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Friday, April 5,2013

Poor winter wheat condition

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Crop Progress report came out Monday, April 1. The report—the first of this year—showed sorghum plantings as of March 31 in line with the recent past and oat plantings were below last year but on par with the fouryear average.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Cash trade, futures move higher

by WLJ
The vast majority of cash fed trade took place on Thursday morning and early afternoon ahead of the market closures of Good Friday. The small volume of sales earlier in the week developed in the South Plains at $125 live and $202 dressed, but the bulk of the trade on Thursday went for $127-129 live and $203-204 dressed.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Lower placements surprise industry

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report was released Friday, March 22 by USDA. The report covered the number of cattle on feed as of March 1 in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity, as well as the number placed on feed in, and marketed from, such feedlots during the course of February.

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Friday, March 29,2013

USDA pegs corn acres at 97.3 ma, soy at 77.1 ma

by DTN
Some of the largest increases, percentage wise, come from increased planting in Arkansas, Mississippi and other Delta states as farmers switch from cotton to corn. USDA expects farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska to plant slightly less corn than last year.

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Friday, March 29,2013

Global food security in 2050

by WLJ
The book “Who Will Feed China?: Wake-up Call for a Small Planet,” authored by Lester Brown in 1995, was a surprising wake-up call about world food security. Brown claimed that food production was not growing fast enough to feed China’s increasing population, which could result in rising food prices in China and the rest of the world.

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Friday, March 29,2013

Stored beef up, but proportion of total down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The USDA Cold Storage report came out Friday, March 22 and reported on the red meat and poultry in cold storage for February. Overall red meat in cold storage was up 3 percent in February 2013 versus February 2012 with 1.15 billion pounds. This represented 52.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Product values reversed, demand questioned

by WLJ
Cash trade developed fairly early last week, with the majority of trade volume completed by Wednesday. Each day’s trade was individually said to be light, however.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Lending up $10B, more than 3,600 jobs added by farm banks

by WLJ
“The continued growth in farm loans demonstrates the important role banks play in the success of farms and ranches both large and small,” said John Blanchfield, senior vice president and director of ABA’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking. “Banks remain the most important source of ag credit holding more than half of all farm loans.

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Monday, March 18,2013

Increased production could impact prices

by WLJ
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week with only a few bids having been offered by Thursday. Asking prices from cattle feeders were decidedly at $130 live and $205 dressed with bids of $125 live being ignored.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Poultry has potential to pressure beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released Friday, March 8. The report held few surprises in red meat and crops, but poultry changes—particularly of broilers and turkey— drew attention.

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