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by WLJ
2011 July 14
SDA’s crop condition report, released in tandem with the July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) last week, did not provide the fireworks seen by the industry after the June release. According to USDA, the corn crop is making good progress despite the delayed plantings. Although the crop was rated at
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Published figures show that 29 percent of the July feedlot placements weighed more than 800 pounds when they entered the yard. Well over half of these cattle were over 700 pounds. These relatively heavy start weights would intuitively lead to shorter days on feed—something that is supported by the historic values from Kansas State University’s Focus on Feedlots report. If we look at June fat cattle data from the last five years, we see a gradual increase in days on feed up to 2008, when this number took a noticeable step back. The obvious explanation is high grain prices—and the significant
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service announced the consolidation of the Livestock and Seed Programs Audit, Review and Compliance and Meat Grading and Certification Branches.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
With mid-summer temperatures at record highs, few cattlemen are thinking of feeding hay in the winter. But, now (mid-July) is the time to begin managing forages to reduce winter hay needs, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
As part of its responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities located in the continental U.S. that provide a free-roaming environment. The solicitation is for one or more pasture facilities accommodating 800 to 5,000 wild horses.
by DTN
2011 July 8
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.
by DTN
2011 July 8
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Agriculture land prices in the U.S. have increased steadily over the last decade, leading experts and landowners to question whether the high values are sustainable.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales before moisture ruins them, theres nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Even though most strains dont cause illness, its an indicator organismone that waterquality managers use to measure fecal contamination, says Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Yakov Pachepsky. When its found in surface water, agriculture or urban runoff is usually implicated as the source.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The 2011 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmens Academy (YSA) gathered for its second educational tour of the year June 27-29. The group of young KLA members from across the state spent three days in Kansas City learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Because of the drought, theres going to be no such thing as dryland crops in the Panhandle and south Plains this year, said Nicholas Kenny, Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist based in Amarillo, TX.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
USDA recently announced that $37 million is available for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. A special reserve is set aside for beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The deadline to apply is Aug. 29, 2011.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Some people might say the past 30 years have been unkind to the U.S. beef industry. Buffeted by a sharp drop in exports in 2004, stiff competition from a marketing-savvy poultry industry, and occasional news of recalls, the industry continues to grapple with U.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The 2011 Fourth of July holiday brought warnings for humans about bluegreen algae in one of the large Oklahoma lakes used for recreation. Blue-green algae has often been a concern to livestock producers in late summer in Oklahoma.


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