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Friday, July 29,2011

Higher energy prices hitting farmers bottom line

by WLJ
These are encouraging times for the U.S. farm economy, said AFBF Chief Economist Bob Young. Higher prices for corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans are helping farmers, but higher energy prices are impacting profit margins.

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Friday, July 29,2011

If there is a drawback to fall calving, it is summer weaning. Calves are under enough stress as it is. Add summer heat and humid

by DTN
John Harrison agrees weaning and heat are a good way of doubling your problems. The Cairo, GA, producer schedules for an October through December calving season, but that means he weans in June and July. And it doesnt help that cattle are designed without a good radiator.

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Friday, July 29,2011

USCA and NFU to hold meetings on checkoffs future

by WLJ
The U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) last week released a joint letter from USCA and National Farmers Union (NFU) to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicating the two groups will host a national discussion of the beef checkoff and the programs future.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Modified distillers grains, glycerin in finishing diets reduce oxidation in meat

by DTN
Research has shown that adding distillers grains to livestock diets can cause quicker oxidation or brownish discoloration of meat.

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Friday, July 29,2011

California governor signs bill to preserve Williamson Act

by WLJ
After months of uncertainty, a bill signed by Gov. Brown last week reinstates a revised Williamson Act program intended to preserve the states landmark farmland-conservation law.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Stockpiling of fescue pasture vital for winter use

by WLJ
Beef producers who attended a recent series of pasture management meetings in southern Iowa learned of the importance of timely and careful stockpiling of fescue pastures.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Best practices for emergency haying, CRP grazing

by WLJ
If producers havent cut their hay yet, I would encourage them to do so soon. Harvest date is the most important management decision affecting hay production. Timing affects production, quality, composition, amount of regrowth, and subsequent plant vigor, Fick said.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Projected corn ending stocks less than expected

by DTN
The July USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports put corn ending stocks below trade expectations, allowing the corn market to recover from recent losses.

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Friday, July 29,2011

What is driving the price of commodities?

by WLJ
Farmers have long been willing to produce for the market, and farm programs over the past 20-plus years have moved agriculture from a managed supply to a mar- ket-oriented pricing system. But when you produce for the market, you dont always know who is going to come to buy.

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Friday, July 29,2011

USDA to study feedlot health management

by WLJ
Beginning in August, beef feedlot operators in Colorado will be contacted by representatives of USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to provide information for the 2011 USDA Feedlots Study.

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