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Friday, June 30, 2017
Plains Grains Reports Wheat Harvest All But Done in Oklahoma and Texas for 2017
According o the latest harvest report released last night by Mark Hodges
and Plains Grains- five states are now showing harvest activity in the hard red winter wheat belt- Texas is now 96% complete, Oklahoma 98% done, Kansas up to 58% complete and Colorado (5%) and Nebraska (4%) both in the early days of harvest.
Mark writes "The 2017 HRW wheat harvest has been significantly slowed over the past week (especially in the northern ½ and western ½ of Kansas where harvest should be in full swing) due to scattered showers, severe thunderstorms or a combination of both accompanied by high humidity and in some cases fog. Texas and Oklahoma are both over 95% complete with harvest while Colorado and Nebraska are just starting to cut (5%, 4% respectively). Reports out of western Kansas and southeast Colorado indicate receiving points that can segregate protein have been, as both areas report large variability in protein levels from delivered truck load to delivered truck load."Click or tap here to read more
- and to check the details on the samples tested to date about the 2017 HRW crop.
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I had the chance to catch up with our 3rd District Congressman Frank Lucas yesterday, who spent a few minutes updating me on several of the policy issues facing the agriculture community currently, in Washington, DC.
The one thing that's been on everyone's mind for months now, has obviously been the upcoming Farm Bill.
According to him, Chairman of the House Ag Committee Mike Conaway has hopes to sail through hearings, proceedings and negotiations and come out the other side with a viable Farm Bill ready to go on time as scheduled. Conaway wishes to avoid the prolonged setbacks like those we saw during the writing of the last Farm Bill. Lucas says having a Farm Bill ready to go within the Chairman's timeframe will be difficult, but possible. It's not the timing really, though, that has most folks a bit anxious. It's the question of which programs will survive the massive cuts being requested of government appropriators.
"It comes down to how much money is available to us. The focus right now in the United States House is on the social nutrition side of the Farm Bill spending," Lucas explained. "That's where a number of people are gunning for substantial savings. I don't personally see much to give up."
While the Farm Bill has dominated political discourse in Washington's ag scene for some time now, a recent development has snared people's attentions elsewhere. Just this week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he has taken action to finally repeal the Obama-era WOTUS rule once and for all. This news brings with it renewed hope for rural and urban Americans alike, who would have suffered under this rule's blatant governmental overreach of power.
"That rule, where the previous administration was trying to literally give the federal government control over everything," he said, "was one of the most devastating attempts at expanding power I've seen in my time in the nation's capital."
You can listen to the full conversation between Congressman Lucas and I, talking about the progress of these policies and others in Washington, by clicking or tapping here
This week on SUNUP - OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson
is back to speak with host Dave Deeken
, this time taking a look at recent rallies in the price of wheat.
"We had that $1.00 price rally on the cash market," Anderson said. "We had lost $0.20 - 0.25 of it, then it rallied back this last week."
Good news, says Anderson, but he cites the loss of our wheat crops to the North as the driving force behind these upticks in price. According to recent reports, crops in Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, even up into Canada are all failing with low yields. Anderson calls them a disaster this year for the US.
Around the world production is down and up, depending on where you look. It seems the major wheat producing countries have all hit a wall this year, some with as much as almost 30% decreases in their production. Smaller countries though has mostly seen decent increases. All this has combined to come out fairly even in the wash for world production. Still, Anderson says it will have some pull in the markets.
Anderson says markets are hot right now as well, with protein premiums running wild at the moment. A 12% protein level will earn you a $1.25 premium currently. Truck in anything less than 11% though, and you'll leave with a $0.16 discount.
Find out when Anderson is predicting prices to go from here by watching their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- or listen to all of Kim's comments right now, and see what else is on the line-up for this week's episode of SUNUP by clicking or tapping here.
Flash drought conditions have popped up throughout the state this week, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus, as he reported the driest May 1 - June 29 period on the books for Oklahoma this year.
With just barely over an inch of rainfall measured during this period in Oklahoma City, farmers worry that the chance of a prolonged drought could become a reality if more rain does not arrive soon.
Under the stress of these conditions, topsoil has begun to rapidly dry out. The summer heat has yet to reach its full force, and keep in mind, we're nearing the end of Oklahoma's primary rainy season - so there's no better time than now, to start praying for rain.
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|Healthy Eating Doesn't Have to be a Chore - It's All About Striking a Balance and Eating Mindfully
According to Dr. Michelle May
, physicians and healthcare professionals do not like to be sold on anything, be it pharma or food. However, as a healthcare professional by trade, having spent years as a family physician before starting an organization known as Am I Hungry - Mindful Eating Programs and Training
, Dr. May speaks the language of physicians and uses her knowledge and abilities to spread her message of a non-diet approach to food. The Oklahoma Beef Council recently sponsored Dr. May's presentation at the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting, where she spoke with me about her ideas on healthy eating habits.
"The simplest principles of nutrition are balance, variety and moderation," May outlined. "When people keep those very simple principles in mind, no food is forbidden and certainly beef is going to provide all kinds of nutrients and iron and protein that are essential for a healthy, balanced diet."
May says that there is a constant debate going on, working like a pendulum, swinging back and forth between what food products are best for getting the most nutritional value. Dairy for instance has always been a point of contention - which is better, whole milk or skim, real butter or margarine? At the end of the day, though, May says none of that matters. What does, is finding a way to strike that balance of the aforementioned principles in your daily eating habits.
"Nutrition information seems to be a moving target," she said. "Our patients are confused; the public at large is confused. When a confused mind tries to go to the grocery store or make decisions about what to feed their family, they become very conflicted and that's not a healthy way to approach food."
For more of Dr. May's advice on eating healthy from a practical, common sense approach, listen to her full interview with me, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway steadfastly defended ag spending during a recent appropriations hearing. His show of loyalty to the people he serves won him the praise of his constituents. The group, Plains Cotton Growers, released a statement thanking the Chairman for his support of agricultural producers and protecting their interests.
"Growers in the PCG service area are fortunate to have excellent Congressional representation, including and especially Chairman Conaway," PCG President Johnie Reed, a cotton grower from Kress, Texas, said. "The Chairman has been relentless in his pursuit of solid farm policy and programs that will help not only his direct constituents, but all of us in agriculture whose livelihood depends upon growing food and fiber."
Reed noted that Conaway's leadership on the House Agriculture Committee has benefited growers and the entire agricultural industry.
"We thank Chairman Conaway for his leadership in helping ensure a strong future for agriculture."
Read more of Reed's remarks on Chairman Conaway's advocacy on behalf of agriculturalists everywhere, by clicking here.
Chairman Conaway wasn't the only elected official being praised this week for his service. Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee were also commended for their efforts to help American farmers and ranchers, shedding light on the benefits of conservation.
The committee members heard the testimony of several USDA officials who spoke on the benefits provided to the American people through conservation programs offered by the USDA and the Farm Bill.
NAWG President David Schemm submitted a statement for the record, thanking the members for their efforts to preserve the conservation assistance for farmers.
"Cropping systems, climate, and soils vary across the country for wheat farmers. Accordingly, conservation programs need to provide farmers the flexibility they need to efficiently manage their resources.
"NAWG has prioritized working lands conservation programs in our discussions about the next Farm Bill and support the continuation of voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs.
to continue reading Schemm's statement in appreciation of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
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