Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Aug 29, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices perked up just a bit this week. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $154.56 and $242.98, respectively, up $1.74 and $1.13. Negotiated sale volumes continue to be on the light side with … Continue reading

Farm Bill 2014: Dairy Program sign-up to begin September 2, 2014

The USDA has announced in a press conference Thursday morning that sign-ups for the new Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will begin next week. Producers can begin signing up at their local FSA office beginning on September 2 and must … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Aug 22, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash price maintained last week’s momentum and fell this week. However, the decline was less steep. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $152.82 and $241.85, respectively, down $1.92 and $1.84. Most trading across the region took … Continue reading

August Cattle on Feed Report Summary

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (August 22). The report revealed that 9.837 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head … Continue reading

What does your dog doo in the cemetery?

The Dispatch reports that the city of Starkville is struggling with how to handle dog waste in the city’s cemeteries. Starkville aldermen will let the city’s informal cemetery board decide recommendations on how to curb a growing trend of irresponsible … Continue reading

Have Land Values and Cash Rents Finally Stabilized?

The Federal Reserve branch located in St. Louis representing the 8th Federal Reserve District, recently published the results of its quarterly survey on agricultural credit conditions and general financial status for the 2nd quarter of 2014. Quality Farm Land: Overall, … Continue reading

Five things you need to know about County-triggered Shallow Loss Programs

  The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Program (STAX) insurance and county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs in the new farm bill are novel risk protection products.  All three cover a band of shallow losses and leave the … Continue reading

Crop Market Update: August 19, 2014

The USDA lowered U.S. corn condition ratings from 73% good or excellent to 72%, but many analysts agree that the current conditions suggest even higher yields than the USDA is currently reporting. Mississippi corn conditions continue to look good with … Continue reading

Renewable energy, birds, and Apple, inc.

I knew wind turbines kill birds, but it appears solar energy can as well. From NBC News: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Aug 15, 2014

Cash Cattle: Not surprisingly, feeders tried to stay on the sidelines this week as prices tumbled on the futures market and in cash bids as well. The few negotiated trades that did take place were lower. The five-area live and … Continue reading