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Wheat Harvest at
Full Speed- So Much Better Than at This Point a Year Ago
have been "gleaning" bits and pieces from a variety of
places on the status of the 2016 winter wheat harvest- in checking in
with Twitter this morning- wheat harvest is really breaking out all
over- from the soft red winter wheat areas of Alabama and Tennessee
westward to out part of the world in HRW country.
Wheat is ready and being harvested from the south plains of Texas to
Sumner County, Kansas and most points in between.
Here are a few of the observations we have picked up:
in Jackson County calls it still a slow process- but after a lot of
rain that stopped him for several days- harvest is happening. Matt
writes "thick green straw, fair amount of the wheat is lodged."
The good news is the grain is dry and he says after a lot of mud- he
is finding dry ground. Matt adds "test weights holding above 60.
Good Yields. Sun down, breeze stops and humidity sky rockets."
emailed us a quick note from his farm near Burlington that wheat
harvest is underway. Roland writes on Tuesday midday "We got
started yesterday west of Burlington. Fields are mostly dry enough.
Yield and quality is above average and much better than the last few
years. We are a couple of days from really getting started."
farms in northwestern Oklahoma and offered a great testimonial for
canola in rotation with wheat as he tweets "Doublestop behind
canola- came in right at 70 bushels an acre, test weight 63-64 pounds
a bushel." In fact- here is the pic of his Doublestop that
he tweeted out yesterday-
CL is one of the Clearfield varieties developed by Dr. Brett Carver
and his Wheat Improvement team at OSU.
More details on wheat harvest that we have gleaned are available
here. AND- we expect a Oklahoma Wheat Commission Harvest
report later today.
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April Red Meat Exports
Below Last Year; Year-to-Date Volumes Steady
April exports of U.S. pork and beef were below the
volumes recorded a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA
and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Through the
first four months of 2016, both pork and beef exports were steady with
last year's pace in volume, but fell 9 percent and 13 percent,
respectively, in value.
Beef exports totaled 88,190 mt in April, down 4 percent from a year
ago, while export value fell 13 percent to $481 million. Through the
first four months of the year, beef exports were 343,176 mt valued at
April exports accounted for 13 percent of total beef production and
10 percent for muscle cuts only, each down about 1 percentage point
from last year. For January-April, these ratios were down slightly
from a year ago at 12.5 percent and 9.5 percent. Export value
averaged $252.42 per head of fed slaughter in April - down 15 percent
from a year ago but the highest of 2016. January-April export value
averaged $245.56 per head, down 16 percent.
Pork exports totaled 188,324 metric tons (mt) in April, down 6
percent from the large volume reported in April 2015. Export value
fell 9 percent to $466.7 million. For January through April, pork
exports were 722,645 mt valued at $1.77 billion.
"Although volumes were lower year-over-year, we did see
encouraging signs in the April export results," said USMEF
President and CEO Philip
Seng. "While the European Union continues to be
the dominant pork supplier to China, U.S. pork is achieving growth in
the China/Hong Kong market despite significant market access
barriers. For U.S. beef, improvement in Mexico and other Western
Hemisphere markets was a very positive development. USMEF has worked
closely with the retail and foodservice sectors to promote underutilized
cuts and overcome our price challenges in these markets, and those
efforts are definitely paying dividends."
National Wheat Yield
Contest Spurs Innovation
Spring wheat growers still have an opportunity to
enter the spring wheat sector of the National Wheat Foundation's
(NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC), as the final date to
register an entry is August 1. Registration for the Fall Wheat sector
of the contest ended May 1. National winners will be announced in
Fall 2016, and will attend the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio,
Texas, as guests of NWF.
NWF has partnered with industry leaders such as BASF, Monsanto, John
Deere, and WinField, to provide our nation's wheat growers the opportunity
to utilize new and expanding technology to achieve higher yields and
better quality crops, while highlighting sustainable practices that
are in line with conservation efforts to preserve the environment and
maintain farm productivity.
"WinField is committed to its member owners' success and we
believe the NWYC will spur innovation and a new way of thinking about
wheat," says Mark
Torno, Diverse Field Crops Marketing Manager for
WinField. "This contest is a friendly competition with the goal
of sharing knowledge and insights to improve the whole wheat
The NWYC will also drive innovation among growers and encourage
further wheat-focused research. The sharing of grower knowledge and
expertise is also one of the main objectives of the contest.
"NWF believes that with the impetus of the NWYC, wheat growers
will be encouraged to openly communicate with their competitors and
colleagues and facilitate the knowledge transfer that will make all
of us more successful," says NWF Chairman Phil McLain, a
wheat grower from North Carolina. "The wheat industry is at a
point where innovative farmers are having a huge impact on the
development of best practices and techniques. The NWYC will enable
the sharing of those techniques to bring more wheat growers to the
cutting-edge of innovation."
Torno also stated the participation of industry leaders like WinField
provides growers with the tools, products, and management techniques
to produce exemplary crops and encourage the transfer of knowledge
from experts to growers. The technologies developed by these industry
leaders will help farmers optimize their field's potential, and
provide a new standard of excellence for wheat varieties.
and Running - Ed Greiman Says First Sale Was a Success
Superior Livestock's new FedCattleExchange.com has
been live for a few weeks now, and Ed Greiman, chairman of NCBA's
Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee, is calling it
Greiman sold cattle on the first auction May 25, and says despite
technical issues with the website, the auction achieved its purpose
to provide better price discovery in the cattle market.
"The good news of the sale is they sold 1,600 head of cattle. Everybody
that I've talked to that sold said they thought that was about where
the market was going to be," he says. "The other even
better news is a lot of people were watching, and that's what we
"The fact that the site crashed because there were so many
people trying to view it - I know some would say that's bad, but it's
good news, it really is," he says.
The idea to create an electronic auction format to facilitate the
trade of fed cattle stems from the industry's lack of cash sales.
Greiman says FedCattleExchange.com is not about selling cattle for
"It's about giving us another avenue to sell cattle rather than
just putting them on a formula and handing them over to the
packer," he says.
Greiman says it's important to remember that this idea was formulated
by cattlemen in an effort to avoid a government-mandated solution to
"What we need to be clear to Congress is that cattlemen are
trying to fix their own problem," he says. "So if we need
more price discovery, and the industry needs to see what fat cattle
are bringing, this is one of the solutions, and the best part of it
is this was a solution that was come up by cattlemen who are selling
to Greiman talk more about FedCattleExchange.com during the latest
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USDA, Partners to Invest
Over $11 Million in 21st Century Conservation Service
National Get Outdoors Month begins, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service and partners have invested over
$11 million to support work and training opportunities for more than
1,500 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands in fiscal
year 2016. The funds support the 21st Century Conservation Service
Corps (21CSC), a public-private initiative to connect America's youth
and veterans with job opportunities that conserve and sustain our
natural and cultural resources.
"The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps experience transforms
the lives of our veterans and youth, allowing them to connect to the
great outdoors and become part of the next generation of natural and
cultural resource conservationists," said Vilsack. "This
public-private collaboration provides participants with new skills
and inspires and connects them to the forests and communities in
which they work."
Over the last two years, the Forest Service has engaged 20,000 youth
and veterans through partnerships with 21CSC member organizations and
other institutions. This year participants will focus on more than
120 priority projects across the country working on a range of issues
from restoration, hazardous fuels management and watershed protection
to trails and facilities maintenance while helping to develop the
next generation of conservation stewards and the agency's workforce.
"The 21CSC program allows our youth and veterans to gain the
personal and professional skills they need to build their
conservation careers while protecting, restoring and enhancing some
of the country's most treasured public lands," said Forest
Service Chief Tom
Tidwell. "These partnerships and the people who
make them work are building a bright future for conservation in
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53rd Annual World
Livestock Auctioneer Championship Set for Paris, Kentucky
Paris Stockyards, Paris, Ky., will host the 2016 World
Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) on Saturday, June 18. The
53rd annual WLAC will take place in conjunction with the Livestock
Marketing Association's (LMA) Annual Convention in Lexington at the
Hilton Lexington Downtown hotel.
For the World Livestock Auctioneer Champion title, 31 semi-finalist
auctioneers will compete in live interview and auctioneering
contests. Because of this important, high-profile role, each WLAC
semi-finalist must establish their knowledge of the livestock
marketing business, and demonstrate ability to express that knowledge
with clarity, in a live interview competition.
The Saturday, June 18, auctioneering competition will be at Paris
Stockyards during a live sale where contestants will sell cattle to
actual bidders in the seats. It will be streamed live beginning at
7:00 a.m. central time on www.LMAauctions.com
There are two Oklahoma auctioneers that will be competing this month
in Kentucky- Justin
Dodson of Welch and Mike Godberson of Pawnee. Two
Oklahomans are former World Champions- Dustin Focht
who won in 2013 and Bailey
Bailou who was named world champion in 2012.
here for more about the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer
Championship and a list of contestants.
Names and Places- Brett
Carver, OALE in Cuba and Kris Black and His Cream of the Crop
Oklahoma Horizon is a weekly TV production of Career Tech here in the
state of Oklahoma- at one time- it was a predominantly ag show- but
has broadened its scope a great deal in recent years.
However- this week's show comes back to it's ag roots- and tells the
story of one of the real treasures of the Oklahoma farm and ranch
scene- the wheat breeding efforts of Dr. Brett Carver at Oklahoma
It takes a special look at his newest named variety- Stardust and Dr.
Carver even shows off his musical skills in explaining this new hard
white variety of wheat that will be available in the seasons ahead to
southern plains wheat farmers.
Here's the video of the piece on Dr. Carver-
The current class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter is in Cuba
for their international experience for 2016- and one of the adult
leaders for the group is OSU's Dr.
Jerry Fitch. He has been posting several pics
from the trip- they have now been on the island for three days- and
have seen some of the historical sites of the country- and were
checking out a tobacco farm yesterday.
If you are on Facebook- click here
for Jerry Fitch's page- the OALE is the collegiate leadership
development program that is a part of the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
These OSU students participate in a variety of leaderships seminars
over the course of an academic year- and then help staff the
operations of the spring OYE each March.
The international travel is the capstone of the OALE experience.
Coming up this Saturday- the Kris
Black Cream of the Crop Bull and Female Sale will be
happening at the ranch near Crawford, Oklahoma.
The sale will feature 450 fall bred heifers and 30 bulls.
This is the 15th annual sale for the Black Hereford Ranch- on their
website, they now have videos of some of the offering- plus a link to
their catalog. Click here to go to
their website and check out this year's Cream of the Crop!
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