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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Harvest Report of Season- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Harvest 98%
to 99% Complete
harvest is wrapped up in most parts of the state with harvest taking
place in areas of Southwest and South Central Oklahoma as well as in
the Panhandle regions. In most places all areas are 95 percent or
more completed with the exception of the Panhandle. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission
is calling harvest statewide to now be at 98 to 99% complete
in most regions with the exception of some areas in Southwest,
Oklahoma and the Panhandle.
Heavy rains slowed the progress of harvest in parts of the Panhandle
this weekend with some areas reporting anywhere from one inch to two
inches of moisture depending on the location. Out in the Hooker
Guymon area, harvest is now predicted to be 75% complete, while in
the Boise City area it is predicted to be 25% complete. Producers are
finishing up on the dryland wheat around the Hooker area and have
started in the irrigated wheat this past week.
According to the Wheat Commission- yields have ranged from the 30s to
the 60s across the state, with a lot of forty to fifty bushel per
acre fields reported statewide. Except for the southwest, where
rains hurt wheat quality- test weights stayed above sixty pounds from
start to finish in 2016. Protein levels have struggled- but
have generally ranged from 10.5 to 11.5% for this year's Oklahoma
To read the complete report- the final report for the Oklahoma Wheat
Commission for 2016- click
AND- for those of you that want to check on the latest Kansas wheat harvest
here for Day 15 of the Kansas Wheat Harvest- courtesy of the
Kansas Wheat Alliance.
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And a reminder- the Oklahoma Farm Bureau is hosting Get on Tap with 777
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to learn more about State Question 777, or the Right to Farm bill.
Guests will enjoy free appetizers and drinks. The event will also
collect items of fresh produce to be donated to the City Rescue
Mission. Get on Tap with 777 happens Thursday, June 30 at 5
p.m. at TapWerk's Ale House in Oklahoma
Sorghum and Soybean Crops Mostly Good to Excellent Nationally- Wheat
Harvest Rolls in the Plains
The US Crop Progress report continues to call the 2016 US Corn Crop
in exceptional condition, with 75% of the crop rated in good to
excellent condition- six percentage points better than at this point
in 2015. The US Soybean crop is also looking better than the crop of
a year ago- the 2016 crop being called 72% in good to excellent shape
versus 63% in good to excellent condition in late June of 2015. Grain
sorghum is now largely planted in the US, with 95% now in the ground
and the crop called 70% in good to excellent condition- up two percentage
points from the crop of 2015.
The US Cotton crop is sitting at the same condition rating as we saw
at this point in 2015- 56% in good to excellent and 36% rated in fair
The harvest of the US Winter Wheat Crop has made significant progress
in the latest week- jumping from 20% complete nationally to 45% done
in this latest report- that's twelve percentage points ahead of the
2015 harvest and four percentage points ahead of the five year
here for the USDA Crop Progress report as released yesterday
the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows USDA getting closer to the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission harvest number we detailed above- USDA now
harvest 87% complete in the state- four points ahead
of the five year average.
Despite social media reports we have been seeing about dry weather in
parts of Oklahoma hurting the 2016 corn crop- USDA says it is 81% in
good to excellent shape- and that other spring planted crops are
looking mighty fine in the state as well. Click
here for the state of Oklahoma Crop Weather update as released
In our Crop Progress summary on the website- we also have details of
the Kansas and Texas reports- click
here to jump over to read more and to grab the links for those
OSU Hard Red Wheat Variety Bentley Tops OSU Wheat Variety Trials for
more variety trial plots have been reported on- and the test plots in
Afton, Alva and Thomas have helped make Bentley the
top performing wheat variety in the OSU wheat trials in 2016- both in
the rankings and in average yield per bushel for all locations. These
ratings have been calculated for the varieties that have been found
in all fifteen locations reported on thus far in 2016.
Here are the top six varieties that were a part of all trials
harvested to date by OSU Small Grains Specialist Dr. David Marburger:
bushels per acre
WB Grainfield 63.67 bushels per acre
62.26 bushels per acre
61.73 bushels per acre
60.13 bushels per acre
59.87 bushels per acre
Read more about our analysis of the wheat plot trials across the
state for the 2016 crop by clicking
or tapping here- Marburger says the last of the plots will be
reported soon- what remains are the plots in the Panhandle.
By the way- a tip of the hat to our intern working with us this
Horn of Edmond, for crunching the numbers from all of
the plot locations for us. Kalee is an Ag Communications/Ag
Education Major at OSU.
Honor of This Coming Weekend- Two Barbecue Trends Ya Gotta Love!
is based in Canada- but do offer meat products not just in Canada but
also into the US. And- their in house Chef, Curtis Dool,
has some thoughts on two of the trends he thinks are REALLY BIG right
now among consumers that love to grill.
Those hot trends include- Burgers Are Boss and Bacon is BIG.
are boss. According to recent statistics,
42% of consumers eat burgers at least once a week. Consumers eat an
average of 3.7 burgers per month - even more than pizza, which
consumers eat an average of 3.2 times a month.
may be forever popular, but what is in the burgers is changing, with
more blending of pork and beef. The pork is lower cost and helps to
provide moisture and give a different bite to the burger,"
according to Curtis Dool- the in House Chef we mentioned above.
He noted that what people are putting on their burgers
is also new: "Unique and gourmet condiments are trending, such
as fancy combinations of mustard, banana ketchup and kimchi, as well
as spicy options such as sriracha and ghost peppers."
Bacon is big.
Bacon-wrapped fillets have been a standard for years and have evolved
to lower-cost bacon-wrapped sirloin and other cuts. "The
popularity of carnival food has raised new interest in all things
wrapped in bacon - from burgers and wieners to meat loaf, sausages
and chicken tenders," Dool said.
You can read more about the trends in a special feature piece on the
Feedstuffs website- click
here to read it.
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They seek to educate OCA members on the latest production techniques
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Dr. Darrell Peel Examines
Recent Volatility in Beef and Cattle Markets
Dr. Derrell Peel,
Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist,
regularly offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry.
This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow
Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk.
Today, Dr. Peel examines recent factors contributing to current
volatility in the beef markets.
"A wide variety of internal and external factors are impacting
beef and cattle price levels and volatility. Beef production is at a
seasonal peak in June with weekly beef production since late May
estimated to be nearly 7 percent above year ago levels. Fed cattle
prices have dropped and could be near an early seasonal low with
feedlots ahead of schedule for summer marketings. Year over year
cattle slaughter is up while cattle carcass weights are lower
compared to last year, moderating beef production increases somewhat.
"With Independence Day meat already booked, wholesale beef
values have dropped sharply the past ten days to support sales of
seasonally large beef supplies. If the three-day July 4 weekend
results in strong retail beef movement, beef markets may maintain
good momentum through the summer doldrums between July 4 and Labor
Day meat sales in August."
Peel goes on to write about his thoughts on this past Friday's Cattle
on Feed report and more- click
here to read his full analysis.
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Purdue Unveils What They
Call a Progressive Animal Care Plan for Their Birds
Farms announced this week new animal welfare standards that
the company says will improve care for birds on its farms, trucks and
slaughterhouses. Titled 2016 and Beyond: Next Generation of Perdue
Commitments to Animal Care, the plan was developed with input from
stakeholders such as farmers, academics and leaders of animal
advocate organizations who were invited by Perdue to help shape this
progressive animal care plan that sets new industry standards.
Among the changes, Perdue said it would adopt controlled-atmosphere
stunning at all of its slaughterhouses, moving away from shackling
live animals. This means the birds will be rendered unconscious
before being unloaded off trucks and therefore more calmly processed
through the slaughter plant. Perdue said it would install windows in
broiler houses to provide birds natural light and provide more space
per bird in barns.
Perdue Farms, already about 14 years into efforts to remove
antibiotics entirely from its products, is effectively transferring
practices it has learned from organic chicken production
company-wide. The changes will be implemented over a period of seven
More details of the Purdue announcement can be read by clicking
Secretary of Agriculture Jim
Reese issued a statement Monday on the death of
Guymon agriculture producer Jim
Draper, 82, who died early Sunday:
"Oklahoma agriculture, conservation, and the Panhandle have lost
a great advocate and leader in Jimmie Draper. Jimmie was a kind and
generous man who would host just about any group any time on his
family farm near Guymon. We extend our sympathies to his family,
while sharing with them that he will be greatly missed by the rest of
us as well."
With the statement, Bryan Painter, who worked for the Daily Oklahoman
and wrote about agriculture and rural Oklahoma, offered up an article
that he wrote about Draper and his eclectic collection of stuff that
people all over the country have stopped and spent time looking at.
You can read Bryan's article from 2006 on Jimmy Draper and his stuff
Down through the years, I have stopped at the Draper homestead seven
or eight times- at least. I always was amazed how much stuff
and how every time that you went- you would see something different
from days gone by. It has always been amazing to me how many
different license plates were up on the walls- all over the place.
At least a couple of times- we did radio broadcasts from there with
the local radio stations that we have had worked with- and the
clutter just made it feel comfortable.
There's even a website for this unofficial museum of stuff- click here to check it
out- Jimmy would be glad to have you take a look at some of the pics
of the place.
Funeral services are planned for Thursday in Guymon- click here
for his obituary.
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