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Jolley: Has the king of meats forfeited its crown?

On October 23, the American Farm Bureau's Newsline ran a story that suggests a slight but significant change in American meat consumption is about to take place. FULL STORY »

Fall tests for nematodes help keep crops healthy

Soil-dwelling nematodes cannot be seen with the naked eye, but the damage they do to crops shows up in dollar signs. FULL STORY »

Cattle futures bucked the bearish ag market trend Thursday

Thursday’s corn export data was rather disappointing. Corn futures rose slightly Thursday morning despite the soy setback from Wednesday’s late highs. FULL STORY »

Drought wars: Calif. drought vs. Dust Bowl

More than 80 percent of California is stuck in extreme or worse drought, thanks to a weather pattern reminiscent of one of North America’s worst droughts. FULL STORY »

UK feed wheat purchased by Murphy Brown

The first shipment of British feed wheat to the United States in 2-1/2 years was purchased by hog producer Murphy Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, possibly as part of an effort to produce a specific grade of meat, an official at Prestage Farms Inc, a partner of Murphy Brown, said. FULL STORY »

Thursday's export data had mixed crop market implications

Thursday’s corn export data was rather disappointing. Corn futures rose slightly despite the early soy setback from Wednesday’s late highs. FULL STORY »

Surging soy prices sparked a broad crop-market advance Wednesday

The soy complex continued pulling crop prices higher Wednesday. The corn harvest may have been slightly delayed by the latest Corn Belt weather system, but there’s little doubt it’s advancing rapidly. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins tumble

Farrow-to-finish margins dropped more than $16 per head last week from $55.39 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

The World Series of ag: What inning is your business in?

Late October. The daylight hours are shorter, the nights are crisp and the World Series is in full swing. That had me thinking: What would the crop and livestock sectors look like if the production ag business were a baseball game? FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Rancher selling feral pork

Where there is a will (and a market), there is a way. Or as one Florida rancher puts it, when life hands you feral hogs, you make pork chops. FULL STORY »

Prevent insects from infesting stored grain

As corn yields exceed commercial storage space, farmers will likely store some of this year’s crop in on-farm bins and in unconventional ways. FULL STORY »

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