Industry News

Quick soil test aims to determine nitrogen need

Healthy soil contributes to healthy crops. Farmers know this, so they do what they can to ensure their soil is in good shape. They send samples of their soil for lab testing to find out if it is low in any important nutrients. If it is, they can take steps to improve the health of their soil. These might include adding fertilizers or growing cover crops…

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Courtesy of   Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director David Schemm announced last week that 43 Kansas counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres beginning July 16. Emergency haying in these counties will end August 15, with emergency grazing authorized through September 30. This emergency use does not include CP25. There will be no CRP rental…

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2018 to date

By : Brenda Boetel, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls   Steer and heifer slaughter levels for the year to date have been slightly lower than forecasted, but up almost 2.3% over 2017. Slaughter will continue to have year-over-year increases but the year-over-year increases will be smaller. September slaughter will likely be smaller than July. Live weights are up on average for 2018…

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The Markets

Technical signals drove the futures market at the beginning of last week. Toward the end of the week though trade concerns had waned and prices rebounded slightly. Feedlots are current on marketings. Cash prices will trend lower in the next month as we continue to have large supplies and demand hits the summer weaknesses before Labor Day.    Corn and soybeans had mixed news from the…

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2018 Risk and Profit Conference: August 16-17, 2018

August 16-17, 2018K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, KS Markets and Government: Trade, Taxes & Transition An annual conference hosted by the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics that provides an opportunity for key agricultural decision makers to interact with each other and with faculty on important topics in agriculture.   Register online:   Or download brochure and mail (brochure also attached)    Information:   Questions: Rich Llewelyn at or 785.532.1504

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