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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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Shoppers familiar with white button mushrooms are in for a surprise when viewing Jodi Hilt’s farmers market display. It features uniquely shaped and textured specimens in hues that range from bright yellow to soft pink to mesmerizing gray-blue.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating impacts on public health and the economies of the U.S. and many other countries. There is much uncertainty about the future impacts of COVID-19 but even in the best of circumstances, the economic impacts are enormous. Table 1 shows a range …

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In anticipation of July 4, estimated beef production for the week ending June 27 was 562.3 million pounds, up 5.3 percent year over year. This was based on estimated weekly slaughter of 680,000 head, 1.5 percent over year ago levels and includes an estimated Saturday slaughter of 82,000 head…

Cattle slaughter continues to recover from COVID-19 disruptions in April and May. Estimated cattle slaughter for the week ending June 20, 2020, was 656,000 head, 98.2% of year-earlier levels. This is based on estimated slaughter. The latest actual slaughter data for the week ending June 6, 2…

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The dairy industry has seen its share of storms in recent years, and Duane Kaiser and his wife Colleen have weathered them in stride on their Century Farm near Monett, Missouri.

There is still time left to get a good yield with late planted or double-cropped soybeans. First, it rained too much, and now for much of the Four State area, the rains have completely stopped. This is hard on soybeans as they don’t do well growing though crusted soil but also they don’t ger…

Drought conditions have expanded rapidly in recent weeks across western and northern Oklahoma as well as much of the western half of the U.S. Though many regions do not yet face imminent actions, it is not too early to develop drought plans. The natural optimism of agricultural producers and…

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Nestled in one of the poorest counties — in one of the lowest dairy-producing states in the United States — Ed Yoder, alongside his wife Lois and adult children, Emily, Karl, Kevin, Kendall and Mary Jo, carved a picturesque dairy out of a piece of wilderness.

Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America's all-time leading money earner, has died. He was 7.

The latest trade data reveals several trade themes and impacts of recent events. April beef exports were 3.4% lower year over year but are up 6.9% for the January to April total. Beef imports were fractionally lower in April and are up 3.3% for the year to date. Total cattle imports were dow…

Wheat farmer board members of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Wheat Commission held board meetings last week via conference call. They discussed current crop conditions throughout the state.

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In the maze of meat production, processing and distribution challenges triggered by COVID-19, establishing a local meat processing business began to look more appealing to businessmen and women in the agriculture sector than ever before.

We had some positive developments in the marketplace this week. Most surprising was the monthly jobs report, which showed an increase of 2.5 million jobs, versus expectations of 8 million jobs lost. The unemployment rate came in at 13.3% versus expectations of 19.8%. With all the negative ne…

The U.S. beef industry lost an estimated $13.6 billion by early April this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. And many ranchers in northeastern Oklahoma have been forced to adapt to new ways of doing business.

Barring a major setback, it appears that beef markets are moving past the worst of the disruptions that have caused upheaval in recent weeks. Beef markets were thrown into turmoil in March as food service markets were sharply curtailed and beef demand focused on retail grocery. This caused b…

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2019 was a wet, difficult year for farmers across the state of Kansas. Trade decisions during negotiations with China put a damper on commodity prices and producers were concerned they might face a farm collapse similar to the 1980s.

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report shows the dramatic impacts of COVID-19 on fed cattle markets. The May 1 feedlot inventory was11.2 million head, down 5.1 percent year over year. April marketings were down 24.3 percent from last year, a decrease of 433,000 head year over year. Decreased …

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A large area of low-level drought is building in the west from western Kansas to northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Some of the worst drought areas are in Colorado and surrounding regions and in Oregon. Drought in south Texas has improved somewhat in recent weeks but some drought…

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COVID-19 began impacting workers at beef packing plants in early April. In the last five weeks, cattle slaughter decreased by an average of 27 percent year over year. This compares to the previous five weeks in March, when cattle slaughter averaged 5.5 percent higher than year ago levels. Th…

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