the five-year average of 32.
Corn planting was at 95 percent complete with 75 percent of the crop
emerged. Soybeans planted was 26 percent, ahead of 21 last year, but
well behind 53 average. Emerged was 15 percent, near 13 last year,
but behind 30 average. Cotton planting was 10 percent and sorghum was
at 14 percent.Click
the Kansas report.
USDA Unveils New
Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting
Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday that farmers and
ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency
(FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk
Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from
their acreage reports at one office and the information will be
electronically shared with the other location.
This new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting
Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI). This interagency collaboration also
includes participating private crop insurance agents and insurance
companies, all working to streamline the information collected from
farmers and ranchers who participate in USDA programs.
"If you file your report at one location, the data that's
important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically
shared with the other location," said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini.
"This will avoid redundant and duplicative reporting, and we
expect this to save farmers and ranchers time."
"Accuracy in crop reporting is a key component for crop
insurance, because an error in this information can affect premiums
or claims. This is going to greatly improve efficiencies and reduce
mistakes," said RMA Administrator Brandon Willis.
Since 2009, USDA has been working to streamline the crop reporting
process for agricultural producers, who have expressed concerns with
providing the same basic common information for multiple locations.
In 2013, USDA consolidated the deadlines to 15 dates for submitting
these reports, down from the previous 54 dates at RMA and 17 dates
for FSA. USDA representatives believe farmers and ranchers will
experience a notable improvement in the coming weeks as they approach
the peak season for crop reporting later this summer.
here for more information on the new and improved process.
Supreme Court Upholds
Landowners Rights Challenging WOTUS Jurisdiction
Supreme Court in United
States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., set a
precedent Tuesday that landowners may challenge the Corps'
jurisdictional determination specifying that a piece of property
contains a "water of the United States." The National
Cattlemen's Beef Association filed an amicus brief in support of
Hawkes. NCBA President Tracy
Brunner, said this is a major victory for landowners
across the country.
"This case highlights the issues landowners and land-use
stakeholders have with the Clean Water Act," said Brunner.
"Neither of the options provided to landowners are realistic
under the current regulatory environment. Applying for a 404 permit
is expensive, exhaustive and time consuming. Gambling on EPA
enforcement and risking civil and criminal penalties is foolish. This
case strikes a balance that at least gives us some measure of
regulatory certainty in the notoriously unclear Clean Water
The Hawkes case involved three companies engaged in mining peat in
Minnesota. Due to the difficulty inherent in determining the need for
a 404 Dredge and Fill Permit, the Army Corps allows property owners
to obtain a standalone jurisdictional determination if a particular
piece of property contains a WOTUS and therefore requires a 404
permit before using the land. Upon receiving an approved
jurisdictional determination that their land did contain a WOTUS, the
companies exhausted the administrative remedies available and then
filed suit in Federal District Court challenging the Corps'
jurisdictional determination. The government argued that such a
jurisdictional determination was not final agency action and that landowners
would have to either discharge without a permit and then challenge
EPA enforcement or apply for a permit and challenge the outcome.
Read more about the Supreme Court's decision here.
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K-State's Ted Schroeder Says
Sustainability Doesn't Have To Break the Bank
The term "sustainability" will often get
mixed reactions among cattle producers. While some may look at it as
added costs to make modifications to an operation, Dr. Ted Schroeder,
agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University, says
it's more about individual producers just using their specific
"The key thing is for them to go in and say are we doing thing
here in a way that's the most efficient, the most effective for our
operation?" he says. "These are just good management
practices in a lot of ways."
At the same time, Schroeder says it's important to consider the
long-term impact producers are having on their operations.
"Asking some questions in addition to just what's the efficiency
of the operation day-to-day and per pound of calf or per pound of
animal fed and finished," he says. "What are some other
impacts that I may be having long run that I may not always recognize
myself short run?"
Schroeder recently spoke at the Beef Sustainability Knowledge Summit
in Manhattan, Kan. He says beef producers need to understand that
sustainability will have an impact on beef demand - either positive
"The modern, young consumer - who is the consumer for our future
in this industry - they have very specific expectations about food -
beef in particular, but food in general," he says. "Some of
those have dimensions of sustainability that are consistent with some
of the things we're hearing in the sustainability arena, and some of
them aren't always the same. In other words, sustainability could
compliment or not compliment those attributes.
"Sustainability could actually adversely affect competitive
pricing - components of it could - if you added a bunch of costs and
you weren't just simply being more efficient."
to Schroeder talk more about sustainability in the beef industry
during the latest Beef Buzz.
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Bayer and Planetary
Resources Intend to Collaborate to Improve Agriculture With Space
Bayer and the aerospace technology company Planetary
Resources, based in Redmond, Washington, USA, have signed a
memorandum of understanding about the development of applications and
products based on satellite images. Bayer intends to purchase these
data from Planetary Resources to create new agricultural products and
improve existing ones. The collaboration will be part of the Digital
Farming Initiative at Bayer. Financial details were not disclosed.
Using the combined technologies from the two companies, farmers can
time their irrigation systems much better to save water, receive
planting date recommendations and re-planting advice, and assess
their soil's water-holding capacity. Another project is a canopy
temperature scout that provides weekly practical insights and
scouting support from emergence to harvest by identifying problem
areas in the field.
"The sensors from Planetary Resources can become a powerful tool
that can provide a new level of information on crops anywhere in the
world," says Liam
Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG
and head of the Crop Science Division. "The combination of
Bayer's scientific and agronomy expertise and Planetary Resources'
unique sensor capability will greatly improve our ability to deliver
truly practical intelligence to growers anywhere on the planet."
CEO of Planetary Resources, added: "We have identified Bayer as
a prime partner in the agriculture industry based on their expertise
in several fields and anticipate that this collaboration will
accelerate technology deployment, product development, and market
acceptance. We are currently conducting airborne Research and
Development (R&D) campaigns over a variety of agricultural
targets. Bayer is interested in supporting these activities with
scientific and agronomic expertise in order to accelerate R&D,
product validation and creation."
here for a link to learn more about digital farming.
Welcome to June- Lots of
Deadlines Today If You Are a Cowboy
Several of our agricultural groups in the state have
followed in our footsteps in using email as a delivery of information
to their members- and one of those emails that we get regularly is
from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- it struck me as I read their
latest update that June First is a very busy day if you are
associated with the Cattlemen in our state- I count at least three
call to actions that need to happen by close of business today-
First- they are looking for OCA members that want to
be a part of their Class 24 Cattlemen's Leadership Academy-
details are available
Secondly- the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation has 15
scholarships worth more than $10,000 that they want to hand out-
deadline to apply is TODAY- June 1- click
here to learn more if you have a student that needs some bucks
Finally- OCA has decided to make the move from Midwest
City to Norman for their 2016 annual convention in July- and today is
the deadline for those that might want to be a part of their trade
show- they have room to expand with the move from the Reed Center.
Again- details are available by clicking
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