WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Thu, 03 Sep 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Feed report does not surprise https://wlj.net/article-14-feed-report-does-not-surprise.html Feed report does not surprise
The results of the August Cattle on Feed report were not particularly unexpected. The reality matched almost perfectly with pre-report analyst estimates. For example, at 10 million head in feedlots with 1,000-head or greater capacities as of Aug. 1, the most recent on-feed population was up 2.


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Retail beef prices; Cattle on Feed and more USDA data https://wlj.net/article-14-retail-beef-prices-cattle-on-feed-and-more-usda-data.html Retail beef prices; Cattle on Feed and more USDA data
An assortment of new data was released recently. Choice retail beef prices for July decreased for the second month in a row, dropping 4.1 cents per pound from June to $636.5/cwt. Choice retail beef prices peaked in May at $641.2/ cwt. All-Fresh retail beef prices, however, continued to increase, setting a new record in July at $616.


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$211M for sage-grouse https://wlj.net/article-26-%2524211m-for-sage-grouse.html $211M for sage-grouse
Last Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new strategy for greater sage-grouse conservation in the West. The fouryear plan will see $211 million invested between now and 2018, regardless of the listing decision made by late September.


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NIAA antibiotic forum https://wlj.net/article-26-niaa-antibiotic-forum.html NIAA antibiotic forum
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.


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EPA agriculture panel candidates announced https://wlj.net/article-26-epa-agriculture-panel-candidates-announced.html EPA agriculture panel candidates announced
Several Corn Belt university scientists are among 88 potential candidates for a new agriculture standing committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific advisory board (SAB). The agency published the list of candidates in the Federal Register this week.


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Property weather damage raises tax implications https://wlj.net/article-26-property-weather-damage-raises-tax-implications.html Property weather damage raises tax implications
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


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Grain drying research guides harvest, storage https://wlj.net/article-26-grain-drying-research-guides-harvest-storage.html Grain drying research guides harvest, storage
As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a hightemperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.


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New federal grazing policies get nod from industry https://wlj.net/article-26-new-federal-grazing-policies-get-nod-from-industry.html New federal grazing policies get nod from industry
Change is in the air on the range—change that could benefit the public land grazing industry. Last winter, Congress directed the BLM and U.S. Forest Service to improve their grazing policies to help stabilize the federal permitting process.


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Testing hay can save supplement dollars https://wlj.net/article-26-testing-hay-can-save-supplement-dollars.html Testing hay can save supplement dollars
During a recent drive in northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident. Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches. Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their hay crop.


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California’s GRAP may get scrapped https://wlj.net/article-26-california%25E2%2580%2599s-grap-may-get-scrapped.html California’s GRAP may get scrapped
California ranchers may receive a reprieve on additional water regulations due to an announcement by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that it will consider discontinuing exploration of a statewide Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP).


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Wolf pack settles in CA https://wlj.net/article-26-wolf-pack-settles-in-ca.html Wolf pack settles in CA
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently announced that a pack of gray wolves has settled in an area of Siskiyou County in the northern part of the state. The pack, dubbed the “Shasta Pack,” is believed to consist of two adults and five pups, based on images captured by CDFW trail cameras.


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Iowa beef producers explore trade with South America https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-beef-producers-explore-trade-with-south-america.html Iowa beef producers explore trade with South America
Iowa beef producers Scott Niess of Osage and Kent Pruismann of Rock Valley participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Chile and Peru in early August. Niess, past Chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.


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Rural communities get small share of grants https://wlj.net/article-26-rural-communities-get-small-share-of-grants.html Rural communities get small share of grants
U.S. foundations are an important source of funding for public needs, providing more than $45 billion in grants in 2010. On average, grants to rural-based organizations accounted for 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants by large foundations during 2005-10.


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How to body condition score your pastures https://wlj.net/article-26-how-to-body-condition-score-your-pastures.html How to body condition score your pastures
Since we can’t dig up the roots, monitoring our pastures is a good way to assess plant health. Weather (precipitation or freezes) and defoliation (from hail or grasshoppers) impacts plant health, but is out of our control. Management (stocking rate, date grazed, etc.


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Trickle-down effect of 2015 rain goes beyond our community https://wlj.net/article-26-trickle-down-effect-of-2015-rain-goes-beyond-our-community.html Trickle-down effect of 2015 rain goes beyond our community
This year 20 percent of the state’s intended soybean acres remain unplanted. Costly replanting occurred after fields flooded. Rains washed away millions of dollars of weedkiller and fertilizer. Elevators refused to buy disease-ridden wheat. Livestock producers struggled with muddy feedlots and overflowing lagoons.


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Guest Opinion - Another day, another stocker https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Another day, another stocker
As the summer here at the Noble Foundation is winding down, I have been putting together my presentation on the summer’s activities. One day I sat down and tried to make a list of all the things that I have done as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.


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Management Topics - Fall bull sales: Considerations for sellers, buyers https://wlj.net/article-35-management-topics.html Management Topics - Fall bull sales: Considerations for sellers, buyers
The fall bull-buying season is practically upon us, which means preparation for both sellers and buyers. Most bulls sold in the fall are approximately 18 months, but a strong yearling market still exists in areas where fall is the natural calving season.


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Beef Talk - Another great school year begins https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Another great school year begins
Most noticeable is the change in the agricultural labor force. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the summer interns return to college. Usually after a short break at home, they head off to school. The workforce notices the difference.


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What China’s problems mean for U.S. beef - Direct impacts likely limited, but indirect ripple effects could be widespread https://wlj.net/article-14-what-china%25E2%2580%2599s-problems-mean-for-us-beef.html What China’s problems mean for U.S. beef - Direct impacts likely limited, but indirect ripple effects could be widespread
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.


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Outside markets tank cash cattle, futures https://wlj.net/article-14-outside-markets-tank-cash-cattle-futures.html Outside markets tank cash cattle, futures
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.


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Magazine questions ground beef safety https://wlj.net/article-26-magazine-questions-ground-beef-safety.html Magazine questions ground beef safety
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.


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'Endangered' implies danger of extinction - Sage-grouse genetics don't support endangered listing https://wlj.net/article-26-endangered-implies-danger-of-extinction.html 'Endangered' implies danger of extinction - Sage-grouse genetics don't support endangered listing
“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.


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Fear factor https://wlj.net/article-35-fear-factor.html Fear factor
Consumer Reports used to have some credibility in my book. But after last week’s publication of their Beef Report, they lost some ground.


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Cash cattle falter despite predictions https://wlj.net/article-14-cash-cattle-falter-despite-predictions.html Cash cattle falter despite predictions
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.


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Marketing tips for producers this fall https://wlj.net/article-14-marketing-tips-for-producers-this-fall.html Marketing tips for producers this fall
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.


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For price insights, examine supply, demand https://wlj.net/article-14-for-price-insights-examine-supply-demand.html For price insights, examine supply, demand
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.


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Stacked GE varieties of corn commonplace https://wlj.net/article-14-stacked-ge-varieties-of-corn-commonplace.html Stacked GE varieties of corn commonplace
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.


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International agricultural productivity growth uneven https://wlj.net/article-14-international-agricultural-productivity-growth-uneven.html International agricultural productivity growth uneven
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.


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First-half exports reflect tough business climate for U.S. meat https://wlj.net/article-14-first-half-exports-reflect-tough-business-climate-for-us-meat.html First-half exports reflect tough business climate for U.S. meat
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.


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Grizzly recovered in Yellowstone Ecosystem https://wlj.net/article-26-grizzly-recovered-in-yellowstone-ecosystem.html Grizzly recovered in Yellowstone Ecosystem
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.


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