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Aug 01, 2008

Find your red flags

Part IV in a series on the changing corn environment. The original renewable fuels standard (RFS) triggered the current expansion in ethanol....More
Jul 01, 2008

Optimal production/marketing system

Part III in a series on the changing corn environment. We all understand that different ranch production/marketing systems lead to different financial....More
Jun 01, 2008

The changing corn environment

Part II: Short-term management implications The bottom line to the changing corn environment is that feedlot costs of gain (COG) will increase....More
Apr 01, 2008

2008 grass cattle planning prices

After 30 years of government-supported and stabilized corn markets, the new biofuels era features no government- or farmer-held corn reserves and....More
Mar 01, 2008

Buy/sell margins - part III

The feeder-cattle futures market is being whipsawed by corn futures prices. Corn futures prices were in the mid-to-high $3 range early in 2007,....More
Jan 01, 2008

Price forecasting part 1

Producers often tell me that one bottleneck to strategic planning of marketing is not knowing which planning prices to use. Thus, I am sharing with....More
Oct 01, 2007

2007's calf-marketing opportunities

Biofuels are impacting today's marketing decisions. As 2006 corn prices escalated in response to ethanol demand, it became clear that relative prices....More
Sep 13, 2007

Q&A with Harlan Hughes

Do you have a question or comment for Harlan Hughes? E-mail Harlan, and he'll respond as quickly as possible. If your letter seems of general....More
Sep 13, 2007

Harlan Hughes' Favorite Links

BEEF magazineCattlemen Coping with WinterKSU Livestock....More
Sep 01, 2007

Benchmarks for the ethanol era

Having conducted Integrated Resource Management (IRM) cash-flow analyses for individual ranchers for 20+ years, I fully understand a ranch must cash....More
Aug 01, 2007

Heifer economics part 3

Replacement-heifer decisions may prove to be one of the more critical management decisions of the emerging biofuels era. That's because such decisions....More
Aug 01, 2007

Grab Your Partner

Expect the formation of inter-sector alliances to get a boost over the next few years, says Kansas City economist Bill Helming. Like kids scrambling....More
Aug 26, 2006

New Materials - Harlan

Benchmarking to Increase Beef Cow Profits Slides Sample Completed IRM Input Form for Demonstration Herd IRM Input Form for Analyzing 2001 CalvesIRM....More
Aug 26, 2006

IRM Info: Analysis Forms, Info, - Harlan

Integrated Resource Management Herd Analysis Forms, IRM Info....More
Aug 26, 2006

Teaching Materials & Handouts - Hughes

These are overheads and teaching materials that Prof. Hughes uses in invited talks and presentations across the Northern Plains and Canada. They will....More
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Harlan Hughes

Harlan Hughes is a North Dakota State University professor emeritus and author of the monthly "Market Advisor" column that appears in BEEF magazine. He also consults and lectures widely,...
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Harlan Hughes has spent a professional lifetime helping U.S. beef producers better manage the business end of their beef cow operations.

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