11-10-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…November 2014

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Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 140.16 million bushels, up 8 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 146.0 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast and 15.0 bushels per acre above last year’s final yield. As of November 2, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 61 percent complete, compared with 77 percent last year and the 5-year average of 72 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 7.50 million bushels, up 30 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 250,000 acres this year, up from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 30.0 bushels per acre, up 5.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast and up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year. As of November 2, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 18 percent poor, 53 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 41 percent complete, compared with 56 percent last year and the 5-year average of 53 percent.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 917,000 tons, up 7 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 31.5 tons per acre, down 1.0 ton per acre from the October 1 forecast and down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of November 2, harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 86 percent complete, compared with 87 percent last year and the 5-year average of 87 percent.

Fall potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 23.7 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, a increase of 3.4 million hundredweight from last year’s crop. Fall potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 21.0 million hundredweight compared with 18.1 million hundredweight produced last year. Fall potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 2.7 million hundredweight compared with 2.2 million hundredweight last year. Average yield at 397 hundredweight per acre increased 25 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 59,800 acres is up from the 54,600 acres harvested last year.

Colorado’s barley seeded area, at 57,000 acres, is down 6,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 54,000 acres, is down 4,000 acres from 2013. Barley yield, at 124.0 bushels per acre, is down 9.0 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production in 2014 is estimated at 6.70 million bushels, down 13 percent from the previous year.

Spring wheat seedings, at 9,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres from last year. Acreage harvested totaled 8,000 acres, down from 9,000 acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 512,000 bushels, down 31 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 64.0 bushels per acre, is down 18.0 bushels per acre from last year.

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Corn area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.1 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast, but down 5 percent from 2013. At 14.4 billion bushels, corn production is forecast to be the highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 173.4 bushels per acre, is also expected to be a new record high for the United States. Twenty-two States expect a record high corn yield for 2014.

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10-10-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…October 2014

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Based on October 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 144.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but 13.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of September 28, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 6 percent complete, compared with 10 percent last year and the 5-year average of 12 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 6.25 million bushels, up 9 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 250,000 acres this year, up from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 25.0 bushels per acre, down 5.0 bushels from the September 1 forecast but up 1.0 bushel from last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 52 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 5 percent complete, compared with 3 percent last year and the 5-year average of 5 percent.

The initial forecast of all sunflower production is estimated at 52.98 million pounds, up 12 percent from the 2013 crop of 47.20 million pounds. All sunflower yield is expected to average 1,341 pounds per acre, an increase of 483 pounds from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 39,500 acres, down from the 55,000 acres harvested last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s sunflower crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

Alfalfa hay production in Colorado is forecast at 2.93 million tons, up from the 1.89 million tons produced in 2013. Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 100,000 acres from 2013. Alfalfa hay yield is expected to average 3.90 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 2.90 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 3.60 tons per acre. Producers expect to harvest 580,000 acres of other hay in 2014, down 80,000 acres from last year. Other hay production is estimated at 1.22 million tons, up 15 percent from the 1.06 million tons a year ago. Other hay yield is expected to average 2.10 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 1.60 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 2.00 tons per acre.

Dry bean production for 2014 is forecast at 774,000 hundredweight, up 43 percent from the 540,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,800 pounds per acre, up 200 pounds per acre from the August 1 forecast and up from 1,500 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 43,000 acres this year, up 7,000 acres from the 36,000 acres harvested last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s dry bean crop condition was rated 1 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 44 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Dry bean harvest was reported to be 42 percent complete, compared to 50 percent last year and the 5-year average of 52 percent.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 946,000 tons, up 10 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 32.5 tons per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of September 28, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 56 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 24 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 14 percent.

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09-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: September 2014

NASS-CO News Release Header - LAKEWOODCROP PRODUCTION – SEPTEMBER 2014

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 144.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but 13.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of August 31, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Corn in the dent stage was 32 percent complete, compared with 31 percent last year and the 5-year average of 36 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 5.10 million bushels, down 11 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 170,000 acres this year, down from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 30.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels from both the August 1 forecast and last year. As of August 31, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 49 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum mature was 10 percent complete, compared with 3 percent last year and the 5-year average of 8 percent.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 946,000 tons, up 10 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 32.5 tons per acre, up 1.9 tons per acre from the August 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of August 31, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 24 percent excellent.

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Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the August forecast and 12.9 bushels above the 2013 average. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2013.

Sorghum production is forecast at 430 million bushels, up less than one percent from last month and up 11 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 6.40 million acres, unchanged from August 1 but down 2 percent from 2013. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 67.2 bushels per acre, up 0.1 bushel from last month and up 7.6 bushels from last year. Production of sugarbeets for the 2014 crop year is forecast at 31.5 million tons, down 4 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.15 million acres, up slightly from the previous estimate but down 1 percent from 2013. Expected yield is forecast at 27.5 tons per acre, a decrease of 0.9 ton from last year.

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08-12-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: August 2014

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CROP PRODUCTION – August 2014 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June forecast, but 30,000 acres below the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Average yield is expected to increase 13.0 bushels per acre from last year to 144.0 bushels per acre. Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 4.08 million bushels, down 29 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 170,000 acres this year, unchanged from the June forecast, but down from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 24.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.

Barley production is forecast at 8.04 million bushels, up 7 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 4 percent from last year’s crop. Area for harvest in 2014, at 60,000 acres, is up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 134.0 bushels per acre, up 9.0 bushels from the July 1 forecast, and 1.0 bushel per acre higher than last year. As of August 3,Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 28 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 14 percent.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 100.80 million bushels, up 17 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 128 percent from the 44.28 million bushels produced last year. Area for harvest is expected to total 2.40 million acres, unchanged from July 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of August 1, the average yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels above the July 1 forecast and 15.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of August 3, Colorado’s winter wheat harvest was 96 percent complete, compared with 97 percent last year and the 5-year average of 98 percent.

Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 100,000 acres from 2013. They also expect to harvest 580,000 acres of other hay in 2014, down 80,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.70 million tons, up 43 percent from the 1.89 million tons produced in 2013. Other hay production is forecast at 1.16 million tons, up 10 percent from 1.06 million tons a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.60 tons per acre for alfalfa and 2.00 tons per acre for other hay, compared to last year’s yields of 2.90 tons per acre for alfalfa hay and 1.60 tons for other hay.

Dry bean production for 2014 is forecast at 752,000 hundredweight, up 39 percent from the 540,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,600 pounds per acre, up from 1,500 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 47,000 acres this year, up 11,000 acres from 36,000 acres last year. Sugarbeet production is forecast at 890,000 tons, up 3 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 30.6 tons per acre, down from 33.5 tons per acre a year ago.

Colorado peach production for 2014 is forecast at 12,000 tons, up 64 percent from last year’s production of 7,330 tons. Colorado commercial apple production for 2014 is forecast at 11.4 million pounds, up 104 percent from last year’s production of 5.6 million  pounds.

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07-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: July 2014

NASS-CO News Release Header - LAKEWOODCROP PRODUCTION – JULY 2014 

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Based on July 1 conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 86.4 million bushels, down 3 percent from the June 1 forecast but 95 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.40 million acres, is down 150,000 acres from June 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 36.0 bushels per acre, 1.0 bushel above the June 1 forecast, and 9.0 bushels above last year’s final yield.

As of June 29, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 27 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Winter wheat harvested was at 5 percent, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 22 percent.

Barley production is forecast at 7.50 million bushels, down 3 percent from the 2013 crop. Area harvested is expected to total 60,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 125.0 bushels per acre, 8.0 bushels per acre below last year.

As of June 29, Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley headed was at 37 percent, compared with 58 percent last year and the 5-year average of 57 percent.

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Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.37 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 11 percent from 2013. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 42.2 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month and down 5.2 bushels from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.4 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2014 but up slightly from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 703 million bushels, is down 2 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 458 million bushels, is up 1 percent from the June forecast. White Winter, at 206 million bushels, is up slightly from last month. Of the White Winter production, 10.6 million bushels are Hard White and 196 million bushels are Soft White.

Production for the 2014 barley crop is forecast at 187 million bushels, down 13 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 71.2 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.63 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 12 percent from 2013. When compared with last year, yields are expected to decrease throughout much of the United States due to drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest and wet conditions in the Midwest and Northeast. Conversely, adequate moisture in the northern and central Rocky Mountains have lead to  expected yield increases in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

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06-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: June 2014

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Based on June 1conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 89.3 million bushels, up 6.0 percent from
the May 1 forecast and 102 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at
2.55 million acres, is unchanged from May 1, and 910,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of
June 1, the average yield is forecast at 35.0 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the May 1 forecast, and 8 bushels above last
year’s final yield.

As of June 1, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated above a year ago with 24 percent very poor, 15 percent
poor, 29 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, compared with 35 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30
percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent last year.

Growing conditions have been favorable for small grains most of this spring. Periods of warm weather have helped the
crop to develop at a near normal rate, while rainy periods have helped the condition of the crop. Hail and flooding have
been noted in areas of the state and some areas remain in need of moisture. Currently, winter wheat in the state is in
mostly fair to good condition.

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05-09-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…May 2014

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Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2014, is forecast at 84.15 million bushels. This forecast is 90 percent above last year’s drought reduced production of 44.28 million bushels and 14 percent above the 73.78 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, estimated at 2.55 million acres, is 910,000 acres more than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 33.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield, but 12.0 bushels per acre below the record high yield of 45.0 set in 2010.

This year’s crop was planted under mostly favorable conditions last fall resulting in good but variable stands going into winter dormancy. Following a relatively mild winter, cool temperatures experienced in March and April have delayed crop development to about one to two weeks behind normal, statewide. Damaging wind has produced dust storms and blow-out in the southeastern growing areas. Variable soil moisture supplies ranging from mostly short in the southern areas to adequate in the northern areas currently exist.

Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June. Hay stocks on Colorado farms and ranches as of May 1, 2014 totaled 320,000 tons, down 11 percent from stocks of 360,000 tons on hand last year. Hay production for 2013 was 2.94 million tons, 22 percent lower than 2012 production. Disappearance from December 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014 is 1.1 million tons, compared with 1.2 million tons the same period a year earlier.

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04-25-14 *USDA-NASS News* April Cattle on Feed – Colorado

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 970,000 head as of April 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 3 percent above last month’s inventory but 1 percent below April 1, 2013 inventory. The inventory included 640,000 steers and steer calves, up 5 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 325,000 head, are down 11 percent from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000 head, no change from last year’s number. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 130,000 head of fed cattle during March 2014. This was 16 percent below the previous month’s marketings and 19 percent below a year ago. An estimated 165,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during March, up 22 percent from February 2014 placements and up 3 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in March, 21 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 30 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 30 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for March, at 5,000 head, was down 5,000 head from last month and from last year.

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12-18-13 CattleFax News: Cow-Calf Webinar Provides 2014 Outlook on Jan 22nd…REGISTER TODAY!

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CENTENNIAL,CO — Dec. 18, 2013 — Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from cattle producers and beef industry leaders to the first Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar in September, CattleFax analysts will be hosting its next webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Cattle producers have limited time and opportunity to analyze all of the fundamental data and trends that shape the cattle, beef and grain markets. Modeled after the popular CattleFax monthly cow-calf producer newsletter Trends, the upcoming webinar will provide producers and industry leaders with an outlook on the 2014 markets.

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11-22-13 *USDA-NASS-CO News* November Cattle on Feed – Colorado

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 950,000 head as of November 1, 2013. The latest inventory was up 9 percent from October 1, 2013 but down 8 percent from the 1,030,000 on feed on November 1, 2012. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 145,000 head of fed cattle during October 2013. This is 9 percent below previous year’s marketings but no change from last month. An estimated 230,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, up 21 percent from the September 2013 placements, and up 18 percent from last year’s placements of 195,000. Of the October placements, 35 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 24 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, is the same as last month and last year.
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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on November 1, 2013. The inventory was 6 percent below November 1, 2012. Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.39 million, 10 percent above 2012. Net placements were 2.32 million head. During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 720,000, 600-699 pounds were 584,000, 700-799 pounds were 510,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 580,000. Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.86 million, 1 percent above 2012. Other disappearance totaled 75,000 during October, 4 percent below 2012.
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10-31-13 *USDA-NASS-CO News* October Cattle on Feed – Colorado

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 870,000 head as of October 1, 2013. The latest inventory was 5 percent above last month’s inventory, but 13 percent below the October 1, 2012 inventory. The inventory included 560,000 steers and steer calves, down 16 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 305,000 head, are down 6 percent from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000, no change from last year’s number. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 145,000 head of fed cattle during September 2013. This was 19 percent below the previous month’s marketings and 3 percent below marketings one year earlier. An estimated 190,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September 2013, down 16 percent from a year ago, but up 31 percent from the August 2013 placements. Of the number placed in September, 18 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 11 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from last month and last year.
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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.1 million head on October 1, 2013. The inventory was 8 percent below October 1, 2012. The inventory included 6.44 million steers and steer calves, down 7 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.66 million head, down 8 percent from 2012. Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.03 million, 1 percent above 2012. Net placements were 1.96 million head. During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 475,000, 600-699 pounds were 335,000, 700-799 pounds were 480,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 735,000. Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.70 million, 6 percent above 2012. Other disappearance totaled 62,000 during September, 3 percent below 2012.
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10-30-13 *CFRA News* Senator Grassley, Representative Fortenberry urge Conference to keep Payment Limit Reform in Farm Bill…

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Lyons, Nebraska – Today, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) encouraged House and Senate farm bill conferees to retain key farm policy reforms regarding federal farm payment limitations as they begin work this week on a reconciled farm bill. New farm payment limit requirements were approved earlier this year in both the House and Senate farm bills.

“After many years of discussion, farm payment limitations reform finally has a chance to become law,” said Fortenberry, the House sponsor of a payment limits amendment approved with strong bipartisan support. “More robust payment limits help farm supports reach intended recipients and close loopholes. In this time of tight budgets, the need for this type of fair reform is even greater. With the opportunity for new farm policy under negotiation between the House and Senate, payment limits should remain a key piece of the overall package. It is my hope that this important provision will carry forward into the final Farm Bill.”

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10-22-13 KSU Studies Show Benefits of Early Calf Weaning Drought Prompted Recent Decisions but Little Research Had Been Done…

KSU Research and Extension logoHAYS, Kan. – It’s always been done this way, right? Calves are weaned in the fall. But drought conditions in the Plains states prompted some beef producers to wean calves earlier than usual in recent years, which may have been surprisingly beneficial, according to recent Kansas State University studies.

“The conventional weaning time has always been in the fall, when calves are around 180 to 210 days old, but there was no substantial research to show that that was necessarily the best time,” said John Jaeger, beef scientist with K-State Research and Extension, based in Hays. There were probably many factors at play over the years, including bringing cows home from summer pasture, fitting weaning into crop harvest, fall school activities and more.

“We wondered if, rather than putting growth on calves at the expense of cows, it might be better to wean them earlier. If the calves fared well, it might give the cow more time to recover from calving and lactating and improve her own body condition before going into winter,” Jaeger said.

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10-22-13 KSU Webinar to Focus on the Future of Cattle Feeding on Oct 29th…

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The history and future of Zilmax, formally known as zilpaterol hydrocholoride, and implications on the cattle feeding industry is the focus of an upcoming webinar that will be led by Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist for K-State Research and Extension. It will take place Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Zilmax is a beta-agonist, or cattle feed supplement, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Feedlots have used it to improve the cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean muscle.

“Beta-agonists increase the deposition of lean muscle on the carcass,” Reinhardt said. “They make cattle more efficient at converting grain to muscle. They also help the efficiency of converting an animal carcass into sellable meat.”

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