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Kim Anderson Says First Wheat into the Elevator is About What He Expected in Terms of Quality

Thu, 31 May 2018 16:19:15 CDT

Kim Anderson Says First Wheat into the Elevator is About What He Expected in Terms of Quality This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Kim Anderson joins host Lyndall Stout again sharing some early reports from the field as wheat harvest gets underway in Oklahoma.

Anderson says based on what he has heard from the countryside, crops across Oklahoma are coming in as expected mostly with lower yields and spotty quality. He says producers who farmed with an intention of developing protein content in their wheat investing in nitrogen applications turned out some high-quality, high test weight wheat. Other farmers that did not make the investment in inputs this year are bringing in lower quality wheat. Overall, though, he says production will be lower and quality by and large will be better than the previous crop.

Elsewhere, Anderson says crops are looking relatively good, especially the farther north you go out of the drought areas of the Southern Plains. In Kansas, he says things look good except for the western part of the state that experience much of the same weather conditions as Oklahoma did this year. Crops in Montana and Wyoming look even better.

On the whole, Anderson says nationwide, quality again will be better though it will be a lighter production year. He anticipates a total US crop of roughly 150 million bushels. Around the world, a similar narrative is playing out. Anderson reports yield-reducing dryness in Russia, Australia and Canada. Anderson predicts this will bring worldwide production down from last year by two to three percent.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

Beyond Lyndall's weekly chat with Dr. Anderson- the SUNUP crew has a very full lineup for your viewing this weekend:

This week on SUNUP, we travel the state looking at the 2018 wheat crop. We start the show south of Alva in Woods County and find a thin crop is still trying to grow.

- In the Mesonet weather report, Al Sutherland explains how heat and humidity are impacting crops in eastern Oklahoma. Gary McManus says the recent rain could lessen the drought, but higher temperatures could intensify it.

- Next, we travel to Dewey County to visit a producer who decided to graze his wheat rather than take it to grain.

- We meet a Washita County producer who planted wheat following sesame this year.

- In Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk explains how large a heifer needs to be before it can breed in its first season.

- Then, we finish the tour in Tillman County with a producer who planted wheat into mud and didnít see rain again for months.

- Finally, David Marburger gives an overview of the growing season and the conditions leading to harvest.

Check out some of the photos from the 2018 SUNUP Wheat Tour.

Join us for SUNUP:
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
Sunday at 6 a.m. on OETA-TV



You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now
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