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Quality Will be Crucial to Wheat Prices at Harvest Time, Kim Anderson Says

Thu, 22 May 2014 17:53:33 CDT

Quality Will be Crucial to Wheat Prices at Harvest Time, Kim Anderson Says
Grain elevators in southern Oklahoma could begin seeing their first loads of winter wheat in just days, depending on the weather. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Marketing Specialist says in his preview to this week's SUNUP program that this year's crop will get a lot of scrutiny.


"The first thing they'll do when the wheat comes across the scale is pull a representative sample and they're going to determine the grade based on the published grading standards. They'll send samples of that wheat off to determine the milling quality of that wheat. They'll be looking at protein. They'll be looking at strength. They'll be looking at those milling characteristics. The flour mills want to see what quality is there as do the elevators so they'll know how to price it and how to sell that product."


Anderson said that he expects prices at the elevator to be in the $7.10 range, but that could fall depending upon the quality of the crop. He said he expects prices will hold in that range until well into harvest.


Also on this week's SUNUP program:


--The show travels to DASNR's North Central Research Station at Lahoma to discuss wheat variety development during drought with Brett Carver and wheat disease detection with Bob Hunger. Also, Brian Arnall offers tips on nitrogen management for crops.


-In the Mesonet report, Al Sutherland and Gary McManus examine the consecutive days without measurable rainfall, this week's 100 F temperatures, plant water demand and the latest drought monitor.


-Then, Sara Place has an overview of the practice of sustainable agriculture.


-In Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk explains the best storage methods for round hay bales.


-SUNUP travels to Enid for the recent grain grading school led by Kim Anderson. Kim also looks at how crop quality impacts prices and the other factors influencing price as harvest begins.


-Finally, in Shop Stop, Randy Taylor and Wayne Kiner show how to remove a plastic flywheel from a small engine.


Catch SUNUP: Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & Sundays at 6 a.m. on OETA-TV or online at http://www.sunup.okstate.edu or http://www.youtube.com/sunuptv.


   
   

Kim Anderson previews this year's wheat crop for SUNUP.
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