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ISSUE DATE: 04/02/2012

Planning ahead for profits

By Jennifer M. Latzke

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on Jan. 1 was 90.8 million head, the lowest since 1952. The 2011 calf crop was the smallest calf crop since 1950--down 1 percent from 2010, to 35.3 million head. And the total number of calves under 500 pounds and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.7 million, down 4 percent.

Tighter supplies mean higher prices. There have been reports of some lightweight cattle selling for more than $1,000 per head for April delivery to the middle of the High Plains in just the past few weeks.

For typical stocker cattlemen, running lightweight stocker cattle on wheat pasture this spring poses an interesting situation if they haven't already made their plans for cattle and pasture ground. This year it could be that those who planned ahead will have the greatest opportunity for profits.


NEWS

AFBF supports farm truck measures in transportation bill
AFBF: Chesapeake Bay bill good for farms, economy
Ag Advocate Challenge team receives donation
Bison takes center plate at White House State Dinner
'Brain Breaks' exercise students' minds and bodies
Brownback joins governors standing up for American agriculture
Conference on aging set for April 27
Court backs need for science in federal water rules
Court orders FDA action on antibiotic use on farms
Crews to inventory state's woody biomass resources
EPA seeks members for Agricultural Advisory Committee
FAPC-OSU members to volunteer in Africa
Farm adapts to changes, continues family legacy
Farmers, ranchers contribute to hunger program
Forest Service speaks for the trees
FSA offers new options for beginning farmers, ranchers
Going nuclear
Huck Boyd Institute recognizes outstanding rural Kansans
Kan. farmer urges Congress to embrace robust crop insurance plan
Kansans urged to support military families
Kenyan visitors offer thoughts on leadership
Lawmakers sign letter calling for RFS increase
Like the Lorax, Nebraska Forest Service speaks for the trees
Moran, Thune introduce bill to block DOL farm labor rule
New 'Money Tip$' blog offers research-based information
Obama announces NIFA director appointment
OFB recognizes legislative leadership
Preventing, managing arthritis workshops planned
Rural Development assists Kan. agribusinesses
Rural Development assists Kan. agribusinesses
Senate Ag Committee holds hearings on farm bill safety net
Senators call for extension of wind energy tax credit
Survey: Agland values jump 31 percent in 2011
USDA affirms safety of lean finely textured beef product
USDA Rural Development hosts Turkish delegation
USDA warns of fraudulent letters
Vilsack releases renewable energy report
Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards presented

CROPS

12 collegiate ag students selected for international experience
8 UNL faculty, staff honored with Holling Awards
Ag Day creations highlight Colorado cuisine
Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative launches Affiliates Program
Agencies encourage farmers, ranchers to participate in Census of Agriculture
Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative due March 30
Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative due March 30
April 15 is deadline for Kansas Wheat Yield Contest
Art contest winners recognized on Ag Day
Berry cherry oat aphids present in wheat fields
Biodiesel industry disappointed in Senate energy votes
Century farms site seeks submissions
Commodity leaders agree on important issues
Cover crop field day set for March 27 near Malcom
Coyne Lectureship features plant breeding and genetics discussion
Crop prices attractive but input costs up
Discuss local food at upcoming summit
Early wheat greenup creates concerns about crop
Elk City to host Southwest Farm & Home Expo
Ethanol industry good for corn, livestock producers
Extension entomologist receives IPM Award for Excellence
Extension to host Tractor Safety Operator's Course
Extension to offer extrusion workshop
Farmers worry over newly planted corn as rain continues to fall
Fighting crop pests with tape
Financial assistance available for organic certification
Funding available to plant farmstead shelterbelts
Funding available to plant shelterbelts/windbreaks
Funding available to plant windbreaks
GEAPS, K-State announce grain operations management credentials program
GEAPS, K-State announce grain operations management credentials program
Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo is April 11 to 13
ISU names Harman Professorship recipient
Kansas Grain Commodity Growers elect commissioners
Kansas Water Office meeting is April 4
K-State study compares fallow, continuous cropping sequences
Lawmakers, farmers share the bounty at special breakfast
Lawmakers, farmers share the bounty at special breakfast
Legislature celebrates Kansas Ag Week with food drive competition
MAESTRO has producers singing a happy tune
Montana wheat leader elected to national office
NAYI applications available
NFU Convention features 'Taste of Nebraska' event
NGFA president to retire
NMSU to host agricultural resource day
NWGGA Passport Program winners announced
Oklahoma conservation highlighted at White House water quality summit
Organizations stand strong for Conservation Title
OSU honors Oklahoma agvocates
Panhandle farmers growing more dryland corn
Poll covers challenges of increasing cover crops on farmland
Reducing, controlling soil erosion by wind
Salina site of Women in Ag Conference
Sclerotinia research continues
Search for drought, cold tolerance goes global
Sorghum Board to meet
Soy checkoff farmer-directors reshape USB for the future
Steam threshing show to feature Ford farming
Third Crop Producer meeting to cover bioenergy
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion deemed hottest pepper on the planet
Unclean equipment may introduce new blight in peanut crop
Uniform corn emergence more important than stand uniformity
Vigorous wheat stripe fungus accelerates
Watley Seed Company settles PVP infringement case
Women in Agriculture Workshop set for April 10
Wyoming AgrAbility announces new project director

LIVESTOCK

Add a serving of caution to tender spring grass
Angus Foundation endowment established
Animal health protocols key
Beef gets good grades for safety
Beef Products Inc. suspends some plant operations
BQA program seeks nominations for Trainer of the Year
Bulls with numbers becoming more important
CAB premiums at 7-year high
CAB rewards student commitment with Colvin Scholarships
Cast your vote for the 2012 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame
Cattle on feed numbers released
Crossroads Center scheduling riders for spring
Crude glycerin may be economical ingredient in cattle diets
Determine when to give colostrum
Don't risk a case of West Nile virus
Expo features the latest pork industry developments
Extension to hold Group Tracker training
Fewer cattle mean higher beef prices
Hearing on NBAF focuses on updated risk assessment
Hereford Dams of Distinction numbers jump
International symposium to focus on future of beef
Iowa Swine Day returns at Iowa State
Junior Brahman field day set for June
Kansas Meat Goat Association to host ABGA shows
Kansas represented at livestock show in Russia
Kansas represented at livestock show in Russia
KLA member makes sizable donation possible
KLA member makes sizable donation possible
K-State animal science faculty honored
K-State makes veterinary medicine appointments
K-State Sheep and Goat Conference registration closes soon
Managing lameness in dairy heifers
Minimizing losses from calving difficulty in heifers
NCBA pushes for beef checkoff reform
NCBA responds to new study disparaging red meat
NCBA supports legislation to end 'man-made drought' in Calif.
NCBA, PLC recommend changes to Endangered Species Act
Nemaha County KLA membership grows
NFU, USCA support expanding beef checkoff contracting authority
NILE elects new slate of officers
NMSU to sponsor Dairy Heat Stress Road Show in Clovis
Oklahoma State Rodeo Team welcomes new coach
Optimize heifer growth with proper nutrition
Planning ahead for profits
Quality beef draws diners to restaurant
Raw milk poses risk
Research discovers solution to control PRRS virus
Responding to demand for beef
RWDCA announces summer intern
Safety professionals reaffirm commitment to wholesome beef
Scientists move closer to solving pasture bloat problem
Sheep Heritage Foundation offers scholarship
Student Taste of Elegance contest features pork entrees
Summit of the Horse rescheduled
Team building in the herd
Time to register for the Missouri Steer Feedout
Top 10 of Iowa's Best Burger contest named
USMEF Market Education Program travels to Asia
Without a history, premiums paid don't mean profit made

EDITOR

Deja  vu
How a company and its workers got slimed
Miss America advocates for agriculture
Moving toward a bio-based economy
Priorities
Spring into discussion
Strengthening our nation's domestic energy supply

COLUMNS

A plan of attack
Fractured and failing infrastructure
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
Men can't shop!
New crop system extends weed control
New insecticide approved by EPA
New soybean products offered for 2013 growing season
New vaccine protects against BRD complex
One huge step backward for mankind
Smartphone app helps farmers market grain
The ick factor
The world is bright outside the cave
Voters question Santorum's ties to HSUS and 'consistent conservative' label

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Abereen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction summary
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain market close
Grains start week lower
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
High Plains slaughter news report
Ideal conditions for spring farming tasks
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Keoco feeder cattle auction report
Lexington livestock market report
Light trading in some areas
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most of state receives some rainfall
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales reporrt
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Pratt livestock sales report
Rain alleviates drought conditions
Rainfall helps oats, wheat progress
Salina cattle sales report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock sales report
South Central direct sheep report
Soybeans see sharp gains
Springfield dairy cattle auction report
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock marketing center
State sees rainfall, unseasonably warm temps
Superior video auction report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Very warm conditions dominate
Warm temperatures encouraged growth
West Plains regional cattle sales report
West Plains regional livestock sales report
Winds dry soils, precip limited
Windy, unseasonably warm weather in Kansas
Woodward livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Burning CRP beneficial as maintenance practice
Cover crops a good step toward soil and livestock health
Feed high-quality hay after calving
Grazing management and drought recovery workshop set for April 13
Hay workshop set for April 27 at Overton
Improve beef, wildlife production with rotational grazing
Initiative works to improve lesser prairie-chicken habitat
Livestock groups support legislation to improve grazing permit process
NMSU to host youth ranch management camp
Planting alfalfa in the spring
Planting alfalfa in the spring
Prairie chicken tours offered near Wray
Prescribed burns scheduled this spring
Rains green things up, but hay, grazing still in short supply
Spray for alfalfa weeds
Test purchased hay for nitrates
Tornadoes spread insulation, plastic in livestock pastures

FAMILY

4-H Carnival is March 31
Adult hunter education field day set for April 7
An elegant Easter feast
Asparagus spears have charged into the market
Bring the family together this Easter with easy, memorable recipes
Burlington quail hunters form new Quail Forever chapter
Caring for marigolds
Determining the best for your garden soil
Ensuring the success of trees in your landscape
Extension helps find tasty alternatives for gluten-free diets
Extension to host home and garden workshop
Fear of spiders is universal
Freezing weather a threat for peaches and other early crops
Game and Parks hires new director
Growing trees and flowers successfully
Hollister's looks are deceiving
Keeping lawns 'weed free'
Kelton FFA celebrates National FFA Week
Kids build robots with LEGO parts
K-State hosts horticulture team contest, career fair
Learn the basics of pruning
Make a seed tape
Manage garden's soil moisture with soaker hoses
Meditation 03-26-2012
Meditation for 4-2-12
Mild winter weather leads to flea, tick problems
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic draws 22,136
OSU professor receives national award for excellence
Pancakes to flip over
Pheasants Forever names new regional representative
Plant cool-season crops now
Prepare an evacuation 'Grab and Go' box
Projects will help Kansans adapt to Plant Hardiness Zone Map changes
Reusing potting soil
Rooks' contemporary look has many features
Rose researcher evaluates sustainability
Starting garden plants indoors saves cash
'Stay Strong, Stay Healthy' program offered
Successfully growing fruit trees
Take a slow and steady approach to lose weight
Teens invited to attend job preparation workshop
That little hometown cafe
Volunteer training offered
Waiting and waiting
Wanted: More market farmers for K.C. area
Warm weather enticing fruit tree blooms

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