The weather generally remained warmer than average through the report week, as much as 4° Fahrenheit above normal. The warmest temperatures were felt from Texas up through the Midwest, with heat and humidity moving east through the report week.
For the past few years, beef cattle producers have been receiving strong economic signals to increase the size of the nation's cow herd. While recent market prices have been historically high, expansion has been limited across much of the country due to large areas of significant drought. However, the situation has changed to the point where drought conditions currently exist only in the far west and in the southern tip of Florida.