10. The neighbor’s ex-bucket calf yearling bull of unknown heritage is way too puny to settle the heifers he jumped in with last week.

In the last two or three years, China has replaced the U.S. as the leading beef importer in the world. Chinese beef imports in 2018 exceeded total U.S. beef imports. If Hong Kong is included along with mainland China, total China/Hong Kong imports were larger than U.S. beef imports beginning…

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Definitions for innovation and sustainability across the globe were discussed in Manhattan as Kansas State University hosted the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock’s ninth annual multi stakeholder partnership meeting. While conference participants and international livestock leaders may…

There is likely going to be a lot more silage chopped this year. Many acres that were enrolled in prevented planting with their insurance or Farm Services Agency after the last planting date needed a cover crop. The original rule was that nothing could be harvested, including a cover crop, u…

Total cattle imports in July were down 4.1 percent with year-to-date total cattle imports up 14.7 percent year over year for the January through July period. Cattle imports in 2018 totaled 1.9 million head, including 66.8 percent Mexican cattle and 33.2 percent from Canada. Feeder cattle imp…

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said Wednesday (Aug. 28) his department has launched an investigation to determine whether there have been unfair beef pricing practices after the fire at the Tyson slaughterhouse in Kansas.

Cattle and beef markets continue to recover from the disruptions resulting from the Tyson packing plant fire in Finney County, Kansas, on Aug. 9. Data is slowly becoming available to provide more clarity to the aftermath of the fire and, in some cases, clear up some initial misperceptions. L…

Beef and pork producers have a reason to celebrate with the announcement that a trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan will level the playing field with their international competitors.

By late August, some wheat producers are looking ahead to fall and winter grazing prospects. Much of Oklahoma has received rain the past two weeks with amounts quite variable in different regions. It appears available moisture and favorable soil temperatures will support plans for early plan…

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In a few short weeks, the largest agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 40th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

The Crowder Aggies are already off to a running start this school year with the seventh annual Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo. Proceeds from the professional rodeo are used to support the Crowder agriculture students in contests and other activities.

Farmers across the state have access to many of the most cutting-edge wheat varieties ever bred. These varieties are all created with performance in mind, so how can producers gain that coveted yield bump when the dozens of varieties at their fingertips are all, by-and-large, on a fairly lev…

Markets are the primary means that the production and consumption of products are coordinated in the U.S. economy. Normally, markets ensure supply and demand are in equilibrium, or close to it, at all times and respond to changing conditions through countless small adjustments made constantl…

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Fine dining options are few and far between in rural Kansas while homegrown ingredients abound. Once a year, From the Land of Kansas selects a region of the state to host a dinner featuring farm fresh ingredients prepared by a local chef. This year’s event at Summit Hill Gardens in Chanute f…

Soil organic matter is one of the oddest components of soil. Although it comprises a small percentage of total soil volume and weight, it completely changes the color, nutrient transfers, cation exchange capacity and water-holding capacity.

At mid-August, some wheat producers are beginning to think about planting wheat for winter grazing. Weather conditions are the biggest factor for early planted wheat which can begin by late August and into September. An exceptionally hot July followed a wet and cool spring seriously depletin…

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Fighting weeds has been a battle between farmers and nature since the beginning of history, and the war has only intensified with the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds and invasive species.

Fed cattle processing capacity will be strained to handle record available supplies after a fire Aug. 9 closed the Tyson beef plant at Holcomb. The plant operated at about 6,000 head of fed cattle per day, leaving a shortfall in the national packing capacity of 30,000 head for a five-day wor…

The Missouri State Fair has been built over the last 100 years on strong traditions. Traditions of eating Fair food on opening day, attending concerts, family fun and, for you, bringing agricultural exhibits that will be showcased throughout the Fair. Nearly 30,000 exhibits play an important…

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Facing the late-summer heat for an opportunity to meet and greet with producers, Kansas Corn kicked off their statewide District Listening Tour in the Southeast District with a meeting in Columbus. The organization’s efforts in ethanol and increasing global trade were featured topics at the …

Most agricultural markets exhibit regular patterns of prices through the year, known as seasonal patterns. Price seasonality reflects the net effect of seasonal tendencies in both supply and demand.

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For area farmers, 2019 brought a year of historic rainfall leading to late planting, replanting, and even prevented planting in some cases. Combined with already low prices and ongoing trade concerns, it’s easy to see why the farm economy is struggling. On May 23, 2019, Agriculture Secretary…

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On average, beef by-product values represent about 10 percent of fed cattle prices. By-product values have been eroding sharply the past 18 months with weekly values declining from about $10.70 per hundredweight in early 2018 to about $9 per cwt by the end of the year. By-products represente…

USDA’s Crop Progress reports are based on visual observations from respondents across the country who frequently come in contact with farmers and ranchers growing a crop. These survey respondents visually and subjectively estimate the progress of the crop from planting through various stages…

The July Cattle report shows that the inventory of all cattle and calves in the U.S. was unchanged year over year at 103 million head as of July 1. The inventory of beef cows was likewise unchanged at 32.4 million head while the dairy cow inventory was 9.3 million, down 1.1 percent year over…

With Texas, Colorado and New Mexico reporting multiple confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis virus, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock owners to be aware and take precautions, particularly with animals that may be commingling with other animals at competitions an…

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