You may have heard it before: Cattle producers do not market cattle. They market “upcycled” forage.
High prices have cured high prices in the agricultural industry, and the change in marketplace opportunities has necessitated a change in management style. During a Community National Bank Agricultural Update in Emporia, Kansas, Virginia Tech professor of agricultural economics David Kohl sp…
How long would it take for you to put over $400,000 in your pocket? For Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Oklahoma, and his team roping partner Ryan Motes, it was 4.24 seconds in the shootout round of The American in Arlington, Texas.
From a market outlook to a look into the technology of the future, the 50th annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference in Monett, Missouri, gave area beef producers much to consider as they move forward in 2019 and beyond.
Boning cow prices in Oklahoma in the latest weekly data averaged $59.50 per hundredweight, up from $58 per cwt. the previous week. Boning cow prices have risen four consecutive weeks since mid-January. The increases are exactly as expected seasonally as cull cow prices typically increase sha…
The dairy industry has experienced some dark days in recent years, and they aren’t over yet but there are things producers can do to improve their situations.
Despite a long, drawn out harvest for many Southern Plains cotton growers this winter, yields and prices have been good enough to convince many farmers at the northern edge of the cotton belt to continue increasing acreage in 2019.
Exhibiting a grand champion bull at the National Western Stock Show is not an achievement made in a day. Success only comes after months of preparation and with a little bit of luck.
2018 was a year packed with volatility for soybean producers — from the highest highs of above-trend yields to the lowest lows of trade-bound price declines.
Farmers and ranchers got some tips for expanding their feed and hay supplies at the 95th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference held at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon.
Year-round production, steady cash flow and freedom from commodity markets sound like a farm dream. While high tunnels come with their own share of challenges — from increased inputs to difficult disease control — there’s a lot to love about their opportunities.
Misplace 10 percent of the year’s soybean crop and a farmer is sure to find himself scratching his head. Feed 10 to 40 percent of the same crop to a near microscopic, parasitic nematode and no one will see the difference.
Forage and feed quality testing is startlingly behind other agricultural quality measures in terms of technology utilization. While soil sampling is widely considered useful, many producers struggle to see the value in hay, silage, residue or pasture sampling.
Looking for levity before the onslaught of tax season, Fredonia-based accountant Shala Steele set her sights on owning a hometown Christmas tree farm — and got a whole lot more holiday cheer than she bargained for.
A little bit of hands-on experience goes a long way. To capitalize on that truth, The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Agriculture Department and the people of Grand River Dam Authority partnered with local northeast Oklahoma crop farmers to research a locally-funded agricultural study …
Technology in a vacuum implements efficiently, flows seamlessly and always increases profitability while on-farm technology can come with more trials than triumphs. Kansas Water Technology Farms focus on demystifying cutting edge technology while researching and restoring the Ogallala Aquifer.
As consumers grow increasingly interested in how their food is produced, many search for a connection to local farmers as they plan family gatherings during the holidays.
During the annual Beef Night organized by Cherokee County Extension, Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Center veterinarian Greg Hanzlicek addressed growing herd health concerns related to trichomoniasis and bovine leukosis. Difficult to treat and detect, producer knowledge is par…
As Four State area farmers patiently wait for dry fields and soybean-stripping opportunities, prime wheat planting dates slip slowly by. At Mid-West Fertilizer’s Wheat Preplant workshop, Winfield agronomist Andrew Schmidt encouraged producers to use the wet weather period to develop a foolpr…
The 39th edition of the Ozark Fall Farmfest in Springfield, Missouri, has concluded after drawing farm and ranch enthusiasts from all over the Four State area.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
In a few short weeks, the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event will make its return to Springfield, Missouri. Make plans now to attend the 39th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Producers consider many factors when it comes to the health of their cattle herd or favorite horse, from gashes in their sides to vaccines for foot rot. Cherryvale Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Paul Cotterill, warned producers about many serious diseases in cattle and use-related injuries i…
Producers searching for profit intensifiers in a peaking cattle market will find new technology, cost-cutting strategies and on-ranch efficiencies, but may miss the main price producer of modern markets — the consumer.
Despite a more-than-welcome rainy morning last Friday, southwest Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen packed the meeting room at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center to learn how to survive the current drought.
When Jeremy Cantrell graduated high school, he had never given a set of reasons or placed a class of market hogs — but he was a smooth talker with a livestock love affair established early in his youth. It was enough to give Cantrell a shot at competing on a judging team with Eastern Oklahom…
Cover cropping today is anything but a one-size-fits-all approach or a fix-all fencerow prescription. During statewide Soil Health Sustainability for Cropland workshops, Natural Resource and Conservation Service experts taught producers to tailor soil health strategies to meet individual needs.
The agricultural industry literally relies on growth, so the growing use of technology in livestock marketing shouldn’t come as a surprise.
New features — including golf cart rentals, drone demonstrations and added cooling areas — at this year’s Four State Farm Show were a hit with visitors.
After 48 years, a member of the agricultural community in southeast Kansas has decided on his next chapter: Retirement. Phil O’Malley, owner of O’Malley Implement in Pittsburg, has sold his business to Heritage Tractor.
Visitors at the 2018 Four State Farm Show should notice a few changes as they browse the “Mall of Agriculture.” Although old favorites like the hay demonstrations and lawn mower test driving range are returning, several new features have been added.
Families and farming go hand in hand. This sentiment is especially true for the Jackson family, Benton County’s 2018 Farm Family of the Year.
When the Laytons first started raising show pigs about nine years ago, they didn’t know exactly what to expect — and selling a Champion Yorkshire boar for $150,000 at the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, wasn’t even on their radar.
Wheat has had an unpredictable year — facing dry conditions, hail events and temperature extremes. While Four State area combines aren’t done rolling, test weights and protein are running close to average, while yields are slightly low.
Oklahoma educators found inspiration outside the classroom in unlikely venues as cattle and sheep ranchers, dairymen, vintners, pecan and bison processors, and farmers opened up their northeast Oklahoma operations for a new kind of learning. During the Ag on Route 66 Tour, an initiative of O…
Lured away by softly dished foreheads and curious black eyes, Christy Ratliff spent much of her childhood days at dairy shows abandoning her grandfather’s Holsteins and Ayrshires for the undeniable magnetism of Jerseys.
Increasingly positive U.S. market conditions are developing for grain farmers despite turbulent trade negotiations. Dry conditions in Argentina, late planting in Brazil, and building energy markets are giving economists cause for relief and optimism.
Farmers, agronomists and marketing specialists who gathered for the annual wheat tour at the North Central Oklahoma Research Station at Lahoma on May 11 experienced the kind of hot, windy weather that is likely to take a heavy toll on the maturing crop.
Improving delicate details became a theme during the annual Kansas State University Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day held in Parsons, Kansas. As stateexperts gave summaries of their research and practical applications for farmers and ranchers, an emphasis on minute improvements in prof…
It’s been well known amongst the farm community that wheat has had a rough season. But just how rough hadn’t been determined.
When Clifford Hershberger began his Pleasant Valley Cattle Co. in the hills outside of Fall River, Kansas, the small but thriving operation consisted of just one animal — a bottle calf named Abigail. Today, with hard work and the support of five generations of farmers before him, Clifford’s …
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