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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.
by USDA
2016 July 29
Following a period of decline due to the farm financial crisis in the 1980s, farm sector debt has trended upward since the mid-1990s but at a slower pace than growth in the 1970s.
by WLJ
2016 July 29
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSDVL) at Kansas State University (K-State) is known for providing bovine testing services to veterinarians and cattle producers nationwide, and is now the new service provider for samples previously submitted to Gold Standard Labs.
by DTN
2016 July 29
Marvin Hall, Professor of Forage Management at Pennsylvania State University, offers producers some pros and cons of storing silage in large round bales. In order to make round bale silage, the forage must be wilted to 50-60 percent moisture, then baled in a round baler, then ensiled inside a plastic cover.
by USDA
2016 July 29
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infections cost cattle producers $50 to $100 per head of cattle. Most BVDV vaccines require multiple doses, and that increases production costs. Decades of vaccination and voluntary programs aimed at controlling the virus have reduced the disease’s prevalence but have not eliminated it in the United States.
2016 July 29
Upper Iowa Beef in Lime Springs designed a traceability system that would allow consumers who bought its beef in a retail store or ordered it in a restaurant to use their smart phones to scan a QR (Quick Response) code to find out about the beef’s origins.
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.



2016 July 29
Last week saw the mess that was the second act on the summer’s presidential stage. The Democratic National Convention was held last week in Philadelphia, PA. The week before, the Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, OH.


2016 July 29
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released its final prioritization methodology regarding listing petitions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency said it created the priority plan out of need; current and projected ESA-related workloads exceed resources.


by WLJ
2016 July 29
Thomas Sutherland, a Fort Collins, CO, community leader and an Emeritus Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), who inspired the world with his strength and resilience, has passed away at the age of 85, according various news agencies and a statement from CSU.


2016 July 29
In her “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America,” Clinton outlines goals to bolster the rural economy, including the creation of more Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs) through the Farm Credit Administration and reducing regulations on rural banks..
2016 July 29
Say what you like about third parties, but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not the only options on the field. While the big names battle it out in a neck-and-neck race, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico, is trailing along behind hoping to upset the status quo.