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Mark Hodges Talks
Perfect Grain Fill Weather for Parts of Oklahoma in May- Bountiful
Wheat Harvest Has Followed
Despite concerns about a lack of rain throughout the
first part of the year and then nearly too much rain in late spring,
Plains Grains Executive Director Mark Hodges says producers are
seeing drastic improvements in their wheat as the Oklahoma harvest
In early May crop scouts were specifically worried about yields in
north central Oklahoma, but that area seems to be harvesting some of
the state's best wheat. Hodges says that says a lot about the
importance of timely moisture as the grain begins to fill.
"What it'll show you is how much influence that weather makes
from the point at when the crop scouts were out there, which was
April or early May, until maturity," he says. "The weather
in that timeframe makes a world of difference.
"Really cool moisture, plenty of moisture in the profile and we
were protected in most cases from diseases, and so it really allowed
that crop to reach maximum yield potential."
Mark was our guest this past Saturday morning on our In the Field
video feature that is seen on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City- we have
that video as well as the off camera audio conversation that we had
with Mark for you to check out- click
here to watch, read and listen.
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Wheat Genome Details Now Available
to Wheat Breeders to Speed Improvements in Wheat Varieties Globally
It is amazing how large the wheat genome is compared to other crops-
and now the wheat genome sequencing work has reached the point where
the folks working on this project are starting to make available
details of the genome to wheat breeders and scientists around the
world. The group involved is called the International Wheat Genome
This data release represents the IWGSC continued effort to produce a "gold
standard reference sequence" - the complete map of the entire
genome that precisely positions all genes and other genomic
structures along the 21 wheat chromosomes. The wheat genome is large
- five times that of the human genome - and complex, with three sets
of seven chromosomes. And, as you can tell from the graphic below, it
is huge compared to many other cultivated crops in modern
Following the January 2016 announcement of the production of a whole
genome assembly for bread wheat, the International Wheat Genome
Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), having completed quality control, is
now making this breakthrough resource available for researchers via
the IWGSC wheat sequence repository at URGI-INRA-Versailles, France .
Wheat breeders and scientists around the world will be able to
download and use this invaluable new resource to accelerate crop
improvement programs and wheat genomics research. The dataset will
facilitate the identification of genes associated with important
agricultural traits such as yield increase, stress response, and
disease resistance and, ultimately, will make possible the production
of improved wheat varieties for farmers.
here to read more.
Part Two on Succession
Planning with OSU's Shannon Ferrell - Don't Forget to Make Updates
Putting a solid plan in place to pass a farming
operation on to the next generation can be a major undertaking for a
family, but it's not enough. Shannon
Ferrell, associate professor of ag economics at OSU,
says it's important to also keep the plan updated over the years.
"Anytime you've added someone to the family tree or someone has
left - whether that's birth, death, divorce, marriage - that's an
important time to say hey the stakeholders have changed, let's go
back and take a look at the plan," he says.
Ferrell says changes in the operation could also warrant updates to
the succession plan.
"If we've added a new enterprise or a big, new piece of land or
something significant has changed for the business, let's see how
that fits in there," he says.
Even if nothing has changed within the family or business, Ferrell
says it's still a good idea to look back at the plan every few years
to make sure none of the tax issues or laws have changed that might
have an impact on the plan.
to Ferrell talk more about the considerations in succession planning
during the latest Beef Buzz.
Angus Updating Selection Indexes
Angus breeders and their customers will see some
slight changes in dollar value indexes ($Values) beginning July 1 as
Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) updates the economic assumptions used to
calculate the selection tools included in the American Angus Association
weekly genetic evaluation.
"Every July, we update the economic assumptions that go into
Angus $Values, like $B and $W," says Dan Moser, AGI
president who oversees the Association's performance programs.
"This allows for the most up-to-date market prices and costs to
predict profit differences among animals."
These economic assumptions are assigned to expected progeny
difference (EPD) components included in the $Values, which are
expressed in dollars per head and allow for multi-directional change.
While the update is a regular occurrence for the breed, Moser reminds
members that any declines in $Value numbers are largely a reflection
of market conditions.
"As market conditions change, so must the economic assumptions
used to calculate the indexes. With market prices trending as they
are, there's no doubt that will have some influence on dollar values
across the board," he says. "On average, we anticipate
bulls may go down about $6 for $B and about $2 for $W, due to lower
calf prices relative to last year."
The Association has offered $Values for more than a decade, and
producers have seen such changes before.
"We've seen market conditions influence these indexes before,
and any producer operating in the cattle market today is well aware
of the economic averages experienced during the past few years,"
Moser says, assuring producers that rankings should stay relatively
here for a link to more information about $Values and search
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NACD Responds to Senate
Panels Approving Forest Service, EPA Spending Bills
National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased with the
Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels the House and Senate Appropriations
Committees have approved for the Forest Service and the Environmental
Protection Agency. However, the association is disappointed that the
committees failed to propose a long-term budget solution for wildfire
"The House and Senate's proposed budget allocations for the
Forest Service's state and private programs are signs that Congress
is headed in the right direction when it comes to properly funding
forest management on private lands," NACD CEO Jeremy Peters
said. "Sadly, it is also clear that both chambers have failed to
put forth solutions that would effectively end the scourge that is
The House bill - passed on Wednesday - would allocate $244
million for the Forest Service's State and Private Forestry programs,
which is $7 million more than what NACD requested and what was
enacted in FY 2016.
Unfortunately, the House bill does not include a provision to reform
the way wildfire suppression is funded, which means the Forest
Service and Interior Department agencies would be forced to continue
funding fire-fighting operations out of accounts meant for general
forest management and restoration.
"The wildfire season increases in severity and duration every
year," NACD President
Lee McDaniel said. Today, fire seasons are on average
78 days longer than they were in 1970, and the average number of
annual acres burned has doubled since 1980.
The House and Senate committee bills also included provisions that
would prohibit the EPA from implementing its Waters of the U.S. rule
- commonly referred to as WOTUS or the Clean Water Rule - should the
court's stay on the rule be lifted.
"This is a positive development on a priority issue for
NACD," Peters said. "WOTUS has been a point of contention
for our members and we will continue to support fixing the rule with
here for more of the NACD analysis of the Appropriations passed
for the Forest Service and EPA.
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Nature Conservancy, Fertilizer
Institute Announce Partnership
Conservancy and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI)
have announced a new partnership in support of farm practices that
result in clean water. The two organizations signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) aimed at ensuring American agriculture has access
to tools to use fertilizer with maximum environmental and economic
agreement lays out a framework for leveraging the organizations'
respective strengths in pursuit of the following mutual goals:
scientific understanding of the benefits of nutrient best management
practices to both the farmer and the environment.
* Communicate and demonstrate the economic,
environmental and social value of nutrient management to the broader
agriculture and conservation communities.
* Develop and promote outreach activities that advance 4R
nutrient management strategies (right source, rate, timing and
* Establish metrics that reinforce increased collaboration and
here for more on the MOU that is bringing the Fertilizer
Institute and the Nature Conservancy together on nutrient management.
This N That- GMO Labeling
Bill Efforts, Cowboys in Winners Bracket at CWS and Welcome to
Senate has just four working days on the calendar between now and
July first, the date the Vermont GMO labeling law goes into effect,
to reach a compromise on a national GMO labeling law. Politico
reports that makes Friday, June 24th, the last day to get legislation
Barack Obama's desk to beat Vermont. The House will
go on recess on the 24th and not be available to consider any bills
passed by the Senate.
Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts
continually insist that negotiations are ongoing. The committee's
ranking member, Senator Debbie
Stabenow, is demanding a mandatory labeling
agreement. The biggest sticking point appears now how the label will
be presented to the consumer. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food,
which previously opposed a mandatory label, now says a smart label
directing consumers to more information would be acceptable, but
on-package GMO labeling would not be acceptable.
In the opening world of the College World Series, the OSU Cowboys
won a pitchers duel 1-0 over UC Santa Barbara. That keeps the Pokes
in the winners bracket- and their next game is tonight at 6:00 PM
against the Arizona Wildcats.
Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. is a
proud sponsor of OSU Baseball in their bid for a National
Championship, both having "Proven Performance" and a
Among the stations that will be carrying the broadcast are KTJS- AM
at 1420 in Hobart, KWEY- AM at 1590 in Weatherford, KMZE-FM at 92.1
in Woodward and KMMY-FM at 96.5 in Hugo- these are stations that are
a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network family- if you are looking for
other stations that are carrying the games- click
here for the complete list from the OSU Athletics website.
Today is the
longest day of the year- at least as far as the
amount of daylight is concerned. As we celebrate the summer
solstice, daylight today will be from 6:15 AM til 8:49 PM- 14.5
hours. In a month, the amount of daylight will be down to 14.1
hours, by August 20th- 13.1 hours and at the start of fall- September
22- 12.1 hours.
As my daddy always said, we're burning daylight- let's get moving!
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