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  • Abandoned Fields and Low Yields Add Up to 178 Million Bushel HRW Crop Estimate in Kansas to Conclude Wheat Tour

  • Improvements Seen in All Categories in This Week’s Oklahoma Drought Monitor

  • OSU’s Morgan Pfeiffer Highlights Beef Industry Progress in NBQA

  • Lankford Wants to Keep Improving Access to Health Care for Rural Oklahomans

  • Kim Anderson Talks Overview of Global Hard Red Winter Wheat

  • Seed Must Provide Economic and Environmental Benefits for Producers and Consumers

  • OSU Ag Research Collaborates With African researchers to Combat Ticks

  • More Stories For Your Weekend Reading

Abandoned Fields and Low Yields Result in Prediction of 178 Million Bushel Kansas Wheat Crop

The 2023 Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas wrapped up on May 18. During the three days of wheat scouting, tour participants traveled six routes from Manhattan to Colby to Wichita and back to Manhattan. (The picture here is typical for day three- a field near Goessel, Ks with a calculated yield of 37.4 BPA)

The three-day average calculated yield for the fields that will be harvested was 30 bushels per acre and a total production estimate of 178 million bushels.

That's even lower than the 1963 crop of 185 million bushels for the state- and you have to go back to historic drought in the 1950s to find a smaller crop- 1957 was the low water mark in a period of 1953-57 when Kansas was below 200 million bushels several years in a row- the 1957 crop is the historic low for Kansas (post Dust Bowl) when they produced just 100 million bushels.

While an estimated 8.1 million acres of wheat were planted in the fall, the Kansas wheat crop has suffered from a multi-year drought, which has robbed the state’s yield potential and resulted in many abandoned fields.(The picture above is from day two and shows a field near Lakin, Ks that the scouts were told had been zeroed out by insurance adjusters- got rain and in the last few days has finally sprouted.)

The scouts are suggesting that the final harvested acres number may be around 5.9 million acres, well under the 6.6 million acres that USDA predicted would be harvested in their May Crop Production report.

Read More from the final day of the Wheat Quality Council Tour Here
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Improvements Seen in All Categories in This Week’s Oklahoma Drought Monitor

According to the latest Oklahoma Drought Map, Exceptional drought has decreased from last week’s 10.09 percent and is now at 8.88 percent.

Extreme drought or worse has also improved this week, as it decreased from 33.10 percent last week to 30.67 percent this week.

Severe drought or worse has decreased significantly from last week’s 48.07 percent to this week’s 43.81 percent.

Moderate drought or worse has improved from last week’s 52.47 percent to this week’s 50.19 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions have improved significantly, moving from last week’s 60.81 percent to 55.79 percent this week.

According to the 6-10-day precipitation outlook map, the probability of precipitation increases as the map moves west. The far east side of the state stands as a near normal chance of precipitation through May 27, and that chance increases all the way through the far west side of the panhandle, which is leaning above a 50 to 60 percent chance of precipitation.

Click the Oklahoma drought map above the story to view this week's drought numbers for Oklahoma.

Click here to read a national drought summary and see this week's graphs and charts

OSU’s Morgan Pfeiffer Highlights Beef Industry Progress in NBQA

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am visiting with Oklahoma State University’s Morgan Pfeiffer about the National Beef Quality Audit.

The National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) is a comprehensive survey that evaluates beef industry efforts to improve beef quality. Conducted every five years since 1991, the checkoff-funded Audit assesses progress the industry makes on a variety of production issues that ultimately affect consumer demand for beef. Pfeiffer is one of the researchers aiding in the 2022 National Beef Quality Audit.

“Part of the audit is also training graduate students, so that is how I got started,” Pfeiffer said. “In 2016, I was a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State, and I served as our lead grad student on the audit. During that time, I helped with interviews, implant collections and was able to go to the strategy workshop.”

Now, as a member of the faculty in the OSU animal and food sciences department, Pfeiffer said her role is a little different.

As Pfeiffer has been a part of a few of these audits, she said she has seen the progress made over the years.

“To look back at those documents that were produced and see that they were concerned with increasing quality and making sure the product was exactly what consumers wanted from that aspect, and today we are concerned with more ‘nit-picky’ type of things because the quality of our products has become so expected and it is something we should be really proud of,” Pfeiffer said. “We are producing a product that consumers love because of that quality.”

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Lankford Wants to Keep Improving Access to Health Care for Rural Oklahomans

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) participated in a Senate Finance Committee Health Care Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Improving Health Care Access in Rural Communities: Obstacles and Opportunities.” Lankford’s questions focused on the meaningful work Oklahoma rural health care facilities provide in caring for their communities, the challenges they face, and his work to ensure they not only stay open but are able to thrive under a payment system that best suits their needs. Lankford also asked about rural health care facilities’ challenges recruiting quality providers to their locations, while specifically citing Duncan Regional Hospital’s success in creating a local pipeline for health workforce needs in that area. He also discussed the success of federally qualified health centers in Oklahoma but also highlighted their challenges within the 340B program. Lankford also asked about Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fees and their overwhelmingly negative impact on even the highest quality pharmacies in rural Oklahoma.

Lankford remains a strong advocate for addressing health care access deficiencies in rural Oklahoma and around the nation. Last week, Lankford introduced his Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act, which would support financially vulnerable rural hospitals facing risk of closure. Lankford announced a huge win late last year for rural hospital access in Oklahoma and around the nation after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) rule. The rule, among other things, redefined a “primary” road for purposes of establishing the distance a hospital must be from another hospital to receive CMS’ Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation.

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Kim Anderson Talks Overview of Global Hard Red Winter Wheat

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the wheat crop all over the world.

This time last week, Anderson said the USDA released the May WASDE report, and NASS released the 2024 crop production report. The news concentrated on the hard red winter wheat crop, Anderson said, which is at 513 million bushels, only three percent less than last year, but significantly lower than the 800-million-bushel average.

“It is the second short hard red winter wheat crop in a row, and hard red winter wheat stocks are tight,” Anderson said. “The market concentrated in on Oklahoma’s crop at 49.5 million bushels- second low crop in a row.”

Texas, Anderson said, has had a short crop as well.

“Kansas had a disaster as well at 1.91 million bushels,” Anderson said.

Looking back to April 1, Anderson said there has been a $1.65 increase in hard red winter wheat prices.

“If you compare hard red winter wheat prices to soft red winter wheat prices, hard red winter wheat prices are about $2.50 higher than the soft prices,” Anderson said.

Click here to see the lineup for this week's SUNUP and listen to Kim Anderson on the grain markets

Seed Must Provide Economic and Environmental Benefits for Producers and Consumers

Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk, is visiting with the Vice President of Government Affairs at the American Seed Trade Association, Janae Brady, about a seed industry update and 2023 farm bill priorities.

Brady first talked about the importance of intellectual property protection to innovation.

“Intellectual property is really key for our plant breeders to be able to put forward the most innovative technology available, and it is something that our industry relies on to encourage innovation largely, so we are constantly looking for the next best type of technology out there,” Brady said. “I think often, the general public doesn’t think about seeds in the world of technology, but we really have been able to produce the best seed in the world because of our systems in place for plant breeders in particular.”

Risk management tools such as crop insurance are critical for producers going forward, Brady said, to continue to have those innovations in the seed industry.

“For us, one of the front lines of risk management is the high-quality, professionally produced seed that you put into the ground,” Brady said. “If you are trying to overcome challenges with weather or if you are trying to get the highest yields, or nutritional value, or so many different things that you want in that end-product of food, really does start with that seed you put into the ground.”

Click here to read more and listen to the full conversation with Janae Brady

OSU Ag Research collaborates with African researchers to combat ticks

An Oklahoma State University researcher recently traveled to Namibia, located in southwest Africa, to establish a relationship with the University of Namibia in hopes of combating one of the world’s most problematic parasites.

“I’ve wanted to get back to Namibia ever since I arrived here,” said Bruce Noden, OSU associate professor of medical and veterinary entomology, who worked at the Polytechnic of Namibia (now the Namibia University of Science and Technology) from 2010 to 2013.

In Oklahoma, Noden has studied the encroachment of eastern red cedar and the tendency of ticks to live underneath the invasive tree species. In the dry climate of western Oklahoma, ticks prefer the humid climate under eastern red cedars.

Namibia faces a similar tick problem with the invasive plant species of thorn bushes and trees.

“The eastern red cedar is providing a habitat that ticks would not normally have in the dry climate, so our question was if it’s happening here with this tree, what’s happening in parts of Africa experiencing woody plant encroachment?” said Noden, who traveled to Namibia for six weeks in January and February through the Department of State’s Fulbright Specialist Program, which allows short-term trips for creating collaborative relationships, teaching courses or helping institutions establish curriculum.

Click here to read here about Dr. Noden's research findings and his trip to Namibia

More Stories For Your Weekend Reading

Oklahoma Pecan conference and trade show slated for June 1-3
Oklahoma’s Best Beef Competition Receives Statewide Award
Implanting Calves Preweaning with Paul Beck
AFIA Applies Pressure to Protect Animal Feed Exports
NCBA Endorses Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Animal Health
Pork Producers Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan Animal Health Bill
John Deere debuts new 4075R Compact Utility Tractor and MY2024 upgrades for 3R- and 4-Series models
Internal Parasite Control in Spring Calving Herds
Bipartisan Group of Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Common Name Protection in Upcoming Farm Bill
U.S. Corn Farmers May Be Called to Fill Void Left by War in Ukraine
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