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>>> Hello everyone and welcome to SUNUP, I'm Lyndall Stout.

Now that harvest has wrapped up, we thought it

a fitting time to take a look back

at some of our favorite harvest stories from over the years.

We begin with a trip to Texas county,

and the family that has been relying on the soil

for their livelihoods for four generations.

 

The wheat in Texas county looks better than it has in years.

>>> [Dan] Test weight and yields and everything

seem really good.

>>> [Lyndall] Dan Herald and his son,

along with the wrest of the crew,

are in the thick of harvest; everybody has a job to do,

including 90 year old patriarch, Ernest Herald.

>>> [Ernest] I'm as near retired as I can get, I guess.

Now I'm the gopher.

Hello?

>>> [Lyndall] Far from it; a gopher with a lifetime

of experience, that includes surviving the dust bowl.

The Herald family is cutting more than 3,200 acres,

varieties like Iba and Endurance,

All dry land, no irrigation.

Mother nature cooperated with terrific growing conditions

and minimal disease pressure.

>>> [Ernest] It's beautiful, it's beautiful.

>>> [Lyndall] In the combine with Dan,

sophisticated sensors keep tally on everything,

yields averaging 70 bushels per acre,

low moisture, and a steady speed.

Slower than last year, because the wheat is so thick.

The tractor and grain cart approach and we unload on the go,

harvest multitasking at its best.

And take a close look at this combine's header.

>>> [Dan] This, we started in 2011

using Shellbourne Stripper Headers,

they don't cut the straw, they just pull the head off

and leave a lot more stubble, and,

and the additional shade helps us minimize

the weed population and also shade reduces soil temperature

which helps moisture conservation.

>>> [Lyndall] No till farming, along with crop rotation.

Ernest has witnessed a lot since first

running a combine at age 14.

>>> [Ernest] The biggest change has been fertilizer,

farming methods, and research, you know just...

Improvement on

plants,

the type we plant,

our farm management, everybody's learned

to do better.

We've got better wheat than we had 50 years ago.

>>> [Lyndall] Case in point, Ernest takes us

to the nearby OSU variety test plots

to meet up with Texas county extension educator,

Arlene James.

>>> [Arlene] The fields look wonderful this year,

we are looking for a home run crop, a bumper crop,

a crop that

will surpass previous years.

>>> [Lyndall] Back in the field, the combines

continue to roll.

So is your house close to here?

>>> [Dan] It is.

It's actually that group of trees right...

There.

>>> [Lyndall] They are proud here to say,

this isn't the end of the Earth,

but you can see it from here.

In this cab, along these rows, there is space, and time,

and quiet solitude.

And for Dan, like his own father before him,

a closeness with mother nature.

>>> [Dan] Well, you're working for yourself,

and your degree of excellent, your degree of dedication

to it has a major part in your success, and so...

It's a...

Gets you closer to God,

closer to nature,

you are significantly dependent on

the blessings

that come from God, and rain and the kinda weather

that you need, so.

I feel like it's a good environment to raise a family in.

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>>> [Glenn] Summertime's a very busy time

for cow-calf operations across the south-west,

especially during haying season.

But we don't want to forget about the need

for proper mineral nutrition,

for the cattle that are out here in the summer pastures.

As we're working with making sure

that they're getting the mineral intake that they need,

let's keep in mind that if we're putting out

a medicated mineral, such thing as a chlortetracycline

for anaplasmosis prevention, of course number one,

we need to visit with our local veterinarian

and make sure we have the proper veterinary feed directive.

Putting these mineral feeders in areas

where cattle normally congregate in shade

or near water sources, anywhere where that cattle

normally loaf is a good idea in terms of

where to put the mineral feeders.

Making sure that we have clean, fresh minerals

in our mineral feeder, by checking at least once a week,

to make sure that the mineral is in adequate supply,

and it's clean, and it's dry, is very, very important.

Now, you can get some help in terms of how to monitor

the mineral intake in the pastures on your operation,

by going to the OSU beefextension.com website,

and on the right side of the front page,

you'll see a place where you can download

a mineral recording sheet where you can keep track

of the amount of minerals you've taken out

to individual pastures.

Also, in that same area, you can download

an Excel spreadsheet that will help you do

the mineral intake calculations

to make sure that you're getting the amount of mineral

into your cattle that you number one need and want,

so that you're not getting excessive mineral intake

or that you're below what they need,

and that particular calculator will help you determine

if you're over or above or under the amount

of minerals that they need, and by how much.

Choosing which mineral that you need for your cattle

in your operation sometimes is very, very complicated,

and seems hard to understand.

You can, again, get really good help in terms

of which mineral programs you would want to use

for your cattle under these different situations

by downloading an excellent, excellent extension bulletin

written by Dr. Dave Lawman here at OSU, and it's called

Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition of Grazing Cattle.

It's E-861.

Take the time to download that, read it,

and I think it'll help you a lot

in terms of understanding more

about mineral nutrition of cattle.

Again, go to the SUNUP website at sunup.okstate.edu,

and we've placed there under show links, both the link

to the beefextension.com, where you can get

the record sheet and the mineral calculator,

as well as access to the bulletin about which minerals

you want to be feeding to your cattle each and every year.

Okay, we look forward to visiting with you again next week

on Sunup's Cow-Calf Corner.

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>>> [Reporter] Brittany Krehbiel is no stranger

to wheat harvest, and no stranger to combines.

As she takes me on a couple of rounds, we talk crop quality.

>>> I was hoping that it was like this,

hoping and praying it was good,

and it's been a blessing to see that it is.

>>> [Reporter] And what it takes

to keep this massive machine running smoothly.

>>> Trying to keep it in the wheat and out of the dirt.

(laughs)

>>> That's the main thing.

>>> Yeah.

>>> [Reporter] Across the field,

that's also the main objective for Brittany's grandpa,

Wayne Krehbiel, who at age 82, spent a lot of years

on open air combines.

>>> I'm probably still suffering from the days

when no cabs on the combines, just set in that dirt

for hours and hours, but I loved it anyway.

>>> [Reporter] That shared love of the land,

and harvesting what you've sown,

is already shaping Brittany's future.

>>> [Reporter] Why are you doing this?

>>> I rode with my grandpa and my dad a lot

when I was little, and I have memories of falling asleep

in that same passenger seat, or doing combine math,

and slowly, but surely, I started to fall in love with it.

>>> [Reporter] In fact, 10 years ago this week,

her mom, Karen, snapped this picture of Brittany

at age seven, side by side with her dad Jeff, in the field.

>>> [Karen] I've always tried a little bit

to play devil's advocate, and say, you can be

anything you want to be, you can go anywhere you want to be,

that decision's always yours to make.

Just because your ancestors have farmed,

does not mean you have to.

If you want to, we will support you.

I've always tried to give her that option

that it was her choice.

>>> [Reporter] A decision Brittany confirmed

as Jeff, her father, was dying of cancer.

>>> [Brittany] I remember in like the last month he was alive,

he turned to me, and looked at me, and grabbed my hand,

and said, are you gonna come back?

And even though I knew before then

that I wanted to come back, that really solidified my choice

that this is where I need to be.

>>> [Reporter] On the land that would've been her father's,

and will now go to her, the fifth generation of Krehbiel,

to harvest wheat on these very acres.

>>> And to be able to pass that on

to another generation is very satisfying.

>>> [TV Reporter] Hard to believe Brittany is only 17

and will be a senior at Hinton High School this fall.

>>> They put their entire lives into working

to make these farms run and to see that pay off

I think is a great success for them

to know this place will carry on what they love to.

>>> And no doubt that someone, Brittany,

is making all those who came before her pretty proud.

That was when we first met Brittany,

we caught up with her again a few years later

when she'd done just what she said she'd do.

 

>>> We started cutting last Tuesday,

and got a pretty good start,

had a rain delay that kinda set us back a few days,

and then have had a really pretty good start

to this week so far.

>>> [TV Reporter] Just like it's been for five generations,

wheat harvest is a family affair

on the Krehbiel farm in Caddo County.

This year, however, the fifth generation

is truly taking the lead.

>>> We are definitely missing people

so having an adjustment of not having our usual crew

out in the field is a little bit different this year.

>>> We first rode with Brittany Krehbiel

four years ago at age 17,

the summer before her senior year of high school.

She and her grandfather Wayne managed harvest,

along with her mother Karen, in the years

following the death of her father Jeff.

Brittany pledged to her family and to herself

to make farming her career after college.

Her story touched hearts and resonated

with people around the world.

Now the next chapter is well underway.

Her beloved grandfather passed away in December at age 85.

Brittany says he never really retired.

Most farmers don't.

>>> He had a twinkle in his eye from early on

cuz I think he knew how it was gonna work out.

He never tried to convince me though.

He never tried to force me to stay.

He never tried to force me to come back.

I think he just always knew that it was enough in my blood

he wasn't gonna have to worry about that part,

so it was tough for him to let go,

but I think he also knew that the future was bright,

and he was willing to do everything

he could to make sure I had a good start.

>>> [TV Reporter] That farming skill passed down

by her grandfather and her dad,

and continued support from her mother, other employees,

and Uncle Randy, a long-time Tulsa World reporter,

means it all works at harvest time.

>>> Basically, I try not to set the field on fire,

but they always find stuff for me to do.

>>> [TV Reporter] A sense of humor also helps

and a genuine sense of pride.

>>> I think it's like with your own kids,

you want it to work out for em, but it's a big job,

and I think people who have never done this sort of thing

don't realize how big of a job it is.

>>> In the combine we talk about

wheat varieties, soil, classic country music,

and as the header turns, the time that's available

to just think and heal.

>>> Even this year I realized, you know,

I don't cry like I use to.

I don't just stop, it doesn't take my breath away

as much as it use to.

There are still days it does, but it's not as much anymore

which is kind of bittersweet I guess.

>>> [TV Reporter] Looking to the future helps too.

She's now a senior at Oklahoma State University

and will graduate in December.

Spring wedding plans are also in the works.

Logan Hukill is Brittany's fiance.

He's studying toward a career in health care

and helping with harvest.

>>> Mainly I've been getting everything fixed really.

Brittany said she's the farmer and I'm the fixer,

so we got the old wheat truck running again

and that's basically what I've been doing

is driving the wheat truck.

>>> [TV Reporter] They'll settle here after the wedding.

>>> We've had wheat for over a hundred years on these acres

and so to be generation five it means

I get to produce a generation six,

I get to be here when we get to pass it on again

and so for me it's just kinda protect what we have

but also get it to grow and get it to flourish

so that when generation six comes along

they have the opportunity to do exactly what I've done.

 

>>> Kim Anderson, our crop marketing specialist, joins us now.

Kim, wheat prices have made some big moves lately,

mostly kinda downward.

Give us an idea of what's happening.

>>> Oh, we had that dollar knocked of the cash prices

over the last few weeks.

You know, this last week the market rolled, or moved,

bidding from off the July contract

to the September KC contract.

That September contract was about 20 cents above the July,

so the basis fell 20 cents

with no change in the cash prices.

Of course, the beginning of this week,

prices dropped 18 cents one day on the market,

and I captured part of that back the next.

>>> With this kind of happening, where do you think

prices will go from here?

>>> Well, it depends on what happens in the foreign market.

I think that we got a good, relatively good

handle how this US Hard Red winter wheat

crop's going to come in.

Of course, the spring wheat and the US

will have an impact on our prices,

but that won't be till we get

out August, September time period.

And let's get real. Basically it's

what happens in Russia,

and right now they've had some problems

with their production.

It's projected to be, oh about 400 million

bushels less than last year.

That's good news for us, but to get a good rally

we've gotta have a crop loss in Russia.

We gotta lose more than 400 million bushels.

>>> With that dollar decline in wheat prices,

what kind of strategy recommendation

do you have for producers?

>>> Well, with the dollar decline,

you know it was, when it was up a dollar higher,

we were saying, "sell it," you know,

how can you turn down a basis like this.

But with a dollar lower,

and I think if you can afford 50 cents price risk,

I think that's what's about in the market,

if the Russian crop, other crops, foreign crops,

come in larger, I think we could lose another 50 cents.

If you can afford 50 cents risk,

I would hold off to sell until say, late September,

early October, just finish that third

and a third and a third.

If you sold all the wheat

when we were a dollar higher,

I think you might want to consider now

spending some of that dollar,

say 20 cents buy you, oh about, a 20 cent

out of the money call, say the diesel

is at 5.10 so you buy a 5.30 cong

you can get that for around 17 cents,

spend 17, 20 cents on a call,

and if Russia and the other crops are lost

and we get a good rally in this market

you can take advantage of some of that.

>>> A lot of things to watch.

Should there be any consideration

of corn and beans in all of this?

>>> With all the uncertainty and the risk

going on in the market with our,

quote unquote, trade wars, I wouldn't do anything right now.

The market right now is offering 3.20 for corn,

3.25 for sorghum, 7.90 for beans, I think

those prices are going to be higher

as we get out in the fall, as some

of this risk is pulled out of the market

and we know, we have more information

about what's going to happen with Mexico, Canada, and China.

>>> OK, Kim, thanks a lot, we'll see you next week.

And now we turn to our friend, Alex Rocateli,

for a preview of an upcoming forage field day.

 

>>> This year, the summer forage field day

will be in Chickasha on July 10, this Tuesday.

We are going to be starting a little early

because you don't want to be under this heat for too long.

This year we are going to be talking

about crabgrass, the new varieties that we have available

as fodder and how they are doing here in Oklahoma.

Also, we are going to be talking

about analysis, forage analysis, how to interpret that.

We are going to go this year a little more

in detail on how to manage Teff

here for Oklahoma conditions.

Kelly Susan will be talking about alfalfa passes

that we may encounter this year here in Oklahoma.

So, come and join us on Tuesday morning for this event

and after the event we are going to have free lunch.

 

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>>> [Narrator] Things are pausing for a moment.

>>> Improvising on the farm, do a lot of that it seems like.

>>> [Narrator] For what turned out to be

(engine splutters)

just a fuel line.

This is Pete. His brother Chance is still cutting

while Pete is fixing the wheat truck.

(hood slams)

They were paused, but not stopped.

Now the old wheat truck is back in business

and Pete is back in the place that he loves.

The driver's seat of a Gleaner Combine.

>>> [Pete] I'm a fourth generation,

my dad, Bob, was farming all this prior to that.

And then my grandpa, Rex, was prior to him,

and then Andrew, was the original

Matthiesen that came to Oklahoma.

He immigrated from Denmark to Beloit, Kansas

and then, in the land run he came down

and settled with our home play,

and then he built the house and the barns,

that's been the main operation since the land run.

This year I've got about 850 acres of wheat.

I haven't added pickets yet, but the ruby lee side of it,

I think it's going to be in the upper 40s,

just based on the number of trucks we took to town.

>>> [Erica Matthiesen] This one is my favorite,

the red one is my nemesis.

His grandpa bought it brand new so it's had a lot of drivers

and I actually didn't even know how to drive a standard.

So Pete's dad and his brother Trenton

taught me how to drive a standard.

It's a big deal in a little town

whoever brings in the first load of wheat

gets to be in the paper.

So, in three years, it's always a certain family

and so, last year and this year we got to do it.

It's pretty exciting.

>>> [Dave Deken] This fourth generation of Matthiesen knows

that they're growing a wheat crop

on these acres in Northern Oklahoma.

But they're also digging the roots of their family

deeper into the red dirt that they love.

>>> [Bob Matthiesen] Chance and I have been cutting wheat

and doing this, gosh since we were nine years old.

My dad started us out on the grain cart when we were nine.

The two of us have been doing this together

for quite a few years and it's fun just to get out

and be out in a field working with each other.

My son will turn 10 in September and I think next-next year

he'll be mature enough that he can get out

and start helping with the grain cart.

I would be very blessed if him or my daughter, Lily,

wanna do this when I'm old and retired and I can sit out

like my granddad did in a chair and drink tea and watch.

>>> [Dave Deken] In Noble County, I'm Dave Deken.

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>>> [Lyndall Stout] This week, we've been taking a look back

at some of our favorite wheat harvest memories

from over the years, and we leave you today

with our story from 2018.

 

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] ...right now. Anything under 13...

>>> [Lyndall Stout] With his son Waylen in tow,

Lendal Vanaman says this is his happy place.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] That is my home.

That's…  There's no place I'd rather be than in a combine.

That's…  I've been that way since I was my boy's age.

I mean that's just, since I was three years old

I rode in a combine with my granddad.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] Lendal knew then he'd be a farmer.

First inspired by his great-grandmother.

Her, now centennial farm, eventually became his.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] That's kinda where my… I guess my passion

and drive for agriculture comes from is from her.

She did it for so long and they prospered in what they did

along with my father-in-law and his family.

I mean, they've suffered droughts and for years

and they're still here, they're still going.

So hopefully, we'll still be going

when my boy's up and going.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] That resilient mindset,

especially important, in years like this.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] We're seeing about half the yield

we normally do on a normal year.

It's… some's been a little less

and some's been a little more than that,

but I'd say we're probably averaging

about probably 30 bushel or normally it should be about 60.

The plant's been so stressed out.

It had drought and then it had freeze

and then we had drought and then we got a four inch monsoon

right before-the day we started cutting.

[Laugher]

Which didn't really help anything.

We've basically had everything thrown at us this year

that would put us down, you know?

>>> [Lyndall Stout] The growing season...

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] You never know what you're gonna get.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] ...like riding a rollercoaster.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] It keeps you on your toes.

[Laugher]

>>> [Lyndall Stout] A regular wheat canola rotation helps.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] We try and do not quite 50/50.

We normally had more wheat acres than we do canola.

It cleans it up and gives you more chemical rotations

so you can kill rye

and keeps your wheat field close to yield.

The second year after wheat has been phenomenal for us.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] Thank goodness

for better prices right at harvest.

Not to mention technology.

>>> As you can see the yield's climbing

just a little bit in there.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] Uhuh. It bumped it up.

>>> Yeah.

>>> [Lyndall Stout] Lendal's used GPS in his combine

the past two years. Every row precision cut.

A monitor reports real time changes

in yield, moisture, and other data,

so he can make immediate adjustments.

Waylen, who turns four next month, is his number one helper.

>>> [Waylen] Kinda like, it's this spins around like-

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] He has been in a combine

since he was born.

I mean, he's had to ride in one here

he's rode in one up north.

He's lived in that thing as well I am

and most of the time he wants to be out here too.

If we're combining he's combining on the floor.

I mean, he's got toys, we've got...there's combines

and tractors on the back of the pickup.

There's combines and tractors in the combine.

[Laugher]

>>> [Lyndall Stout] Important time together

for father and son.

Beginning lessons about farming

and, likely, something much greater.

>>> [Lendal Vanaman] If I can farm and I can do my best

at doing it then hopefully he can learn from me

and he will do and do his best

and his children will do the same

and the end result, hopefully, will just be a better world

that we continue on with through us and through them

and through generations to come

that we can do our best at feeding the world

and give it our best shot.

 

>>> That'll do it for us this week.

Remember you can find us anytime on our website

and also follow us on YouTube and social media.

I'm Lyndall Stout, have a great week everyone

and remember Oklahoma agriculture starts at SUNUP.

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