Editorial

Schwieterman: Live cattle reversed early strength, close low Wed.

Live cattle reversed early strength to close sharply lower on Wednesday. The reversal has become a pattern this week and could lead to additional long liquidation from these still lofty levels. FULL STORY »

America’s price of food more budget friendly than other countries

It’s no secret that the price of groceries is on the rise, hitting American consumers deep in the pocketbook. In a recent USDA Economic Research Service report, the average American spent 6.6 percent of their household budget on groceries for home or 11 percent when eating out costs are factored in. FULL STORY »

Ag groups oppose interpretative CWA rule

While EPA claims its "interpretive rule" for the Clean Water Act provides exemptions for "normal" farming and ranching activities, agricultural groups say the same rule actually narrows the scope of the ag exemptions and will have negative affects on farming and ranching. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower on Tues.

Feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower on Tuesday, with losses of as much as 2.10 in the lead August contract. FULL STORY »

From the June/July 2014 issue: Silage 101

Properly preparing and managing silage can reduce losses and improve an operation’s bottom line. FULL STORY »

Farmer’s lost iPhone takes wild international journey

One Oklahoma farmer may have lost his iPhone in a local grain elevator, but you’ll never guess where it turned up. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins jump $150 in last 30 days

A lot can happen in 30 days, and for cattle feeders, the last 30 days have brought nearly $150 additional per head as margins have increased from $172.96 last month to $319.16 the week ending July 5. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices on the rise

Fed cattle prices keep gaining steam, with the 5-area cash cattle price peaking at $157.70, up $4.04 from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher Mon.

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher on Monday but more than 1.50 off of contract highs posted in early morning trade. FULL STORY »

Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay. Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed. FULL STORY »

Economic impacts on consumer food insecurity

The ability for a household to adequately put food on the table is impacted by many factors, specifically economic resources, says U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service “Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food” study. FULL STORY »

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