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EPA news affected the crop markets on Friday

EPA news affected the crop markets Friday. Corn continued recovering from fresh 2015 lows Thursday night, with pragmatic and technical buying before the weekend seeming to power gains. However, the EPA released its long-awaited interpretations of Congress’s “Renewable Fuels Mandate” at midmorning; those were seen as being somewhat bearish for corn, which pushed prices modestly lower. July corn futures settled 2.0 cents lower at $3.515/bushel Friday afternoon, while December lost 2.0 to $3.68.


Feeder Cattle Review: Calf markets trade on limited supplies

Compared to last week, a light holiday test of yearlings and calves sold fully steady to 5.00 higher. The official start to the summer grilling season was followed by continued good demand for all classes and in many cases no signs of top-side pressure. Many major early–week auctions were idle this week, including the Oklahoma National Stockyards and the Joplin Regional Stockyards but buyers picked up where they left off at mid-week sales, as demand remains very good for calves and yearlings.

Ag Policy

EPA proposes RFS targets

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, May 29, proposed what the agency called an “ambitious yet responsible” plan for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and for biomass-based diesel for 2017.


University of Kentucky Dining to benefit from deal for local beef

Starting this summer, University of Kentucky students from Eastern Kentucky may be more familiar with their UK Dining hamburgers than they expect. An agreement between two Kentucky processors and a large food distributor is opening up a much-needed market for Appalachian beef cattle. That burger the students enjoy might very well originate from their own family farms or neighboring farms.

Cow/Calf Producer

Increasing income from calves sold at your local livestock market

While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality of calves can make a significant difference in the price buyers are willing to pay for your calves. There are several factors that affect the value of a calf: age, nutrition, management, and genetics. Since the genetics of calves is influenced by the quality of the parents, this article will focus on tips for managing calves currently on the ranch.


Boxed Beef Report: Beef prices fall hard

Choice boxed beef prices saw a large fall from $260.18 on Thursday to hit $255.11 on Friday. The $5.07 drop brought the 27-day average price to $259.98. Select boxed beef fell by $4.91 on Friday to hit $4.91. The 27-day average price is now at $248.16.

Choice primal loin saw a huge drop on Friday, falling $9.16 to $369.81. Choice primal brisket was not far behind with an $8.88 decrease to $175.31. Choice primal flank saw the smallest drop, falling only $1.15 on Friday.


BeefTalk: Cow size and success in the beef business

What do you do with a group of 98 heifers in which 5 percent have a frame score of 1 and 2, 11 percent have a frame score of 3, 21 percent have a frame score of 4, 28 percent have a frame score of 5, 27 percent have a frame score of 6 and 8 percent have a frame score of 7 and 8?


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