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Thursday, June 20, 2019
| Featured Story: OK Wheat Crop 25% Harvested as Rains Cause Further Delays, Some Fields ID'd as a Complete Loss
According to the latest report from the OK Wheat Commission, the Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to expand from the Texas border to the Kansas border. Rain continues to delay harvest in central and northern areas of the state. Parts of Northern Oklahoma have been so water logged in fact, they are now being considered a complete loss. In the upland areas where producers have managed to start cutting, yields and test weights still seem to be favorable. Protein levels are averaging within a range of 10.5 to 11.3 percent.
No sprout damage has yet been reported coming across scales at elevators. However, agronomists and producers are aware that it exists in several water-logged fields that have been scouted. In many instances, those fields will most likely not be harvested.
OWC Executive Director Mike Schulte says "If we can miss the upcoming predicted rains this weekend and get into a drier weather pattern, elevator managers are hopeful sprout damage is not something we are going to have to deal with."
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 25 percent complete as of Wednesday afternoon, June 19th. Click here to read the full report. The OWC will publish its next harvest report on Monday, June 24, 2019.
BY the way- from social media- we have noticed reports of harvest well up into Kansas the last day or so- they are facing some of the same challenges with rains delaying harvest in the Sunflower State a huge amount this year as well. One report that we saw had some loads of wheat arriving at the local elevator in Moundridge, Ks in the last day or so.
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Wheat Harvest Way Behind Schedule Though Crop Remains Mostly in Good Condition Despite Rain
According to Josh Lofton, Assistant Professor and Cropping Systems Extension Specialist at Oklahoma State University, persistently wet conditions have significantly slowed the progress of Oklahoma's wheat harvest. However, while some fields have been damaged due to the rain, Lofton says most of the wheat that is still standing still looks very good.
Already, Lofton says most areas of the state have accumulated their annual rainfall amounts during the first five months of this year anywhere from 20 to 30 inches. However, Lofton explains that it is not necessarily the total amounts that have hurt farmers but rather the on again off again pattern of rainfall we seem to be in that has prevented harvesters from entering their fields.
Prior to the rains, Lofton says the crop looked exceptional. He contends that the majority of it still does though there have been reports of lodging - enough apparently to force some fields to be either abandoned or hayed. Aside from those cases, though, Lofton says the crop's quality has held up fairly well despite the complications caused by the weather.
You can listen to Lofton speak more about the 2019 Oklahoma wheat crop and harvest, as well as this year's canola and corn crop condition, by clicking or tapping here
| Producers Cheer EPA's Decision to Grant Emergency Exemptions for Sulfoxaflor's Use on Sorghum
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently granted exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act for use of sulfoxaflor on cotton and sorghum. The exemptions were originally granted earlier in 2019 and late 2018 for the 2019 growing season.
National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson says sorghum growers are "grateful the EPA is standing by U.S. farmers," as sulfoxaflor is critical for sorghum crop protection.
The invasive sugarcane aphid, first confirmed in the U.S. in 2013, has had a devastating impact in many sorghum-producing states. In just the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M calculated sugarcane aphid infestations reduced farmer profit by $20.3 million, or $64.29 per acre, in 2014 and $11.21 million, or $36.17 per acre, in 2015. Sulfoxaflor is vital to control of the invasive pest and is the best tool to avoid devastating impacts, according to National Sorghum Producers. The EPA first acknowledged the emergency exemption in 2014 and has approved the use of sulfoxaflor in grain sorghum each subsequent year.
| Market Watcher Derrell Peel Shares His Advice on How to Build Your Strategy Around Market's Mounting Volatility
There is uncertainty in the feed grain market with millions of acres not being planted in 2019, which will likely translate to higher feed grain prices. This is expected to add pressure on stocker and yearling prices moving forward, creating a much more volatile market environment than what has been experienced in recent years. With that being said, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist, is advising producers to stay on top of what is happening in the marketplace and closely monitor the situation as it develops.
"We're talking about a lot of uncertainty right now - a lot of dynamics in the market. We've enjoyed relatively stable markets for about two years, and I think we're now back into a little more volatile situation," Peel said. "So, one of the things is just keeping an eye on things. One thing producers need to do is just try to stay as light on their feet as they can. The more nimble you can be... can be an important strategy."
He says this is especially true in clearing hurdles that pop up over the short run. The market is extremely sensitive and reactive to whatever comes out of the headlines on almost a daily basis.
You can listen to the whole conversation between Dr. Peel and I on yesterday's Beef Buzz - here.
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| New Bee Better Program Promotes Symbiotic Relationship of Pollinator Ecosystems and Working Lands
Pollinators and their habitats are an integral part of agricultural landscapes and, recognizing recent pollinator population declines, producers across the United States are stepping up to create and maintain pollinator habitat on their farmland. These voluntary efforts exemplify the symbiotic relationship of healthy pollinator ecosystems and working lands.
The Xeres Society has been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff and producers across the country to certify pollinator habitat under a new Bee Better Certification that identifies agricultural products that were produced using pollinator-friendly practices, for producers.
So far, there have been seven farms certified by the project covering more than 4,000 farms and it anticipates to certify 18,000 more acres of farmland over the next two years.
You can read more about the Bee Better Program, by jumping over to our website.
| They Won't Know Unless We Tell Them: Chuck Coffey, CBB Chairman on the Beef Checkoff's Importance
The following is an op-ed authored by Chuck Coffey, Cattlemen's Beef Board Chairman. In his op-ed, Coffey defended the importance of the Checkoff. He says the industry needs to do a better job of educating producers about the program.
"I can honestly say inserting myself into a conversation is difficult from time to time. As a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Oklahoma, I don't take credit for things I don't earn. I don't raise havoc when things get tough. And, I certainly don't pat myself on the back when things go right. Being humble is a way of life for those of us in the agriculture industry, but sometimes humility can be our biggest downfall.
"The Beef Checkoff is one of the beef industry's greatest achievements, yet few of us talk about the many ways it has benefited producers since its enactment in 1985. One of the biggest challenges facing the beef industry today is the fact that many producers don't know what the checkoff is, what it does or how it benefits cattlemen and women every single day.
"The only way to face this challenge is head on-by having the conversation. Beef farmers and ranchers need to start sharing successes, asking questions and voicing opinions about the Beef Checkoff. There is a new generation of young beef producers who are now responsible for their families' operations, and they've never lived in a world without the checkoff. It is up to those producers who have lived both with and without the checkoff to educate them on why it's a critical part of the beef industry."
You can continue reading Coffey's statement, by clicking over to our website.
| This 'N That - Superior Livestock Tallgrass Auction, Elderberry Workshop Hosted by Kerr Center, and Syngenta Rooted in Ag
Today's Superior Video Livestock Market is on location this morning in Pawhuska, Oklahoma- at the events center of the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile. The Tallgrass Yearling Auction kicks off at 9:00 AM this morning- Superior Sunrise will be live on the scene at 8:30 AM before that.
15,000 will be offered today- and if you can't make it to Pawhuska for the live event- it can all be seen on SLA-TV, which is on DISH Network, Channel 997 as well as on Superior Click to Bid.Com.
More details can be had by clicking or tapping here.
Interested in Growing Elderberries? Register Now for Upcoming Workshop Hosted by Kerr Center July 13
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host an elderberry workshop on Saturday, July 13th at the Kerr Center ranch near Poteau, Oklahoma.
The Kerr Center is evaluating several elderberry varieties under eastern Oklahoma growing conditions. The workshop will feature regional experts on elderberry production and marketing.
The workshop will begin with a field tour of the Kerr Center's elderberry trial on the horticulture farm. Following the tour, the classroom portion of the workshop will begin with a presentation by Patrick Byers who is part of the ongoing University of Missouri Extension project evaluating elderberries. After lunch, participants will hear from Brent Madding of 360 Farms in Webber Falls, Oklahoma. The Kerr Center's David Redhage will wrap up the workshop with an overview of the Kerr Center's elderberry project and its findings to date.
You can read more about how to register for the elderberry workshop, by clicking or tapping here
Syngenta Announces Finalists in Its #RootedinAg Contest, Community Invited to Vote for Favorite in Online Poll
After a record number of entries, Syngenta announced the three finalists in its annual #RootedinAg contest. The finalists will all receive a mini touch-screen tablet. They will now compete for the grand prize of $500, plus $1,000 donation to the winner's local charity or civic organization. Voting is now open on the #RootedinAg Contest page, anyone who votes also has the chance to win a $50 American Express gift card through a special drawing.
The finalists for this year's contest are Kathleen Sylvia Kelley Amaral from Griffinm Georgia, Krista Swanson from Oneida, Illinois, and Tammy Wiedenback from Lancaster, Wisconsin.
You can read more about the contest over on our website - here
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