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Friday, July 1,2011

More pounds, more heat tolerant

by DTN
Take 90 F, add in about 98 percent humidity, and when you start to feel like youre wading through the day, you begin to see what cattlemen like Darrel Haynes deal with all summer long.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Feed sources become scarce as southeast U.S. burns

by DTN
Southeast producers are realizing they need to move their calves to save the cows. In some places, cattlemen are down to little or no forage at all and other feed sources are all in short supply. That report, from John Moseley Jr., marks a shift in the mindset of southeast cattlemen this year and another turning point for the market.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Ethanol could gain support as election nears

by DTN
Big ethanol has enough clout in Congress and in the Obama administration to keep growing with U.S. government support, even though decades of large tax credits may be winding down.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Three hours until death

by DTN
A complex combination of factors seems to bring on the condition. �The incidence of grass tetany is usually highest in the early spring,� says Lemenager. �Grass is lush, vegetative and has a high moisture and fatty acid content. Forages are usually low in magnesium and the soil is high in potassium and nitrogen.

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Friday, June 17,2011

A contract between buyer and seller can be negotiated, not broken

by DTN
Less than a year ago, $4 corn sounded sweet enough to sell. Many farmers forward contracted only to see futures prices balloon past $7. Thats increasing the temptation to default. Before you do, consider the legal and financial consequences.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Time to put wheels under the herd

by DTN
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Visa reform could improve border security

by DTN
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Beef glut now, light and tight later

by DTN
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Ag committee to tighten subsidy eligibility

by DTN
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Texas facing difficult situation after disaster funds are denied

by DTN
Gov. Rick Perry has appealed a federal decision denying Texas additional money to fight thousands of wildfires in the droughtstricken state.

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