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2016 August 12
For example, an appreciation of the U.S. dollar (stronger dollar) will increase the price of U.S. exports of currently produced agricultural goods. A depreciation of the U.S. dollar (weaker dollar) will decrease the price of U.S. exports in world markets..


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.


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.
2016 July 29
Now is the time to start thinking about marketing opportunities for calves this fall. While prices are well below what was received last year at this time, considerations can be given to the seasonal aspects of feeder cattle prices and the opportunities that may exist to utilize risk management tools.
2016 July 29
Did we hit bottom or not? That was the question hanging over most of the cattle and beef markets last week. The prior week saw some spectacularly bad prices for cash fed cattle, the beef cutout, and new lows in the cattle futures markets. Last week was the first opportunity the markets had to see if those lows were the lows of the season or not.



by USDA
2016 July 22
Growth in demand for food, and by extension for agricultural imports, is particularly sensitive to growth in per capita incomes in developing countries, where relatively large shares of rising incomes are typically spent on increasing both the amount and diversity of foods consumed.


2016 July 15
The cash fed cattle market was, like most of the cattle and beef markets, depressed last week. As of Thursday afternoon, almost 22,000 head had been confirmed sold. Cattle traded for $116-118 live and roughly $186 dressed, a $4 decline in all ranges compared to cash cattle the week before.


by USDA
2016 July 15
Based on simulations using farm-level survey data from USDA’s 2014 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), about 3 percent of farm estates would have been required to file an estate tax return in 2015, while 0.8 percent of all farm estates would have owed any federal estate tax.


by WLJ
2016 July 15
The report increased both area planted (94.1 million acres) and area harvested data (86.6 million acres). Even with a static yield estimate of 168 bushels per acre, this increase in expected harvested area brought up the projected 2016/2017 corn crop production to 14.


2016 July 15
A first step in market planning for calves this fall is to stay on top of markets, both cash and futures. While the cash markets are important at telling you where the market has been and to compare market strength among various options, the futures market has traditionally been the best predictor of where the market has been expected to go.


2016 July 8
“We want to encourage the sellers to have skin in the game, so to speak, but we also want to encourage consignment, so there’s a balance there. We’ve got both parties wanting to see this be successful so I think we’ll come to some good conclusions and something equitable for everyone to make the experience good.


2016 July 8
In the midst of a constantly changing set of short-term market forces, it is easy to overlook the enormous market challenges that are inherently part of cattle and beef markets. Many factors make the cattle and beef industry arguably the most complex set of markets known.


2016 July 8
As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan.




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