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by WLJ
2016 September 16
It has been easy to observe the loss of speculative longs in the cattle futures. Futures prices have been volatile and the actual contract construction is flawed and left wanting in order to be an effective tool for use by the industry. Navigating through daily swings can be nerve racking.


2016 September 9
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revealed on Sept. 1 a seven-year work plan to take a bite out of its backlog of Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions. USFWS faces decision deadlines on over 550 species that have been petitioned for listing, and hundreds more that the agency has already determined may warrant listing.


by USDA
2016 September 9
Federal food intake surveys conducted between 1977 and 2012 reveal that, in the 1990s, fast food overtook school food as the largest source of food prepared away from home in children’s diets. However, school foods have remained a more important source of calories for lower income children than for higher income children.


2016 September 9
Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum, has been confirmed in some Nebraska corn fields. The disease had not been previously identified in the U.S., but had been reported on corn in South Africa. The bacterium also causes gumming disease in sugarcane in numerous other countries.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed the EIA-positive horse in a Sept. 3 statement and said the 13-yearold Quarter Horse gelding located in McCurtain County was euthanized. Past EIA test history for this horse is unknown. The first reported EIA case for 2016 was in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Atoka County on Sept.


2016 September 9
“Ram fertility is a key component in flock reproductive performance during periods of drought,” Ollila explained. “Reduced ram fertility may result from heat stress and a lower plane of nutrition associated with reduced pasture availability.


2016 September 9
The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated. For both year-to-year leases and holdover leases, six months advance notice must be given to legally terminate the lease. However, the lease date (the date from which the six months is counted) is different.


2016 September 9
made hay harvest challenging. As a result, there has been some higher moisture hay baled, which has led to concerns about spontaneous combustion. “If hay is harvested in the upper 20 percent moisture range or higher, it is possible that within six weeks of baling a fire will occur internally in hay bales.


by DTN
2016 September 9
As Congress came back to Washington last Tuesday for the last legislative session before the November election, members will be under pressure to fund the government before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. However, the Zika virus may complicate the agriculture section of any appropriations bill.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Fall expected progeny differences (EPDs) that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA testing is performed. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) results are used by Livestock Genetic Services, in combination with traditional performance data, to perform the genetic evaluation on over 1.


by WLJ
2016 September 9
In a pure and perfect free market, prices for our cattle and calves are determined by the supply of cattle, the value of the beef and byproducts, less the incremental or remaining costs to grow, finish, and transform our cattle into the end products. Prices are also influenced by forward expectations for those values.




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