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Saturday and Sunday Raise Red Flags Over Status of 2016 HRW Wheat
Temperatures across Oklahoma on Saturday morning and Sunday morning
fell well below freezing in much of the winter wheat and winter
canola growing areas in the state. The graphic here from the Mesonet
shows the number of hours below freezing as of Sunday afternoon that
reflects the total number of hours from both mornings that
temperatures were below 32 degrees.
The 2016 winter wheat crop is somewhat behind normal development,
based on the March 14th Crop Weather Update, which showed just ten
percent of the Oklahoma wheat crop had reached jointing at that
point. However, the numbers of hours below freezing and how cold it
got will figure into what the damage. Mark Hodges, with Plains Grains,
Inc, told us Sunday that "I have significant concern- probably
most concerned about the areas below 25 degrees for several hours
where wheat was in the most advanced stages (the southwestern quarter
of Oklahoma). Like always, it will likely take several days to assess
"On the positive side, we have generally very good root systems,
very good tiller development and with favorable weather from here on
out(relatively cool with adequate moisture), there is still in most
cases time to recover." Mark adds a good example of that kind of
recovery happened in the April freeze of 1997.
We also talked with Mike
Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- and he says
we will have to wait for about a week before freeze damage will
become evident- and there are a lot of factors that will determine
how much damage there is on almost a field by field basis.
here for our complete story with additional maps and thoughts
from others in the wheat industry about what the below 32 degree
temps may have done over the Palm Sunday weekend.
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Million Dollars Generated by Sale of Champions at OYE- Including
$75,000 for 2016 Grand Champion Market Steer
The Sale of Champions that helped conclude the 101st Annual Oklahoma
Youth Expo this past Friday afternoon turned out to be the second
best premium sale ever for the Oklahoma City spring show. OYE
officials estimate that $1.1 million dollars was invested into the
lives of 211 Oklahoma 4-H and FFA students that qualified market
animals for the sale.
At the top of the sale, the Grand Champion Market Steer brought
the second highest total ever- $75,000.
The Steer, owned and shown by Baylor
Bonham of Newcastle FFA, was purchased by a buyers
consortium that included Express Ranches, Livestock Nutrition Center,
Lopez Foods and Bank of Western Oklahoma.
The Grand Champion Market Barrow
was second to sell- and a consortium of buyers also pooled their
money and paid $30,000
for the Barrow shown by Karli
Schwerdtfeger of Stratford 4-H. Her barrow was the
Grand Champion Hampshire market hog- and the buyers groups included
Oklahoma State Fair, the Tom Gilliam Family and Stockman Auction
The Grand Market Lamb
was the Crossbred Champion and Makensie
Goggin of Bethel 4-H owns and watched with excitement
as her lamb brought $21,000.
That bid came from yet another consortium of Touchstone Energy,
Cusack Meats and the Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma. In the
case of both the Barrow and the Lamb, the price received by the owner
of the Grand saw a price for their animal under that of the record
2015 Centennial but higher than the prices for the Grand Champion of
that species in 2014.
The Grand Champion Market Goat
owned by Megan
Greathouse of Ft. Gibson FFA ended up with a bid of $12,000 that
was paid by a group that included Show Rite Feeds, McDonalds and the
here for our complete webstory that also details the sale of the
Reserve Grands and the Bronze Medallion winners.
Our thanks to ITC, Your
Energy Superhighway for sponsoring our 2016 reports about the
AND- we remind you that our
FLICKR album of OYE pictures is online for you to check out- we
have over 2,000 photos up there and we still have a few more to add
from the day of market animals being shown last Thursday.
on Feed Placements Jump Ten Percent Above a Year Ago- Tom Leffler
Calls Report Negative
The March US Department of Agriculture Cattle on Feed Numbers came in
higher than a year ago- and according to Tom Leffler
with Leffler Commodities, the numbers "came in a little larger
than expected- that's real negative part of this report."
According to USDA, Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market
in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head
totaled 10.8 million head on March 1, 2016. The inventory was one
percent above March 1, 2015. Leffler says that this is the largest
March first on feed number of the last three years and the largest on
feed number thus far this calendar year.
Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.71 million head, 10
percent above 2015. Net placements were 1.65 million head. Pre report
guesses were 8.5% above a year ago, so the placements at ten percent
higher than March first of 2015 is somewhat bearish.
It's worth noting that we have seldom seen placements larger than a
year ago- as this is only the fourth time in the past two years we
have had placements above the placement figures of a year ago. One of
the reasons that Placements ended up above a year ago- Texas
placements spiked twenty one percent above that of a year ago.
Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.59 million head, 5
percent above 2015- the marketings were close to what traders were
here to read more and a chance to listen to Tom talk with us
about the Cattle on Feed numbers for March.
Jimmy Emmons Talks
No-Till, Cover Crops and Soil Health with Yours Truly In the Field
Soil Health is developing into a movement that many farmers across
the country are buying into- using practices like no-till, crop
rotation, cover crops and more. And one of the leaders of this
movement in Oklahoma is Dewey County wheat and canola farmer Jimmy Emmons.
Emmons, currently serving as the Vice President of the Oklahoma Association of
Conservation Districts, started incorporating no-
till into his farming operation in 1995- and now has a complete
no-till operation, defining that as "a compelete no till
operation is zero till- it would be no tillage, no vertical tillage
and you would be just opening a small slot in the ground to place the
seed in the residue and the dirt."
We recently sat down and talked with Jimmy about his No Till efforts-
and how that is a foundational part of the Soil Health efforts being
promoted by many in the Conservation movement. Click
here to both see our conversation with Jimmy that was aired this
past Sunday morning on KWTV, News9, as well as the chance to listen
to our more in depth audio Q&A.
Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to
the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over
the past 22 years- and 2015 was the best yet!
Now is the time to
put on your 2016 calendar the date for the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show,
coming April 14,
15 and 16, 2016. Contact Ron Bormaster
at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or
organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
Click here for
more details about the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by
Midwest Farm Shows
AND- we are
starting our search for horses for the Horse Training
Sessions that will be happening twice daily with Scott Daily.
Call me at
405-841-3675 and leave details about a horse you
would like to have Scott use in his training sessions at the 2016 OKC
You Are a Monarch Butterfly- It's ALL About the Milkweed- So BASF Has
Established the Living Acres Initiative
It's all about the Milkweed. At least, it is if you are a Monarch
Butterfly. The Monarch is one of the most beloved insects in the
United States- and the annual journey that Monarchs take from Mexico
up into the United States and eventually to Canada is nothing short
of amazing. According to Dr.
Harold Coble, that journey is totally dependent on
Monarchs finding Milkweed along their flight paths. And in recent
years, that has become problematic.
Dr. Coble, a Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University,
has worked with BASF on research that has considered the best ways to
establish milkweed plots in non crop areas along the traditional
fight paths that Monarch Butterflies take from Mexico across the
United States- including in Texas and Oklahoma. The Monarch will only
lay its eggs on a Milkweed plant- and the number of Monarchs that are
able to make their journey northward each year is dependent on
finding milkweed plants to establish their next generation.
here to learn more about the need for Milkweed by the Monarch
Butterfly- and how BASF is promoting planting of Milkweed patches
along the normal migratory path of the Monarch to rebuild the numbers
of the popular insect.
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Southern Plains Wheat
Disease Update- Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU
On a weekly basis during the late winter and spring growing season
for the Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop, OSU Extension Wheat
Bob Hunger reports on disease conditions of the crop.
Here is a bit of his report released on Saturday, March 19th:
"This past week I looked at wheat around Stillwater as well as
in central OK (Blaine County NW of Oklahoma City; Kingfisher just NW
of OKC; Apache in Caddo County SW of OKC), and in SW OK around Altus.
I saw wheat as far along as approaching flag leaf emergence to at
growth stage 6-7. The more advanced wheat typically was planted
relatively early and not grazed. Everywhere I was had sufficient
moisture, although areas in southwestern and western OK were getting
to a point where some rain definitely would be beneficial."
Click or tap here to see Dr.
Hunger's full report. In addition, he cited Mike Schulte
from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission who reported seeing fields with
severe infestation of Bird Cherry Oat Aphid in Kingfisher and
Canadian counties. Dr.
Tom Royer has a Fact Sheet updated this past week
that offers practical advice on this pest- click here
for the link to the PDF that can be seen online.
Ag Groups Unite to
Support EPA in Lawsuit Seeking to Ban Seed Treatment
An industry coalition consisting of CropLife America, the American Soybean
Association, the American Seed Trade Association, the Ag Retailers
Association, the National Cotton Council of America, the National
Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers
Association, asked a federal court on this past week
to allow them to join the lawsuit Anderson v. McCarthy, case no.
4:16-cv-00068 (N.D. Cal. filed Jan. 6, 2016).
The suit, brought by a number of plaintiffs including environmental
activists, requests a court order requiring the Environmental
Protection Agency to regulate seeds treated with neonicotinoids as
pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide
Act (FIFRA), which provides authority to EPA to regulate pesticides.
The coalition seeks to join the lawsuit to defend EPA's current
regulation of neonicotinoid seed treatments and to ensure that the
court and EPA understand the vital importance of treated seeds to American
Both the American Soybean Association and the National Association of
Wheat Growers have issued statements about this lawsuit- click
here to see their comments and read more.
This n That- Pecan Vote,
Horses Needed and Sorghum Growers to Meet
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing
Service is conducting a referendum among pecan growers to determine
if they support a proposed Federal marketing order for pecans grown
in 15 states.
The referendum is underway through March 30,
2016. AMS, which oversees marketing orders, has mailed ballot materials
to all known eligible pecan growers in the proposed 15-state
production area which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona,
California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri,
Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, and Texas. The proposed marketing order would
become effective if approved by either two-thirds of the growers
voting in the referendum or by those representing at least two-thirds
of the volume of pecans grown by those voting in the referendum.
We need horses in April for the OKC
Farm Show!!!! We are starting our
search for horses for the Horse Training Sessions that will be
happening twice daily with Scott
Call me at
405-841-3675 and leave details about a horse you
would like to have Scott use in his training sessions at the 2016 OKC
Farm Show!!! The dates for the 2016 show are April 14-16.
You can also email me by clicking here. Put Horse Training
in the Subject Line.
The Oklahoma Sorghum Association will hold their Annual Producer's
Meeting in Enid At the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Pavilion Meeting
Room 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.
The meeting will provide valuable information informing producers' on
a range of topics including: Host Plants and Sorghum Resistance to
Sugarcane Aphid by Scott
Armstrong PhD ARS Research Entomologist,
Variety Trial Update and Sugarcane Aphid Control Tracy Beedy,
PhD Area Agronomy Research & Extension Specialist at OPREC, the
use of Starter Fertilizers in Sorghum Production by Brian Arnall
PhD Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, Sorghum Economic
Milacek Area Ag Econ Specialist, and Spotlight on
McCurry Regional Director of Sorghum Checkoff.
Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Jordan Shearer
OSA chairmen by emailing Jordan or calling
him at 405.612.2843
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