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For producers growing fescue, toxic or harmful endophyte infections can be a common issue. In a University of Missouri Forage and Livestock Town Hall, retired University of Georgia professor and Agrinostics Ltd. representative Nick Hill covered the basics of why, how and when to test endophy…

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The latest Drought Monitor shows that drought is significantly worse now than at the same time last year with 63 percent of the country now in D0-D4 categories. These drought categories can be combined into a single numerical measure of drought known as the Drought Severity and Coverage Inde…

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For many sheep and goat producers, vaccinations are an important, but expensive, part of their animal husbandry. Proper storage and handling of vaccines can ensure producers get the most out of their vaccines, therefore improving their bottom line. Kansas State University Extension livestock…

Beef exports have evolved significantly in recent years in a very dynamic environment of global politics and trade policies; direct and indirect impacts of animal disease outbreaks; and growing beef preferences and consumption. Compared to five years ago, total beef exports in 2020 were up b…

Pre-emergence herbicide programs for corn were discussed in a recent eUpdate. The role of pre-emergence herbicides is similar in both corn and grain sorghum, and some herbicides are similar. But, fewer post-emergence herbicide options, particularly for Palmer amaranth and grass control, make…

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Wet weather preceding warm temperatures and dry days creates the perfect environment for farmers hoping to capitalize on an early corn crop. In southeast Kansas, soil conditions are on the verge of excellence and many fields have already played host to planters.

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USDA-NASS released two reports last week that added more fuel to red-hot grain and oilseed markets. The information about current and future corn markets has significant implications for cattle markets. The quarterly stocks estimate for corn was lower than expected, indicating that strong do…

No doubt, most cattle producers have had to work out a situation with a calf that is no longer able to nurse its mama. Possibly, the dam has died or maybe a rejected twin. Regardless, feeding a bottle multiple times a day can be rigorous at best.

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by Derrell S. Peel As April arrives, the current drought situation looms larger and potential impacts on cattle markets are increasing with each passing week. The latest Drought Monitor shows that 43.55 percent of the continental U.S. is in some degree of drought (D1-D4), including 18.06 per…

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In the coming weeks Blaise Wilde will continue to inspect his fields for damage from mid-February’s arctic assault on Texas, but for now the wheat grower from Wall is feeling optimistic.

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After a year without in-person events, Green Cover Seed held their first Southeast Kansas Soil Health Conference at their new Iola location on March 5 and 6. Soil health specialist Doug Peterson provided attendees with information on how to improve their fields through his presentation on on…

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Fed cattle markets have been unable to put together any sort of spring rally this year with cash markets trading in a narrow range for several weeks. The 5-market fed cattle price has averaged $113.81/cwt. for the past six weeks with weekly averages ranging from $113.62/cwt. to $114.07/cwt. …

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Nestled behind a subdivision on the eastern edge of Springfield, Missouri lays an oasis for young girls and experienced equestrians alike. Housed in a hilltop stable, The Libby Ferguson Training Center bustles with the activity of both riders and horses.

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March is a typically bi-polar weather time with indications of spring mixed with lingering winter blasts. This past week included a big winter storm and heavy snow from the Colorado Rockies across the Front Range and east from the northern plains into the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, tornadoes …

Breeding season is just around the corner and it’s time to consider our investment in genetics to maximize the profit potential of the calves that will be born next year. With more genetic information and technology available than ever before, we address the process of determining what trait…

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Market lamb and goat projects are a competitive industry whether showmen are exhibiting at a small county fair or on a national stage. For longtime sheep and goat breeder, Bill Mein producing proven winners means settling for nothing less than the absolute best.

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Weather woes and less than desirable field conditions made 2019 and 2020 challenging years for commodity crop producers throughout middle America. In trying times there’s no substitute for experience and that’s one thing Weir, Kansas farmer Rod Watson, his father Don and son Jared can excel …

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U.S. beef exports totaled 2,566.7 million pounds in 2020, down 2.3 percent from the previous year but still the third largest annual beef export total. The COVID-19 pandemic caused sharp disruptions in beef exports at times during the year with monthly exports down over 30 percent year over …

After the brutal cold weather of mid-February, it’s hard to believe that breeding season is just around the corner. For herds that plan to begin calving next January, breeding season begins in April. With that in mind, it’s time to plan and manage bulls for breeding season. This week we addr…

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In the age of side hustles and diversifying businesses, more  livestock producers in Kansas may be considering the logistics of selling their products directly to consumers.

The February Cattle on Feed report from USDA showed a February 1 feedlot inventory of 12.1 million head, 101.5 percent of one year ago. January placements were 2.017 million head, up 3.2 percent year over year. Placements were higher than the average pre-report estimate but at the top end of…

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Volatility was the defining characteristic of commodity markets in 2020 and experts are preparing for another unpredictable barrage of global agricultural market changes.

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A massive and extended winter blast has engulfed the southern plains before spreading across much of the Delta and mid-south then ultimately affecting most of the eastern half of the country. The extended cold temperatures began a week ago with most of Oklahoma already enduring continuous su…

The Livestock Indemnity Program provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality as a direct result of an eligible loss condition. An eligible adverse weather event is one that is not expected to occur during the loss period that…

The extreme cold and snowy weather has arrived at a very unfortunate time for spring calving cow herds. Cows and heifers are beginning the calving season and some newborn calves are certain to be cold stressed after arrival. Getting those cold stressed calves back to normal body temperatures…

With over 20 years in the livestock industry and five years with High Plains Journal as a livestock marketing consultant, Jeff Nemecek brings a wealth of industry-specialized experience to the Farm Talk team.

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The Cattle inventory report provides lots of information but does not answer one important question: What is the inventory of feeder cattle available to be placed in feedlots for finishing? We calculate an estimate of the supply of feeder cattle by summing the reported inventories of steers …