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Quickly Catching up to Five Year Average- Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Says We Are Now 25% Complete
In the Crop Weather Update issued Monday afternoon- we saw that the five
year average for wheat harvest as of the start of this week was 31%-
versus the 5% that USDA believed had been harvested at that point.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission had harvest already ahead by several
points of the USDA number by Monday afternoon- and the almost perfect
harvest weather this week has allowed the combines to aggressively
knock out field after field- with the result that the Wednesday
afternoon projection from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is that we
have 25% of the Oklahoma crop now harvested.
They mentioned several areas and how far along they believed we were
in those locales- the southwestern area down around Jackson and
Tillman Counties is still having some mud issues- and is about 35%
The Hobart area is faring better- and is around 50% done.
Further north- between El Reno and Kingfisher- we may be approaching
Yields are sounding really good- test weights have come down some but
still are close to 60 pounds- and the unknown remains protein.
It appears that this could be a crop that falls a little short in
protein- and Mark Hodges with Plains Grains says they will be doing
some early season testing of the 2016 crop to see how well it can be
turned into a loaf of bread. That will be important information
to millers and other end users of the wheat we are harvesting.
One wheat producer that we got an update from on Wednesday was Keith Kisling-
Keith writes" "started cutting wheat Tuesday- moisture was
10-13%. Yield was 46 to 66 bushels per acre on farms we have
cut. The grain was dry enough to put some in the bin."
To read the complete Oklahoma Wheat Commission harvest report, click
And- from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Facebook page- here is pic
submitted by Kevin Grant of Love County- with his first load of wheat
of the year that came in this week:
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Pork Quality Assurance
Plus Revisions Unveiled at World Pork Expo
to the voluntary Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) 3.0 were
announced during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The updated program,
effective as of June 8, reflects pork producers' commitment to
continuous improvement and more fully incorporates the six We Care
ethical principles and the role of caretakers.
New research information has been incorporated to increase the program's
effectiveness and to help ensure its validity with customers and
consumers. Pork producers maintain a commitment to providing a safe,
high-quality product while promoting animal well-being, environmental
stewardship and public health.
"PQA Plus demonstrates to our customers our commitment to doing
what is right when it comes to raising and caring for pigs and
producing pork," said Stephen
Summerlin, senior vice president of live operations
for Seaboard Foods. "It also lets our employees on our farms, as
well as our supplier partners in raising pigs for our pork brands,
know that we have high standards and expectations for food safety and
"PQA Plus has been and still is the heart of our industry's
commitment to doing what's right for people, pigs and our
planet," said Jan
Archer, National Pork Board incoming president and a
pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. "This program is
the standard that pork producers have endorsed since 1989. Through
this program, we earn the credibility from our consumers."
The PQA Plus enhancements include:
- The We Care ethical principles now serve as program chapters.
- The 10 Good Production Practices are now sub-chapters and align
with a caretaker's daily flow of responsibilities.
- The site assessment now aligns with the Common Swine Industry
- Flexibility in the program allows for customization and alignment
with an farm's standard operating procedures.
- Online training is divided into 14 individual modules that range
from 2 to 14 minutes.
- To help prepare for the implementation of FDA guidance 209 and 213
on Jan. 1, 2017, a new 12-page Responsible Antibiotics Use Guide
accompanies the new version of PQA Plus.
here for a link to more information on the revised PQA Plus
A More Sustainable Ag
Will Be A Process Not A Revolution
Society's march toward a more sustainable society
isn't just a buzz word according to a panel of speakers at the
National Corn Growers Association's 2016 Corn Utilization and
Technology Conference in St. Louis this week. It's real, it's
happening and progress is being made in farming and the food
According to Betsy
Hickman of Field to Market, sustainability is the
leading agricultural challenge of the 21st century because feeding,
fueling and clothing 9 billion people will take new practices, new
data collection and management and stronger connections to consumers.
The US food system is still the envy of the world Hickman said but
some people wonder if we are heading down the right path. She says
everyone with a stake in the game needs to work together to assure
consumers get their questions answered and aren't left wondering.
Making sure that everyone's definition of what constitutes
sustainability is a great place to start, according to Marty Muenzmaier,
of Cargill. For his company it means "doing business in a way
that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability
of future generations to meet their own needs."
Seminar in Ardmore to Focus on Veterinary Feed Directive
A new federal regulation that affects livestock
producers, veterinarians and the feed industry is set to take full
effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
To help prepare all parties impacted by this regulation, The Samuel
Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Veterinary Feed Directive
seminar from 1-5 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at the Noble Foundation
"Implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive is a
significant event in the livestock industry," said Bryan Nichols,
livestock consultant. "Producers, veterinarians and livestock
feed providers all must be aware of the implications of this
regulation before it comes into full effect so the transition can be
as seamless as possible."
To help provide understanding into the various facets of the new
regulation, the Noble Foundation has put together a group of expert
speakers that represents academia, the veterinary community and the feed
D.V.M., veterinarian: Obtaining a Veterinary Feed Directive from Your
D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University Microbial Surveillance Lab
director: Antibiotic Regulations and Resistance in Cattle Production.
Sellers, American Feed Industry
Association senior vice president of public policy and education:
Veterinary Feed Directive and the Feed Industry.
"This topic has generated a lot of questions," Nichols
said. "This is a great opportunity to hear from experts in
multiple fields who can answer many of those questions."
here for a link to register for the seminar.
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Haying, Harvesting Tips
To Help Reduce Wildlife Mortality
wheat and cutting hay are staples of Oklahoma's agricultural
heritage. But these activities can adversely affect Oklahoma's wildlife,
especially upland game birds.
hay farmers, this year is somewhat unusual, with plenty of early
growth because of favorable weather. This means hay farmers might be
cutting earlier, creating a greater potential for damaging effects on
wildlife. A string of sunny days is likely to generate a flurry of
activity in the hayfields, which could amplify any damage done to
with a little innovation and a watchful eye, farmers and ranchers can
reduce the damaging effects of these operations on upland game and
enhance populations on their properties.
it comes to managing upland game birds, having a diverse mix of
quality native grasslands, shrub thickets, wetlands, and
weed-dominated sites such as old homesteads and fallow fields is the
key. But when some or all of these components are in short supply,
quail and pheasants must rely on additional, often subpar, habitats
hayfields, as well as fields of green wheat, can be an attractive
alternative to nesting birds, especially pheasants. Likewise, wheat
and other agricultural fields usually offer good protective cover,
plenty of bare ground, and a ready food source for brooding hens. But
hay and wheat fields can adversely affect upland game birds if
harvesting operations interfere with critical nesting and brood
Pheasant mortality can be greatly reduced by delaying
the harvest of wheat as long as possible and incorporating weedy and
grassy buffer strips within field interiors to serve as escape cover.
Being mindful of these preventative measures and keeping mental notes
on which fields or which portions of fields usually attract larger
numbers of game birds can make a difference and lessen the overall
here for more information about protecting wildlife
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NCBA's Scott Yager Says
Proposed SPCC Legislation Could Benefit Producers
Debate over appropriate regulation of on-farm fuel
storage continues in Washington, D.C., and Scott Yager,
environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association,
says animal feed ingredients could be added to the mix as well.
Yager says the EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures
regulations were originally designed for major oil refineries but
over the past several years were expanded to try to include
agricultural producers. In 2014, Congress passed a law providing
relief for farmers and ranchers from the SPCC regulations.
In June 2015, Yager says "the EPA published a study that raised
further concerns that farmers and ranchers would be significantly
impacted by the SPCC requirements, specifically by narrowing that
In the past, it has been about regulating on-farm fuel tanks, but
Yager says the EPA would like to broaden the regulations to include
feed ingredient storage.
"When we're talking about the definition of oil out of SPCC
regs, it includes vast lists of different things that you probably
wouldn't think as oil," he says. "Diesel fuel - sure, but
something like tallow and animal fats that are used in feed probably
doesn't rise to the same level as storing oil or diesel on your land.
"But they still fall under these same requirements."
Yager says he and other agricultural organizations are working
closely with legislators to enact a reasonable and common sense
approach to regulating farmers and ranchers.
"And that's really what we've been trying to go after for a long
time, is to protect the small and the medium size guys so they can
continue to do what they need to do without having to work under this
top-down approach of an EPA SPCC permit," he says.
to Yager talk more about protecting farmers and ranchers from SPCC
regulations during the latest Beef Buzz.
Oklahoma Students to
Attend okPORK's Youth Leadership Camp
After reviewing a multitude of applicants statewide,
Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK) officials have selected 12 Oklahoma
high school students as 2016 okPORK Youth Leadership Camp
participants. The students will spend June 26 - July 1 learning about
the pork industry, including production, sales and career
The student participants are:
- Porter 4-H Club
- Mangum High School
- Sand Springs High School
- Mooreland High School
- Mooreland High School
- Morrison High School
- Luther High School
- Sand Springs High School
- Welch High School
- Blair High School
- Bristow High School
- Cement High School
Also joining the camp is Shane
Curry, the agriculture educator at Blair School.
The camp begins in Stillwater, and includes sessions in Ames,
Hennessey, Guymon, Woodward and Oklahoma City. Camp participants will
learn all phases of the industry from breeding sows to selling pork
chops. Participants will also complete a live animal evaluation and
actually harvest and process the hogs they evaluate. They will also
spend time in a grocery store in Oklahoma City and visit Platt
Culinary College making the week a true farm-to-fork
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