Morning Farm Report: Livestock and crop prices decrease

Live cattle prices saw a dip of $1.93 on Tuesday, hitting $130.25. The 27-day average price now rests at $135.20. Feeder cattle prices saw a 72-cent fall to $164.68 on Tuesday, bringing the 27-day average price to $182.24.

Lean hog prices fell from $57.45 on Monday to $57.23 on Tuesday. The 22-cent decrease brought the 27-day average price to $58.59.

Corn fell three cents, while wheat dropped 11 cents.


Timely manure incorporation should be top 'poo' priority

Many practices are important and necessary for properly managing manure. However, there is one practice that when not performed properly can cause substantial economic loss and can potentially lead to environmental issues; timely and adequate incorporation of all manure into the soil.


Japan to raise support for beef, pork farmers

Japan will expand handouts to beef and pork farmers by raising the percentage of losses covered by the government to 90 percent from 80 percent now, according to a draft of the policy outline for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on Tuesday.


Retail diesel prices drop

Throughout the United States retail diesel prices dropped an average of four cents this week to hit $2.45. The highest drop in the country was in the Midwest region, where prices fell five cents to hit $2.44. The lowest fall was one cent in the Rocky Mountain region. The highest prices are in the West Coast region at $2.65, while the lowest are in the Midwest at $2.44.


Alumbaugh: Grab it and run

On first glance, it’s easy to see how the public could be alarmed and jump to a worst-case scenario in response to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's report linking processed meat to cancer. To exacerbate the situation, hundreds of activist and environmental groups stand at the ready to exploit this information to their fullest advantage


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