Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Nov 21, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices were higher but cash transactions were very limited. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $169 and $265, respectively, up $0.66 and $0.87. In Texas and Nebraska live cattle sold higher at $172 … Continue reading

November 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 (Nov 21). The report revealed that 10.633 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Nov 14, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices were mostly steady this week, with Friday’s reported transaction being $1-$4 higher though. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $167.53 and $262, respectively, up $0.66 and $0.87. In Texas live cattle sold … Continue reading

November Cotton Market Update

Monday’s Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates reports from USDA reversed last month’s changes and increased the expected size of the U.S. crop. Total U.S. production is forecasted at 16.4 million bales, up 140,000 from October. The … Continue reading

Mississippi corn, soybean yields revised up in latest USDA reports

Monday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) made a few changes to the balance sheet for new crop U.S. corn, ultimately leaving ending stocks 73 million bushels lower than a month ago. Harvested acres were unchanged, but yields were … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Nov 07, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices were mostly steady to mildly lower this week. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $166.87 and $261.13, respectively, down $0.55 and up $2.17. In the Southern Plains live cattle sold $1 lower … Continue reading

Farm Bill Learning Sessions Scheduled

Multiple workshops related to the 2014 farm bill have been scheduled for December. These workshops are targeted at our numerous crop producers and will provide detailed information on the new ‘covered commodity’ programs (ARC & PLC), new crop insurance products … Continue reading

Five questions to ask About a Farm Bill Decision Aid

We have been modeling crop insurance and farm policy for years.  Tremendous advances have been made in quantifying agricultural risk. As farmers face decisions regarding their participation in federal farm programs and crop insurance various decision aides have been developed … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Oct 31, 2014

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle prices were steady to lower this week. The five-area live and dressed steer prices were $167.42 and $263.88, respectively, down $1.25 and up $0.07. In Kansas, live cattle traded about $2 lower at $168. All … Continue reading