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Friday, August 29,2014

The drought deepens in the West; LFP eligibility maps updated

by WLJ
California and much of the far West is still swathed in red. In the Golden State, reservoirs are showing their beds and bottled water is being distributed to parched suburban residents. Last week the USDA updated its map of Secretarial Drought Designated counties and.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The value of the export market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Total U.S. Beef Exports 2004-2013) divided by number of federally inspected steers and heifers slaughtered for 2013 (Source: USDA’s Livestock Slaughter 2013 Summary). 3.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Smith's letter to EPA's McCarthy

by WLJ
Waterway maps for Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. These smaller maps were originally a part of the main map used on the front cover but were removed for size concerns and legibility issues. The maps were prepared by INDUS Corporation under contract with the EPA Office of Water, October 2013.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Cow/calf returns record high; start planning now

by WLJ
Since the early 1970s, the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) has estimated cow/calf returns over cash costs plus pasture rent based on typical production and marketing practices in the Southern Plains, but does not include other economic costs like family labor and management.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Watch hay moisture to minimize storage losses

by WLJ
As Hernandez explained, hay storage losses are around 5 percent when it is harvested at 15 percent moisture and stored under dry conditions. “Stored forages provide essential nutrients for livestock when pastures are inadequate and are a consistent feed supply for dairies, sheep flocks, cow/ calf producers, and beef feedlots.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Crop problems caused by railcar shortage

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Battle Mountain ranchers hope for BLM reversal

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Three Northern Nevada families with grazing rights on a range managed by the Bureau of Land Management are hoping for the reversal of BLM actions that are on track to put them out of the ranching business.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Keystone pipeline a hot topic in debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite any signs of a green light from the current administration for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it continues to make headlines with those opposing it planning benefit concerts and making field art in Nebraska. In addition to the art talents coming out, the project also faces a new hurdle involving South Dakota tribes.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Prices continue to fall

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with the prior week, cash fed trade developed earlier than usual last week. A trickle of trade began Tuesday with Wednesday seeing the majority of trend-setting prices. Trade on Thursday was in clean-up mode as almost 70,000 head were confirmed sold week-to-date.

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Friday, August 22,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Aug. 22

by WLJ
Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves traded very uneven with calves ranging from steady to 5.00 higher to steady to 5.00 lower.

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