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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
| Featured Story: 2019 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Could Be 70% Better Than in 2018- Wheat Industry Predicts 119 Million Bushel Crop
Oklahoma's Wheat Crop was front and center as the 121st Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association featured the 39th Annual Wheat Crop Report Session on Tuesday.
The OGFA participants listened to all the reports from across Oklahoma- and predicted a wheat crop just shy of 120 million bushels this year- 119.268 million bushels based on 37 bushels per acre and 3.19 million harvested acres.
The 2019 crop would compare to just 70 million bushels harvested in 2018 and 98.6 million bushels produced in 2017.
The big debate from most of the reporters during the session as well as from those in the room was exactly how many acres of wheat would actually still be standing when the combines begin rolling across Oklahoma in about four weeks.
These numbers came after the session heard reporters from across Oklahoma offer regional viewpoints about the 2019 crop- here is the graphic that shows the regional breakdown of what crop scouts are thinking as of the end of April.
At the session- I talked with both Heath Sanders and Josh Bushong- OSU Extension Area Agronomists about they have seen and are hearing regarding the potential of this year's crop- and you can read more- and listen to my conversation with Josh and Heath by clicking or tapping here.
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Day One of the Wheat Quality Council Kansas Wheat Tour Sees 21% Higher Yield Than a Year Ago Across Northern Kansas
More than 75 people from 25 U.S. states and 3 foreign countries traveled on six routes between Manhattan and Colby, Kan., Tuesday, stopping at wheat fields every 15-20 miles along the routes, as part of the Wheat Quality Council's 2019 Hard Winter Wheat Tour.
Tuesday's 20 cars of wheat tour scouts made 240 stops at wheat fields across north central, central and northwest Kansas, and into southern counties in Nebraska. The calculated yield is based on what scouts saw at this point in time. The crop is behind schedule in terms of development, and a lot can happen between now and harvest.
The calculated yield from all cars in Kansas was 46.9 bushels per acre. That compares to the day one average seen a year ago of 38.2 bushels per acre.
After day one of scouting fields and coming together in Colby for a report session, Chris Kirby of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission talked with Don Atkinson of Wheat Squared about what she saw as one of the scouts.
Hear her thoughts about the wheat crop conditions by clicking or tapping here.
Governor Kevin Stitt recently reflected on the first 100 days of his administration and the progress it has made advancing his agenda. Likewise, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur reviewed the work she and her staff has accomplished at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry since taking office. In a recent conversation, Arthur remarked on several of the goals that have been achieved over the past four months and those goals she continues to pursue.
Among those achievements, Arthur highlighted the collaboration between ODAFF and the Kansas Dept. of Ag on a traceability project to help explore options related to the implementation of an electronic cattle identification system; the selection of the Dept.'s new Youth Council; the acquisition of new lab equipment and dept. vehicles; and the addition of new staff who she says bring with them fresh ideas, energy and excitement to ODAFF.
Of the many issues she has had to juggle since taking office, Arthur says working to establish and oversee the framework of Oklahoma's industrial hemp industry is a task that has been one of the most demanding of her time.
"I don't think sometimes there's enough hours in the day to get everything done," she said. "But, I think we're making a lot of headway very quickly."
Looking ahead to the next 100 days and beyond, Arthur says there are still many more things she hopes to achieve, chiefly, continuing to improve ODAFF's customer service and stakeholder promotion and to attract new processing to the state. You can read more about Arthur and her first 100 days at the helm of ODAFF, by clicking or tapping here
BY THE WAY- If you are interested in Industrial Hemp -we spent a fair amount of time in the interview talking with Blayne about where things stand on fixing an issue raised by FSA in regards to 2019 hemp production- as well as details about the expected rules coming for the 2020 crop year that will be based off of the 2018 Farm Law. Her comments are worth your time to listen to if hemp is on your mind.
Yesterday afternoon, our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn and yours truly, were honored to be a part of this year's State FFA Speech Contest, both of us serving as judges. During the contest, we heard some really outstanding speeches from a handful of some really knowledgeable and talented young men and women. Carson and I congratulate each of the contestants that competed yesterday for a job well-done.
In the end, though, Bree Kisling of the Chisholm FFA Chapter was named champion.
Kisling's speech addressed the recent litigation that has emerged from North Carolina involving the local pork industry and its transplanted urban neighbors that have brought nuisance lawsuits against them at the urging of lawyers who are suspected of having some questionable intentions.
As Champion, Kisling has earned the right to represent Oklahoma at the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest, which will be held in conjunction with the organization's national convention in Indianapolis in October.
The vision of the Oklahoma Beef Council is to be a positive difference for Oklahoma's farming and ranching families and the greater beef community and its mission is to enhance beef demand by strengthening consumer trust and exceeding consumer expectations. To learn more, visit www.oklabeef.org. Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oklabeef for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.
It will be a busy day at the Oklahoma State FFA Convention today. Later this afternoon, the winners of the 2019 Star Award contests will be announced.
Over the past few weeks, we have been featuring the 2019 OK FFA Star Award Finalists in each of the contest's four categories, including Agriscience, Ag Placement, Agribusiness and Ag Production. You can click over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website to catch up on all of this year's contestants that we've featured in case you haven't already, before the results are announced.
Once those results are made public, check back in with us as we wrap up our coverage of this year's contest and share those results with you via our website and social media channels either on Facebook or Twitter.
Then - later this evening, stay tuned for the results of this year's State Officer elections. By this time tomorrow, Oklahoma will have already installed a new slate of officers to fill the 2019-2020 State Officer Team for Oklahoma.
Yesterday, delegates from each chapter in the state cast their vote for the new officer team. According to the OK FFA Association Facebook page, after yesterday's poll, the following run-offs were announced:
State FFA Secretary: run-off between Emily Kennedy, Edmond FFA, and Addison Spicer, Fairview FFA
State FFA President: run-off between Kenzie Cannaday and Drew Hardaway
We'll be there this evening to speak to the winners. Check back in for those results as they happen.
Since the beginning of the year, the beef industry has been able to chew through the reported beef export data on the first two months of 2019. In a recent conversation with Katelyn McCullock, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, she discussed those numbers and how they compare to the performance of US beef exports last year. According to her, the data for the first couple months in 2019 were a little disappointing in comparison to the previous year, but offers a little context, explaining the importance of keeping in mind that these numbers are being put up against a record-breaking 2018.
Despite these declines, McCullock says volumes remain relatively high thanks to several of our key beef export markets like Japan and South Korea, that are actually performing very well all things considered. As those destinations keep pace, McCullock says the industry is turning focus a bit more this year on promoting business in some of our fringe markets to spur a little more economic activity from those places spread mostly around Asia. In the meantime, the domestic beef demand situation seems to be holding up really quite well and expects that it should continue into grilling season and through the rest of the summer.
Listen to McCullock's complete review of US beef export performance during the first quarter of 2019, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Governor Stitt Signs Bill to Increase Number of Volunteer Firefighters
House Bill 2051, which would allow retired firefighters to return to service as volunteers without affecting their state pensions, has been signed by Governor Stitt, just one week after it landed on his desk. Prior to that, the bill, authored by House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, and Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, passed out of the state Senate unanimously. The bill amends language to legislation previously passed by Sanders and signed into law that eliminated the 45-year-old age limit for new firefighters by giving them the ability to join a department without the requirement that they be added to the state's pension plan. The new legislation will allow retired firefighters to perform as volunteer firefighters for a volunteer department without it affecting their current retirement benefit but also without it counting as an accrued retirement benefit against the state's pension plan.
"Our rural residents and communities are dependent upon the services of volunteer firefighters to keep them safe from harm in the event of deadly wildfires," Sanders said. "It helps so much to have individuals who are already trained and well-seasoned to perform these duties. This is why I worked so hard to ensure that we can build the ranks of volunteer firefighters without adding the state's pension costs."
Since this legislation took effect in November 2015, approximately 300 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments. According to Sanders, about 85 percent of the firefighters in Oklahoma are volunteers.
Click here to read the full story on our website to learn more about this bill.
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