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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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Friday, May 30,2014

Fed cattle lose $1 on larger show lists

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trade started fairly early last week with most trade occurring late Wednesday afternoon at lower money than the prior week. Northern Plains live trade was between $143- $144 with some cattle reaching $145. And dressed trade was between $230-$232.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Peaceful protesters unite at Battle Mountain over NV BLM drought policy

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Moms and dads tighten cinches. A bunch of men argue with a team of white mules destined to pull a chuckwagon bearing the Nevada state flag. Finally, the chaos lines out into a procession through downtown Battle Mountain towards an empty lot across from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district office.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Two Oregon counties vote to ban GM crops

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Voters in Oregon’s Josephine County passed Measure 17-58 by a slightly narrower margin, 58 percent to 42 percent. This one is expected to end up with a court date because the state passed a law in October 2013 limiting counties’ rights to ban GMOs.

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Friday, May 30,2014

New conservation program announced

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A common refrain in the West is that government needs to step aside and allow local and private interests to come to a marketbased solution to environmental issues. A new conservation effort might be among the first government programs that takes such concepts to heart.

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