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2015 August 31
The results of the August Cattle on Feed report were not particularly unexpected. The reality matched almost perfectly with pre-report analyst estimates. For example, at 10 million head in feedlots with 1,000-head or greater capacities as of Aug. 1, the most recent on-feed population was up 2.


2015 August 31
An assortment of new data was released recently. Choice retail beef prices for July decreased for the second month in a row, dropping 4.1 cents per pound from June to $636.5/cwt. Choice retail beef prices peaked in May at $641.2/ cwt. All-Fresh retail beef prices, however, continued to increase, setting a new record in July at $616.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Last Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new strategy for greater sage-grouse conservation in the West. The fouryear plan will see $211 million invested between now and 2018, regardless of the listing decision made by late September.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.


2015 August 31
Several Corn Belt university scientists are among 88 potential candidates for a new agriculture standing committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific advisory board (SAB). The agency published the list of candidates in the Federal Register this week.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


2015 August 31
As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a hightemperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.


2015 August 31
During a recent drive in northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident. Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches. Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their hay crop.


2015 August 31
California ranchers may receive a reprieve on additional water regulations due to an announcement by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that it will consider discontinuing exploration of a statewide Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP).


by WLJ
2015 August 31
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently announced that a pack of gray wolves has settled in an area of Siskiyou County in the northern part of the state. The pack, dubbed the “Shasta Pack,” is believed to consist of two adults and five pups, based on images captured by CDFW trail cameras.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Iowa beef producers Scott Niess of Osage and Kent Pruismann of Rock Valley participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Chile and Peru in early August. Niess, past Chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.


by USDA
2015 August 31
U.S. foundations are an important source of funding for public needs, providing more than $45 billion in grants in 2010. On average, grants to rural-based organizations accounted for 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants by large foundations during 2005-10.


2015 August 31
Since we can’t dig up the roots, monitoring our pastures is a good way to assess plant health. Weather (precipitation or freezes) and defoliation (from hail or grasshoppers) impacts plant health, but is out of our control. Management (stocking rate, date grazed, etc.


2015 August 31
This year 20 percent of the state’s intended soybean acres remain unplanted. Costly replanting occurred after fields flooded. Rains washed away millions of dollars of weedkiller and fertilizer. Elevators refused to buy disease-ridden wheat. Livestock producers struggled with muddy feedlots and overflowing lagoons.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
As the summer here at the Noble Foundation is winding down, I have been putting together my presentation on the summer’s activities. One day I sat down and tried to make a list of all the things that I have done as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.


2015 August 31
The fall bull-buying season is practically upon us, which means preparation for both sellers and buyers. Most bulls sold in the fall are approximately 18 months, but a strong yearling market still exists in areas where fall is the natural calving season.


2015 August 31
Most noticeable is the change in the agricultural labor force. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the summer interns return to college. Usually after a short break at home, they head off to school. The workforce notices the difference.


2015 August 28
Last week saw one of the most spectacular falls in Chinese markets the world has been allowed to see. Last Monday alone, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite (SHCOMP) fell 8.5 percent, one of the largest single-day declines possible for the market. And this was only one day in a weekslong decline.


2015 August 28
The cash fed cattle trade was sluggish at best with the leverage in the hands of the packers to buy cattle cheap. By Thursday, barely more than 8,500 head had been confirmed sold which was too slight a volume to set a trend. Live heifers traded between $140-145, but averages were on the lower end of the range, and dressed steers were going for $227.




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