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A large winter storm is advancing across the central U.S. bringing cold temperatures and some much-needed moisture. Oklahoma is expected to see a first freeze and precipitation ranging from rain to freezing rain to ice to snow though mid-week. Farther north and west, snow and cold are blanke…

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According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the last thirty days are the sixth driest on record for this period in the state of Oklahoma. The situation is much more extreme in the western part of the state with the Panhandle, North Central, West Central and Southwest regions all reporting the driest …

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Cattle slaughter for the year-to-date through the week ending September 26, 2020 was down 3.6% year over year. This includes a 4.2% decrease in steer and heifer slaughter; a 1.2% decrease in total cow slaughter; and a 3.7% decrease in bull slaughter so far this year. Varying slaughter patter…

10. The neighbor gets a new yellow truck — nope, it’s just covered with pollen.

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Most of western Oklahoma has received little or no moisture in the past two to three weeks advancing drought conditions once again. From the worst levels in early July, drought conditions in Oklahoma had generally improved until mid-September. In the past two weeks, the Drought Monitor map f…

Coyotes are an elusive and challenging predator, especially for cattlemen. But beyond the sharp howls and missing calves, coyotes are cunning canines that make population control much more complex than point and shoot methods can mitigate.

In the ever changing landscape of food production and renewed emphasis on sustainability, Upfield, the company behind Country Crock, has partnered with No-Till on the Plains to provide cover crop cost share opportunities for farmers in eastern Kansas and the western edge of Missouri.

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While farmers and ranchers have long lamented the general public’s lack of awareness for their food’s origins, the food quality and security in the United States that aided out-of-touch consumers was perhaps producers’ proudest accomplishment. Today, with COVID-19 complications, agricultural…

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The September Cattle on Feed report was largely a replay of the August report with larger than expected placements pushing feedlot inventories higher. Feedlot placements in August were 109.1 percent of last year’s level, above the average pre-report estimate and at the upper end of analyst e…

With a reputation for being difficult to establish, native warm season grasses are often overlooked, but new research and tools make them worth a second glance.

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Store shelves were looking bleak and empty in late March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From meat products to your basic necessities, like toilet paper, milk and eggs and – flour. But Bob Morando, CEO of Farmers Direct Foods in New Cambria, Kansas, was ready to rise to the challenge.

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Cow-calf producers can add significant value to calves prior to sale. A careful look at the auction reports reveals the value of calf production and marketing practices. Hopefully bull calves were castrated at branding time or earlier but, if not, castration should be done in plenty of time …

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The dramatic beef production disruptions in the second quarter continued to be reflected in the latest data for July. Beef exports, which dropped 31 percent year over year in May and 33 percent in June, increased sharply from June to July but remained 8 percent lower year over year. The week…

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One-third of the U.S. is in drought, predominantly in the western half of the country. Only about seven percent of the country is in the worst drought categories (D3-D4), but 26 percent is in D1 and D2 drought and another 21 percent of the country is abnormally dry (D0). Table 1 shows the co…

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In a few short weeks, the premier agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 41st annual Ozarks Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

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Winter wheat is used for grain-only, forage-only or dual-purpose systems targeting cattle grazing and grain production. In the Southern Plains, stocker producers interested in grazing winter wheat pastures often begin planting wheat in late August or early September. The desire to jump-start…

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Last week, in an event that showcased ranchers’ resiliency, Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas State University hosted a ranch management field day at G-Three Cattle Company near Uniontown, Kansas.

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report pegs the August 1 feedlot inventory at 11.284 million head, 101.5 percent of last year. This is the largest August 1 feedlot inventory in the data series back to 1996. July feedlot marketings were 99.4 percent of one year ago. Placements in July were 111…

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The U.S. is on track for record production of beef, pork and broilers in 2020. Before COVID-19, it was recognized that meat trade would be critical for markets in 2020 and that certainly remains true at this point. After the severe disruptions in the first half of the year, expectations for …

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Each year, over a million head of cattle from Texas to Tennessee enter the care of Flint Hills families for a brief season of intensive grazing from April to late July or August. It’s a daunting task — bearing the bulk of responsibility for America’s beef — and it falls to a select few lando…

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program opened up for applications on May 26, 2020 and ends August 28, 2020. If you have not put in your application for eligible livestock, do not delay further. As of August 3, USDA has distributed $6.3 billion in CFAP funds, and almost 44% ($2.98 billion) o…

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Kansas State University has deep roots in the state’s agricultural history and in 2020 the university made plans to honor the Kansas agricultural families in a whole new way. The first annual Celebrate Agriculture Day, hosted by K-State Football, will be November 7 at the K-State vs. Texas T…

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The U.S. economy was wracked like never before in the first half of the year. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released preliminary estimates showing that U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by an unprecedented 32.9 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2020. This follo…

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Last Friday USDA released the July Cattle on Feed report. Feedlot placements in June were 1.8 million head, 102.1 percent of last year. June marketings were 1.97 million head, up 1.3 percent year over year. Both placements and marketings were close to pre-report expectations and no major mar…

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From 2 to 500-plus horsepower, Dale Roberds has witnessed and made a lot of history on his Cherokee County, Kansas, operation. At 90 years old, when Roberds isn’t neglecting auto-steer in favor of leaving his younger farm employees in his dust, he’s marketing soybeans in his office and parti…

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The Choice boxed beef price dropped to $200.47/cwt. last Friday, July 17, 2020; the lowest Choice boxed beef price since December 2017. Both supply and demand factors are at work pushing wholesale beef prices lower.

10. Abstain from chasing the neighbor’s mongrel bull out of your pasture with your pickup when you’re over-caffeinated.

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Beef exports were sharply lower in the latest trade data for May. Decreased beef exports was due to COVID-19 related disruptions in beef production and likely in part due to decreased international beef demand. Total beef exports in May were down 30.9% year over year bringing the year to dat…

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