The July USDA Cattle on Feed report shows July feedlot inventories of 11.29 million head, down 1.3 percent from last year and down 1.7 percent compared to 2019. June placements were 1.67 million head, down 7.1 percent from 2020 and down 5.2 percent from June 2019. Feedlot marketings in June …

The Beef Cattle and Forage Field day will be held at the Southeast Research and Extension Center (25092 Ness Rd, Parsons, KS) on August 3, 2021.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am with the educational program beginning at 9 am.  For those that will not be able to attend in person, you may w…

Rising feed prices continue to be reflected in feeder cattle markets.  Market prices for feed grains increase in order to ration feed demand to balance with a limited supply.  High feed prices is a market signal to all feed users to use less grain.  For the pork and poultry industries this i…

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Technological advances that allow scientists to peer inside the genes of a wheat plant far outpace the progress plant physiologists have made at examining complex biological processes using high resolution imaging, but that is starting to change as more research funding becomes available.Gop…

10. Armadillo blight: possums on the half-shell rooting up your pasture.

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Cattle trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada is part of the increasingly integrated North American beef and cattle market.  Cattle exports and imports among the three countries consists mostly of feeder and slaughter cattle, along with small numbers of dairy cattle and breeding animals. 

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Wholesale beef prices typically increase in the spring, led by middle meat demand.  Spring restaurant demand reflects several holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at the same time as summer grilling demand ramps up, led by Memorial Day and Independence Day.  The…

With over 20 years of national media sales experience with publications like Mother Earth News and GRIT Magazine, Judi Lampe brings a diverse spectrum of experience and enthusiasm to the Farm Talk team.

The joke is often made in Southeast Kansas that wheat has become more cover than cash crop — a sentiment reinforced by year-over-year declines in wheat acreage. While wheat harvest may not be a massive undertaking like it is for the area’s western neighbors, it does set the tone for harvest …

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report showed a June 1 feedlot inventory of 11.699 million head, almost unchanged year over year from 11.671 million head in 2020; and fractionally lower than the June 1, 2019 level of 11.728 million head. May marketings were 1.87 million head, up 23.4 percent …

What offers refreshment on a hot summer day? Cool water? Resting in the shade? It just so happens that these also provide comfort to livestock. With the recent heat wave in Southeast Kansas, livestock producers should monitor their animals for signs of heat stress and plan their chores accor…

Beef imports were up 1.5 percent year over year in April but are down 7.0 percent for the January to April period compared to last year.  Year to date beef imports are down 4.0 percent compared to the same period in 2019.  Table 1 shows a summary of beef imports in recent years and for the y…

The combination of triple digit temperatures and a steady Kansas summer breeze means wheat harvest is progressing quickly across the state.

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Just off Route 70, on the edge of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town, there’s an unexpected haven for the cheese lovers of Kansas. Alma Creamery has been providing the Midwest with its cheddar, jacks and all-natural curds since 1946.

The April trade data shows that beef exports for the month were up 22.1 percent year over year and up 18.0 percent compared to 2019. Year to date total beef exports for the first four months of the year were up 7.9 percent year over year and 14.9 percent over the same period in 2019.

While poor germination can be caused by a great variety of factors, flooding of our heavy clay soils is a common one. Many soybean fields were left with poor stands in terrace channels and on the edges of this year, much like last year, we had just too much rain after many of the long season…

Six Kansas FFA members were elected to serve as the 2020–21 Kansas FFA Officer team at the virtual 93rd Kansas FFA Convention, June 2–4, 2021. They were among 7 candidates running for a state officer position to represent more than 9,700 Kansas FFA members.

Cattle markets are never dull but periods of relative calm and stability are sometimes interrupted by a few weeks of unusual daily and weekly dynamics that require constant attention. The past two years, however, have been more like a James Bond movie with a relentless series of unusual and …

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Property taxes can feel like an ever-increasing inevitability. And while they certainly aren’t avoidable, property taxes fluctuate year after year based on the same calculations for landlord net income as decided by Kansas state statutes.

10. Your high-tech baler’s alarm is going off but it’s unclear if you’re out of twine, due for service or in the path of a tornado.

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Protein markets are red hot. With the economy opening up and growing rapidly, meat markets of all types are enjoying strong demand. In numerous cases, wholesale prices for specific meat products are at record levels, exceeding the levels provoked by the pandemic disruptions one year ago; and…

Arkansas’ livestock producers are moving cattle to higher ground as an unsettled weather pattern threatens to bring up to six inches of rain to parts of western Arkansas.

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report pegs May 1 feedlot inventories at 11.725 million head, 104.7 percent of last year. A more useful comparison is to 2019 levels with the 2021 May 1 total down 0.7 percent from May 2019. After a February feedlot inventory that was the highest of any month s…

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Developing wheat varieties that flourish in the field while delivering value to consumers is a team effort that involves ten different federal and state researchers and extension educators working collaboratively at Oklahoma State University. The faces of many of these specialists are famili…

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Drought conditions continue to be historically bad for this time of year and recent USDA data confirms that the situation is critical for the beef cattle industry.  USDA reports pasture and range conditions from May through October and the initial reports this year show that U.S. pasture con…