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Friday, June 6,2014

Summer gasoline prices: Steady as they go

by WLJ
Declining demand for gasoline coupled with increased oil refining capacity in the U.S. should help to keep the price of gas this summer below $4 per gallon in the Midwest, barring any disruption of supply, Purdue University Energy Economist Wally Tyner says.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Vilsack announces additional resources for rural exporters

by WLJ
The White House Rural Council held the first “Made in Rural America” regional export forum with business owners and local leaders in Canonsburg, PA, June 4. The one-day meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Have cattle prices and lost grazing acres altered cow culling priorities?

by WLJ
Management decisions relating to culling stock cows have increased dramatically in complexity under current market conditions. The Jan. 1 USDA inventory of “all cows and heifers calved” is the lowest total since 1941, indicating some potential for continued profitability in the cow/ calf sector for several years to come.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Flies are more than pests

by WLJ
Pour-ons or sprays are absorbed by the animal and act to repel flies that feed on blood (as well as lice and grubs). They are directly applied to animals and have to be re-applied every three weeks in the case of horn flies. Pour-ons are more labor intensive than some other options listed here.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Western Hemisphere corn demand more than doubled

by DTN
“All countries in the region are the same or a little higher (in purchases), and it’s all related to price,” said Kurt Shultz, the U.S. Grains Council’s Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere. “Free trade agreements in some countries have opened up the door.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Advantages/disadvanges of hedging the fall calf crop

by WLJ
With brandings wrapping up, cow/calf producers are busy moving cattle to summer pastures and some have already begun looking at their fall marketing options for the calf crop. Planning ahead can be the key to increasing profit margins, but planning ahead requires gathering information and knowing the options.

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Friday, June 6,2014

El Nino weather pattern improves 2014 hay outlook

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Historically high prices in the hay markets are expected to continue for the fourth year in a row, with tight supplies and continued drought in parts of the U.S. But there is some hope that the expected El Niño weather pattern may offer some relief on the production end, and may return hay prices closer to a normal range.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Estimating the cost of grazing

by WLJ
Following the 2014 winter, many believed abundant grass would be available for summer grazing in South Dakota. However, explained Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, producers are now asking the question: Where has all of the grazing land gone?.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Vet's Perspective

by WLJ
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes reappearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).

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Friday, June 6,2014

Conserving sensitive land with CRP

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally-sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.

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