*RSI = Relative Strength Index. RSI is an indicator of the historical strength or weakness in a market RSI ranges from 0 - 100%. Higher percentages indicate strong and potentially over-bought market while lower percentages indicate a weak and potentially over-sold market.
Utilize the USDA Livestock Risk Protection Program to Manage Drought Risk
Two of the many insurance programs available for transferring risk to a third party (backed by the USDA Risk Management Agency) are available to cattle producers. These programs included Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) for cattle and Vegetation Index-Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance (VI-PRF). The LRP could be a very valuable tool for managing market risk over the coming year, where calf prices can be volatile." Read More...
Pricing Corn Silage and Other High Moisture Feeds
Questions often arise among growers who have corn silage or alfalfa silage (haylage) to sell and dairy producers and feedlot operators who are looking to buy those feeds as to how to establish a fair price. Here are a couple of tools that could help the buyer and seller establish a fair price.
A Pasture Symposium will be held July 30-31, 2013 at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, UT. Scientists from Utah State University and the University of Idaho will be presenting the latest information on the benefits of grass-legume mixtures, tannins and other secondary compounds, meat quality and palatability of grass-finished beef, pasture establishment and maintenance, animal health in grazing systems, and more! Producers will provide first-hand information about their experiences with grass-legume mixtures. The symposium portion will be held at the Eccles Science Learning Center at Utah State University on July 30. The field tour portion will be held at the USU Intermountain Irrigated Pasture Research Facility near Lewiston, UT on July 31st. The Pasture Symposium is sponsored by Utah State University (USU), the Forage and Range Research Laboratory, and the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
Wheat fields in Washington and Oregon have shown a very low level of stripe rust in commercial winter wheat fields this spring. However in some areas of western Washington, stripe rust has developed up to 80% severity on susceptible varieties of winter wheat nurseries at the Mt. Vernon research center. As the weather has switched this past week from cool to warm and will continue to get hot in the next two weeks, stripe rust will be likely developing faster in the next couple of weeks in Washington and Oregon. Based on the long-term forecast of weather conditions for May and the summer, we do not expect to have much stripe rust in Utah this year. For more information about stripe rust, click on the following link