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2015 August 28
Last week saw one of the most spectacular falls in Chinese markets the world has been allowed to see. Last Monday alone, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite (SHCOMP) fell 8.5 percent, one of the largest single-day declines possible for the market. And this was only one day in a weekslong decline.


2015 August 28
The cash fed cattle trade was sluggish at best with the leverage in the hands of the packers to buy cattle cheap. By Thursday, barely more than 8,500 head had been confirmed sold which was too slight a volume to set a trend. Live heifers traded between $140-145, but averages were on the lower end of the range, and dressed steers were going for $227.


2015 August 28
at USDA data, the number of positive results related to a pathogen like E. coli O157:H7 have gone down considerably in the last 10- 20 years. The packing companies conduct sample tests on a regular basis to help ensure that the product they are putting into commerce is safe for consumers to purchase.


2015 August 28
“Extinction is an extreme prediction, considering that sage-grouse occupy 56 percent of their historic range in 11 states and two Canadian provinces, and although the number of sage-grouse is uncertain it was estimated to be 535,542 birds in 2010,” wrote Cronin in his article shared with WLJ.


2015 August 28
Consumer Reports used to have some credibility in my book. But after last week’s publication of their Beef Report, they lost some ground.


2015 August 21
Compared to the prior week, the cash fed cattle trade was rather lively in terms of pace if not price. The vast majority of trade was completed by Wednesday, and by Thursday over 94,000 head had been confirmed sold. Live cattle sold between $145-148 and dressed cattle sold between $231-233.


2015 August 21
Feeder cattle prices have bounced off the recent summer lows. For the week ending August 14, 2015, the Oklahoma seven-market average price of 450-500-pound, Medium/ Large, number-one steers was $283.81/cwt., up from recent summer lows and $7-$8/cwt. higher than this time last year.


2015 August 21
A farmer recently asked a very simple but extremely relevant question at a market outlook meeting: “Will I ever see high grain prices again in my lifetime?” The farmer asking this question started his farming career in the early 1980s and remembers the low commodity prices and tough financial conditions in agriculture at the time.


by USDA
2015 August 21
Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops, developed to survive application of specific herbicides that previously would have destroyed the crop along with the targeted weeds, provide farmers with a broader variety of options for effective weed control.


by USDA
2015 August 21
Agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) is the difference between the aggregate total output of crop/livestock commodities and the combined use of land, labor, capital and material inputs employed in farm production.


2015 August 21
Beef export volume in June was down 8 percent from a year ago to 96,716 metric tons (mt), while export value fell 9 percent to $578.9 million. This was the second consecutive month that export value fell below last year’s level, resulting in first-half value being steady with 2014’s pace at $3.


2015 August 21
The number of grizzly bears has reached the point of recovery and it’s time to delist. So say ranchers and wildlife management officials in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem area. This area includes a large section of northwest Wyoming, southeastern Montana and eastern Idaho, as well as Yellow stone National Park.


2015 August 21
A new wilderness area in Idaho was created with the passage of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, HR 1138, often referred to as the Boulder White Clouds. The bill was approved by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent and was signed by President Barack Obama Aug.


2015 August 21
Thirteen states previously engaged in one of several lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule filed a motion for preliminary injunction with Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo, ND.


2015 August 21
• To be ready for grazing by early November, small grains and ryegrass must be planted by Sept. 15 on a tilled seedbed or no-tilled into harvested crop fields. • To enable grazing by early December, producers should plant winter annuals in crop fields from Sept.


2015 August 21
Despite recent rains, soon enough there will be yearlings marketed in the Northern Plains. The fed cattle and related markets have been relatively steady in recent weeks. During the lull, it seemed like a good time to look at the feeding margin to see if it has stabilized also.


2015 August 21
Youth in the barn, usually having at least a few decks of cards on hand, are hard at work preparing to show their project animals or taking a moment to relax until their next event. In an effort to make sure their barns are always clean for spectators, many fairs and clubs have moved to having youth in charge of “barn duty."


by WLJ
2015 August 21
The Soda Fire in Western Idaho started Aug. 10 and burned over 283,686 acres; by Aug. 19 it was reported to be 95 percent contained. Idaho Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Executive Vice President Wyatt Prescott said the fire is devastating to many ranching families in the area.


2015 August 21
Peterson, whose family farms about 6,000 acres with about two-thirds planted to corn and the remaining one-third to soybeans, said the varied soil quality on his land makes it challenging to adjust to nutrient needs. Peterson said his farm converted to less tillage in the 1960s when there were wet spots on high ground.




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