Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 Canola - Wheat Field Day

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Curry County in cooperation with the NMSU Clovis Ag Science Center will be hosting a Canola-Wheat Field Day on April 28, 2015 at the Clovis Ag Science Center 16 miles north of Clovis, NM.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00 a.m.

There will be 2 General Continuing Education Units (CEU) available for producer with Pesticide Applicator License.

Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.

Please RSVP online at or to the Clovis Ag Science Center at (575)985-2292 or the Curry County Extension Office at (575)763-6505.

Thank you to our sponsors ADM and Aurora Agronomy for helping to make the Canola-Wheat Field Day possible.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Ron Plain and Scott Brown
Ag Economics, MU   April 17, 2015

The average price of fresh beef in grocery stores was a record $6.079
per pound during March.  That was up 6.2 cents from the previous
record set the month before.

Retail prices for choice beef averaged $6.282 per pound during March.
That was up 1.2 cents from February, up 56.2 cents compared to March
2014, but 5.1 cents below the record set in January.  Ground beef
prices averaged $4.20 per pound in March, down 3.8 cents from the
month before.

The 5 area average price for slaughter steers was $162.40/cwt during
March.  That was $2.50 higher than February and $12.60 higher than a
year ago.

The consumer price index for March was below year-ago for the third
consecutive month, thanks largely to lower energy prices.  The cost of
living peaked in June of 2014.

Fed cattle prices this week were lower on light volume.  Through
Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live
weight basis was $162.71/cwt, down 42 cents from last week’s average,
but up $15.63 from a year ago.  The 5 area average dressed price this
week for steers was $255.96/cwt, down $8.05 for the week, but up
$21.41 compared to the same week last year.

This morning the choice boxed beef cutout value was $257.69/cwt, up 53
cents from the previous Friday and up $31.59 from a year ago.  The
select carcass cutout was $251.45/cwt this morning, up 40 cents from
last week and up $36.37 from a year ago.

Cattle slaughter this week totaled 533,000 head, up 6.2% from the week
before, but down 5.7% from the same week last year. Year-to-date
cattle slaughter is down 7.5% and beef production is down 5.4%.

The average steer dressed weight for the week ending on March 28 was
869 pounds, down 5 pounds from the week before, but up 18 pounds
compared to the same week last year.  Steer weights have been above
year-ago each week since June 14, 2014.

Feeder cattle prices at Oklahoma City were mostly steady to $5 lower
this week.  Prices for medium and large frame #1 steers by weight
group were: 400-450# $307-$320, 450-500# $296-$315, 500-550#
$268-$297.50, 550-600# $263-$286, 600-650# $240-$260, 650-700#
$226-$252, 700-750# $214-$248, 750-800# $208-$224, 800-900# $192-$211,
and 900-1000#, $187.50-$193/cwt.

Cattle futures gained ground early in the week but closed sharply
lower on Friday.  The April live cattle futures contract settled at
$157.80/cwt today, down $1.00 for the week.  June fed cattle settled
at $149.00/cwt, up 20 cents from the previous week.  August fed cattle
gained 12 cents this week to settle at $146.67/cwt.  October live
cattle ended the week at $148.25/cwt.

The April feeder cattle contract ended the week at $213.00/cwt, up 55
cents for the week.  May feeders settled at $208.52/cwt which is $1.20
lower than the week before.

Monday, April 6, 2015

National Hay Situation and Outlook!

Click on the link below to have look at the National Hay Situation and Outlook

National Hay Situation & Outlook

Monday, March 30, 2015

USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum!

Release No.: 021-15
Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.

The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order.
USDA will conduct the referendum beginning on March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, at county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the Internet.
Any eligible person engaged in the production or importation of sorghum from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form that shows they engaged in the production or importation of sorghum.
The Sorghum Checkoff Program, and its 13-member board, is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The Sorghum Checkoff is intended to be a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum.
The final procedures were published in the Nov. 18, 2010, Federal Register. The notice announcing the dates of the referendum was published in the Feb. 19, 2015, Federal Register.
For more information, contact Craig Shackelford, Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, 22 Jamesport Lane, White, GA 30184; Telephone: (470) 315-4246; Procedures and additional information about the referendum can be found at:
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