In this Issue:
  • Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?
  • Marketing Weaned calves through the Alabama SAFE Sale
  • Friday Feature: PTO Quick Connector
  • 1st Quarter Weather Summary and 2nd Quarter Outlook
  • Cattle Nutrition Expert Named Director of UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
  • Cotton Marketing News: Tariff Talk
  • Friday Feature: Celestial Cow Art
  • Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers?
  • March Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?
  • General Agriculture

    Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?

    Last spring I wrote an article entitled “At What Weight should I sell my Feeder Calves” that bought forth many questions on the value of each additional pound of gain. This article will serve as a follow-up to revisit the value of gain, and share the calculation for producers to use to evaluate their …

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    Marketing Weaned calves through the Alabama SAFE Sale

    Cow-calf ranchers have an opportunity to add value to the weaned calves they sell, through a cooperative board sale.  For the past 24 years cattle producers in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and Northwest Florida have joined together to form marketing groups that jointly offer weaned calves in groups.  The main concept of these board …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/2018-alabama-safe-sale-and-upcoming-bqa-training-april-24/

    Friday Feature: PTO Quick Connector

    This week’s video was produced by Tractor PTO Link to demonstrate a unique innovation, a simple and effective quick connector for Tractors and Power Take Off (PTO) implements.  Anyone who has ever struggled to connect the greasy, dirty PTO Shaft of a sprayer, mower, hay baler, chopper, tiller or any other type of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/friday-feature-pto-quick-connector/

    1st Quarter Weather Summary and 2nd Quarter Outlook

    Rainfall

    After such an unusually warm and wet month in February, temperatures were more normal in March, but the rainfall was well below normal for most of the Panhandle.  The graphic above shows actual rainfall and the departure from normal for the region.  From the departure from normal map on the right, you can see …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/1st-quarter-weather-summary-and-2nd-quarter-outlook/

    Cattle Nutrition Expert Named Director of UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    Beverly James, UF/IFAS Director of Public Relations

    When Glen Aiken wasn’t helping his grandfather wrangle cattle in the smothering Texas heat, he was traveling with his father to meat packing houses across the region. “I swear I visited every meat packing plant between Oklahoma City and El Paso before I was 12 years …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Tariff Talk

    A tariff is a fee assessed on imports.  The tariff is a per-unit charge that has to be paid to the government by whomever brings the good across the border, and into the country.  Assuming this fee is passed on by the importer, the impact of a tariff is to increase the price of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/cotton-marketing-news-tariff-talk/

    Friday Feature: Celestial Cow Art

    This week’s featured video was produced by Farmer Derek Klingenberg, of Peabody, Kansas, who has become famous for his humorous farm YouTube videos.  He has serenaded heifers with his trombone, made cow art with drone videos, but his latest stunt was to make some cow art that could be viewed from outer space.  Check out …

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    Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers?

    Farmers and ranchers must manage traditional business practices to be successful, but they also deal with the many challenges of ever changing weather.  Rain, wind, and temperature are important and obvious aspects of weather that producers track on a daily basis, but there are other, not so obvious weather features that affect operational management as …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/atmospheric-temperature-inversions-why-are-they-important-to-farmers/

    March Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract decreased by $11.30/cwt. during March. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $90.40/head ($11.30/cwt. * 8.0
    cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $5,650.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price …

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    Still Need the Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training?

    Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered new dicamba herbicide product formulations for making applications to dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean crops. As a result, many states were overwhelmed with drift complaints regarding sensitive crops. This led to the 2018 EPA announcement requiring that anyone who wishes to apply dicamba to dicamba tolerant …

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