Steer slaughter continues to run below year ago levels so far this year. This is despite the fact that the quarterly feedlot inventories have shown more steers on feed in 2018 compared to last year. For the year to date, steer slaughter is about 1 percent below last year but in the last four…

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When you see the word “prime” in the name of a cattle operation, you know the goal is top quality. At Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus near Nevada, Missouri, Kenny and Janyce Hinkle, with their family, aim to raise superior cattle with both maternal and carcass traits.

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Father and son stand overlooking a dun, weaning-age pair, hip deep in golden, late-autumn pasture and imagine dozens more lining the hills next year. It’s a practice once shared between Bill Marker and his son Mike, and now between Mike and his son Nathan and even when they are unaccompanied…

As the end of October approaches, pumpkins are abundant. Many will be participating in the fall seasonal spirit and exhibiting their Halloween festive expression by buying pumpkins for decoration, carving and maybe even for a special treat. Have you ever wondered what else you could do with …

Beautiful fall weather this past week was a welcome relief to wheat pasture producers.  Driving around western Oklahoma the past few days confirmed two impressions for me.  First, there is a lot of wheat, some ready to graze and, with the moisture we have received, there will abundant wheat …

Sunshine finally appeared late last week raising hopes that Oklahoma will dry out and get summer crop harvest and wheat pasture grazing back on track. However, at least some rain is in the forecast in the coming days. It has been an unusual fall. According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the last 3…

U.S. beef trade continued the impressive performance of recent months in the latest monthly trade data for August.

Soil nutrients are not even. They are not even across a field and they are not even with soil depth. Nutrients can differ drastically just a few inches of soil away. This is true even in conventionally tilled fields. All this variability makes taking accurate soil samples the most important …

Supply and demand flows for most agricultural markets are commonly summarized in the form of supply and utilization tables, often called the balance sheet.

Coyotes pose a perennial problem for ranchers, particularly in calving season. At the Coyote Trapping School in Caney, Kansas, Charlie Lee, Kansas State University wildlife damage control specialist, shared his insight and experience after years of successful trapping.

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From the highway, Murphy Orchard combines a homey, inviting storefront with a long row of pristinely cultivated apple trees. But the drive-by experience fails to disclose the more than 100 carefully curated fruit varieties the orchard produces each year or the personalized approach the growe…

Winter wheat pasture continues to develop rapidly in Oklahoma. Some pasture will be ready for grazing in the next few weeks. As a result, strong stocker cattle demand is evident. Despite a 32 percent year-over-year increase in combined auction volume this past week, average Oklahoma auction …

TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.

The latest Cattle on Feed report showed a Sept. 1 feedlot inventory of 11.125 million head, a record for the month since the current data series began in 1996. The Sept. 1 inventory was 105.9 percent of one year ago. A 12-month moving average of monthly feedlot inventories shows that, over t…

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Cattlemen from across Kansas gathered at Kansas State University’s Beef Stocker Unit to share information with researchers and other cattle producers on upcoming changes in the beef industry. This year’s conference focused on continuing market trends, innovative uses of a traditional feedstu…

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For rangeland specialist Jim Gerrish, all of the complexities of soil health, pasture efficiency and ultimately ranch profitability can be broken down into just four ingredients: solar energy, water, soil minerals and carbon dioxide.

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From first aid tips and avoiding insect bites to weed control and winter feeding strategies, the second annual Rural Ag Expo in Cherokee, Kansas, offered valuable tips for life in the countryside.

There appears to be considerable interest and excitement about winter wheat grazing this year. The Sept. 11 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report shows 2 percent of Oklahoma winter wheat planted, equal to the previous five-year average…

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Combines were out in force this week as corn harvest continued after late season rains created adverse ground conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 9 percent harvest completion in Kansas, with 12 percent completion in Missouri and 15 percent completion in Oklahoma.

Crop harvest is an exciting time for most producers. It is often joked that planting, fertilizing and spraying are all done solely for the chance to get to ride around in the combine. Although most farmers take much pride in every farming practice they endeavor in, it’s always nice to get th…

Total beef exports were up 16.8 percent year over year in July contributing to a year-to-date increase of 15 percent for the first seven months of the year. Japan, the largest beef export market, had a monthly increase of 12.9 percent and is up 7.5 percent for the year to date. No. 2 market …

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Bryan Jones’ “The Farming Game” anecdotally paints sheep producers as people drawing sympathy from their neighbors while secretly raking in profits from some of the smelliest, stupidest critters around. And yet — Porter, Oklahoma, sheep producer Joe Hopping farms by its philosophies and keep…

Much of the eastern half of the state is in various stages of drought and has been for a large part of the summer. In many instances in the most severely affected areas, the plants never even developed an ear and that corn has been chopped for silage.  In a recent survey of central Kansas, A…

Oklahoma producers interested in dual-purpose or forage-only wheat for winter grazing often prefer to plant winter wheat in early to mid-September if conditions permit. For grain-only, winter wheat is typically planted mid to late October. Conditions are generally favorable for early wheat p…

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