In this Issue:
  • Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices
  • July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • 2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report
  • Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments
  • Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to Flounder in New, Lower Range
  • Cotton Marketing News: What Happened to Cotton Acres?
  • Cattle Markets Slide into Summer Decline
  • Cotton Marketing News: June Report Sends Mixed Signals
  • How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?
  • Cotton Marketing News: Prices Weaker But Remain Above Support
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    Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices

    Prior to this week’s USDA crop production estimates, the 2017 US cotton crop was projected at 19 million bales.  There seemed to be general consensus, given the crop conditions in parts of Texas, that the crop would not get bigger with this week’s report.  There was some belief that the crop is actually less …

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    July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $0.08/cwt. during July. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $0.60/head ($0.08/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $40.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report

    The semi-annual U.S. Cattle Inventory Report was released on July 21, 2017 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) after a one-year absence. This report continued to confirm that U.S. cattle herd expansion is still active. The report saw significant increases in every category except the category of Beef Replacement Heifers, which declined by 100,000 …

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    Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments

    Don Shurley
    Cotton Economist/Professor Emeritus of Cotton Economics

    Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. Cotton’s “safety net” is STAX but STAX has not been as well utilized and accepted by growers as expected.

    One …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to Flounder in New, Lower Range

    Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Emeritus Professor

    This week’s USDA crop production and supply and demand estimates for July did little to correct the direction in prices.  The report was actually not bad, but prices continue to show no improvement.  The following are highlights from the report:

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    Cotton Marketing News: What Happened to Cotton Acres?

    Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Emeritus Professor

    Last week’s USDA Acreage report did not deliver as expected.  The market (Dec futures) initially reacted upward but seemingly has now re-established its pre-report bearish tone.  These are cautious and confusing times for producers who seek to manage risk in this topsy-turvy market.

    I may be …

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    Cattle Markets Slide into Summer Decline

    Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

    With July 4 wholesale beef purchases complete,  beef prices have dropped sharply the past ten days.  Beef and cattle markets, have defied gravity by staying stronger, longer than most expected this spring.  However, with seasonal pressure prevailing, beef and cattle markets have weakened and …

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    Cotton Marketing News: June Report Sends Mixed Signals

    Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Emeritus Professor

    Last week’s USDA monthly crop production and supply and demand estimates contained some good news and some bad news.  Overall, I’d have to consider the report somewhat bearish.

    The market (new crop December futures prices) has been in a “downward-sideways” mode since mid-May and has …

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    How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?

    You have worked hard raising quality beef and demand for locally grown food is increasing.  Perhaps you have considered selling meat from your livestock operation, but have found the regulations to be somewhat daunting.  This article highlights two UF/IFAS Publications which focus on this topic and provide answers to the many questions related to …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Prices Weaker But Remain Above Support

    According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, the US cotton crop was 63 percent planted as of May 28th—essentially at the average for that date.  In the Southeast, planting progress is at a normal level with exception of North Carolina and Virginia being behind 10-12 percentage points.  In the Mid-South, planting is mostly …

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