Retail diesel prices across the United States rose this week, with the U.S. average price rising four cents to $2.85. This brought the 27-week average price to $3.09.
The West Coast region saw the largest increase of nine cents to hit $3.11 this week. The Gulf Coast region saw a jump of seven cents to $2.75. The Central Atlantic region continues to have the highest retail diesel prices sitting at $3.13 this week.
By Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension
Forage values in Nebraska for growing season grazing have seen significant increases over the last several years. Demand for grains encouraged many producers to convert tillable pasture land to crop land. In addition strong cattle prices have strengthened demand for summer grazing. Currently, crop prices have moderated while demand for summer forage has increased. This has created a scenario where many producers are considering planting annual forages on irrigated or dry land crop ground as a way to meet this forage demand.
Usually, discussions of scientific topics on social media leave me wanting to bang my head against the wall, not cheer with a fist in the air. However, some savvy scientists have managed to produce shifts in the conversation over the past few weeks. While attacks on science are far from over, any movement toward broader scientific literacy can only be deemed a win for agriculture, as our industry relies on sound science to guide decisions on everything from animal welfare to food safety.
Live cattle prices rose on Tuesday to $151.45. This 72 cent rise brought the 27-day average price to $158.85. Feeder cattle prices saw a smaller gain of 23 cents from $215.15 on Monday to $215.38 on Tuesday.
Results of a study recently published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases are likely to drive increased discussion of antibiotic use in livestock and emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.