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2016 August 12
Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow/calf enterprises. A 16-year-old Oklahoma State University (OSU) trial had the objective to economically evaluate stockpiled bermudagrass. The research found that this practice can reduce cow-wintering costs.


by DTN
2016 August 12
That defense is weakening this year after university entomologists have confirmed resistance in rootworm populations to eCry3.1Ab (found in hybrids containing Duracade) in Iowa and Minnesota cornfields and lower levels of resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 (the Herculex RW trait), found in SmartStax, Acre- Max XTreme and Agrisure 3122 hybrids.


2016 August 5
By the close of trade last Thursday, over 14,000 head had been confirmed sold. This was somewhat light, but still likely sufficient to set the trend for the week. Live cattle traded at $118, above the prior week’s $114-117 range, and dressed cattle sold for $187-188, the upper end of the prior week’s dressed price range.


2016 August 5
“We’ve seen quite a slide, 40 percent, which is quite challenging,” said Gerald Sullivan, who co-owns Santa Rosa Ranch in Navasota and Crockett with his daughter, Kelley Sullivan. “Not everything is bad, not everything is good. We’re also seeing an uptick in per capita consumption of beef.


2016 August 5
Last Monday, the USDA announced that Brazil had reopened its market to U.S. beef. Beef trade from the U.S. to Brazil was halted in 2003 following the U.S.’ first bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case. Also included—but downplayed—in the announcement was the detail that the U.


2016 August 5
New guidance issued by the current administration now calls for all federal agencies to consider climate change before taking any action, whether it’s building a military base, approving a logging job, or allowing grazing to continue on federal land. The guidance, released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Aug.


2016 August 5
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing rule changes that would lift the ban on U.S. imports of sheep and goats and their products from countries considered a risk of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
The case was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) against Robertson for nine ponds he created. The EPA and the Corps assert that in the creation of the ponds, Robertson discharged dredge and fill material into waters of the U.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
Several interesting things occurred on the science front last week related to the beef industry and agriculture. A pair of unrelated studies were released, one claiming a link between red meat consumption and increased risk of kidney disease. The other implicated meat consumption and sugar consumption as equally to blame for the.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
The AG’s office issued a press release saying more than 5,000 pages of reports, lab results, witness statements and other material were reviewed in reaching a decision. Wasden said the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt of the two deputies.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
More of any commodity drives prices lower while less supply moves them higher. Certainly great examples of the latter would be the drought of 2007 driving corn prices up and the cow herd liquidation driving cattle prices higher in 2014. So we do know this supply/demand concept works.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
We write this open letter to the U.S. presidential and congressional candidates and your party to offer guidance as to the path forward for federal land policy in the western U.S. These are the top 10 position statements that would aid in mitigating the rhetoric and in advancing viable solutions associated with the working landscapes in the West:.


by USDA
2016 July 29
The USDA Economic Research Service report, Feed Outlook, for July 2016 shows U.S. corn area in 2016/17 is estimated at 94.1 million acres, of which 86.6 million is expected to be harvested for grain, up 5.9 million from last year. With a national average yield forecast of 168 bushels, corn production this year would reach 14.


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