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Monday, June 30,2014

Futures rally despite being overbought

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Asking prices started the week slightly elevated from the prior week’s sales of $148-150 live and $234-238 dressed. However, after a strong rally—again—in the futures markets, asking prices jumped up a few more dollars. By Thursday morning, cattle feeders were asking $153-154 live and $240-242 dressed.

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Friday, June 27,2014

The worrisome wonders of Washington

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Earlier this month, I attended the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) as the lone media representative. It was an experience of a lifetime! Meeting young (or young at heart) producers from around the country and hearing about the pressing issues in their states was eyeopening, and simply meeting so many new people was a treat.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Beef Talk

Not all bulls are herd bulls

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, seven long, yearling bulls needed to leave. They were neutered and weighed in at 1,179 pounds after a summer on grass. Last fall, they were sent to the feedlot and weighed 1,636 pounds after 88 days on feed. They gained 5.

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Friday, June 27,2014

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Dairy influence and black-hided beef cattle in the mix

by WLJ
The first week in June saw total U.S. federally inspected cattle harvest at 614,000 cattle, which represents half a million steers and heifers and 114,000 cull bulls and cows. This is a decline of 5.8 percent from last year— reflecting the dramatic reduction in the size of the U.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Forest Service at it again: New groundwater regs?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The USFS proposal, which is out for public comment until August 4, asserts federal reserved rights of water on USFS land while at the same time directing agency employees to enforce new permitting requirements on water rights holders, Van Liew explained.

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Friday, June 27,2014

El Nino/La Nina can help forecast crop yields

by WLJ
Lupo says a weak La Niña played a role in the devastating drought of 2012. That summer was marked by high temperatures and sparse rain. As is typical for La Niña years, the rains that did come tended to be brief, heavy downpours, dropping lots of water so quickly that much of the rain was lost as runoff.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Crops taking a hit with unstable weather patterns

by WLJ
In Wisconsin, 21 percent of the state’s corn crop is in fair or poor condition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, and there were less than two days that were suitable for field work across Wisconsin during the week of June 16. Strong wind and hail accompanying the storms damaged crops in a number of Wisconsin’s counties.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Frogs join the ESA fray

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Court ruling limits EPA's power

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Maximize crop profits through better management

by WLJ
Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather and, specifically, drought conditions can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability.

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