There has been no shortage of news capable of pushing the grain markets one way or another in the past two weeks. It started with a USDA report, but also included the signing of a “phase one” trade deal with China and the Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week.

For over 50 years, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association has had the goals to promote beef and the beef industry and support local area producers. A key program for the association is the theft rewards program. If cattle or equipment is stolen, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. The association also supports producers with educational programming to help improve herd health and beef quality. Last year, the group hosted a clinic on how to properly brand animals and read brands. In 2020, a clinic will held on proper vaccinating and vaccination techniques. Efforts are underway to promote beef through creation of a radio advertisement to counter the impossible beef campaign.

According to Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska beef systems specialist, cold stress increases a cow’s energy requirement and can pull down her body condition. We think many cow-calf producers will experience this issue this winter. While we don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for…

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Leaving a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the livestock industry behind would be difficult for any proud cattleman. For Parsons Livestock Market owner Mark McKee, selling his established business to current manager Wade Dillinger represents a bright future as well as an end to his li…

Weather challenges in 2019 led to many questions about the quantity and quality of hay production and supply heading into 2020. Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports provide a summary of 2019 hay production and the status of hay stocks as of Dec. 1.

College students and high school seniors interested in entering the beef cattle industry can apply for more than $23,000 worth of scholarships available in 2020, provided by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday described an initial trade agreement with China as “righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for American workers, farmers and families."

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It’s never too early to prepare for disease prevention. During the Kansas Corn Management School in Parsons, Kansas State University plant pathologist Doug Jardine named his top diseases to watch in the New Year.

The ongoing wildfires in Australia represent the latest in nearly a decade of environmental challenges the country has faced. This has prompted questions about the impact of the fires on Australian cattle and beef production and trade. This article was compiled from several Australian report…

The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story this month about how many farmers prefer older, simpler, equipment to modern tractors that are vastly more complicated and more expensive: For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity. The article spread on the web in short…

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Growing industrial hemp may seem like a novel practice in agriculture but Missouri actually has a history as a leader in hemp production. That history, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t much to learn about the crop with its resurgence in the state.

The New Year brings with it several changes in ongoing market dynamics, some new opportunities, and some new risks and continuing challenges for cattle and beef markets. The watch list of beef and cattle market factors includes the typical suspects including trade, domestic demand, supply dy…

What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing, Christmas without gingerbread, Fourth of July without hamburgers, or birthdays without cake? A world without wheat looks a lot different when the most iconic of our foods are made from it. As every Kansan knows, we are the bread basket of the U.S. and pr…

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Each year, our nation’s neighbor to the north, Canada, produces millions of acres of spring canola, while Kansas’ neighbor to the south, Oklahoma, is one of the top winter canola-producing states. As more producers look for profitable, sustainable crop rotation options amid decreasing wheat …

This is a good time to encourage cattle producers to reflect on the past year as you think ahead to the coming year. No matter how you judge the past year, good, just OK or disappointing, there is value in taking some time to analyze the reasons for the outcome. What factors contributed to p…

Decisions influencing the 2020 cattle marketing plan for most cattle producers started in 2019 and the decisions influencing that plan will continue until the check is cashed. Some reading will say that this is not a true statement because they have not made any marketing decisions yet, whil…

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Tillage of the soil is as deeply engrained in the culture of farming as tractor color loyalty or church on Sunday. As the practice was passed down from father to son through history, the “why” followed the practice less than the “how” and today farmers and researchers are reexamining the pra…

What were the most prevalent diseases affecting corn, soybeans and grain sorghum in Kansas during the 2019 growing season? This article recaps the most active diseases affecting summer row crops and discusses the growing conditions that played the biggest role in their development.

With 2019 coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the biggest stories in agriculture. It’s been a year full of uncertainty and never-ending breaking news, but here is our list of the year’s biggest ag stories.

In the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle on feed report, the Dec. 1, 2019, feedlot inventory was 12.03 million head, 102.5 percent of last year and the highest December total since 2011. The December inventory was the highest monthly total for year, as it has been six of the last …

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Having grown up on a farm near Ralston in northeast Oklahoma, Kent Evatt wanted to raise his own children in a similarly wholesome environment but knew having enough acres to farm at a profitable scale was unlikely, especially while he was busy capitalizing on an engineering degree.

Sharply higher carcass weights recently have boosted beef production; though another round of winter weather currently hitting parts of cattle feeding country may temper that in the last few weeks of the year. After spending much of the year below year-ago levels on a weekly basis, carcass w…

Have you ever wondered how Santa's reindeer can make that monumental journey on Christmas Eve? Let's look into some key facts about reindeer that may help us understand how they get Ole St. Nick on his appointed rounds over the world. 

We seem to have made some progress on the trade deal with China. As usual, the details are lacking but it seems that we are going to hold off on new tariffs, roll back some old ones, the Chinese are going to buy more ag products, and they are also going to implement rules on intellectual pro…

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced an agreement on a modified North American trade pact on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Beef exports were down 9 percent in October compared to last year, contributing to a 4.2 percent year-over-year decrease in beef exports for the first 10 months of 2019. This follows three years of double-digit year-over-year growth in total beef exports in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Beef exports …

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