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Moving North of I-40 While Rain and Flooding Stops Many Locations in
Rains pushed into Oklahoma over the weekend- and in several counties-
we are talking HUGE amounts of rainfall- Justin Rudicel
with News9 provided us an excellent graphic of how much we got in
several locations- these amounts mean any wheat not out of the field
may be seriously damaged- and spring planted crops may be sitting in
water in many fields.
Meanwhile- north of the heavy rains of the weekend- harvest kept
Wilcox in Major County tells us via Facebook that
harvest over the week went pretty smoothly. "We have cut wheat
that was in the high 60's & wheat in the high 30's. Huge
difference in varieties/soil types and what not. We are a little over
half way done."
From Mike Shulte
with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- he tells us that "
Around Enid harvest is rolling and based on what I
have heard yields are good and they are about 50 percent cut out,
would be great to get the next two days in if we could. Grain
lines have been long and they have seen some issues with that.
I have been hearing very positive results on Bentley so far!"
Mike says that Bentley at Kingfisher on dry land wheat made 63
bushels per acre and that on one farm north of Enid heard one farmer
say made 67 planted after soybeans and 80 after alfalfa weighing 62
to 62.5 pounds for test weight.
We got an email just a few minutes before we sent this email out from
in Burlington who says they have just finished harvest- saying yields
were all over the board- from 40 to 66 bushels per acre. He believes
that the high 40s was the average for his farm. Test weight was
a solid 61 pounds plus. Keith adds that they had no rain that slowed
them down- and he says that the Burlington area could be about half
The Wheat Commission will be releasing their next Wheat Harvest
Report later today- and we will also have the weekly crop weather
updates to chew on this afternoon as well.
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USDA Calls Oklahoma Wheat
Crop 115.5 Million Bushels- Nine Percent Bigger Than May Estimate and
Seventeen Percent Bigger Than 2015
The USDA has jumped the size of the 2016 Oklahoma
winter wheat crop by 9.5% in their June report, compared to the data
released a month ago. On Friday, the USDA Crop Production report
predicted an Oklahoma Wheat Crop that will total 115.5 million
bushels, up from the 105.6 million bushels estimated in May. The 2016
crop estimate, if realized, would be 17% larger than the final 2015
production of 98.8 million bushels.
The agency left their estimate alone about the number of acres that
they believe will be harvested for grain this season at 3.3 million
acres. The Oklahoma increase comes in a higher bushels per acre
estimate of 35 bushels per acre in the June report, versus 33 bushels
per acre in the May report. The 2016 crop is on track to be 144%
above the historically bad crop of 2014, when only 47.6 million
bushels was harvested from Oklahoma wheat fields.
The 115.5 million bushels is much closer to the 120 million bushels
predicted in early May by Crop Scouts that gathered at the 2016
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.
The USDA June estimate allows Oklahoma to break a tie seen in May
with the state of Washington as the second largest winter wheat
producing state- Oklahoma is now in sole possession of second place,
Texas saw a modest bump up in the size of the 2016 crop from May to
June, with USDA increasing their wheat crop estimate for the Lone
Star State from 84 million bushels to 89.6 million bushels in the
June 10th report. The big jump in the hard red winter wheat belt was
seen in Kansas, as USDA is predicting an 11.6% increase in the size
of Kansas wheat production from May to June- going from 352.6 million
bushels up to 393.6 million bushels in this latest report. Kansas
wheat farmers are now expected to harvest 48 bushels per acre, versus
the May guess of 43 bushels per acre and the 2015 yield of 37 bushels
per acre. Kansas farmers are headed to a 22% larger wheat crop this
season versus 2015 if the USDA numbers prove accurate.
Nationally, the US Winter Wheat Crop is forecast at 1.51 billion
bushels, up 6 percent from the May 1 forecast and up 10 percent from
Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at
50.5 bushels per acre, up 2.7 bushel from last month and up 8 bushels
from last year. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record
for the United States.
here for a link to the complete USDA June Crop Production report.
Positive Demand News for
Corn and Soybeans in Latest WASDE Report
The USDA released both their June Crop Production
Report on Friday morning, as well as the monthly WASDE report showing
domestic and international supply and demand data. According to Dr. Chad Hart
of Iowa State University, the WASDE report contains some very
positive demand news for corn and soybeans. The following is a blog
he has posted on the Iowa State Extension Website after the report
was released on Friday:
"USDA's June updates contained good news on the demand front for
corn and soybeans. International demand continues to strengthen,
while domestic usage holds steady. With no major changes on the
supply side, this implies lower ending stocks and projections of
higher prices. Starting with corn, the losses and delays in the South
American harvest have opened up some off-season selling opportunities
for the U.S. Old crop (2015/16) exports were raised 100 million
bushels as a result. Although corn imports were increased slightly,
the overall impact for old crop corn is a 95 million drop in ending
stocks and a 10 cent increase in the season-average price to $3.70
per bushel. That drop in ending stocks, combined with another
increase in new crop (2016/17) exports of 50 million bushels, lowered
new crop ending stocks by 145 million bushels. The changes added 15
cents to the new crop corn season-average price estimate, raising it
to $3.50 per bushel.
"For soybeans, both old crop domestic and international demand
were on the upswing. Crush added 10 million bushels, while exports
grew by 20 million bushels. With the 30 million bushel drop in old
crop ending stocks, USDA raised its 2015/16 season-average price by
20 cents to $9.05 per bushel. As with corn, the export demand
increase extended into the new crop as well, adding another 15
million bushels. That pushed new crop ending stocks below 300 million
bushels and lifted the 2016/17 season-average price estimate by 40
cents, to $9.50 per bushel."
here for a link to the complete WASDE report.
Strong 2016 Canola Crop Could
Be Just the Ticket to Encourage More Acres Across the State
Canola harvest is nearly completed across the state,
and Dr. Ron
Sholar, executive director of the Great Plains Canola
Association, says it's the best crop since 2012. Although the winter was
fairly dry, spring rains saved the crop, and he says he's seeing 35
to 45 bushel yields and even some in the 50s. In addition, the oil is
good quality, which means a lot of producers will not be discounted.
"What we're hearing this year is we're right where we need to
be," he says. "Obviously oil content is an issue a bit for
us here in the south compared to the north, but good quality this
Sholar says canola prices have historically been highest "right
off the combine." Recent $6 to $7 cash prices leave a $3 spread
between canola and wheat, which is leaving some producers wishing
they had a few more acres to harvest.
"We always say in the industry you need $2 to pay for those
extra production costs for canola, so $3 makes it an even better deal.","
he says. "I know a lot of our growers who have canola are saying
'I wish had planted more,' and I know former growers who are saying
'I wish I had planted some.'"
Moving forward, Sholar is optimistic about canola in Oklahoma. Canada
has decreased the amount of canola acres planted, which leaves more
opportunity for U.S. farmers to pick up the slack.
Sholar says that while several new crops have failed to take off in
Oklahoma, canola is an exception because it grows during the state's
best environmental conditions and it's a complimentary crop to wheat.
In fact, he says producers often see a 15 to 25 percent yield gain
for wheat following canola.
"We've said so many times we're not in competition with
wheat," Sholar says. "We want to work with the wheat
industry because a strong wheat industry will make a strong canola
industry and vice versa."
to Dr. Sholar talk more about canola's potential in Oklahoma.
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U.S. Grains Council
Promotes Manure Recycling To China's Growing Livestock Industry
China's livestock industry continues to grow and modernize quickly,
manure management is becoming a critical obstacle to growth. To help
these important end-users of coarse grains and co-products, the U.S.
Grains Council's (USGC's) Beijing office recently sponsored a
symposium on the scientific principles for manure recycling.
"Many livestock producers in China do return treated manure to
the soil in some fashion," said USGC Director in China Bryan Lohmar.
"And none that we have met thus far ever tests the manure they
spread to determine the nutrient content before using it as
fertilizer. In fact, despite our work on this issue during the past
two years, we have yet to find a laboratory that will test untreated
The workshop included presentations by Lohmar; Dr. Richard Gates
from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who consults for the
Council; representatives from China's Ministry of Environmental
Protection; and a panel of representatives from the swine and dairy
industries moderated by a policy researcher from China's Ministry of
"Without testing, there is no way to know whether you are
putting on enough or too much for the crop, nor whether there is
excess that can run off into freshwater systems," Gates said
during his presentation.
Not only does the lack of testing prevent livestock producers from
understanding the value of their manure, but most livestock producers
do not have estimates of their crop nutrient demand. This further
complicates the task of optimizing manure value and preventing
here to read more about efforts to help China's livestock
industry recycle manure.
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Protect Your Investment -
K-State's Chris Reinhardt Talks About Providing Shade for Your Bulls
As summer temperatures begin to rise, heat stress
becomes a concern for cattle producers. Chris Reinhardt,
Kansas State University feedlot extension specialist, says a
combination of heat, humidity, solar radiation and a lack of wind can
make a tremendous amount of heat load on cattle. Bulls can especially
suffer from heat stress, resulting in long-term consequences in
fertility, reduced performance and overall health.
To minimize exposure, Reinhardt suggests providing ample shade for
animals, preferably near the bunk.
"I've worked with several producers and they've got shade a long
way from the bunk, and if cattle have to get heated up to go eat
feed, they may just choose to skip a meal or two" he says.
"So if we can put shade close to the bunk, cattle will snack all
throughout the day."
When it comes to shade design, Reinhardt says it really depends on
the specific producer, but he does recommend spending a bit more in
the beginning to avoid headaches down the road.
"If we spend a little more upfront, it will require less
maintenance long term, it will last longer, it will stand up to some
severe weather, things of that nature," he says. "You can
build very affordable shades, which provide essentially the same
shade benefit, using shade cloth and some other materials;
unfortunately, they're not as robust and will not stand up to some of
our severe weather."
to Reinhardt talk more about the importance of shade this summer
during the latest Beef Buzz.
We Welcome KGGF in
Coffeyville to the RON Family!
I am really
excited to announce that the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network has added KGGF AM in Coffeyville
as our newest radio station partner- effective today!
KGGF has a great
signal over a lot of southeastern Kansas and north central and
northeastern Oklahoma- has always had a great commitment to farmers
and ranchers- and with the new owner, Kevin Potter and his family now
casting the vision- that desire to serve the agricultural community
is stronger than ever.
We will have
many of our RON Ag market reports through the day- and three times a
day- we will have an extended block of programming. Those
blocks include 6:06 AM to 6:30 AM, 11:30 AM to Noon and then again
from 12:30 to 1:00 PM.
daytime signal for KGGF- which means a lot of folks will have a
chance to hear our midday farm and ranch news and markets weekdays on
the Mighty 6-90.
KGGF joins 44
other great radio stations that are a part of our Radio Oklahoma Ag
Network- one of the key ways we reach out and serve the Oklahoma farm
and ranch community.
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