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Friday, February 20,2015

Agricultural engine: Why soil is in the spotlight

by DTN
Farmers adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what is taken from this precious resource. Farmers utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes and organisms) in an effort to promote good health.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Groundwater limiting factor to corn silage quality

by WLJ
That was the goal of a 2014 study led by Dr. Wenwei Xu, AgriLife Research corn breeder in Lubbock, and Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Amarillo, and contributed to by Texas Tech University graduate students Karl Brauer and Traci Bland, which showed the biggest factor in corn silage quality was water.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Research shows soybean yield losses are caused by weather variations

by WLJ
Researchers have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain—how much it improves every year—by around 30 percent, contributing to an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Former GIPSA official told not to investigate COOL

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The former top enforcer of USDA’s livestock marketing rules wanted to investigate whether U.S. meatpackers were illegally discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock because of country-of-origin labeling six years ago, but advisers to the Agriculture Secretary told Dudley Butler not to pursue such a case.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Scientists engineer anti-drought spray, draft genome

by DTN
During a drought, plants release a stress hormone called abscisic acid (ABA), which binds to an important protein receptor. This binding prompts a series of life-saving measures in the plant that allow it to conserve water and halt plant growth until moisture arrives.

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Monday, February 16,2015

DAILY FED CATTLE; Feb 16

by WLJ
Thus far for Monday trading has been inactive on very light demand. Not enough sales for a market trend. Last week in the Southern Plains live sales sold at 162.00, with a very light test in both regions

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Monday, February 16,2015

Checkoff MOU OKed at annual convention

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This year’s Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show had a record-breaking attendance! More than 8,200 convention attendees and 360 exhibitors filled the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

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Monday, February 16,2015

More meat in 2015

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed the effect of market drivers prompting expansion of protein supplies coupled with a strong currency that discourages export. The combination means there will be a lot more meat in 2015 that must be absorbed by the domestic market.

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Monday, February 16,2015

Near-term futures advance slightly

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Only scant volumes of cash fed cattle had sold by Thursday afternoon last week. Prices were mostly $160 for live and $256 dressed, which was steady with the prior week. Analysts had predicted earlier on in the week steady trade would be the likely situation barring future implosions.

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Monday, February 16,2015

OR Cattlemen consider sage-grouse options

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With the prospect of a decision on whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse under the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) looming in the near future, ranchers throughout the bird’s range are taking steps to help prevent a decision to list the now infamous species.

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