Archive for November 2019

Organic GMOs?

Could genetically modified crops become a thing one day soon? Don’t dismiss the possibility, as newer gene editing techniques now parallel ‘natural’ crop mutations that increase productivity. Most consumers believe they understand what they’re getting when they choose organic foods or other products. The assumption is that organically grown crops don’t use synthetic fertilizers, haven’t…

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Angus VNR: Hy-Plains Feedyard wins CAB honors

Hy-Plains Feed Yard does more than simply feed really good cattle. “It’s a real mixed bag of literally some of the best genetics in the world along with some of the worst genetics out here,” says Tom Jones.  “We enjoy feeding the better cattle out here because they are easy to market, they eat a…

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KC vs. Chicago Wheat Spread: A Tale of Two Markets

The Kansas City Wheat futures (KE) contract has been trading at an unusual discount relative to Chicago Wheat futures (ZW) in 2019.  With the Dec 2019 KE contract trading at a 90 cent discount and the Dec 2020 KE contract trading at a 75 cent discount, the market’s current expectations imply continued tightness in the…

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Packers Aggressive, Cash Cattle Rally Continues

Cash fed cattle traded in Texas and Kansas at $118 early Wednesday before climbing to $119 later in the day, which was $2 to $3 higher than last week’s trade. In the north live prices traded at $117 to $119, with dressed prices at $187 to $188 per cwt., $2 to $4 higher. The winter…

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Will Forage Quality Hurt Milk Production Next Year?

The wacky growing season meant the quality of forages this year varies widely. While it’s too soon to know just how poor forage quality is, early reports indicate there could be issues ahead.  According to Mark Linzmeier, president of MARGINSMART, some dairy farmers in the Midwest and Northeast are seeing drops of 5 to 8…

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New Day Brings New Hope for USMCA Agreement

A new day brings new hope for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, says National Reporter Betsy Jibben. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister, and Jesus Seade, Mexico’s USMCA negotiator, are due to meet U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the “side letter” that would include the changes negotiated with House Speaker Nancy…

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Washington Streamlines Cattle Transaction Reporting

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is now offering Washington ranchers a quicker, more cost-effective way to report cattle sales and out-of-state movement of their cattle through WSDA’s Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting (ECTR) system.   Previously, beef producers had to pay fees and travel expenses for state inspectors to make in-person visits when cattle were sold…

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Who’s the Prize Winner? ASF’s Impact on Global Animal Protein Market

Hog prices are sharply higher than they were a year ago and analysts expect that trend to continue into 2020 if the U.S. can keep African swine fever (ASF) out of the country’s hog herd. Don Close, animal protein analyst for RaboAgriFinance and RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness Group, told Chip Flory on AgriTalk Tuesday that…

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The Cattle Market’s Silver Lining

Disappointing cattle prices loom like storm clouds. A third of producers are losing money, while others get by with modest returns and worry about those thunderheads. There are silver linings, of course. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz told the 2019 Angus Convention crowd there could be another year or two under the cloud. But then, he’s…

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USDA Invests $4.79 Million in Rural Broadband for Wyoming

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CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov. 26, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced USDA has invested $4.79 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity in the county of Sweetwater. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot…

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