A major winter storm disrupted Thanksgiving travel last week and will have a variety of impacts for some time. The latest snow and cold hampers an already difficult crop harvest. Though frozen conditions may increase access to muddy fields, deep snow in some areas will add additional delays …

The 2019 crop year will live long in the memory. A record amount of prevent plant acres, delayed harvest, and considerable dismay over U.S. Department of Agriculture reports compounded the uncertainty associated with the trade war.  Speculation about the acreage levels in 2020 is already und…

*There will be no report for the week ending Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.*

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle on Feed report pegs Nov. 1 feedlot inventories at 11.83 million head in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more. This is 101.2 percent of last year, and up 4.8 percent from October as feedlot inventories increase to a seasonal peak.

Wheat is a resilient crop, thanks in part to the cutting edge genetics that modern varieties have, but even the hardiest of plants need a rain every now and then. At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, board members from across the state reported on current crop c…

Tyson Fresh Meats announced Monday that reconstruction of its processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, which was damaged in an Aug. 9 fire is near completion. Officials said efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational by the…

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If there ever was a year where southeast Kansas farmers were dependent on and disappointed by the munificence of a merciless Mother Nature, it was 2019. There are few facets of farming producers can agree upon, but the challenges and opportunities of 2019 are recognizable by even the most ob…

Cattle producers employing wheat pasture as a supplement for pregnant replacement heifers expected to calve in January and February need to use the nutritional resource judiciously.

The U.S. beef and cattle industry has increased production and productivity in many respects in the past several decades. Total beef production in 2020 is projected at a record 27.3 billion pounds. Cattle carcass weights have increased an average of 5 pounds per year for the past 25 years. B…

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has received laboratory results from Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirming a horse from Remington Park has tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1.

10. With a little imagination and a big hammer, he can make parts fit that shouldn’t.

The November supply and demand report didn’t provide the bullish spark that the bull camp needed. Corn yield was cut more than expected to 167 bushels per acre, but since harvested acreage was left alone, production, and then ending stocks, ended up higher than expected. The corn market stil…

Soils across most of Kansas are now cool enough to allow producers to apply anhydrous ammonia for their 2020 corn crop (Figure 1). This practice has some appeal to producers. For one thing, fall fertilizer application spreads out the workload so there’s more time to focus on corn planting in…

The fall calf run is in full swing in Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service reports combined volumes for seven Oklahoma auctions are up 7 percent year over year over the past six weeks. Prices for most weight classes of feeder cattle increased last wee…

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Beef processing in the United States sets a worldwide standard for quality. In large packers, processing is accomplished with quickly and with finesse, but the real novelty comes in the form of the few independently owned custom processors who uphold the same standards while feeding rural co…

Boxed beef prices increased about 10 percent over the month of October into early November. This increase was significantly higher than the normal seasonal bump of less than 2 percent from October to November. Choice boxed beef cutout is currently up nearly 7 percent year over year. In total…

The grain markets didn’t feel particularly strong this week, but the corn, wheat and soybeans all closed higher for the week. There were several factors at work for the bull camp, such as solid demand for soybeans and wheat, and problematic weather in much of the US. Trade news has waffled b…

Sensible, strategic immigration policy better aligned with America’s changing demographics and employment needs could help revive stalled economic growth and spur more development of value-added processing in rural areas.

Grains markets spent most of the week slipping lower. There wasn’t a major news item that was the main catalyst for the pressure, but it was more of a lack of fresh supportive news to keep the markets moving upward. Technical indicators were overbought and we were due for a corrective break,…

10. You mistake the meth-head anhydrous thieves as kids dressed like zombies and give them each a Snickers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s October Cattle on Feed report contained no big surprises.  The feedlot inventory on Oct. 1 was 11.3 million head, down 1.1 percent from one year ago.  This is the second consecutive month of year-over-year decline in feedlot totals.  Placements in Septemb…

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said.

Corn, wheat and soybean futures started off the week with a bang and posted big gains Sunday night. Unfortunately for the corn and beans, the Sunday night rally marked the high water mark for the week. For the wheat market, on the other hand, we saw gains throughout the week. The Chicago whe…

Late maturing soybeans face damage from early killing frost and need special attention for harvest and storage, said University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold.

QUAPAW, Okla. — After traveling more than a thousand miles in livestock trailers over 28 hours, a herd of 31 bison from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona have a new home with the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Last week was a busy travel week as I attended and presented at three very different conferences. First was the Global Protein Summit in Chicago, followed by the Rural Economic Outlook Conference at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and ending the week with a series of seminars at the…

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Cattle profitability is an illusive, multi-level construct that begins on a foundation of efficient forage, is enhanced through technology utilization, and ultimately fulfilled by decisive marketing. During the Eastern Research Station field day in Haskell, Oklahoma, researchers shared their…

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