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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
OSU Wheat Specialist Dave Marburger Reviews His Last Crop Before Departing for New Opportunity
In case you haven't heard, our state's Extension Small Grains Specialist Dave Marburger will be leaving OSU this Friday to return to Illinois in pursuit of a new opportunity that will bring he and his wife closer to their families. Marburger made the announcement last week during the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Convention in El Reno. He took a moment that day to speak with us about this year's wheat crop and what we can learn from it as farmers prepare for the next growing season in 2019.
"It was a fight from the stat to the finish," he said, describing last year's crop. "Just an overall tough year production wise. But, I don't know if it's good or not, but (this year) is playing out similar to last year. We had quite a bit of rain in August and where wheat prices were at, people thinking about maybe focusing more on the forage or cattle a little more."
Unfortunately though, many producers soon found themselves in the same situation, deterred by dry weather, fall armyworms and other hindrances which lead to near record levels of abandonment and the lowest harvested acres in Oklahoma since 1919. While this crop may have been a bit of a bust, Marburger does say that we can at least come away from it with a little perspective that reminds us all to stick to the basics.
"The one thing I like to stress any year is first, let's focus on the basics - our fundamental agronomic practices," he said. "You really need to use that to build a good foundation. And then, as far as inputs go, this last season really taught us that if you use things like fungicide or insecticide and protect that yield potential, you'll end up making more money in the end."
Marburger has been a welcomed voice in Oklahoma's ag community over this last year and we certainly want to wish him well as he transitions to his next opportunity. To find out more about his new position or to hear him discuss this past year's wheat crop further, listen to our complete conversation by clicking here.
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AEM's Latest Ag Equipment Data Reveals Relatively Strong Market in 2018 But Concern Still Lingers
Overall U.S. sales of tractors and combines continued to post strong numbers, led by combines and four-wheel-drive tractors, according to the July 2018 report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
July U.S. sales of combines gained 37 percent compared to last year, with year-to-date growth of nearly 24 percent compared to last year's January-July numbers. U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors jumped 77.5 percent for July compared to July 2017, and grew nearly 13 percent year-to-date over January-July 2017. For July, total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors grew 12 percent over last year. Sales in the 100-plus horsepower category led the way with 31-percent growth.
An AEM spokesperson says the numbers are favorable, but surveys show AEM members are voicing concerns about the second half of the year, as "Tariffs and trade continue to dominate the conversation."
Read the complete story up on our website and review the complete report from AEM, by clicking here.
Beef's New Digital Presence Already Showing Significant Return on Investment Less Than a Year Since Its Launch
Almost a year ago, the cattle industry brought together a lot of their information online into one unified place, the Beef. It's What's for Dinner website. Alisa Harrison, senior vice president for global marketing at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talked recently about the impact the beef industry's digital campaign has had since its launch last fall.
"We're very pleased with how we've done. We launched it last October and to date we've had almost 8 million visitors to that website," Harrison said. "When you look at the year prior, there was only 3 million. And so that's where we're targeting all of our advertising to drive people back to that website."
Naturally, the recipes and cookery found on the website are the most popular features. However, Harrison says more and more people are visiting the Rethink the Ranch pages and spending longer amounts of time there, which tells her people are truly interested in that content. What is also different than in years before is that the information is now being aggressively pushed out to consumers where before it was just simply available - consumers were never proactively invited to visit the site. Since the launch, though, Harrison says NCBA has changed the way it measures the analytics and data gathered from digital impressions. She explained how this information is used to correlate the number of visits to actual beef demand.
"Our whole goal is to make beef the No. 1 protein and so before we launched our campaign, we did a series of baseline studies. Then right after we do a campaign, now, we'll go back and do more. We've found the awareness of Beef. It's What's for Dinner has significantly increased from October," she said. "We're tracking it pretty closely to make sure that what we're doing is increasing attitudes. And, when you look at overall beef demand and consumption - consumption is going up and beef demand is strong. People are eating more beef and they're paying more money for it."
Listen to Harrison and I discuss the impact that the beef industry's renewed digital presence is having on consumer demand and attitude, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Retired Oklahoma FFA Executive Secretary Kent Boggs to Be Honored as a National VIP This Fall at National FFA Convention
Retired Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA, Kent Boggs, will join eighteen other individuals this fall onstage during the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis to receive the association's VIP Citation. One other name that most of us will recognize in this list is the USDA Secretary of Ag- former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the FFA and agricultural education. You can learn more about this award and see who else has been selected to receive the award, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.
In addition to this ceremony, a retirement party will be held this Saturday evening in Oklahoma City on August 18th in honor of Boggs' 33-year career in service of the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Tickets to the event are still available for purchase for those who would like to attend the event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets are $25 apiece. Proceeds will benefit the Kent Boggs Permanent Trust. For more details or to purchase your tickets, click here.
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USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to Farmers.gov to Help Growers Prepare, Recover from Disasters
The Department of Agriculture has added features to the website Farmers.gov to help producers prepare for and recover from natural disasters. The site has updated tools and information to help producers identify the right programs and make decisions for their operations, according to USDA. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the changes Tuesday.
New additions to the site include a portal for secure business transactions and a disaster assistance discovery tool. The discovery tool walks producers through five questions to help them identify personalized results of what USDA disaster assistance programs meet their needs.
The portal is the first edition of a secure dashboard for producers to manage program applications and other USDA documents. USDA's vision for the website is to provide producers with "online self-service applications, educational materials, engagement opportunities and business tools," according to Secretary Perdue.
Find the new features online, www.farmers.gov or click here to read more about this story on our website.
|Longtime Manager of Pratt Feeders in Kansas, Jerry Bohn, Shares His Secrets of Success
This week, the folks at Certified Angus Beef shared a story featuring Jerry Bohn, long-time manager of Pratt Feeders, share his wisdom on how to be successful in feeding customer cattle.
According to Bohn, teamwork is the key to running a successful enterprise in the beef business, especially when it comes to large-scale operations like Pratt Feeders.
"Every business is only as successful as the people that are able to operate it. And we find that our industry particularly, relationships is really what makes it count," Bohn said. "And we had the privilege over the years to feed cattle for probably seven or eight hundred different individuals and entities from all parts of the country and those relationships are important to build."
Find out how Bohn has managed to build those relationships and more importantly retain them all these years, by clicking here to read the full story or to watch a short video clip featuring Bohn himself.
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|Rainfall Heavy in Localized Areas- Altus, Norman, Slapout and Antlers Among the Prayer Meeting Winners
Over the last 24 hours- the Mesonet showed rainfall on a widespread basis across Oklahoma- but most areas got a few tenths of precipitation in that twenty four hour period- however, in the graphic below- I count about 22 Mesonet stations that grabbed more than an inch of rainfall- including several locations where definitely hit parched soil:
You can click on the graphic to jump over to the Mesonet's 24 hour realtime graphic.
In our headline- I shouted out to some of the bigger rainfall totals- including the Mesonet site in Altus- with 3.79 inches of rain in 24 hours- Jackson County is where we saw Exceptional D4 Drought show up this past week in the Drought Monitor- so the sucking sound down there was the drought slurping up most of that rain. Notice that you don't go far to get to almost no rain in Harmon and Tillman Counties.
in the Panhandle is in an area that showed NO drought this past week in the Drought Monitor- and they added to their status with over an inch- and in the Oklahoma City metro- flooding was happening in eastern Canadian County and western Oklahoma County as Yukon
2.32 inches and then down in Canadian County where Norman
recorded 3.47 inches of rain. The rain gauge at World Rogers Airport is not on the Mesonet- but they reported over five inches of rainfall during the day yesterday- per the National Weather Service at that locale. OkieStotts
on Twitter pointed out last night that his rain gauge is about 25 miles away from there- and he had barely a half inch at location.
The rainy season that has rolled over on top of us is not over- much of Oklahoma shows rain chances continue for the next several days. The Drought Monitors for the next couple of Thursdays will be playing catch up in reflecting where we are here in the backstretch of our summer season 2018.
By the way- I do believe in the power of prayer- if I offended anyone with my headline above- I apologize. I have and I will continue to pray for rain when folks are in drought- and I will be thankful when God answers those prayers.
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