Crop Market Update: April 29, 2014

U.S. producers have the planters up and running, but progress still remains behind schedule. U.S. producers currently have 19% of the U.S. crop currently planted compared to a 5-year average of 28%. Mississippi is also behind with 75% planted compared … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Apr 25, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices finally began to level out just a bit. For the week, the accumulated weighted average price across the major feeding regions for steers was $146.68 live, down $0.40 compared to the previous Friday, and … Continue reading

April Cattle on Feed Report Recap

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Apr 25). The report revealed that 10.860 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending April 17, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices continue to decline. For this holiday shortened reporting week, the accumulated weighted average price across the major feeding regions for steers was $147.66 live, down $1.66 from the previous Friday, and $240.41, up $0.12. … Continue reading

Farm Bill Presentations, Support Tools, and Calculators

This page will provide links to presentations and various tools that we create. Please check back frequently as new tools will be added and updates to existing tools will be provided. If you have any questions or find any errors … Continue reading

Crop Market Update: April 15, 2014

The latest USDA crop progress report is the first of the year to report U.S. planting progress for corn. Corn planting is slightly behind normal with 3% of the U.S. crop currently planted compared to a 5-year average of 6%. … Continue reading

I love a good Pareto improvement story

But then again, who doesn’t? In order to help migratory birds, rice farmers are being paid to keep their fields flooded for longer than they otherwise would: The program, called BirdReturns, starts with data from eBird, the pioneering citizen science project that … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Apr 11, 2014

Cash Cattle: Fed cattle cash prices slid lower again this week. The five-area fed steer price came in Friday at $149.32 for live sales, down $2.11, while dressed steers were at $240.29, down $3.19 versus two weeks ago. Once again, … Continue reading

Agricultural Loans and Interest Rates 2014

The St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve publishes quarterly reports on financial conditions pertaining to agriculture in the 8th federal reserve district which includes the northern half of Mississippi and the Delta Region.  Surveys from around the region show … Continue reading

April Supply and Demand Report Further Reduces U.S. Ending Stocks for Corn, Soybeans

Wednesday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reduced U.S. corn ending stocks to 1.331 billion bushels, lower than the expected 1.4 billion bushels. Domestic use for corn remained constant, but there was a 125 million bushel increase in corn … Continue reading