In this Issue:
  • Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety
  • Cotton Marketing News: Old and New Crop
  • Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?
  • Cotton Marketing News: Tariff Talk
  • Atmospheric Temperature Inversions – Why Are They Important To Farmers?
  • Cotton Marketing News: Ok, Now This is the Number
  • February Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Early-Season Considerations for Peanut & Cotton Production
  • Farming is Noisy Business – Don’t Let it Steal Your Hearing!
  • La Niña Watch issued by the Climate Prediction Center
  • Risk Management

    Water Source Recommendations for Food Safety

    Supplemental water is necessary for good crop yields in fruit and vegetable production. Water quality is equally as important as water quantity when it comes to fruit and vegetable production. Unfortunately, water can transport harmful microorganisms from adjacent lands or other areas of the farm. The water source and how the water is applied influence …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Old and New Crop

    Last week (May 10,2018) USDA released its monthly crop production and supply and demand estimates.  Each year, the May report contains the first projections for the upcoming new crop year.  Here is a summary of major points for both 2017 old crop, and 2018 new crop.

    Old Crop (2017) Revisions/Updates

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    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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    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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    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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    Cotton Marketing News: Ok, Now This is the Number

    On March 29, USDA released their Prospective Plantings report, which in my opinion, gets us much closer to what will eventually be the acres planted in 2018.  The 13½ million acre neighborhood, or even higher, is what has been expected by many observers, and that’s what this report said.

    So, we now have …

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    February Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract decreased by $0.58/cwt. during February. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $4.64/head ($0.58/cwt. * 8.0 cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer which amounts to $290.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    Early-Season Considerations for Peanut & Cotton Production

    It’s only February, but it will be April before you know it. That means it is time to start planning for peanut and cotton planting season.

    Variety selection Peanut

    If you’re a peanut grower, you’re placing your orders for GA-06G now. Which is great – it’s a cultivar that sets a high bar for disease …

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    Farming is Noisy Business – Don’t Let it Steal Your Hearing!

    I wear hearing aids, so that makes the subject of hearing loss near and dear to my heart!  My hearing loss is due primarily to long term exposure to noisy equipment.  Let’s face it, farming is a noisy occupation!  The damage to hearing from exposure to loud noise is often undetectable – until it’s too …

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    La Niña Watch issued by the Climate Prediction Center

     

    Clyde Fraisse, AgroClimate Project Director

    While ENSO-Neutral conditions are still present in the Pacific Ocean, a La Niña Watch was issued by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) on October 9, 2017. The chances for a La Nina to develop this Fall are around 60%, so this is a good time for growers …

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