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AgWeb.com 01/25/2020 18:48
Maybe you’ve heard about this big football game being played next Sunday. It’s Super Bowl LIV, and the fact the NFL insists on branding its championship game with Roman numerals is a hint of the self-aggrandizement the owners of America’s professional football teams deem necessary. Yet, Americans have bought into the largess that is known as Super Sunday. For instance, the actual game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers doesn’t begin until 6:30 p.m. ET, but the FOX pregame show begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. That’s right, the 4.5-hour pregame show lasts longer than the actual game! Nothing wrong with FOX capitalizing on America’s appetite for football, mind you. But it’s worth noting that 30-second advertisements airing during t.
AgWeb.com 01/25/2020 14:38
The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of Tanner Beymer, Associate Director of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council. For those who are intimately familiar with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) know the disfunction and egregious overreach the law brings to livestock producers—particularly those that operate on federal lands.
AgWeb.com 01/25/2020 10:02
March corn futures retreated on Friday as fears of coronavirus rippled through the commodity complex and the broader market (stock indices), creating a risk-off environment. Is the coronavirus alone, enough of a reason for the market to trade seven cents lower? We don’t think so. We think option expiration played a significant role in keeping a lid on prices at 390, something we talked about in last weekend’s update and through the week in our daily grain comments to clients and subscribers. So, what’s next for corn prices? We are still optimistic that prices can work higher but need to see technical confirmation in the first half of next week’s trade. 390-392 has been the top end of the range, the market tripped stops above here this week
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 18:12
Cash fed cattle traded steady in both the south and north this week at $124, with cattle on a dressed basis trading at $198 to $199. USDA’s Cattle on Feed report estimated 12.0 million head in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more on Jan. 1, 2020, an increase of 2% over the same month a year ago.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 17:35
Producers often set their focus on the areas of the farm that are making them money. One grey area that could be getting overlooked just might be your pre-fresh cows. When taken care of properly, healthy pre-fresh animals can boost the bottom line when they enter the milking herd. Mis-managed pre-fresh animals, however, not only tend to cost money after calving, but can also cause added headaches and frustration. During the 2020 Leading Dairy Producers Conference, Rachel Kenneke and Sabrina Yanke of Quality Liquid Feeds provided three tips to help get pre-fresh animals off to a good start. Feed management. “The first thing I like to do when visiting farms is put up time-lapse cameras near the pre-fresh and post-fresh feed bunks that take a p.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 17:15
As Bayer continues its mitigation to reach a settlement, Dow Jones is reporting the company could settle its glyphosate (Roundup) legal cases for a sum around $10 billion. A settlement would mean the end of the company’s legal battles concerning glyphosate. Bayer, who bought the inventor of glyphosate, Monsanto, is dealing with under 50,000 plaintiffs who claim the product has caused cancer. So far, the company has lost three glyphosate trials—with some pending appeal outcomes. The company recently said it would consider a settlement that is “financially reasonable and represents finality [for future and current cases],” according to Liam Condon, president of Bayer Crop Science, in a previous . In regard to the potential $10 billion settlem.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 16:59
The process of achieving high quality silage begins in the field and is influenced along the way by all subsequent actions in the production process. Critical factors including genetics selection, growing conditions, harvest-time execution, fermentation, proper storage design, and quantifying results all play a part in delivering a hygienic, nutritional feed source to your cows. Each decision made in the process will influence a dairy operation's bottom line. Creating a trusted partnership among stakeholders involved in each decision step maximizes your control on final forage quality. Take advantage of the elements you can control in your forage program. Attend a broadcast of this free webinar to hear experts talk about what it takes to ac.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 16:46
Market Watch with Alan Brugler. January 24, 2020. It’s the middle of winter in North America. While we haven’t had much of the extreme cold (cross your fingers), the wind chills have been enough to remind me of thawing out drinking cups for the heifers and buckets cold enough to freeze to your bare hand if you touched them. Would be ag commodity bulls were hit by a splash of very cold water (or maybe a chunk of ice) this week. They’d been excited about the convergence of trade deals and potential export sales, particularly from the Phase One China deal. This week, we were reminded that the deal isn’t actually in effect yet, and neither is the USMCA. China is buying pork and soybeans at about the same level they were before the announcement. I.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 16:27
By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois College of ACES. Many animal feeds contain crystalline amino acids, nitrogen-based building blocks for protein synthesis. Often, crystalline amino acids are manufactured by genetically engineered bacteria, which do not trigger any safety concerns but are capable of producing mass quantities of the protein precursors. Once the amino acids are synthesized, they are typically filtered out and crystallized for inclusion in diets. But the industry is recognizing that the remaining deactivated bacterial biomass has intrinsic nutritional value, and some companies are testing the potential to skip the filtration step. A recent study from the University of Illinois shows that the amino acid valine in dried bact.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 15:56
By Jennifer Brown. This market update is a PorkBusiness.com weekly column reporting trends in weaner pigs. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Jan. 24. Looking at hog sales in July 2020 using August 2020 futures, the weaner breakeven was $85.25, down $0.30 for the week. Feed costs were down $0.36 per head. August futures decreased $0.33 compared to last week’s August futures used for the crush and historical basis is unchanged from last week. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on Jan. 24. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and breakeven when selling the finished hog. Note that the weaner pig profitability calculations provide weekly insight into the relativ.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 15:13
The grain markets continue a negative trend – despite good demand news. March corn was down 2¢ and March soybeans were down 28¢ for the week ending Jan. 24. March wheat was up 2.5¢. Check current . “Corn made new highs this week,” says Jerry Gulke, president of . “Plus, we had very good export on Friday. So it’s about time we see corn come to life.”This is the time of year when South America runs out of supplies and U.S. corn became competitive, Gulke says. “There’s some hope China would enter the market and buy corn from us,” he says. “Now we have this virus is transferring all over China, which is interrupting transportation and demand – it just put things into chaos.”As a result, Gulke says, the markets are being very conservative. In
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 15:02
The January crop reports from USDA are behind the market. The Phase One agreement with China is now in place. While both events still have lingering questions, Chip Nellinger of told the market will start watching 2020 acreage next. “I think they are starting to shift its focus already,” Nellinger said. “Typically, the market starts to look, as early as February, how are we shaping up for spring and how many acres are we going to plant?”He said as the market starts to transition to talk about 2020 production, U.S. farmers may be poised to plant 95 million acres of corn. Even if there’s a repeat of prevent plant on a portion of U.S. acres this year, he says farmers can’t ignore the possibility of 95 million acres planted in corn this year.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 14:37
Ag leaders and economists plan to go to USDA next month armed with data on why farmers will need another Market Facilitation Program (MFP) in 2020, according to Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer. Despite the signing of the Phase One trade deal with China, it will take a significant amount of time for that deal to reverse price trends he says. Will USDA be swayed despite statements from Secretary Sonny Perdue this week that there are no plans for a new tariff relief payment program? In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, special guest Jeff Harrison of Combest Sell and Associates joins Wiesemeyer, Farm Journal news director John Herath and Farm Journal dairy editor Anna-Lisa Laca with a look at the key news developments of the week.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 14:31
Farm Credit Services of America has helped establish an endowed faculty position in swine production in the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, with a $1.5-million gift to support the position. It was announced at South Dakota’s 51st Annual Pork Congress on Jan. 15, a university release said. “Pork production provides an excellent opportunity for young people to be able to return to the family farm. We have an impressive number of our SDSU graduates making a positive difference in an industry that offers them fulfilling career opportunities. A gift such as the Farm Credit Services of America endowment helps us support the growing, dynamic pork industry in South Dakota into the future and co.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 14:25
In anticipation of next weekend’s Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, Hormel Foods has created a 54-topping pizza with certified master chef Ron DeSantis, according to a release from the company. The almost 9-foot-pizza is inspired by regional treats found throughout the U.S. and separated into four distinct areas within the whole. "When the team from Hormel Foods and I got together to figure out how we could pull off a 54-topping pizza for the Big Game, while still making it something people can prepare at home, we immediately began thinking about the distinctive flavors of the different regions of the country," DeSantis said in the release.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 14:04
From great reminders about ventilation to a thought-provoking conversation about alternatives to antibiotics, attendees at the 2020 Iowa Pork Congress had many opportunities had many opportunities to take in knowledge and information to help their farms improve in the years ahead. An inspiring line-up of speakers challenged producers to take a good look at their current practices and continually find ways to make their product better for the consumer. Here’s a quick look at what some of the speakers had to say at Iowa Pork Congress. "Pig well-being is top priority regardless of what production system we are working in and we need to make sure we are making the right decisions."
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 14:00
China may be shopping around for U.S. corn and corn products to buy. Even if China ramps up purchases of U.S. corn, is there enough quality corn to feed the demand? Sam Hudson of said he knows quality of corn has been a problem this year. An early freeze hurt grain quality, something growers in the Northern Plains – and other corn growing areas - are severely battling from this past growing season. Hudson, however, doesn’t think poor quality will hurt the U.S. overall. Chip Nellinger of doesn’t see that being a big issue for export demand, either. “The commercials have a real knack for blending corn,” he said. “That's where they made a lot of their money in the last few years, because the margins haven't been there for them like it has been.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 13:02
Perdue Premium Meat Company’s (PPMC) Sioux Center pork harvest facility has completed its $29-million expansion. The company said the renovated plant includes state-of-the-art equipment, innovative case-ready offers and new benefits to support employee wellbeing and the environment. "This expansion of the PPMC processing facility builds on our 20-year leadership in the custom pork processing business," said Gary Malenke, senior vice president of Perdue Premium Pork Operations.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 12:50
Beef and dairy producers have adapted to significant changes in antibiotic regulations over the past three years, and that trend will continue. Continued public pressure and regulatory actions will drive ongoing change, with more emphasis on preventive care and veterinarian oversight of antibiotic use. In September 2019, FDA released draft guidance for industry (GFI) 263, outlining a process for bringing remaining animal drugs containing antimicrobials of medical importance under the oversight of licensed veterinarians. This includes injectable antibiotic products now available over the counter. The action builds on the GFI 213 and the veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule, which, in January 2017, eliminated performance claims from labels fo.
AgWeb.com 01/24/2020 12:01
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows 2019 was the second wettest year on record for the United States, behind 1973 by less than an inch. It makes people wonder what happened the year after and if there's a trend in 2020. NOAA says there are some differences between the two years. In the 1973 map, there are higher precipitation levels but it's a little more concentrated. There. ’. s a broad footprint on the 2019 map. Karin Gleason, Climate Scientist with NOAA, says it. ’. s too early to tell if 2020 will be similar to 1974 after the wettest year on record. Yet, they are still looking at the data. Gleason says 1972 and 2018, the years before the wettest years on record, were similar in the fall with wet, soggy and satu.

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