WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Sat, 30 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Cattle, beef markets may have seen bottom https://wlj.net/article-14-cattle-beef-markets-may-have-seen-bottom.html Cattle, beef markets may have seen bottom
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.



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Corn production, use expected to reach record high in 2016 https://wlj.net/article-14-corn-production-use-expected-to-reach-record-high-in-2016.html Corn production, use expected to reach record high in 2016
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....]]>
Start thinking about marketing calves; tips for calculations https://wlj.net/article-14-start-thinking-about-marketing-calves-tips-for-calculations.html Start thinking about marketing calves; tips for calculations
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....]]>
USDA releases Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage reports but no mid-year cattle inventory https://wlj.net/article-14-usda-releases-cattle-on-feed-cold-storage-reports-but-no-mid-year-cattle-inventory.html USDA releases Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage reports but no mid-year cattle inventory
The July Cattle on Feed report confirms that the feedlot situation continues to improve in 2016. Feedlot placements in June were up year-over-year but less than expected at 103 percent of last year. June marketings were as expected at 109 percent of last year; the largest June marketing level since 2012....]]>
Farm debt trends vary by type of debt, lender https://wlj.net/article-14-farm-debt-trends-vary-by-type-of-debt-lender.html Farm debt trends vary by type of debt, lender
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....]]>
Compare the candidates https://wlj.net/article-26-compare-the-candidates.html Compare the candidates
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.


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USFWS prioritizes ESA listing efforts https://wlj.net/article-26-usfws-prioritizes-esa-listing-efforts.html USFWS prioritizes ESA listing efforts
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.


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K-State diagnostic lab processing more samples https://wlj.net/article-26-k-state-diagnostic-lab-processing-more-samples.html K-State diagnostic lab processing more samples
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....]]>
Former CSU Professor Sutherland passes away https://wlj.net/article-26-former-csu-professor-sutherland-passes-away.html Former CSU Professor Sutherland passes away
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.


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Veterinary researcher receives grant to work on vaccine against E. coli https://wlj.net/article-26-veterinary-researcher-receives-grant-to-work-on-vaccine-against-e-coli.html Veterinary researcher receives grant to work on vaccine against E. coli
“Currently, there are no available vaccines against this type of diarrhea,” Zhang said. “Whole-cell vaccine candidates have been under development but require further improvements because they provide inadequate protection and produce unwanted adverse effects....]]>
To bale or not to bale, that is the silage question https://wlj.net/article-26-to-bale-or-not-to-bale-that-is-the-silage-question.html To bale or not to bale, that is the silage question
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....]]>
Navicular syndrome most common cause of lameness in horses https://wlj.net/article-26-navicular-syndrome-most-common-cause-of-lameness-in-horses.html Navicular syndrome most common cause of lameness in horses
Racing, cutting and roping horses have a higher incidence of navicular disease than pleasure horses. It is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses and usually affects both forefeet. However, one foot may have more extensive damage than the other....]]>
The genetics of bovine viral diarrhea infections https://wlj.net/article-26-the-genetics-of-bovine-viral-diarrhea-infections.html The genetics of bovine viral diarrhea infections
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....]]>
Hillary Clinton https://wlj.net/article-26-hillary-clinton.html Hillary Clinton
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.....]]>
A third option https://wlj.net/article-26-a-third-option.html A third option
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....]]>
Donald Trump https://wlj.net/article-26-donald-trump.html Donald Trump
In his acceptance speech as well as his officially-stated standing on issues, Trump’s agriculturally-related positions center on the indirect issue of trade deals, taxation issues, and natural resource management.


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UC Davis researchers name bizarre bacteria causing cattle disease https://wlj.net/article-26-uc-davis-researchers-name-bizarre-bacteria-causing-cattle-disease.html UC Davis researchers name bizarre bacteria causing cattle disease
After more than 50 years of research, the tick-borne bacterium responsible for one of the most troubling and economically devastating cattle diseases in the western United States has been named and genetically characterized by researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis)....]]>
Livestock producers should supplement vitamins A and E during drought https://wlj.net/article-26-livestock-producers-should-supplement-vitamins-a-and-e-during-drought.html Livestock producers should supplement vitamins A and E during drought
Essential to maintaining early pregnancy and immunity is pro-vitamin A or beta carotene, and specifically helping ward off pink eye is vitamin E; if these vitamins are not available through grazing, Garcia encourages livestock producers to consider supplements that contain them....]]>
Uncommon forage grasses found on Michigan beef farm https://wlj.net/article-26-uncommon-forage-grasses-found-on-michigan-beef-farm.html Uncommon forage grasses found on Michigan beef farm
You never know what you’ll see when visiting with an innovative farmer. Jim Isleib, Michigan State University Extension Crop Production Educator, says he recently saw a couple of “new” forage grasses....]]>
July rains on toxic tall fescue pastures add heat stress to cows, says specialist https://wlj.net/article-26-july-rains-on-toxic-tall-fescue-pastures-add-heat-stress-to-cows-says-specialist.html July rains on toxic tall fescue pastures add heat stress to cows, says specialist
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Time of day of harvest does not impact nitrate concentration levels https://wlj.net/article-26-time-of-day-of-harvest-does-not-impact-nitrate-concentration-levels.html Time of day of harvest does not impact nitrate concentration levels
Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay. Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed....]]>
GAO looks at unauthorized grazing on public lands https://wlj.net/article-26-gao-looks-at-unauthorized-grazing-on-public-lands.html GAO looks at unauthorized grazing on public lands
The GAO examined incident reports and interviewed employees from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) in gathering information for the report titled “Unauthorized Grazing: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Deterrence Efforts.


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Kay's Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner
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....]]>
Potential issues with selling ranch property owned in entities https://wlj.net/article-35-potential-issues-with-selling-ranch-property-owned-in-entities.html Potential issues with selling ranch property owned in entities
While most farmers and ranchers own their property in an LLC, partnership, or S Corporation, some families still own property in a C Corporation. When a C Corporation sells appreciated real estate, it must pay tax on the gain at the corporate tax rate....]]>
Summer heat melts prices in cattle, beef markets https://wlj.net/article-14-summer-heat-melts-prices-in-cattle-beef-markets.html Summer heat melts prices in cattle, beef markets
Last week saw a massive heat wave blanket the center of the country. Early-week weather reports predicted heat indices—the combination of heat and humidity—to reach upwards of 120 degrees.


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Growth in U.S. ag exports credited to developing world https://wlj.net/article-14-growth-in-us-ag-exports-credited-to-developing-world.html Growth in U.S. ag exports credited to developing world
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.


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Appropriations bill aims to limit regulatory overreach https://wlj.net/article-26-appropriations-bill-aims-to-limit-regulatory-overreach.html Appropriations bill aims to limit regulatory overreach
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017,” July 14 by a 231-196 vote. The measure contains numerous provisions that would limit regulatory overreach as well as measures important to.


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Lesser prairie-chicken delisted on court order https://wlj.net/article-26-lesser-prairie-chicken-delisted-on-court-order.html Lesser prairie-chicken delisted on court order
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule vacating the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rule was announced in the Federal Register and resulted from a court-ordered delisting following a lawsuit brought by numerous counties in New Mexico.



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Bills seek to reform checkoff programs https://wlj.net/article-26-bills-seek-to-reform-checkoff-programs.html Bills seek to reform checkoff programs
Just a couple days before Congress began its seven-week recess, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill seeking to amend commodity checkoff programs. The bill seeks to prohibit what it and the senators describe as illegal use of checkoff funds.


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Getting those 2-year-olds ready to ride https://wlj.net/article-26-getting-those-2-year-olds-ready-to-ride.html Getting those 2-year-olds ready to ride
This time of year can be an exciting one for horse owners. Many people enjoy doing the breaking and starting of their 2-year-olds and now is great time to get the process going. The goal of ground work is to make the riding part much easier and less worrisome for both horse and rider.


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