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Commission Calls Wheat Harvest All But Done- Now 95% Complete
Oklahoma Wheat Commission is now
calling the 2016 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 95% complete, except for the
Panhandle counties. According to the Commission's Director Mike Schulte,
"Wheat harvest continues across the state with most producers
and custom cutters wrapping up in all regions, with the exception of
the Panhandle now being approximately 40 to 50 percent complete
depending on location.
"Producers are still struggling in parts of Southwest Oklahoma
fighting the mud in lower lying areas, but even in those places it is
figured that only 10 to 15 percent of the crop is left to
harvest. In some parts around Chattanooga and
Walters, as well as in the Chickasha and Maysville area the crop in
these lower lying areas most likely will never be harvested due to
sprout damage. While some of the crop was completely lost due to
floods in Southern Oklahoma, overall quality being reported
throughout the state from South to North has been extremely
favorable. Test weights and reported yields in all regions have been
remarkable for the most part."
Here's Mike's comments on a couple of the areas with some harvest yet
In Southwest Oklahoma yields have been ranging from the mid 30's to
the mid 50's with reports from the Walters and Chattanooga area up
into Altus and Lone Wolf that harvest is progressing with only 10
percent left in these regions for the most part. Producers have still
been fighting mud down by Grandfield. Abandonment in the lower lying
areas of this region into Apache, Lawton and Maysville will also be a
factor in bringing total bushel amounts down from Southwest Oklahoma.
No reports or changes on test weights from this region since before
the rains. Test weights in this region as of today reported to be 58
to 59 lbs./bu. (76.3-77.6 kg/hl), with a lot of the wheat that was
harvested prior to the rains at 60 lbs./bu. (78.9 kg/hl).
In the Northwest and Panhandle regions of the state harvest has
progressed around the Shattuck, May and Buffalo areas being reported
to be 80 to 85% complete. Dryland wheat continues to be harvested in
the Panhandle now for the past week, with many producers finishing up
on the dry land harvesting around Hooker. It has been reported that
one producer around Hooker started on a field of irrigated wheat but
no yields were reported. For the most part irrigated wheat is not
ready in the region and will be a few days off. Harvest around the
Boise City region is just starting on the dry land wheat with no
yields reported. Test weights in the Boise City region on dry land
wheat is averaging 60 to 62 lbs./bu (78.9-81.5 kg/hl). Reports on
dryland wheat in this region are ranging all over the board from the
mid 30's to as high as the mid 60's.
here to read about the areas of the state that are mostly done
with harvest- and to see the community by community breakdown of
harvest completion from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
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Two with NFU's Roger Johnson - TPP Doesn't Address Major Trade
The Trans-Pacific Partnership continues to rise to the
top of the radar for several agricultural organizations, but not all
are in favor. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson
says his organization has issues with TPP for several reasons, but
one of the major concerns is the model used to develop the trade
"These trade agreements are largely setup to the multinationals
move products more cheaply within their companies across
international borders," he says. "The folks who end up
losing on a deal like that are sort of the average, ordinary folks
who are looking for a decent way of life."
The North Dakota farmer says there needs to be a different set of
metrics to measure proposed trade agreements, including aiming for
"You can't always buy more than you sell," he says.
"This deficit is $13-$14 trillion cumulatively; we gotta get a
handle on that and TPP doesn't deal with that."
Johnson says the lack of prohibition or sanctions against currency
manipulation is also a concern for NFU members. He says countries,
particularly Asian countries like Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam - all
part of TPP - buy up American dollars in order to make the value of
their exports to the United States cheaper and U.S. exports more
"So what happens?" he says. "We export less, we buy
more, our trade deficit increases.
I spoke with Johnson during his recent trip to Oklahoma. Click
here to listen to our conversation about NFU's objections with
Lucas and Colleagues Call Out Gina McCarthy Over Glyphosate Debacle
Members of the House Science and Technology Committee, including
Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, are upset over
conflicting positions taken by the EPA on glyphosate with the
apparent result that the US helped the International Agency develop a
negative view of the chemical even as a domestic report gave the
herbicide a clean bill of health.
Lucas questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the Cancer
Assessment Review Committee's (CARC) report on glyphosate at
Wednesday's House Science Committee hearing. This report - dated
October 2015, marked final, and signed by all the authors - was
posted online and then days later removed from the EPA website.
While McCarthy maintained that the report is not final - despite
being marked otherwise - Lucas noted that "These are the type of
things, Administrator, that causes such doubt and concern in the
public and in Congress and in the entities that are affected. It's
not good for anyone to do it this way." McCarthy
told Congressman Lucas that a true "final" report will be
out as "soon as possible, possibly this fall."
Compounding the problem, according to GOP lawmakers, is the
involvement of the EPA in helping the International Agency for
Research on Cancer write a report that targets the herbicide as
potential cancer risk- directing contradicting the work of their own
scientists. The IARC report is likely causing EU countries to rethink
a renewal of the license for the herbicide, which could have profound
impact on farming in the European Union.
We have more on this story on our website- click
or tap here to check it out- including several links that you may
be interested in. Among the links- we have the October
"final" report that EPA released and then pulled off of
their website- showing glyphosate does not cause cancer.
Beef Industry On Track to
Avoid Repeat of 2015 Market Crisis
When comparing the current cattle market to that of a
year ago, Jim
Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information
Center, says there are several year-over-year improvements, but the
key factor is keeping the market current.
"We're really not setting up the industry as we started to do
this time last year," he says. "We had very high feeder
prices last year, and the incentive for cattle feeders was to hold
the animals on feed because they really couldn't make money by
bringing in animals."
Robb says recent marketing rates and slaughter weights are both
indicators that cattle are moving through the marketing system at a
more historical pace, compared to the slower movement of a year ago.
"We don't set ourselves up for the delayed marketing and then
the snowball effect that we had last year in terms of the cattle market,"
he says. "I think we're setting a foundation for not being as
dramatically negative as a year ago."
Although cattle prices are lower than this time last year, Robb says
it's less likely the markets will unravel like in the fourth quarter
"It does not look like '16 is a repeat of '15," he says.
"I think that's important for producers to keep in the back of
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Dairy Checkoff Releases
New Episode of 'Acres and Avenues' Video Series
Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, released
a new episode of its "Acres and Avenues" video series
Wednesday. Episode 4, titled "Dairy Family Legacy Puts Social
Farmer to Work," pairs Florida dairy farmer Sutton Rucks
and his daughter Lindsey
Rucks with Flula
Borg, a comedian/actor who has more than 750,000
In the episode, Borg displays his quirky sense of humor in learning
about the Rucks' work ethic and values required to operate a
third-generation dairy. Lindsey Rucks matches wits with Borg in
displaying her commitment to rearing calves and to her farm.
here to watch "Dairy Family Legacy Puts Social Farmer
to Work" and find a link to other videos in the series.
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New Conservation Studies
Show Benefits for Upper Mississippi River Basin
at the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
have published a new study that demonstrates that
agricultural conservation practices in the upper Mississippi River
watershed can reduce nitrogen inputs to area streams and rivers by as
much as 34 percent.
study combined USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment
Project (CEAP) data with the USGS SPARROW watershed
model to measure the potential effects of voluntary conservation
practices, which historically have been difficult to do in large
river systems, because different nutrient sources can have
overlapping influences on downstream water quality.
results provide new insights on the benefits of conservation
practices in reducing nutrient inputs to local streams and rivers and
ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico," said Sarah Ryker,
Interior's acting assistant deputy for Water and Science. "The
incorporation of agricultural conservation practice information into
watershed models helps us better understand where water quality
conditions are improving and prioritize where additional conservation
actions are needed."
Until this study, nutrient reductions have been
difficult to detect in the streams because changes in multiple
sources of nutrients (including non-agricultural sources) and natural
processes (e.g., hydrological variability, channel erosion) can have
confounding influences that conceal the effects of improved farming
practices on downstream water quality. The models used in this study
overcame these difficulties to help validate the downstream benefits
of farmers' conservation actions on the land.
This N That- Fed Cattle
Exchange Results, KGGF Reminder and Superior TallGrass Sale
about two thousand cattle were sold on the FedCattleExchange.Com
electronic platform for finished cattle- coming from Nebraska, Kansas
and Texas-Oklahoma. Prices were six to seven dollars lower than a
week earlier- ranging from $115 to $116.75.
This is the fourth sale for the online marketplace- and the largest
number of cattle to be sold to this point- the intent of the Exchange
is to provide liquidity in the finished cattle market- something that
is vital to helping establish a benchmark for the large number of
cattle sold under formula trade.
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Auction tomorrow morning- starting at 8:00 AM central time. The
majority of the cattle consigned are from Kansas and Oklahoma- with
over 15,500 cattle to be offered.
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