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Friday, July 25,2014

Discovery could mean better soybean

by WLJ
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Conservation compliance changes

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026).

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Friday, July 25,2014

South Korea buying U.S. feed

by DTN
Corn importers don’t have to look far for supplies, either. With China’s hesitance to take U.S. corn, due to that country’s failure to approve corn with the MIR162, South Korea is enjoying the availability of Asia-bound freighters and lower prices. Imports of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) also are doubling.

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Friday, July 25,2014

South Texas study results show Brahman receive higher premiums

by WLJ
“The research here shows the value of crossbreeds in this region,” said Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension Economist in Corpus Christi. “The increase in the number of calves a rancher could expect from his or her breeding stock due to Brahman influence certainly increases profit potential for the herd.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Friday, July 25,2014

RoundUp rat study, take two

by WLJ
French researcher Gilles- Eric Séralini published his now-infamous RoundUp rat study back in late 2012. The study looked at the toxicity of “Roundup Ready” corn and the pesticide which gives it its casual name. It found that consuming the corn and/or the pesticide individually increased tumor growth and organ failure.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Celebrating Checkoff accomplishments

by WLJ
Producer support for the Beef Checkoff is 78 percent— its highest in 21 years—according to the latest producer attitude survey. And if you’re wondering why support is so high, I think it’s because of a number of things we have helped bring to fruition through our Beef Checkoff.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef Talk

Do the math: Income minus cost equals net return

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Good numbers, especially for the cow/calf producer because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements. The $537 indicates the recent costs to keep a cow for the year.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Perfect storm

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets took a little breather just after the 4th of July holiday, dropping a few bucks on fed cattle, but came roaring back, appearing ready to break some new records and did, reaching $162-163 live. I know that everyone selling cattle right now is star struck CROW.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef continues to set record prices

by WLJ
The number of cattle slaughtered is 5.7 percent lower than last year. Plain says the drop in cow and heifer slaughter has tightened up the beef supply, driving up prices. With high feeder cattle prices and good pastures, producers are now looking to increase the breeding herd, which eventually will bring prices down.

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