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FSA data gave the soy & grain markets an early boost

The FSA acreage data boosted crop futures overnight. The Farm Service Agency released its updated numbers concerning acreage enrolled in U.S. crop insurance programs Monday night. FULL STORY »

Study focuses on bluetongue vector

The bluetongue virus (BTV) causes significant economic damage in cattle and sheep, but is much about the disease remains somewhat mysterious. Researchers in California recently published results of a study that could help clear up one question – that of how the virus overwinters in temperate regions. FULL STORY »

BQA: Pride, quality and security

“We believe beef quality assurance starts at the ranch,” Dr. Mike and Anne Wirtz say. “The cattle go through the feeding period at the feedlots under the same guidelines and on to the packers so consumers can be confident that their beef is safe, healthy and wholesome.” FULL STORY »

Consumers willing to dig deeper in wallets for beef

Consumers participating in the monthly Food Demand Survey conducted by Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics reported a willingness to pay more for beef compared to last month and last year. FULL STORY »

Marketing cull cows this fall

Market cows, known as cull cows to most readers, account for 15 to 20 percent of gross income for most cow-calf operations. This is a large portion of income for a cow-calf enterprise and can be the difference in having a profitable year or recording losses for the year. FULL STORY »

Corn to see record production for 2014-15

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) September 11 Crop Production report boosted the forecast yield for the 2014/15 U.S. corn crop by 4.3 bushels per acre to 171.7 bushels. FULL STORY »

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, University of Missouri. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle prices push counter-seasonally higher

Cash prices for most classes of feeder cattle pushed higher last week in Oklahoma and other markets. Both calf and feeder prices advanced counter-seasonally with feeder prices reaching new record levels at several weights. FULL STORY »

Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade

Cargill Inc's lawsuit against Syngenta AG over rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China may be just the start of legal challenges against global seed makers over trade with one of the world's biggest markets. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed Monday

Export news affected the crop markets Monday. After declining Sunday night in reaction to the near-miss on northern Plains frost damage, corn futures seemed set to add to those losses today. FULL STORY »

Farm safety week is quickly approaching

National Farm Safety and Health Week, which runs from Sept. 21-27, promotes safety on the farm. FULL STORY »

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