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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
Apr 4, 2014
Every year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys from a large number of American farmers and ranchers asking what they plan to plant. This information is collected into the Prospective Plantings report, and the information is invaluable to the markets and subsequent reports.
Markets
Mar 31, 2014
It is such an alien thing to report these days, but cash fed cattle trade was wrapping up Wednesday last week, with the prices paid surprising even bullish analysts. Live cattle went for $150-154, with most volume in the $152-154 area—up $4 in the Southern Plains and steady to up $1 in the Corn Belt—and $242-245 dressed.
News
Mar 31, 2014
Tuesday of last week saw the joint release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed rule defining the “waters of the U.S.” The rule will be up for public comment for 90 days once it is published in the Federal Register sometime this or next week.
News
Mar 28, 2014
The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a sure thing for a media frenzy. The American public just can’t agree and argues viciously over the topic with passion usually reserved for religious conviction. But forget the GMOs themselves, what people think about them has been in the spotlight lately.
News
Mar 14, 2014
Things slowed down in the cash fed cattle markets last week. By Thursday afternoon, barely 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though the volumes were too low to name it the price for the week, the steers that sold graded 80 percent Choice or greater and went for $148 live.
News
Mar 14, 2014
According to the Rolling Stones’ popular song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.” That wisdom permeates the most recent agreement on the Klamath Basin water war, which may prove to be the final word in this decadeslong conflict.
News
Mar 14, 2014
Beef production estimates rose in the most recent WASDE compared to prior estimates, up almost 200 million pounds (mp) for a total of 24.62 billion pounds (bp). This came as a result of the higher-thanexpected placement trend seen so far this quarter compared to the first quarter in 2013.
Markets
Mar 10, 2014
“Effective with the August 2015 delivery month, the amendments will allow heifers to be deliverable against the Live Cattle Futures contract but be subject to additional eligibility requirements,” noted the CME announcement of the decision. The additional restrictions are as follows:.
News
Mar 7, 2014
In Shakespeare’s famous play of star-crossed lovers, titular Juliet argues that a thing’s name isn’t important, but rather what a thing is at heart. Despite her heartfelt—and often quoted—assertion that names are irrelevant regarding roses’ sweetness and Romeo’s lovability, the modern day food world disagrees.
Markets
Mar 3, 2014
And up we go (again)! Packers took the steer by the proverbial horns last week in the cash markets. They were apparently undaunted by their $100-perhead losses as they bid up the price of cash cattle to $150-152 live and $240-242 dressed mid-week.
News
Mar 3, 2014
When it comes to calves and their immune systems, most ranchers know there’s a ticking clock counting down the prospects of that calf’s future. They have to get a lot of good colostrum in them as fast as possible or else they are left poorly defended. That causes problems down the line in the form of sickly, poorly-performing or even dead calves.


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