Wes Ishmael

Articles by Wes Ishmael
epa proposed RFS changes
EPA Proposes Reduced Ethanol Requirement
The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to reduce the levels of renewable fuels for blending into gasoline and diesel next year. According to the proposal, "While this range represents a reduction in comparison to the statutory volumes for 2014, it nonetheless represents an increase relative to projected 2013 corn-ethanol consumption of about 12.3 billion gal…”
cattle feeding profits
Cattle Feeding Profits May Be Short-Lived
Estimated cattle feeding returns finally started turning positive in September after 29 consecutive months of losses. But, analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center say losses could resurface as early as next month because of the high prices feedlots must pay for calves and feeder cattle.
calf and feeder cattle prices
Calf And Feeder Prices Chug Ahead
Tightening supplies and increased competition from farmer-feeders fueled calf markets $1-$4/cwt. higher.
heifer retention remains cautious
Heifer Retention Remains Cautious
Judging by chatter and heifer prices at auction, more producers are at least contemplating herd expansion. But, looking at the mix of heifers on feed, Nevil Speer at Western Kentucky University says, "Producers don’t appear to be settling into the commitment associated with heifer development.” He adds that could change as marketing season continues.
corn crop could be largest recorded
Corn Crop Projected Record-Large
WASDE pegs this year’s corn crop at a record-large 14.0 billion bu., 1% more than the previous forecast. That would make the crop a staggering 30% larger than last year. The season-average corn price was lowered 30¢ at both ends of the range to $4.10-$4.90/bu.
cattle prices
Spotty Softness Surfaces In Calf And Feeder Markets
Yearling cattle ran into some price resistance for the first time since May as volume dwindles and calves comprise most of the offering.
carcass quality and weight change from zilmax withdrawal
Carcass Weights Decline and Grade Increases 1
More carcasses are lighter and are earning higher quality grades than a year ago, say analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).
feedlot heifer bulge
Feedlot Heifer Bulge May Be Nearing End
Overall, Thursday’s delayed Cattle on Feed report will likely be viewed as slightly bullish. What surprised some is the percentage of heifers still on feed.
cattle prices
Calf-Feeder Prices Maintain Counter-Seasonal Strength
Steer and heifer calves sold mostly steady this week with instances of as much as $5/cwt. higher. The advance was mostly in the Southeast and the Southern Plains winter wheat region, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Friday.
Webinar Considers Herd Expansion
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University livestock economist, will offer perspective on the prospect of herd expansion in 2014 as part of the hour-long, quarterly Beef Cattle Economics Webinar Nov. 5.
export prices
Beef Exports Continue Climb
The export value per head of fed slaughter for beef in August averaged $253.87, up $46.16 from last year. Beef exports accounted for 11% of muscle cuts and 13.6% of total production, both up roughly 1 percentage point.
fed cattle prices rally
Fed Cattle Prices Rally
Analysts with the Agricultural Marketing Service explained Friday that fed cattle prices shattered the previous all-time record high achieved in May by trading at $131-$134/cwt. and at mostly $208 on a dressed basis.
value of gain
Value Of Gain Continues Strong
“Though the high absolute price levels for stocker calves is scary for buyers and their lenders, the combination of high price levels and relatively little price rollback means that the value of putting weight on feeder cattle remains very high."
how the disconnect between ag and consumers impacts demand
Ignorance Is Ag's Biggest Challenge When Connecting With Consumers 2
The disconnect between farmers and consumers makes it easy for folks with an agenda to concoct messages they know will have the most effective emotional impact, themselves knowing the fiction and intent underlying such messages.
tipping point for beta-agonist discussion
How Beta-Agonists Figure Into Fatigued-Cattle Syndrome 1
Rather than a singular cause, Dan Thomson, KSU, says beta-agonists are likely one of many contributors to what is called fatigued-cattle syndrome.
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