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Wheat Commission Says Oklahoma Wheat Harvest
Reaches Sixty Percent Complete
On a regular basis, the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission is releasing harvest reports for the 2016
crop. The latest report is out, as of midday Monday, June 13, 2016.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling the state of Oklahoma to be
60% complete with harvest as of yesterday- this in contrast
to the USDA weekly crop update that we report on in the story below
that shows only 34% of the crop is now harvested.
Executive Director Mike Schulte offers a breakdown
of the state by regions in today's report:
Wheat harvest is at a standstill this Monday morning in all places of
Oklahoma, with the hopes that in parts of Northwest and North Central
Oklahoma combines will get rolling this afternoon where rains were
not as heavy. Harvest has been progressing along in all regions of
the state since Thursday afternoon, with farmers and custom
harvesters making great strides in all regions of the state for the
most part. In Southwest Oklahoma by Altus, Frederick, Hobart and Lone
Wolf, this region is 80 to 85% complete, while in other parts of
Southwest Oklahoma, producers were hindered by rain on Saturday in
the Chattanooga and Walters area. Heavy rains over the weekend have
hindered harvest in the Lawton, Apache, Chickasha and Maysville areas.
Although the Mesonet reports over 7 inches of moisture over the
weekend in this region, some areas were reporting over 12 inches of
moisture with more rains predicted for the beginning of the week.
Test weights in this region have dropped with all the heavy rains,
but for the most part on the wheat brought in from this region as of
today, it is reported around the 58 to 59 lbs./bu. (76.3-77.6
Harvest in the West Central part of the State around Sentinel and
Clinton, is projected to be 75% complete with the area around Rocky
reported to be 95% complete. The Shattuck area harvest just began
over the weekend and they are calling this region up to around the
May area 20% harvested. In Central Oklahoma, from the El Reno to
Okarche and Kingfisher areas harvest is 95% complete on the East side
of Hwy 81 with harvest on the West side of Hwy 81 being approximately
90% complete. Harvest is not as far along in the Greenfield, Hinton
and Hydro areas, with harvest in these regions anywhere from 50 to
75% complete. Yields around the Rocky, Sentinel and Clinton region
are reported to be making in the mid 30's to mid 40's for the most
North Central, Northwest and the Panhandle of
In Northern Oklahoma around the Enid, Kremlin, Pond Creek and Hunter
areas, harvest is approximately 60 to 65% complete and up around the
Cherokee and Alva areas, harvest is anywhere from 50 to 65% complete.
Yields in this region have been making anywhere in the mid 40's to
the mid 60's, with some reports of higher yields of wheat following
soybean and alfalfa rotations. Test weights in the region as of today
are averaging 60 to 62 lbs./bu. (78.9- 81.5 kg/hl) for the most part.
Harvest has begun in parts of the Panhandle region on dryland wheat.
Over the weekend, Hooker Equity took in around 25,000 bushels.
In Northeast Oklahoma around the Afton and Miami regions, wheat
harvest in Afton is approximately 50% complete with harvest in the
Miami region reporting to be approximately 10% complete. Test weights
on the wheat in this region weighing anywhere 61 to 62lbs/bu.
(80.2-81.5 kg/hl) with yields from this area reported to be making in
the mid 40's to mid 50's for the most part. No protein was reported
from this region.
To review the complete report from midday Monday from
the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- click
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National Corn and
Soybean Numbers Look Strong as Wheat Harvest Rolls On Through the
The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop
progress report says 96 percent of the corn crop has emerged in the
top 18 states that plant 93 percent of the nation's corn acres. The
national corn crop condition rated 60 percent good and 15 percent
excellent condition, 21 percent fair and only 4 percent percent poor
to very poor. National soybean planting has reached 92 percent.
That's a gain of 9 points over last week and 5 points ahead of
average. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.
Most of Oklahoma
received a break from the heavy rains of the past several weeks. In
the weekly crop progress report from USDA, winter wheat harvested reached
34 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but
down 18 points from the five-year average. The Oklahoma wheat crop
condition rated 54 percent good and 12 percent excellent condition,
29 percent fair and only 5 percent percent poor to very poor.
unchanged from the previous year but down 3 points from normal.
Canola coloring reached 95 percent, unchanged from the previous year
but down 3 points from normal. Canola
harvested reached 63 percent, up 21 points from the
previous year but unchanged from the five-year average. Corn emerged
reached 92 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but down 1
point from the five-year average.Sorghum planted reached 68 percent,
up 2 points from the previous year and up 3 points from the five-year
average. Soybeans seeded reached 67 percent, up 14 points from the
previous year and up 7 points from normal. Click
here for the full Oklahoma report.
experienced mostly scattered showers across the state last week, and
wheat harvest was active where conditions allowed producers to return
to the field. Thirty-five
percent of the state's winter wheat has been harvested.
That's a 19 point gain over last week but still 8 points behind the
five-year average. Forty-four percent of the wheat crop is rated in
the good to excellent condition, with 43 percent of the crop in fair
condition and 13 percent in poor to very poor condition. Corn
emergence is nearing the five-year average at 93 percent, which is 1
percent higher than this time last year. Sorghum was 87 percent
planted, soybeans were 88 percent, cotton was 86 percent done and
peanuts were 96 percent planted. Click
here for the full Texas report.
wheat crop rated 61 percent good to excellent, 31 percent fair and
only 8 percent poor to very poor condition. Winter wheat coloring was
92 percent, ahead of 76 percent last year and the five-year average
of 75 percent. Five
percent of the state's wheat was harvested, versus 1% last year, but
behind the 15 percent average. Corn emerged was 96
percent, ahead of 86 percent last year, and near the 95 percent
average. Soybeans planted was 75 percent, well ahead of 50
percent last year and near the five-year average of 77 percent.
Cotton planting was 56 percent and sorghum was at 63 percent. Click
here for the Kansas report.
NCGA Urges Farmers to
Contact EPA on Atrazine
National Corn Growers Association this week urged farmers to submit
comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, following
publication of the Agency's draft Ecological Risk Assessment for
atrazine, an herbicide used for weed control in growing corn and
other crops. If it stands, EPA's recommendation would effectively ban
the use of atrazine in most farming areas in the U.S.
"Atrazine is a safe and effect crop management tool. If EPA
succeeds in taking away this option, it will be sending farming
practices back decades - and hurt the environment in the
process," said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of NCGA.
"As a farmer and a conservationist, I can't let this go
unanswered. That's why I'm urging farmers to contact the EPA and make
their voices heard."
Atrazine is a widely used herbicide proven to combat the spread of
resistant weeds, while also reducing soil erosion and improving
wildlife habitats. When farmers have access to atrazine, they do not
have to do as much tilling, or turning up of the soil - a practice
that erodes soil and leads to water and nutrient loss. Studies
suggest farming without atrazine could cost corn farmers up to $59
As part of the assessment, EPA recommends reducing the aquatic life
level of concern (LOC) from 10 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day
average, to 3.4 ppb. Scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic
life LOC at 25 ppb or greater.
here for a link to submit your comments to the EPA.
Oklahoma Teachers Go On
the Road with Ag in the Classroom
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom will be traveling to
eastern Oklahoma this week for its annual "On the Road with
AITC" summer road trip. Several great stops are lined up for the
tour as educators learn the importance of integrating agriculture
into their existing curriculum.
Later this morning, the tour will visit Dismukes' Cattle Ranch
in Checotah where educators will learn about registered Angus and
Charolais cattle, beef genetics and the importance of beef in a
healthy diet. The group will then travel to Park Hill to Greenleaf Nursery
where they will tour the greenhouses and learn about plant breeding
and grafting. The next stop will be Mt. View Meats at Stilwell where
educators will learn about sausage making while touring the plant. Spring Valley Dairy
will be the next stop, and teachers will have the opportunity to go
behind the scenes and see the milking process while learning about
cattle feed rations.
The tour will end the day at Poteau where they will visit Maple Creek Berry Farm
and pick fresh blueberries as they learn about specialty crops in
Oklahoma. Then Green Country Cowboy Church will be hosting the group
for a good "old fashioned" cowboy dinner and harvest
reenactment. And that's only the first day of the three day
Read about the Wednesday and Thursday portions of the trip by clicking
or tapping here.
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teachers about agriculture. They know these educators reach thousands
of young students on a daily basis and they want to ensure the
educators are prepared with factual information, as well as personal
experiences. This tour is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Beef Council, a USDA
Specialty Crop Block Grant, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Soybean
Board, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Team, Midwest Dairy,
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They seek to educate OCA members on the latest production techniques
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Derrell Peel Believes
Beef and Cattle Trade a Mixed Bag
week Dr. Derrell
Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock
Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle
industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the
"Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk.
This week Dr. Peel speculates on the current situation of the U.S.
beef and cattle trade.
"The latest beef and cattle trade data shows a mixed bag of
global market impacts. Total beef exports were down 5.3 percent in
April compared to last year. This follows year over year increases in
January and March and leaves the year to date total through April 0.4
percent below the same period in 2015. Exports to two major U.S. beef
markets, Japan and Hong Kong, were both down compared to last year
after increasing earlier in the year. April exports to Japan dropped
10.9 percent year over year and exports to Hong Kong decreased by
36.9 percent compared to last year. This leaves year to date beef
exports to Japan up a scant 0.6 percent while exports to Hong Kong
are down 2.3 percent for the first four months of the year. Beef
exports to South Korea were down fractionally in April but are still
up 12.2 percent for the year to date compared to last year. South
Korea was the only major beef export market to show year over year
increases in 2015. Exports to Canada continued year over year
decreases in April, down 6.8 percent compared to one year earlier and
down 8.2 percent for the year to date compared to last year. In
better news, beef exports to Mexico have improved the last two months
after being down in January and February. April beef exports to
Mexico were up 32.9 percent year over year with the year to date
total now down 0.9 percent from last year.
"Beef imports are also a mixed bag, though generally positive
with total April beef imports down 21.2 percent from one year ago.
Year to date beef imports are down 12.8 percent from 2015. Decreased
beef imports are led by sharp reductions in imports from Australia
and New Zealand. Imports of Australian beef were down 41.9 percent in
April compared to last year and year to date imports are down 21.7
percent. Beef imports from New Zealand were down 29.6 percent in
April and are down 21.7 percent so far this year. In contrast, beef
imports from Mexico continue to grow and were up 7.5 percent year
over year in April and are up 11 percent in the first four months of
2016. Imports of Canadian beef were up 13.1 percent in April and are
up 8.0 percent for the year to date.
here to read Dr. Peel's full cattle industry analysis.
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Klair Hartzold Named 2016
Hartzold didn't grow up in the beef
industry, but working on several cattle operations led this Oklahoma
State University senior to love the livestock business. Hartzold was
recently named the 2016 Oklahoma Beef Ambassador during the Oklahoma
Junior Cattlemen's Preview Show in Chickasha.
The Illinois native was actually raised on a row crop farm. She began
working on a family friend's Red Angus ranch four years ago and has
since had two internships with other producers.
"Cattle have a lot more personality than corn and
soybeans," Hartzold says with a laugh.
The Oklahoma Beef Ambassador contest was sponsored by AT&T and
the Oklahoma Beef Council and was hosted by the Oklahoma CattleWomen,
Inc. During the competition, contestants participated in a mock media
interview and were asked how to best respond to consumers who are concerned
about how cattle are raised.
"As producer, we're also consumers as well, so the beef that we
are producing, we are also feeding to our family," Hartzold
said. "So in order to producer something that we would want to
have our family consume, it's going to have to be produced in a
humane and intelligent manner."
A mock consumer promotion event was also part of the competition.
Contestants were judged on their ability to perform in the field
while educating consumers and positively representing the beef industry.
"As producers, everyday we need to be advocating," Hartzold
says. "Whether it's through social media, utilizing local
resources to help consumer see the practices that we're utilizing to
produce beef and get it to their table."
As the senior division winner, Hartzold will work with the Oklahoma
CattleWomen this year as they interact with consumers and promote
beef across the state.
Two other titles were awarded during the contest. The junior division
winner was Parker
Terrell, of Prague, and the novice winner was Kaden Hartin,
to Hartzold talk more about the importance of promoting the beef
industry during the latest Beef Buzz. You can also find a link to
more photos from the event here.
Tyson Names New President
as They Hope to Enhance Branded Profitability
Tyson Foods, Inc. announced Monday that its board of
directors has promoted Tom
Hayes to the position of president. Formerly chief
commercial officer of Tyson Foods, Hayes will work directly with Donnie Smith,
who will continue as the company's chief executive officer.
Prior to his role as chief commercial officer, Hayes
was president of food service at Tyson Foods. Previously, Hayes
served as chief supply chain officer for The Hillshire Brands
Company, responsible for operations including procurement,
manufacturing, food safety and quality, engineering, and logistics.
In his new role, Hayes will lead Tyson Foods' transition reflecting
the company's strategic focus on its hybrid model of branded prepared
foods and fresh meats. Hayes will be based in Springdale, Ark.
You can read the complete news release from Tyson by clicking
here- Hayes offered a clue of what he sees as the future of Tyson
in his statement in the release- saying it is his desire to
"help our company become a global leader in protein-centric
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