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Harvest Mostly at
Dead Stop Because of Rains- Wheat Commission Calls Oklahoma 7%
Each harvest season, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
releases wheat harvest reports as information becomes available about
that year's wheat harvest. The latest report is out, as of Thursday
afternoon, June 2nd, as provided by Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Executive Director Mike
continues to be at a standstill in all regions of the state as of
today. Scattered rains have passed thru the state each day since
Tuesday morning." Schulte says the wheat is ripe in much
of the main body of the state- and as fields dry and they become
firm enough to support the weight of a combine- we will be seeing
Schulte says the early word on quality of the
wheat harvested to this point is
very encouraging- "Early harvest reports from
Southwest Oklahoma to Central Oklahoma showed favorable test weights
and yields being reported. Test weights before the rains were ranging
anywhere from 61 to 65lbs./bu, (78.5kg/hl-83.6kg/hl). Yields reported
to be making in the mid 30's to mid 50's all over in this region,
with many reports of 60 bushel wheat coming in at locations even in
far Southwest Oklahoma by Grandfield."
of Thursday afternoon, some areas in Central Oklahoma today only have
received 1/10th an inch of moisture so producers in this area are
hopeful if they miss the predicted rains this evening that they might
have a chance of getting back into the fields tomorrow.
"Based on reports from elevator managers and producers, the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 7 percent harvested."
here for the complete report available from the Oklahoma Wheat
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Grains Says Texas Wheat Crop Now 18 Percent Harvested- Oklahoma 8
On a weekly basis each Thursday evening from late May
through July and often into August, Plains Grains issues a hard red
winter wheat harvest update. This is the second report of the
season- and it finds that two states now have had enough harvest to
show a percentage done. According to June second report, Texas
has 18% of the crop now harvest- and Oklahoma is 8% complete.
According to the commentary that is included in the
full report that can be seen by clicking on the PDF file link at the
bottom of this story, Mark
Hodges with Plains Grains says "The 2016 HRW
wheat harvest continues to sputter and is struggling to make
significant progress because of relentless rain events across
Texas and Oklahoma. Wheat in central and northeast Texas has been
ripe and ready to cut for 2 weeks, but other than sporadic cutting,
moisture continues to keep combines out of fields. Other than
wheat cut in the coastal areas, wheat cut in west central region
makes up a large percentage of the 18% harvested acres in Texas.
"Further north into Oklahoma where much of the
wheat has been ready to cut for several days, the quote on Thursday
from an elevator manager in the western part of the state when asked
about harvest progress was, "...at a standstill".
What wheat that has been delivered continues to have very good test
weight and producers have been pleased with the yields.
here to read more- and to have a chance to review from details from
the PDF we have attached to our web story from Plains Grains.
It's June Dairy Month-
and We Talk With Susan Allen of DairyMAX About Honor the Harvest
With the arrival of June, it's time to celebrate the US
Dairy Industry with June Dairy Month. Susan Allen
with DairyMAX stopped by to visit with yours truly to talk about the
Oklahoma Dairy Industry and a special emphasis called Honor the
says that experts predict farmers will have to grow 70% more food by
2050 to feed the growing population. She adds that the dairy
community is committed to being a leader in sustainability and has
significantly and voluntarily decreased the resources needed to
produce each gallon of milk.
Allen says there are three important pillars to Honor
the Harvest- Feed People, Feed Animals and Feed the Land.
here to learn more about these pillars and to have a chance to
hear our conversation with Susan about Honor the Harvest.
AND- be watching Saturday morning
for our weekly TV segment seen on KWTV News9 called In the Field when
Susan will be making her annual June Dairy Month appearance to talk
about Oklahoma dairy producers and Honor the Harvest- It will
air around 6:40 AM tomorrow morning- and we will be posting the video
link later in the day on our website- OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
EPA's Latest Statement on
Atrazine Based on Old, Flawed Science- Triazine Network Tells EPA
"Follow the Law"
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft report on the herbicide
atrazine is cause for alarm says the Triazine Network, a national
coalition of farm organizations representing well over 30
agricultural crops in over 40 states. The group insists if EPA
continues to use the same false logic or endpoints as noted in the
preliminary risk assessment, it could lead to a de facto ban on
atrazine. Farmers use the popular herbicide for weed control in
growing the vast majority of corn, sorghum and sugarcane in the
flawed atrazine report is stomping science into the dirt and setting
farmers up for significant economic hardship. We challenge this
latest proposal and insist EPA abide by federal law that requires the
agency to make determinations based on credible scientific
evidence," said Triazine Network Chairman Gary Marshall.
Marshall is executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers
Association. "Again and again, we must ask EPA to follow the
law. A regulatory agency should not need to be reminded of that
Triazine Network asserts the federal agency discounted several
high-quality studies and instead used studies EPA's own 2012
Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) deemed flawed. According to the
latest report, EPA is recommending aquatic life level of concern
(LOC) be set at 3.4 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day average. The
EPA's current LOC for atrazine is 10 ppb, however a diverse universe
of scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic life LOC at 25 ppb or
greater. The proposed level cuts average field application rates down
to 8 ounces (one cup) per acre. An acre is the size of a football
"At the proposed level, atrazine would be rendered
useless in controlling weeds in a large portion of the Corn Belt,
effectively eliminating the product," notes Marshall. "It
sets a dangerous precedent when it comes to approving crop protection
tools, puts farmers at a great economic disadvantage and would
drastically set back conservation efforts. If EPA abandons the
recommendations of their own Science Advisory Panels and more than
7,000 science-based studies in favor of activist agenda's and
politics; they will have lost all credibility"
Read more from the Triazine Network on their concerns
raised by EPA in this latest report on product that has been used by
US agriculture for fifty years- click
here for our web story..
In addition- the National Corn Growers issued a
statement decrying the EPA report as well- their reaction is available
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OSU Researchers Working
on Bacteria to Break Down Lignin in Biofuel Production
The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert
biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi.
However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that
process on its head.
associate professor in OSU's Department of Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics, is leading a study to use bacteria, rather than fungi, to
help in the bioconversion process.
Lignin is essentially the substance that holds cell walls together
and provides toughness to the plant's exterior. However, lignin
encases cellulose and hemicellulose, preventing these components from
bioconversion into fermentable sugars needed to produce valuable
While Fathpure and his collaborators Rolfe Prade, microbiology and
molecular genetics, and Patricia
Canaan, biochemistry and molecular biology, are not
the first to look at bacteria, they are in an exclusive group.
"We are one of the only few researchers in the country
interested in exploring the role of bacteria in lignin
degradation," Fathepure said. "Our research will
answer some of the fundamental questions on how lignin is degraded in
nature by bacteria and what genes and enzymes are needed for
effective lignin degradation."
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Kim Anderson Sees
the Market Telling Farmers to Hold a Portion of their 2016 Wheat Harvest
for Later in 2016
Current wheat price movement suggests strong support
at recent levels- that's the word from OSU Extension Grain Market
Dr. Kim Anderson.
Anderson believes it is possible that we could see some further
weakening of wheat prices as the 2016 winter wheat crop is harvested
in the hard red winter wheat belt, but he expects that to be perhaps
a ten to twenty cent decline. He does not anticipate a a major
collapse of wheat prices from current levels.
From there, Anderson says that out in the future wheat futures
suggest the market will pay farmers to store at least some of their
2016 crop. Dr. Anderson reports on this coming weekend's SUNUP, as
produced by OSU Ag Communications, that globally, the wheat crop
seems to be doing well- better than you might have expected just a
few weeks ago. That good news would normally have been bad for wheat
prices- but recent wheat price levels based on the Kansas City Board
of Trade HRW futures has held up in the face of a possible bumper crop
not just in the US- but in places like the Ukraine, Australia and
here to hear all of Dr. Anderson's comments ahead of this
weekend's SUNUP- as seen on OETA each Saturday and Sunday.
When you go to our web story featuring all
of Dr. Anderson's thoughts on the grain markets this week- you also can take a look at a
complete preview for the upcoming SUNUP show.
World Pork Expo Ready to
Kick Off Next Wednesday, June 8, in Des Moines
World Pork Expo
offers innovation, networking and education as more than 20,000 pork
producers and ag professionals from across the world convene June
8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the
National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Expo showcases the world's
largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, national
youth swine shows, open shows and sales, as well as tasty grilled
pork and more. Producers, exhibitors and media from approximately 48
countries are expected to attend the 2016 event.
"For anyone interested in pork production, World Pork Expo
offers a well-rounded experience. There are seminars where you can
hear about the latest research, shop the trade show to see what's
new, and network with fellow pork producers," says John Weber,
NPPC president and pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. "Expo is a
great place to re-charge your engine and return home with new
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