Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending May 27, 2016

Cash Cattle: Cash traded fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of May 19-May 26 averaged $124.81 for live sales, and $196.76 for dressed; respectively, down $6.33 and $7.27. Total volume sold was … Continue reading

The ARC County Yield Problem – Not if, But When and Where

The county yields plugged into the Agricultural Risk Program (ARC) calculation have come under fire recently for perceived inaccuracy and varying dramatically across nearby counties.  I was there when the last farm bill was written, there were concerns about the … Continue reading

Crop Market Update: May 23, 2016

Corn is lower this week with Greenville cash corn currently trading $0.01 lower than a week ago and $0.18 higher than a year ago at $3.98/bu on Friday. July futures contracts are $0.04 higher on the week at $3.95/bu. Mississippi … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending May 20, 2016

Cash Cattle: Cash traded fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of May 12-May 19 averaged $131.14 for live sales, and $204.03 for dressed; respectively, down $1.49 and $4.52. Total volume sold was … Continue reading

May 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 (May 20, 2016). The report revealed that 10.783 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 … Continue reading

Water is the common bond: agriculture, basic human needs, climate change, the environment

BBC News reports on the current drought in India, a complicated and challenging issue. Following two consecutive bad monsoons, India is facing one of its worst droughts. Of its 29 states, nearly half were reported to have suffered from severe water … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending May 13, 2016

Cash Cattle: Cash traded fed cattle were higher this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of May 5-May 12 averaged $132.63 for live sales, and $208.55 for dressed; respectively, up $14.60 and $18.57. Total volume sold was … Continue reading

May USDA Supply and Demand Report Gives First Estimates of 2016/17 Crop Numbers

The corn balance sheet for the 2015/16 crop saw a few changes in disappearance from the April release. Feed use was and ethanol were both left unchanged while exports were increased by 75 million bushels. Corn imports were increased by … Continue reading

Crop Market Update: May 9, 2016

Corn is lower this week with Greenville cash corn currently trading $0.14 lower than a week ago and $0.01 lower than a year ago at $3.86/bu on Friday. July futures contracts are also $0.14 lower on the week at $3.78/bu. … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending May 6, 2016

Cash Cattle: Cash traded fed cattle were down this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of April 28-May 5 averaged $118.03 for live sales, and $189.98 for dressed; respectively, down $5.84 and $4.52. Total volume sold was … Continue reading