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ISSUE DATE: 04/01/2013

Southeastern cattle moving to High Plains depends on value

By Doug Rich

Order buyers like Margaret Ann Smith with Southlex Cattle Company in Lexington, Va., connect stocker cattle buyers in the High Plains and sellers in the southeast. Smith, her business partner, and the buyers that work for them attend weekly livestock auctions in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, putting together loads of cattle that will end up on grass or in feedlots in the High Plains.

There are a number reasons for this connection between the southeast and the High Plains, but the price of corn has to be at the top of that list.

"In February we had a 75 cent positive basis on corn," Smith said. "If that is not a reason to put cattle on a truck and send them 1,100 miles west, then I don't know what other reason there is."

That is one reason there are not many feedlots in the southeast, which means those calves have to find a home someplace. Although farmers are growing more corn in the south and southeast regions of the country these days, most of that goes directly to export markets, Smith said.

"You do not fatten cattle at that kind of price for corn," Smith said.


NEWS

Breakthrough Solutions Conference set for May 8
Broadband focus group meetings to be held in April
Bucklin High students travel to Topeka to share their perspective on rural Kansas education
Business Appreciation Month award nominations still open
Challenges frame 2013's opening red meat export report
Congress passes budgets, Obama's up next
Control beaver damage to farm ponds
Documentary to feature next generation of American farmers and ranchers
Effective mesquite control depends on spraying at the right time
Farm Bureau supports legislators' placing one-cent transportation tax on the ballot
Farmers asked to participate in hearing study
Groups can help keep Kansas highways clean
Inhofe co-authors bill to ease farmers' EPA regulatory burden
Kansas exports increased to $11.66B in 2012
KDA pleased with legislative action on Kansas corporate farming laws
More study sought for Kan. corporate farming laws
MU weather stations provide real-time data across the state
Museum features 'American Legacy: Our National Parks'
Neighbor to Neighbor food drive raises 58,000 meals
New push to lessen Kan. green energy rules stalls
PLC, NCBA ask Supreme Court to settle Hage case
River Valley District shares land lease survey results
Sen. Moran works to bring more physicians to rural America
Start fresh with fingerlings
Women Owning Woodlands conference set for April 18

CROPS

5 Kansans receive Leader of the Year awards
Annual Research Symposium draws large crowd
Arkansas Division of Agriculture receives strawberry sustainability donation
Blasting rice blast in Arkansas
Colorado's specialty crop industry eligible for funding
Commodity presidents: Agriculture is relevant
Conservation award winners named
Deadline for Kansas Wheat Yield Contest entries is May 18
Economist highlights mid-year soybean stocks
Economist: 2013 corn and soybean production hinges on growing season and yield prospects
Ethanol fuel has driven success on the NASCAR racetrack for 3 years
Extension to hold 'Leaving a Legacy' program
Farmer leaders call crop insurance 'most important risk management tool'
Field scouting critical as wheat breaks dormancy
Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo set for April 10 to 12
Growers of early-planted corn on pins and needles
Hard freeze likely damaged much of fall-emerged wheat
In-depth wheat and canola school planned in Garden City
International Grains Program provides training to enhance Kansas corn markets
Iowa Learning Farms to host cover crop workshop at Dordt College
Kansas wheat growers should be aware of crop diseases to the south
KDA announces specialty crop grant opportunity
Nebraska crop budgets now available online
New Lincoln County Extension agent has agricultural background
NMSU explores algal biofuel production from wastewater
Pre-plant soil moisture survey in progress
Sorghum U to discuss profitability, new markets for grain sorghum in South Dakota
Soy checkoff compiles state environmental regulations
Soybean-damaging kudzu bug inches closer to Arkansas
Specialty Crops Workshop slated April 9 in Red Rock
Texas Plant Protection Association elects officers
The beginning of 2013 brings drought relief to Missouri
Workshop helps food businesses market products

LIVESTOCK

American Salers Association recognizes Top Performance Breeders
Beef checkoff to hold 'ReVeal Your Inner Chef' recipe contest
Black Ink: Real money
Brangus Association members pass bylaw change
Cattle on feed numbers released
CHB Distinguished Chef Robbi Jenkins followed her passion
Checkoff study looks at why Millennials matter to beef industry
Cow tail debate returns to Colo. House
Grocers named Retail Beef Backer Award winners
Industry groups meet on H2-A program
Kansas Livestock Foundation offers youth scholarships
KDHE refuses to provide EPA with concentrated animal feeding operation information
K-State's Weaber awarded for cow-calf genetics work
MCA supports fix to animal neglect law
New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp seeking applications
Raising calving-ease heifers takes more than genetics
RWDCA announces its new 2013 summer intern
Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship offered
Stocker connection depends on value
Study shows no advantage to delaying calf implants at feedlots
Temperament plays key role in cattle health
Trail riders bring history to Pioneer Days
Transport herds safely in winter
Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop set April 19

EDITOR

Law change provides rural opportunity
Out with the orange shag carpet
Some doors are open
Take time for agricultural safety awareness

COLUMNS

Building healthier soil
Just a scoop full
New herbicides strengthen soybean resistance management
Red capitalists
Simply nutrition is the key
Where's my party?

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Colorado livestock auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay prices light in some areas, others steady
Hay trade slow to moderate
Joplin livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
OKC West sheep and goat auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Salina livestock auction report
Soybeans, wheat close higher
Springfield livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Winter livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Alliance holds schools to detoxify Missouri's K-31 fescue pastures
Dennis Sun named chairman of Wyoming Public Lands Coalition
Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, McPherson, wins KWF Conservation Organization Award
Online smoke model aids landownersburning pastures
Understanding the impacts of grazing sheep

FAMILY

Bernalillo County 4-H members help shop for Ronald McDonald House
Help with expressing thoughts
Kerry's design unique
Main dish helpers
Meditation
New Mexico 4-H state ambassadors, diplomats named
Plant trees properly
Silver anniversary of Jefferson County garden show sets records
Sweet ways to cook sweet corn

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